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Mets and Yanks History With the 2nd Wild Card

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Bud Selig announced yesterday that MLB has added a second Wild Card team that he hopes will be in effect for the 2012 season. I am all for this as I believe it will engage more cities later in the season. It will also give meaning to winning a division championship, which has largely been [...]

Closing the Book on Jorge Posada and the Yankees

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Jorge Posada announced his career with the Yankees is over. “I don’t think there’s even a percentage of a chance that I can come back,” Posada said to the Daily News. “It’s not going to happen.” It was a rough year for Posada both on and off the field. On the [...]

Mets and Yanks Interested in Foreign Talent

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

According to Yankees Source, there is interest from the Bombers in Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. They would be looking at him as a second lefty out of the pen and spot starter. The Yankees interest of Wei Yin Chen is growing for a possible lefty role out of pen and spot starter.Wed Nov 09 00:18:23 via [...]

Yanks May Prefer Darvish

Monday, November 7th, 2011

You heard the reports about the Yankees opening up talks with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber. According to my source, however, Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer are pushing hard for Brian Cashman to go after Yu Darvish. Mike Silva adds: I said on yesterday’s show that it might make more sense to go after Darvish, [...]

That Sound Under the Engine is Your Imagination

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

You buy a used car and upon driving it home it starts to make all sorts of sounds. You are having trouble starting it, and it doesn’t seem to be of the same quality that you were promised at the dealer. You take it back, but they claim nothing is wrong. It’s you that has [...]

Yanks Have Goods to Land Lincecum, Do Giants Have the Desire?

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Dave Cameron of Fangraphs discussed how he believes the Giants may be wise to move Tim Lincecum since he projects to make $20 million dollars in arbitration, which would potentially comprise about 15% of their payroll. The Yankees have the type of prospects to land such a star pitcher in his early prime so this isn’t a crazy idea [...]

Could We See La Russa Return as the Yankees Manager?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Tony La Russa said his days of managing are over when he announced his retirement on Monday. I don’t want to call La Russa a liar, but 33 years of doing something doesn’t leave your blood overnight. Bill Parcells retired and came back a few times. Phil Jackson didn’t stay away from the NBA very long. Don’t forget [...]

What CC Will the Yankees Get?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

CC Sabathia is back safely in the fold and should provide the Yankees the top of the rotation anchor they need to content in 2012. But what have the Yankees signed on for the next five years? Will he be as good as the last 3, or anything close to it? What are the Yankees getting [...]

Behind the Bullpen Management

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We argue about the utilization of bullpens here all the time. It’s probably the most important and difficult part of managing a team. We often look at it scientifically; evaluating platoon splits when we make our second guesses. We never have the complete information, however, as the manager, catcher, and pitching coach know how the individual pitchers [...]

Where Does the ’11 World Series Rank For You?

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Ranking all-time World Series is an impossible task. How do I rank the ’75 Series between the Reds and Red Sox when I wasn’t born yet? How do you go back in time and read box scores from the early 20th century and make an assertion about the drama? All I can do is provide [...]

Looking Back: Gammons ’86 Playoff Preview

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I thought it would be fun to look back at the preview of the playoffs and I found this old Sports Illustrated article by Peter Gammons from October 6th, 1986. Gammons previews all four playoff teams, but he seems particularly excited about [...]

Bobby Valentine, Executive Producer, But What’s Next?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Big league manager on two continents, ESPN broadcaster, civil servant in Stamford, CT and now executive producer is a term you can use to describe Bobby Valentine. The man that seems to have his hand in just about everything made an appearance on Saturday at the Hamptons Film Festival. His latest venture is a film [...]

“Pelotero” Displays Need for Change

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to screen the movie Pelotero at the Hamptons Film Festival. The film follows two young Dominican baseball players, or peloteros as they are called, while they work to achieve their dream of being signed by a professional club on their 16th birthday; the age they are first eligible. The film has [...]

F-Mart, Not Carlos Gomez Was in Original Santana Deal

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

There have been many Mets connections in this postseason. J.J. Putz was closing ballgames for Arizona. Darren Oliver is coming out of the Rangers bullpen. During the NLCS we see K-Rod pitching the eighth inning and Carlos Gomez getting playing time in centerfield for Milwaukee. Gomez was a top Mets prospect when he was called up in 2007 after [...]

Top 5 Managers in Baseball, Mega-Contracts, Breaking Points

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The playoffs have brought about much debate about managers and their impact. Every night you hear complaints on Twitter about a move someone made. It’s no different in the regular season since Terry Collins‘ and Joe Girardi‘s moves were dissected every night. I have stated numerous times that a managers greatest impact is in the [...]