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The Mets Say Goodbye to Houston

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The Astros are moving to the American League at the end of the year so this afternoon is the last time the Mets play in Houston, unless they have a rare interleague series. Houston has never been kind to them throughout their history. As Gary Cohen mentioned during last night’s game, the Mets have a […]

Marriage of Beltran & Mets Fans Was Doomed From Start

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

It was inevitable that Carlos Beltran would be asked about his New York experience one last time during the B.A.T charity dinner on Monday. “I’m not thinking about the fans, I’m thinking about myself,” Beltran said to reporters. He added that “we can’t bring 2006 back to 2012. It has been six years. If they want […]

Derek Jeter Wins NYBD Fans 2011 “Person of the Year”

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

The results are final in the second annual NYBD “Person of the Year” and a Yankee takes the prize home for a second year in a row. Here is how you, the fan, voted: Derek Jeter - 51% The Wilpons - 21% Brian Cashman- 16% Jose Reyes - 7% Carlos Beltran - 5% Jeter now joins George […]

Sensible Contracts for Hitters and Pitchers

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

In recent months I have discussed the dangers of long-term deals, specifically when it came to the Mets signing Jose Reyes. The years, more than the dollars, is usually the problem. Long-term contracts lead to teams paying premium dollars for players past their prime. The average annual value is often skewed because you have situations (see […]

Vote: “NYBD Person of the Year”

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

The NYBD “Person of the Year” is the man, woman, or idea that ‘for better or worse,’ has most influenced New York baseball in the preceding year.” You, my readers and listeners, will vote over the next two weeks, and I will announce the winner on this site on New Year’s Day. You have until 11:59 […]

Yanks Have a Few Starting Pitching Options

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Some quick Saturday night updates -  There are several teams that could be looking at C.J. Wilson besides the Yankees, with the Red Sox being one of them and also Detroit and Philadelphia. - At least six clubs have contacted the Giants about Matt Cain besides the Yankees. - The Braves are really pushing the Yankees hard to make […]

Sunday Hot Stove @ 8pm

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The World Series is over so that means we can officially crank up the Hot Stove season. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times will join me to kick off the show. Chris is the author of the book Evaluating Baseball Managers and recently ranked the top 20 postseason series of all-time. I will also get his […]

Yankees Offseason: Sabathia, Swisher, and A-Rod Key Decisions

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The hot stove began early here in New York, so it’s time to start planning for what the Yankees can do to improve their ballclub in 2012. Decisions have to be made on CC Sabathia, who is expected to opt-out, Nick Swisher who has a $10.25 team option, and even Alex Rodriguez, who is owed 6 […]

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 […]

Joe Mauer’s Contract, Lesson of Ian Kennedy, and the Carlos Beltran Disaster

Friday, August 19th, 2011

We talk about bad contracts all the time, but watching the Yankees play Minnesota last night got me to thinking about Joe Mauer‘s deal. This is the first year of an 8 year/$184 million dollar deal ($23 million AAV) that Mauer signed last March. It’s hard to argue with the Twins giving him that money. After […]

Bullpen Bridge, Texas vs. Detroit, Keep the Blue Uniforms, ESPN Audience Loves Yanks-Red Sox, Larry David Playing Social Assassin at Fenway Park Park, Two Unlikeable Teams Brawl

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Back on Opening Day I wrote this: Ultimately the game was won by their strong bullpen. Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano, and Mariano Rivera combined for three perfect innings. If the Yankees are playing six inning ballgames this year the win projection of 92-95 might have to be upped to the 100+ range. That only happens if Chamberlain achieves the […]

Banuelos Groomed to Be LOOGY? Yanks Ultimate Losers at Deadline?, Grading Alderson, Early View of Mets Top 10 Prospects

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The promotion of Manny Banuelos to Triple-A coincided with the Yankees inactivity at the deadline. No Ubaldo Jimenez, Wandy Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Matt Thornton, or Randy Choate. The Yankees have never replaced Pedro Feliciano, who went down in spring training. Boone Logan has been the lone lefty in the bullpen, and he’s been rather uninspiring against LH (.761 OPS). Back in May, Brian Cashman said […]

Hideki Irabu’s Legacy, Johan Santana as Freddy Garcia, Jimenez Risk, SF Exec on Wheeler, Is Beltran the Best Positional Player in Mets History?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Very sad news out of Rancho Palos Verdes, California as former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu committed suicide. TMZ is reporting he hanged himself to death. Irabu was certainly a disappointment with the Yankees when you consider the hype he came with to the States. He never lived up to the “Japanese Nolan Ryan” billing that was given to him […]

Morning Digest: Carlos Beltran and Zack Wheeler Edition

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Mets signed Carlos Beltran on January 5th, 2005 to a 7 year/$119 million dollar contract. Did the Mets get their money’s worth? Some fans would say no, mostly citing the called third strike in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Fangraphs, however, tells a different story. Using Wins Above Replacement converted to dollars, Beltran provided the Mets with […]

Analyzing Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Although it’s not official the Mets should be acquiring San Francisco’s top pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler, for Carlos Beltran and approximately $4 million dollars in cash. You can’t criticize the deal from either side as both Sandy Alderson and Brian Sabean did what is necessary to better their organizations. Alderson had the best available bat in the marketplace […]