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Whadda Ya Hear, Whadda Ya Say?


This might be the first season since I started the Banter where I’ll put up posts so I can learn more about the team from you guys.

I’m pleasantly out-of-the-loop. I’m just so busy with other things that baseball and the Yankees is not my priority. That said, I like not knowing what is going on, only half-paying attention. It’ll make the season more of a discovery because I’ll turn the game on one day, not recognize half the roster, and then settle in to get to know them.

So, what’s the deal? Who is worth watching? Who are we worried about? Fill me in.

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Categories:  1: Featured  Spring Training  Yankees

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1 rbj   ~  Mar 7, 2016 11:03 am

It's a different team than what we've been used to. Will Refsnyder make the roster as a utility player? What does a now sober CC have left?

I'm not expecting a post season appearance, but I'm fine with that. I just want to watch some baseball games.

2 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 7, 2016 11:43 am

Agreed; all front-office issues in the trash, I'm interested in how this team reinvents itself with home grown talent as opposed to signing the biggest free agents year after year to stupid contracts. Judge and Mateo have already made impressions, though they won't be on the bench come Opening Day. Gotta look into what Gary Sanchez is doing since he's key to what they did and didn't do in the off-season, and to a lesser extent Aaron Hicks. Still too early to draw real conclusions; as we get closer to the start of the season we'll have an idea of what to expect from everyone. I'm looking for a big rebound from Ellsbury though, Gardner not so much but not as bad as September. Everyone else: don't hold your breath.

3 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Mar 7, 2016 12:21 pm

[1] Hope that's the usual Yankee fan pre-season dispair talking. If (and it's as big an 'if" as Donald Trump's "hands") the pitching staff stays healthy, a p[ost-season shot is not impossible.
(2) I concur that it's refreshing to consider what this team might be able to do with actual home-grown talent again. (Of course, adding Bryce Bryce Baby to the team in '18 might be a free-agent acquisition I could really get behind).

And I agree with everyone else: I just want to watch some baseball!

4 thelarmis   ~  Mar 7, 2016 2:49 pm

Apparently, LoHud is now a pay site. That's a drag.

They changed the look of it too; it's much more difficult to read now. The posts are not full page and there are all kinds of popups and ads.

I believe there's a deal for the first year - $19.99. But, then, it goes to $14.50 per month! I find it difficult to rationalize spending money on reading a baseball site, but also find myself missing Chad's endless stream of news on the Yankees.

I'm thinking of biting the bullet for this year, but also seeing if sites like River Ave. can provide me with what I'm looking for at no cost.

Any thoughts?


5 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 7, 2016 3:34 pm

[4] "Apparently, LoHud is a now a pay site..." Are you sure?

The only good thing about LoHud is Chad. The rest is basically a local version of USA Today; pass. I just went directly to Chad's site and wasn't advised of any changes except Privacy and TOS which doesn't seem to block me from accessing the articles for free. But if it actually is charging now, I'd say it's worth it the first year if Chad is your goto source of insider info, but after that cancel and skim through the likes of RAB and RLYW.

6 rbj   ~  Mar 7, 2016 3:39 pm

[4] Yeah, it happened over the weekend. I'm bummed. Can't justify paying for it solely for the Yankees coverage.

7 thelarmis   ~  Mar 7, 2016 3:49 pm

[5][6] yeah, you get a very short "complimentary access" and then it's gone. i've used it up on my phone and laptop.

chad is the only reason i've ever gone to lohud for anything. just the yankees blog; i don't read their newspaper articles.

i'm struggling with paying for it, but might do this first year bail.

8 thelarmis   ~  Mar 7, 2016 3:49 pm

[7] ...then bail.

i'm in spring training mode!

9 MSM35   ~  Mar 7, 2016 3:53 pm

[4] Are you sure? I am logged in but I get the newspaper delivered. Maybe as a subscriber it's free?
The young players seem to be off to a good start. Watching Mateo fly around the bases the other day was a thrill. I'm starting a one-man crusade to move him to centerfield. And not because of what they did with Mickey Mantle who was a lousy shortstop.

10 thelarmis   ~  Mar 7, 2016 4:06 pm

[4] i've never had a login before. yeah, probably free if you're a subscriber. i'm definitely blocked. really sucks : /

11 thelarmis   ~  Mar 7, 2016 10:51 pm

[5] I scrolled through RAB tonight and enjoyed it. It's still possible info loHud for this year only, but I'm glad to know there's another similar site...

12 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 8, 2016 9:27 am

Yeah, I know this is the tough part for the industry—free of charge. How do places survive by giving away material for free? (I don't think they will.) But if you are a reader, and you can get so much stuff for free, why pay of it? And there's the rub. But Chad is so good, he's worth subscribing for I figure.

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