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Yankee Stadium in The Bronx

As the season comes to an end and we look back all we can see it's past glory. If you ever visited 'the house that Ruth Build" you know what I'm talking about.

It's that feeling of old monument field. It's the plaque's. It's the stadium itself that used to get us excited. Let me stop feeling emotional as we can't live in the past.

Which brings face to face with the new Yankees and the lack of leadership. Girardi who. Arod who. Texeira who. Well you get the point. They do have some up and coming 

talent. Such as, Sanchez, Didi, and Castro. But the pitching and some fans need improvement. Well I still love the old Yankee stadium. Im from the Bronx. The Boogie Down

Bronx to many. Now enjoy this photo of what a real house looks like and let us continue to hunt for the top.

Ps. haters will hate, but David Ortiz and the Red sox are on top.

Photograph by: Jose Rojas

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Is David Ortiz HOF bound? By: John Torres

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john torresHold up just wait one minute, David Ortiz has had a great career but let’s not mistake this he’s not Jeter, Rivera nor Cal Ripken JR. Ortiz is one of the best clutch hitters in the history of the game there’s denying that I’ve never seen nobody that’s as clutch as David Ortiz it seems like when he comes up in big situations he relaxes and slows the game down. Ortiz is a great player but not iconic, some might argue that he’s the best DH ever in the game of baseball. 

Ortiz has 512 Career home runs he’s 3rd among active players behind Pujols and A-rod but you question the fact of how many of those home runs came clean because you have to remember that David Ortiz tested positive for PED use in 2003 which in other words are Performance Enhancing Drugs. So you just question how many of those 512 home runs were legit? Only Ortiz knows that but I do know that David Ortiz was one of the 103 players that name came up in the Mitchell report that was suppose to be held anonymous. Somehow this report got leaked and I’m just paraphrasing now Ortiz is denying the failed test. The thing is when a player fails a drug test and MLB has the best drug testing system in all of sports they simply deny it they don’t take accountability for their actions they don’t own up to it.  Here are some quotes from David Ortiz back in 2003, 

“Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performing -enhancing substances. This happened right before our game and it blindsided me.”

“I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One I have already contacted the players association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I lived my life, I am surprised to learn that I tested positive.”

Okay those were some quotes from David Ortiz himself in 2003, now since this is the final season of Ortiz the question will then be is he HOF worthy? So in 2002 Ortiz hit 20 home runs for the twins then jumps back and crushes 31 for the 2003 Red Sox. All I’m saying is that if Ortiz gets into the HOF then I don’t see how Roger Clemens doesn’t get in or Barry Bonds or Jeff Bagwell or even Alex Rodriguez when he decides to hang it up, this will make for an interesting decision for the writers that have a vote. Thank you for checking out my latest article.

Quotes from ESPN.com Amy K. Nelson

Written by: John Torres

Email: JohnTorres0629@gmail.com

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The Yankees bats are starting to heat up

johntorresWe’ve all made a big deal that the Yankees offense wasn’t producing especially with runners in scoring position (RISP).
So it seems like when the weather heats up so does the bats. Entering Tuesday 05-10-2016 the Yankees find their selves in last place in the AL east, but during the current home stand the Yankees are 4-1 scoring 5.6 runs a game while hitting .273 collectively. During the current home stand the Yankees are pitching with an ERA of 3.80 while hitting 7 home runs. The Yankees entered Tuesday with Masahiro Tanaka taking the mound. Tanaka gave up 6 earned runs while striking out 4 and walking zero the third start this season that he hasn’t walked a single batter. While Gregorious hits a 3 RBI (run batted in) double to give Yankees 5-3 lead. Tanaka gave 3 home runs a two run homer to cuthbert, a solo homer to Cain and another 3 run bomb to Cain. At that point the Kansa City Royals have a 6-5 lead over the Yankees. Heading into the bottom of the 7th McCann is at first base with a long opposite single, Beltran was after and Beltran struck out but wait a minute he actually doesn’t strikes out the count restarts at 0-2 because Joakim  Soria actually balks and McCann ends up in scoring position. Beltran gets out any way and there is two outs and Ackley is after Beltran and he hits a clutch single between the third baseman and short stop luckily for McCann it wasn’t hit hard enough and he’s able to slide in head first and the Yankees tie it up 6-6 Ackley is able to move to second on the throw. Hicks is able to hit an RBI clutch double to give the Yankees a 7-6 lead at that point the Yankees are getting some momentum. We head to the top of the 8th and Miller serves up a 2-1 Slider down the pipe to Lorenzo Cain and we’re tied 7-7 Miller is able to get out of the inning just allowing the one run, also a note to remember Miller relinquished his closers role to accommodate Chapman, pitching the 8th as opposed to the 9th is a whole different mentality that you have to have. Heading into the bottom of the 8th Ben Gamel hits a grounder that seems to be routine but with Gamels speed that forces Escobar to bobble the ball and kick it with the heel of his leg. That misplay would play huge for the Yankees as Brett Gardner hits an RBI clutch double with one as Ben Gamel scores all the way from first. out to take the lead 8-7. Castro gets hit in the shoulder he takes first, then McCann comes up and hits a huge 1 out 2 RBI double scoring Castro all the way from first. The Yankees take a 10-7 lead. Chapman records his first Yankee save with a man on third and retires Cain for the final out.

