Chris Young grateful for late-season turnaround with Yankees


When Chris Young signed with the New York Yankees during the end of the 2014 season, fans ridiculed the deal based off his numbers with the New York Mets. However, Young didn’t look like the player that was struggling with the Yankees crosstown rivals; he was hitting the ball on all cylinders and during his lone month as a Yankee, he quickly became a fan favorite. Young was grateful Brian Cashman and the Yankees took a chance on him and he said he thoroughly enjoyed his time in pinstripes.

“I’m really happy that I did get this opportunity to come here, in this environment, in as big of a year as it’s been for the Yankees,” Young said to the New York Daily News. “To be surrounded by that, I’ve been able to create memories that’ll last a lifetime. Every little bit helps, for sure.

“I’m really grateful for that.”

Young had been ridiculed all season since Mets GM Sandy Alderson signed him to a pricey contract, the team eventually letting Young go after an abysmal season. However, the Yankees took a gamble and Young got to witness many things; he hit a walk-off home run, and had many clutch hits during a time where the Yankees were scratching and clawing for the second Wild Card spot.

When asked to describe his time with the Mets, he paused before adding, “It’s just a time,” he said. “You’ve just got to let it go. I did my best while I was there. I don’t have any regrets as far as anything I should’ve done different – the production should’ve been better.

“But as a player, you’re going out there and you know you’re working hard, trying your best. Sometimes it doesn’t work out and the ball doesn’t fall more

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A week in review: Berra, Cashman, Headley, Kelleher, Long, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Qualifying Offers

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The second week of the offseason feature more action than last week; some news was surprising and some news was as to be expected. Here’s the rundown of everything that happened this week.

— Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra‘s museum, located in Little Falls, New Jersey, was robbed, the thieves stealing several of Berra’s World Series rings, two of his MVP awards and the glove he use to catch Don Larsen‘s no-hitter. As of today, the items have not been located, but you only can hope that they’re found soon.

— The Yankees will keep their GM Brian Cashman around a little while longer. The Yankees announced this week Cashman was signed to a three-year extension which takes him into the 2017 season. The organization doesn’t blame Cashman for the Yankees struggles these last two seasons and instead put the blame elsewhere.

Chase Headley expressed his interest in returning to the New York Yankees, but only as a full-time player. With Alex Rodriguez aging, Headley could have a full-time position at third base, meaning the Yankees might have to find somewhere else for A-Rod to play.

— Following the re-signing of Cashman, the Yankees announced they had fired both hitting coach Kevin Long and first base coach Mick Kelleher. Both Long and Kelleher had a year remaining on their contracts and the Yankees explained the firing’s as Long being unable to get the Yankees offense going and Kelleher’s as more of a personnel move. The Yankees have not yet announced who will replace Long and Kelleher.

— During Cashman’s media call conference, he opened the idea of Alex Rodriguez playing first base. Cashman and more

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Which former Yankees would make great hitting coaches?

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The New York Yankees fired their hitting coach Kevin Long after eight seasons in the organization yesterday afternoon and while the Yankees freed up a spot at the position, they now need to find someone else to replace Long. So, who could it be? I thought it would be interesting based on observation to play the ‘which former Yankee would make a good hitting coach’ game. These options are unlikely to happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

1. Paul O’NeillPaul O’Neill would be a perfect choice for a hitting coach. He’s motivated, he can hit and let’s not forget he has passion for the game. In his 16-year career, he’s hit .288/.360/.470, so the numbers back up why he’s probably the right fit. While O’Neill is perfect for the job, O’Neill most likely won’t happen; he told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that he has no interest in being a hitting coach. Well, maybe it was for the best…he’s pretty amazing on YES and if he were the hitting coach, he wouldn’t be able to entertain the fans when he’s in the YES Network booth.

2. Tino MartinezAlong with being on the Yankees during the Dynasty Era and having a career .271/.344/.471 clip, Martinez also has experience as a hitting coach; he was a coach for the Miami Marlins before quitting mid-way through the season in 2013. Martinez would be another good choice for the Yankees, but the Yankees reportedly aren’t viewing Martinez as a possible candidate to replace Kevin Long, which is a shame.

3. Jorge PosadaJorge Posada has the utmost respect for the game and has always been a hitter, not to mention he’s a four-time All-Star. When it comes to the game, Posada more

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Cashman opens idea of having A-Rod play first base

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With Alex Rodriguez returning from his year-long suspension at the age of 39 and Mark Teixeira continuously missing time due to injuries, Brian Cashman seemed to have the idea that whenever Teixeira is out of the lineup, the person they could turn to play first base…is A-Rod.

