• Jeter Day

    Posted by on May 14th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    There’s only two SS in all of baseball history with 12+ seasons where they qualified for the batting title and had an OPS+ of 110 or better: Derek Jeter and Honus Wagner #justsaying

    Aaron Hicks

    Posted by on May 9th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    What a difference a year makes, huh?

    21-9

    Posted by on May 9th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    This is just the 17th time in Yankees history that the Yankees have won 21 of their first 30 games of the season.  And, it’s just the 5th time since 1959!  Enjoy it!  You don’t see this very often…not even in Yankeeland.

    Results
    Rk Tm Year #Matching W
    1 NYY 1939 24 24 Ind. Games
    2 NYY 1958 24 24 Ind. Games
    3 NYY 1928 24 24 Ind. Games
    4 NYY 1998 23 23 Ind. Games
    5 NYY 2003 23 23 Ind. Games
    6 NYY 1950 22 22 Ind. Games
    7 NYY 1932 22 22 Ind. Games
    8 NYY 1923 22 22 Ind. Games
    9 NYY 1953 21 21 Ind. Games
    10 NYY 1926 21 21 Ind. Games
    11 NYY 2000 21 21 Ind. Games
    12 NYY 1936 21 21 Ind. Games
    13 NYY 1927 21 21 Ind. Games
    14 NYY 2010 21 21 Ind. Games
    15 NYY 1951 21 21 Ind. Games
    16 NYY 1942 21 21 Ind. Games
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    Generated 5/9/2017.

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    Yankees Are The Best Team In Baseball

    Posted by on May 6th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Numbers don’t lie – although the home cooking sure helps. Question is: Can they keep it up? It’s not crazy at this stage to say they could still end up as an 86-win team. Pineda and Severino need to keep it up. And, Adam Warren can’t keep going the way he’s been throwing. Also, I know that Castro is due to crash soon. He always does.

    MLB Detailed Standings
    Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk R RA Rdiff SOS SRS
    pythWL Luck Home Road
    1 NYY 18 9 .667 W 3 5.6 3.9 1.7 0.7 2.4 18-9 0 12-3 6-6
    2 WSN 20 9 .690 W 3 6.3 4.6 1.7 0.3 2.0 19-10 1 9-6 11-3
    3 CHC 16 13 .552 L 1 5.0 4.4 0.6 0.8 1.3 16-13 0 7-7 9-6
    4 BAL 18 10 .643 W 2 4.4 4.1 0.2 0.9 1.1 15-13 3 9-3 9-7
    5 PHI 12 16 .429 L 4 4.6 4.4 0.2 0.8 1.0 15-13 -3 7-5 5-11
    6 CIN 15 14 .517 W 3 5.0 4.8 0.2 0.7 1.0 15-14 0 9-9 6-5
    7 STL 14 14 .500 W 1 4.3 4.3 0.0 1.0 1.0 14-14 0 9-8 5-6
    8 MIL 15 15 .500 L 1 4.9 4.8 0.2 0.6 0.8 15-15 0 7-10 8-5
    9 TBR 15 16 .484 L 1 4.3 4.2 0.1 0.6 0.7 16-15 -1 10-6 5-10
    10 BOS 15 14 .517 L 2 3.8 3.9 -0.1 0.8 0.6 14-15 1 11-7 4-7
    11 LAD 16 14 .533 W 1 4.6 3.6 1.0 -0.4 0.6 18-12 -2 10-6 6-8
    12 ARI 18 13 .581 W 1 5.0 4.0 1.0 -0.5 0.5 19-12 -1 12-5 6-8
    13 PIT 13 16 .448 W 1 3.9 4.4 -0.5 0.9 0.4 13-16 0 7-6 6-10
    14 CHW 15 13 .536 L 1 4.1 3.6 0.5 -0.3 0.2 16-12 -1 6-5 9-8
    15 CLE 15 13 .536 L 1 4.4 4.2 0.2 -0.2 0.0 15-13 0 6-6 9-7
    16 MIA 12 16 .429 L 2 4.5 4.6 -0.1 0.1 0.0 14-14 -2 5-6 7-10
    17 NYM 13 15 .464 W 2 5.0 5.5 -0.5 0.4 0.0 13-15 0 5-10 8-5
    18 TOR 10 19 .345 W 1 4.0 4.6 -0.7 0.6 0.0 12-17 -2 4-8 6-11
    19 HOU 20 10 .667 W 1 4.9 3.8 1.1 -1.2 -0.1 18-12 2 12-6 8-4
    20 DET 15 13 .536 W 1 5.0 5.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 14-14 1 9-7 6-6
    21 MIN 15 12 .556 W 1 4.7 4.2 0.5 -0.7 -0.2 15-12 0 8-8 7-4
    22 COL 18 12 .600 L 1 4.6 4.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 15-15 3 7-7 11-5
    23 ATL 11 16 .407 L 2 4.6 5.4 -0.9 0.2 -0.7 11-16 0 5-6 6-10
    24 SEA 13 17 .433 L 1 4.8 4.7 0.1 -0.9 -0.8 15-15 -2 8-5 5-12
    25 TEX 13 17 .433 W 2 4.6 4.5 0.1 -1.2 -1.2 15-15 -2 8-8 5-9
    26 SDP 12 19 .387 L 3 3.7 5.1 -1.4 -0.3 -1.6 11-20 1 6-7 6-12
    27 LAA 15 16 .484 L 3 3.9 4.5 -0.6 -1.1 -1.7 13-18 2 9-5 6-11
    28 SFG 11 19 .367 L 1 3.4 5.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.8 10-20 1 6-8 5-11
    29 KCR 10 18 .357 W 1 2.9 4.2 -1.3 -0.7 -2.0 9-19 1 8-7 2-11
    30 OAK 12 17 .414 L 1 3.7 5.0 -1.3 -1.0 -2.4 10-19 2 7-7 5-10
    31 Avg 14 14 .500 4.5 4.5 14-14 7-6 6-7
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    Generated 5/6/2017.

