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Postby T15D23 » Mon May 18, 2020 12:29 pm

Yankees stand to be MLB’s biggest losers in coronavirus-shortened season
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It’s been one week since Major League Baseball owners presented their plan to the players union to restart the game amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The big sticking point, of course, is money.

Owners want players to agree to a 50-50 revenue-sharing plan. Players want the owners to stick to their previous agreement to prorate salaries for the 2020 season.

According to the Associated Press, “Major League Baseball told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks.”

Facing that economic reality, the owners say a revenue-sharing plan with players is needed to limit the financial losses teams incur in 2020.

Per the AP, the Yankees stand to be baseball’s biggest losers.

The New York Yankees alone would have $312 million in local losses when calculating their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. New York’s figure includes about $100 million in payments toward the bonds that financed new Yankee Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers were at $232 million in local losses, followed by the New York Mets at $214 million, Chicago Cubs at $199 million and Boston Red Sox at $188 million. ... The figures were calculated by MLB and its clubs, and the frequently skeptical union already has requested a slew of documents from MLB.


The players are afraid that agreeing to a revenue-sharing plan would be tantamount to baseball adopting a salary cap, which the MLB Players Association has long opposed.

In addition to the controversial move of cutting players’ salaries, the plan owners approved also calls for:

    • Teams to play in their home cities — and even use them for their spring trainings — so long as they’re not putting anybody at increased risk for the coronavirus.

    • A season that could last about 82 games with interleague play based on geography (i.e. AL East vs. the NL East).

    • 14 teams qualifying for the playoffs, doubling the wild-card spots in each league to four.

    • Expanded rosters, jumping to approximately 30 players, with 20-man taxi squads.

    • The use of a universal DH in 2020.

    • The cancelation of the 2020 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

On Saturday, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported on some of the proposed protocols MLB recommended to the players’ union. It includes: an aggressive plan to test (and retest) the players; limiting access to team facilities; rules players must follow on the field and in the dugout (including a ban on spitting and high fives).
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby hampfan » Mon May 18, 2020 6:41 pm

T15D23 wrote:Yankees stand to be MLB’s biggest losers in coronavirus-shortened season
Mike Rosenstein

Per the AP, the Yankees stand to be baseball’s biggest losers.

The New York Yankees alone would have $312 million in local losses when calculating their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. New York’s figure includes about $100 million in payments toward the bonds that financed new Yankee Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers were at $232 million in local losses, followed by the New York Mets at $214 million, Chicago Cubs at $199 million and Boston Red Sox at $188 million. ... The figures were calculated by MLB and its clubs, and the frequently skeptical union already has requested a slew of documents from MLB.


Why am I not surprised we're the team to take it on the chin?
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Mon May 18, 2020 9:05 pm

T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:M.L.B.’s Efforts to Return to the Field Could Take the Game Back to 1994
The potential for labor strife has loomed over plans to put teams on the field this summer, threatening the sport with a potential long-term decline.

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They will both have to compromise. If they don't play because of $$$ they will all fuck themselves.


Both sides have tons to lose and very little to gain.

Players want full prorated salaries, yet the owners have no way to cover them via revenue.

Take the Yankees.

The Gate = 8.3M per game (2019)
TV = $1M per game

Players salaries alone per game is $1.5M per game, this does not include training staff, handlers, travel, hotels, etc.

Gate is gone, poof! as no fans will be in attendance.
TV sponsorship will be discounted as these outlets are getting killed with no content.

So your revenue is just TV. Let's say it stays at that number.

$1M - $1.5M = - $500K over 82 games, the Yankees would lose $41M for 2020.

Players rejected the 50/50 split of revenue with the clubs.

Yes, the players need to get paid, but what business owner is going to bankrupt themselves because the union says so?

I do not have the answer. Too many of these players are digging their heels in when it comes to the dollars. This is absent of basic economics.

I feel for guys on 1 yr deals (Didi) or going into Free Agency (Betts) or those trying to crack the league.

