212Area has new update 53 minutes ago Giants news, 3/22: Todd McShay says Drew Lock might go in top 10, Shurmur praises Zeitler, Tate
Also, ESPN blasts Giants offseason work Good morning, New York Giants fans! Pro day takeaways - Why Drew Lock is getting top-10 NFL draft buzz | ESPN Todd McShay came out of Lock’s Pro Day on Thursday believing it is “a three-horse race” for top quarterback in the draft class and that Lock “isn’t that far behind” Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins. McShay also said “there are teams in the first round that prefer Lock over Haskins right now.” Might the Giants be one of those teams? NFL experts predict - Answering questions on 2019 free agency | ESPNS As you might expect, ESPN’s panel blasted the Giants. Answering the question of what was the most head-scratching move of free agency, several panelists went to either the Giants entire plan or their signing of wide receiver Golden Tate. Mike Clay: “This has to be Golden Tate to the Giants, right? He is a terrific player, and his four-year, $37.5 million deal was well-deserved, but the connection to the Giants makes little sense.” Dan Graziano: “The Giants’ whole plan. Trading Beckham is a terrible idea. Letting Landon Collins walk without franchising him was a terrible decision. Signing Tate when your best remaining receiver is one who plays the same position -- not great. Trading your only good pass-rusher in Olivier Vernon. I could go on and on. I feel as if I have been for weeks.” Jason Reid: “The Giants have made so many head-scratchers, they deserve their own category ... For many Giants fans, general manager Dave Gettleman is fast approaching Ray Handley territory.” Field Yates: “I’ll use the Golden Tate move as a symbol for the confusion surrounding the Giants’ direction. Tate is awesome and worth the contract he earned, but all signs pointed toward the Giants rebuilding this offseason, prior to their handing out a four-year deal to the soon-to-be-31-year-old wideout.” Shurmur praises Zeitler, Tate Pat Shurmur gives big praise to new Giant Kevin Zeitler | New York Post Giants coach Pat Shurmur is happy with the acquisitions of veterans Kevin Zeitler and Golden Tate. On Zeitler ... “He’s been a steady, solid performer at right guard and moving forward, you add a veteran presence at that position,’’ Shurmur told The Post on Wednesday from the Ohio State Pro Day in Columbus, Ohio. “I think of the uncertainly this time last year with the offensive line and I think about how that line grew, the players that are still here, how they grew as the season progressed and they developed. I thought [offensive line coaches Hal Hunter and Ben Wilkerson] did a good job of developing them.’’ On Tate ... “He’s a veteran presence. He’s very accomplished, caught roughly 90 balls a year, so he’s got production,’’ Shurmur said. “He’s got a Super Bowl ring. I’ve known about him, always admired him as a player and now he’s ours so I got a chance to sit down with him at length as well, talk about expectations and what our team is all about. I’m really glad we were able to add him.’’ More headlines NFL draft 2019: Most important trait at every NFL position | SI.com Learn a little bit about what scouts look for. Episode 8-“Keep On The Push” with special guest Sean Salisbury by PFG VIBEcast • A podcast on Anchor This one is here because Salisbury, a former NFL quarterback, sings the praises of West Virginia’s Will grier. NFL rumors: Vinny Curry took less money than Giants offered to return to Eagles - nj.com NFL unveils nine proposals to change replay rules – ProFootballTalk Giants' Eli Manning is the same QB he has always been — for better or worse | NFL | Sporting News Kerry Wynn, Curtis Riley visit Bengals – ProFootballTalk BBV Mailbag Have questions about the Giants? E-mail them to bigblueview@gmail.com, and the best ones will be answered in an upcoming mailbag. Thanks! BBV Podcast You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View radio from the show’s home page. You can find all the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page. You can also find the shows and subscribe on all your favorite podcast apps: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS
212Area has new update 1 hour ago New York Jets Flight Connections 3/22/19
Bringing your daily links to the NFL’s New York Jets Good morning, GGN! I hope everyone’s having a great start to their day. The Jets have passed on Stefan Wisnieswki it seems, which is a bit confusing unless you think Maccagnan plans on starting Mr. Harrison at center (I do). After seeing some of the numbers these guys have gotten though (outside of Morse) I would’ve liked to see the Jets at least take a chance on some of these guys. Mac seems to have been very savvy constructing the contracts of his players, so it wouldn’t be asinine to at least have some type of high level competition in. The man always seems to find an out, so passing up guys who could at best make the Jets much better, to at worst become solid backups is a little weird to me. We already spent an insane amount on the Trumaine Johnson bust (at least how it seems now), so why not have players who are actually proven to come in and at least compete with some of our younger players? Maybe I’m in the minority, though. With that being said here are your links for the team this Friday. Manish Mehta - Jets Mailbag Matt Stypulkoski - NFL free agency: How did