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Say It Ain't So, Mo! Rivera Tears ACL, Throwing Future in Question

Friday, May 04, 2012

The Yankees' 12-time All-Star caught his cleat where the grass meets the warning track in Kansas City, his right knee buckling before he hit the wall. Rivera landed on the dirt, his face contorted in pain, as Alex Rodriguez uttered the words "Oh, my God" from some 400 feet away.

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Transportation Nation

Here's Hoping This Car Doesn't Have To Make Too Many Bullpen Trips Today

Friday, April 06, 2012

(photo by Kate Hinds)

The Yankees officially kick off their season today -- reason enough to post this picture of a pinstriped Toyota hybrid, taken this week at the New York International Auto Show.

(game time 3:10pm, CC Sabathia on the mound.)

Did anyone say public relations?

Happy opening day!

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WNYC News

Woman Charged With Stalking Yankees GM Cashman

Friday, February 03, 2012

A woman stalked and shook down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, getting him to pay her $6,000 and demanding more by threatening to harm his reputation, prosecutors said Thursday.

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WNYC News

Yankee's Posada Retires

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge Posada announced his retirement Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

A Historic Night in Baseball

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It was one of the most memorable nights in recent baseball history on Wednesday as the New York Yankees faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox played the Baltimore Orioles. "Within eight minutes the world changed," said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. George Vecsey, sports reporter for The New York Times and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life," and Frank Shorr, director of the Sports Institute at Boston University and former executive producer at Channel 7, talk about those eight minutes.

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The Takeaway

Football Season in Full Swing

Monday, September 26, 2011

A wild NFL Week 3 continues with Monday Night Football tonight as we look back at an early season which finds both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills at an unlikely 3-0. In addition, comeback kid Michael Vick left yesterday's game with the Giants from a broken hand. Will he play again? Wall Street Journal sports writer Nando DiFino joins us to talk about the beginning of the season.

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WNYC News

Yankees Fortunes Rise, But Parking Garage Woes Continue

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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The New York Yankees are headed to the playoffs. But the company running Yankee Stadium's parking garages remains mired in a slump. With the baseball season just about over, the numbers are in: paying customers have filled only 45 percent of the stadium's 9,000 parking spots on game days this season.

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The Takeaway

Yankees Relief Pitcher Rivera Sets Record

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera had arguably the most important moment of his career yesterday, in a game aginst the Minnesota Twins, when he surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the major league career leader in saves with 602. Rivera has been the Yankees' closer since 1997, so this milestone has been 15 years in the making.

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WNYC News

Rivera Sets Major League Record

Monday, September 19, 2011

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera saved his 602nd game Monday afternoon and set a new major league record for saves.

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The Takeaway

NBA Lockout and Yankees Grand Slam Record

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's hurricane Friday here at the Takeaway, and someone who's never afraid to get out there in the rain is our correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. He joins us to talk some sports, including one seriously quirky stat from the baseball world when the New York Yankees continued to earn their out-sized salaries. Also, we will be looking at the NBA lockout. A recent piece by Malcolm Gladwell on Grantland.com says that the idea of basketball teams as a normal "business" is a fantasy, and so the idea of teams losing money and thus justifying the lockout is completely over the rainbow.

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Transportation Nation

More Fans Look to Take Transit to See Yankees than Mets [UPDATED]

Monday, July 18, 2011

(UPDATED with data from the MTA on actual transit ridership)

The New York baseball rivalry spreads to a transit search site! In honor of the Yankees-Mets subway series earlier this month, the folks at HopStop crunched some numbers on how fans travel to New York stadia, and it's a Yankee town, sort of.

The trip planning website HopStop.com breaks down how often people used their site for directions to Yankee Stadium and to Citi Field. They also map out from which neighborhoods people traveled to games with mostly expected results.

As the chart above shows, far more Yankee fans sought out transit directions to ball games than Mets fans. The percentages account for the difference in number of games, but not in attendance.