“We would have lost 7-0 a couple weeks ago Brett Gardner said”.

Written By: John Torres
Email: JohnTorres0629@gmail.com

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 National League East – MLB 2016

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National League East – MLB 2016

This division will be tough no doubt about it w/ a couple of teams in the division on a rebuild. This breakdown will give you an elaborate showing of what the National League east will consist of. Enjoy the article.

The New York Mets- the mets have the best rotation in all of baseball hands down. They have an certified ace 1-5 and don’t forget about wheeler coming back from Tommy John surgery in mid June. That will give the mets 6 pitchers for 5 spots at this point , you know what they say you can never have enough pitching. Two ways you can go about this when wheeler gets back to the team, 1- send colon to the bullpen of 2- have a 6 man rotation giving each pitcher an extra days of rest. The mets pitching gives them a chance to win each game.

The offense did get better w/ the resigning of Yoenis Cespedes he’s a guy that can provide major punch in the lineup w/ wright if he can stay healthy and at least play 135 games then the mets should compete for another NL east title. If Lucas Duda can have a 30 plus homer year for the first time in his career then he would potent offensive protection for Yoenis Cespedes. The mets didn’t really get an upgrade after losing Daniel Murphy to free agency they replaced him w/ Neil Walker and they had similar numbers in 2015.

The bullpen also got better w/ the addition of Antonio Bestardo. Famalia has a chance to be dominate again but hopefully that can translate over to the postseason.

Miami Marlins -really like this Miami team their key stars are Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. If Stanton can stay healthy and play in 155 games then I believe this Marlin team will compete for a Wild Card position. This team has a good lineup after a great season from Bour in 2015 the teams needs him to replicate that in order for them to be competitive. They need to get Ozuna going I feel like this player can be an all star and win a batting title because he has speed he has the ability to beat out infield hits. His defense is superb they just need the bat to wake up. It will be interesting to see how Dee Gordon responds to a contract extension that he got over the off season this can go either way now that he got the contract there’s pressure off of him and now he can play or there can be a bunch of pressure ensuring that he earns every penny just look at Stanton he’s a great player but he hasn’t even been close to earning every penny on his contract health has been a big issue for him the key is for him to stay healthy this offense goes when he goes. Il really not that fond of their pitching rotation Fernandez is an ace and Chen is like a 3 you have all the sub par pitchers like Jackson,khoeler, etc. they need to be good in order for them to win at least a Wild Card spot. Pitching and defense wins ball games because they already have a potent offense.

Washington Nationals- Washington has a good group. The offense is lead by Bryce Harper the offense should be great they have a good pitching staff but the mets have a better rotation. You would wonder if the altercation that took place at the end of last season w/ Harper and papelbon will carry over or is that water under the bridge nobody really knows they both have cleared the air about it. Rendon also needs to stay healthy and put up the year he did in 2014 w/ all that said I think Washington will be in the mix for a Wild Card spot.

Philadelphia Phillies- the Phillies are one of those teams that are on a rebuild they currently have two players left from the 2008 championship team. Ryan Howard is manning first and Carlos Ruiz manning catcher. The up and coming star that you need to pay attention to is Maikel Franco this guy has the opportunity to his 30 home runs and 100 RBI’S in the very near future. The Phillies will be better then what people expect but it won’t be enough to compete they will be a little better from 2015 but they won’t really make a dent. The rotation consists of Matt Harrison, Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Charlie Morton and Vince Velasquez. This team will finish last in the NL East in 2016.

Atlanta Braves- the braves are preparing to be a playoff team as early as 2017 when they move to the new stadium they made trades to ensure the future heading into 2017. This current roster consists of veterans like swisher, markakis, freeman, and Aybar this team traded Shelby Miller for Dansby Swanson from the D-Backs he will be manning SS starting in 2017. Everything at the moment is wrong w/ this team they lack offense,pitching and just a team that will have a hard time scoring runs this team will finish last w/ the Phillies.
Written by John Torres
Email- JohnTorres0629@gmail.com

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The King Hideki Matsui

Hideki Matsui

This Picture portraits New York Yankees baseball Mr. Clutch to me Hideki Matsui at bat.  May, 2008 playing the Cleveland Indians. Picture Taken by Jose Rojas using a Nikon Camera.

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Baseball Player Hideki Matsui
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Breaking Down the American League East

Breaking down the American League East

The American League east seems to be very competitive this year with the Baltimore Orioles spending an a lucrative amount of funds on 5 players while the Boston  Red Sox spent 217 million on one player and made various trades to get better. The Tampa Rays will continue to be the Rays and make trades to get better. While the Toronto blue jays lost David Price they still have a pretty great offense. The Yankees got better via trades w/ out spending any funds on major league free agents.

