ESNY New York Yankees Pinstriped Headlines – 6/28/16

New York Yankees losing faith in A-Rod; Agreement with StubHub finalized; Randy Levine snaps on reporters; Aaron Judge awarded for his torrent stretch.

  • Joe Girardi was drilled with questions prior to yesterday’s series opener regarding the benching of Alex Rodriguez for a second straight night. The Yankee skipper maintained that it was a “tough decision” to bench his 40-year-old slugger and he will have more of an open mind when filling out his lineup card. With two of the next three match-ups being right-handers and a weekend trip to a National League park, A-Rod may not be seen in the lineup at a frequent rate. In fact, we may only see him crack the starting lineup once (tonight) for the remainder of the week.
  • The Yankees finalized their agreement with StubHub to make the renowned service their official ticket resale partner, ending a long feud between the two sides. The deal, which will run through 2022, is made in the hope that attendance numbers will be resurrected and the exchange process becomes more enjoyable. The average attendance is down by approximately 1,500 tickets per game, and the new agreement makes electronic tickets the only path to entrance. It will be fully operational on Friday, July 15. (SEE ALSO: Why The Deal Is Important)
  • Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees, wasted no time snapping on the media when asked about the organization’s status as buyers or sellers:

“You (reporters) obviously have nothing more important to write about than to write nonsense about that. When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers, or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know about it. I guess the difference is most of you guys have never run anything. We have a lot of history here of knowing what we’re doing and a lot of confidence in our baseball operations people, so we’ll see what happens.”

  • Aaron Judge was named the International League’s batter of the week. The organization’s No. 2 prospect hit .458 with five homers and nine RBIs last week as he pushes his way towards the bigs. He ranks top five in the IL in virtually every power-oriented offensive category, including the league lead in home runs (16). A 6’7″, 275 lb right fielder, he has been a staple in the middle of Scranton’s lineup and is becoming familiar with all three outfield positions which makes him a more valuable candidate if an injury plagues someone on the major league roster. His seventh homer in nine games last night only improved his incredible case.

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Emmanuel hosts the Earn Your Stripes Podcast for Elite Sports NY. A Long Island native, he is currently a student at Fordham University (Bronx, NY) pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.