Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives Yankees closer Dellin Betances maintains his role simply because the team's first two choices were traded at the non-waiver deadline. Betances might not be trusted with the job without similar circumstances next season, but the Yankees cannot figure that out by shutting down the reliever before the season ends. Betances has failed to maintain control over the closer's job since enjoying a strong beginning (14 games, 15 1/3 innings, nine saves in 10 chances, 0.57 ERA, 25 strikeouts and five walks) after Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were traded. Betances has faltered in staggering fashion over his last eight appearances. In six
With the Yankees teetering on the brink of elimination, at least one former Yankee is preparing for his return trip to the postseason. Alex Rodriguez, awkwardly released by the team in August amid one of the worst seasons of his career, will join the FOX Sports broadcasting team as a studio analyst throughout the playoffs. The move back to the broadcast booth probably was inevitable for Rodriguez, who served in the same role last year after the Yankees were bounced with a loss to the Astros in the wild-card game.
Liverpool owner John Henry says fan protests against ticket prices are causing the club to reassess plans to further redevelop Anfield. Henry’s Fenway Sports Group apologized to fans earlier this year and reversed planned rises in ticket prices after a walkout during a game. But having funded the redevelopment of Liverpool’s main stand over the last year, the next phase of the expansion program might not make economic sense if the club can’t recoup the construction cost. The Anfield Road stand had been next in line for rebuilding at the 54,000-capacity Anfield. “I don’t know if there is a next step because ticket prices are an issue in England,” Henry said. “That may foreclose further expansion.