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Anthony Volpe Becomes First Yankees Rookie and Youngest Player to Win the American League Gold Glove

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Watchung NJ, Anthony Volpe, a New Jersey native, achieved a significant milestone in his rookie season with the New York Yankees by being awarded the American League Gold Glove at shortstop. This honor is remarkable, as he became one of only 15 first-year MLB players ever to receive this prestigious fielding award. Here are some key highlights of his achievements:

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Yankees Players Hold Baseball Clinic at Paterson’s Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

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Paterson NJ, some New York Yankees were on hand at Paterson’s historic Hinchliffe Stadium on Wednesday holding a baseball clinic for some kids in the city. The event was part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week initiative. It coincided with the 76th anniversary of Paterson native Larry Doby breaking the American League color barrier.

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Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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WASHINGTON DC, New York Yankees legend Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was honored on Monday afternoon at the White House.The former relief pitcher was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The 49-year-old Rivera has had a good year . In July the five-time World Series winner became the first player to ever be unanimously inducted into the national Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ Ace During 1970’s, Dies at 77

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“Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit. His contributions to different eras in our history guided us through difficult times and brought us some of our greatest all-time success. As a result, Mel’s popularity transcended generations, all of whom thought of him as their own. His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy.”

“His passing is a tremendous loss to the Yankees and all those in the baseball community, and we extend our deepest condolences to Mel’s wife, Jean, and the entire Stottlemyre family.” – Hal Steinbrenner

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Ridgewood NJ, Mel Stottlemyre a former Ridgewood resident and Yankee ace has died at 77 . Councilwomen Bernie Walsh remembers her neighbor used to babysit for the Stottlemyre’s . When  I was perhaps 9 or 10 maybe even younger ,  I remember him chatting several times with my grandfather and my grandfather would often say he was a “class act”. 

Stottlemyre was called up by the Yankees in midseason in 1964, Stottlemyre went 9–3 to help the Yankees to their fifth consecutive pennant while being on the cover of The Sporting News. In the 1964 World Series, Stottlemyre faced Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals three times in the seven-game Series. Stottlemyre bested Gibson in Game 2 to even the series, and got a no-decision in Game 5, but lost the decisive Game 7 as the Cardinals won the Series.

“Here’s a 21-year-old kid nobody knew coming out of nowhere with this great arm and super control who has all the confidence — not a big head, mind you, but a quiet self-assurance — of a Whitey Ford,” his teammate Tom Tresh was quoted as saying in the oral history “Bombers” (2002), by Richard Lally

Stottlemyre spent his entire pitching career as a New York Yankee 1964-1974 , in what the NYTimes called the “lean years”. He was named to the American League’s (AL) roster for the 1965 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, though he did not appear in the game. He won 20 games in the 1965 season, and led the AL with 18 complete games, 291 innings pitched, and 1,188 batters faced. He appeared in the 1966 MLB All-Star Game. He led the league with 20 losses.Stottlemyre won 20 games in the 1968 and 1969 seasons.

Stottlemyre threw 40 shutouts in his 11-season career, the same number as Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax, which ties for 44th best all-time. Eighteen of those shutouts came in a three-season span from 1971-73.The Yankees released Stottlemyre before the 1975 season. Stottlemyre retired with 164 career wins and a 2.97 ERA.

Known as a solid-hitting pitcher, on July 20, 1965, Stottlemyre once hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam. On September 26, 1964, he recorded five base hits in five at bats.

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Louisiana Lightning Ron Guidry will be appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood on Wednesday, April 4th

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March 16,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Louisiana Lightning Ron Guidry will be appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood on Wednesday, April 4th @ 7:00pm(NEW TIME)
Former New York Yankees Star Pitcher, Ron Guidry will sign his new book: Gator

Ronald Ames Guidry, nicknamed “Louisiana Lightning” and “Gator”, is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees of the American League, from 1975 through 1988. Guidry was also the pitching coach of the Yankees from 2006 to 2007.

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Democrat Phil Murphy likes New Jersey grapefruit’s and broccoli

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October 19,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, while everyone was watching the Yankee game , the two candidates for New Jersey Governor had their second debate . Most New Jersey voters seemed to be resigned to coming calamity and have zero faith in New Jersey politicians .

Republican Kim Guadagno has attempted to stay on her tax cutting message . During the debate she appeared calm, confident and comfortable and in an attempt to distance her self from Governor Chris Christie , she unequivocally pledged not to appoint him to the U.S. Senate in the event that Senator Bob Menendez resigns.

Voters seem luke warm to her tax cut pledge , most feeling Trenton lakes any credibility and Kim often comes off sounding like former governor and EPA chief “the air is ok, barrow from the pensions” Whitman .

On the other hand Democrat Phil Murphy known as Corzine 2.0 , has promised to make New Jersey a “sanctuary state” , he says he will raise your taxes in a massive tax increase of $1.3 billion . He treads water and will not commit  to extending the 2% arbitration cap for police and firefighter salaries and would not say weather the ethically challenged Democratic Senator Bob Menendez should resign if convicted of bribery. Murphy continues to push the Connecticut model, under the “tax the rich” mantra . The Connecticut model fell flat ,because the “rich” moved and so did General Electric and Aetna the states two largest tax payers and employers ,leaving Connecticut  on the verge of bankruptcy and collapse .

In probably the most telling question in the debate , Murphy clams to like New Jersey grapefruit’s and broccoli yes you heard me , while Kim likes Jersey tomatoes and cranberries, once again proving that you can buy a nomination , but it helps to live here and know something about the state your trying to govern .

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How Derek Jeter’s N.J. roots made him Yankees diehard


By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for
on May 14, 2017 at 6:00 AM, updated May 14, 2017 at 6:01 AM

You know the story: Derek Jeter always wanted to be a Yankee.

Jeter, whose No. 2 the team will retire Sunday, dreamed of playing shortstop at Yankee Stadium when he was a kid. He dreamed of wearing pinstripes. And he accomplished that goal.

But why? Why the Yankees?

Thank his family.

In an interview with the “MLB Tonight,” Jeter’s mother, Dorothy, said he became a fan because of summer trips to see family in New Jersey as a kid.

“I’m from Jersey, and my mom was a diehard Yankee fan,” Dorothy Jeter said. “The kids used to go visit my mom with my other nieces and nephews and stay the summer. They used to watch Yankee baseball. They used to go to Yankees games. So, Derek was a diehard Yankee fan, mainly because of my mom and he just fell in love.”