That muddies the findings as far more people go to Yankee games (Editorial Note: though I am a third generation Yankee fan, I will do my utmost to refrain commenting on the relative merits of the teams, or posit theories about why it is that more people go to Yankee games). The 27-time world champion Yankees get an average of 44,000 people for each game compared to the Mets 29,000. Taking that into account, they're almost tied for which team is more transit friendly. That's assuming we can use HopStop searches as a proxy for taking transit.

The hard data from the NYC MTA backs this up. The MTA has previously told Transportation Nation that about 37 percent of Yankee fans take the subway to games, about 15,400 per game. After factoring in Metro-North commuter rail, buses, and even ferries, the percentage who take transit rises to about 45 percent. The figure for Mets games, according to the MTA, is 25-30 percent, not including LIRR regional rail, for an average game and 30-35 percent for subway series games. That last fact indicates that the Yankees fans going to Citi Field are more likely to take transit than Mets fans going to Citi Field.

The HopStop numbers point to slightly lower rates of transit ridership to Mets games, with a couple caveats. For one, it's pretty likely to imagine more fans, especially from Queens, drive to Citi field because it's a lot easier to park and drive around Flushing Meadows than the South Bronx. Also, the number of searches doesn't equate to the number of transit trips. It's a simpler transit trip to Citi field. You take the 7 train all the way there. Yankee Stadium has the B/D, 4, lines, Metro-North and if you like walking, the A/C. So optimizing your options is a more complex calculation, something you'd turn to HopStop for.

Where the HopStop data really start to show interesting results are the origin points of the searches. See their maps here.

For one, the home boroughs of the Bronx and Queens weren't the most dominant to their respective teams--probably because people who live there have the least need for directions.

Check out Brooklyn, which sent the most total searches to Citi.

And Manhattan, where people would be searching from their offices, and tourists from their hotels, well, that's Yankee country.

Maybe the next Census could ask which team you support, then we could get some conclusive maps.

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WNYC News

Derek Jeter Reaches 3,000 in Style

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Derek Jeter is Mr. 3,000. The Yankees captain hit a home run in the third inning of Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium off a pitch from the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price to reach 3,000 career hits, making him only the 28th player in baseball history to achieve the milestone.

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Ticketmessters

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One solution to the ticket inflation problem...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Yankees Parking Garage Facing Failure

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WNYC transportation reporter Jim O'Grady discusses his reporting on the barely used Yankees parking garage which is facing financial collapse after receiving lots of public subsidies.

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Transportation Nation

Photos: Yankee Parking Garages Face Financial Collapse Despite $100s of Millions in Public Subsidies

Friday, May 20, 2011

(Photo: (cc) by Flickr user wyfurasko)

When the New York Yankees sought approval for this new stadium five years ago, the team insisted on adding 2000 parking spots -- even though the new stadium was smaller than the old.  As the New York City Council came under pressure from some neighborhood residents to reject the plan -- which meant destroying a local park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration hastily added a proposed transit stop as a last-minute sweetener.

Now half the people who are going to see the Bronx Bombers are taking transit. And the stadium's parking garages are on the brink of defaulting on their financing even after $100s of millions in public subsidies to build them under the contentious plan that displaced the local high school baseball team.

To read and listen to the full story, head over to our original article.

Scroll down for some photos from Jim O'Grady's parking garage travels in Yankee land.

(Photo: Jim O'Grady)

The All Hallows High School Varsity baseball has been without a home field since a Yankee parking garage went up in Macombs Dam Park five years ago. They ride a bus to all their games, even "home games," which they play on opponents' fields.  Team members say that makes it nearly impossible for fellow students to come out and support the team. Here, they're pictured after beating Mount Saint Michael with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Gas Prices A Political Problem for Obama, and Saab Stops Production--For Now

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

President Barack Obama inspects an AT&T all-electric vehicle on display during a tour of the UPS facility in Landover, Md., April 1, 2011. (Office White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Rising gas prices present a problem for President Obama's reelection hopes. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania yesterday, he talked about electric vehicles, increasing fuel-efficiency standards, and alternative energy sources. (White House transcript)

Gothamist interviewed the bicyclist who was arrested on Manhattan's Upper West Side for either running a red light or resisting arrest.

