Thursday, June 20, 2019

Boone Says Judge Is "Ready to go and he'll impact us in a big way"

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge. Photo by Jason Schott.



Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is set to return on Friday night after two months to recovering from a left oblique strain.

In 20 games this season up to when the injury occurred on a swing against Kansas City on April 20, Judge hit .288 with five home runs and 11 RBI, and when you throw in his 14 walks, he had a .404 on-base percentage, best on the team.

Mets Fire Eiland In Pitching Coaches' Shakeup

Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Photo by Jason Schott.



A day after the Mets fell into fourth place in the National League East and had one of their toughest losses of the season in Atlanta, capping a series in which the Braves won two out of three, they shook up their coaching staff.

New Rochelle To Hold Parade For Rivera On July 27

Mariano Rivera.



The City of New Rochelle will be celebrating one of their former residents, the Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera and his unanimous selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame, on Saturday, July 27 with a pinstripe parade culminating with a celebration at the  Hudson Park Bandshell.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sabathia On Meaning Of 250 Wins: "I've been blessed"

CC Sabathia after achieving the milestone victory. Photo by Jason Schott.



CC Sabathia earned the 250th victory of his illustrious career as the Yankees routed the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to complete a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

CC Gets 250th Win, Yankee Offense Puts On Clinic In Rout Of Rays

Gary Sanchez rounding second base on his home run in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.



CC Sabathia earned his 250th victory as the Yankees routed the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-1, on Wednesday afternoon to complete the sweep of this pivotal three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (46-27) now lead the Rays by 3-1/2 games in the American League East and they welcome in another contender, the Houston Astros, on Thursday for a four-game set.

Yankees' Formula To Win Has Not Changed

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Photo by Jason Schott.



When the Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion from Seattle over the weekend, the focus was on the fact that they were adding the the American League leader in home runs (he got his first homer as a Yankee on Tuesday) to a lineup with four other prodigious sluggers, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, and Luke Voit.

Wednesday's HOPE Week Honoree: The Great Olmedini


The Great Olmedini. Photo by Jason Schott.


On Wednesday morning, Yankees pitchers James Paxton, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Nestor Cortes Jr. and David Hale surprised HOPE Week honoree The Great Olmedini at his East Harlem apartment, then helped him perform magic tricks for NYC subway passengers on a 4-train bound for Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday's HOPE Week Honoree: Runway Heroes

Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, and the young models are ready for the runway. All Photos Courtesy of the New York Yankees - All Rights Reserved.


At Tuesday's HOPE Week event, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, Yankees General Partner/Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and players Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Domingo Germán and Kendrys Morales joined the founder of Runway Heroes, Rachel Goldman, at the iconic Kleinfeld bridal store in Manhattan where they surprised children with cancer and their families for a fashion show. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Encarnacion "Can't Wait" To Join Yankees Lineup; "It's going to be fun"

Edwin Encarnacion meeting the media on Monday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.




The Yankees made a big move over the weekend, as they acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Juan Then and cash considerations.

Tanaka Twirls A Gem To Take Down Tampa

Masahiro Tanaka after striking out Joey Wendle to end the eighth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.



Masahiro Tanaka had one of his best games as a Yankee on Monday night, as he threw a complete game shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Yankees won the opener of this critical series, 3-0.

Yankees Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of HOPE Week With Party At Stadium


HOPE Week honorees from the past 10 years of the initiative were in attendance. All Photos by Jason Schott.


The Yankees celebrated the 10th anniversary of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) with an on-field celebration at Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon, and it featured running the bases, carnival games, face painting, wiffle ball, and magicians.

Books: Patricia Bright's "Heart & Hustle"





Heart & Hustle: Use Your passion. Build your brand. Achieve your dreams.
By Patricia Bright
Harper Collins Publishers; hardcover, 250 pages; $25.99; available today, June 18

Patricia Bright has one of the fastest growing lifestyle YouTube channels with nearly three million followers around the world. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Callaway Still Confident As Mets Face Crucial Road Trip

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.