Jets’ other new additions react to news of Le’Veon Bell’s signing? Rich Cimini - Todd Haley: Le'Veon Bell's unique style will require patience from Jets Robby Sabo - New York Jets: Le'Veon Bell's wheel-route 1-on-1 dominance (Film Room) Gary Phillips - New Jets RB Le’Veon Bell passed on 3-year offer from 49ers Spencer Aber - 2019 NFL free agency: Chandler Catanzaro’s Jets contract breakdown Olivia Landis - Kicker Chandler Catanzaro Has Nothing But Love for the Jets Darryl Slater - Trevor Siemian’s Jets contract: Complete breakdown, analysis | Could they cut him if he struggles, and go with Davis Webb instead? Sam Nuemann - 4 things to know about Jets new backup QB Trevor Siemian Geoff Magliocchetti - New York Jets: Henry Anderson return could be hidden offseason gem Justin Fried - New York Jets: What is the plan for the edge rusher position? Tyler Greenawalt - Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa remind Jamison Crowder of Redskins WRs Dan Martin - Andre Roberts calls out 'shady' Jets in Bills press conference Matt Stypulkoski - NFL Draft 2019: Why trading No. 3 overall pick is a disastrous idea for Jets, Mike Maccagnan Scott Thompson - 4 players Jets could take in NFL Draft if they trade down Cory Kinnan - New York Jets: 7-Round 2019 mock draft after first wave of free agency Jim Gehman - Where Are They Now: Ken Schroy Here are your missed connections from yesterday. Here’s the thread about nothing, soak it all in. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful day and weekend!
212Area has new update 1 hour ago NYY news: Ichiro takes a bow
Greg Bird injured again; Clint Frazier remains positive; Ichiro Suzuki hangs up the spikes; Checking out some new eats at Yankee Stadium WFAN: Ichiro Suzuki wasn’t a Yankee for long, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has negative things to say about him. Suzuki temporarily “retired” last year, but came back this year to play two early-season games (which had expanded rosters) with the Seattle Mariners. While Ichiro didn’t get a hit and really hasn’t been a good major league ballplayer for five years or so, it was an awesome and deserved exit. Yankees GM Brian Cashman also issued a statement congratulating Suzuki on his career. NJ.com | Randy Miller: Greg Bird has had an outstanding spring training, one that surprisingly put him on the radar for an MLB roster spot. However, Bird has gotten injured yet again. He went for X-rays on a sore elbow after being hit there by a pitch on Wednesday. The good news is that it came back negative. The team seems optimistic, but Bird’s durability remains a major concern for the Yankees moving forward. NJ.com | Randy Miller: Clint Frazier is another player who had an outside chance of nailing an MLB roster spot with a good spring. While he’s hitting just .140 this spring, it hasn’t brought Frazier down. The outfielder opened up about his difficult 2018 season, and how it has changed his outlook on things. Although Frazier hasn’t looked great, maybe he’ll snag a roster spot with injuries to Aaron Hicks and others. CBS New York | John Dias: One of the best parts of going to baseball games is the food! In that respect, the Yankees have got you covered. They unveiled some new menu items earlier this week, including outrageous new burgers, loaded mozzarella sticks, giant baby back ribs, a new partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, and several vegan options. Some of the items are imported from notable NY eateries like Mighty Quinn’s and City Winery. Check out the video from CBS New York, which got to sample some of the good eats.
212Area has new update 2 hours ago Friday open thread
Another day, another open thread. Happy Friday! It’s the last weekend before Opening Day, and I am excited. The Yankees do have a game today, but the start time isn’t until 6:35 ET. If you happen to be hanging out at home tonight, the game will be televised. In the meantime, this is the place to share all of your baseball thoughts. Fun Questions Who are the three greatest living musicians? How do you feel about this Yankees squad now that we’re just a few days from the regular season?
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7 hours ago Soaking wet sheep found tied to a tree in Brooklyn park
Another wild animal was caught in the concrete jungle. A mystery sheep was discovered soaking wet and tethered to a tree in a Brooklyn park on Thursday — just two days after a cow was spotted on a Bronx highway, cops said. The farm animal — sporting long, heavily matted locks of white hair —...
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7 hours ago Video shows man grope woman two times inside Brooklyn deli
A man grabbed woman’s rear end twice within the span of a few seconds inside of a Brooklyn deli, police said on Thursday. The man went up to the woman inside the Dekalb Deli on Dekalb Avenue near Ashland place at about 12:35 a.m. on March 16, cops said. He then wrapped his arms around...
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9 hours ago Cop rescues man held hostage for 18 hours by posing as brother
A cop rescued a man who had been held hostage in The Bronx for 18 hours by posing as his ransom-bearing relatives, according to police sources and a report. Jonathan Demitro met up with Juiliano Marcelino at Cambreleng Avenue and East 189th Street at around 9 p.m. Tuesday to discuss buying Marcelino’s Honda Accord, sources...
