Monthly Archives: February 2016

Chapman Suspension may come soon

With the beginning of the 2016 season approaching, the clock is ticking on the announcement of whether or not Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is suspended.635851231034685843-2015-12-07-Aroldis-Chapman

Chapman faced no criminal charges when he was suspected to have choked his girlfriend and fired gunshots into the air.

It is expected to see a suspension soon. MLB analysts expect a suspension, but as for the amount of time he is suspended, no one will know for sure until the suspension is announced.

What David Ortiz wants from Yankees Fans

When David Ortiz announced that 2016 would be his final season, many Yankees fans let out a sigh of relief as they can look forward to the mark of the end of an era.

Over the course of the past 15 seasons, David Ortiz has all but destroyed Yankees pitching. 1118davidortizretires01He is one of the most fearless hitters of the 21st century, and will come into his final season with over 500 home runs under his belt.

Iconic Yankees such as Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter had incredible farewell tours in which included many tangible gifts from teams across America.

But for David Ortiz, he does not want any kind of tangible gift from the Yankees. In fact, what Papi asked for from the Yankees may last only a minute. All he asked for was a final standing ovation. “You know what I want most of all”, stated Papi. “I would love it if the fans at Yankee Stadium gave me a standing ovation.”

Yankees fans generally have a tremendous amount of class, so I would be surprised if Papi did not receive the standing ovation. Until then, we will have to wait until September 29th to see what happens.

An end to the Yankees Offseason and the future of thatbaseballblog.com

The offseason is coming to a close and I think it is safe to say that the Yankees have made all of their major moves.

Some major moves, headlined by Aroldis Chapman and Starlin Castro, have lead many Yankees fans to believe that they have a serious shot in 2016. It is going to be very fun to cover my favorite team this season.

As for the future of this blog, the tide will turn from less trade and free agent moves and more player news. Because the offseason is coming to a close, there is much less about signings and trades, and much more about injuries and player progression as the season comes ever closer.

I can’t wait to cover the season and I hope you enjoy all that is provided.

-Jackson

A Fantastic Day at the 2016 Toby Hall Spring Training Celebrity Golf Classic.

It is arguable that my favorite day of the year is the day of Toby Hall’s Celebrity golf event.

It is hands down, the best day of the year. It is a day where people from all acrossIMG_5249 Florida meet in Tampa, FL to play golf for a great cause. Celebrities include actors, baseball players, football players, and more. I have been to charity golf events before but nothing comes even close to the caliber of an event that Toby Hall puts on.

Toby Hall’s event is simply incredible. First off, it is played at one of the finest golf courses in all of Florida. Feather Sound Golf Course is such a beautiful and appropriate site to host such an event. The staff is so friendly to everybody. Besides the golf course itself, the FullSizeRenderfood and beverages catered to the event were spectacular. There were booths for food such ad PDQ as well as bins everywhere filled with cold beverages. There was even a stand with complimentary protein drinks.

As for the actual event itself, it could not have been any better. I had the luxury of going around and talking to some of the players. Rays lefty, Matt Moore, shared with me that he is excited for the upcoming season and that he expects the Rays to do big thingsIMG_5297 this year. I’ll admit that I underestimated the golfing abilities of Matt Moore. As a pitcher, I did not expect him to drive the ball down the fairway like he did; but he proved me wrong.

After talking to Matt, I got to drive around and ran into Fox 13 news anchor, Charlie Belcher. Charlie Belcher, who is one of the most supported and influential people in the Tampa Bay Area, was very excited about how much FullSizeRender 2recognition Toby Hall’s foundation was receiving. Charlie also shared some laughs with me about Toby’s source of transportation, which was a scooter-looking vehicle, which Toby rode around the golf course.

I had such an amazing time at the event and I am already counting down the days until next years event. It was truly a time I will never forget.

Here is the link to Toby Hall’s foundation. 

A great Saturday Evening with Chris Archer and Friends

Although this is a Yankees blog, I do often blog about my experiences in the baseball community.

Last Saturday night, I had the great opportunity of going to the annual Rays dinner. The name of the dinner has changed over the years, but this year, it was “Dinner with Chris Archer and Friends”IMG_5041

Friends may be an understatement. Some of the “friends” of Chris included potential Hall-of-famers, Alex Rodriguez, Roy Halladay, and Dante Bichette. Although A-Rod was not in attendance, the others were.

The nigh started off with some signings from the players. Kevin Kiermaier, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi, and former Ray, Jake McGee.

IMG_5045-2After getting some signatures from some very cool players, I got to sit down and listen to some great speeches from some of the inductees. Dwayne Staats and Marc Topkin started off the evening with some introductory speeches.

 

It was a packed house. Nearly every seat was full.

Chris Archer was the hit of the evening. Over the years, the Rays have had IMG_5061multiple personalities host their events. In my opinion, Chris Archer was the best. He is such a humble, promising player, that keeps the audience entertained throughout the evening.

He stayed after and signed autographs for many fans.

After Chris waved goodbye to everybody, I think that I can speak for the people there when I say that it was a night to remember.

Thank you Chris Archer, and I hope there are many more to come.

 

Are Didi Gregorious and Starlin Castro the infield duo of the Future?

With aging first baseman, Mark Texiera, and streaky third baseman, Chase Headley, it appears that the Yankees corners are getting older. Soon, the yankees will need to start looking at internal replacements for when the two retire.

As for the middle infield, it is a different story. The Yankees have Didi Gregorious and images-4Starlin Castro at shortstop and second. Both just 25 years of age, you can bet that you will see the same two up the middle for the Yankees for many years to come.

Gregorious, who nearly won a gold glove in his first year with the Yankees, did a great job filling in the hole left when Jeter retired. Stalin Castro, who lead the National League in hits just a few years ago, will be counted on at second. The Yankees have had a shallow spot at second base ever since Robinson Cano left.

It will be very exciting to see the Yankees middle infield for many years to come

How Greg Bird Injury Effects Yankees

Yankees fans were devastated when they found out that their rookie sensation, Greg Bird, underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday, sidelining him for the entire 2016 season.

Bird, just 23, hit 11 home runs in just 147 At-Bats. The Yankees finally found their first-02YANKEESweb-master675baseman of the future. Now, we may not see him step into pinstripes until 2017.

What does this mean for the Yankees? It may be less painful than it sounds. Yankees GM Brian Cashman already announced that Bird would start 2016 in the minor leagues. Not only that, but he announced that he may be in the minors for a while. I do not exactly understand why, but Brian Cashman generally knows what he’s doing.

Another reason not to panic is because the Yankees already have a great first baseman in Mark Teixiera. Talk as bad as you want about him, but the numbers show that he is a reliable 1st baseman. He hit over 30 home runs, which the Yankees are going to need if they plan on contending next season.

In my opinion, I think that the Greg Bird injury is not good, but it does give him time to recover and I am willing to bet my bottom dollar that he has a starting 1st baseman spot when he returns in 2017.