Swedish automaker Saab has temporarily shut down production due to "limited liquidity," lack of supplies, and ongoing negotiations with suppliers who need to be paid (Wall Street Journal). Meanwhile, a slowdown in Toyota's production is causing ripple effects in Japan (NPR).

But it's not all bad news for Toyota, which just sold its one millionth Prius in the U.S. (Wired/Autopia)

New York's fire department is expanding a program that requires firefighters to follow traffic laws, operate at reduced speeds and turn off lights and sirens when responding to certain non-life threatening emergencies to Brooklyn and Staten Island after a successful pilot program in Queens. (WNYC)

Caltrain cuts may not be as bad as originally projected, but "there is still some pain." (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Citizens Budget Commission released a report that says New York's subways are among the most efficient in the country -- but the MTA's bus operations, and two commuter rail roads, are "relatively inefficient."  Download the report (pdf): Benchmarking Efficiency for the MTA's Efficiency Standards

Stanford University has founded a program for the cross-cultural study of the automobile. (New York Times)

The New York Yankees and the MTA agreed to return the B, D and 4 subway lines to the "Great New York Subway Race," the animated mid-game scoreboard segment. (NY Daily News)

Make mine a double: new double-decker buses roll out in Seattle. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: After Transportation Nation report,Governor Cuomo says he'll overhaul  the state system of handing out free parking placard as perks to state employees. A NY State Senator introduced a license plate bill that he'd benefit from.  The applications are in for Florida's rejected high-speed rail money.Congress floats new motorcoach safety bills. And labor leaders and transit advocates talk about equity with DOT officials.

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TN Moving Stories: Cost of Driving Up, Budget Battle Threatens Transpo Reauthorization, and it's Yankees Vs. MTA in the "Great New York Subway Race"

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

At a Municipal Arts Society panel (hosted by TN's Andrea Bernstein), NYC DOT head Janette Sadik-Khan talked about public plazas -- and Gridlock Sam talked about the backlash to current street changes. (Streetsblog)

The budget battle is endangering the Obama administration's transportation reauthorization plans. (Greenwire via New York Times)

The NY Daily News is reporting that an Inspector General probe found widespread misuse of police parking placards by lawmakers and other state officials, says Governor Cuomo will call for major changes in the way the parking passes are distributed.

AAA says the cost of driving rose 3.4% over last year. (USA Today)

San Francisco's Muni has a plan to bring riders more frequent service and faster trips on its busiest lines. But it will take nine years and cost $167 million - including at least $150 million the agency doesn't have. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The New York Yankees and the NY MTA are in a dispute about the "Great New York Subway Race." But it sounds like it was a misunderstanding and fans will hopefully see the epic battle between the B, D and 4 trains on the scoreboard soon.  (Article from NY Daily News; see video of the Subway Race below.)

March Madness fans broke Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority's light rail ridership record numbers with an estimated 148,000 basketball fans riding trains to and from the NCAA Final Four games during the four-day event. (Houston Chronicle)

Stanford University tops the League of American Bicyclist's list of bike-friendly university. (Kansas City Star)

Richard Branson has launched Virgin Oceanic, a deep-sea submarine project. (BoingBoing)

Actor Kevin Spacey rode a DC's bikeshare program bike. (DCist)

The 2011 NYC Cycling Map (pdf) is now available.

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: New York's MTA is installing...subway communicator thingies on some station platforms. California applies for high-speed rail funds. And the DOT says that airline tarmac delays were down last month.

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WNYC News

Yanks Pitcher Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

Friday, February 04, 2011

The beloved lefty pitcher is ditching his pinstripes. "My heart's not where it needs to be," he said Friday at Yankees Stadium.

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WNYC News

Yanks Pitcher Andy Pettitte Set to Announce Retirement

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, a five-time World Series champ, reportedly plans to announce he will retire during a news conference Friday at Yankee Stadium.

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WNYC News

Paterson Fined Over Yankees Tickets

Monday, December 20, 2010

Governor David Paterson has been fined $62,125 by the state’s ethics panel, which accused him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his sons’s friend and two aides, then lying about it in a cover up.

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