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My Thoughts on Some Twitter (X) Posts (6/22/24)

June 22 , 2024

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MY THOUGHTS - ...And a bicycle.

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MY THOUGHTS - Not much to say to this. When you continually sign and promote guys that other teams have cast off, what do you expect? Yes, the Yankees seemed to always find a way to make the bullpen work, but just like when they found success trading for and signing fringe big leaguers who had some initial success, eventually the players become what they are. The Yankees sometimes believe in their own brilliance more than putting together the best team possible:


"We'll sign that guy and he'll be great."

"He's been cut by four MLB teams in the last 9 months."

"We can make him great. We're the Yankees!"


That plan isn't working in 2024. The question is, can the Yankees build a bullpen a different way?

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MY THOUGHTS - This is very interesting. No teams are hitting even .260. Baseball is tilted in favor of pitchers. Seems to me that a great strategy would be for the Yankees to grab as many great hitters as they can- that would set them apart.


Also, the last two nights, opponents are hitting .370 against Yankees pitching...


I still am frustrated that the Yankees didn't get Luis Arraez. "But his defense..." (As if Gleyber Torres is a Gold Glover.)


2024:

Arraez (with San Diego) = .324

Torres = .221

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MY THOUGHTS - I'm not sure what this says, if it says anything (because so often anything can happen in a close game) but it seems to say something about the Yankees' ability find ways to get it done, stay focused, and win. Good teams do the little things that lead to wins. It also seems to be anohner way to say that their bullpen is a mess. No?

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MY THOUGHTS - I think these hats are awful. Ugly. Horrible. Why can't the players simply wear their team's regular hats for the All-Star Game? Does MLB really think fans are going to run out and buy these hats? Will they? I certainly won't.

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MY THOUGHTS - At the end of last season, Aaron Boone suggested that the 2024 Yankees will be a better team because they will bunt more. It was an absurd statement. And, in practice, the 2024 Yankees haven't bunted or even tried to bunt very often. What Boone said, and what the owner repeated as a smart idea, is something they haven't even done


What's notable about this clip is that the manager, jumping in the cage, failed (miserably) in his second attempt to bunt. I'd think he would be able to show his players how to do it. Further, I would have thought that the next pitch he would have worked to lay one down - "End on a high note" type of thing. But, no.


There is something about this video that says so much without saying anything at all. It's the whole lackidasical way the Yankees have been run for so long that seems exemplified in this short clip. Get in the cage, take some swings, it doesn't really matter...

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MY THOUGHTS - There are a host of players from the 1970s and 1980s who played for the Yankees that are Hall of Fame worthy based on how they compare with others who are in the Hall. This list includes Tommy John, Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph and others. For Willie, Bobby Grich and Lou Whitaker also have great cases.

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MY THOUGHTS - I've seen a bunch of posts like this... people collecting miscut cards. When I collected, these were always considered junk, a disaster, worthless. Why would one want a card that is cut incorrectly? For whatever reason, among some collectors, these seem to be very popular. I'm very glad I do not collect or buy baseball cards any longer. That hobby passed me by decades ago.

38 Comments


Mike Whiteman
Jun 22

I agree with you on the All-Star game hats. I enjoyed watching players all in their own uniforms. If MLB wanted to market something, maybe do something like those NL hats in the 1976 game.


As for Boone in the BP cage, I think what is says is that he’s a former player who still likes to take a couple of hacks. I think in the same situation, most of us would do the same. I know I would. And I would miss a lot :)

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Mike Whiteman
Jun 23
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I can respect that!

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fuster
Jun 22

 Does MLB really think fans are going to run out and buy these hats? Will they? I certainly won't.


do you really think that you're part of MLB's targeted consumer apparel group?

somehow, I suspect that you're not really a typical dopey teen liable to wheedle money from your mom and pop so that you look super-cool come Friday night

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fuster
Jun 23
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fersure wouldn't claim that you weren't

keeping coolly cool, Paulll

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jun 22

The extra inning games in 2024 are now a total joke. Between every team, including the Yankees, design it for the bottom of their bullpen to pitch in extra innings. Or, it could be the stupid ghost runner. Or it could be the lack of basic, good 'old-fashioned' baseball fundamentals, like FB command, and putting the ball in play, including bunting. The extra innings rule, IMO was changed because of how the FOs now want to pitch the game, and Manfred, who really doesn't care about Baseball, went 'OK', let's change it instead of telling the clubs 'no, sorry, you gotta change how you pitch. This is no longer Baseball, this is real live version of the Strat-O-Matic board ga…


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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jun 22
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I think this past week showed you really do need at least 2 guys who can give length. In his 3 innings the other night, he only threw 22 pitches. But I think they'll look at him as a long reliever. Have a SP not have it, bring in a reliever to get out of the inning then Brubaker for the next 3 or 4 innings.

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fantasyfb3313
Jun 22

ooopps forgot one

Boone at BP

YES this seems to show what I have called him out for before. the team is lackadaisical about fundamentals.

a guy cannot bunt- go under the stadium and execute 10 good bunts IN A ROW before you leave the cage. do that every day for a week and you become a better bunter. then do it once a week to maintain the skill

a guy leads all MLB at his position with errors. field 25 extra grounders every day. add 3 for every misplay


but Boone thinks it is enough to point it out a little and say that they player is good and think that they will simply focus more going forward. sorr…

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fantasyfb3313
Jun 22

first the EASY CALL- the ASG hats are sickeningly ugly. agreed let the players wear their team hats. but obviously the ASG hats are made to give as many suckers as possible buy as much MLB garbage as possible


losing extra inning games- does it not seem very clear that teams who manage their bullpens better have a big advantage in extra inning games? EVEN IF we agree with Alan that the front office is making many / most of the decisions for Boone. there is ZERO way they can pre plan for EVERY scenario. the easy EASY example was pulling Holmes after only 10 pitches recently


I am sorry you have to read the circumstances better. you have to…


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fantasyfb3313
Jun 23
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YES i was SO SAD to see Nike get that deal. Nike is one of the worst companies in the world and i will probably pick up a Yankee T Shirt or two. but i made up my mind many years ago to never buy another thing from Nike and I have not

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