• PEDs and The HOF

    Posted by on January 19th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Many like to say that Mike Piazza and (now) Jeff Bagwell open the door to the Hall of Fame for those suspected of using PEDs and those found to use PEDs. However, their careers were basically before there were rules around PED use. (We know that Major League Baseball did not roll out a PED policy with teeth until after the 2004 season.) It’s really hard to ticket someone for speeding, much less just pull them over, when there’s no speed limit posted. And, what about Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez? Yes, I know: Jose Canseco confessed that he introduced Pudge to PEDs. But, look at the numbers. From 1991-2004, Pudge played 1758 games and had an OPS+ of 115. From 2005 through 2011, he played 785 games and had an OPS+ of 85. And, remember: in Spring Training 2005, Pudge showed up 20 pounds lighter than he was in previous years. If Pudge was using PEDs, there’s some evidence to point towards him no longer using them once there was a policy against them. All of this is probably why Piazza, Bagwell and Pudge are in the Hall of Fame now – it’s suspicion only and all pre-policy. You are going to see the same thing with Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Granted, there’s more than just a suspicion with them. But, the bulk of their body of work is pre-policy and there are no suspensions or convictions on their record due to PED use. The two PED cases that will be most interesting with respect to the Hall of Fame are Manny Ramirez and Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez. Both failed tests twice. Both were suspended for lengthy periods for failing a test AFTER there was a policy against it. Manny is already on the ballot. (This was his first year on it.) A-Rod has to wait 5 years before they vote on him. They may both get elected to the Hall. But, it’s not going to be quick or easy for them.

    Ji-Man Choi

    Posted by on January 16th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    This guy has destroyed minor league pitching. But, why would the Angels just let him go?

    Hey, he could turn out to be the Korean Big Papi. Or, he will be the next Hee-Seop Choi…who also raked in the bush leagues.

    The Yankees 2018 Starting Rotation

    Posted by on January 12th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Sabathia and Pineda will be free agents.  Tanaka can opt out.    Who does that leave for the season after this one?

    Who Had A Better “Yankees” Career, A-Rod Or Willie Randolph?

    Posted by on January 4th, 2017 · Comments (2)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SH SF SB BA OBP SLG
    8 Alex Rodriguez 54.2 2004 2016 28-40 1509 6520 1012 1580 263 9 351 1096 779 0 60 152 .283 .378 .523
    9 Willie Randolph 53.7 1976 1988 21-33 1694 7464 1027 1731 259 58 48 549 1005 75 54 251 .275 .374 .357
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    Retire #30 before even thinking about #13!

    So, Here’s The Biggest Question In Yankeeland This Year…

    Posted by on January 4th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Will 2017 be the first time in the last 19 years that the Yankees fail to draw three million at home? I think they have a good shot at it – watching their attendance trend.

    Rk Year Tm G W L Ties W-L% Finish GB Playoffs Attendance
    1 2016 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 4th of 5 9.0 3,063,405
    2 2015 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 2nd of 5 6.0 Lost ALWC (1-0) 3,193,795
    3 2014 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 2nd of 5 12.0 3,401,624
    4 2013 New York Yankees 162 85 77 0 .525 3rd of 5 12.0 3,279,589
    5 2012 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-0) 3,542,406
    6 2011 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 3,653,680
    7 2010 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 2nd of 5 1.0 Lost ALCS (4-2) 3,765,807
    8 2009 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 3,719,358
    9 2008 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 3rd of 5 8.0 4,298,655
    10 2007 New York Yankees 162 94 68 0 .580 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,271,083
    11 2006 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,248,067
    12 2005 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 4,090,696
    13 2004 New York Yankees 162 101 61 0 .623 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-3) 3,775,292
    14 2003 New York Yankees 163 101 61 1 .623 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-2) 3,465,600
    15 2002 New York Yankees 161 103 58 0 .640 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 3,465,807
    16 2001 New York Yankees 161 95 65 1 .594 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-3) 3,264,907
    17 2000 New York Yankees 161 87 74 0 .540 1st of 5 Won WS (4-1) 3,055,435
    18 1999 New York Yankees 162 98 64 0 .605 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 3,292,736
    19 1998 New York Yankees 162 114 48 0 .704 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 2,955,193
    20 1997 New York Yankees 162 96 66 0 .593 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 2,580,325
    21 1996 New York Yankees 162 92 70 0 .568 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 2,250,877
    22 1995 New York Yankees 145 79 65 1 .549 2nd of 5 7.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 1,705,263
    23 1994 New York Yankees 113 70 43 0 .619 1st of 5 1,675,556
    24 1993 New York Yankees 162 88 74 0 .543 2nd of 7 7.0 2,416,942
    25 1992 New York Yankees 162 76 86 0 .469 4th of 7 20.0 1,748,737
    26 1991 New York Yankees 162 71 91 0 .438 5th of 7 20.0 1,863,733
    27 1990 New York Yankees 162 67 95 0 .414 7th of 7 21.0 2,006,436
    28 1989 New York Yankees 161 74 87 0 .460 5th of 7 14.5 2,170,485
    29 1988 New York Yankees 161 85 76 0 .528 5th of 7 3.5 2,633,701
    30 1987 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 4th of 7 9.0 2,427,672
    31 1986 New York Yankees 162 90 72 0 .556 2nd of 7 5.5 2,268,030
    32 1985 New York Yankees 161 97 64 0 .602 2nd of 7 2.0 2,214,587
    33 1984 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 3rd of 7 17.0 1,821,815
    34 1983 New York Yankees 162 91 71 0 .562 3rd of 7 7.0 2,257,976
    35 1982 New York Yankees 162 79 83 0 .488 5th of 7 16.0 2,041,219
    36 1981 New York Yankees 107 59 48 0 .551 4th of 7 2.0 Lost WS (4-2) 1,614,353
    37 1980 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 7 Lost ALCS (3-0) 2,627,417
    38 1979 New York Yankees 160 89 71 0 .556 4th of 7 13.5 2,537,765
    39 1978 New York Yankees 163 100 63 0 .613 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,335,871
    40 1977 New York Yankees 162 100 62 0 .617 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,103,092
    41 1976 New York Yankees 159 97 62 0 .610 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-0) 2,012,434
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    Generated 1/4/2017.