Joe Girardi talked to him about getting some work at first base,” Cashman said during a conference call on Friday. “Until we see what he can do on a daily basis, it’s hard to assume anything.”

In theory, the move makes sense. It’s rare to see a 40-year-old third basemen just like it was rare to see a 40-year-old shortstop (Derek Jeter). First base is also less taxing and Teixeira admitted to the media he might not be able to play 150 games in a season again. However, it’s a lot of change for a player who’s been on one side of the diamond for his entire career, and the questions about Rodriguez don’t stop there. Some even wonder if A-Rod can play third base nowadays.

“I don’t think you can assume he can play third base,” Cashman said. “With his age and missing a full year and how it affected Derek [Jeter] and Mark Teixeira. … In the chair I sit in, it’s safer to assume this is something he might not be able to do the whole year.”

There’s also the question of how he’ll hit since he hasn’t seen any Major League action since 2013.

“I don’t know what to expect in terms of production from Alex,” said Cashman, who also added the team’s strength coach, Matt Krause, visited Rodriguez in Miami. “He’ll push hard and compete hard to be the more

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Cashman on Long, Kelleher, A-Rod and Robertson

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After Brian Cashman signed his three-year extension, more news came out of the organization where hitting coach Kevin Long and first-base coach Mick Kelleher were fired. Cashman followed with a conversation with the media, discussing the direction the team was heading, the situations on Alex Rodriguez and David Robertson and his reaction to the firing of Long and Kelleher.

On Kevin Long: “I think he tried everything in his power. By his own assessment, I know when I talked to Kevin today he told me, he was like, ‘Cash, I wouldn’t do anything different, because I tried everything.’ I think Kevin can sleep at night knowing he tried every tool in the toolbox. I know that he publicly stated late in the year that he did everything and tried everything. It wasn’t sufficient, but the effort was sufficient. The results just weren’t.”

On Mick Kelleher: “That was more personnel-related. When we lost players like Cano, for instance, who was an exceptional defender, to free agency; or when we lost Alex to a suspension, for instance. We had Derek Jeter coming back, as well as Mark Teixeira, from injury. Those players possessed a certain amount of ability, and I think Mick addressed that to the best of his abilities. As we were able to acquire better defenders as the season went on and they presented themselves, we obviously improved our team defense. I would not hold Mick Kelleher responsible for any defensive deficiencies. That was personnel related.” 

On Alex Rodriguez: “Matt Krause, our strength coach, just visited with him yesterday in Miami to continue the process that I talked to you all about in Boston at Fenway Park at more

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Yankees fire Kevin Long, won’t retain Mick Kelleher

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The signing of Brian Cashman does not end this eventful day, ladies and gentlemen.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, the Yankees have fired hitting coach Kevin Long and have decided not to retain first-base coach Mick Kelleher. Last season, the strength and conditioning coach was the one to take the fall for a poor 2013 season. This year, it was Kevin Long. Yikes.

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Yankees officially re-sign Brian Cashman

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Just as we figured, Brian Cashman wasn’t going anywhere.

The New York Yankees have announced they have reached a deal with General Manager Brian Cashman, Cashman signing a three-year deal which will take him to the 2017 season. Despite missing the postseason in back-to-back years, the organization felt Cashman was the best fit for New York given his relationship with the Steinbrenners. With the deal in place for Cashman, Cashman will now meet with Yankees scouts sometime this week.

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Is Stephen Drew the (new) answer to shortstop


J.J. Hardy was probably the most logical fit for the Yankees, which would have meant Stephen Drew wouldn’t of had a snowballs chance to be considered for the shortstop position next season. However, plans do change.

The Baltimore Orioles signed Hardy to a three-year, $40 Million deal with an option for 2018 and in a thin market for shortstop, Stephen Drew has once again caught baseball’s attention. I had suggested about a week and a half ago that the Yankees could consider Drew for a one-year deal in order to get a full season look. Well, with the slim choices at shortstop, that could be the way to go.

The Yankees could get Hanley Ramirez, who happens to be the shortstop prize of free agent market, but he’s injury prone and will demand another high-risk contract, the type of contracts the Yankees are already paying for (Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, etc.). They could try acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies, but he’s injury prone, his contract is outrageous and the Yankees might not have the pieces to actually pull off the trade. That full circle brings us back to Stephen Drew.

The Yankees could offer Drew a low contract and get a good look at him this season. I’d be willing to give Drew the benefit of the doubt for last season simply because no team acquired him until May, meaning he missed the most vital time a player has to get ready for the year: Spring Training. If the Yankees sign him this offseason, he could be in camp and the team could see more

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