I think I mention this event every year, mostly because it’s worth mentioning every year.
Once again, Bernie Williams is working with Hillside Food Outreach – a group that delivers food to housebound people living at or below the poverty level in Putnam and Westchester Counties and in western Connecticut — and serving as the host of the organization’s annual gala. This year’s special guest for the gala is none other than the closer himself, Mariano Rivera. Also, if your into that sort of thing, my good friend Sweeny Murti is serving as the emcee for the night’s Q&A with Bernie and Mo.
The gala is this Saturday, January 18, in Danbury, CT. Find out more at the website linked above, or go here to order tickets.
Some other notes and links to put on your radar…
• Michael Young might not be an option for the Yankees opening at third base. According to Ken Rosenthal, Young is considering retirement. According to Rosenthal, there are at least four teams showing interest, but Young might decide to step away at 37 years old. He hit .279/.335/.395 while playing mostly first and third last season. He would seem to be a solid fit for the Yankees because he’s a right-handed hitter who pairs easily with Kelly Johnson at third base, and could become the go-to backup for Mark Teixeira at first. Young could also, presumably, fill in at second base if absolutely necessary.
• What do you know, the New York Times did something really well! Based on the drug and supplement regimen laid out in Major League Baseball’s case against Alex Rodriguez, the Times offers an easier-to-understand explanation of what exactly Rodriguez is believed to have taken and when he took it. For those of us who don’t know Pregnenolone from Clomiphene, it’s a handy guide to getting a better sense of what was allegedly going on.
• Interesting post over at MLB Trade Rumors about the trend of select minor league free agents landing Major League deals. Former Yankees third baseman David Adams is one example, landing a big league deal with the Indians despite extremely limited big league time. The biggest success story — and one of the most extreme examples — is White Sox starter Jose Quintana, who got a big league deal after the 2011 season despite having never played above High-A. He’s spent the previous four years in the Yankees system, but they never offered more than a minor league contract that winter. In a way, the Yankees have tried a similar tactic in trading for Dean Anna this winter. They acquired him and immediately added him to the 40-man, seeing the potential for immediately big league depth in the infield.
• A few familiar outfielders have signed minor league deals elsewhere: Greg Golson signed with the Brewers, Thomas Neal signed with the Reds, and Justin Christian signed with the Rays. All three played fairly minor roles during their time with the Yankees.
• Former Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman was buried with full military honors at the Miramar National Cemetery yesterday.
Associated Press photo