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NYBD Hall of Fame Results, No Doubt Selections, Predictions

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2012 inductees later today. Over the past month I have encouraged readers and listeners to vote in our own BBWAA-style ballot. Here are the results. Jeff Bagwell 61.7% Barry Larkin 57.7% Tim Raines 55.7% Edgar Martinez 43.6% Jack Morris 40.3% Mark McGwire 29.5% Alan Trammell 27.5% Lee Smith 26.8% Rafael Palmeiro 24.8% Don Mattingly 22.8% Bernie Williams 20.1% […]

Vote: NYBD 2012 Hall of Fame Ballot

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

We are a little over a week away from the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its 2012 selection. Each year, I give the readers of NYBD an opportunity to cast their own BBWAA-style ballot. Last year Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar garnered the most fan support, but not the requisite 75% needed for induction. In December, Gil Hodges received the most […]

Is it Time to Retire the Numbers of the 90s Dynasty?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Mariano Rivera collecting his 600th save last night made me think about the late nineties version of the Yankees. In recent years this group was represented by the “Core Four,” which is now the “Core Three,” and soon to be “Core Two” once the team parts ways with Jorge Posada this offseason. The 2012 version of the Yankees […]

Home Run Drill, Rickey Still Has It, Phony Erin Andrews, Bombs By Straw

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby last night, but should that be a surprise? Cano does a drill instituted by Yankees Hitting Coach Kevin Long called the “home run drill.” It focuses on swing consistency by having the same short, compact path throughout the swing. This allows a player to maximize his power without […]

Book Dishes Dirt on MLB, Seagulls, Per Diem, Mark Newman

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Fans of gossip are probably familiar with Perez Hilton, which delves into the lives of celebrities, but there is a site called TerezOwens.com which appears to be doing the same for athletes. I know some like this sort of thing, and others don’t; regardless, it’s become part of the landscape so we have to talk […]

Williams and Marichal Conduct Baseball Clinics

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I was informed of a pretty interesting event courtesy of Time Warner Cable that I wanted to share with the New York fans: Bernie Williams and Juan Marichal conducted baseball clinics with the Inwood Little League kids, distributed autographed baseballs and delivered remarks about Time Warner Cable’s donation to the Inwood Little League, which included […]

Does Kirby Puckett Open up the HOF for Bernie Williams?

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

NYBD reader “Russ” posted a comment the other day comparing Bernie Williams to other Hall of Fame centerfielders, like Kirby Puckett. It inspired me to take a deeper look at the former Yankee, who will be eligible for induction next year. If you sort using Baseball Reference “Wins Above Replacement,” these are the top 18 […]

Early Look at the 2012 HOF Candidates

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

To wrap up this 24 hours of Hall of Fame, I decided to take an early look at the 2012 ballot, and perhaps project who I would support, and maybe lay out some questions that could be answered over the next twelve months. It appears that Barry Larkin might have the best shot for induction […]

Looking Back: Albert Belle Was Nearly a Yankee

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

There was some reminiscing going on at River Avenue Blues this holiday weekend as they remembered how close Bernie Williams was to becoming a member of the Boston Red Sox after the 1998 season. Of course, we all know the Yankees won 114 games that year and the World Series. It was Williams best year […]

Vote: NYBD Strat-O-Matic Yanks All Star CF

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Mickey Mantle Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 1964 32 143 567 465 92 141 25 2 35 111 6 3 99 102 .303 .423 .591 1.015 178 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 6/28/2010. Rickey Henderson Year Age G […]

When Did Home Plate Celebrations Go Awry?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I was thinking about the injury to Kendry Morales a couple of days after he broke his leg in a home plate celebration and the question that kept coming up was when did the home plate pile on start? I was watching the 1988 Mets Yearbook on SNY this weekend and noticed pretty tame celebrations […]

Murphy Detractors Should Look to Bernie Williams

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Murphy Detractors Should Look to Bernie Williams Take a look at this young player’s line: HR - 5 RBI - 34 BA- . 238 OPS - .686 That player was none other than beloved Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams in 1991. Suffice to say Bernie was a below league average offensive player his age 22 rookie […]

NYBD Yankees “All Decade Team”

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Earlier today I did the NYBD Mets “All Decade Team”, now it’s the Yankees turn. Only difference is, because of the DH, I named a utility player instead of two pinch hitters. This is based on the best individual season at each position. Starting Lineup C- Jorge Posada (2007) 20 HR, 90 RBI, .338 BA, […]

Look Back: 91′ Winter Meetings

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I came across an old article by Tim Kurkjian, then of Sports Illustrated, from December 16th, 1991 that previewed the 1991 MLB Winter Meetings in Miami Beach. For all the time that’s passed there was a common opening theme: a big market team throwing the game’s salary structure into chaos. I am not talking about […]

Newark Had Eyes Set on More Than Just Gooden

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Jack Curry caught up with Newark Bears General Manager Mark Skeels yesterday to talk about the Newark Bears season under new ownership. The focal point of the article was the teams focus on bringing former big league players to Newark. This year Marlon Anderson, Carl Everett, Jacque Jones, Keith Foulke, Scott Williamson, Carl Everett, Armando […]