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Trading Pelfrey, Trusting Hughes, Aramis Ramirez, Pittsburgh Yanks

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I talked about the market for Carlos Beltran earlier this morning, but there is another Mets player that I think might be desirable to contenders: Mike Pelfrey. After losing to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon Mike Pelfrey is 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA. After making so much progress with his splitter last season it appeared […]

Why Jeter’s Postseason Totals Aren’t Just a Random Sample

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The new thought process from the statistically inclined is the postseason is a “random sample size” and nothing can be judged from it. Tell that to Yankees fans who suffered through three seasons of Alex Rodriguez in the playoffs where he was a combined 7 for 34. This included an atrocious 1 for 14 against the Tigers […]

Buzz in the Citi, Wall of Flushing, D-Rob MVP, A-Rod Recruiting?

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

There was a certain “buzz” at Citi Field for the Subway Series opener last night. Those that were in the building said it was the best since it opened. There were a lot of Yankees fans in attendance (rough estimate was 55/45 Mets), which may have contributed to it. Let’s be honest, Mets fans have […]

A-Rod, Teixeira to Appear in Entourage

Friday, June 24th, 2011

You might know about this, but I must have missed it. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez filmed cameos on “Entourage” at the Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Both Yankees will play themselves on the HBO show, where the story depicts them as investors in Queens Italian restaurant Don Peppe, which Jerry Ferrara’s character, Turtle, attempts to bring to […]

Yanks Fear Failure, Mascot Violence, Savings Runs

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had a great piece on ESPN yesterday. It’s part of their Insider program, so if you are not a member you can’t read it. I can summarize it with this excerpt: “The Yankees have made this big deal about their farm system and they seem to be afraid that if […]

Reyes Made Wise Decision to Avoid Boras

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

The 2011 season always appears to be two steps forward, one step back for the Mets. That was inevitable on the field, as most had them winning no more than 81 to 85 games. But Jose Reyes and his future with the team appeared to be on the right track with his play on the […]

New York Becoming the Place for Athletes to Avoid

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

This city is rotten. At least that is what it appears athletes outside the Big Apple believe. Yesterday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber told the NY Post he doesn’t visit his brother Tiki in New York “because of the way it treats it athletes.” Barber went on to tell Post scribe Justin Terranova that […]

Yanks Problems Will Correct With Time

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Recently, I opined about how the Yankees could average six runs a game. My position since spring training has been the Yankees offense is too good for them not to find a way to win 95 games and make the playoffs. There were other editions of the team - 2005 and 2007 come to mind- […]

Clutch Performance Does Exist and is Tangible

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

One of the topics of debate on this site is “clutch” performance. Often, the statistically inclined cite “small sample size” to excuse the poor performance of a player in key spots. Alex Rodriguez was the center of this debate for many years as he struggled in the postseason from 2005 to 2007 going 7 for […]

Buyer’s Remorse on Jeter

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I have been talking with my main Yankee source in Tampa about the struggles of Derek Jeter. First, and I know this may be sacrilegious, he agreed with me that Alex Rodriguez probably would be a better shortstop than Jeter at this point in their careers. Of course, this will never happen as the Yankees […]

Derek Jeter: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Derek Jeter is hitting .221 going into today’s action. This doesn’t appear to be just another slump, as Jeter continues to lack authority when he hits the ball. So far he has a career high groundball rate (73%), and a career low line drive rate (14%), not to mention he’s already messed with his stance […]

Is Scott Hairston a Breakout Candidate?

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

One of Sandy Alderson’s “under the radar” signings this winter was outfielder Scott Hairston. So far this spring Hairston, brother of former Yankee Jerry, is hitting .353 with two homers and eight RBI. With the health of Carlos Beltran in question it’s possible that Hairston will be the starting right fielder on Opening Day. Last […]

56 Might Not Be The Toughest Record to Beat

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Let’s take a break from the mundane days of spring training to bring up an old debate: Joe DiMaggio‘s 56 game hitting streak. Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated just released a book called “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports.” In the book Kennedy gets inside the numbers, and gives and modern […]

A-Rod’s 2011 Will Be Very Telling

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

It’s been two long years for Alex Rodriguez. First, there was the steroid bombshell in February of 2009. A month later it was revealed he needed surgery for his hip that could possibly keep him out the entire season. Instead, A-Rod elected for a lesser procedure that allowed him to play in 125 games. It took […]

Canseco Challenges A-Rod to HR Hitting Contest

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I am challenging Alex Rodriguez to a home run competition all the monies will go to charityless than a minute ago via TweetCasterJose CansecoJoseCanseco If you are on the East Coast and can’t sleep, stick around Twitter and Jose Canseco will usually pop up to entertain the masses in the wee hours of the morning. […]