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Infield uncertainty may cost Yanks

Brian Cashman can’t be serious, can he?

The Yankees general manager, fresh off signing a five-year, $25 million contract extension, is seemingly prepared to start 2018 with not one, not two, but three glaring major question marks in the infield.

Let’s start with Greg Bird, who is being handed the starting first baseman’s job.  Deservedly so right?  Not exactly.

Bird has played a grand total of 94 games over three seasons.  He appeared in 46 games in 2015 and missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury.  Then after fouling a ball of his foot in spring training prior to last season, was ineffective for the first month before shutting it down and not returning until the last week of August, where he showed flashes of brilliance down the stretch and in the playoffs.

The Yankees have been in this exact situation before with Bird.  Just last season Cashman and company began the season with Bird as the starting first baseman and not much insurance.  And when Bird was out of the lineup, they went through a casting couch of replacements that included the likes of Matt Holliday, Tyler Austin, Chase Headley, Chris Carter (my personal favorite), Garrett Cooper and the great Ji-man Choi.

The instability at first base nearly cost the Yankees a shot at the playoffs, and it wasn’t until Cashman lured Todd Fraizer away from the White Sox, that Headley did an admirable job holding down the fort at first until Bird was fit to return.

Well it’s a good thing Cashman learned his lesson because with spring training slated to begin in less than two weeks, the only insurance the team has for Bird is Austin, with Holliday out of the sport, Headley traded to the Padres and Frazier inking a deal with that team in Queens.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Not only has Cashman hedged his bets at first base, he’s done the same at second base AND third base.

Cashman is betting the world that Gleyber Torres, who just very well might be the best prospect in the sport will simply take over as the starting second baseman, no questions asked.

Torres began last season at AA Trenton, appeared in 23 games at the AAA level before undergoing a minor operation on his non-throwing elbow, something called Tommy John surgery.  Ever hear of it?

It gets better.  Cashman is also prepared to go with Miguel Andujar, who Joe Girardi was too scared to play in the field last season as his starting third baseman.

Who could forget Andujar’s standout debut in late June when he went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs in a win over the White Sox.  He didn’t get another at-bat in a Major League game until Sep. 16, and after his debut on June 29th, had three at-bats the rest of the season.

If that doesn’t sound like a plan at third base, I don’t know what does.

The Yankees are set to begin 2018 with World Series aspirations, but aside from Didi Gregorious at shortstop, the rest of the infield has played in a combined 97 Major League games (94 of those from Bird).

While the potential is there for a special season in the Bronx, the foundation the team is built on may not be as supportive as Cashman and new head man Aaron Boone think.

Only time will tell.

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Posted by on 02/11/2018 in MLB, Sports Writing


Opening Day no reason to panic for Yanks

It’s fair to say Opening Day didn’t go exactly as planned for the Yankees.

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Posted by on 04/03/2017 in MLB, Sports Writing


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Food Review: Ted’s – Meriden (CT)

Since moving to Connecticut, one of the first food establishments that came up was Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden, CT, famous for its steamed burgers.

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Posted by on 04/03/2017 in Food



Does Marshall have ulterior motive choosing Giants?

We should have seen this coming.  After being released by the Jets five days ago, Brandon Marshall has found a new home, if by “new” you mean moving right across the hall at MetLife Stadium to the Giants.

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Posted by on 03/08/2017 in NFL, Sports Writing


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Food Review: Chick-Fil-A


For the first time since March of 2014, I have made my way to Chick-Fil-A.

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Posted by on 03/06/2017 in Food, Frankly Frankel


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Food Review: The Po’Boy

Going to New Orleans for the first time, I had my eyes set on the Po’Boy.  It was something I felt was unique to the city and something you can’t get anywhere else.

Upon my arrival, I made sure to quickly scratch the Po’Boy off my bucket list so I stopped at Johnny’s Po-Boys in the French Quarter for lunch around 1pm without having eaten anything the entire day.

This is important because the hungrier you are, the better food generally tends to taste.  I knew I wanted the fried shrimp Po’Boy, and I asked the waiter which Po’Boy he’d recommend for someone who’s never had one before.  He said the fried shrimp one would do.  Worked for me.

As I ate the Po’Boy, I recorded these observations.

  • The bread seemed to overpower the fried shrimp, a huge no-no for any sandwich.  The meat should always be the focal point.  That’s sandwich making 101.
  • The Po’Boy was remarkably simple.  All it entailed was fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, pickles and not nearly enough mayo.
  • The Po’Boy may as well just have been a bland fried shrimp sandwich.  It desperately needed more sauce to give the sandwich some assemblance of flavor.

Overall, my first Po’Boy experience was highly disappointing.  I was looking for something unique to New Orleans and left wondering what all the hype was about.  I could easily replicate the Po’Boy myself and do it better, much better.

For good measure, I gave the Po’Boy a second chance at another prime eating hour.  It was around 1am New Orleans time and the bar I was at on Frechmen Street called Bamboula’s (Bamboula’s has phenomenal music BTW, but I digress) had Po’Boy’s on their menu so I went for it.

Once again, I left disappointed.  The Po’Boy tasted almost exactly the same as it did the first time I ordered one.

If I had to grade the Po’Boy, I’d give it a C-.  It’s definitely not something you should go out of your way to eat.

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Posted by on 03/05/2017 in Food


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Jets poised to make splashy draft pick

The New York Jets aren’t exactly the NFL’s most intriguing team these days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 03/04/2017 in NFL, Sports Writing


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