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Yankees set to get key player back for playoffs

Aaron Boone smiling

Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport

The New York Yankees appear to be getting healthy at the right time with the postseason looming.

On Friday, manager Aaron Boone revealed that Matt Carpenter is ramping up for a return to action. Carpenter could play in the team’s final regular season series against Texas, but seems all but certain to return for the ALDS no matter what.

Few would have expected Carpenter’s availability to be key for the Yankees, but that is precisely what has happened. After two lost seasons, the 36-year-old re-emerged as a key piece for the team this season, hitting .305 with 15 home runs in just 47 games. That output, along with his unique facial hair, made him a bit of an overnight fan favorite.

Carpenter has not played since Aug. 8, when he fouled a ball off his foot and broke a bone. The offense initially suffered in his absence, but has picked back up lately. Still, his return can only help make one of the World Series favorites an even tougher out in the postseason.

Son of Roger Maris has interesting comment about home run record

Aaron Judge looking on

Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) goes to the dugout between innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge on Wednesday night tied Roger Maris’ American League record by hitting his 61st home run of the season. The New York Yankees star has seven games remaining to claim the record as his own, but he has virtually no chance of matching Barry Bonds with 73 homers. As far as Maris’ son is concerned, that does not matter.

Roger Maris Jr. said on Wednesday that he would consider Judge the single-season home run champion if Judge gets to 62. Like many others, Maris believes that the records set by Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa deserve asterisks.

McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, which is second all time. Sosa hit 66 that season in a battle that took place at the height of the steroid era. Maris Jr. believes that his father is still the real home run king, which is an opinion shared by a lot of people. Judge has now joined his fellow Yankees legend.

One of Maris’ other sons shared his thoughts on Judge’s home run chase earlier in the season.

Yankees announcer takes classy stance amid Aaron Judge chase

Michael Kay on the mic

New York Yankees TV announcer Michael Kay is taking a classy stance amid Aaron Judge’s home run chase.

Judge has hit 60 home runs this season and is chasing Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season. Each game in which Judge participates for the rest of the regular season will draw plenty of fan interest, and therefore becomes a valuable TV property.

Friday’s Yankees-Red Sox game is set to air exclusively on Apple TV+. Though the game is available without charge to anyone with the Apple TV app and an account for said app, many fans are upset that the new streaming service will exclusively air the game.

AppleTV+ Friday night baseball broadcasts have been heavily criticized, largely because of their poor broadcasting teams. In short, baseball fans are used to listening to their local TV announcers every day, so they’re already irritated that they don’t get to hear their usual announcers. But instead of recognizing and understanding this and just giving baseball fans as straightforward of a call as possible, Apple has tried to reinvent the wheel with 3-person broadcasting teams full of inexperienced announcers. The complaints about their broadcasting teams and statistically-oriented graphics have been persistent.

Naturally, Yankees fans have complained about the game only being available on AppleTV rather than their typical home on YES Network. They’re also upset that Apple TV’s announcers will potentially be calling Judge’s record-tying and record-breaking home runs rather than Kay.

The Yankees understood the matter and reportedly were trying to talk with Apple about a trade, or to allow Kay to call Friday’s game. Kay says he doesn’t want to do that.

Kay wasn’t approached about calling the game for Apple TV+, but he told his bosses at YES Network that he didn’t want the gig because he didn’t want to steal away an opportunity from Apple play-by-play announcer Stephen Nelson.

“I’m extremely flattered that the Yankees and Yankee fans wanted me to make the call, but I just didn’t feel right about it. I would be hurt if it happened to me, and although I don’t really know Stephen, I respect his position and he has earned the right to call the game,” Kay told Front Office Sports.

That’s a thoughtful and classy attitude from Kay, but it won’t help most fans. Baseball fans don’t like the Apple TV+ telecasts. Their worst nightmare is to have an important moment in baseball history broadcast by Apple TV+.

Jordan Montgomery shares how Yankees misused him

Jordan Montgomery throwing a pitch

Sep 2, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (48) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

There was perhaps no trade deadline deal that has had more of an impact this season than the St. Louis Cardinals-New York Yankees trade that sent Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis.

The day of the August 2 deadline, the Yankees dealt Montgomery to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader. Bader was injured at the time of the trade, and the outfielder has just now begun a rehab assignment in the minors. Meanwhile, Montgomery has been the best pitcher in MLB since the trade. He is 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA in seven starts with St. Louis.

The southpaw pitcher appeared in an interview with the “R2C2” podcast between Ryan Ruocco and CC Sabathia last week. In the interview, Montgomery shared how the Yankees mishandled him. Apparently the Yankees told Montgomery he didn’t have a very good fastball, and limited his use of the pitch.

“I didn’t really have much faith in my heater at the Yankees,” Montgomery said during his interview. “I’d been told that it wasn’t that good compared to my other pitches, and if I was gonna get hit, it was gonna be on a curveball or a changeup, which isn’t how you can pitch.”

Montgomery said that opposing hitters knew he would only throw slow stuff with two strikes, so they could take those pitches. He also says he’s now more aggressive and able to pitch inside with his fastball, which the Yankees discouraged for him.

Despite feeling like the Yankees misused him, Montgomery says the Yankees treated him well.

“The Yankees were good to me for seven years,” Montgomery said. “I always thought I was going to be a Yankee lifer.”

Now, Montgomery has a new home with St. Louis, and things are going quite well there.

