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Pinstripe Alley open thread - 2/12/21

Your open thread at the week’s close.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday folks. This time next week, we should be seeing ballplayers trickling down to sunny Florida and Arizona to prep for some spring training ball. Meanwhile, it snowed again yesterday here in New York, but you’re not here for northeast weather updates, are you?

On the site, Josh gives us another take on the news that MLB is trying to deaden its ball, arguing that this will only increase the importance of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Tom takes a look at Jonathan Loáisiga and tries to find reasons for optimism regarding the mercurial young right-hander, and Dan gives us an interesting conversation with Yankees minor league baserunning coach Matt Talarico. Lastly, Ryan will deliver the answers to this week’s mailbag.

Fun Questions

  1. How many home runs does Gary Sánchez hit this year?
  2. Where does the Andrew Benintendi trade leave the Red Sox? Are they a .500 team, or will they completely tank again?