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    Big Hairy Monster Roll Call

    Posted by on January 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Jesus Montero is now an Oriole. Peter O’Brien is now a Royal.

    Gary Sanchez is still in the house.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, The Great Number Seven

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Mickey Mantle has been dead for over 21 years.

    When Mantle retired, you can make a case that he was the 5th greatest position player of all time (after Babe Ruth’s retirement):

    Rk Player WAR/pos ▾ From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Willie Mays 139.8 1951 1968 20-37 2446 10386 587 1654 1137 299 .308 .384 .578
    2 Stan Musial 128.1 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 475 1951 1599 78 .331 .417 .559
    3 Ted Williams 123.1 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 521 1839 2021 24 .344 .482 .634
    4 Hank Aaron 111.2 1954 1968 20-34 2279 9888 510 1627 866 215 .314 .373 .560
    5 Mickey Mantle 109.7 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 536 1509 1733 153 .298 .421 .557
    6 Eddie Mathews 96.4 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 512 1453 1444 68 .271 .376 .509
    7 Frank Robinson 80.6 1956 1968 20-32 1916 8159 418 1277 929 182 .302 .392 .556
    8 Al Kaline 79.0 1953 1968 18-33 2095 8731 314 1247 942 123 .304 .380 .495
    9 Joe DiMaggio 78.1 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7672 361 1537 790 30 .325 .398 .579
    10 Johnny Mize 71.0 1936 1953 23-40 1883 7370 359 1337 856 28 .312 .397 .562
    11 Roberto Clemente 69.5 1955 1968 20-33 1953 8220 184 1008 472 75 .312 .353 .464
    12 Ernie Banks 69.0 1953 1968 22-37 2262 9426 474 1480 695 50 .277 .333 .508
    13 Duke Snider 66.5 1947 1964 20-37 2143 8237 407 1333 971 99 .295 .380 .540
    14 Pee Wee Reese 66.4 1940 1958 21-39 2166 9470 126 885 1210 232 .269 .366 .377
    15 Richie Ashburn 63.6 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 29 586 1198 234 .308 .396 .382
    16 Ken Boyer 63.0 1955 1968 24-37 2009 8236 282 1137 711 105 .288 .349 .463
    17 Lou Boudreau 63.0 1938 1952 20-34 1646 7024 68 789 796 51 .295 .380 .415
    18 Jackie Robinson 61.5 1947 1956 28-37 1382 5804 137 734 740 197 .311 .409 .474
    19 Luke Appling 59.8 1936 1950 29-43 1759 7522 32 806 996 138 .316 .409 .400
    20 Yogi Berra 59.5 1946 1965 21-40 2120 8359 358 1430 704 30 .285 .348 .482
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    Generated 1/2/2017.

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    Mantle’s prime was the mid-to-late 50′s to early 60′s.  If you were 15-years old in 1960, that would make you over 70 years old today.  The audience of those who saw Mantle at his best is aging out.

    Kids today – and many young Yankees fans, I suspect – have no idea how great Mickey Mantle was with respect to the time that he played and when his career ended.

    That’s a shame.

    Going Back In Time!

    Posted by on December 30th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2016 · Comments (12)

    I wanted to take a moment now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance. And, best wishes for the New Year!