This has been a real self-inflicted wound.

Plus you have assholes like Cuomo & Newsom who have a tyrannical stranglehold over their states. Shit, Newsom alone has 5 teams that he can decide will not play in their home parks, add in 2 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 2 in NY. That is 33% of the league that could potentially be kept locked down. Utter lunacy.
Well, if it's so fucking bad, the owners need to open the books and prove what they allege. Period. And I don't want to hear any bullshit like "they don't have to". If they want to cry poverty, they must prove it.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Mon May 18, 2020 9:13 pm

T15D23 wrote:Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees comeback includes massive money decision
George A. King III

Part 21 in a series analyzing the New York Yankees

If the owners and players can navigate over the many serious hurdles to cobble together a baseball season, the Yankees should have a weapon they missed for most of last season: Giancarlo Stanton.

“He should be ready to go and be part of things,’’ Aaron Boone said late last month of Stanton, who suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right calf while doing fielding drills during spring training.

That would be welcome news to the Yankees, who could also get back Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and James Paxton for the start of a schedule that would open in July.

General manager Brian Cashman said this past week Judge’s fractured top right rib is healing, according to tests that the right fielder will continue to take.

“We’ll continue that process that will hopefully continue to show that expected healing going forward and once we resume play we’re excited to believe he’ll join us at full capacity,’’ Cashman said.

Cashman said Hicks, who had Tommy John surgery following last season, is taking dry swings, adding, “[Hicks] playing center field for the New York Yankees this summer is a legit option, as expected. His time frame is currently going as planned.”

As for Paxton, who is pitching simulated games at his home in Wisconsin, he is fully recovered from back surgery that sidelined him in the spring.

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“[His] issues look like they’ve resolved and he’s now just tuning up and getting ready,” Cashman said.

Stanton’s second year with the Yankees was limited to just 18 regular-season games and five in the postseason due to a strained left biceps that kept him on the injured list from April 1 to June 18. A sprained right knee landed the left fielder/DH on the IL from June 26 to Sept. 18.

Even with Stanton for just 18 games and Judge limited to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique strain, the Yankees cruised to the AL East title.

Though some believed Stanton’s first year with the Yankees didn’t match expectations, despite him hitting .266 with 38 homers and 100 RBIs in 158 games in 2018, the Yankees would welcome that type of pro-rated production if there is a season this summer.

Of course the expectations are tied to the 30-year-old Stanton having eight years and $254 million remaining on the 13-year deal for $325 million he signed with the Marlins following the 2014 season.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic put this season in jeopardy, some were skeptical Stanton would exercise an opt-out clause in the contract following the season and become a free agent because he would be walking away from $218 million.

If there is a season and Stanton produces like he did for the Marlins in 2017 when he hit 59 homers, drove in 132 runs and posted a 1.007 OPS, it still might not be enough to better what he has left on the contract. Should no games be played, it is really far-fetched to think about opting out.

If Stanton doesn’t opt out, the Marlins owe the Yankees $30 million. They also owe the Yankees $10 million in 2026 and 2027 and $10 million in 2028 when there is a $25 million club option or a $10 million buyout.

A season that possibly starts in July would provide the Yankees an opportunity to retool their outfield that wouldn’t have included Hicks in center, Stanton in left and Judge in right. None would have been ready for the March 26 opener in Baltimore. Instead, Brett Gardner would have been in center, Mike Tauchman in right or left and possibly Miguel Andujar or Clint Frazier in left.
Stanton is ours, unless we find a sucker to give him to.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 5:56 pm

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote: They will both have to compromise. If they don't play because of $$$ they will all fuck themselves.


Both sides have tons to lose and very little to gain.

Players want full prorated salaries, yet the owners have no way to cover them via revenue.

Take the Yankees.

The Gate = 8.3M per game (2019)
TV = $1M per game

Players salaries alone per game is $1.5M per game, this does not include training staff, handlers, travel, hotels, etc.

