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2018 Pinstripe Preview: Jonathan Loaisiga

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Probably the least household name amongst Yankees fans on the 40-man roster, Loaisiga is a 23-year-old right handed pitcher from Nicaragua. The Giants originally signed him when he was only 17, but injuries resulted in his eventual release. He pitched in the Yankees’ system in 2016, but saw his season end due to Tommy John Surgery. Now healthy, the Yankees decided to protect him from the Rule-5 Draft due to his high upside and solid performances in a small sample size.

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Luis Cessa

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Today's 2018 Pinstripe Preview features third year right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa. The young 25-year-old (26 in April) first came to the Yankees alongside bullpen stud Chad Green in the December 2015 trade that sent lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers.  Cessa had previously been a highly regarded prospect in the Mets' system and was a part of the Yoenis Cespedes trade along with 2016 American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer.  Luis Cessa made his major league debut on April 8th, 2016 in a relief effort against the Tigers and went on to play a swingman role for the 2016 Yankees the rest of the way.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees “checked in” on Jason Kipnis

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Ken Rosenthal reported earlier yesterday that the Yankees had been in contact with the Cleveland Indians earlier in the offseason about two time All-Star second baseman, Jason Kipnis. However, the talks have “cooled.”

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Tyler Wade

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In today’s installment of the Bronx Bomber Ball 2018 Pinstripe Previews, we will be looking at rookie infielder Tyler Wade. Wade was brought up last season after an injury landed Starlin Castro on the disabled list for a large portion of the summer. After a subpar first impression in the majors, Wade will go into spring training fighting for a spot in the Yankees' open infield.

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Jabari Blash

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As part of the BBB’s ongoing lead-up to the 2018 Major League Baseball season we are previewing each member of the Yankees’ 40-man roster. Today’s preview features a new Yankee who has not yet donned the pinstripes, that being 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash.


2017 Review:
Acquired from San Diego in the December trade that sent third baseman Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres, Blash is another imposing outfield specimen in the New York outfield that already includes monstrous sluggers Aaron Judge and 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton.  Blash comes in at 6’5”, 235 pounds.

Blash appeared in 61 games for the Padres in 2017 and produced a slash line of .213/.333/.341 with five home runs and 16 runs batted in over 164 at-bats.  Certainly nothing mind-blowing, and nothing that indicates he’ll be a major factor for the Yankees next season, but he has raw ability and a huge frame that resembles an Aaron Hicks-Aaron Judge hybrid.

Blash struggles to make…

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Clint Frazier

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The Bronx Bomber Ball team is gearing up for the 2018 season by reviewing all the players on the 40-man roster. Here we look at where the player stands and what the 2018 season could mean for them. The first installment of the 2018 BBB Pinstripe Preview is former New York top prospect, Clint Jackson Frazier.

Six Yankees crack the MLB Top 100 Prospect Rankings

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The top 100 prospect rankings for 2018 have been released, and, not surprisingly, the Baby Bombers are well represented. Here we will take a look at these players, how they are playing, and where you may see them in the near future.

A-Rod coming to the booth for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball

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Alex Rodriguez has experienced quite the 180 in terms of his public image and perception ever since he retired from the sport of baseball. From presenting himself as a solid analyst on FOX during the postseason, to his love involvement with fellow celebrity J-Lo, A-Rod has been on a tear, and now it appears as if he has just landed yet another sweet deal. 

2018 Bronx Bomber Ball mock Hall of Fame voting results

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Along with being Yankee enthusiasts, the staff here at the BBB is comprised of avid baseball fans across the entirety of the sport. With that being said, we decided to complete a mock Hall of Fame voting using the 2018 candidates. Similar to the official voting, our ballots could only comprise of up to ten candidates, but choosing less than ten candidates was surely an option. Any player with a mark above 75% would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, if the voting rested in our hands. Here are the results of the sixteen ballots casted:

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Vote Percentage Vladimir Guerrero 100 Trevor Hoffman 100 Chipper Jones 100 Edgar Martinez 87.5 Mike Mussina 87.5 Roger Clemens 75 Jim Thome 75 Barry Bonds 56.25 Curt Schilling 43.75 Larry Walker

Yankees One Of Three Teams In On Julio Pablo Martinez

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It's been a very slow going off-season Yankee fans the hot stove is more like the cold stove. Yesterday Ben Badler (Baseball America) broke the news that the New York Yankees are one of three teams (Texas and Miami) considered to be the favorites to sign top Cuban prospect outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez who's said to be 21-years-old.

Yankees come to terms with all arbitration-eligible players

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Last week, the New York Yankees came to terms with all eight of their arbitration-eligible players, agreeing on one-year contracts with each and avoiding going to arbitration hearings, which are set to begin on January 29th.

Yankees sign lefty Wade LeBlanc to minors deal

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The Yankees have signed LHP Wade LeBlanc to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The deal also includes an opt out before the start of the regular season, and a guarantee of a $1 million salary if LeBlanc makes the Major League team. He also has an opt out on June 15, and would earn a salary of $32,000 per month in the minor leagues.

Former major league pitcher Ryan Dempster jokes about "pace of play" in regards to the death of the Trenton Thunder's bat dog, Derby

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When the offseason is in a lull, major sports networks such as, MLB Network, need more stories to cover in order to fulfill the airtime requirement of television shows. On the MLB Network talk show, Intentional Talk, host Chris Rose asked guest co-host Ryan Dempster about Derby, the Trenton Thunder bat dog, who recently passed away at age 9 due to cancer.

Dempster started off by discussing that it is sad to lose a family member or loved one, but then decided to look on “the brighter side.”
“On the brighter side the pace of game will pick up in Trenton as they are working on that in the minor leagues,” Dempster said with an extremely straight face.
Rose immediately put his face into his hands in disbelief and asked Dempster to reiterate what he said in regards to pace of play.
Dempster went on to discuss how a person with two legs can retrieve a bat much faster than a bat dog who has four legs.
Pace of play is a focal issue in the sport right now, however, Dempster’s comments on the matt…