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    Lynn, Ichiro…And Judge?

    Posted by on May 4th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Yes, we’re talking simultaneously winning the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

    Well, sure there’s still 85% of the season to be played. So, yeah, there’s that. But, if the season ended today, it could happen.

    What A Difference A Year Makes

    Posted by on May 3rd, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Not being one to Judge…

    Standard Batting
    Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
    2016 24 NYY 27 95 84 10 15 4 10 9 42 .179 .263 .345 .608 60
    2017 25 NYY 23 94 80 23 24 10 21 13 25 .300 .404 .725 1.129 205
    2 Yr 2 Yr 2 Yr 50 189 164 33 39 14 31 22 67 .238 .333 .530 .864 129
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    Generated 5/3/2017.

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    20 Games Into 2017

    Posted by on April 28th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    You could make a case that the Yankees are the best team in baseball at this early part of the season. How about that? You really couldn’t ask for a better start to the season.

    MLB Detailed Standings
    Rk Tm Lg G W L W-L% R RA Rdiff SOS SRS
    pythWL
    1 NYY AL 20 13 7 .650 4.9 3.2 1.8 0.4 2.2 14-6
    2 WSN NL 22 16 6 .727 6.3 4.8 1.5 0.5 2.1 14-8
    3 CHC NL 21 12 9 .571 5.2 4.2 1.0 0.6 1.5 12-9
    4 PHI NL 20 11 9 .550 4.8 4.2 0.6 0.9 1.4 11-9
    5 MIL NL 23 12 11 .522 5.2 4.5 0.7 0.7 1.4 13-10
    6 CIN NL 22 10 12 .455 4.7 4.8 -0.1 1.0 0.9 11-11
    7 BAL AL 20 14 6 .700 4.0 3.5 0.5 0.3 0.8 11-9
    8 ARI NL 24 15 9 .625 5.5 4.3 1.3 -0.6 0.6 15-9
    9 STL NL 22 11 11 .500 4.0 4.4 -0.4 1.0 0.6 10-12
    10 MIA NL 20 10 10 .500 4.6 4.2 0.4 0.2 0.6 11-9
    11 TBR AL 23 11 12 .478 4.4 4.3 0.2 0.4 0.6 12-11
    12 CHW AL 20 11 9 .550 4.1 3.5 0.7 -0.2 0.5 12-8
    13 LAD NL 23 11 12 .478 4.2 3.5 0.7 -0.1 0.5 13-10
    14 CLE AL 21 12 9 .571 4.8 4.3 0.4 -0.1 0.3 11-10
    15 NYM NL 21 8 13 .381 4.1 4.6 -0.5 0.8 0.3 9-12
    16 BOS AL 21 11 10 .524 3.7 3.8 -0.1 0.2 0.1 10-11
    17 COL NL 23 14 9 .609 4.7 5.0 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 11-12
    18 HOU AL 22 14 8 .636 4.3 3.7 0.6 -1.0 -0.3 13-9
    19 PIT NL 21 9 12 .429 3.4 4.7 -1.3 0.9 -0.3 7-14
    20 ATL NL 20 8 12 .400 4.0 4.6 -0.6 0.3 -0.3 9-11
    21 MIN AL 21 10 11 .476 4.2 4.2 0.0 -0.5 -0.5 11-10
    22 DET AL 21 11 10 .524 5.0 5.6 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 9-12
    23 SEA AL 23 10 13 .435 4.7 4.6 0.2 -0.8 -0.7 12-11
    24 TOR AL 22 6 16 .273 3.5 4.6 -1.0 0.2 -0.8 8-14
    25 TEX AL 22 10 12 .455 4.7 4.2 0.5 -1.4 -0.9 12-10
    26 SFG NL 23 8 15 .348 3.3 4.3 -1.0 -0.2 -1.2 9-14
    27 SDP NL 24 9 15 .375 3.4 5.1 -1.7 0.1 -1.6 8-16
    28 LAA AL 24 12 12 .500 3.5 4.1 -0.6 -1.3 -1.9 10-14
    29 OAK AL 22 10 12 .455 3.8 4.5 -0.8 -1.3 -2.1 9-13
    30 KCR AL 21 7 14 .333 2.6 4.1 -1.6 -0.9 -2.5 6-15
    31 Avg 10 10 .500 4.3 4.3 10-10
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    Generated 4/28/2017.

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    Clay & Cody

    Posted by on April 26th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Very cool that Cody Bellinger is wearing #35, like his dad. Of course, Clay has two rings. So, Cody has some catching up to do in that department.

    Tito Polo & Stephen Tarpley

    Posted by on April 24th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Right now, Ivan Nova is looking better.  But, there’s still time on the clock.