Gate is gone, poof! as no fans will be in attendance.
TV sponsorship will be discounted as these outlets are getting killed with no content.

So your revenue is just TV. Let's say it stays at that number.

$1M - $1.5M = - $500K over 82 games, the Yankees would lose $41M for 2020.

Players rejected the 50/50 split of revenue with the clubs.

Yes, the players need to get paid, but what business owner is going to bankrupt themselves because the union says so?

I do not have the answer. Too many of these players are digging their heels in when it comes to the dollars. This is absent of basic economics.

I feel for guys on 1 yr deals (Didi) or going into Free Agency (Betts) or those trying to crack the league.

This has been a real self-inflicted wound.

Plus you have assholes like Cuomo & Newsom who have a tyrannical stranglehold over their states. Shit, Newsom alone has 5 teams that he can decide will not play in their home parks, add in 2 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 2 in NY. That is 33% of the league that could potentially be kept locked down. Utter lunacy.
Well, if it's so fucking bad, the owners need to open the books and prove what they allege. Period. And I don't want to hear any bullshit like "they don't have to". If they want to cry poverty, they must prove it.


Not sure what good that will do, if no money comes, or far less than can cover salaries, what are they supposed to do, go into massive debt to appease the union?

Marlins can't handle that.

Teams like the Mets annually lose $50M. Can't speak to all the organizations, but money has to come in to pay these players, staff, etc.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 5:57 pm

Masahiro Tanaka’s Yankees future is murky after giving them everything
Dan Martin

Part 22 in a series analyzing the New York Yankees

After signing the richest deal for a pitcher in MLB history, Gerrit Cole wanted to pick one teammate’s brain in particular when he got to Tampa for spring training: Masahiro Tanaka.

Cole said he always admired how Tanaka handled the pressure of coming to New York with giant expectations.

“How can you not?” Cole said this spring. “He’s been the quintessential professional here in New York for his entire stay. He dealt with a lot of challenges coming from Japan in the middle of his career to a completely different side of the world. There’s probably some perspective to be gained there.”

The two were only able to share that perspective for about four weeks before spring training was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but before Cole, there was Tanaka.

This March, Tanaka was heading into the final season of the huge deal that brought him to the Yankees in 2014. He is eligible for free agency following this year, which means his time in The Bronx could soon be coming to an end.

When he arrived just over six years ago after a feverish bidding war ended with the Yankees landing the right-hander with a $155 million contract — plus a $20 million posting fee — no one was sure just how good Tanaka would be.

Days before Tanaka was introduced at Yankee Stadium, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN Radio he expected Tanaka, then 25, to be a No. 3 starter.

At the press conference, Cashman added: “We could be getting more than a three. Maybe it’s a two. Maybe it’s even a one at some point.’’

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Tanaka, now 31, declined to opt out of the final three years of the contract in 2017 and has given the Yankees plenty over the course of his contract.

But to Cashman’s point, all these years later, has he been a three, a two or maybe even a one?

Probably all of them.

By the end of June in his first season with the Yankees, Tanaka was even more dominant than they had hoped he would be, going 11-3 with a 2.10 ERA over 16 starts and featuring a devastating splitter.

But the following month, a slight tear was discovered in Tanaka’s UCL. He avoided Tommy John surgery and since then, has continued to be as durable as any Yankees starter.

Given his production and how seamlessly Tanaka has fit in New York, a new contract to keep him in The Bronx following this season certainly seemed possible.

He struggled at times in 2019, impacted especially by the lower seams on the ball that caused home rates to soar, but Tanaka could still be dominant and he looked good this spring, as pitchers said the balls being used felt more like they had in the past than they did a year ago.

That was before COVID-19 forced the shutdown of the sport.

Pitchers heading to free agency, like Tanaka, could be hurt more by the work stoppage — especially since he isn’t coming off his best season.

“He was tough to read last season,” one AL scout said. “He’s got a good track record even with that, so it’s not like he has to prove himself like some other guys do in similar positions, but it would be interesting to find out how much of what happened to him was because of the ball.”

