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Thank you for reading, thank you for the thank yous and the stories about what RAB meant to you, and thank you for pushi...
04/30/2019
A Goodbye and a Thank You - River Avenue Blues

Thank you for reading, thank you for the thank yous and the stories about what RAB meant to you, and thank you for pushing me to make RAB the best it could possibly be.

Don't be sad it's over. Be happy you were along for the ride. (Getty) I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. There has never been a moment -- not

“As RAB comes to a close, I think about the friends we made along the way, the baseball friends I chat with every day on...
04/29/2019
Our Back Pages: A Farewell To All This - River Avenue Blues

“As RAB comes to a close, I think about the friends we made along the way, the baseball friends I chat with every day on Twitter and the ones I see in real life.”

Ben’s closing thoughts here: rab.me/2UHXi2A

(Rob Tringali/Getty) A lifetime ago, Joe and I were in charge of the Yankees site for the Most Valuable Network, a long-defunct sports blog network, when w

Here is everything we could cobble together for the post-RAB world: rab.me/2IKQ4JL
04/29/2019
A Guide to Life After RAB - River Avenue Blues

Here is everything we could cobble together for the post-RAB world: rab.me/2IKQ4JL

How it all started. In the three weeks since we announced RAB is shutting down, I've been overwhelmed by thank yous and people reaching out to tell me what

“What I want to emphasize here more is how a website created by fan bloggers – out of labor of love, nonetheless – becam...
04/29/2019
A thank you to RAB, where it all started for me - River Avenue Blues

“What I want to emphasize here more is how a website created by fan bloggers – out of labor of love, nonetheless – became so developed and established enough to get first-hand praise from the general manager of the New York Yankees.”

Catch Sung-Min Kim’s farewell here: rab.me/2LcdQjP

(Al Bello/Getty) In January 2017, the Yankees were doing the “Winter Warm-Up” series to introduce newer players to the fanbase through sandwich workshops,

Like pretty much everything else with RAB, we did not expect the Fan Confidence Poll to last as long as it did.Read more...
04/29/2019
Ten Years of the RAB Fan Confidence Poll - River Avenue Blues

Like pretty much everything else with RAB, we did not expect the Fan Confidence Poll to last as long as it did.

Read more here: rab.me/2GJItr4

(Chris McGrath/Getty) I did not realize this at the time, but the ten-year anniversary of our Fan Confidence Poll was this past March 2nd. The big stories

Well, this is it: the last series preview here on RAB. How about finishing up this blog’s final days with a sweep in the...
04/26/2019
4/26 to 4/28 Series Preview: San Francisco Giants - River Avenue Blues

Well, this is it: the last series preview here on RAB. How about finishing up this blog’s final days with a sweep in the City by the Bay? rab.me/2UUzyNE

(Presswire) Well, this is it: the last series preview here on RAB. How about finishing up this blog's final days with a sweep in the City by the Bay? Their

In our first #YankeesAfterDark matchup of the season, the Yankees outlasted the Angels in a bizarre 14-inning marathon t...
04/26/2019
Yankeemetrics: Flyin' high, crash landing (April 22-25) - River Avenue Blues

In our first #YankeesAfterDark matchup of the season, the Yankees outlasted the Angels in a bizarre 14-inning marathon to win 4-3. If you like weird baseball and fun obscure stats, this was a gem.

Read more here: rab.me/2PtCI57

(AP) April 22: Gio The Great In our first #YankeesAfterDark matchup of the season, the Yankees outlasted the Angels in a bizarre 14-inning marathon to win

We can split the 12 years of the RAB era into three distinct periods, each of them important in their own way, and each ...
04/25/2019
The Three Most Important Yankees Stories of the RAB Era - River Avenue Blues

We can split the 12 years of the RAB era into three distinct periods, each of them important in their own way, and each of them featuring countless smaller stories.

