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Can Derek Jeter Hit .400?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Steroids created a lot of “video game” type of results over two decades. Two records that still were elusive to jacked up hitters was Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams .406 batting average. When ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst  John Kruk said Derek Jeter can hit .400 earlier this month, everyone blew it off as crazy.  Thirty-four games […]

The Manischewitz All-Time 25-Man Roster

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

On the second night of Passover, a simple dinner discussion that evolved into an argument between the Matzo Ball Soup and the Brisket was the impetus for this list. Going through the Internet to find any definitive list, this wonderful piece by the ubiquitous Jonah Keri from 2007 was discovered  listing the Top 18 Jewish […]

Jose Canseco Caught With PEDs, Again

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

call me crazy but i fell like i did in 1988. heatlhy and my legs feel strong. 20/20 at 47? strongly believe. gladd to be playing period — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) March 1, 2012 Jose Canseco‘s bizarre story continues to take on new turns. After spending last season as a player-manager in the independent North […]

Hey MLB, Don’t Half-Bake Expanded Playoffs in 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Looks like MLB is at it again. The league that for years got it “half-right” may create an odd disadvantage for division winners in the new expanded playoff scenario. SB Nation reports that “the addition of another wild card team will create a play-in game between the two wild cards, but because the 2012 regular […]

Expanded Playoffs Necessary in Lieu of Salary Cap

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

All reports indicate that MLB will expand its playoff system this year to include a second Wild Card team. MLB continues to be the only sport that doesn’t get it. What I mean by that is they don’t have the understanding or ability to create an economic system where the disparity in local revenues between […]

Perfect Time to Give Joba One Last Rotation Try

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Since the trading of A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates, some in the media has worried the Yankees might have a depth issue in starting pitching.  The Yankees, however, will have six major league starting pitchers on their 25 man roster to start the 2012 season, and three kids (David Phelps, Adam Warren and DJ Mitchell - all 25 years old) […]

Trading Burnett For Nothing Hurts Pitching Depth

Monday, February 13th, 2012

You need pitching depth to get through a 162-game schedule. I recently spoke to a big league pitching coach who told me it was important to leave camp with about 18 pitchers  that could realistically contribute at the big league level. Of those 18, you probably need 10 that could start a ballgame. Knowing how important […]

Jeff Francis: A Good Value for the Mets

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Reports indicate the Mets have some interest in free agent starter Jeff Francis. When you take a quick glance at Francis’ 6-16, 4.82 ERA with Kansas City last season, and you wonder how he could help the Mets. First, and most obvious, the Mets lack big league caliber pitching depth. They were fortunate to get through […]

What About Wilson Betemit?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Our friend Howard Megdal throws another name into the DH candidate pool over at Capital New York:  The backup plan for both Rodriguez and Jeter in the field is Eduardo Nunez, and it isn’t clear yet who will be backing up Teixeira at first base. Nunez is a perfectly acceptable fielder, but his 84 OPS+ in […]

Dissecting the Jonathon Niese Rumors

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

There have been persistent rumors since the Winter Meetings that Sandy Alderson is looking to deal Jonathon Niese for prospects. With Oakland’s expensive asking price for Gio Gonzalez - reports indicate Billy Beane wants Jesus Montero and a Killer B from the Yankees - Alderson is looking to see if he could jump in on the market and obtain prospects from team’s interested […]

Looking at LHP Cesar Cabral

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

The Yankees also acquired 23-year old LHP Cesar Cabral from Kansas City for cash considerations. Cabral was drafted by the Royals in the this morning’s Rule 5. Sox Prospects describes Cabral as ”Lefty with a solid frame and a smooth delivery. Pitches exclusively from the stretch. Fastball sits between 88-92 mph and tops out at 95 mph. […]

Yanks, Oakland, KC Discussing 3-Way Deal for Gio Gonzalez

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Mike Silva Update 7:33 PM Told #A‘s asked #Yankees for either Banuelos or Betances, plus Montero for Gio Gonzalez. Not happening.Wed Dec 07 00:15:14 via TweetDeckBob KlapischBobKlap Original Post A source down at the Winter Meetings informed me of a 3-way deal being discussed between the Yankees, Oakland, and Kansas City. The players discussed were: […]

Trading for Jair Jurrjens

Monday, November 21st, 2011

John Harper of the Daily News reported this weekend the Braves interest in Yankees utility man Eduardo Nunez. This created speculation the Yanks could work out a deal for Jair Jurrjens, who is available this offseason. Jurrjens is arbitration eligible and made $3.25 million a year ago. His salary will certainly enter the $5 million a year range after […]

Red Flags on Matt Capps; Colon In Citi Field?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

There were reports out of the Milwaukee GM meetings that Matt Capps might be on the top of the Mets closer shopping list. Capps was a name I did not discuss on Sunday when I talked about who would be a fit to close ballgames at Citi Field next season. Unlike Broxton, Lidge and Nathan, […]

Plenty of Stars Shine at the Rising Stars Game

Monday, November 7th, 2011

In what has quickly become a haven for Major League scouts and Executives, the prestigious Arizona Fall League held its sixth annual “Rising Stars” game Saturday night in Surprise, AZ. And there were plenty of stars on hand to see. The announcement earlier in the week of the opposing pitchers began the game’s anticipation when […]