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Adams Hopes to Stay Healthy, Return to Form in 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J – Back in 2010, David Adams’ career was on the fast track. Grabbed by the Yankees in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Virginia, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound second baseman was turning heads. In the field, he played 39 games without an error, helping complete 24 double plays. […]

MLB Should Invoke the Franchise Tag

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The MLB free agency period is now upon us and much speculation has been written where the Big Three free agents of Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes will be headed next. But should players who have played their entire careers with an organization be allowed to leave their respective teams this early in […]

What CC Will the Yankees Get?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

CC Sabathia is back safely in the fold and should provide the Yankees the top of the rotation anchor they need to content in 2012. But what have the Yankees signed on for the next five years? Will he be as good as the last 3, or anything close to it? What are the Yankees getting […]

With Sabathia, It’s Years Not Dollars

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Wanted to report a quick hit here. In talking to sources, the feeling is the Yankees are more concerned about the years on a potential CC Sabathia deal, not the dollars. As I have mentioned before, the Yanks will not be outbid by any team, including the Red Sox. The years are where they have more of […]

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 […]

Could Baseball Succeed in Montreal the Second Time Around?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff listed the five worst baseball markets in a recent column: Tampa Bay, Arizona, Oakland, Miami, and Washington. It made me think of the Montreal Expos and whether MLB really did their best to save baseball in the Province of Quebec. I am not sure any of those cities mentioned by Davidoff are worse than […]

The Problem With Yankees Ownership, Nassau Bid Fails, Daniel Murphy the Scapegoat, Lucas Duda, Six Man Rotation

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

For as much progress the Yankees have made since the dysfunction of the eighties, you see a glimpse of how ownership has the potential to be a worry. Ken Rosenthal wrote this on Fox Sports yesterday: The Yankees on Sunday made a play for Houston Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez, but that push was driven by ownership, not Cashman, according […]

The American League Superiority Myth

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I always hate hearing the old saying that a certain pitcher is more of a National League vs. American League hurler. It comes across arrogant, as if the National League isn’t Major League Baseball. Yes, there is a clear advantage to pitching against eight hitters versus a nine man lineup that includes the DH. But […]

Ty Cobb Money, Greinke’s Struggles, Omar on the FAN

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Yesterday was Jose Reyes 1,000th career game in the big leagues. We learned that only Ty Cobb has more hits/triples than Reyes after 1,000 games since 1898. You may have heard that Reyes is a free agent after the season, and will probably demand a major payday. Ty Cobb‘s highest salary came in 1927 when, according […]

David Ortiz is the All Time Yankee Killer

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

When you have 100 plus years of history it’s hard to list every opposing player that tormented your organization. When it comes to the Yankees, a few from the last 15 years come to mind immediately: Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza, Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay. I don’t think anyone would […]