Picture(s) of the Day: Yankee Stadium transformed

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About a month ago, we saw what Yankee Stadium looked like for the Pinstripe Bowl, so it only makes sense that we check in on the place now that it’s set to host the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils tomorrow in the NHL’s Stadium Series. Here’s a couple of cool shots, courtesy of Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record and John Giannone of MSG Network:

You can catch the game on NBC tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET. The expected high temperature is 18 degrees and the wind chill will make it feel just above zero. Baseball, please get here soon.

Royals to sign Billy Hamilton

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LAS VEGAS — Jim Bowden reports that the Kansas City Royals are close to agreement with outfielder Billy Hamilton. He says they are “just working through bonuses and pending physical.” Hamilton was non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds a couple of weeks ago following six seasons with the club, making him a free agent.

Hamilton is one of the fastest men to ever play the game, but he has never come around as a hitter. In his six seasons with the Reds he put up a line of .245/.298/.333 (OPS+ 70). While he has stolen 277 bases over that period, getting caught 63 times, he has never once led the league in steals, primarily because he just doesn’t get on base enough. He is an excellent center fielder, but the bat is so sub-par that even the glove and the wheels are not good enough to justify going to arbitration with him.

Perhaps a change of scenery will do him good. He will certainly bring some excitement to Kansas City. He’s a fun guy to watch play.