Watch the video above for NJ Advance Media Yankees beat writer Randy Miller’s take.
Who’s going to lead the Yankees in home runs this season?
Last year, Aaron Judge led the American League with 52 home runs.
CC actually called me when he found out that I was going back to Trenton, Sheffield said. He just said, ‘Don’t worry about it. You could be in the Double-A, then be in the Bronx. You never know what could happen. He also said this could be a test for me to go down there to show them what you’ve got. Talking to CC, that was good for me.
What could have been: Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine could have avoided the wow factor. They let Buffalo trade up for Sammy Watkins and watched Oakland take Khalil Mack with the next pick. Then, Cleveland drafted Justin Gilbert at No. 8 and traded up to grab Johnny Manziel at No. 22.
Does it matter? None of that worked. Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo were the next three quarterbacks selected in the draft. Cleveland traded Justin Gilbert to the Steelers in 2016.
1. LeBron James connection: Let’s not bury the lede here. Fizdale and James have a good relationship dating back to their shared time in Miami (Fizdale was Erik Spoelstra’s assistant during James’ years in South Beach). In fact, many connected dots to Fizdale’s next stop and where James could sign in free agency this summer.
2. One stop ended abruptly: The Knicks will be Fizdale’s second head coaching gig in the league. After years as an assistant, Fizdale landed the head job in Memphis in 2016 and guided the team to the postseason in his first year at the helm. But Fizdale was let go just 19 games into the 2017-18 season.
3. Memphis drama: Fizdale and Grizzlies star Marc Gasol reportedly didn’t see eye-to-eye, possibly leading to the abrupt firing earlier this season. Should that worry Knicks fans already sensing a clash between the new head man and young star Kristaps Porzingis? Not really. Fizdale reportedly had great relationships with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James in Miami.
4. Sought after: Fizdale had options on the coaching market after interviewing with Phoenix, Charlotte, Orlando and Atlanta.
5. Take that for data: Knicks fans will love this kind of attitude.