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NY Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Going Into 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I always like to try new things here, so instead of doing a “year in review,” I am doing a “Stock Up/Stock Down” heading into 2012 for New York baseball. This includes a “watch list.” The list could include players, coaches, minor leaguers, and the media. Stock Up  Curtis Granderson - When the Yankees acquired […]

An MVP, Not Burnett, Saved the Yankees Season

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

What is an MVP? We debate this throughout each season in the world of stat-overload. A couple of years ago Joe Mauer brought the Twins back from the dead to win the AL Central. His numbers at the catching position were historic. That is an MVP. Last year Josh Hamilton put up the best numbers […]

Why a Yankee Won’t Win MVP, Replay on Cervelli’s HR, Warthen’s Legacy of Failure, Val Pascucci Chant

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We can debate the merits of Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano when it comes to the American League MVP award, but no Yankees player will win it. Why? It has nothing to do with Jose Bautista‘s stats or the fact that three Red Sox are having MVP-caliber years. Its institutional bias against the Yankees by the baseball writers. Take this […]

Parnell and BABIP, Bill Buckner on Curb, Second Spitter, Jesus Montero and Marketing of the Future

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Check out this blurb from a piece by Andy McCullough in the Star Ledger about Bobby Parnell: Few Mets have experienced patches of bad luck like him this season. He possesses the second-highest batting average on balls in play (.343), which measures how often a hit is recorded when the hitter makes contact. The average for a […]

Burnett’s Hip Turn, Jeter Underrated Again, Granderson’s D, Dickey in the Bullpen, Nick Evans, Josh Stinson, Grantland Commercial

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I was talking with NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo yesterday. We discussed A.J. Burnett and my thoughts about how he is throwing less fastballs than ever before. One of the things Delgrippo saw was Burnett not using the same pronounced hip turn. It’s something the Yankees have been working on correcting since spring training, but if […]

Randy Levineing Up the Price, Burnett’s Velocity Issue, Are Yanks Being Insensitive, The Value of 300 Saves

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

John Keri wrote a piece on the Cubs future “road map for success.” over at Grantland. When discussing Cubs President Crane Kenney stepping into the Alfonso Soriano negotiations, he called it “Randy Levineing Up the Price.” This is in reference to the Yankees Team President meddling into the Rafael Soriano signing. I think I am going to shamelessly steal that term going […]

Well Rounded Granderson Clear Cut AL MVP

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Curtis Granderson should win the AL MVP. There shouldn’t be a question about this, despite the Red Sox having three players with outstanding seasons- Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez- and Jose Bautista demonstrating extraordinary power in a post-steroid era. Going into tonight’s action the “Grandy Man” leads the American League in hits, triples, […]

Granderson and AL MVP,Watch the Real Phenom Tonight, Toronto Best Place to Play, Michael Dunn, Overrated Mariano Debate, Best Sports Talk Host

Friday, August 12th, 2011

It’s no longer too early to talk about the American League MVP. I believe the four favorites to win the American League MVP are Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Bautista, and Curtis Granderson. I also believe you can make a great case for Granderson. Stating that a Yankees player should be MVP usually causes a […]

Where Would the Yanks Be Without Granderson?

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I was skeptical about the Yankees acquisition of Curtis Granderson in the winter of 2009. Although he was a good defensive centerfielder with pop, his inability to hit left handed pitching, high strikeout rate, and average OBP made wonder if he was a good fit.  I hated it even more when I factored the young […]

Granderson’s Success a Result of the Two Hole?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Back in September of last year, I noticed of how successful Curtis Granderson was batting second in the order. He finished 2010 hitting .279 with 6 homers, 18 RBI, and OPS of 1.022; however only a small sample of 105 plate appearances. This year, hitting the two hole, Granderson’s line is as follows: Split GS […]

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- […]

Which Yankees Will Appear on Entourage?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

The hit HBO series “Entourage” will launch its eighth and final season this summer. According to reports there will be two members of the New York Yankees making appearances. I have watched this episode since its debut, and I don’t believe any members of the Mets or Yankees have made an appearance, although Vince (Adrian […]

Blueprint Victory for Yanks on Opening Day

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

All the concerns of winter can sometimes go away quickly with just one baseball game. After months of hearing about Derek Jeter’s negotiations, falling short on signing Cliff Lee, and the annual Joba Chamberlain spring debate, the Yankees opened up the season in front of forty eight thousand plus at the Stadium. What they saw […]

What is the Yankees Best Lineup?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

There have been calls on this site for Brett Gardner to leadoff this season for the Yankees.  His speed and ability to get on base makes it’s a perfect fit. Today, Mark Feinsand reports in the Daily News that some in the Yankees organization believe the same, as they would like to see Gardner leadoff […]

The Yanks Offense Does Have Room to Improve

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

It’s hard to believe a team that averaged over five runs a game has room to improve in 2011, but in the case of the Yankees an argument can be made. Mark Teixeira talked yesterday about avoiding the slow April starts that have plagued him the last couple of seasons. Last year was not a […]