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Yanks Dodge a Bullet, Take Game 2 in 9th

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Many thought the ’73 Mets were huge underdogs in this series, but through two games they have been right there with the Yankees. The difference is that one big hit. Last night, they may have blown their best chance of making this a series as they left 14 runners on base in a 2-1 loss […]

Doc’s Plan to Fix the Mets, A-Rod and Canseco, Rollins and Mets

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Hey, the fans have their say, why not former Mets? Doc Gooden chimed in on what the Mets should do via Twitter last night. He said that “if he were GM” he would sign Jose Reyes, trade Jason Bay for A.J. Burnett or another pitcher, and send 4 prospects to Seattle for Felix Hernandez. He […]

An MVP, Not Burnett, Saved the Yankees Season

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

What is an MVP? We debate this throughout each season in the world of stat-overload. A couple of years ago Joe Mauer brought the Twins back from the dead to win the AL Central. His numbers at the catching position were historic. That is an MVP. Last year Josh Hamilton put up the best numbers […]

A.J. Burnett – The Inevitable 2011 Narrative

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

You knew it would come down to this. You knew that somehow this postseason the Yankees were going to need A.J. Burnett to step up and win a ballgame. The fact it’s happening tonight against the Tigers is irrelevant since it was a matter of when, not if, this day would come in 2011. Ever […]

$16.5 Million Dollar Man, Girardi is Moneyball Mgr, Bunting, 70s Baseball, Catching Hell

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

A.J. Burnett very well may have a great shot to pitch Game 3 of the ALDS. Joel Sherman laid out the Yanks strategy in a recent column. Here are two important items to remember when you are thinking about Game 3: One: There is an off-day scheduled the day before, so the entire bullpen should be […]

The Yankees Postseason Rotation is Still Murky

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The ALDS will start on Friday, September 30th. Despite the fact that we are week away, it doesn’t appear the Yankees postseason rotation is any more settled today than 10 days ago. You know CC Sabathia will take Games 1 in every series. Ivan Nova, a minor leaguer in the middle of the season, very […]

Montero Being Manny, Flooded Ballpark, HoJo on Moneyball, A.J. In the Mix

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Excited about Jesus Montero‘s two-home run game? The last player 21-and-under in baseball history to homer twice in one of their first five games was Manny Ramirez, who accomplished the feat at Yankee Stadium on September 3rd, 1993 as a member of the Indians. It was only the second game of Ramirez’s big league career. Sara Rimer […]

Burnett’s Hip Turn, Jeter Underrated Again, Granderson’s D, Dickey in the Bullpen, Nick Evans, Josh Stinson, Grantland Commercial

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I was talking with NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo yesterday. We discussed A.J. Burnett and my thoughts about how he is throwing less fastballs than ever before. One of the things Delgrippo saw was Burnett not using the same pronounced hip turn. It’s something the Yankees have been working on correcting since spring training, but if […]

4 Hour Games, Should the Sox Trio Share the MVP, It’s a Wonderful Life, Danny Herrera

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

3:59, 3:16, 4:21 That is how long each game took during this Yankees-Red Sox series. These two teams have the longest nine inning game in history (4:45), which was accomplished in 2006. You heard the complaints from umpire Joe West last year. Mark Teixeira even chimed in how the games are too long. The one […]

Randy Levineing Up the Price, Burnett’s Velocity Issue, Are Yanks Being Insensitive, The Value of 300 Saves

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

John Keri wrote a piece on the Cubs future “road map for success.” over at Grantland. When discussing Cubs President Crane Kenney stepping into the Alfonso Soriano negotiations, he called it “Randy Levineing Up the Price.” This is in reference to the Yankees Team President meddling into the Rafael Soriano signing. I think I am going to shamelessly steal that term going […]

Temperature Gauge, Gossip Locker Room, A.J. & Whitson, Minaya Deserves Credit, Gary Cohen Wants No Changes at Citi

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

In case I lose power from Hurricane Irene, I have posted a few pieces to go up over the next couple of days. I anticipate the pre-record audio from this week’s show to be up in a few hours. Stay safe out there and hopefully we will still be able to talk baseball here over […]

Girardi Will Perish If He Doesn’t Embrace the NY Media

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The firestorm of Saturday’s Joe Girardi/A.J. Burnett/Jack Curry confrontation has been put on the backburner. It will take a lot more than Burnett cursing at a home plate umpire to derail the Yankees title aspirations in 2011. The frustrating part about the aftermath, even 5 days later, is that Girardi doesn’t understand why the incident […]

Dog Wags the Tail, Cash and the O’s, Pagan Continues to Disappoint, Thoughts on Tejada

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Brian Cashman had the final say on the A.J. Burnett/Joe Girardi fiasco with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN. Joe and Evan have done a nice job with Cashman the last couple of weeks. It’s amazing what an interview can produce if you allow your subject to speak. Instead of trying to impress the Yankees […]

Klapisch on Girardi, Using Your Head on a Triple Play, Duda Continues to Impress, Raissman on Cone, Mex on a Saturday Night

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Yankees continue to win, and are in first place in the AL East. The playoffs are not in question, but that didn’t stop Bob Klapisch from taking him to task in yesterday’s Record for how he handled the A.J. Burnett situation on Saturday night. It’s up to the manager to prove he’s not playing favorites on […]

Listen: Weekly Digest at 6pm

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Hear me discuss another controversy between the media, Joe Girardi, and A.J. Burnett. I give you my thoughts on why Brian Cashman should consider leaving the Yankees for the Cubs, and how Jim Thome could open up the Hall of Fame for Designated Hitters. Bob Klapisch of The Record talks about Girardi’s leadership style, and […]