    Yanks With Most HR In Teams 1st 15 Games Of Season

    Posted by on April 20th, 2017 · Comments (3)
    Results
    Rk Player Year #Matching PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
    1 Alex Rodriguez 2007 10 Ind. Games 49 43 17 16 2 0 12 27 6 10
    2 Babe Ruth 1921 7 Ind. Games 30 27 12 13 2 0 7 13 3 2
    3 Graig Nettles 1974 7 Ind. Games 32 28 9 12 1 0 9 16 3 5
    4 Robin Ventura 2002 6 Ind. Games 23 22 7 9 1 0 6 13 1 4
    5 Mark Teixeira 2011 6 Ind. Games 27 22 8 8 0 0 6 15 3 2
    6 Jorge Posada 2004 6 Ind. Games 26 21 8 9 1 0 7 16 4 2
    7 Joe Pepitone 1969 6 Ind. Games 27 26 8 12 3 0 6 14 1 2
    8 Bobby Murcer 1969 6 Ind. Games 28 27 11 13 1 0 7 16 1 4
    9 Mickey Mantle 1956 6 Ind. Games 27 23 11 11 0 0 7 13 4 4
    10 Lou Gehrig 1933 6 Ind. Games 28 23 11 10 0 0 7 14 5 2
    11 Yogi Berra 1956 6 Ind. Games 28 25 7 13 2 0 6 15 3 2
    12 Roy White 1971 5 Ind. Games 25 20 8 10 0 0 5 6 4 3
    13 Mark Teixeira 2015 5 Ind. Games 25 21 6 5 0 0 5 7 4 3
    14 Alfonso Soriano 2003 5 Ind. Games 27 25 8 11 2 0 5 11 1 4
    15 Bill Skowron 1959 5 Ind. Games 27 23 8 9 1 1 5 12 4 3
    16 Bill Skowron 1960 5 Ind. Games 21 20 5 8 2 0 5 10 1 1
    17 Babe Ruth 1929 5 Ind. Games 23 17 10 9 1 0 5 13 4 2
    18 Babe Ruth 1932 5 Ind. Games 25 21 9 10 0 1 6 16 4 4
    19 Babe Ruth 1933 5 Ind. Games 24 15 7 7 1 0 5 12 9 1
    20 Babe Ruth 1934 5 Ind. Games 23 20 7 8 0 0 6 10 3 4
    21 Alex Rodriguez 2006 5 Ind. Games 25 21 9 11 1 0 5 11 4 1
    22 Jorge Posada 2001 5 Ind. Games 22 21 7 11 2 0 5 15 1 3
    23 Jorge Posada 2003 5 Ind. Games 22 15 6 5 0 0 5 10 4 5
    24 Paul O’Neill 2001 5 Ind. Games 23 22 5 9 1 0 5 10 1 1
    25 Mickey Mantle 1961 5 Ind. Games 22 20 8 9 0 0 7 15 2 3
    26 Aaron Judge 2017 5 Ind. Games 21 18 8 10 0 0 5 10 3 3
    27 Derek Jeter 1999 5 Ind. Games 21 15 9 9 1 1 5 8 5 2
    28 Mel Hall 1992 5 Ind. Games 22 20 7 9 0 0 5 10 1 2
    29 Travis Hafner 2013 5 Ind. Games 19 17 7 7 1 0 5 9 2 3
    30 Curtis Granderson 2011 5 Ind. Games 20 18 8 7 0 0 5 7 2 3
    31 Lou Gehrig 1929 5 Ind. Games 24 22 9 12 0 0 7 13 2 4
    32 Lou Gehrig 1932 5 Ind. Games 25 19 8 9 0 1 5 9 6 1
    33 Joe DiMaggio 1941 5 Ind. Games 26 24 10 13 3 0 5 13 2 0
    34 Clete Boyer 1962 5 Ind. Games 26 22 11 13 2 0 5 11 3 1
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    Generated 4/20/2017.

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    Yes, Travis Hafner.

    Most Wins @ Home To Start A Season

