Greg Bird will be just fine!

Good afternoon everyone, So the latest person to be DFA’ED off this 2018 Yankees team is now Greg Bird, Yankee Twitter has DFA’ED Basically half the team so far. April it was Gardy, May it was Didi, For the first 2ish months Stanton was DFA’ED every other day, Late May/June Sanchez was the next victim, Walker has been DFA’ED multiple times (That one is warranted), Now in July we have Greg Bird being DFA’ED by the masses (Which is NOT warranted at all!). If we got rid of every young player who struggled you know what kinda team we would have? The 2012-’15 Yankees. Now that was fun right folks!?

Greg Bird’s stats when healthy…

2015: 46 G, 42 GS, 41-157, 26 R, 9 2B, 11 HR, 31 RBI’S, 19 BB, 1 HBP, 53 SO, .261/.343/.529/.871

2017: 29 G, 24 GS, 22-87, 14 R, 4 2B, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 9 BB, 20 SO, .253/.316/.575/.891

2018: 32 G, 28 GS, 21-105, 8 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 13 BB, 1 BB, 3 HBP, 33 SO, .200/.306/.419/.725

Greg Bird’s 2018 season (A breakdown)
May 15th to June 17th…
18 G, 16 GS, 15-66, 4 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI’S, 4 BB, 2 HBP, 19 SO, .227/.292/.485/.777

From June 18th to June 24th…
7 G, 6 GS, 1-18, 1 R, 6 BB, 8 SO, .056/.292/.056/.347

From June 25th to July 4th…
7 G, 6 GS, 5-21, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI’S, 3 BB, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, .238/.360/.524/.884

Bird is 25 years old he’s a Power hitting Lefty 1st Baseman who plays a damn good 1st base! His UZR/150 is at 16.3 right now. There is more to Baseball then just offense folks.

Why are so many people just giving up on him when he hasn’t even had 200 AT-BATS YET! Was he supposed to be a GOD and go 45-105!!??.

I think Bird gets so much crap cause he’s been here the longest of the Baby Bombers (But also hasn’t since he missed all of ’16 & most of ’17 with us). Just give him a bit longer folks that’s all I’m asking you for (I don’t think one more month will kill this team!)

P.S. If you’ve hopped off the Greg Bird train already you are NOT allowed back on once he gets on a roll (Which is going to happen). Don’t try crawling back either!!

Oh yeah btw he was AWESOME in the playoffs! He’s been clutch there (No not just the Miller Home Run either!)

2015: WC Vs HOU 1-3, 1 SO, .333/.333/.333/.667

2017: WC Vs MIN 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO, .333/.500/.333/.833

2017: ALDS Vs CLE 4-18, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO, .222/.364/.556/.919

2017 ALCS Vs HOU 5-20, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 8 BB, 8 SO, .250/.464/.500/.964

If you combine 2017 and the Playoffs Greg Bird put up these numbers!!…

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The Neil Walker hate needs to stop.

I’ll be the first to admit I got on Neil Walker too through those 85 PA’s where he started out just dreadful!. But the fact of the matter is he’s been much better since the Angels series (Had two home runs robbed from him) & over the last 7-14 days he has started to really turn a corner, His walks are leading to Rally’s, He got that huge game tying double that set-up Gleyber’s game winning 3 run home run. He’s giving us Pro At-Bats!!!

👀👀👀👀👀 Look at that OBP!!! Once May hit Neil Walker finally got going and for Yankee fans to still be saying to DFA him is crazy to me. He’s finally starting to hit and you still wanna release him LOL, Come on.

Let’s give Walker another 150 PA’s like my friend’s @liveforsports14 & @Thatsabadtake have said we should all do.

I was too hasty with wanting to DFA Neil Walker eariler this season and I think everyone else is going to start coming around as well.

Twitter- @RustySportsTalk

Why WrestleMania needs to return to MSG

Things you need to know about me before we get into the main article.

I’m a big time Wrestling fan, been watching since 1993 and I’ve loved it ever since. I span pre Attitude Era, Through the Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression, PG era, etc.

I’ve been to a couple events throughout my life as well.