    Top 100 Career Times On Base List

    Posted by on December 21st, 2016 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player TOB From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG OPS
    1 Pete Rose 5929 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 .303 .375 .409 .784
    2 Barry Bonds 5599 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444 .607 1.051
    3 Ty Cobb 5532 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13087 .366 .433 .512 .945
    4 Rickey Henderson 5343 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 .279 .401 .419 .820
    5 Carl Yastrzemski 5304 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13992 .285 .379 .462 .841
    6 Stan Musial 5282 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 .331 .417 .559 .976
    7 Hank Aaron 5205 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555 .928
    8 Tris Speaker 4998 1907 1928 19-40 2792 11995 .345 .428 .500 .928
    9 Babe Ruth 4978 1914 1935 19-40 2504 10623 .342 .474 .690 1.164
    10 Eddie Collins 4891 1906 1930 19-43 2825 12046 .333 .424 .429 .853
    11 Willie Mays 4791 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557 .941
    12 Derek Jeter 4717 1995 2014 21-40 2747 12602 .310 .377 .440 .817
    13 Ted Williams 4714 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634 1.116
    14 Mel Ott 4648 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533 .947
    15 Alex Rodriguez 4629 1994 2016 18-40 2784 12207 .295 .380 .550 .930
    16 Eddie Murray 4606 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359 .476 .836
    17 Frank Robinson 4561 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537 .926
    18 Honus Wagner 4508 1897 1917 23-43 2795 11749 .328 .391 .467 .858
    19 Craig Biggio 4505 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 .281 .363 .433 .796
    20 Rafael Palmeiro 4460 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371 .515 .885
    21 Paul Molitor 4460 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 .306 .369 .448 .817
    22 Wade Boggs 4445 1982 1999 24-41 2440 10740 .328 .415 .443 .858
    23 Joe Morgan 4422 1963 1984 19-40 2649 11329 .271 .392 .427 .819
    24 Cal Ripken 4379 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 .276 .340 .447 .788
    25 Dave Winfield 4351 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 .283 .353 .475 .827
    26 Al Kaline 4339 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376 .480 .855
    27 Gary Sheffield 4299 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393 .514 .907
    28 George Brett 4283 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11625 .305 .369 .487 .857
    29 Paul Waner 4281 1926 1945 23-42 2550 10766 .333 .404 .473 .878
    30 Lou Gehrig 4274 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447 .632 1.080
    31 Chipper Jones 4256 1993 2012 21-40 2499 10614 .303 .401 .529 .930
    32 Frank Thomas 4222 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419 .555 .974
    33 Ken Griffey 4174 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370 .538 .907
    34 Mickey Mantle 4161 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557 .977
    35 Robin Yount 4156 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342 .430 .772
    36 Jim Thome 4144 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 .276 .402 .554 .956
    37 Albert Pujols 4139 2001 2016 21-36 2426 10552 .309 .392 .573 .965
    38 Jimmie Foxx 4111 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609 1.038
    39 Rod Carew 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550 .328 .393 .429 .822
    40 Charlie Gehringer 4075 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10245 .320 .404 .480 .884
    41 Luke Appling 4062 1930 1950 23-43 2422 10254 .310 .399 .398 .798
    42 Reggie Jackson 4055 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356 .490 .846
    43 Rusty Staub 4050 1963 1985 19-41 2951 11229 .279 .362 .431 .793
    44 Rogers Hornsby 4016 1915 1937 19-41 2259 9480 .358 .434 .577 1.010
    45 Manny Ramirez 4012 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411 .585 .996
    46 Cap Anson 3997 1876 1897 24-45 2277 10123 .331 .396 .448 .844
    47 Bobby Abreu 3979 1996 2014 22-40 2425 10081 .291 .395 .475 .870
    48 Tim Raines 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 .294 .385 .425 .810
    49 Tony Gwynn 3955 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 .338 .388 .459 .847
    50 Omar Vizquel 3954 1989 2012 22-45 2968 12013 .272 .336 .352 .688
    51 Jesse Burkett 3954 1890 1905 21-36 2067 9620 .338 .415 .446 .861
    52 Harold Baines 3942 1980 2001 21-42 2830 11092 .289 .356 .465 .820
    53 Todd Helton 3911 1997 2013 23-39 2247 9453 .316 .414 .539 .953
    54 Nap Lajoie 3893 1896 1916 21-41 2480 10461 .338 .380 .466 .847
    55 Dwight Evans 3890 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 .272 .370 .470 .840
    56 Darrell Evans 3863 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737 .248 .361 .431 .792
    57 Luis Gonzalez 3857 1990 2008 22-40 2591 10531 .283 .367 .479 .845
    58 Jeff Bagwell 3843 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431 .297 .408 .540 .948
    59 Fred McGriff 3834 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174 .284 .377 .509 .886
    60 Lou Brock 3833 1961 1979 22-40 2616 11240 .293 .343 .410 .753
    61 David Ortiz 3829 1997 2016 21-40 2408 10091 .286 .380 .552 .931
    62 Johnny Damon 3822 1995 2012 21-38 2490 10917 .284 .352 .433 .785
    63 Mike Schmidt 3820 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380 .527 .908
    64 Richie Ashburn 3815 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 .308 .396 .382 .778
    65 Roberto Alomar 3806 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400 .300 .371 .443 .814
    66 Adrian Beltre 3804 1998 2016 19-37 2720 11260 .286 .338 .480 .818
    67 Billy Williams 3799 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361 .492 .853
    68 Eddie Mathews 3785 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509 .885
    69 Max Carey 3782 1910 1929 20-39 2476 10769 .285 .361 .386 .747
    70 Brooks Robinson 3761 1955 1977 18-40 2896 11782 .267 .322 .401 .723
    71 Sam Rice 3751 1915 1934 25-44 2405 10252 .322 .374 .427 .801
    72 Sam Crawford 3744 1899 1917 19-37 2517 10594 .309 .362 .452 .814
    73 Goose Goslin 3739 1921 1938 20-37 2287 9829 .316 .387 .500 .887
    74 Jake Beckley 3733 1888 1907 20-39 2389 10504 .308 .361 .436 .797
    75 Carlos Beltran 3716 1998 2016 21-39 2457 10522 .281 .354 .492 .845
    76 Ichiro Suzuki 3710 2001 2016 27-42 2500 10466 .313 .356 .405 .761
    77 Fred Clarke 3707 1894 1915 21-42 2246 9838 .312 .386 .429 .814
    78 Tony Perez 3700 1964 1986 22-44 2777 10861 .279 .341 .463 .804
    79 Harmon Killebrew 3693 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509 .884
    80 Harry Hooper 3678 1909 1925 21-37 2309 10254 .281 .368 .387 .755
    81 Bill Dahlen 3665 1891 1911 21-41 2444 10405 .272 .358 .382 .740
    82 Roberto Clemente 3656 1955 1972 20-37 2433 10211 .317 .359 .475 .834
    83 Frankie Frisch 3639 1919 1937 21-39 2311 10099 .316 .369 .432 .801
    84 Willie McCovey 3625 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 .270 .374 .515 .889
    85 Edgar Martinez 3619 1987 2004 24-41 2055 8674 .312 .418 .515 .933
    86 George Davis 3614 1890 1909 19-38 2372 10178 .295 .362 .405 .767
    87 Zack Wheat 3611 1909 1927 21-39 2410 10000 .317 .367 .450 .817
    88 John Olerud 3602 1989 2005 20-36 2234 9063 .295 .398 .465 .863
    89 Chili Davis 3589 1981 1999 21-39 2436 9997 .274 .360 .451 .811
    90 Miguel Cabrera 3587 2003 2016 20-33 2096 9001 .321 .399 .562 .961
    91 Lou Whitaker 3586 1977 1995 20-38 2390 9967 .276 .363 .426 .789
    92 Willie Keeler 3585 1892 1910 20-38 2123 9610 .341 .388 .415 .802
    93 Eddie Yost 3576 1944 1962 17-35 2109 9175 .254 .394 .371 .765
    94 Al Simmons 3572 1924 1944 22-42 2215 9519 .334 .380 .535 .915
    95 Ozzie Smith 3565 1978 1996 23-41 2573 10778 .262 .337 .328 .666
    96 Jason Giambi 3556 1995 2014 24-43 2260 8908 .277 .399 .516 .916
    97 Harry Heilmann 3556 1914 1932 19-37 2146 8964 .342 .410 .520 .930
    98 Mark Grace 3554 1988 2003 24-39 2245 9290 .303 .383 .442 .825
    99 Brett Butler 3542 1981 1997 24-40 2213 9545 .290 .377 .376 .753
    100 Julio Franco 3541 1982 2007 23-48 2527 9731 .298 .365 .417 .782
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    37 of these guys are not in the Hall of Fame.