On Monday night, the Mets start a three-game series in Atlanta against the first-place Braves, the start of an 11-game road trip against playoff contenders.

The Braves are 42-30, winners of nine of their last 10 games as they have taken over first place in the National League East.

Mets Lose 2 Pitchers & 3rd Game Of Weekend Set To Cards

Mets pitcher Jason Vargas heading back to the dugout after he left the game in the fourth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


It was a tough Sunday for the Mets, as they had to place one of their best pitchers, Noah Syndergaard, on the 10-day injured list on Sunday morning, then lost one of their most reliable arms, Jason Vargas, during the game against St. Louis because of a left calf cramp, and then they went on to lose late once again, 4-3, to the Cardinals.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Bronx Bombers Add Another Bat In Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion.



The Yankees have acquired 1B/DH Edwin Encarnación from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Juan Then and cash considerations.

Encarnación, 36, leads the American League in home runs with 21, which is also fourth in the Majors; 49 RBI, tied for third, and 48 runs scored (tied for fourth). He has a solid slash line of .241/.356/.531 (58-for-241) with 48 runs scored , 7 doubles, 21HR, 49RBI and 41BB in 65 games with Seattle this season. On June 9 vs.  the Los Angeles Angels, he became the 56th player in Major League history to reach the 400 home run plateau.

Mets Moves: Baty Signs; Pounders Brought In From Cleveland

Citi Field and the famous Apple. Photo by Jason Schott.



On Saturday, the Mets signed their 2019 first-round draft pick, third baseman Brett Baty, and acquired right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations in the hopes he can help their bullpen.

Books: "The Perfect Fraud" By Ellen LaCorte




The Perfect Fraud
By Ellen LaCorte
Harper/HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 304 pages; $26.99; available Tuesday, June 18

Ellen LaCorte's intense debut novel, The Perfect Fraud, focuses on two very different women who each hold powerful secrets.

Claire is living in Sedona, Arizona with her boyfriend Cal and she is in the midst of ducking calls from her mother. Her mom is a world class psychic on the East Coast and Claire doesn't want her to discover the truth.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Familia Falters Late As Mets Drop Second Game To St. Louis

St. Louis' Dexter Fowler rounding third base on his game-winning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.



For the second straight night, the Mets' bullpen blew a late lead, as Jeurys Familia gave up four runs in the eighth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals went on to win 9-5 on Friday night at Citi Field.

Cardinals Finish Job Against Diaz To Steal Win From Mets

The Cardinals celebrate in their dugout. Photo by Jason Schott.



On Friday night, the Mets and Cardinals picked up where they left off on Thursday night with the game tied at 4 and the Mets coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Carlos Martinez was on for the Cardinals, and he retired the Mets in order, as Todd Frazier grounded to shortstop, Wilson Ramos struck out, and Amed Rosario grounded to second base.

Callaway: Mets Have "Pushed our starters because that's our strength"

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway. Photo by Jason Schott.



Mets Manager Mickey Callaway trusts his prized starting rotation of Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Jason Vargas, and Zack Wheeler, perhaps more than any other manager in the league.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mets Cough Up Late Lead To Cardinals; Game Suspended Until Friday Night

Jacob deGrom pitching on Thursday night.



The Mets appeared to be on their way to a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday night, but the redbirds scored two in the ninth to tie it at 4 before the game was suspended due to rain. 

They will pick it up on Friday night at 6 p.m. in the bottom of the ninth inning before the regularly scheduled game.

Yankees Celebrating 10th Anniversary Of HOPE Week, Which Starts Monday

Last year, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Dellin Betances took part in a softball game across from Yankee Stadium for the anti-bullying organization No Bully (nobully.org). Photo by Jason Schott.



This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Yankees HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) initiative, which is rooted in the belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.

Book Chat With Jason Turbow, Author Of "They Bled Blue"







Jason Turbow tells the story of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers championship team in his new book They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, $26.00).

Books: On Great Baseball Stories

Photo by Jason Schott.