Here, in our humble opinion, are the three most important big picture stories in recent Yankees history: rab.me/2vnwDxy

Sabathia & Burnett. (Nick Laham/Getty) As we prepare to close RAB's internet doors next Monday, we've spent some time recently looking back at the last

The Yankees are three games into their nine-game West Coast trip and there are only five more days to go in the RAB era,...
04/25/2019
Thoughts while the Yankees are out on the West Coast - River Avenue Blues

The Yankees are three games into their nine-game West Coast trip and there are only five more days to go in the RAB era, including today. Barring a surprise development (with the Yankees, not RAB), this is probably the last thoughts post.

It was a good run. Let’s get to it: rab.me/2GwOGH6

Miss this guy. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty) The Yankees are three games into their nine-game West Coast trip and there are only five more days to go in the RAB e

Since we’re closing up shop soon, we figured it would be fun to go back through the years and Remember Some Guys.Relive ...
04/24/2019
Let's Remember Some Guys from the RAB Era - River Avenue Blues

Since we’re closing up shop soon, we figured it would be fun to go back through the years and Remember Some Guys.

Relive the good times with us here: rab.me/2Pq4b7A

Dramatic photo for Dustin Moseley. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) There are five days remaining in the RAB era. We've been at this -- I've been at this -- more t

Gleyber Torres ran into the rookie wall last September. He started slumping right around the time the typical minor leag...
04/24/2019
Gleyber Torres is in a slump, but it's not a cause for alarm - River Avenue Blues

Gleyber Torres ran into the rookie wall last September. He started slumping right around the time the typical minor league season ends, which is fairly common for new big leaguers.

Read more here: rab.me/2VkZW2C

(Sean M. Haffey/Getty) Gleyber Torres ran into the rookie wall last September. He started slumping right around the time the typical minor league season en

Allowing stolen bases has been a constant and impossible to ignore problem for the 2019 Yankees.Read more here: rab.me/2...
04/24/2019
The Yankees have a big stolen base problem right now - River Avenue Blues

Allowing stolen bases has been a constant and impossible to ignore problem for the 2019 Yankees.

Read more here: rab.me/2vrUP2d

(Presswire) Something unusual happened two weeks ago and I wouldn't blame you for not noticing. In the seventh inning on April 14th, White Sox slugger Jose

The RAB era has covered countless minor league prospects. Most of them flamed out, because that’s what prospects do, but...
04/23/2019
12 Years of Prospect Watching at RAB - River Avenue Blues

The RAB era has covered countless minor league prospects. Most of them flamed out, because that’s what prospects do, but a select few broke out and became big league players.

Take a look at some of the most memorable: rab.me/2KT38ym

Montero. (Jim McIsaac/Getty) In six days, we are closing down RAB after covering the Yankees top to bottom for more than 12 years. It was quite a ride. Lot

For the time being, it makes sense for Aaron Boone to deploy Chad Green in low leverage situations like Sunday. It’s inc...
04/23/2019
What's wrong with Chad Green's fastball? - River Avenue Blues

For the time being, it makes sense for Aaron Boone to deploy Chad Green in low leverage situations like Sunday. It’s incredibly frustrating that he couldn’t get the job done then, but those are also the only spots he really deserves at this point.

Read more here: rab.me/2ZvCXAY

(Steve Ryan/Getty) Not much has gone right for Chad Green early this season. After emerging as one of the team's essential bullpen arms over the last two y

Let’s hope the west coast is the best coast for the Yankees’ purposes as they begin a nine-game trip in Anaheim: rab.me/...
04/22/2019
4/22 to 4/25 Series Preview: Los Angeles Angels - River Avenue Blues

Let’s hope the west coast is the best coast for the Yankees’ purposes as they begin a nine-game trip in Anaheim: rab.me/2PmvcZD

Trout. (Getty Images) Let's hope the west coast is the best coast for the Yankees' purposes as they begin a nine-game trip in Anaheim. Their Story So Far T

The Yankees have signed infielder Brad Miller to a minor league contract, the team announced.Read more here: rab.me/2W0s...
04/22/2019
Yankees sign Brad Miller to minor league contract - River Avenue Blues

The Yankees have signed infielder Brad Miller to a minor league contract, the team announced.