    Posted by on April 17th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Can’t ask for much better than this year.

    Results
    Rk Year #Matching W
    1 1951 7 7 Ind. Games
    2 1949 7 7 Ind. Games
    3 2017 6 6 Ind. Games
    4 2011 6 6 Ind. Games
    5 1987 6 6 Ind. Games
    6 1981 6 6 Ind. Games
    7 1958 6 6 Ind. Games
    8 1953 6 6 Ind. Games
    9 1945 6 6 Ind. Games
    10 1932 6 6 Ind. Games
    11 1927 6 6 Ind. Games
    12 1923 6 6 Ind. Games
    13 1922 6 6 Ind. Games
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    Generated 4/17/2017.

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    No Thanks

    Posted by on April 11th, 2017 · Comments (9)

    Michael Pineda could go 25-3 with an ERA of 1.74 this season, and, I would still let him walk away as a free agent at the end of the year.

    Kaprielian Out (Again) With Elbow Pain

    Posted by on April 6th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Move over, Ty Hensley, Ian Clarkin, Jeremy Bleich and Andrew Brackman. Company is coming!

    13

    Posted by on April 5th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    This dude was one when I started this blog.
    He’ll be 13 in a few weeks.
    He now plays games on a major league sized field.
    Where does the time go?

    Meredith Marakovits

    Posted by on March 31st, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Meredith Marakovits has been the clubhouse reporter for the YES Network for six years now – including this season.

    Kim Jones had the job for seven years before Marakovits. Perhaps 6-7 years is the lifespan for a personality in this role?

    Of course, if and when the Yankees relieve Marakovits, they’re going to take heat for it – as many will say the dismissal was due to her getting fat.

    It may make sense for the Yankees to replace her with a very old and ugly dude to eliminate any claims that the whole thing was appearance-driven? And, yes – no pun intended – I am available.

    Austin Leyritz

    Posted by on March 31st, 2017 · Comments (0)

    I saw that the Orioles recently signed Jim Leyritz’ son, Austin, to a contract. I wonder if that was a favor from Buck? Austin is not a highly rated prospect.

    April 1st Vs. June 1st

    Posted by on March 30th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Via the Post

    The Yankees are going ahead with their youth movement, and that means Aaron Judge will be the right fielder over Aaron Hicks.