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10 hours ago Neighbors fuming over rumored 60,000-square-foot NJ megamansion
This place is going to make the White House look like a shack. A 60,000-square-foot megamansion bigger than the place where President Trump lives — and about the same size as his vacation home at Mar-a-Lago — is in the process of being built in New Jersey. The massive digs, in the town of Montclair,...
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11 hours ago Subway announcements tell riders to wear headphones
The problem of subway riders listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games without headphones has gotten so bad that the MTA had to direct its conductors to tell the rude riders to stifle it. “You can help everyone have a great trip,” reads the message that the MTA wants conductors to recite. “Please...
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11 hours ago Chronically tardy de Blasio slams subways for running late
This time, it wasn’t the MTA’s fault. Mayor Bill de Blasio showed up 20 minutes late for a subway ride Thursday — then complained about how the trains delay people. “The subways aren’t working enough. They are constantly making them late,” he said as he stumped for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan to fund...
212Area has new update 12 hours ago Yankees cut three players from spring roster
The Yankees are clearing up the roster ahead of Opening Day. Earlier today, the Yankees made a series of cuts from the spring training roster. According to the team, Billy Burns, Ryan Lavarnway, and Matt Lipka all were reassigned to minor league camp. Burns, 29, hit .125/.222/.156 with four stolen bases in 32 at-bats. The Yankees signed the speedy outfielder to a minor league deal back in January. As a career 81 wRC+ batter, Burns was always a long shot to crack the roster. Don’t worry, though, there’s a good chance he ends up as this year’s Shane Robinson. Lavarnway, on the other hand, hit well with the limited action he saw. The 31-year-old slashed .350/.435/.450 in 20 at-bats. The Yankees signed the journeyman backstop in November because the organization had such thin catching depth. Lavarnway surely ranks behind Austin Romine, and probably Kyle Higashioka as well. Nonetheless, don’t forget that Erik Kratz appeared for the 2017 Yankees. Lipka also had a decent showing this spring. The 26-year-old outfielder hit 265/.419/.500 with two home runs in 34 at-bats. The Yankees figure to have Lipka roam the outfield at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At that point, a player is just a phone call away. After all, Billy McKinney joined the team in the first series of the season last year.
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13 hours ago Barking dog helps thwart intruder’s attempt to rape woman
A woman was asleep in her Upper Manhattan apartment when her barking dog alerted her to an intruder — who attempted to rape her, police said. The 43-year-old woman was in bed in her apartment near Wadsworth Avenue and West 189th Street at about 5:15 a.m. on March 20 when she heard her dog barking,...
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13 hours ago City accused of keeping Asian-Americans in dark over changes to school admissions
City Hall “deliberately” kept Asian-Americans in the dark about a polarizing plan to remake admissions to the city’s specialized high schools, state Sen. John Liu charged Thursday. “There was a deliberate exclusion of an entire community,” Liu said following a hearing in Manhattan on the elite schools. “So nobody should be surprised that many in...
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13 hours ago Ocasio-Cortez taking ‘baby steps’ toward finding time for her constituents
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday tried to explain her lack of office hours by saying she’s still taking “baby steps” — but said constituents who can’t work with her sporadic schedule should follow her on Twitter. Almost three months after her inauguration, the freshman congresswoman only recently opened a Queens office and still doesn’t have...
212Area has new update 14 hours ago Yankees first baseman Greg Bird okay after elbow scare
X-rays on his elbow came back negative. The Yankees suffered a couple of in-game injuries yesterday. Tyler Wade exited early with tightness in both hips. He is reportedly a-okay today. There was another potential injury that might have been overlooked, though. Greg Bird was hit by a pitch during the first inning of the game. He was wearing an elbow guard, but the ball missed the guard and hit him directly. Yesterday, he brushed it off and said he would play in today’s game. He is not playing in today’s game. Bird showed up with swelling and stiffness, so the Yankees decided to send him back to Tampa for X-rays. Per Aaron Boone, Greg Bird (elbow) got treatment in Jupiter this morning, and prob could’ve played today. But Boone figured it was best to send the 1B back to Tampa instead, where he’ll get X-Rays. Still had some stiffness. “As a hitter, I don’t want to mess with his mechanics.”— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 21, 2019 At this point, it’s a tradition for Bird to get injured or be injured at spring training, right? It was during the last game of spring training in 2017 that he fouled a ball off his foot and ended up missing nearly the entire season. Last year, he complained about foot soreness during the final week of March and it was determined that he needed surgery for a broken bone spur. Luck hasn’t been on his side. Now would be a good time to put Luke Voit in bubble wrap. Better get DJ LeMahieu some more time at first base, too. Update: All is reportedly okay with Bird. Let’s collectively exhale. All is good with Greg Bird (elbow), according to Aaron Boone. The X-Rays and CT Scan came back negative. He’ll likely play Saturday or Sunday.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 21, 2019
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14 hours ago De Blasio admits he’s an ‘expert at repetition’ in ferry spat
Mayor Bill de Blasio hit choppy waters Thursday as he attempted to defend spending another $84.5 million on the city’s heavily subsidized East River ferry service. “I respect the question but this is probably the 26th time I’ve been asked the question, I am an expert at repetition,” snapped de Blasio. “We made a decision....
