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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 […]

Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda, and the Latest on the Yanks Rotation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The setback to Michael Pineda this past weekend where he was shut down after only 15 pitches on Saturday, along with the recent struggles of the Yankees rotation, have turned the signing of Andy Pettitte from a “luxury item” to a thing of urgent necessity. So how concerned are the Yankees with Pineda’s latest setback? I spoke with a […]

Win VIP Admission to See Knuckleball!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I mentioned during last night’s radio program, I am giving away a free VIP admission to the baseball documentary Knuckleball! The winner and a guest will sit in a special reserved section at the premiere and receive a signed movie poster by R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, and Jim Bouton. The first person […]

Adams Hopes to Stay Healthy, Return to Form in 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J – Back in 2010, David Adams’ career was on the fast track. Grabbed by the Yankees in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Virginia, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound second baseman was turning heads. In the field, he played 39 games without an error, helping complete 24 double plays. […]

Worst MLB Promotional Items for 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

How many of you really care about the giveaways at a ballgame? Most of the time I find a kid that I can hand mine off and relieve me of having to carry the stupid thing around all game. The hats are cheesy, bags too feminine and the toys, well… I am 35-years old I […]

Veteran Intangibles that Stats Can’t Measure

Monday, March 5th, 2012

All offseason we debate the merits of acquiring different players. Sometimes, we don’t understand why a team brings a veteran into camp when there are cheaper replacements that could do the job just as well, or even better. The Mets were accused of this when they held on to expensive veterans such as Alex Cora […]

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 […]

Mark Fidrych, the Greatest Non-Roster Invitee

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The minor-league deal. The non-roster invite to spring training. It’s like one of those phrases you hear in passing and ignore. There are two types of non-roster invitees, as former Dodgers GM Fred Claire pointed out to me the other day. “There’s the promising young player that you would like to take a long look […]

Prospect Rankings Are Out and Its Buyer Beware

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

We’re at the time of year now when the various media outlets and fan blogs start releasing their minor league top prospect lists for 2012. Baseball America is clearly the industry standard leader in this venture, popping out their Top 100 lists every year since 1990. (Their number one Number One? Braves left hander Steve Avery). Whether you […]

Why Are Yanks Dumping Burnett For 30-Year Old Platoon Player?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Garrett Jones is, in fact, the guy NYY want in any Burnett deal with the Pirates,but PIT not interested in moving Jones. No traction so far.Thu Feb 09 23:19:30 via webBuster OlneyBuster_ESPN The rumors of A.J. Burnett going to Pittsburgh are heating up. Buster Olney “tweeted” the Yankees want Garrett Jones in return; something that […]

How the Pineda Deal Helps A.J. Burnett

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

One winner not discussed in the Yankees blockbuster deal that imported Michael Pineda is A.J. Burnett. We all know that Burnett is paid like a top-of-the-rotation starter, but his performance resembles a typical fifth starter. He’s an inconsistent innings eater that struggles to produce an overall league average performance. With the acquisition of Pineda, Burnett […]

Managing Expectations With Michael Pineda

Monday, January 16th, 2012

It’s hard to not to be excited about Michael Pineda wearing pinstripes. He’s young, has top-of-the-rotation upside, and controllable for the next five years. He’s everything the Yankees hope Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos will be, except he already established a foundation in the big leagues. For all the celebration regarding the deal, Pineda isn’t […]

Talking About the Blockbuster Trade Tonight at 8pm

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

What else would we talk about tonight? Tune in live at 8pm to hear an hour of analysis and opinion on the Yankees-Seattle blockbuster deal that saw Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi swapped for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. Hear why I think the Yankees won the trade, thoughts on how to improve the vacated […]

Montero-Pineda Trade Approval Rating

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

I will be talking about the big Yankees acquisitions tonight at 8pm, but I would like to get the pulse of the fans. You know that I support Brian Cashman trading Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos- do you? Tell us what you think and vote below

Yanks Improve Pitching Now and in the Future

Friday, January 13th, 2012

What a banner night for Brian Cashman and the Yankees. Within an hour they announced a blockbuster trade that sent Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to Seattle for Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos, and then turned around and signed Hiroki Kuroda to a reasonable 1-year/$10 million dollar deal. The Yankees are huge […]