- The Yankees will be retiring Joe Torre’s #6 in a ceremony planned for August 23, 2014. It was also announced that the Yankees will honor former players Goose Gossage, Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez with plaques in Monument Park on three separate dates this summer. I have heard some fans that are critical of the Yankees retiring too many numbers over the years but I think it is a testament to the great success the franchise has experienced since the early 1900s. I believe it is also important for each separate generation to have their own special group of players that define the timeframe of what they individually consider “the good old days”.
- Brian McCann continues to struggle offensively during his early tenure as a New York Yankee. Some analysts are putting heavy emphasis on his inability to hit outside of the defensive shift that has taken away a considerable amount of potential hits. I think it is typical for most players transitioning to the Yankees to struggle in the early going and it’s really just his offense that is slumping because I think he has done a fine job calling games behind the plate.
- Masahiro Tanaka will experience his first major league at bats as the Yankees visit the Milwaukee Brewers with the game played under National League rules. I am always a fan of watching AL pitchers forced into the batter’s box (guilty pleasure watching their inadequacy) and this should make the game even more fun to watch.
- Can you name the two current Yankees starters with batting averages over .300? Hint…neither player was on the team last season. If you guessed Jacoby Ellsbury (.317) and Yangervis Solarte (.306) you are correct. Ellsbury is a known batting average threat but the Yankees have to be extremely pleased at the production they have received from Solarte over the first six weeks. However, the only other Yankees starter that is even over .280 is Brett Gardner (.282). The positive spin here is that the Yankees team average of .264 is actually tied for third highest in all of MLB (a clear sign that the steroid era is moving further into our rear view mirror as pitching is once again taking over the league).
About the Author
Bryan Revello is a New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast that can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.