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Postby BigGuy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:44 am

Yankees ALCS ticket prices reach record high; How much is average seat at Yankee Stadium? MLB Playoffs 2019

Updated 8:36 AM; Today 8:25 AM

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The New York Yankees will host at least two ALCS games at Yankee Stadium.

By Brian Fonseca | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Yankees still don’t know who their opponent will be in the American League Championship Series, but their fanbase already showed it doesn’t matter; they’ll be there.

With ALCS tickets at Yankee Stadium already sold out, the average ticket price on the secondary market are at a decade record high, according to TicketIQ. The average cost for a seat on the secondary market is $553 as of Tuesday afternoon.
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That is the average price, but there are more affordable options.

StubHub and SeatGeek list tickets as low as $106 for the Yankees first ALCS home game, which can take place on either Saturday, October 12, or Tuesday, October 15, depending on who the opponent is between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays.

Regardless of who they face, fans who want to attend Yankees postseason games — home and away — can buy tickets on StubHub and SeatGeek.

Below is the schedule for the ALCS:

Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 12, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 2: Sunday, Oct. 13, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 15, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 16, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 5: (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 17, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 6: (if necessary): Saturday, Oct. 19, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.

Game 7: (if necessary): Sunday, Oct. 20, FOX or FS1 | fuboTV (free trial), Hulu, Sling.


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Postby BigGuy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:47 am

How Yankees GM Brian Cashman was talked into DJ LeMahieu

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Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu established new career-highs in 2019 for runs, doubles, homers, RBI and OPS.

By Randy Miller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

MINNEAPOLIS — The best decision that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made last winter was to stop dismissing continuous suggestions from trusted front-office staffers to make an outside-the-box free agent signing.

Before, during and after the Yankees brought in superstar free agent Manny Machado for a visit, Cashman was being led in another direction in his hunt for to add a quality infielder to address shortstop Didi Gregorius undergoing offseason Tommy John surgery and 2018 rookie star Miguel Andujar’s defensive struggles at third base.

Yankees assistant GM Michael Fishman, director of quantitative analysis David Grabiner and director of baseball operations Matthew Ferry all were fascinated by DJ LeMahieu, a free-agent second baseman last winter who had been a batting champ, won three Gold Gloves and went to two All-Star Games playing for the Colorado Rockies.

All three repeatedly encouraged Cashman to consider LeMahieu for a new role as a heavily-used utility infielder. They’d heard that LeMahieu was eager to join the Yankees without a starting job, but getting Cashman onboard to explore this option wasn’t easy.

“We already have a second baseman,” Cashman kept saying when LeMahieu’s name repeatedly came on during meetings.

Eventually Cashman was talked into at least asking others that he trusted about LeMahieu. He talked with Yanks special GM assistant Jim Hendry, who was the Chicago Cubs GM for the first part of LeMahieu’s rookie season in 2011. He talked to Cubs current GM Theo Epstein, who replaced Hendry in July 2011 and traded LeMahieu to the Rockies that December for veteran third baseman Ian Stewart.

When both Hendry and Epstein raved about LeMahieu’s skills, work habits and character, Cashman realized this could be a good addition at a good place. On Jan. 11 – 10 days after the Yanks rolled the dice signing injury risk star Troy Tulowitzki as a possible fill-in for Gregorius – LeMahieu was a surprise signing for $24 million over two seasons.

This transaction turned out to be the steal of the winter, as LeMahieu, 31, went on to be an offensive and defensive star for a Yankees club that overcame 30 players going on the injured list to win the AL East and then this week sweep the Minnesota Twins in an American League Division Series.

“DJ LeMahieu is a game changer,” Cashman said Monday night after the Yankees finished off the Twins to advance to the ALCS. “His acquisition … guys in my office all winter long were pushing for DJ. They told me he could be impactful, but he’s been more than impactful.”

LeMahieu didn’t play on Opening Day, but ended up making 142 starts – 66 at second base, 47 at third, 28 at first and one at DH.

Andujar and Tulowitzki suffering season-ending injuries in April led to LeMahieu playing almost every day early into the season, and the 6-foot-4 right-handed hitter quickly established himself as the Yankees’ best hitter.