Read more here: rab.me/2W0sJXl

(Duane Burleson/Getty) The Yankees have signed infielder Brad Miller to a minor league contract, the team announced. They did not say where he's been assig

Okay, this injury business has jumped the shark. Every team deals with injuries, so when the Yankees got hit in Spring T...
04/22/2019
Thoughts after the Yankees lose Aaron Judge to a "pretty significant" oblique strain - River Avenue Blues

Okay, this injury business has jumped the shark. Every team deals with injuries, so when the Yankees got hit in Spring Training, it was frustrating but also understood to be part of baseball. Now? Now it’s getting ridiculous.

Cry with us here: rab.me/2GlbmcY

Judge :( (Jim McIsaac/Getty) Okay, this injury business has jumped the shark. Every team deals with injuries, so when the Yankees got hit in Spring Tra

James Paxton would have been the star of the highlights if not for an epic eighth-inning bullpen meltdown that robbed hi...
04/22/2019
Yankeemetrics: Vets, replacements to the rescue (April 18-21) - River Avenue Blues

James Paxton would have been the star of the highlights if not for an epic eighth-inning bullpen meltdown that robbed him of the win and made the walk-off heroics necessary.

Read more here: rab.me/2ZrpMRK

(New York Post) April 18: WTF cold bats All of the momentum from the sweep of the Red Sox was quickly erased in a boring 6-1 loss to Kansas City on Thursda

Despite yesterday’s outing, Manny Banuelos represents a story of promise and failure around these parts. In the next wav...
04/10/2019
What if Manny Banuelos finally delivered and we weren't watching? - River Avenue Blues

Despite yesterday’s outing, Manny Banuelos represents a story of promise and failure around these parts. In the next wave of prospects after the Big Three, Banuelos topped Yankees’ prospect lists at the same time as Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman.

Read more here: rab.me/2P1x6i1

(Getty Images) You can be forgiven for not watching the middle innings of Rays-White Sox on Tuesday afternoon. I mean, it's a Tuesday afternoon. Even if yo

Given Severino’s injury, it’s only natural to wonder whether the Yankees will (or should) pursue the still unsigned Dall...
04/10/2019
Luis Severino's injury and the Dallas Keuchel question - River Avenue Blues

Given Severino’s injury, it’s only natural to wonder whether the Yankees will (or should) pursue the still unsigned Dallas Keuchel.

Read more here: rab.me/2IaIWWD

(Elsa/Getty) In a season full of injuries, the Yankees received some of their worst news yet yesterday afternoon. Luis Severino has been shut down six week

Who? That was our reaction when the Yankees acquired Mike Tauchman in an eleventh-hour deal before the regular season be...
04/09/2019
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Who? That was our reaction when the Yankees acquired Mike Tauchman in an eleventh-hour deal before the regular season began.

We're sure we weren’t alone: rab.me/2VyH90q

When it’s all said and done the RAB era will have covered 2,034 regular season and postseason Yankees games, assuming no...
04/09/2019
The Five Most Memorable Games of the RAB Era - River Avenue Blues

When it’s all said and done the RAB era will have covered 2,034 regular season and postseason Yankees games, assuming no rainouts the next 20 days.

Relive some of our favorites here: rab.me/2G2KM8i

(Presswire) In two weeks and six days, RAB will close its internet doors after more than 12 years covering the Yankees. I am bummed we won't get to cover a

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best. The Yankees travel to Houston to face arguably the best team in baseball for an...
04/08/2019
4/8 to 4/10 Series Preview: Houston Astros - River Avenue Blues

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best. The Yankees travel to Houston to face arguably the best team in baseball for an early-season showdown.

