Yanks first to offer streaming in-market

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Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports
that the Yankees will be the first team to offer streaming of games
within their home market. The deal reached between the YES Network and
Major League Baseball Advanced Media will let fans in the New York
media market buy a subscription to Yankees games that they can stream
on laptops, personal computers or other devices in the office or the
home. Fans can expect to see similar models in other media markets
before long.

Until now, MLB.tv has limited access of their subscribers to
out-of-market games in order to protect the rights of regional sports
networks and cable companies. It’s likely to be a huge boon for YES, as
the New York market expands to New Jersey, Connecticut and even parts
of Pennsylvania.

The only annoying catch is that those who purchase the in-market
subscription must also be subscribers of the expanded basic service on
Cablevision that includes YES Network. The agreement certainly marks
progress, as an increasingly mobile society would love the option to
watch a Yankees game on their wireless internet connection wherever
they may roam.

However, one of the great things about MLB.tv is the ability to have it
without also having to purchase a cable subscription. I believe and
hope it won’t be long before these networks bypass the cable companies
and offer these sorts of subscriptions directly to the fans. They can
only delay progress for so long.

CC Sabathia wants to return to the Yankees in 2018

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CC Sabathia‘s contract is set to expire this offseason, but for the long-tenured left-hander, nowhere feels more like home than New York. “I want to see this through,” Sabathia told reporters after a devastating Game 7 loss in the ALCS. “This is where I want to play.” Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman spoke warmly of the veteran starter, but would make no public guarantees that he’d return to the team next spring.

Sabathia, 37, just topped off his 17th season in the big leagues and his eighth career postseason run. He went 14-5 in 27 starts and put up a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 148 2/3 innings, good for 1.9 fWAR. He looked solid in the playoffs, too, propelling the team to a much-needed win in Game 5 of the ALDS and returning in the Championship Series with six scoreless innings in Game 3. His season ended on a sour note during Game 7, however. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings against a dynamic Astros’ offense, allowing one run on five hits and three walks and failing to record a single strikeout for the first time in 23 career postseason appearances.

Heading into the 2017 offseason, Sabathia finally arrived at the end of his seven-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees. While he’s repeatedly expressed a desire to keep pitching, despite rumors that his career might be on the rocks following the diagnosis of a troublesome degenerative knee condition, the decision isn’t his alone to make. Brian Cashman will also be seeking an extension with the Yankees this winter, so it’s difficult to say which impending free agents the club will try to retain — and Sabathia’s name isn’t the only one on that list. If it were up to skipper Joe Girardi, who is awaiting a decision on his own future with the organization, the decision would be a no-brainer. From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

CC will always be special to me because of what he stands for and the great player that he is, the great man that he is,” Girardi said. “The wonderful teammate that he is. How he pulls a team together. He’s as good as I’ve ever been around when it comes to a clubhouse guy, a guy that will take the ball when you’re on a losing streak or that you can count on, and knowing that it could be the possible last time.