The scout also noted that Tanaka relied much more on his slider during the latter part of the season and it became a more effective pitch for him than even the splitter.

And as usual, regardless of Tanaka’s issues during the regular season, he is typically excellent during the postseason. In eight career playoff games, Tanaka is 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 46 innings.

The Yankees were looking forward to deploying the 1-2 punch of Cole and Tanaka in October. Now, there’s no telling if that will happen.
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Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 5:58 pm

Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck busted for ‘extreme DUI’
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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck was busted on “extreme DUI” charges in Arizona, according to court records.

Bracksieck, 26, was stopped around 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Scottsdale after cops allegedly caught her driving a white 2017 Honda HR-V without the headlights on while going up to 10 miles above the speed limit, according to a police report obtained by The Post.

When cops questioned her about the headlights, she said she hadn’t realized they were off.

“I could smell a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from inside the vehicle and from her breath as she spoke,” cops wrote in the report, adding that Bracksieck was slurring her word and had bloodshot eyes.

Bracksieck said she was heading to her apartment complex from a steakhouse where she’d had two glasses of wine. But she couldn’t name her crossstreets, despite having lived in Arizona since July 2019, the report states.

Court records show Bracksieck was charged with “extreme DUI” for an alleged blood alcohol concentration level between .15 and .19, as well as a headlight violation and changing lanes in an unsafe manner.

She was cited and released a couple hours later, when she was picked up by an Uber driver, according to the documents.

Bracksieck pleaded not guilty and her case is still pending, a Scottsdale City Court official confirmed. If convicted, she faces potential jail time and fines.

Last year, she cheered on her All-Star boyfriend during the ALDS. The couple was also spotted partying in Miami earlier this year ahead of the Super Bowl.

Neither Bracksieck nor her attorney returned messages.
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Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 6:00 pm

Yankees pitching analysis: Gerrit Cole signing mitigates loss of Luis Severino in rotation
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The starters: Even with Luis Severino lost for the season because of Tommy John surgery in February and James Paxton still recovering from the back procedure he underwent in February (Paxton has begun a throwing program and potentially could be back if the season starts in early July), the Yankees' rotation was shaping up as one of the best in the American League. The reason, of course, is Gerrit Cole, the jewel of last winter’s free-agent class whom the Yankees signed to a record nine-year, $324 million contract. Among those behind Cole is Masahiro Tanaka, a solid and at times spectacular Yankee, especially when it comes to October. Tanaka, in the final year of his seven-year, $155 million deal, is 75-43 in six seasons and 5-3 with a 1.76 ERA in the postseason. The expectation is for veteran lefthander J.A. Happ to have a bounce-back year after the bottom dropped out in 2019 (he went 12-8 with a 4.91 ERA and allowed a career-high 34 homers). Happ has been a fairly consistent performer in his career — 121-90 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 seasons. Based on the small sample size provided in the spring, lefthander Jordan Montgomery has fully healed from Tommy John surgery in 2018. The 27-year-old Montgomery, sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2017 when he went 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA, was off to a good start in 2018 when his elbow gave out in the first inning of a May 1 start in Houston. The Yankees were evaluating their options behind those four when spring training was shut down. The favorite probably was Jonathan Loaisiga, a hard-throwing 25-year-old whose filthy stuff in the minors has wowed rival scouts but hasn’t consistently translated to the majors. Touted prospects Clarke Schmidt, Mike King and Deivi Garcia had moments when they impressed in the spring, though the latter was always considered a long shot at best to grab a roster spot out of camp. Another option could be the “opener” route, something the club had success with in 2019. Domingo German must serve the final 63 games of the 81-game suspension he received late last season for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy (if the 2020 season is completely wiped out, the suspension will not carry over into 2021).