Baltimore Orioles- The Baltimore Orioles will definitely get more better on offense while they traded for Mark Trumbo although Mark Trumo is a defensive liability you have to play him in the field because Baltimore traded for him for his power bat this guy can swing the lumber and he’s still young. Also Matt Weiters accepted the QO because he had a down year in 2015 so he took the 1 year QO so he can restock his value because he needs to be the force in the middle of that lineup to drive in runs and he needs to be a catalyst for the pitching staff and help them up decent numbers but I highly doubt that. Chris Davis will be an imperative part as well even though he strikes out a lot he still hits the ball out of the park and he’s also a gap guy. Okay I can’t figure this out the O’S sign Alverez but I can’t believe he wasn’t tendered a contract by the Pirates so in hitter friendly Camden Yards he will double his home run total and get a multi year contract in 2017, so the O’S offense will be great. The pitching on the other hand I’m concerned about. I know they signed Gallardo but I don’t think that’s enough.

Boston Red Sox- Boston is an interesting team because they finished in last place the last two seasons but I think manager John Farrell is on a tight leash because in my estimation I think if they’re out by a substantial amount of games by the all star break Boston will fire him. It is imperative that they get off to a great start. Okay, so Boston signed David price this offseason he’s the true ace but after him the rotation is a concern nobody finished 200 plus innings in that rotation last year. It is important for that rotation especially to get off to a great start collectively and Clay Bucholtz needs to remain healthy in order for Boston to compete. I think Boston has a pretty good offense that can do damage if it was my team though I would keep mookie betts in CF and put JBJ in right. Hanley needs to stay healthy in order for him to be productive because Boston is paying him a lot of money to produce they’re not paying him to spend the majority of the season on the DL. If it was my team I wouldn’t put Hanley at first I would put him at third and put Panda at first because he’s bigger and you don’t have to range that far for first base. Pedrioa needs to stay healthy period. Another year older in his final season I don’t think you can doubt Ortiz to hit 35 plus home runs and drive in 135. If all these things mesh well they will be pretty good.

Tampa Rays- I just need to say this about Tampa they have a great pitching staff and more coming from the minors if they can just score enough runs on a consistent basis they will be a pretty potent team coming out of the AL East. I like the trade they made for Corey Dicerson in order to enhance the offense!! Dickerson hit 304 last year w/ the Rockies w/ 10 home runs. W/ more playing time I have no doubt he will enhance his numbers to make a strong line up that includes, Longoria,Loney,forsythe and Pearce. I like their offense this year!!

Toronto Blue Jays – Toronto has a potent offense there’s no doubt if Donaldson, Bautista and Encarnacion can put up the same numbers they put up in 2015 they can just put up enough runs to win games. Their Pitching staff is a concern after losing price. It’s still unknown what Marcus Stroman will do for 30 plus starts although he was impressive after coming back late last year due to injury posting a 4-0 1.67 era in 27.0 IP he’s the catalyst for this starting rotation. Although quick side note to mention he graduated from duke university while on the disabled list last year!!

New York Yankees- First of all let’s start w/ the 3 headed monster out of the bullpen. Betances, Miller, and Chapman these 3 guys led the major last year in bullpen strike outs. Betances- 131, Miller-100, Chapman-116 so our bullpen is one of our key strengths and I know he faltered late last year but you have to throw Shreves name in there he was dominant for the first five months. The offense was 2nd in runs last years so even though the veterans are 1 year older they can still produce and Starlin Castro is going to be significantly better then Stephen Drew!! Chase Headly should be the player of old and drop those errors from a year ago. The only concern I have is the starting rotation, and I also don’t believe that CC Sabathia is competing for the 5th spot in the rotation regardless if he finishes spring training bad or good I think that spot is his considering that he’s never pitched out of the bullpen in his career and he’s making about $25 million . If the rotation can stay healthy expect them to compete and pitch 200 innings this year.
Written By John Torres
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Get ready for baseball season 2016.

Get ready for baseball season 2016. After a long winter the players have reported to their team and are getting ready to put on the greatest show known to human kind. Of course, following the fantastic sport of Football. We can only hope that the players stay healthy and free from any side distractions. As we know in the past many have being caught in the act of foul play, but after a brief suspension they are back helping their team win. Many are getting ready to win lots of games and many will be disappointed  from day one. Lots of players are also down to the last year of service. Many others find themselves under achieving and will soon be release or fire. Lets hope they all keep their jobs. We all know the teams favorite to win. The ones with the biggest superstars. The ones with the big guns and with pressure and  finally the New York Yankees. A team much deserve to making it back to the glory years. I love New York and love baseball. But let the best team win. Let's have great baseball season and get ready for baseball 2016. Image photograph by; Jose Rojas. Graffiti artist unknown circa 2009