Staten Island, NY– The championship banner was raised and the Staten Island Yankees took the field at home for the first time in 2012. Unfortunately their offense once again failed to show up as they scored all of one run on a home run from Saxon Butler. The Cyclones scored 4 runs and that was all the offense they needed as the Yankee bats were quieted for the second consecutive night. To go along with their single run the Yankees only had 2 hits throughout the ball game. With the loss the Yankees remain the only winless team in the McNamara division but are not alone in the New York Penn-League as the Batavia Muckdogs of the Pickney division are also winless. The Yankees take the field at RCCB again tomorrow night where temperatures are expected to reach 97 degrees!
Coney Island, NY– The defending NYPL Champion Staten Island Yankees started their 2012 campaign on a sour note after dropping game one of the season to the Cyclones at MCU Park. Brooklyn scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and that was all the run production they needed as the Yankees had no answers offensively for the Cyclones. James Pazos took the loss for Staten Island while Dawrin Frias picked up the win for the Cyclones and Tyler Vanderheiden got his first save. Stefan Sabol and Cole Frenzel had an RBI each to make up all of Brooklyn’s offense.The Yankees mustered up only 4 hits while committing 2 fielding errors on the line score. Brooklyn’s line looked a little different with 2 runs, 6 hits and no errors. The two teams go at it again tonight but there will be a change in scenery as the Yankees have a chance to play in front of their home fans at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the first time this year. 7:00 start time for the home opener in St. George.
Staten Island, NYC– The top draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2010 has finally made his professional debut. He did it with the Staten Island Yankees on Friday against the Connecticut Tigers. Culver went 0-3 but he did score a run. After signing his contract in late June, the 17-year-old started his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Yankees. The Rochester, N.Y., native batted .269 with two homers and seven doubles for 18 RBI in 41 games before being promoted to Staten Island. Culver hit seventh in Friday night’s lineup and he flew out to left field in the second, grounded out to short in the fourth and flied out to right in the sixth. Culver then worked out a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth and scored on Casey Stevenson’s two-out single. Staten Island had the tying run at the plate, but Ramon Lebron struck out Rob Segedin for the game’s final out.
Bronx, NYC– In 2005 you could catch Eduardo Nunez playing third base for the Staten Island Yankees at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George with fellow current New York Yankee Brett Gardner. The Staten Island Yankees won the New York Penn-League Championship that season and it was part one of going back to back as they repeated their championship glory in the 2006 season. Nunez now joins Robinson Cano, the aforementioned Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli who have all spent time in Staten Island. I’m glad to see Eduardo in the Bronx and I sure hope John Sterling eventually learns how to correctly pronounce his name. Eduardo Nunez had his first Major League hit, RBI, and run scored yesterday and he followed it up today with his first major league double. Yesterday he played 3B for the injured Alex Rodriguez and today he played SS for Derek Jeter who was given most of today off due to the high scoring of the Yankees offense.
Sosa, Mojica, O'Brien, Claiborne, Whitley
Staten Island, NY– The Staten Island Yankees will be hosting next week’s NYPL All-Star game at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George and 5 Yankees have been selected to represent the American League. Along with skipper Josh Paul, Eduardo Sosa, Jose Mojica, Mikey O’Brien, Preston Claiborne and Chase Whitley will be among the participants. Sorry for the lack of posting lately but I have been very busy as of late. I have been tweeting about the SI Yankees from time to time on twitter.com/yanksyakkinblog. I will have an all-star game post after the game next Tuesday. Gates open at 3:00 pm, there will be a HR Derby at 4:00, autograph sessions for both teams and the game will begin at 7 pm.
The man, the myth, the legend, the boss. George Steinbrenner, owner of the greatest franchise in all of professional sports has died at the age of 80 today. The boss has owned the team since 1973 and has won 7 world series title with his most recent being in 2009 in the new stadium. His legacy will be remembered and the new Yankee Stadium is a staple of his legacy and all of the great things he did in those 80 years of his life. Click the link below for coverage on the boss courtesy of the New York Yankees.
Tonight is the 81st MLB All-Star game from Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. I am sure that a tribute to the boss will take place during the festivities tonight. Robinson Cano and the captain Derek Jeter will be starting for the AL and many other Yankees will be on the bench for manager Joe Girardi.