Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Yankees Offseason Notes: For Kuroda its the Yankees

Earlier this week, it was looking as if Hiroki Kuroda‘s chances of coming back to the Yankees were slim. The LA Dodgers were in the race as well as the LA Angels. Well, on Tuesday evening, a source claimed that the Dodgers were no longer in the mix for Kuroda. The Angels soon followed the Dodgers lead and weren’t interested in Kuroda. Now Kuroda has one of two choices–the Yankees or Japan. If Kuroda wants to pitch in the states, he could choose the Yankees. If he wants to go to Japan, he can sign there. This is relatively good news for the Yankees–and bad news for the Dodgers and the Angels. Now all Brian Cashman has to do is make Kuroda an offer he can’t refuse.

BREAKING NEWS: The New York Yankees have signed Hiroki Kuroda to a 1 year, $15 Million contract for the 2013 season. The Yankees prevented one of their worst fears from happening. Now, Yankees need Pettitte.

In Other News:

— The New York Yankees claimed RHP Mickey Storey off waivers from the Houston Astros.

— The Yankees added LHP Manny Banuelos, OF Ramon Flores, RHP Brett Marshall, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Francisco Rondon and LHP Nik Turley to the 40 man roster.

— RHP Dave Herndon elected for free agency instead of being outrighted to Triple-A Scranton thus making the 40-man roster a 39-man roster.

— There’s still no word about if Andy Pettitte will return next year. Although Pettitte could most likely return, it’s not guaranteed.

2012 Yankees Awards: Voting

The 2012 Yankees season was full of ups and downs but there were players that rose to the top of the heap and carried a team that was full of injuries. Back for a second year is the Yankees Awards where you choose which Yankees win awards. You can vote on this thread until December 1, 2012 and the winners of the Yankees Awards will be announced on December 8, 2012. Your favorite players will win if you vote for them, so you can vote as many times as you like. Here are this year’s categories:

Player of the Year:

This award goes to the player who has helped the team in many ways possible all year round. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Yankee Player of the Year:

Starting Pitcher of the Year:

Ball games aren’t only won by hitting a baseball and scoring runs. They are also won by great starting pitching. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Yankee Starting Pitcher of the Year:

Bullpen Pitcher of the Year:

When games get into the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th inning, it’s time to call the bullpen in order to hold things down. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Yankee Bullpen Pitcher of the Year:

Defensive Player of the Year:

The Yankees have players that have held down the fort defensively and saved runs. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Yankee Defensive Player of the Year:

WOW Moment of 2012:

There have been a lot of plays that have made Yankees fans go “Wow” during the 2012 season. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Wow Moment of 2012:

Postseason MVP:

In the postseason is when players lay it all on the line in order to win the World Series. Although the Yankees finished their dreams one round short, there were still some players that deserved to win the Postseason MVP award. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Postseason MVP award:

Comeback Player of the Year:

Some Yankees either retired or became injured only to return to the Yankees Clubhouse when all thought it was almost impossible. Here are your nominees for the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year:

Remember, voting is until December 1, 2012 so make sure to get your votes in by then! Good luck to all the Yankees nominees!

FOX owns 49% equity stake from YES Network

FOX News Corporation recently purchased a 49% equity stake from YES Network. To further explain what that means, here’s the article from LoHud Yankees:

News Corporation has an agreement to acquire a 49 percent equity stake in the YES Network. After three years, News Corporation can acquire a stake that takes it to 80 percent. People, of course, are wondering if these FOX people will try to buy the Yankees from the Steinbrenners down the road.

YES also now has a rights agreement to carry Yankees games through 2042.

Here’s a statement from Hal Steinbrenner:

“This transaction underscores the great value we and our partners created in establishing the YES Network and sets the network on the path for even greater achievements in the future.  We are excited to have News Corporation as a partner.  Its stature and acumen in sports broadcasting on a global scale is unmatched.  We look forward to the many opportunities for growth and development that this investment by News Corporation will bring to YES.  The Steinbrenner family expects to have a continuing, long-term ownership stake in the YES Network and we will continue our yearly commitment of fielding a championship caliber team for decades to come.”