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15 hours ago De Blasio: Everything HUD’s Lynne Patton has said is false
Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped HUD regional administrator Lynne Patton on Thursday, saying she’s dead wrong for repeatedly blaming him over holdups in the selection of a permanent director for the city’s embattled Housing Authority. “Everything she is saying is false. Let’s make it simple. False! False! False!” de Blasio said at an unrelated East...
212Area has new update 15 hours ago Pro Days: Quarterbacks Drew Lock of Missouri, Will Grier of West Virginia get their chance
Will Grier and Drew Lock take the field for their respective pro days Pro Day updates The Giants, it seems, have shown quite a bit of interest in Lock, with OC Mike Shula seen having several chats with him, as well as a long (reportedly, at least 30 minute) conversation with Missouri’s head coach. NY Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula (left) here for Mizzou Pro Day. He’s been chatting a lot with Drew Lock. pic.twitter.com/bn5x4K7eZ6— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 21, 2019 New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula is here at Mizzou pro day, ostensibly to see and meet with Drew Lock. Shula had an extended conversation with Mizzou head coach Barry Odom.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) March 21, 2019 Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Pat Shurmur has been scouting Will Grier, and the Giants will have a meeting with him at some point Thursday. Pat Shurmur chatting it up with Will Grier #giants #WVU pic.twitter.com/r4tPv9nxOB— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 21, 2019 THAT ARM. @DrewLock23 @MizzouFootball : Path to the Draft - Pro Day on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/E5Y0UUoUdI— NFL (@NFL) March 21, 2019 One NFL scout in Morgantown, W.V., just texted that QB Will Grier “put on a show” for NFL Teams in attendance and predicted he’s “a riser.” The WVU QB is expected to meet with at least 10 teams before the draft, including the Giants, Redskins, Chargers, Pats and Saints.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2019 Two important Pro Days on the Giants’ QB Tour today. Pat Shurmur is in West Virginia (for QB Will Grier). OC Mike Shula is in Missouri (for QB Drew Lock). Not sure how the front office/scouting dept. are splitting those duties up.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) March 21, 2019 The New York Giants have pulled out the stops in doing their due diligence on the 2019 quarterback class. Chris Mara and Pat Shurmur were both in attendance for Oklahoma’s Pro Day, and the Giants sent just about everyone to Ohio State’s Pro Day. Thursday morning sees another pair of Pro Days with two more top quarterback prospects in Missouri’s Drew Lock and West Virginia’s Will Grier. Given the Giants’ heavy interest in Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins, the possibility of the team selecting one of them at sixth overall (or perhaps trading up to secure “their guy”) is still on the table. But the Giants have an abundance of needs and a general manager who is dogmatic in sticking to his draft board. So it is, perhaps, more likely that the Giants will select whichever player is at the top of their board at sixth, and then hope for a quarterback at 17th or 37th overall. If so, one of these two quarterbacks could be in play. Big Blue View contributor and QB expert Mark Schofield was at the Senior Bowl back in January and got to watch both of these quarterbacks live in practice. At the time, this was what he had to say about them. Drew Lock In addition to Jones, the Missouri product entered Senior Bowl week with high expectations. While Jones largely underwhelmed, Lock lived up to the hype for the most part, both on-the-field and off. Reports out of Mobile are that Lock was phenomenal during his meetings with teams, and during the game he displayed some of his ability to adjust arm angles - an ability that drew some comparisons to Patrick Mahomes in the lead-up to the Senior Bowl - when he threw an underhanded pass while rolling out to his right. During the practice week what stood out was his arm talent. Watching Lock on tape you could tell that arm strength and velocity might be his calling cards in the NFL, and that carried over to the week of practice. He seems like a perfect fit for a vertical-based passing offense, but I wanted to see more evidence of his ability to make throws attacking the middle of the field. This was a task he accomplished during practices, such as a seam route he threw up the hashmark on Day 3 with perfect velocity and placement, or a variety of crossing routes or over routes he threw during the week. In addition, Lock’s footwork seemed to be improving, and gone from Mobile were the various back foot or fadeaway throws that littered his 2018 game tape. All the buzz around Lock right now is that his floor in the draft is the Denver Broncos at 10, and his week in Mobile might push that floor a bit higher. Will Grier The quarterback that I had as the best of the bunch heading into Mobile leaves Alabama as anything but, and perhaps trending down. We can start with the positives. All quarterbacks are confident, but in the post-practice scrum on Tuesday Grier was supremely so, declaring himself the best quarterback in the class and glowing about his arm strength. That prompted a follow-up question about throwing at the Combine and his one word response of “absolutely” spoke to his self-belief. Grier is also a rhythm passer, and when he is feeling it you can see the results on the field. Now the negatives. His decisions were slower than they should be, his mechanics are a bit of a work in progress when it comes to the upper body, and when he is not