    I Would Trade Aaron Judge NOW

    Posted by on December 19th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    If he’s 275 pounds at age 24, pretty soon he’s going to be too big to move around on the field.

    Yes, I know he’s 6′ 7″ tall. Doesn’t matter. Still going to be too big.

    Plus, if you give him 600 PA in 2017, he’s going to strikeout 190+ times. And, unless he has an OPS of 850 or better, everyone is going to harp on those strikeouts – because players who strike out THAT MUCH look bad.

    Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler and Mark Payton are not that far away. And, you still have Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.

    Plus, Blake Rutherford might be coming fast. And, besides, everyone says the Yankees are going after Harper when he’s a free agent. (And, that would be a mistake, by the way.)

    The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point. Trade him for Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy or Sonny Gray.

    At best, Judge is going to be Richie Sexson or Tony Clark. He’s not going to be Frank Thomas. Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it.

    30 Worst Defensive Seasons By CF

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player Rfield Year Age Tm G Pos
    1 Matt Kemp -37.0 2010 25 LAD 162 *8/H
    2 Andrew McCutchen -28.0 2016 29 PIT 153 *8/H
    3 Ron Gant -26.9 1991 26 ATL 154 *8/H
    4 Rick Monday -26.7 1974 28 CHC 142 *8/H
    5 Bernie Williams -26.0 2005 36 NYY 141 *8DH
    6 Preston Wilson -25.0 2005 30 TOT 139 *87/H9
    7 Howard Johnson -24.8 1992 31 NYM 100 *87/H9
    8 Derek Bell -24.4 1993 24 SDP 150 *85/H97
    9 Nate McLouth -24.0 2010 28 ATL 85 *8H/7
    10 Brian McRae -23.9 1999 31 TOT 134 *8HD
    11 Brett Butler -23.9 1993 36 LAD 156 *8/H
    12 Gus Bell -23.3 1956 27 CIN 150 *8/H
    13 Nate McLouth -23.0 2008 26 PIT 152 *8/79H
    14 Rick Monday -22.6 1975 29 CHC 136 *8/H
    15 Jerry Morales -22.3 1977 28 CHC 136 *8H/79
    16 Bernie Williams -21.8 2002 33 NYY 154 *8/DH
    17 Jose Cruz -21.8 2001 27 TOR 146 *87/HD
    18 Brady Anderson -21.7 1998 34 BAL 133 *8/HD
    19 Von Joshua -21.6 1977 29 MIL 144 *8H
    20 Dale Murphy -21.2 1985 29 ATL 162 *8/H
    21 Brett Butler -21.0 1995 38 TOT 129 *8/H
    22 Eric Davis -20.6 1989 27 CIN 131 *8/H79
    23 Steve Finley -20.5 1995 30 SDP 139 *8/H
    24 Tommy Harper -20.5 1972 31 BOS 144 *8/7
    25 Preston Wilson -20.1 1999 24 FLA 149 *879H
    26 Johnny Grubb -20.1 1975 26 SDP 144 *8/H
    27 Angel Pagan -20.0 2015 33 SFG 133 *8H/D
    28 Dexter Fowler -20.0 2014 28 HOU 116 *8/DH
    29 Derek Bell -19.8 1994 25 SDP 108 *8/H
    30 Otis Nixon -19.7 1998 39 MIN 110 *8/H
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    Dick Allen Ruled The Batters Box From 1964-74