Biggest one & the most important is WrestleMania 20 (Which was the last Mania at the most famous Arena anywhere in the world) with my uncle, Who would tragically pass away a year later to Cancer. So Wrestling will always be apart of my life.

Getting back to the point of this article though… So WrestleMania 1, 10 & 20 were all at MSG. WWE would then break that 10 year tradition by having WM 30 at MetLife stadium, Which I hated and thought was a big mistake.

For WrestleMania 35 they’re going back to MetLife. So I would like it if they went back to MSG for WM 40.

I get why they don’t put it in MSG anymore (The fact it’s small and can only hold 18-20K for Wrestling) but I don’t have to like it.

The most famous Arena should hold a Mania again in my opinion. It’s long overdue, I hate the fact Vince McMahon doesn’t like small intimate settings for Mania anymore.

The last 8 WrestleMania’s have been at The Superdome (’18), Camping World Stadium in Florida, AT&T Stadium, Levi’s Stadium, The Superdome again, MetLife Stadium, Sun Life Stadium & the Georgia Dome.

A common theme throughout all those venues is they hold over 70K+. There hasn’t been a WM under that number since WrestleMania 22 at the All-State Arena in Chicago (Which was a recorded attendance of 17, 159).

That was the last small intimate WrestleMania setting. I really hope some day they can go back to a smaller venue cause I loved having WM at MSG. So maybe it’ll happen but until then it’ll just be a dream.

Hey there’s WrestleMania 40? Though knowing WWE like I do It’ll be at the damn Superdome again.

Extra: Another benefit to having WrestleMania in a smaller venue is it would cut down on how long an entrance is. The entrances take like 8+ mins now before the match has even started.

Picture via @WrestleMania Twitter account (It’s their Avatar), I do not own it in any way shape or form. I will change it if told to do so.

My Projections/predictions for the 2018 Yankees

These are my opinions on what each Yankees Starting Pitcher & the lineup (Sans 2nd base) will do in 2018… No Projections for Clint Frazier, Miguel Andjuar, or Ronald Torreyes cause I just don’t know how many games each will play in & I don’t wanna even try to guess at it. The bullpen as well is not being projected cause it’s hard to figure out.

SP 1. Luis Severino…
18-5, 2.84 ERA 33 G, 33 GS, 208.2 IP, 146 H, 60 R, 53 ER, 11 HR, 53 BB, 242 SO

SP 2. Masahiro Tanaka…
14-8, 4.36 ERA, 30 G, 30 GS, 186.1 IP, 174 H, 86 R, 73 ER, 24 HR, 37 BB, 188 SO

SP 3. Sonny Gray…
13-10, 3.43 ERA, 29 G, 29 GS, 173.1 IP, 151 H, 74 R, 66 ER, 21 HR, 64 BB, 148 SO

SP 4. CC Sabathia…
12-6, 3.77 ERA, 28 G, 28 GS, 161.1 IP, 143 H, 66 R, 63 ER, 18 HR, 59 BB, 119 SO

SP 5. Domingo German…
10-7, 4.93 ERA, 20 G, 20 GS, 115.2 IP, 113 H, 63 R, 58 ER, 12 HR, 43 BB, 156 SO

RF/LF/DH Aaron Judge…

158 G, 119 R, 28 2B, 4 3B, 46 HR, 109 RBI, 13 SB, 123 BB, 194 SO
.276/.398/.604/1.002

LF/RF/DH Giancarlo Stanton…
156 G, 121 R, 30 2B, 54 HR, 137 RBI, 89 BB, 187 SO .273/.367/.587/.954

