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2011 Cardinals Might Be Tony LaRussa’s Best Job Ever

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Tony LaRussa might be the Alex Rodriguez of managers in the sense he is polarizing and everyone seems to have an opinion of him. He gets blamed for pitch counts, for bullpen specialization, and 4 hour games. He isn’t warm and fuzzy with the media; rather he is uncomfortable to watch interacting with them, as […]

Mets As Sellers, Tex vs. Giambi, Matsui and New HOF, BBWAA Dilemma

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Carlos Beltran likely played his final home game as a member of the Mets yesterday. Today is just another day where we read rumors and wait for the eventual announcement that Beltran has been dealt. I know that the blogosphere and Twitter will “light up” with a polarizing reaction. This won’t be like the K-Rod […]

Golden Thong, Knoblauch vs. Giambi, Gossip Girl

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Jason Giambi returned to his old stomping ground last night. He collected 3 hits, including a long home run in the second inning. Listen to Giambi talk about his new role as a pinch hitter in Colorado, how Troy Tulowitzki wants to emulate Derek Jeter, and what happened to the famous “golden thong” with Michael Kay on ESPN […]

Technology to Blame for Deflated Offense

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

At the current pace we will see more shutouts this year than all but two seasons: 1968 and 1972. The ’68 baseball season was known as “the year of the pitcher,” which led to MLB lowering the mound due to the level of zeroes put up by league hurlers. Carl Yastrzemski led the American League […]

You Can’t Blame the Yanks for Irresponsible Contracts

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A usual meme you hear from fans, writers, and even baseball executives is how the Yankees are the ruination of baseball. Yes, it’s frustrating to see them outspend the next highest payroll team by fifty million dollars or more, but that is a recent development thanks to the YES Network and the explosion of the […]

The Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Arizona Fall League has gained some notoriety in the age of the internet. To be honest, before I started doing this show I really never paid attention to winter ball. I will admit I didn’t even know much about the AFL till about three years ago. Up until today I didn’t even know there […]

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

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Don Baylor Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 1983 34 144 597 534 82 162 33 3 21 85 17 7 40 53 .303 .361 .494 .856 138 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 7/1/2010. Danny Tartabull Year Age G […]

The Importance of First Base Defense

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

One of the debates that have raged over here is the value of defense at first base. When using advanced statistics, such as Wins Above Replacement, first base is not given very much value as it’s only slightly higher than the designated hitter. I have always disagreed with that assessment and I found this quote […]

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, […]

Why Not Front-Load a Contract?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

In early November I have Vince Gennaro of Diamond Dollars join me on NYBD Radio to discuss the economics of baseball. One of the topics we ventured into was team’s penchant for backloading deals. Seeing how difficult it is to trade Luis Castillo wouldn’t it make sense to front load deals during player’s productive years […]