“We didn’t know what we were going to do with him, and he went out there and won himself a job,” Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said.

Mostly batting leadoff, LeMahieu finished with a .327 average that was second in the AL while establishing new career-highs with 26 homers, 102 RBI, 33 doubles, 109 runs and an .893 OPS. His defensive play was superb almost every game, too, even though he hadn’t played a lot of third base and virtually no first before the season.

Now he’s a beloved Yankee by fans and teammates.

“He’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen,” Yankees DH Edwin Encarnacion said.

LeMahieu has loved every minute of it. He played in five playoff games in his seven years with the Rockies, but never advanced past a Division Series until this year.

LeMahieu can’t wait until Saturday when the Yanks begin their ALCS because playing a lot of October games was the biggest reason why he wanted to join the Yankees last winter.

“You never know how it’s going to go, but it’s definitely what I envisioned,” LeMahieu said.
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Postby BigGuy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:00 pm

The Yankees’ bullpen came through in the ALDS

The relief corps held down the Twins, taking pressure off the Yankees’ starters

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By Andrés Chávez Oct 9, 2019, 12:00pm EDT

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The New York Yankees were the first team to secure their ticket to the Championship Series, and they did it in style by sweeping the Minnesota Twins, a team that won 101 games in the regular season. The Bombers outscored their opponent 23-7.

The Yankees did their job on the offensive side, and then some. They averaged 7.66 runs per game and came through with some timely hits with men on base. They hit five home runs and eight doubles, and crucially displayed supreme patience (17 walks in the three games) and some baserunning prowess, with four steals without being caught. Their defensive play was also outstanding, with a couple of flashy plays in the infield and the outfield.

However, the contributions by the bullpen should not be overlooked, especially in a series in which no Yankee starter surpassed five innings. The relief corps took the hill for a total of 13.1 frames against the Twins, and for the most part, they were extremely effective.

Yankee relief pitchers allowed only three earned runs in those 13.1 innings, for an ERA of 2.03. They conceded ten hits and seven walks for a somewhat elevated WHIP of 1.27, but they usually got out of jams thanks to their 16 collective strikeouts.

Sure, there was some occasional hard contact and control problems, but this group managed to deliver when it mattered the most, and now the team is moving on to a new challenge. In total, the Twins could only connect ten hits in 50 at-bats, for an average of .200, against the Yankees’ bullpen.

Every Yankee pitcher in the roster, except for Luis Cessa, pitched against the Twins. However, none of them should be considered “overworked” for the ALCS: the relievers that pitched the most were Aroldis Chapman (2.2 innings) Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton (2.1 each) and Chad Green, with 2.0.

Among relievers, only Kahnle, Britton and Jonathan Loaisiga allowed runs (one each, the first two on solo home runs.) Everybody else had clean appearances in a series that didn’t provide too many scares in the late innings. Even Tyler Lyons, arguably the weakest link in the Yankees bullpen, came through with one scoreless inning, with no hits or walks allowed and a pair of strikeouts.

The American League Championship Series won’t start until Saturday, which will give all Yankee hurlers enough time to recharge batteries for what is shaping up to be a long, hard set of games. Everybody should be fresh.

It speaks volumes of the Yankees’ depth that they swept the Division Series with none of the starters pitching going beyond the fifth inning. And there could be reinforcements in the way for the next round, pending CC Sabathia’s health and Aaron Boone’s decisions.

Of the teams that are still standing, there are a couple of them that boast remarkable rotations. However, the Yankees’ strength is at their relief corps, which can shorten any game and help them prevent their starters from having to face the opponent’s lineup for a third time if the game flow doesn’t dictate it.

Of course, it would be fantastic if the starters would pitch past the sixth or seventh inning, especially in a seven-game series. We know that James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and Luis Severino are all capable of doing it. However, manager Aaron Boone can rest assured that he will have the majors’ strongest relief corps at his disposal if things go south.
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Postby T15D23 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:29 pm

Twins reliever Tyler Duffey: Yankees fans are MLB’s cruelest
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Twins reliever Tyler Duffey never experienced anything like the vitriol he received from Yankees fans during the ALDS.