Read more here: rab.me/2D46SXk

Verlander (Getty Images) You've tried the rest, now try the best. The Yankees travel to Houston to face arguably the best team in baseball for an early-sea

The Yankees kicked off their first road trip of the season in Baltimore with a 8-4 win (crazy, eh?), as Gleyber Torres p...
04/08/2019
Yankeemetrics: Bronx Bombers invade Baltimore (April 4-7) - River Avenue Blues

The Yankees kicked off their first road trip of the season in Baltimore with a 8-4 win (crazy, eh?), as Gleyber Torres produced a career-best performance that re-wrote the franchise record books.

Read more here: rab.me/2OVVotO

(AP) April 4: Happy Gleyber Day The Yankees kicked off their first road trip of the season in Baltimore with a 8-4 win (crazy, eh?), as Gleyber Torres prod

We’ve been waiting ALL DAMN SEASON for the Yankees to have a game like this. Yesterday was pretty fun, wasn’t it? Read m...
04/08/2019
Yankees 15, Orioles 3: Home Run Derby in Baltimore - River Avenue Blues

We’ve been waiting ALL DAMN SEASON for the Yankees to have a game like this.

Yesterday was pretty fun, wasn’t it? Read more here: rab.me/2G7R8EP

We've been waiting ALL DAMN SEASON for the Yankees to have a game like this. In all seriousness, what a great way to close out the weekend series. Clinch t

RAB celebrated its 12th birthday in February and 12 years for an independent team blog is about 1,200 years in internet ...
04/05/2019

RAB celebrated its 12th birthday in February and 12 years for an independent team blog is about 1,200 years in internet time.

