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Episode 29: Black Hole Sun

Jesse Spector

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Giancarlo Stanton didn't have a lot to clap about in his first game as a left fielder. (Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Exciting news here at Locked On Yankees, as the staff search is starting to bear fruit! Larry Fleisher has been a guest on the show before, and I worked with him years ago at SportsTicker, having been press box neighbors more recently, so this was not exactly a result of the open call for applications, but sources close to the situation indicate that there were dozens of excellent candidates who did answer that call, and you’ll get to meet more of them soon as they come on board.

Larry has covered the Yankees for a variety of outlets, including The Sports Exchange and Metro, and he’ll be writing here in addition to hosting some episodes of the podcast. It’s great to have him here and to get to work with him once again, and you can, of course, hear him on this episode.

What are we talking about? Well, Giancarlo Stanton had a bad day in left field on Sunday, which landed him on the back page of all three New York tabloids. Honestly, dissecting the newspapers’ various styles for “left field” is probably more interesting than trying to break down Stanton’s defensive work in a spring training game that was his first at a new position. This is the time when you’re supposed to be able to screw up, isn’t it?

How about some stuff to read? You got it. Mike Vaccaro on Luis Severino in the Post is worth your time, and if there is something worth taking out of the story of Stanton losing a couple of balls in the sun on his first day at a new position in a game that didn’t count, it’s how Aaron Boone reacted to it.

In another 23 days, the games will matter. By that time, it’s going to be more crowded, in a good way, at Locked On Yankees. Buckle up!

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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