in rhythm, his ball placement can be scattered at best. Inconsistency might be the best word to describe his week. During a red zone seven-on-seven session Thursday he started by making a late throw on a checkdown that could have been intercepted. Then he missed Moreau on an open post route. Then he threw a perfect fade route to Tyre Brady, the wide receiver from Marshall University. Slow, a miss, and then a perfect throw. During the game, his biggest splash play was a route he threw downfield that was hauled in by Hunter Renfrow, when Grier was rolling to his left, and it’s unclear whether Renfrow was even the intended target. If he can put in a consistent performance in Indianapolis, he might strengthening his hold on a Day Two spot, but he leaves Mobile trending towards Day Three of the draft. The Giants will surely be watching and evaluating as both of these young men perform, so stay with Big Blue View as we bring you more as the day unfolds.
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15 hours ago City will pay $2M to police shooting victim’s family after lengthy court battle
The city will pay nearly $2 million to the family of an emotionally disturbed cabbie who police shot dead in his Harlem apartment in 2012, capping off a years-long court battle between the city and the man’s mother. Mohamed Bah was shot eight times by police who were called to his apartment after his mother,...
212Area has new update 15 hours ago Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo power Mets to 6-0 victory over the Marlins
The Mets used three home runs and five scoreless innings from Matz to end Miami’s 11-game winning streak. The New York Mets won their first Grapefruit League game since March 13 as they defeated the Miami Marlins 6-0 at First Data Field. The win put an end to Miami’s 11-game winning streak. The Mets have five games remaining before kicking off the regular season next Thursday in Washington D.C. Steven Matz tossed five scoreless innings before leaving with no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning. Matz was able to overcome a high pitch count early on and pitch around some trouble — the Marlins put runners in scoring position in the first, third, and fourth, but could not score — before finishing his afternoon with 80 pitches. Matz allowed six hits but did not walk a batter and stuck out three. Tyler Bashlor relieved Matz and was able to escape the inning unharmed. Against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, Michael Conforto hit a towering two-run home run to right field in the second inning for his fifth long ball of the spring. It was Conforto’s fourth consecutive Grapefruit League game with a home run and moved him ahead of Pete Alonso for the team lead in home runs. Later in the inning, Brandon Nimmo joined the fun with a three-run home run of his own to score Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario and complete the five-run frame. Nimmo added a solo shot in the seventh inning to extend the team’s lead to six. Some more notes from today’s game: Carlos Gomez replaced Jeff McNeil in left field to begin the fourth inning. Gomez lined into a double play with runners on first and third in the sixth and struck out in the eighth. Wilson Ramos contributed two hits and scored a run in the victory. Ramos is now batting .355 with a .878 OPS this spring. Alonso recorded one hit in four at-bats in today’s game. Robinson Cano went 0-for-3 and walked in his final plate appearance before exiting the game for a pinch runner in the seventh. Edwin Diaz entered in the seventh inning and retired the Marlins in order. Ryan O’Rourke walked two during a scoreless eighth inning as he continues to make his case for the final spot in the bullpen. O’Rourke now owns a 1.93 ERA this spring. Full box score: MLB.com
212Area has new update 16 hours ago Domingo German roughed up in Yankees’ loss to the Cardinals
It was a day to forget for the majority of the pitching staff. The Yankees have a two-game losing streak in spring training, everybody panic! All kidding aside, it was an afternoon to forget in Jupiter. The Bombers’ pitching staff got rocked to the tune of 11 runs, keeping the offense out of reach. For a full breakdown of the game, here’s the box score. In the meantime, let’s cover three takeaways. 1. Domingo German had his first rough outing of the spring. The right-hander labored through 3.2 innings of work, which seems more important than the results. He couldn’t find anything to get batters out. German allowed five runs on six hits, three of them coming by the home run ball. Marcel Ozuna launched a homer in the third inning, while Dexter Fowler took German deep twice — once in the first inning and another in the second. Bad starts happen, especially in spring training. Hopefully that’s all this was. 2. Gleyber Torres and Ryan Lavarnway combined for most of the Yankees’ action this afternoon. The Yankees second baseman lined a two-run double in the third inning to put the Yankees on the board. The team’s third run of the afternoon happened an inning later, when Lavarnway singled home Gio Urshela. Torres and Lavarnway — now that’s an example of the up-the-middle production the Yankees are so used to. 3. It wouldn’t be a spring training game without someone on the Yankees getting banged up. Today that dubious honor belonged to Clint Frazier, who fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning. Frazier didn’t return in the sixth, but it sounds like he is okay: Clint Frazier says he’s fine. His day was likely about to end when he came out, he said. He was hit on his calf. https://t.co/3bOED9xove— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) March 21, 2019 The Yankees are in action tomorrow night against the Phillies. First pitch will be at 6:35 PM, and YES will broadcast the game.
