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June 5, 2024 5:52 am

 New York Yankees writer for the Bergen Record and USA Today Network Pete Caldera joins the show to talk about the red-hot, AL-leading Yankees.

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Visit Carvana.com or download the app and sell your car from your comfy place. We're pleased to welcome Pete Caldera of the Bergen County Rec or the Bergen Record and he also works for the USA Today Network covering the Yankees and the rest of baseball. Well on that streak what's working for the Yankees right now Pete? Pretty much everything you know top to bottom you start with the starting pitching they've gotten without Garrett Cole and in their rotation and you know now you can see the light at the end of the tunnel with Cole starting on his rehab assignment tonight and you know maybe he's back in their rotation in two or three weeks. You know certainly you know we thought that Luis Hill you know might just be a placeholder for a while and he's been more than a Cole replacement. He's been the Cy Young version of Cole you saw last year with what he's done and continuing it tonight and um you know that uh that one two three the top of their order with Volpe Soto and Judge has been just special and it's just allowed them to you know get leads early and expand them and uh and let the pitching do their thing. Well you mentioned the pitching being maybe a bit of a surprise when you think about the rotation losing Garrett Cole how much different is the attitude or maybe the perspective now considering he might soon be back in that rotation? There's a lot of excitement about that because not only are they getting their ace back but you know I was talking to Mike Stanton the ex-Yankee about this uh two earlier today about uh if you get Cole back for for 20 starts you'll have a fresher Cole down the stretch too and then you know going into October where you know they they hope to be making a long extended run and uh you know maybe some of the bullets that that Garrett Cole has saved uh you know by not being in their rotation for the first two months we'll we'll sort of pay dividends down the line but you know let's not get too far ahead you know he's still uh you know in in that rehab assignment on his way back coming back from elbow nerve irritation could there be a potential setback is there uh you know do you have to watch his his innings or his workload early on uh as he comes back so you know you don't want to get too too far ahead but it's it's hard not to get excited uh you know if you're the Yankees and thinking you've put together this the the best record in the American League to date through June 4th and you're going to be getting next year's last year's uh uh you know I don't go forward a winner back in your rotation pretty soon.

And especially in the American League East where we know the Baltimore Orioles had a breakout season last year to be on top of division where you're constantly pushed by the other members of the AL East sometimes I feel like succeeding in this division is even more impressive than it might be in other divisions. Yes certainly it is and you know no one's sleeping on the Orioles you know there's a lot of head-to-head games left between the Yankees and Baltimore and you know their their young team uh you know if you know maybe they can bolster their pitching the Orioles can uh by the trade deadline perhaps add you know something uh to their bullpen or their rotation that could help them get over the top in this division I think it's going to be a battle to the end certainly you know I don't think the Yankees are going to be playing 750 uh winning percentage baseball all year I mean they did that in May I mean it was an incredible month you know based on what you saw from Heel and and Soto and Judge and certainly Volpe there's still elements of their Yankee lineup that you still are kind of waiting for them to to get on track Anthony Rizzo for one you know Glabor Torres had a home run tonight but uh you haven't seen the production you saw out of uh Glabor Torres last season and this is a uh you know this is a free agent walk year for Torres as it is for of course Juan Soto but they've gotten such super production out of their superstars that you know it's kind of overshadowed a few of the things that that haven't been you know completely clicking but uh you know you're going to have this you know the ins and outs you know during the season some guys hot some guys not so hot but they are still kind of waiting on some of those guys and then you know the other part of this too is um this Yankees bullpen it's been pretty good so far they've they've suffered some losses already you know the wise ago you know I thought that was going to be a big loss with him out of the uh the equation and trying to fill that that multi-inning weapon that they had you know with so long with Michael King uh but Luke Weaver sort of uh stepped into that role right now can they continue rolling uh like they have in the bullpen I think that's something that you'd like to see evolve as we go uh through these summer months. Always easier to deal for my position of strength and now they've won eight of their last ten we're spending