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Cano and Jay Z: Good Result and Bad Process

Friday, December 6th, 2013

In the end Robinson Cano and Jay Z were the biggest losers in their negotiations with the Yankees and Seattle. Yes, Cano captured the 10-years and $240 million he so desperately desired, but in the long run you had to believe he wanted that in New York. Instead, he will have to end his career […]

Can Derek Jeter Hit .400?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Steroids created a lot of “video game” type of results over two decades. Two records that still were elusive to jacked up hitters was Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams .406 batting average. When ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst  John Kruk said Derek Jeter can hit .400 earlier this month, everyone blew it off as crazy.  Thirty-four games […]

Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda, and the Latest on the Yanks Rotation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The setback to Michael Pineda this past weekend where he was shut down after only 15 pitches on Saturday, along with the recent struggles of the Yankees rotation, have turned the signing of Andy Pettitte from a “luxury item” to a thing of urgent necessity. So how concerned are the Yankees with Pineda’s latest setback? I spoke with a […]

Win VIP Admission to See Knuckleball!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I mentioned during last night’s radio program, I am giving away a free VIP admission to the baseball documentary Knuckleball! The winner and a guest will sit in a special reserved section at the premiere and receive a signed movie poster by R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, and Jim Bouton. The first person […]

Adams Hopes to Stay Healthy, Return to Form in 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J – Back in 2010, David Adams’ career was on the fast track. Grabbed by the Yankees in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Virginia, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound second baseman was turning heads. In the field, he played 39 games without an error, helping complete 24 double plays. […]

Worst MLB Promotional Items for 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

How many of you really care about the giveaways at a ballgame? Most of the time I find a kid that I can hand mine off and relieve me of having to carry the stupid thing around all game. The hats are cheesy, bags too feminine and the toys, well… I am 35-years old I […]

Veteran Intangibles that Stats Can’t Measure

Monday, March 5th, 2012

All offseason we debate the merits of acquiring different players. Sometimes, we don’t understand why a team brings a veteran into camp when there are cheaper replacements that could do the job just as well, or even better. The Mets were accused of this when they held on to expensive veterans such as Alex Cora […]

Hey MLB, Don’t Half-Bake Expanded Playoffs in 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Looks like MLB is at it again. The league that for years got it “half-right” may create an odd disadvantage for division winners in the new expanded playoff scenario. SB Nation reports that “the addition of another wild card team will create a play-in game between the two wild cards, but because the 2012 regular […]

Mark Fidrych, the Greatest Non-Roster Invitee

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The minor-league deal. The non-roster invite to spring training. It’s like one of those phrases you hear in passing and ignore. There are two types of non-roster invitees, as former Dodgers GM Fred Claire pointed out to me the other day. “There’s the promising young player that you would like to take a long look […]

Prospect Rankings Are Out and Its Buyer Beware

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

We’re at the time of year now when the various media outlets and fan blogs start releasing their minor league top prospect lists for 2012. Baseball America is clearly the industry standard leader in this venture, popping out their Top 100 lists every year since 1990. (Their number one Number One? Braves left hander Steve Avery). Whether you […]