Throwback Thursday: Joe Girardi triples in Game 6 of 1996 World Series

On November 20, 1995, the Yankees traded a minor leaguer and a player to be named later for a young man named Joe Girardi. Legend has it, Girardi had a decent playing career and he eventually became the manager of the New York Yankees, propelling them to their 27th World Series title in 2009.

We all know what Joe Girardi has done as a manager, but few might be too young to know what Girardi did as a player. For this Throwback Thursday, I found a clip on Joe Girardi giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead against Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves during Game 6 of the 1996 World Series. So sit back and enjoy while we wait for the official word from the Yankees on the 40-man roster moves.

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Badler: Yankees sign OF Bryan Emery, are favorites for Moncada

The Yankees continue their small spending this offseason, this time obtaining a prospect from the International market.

According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Yankees have signed Colombian OF Bryan Emery. Emery, 16, was the last available player from Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects list from July 2nd, meaning the Yankees have now signed 10 of the 30 from the list.

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Emery is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with a loose swing from the left side. He had been switch-hitting, though he’s hit exclusively lefthanded in recent months. He’s strong and generates easy, explosive power, though leading up to July 2, there were mixed reviews about his game hitting, partly because of his environment. Emery trained with Ivan Noboa, the same trainer who brokered an international amateur record $4.95 million bonus for Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara with the Rangers in 2011, and scouts frequently lament that they can’t get enough game looks at Noboa’s players.

Some scouts who have seen him recently have seen better game performance, with a simplified hitting approach and a cleaner setup that helped him stay more direct to the ball. Emery’s athletic for his size, has a strong arm and has worked out for clubs in the infield and the outfield, but he fits best in right field, where he will begin his career.

The acquisition of Emery will cost the Yankees double the bonus to sign him. The team already spent more than the bonus pool meaning they are now paying 100% overage tax on all of the signings. This also means the Yankees won’t be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, staring July 2, 2015.

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— Badler added the Yankees were the favorites for INF Yoan Moncada, who held a more

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Yankees must make Rule 5 decision today

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Today is the deadline for the Yankees to put some of their 10 eligible players on the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. Last season some notable names (Chase Whitley, Jose Pirela) were left off the roster before the draft but weren’t selected; instead they made a splash in the Major Leagues at some capacity. Here are the players that are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft and whether or not I believe the Yankees will protect them.

OF Tyler AustinThis is probably the only clear-cut protection of the bunch. After recovering from a wrist injury, he hit .336/.397/.557 during the second half of the Double-A Trenton season and had a good Arizona Fall League before missing time with a knee injury.

RHP Danny BurawaThere’s a pretty good chance Burawa might be unprotected since he didn’t have a good year in the minor leagues. In fact, he was demoted from Triple-A to Double-A, which is never a good sign. Scouting reports say he’s similar to Tommy Kahnle in which he’s able to produce a ton of strikeouts. He wasn’t selected in the Rule 5 Draft last year, but this year there could be a team ready to take him.

SS Cito CulverHe’s a great defensive shortstop, which is a position on the field the Yankees are failing to produce Major League talent. He doesn’t hit much but the Yankees might protect him strictly for his glove.

LHP Fred LewisAfter becoming a slightly known minor league name during the 2013 Arizona Fall League, the Yankees invited Lewis to Spring Training. But Lewis had a bad season more

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Randy Levine relieved Alex Rodriguez no longer has baseball’s richest contract

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Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins made history earlier today when he signed a record breaking 13-year, $325 Million contract, making him the most paid player in all of baseball. With that being said, it also means Alex Rodriguez is no longer the richest player in the sport.

Fans pretty much agree Alex Rodriguez probably shouldn’t have gotten such a big contract but the organization insisted, leaving them in a mess until 2017. So just out of curiosity, what were Yankees president Randy Levine’s thoughts when he learned  Stanton signing a huge contract meant Rodriguez wasn’t the highest paid player in baseball?

“Thank God,” Levine said, laughing. “Thank God.”

If you were wondering if Rodriguez was going to be treated differently following his return to the sport, you might not be surprised with the answer. Levine said the Yankees are going to treat Rodriguez like every other player.