The other options: Should there be injuries — and when it comes to pitchers, there always are —– the Yankees have moderate, though not great, depth to choose from. If Loaisiga doesn’t start the year in the rotation he would likely be called on, as could the seed-throwing Luis Cessa, a righthander with some ability who has been erratic when asked to start previously. Cessa, 28, was slated to begin the season in the bullpen in a swingman role. Nick Tropeano, a non-roster invitee from West Islip and Stony Brook University with an injury history but big-league experience as a starter, had an outside shot of making the club when spring training was shut down.

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The future: If you want to get opposing team talent evaluators to speak in superlatives, ask them about the collection of arms the Yankees have throughout their system. There’s the aforementioned Garcia (21 years old), Schmidt (24) and King (24), who is considered the closest to being ready to step into the big leagues (King was a September call-up in 2019 and appeared in one game). There is much, much more, namely Luis Gil, a 21-year-old righty who finished last season with High-A Tampa; Miguel Yajure, a 22-year-old righthander who finished 2019 with Double-A Trenton; Yoendrys Gomez, a righthander who finished the season with Class-A Charleston; Nick Nelson, a 24-year-old righty who finished with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; and Roansy Contreras, a 20-year-old righthander who ended last season with Charleston.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby davis2 » Tue May 19, 2020 9:30 pm

T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
Both sides have tons to lose and very little to gain.

Players want full prorated salaries, yet the owners have no way to cover them via revenue.

Take the Yankees.

The Gate = 8.3M per game (2019)
TV = $1M per game

Players salaries alone per game is $1.5M per game, this does not include training staff, handlers, travel, hotels, etc.

Gate is gone, poof! as no fans will be in attendance.
TV sponsorship will be discounted as these outlets are getting killed with no content.

So your revenue is just TV. Let's say it stays at that number.

$1M - $1.5M = - $500K over 82 games, the Yankees would lose $41M for 2020.

Players rejected the 50/50 split of revenue with the clubs.

Yes, the players need to get paid, but what business owner is going to bankrupt themselves because the union says so?

I do not have the answer. Too many of these players are digging their heels in when it comes to the dollars. This is absent of basic economics.

I feel for guys on 1 yr deals (Didi) or going into Free Agency (Betts) or those trying to crack the league.

This has been a real self-inflicted wound.

Plus you have assholes like Cuomo & Newsom who have a tyrannical stranglehold over their states. Shit, Newsom alone has 5 teams that he can decide will not play in their home parks, add in 2 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 2 in NY. That is 33% of the league that could potentially be kept locked down. Utter lunacy.
Well, if it's so fucking bad, the owners need to open the books and prove what they allege. Period. And I don't want to hear any bullshit like "they don't have to". If they want to cry poverty, they must prove it.


Not sure what good that will do, if no money comes, or far less than can cover salaries, what are they supposed to do, go into massive debt to appease the union?

Marlins can't handle that.

Teams like the Mets annually lose $50M. Can't speak to all the organizations, but money has to come in to pay these players, staff, etc.
They need to prove their claims. Would YOU take the word of a billionaire crying poverty? I would want proof.
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Re: Yankees Off Season Thread

Postby T15D23 » Tue May 19, 2020 9:56 pm

davis2 wrote:
T15D23 wrote:
davis2 wrote: Well, if it's so fucking bad, the owners need to open the books and prove what they allege. Period. And I don't want to hear any bullshit like "they don't have to". If they want to cry poverty, they must prove it.


Not sure what good that will do, if no money comes, or far less than can cover salaries, what are they supposed to do, go into massive debt to appease the union?

Marlins can't handle that.

Teams like the Mets annually lose $50M. Can't speak to all the organizations, but money has to come in to pay these players, staff, etc.
They need to prove their claims. Would YOU take the word of a billionaire crying poverty? I would want proof.


HUH?

Davis, hello. If there is no revenue coming in from the gate, what are you talking about.

Class warfare crap.

If you own a business your revenue needs to cover your costs, expenses, plus make a profit.

There is NO WAY for this to happen without the gate.

Unclear what you are not understanding about this.
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