    Joe Girardi announced the Opening Day roster on Thursday. Luis Severino was named the fourth starter, and Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green and Luis Cessa will compete in the minors for the fifth spot, which the team won’t need until April 16.

    Bryan Mitchell, Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder will join Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren and Tommy Layne in the bullpen.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise was Judge. Hicks now becomes the team’s fourth outfielder.

    “That was a very tough call,” Girardi said. “We thought Judge won the competition.”

    And Girardi made it clear Judge will be there on a regular basis and not in a platoon.

    “Our plan is to play him every day,” the manager said. “And play Hicks against left-handers.”

    The race is on! Will Severino still be in the rotation June 1st? Will Judge still be in right at that time? We’ll see…

    Best Relief Pitcher In Baseball 1991-92

    Posted by on March 28th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    RIP, Todd.

    Results
    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GF W L W-L% SV IP SO ERA FIP ERA+ Tm
    1 Todd Frohwirth 5.8 1991 1992 28-29 116 33 11 6 .647 7 202.1 135 2.18 2.97 183 BAL
    2 Duane Ward 5.8 1991 1992 27-28 160 81 14 10 .583 35 208.2 235 2.37 2.14 176 TOR
    3 Greg Harris 5.5 1991 1992 35-36 123 37 15 21 .417 6 280.2 200 3.33 3.76 128 BOS
    4 Jeff Montgomery 5.5 1991 1992 29-30 132 117 5 10 .333 72 172.2 146 2.55 3.00 161 KCR
    5 Steve Farr 5.4 1991 1992 34-35 110 90 7 7 .500 53 122.0 97 1.92 3.01 212 NYY
    6 Dennis Eckersley 4.4 1991 1992 36-37 136 124 12 5 .706 94 156.0 180 2.42 2.27 156 OAK
    7 Mark Eichhorn 4.4 1991 1992 30-31 135 49 7 7 .500 3 169.1 110 2.55 2.65 160 CAL-TOR
    8 Jeff Russell 4.2 1991 1992 29-30 127 102 10 7 .588 60 145.2 100 2.53 3.81 157 TEX-OAK
    9 Mel Rojas 4.1 1991 1992 24-25 105 39 10 4 .714 16 148.2 107 2.18 2.90 163 MON
    10 Carl Willis 3.8 1991 1992 30-31 99 30 15 6 .714 3 168.1 98 2.67 2.83 156 MIN
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    Generated 3/28/2017.

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    Yankees History This Season?

    Posted by on March 26th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez were both born near the end of 1992 – the year that Derek Jeter was drafted by the Yankees – within 23 days of each other. They will both play the 2017 season for the Yankees as 24-year olds. In the vaunted history of the New York Yankees, the franchise has never had a season where 2 players (or more) hit 30+ home runs that year while being age 24 or younger. I think this will be the year that it happens. (For the record, the Yankees came close to making this happen in 1939 with Joe DiMaggio & Joe Gordon. If Gordon had hit 2 more homers, they would have been the first – and only, so far.)

    Greg Bird

    Posted by on March 26th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Going yard is nothing new for him. He’s been doing it his whole life. Greg Bird led the United States in home run ratio and slugging percentage in both 2010 and 2011. He hit 80 home runs during his high school career. He’s going to be fun to watch this year in the Bronx.

    Tyler Wade

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2017 · Comments (3)

    My guess is that he will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Yankees this year. (They want Torres to get more time in the minors. Plus, why start the clock on him this young?)

    Wade is an interesting player. He’s more of an OBA guy than someone who will hit for average. (He walks a lot for a guy who is not a great hitter.) He’s got no pop. But, he can and will steal a base – and he’s very athletic in the field. He’s pretty tough too. It will take a lot to knock him out of a game.

    I would rather give Wade a shot this April than go with Ronald Torreyes or Ruben Tejada.

    Lastly, my guess is that you won’t see Didi Gregorius for a while. They are saying the end of April. It would not shock me if it was closer to June, if then.

    USA vs. República Dominicana

    Posted by on March 19th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    So, of course, you know I stayed up until (what was) 2 AM this morning to watch the whole WBC game last night.