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16 hours ago Brooklyn studio sues Fall Out Boy for ‘exploiting’ llama puppets
Is there nothing original about Fall Out Boy? The emo band that ripped its own name from “The Simpsons” is now being sued by a Brooklyn puppet maker that claims the band is cashing in on a pair of goofy llama costumes that it created. “It’s almost like taking someone’s baby and saying they birthed...
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16 hours ago Prosecutors to seek death penalty for ex-cop in quadruple homicide
Federal prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty in the case against a former Westchester cop charged in a grisly quadruple homicide in Orange County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan confirmed it will demand former officer Nicholas charged with killing Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez when a drug money transaction...
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16 hours ago NYPD sergeant fined $6,000 for abusing badge privileges
An NYPD sergeant has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine after he tried to use his badge to get special treatment from a city agency — and then threatened “official action” when he couldn’t get a favor. Sgt. Howard Roth made clear he was in the NYPD when the Taxi and Limousine Commission wouldn’t process...
212Area has new update 16 hours ago Citi Field to undergo address change to honor Tom Seaver
The Mets will also unveil plans for a Tom Seaver statue outside the ballpark. The Mets announced today that they will be officially renaming 126th street to honor Tom Seaver. Citi Field is located at the intersection of 126th street and Roosevelt Avenue and 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue is its official address. However, once the address change is made official by the city, Citi Field’s address will be 41 Seaver Way. It has already been approved by the New York City council and the borough of Queens. This change has reportedly been in the works for awhile, since Jeff Wilpon first conceived of the idea a few years ago. At long last, the Mets also will unveil plans in June—during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 World Champion Mets—to construct a statue in The Franchise’s likeness outside of Citi Field. The statue itself will not be unveiled this season and we will likely see it sometime in 2020. This all comes on the heels of Seaver’s recent diagnosis of dementia and his retirement from public life, which his family announced in early March. It is unfortunate that Seaver will not be present to see the unveiling of the street and address change on June 27, but representatives from Seaver’s family will be present for the weekend ceremony commemorating the ‘69 team on June 28-30. “We’ve been working on exploring a potential statue option for a couple of years in coordination with the [Seaver] family,’’ said Mets executive vice president and chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli. “We won’t be unveiling a statue this season. We will unveil the plans of what it will look like sometime on that [‘69] weekend.” Tom Seaver will be the first professional athlete in New York to be honored with a statue. “He definitely deserves it,” said former Mets catcher Jerry Grote to Mike Puma of the New York Post. “He has done a lot of good things for the people of New York — for the people who live there — and he has enchanted them for many years, so it’s only right that they do this.”
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17 hours ago Employee of charity for slain cops allegedly stole $410K
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17 hours ago NY GOP leader: High living costs should be ‘wake up’ call for Democrats
ALBANY — State Senate GOP leader John Flanagan said Thursday that a poll showing 41 percent of New York City residents might be forced to flee because of high costs should be a “wake up” call to Democrats planning to increase state spending. “They view hardworking taxpayers as their own personal ATMs — always there...
