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Will A-Rod Be Recognized as Baseball’s HR Champ?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Obviously the events in Haiti have rightfully dominated the news the past few days.  Before that terrible earthquake, Mark McGwire shook the sports world with his emotional confession to MLB Network’s Bob Costas. Whether you feel McGwire did enough to earn forgiveness is your opinion, but one matter about the interview really irritated me. McGwire […]

McGwire Apology Should Be Coup de Grace of Steroids

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Mark McGwire finally apologized for using Performance Enhancing Drugs. There will be no shock from the baseball community (at least there shouldn’t be), regarding the revelation that McGwire used steroids throughout his career, including his then record setting home run season of 1998. We now know what should have been obvious for year: Mark McGwire […]

Jeter, GG, UZR, WAR, and the MVP

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It was a terrible day for advanced metrics as the AL Gold Glove winners were announced. Two Yankees, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter took home much deserved hardware. Jeter is an interesting case because this year he debunked historical trends and performed well defensively both on the field and according to UZR. It was the […]

Postseason Meltdowns Can Ruin Careers

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Joe Nathan entered the 2009 ALDS with a career ERA+ of 175. For those that may not know, that means he is 75% better than league average. He has also produced a WHIP less than one in five of the last seven seasons. You could argue that he is second to only Mariano Rivera when […]

Silva Predicts: Yanks vs. Colorado in Series

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Let’s have some fun. I was way off in my preseason prediction (Tampa over Yanks in AL East, Mets win NL East), but it’s the playoffs and, just like all eight teams remaining, I have a second life. Here is how things should transpire: NLDS Colorado vs. Philadelphia The Rocks have the second best home […]

On the Return of Reyes

Friday, September 11th, 2009

As the season has gone on, and the Mets fell out of contention, I rapidly went from hoping for Jose Reyes’ return to hoping the Mets would be wise enough to shut him down. If course, neither has happened. Instead, Reyes has continually stopped and started his rehab, while unnamed front office personnel have been […]

What Exactly is an MVP?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I never thought suggesting that Mark Teixeira should be AL MVP would be such a controversial topic. I am not sure if the outcry is from fans of Joe Mauer or by the sabermetric crowd who are still upset with my questions regarding modern statistical analysis. My big takeaway from yesterday’s discourse over at BBTF […]

All Star Competition Needs a Makeover

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Is it me or has the whole Home Run Derby kind of become boring? I enjoyed the Celebrity Softball Game (Fred Lynn, who appeared on last Monday’s show smacked a homer to right!), but the home run hitting contest was drawn out and boring. Obviously, I wasn’t in the ballpark, but it seemed that, outside […]

Near Heart Attack in Queens and Brutal Win Down South

Friday, June 26th, 2009

- Fans sometimes forget that the players don’t always get caught up in the history of the team. This was the case when K-Rod admitted he didn’t know why the fans were booing Yadier Molina. The quote of the post game was when Frankie said that he “”anyone out there have a heart attack [on […]

The Forgotten Man, Popgun Offense, WFAN Whine & Cheese

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

- Game ball goes to Brian Stokes for a great job “slidering” Albert Pujols to death. I have always liked Stokes since he was brought up last year. He has a live fastball, a slider with some bite, and his splits against RHB are very solid. The two times he was lit up (Boston, Yankee […]