    Outstanding game. The tension of sudden death and needing to win for advancing. Full house. Clutch pitching. Close plays. Great defensive plays. Big home runs. Leads gained and lost. Tight run difference for most of the night. Pretty much representative of everything you want to see in a baseball contest.

    As far as the Jones’ catch: Given the full-blown 360-degree context of this catch, totally inclusive of all factors, how can it not go down in baseball history as one of the most memorable grabs ever?

    Quietest Yankees Spring Ever?

    Posted by on March 18th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    Lots of power.  Great pitching.  A record of 16-5.  No major injuries.  No squabbles.  It’s all good, right?

    The Yankees History With Right Fielders

    Posted by on March 15th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Is it just me, or, has it always been a “Yankees thing” to go out AND GET a right fielder rather than develop one themselves? Look at the 21 players below. All came to the Yankees and ended up playing RF for them. And, how many Yankees home grown players can you name that went on to play RF for them, for a prolonged period? It’s not 21. Not even close to that number.

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    Chase Headley

    Posted by on March 5th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    In his last 1,702 big league plate appearances, Chase Headley has an OPS+ of 94. Last year, his OPS+ was 91. The season before that it was 90.

    Gee, what do you think it will be this year?

    Meanwhile, Yangervis Solarte has out played him since they were swapped for each other. And, the Yankees also threw in Rafael De Paula – who could be a useful bullpen piece this year or next.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have Headley this year and next year at $13 million each season.

    Brilliant trade by Cashman. NOT.

    If Headley has another below average season this year, will he be the Yankees 3B in 2018? That would be a joke.

    Best Short Baseball Careers

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2017 · Comments (9)

    Just saying…

    Results
    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
    1 Shoeless Joe Jackson 62.3 1332 1908 1920 20-32 5695 .356 .423 .517 .940 PHA-CLE-CHW
    2 Jackie Robinson 61.5 1382 1947 1956 28-37 5804 .311 .409 .474 .883 BRO
    3 Hank Greenberg 57.5 1394 1930 1947 19-36 6098 .313 .412 .605 1.017 DET-PIT
    4 Thurman Munson 45.9 1423 1969 1979 22-32 5905 .292 .346 .410 .756 NYY
    5 Fred Clarke 44.3 1373 1901 1915 28-42 5902 .301 .380 .420 .799 PIT
    6 Charlie Keller 43.0 1170 1939 1952 22-35 4604 .286 .410 .518 .928 DET-NYY
    7 Frank Chance 42.8 1115 1901 1914 24-37 4541 .298 .397 .396 .794 CHC-NYY
    8 Ken Williams 42.6 1398 1915 1929 25-39 5624 .319 .393 .530 .924 CIN-SLB-BOS
    9 Lenny Dykstra 42.2 1278 1985 1996 22-33 5282 .285 .375 .419 .793 NYM-PHI
    10 Wally Berger 42.1 1350 1930 1940 24-34 5665 .300 .359 .522 .881 BSN-NYG-CIN-PHI
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    Generated 3/3/2017.

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    Bryan Mitchell

    Posted by on February 26th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    I’m not saying that Bryan Mitchell is going to be a stud. But, I really like him and find myself rooting for him. He seems to be a ball player’s ball player kind of guy.

    In fact, in my wildest dreams, I would like to see three of the kids fighting for the rotation – maybe Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and Luis Severino really emerge this spring and have one of them PUSH Michael Pineda. I’ve had enough of Captain Pine Tar and his crooked cap over the last two years.

    Yankees Vs. White Sox

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2017 · Comments (1)

    This is the race that I really want to watch.

    Both teams unloaded established players to obtain blue chip prospects over the last half-year or so. And, both, according to them, had pretty good drafts/international signings the last couple of years.

    Chicago has not won a ring since 2005. The Yankees last won a ring in 2009.

    Both teams play in big markets. Both teams share a city and have their neighbor doing better than them, recently.

    It will be a nice study to see which team/GM did the better job of rebuilding.

    Getting Smart On The Divine Comedy Of Bichette’s ’99

    Posted by on February 21st, 2017 · Comments (3)

    In 1999, Dante Bichette was playing his 7th and last season with the Colorado Rockies.  (After that year, Dante was traded to the Cincinnati Reds – and was done as a major league player after 2001.)