a few minutes with Pete Caldera who covers baseball for the Bergen record and the USA Today Network it's after hours or hours with Amy Lawrence you mentioned superstars and of course it's got to be a relief for a lot of fans that Aaron Judge is healthy sometimes that feels like his biggest challenge how would you compare the way he's playing right now with what we saw from him in his free agent year when the Yankees rewarded him with that amazing contract? Yeah I mean in some ways you know that certainly the month of May was you know kind of shades of 22 um you know the only difference is at least just from you know the perspective of this year where Judge started out you know slowly and had some physical issues that gave you some pause late in spring training you had the you know the abdominal core issue that that he had an MRI for you I think we're always you know wondering about you know the condition of his right foot after you know what happened you know colliding at the wall at Dodger Stadium so you know those things are sort of in the mix and I think when Judge gets off to a slow start as he did in April I think that the default for all of us is to wonder you know is he healthy when he is healthy and he you can get a rolling the way he has been so was he slow out of the gates because of some of the physical things he was dealing with in spring training hard to tell because you know Judge is not you know he's just going to post every day that he can and not talk about whatever things may be nagging at him physically but you know right now you're seeing a Judge that is locked in and hitting on all cylinders and you know it's hard to get him out even like the double today a pitch he kind of blocks out you know to right field but you know it just shows you what kind of plate coverage you know a guy like like Judge has that you know he can still with a swing like that and keep it fair and you know so it doesn't have to take a 430 foot home run you know for Judge to make a difference in the game of course he's also playing an above average center field too and I think we all wanted to go into this year with the wear and tear of playing every day in center field have some effect on him so far none at all it is good to know because everything the Yankees want to do really revolves around Aaron Judge well then what about Juan Soto as we're talking about questions he's still fielding questions every day about his future you know it certainly came up in San Diego when that was all revisited about you know just coming back to there and then how the Padres had to trade him in the midst of his contract just as the Washington Nationals had to trade him leading up to his free agency it's always a question about for a player this good this young you know this much of a generational talent you know and with frankly with this agent Scott Boris I mean there's I mean there's no question he's he was going to free agency with with any team as long as he's producing the way he has I mean he's gonna he's gonna test the market and break the bank and try to get as close to an Otani deal as he possibly can I wouldn't put anything past him at this point the way he's going it'll come up from time to time obviously it's it's a big part of you know everything that surrounds Juan Soto because you know frankly the Yankees want want him to be there for a long time and certainly the fans you know want him to stay and you know he's sort of instantly bonded with especially the right field crowd at Yankee Stadium and you know they're trade that love and that energy back and forth every night you see it you know from the roll call to you know the last inning so I mean it's all been great theater and great fun and it seems like it really is a match that is perfect for both sides but you know at the end of the day if I mean if Steve Cohen and the New York Mets are going to bid significantly higher and the Yankees don't want to match it he'll have he'll have a monetary decision to make there so who knows but right now it's it's you got to think that all this you know goodwill that's transpiring now between the between the Yankees and the Yankees fans and Juan Soto bodes well for their future together. Pete Caldera is with us to talk Yankees Bergen record USA Today Network and we're always glad to have him here on After Hours with Amy Lawrence it's interesting because over the past oh five maybe a few more years there have been this kind of shift for the Yankees where we've heard Brian Cashman maybe seen a little bit of them getting away from spending whatever it takes to bring in the big free agents but then the Aaron Judge contract obviously he's a generational Yankee and they want to make sure he doesn't go anywhere else but would you still put the Yankees in that same category as say a Dodgers team that will commit a billion dollars on three guys to make sure that they get him in the fold? Well if you could tell Hal Steinberger that that Juan Soto will take the kind of deferments that Otani took maybe they could get the deal done tonight yeah listen Hal Steinberger had some comments recently about the the unsustainable nature of 300 million dollar payrolls not just for him but throughout baseball I guess you could debate that