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Report: Yankees and Mets interested in Stephen Drew


In the past, the Yankees would occasionally glance over Stephen Drew because they had Derek Jeter as their shortstop. This offseason, it’s an entirely different story as the Yankees are interested in re-signing him following an in-house look during the second half of 2014. The issue? The New York Mets also have interest in Stephen Drew.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Mets both intend to push for Drew, but they’re not alone in the Drew sweepstakes; the Oakland Athletics also have interest in Drew.

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New York’s teams showed interest in Drew last season, but things have changed quite a bit since. For one thing, the Yankees need to replace retired Derek Jeter. For another, Drew no longer has a draft choice attached to him.

Drew also is coming off a poor offensive season, lowering his asking price. Presumably, he’d consider a one-year deal and look to improve his fortunes next winter. Drew is considered a very good defensive shortstop, but he struggled with the bat last year with the Red Sox and Yankees, finishing at .162.

Drew is a part of a thin shortstop class which includes All-Star Hanley Ramirez and Jed Lowire. Alexei Ramirez and Elvis Andrus are also reportedly on the shortstop market via a more

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Hot Stove: Could the Yankees have a reunion with Nick Swisher?


Nick Swisher has two-years left on his contract with the Cleveland Indians, but the Indians are looking to trade their first basemen/outfielder. With that in mind, would the Yankees be interested in having a reunion with their former right fielder?

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, he believes the Yankees could be a fit for Swisher, who is coming off the worst season of his career. In his last four years with the Yankees, Swisher hit .268/.367/.483 but he’s had some struggles in Cleveland. Just last season, he was only able to play 97 games due to injury and hit .208/.278/.331.

Nick Swisher to the Yankees could be an interesting move, considering Carlos Beltran is not a lock to play everyday after having offseason elbow surgery. Beltran’s also turning 38 in April. The Yankees could use Swisher’s services at first base as well if the Alex Rodriguez to first experiment doesn’t work out and if Mark Teixeira has another injury riddled season.

Nick Swisher returning to the Bronx could revive his career, and considering he was a fan favorite before he left, the fans would most likely welcome him back with open arms. (But he’d have to hit better in the postseason. Four hits in an entire postseason per year will not cut it if the Yankees advance to October more

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Hot Stove: While there’s a small chance, don’t expect the Yankees to pursue Max Scherzer


Yesterday, we tinkered with the idea of the Yankees possibly pursuing  Max Scherzer after Scott Boras, Scherzer’s agent, spoke with the Yankees staff during the GM Meetings. However, while the idea of having Scherzer in pinstripes is intriguing, he most likely won’t become a Yankee, especially with a draft pick attached to him.

A source told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees most likely won’t step away from their original plan of staying away from the big free agents, especially with their focus on re-signing closer David Robertson. The Yankees also have $170 Million committed to 11 players, with five of them (Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Jacoby Ellsbury & Masahiro Tanaka) expecting to make $20 Million in 2015.

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The Yankees already have more than $170 million committed to 11 players, including five — Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Masahiro Tanaka and Jacoby Ellsbury — set to earn more than $20 million apiece. Six players are eligible for arbitration, which will add roughly $10 million-$12 million to the payroll if they are all tendered contracts.

Signing a player such as Scherzer would tack on another $25 million or so to the payroll, while the Yankees would still need to add a reliever — either David Robertson or another late-inning replacement such as Luke Gregerson or more

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Throwback: Chase Headley has walk-off hit in first game as a Yankee

I noticed for the last two weeks there hasn’t been a “Throwback Thursday” video mostly because of the Yankees making nonstop headlines. Although it’s not Thursday, it’s been a quiet enough day where we can slide in a throwback video from the 2014 season.

On your first day of school, you want to make a good first impression with your teachers and classmates. In baseball, it’s the same analogy. When Chase Headley entered the Yankees dugout for the first time, he wanted to make a good first impression on his teammates and the coaching staff. Headley was able to do more by giving the Yankees a walk-off win in his first day of pinstripes. I wonder if this game has been made into a Yankees Classic yet? I think it should be. Enjoy the walk-off clip.

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