    By conventional baseball standards, most would say that Dante had a pretty good year during that ’99 campaign – where Bichette had 38 doubles, 34 home runs, scored 104 runs and drove in 133 (runs).

    Why would that be considered good? Well, if you wanted to start a fraternity and call it the “38/34/104/133 Club” (meaning you needed to match or better those levels), there are only 27 men in baseball history to ever post a season like “that” –

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Lou Gehrig 4 1927 1934 24-31 Ind. Seasons
    2 Carlos Delgado 3 1999 2003 27-31 Ind. Seasons
    3 Hank Greenberg 3 1935 1940 24-29 Ind. Seasons
    4 Chuck Klein 3 1929 1932 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    5 Rogers Hornsby 3 1922 1929 26-33 Ind. Seasons
    6 Todd Helton 2 2000 2001 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    7 Albert Belle 2 1996 1998 29-31 Ind. Seasons
    8 Hal Trosky 2 1934 1936 21-23 Ind. Seasons
    9 Al Simmons 2 1929 1930 27-28 Ind. Seasons
    10 Miguel Cabrera 1 2012 2012 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    11 Albert Pujols 1 2009 2009 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    12 Matt Holliday 1 2007 2007 27-27 Ind. Seasons
    13 Mark Teixeira 1 2005 2005 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    14 David Ortiz 1 2005 2005 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    15 Miguel Tejada 1 2004 2004 30-30 Ind. Seasons
    16 Magglio Ordonez 1 2002 2002 28-28 Ind. Seasons
    17 Frank Thomas 1 2000 2000 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    18 Sammy Sosa 1 2000 2000 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    19 Dante Bichette 1 1999 1999 35-35 Ind. Seasons
    20 Juan Gonzalez 1 1998 1998 28-28 Ind. Seasons
    21 Jeff Bagwell 1 1997 1997 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    22 Rafael Palmeiro 1 1996 1996 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    23 Andres Galarraga 1 1996 1996 35-35 Ind. Seasons
    24 Don Mattingly 1 1985 1985 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    25 Frank Robinson 1 1962 1962 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    26 Ted Williams 1 1949 1949 30-30 Ind. Seasons
    27 Babe Ruth 1 1921 1921 26-26 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 2/21/2017.

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    Don’t get confused here. This does not imply that Bichette’s 1999 was one of the greatest seasons of all-time, or, that he should be in the baseball batter’s pantheon. There’s some funky stuff with the cutting of this club. First, runs scored and runs driven in are just as much a reflection of who is batting around you as they are an indication of your production. Therefore, that factor helps and hurts some with respect to making the group.  Secondly, the doubles-homers thing can get tricky. For example, if a guy is hitting 50, 60 or 70 home runs in a season, then the odds are against him hitting many doubles as well – since his shots are flying over fences rather than falling in for two-baggers. And, the lack of doubles would then leave that great hitter off this list. Lastly, specific to Dante, there’s the whole Coors Field thing – where Bichette played all his home games in 1999. This is an extreme hitter’s park – and it inflates batting production by 25-35%, give or take – due to its high altitude. Balls fly out of Coors Field faster than they do at a brothel with a CDC warning of Syphilis detection posted in the vestibule. Although, while aided by Coors in ’99, it wasn’t as much as you would think for Dante that season.  See his home/road splits that season:

    Split G PA R 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    Home 78 355 67 21 20 82 30 37 .308 .363 .575
    Away 73 304 37 17 14 51 24 47 .287 .342 .502
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 2/21/2017.

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    In any event, getting back to the point, sundry caveats aside, albeit layman logic, many would consider Dante Bichette’s 1999 season to be a positive performance.  But, was it?

    That brings us to “WAR.”

    What is “WAR”? It’s an acronym that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.” And, what is “that”? Here’s how Wiki describes it:

    Wins Above Replacement or Wins Above Replacement Player, commonly abbreviated to WAR or WARP, is a non-standardized sabermetric baseball statistic developed to sum up “a player’s total contributions to his team”. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted by a replacement-level player: a player that may be added to the team for minimal cost and effort.