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    The numbers don’t lie:

    Rk Player OPS+ G From To Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dick Allen 165 1481 1964 1974 22-32 6270 968 1623 277 74 319 975 775 .299 .386 .554
    2 Willie McCovey 161 1468 1964 1974 26-36 5713 766 1292 209 27 327 933 929 .275 .397 .541
    3 Hank Aaron 159 1565 1964 1974 30-40 6508 1030 1702 279 19 391 1081 756 .299 .379 .561
    4 Frank Robinson 159 1533 1964 1974 28-38 6442 974 1573 276 33 312 978 831 .289 .390 .524
    5 Willie Stargell 153 1511 1964 1974 24-34 6118 849 1531 290 40 335 1056 638 .285 .364 .541
    6 Reggie Jackson 152 1074 1967 1974 21-28 4389 623 1004 181 23 218 629 533 .267 .364 .502
    7 Roberto Clemente 151 1220 1964 1972 29-37 5195 770 1578 226 91 148 735 381 .332 .381 .511
    8 Harmon Killebrew 148 1492 1964 1974 28-38 6100 780 1290 173 13 336 981 1036 .259 .386 .501
    9 Willie Mays 148 1301 1964 1973 33-42 5159 804 1250 190 34 254 724 673 .283 .377 .513
    10 Frank Howard 147 1405 1964 1973 27-36 5523 631 1305 178 23 283 806 654 .271 .359 .494
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 145 1658 1964 1974 24-34 7086 979 1738 322 32 259 939 1050 .292 .397 .487
    12 Boog Powell 140 1495 1964 1974 22-32 5909 685 1346 208 7 263 927 802 .269 .369 .471
    13 Billy Williams 138 1717 1964 1974 26-36 7448 1046 1986 324 60 318 1072 722 .299 .368 .510
    14 Al Kaline 136 1385 1964 1974 29-39 5458 741 1324 232 21 184 693 701 .284 .377 .461
    15 Tony Oliva 135 1462 1964 1974 25-35 6218 818 1761 315 48 206 869 402 .309 .356 .489
    16 Joe Torre 134 1618 1964 1974 23-33 6761 805 1826 267 44 211 971 627 .303 .373 .467
    17 Jim Wynn 134 1506 1964 1974 22-32 6384 902 1375 235 31 251 800 925 .257 .366 .453
    18 Reggie Smith 133 1157 1966 1974 21-29 4863 671 1224 230 42 172 636 496 .285 .359 .478
    19 Norm Cash 132 1443 1964 1974 29-39 5453 684 1243 168 26 249 725 643 .264 .356 .470
    20 Joe Morgan 132 1338 1964 1974 20-30 5909 871 1332 225 66 125 497 926 .273 .389 .423
    21 Ron Santo 132 1670 1964 1974 24-34 6994 887 1679 260 49 268 1022 897 .281 .373 .475
    22 Sal Bando 131 1150 1966 1974 22-30 4787 598 1050 170 22 150 634 629 .260 .365 .425
    23 Bobby Bonds 131 1014 1968 1974 22-28 4610 765 1106 188 42 186 552 500 .273 .356 .478
    24 Willie Horton 131 1226 1964 1974 21-31 4808 563 1201 179 29 222 734 376 .277 .339 .485
    25 Tony Perez 131 1452 1964 1974 22-32 5886 737 1509 253 45 238 915 509 .285 .348 .485
    26 Rusty Staub 131 1532 1964 1974 20-30 6376 709 1563 291 29 172 787 742 .284 .371 .442
    27 Johnny Bench 130 1094 1967 1974 19-26 4588 612 1096 197 17 212 745 451 .270 .340 .483
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    The Chapman Signing

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    At first, I thought, “This is stupid. Too much money and too many years.”

    But, if the Yankees want to pay him $400,000 per game, that’s their business, I suppose. And, Chapman would be 33 in the 5th year of the contract – and that’s not terrible.

    That said, here’s the real danger here: Aroldis is not a nice, or a smart, guy. Given someone like him that much money and putting him in New York is very, very, risky. This is not Mariano Rivera. This is not Andrew Miller. Sure…maybe I am wrong here. Mickey Rivers survived with the Yankees…for a while. Even if he doesn’t get in trouble, will Chapman continue to work hard now that he’s all the money? The jury is still out on that one too.

    Anyway, here’s the bigger concern: The reported opt-out after three years. We saw what the Yankees did with A-Rod and Sabathia. Two huge mistakes at opt-out time. Who’s to say they would not repeat the same mistake with Chapman? Then, the issue of too much money and too many years is a real thing.

    Given where the Yankees are today, it would not have broken my heart to let someone else sign Chapman – especially at those terms.

    José Quintana

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Everyone wants to trade for José Quintana. And, why not?

    He’s left-handed. He’s only 27 years old. And, for the last FOUR YEARS at the big league level, he’s been a lock for 32 starts, 200 innings, and an ERA+ around 120.

    Oh, and, by the way, Brian Cashman let him go for nothing when he was just 22-years old.

    Said Cashman: “We looked at him as a fringy prospect. We offered him a minor-league contract to stay, but not a 40-man roster position. We didn’t feel he was ahead of other guys we gave spots to.”