212Area has new update 17 hours ago 2019 NFL Draft Prospect A. J. Brown WR Ole Miss
A big security blanket in the slot A. J. Brown 6’ 0 1/2” 226 lbs WR Ole Miss #1 A. J. Brown is a tough, possession type receiver with good hands, elusiveness, and enough speed to break off an occasional big play. He played primarily out of the slot at Ole Miss and had two prolific years playing in the SEC. He had 160 receptions for 2,582 yards and 17 TDs in the last 23 games. He did this while playing with two other primary weapons on the outside (Metcalf, Lodge). He is also a very smooth route runner who seems to glide along until he abruptly changes direction; usually in a good angle away from the DB. He is shifty in the open field and adept at taking short throws and weaving through a defense for a big gain. He reads coverages very well and will always find the soft spot to sit in a zone. He is not overly big, but he is strong enough to break tackles always falling forward for extra yards. He is football smart and knows how to alter his speed and stride length to create separation against man coverage. He is a natural hands catcher who has very few concentration drops. This is a pistol formation with Brown in the wide slot. He reads this as straight zone coverage, and the QB sees him break open behind the OLB. At the snap the fake handoff holds the LBs in place, and Brown moves to a spot directly in between the safety and the OLB. This is pretty much a pitch and catch which is caused by Brown running the perfect route for this coverage. Where the ball is caught you couldn’t walk out on the field and hand the ball to Brown in a better spot against this particular defense. You are going to see these types play of in many of these GIFs because, like I said Brown does a great job at reading defenses, even disguised trap defenses. Here he is playing against a off-man coverage on the outside and the LBs dropping into short zones underneath. Again in a pistol formation the fake holds the LBs for a second while Brown races off the line. He does a good job of selling the vertical route as he eats up the cushion the DB had started with. The DB has no choice but to retreat, and that is when Brown breaks off his route in a open space. You see when he catches the ball there are 4 defenders around him but none within 5 yards. He placed himself perfectly between 4 players giving the QB an easy throw for a completion. He could just drop there, but he weaves his way around for an extra yard. In the end there are 5 players around him, and they barely touch him. This next GIF is interesting because it is the same type of coverage as the last GIF, but the situation is different. It is 4th and 4 yards to go for a 1st down from the plus 38 yard line. The CB is again in off coverage and the LBs are dropping into short zones. At the snap the CB creeps up in coverage meaning he is going to sit on the short route, it’s 4th and 4 so why shouldn’t he. Brown reads this immediately and gives a cursory lean to the post then just runs by he CB. All the other WRs are running stop routes, but the QB spies Brown breaking open and throws a pass with nice air under it and it floats down for a gift TD and the lead in the game. This is a game changing read of coverage by Brown that a lot of other WRs would have missed. This next play is against Auburn who plays a trap type defense on the play. Brown again is in the slot and has to read that him man is going to fall off into the flat. He has to slow down so he doesn’t run up to the safeties and bring them into the play. He catches the ball between 3 defenders and races across the field to pick up an additional 20+ yards. That is a nice hands catch and some decent YAC that Ole Miss needed badly. You can see the whole play better from a different angle. The outside receiver’s DB is playing 10 yards off the ball. The defense is trying to get the QB to throw a 5 yard stop route to that receiver. At the snap the DB who is covering Brown races over to the flat to intercept the flat pass they expect the QB to throw; which would be a pick six. The CB covering the outside receiver is supposed to drop down and cover Brown but is hesitant and late in coverage. Brown does a nice job of not running up to the coverage by instead sitting in the void in the defense. Brown does the rest on his own. This next GIF is an easy read on some poor defense. The CB is in off coverage; 10 yards of off coverage and bailing at the snap. Brown does his job by racing hard off the snap; you see him with his shoulders over his knees which means he is pushing it. This is a 13 yard dig route with no under coverage; it couldn’t get much easier. The CB who was bailing is still 4 yards further downfield which means he is 17 yards off the ball at the catch This is only the 2nd quarter. and this is almost a prevent type defense except the LBs are charging the line on a pass play which makes little sense. No defender is in the same zip code as the QB or the guy who caught the ball. Dear lord. This next play is nothing special just a 5 yard out route that the defender is in an urgent bail technique to get under the outside receiver. The left safety is supposed to cover for the corner but drops way too far downfield. This isn’t really special. I just like the fact that Brown came off the ball quickly and got to his spot in less than 2 seconds. He didn’t run himself to close to the sideline, giving himself plenty of room to make a play with the ball in his hands. He turns back to the QB and gives him a big target. Once he makes the catch it is all over. The last GIF is almost the same play (actually a 5 yard hitch) that is a little more exciting. Some in the Draft community believe that Brown has poor long speed, this is my averment to that statement as wrong. Brown may not be the guy who will take the top of a defense, but he has enough speed to take a short throw and make a splash with it. Speed is nice, but you have to know how to use it to make a difference. Brown has good hands, but he is not great at contested balls. He is rarely in a position where he has to high point a ball in college but would need work if he is needed to do this in the NFL. He is not a terrific blocker but does a good job of walling off defenders from the play. Playing in the slot almost exclusively Brown has not had the opportunity to play against much press coverage. Although he should have the requisite strength to beat the press his footwork will need an adjustment to get him out into his route on schedule. He is not what would be classified as a home run threat, but Brown has adequate speed to run by defenders. He is sneaky fast and you see defenders take bad angles against him. A. J. Brown is a big slot receiver who has the speed, hands, toughness, and intelligence to be a quality receiver in the NFL. He would fit the mold of a JuJu Smith-Schuster type player who could terrorize defenses from the slot. He is especially good on skinny posts and deep dig routes where he can catch in stride and use his elusiveness to make a big play. He has excellent field vision and he can exploit open areas in zone coverage like a veteran. He can be a safety blanket for a QB and a high volume possession receiver if needed to be. .................................... I have a low 2nd-high 3rd round grade on Brown. He has an unique skill set, but you don’t know what kind of player he would be if he had to exclusively play on the outside. He has been kind of pigeonholed as a slot receiver which reduces his grade. I like the fact he catches the ball away from his body. and his football IQ is high as well which increases his grade. He would be a quality addition to any team... What do you think.
