Around the Empire
LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Yesterday, the Yankees called up Gary Sanchez, their young catching prospect. While Sanchez was promoted earlier in the year and immediately sent back down, it looks like he’s here to stay. Girardi used him as the DH in last night’s game against the Mets due to a sore thumb, but promised he will definitely see some time behind the plate. Also, we could see a lot of Aaron Hicks in RF until Aaron Judge is ready. Mark Teixeira will keep seeing time at first base with Austin Romine and Rob Refsnyder backing him up. Alex Rodriguez? We shall see.
New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Chad Green did not have the best of outings against the Amazin’s last night. Luis Severino, on the other hand, put in his best performance of 2016. “Sevy” feels that his fastball command and slider are much better than they were earlier in the year. Romine praised the young pitcher’s confidence and aggressiveness. Severino also seemed as excited about the new Yankees’ youth movement as the fans are. It’s only one game, but man it was nice to see Luis Severino pitch as well as we all hoped he would before the season started.
Newsday | Neil Best: One question that comes to mind about the new rebuild is how Yankee fans will react to it. The overall consensus seems to be that they made the right decision in selling and going with the “youts.” It will be interesting to see how that translates into ticket sales and TV ratings as they play out the remaining two months of the season. This is new territory for the Yankees and their fans.
Baseball America | Josh Norris: During the off-season Captain’s Camp, the idea of moving behind the plate was brought to the attention of Donny Sands, a third base prospect they drafted out of high school in 2015. The Yankees’ player development staff thinks that he could do well as a catcher. His offense has already been impressive. Plus, a look at Nelson Gomez and his production in the Gulf Coast League.
The Player’s Tribune | Derek Jeter: Ichiro Suzuki is on the verge of his 3,000th major league hit. Derek Jeter, who got his 3,000th hit his way, talks about getting to know Ichiro over the years, both when he was on the Mariners and when he donned the pinstripes. He also talks about just how incredible of a baseball player Ichiro has been over the years. Definitely worth the read.
- Even if they lose, are these Yankees already more fun to watch than the pre-trade deadline Yankees? (The GIF below should make this an easy answer)
- If Rob Refsnyder were a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, what would his name be and what weird concoction of ice cream would it be?
Song of the Day
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
It’s Breakup Week on Pinstripe Alley. As we continue onward with the loss of players, we begin to fall in love with brand new players. It’s possible that love will indeed tear us apart again. We shall see. As always, please link us your song of the day!
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Potential GIF of the Year Tweet