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Tom Brady Was Nearly a Expo, Passed on by the Yankees

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Here is another cool baseball-football connection this Super Bowl week. I am sure this has been talked about before, but Jeff Bradley did a nice piece in the Star-Ledger about Patriots QB Tom Brady and his near baseball career. You know about the three Super Bowl titles, but did you know that Brady was an outstanding baseball […]

Those That Matter Win in New CBA

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

I am a big proponent of the new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are goodies for the average player, expanded playoffs, and even roster flexibility for doubleheaders. Like with any deal there were tradeoffs, as teams are now going to have to draft and spend wiser on amateur talent. Just a day before the rumored […]

Trading David Wright for Another Superstar

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The odds of a team giving up the “king’s ransom” that Sandy Alderson would demand for David Wright is minimal. He’s coming off the worst season of his career on both sides of the ball, is recovering from an injured back, and there is the impending free agency. If they were intent on dealing Wright, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

All New York MVP?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Both David Wright and Robinson Cano are have outstanding seasons for the local teams. Is it far fetched to think both could be in the running for their respective league MVP’s? Going into yesterday’s action Cano was leading the American League in batting, while Wright leads in RBI. According to Baseball Reference only Justin Morneau […]

Will We Ever See Great Offensive Catchers Again?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

With the June draft approaching it’s no secret the Nationals will make Bryce Harper the #1 pick in just a few short days. What is still up in the air is what position Harper will play once he becomes a pro. In a recent SI article by Tom Verducci Scott Boras was quoted as saying […]

See My Vote for MSG’s Top Five NY Catchers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

MSG kicks off their new show “The Lineup” tonight at 10:30 PM The show is a new original series and interactive fantasy game that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York. Tonight’s episode will be the first of ten 30 minute installments and will look at the catching position. As […]

Why Should the A’s and Rays Be Saved?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Joe Mauer agreement has put the fans of Minnesota in a complete 180 degree situation from the days of contraction. It wasn’t that long ago fans of big market teams were contemplating which stars they could “pick” from the dispersal draft when Montreal and Minnesota were contracted. Today the Twins are not only alive, […]

Why Stars Deserve New York

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I was criticized widely for my “thinking out loud” piece regarding Joe Mauer and the Yankees. Jason from It’s About the Money said this: Now, back to NYBD’s Mike Silva and the line that had my skin crawling: Mauer deserves the big stage of New York. Holy crap.  That’s the last thing this guy deserves.  […]

Don’t Hold on to Your Prospects Too Tight

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I can’t (actually I can) believe that my morning musing about why the Yankees and Twins should at least talk about a Joe Mauer trade caused a stir. You had all sorts of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and the site. One recurring theme is the fans love of prospects and their unwillingness to give them […]

Why Mauer to Yanks Makes Sense for Both Sides

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

In the spirit of Albert Pujols/Ryan Howard rumor, Bill Madden jumped in with a scout’s opinion about Joe Mauer. Even though there hasn’t been ink to contract since there were reports of a deal between Mauer and the Twins a couple of months ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion the two sides would […]

Could the Mets Get Adrian Gonzalez?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last spring I suggested the Mets “deal the farm” for Padres first basemen Adrian Gonzalez. The package I proposed was Jenrry Mejia, Jonathan Niese, Fernando Martinez, Daniel Murphy and Brad Holt. A rich package, no doubt, but this is a player that hit 40 homers and put up an OPS+ of 166 while playing half […]

Twins Spending with Yanks?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Great piece by Joshua Fisher of the Hardball Times. The Twins have been one of this off-season’s “winners”, putting together a club that is the hands on favorite to win the AL Central. Overlooked through all this is Minnesota is projected to have a $96 million dollar payroll come opening day. This is $31 million […]