C. Gary Sanchez…

154 G, 93 R, 24 2B, 36 HR, 103 RBI, 53 BB, 130 SO, .282/.356/.556/.912

SS. Didi Gregorius…

157 G, 81 R, 29 2B, 1 3B, 31 HR, 97 RBI, 4 SB, 30 BB, 79 SO, .289/.321/.485/.806

LF. Brett Gardner…

150 G, 101 R, 27 2B, 5 3B, 22 HR, 67 RBI, 23 SB, 75 BB, 124 SO .269/.358/.435/.793

1B. Greg Bird…

119 G, 64 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 22 HR, 78 RBI, 54 BB, 113 SO, .256/.319/.476/.795

CF Aaron Hicks…

141 G, 74 R, 24 2B, 1 3B, 23 HR, 86 RBI, 15 SB, 70 BB, 118 SO, .271/.386/.489/.875

3B. Brandon Drury…

96 G, 47 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 3 SB, 39 BB, 68 SO, .276/.328/.463/.791

2B. Gleyber Torres…

139 G, 62 R, 19 2B, 3 3B, 28 HR, 43 RBI, 14 SB, 42 BB, 82 SO, .276/.327/.418/.745

NXT Takeover: New Orleans card (SPOILERS)

After last night’s NXT taping, We have an idea of most of the matches heading into the card. This is a damn good NXT Take over card too. I’ve seen every single Takeover and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad one.

(SPOILERS AHEAD!! Stop reading now if you wanna be surprised, You’ve been warned…… Everything is still subject to change but from the tapings & what I know of the brand this looks to be the card)

Some of these matches have been confirmed during the tapings. While I am speculating on one of the matches)

  • NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa
  • NXT Championship: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas (c) vs. Aleister Black
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era (c) vs. Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne vs. Authors of Pain
  • NXT North American Championship 6-Man Ladder Match: EC3 vs. Ricochet vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Killian Dain vs. Adam Cole

The match I am speculating on is Gargano Vs Ciampa (If that match Don’t happen I’ll be a monkeys uncle)

JD Martinez makes long awaited debut with the Red Sox, Promptly flies out.

This sucks dude, as much as I hated seeing JD Martinez go to the Red Sox, Part of me was excited for the renewal of the Yanks-Sox rivalry. It’s been a long time since both of these teams were really, really good at the same time, and I thought that was finally going to be the case in 2018, but apparently I was wrong.

Like I said, it sucks. The Red Sox won back-to-back division titles, Then the Yankees responded by trading for the National League MVP, and then the Red Sox countered by signing the guy who led the majors in slugging percentage. I thought to myself, this is great. The time has finally come. Two young cores now supplemented by a brand new offensive juggernaut on each side. After all the anticipation for the rivalry to once again rise from the ashes, awake from its slumber after a decade-long period of dormancy…and then this is what we get.

The game of baseball is so much better when the Red Sox and Yankees are going at each other’s throats either head-to-head or in the standings, but this was a real letdown. Maybe Hanley Ramirez has a big comeback year this year. I don’t know. I really don’t. But if we’re relying on Martinez to be the lightning rod that sparks this thing back up again, then I think we’re all headed down a path of regret and despair.

State of the MLB Hot (Cold) Stove

Yu Darvish originally says he didn’t receive a deal then says he did, Now @BryanHoch is reporting that Yu Darvish is lying so I’m officially fried.

JD Martinez may not sign till Spring training, Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays pretty much fucked over the Red Sox when they settled on 23 million for this upcoming season, Yeah they play different positions and all but I think JD can look at Donaldson and be like that’s what I believe I should be making if not more.

Arbitration is going to be settled with all the players before any of the big time free agents sign, regarding that the Yankees have signed all their Arb eligible players….

Adam Warren 3.3 million

Didi Gregorius 8.25 MM

Dellin Betances 5.1 MM

Sonny Gray 6.5 MM

Austin Romine 1.1 MM

Aaron Hicks 2.8 MM

Tommy Kahnle 1.3 MM

Chasen Shreve 825 K

The only two real Free afents to sign so far have been Jay Bruce with the New York Mets for 3 years at 39 million and Carlos Santana for 3 years at 60 million with the Philadelphia Phillies. If you had told me at the beginning of this off-season that Bruce and Santana would be the first two to sign of the bigger FA’s I’d of said you were freaking crazy.

Will Gerrit Cole ever actually be moved during this off-season? I’m gonna say no and he’s traded towards the July trade deadline. 

It’s January 12th, we are 5 weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting yet none of the big FA have signed. Hopefully the dam breaks wide open soon cause this has been one of the most boring off-seasons I can ever remember.