“Boston’s fun, they’re baseball fans,” Duffey told The Athletic after the Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS. ”Yankees fans, they just hate people.”

Duffey appeared in both games at Yankee Stadium, striking out the side in one inning of work in Game 1 before surrendering a series-changing grand slam to Didi Gregorius in the third inning of Game 2. Yankees fans were not kind throughout, showering him in beer and “a lot of expletives.”

“Someone told me they were going to do something to my wife while we were in New York,” Duffey said. “They take full advantage of whatever they paid for that ticket and they get their full money’s worth.”

There was a private feeling around the Twins that the environment at Yankee Stadium played a role in the 101-win team floundering again in the postseason, according to the report. Duffey described Yankees fans as hating “you for no reason, which is what you want.”

He said he learned to handle it all, enjoying the fact that the fans didn’t like seeing him just smiling back at them and felt a power being able to just step off the rubber and hear the packed house boo. It was a learning experience for him and his teammates.

“You smile at people and they hate that,” he said.
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Postby Paterson » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:05 pm

T15D23 wrote:Twins reliever Tyler Duffey: Yankees fans are MLB’s cruelest
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Twins reliever Tyler Duffey never experienced anything like the vitriol he received from Yankees fans during the ALDS.

“Boston’s fun, they’re baseball fans,” Duffey told The Athletic after the Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS. ”Yankees fans, they just hate people.”

Duffey appeared in both games at Yankee Stadium, striking out the side in one inning of work in Game 1 before surrendering a series-changing grand slam to Didi Gregorius in the third inning of Game 2. Yankees fans were not kind throughout, showering him in beer and “a lot of expletives.”

“Someone told me they were going to do something to my wife while we were in New York,” Duffey said. “They take full advantage of whatever they paid for that ticket and they get their full money’s worth.”

There was a private feeling around the Twins that the environment at Yankee Stadium played a role in the 101-win team floundering again in the postseason, according to the report. Duffey described Yankees fans as hating “you for no reason, which is what you want.”

He said he learned to handle it all, enjoying the fact that the fans didn’t like seeing him just smiling back at them and felt a power being able to just step off the rubber and hear the packed house boo. It was a learning experience for him and his teammates.

“You smile at people and they hate that,” he said.


Yankee fans really don't have much reason to hate the Twins.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:32 am

Aaron Boone is one crucial year wiser heading into Yankees’ ALCS

By Mike VaccaroOctober 9, 2019 | 5:30pm | Updated

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There is no great mystery to the job of managing a baseball team. You have to be blessed with certain talents – a high baseball IQ, a dash of fearlessness, a plentiful helping of intellect, an ability to relate with an eclectic assortment of personalities – and then you have to work at it. A lot. You need reps. You need a lot of reps.

Back in Joe Torre’s salad days with the Yankees, much was made about how he seemed to know, inherently, instinctively, just what to do: whom to start, and whom to bench; which pitcher to trust (famously David Cone, Game 3 of the ’96 World Series) and whom to dismiss (famously Denny Neagle, Game 4 of the 2000 Series). More often than not, stuff worked out for Torre.

Of course, by the time a team managed by Torre actually won a playoff series – Oct. 5, 1996, Yankees 6, Rangers 4 to wrap up the ALDS – Torre had managed 2,067 games in the major leagues. That’s a lot of time as a Met, getting out-flanked in August, a lot of time in Atlanta getting outmaneuvered in April, a lot of time in St. Louis getting outsmarted in June.

Aaron Boone’s first four playoff games were the 163rd, 164th, 165th and 166th of his managing career. Aaron won 101 of his first 163 games last year, including the AL wild-card game and made the job look as easy as breathing. But managing in the regular season and doing it in the postseason are completely different tasks, so games 164, 165, 166 and 167 in the ALDS were something else. And you don’t really learn that until … well, until you learn it.

“Experience is so valuable,” Boone said Wednesday, the second of what will be four equally valuable off days between the ALDS and ALCS as he and his players await the winner of the Houston-Tampa series.