    This from the man who spent $46 million on Kei Igawa.

    Starting Rotations With 3+ Aces, Since 1990

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (3)

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    Only the White Sox won a ring.

    Sir Dud

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    If Didi Gregorius plays 150+ games in 2017 and again has an OPS+ of less than 100 (as he’s done his whole career with respect to OPS+) then he will become only the 3rd Yankees player in franchise history to post 3 such seasons.  And, the first one to do it in a half-century.

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Bobby Richardson 5 1960 1965 24-29 Ind. Seasons
    2 Everett Scott 3 1922 1924 29-31 Ind. Seasons
    3 Didi Gregorius 2 2015 2016 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    4 Melky Cabrera 2 2007 2009 22-24 Ind. Seasons
    5 Horace Clarke 2 1970 1971 30-31 Ind. Seasons
    6 Phil Rizzuto 2 1949 1952 31-34 Ind. Seasons
    7 Frankie Crosetti 2 1938 1939 27-28 Ind. Seasons
    8 Aaron Ward 2 1921 1922 24-25 Ind. Seasons
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    Gleyber Torres, Second Baseman?

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Reportedly, a lot of scouts who watched the AFL this year feel that, in the long-term, Gleyber Torres will end up as a second baseman.

    This is interesting.

    The Yankees already moved Jorge Mateo towards second. Maybe he could end up as an outfielder with his speed?

    But, what about the Yankees future shortstop? They’ve already moved Tyler Wade into a utility type role. Kyle Holder, while 22, has yet to prove that he can even hit Double-A pitching.

    And, what about Nick Solak? Granted, he’s also far, far, away. But, does this push him to third?

    Of course, you still have Didi Gregorius for another three years. But, he’s yet to post a major league season with an OPS+ better than 97. And, the sabermetric stats tell us that he was not a great fielding SS last season. Don’t be shocked if he plays himself out of town next season or the one after.

    The Gap Between Boston & New York Just Got Wider

    Posted by on December 6th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    You win 93 games and then go out and add Chris Sale.

    Start planning on a Red Sox-Cubs World Series next year.

    Best Relief Pitchers Since 2011

    Posted by on December 5th, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS GF W L SV IP ERA FIP ERA+
    1 Craig Kimbrel 13.6 2011 2016 23-28 391 0 334 17 18 255 380.2 1.94 1.90 201
    2 Aroldis Chapman 13.1 2011 2016 23-28 368 0 270 21 19 182 363.2 2.08 1.90 191
    3 David Robertson 11.0 2011 2016 26-31 390 0 190 26 21 116 383.2 2.60 2.61 156
    4 Koji Uehara 10.9 2011 2016 36-41 332 0 175 16 16 80 327.0 2.17 2.64 196
    5 Kenley Jansen 10.4 2011 2016 23-28 384 0 268 18 13 185 381.2 2.31 1.93 160
    6 Darren O’Day 10.2 2011 2016 28-33 323 0 78 26 10 15 310.2 2.29 3.47 182
    7 Greg Holland 10.1 2011 2015 25-29 294 0 212 18 11 145 301.0 2.15 2.12 191
    8 Zach Britton 9.8 2011 2016 23-28 252 46 170 27 21 120 463.2 3.24 3.39 129
    9 Joaquin Benoit 9.6 2011 2016 33-38 376 0 108 26 15 42 366.2 2.58 3.36 155
    10 Tyler Clippard 9.4 2011 2016 26-31 431 0 115 27 23 55 436.1 2.72 3.56 145
    11 Mark Melancon 9.4 2011 2016 26-31 409 0 266 19 17 168 409.1 2.46 2.69 157
    12 Jonathan Papelbon 9.0 2011 2016 30-35 356 0 305 22 18 180 360.2 2.67 2.83 149
    13 Brad Ziegler 8.9 2011 2016 31-36 424 0 163 26 17 67 403.0 2.41 3.25 168
    14 Joe Smith 8.8 2011 2016 27-32 413 0 103 30 21 29 389.0 2.64 3.43 146
    15 Andrew Miller 8.7 2011 2016 26-31 310 12 108 28 15 49 334.1 2.80 2.71 151
    16 Tony Watson 8.6 2011 2016 26-31 403 0 64 26 13 20 386.1 2.56 3.45 148
    17 Dellin Betances 8.3 2011 2016 23-28 225 1 48 14 10 22 254.2 2.16 2.06 189
    18 Kelvin Herrera 8.2 2011 2016 21-26 351 0 69 19 23 17 356.1 2.63 3.01 159
    19 Wade Davis 8.0 2011 2016 25-30 299 53 92 41 25 47 572.1 3.37 3.42 118
    20 Alexi Ogando 7.7 2011 2016 27-32 239 48 50 29 17 4 461.2 3.66 4.12 117
    21 Glen Perkins 7.1 2011 2016 28-33 321 0 215 16 13 120 315.1 2.88 2.98 141
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    Can you spot the former Yankees?

    Gang Of Ninety-Nine

    Posted by on December 5th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    There are only 4 players in major league history with 2+ seasons of exactly 99 hits each season:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Russell Martin 2 2011 2013 28-30 Ind. Seasons
    2 Aaron Hill 2 2005 2016 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    3 Bucky Dent 2 1979 1983 27-31 Ind. Seasons
    4 Jim Hegan 2 1951 1954 30-33 Ind. Seasons
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    I’m just sayin’…

    Matt Holliday

    Posted by on December 4th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    Great way to piss away $13 million bucks.

