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SNY on Kiner, Gangland, Reyes Video, Ubaldo an Injury Risk

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Next Thursday SNY will be airing a special on Ralph Kiner at 7pm. Newsday’s Neil Best reports that among those interviewed are Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez, Tim McCarver and Kiner himself. Rumor has it that you will hear about his date with Elizabeth Taylor. Although I criticize the network for their lack of programming, when they do produce […]

Why Jason Bay Was a Recognizable Mistake

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The Mets needed a slugger. Since a bad hip ended Carlos Delgado‘s career in 2009 the Mets have lacked a legitimate cleanup hitter. Carlos Beltran and David Wright were thrust in that role in 2009, neither of which profiles well in that spot. The Mets best offensive teams had Beltran third, Delgado fourth, and Wright […]

St. Louis Paper Blaming Yanks for Pujols Contract Issues

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Interesting blurb from a blog in the Belleville News- Democrat earlier today: Even last year the Yankees were rumored to have been the monkey wrench in the Matt Holliday works. While they publicly said they weren’t interested in the slugging outfielder, reports after the fact indicated that New York offered a short term contract for […]

Hideki Matsui Understands the Economics of Baseball

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I am all for players receiving the most money they can get from baseball. Although many, if not all, can’t comprehend salaries in the seven figure range, these are individuals who work hard at a skill that that employs only 750 people at a given time. It comes down to simple supply and demand. There […]

Does Boras Negotiation Tactics Work?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Every baseball fan in the world knows the name of Scott Boras. For those not acquainted, Boras is not a flame-throwing lefty out of the pen or a baseball-demolishing power hitter. No, he’s simply an agent. But unlike other agent, who normally ply their wares behind the scenes, get the best for their clients quietly […]

Rumor: “Small Opening” for Damon Return

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Earlier today there was speculation about whether the Yankees still are interested in bringing Johnny Damon back to play leftfield. After all, he is sitting out there with a seemingly dried up market that even the great Scott Boras can’t overcome. It sounded like the answer is “no” by the conversation Chad Jennings had with […]

Backyard Ball Tonight @7pm

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Great show tonight as I am joined by a new guest. Tom Hannon of Backyard Ball will talk about his website, Backyard Ball, which chronicles rules, stories, and guides to playing wiffle ball. I will give my thoughts about the election of Andre Dawson to the HOF, Matt Holliday/Jason Bay contracts, and update the listeners […]

Holliday Vs. Bay: Digging Into the Numbers

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

So while I am on record as preferring neither option to Jason Bay or Matt Holliday, I feel a lot better about the Bay deal after news came of Matt Holliday’s seven-year, $120 million contract yesterday. Put it this way- I think the preponderance of evidence shows Matt Holliday to be a better fielder than […]

Holliday Contract Validates Bay Decision

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Count me surprised that Scott Boras scored a long term deal for Matt Holliday. All winter we were told by baseball people that Holliday would “max out” somewhere in the 6 year/$105 million dollar range. There was a thought the Red Sox offer, for $82 million dollars, was where Holliday’s market stood. Scott Boras didn’t […]

Who Patrols Death Valley in 2010?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Bryan Hoch on MLB.com wrote recently that the Yankees might be bluffing with their left field scenario. We can debate if Brett Gardner or Jamie Hoffmann will really be in left field on Opening Day (I tend to think it’s a lot like after the ’05 season, when they insisted that Bubba Crosby would be […]