Yankees fans had harsh trash talk for Aaron Hicks

Aaron Hicks throw

The New York Yankees are in the midst of a historic regular season collapse and their fans are growing increasingly impatient. We’ve seen that throughout the season and again on Friday night when they took aim at outfielder Aaron Hicks.

Hicks struck out in each of his two at-bats and heard the boos after stranding a pair of runners in the third. But things only got worse from there.

In the top of the fourth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, Hicks dropped a routine fly ball near the foul line. It was ruled fair but Hicks didn’t seem to realize. He stood around as the Tampa Bay Rays circled the bases, sending two runners home.

At that point, the fans had had enough. They began showering Hicks with “Joey Gallo” chants.

Gallo, of course, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year after a disastrous stint with the Yankees. He struggled at the plate and in the field, drawing the early ire from fans.

Things got so bad for Gallo that he became reluctant to show his face around New York City.

When the Yankees returned to the field in the top of the fifth inning on Friday night, Hicks was replaced by Estevan Florial. That decision drew a standing ovation.

Aaron Hicks had seen his role diminish a bit following the team’s acquisition of Andrew Benintendi, but recent injuries thrust him back into the fold. But after Friday night’s ugly performance, the Yanks may opt to keep him on the bench for a while.

Aaron Hicks benched by Yankees after making terrible play in field

Aaron Hicks faces the wall

Aaron Hicks on Friday night embodied what has gone wrong for the New York Yankees since August.

Hicks not only made a physical error in left field, but he made a mental one too to compound the issue.

The Yankees were trailing the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Wander Franco was batting with two outs and runners on first and second. He flared a ball deep to the left field corner. Hicks was chasing after the ball and unable to catch it, even though it went into his glove.

Making matters worse, after not making the catch, Hicks let the ball sit there as the Rays circled the bases. Hicks didn’t realize the ball was fair.

Both runners scored on the play, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. Randy Arozarena was next up and doubled in Franco to make it 4-0.

The Yankees finally got out of the inning two batters after Arozarena. When they went back out for the fifth inning, Estevan Florial was in left field rather than Hicks.

The Yankees have gone 14-21 since August, allowing the Rays to climb back into the division race. They can’t afford to make errors like that — mentally or physically.

Yankees get bad news about trade deadline acquisition

Aaron Boone smiling

Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport

The New York Yankees have been scuffling lately, and the news they revealed Sunday is unlikely to help improve the situation.

Manager Aaron Boone revealed that outfielder Andrew Benintendi, one of the team’s key trade deadline acquisitions, broke his hamate bone and will require surgery. Benintendi sounded hopeful that he could return this season, but that is unclear with no timeline revealed by the team itself.

This pretty much sums up how the Yankees’ second half has gone. Benintendi was supposed to provide another useful bat when the Yankees traded for him at the deadline. He mostly did that, hitting .254 with two home runs in 33 games with New York after his acquisition. Now his season is in serious doubt.

The Yankees won Sunday, but frustrations are still high as the team struggles down the stretch. This news will not help matters.

Video: Aaron Boone ejected for arguing questionable interference call

Aaron Boone is ejected for arguing a call

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has added another ejection to his growing tally.

Boone was ejected during the fifth inning of his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday following a questionable catcher’s interference call. He could not challenge the play after using his challenge the previous inning. Boone must have said something as he was walking away from home plate umpire Vic Carapazza. He then let Carapazza have it after he was tossed.

Replays showed Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka reach forward a bit with his glove. However, it did not look like there was any contact between Rays shortstop Taylor Walls’ bat and the mitt. There was definitely a foul tip, and even Walls looked surprised when he was awarded first base.

The ejection was Boone’s seventh of the season, which is the most among MLB managers.

Tensions were already high in the game after Josh Donaldson’s reaction to a pitch caused the benches to clear.

Video: Josh Donaldson clears benches with angry reaction to pitch

Josh Donaldson angry at Rays

Tensions were high Sunday between the New York Yankee and Tampa Bay Rays, particularly after Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson took a pitch up and in.

Donaldson took exception to a 3-0 pitch from Rays starter Shawn Armstrong that came up and in, and took a few steps toward the mound. The benches and bullpens cleared, though nothing more ultimately came of the incident.

In all likelihood, there is some frustration seeping in for the struggling Yankees. They are trying to avoid getting swept by the Rays, and the offense simply has not been performing recently. That, combined with a pitch uncomfortably close to the head, was enough to raise Donaldson’s ire.

Donaldson can certainly be a controversial player, and he’s been at the center of more than one bench-clearing incident this year. Maybe this will get the struggling Yankees fired up.

Jordan Montgomery shades Yankees over trade to Cardinals

Jordan Montgomery throwing a pitch

Sep 2, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (48) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees’ decision to trade Jordan Montgomery at the deadline has worked out nicely for Montgomery, and the pitcher rubbed some salt in the wound on Friday.

The Yankees surprised many by trading Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Harrison Bader. Montgomery has thrived with the Cardinals, while the Yankees have struggled, partly because of the team’s pitching.

On Friday, Montgomery was asked about improvements he’d made since the trade from the Yankees. Montgomery’s response basically acted like the Yankees had never existed.

“What trade? I don’t know what you are talking about,” Montgomery said. “I don’t remember a trade. I’ve turned the page and I’m excited to be here.”

Ouch. Then again, the Yankees had that treatment coming. The deal certainly may have motivated Montgomery to show the Yankees what they lost.

Since joining St. Louis, Montgomery is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA. Bader, meanwhile, has yet to play for the Yankees, having been sidelined by a foot injury. No wonder Yankees players apparently had a strong reaction to the deal.