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Things Getting Tight in Boston, Perspective on Jason Bay, Sausage Shenanigans, Griffey Jr. Folklore

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Are we about to see the next great Boston collapse? It’s been a long time since the Red Sox and choke have been synonymous, but the Sox lead over Tampa Bay is just five games in the loss column after their loss to Tampa last night. They have six more games with Tampa the next […]

A Further Look at Andy Pettitte and the Hall of Fame

Friday, December 31st, 2010

After the 2008 season—a season where he pitched better than he had in years—Mike Mussina abruptly retired. Never mind that his ERA was the lowest it had been since 2001; likewise his WAR—the lowest since 2001. And never mind that Moose had won 20 games for the first time in career, putting him at 270 […]

The Fallacy of 300 Wins & Andy Pettitte

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

One of baseball’s stupidest tropes is the magic number for the Hall of Fame. 300 wins and your in the Hall of Fame. Don’t and you’re most likely not—especially of late. Nothing else gets taken into account. For instance, this week, on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show, they broached the subject of Jamie Moyer […]

James: Gooden, Cone, and Guidry Belong in HOF

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Bill James is at it again, this time stirring debate on a new way of evaluating pitchers in the Hall of Fame. The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 compares starting pitchers across history. I won’t get into the nuts and bolts of it, you can read it for yourself, but essentially its system that measures […]

NYBD Yankees “All Decade Team”

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Earlier today I did the NYBD Mets “All Decade Team”, now it’s the Yankees turn. Only difference is, because of the DH, I named a utility player instead of two pinch hitters. This is based on the best individual season at each position. Starting Lineup C- Jorge Posada (2007) 20 HR, 90 RBI, .338 BA, […]

Clutch, Watch Beltran on Twitter, Yankeeography

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

- A-Rod has 75 RBI’s and 36 have either tied or given the Yankees the lead- courtesy of Sweeny Murti. – You can watch Carlos Beltran in Brooklyn on Twitter tonight. No, this isn’t just 145 character updates, but another broadcast of a minor league game on twitter. – Last night marked the eight year […]

Andy Pettitte Hall of Fame Debate

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Yesterday, The day after Andy Pettitte came within seven outs of a perfect game, Jon Heyman and Adam the Bull debated his Hall of Fame chances on WFAN. Jon said yes, Adam said no, so time for Mike Silva to weigh in. Pitchers sometimes can be tricky when it comes to the Hall. I go […]

Clear Anti New York Bias in Award Voting

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The MVP debate just can’t die. The scribes in Minnesota heard yesterday about the controversy, first started by the NY Times Tyler Kepner on Friday, via their carrier pigeon. I am being facetious of course, but it’s ironic that it took so long to hear from one of the scribes in Joe Mauer’s hometown. Charley […]

Has CC Sabathia Been an Ace?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

No one could argue that the Yankees needed an “ace” to anchor their rotation. Unlike the championship years, the Yankees didn’t have the depth of pitching in 2008 to sustain any kind of winning streak. Even this year’s group, which has been better, pales in comparison to Clemens, Cone, Wells, and a young Andy Pettitte. […]

Yanks Could Use at least One Old Timer

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Earlier today I wrote about a criticism levied by a CNBC blogger regarding the Yankees Old Timers Day. Admittedly, there seemed to be a lack of juice in the stands for the event, but that could be more about the lazy Sunday afternoon start time than anything. As fun as it was to see Lee […]