“I don’t know if I looked specifically at it that way, but I’ve been trying to have constant growth. That has never stopped on this job, whether it’s last year putting a staff together, going through spring training, the regular season, the playoffs and the offseason. You’re trying to always grow on the job and learn from the successes and failures you have along the way.”

Boone didn’t do his best work in last October’s ALDS loss to the Red Sox. Mostly, he was guilty of not understanding the urgency of October, the need to move boldly and forcefully when your best-laid plans lay instead in tatters.

He stayed way too long with Luis Severino in Game 3, in what became a 16-1 Sox rout, then waited too long to replace CC Sabathia in Game 4, as Sabathia allowed three runs while getting only nine outs; the Yankees lost that one 4-3 when a ninth-inning rally fell just short.

We saw this week that this is not unique to Boone, that all green skippers can fall victim. Minnesota’s Rocco Baldelli reacted slowly in both Game 1 and Game 2, and when he did go to his bullpen in a tie game in Game 1 it wasn’t one of his front-line relievers but a tertiary one (at best), Zack Littell. In May, such caution and deliberateness may be a prudent course; in October it can be lethal.

But we also saw this week how profoundly Boone learned his lessons: in all three games of the Yankees’ ALDS sweep of the Twins, Boone took full advantage of his team’s strongest, deepest unit: the bullpen. That was an option for him last year, too (and last year’s pen still had Dellin Betances) but this time there was zero hesitation. When James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Severino hinted at weakening, they were out.

So the Yankees wound up getting 41 outs from their starters and 40 from their relievers, and it was exactly what they needed. Boone was decisive and he was quick to maneuver, and it will be fascinating to see if he can stick to that plan against a feistier foe, which either the Astros or Rays promise to be.

Part of why he took so much heat last year was because Alex Cora was himself a rookie manager, but as Cora learned this year, there are other pitfalls and pratfalls that can fell a young manager. Boone’s just happened to come when the most eyes were on him, and when the most money was on the table.

But he clearly learned a lesson.

“You’re a year further along, and that greater understanding hopefully puts me in a better position to make quality decisions,” he said. “Ultimately that’s what I need to do here, not just foster a good culture but make good decisions. And that’s an ongoing thing.”

Now, Boone gets a crack at the ALCS. Last time he was here, as a player, 2003, it ended for him in the most spectacular way possible. Boone the manager can never approach the glory of that moment for Boone the player. But he can enjoy similar satisfaction. One good decision at a time.
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Twins reliever Tyler Duffey: Yankees fans are MLB’s cruelest

By Joseph StaszewskiOctober 9, 2019 | 1:13pm | Updated

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Twins reliever Tyler Duffey never experienced anything like the vitriol he received from Yankees fans during the ALDS.

“Boston’s fun, they’re baseball fans,” Duffey told The Athletic after the Yankees swept the Twins in the ALDS. ”Yankees fans, they just hate people.”

Duffey appeared in both games at Yankee Stadium, striking out the side in one inning of work in Game 1 before surrendering a series-changing grand slam to Didi Gregorius in the third inning of Game 2. Yankees fans were not kind throughout, showering him in beer and “a lot of expletives.”

“Someone told me they were going to do something to my wife while we were in New York,” Duffey said. “They take full advantage of whatever they paid for that ticket and they get their full money’s worth.”

There was a private feeling around the Twins that the environment at Yankee Stadium played a role in the 101-win team floundering again in the postseason, according to the report. Duffey described Yankees fans as hating “you for no reason, which is what you want.”

He said he learned to handle it all, enjoying the fact that the fans didn’t like seeing him just smiling back at them and felt a power being able to just step off the rubber and hear the packed house boo. It was a learning experience for him and his teammates.

“You smile at people and they hate that,” he said.
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Postby BigGuy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:35 am

Yankees: Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton good to go for ALCS

By George A. King IIIOctober 10, 2019 | 4:01am

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Toward the end of the Yankees’ celebration Monday night in Minneapolis after their ALDS victory, Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton said they were fine — though Chapman’s left wrist was wrapped and Britton had been removed from the clinching victory with a jammed right foot.

Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Aaron Boone said nothing has changed from Monday night.

