Who’s On First For Yankees? Should Knicks Trade Carmelo?


SPANISH HARLEM – As spring training draws closer, the Yankees still don’t know who their starting first baseman will be. Will it be Greg Bird? Or will it be Tyler Austin? And as the NBA season marches on, will the Knicks finally bite the bullet and trade Carmelo Anthon? I hope not!

Who’s On First?

The Bombers’ brass have stated that Greg Bird and Tyler Austin will battle it out to see who starts the season at first base. Some fans will remember that two years ago, Greg Bird, took over for Mark Teixeira after his season/career ended due to injury. Bird hit .261 with 11 homers and 31 RBI… those numbers may not pop but when you consider he only played in 41 games, after starting the season in the Triple A, you start to see a player that may be destined for stardom. There was a lot of hype for Bird coming into that season as he was the Yankees best hitting prospect and had excelled in every level up to that point. Many fans, like me, couldn’t wait to see what a full year would look like for the young hitter but that did not come to fruition, as he missed 2016 season due to shoulder surgery.

Last year fans got to see Tyler Austin, who was considered a fairly good prospect, or the first time. He finally had a break-out season in the minors. As a diehard Yanks fan, I remember reading about Austin, who many scouts liked but had a hard time staying on the field due to injuries. When Austin was brought up, he was a feel good story in that he was released by the Yankees prior to the season but was brought back when other teams decided against signing him. What made his story even more appealing was when he hit a home run in his first MLB at bat. It was the moment that Yankees fans became enamored with the youth movement and made it easier to believe that the future was now.

As the saying goes in baseball, “It’s a good problem to have.” So it’s definitely not a bad thing for a manager when you have two players that are capable of starting. Both have stated they want to start and will come to spring training ready to show why they should, but my gut tells me it will be Bird. Why? Because Bird was the more highly-touted prospect and considered the successor to Teixeira. Even though Tyler had the type of season many were hoping for, Bird is a player who consistently put up good numbers in the minors. My call is that Joe Girardi will go with the more proven player in Greg Bird (if injuries do not interfere).

For those thinking Austin will be regulated to the bench, he also played outfield in the minors, so Girardi will find a place for him in the lineup if he continues to produce when given opportunity.

Should the Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony?

I have always wanted to write about this subject fo two reasons; my love for the Knicks and my love for Carmelo Anthony. Please understand that Anthony is my favorite player and this was before he became a Knick, so you can imagine how excited I was when the team acquired him in a trade. It was a dream come true for me; I finally got a chance to see my favorite player on my favorite team.

Nothing could go wrong… or so i thought.

As the years have gone by, I have become torn when it comes to discussing Melo and the Knicks. Is it the right time to trade him? If they do trade him, what can they get? The respective answers are no and close to nothing.

Every year there comes a point when the media thinks it’s time to discuss whether or not to trade Anthony. This year is no different, as the Knicks have once again turned an average season into a disaster. I’m here to say I want Melo to stay a Knick and I also want the team to be good. Have the Knicks made me question my loyalty? Absolutely! But in the end I want them both to be great.

It is disappointing when Anthony himself has stated that he is the type to lead by example, and yet I see him getting ejected from games. Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and say, “What can I do to help my team?” and if that’s not working then you try harder the next time!

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  • benwhit

    The Melo era is over. Time to build around Zinger.

    • Different Matt

      Happy Birthday, B-Dub!

  • MarkP

    First time commenting but I read you guys a lot. Buddy Diaz, Carmelo Anthony is your favorite player? He is a dog and a sulker and will never ever dive for a loose ball or play any real defense. He is at best a role player for offense on some good team. I will not watch the Knicks again until they get rid of him. Liking him is pathetic and all this guy does is waste the money of fans that pay to see his act.

    • Wow! MarkP enters with a bang! And frankly, we love the points. But Buddy Diaz, in his defense, is a confused, naive teenager who roots for the Eagles… Wait… he’s pushing 40? Ooh.

    • AngryWard

      MarkP nailed it. I have been saying for a while that Carmelo would make a great 2017 version of Vinnie “The Microwave Johnson.” Instant offense off the bench. He’ll never take that role or salary though.

    • Buddy Diaz

      A lot of work needs to be done and trading Melo could be a part of that but that’s not guaranteed either. I rather keep him but I’m just one fan. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that’s fine. I respect that!

  • jgclancy

    Tim Raines -in the MLB Hall of Fame -Finally! Congrats.that is all since the NBA is dead to me.

    • staten island stench

      Cocaine addicts are okay but steroid users arent?

      • jgclancy

        As a person who has never taken any drugs I have no problem with people using alcohol , marijuana or even cocaine (not crack-crack kills). PED’s are for enhancing performance-period– to ….well,just look at Bonds & McGwire levels. They are taken purely to cheat.While cocaine may increase metabolism overall it’s use is usually detrimental. P.S.-I call em Coke Heads myself.

        • AngryWard

          Raines definitely belongs. About time.

      • If they can get a lefty out or advance a runner, you bet!

  • Different Matt

    Melo needs to go. ‘Bockers need a fresh start. Trade him for draft picks. And get rid of Phil Jackson.

    I think Bird has the inside track at first base. Austin will need a monster spring to get the nod at first base to start the season.

  • Dude

    while melo was never my favorite player i did for a long time hold optimism he would be a benefit to the knicks. He’s very frustrating to watch because he has shown throughout his career he is capable of being a complete player- hustling on d, passing the ball. he showed that winning the national championship. he’s shown that when he played with jason kidd and has complete games here and there. But more often that not we see melo bringing the ball up the floor and setting himself up for an iso play. then running out of gas in the fourth quarter and leaving the team out to dry. It would great to see the knicks relevant again as they are the one team the whole city really gets behind. I think its time for him to go, but with a no trade clause and him at the bottom of his value i’m not holding my breath. tank the season and hope for a good pick.

    • Buddy Diaz

      You made some good points Dude, you sound like a smart Knicks fan and I can see that you watch a lot of games. It sucks when they lose and we as fans have blamed Dolan and Jackson and Melo and anyone else who failed to make the Knicks great. I feel the pain, I’m disappointed too. It’s hard but who is to say that if we get ride of Melo that the Knicks will get better. That’s a myth we tell ourselves because we need to believe in something. Its been like 12 years of this so people can’t put it all on him.

      We did it Ewing too who took us to a lot of playoff games but never gave us a chip. Half the league are middle of pack teams, it’s not easy building a championship culture, hopefully one day they will figure it out.

      • Dude

        you are right, its very frustrating watching this team struggle every year. i hope they figure it out. but i’d rather see them improve for next year then squeak into the playoffs and get swept by cleveland melo or no melo. its too bad Patrick couldn’t get healthy in time for the ’99 finals. that team played great without him but really needed him to match up with duncan and robinson. and of course game 6 in ’94 should have been ours…

  • Buddy Diaz

    I’m the first to acknowledge that there is a love hate relationship with Melo and the Knicks. I’m on the side that loves him but again is my favorite player so I’m biased. I can understand the hate as well. In my article I’m asking Melo to be a better teammate because I see those same flaws as well but like I said I’m biased. I think Melo can play better defense and also should share the ball more. winning cures all, if the Knicks turn this around all fans will happy, especially if through it all the find a way to make the playoffs.

    Sure high draft picks are nice but it’s still a crap shoot and the Knicks haven’t drafted well through out the years so there is that too

  • Junoir Blaber

    You man love for Melo has lost you all credibility with me

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