On October 18, 2012 Jayson Nix popped up to end the Yankees 2012 season. It was a season of expectations and hopes, as every Yankees season is. The 2012-2013 offseason was a season of change, injuries and disappointments. Continue reading
Misters Steinbrenner, Mr. Levine, Mr Tierney, Readers of 85% Sports, Facebook Friends, Twitter followers and my fellow baseball and Yankees fans,
I stand up here before you today to discuss with you the State of the New York Yankees. (wait for applause) Continue reading
It is amazing what things can happen at Yankee Stadium. Enemies are booed, heroes get standing ovations and moments are always waiting to happen. Continue reading
Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts this week. He was the first pick overall in the 1998 draft and had been their starting quarterback ever since. The Colts were the only club that he ever knew. However when he signs with a new organization, he will leave another exclusive club; players that were drafted by one organization and played for that team their entire career (and a minimum of 14 years). Continue reading
This past week, New York Yankees General Partner Hal Steinbrenner announced that for the 2014 season, the Yankees would have a payroll of $189 million. This dollar amount will be $21 million less than the current $210 million and would bring the Yankees under the Major League Baseball luxury tax threshold. How will they do it? It is really not that hard when you look at the numbers. If I can do this, any baseball front office professional can. If not, call me. I would do this for any major league organization. Continue reading
The Minnesota Twins have announced that they will be retiring Number 10, the number of former manager Tom Kelly. Kelly won two World Series as the leader of the Twins (1987 and 1991) and is the team’s all-time leader in managerial wins, 1,140 in 15 seasons with the Twins. The number will be retired on September 8.
This got me wondering about the retired numbers and what number has been the most retired. Continue reading
This week, Eugene and Russ look at the top 5 Transactions of the off-season so far. The first one was easy; could they agree on the rest?
A new feature we’re starting at 85% Sports is Hot Stove Banter – baseball discussions between Russ Blatt and myself. For the first one, we’re tackling the moves the Marlins made at the Winter Meetings.
Baseball has become a complicated game. It has become about salaries, agents, ticket prices, free agents and the bottom line. At times, it seems that there is more talk about the business part of the game then the game itself. Sometimes we need to take a step back to appreciate what we have. Continue reading
In the wake of the events 10 years ago, all Americans and those around the world have been reflecting on that day and the events that followed. Many have said that the return of sports, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, gave us brief breaks of the emotional roller coaster that many had been riding. I do not know about the roller coaster in other parts of the country, but I live 25 miles from Manhattan and being that close to the epicenter of that day left a scar on many of us here in New York. Sports and baseball in particular, gave us brief moments of normality. Continue reading