“Chapman is fine. Brit, he came in today to get some work done. He said he’s good to go. If he had to pitch today, he would be good to go,’’ the manager said of his back-end relievers. “Felt even better today. It doesn’t seem like something he’s overly concerned about. He’ll throw [Thursday]. Expect [Britton] to be a full go with no issues.’’

Chapman had a bottle bang off his wrist during the clubhouse celebration, and Britton jammed his foot covering first base in the seventh inning.

Rain forced the Yankees indoors Wednesday. They are scheduled to work out Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees carried 12 pitchers for the best-of-five ALDS, which gave them a four-man bench. They don’t yet know who their opponent will be in the best-of-seven ALCS, which starts Saturday, so Boone wasn’t in position to say whether he will stay with 12 or go to 13 pitchers, which would create a three-man bench.

“It will possibly depend on the opponent a little bit. One thing we are considering again is, ‘Do we go with 12 or 13 pitchers?’ ’’ Boone said. “That will be one of the biggest things that we talk through and decide upon ultimately.’’

Boone started James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in the ALDS against the Twins but said he isn’t locked into that order in the ALCS.

“Haven’t decided that yet,” he said. “May or may not factor who we’re playing. But those will be the conversations that we have, one of the conversations we have over the next couple days. I’m considering everything right now.’
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How Aaron Boone is viewing this Yankees layoff

By George A. King IIIOctober 10, 2019 | 3:45am

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The Yankees had four days off between the end of the regular season and Game 1 of the ALDS and will have a total of four days off before facing the Astros or Rays in the ALCS. Asked whether his players like the time off or would rather avoid an elongated break, Boone said his viewpoint has changed from a year ago.

“That’s … something that I would always have had trepidation about, having a long layoff,’’ Aaron Boone said. “Maybe it’s just with this [year’s] team in particular, but it’s something that I totally embrace and I think benefits us. I know our guys will be ready. I know they prepare really hard behind the scenes to allow themselves to stay sharp.

“I look at this time of year, any time we get a couple extra days … I look at it as pretty much entirely a positive. I think our guys really benefit from it. I know come Saturday we’ll be ready to roll and feel like we have a really good chance of being sharp, as well.’’
Boone expected Didi Gregorius’ late-season funk to be something that could end at any moment and the manager’s faith was rewarded when the shortstop went 4-for-10 (.400) with a grand slam, six RBIs and two walks in the ALDS.

“I think he started to have a little bit better at-bats. … The thing I kind of maintain all the time with hitting, sometimes you go through a stretch where you struggle but you’re still a really good player, like Didi is, sometimes it takes an at-bat or a pitch within an at-bat that kind of gets you locked back in a little bit,’’ Boone said of Gregorius, who hit a third-inning grand slam in Game 2 to highlight a seven-run inning on the way to an 8-2 win. “I think we started to see obviously some better swings from Didi in [the ALDS].

“I do think the playoffs and The urgency of the playoffs, the stage and everything, I think that’s something that helps Didi. I think he enjoys playing in these games. It does bring out the best in him a little bit.’’

In 25 career postseason games, Gregorius is a .284 (25-for-88) with five homers and 22 RBIs. His three-run homer in the first inning of the 2017 wild-card game against the Twins erased a 3-0 deficit and propelled the Yankees to an 8-4 victory that kick-started a run to Game 7 of the ALCS.

“My biggest thing was, I knew he was healthy and confident, that he just needed to have some minor successes that kind of helped him get back to being who he is,’’ Boone said of Gregorius, who is eligible for free agency this coming offseason. “I was really happy to see him contribute the way he did offensively for us in [the ALDS].”

Jordan Montgomery threw a simulated game in Tampa on Wednesday and faced Clint Frazier and Mike Ford. Greg Bird was spotted in the outfield shagging balls.
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:44 pm

I could support adding CC to the roster in place of Lyons, he's earned it and this is his last season. I doubt either guy would see meaningful innings at this point. I'd be more hesitant to add Hicks at this point. While I like him as a player, I can't believe he'd be ready for any meaningful role and Maybin has been a good 4th outfielder who is playing well right now.
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