Baseball is a sport that is ripe for great storytelling, and three new books produce some of the best memories of the game: Tales From The Seattle Mariners Dugout by Kirby Arnold; A Tribe Reborn by George Christian Pappas; and They Played The Game by Norman L. Macht.

US Open Cup Report: NYCFC Moves On; Red Bulls Fall To Revs

NYCFC's Keaton Parks battles Aaron Guillen of North Carolina FC for the ball. USA Today Sports.



In the fourth round of the US Open Cup, New York City Football Club rolled to a 4-0 win over North Carolina FC on Wednesday night, while the Red Bulls lost to the New England Revolution, 3-2, in overtime, on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Yankees Old-Timers' Day On Sunday, June 23; Rivera A First-Time Old-Timer

Mariano Rivera.



The Yankees have announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 73rd annual Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday, June 23, at Yankee Stadium, which is the 11th Old-Timers’ Day at the current Stadium.

Books: Real Stories About The Food We Eat





Ever wonder about the process that goes into producing the food we eat and how safe it is. There are two new books that will enlighten you're thinking on what is at the market: The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs, and Unsavory Truth by Marion Nestle.

Books: On Italy's Beauty





Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and its contributions to the world are endless, and two new books highlight its wonders: La Passione by Dianne Hales, and Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mets 2019 MLB Draft Signings

Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets announced recently that they have signed 18 draft picks from the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. The list includes:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Books: "This Is Home" By Lisa Duffy





This Is Home
By Lisa Duffy
Atria; paperback; $16.99; available June 11 

Lisa Duffy, the master interpreter of the emotional complexities, asks the question of what defines home in her new novel, This Is Home

Is it a physical foundation, the presence of family, or something intangible? Characters grapple with this question in this nuanced and poignant story of finding where, and with whom, we belong. 

Books: "I Guess I'll Write It Down" By Beth Evans





I Guess I'll Write It Down
By Beth Evans
Morrow Gift; hardcover; $14.99; available June 11

Beth Evans is the highly-popular Instagram artist behind @bethdrawsthings, with over 260,000 followers across social media platforms. She is active in making daily comics that capture some of the weird and hard feelings of daily life.

Yankees' Sanchez & Voit Among Leaders In American League All-Star Vote

Gary Sanchez.



Two-time American League Most Valuable Player and seven-time All-Star Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels leads all AL players in the first balloting update for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman Luke Voit are the leading vote-getters at their positions, which would give the Bronx Bombers two starters.

2019 Father's Day Gift Guide





BY LLOYD CARROLL - SPECIAL TO BROOKLYN DIGEST

It is impossible to truly thank the person who most shaped your life but Father’s Day is certainly an occasion to express appreciation for dad.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Thor Terrific As Mets Rout Rockies

Noah Syndergaard pitching to Charlie Blackmon. Photo by Jason Schott.



Noah Syndergaard had one of his best outings as a Met, as they rolled to a 6-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Mets Place Cano On Injured List

Robinson Cano.



Mets Manager Mickey Callaway opened his press conference on Sunday with some news about second baseman Robinson Cano that was not unexpected:

MLS Weekend: NYCFC Runs Past Cincy; Red Bulls Fall In Philly

Maxi Moralez celebrates with Heber. Photo by Jason Schott.



The MLS weekend started early, as New York City Football Club beat Cincinnati FC, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium, on Thursday night.

The Red Bulls played Saturday in Philadelphia, and lost a heartbreaker to the Union, 3-2.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Books: Anthony Bourdain Remembered





Anthony Bourdain Remembered
By CNN
Echo; hardcover, 208 pages; $35.00

One year ago today, the world was saddened to learn of the passing of celebrated chef and television host, most notably of CNN's "Parts Unknown," which showcased hidden treasures around the world 
in such places as Vietnam, Antarctica, and Tanzania.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Mets, Despite deGrom's Dominance, Get Rocked

The spectacular sunset over Citi Field with Jacob deGrom on the mound for the Mets. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets lost a tough one to the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, to open their three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets, and he turned in the rotation's fourth straight quality outing.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Mets Pitching A Strength That's Showing At Just The Right Time

Zack Wheeler fires a pitch on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Mets' pitching staff is one of their strengths, as Manager Mickey Callaway always reiterates, and it showed in their series with San Francisco at Citi Field, in which they won two of three capped by a 7-3 win on Thursday afternoon.