212Area has new update 17 hours ago Johnny Mize’s World Series-changing single
Mize already had Hall of Fame career, but he added to his legacy with a big hit in 1949. The Dodgers must have been relieved to see the back of Johnny Mize when the Giants shipped him out in August 1949. The Hall of Fame first baseman had spent all of his career in the National League until he left the Giants. He put up a 1.044 OPS against Brooklyn in his time with the Cardinals and Giants. That was a higher OPS than he had against any other team, and did so in nearly 900 plate appearances. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, he didn’t go very far. After six years with the Cardinals, Mize was traded to the Giants in December 1941. He played a total of four seasons with the Giants, but spent a couple seasons serving in World War II in the middle of that. He had some extremely successful seasons with the Giants, leading the league in home runs twice. As the 1949 season went along, however, their relationship started to sour. While Mize’s hitting numbers were fine in 1949, they weren’t quite what they were in previous seasons. He also wasn’t thrilled playing for manager Leo Durocher. The Mize-Giants relationship would end on August 22nd when the Yankees purchased him for $40,000. The deal was criticized from the Yankees’ perspective, as it seemed like Mize was in decline. In 13 games, however, he posted an OPS of .828, helping the Yankees squeak past the Red Sox by a game for the American League pennant. Meanwhile in the NL, the Dodgers won nine of their last 12 games to similarly take the NL by just a game. The two teams would meet in the World Series for the second time in three years, and Mize would get his first shot at the postseason against his favorite punching bag. Much as he had been down the stretch of the season, Mize played mainly off the bench in the series. Tommy Heinrich got the start at first base in Game One and drove in the game’s only run. The Dodgers struck back with a 1-0 win of their own in Game Two, but Mize got a chance in that one. In the eighth inning, Mize pinch hit and picked up a single. He was pinch run for, and the rally amounted to nothing in the end. Game Three was playing out similarly tightly as it headed into the late innings. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Dodgers got that run right back in the fourth. Other than the Dodgers leaving two on in the eighth, neither team got much of a rally going until the ninth. With one out in the top of the ninth, Yogi Berra drew a walk ahead of Joe DiMaggio. That theoretically should have been a perfect scenario, but DiMaggio fouled out for the second out of the inning. Bobby Brown kept the inning alive with a single, and Gene Woodling followed that with a walk to load the bases. Cliff Mapes was due up next, but Casey Stengel decided to go to his bench. Mapes was 0-6 in the series to that point, so the Yankees manager sent Mize out there for arguably the biggest at-bat of the World Series. The future Hall of Famed paid off on Stengel’s faith, delivering a single. Two runs scored, Woodling moved to third, and then scored on a Jerry Coleman single in the next at-bat. Mize had helped the Yankees up a 4-1 lead in the crucial game three. The Dodgers rallied in the ninth, but came up short. The Yankees held on for a 4-3 win, and took a 2-1 lead in the series. Mize wouldn’t be needed again, as the Yankees won the next two games to close out the series in five games. Mize recorded just two plate appearances in the series, but finished with the second highest Winning Percentage Added of any Yankee in the series. Only pitcher Joe Page had a higher mark. If this were a movie, the grizzled veteran who had never done it before would get his big hit and walk off into the sunset. That is not what Mize did. Instead, he became a fixture for the Yankees for the next four years. While he topped out at 373 plate appearances, he played a further four years for the Yankees, winning another four rings. He was quite valuable as well, as Mize was an above average bat for all of his career with the Yankees. In 1952, he managed an OPS of 1.567 and hit three home runs in the World Series. That was when the Yankees once again beat the Dodgers. If the World Series had an MVP award back then, he would have been one of the contenders. Johnny Mize was a really well spent $40,000 for the Yankees. What could have been a guy wrapping up his career instead turned into a valuable part of five championships. Meanwhile, the Dodgers probably wished that he’d gone anywhere else. Sources https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a7ac6649 https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mizejo01.shtml https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA194910060.shtml https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BRO/BRO194910070.shtm
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18 hours ago ThriveNYC mental health center helped less than 1K over 2 years
Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC mental health initiative, in a damage-control road show, invited reporters Thursday to watch cops and clinicians working together in a model program to help the homeless and mentally ill. But the $2 million “triage center” at the old Police Academy building on East 20th Street is only making a dent in the...

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