when you're talking about the Mets and the Dodgers and you know and maybe back in the days when the Red Sox were spending but I think there was some nuance to that too because I think in those comments you're kind of hearing how say that that there's money coming off the payrolls of the Yankees after this 2024 season that are sort of designed to help sign a Soto long term now yeah obviously it's the Yankees they should be able to spend whatever they can or want to retain especially a special player like like Juan Soto but you'll have Glabor Torres's 14-15 million coming off the books next year you'll have Alex Verdugo's salary coming off the books you know with probably Jason Dominguez you know taking his place in the outfield next year could potentially have Anthony Rizzo's contract coming off the books so there there are counting ways that I think they're I think they're already planning on to to fit in a massive Juan Soto contract only for 2025 but but down the road but yeah bottom line is yeah the Yankees will and should you know make make every effort to to keep Juan Soto in pinstripes for a very long time. How many more years for Giancarlo Stanton? I think four and right at just less than a hundred million dollars which now doesn't seem like all that much when you consider all the other massive contracts they're paying but you know I mean right now Giancarlo Stanton as a ensemble player in a lineup with Soto and Judge with Volpe and with Verdugo just off center of of your attention is is having a very good season hit another home run tonight got 15. You know he's still hitting in the 230s.

OPS is still south of 800. Maybe he's not you know going to be that consistent game-breaking player anymore at his age but he certainly seems much more happier at ease and and content hitting in this lineup and especially with you know with the attention focused on other places you know Stanton's sort of been free to you know you know have a clunky at bat and then you know hit a ball hard his next at bat whether he's lining out or getting a base hit or hitting a home run it just it just doesn't seem to be that weight with every at bat now. You know you don't feel like the whole stadium of 40,000 people is just waiting for him to to strike out and and and get on his case again. I think and you're just and it's certainly been you know better for the the lineup as a whole to have you know Stanton is now you know he came into camp this year determined to to to make some changes in swings to make some physical changes he came in lighter not that he was ever out of shape but I think they just felt that the wear and tear on on his legs would and maybe some of those lower body injuries he's had in the past might you know be fewer in nature if if he came into camp at a lighter weight and then they wondered if the power would be there too if he came in lighter and certainly I think it's it's been a win-win all the way around this year for John Karlistan. Pete I know you cover this team on a regular basis and so from your perspective how different does it seem without a John Sterling in the press box on a daily basis? I miss John Sterling every day especially on the road when we would occasionally go to dinner out at some of his favorite restaurants like the prime rib in Baltimore and other spots you know he was obviously cutting down on his his travel in the last couple years and you know this year you know he's only going to make basically all the east coast trips after the first you know Yankees road trip of the season which was Houston and Arizona but yeah you know after that he just came back from that road trip and just said yeah he was tired of the travel and and you know it was just time to retire and and you know sad for us great for him what an amazing career but yes I miss John I miss him you know just checking into the uh the press box before uh pretty much every pitch you just kind of wander in and say hello and like aren't you supposed to be on the air in 30 seconds John? You're on John Sterling time and that was what's great about him there's there'll never be another one like him as Susan Wahlman said it's true there uh you won't find another a greater personality a greater uh you know you know guy who could you know make a broadcast his own I mean certainly that that voice you know unmistakably you could just say hello you know who it is um and uh but I'll just miss you know him just being around the ballpark every day yeah and uh but uh I had dinner with him and Anthony McCarron and uh Dama Mori a couple weeks ago at one of his favorite spots here in Manhattan and now uh we're hoping to uh plan on more of those regular dinners since he'll be home so uh so we'll just have to confine our uh fun to Midtown Manhattan. Well that's good though as you point out no one deserves a happy joyful unencumbered retirement more than John Sterling for all the years that he dedicated to a game that he loves all right you can find P on Twitter at P Caldera C-A-L-D-E-R-A covers the Yankees and baseball for the Bergen record as well as USA Today it's always good to catch up with you Pete thanks so much for the insight. Great to be with you Amy thank you so much. 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