The Yankees decision to move some big name players before the trade deadline was a great step forward for the team. They have some of the best prospects in baseball and the future is looking bright for them. There is still some fighting for this team to do this season.
Manager Joe Girardi said “I don’t ever wave a white flag” meaning he will not concede that this season is done. This team is ready to jump at the chance to redeem themselves for the way they have started their season. The Yankees do not what to just make their record look respectable, they want to make the playoffs.
The Yankees parted ways with one of their hottest hitters this season in Carlos Beltran. Age was a factor in this decision as the 39 year old outfielder might be nearing the end of his career. That trade means the Yankees need to step it up on offense.
The one bright spot in the batting order right now is Didi Gregorius. He has been on fire with a batting average of .290 and he can be the leader of this offense when they need runs. They Yankees need the beginning of their lineup to be more productive so they can get on base and get runs driven in.
Pitching has also been a problem for the Yankees throughout the first half of the season and has continued in the second half. The problem with the pitching is not the pitching itself, but it is the lack of run support provided by the offense.
Offensive problems cause defensive problems for any team, but this season it has hit the Yankees hard. There is no question that these problems will be fixed with the new prospects they have, as for now the team has to adjust during the remainder of the season. If they want to make a playoff push they will have to start making changes.
The Yankees moved Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman before the trade deadline and that ended the “No Run DMC” era. Moving these pitchers was a must for the Yankees, but now that Dellin Betances is the closer he needs to pick up where his former teammates left off. He will not be throwing every pitch over 100mph, but he can use his different pitches to get out of jams. Betances has power and he is capable of bringing the heat when he needs to.
The Yankees have been teetering on the .500 mark for most of the season. If they want to break this trend they need to start winning. They have found trouble keeping their bats hot and providing run support for their pitchers.
The Yankees will have a new look next year and they desperately need it because of the way they have looked the past few seasons. Winning now is a challenge they are willing to take on because some more familiar faces on the team may be gone come next season. One of those players could be Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees could be looking to part ways early with Rodriguez to make way for their prospects.
Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith
The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.
Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”
The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.
The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):
“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.
“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”
Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats.
Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.
“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”
The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.
There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.
MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.
Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.
According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.
Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team
Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.
Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.
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