Mets Stun San Francisco To Take Series, Can Use Home Cookin' To Go On a Roll

Todd Frazier touching the plate on his game-winning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets beat the San Francisco Giants, 7-3, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, as they scored four runs in the eighth inning, which included a game-winning two-run home run from Todd Frazier.

Yankees MLB Draft Complete Report

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.



The 2019 MLB Draft finished on Wednesday, and the Yankees drafted 41 players, including 31 from a college and 10 from high school.

The Yankees drafted 25 pitchers (16 RHP/9 LHP), 2 catchers, 9 infielders, and 5 outfielders.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary Tribute To Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra.



The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, which is located on the campus of Montclair State University, will honor the Yankee legend's D-Day service on the 75th anniversary of the iconic World War II event with a tribute ceremony held in the Museum's stadium-style theater.

The afternoon program will feature a short program about the significance of the D-Day invasion, as well as the role of Seaman Second Class Lawrence Peter Berra on that historic day. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Callaway On Pulling Thor: "I'd like to have that one back"

Two Giants head to the dugout after scoring in the tenth inning Tuesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.


It is very rare for a manager to admit a mistake, but that is just what the Mets' Mickey Callaway did on Tuesday night when he was asked about pulling starter Noah Syndergaard in their eventual 9-3 loss to San Francisco.

Books: "Smokin' Joe" On The Life Of A Boxing Legend





Smokin' Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier
By Mark Kram, Jr.
Ecco; hardcover, 384 pages; $27.99; available today, June 4

Joe Frazier is one of the greatest boxers of all-time and most known for his rivalry with Muhammad Ali, which is what has been most documented about his illustrious career.

Mark Kram, Jr., a former senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News in Frazier's hometown, changes the narrative with his new book Smokin' Joe, a testament to an overlooked champion and an epic profile of a complex figure.

Books: "Frame of Mind" On The DC Punk Music Scene




Frame of Mind
By Antonia Tricario
Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY; hardcover, 176 pages; $32.95; available today, June 4

In the late 1990s in Washington, DC, a seminal era in underground music was born, and photographer Antonia Tricario was steeped in it.

Books: "Mission 27" On The Yankees 2009 Championship Team





Mission 27: A New Boss, a New Ballpark, and one Last Ring for the Yankees' Core Four
By Mark Feinsand and Brian Hoch
Triumph Books; 292 pages; hardcover, $27.95; available today, June 4

The Yankees entered the 2009 season with sky-high expectations as they opened the new Stadium and signed three of the biggest free agents on the free-agent market, first baseman Mark Teixeira and pitchers CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Books: "The Death Of Politics" In The Age Of Trump





The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Fractured Republic After Trump
By Peter Wehner
HarperOne; hardcover, $25.99; available June 4

White House veteran Peter Wehner, who served in the Reagan and Bush administrations and now is a New York Times contributing opinion writer, has written a definitive work on what is wrong with our politics and how it can be repaired.

Yankees MLB Draft Report

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees selected three players over the first two rounds of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

With their first-round selection (30th overall), the club drafted SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J. With a Competitive Balance Round A selection (38th overall), the Yankees chose LHP TJ Sikkema out of the University of Missouri, before finishing the evening by selecting INF Josh Smith from LSU in the second round (67th overall).

Mets Select Brett Baty In MLB Draft

Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets selected outfielder Brett Baty from Lake Travis High School in Texas with the 12th overall pick in the first-round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft.

Books: "They Bled Blue" On 1981 Dodgers Championship Team





They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen
By Jason Turbow
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, $26.00; available June 4

The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers won one of the most improbable World Championships ever, as the fact they overcame a strike in the middle of the season to do it is just one of the remarkable things Jason Turbow reveals in They Bled Blue.