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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 ...
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 –...
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 t...
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.Reliv...
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, b...
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 i...
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...
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 w...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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? Re...
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

Turns out all the Yankees had to go to get their offense going was leave homer happy Yankee Stadium.Read more here: rab....
04/05/2019
Yankees 8, Orioles 4: Gleyber Torres to the rescue - River Avenue Blues

Turns out all the Yankees had to go to get their offense going was leave homer happy Yankee Stadium.

Read more here: rab.me/2Ugup1T

Turns out all the Yankees had to go to get their offense going was leave homer happy Yankee Stadium. Four homers and good enough pitching got the Yankees b

As expected, Jonathan Loaisiga has been recalled to make this afternoon’s start.Read more here: rab.me/2HWqUHu
04/03/2019
Game Six: End of the Homestand - River Avenue Blues

As expected, Jonathan Loaisiga has been recalled to make this afternoon’s start.

Read more here: rab.me/2HWqUHu

(Elsa/Getty) The season is only five days old and already it feels like the Yankees are struggling to keep their heads above water. That's against the Orio

Clint Frazier won’t replace Stanton, but the Stanton injury does give him a chance to show he belongs and is worth kee...
04/03/2019
Clint Frazier's big opportunity has finally arrived - River Avenue Blues

Clint Frazier won’t replace Stanton, but the Stanton injury does give him a chance to show he belongs and is worth keeping around.

Read more here: rab.me/2UyX7L7

(Joe Robbins/Getty) The 2019 season is not even a week old and already the Yankees have five times as many players on the injured list as they do wins. The

The 2019 Yankees are starting to feel a little too 2013 Yankees-ish. On a night in which one-third of the starting lineu...
04/03/2019
Tigers 3, Yankees 1: Chapman gives it up in the ninth as the offense continues to scuffle - River Avenue Blues

The 2019 Yankees are starting to feel a little too 2013 Yankees-ish. On a night in which one-third of the starting lineup wasn’t on the roster a week ago, the Yankees made 2019 Jordan Zimmermann look good.

Read more here: rab.me/2UhMAEN

The 2019 Yankees are starting to feel a little too 2013 Yankees-ish to me. On a night in which one-third of the starting lineup wasn't on the roster a week

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