    OK, kidding aside, strangely, he was a beast on the road last year. Not sure what that means?

    Yankees Prospects

    Posted by on December 3rd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Blake Rutherford, Jorge Mateo, and Aaron Judge.

    Luis Severino, James Kaprielian, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler, Domingo Acevedo and Jordan Montgomery.

    Tyler Austin, Rob Refsnyder, Mason Williams, Tyler Wade, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder and Ian Clarkin.

    Am I missing anyone?

    Pretty safe to say that the Yankees now have 15-20 legit prospects in their system for the first time in decades?

    The Bill James Handbook 2017

    Posted by on December 2nd, 2016 · Comments (0)

    I’ve been a fan of The Bill James Handbook since it started publishing in (June) 2003. Now, 15 editions later, we have The Bill James Handbook 2017 (which was released on November 1st.)

    On the back cover of this year’s book, John Dewan shares “The Multi-Dimensional Beauty of Baseball.” This is what he wrote:

    Some people are captivated by the pure physical beauty of ballparks—whether in the major or the minor leagues, on a college or high school campus, or just at a local park or playground. For example, when people see the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field—especially if it is in October when the leaves have already turned and baseball is still being played—they are transported to a magical place indeed. For others, the enjoyment of baseball is in watching one of the greatest games ever invented. There is nothing better than the drama of a close play at the plate, the grace of a fielder diving and catching a ball, or the excitement of a runner taking off to steal second base in a close game. For many of us, however, it’s the numbers of the game that provide our greatest enjoyment. Whether it is just keeping our own scorecard or understanding the nuances of On-base Plus Slugging (OPS) or Wins Above Replacement (WAR), baseball lends itself to statistical analysis perhaps better than any other human endeavor—or at least any other human endeavor that is so much fun!

    If that last part resonates with you, then you must get your hands on a copy of The Bill James Handbook 2017.

    Every year, this book gets better and better. And, that’s saying something since it was great when it first came out in 2003. Included in this year’s edition you can find:

    • Hits Gained and Lost to the Shift
    • Long Fly Out & Home Run Breakdowns
    • Pitcher Career Fastball Velocity Trends
    • Career Defensive Runs Saved
    • League Stats Breakdown by Position
    • Expanded Instant Replay Coverage
    • No-Hitter Summary
    • Home Run Robberies
    • Hitter Analysis
    • Career Baserunning – including total career baserunning numbers (2002-present) for players with 1000 or more games played
    • Pitcher Analysis – a brand new section for pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched with a table including: number of pitches thrown, batters faced, strikeouts, walks, fly balls, lines drives and more
    • Pitch Repertoire Section detailing pitch type breakdowns for all pitchers in baseball
    • Rotation vs. Bullpen team charts showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of each team’s pitching staff
    • Relief Pitcher Section
    • The Hall of Fame Monitor
    • The Fielding Bible Awards
    • Pitcher Projections
    • Hitter Projections
    • Baserunning Analysis
    • Manufactured Runs
    • Team Efficiency Summary
    • Player Win-Shares

    Where else can you find some of this information? And, the book comes out on November 1st – as soon as the season ends! Amazing.

    This is the book that should be on the desk of every member of a team’s Baseball Operations staff – from the President of Baseball Operations to the General Manager to the intern working spreadsheets. It should be next to the microphone of every major league broadcaster covering a game. Big league managers should have this book at their avail at all times.

    The data in this book is the code of the baseball matrix.

    If you’re a baseball fan who wants the truth, there’s a million reasons why you would want to have The Bill James Baseball Handbook 2017.

    Stats. Analysis. Essays. Reports. Leader boards. Projections. It’s all there in this one. The Bill James Baseball Handbook 2017 is the best of it’s kind and nothing else is close.

    Great #1′s

    Posted by on December 1st, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Player Yrs WAR ▾
    Ozzie Smith 19 76.45
    Lou Whitaker 19 74.88
    Pee Wee Reese 16 66.36
    Richie Ashburn 15 63.59
    Bobby Doerr 13 51.17
    Buddy Myer 11 46.90
    Tony Fernandez 14 45.05
    Earle Combs 7 42.51
    Rafael Furcal 6 39.05
    Tommy Holmes 10 34.31
    Eddie Yost 10 34.17
    Scott Fletcher 7 31.95
    Bobby Murcer 6 31.92
    Orlando Hudson 8 30.92
    Eddie Joost 8 30.72
    Brian Roberts 13 30.33
    Lance Johnson 12 30.05
    Luis Castillo 14 28.90
    Del Crandall 11 28.51
    Bobby Avila 10 27.81
    Garry Templeton 15 27.60
    Snuffy Stirnweiss 6 26.39
    Casey Blake 6 24.90
    Woody English 7 24.80
    Al Bumbry 13 24.44
    Elvis Andrus 8 24.07
    Whitey Kurowski 8 23.95
    Frankie Crosetti 8 23.92
    Mookie Wilson 15 22.16
    Jose Cardenal 14 20.65
    Jim Landis 8 20.57
    Dave Martinez 9 19.15
    Bernie Carbo 7 18.40
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    Generated 12/1/2016.

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    Notable major leaguers who wore #1 for a long time in their career.  Less than 20 wore it for 10+ years.