Now is (unfortunately) the beginning of the end: rab.me/2Ukb7ZN

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For real, guys.
I just wanted to take a little time to thank you for all you have done over the years. Best of luck in your future endeavors.😎
To say that I’m going to miss this blog is a heavy heavy understatement. You have been my reading every single day for the last several years, even in the offseason. I will miss you RAB, and do not know where to go now. Bye guys. Take care Mike.
so sanchez is the yanks best player, lol
since mike blamed gary's last error on the infielder i am looking forward to who mike will blame gary's passed balls on, the umpire or an invisible entity.
I know it's the O's, but wow is this lineup going to wear out pitching staffs around the league.
Is there anybody here who would be interested in playing in a fantasy baseball league where one team (mine) would consist of New York Yankees and the other teams in the league would pick from the other 29 MLB teams? I am curious to see how the Yankees would perform against fantasy baseball teams. In order to make the competition as fair as possible, the league would have a 1500 inning limit for pitchers and a 162 game limit for position players. Starting lineups would consist of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, and 9 P. This would enable the Yankees starting lineup, starting pitcher, and the entirety of their bullpen to be started on any given day. Stat categories could be discussed, but my preference is for OPS, HR, R, RBI, SB, and Fielding % and W, L, K, Holds, Saves, and ERA
here's the real reason the yankees didn't sign any of the $300M free agents this year: Yankees reach deal to buy back YES Network After weeks of rumors, the Yankees have reached a deal to purchase the 80% of the YES Network they do not own from 21st Century Fox, report Josh Kosman and Richard Morgan. It’ll cost them $3.47 billion and the deal has 120 days to close. Amazon and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are among the investors. With the deal, Amazon will be in position to control streaming rights for Yankees (and Nets) games. The YES Network was valued at $3.9 billion when the Yankees sold an 80% stake to 21st Century Fox in 2012. Disney has a deal in place to buy 21st Century Fox and must sell off various regional sports networks to get approval. I’m not sure what this means for streaming Yankees games in the short-term. Kevin Draper and Edmund Lee indicate Yankees games could be included in Amazon Prime memberships. The sale isn’t final yet, and as more information comes in, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
IF Greg Bird shows he can hit like he was projected to do, why wouldn't the Yankees start him at first, DH Voit, and have Stanton play left? This gives them the best line-up versus having Gardner start in LF, right?
Talk about burying the lede. Deal: Cessa for Myers: The rumor has been out there for a while now and today it was made official. The New York Yankees have sent 30-year-old RHP Dellin Betances, 25-year-old minor league RHP Luis Cessa, 23-year-old minor league RHP Chance Adams and $200,000 in cash to the San Diego Padres for 28-year-old LHP Brad Hand and 27-year-old 1B Wil Myers. Over his career Cessa has no saves with a 4-7 record and a 4.49 ERA. Myers's career batting average is .254. In 547 games, he has gotten 520 hits, 85 home runs, 285 RBIs and scored 306 runs.
McBroom, Voit Swap Teams: Officials for New York confirmed that they have traded 25-year-old minor league 1B Ryan McBroom, 19-year-old minor league RHP Matt Sauer and 18-year-old minor league RHP Roansy Contreras to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, the Yankees will receive 27-year-old minor league 1B Luke Voit.
I have three YUGE OOTP19 trades to report, none of which required the use of the force trade button. Blockbuster Trade! Stanton for Kershaw: The New York Yankees have completed a major deal that will see 29-year-old RHP Masahiro Tanaka, 28-year-old RF Giancarlo Stanton, 28-year-old RHP Sonny Gray, 34-year-old LF Brett Gardner and 27-year-old LHP Chasen Shreve shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for 30-year-old LHP Clayton Kershaw, 38-year-old LHP Rich Hill, 25-year-old LF Joc Pederson, 27-year-old minor league 3B Max Muncy and 28-year-old LHP Tony Cingrani. "This trade improves us in several areas of the game," Yankees general manager Bertin Lefkovic told reporters as he was leaving the stadium. "The whole organization really feels good about it." Stanton has a career .268 average with 960 hits, including 202 doubles, 10 triples and 267 homers, collected 672 RBIs, scored 576 runs and compiled a .360 OBP. In his career Kershaw has fashioned a 144-64 mark, 2.36 ERA and thrown 1935 innings. Opposing clubs are batting .204 lifetime against him and he has logged 2120 career strikeouts. Yankees, Mariners Make Deal: The New York Yankees have released a statement confirming the trade of 27-year-old LF Jace Peterson, 30-year-old RHP Adam Warren, 22-year-old minor league RHP Freicer Perez and 22-year-old minor league RHP Trevor Stephan to the Seattle Mariners for 35-year-old 2B Robinson Cano and $5,000,000 in cash. The deal was finalized today. Peterson has batted .234 for his career with 261 hits, 48 doubles, 8 triples, 15 home runs, and 98 RBIs. Cano has played in 1998 games and posted a lifetime .305 average. He has 2376 hits, 512 doubles, 33 triples and 301 homers. In addition he has driven in 1183 runs and scored 1144 times. Yankees, Cubs Agree to Swap: A trade was announced today at a press conference in New York. Not satisfied with their current roster, the New York Yankees general manager shook things up by acquiring 25-year-old C Kyle Schwarber, 36-year-old 2B Ben Zobrist and $4,400,000 in cash from the Chicago Cubs for 23-year-old 2B Tyler Wade, 26-year-old minor league RHP Giovanny Gallegos, 25-year-old 2B Brandon Drury, 32-year-old 2B Neil Walker and 20-year-old minor league CF Estevan Florial. "We're a better team now," Yankees general manager Bertin Lefkovic said. "We've added several pieces to the puzzle." For his career Walker has hit at a .272 clip. Among his lifetime numbers are 1051 hits, 204 doubles, 20 triples, 130 home runs and 522 RBIs. Schwarber is hitting the ball at a .222 clip over his career. In 200 games he has delivered 146 hits, 46 home runs with 102 RBIs and scored 119 times.