    Individual WAR values are calculated from the number and success rate of on-field actions by a player (in batting, baserunning, fielding, and pitching), with higher values reflecting larger contributions to a team’s success. WAR value also depends on what position a player plays, with more value going to weaker hitting positions like catcher than positions with strong hitting such as first base. A high WAR value built up by a player reflects successful performance, a large quantity of playing time, or both combined.

    How do you calculate WAR? Well, it’s sort of akin to Keebler’s Elfin Magic. If you really want to know, then look it up. Just be warned that the explanation has been found to induce narcolepsy at the levels found when listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.

    Brass tacks, here’s the deal with WAR. Zero means average. Negative is bad. Positive is good. The higher the positive, the better. And, the greater the negative, then it’s really bad. Got it? Coolamundo.

    Let’s go back to those 27 dudes in the “38/34/104/133 Club.” Take a guess at how many of those seasons had a WAR total that was a negative number. And, remember, it was 27 players – but, some of them did it more than once. Therefore, in reality, we’re talking about 42 “player seasons” here in total.

    Whaddya think? Maybe 20 times it was a WAR under zero? Perhaps a dozen? More like six? Three?

    Here is the answer:   JUST ONE – DANTE BICHETTE IN 1999.

    And, it’s not even close. Bichette’s WAR in that “good” 1999 season was -2.3. Yup, negative two point three.

    The next “lowest” WAR in our little club was +3.6. In fact, in 86% of those seasons – meaning 36 times in 42 attempts, the player has a WAR of +5 or higher.

    Crazy, huh?

    But, just to be fair, what killed Bichette’s value in 1999 was his fielding and base running – where, per the sabermetric determinations that are part of WAR, he had somewhere around “way below average” to “terrible” production in those departments. His hitting stats were what they are – pretty good even if assisted somewhat by Coors. Yet, in terms of “overall value,” his 1999 season was not good – per WAR – since the shortfalls in his “other than hitting” game offset the positive contributions from his offensive production. And, “that,” ladies and germs, is what WAR is good for – much more than “ab-soul-loot-lee nut-tin.”

    Lastly, don’t feel bad for Dante.  Sure, his 1999 season was not really all it was cracked up to be at first blush.  However, he did alright for himself.  He played in over 1,700 big league games.  Got paid over $40 million in the process.  And, he produced two sons who went on to become very high (round) major league draft picks – Bo and Dante Jr. That’s all pretty impressive.

    He’s always got that…along with his 1999 season being the poster child for the difference between conventional offensive counting stats and overall value (or worth) according to WAR.

    Cashman Is Still Talking…

    Posted by on February 20th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    And he says the Yankees are done being big spenders –

    Surely, more grandiose competitions await in free agency for the old stalwarts of spending.

    “I know one thing. We’re not planning that way,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Herald. “We’re waiting to transition out of some contracts and some older players and then eventually I’m hoping that we develop enough young players that would prevent us from having to go crazy in the free agent market. Because that’s . . . you get slaughtered doing that. Doesn’t mean we won’t participate in free agency, but we’re hoping to develop.”

    If the GM of the Yankees, a man who worked under late owner George Steinbrenner, thinks free agency can be tantamount to slaughter, everyone else is doomed.

    “Just pure dollars,” Cashman said. “Bottom line is free agency creates an open competition, so that’s why players come out of free agency so much more financially higher than when you’re in the arbitration arena or in the control arena. It’s just a huge — completely different animal.”

    Cashman’s not wrong. But Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper are set to hit the market after the 2018 season. Surely, then the big-boy bidding starts anew. Exceptions to be made.

    “I know a lot of people are speculating about some of these young, some of these superstars that are with other clubs currently that their contracts are expiring and potentially could be free agents in years in the future,” Cashman said. “And my attitude is, I’d rather develop our own so I don’t have to go to marketplace to spend $100 million plus to go get somebody else. Somebody else’s asset that’s now older and got some wear and tear on ’em.

    “So our hope is that some of our young talent can emerge like (catcher) Gary Sanchez just did. But I mean, the Yankees and Red Sox have been knocking heads in international and the draft as well as free agency for decades, and that will always be the case, but the way the game’s set up now too, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa (Bay), anybody can compete.”

    Here’s the joke – Cashman, because of his talent and skills, and lack thereof, will never be able to build a championship team with a payroll under $200 million. Never…ever. Not…going…to…happen.

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