    Rafael Palmeiro

    Posted by on November 30th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    This sounds crazy. Sincerely, even to myself as I pen these thoughts, it seems a tad bizarre. But, I think it’s time to give Rafael Palmeiro a buddy pass.

    Why?

    Timing and the times.

    Palmeiro’s career ran from 1986 through 2005. To me, that’s pretty much aligned perfectly with the steroid loosey-goosey period, as A-Rod liked to call it.

    While it’s hard to say when the PED thing blossomed, it’s not unreasonable to think it started around 1983 (give or take). And, we know that Major League Baseball did not roll out a PED policy with teeth until after the 2004 season. So, to me, 1983 (or so) through 2004 was the wild, wild west of PED use in baseball. People did what they wanted and had no marshal in town since the baseball establishment – owners, players and media – pretty much completely looked the other way. There were no baseball laws to break on PED use – and anyone using at that time was not breaking any baseball laws.

    Ah, yes, the law. There’s always “that.” Clearly, those using PEDs when Palmeiro played were breaking the law in that they most likely obtained the drugs illegally and were administering them without a medical doctor’s supervision. A crime? Sure…yes…no question. Then again, was it that much different from the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s when players, with the clubs’ somewhat blessing, were taking greenies (like candy) which were being used without a doctor’s script and coming from shady sources? Further, last time I checked, no one has been ever kept out of the Hall of Fame because they drank coffee everyday laced with amphetamines (supplied in the clubhouse before games in the “old days.”)

    No, I haven’t forgotten about the time when Palmeiro emphatically wagged his finger back in March of 2005, claiming that he never used PEDs.

    However, think about it:  What was he supposed to say at that point? If he tried to plead the Fifth like McGwire or pretend that he didn’t speak English like Sosa, he would have been branded as being a user. And, if no one else was going to confess at that time, why should he?

    “He cheated!,” many probably still want to say here. Well…you can say that…but, he “cheated” to do better on the field. This is not like the 1919 White Sox where people were throwing baseball games. There is an old saying in baseball: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” Guys doctor baseballs, steal signs, withhold medical information, fake dates of birth, add inches to their height and shave pounds off their weight, and do other things like that in baseball – all the time. If “cheating” is bending or dancing around the rules, then there’s all sorts of cheating going on in baseball whether folks are called on it or not.

    In the end, I am somewhat confident that Rafael Palmeiro will be the modern-day Shoeless Joe Jackson. One hundred years will pass and he’ll still be on the outside, looking in.

    Maybe, if someone like Jim Thome, Frank Thomas or Jeff Bagwell gets outed for PED use after they were elected to the Hall of Fame, it will open a door for someone like Palmeiro to have their career re-examined?

    In the meantime, it will be McGwire, Sosa and Palmeiro. They’re the PED poster boys. Nothing really to do at this point but to wear it.

    The Class Of 1968-1982

    Posted by on November 29th, 2016 · Comments (7)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Joe Morgan 81.4 1968 1982 24-38 1980 8498 221 904 1432 602 .275 .397 .438
    2 Rod Carew 74.7 1968 1982 22-36 1983 8557 77 850 820 333 .334 .398 .440
    3 Johnny Bench 74.4 1968 1982 20-34 2022 8247 376 1316 862 68 .269 .345 .480
    4 Reggie Jackson 74.3 1968 1982 22-36 2136 8809 463 1380 1055 215 .273 .365 .515
    6 Pete Rose 62.5 1968 1982 27-41 2340 10779 109 862 1105 139 .313 .387 .425
    7 Reggie Smith 61.4 1968 1982 23-37 1823 7395 299 1031 833 121 .291 .371 .499
    8 Graig Nettles 60.3 1968 1982 23-37 1989 8021 313 1011 835 31 .250 .330 .425
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 59.1 1968 1982 28-42 2125 8948 303 1206 1260 116 .279 .380 .454
    16 Tony Perez 49.4 1968 1982 26-40 2095 8735 321 1343 768 47 .282 .345 .473
    17 Ted Simmons 48.4 1968 1982 18-32 1801 7444 209 1087 679 11 .291 .355 .453
    22 Willie Stargell 45.9 1968 1982 28-42 1707 6555 363 1129 744 12 .283 .368 .540
    27 Al Oliver 43.9 1968 1982 21-35 1996 8374 206 1163 452 79 .305 .346 .462
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    Reggie. Top 4. Close to being #2.

    Chris Carter

    Posted by on November 28th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    This has Cashman written all over it.

    BHM. (Big Hairy Monster.)

    Ten Kids

    Posted by on November 27th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Is it possible that all ten of these players will be on the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2017?

    Tyler Austin
    Luis Cessa
    Nick Goody
    Aaron Judge
    Rob Refsnyder
    Gary Sanchez
    Ronald Torreyes
    Greg Bird
    Bryan Mitchell
    Dellin Betances

    My Rules

    Posted by on November 21st, 2016 · Comments (10)

    I keep reading that the Yankees are going to sign at least two “big free agents” this off-season.

    Boy…would that be a mistake.

    This stuff has to stop. In a perfect world, barring a Jeter or Rivera type situation which is far and few between, I wish the Yankees never had a player over the age of 35…AND…had no one on their payroll making more than $17 million a year.

    Old players and $100 million dollar contracts are a death sentence these days. The Yankees should have learned that by now. Of course, they still have Cashman as a G.M. as well. And, that means they don’t learn from mistakes.

    Sad.

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