• The Best Player In The A.L. From 1962 Through 1974

    Posted by on April 24th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    It was Yaz, by far. Why he doesn’t get more credit for it, I dunno?

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Carl Yastrzemski 78.8 1962 1974 22-34 1969 8473 1169 2112 405 292 1101 1211 .294 .395 .484
    2 Brooks Robinson 68.1 1962 1974 25-37 2038 8539 922 2092 351 227 1068 666 .272 .330 .418
    3 Al Kaline 48.1 1962 1974 27-39 1630 6526 908 1617 272 240 889 802 .288 .377 .476
    4 Harmon Killebrew 48.1 1962 1974 26-38 1789 7362 953 1557 212 429 1203 1214 .257 .381 .510
    5 Jim Fregosi 47.0 1962 1974 20-32 1541 6342 740 1504 230 133 593 591 .268 .339 .406
    6 Tony Oliva 43.5 1962 1974 23-35 1478 6237 821 1768 316 206 873 405 .309 .356 .489
    7 Sal Bando 42.6 1966 1974 22-30 1150 4787 598 1050 170 150 634 629 .260 .365 .425
    8 Bill Freehan 42.4 1963 1974 21-32 1579 6166 641 1418 214 181 680 581 .263 .344 .414
    9 Reggie Jackson 41.7 1967 1974 21-28 1074 4389 623 1004 181 218 629 533 .267 .364 .502
    10 Bert Campaneris 41.4 1964 1974 22-32 1509 6676 847 1610 241 65 431 391 .262 .310 .355
    11 Frank Robinson 40.3 1966 1974 30-38 1118 4701 721 1141 199 231 710 627 .289 .393 .525
    12 Paul Blair 39.9 1964 1974 20-30 1415 5292 657 1256 240 118 520 373 .262 .316 .406
    13 Rico Petrocelli 39.9 1963 1974 20-31 1353 5438 605 1205 215 200 690 586 .254 .336 .434
    14 Norm Cash 39.7 1962 1974 27-39 1738 6675 845 1499 203 314 892 836 .263 .361 .474
    15 Dick McAuliffe 37.9 1962 1974 22-34 1668 6800 850 1448 219 191 662 855 .247 .344 .405
    16 Don Buford 36.3 1963 1972 26-35 1286 5347 718 1203 157 93 418 672 .264 .362 .379
    17 Boog Powell 35.7 1962 1974 20-32 1759 6898 796 1573 243 303 1062 889 .267 .362 .466
    18 Luis Aparicio 35.2 1962 1973 28-39 1700 7375 834 1746 271 61 497 481 .260 .309 .343
    19 Rod Carew 34.5 1967 1974 21-28 1029 4331 551 1266 188 32 393 335 .323 .377 .420
    20 Reggie Smith 34.1 1966 1973 21-28 1014 4265 592 1064 204 149 536 425 .281 .354 .471
    21 Roy White 34.0 1965 1974 21-30 1250 5134 639 1187 195 109 512 639 .270 .362 .406
    22 Ken McMullen 31.5 1965 1972 23-30 1188 4818 499 1082 143 130 490 435 .251 .320 .385
    23 Graig Nettles 29.0 1967 1974 22-29 901 3574 403 762 110 127 408 396 .244 .331 .405
    24 Bob Allison 28.4 1962 1970 27-35 1077 3966 565 863 146 182 537 538 .256 .361 .484
    25 Cesar Tovar 28.2 1965 1974 24-33 1228 5224 724 1328 217 42 377 346 .282 .339 .377
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    Generated 4/24/2014.

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    Everybody Wei-Chung Wang Tonight!

    Posted by on April 24th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Brew Crew having fun.

    Pineda’s Pine Tar Hickey

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (17)

    Stupid is, as stupid does…and he’s sure to get suspended this time.

    Two Points On Masahiro Tanaka

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (19)

    Love the fact that his BB/K ratio is 2/35 (in 29.3 IP).

    But, two things: 4 homers allowed in 4 starts. That’s not a great pace for someone whose supposed to be a stud and who has the advantage of hitters seeing him for the first time. And, he’s only pitched on 4 days rest once. His last two starts have come on five and six days rest. What’s going to happen when he has to go out there every fifth day, consistently? The one time this season he pitched on 4 days rest was when he allowed the most earned runs (for him, so far) in a game.

    I’m just saying…

    We’ll see if any of this means something as the season moves forward.

    Wrigley Turns 100 Today

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Big day on the North side today.

    100 years is a long time.

    Then again, this means the park was 48 years old when I was born. And, that doesn’t seem like a lot?

    Then again, maybe this just means that I am really old?

    McGiambino

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (4)

    I was watching (no pun intended) Brian McCann hit last night in Fenway.  (On TV, I was not there.)

    I was tired and my eyes were a little blurry.  (Nothing new on either of those fronts.)

    And, for a second or two, I thought it was Jason Giambi.  The body language in the box, the stance, and the swing, all reminded me of Giambi (as a Yankee).  Anyone else ever see this?

    300

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Just missed!

    Rk Player BA G From To Age PA H BB SO OBP SLG
    1 Alex Rodriguez .299 2568 1994 2013 18-37 11344 2939 1240 2075 .384 .558
    2 Kenny Lofton .299 2103 1991 2007 24-40 9235 2428 945 1016 .372 .423
    3 Dante Bichette .299 1704 1988 2001 24-37 6856 1906 355 1078 .336 .499
    4 Shane Mack .299 923 1987 1998 23-34 3218 853 256 509 .364 .456
    5 Bake McBride .299 1071 1973 1983 24-34 4202 1153 248 457 .345 .420
    6 Rico Carty .299 1651 1963 1979 23-39 6318 1677 642 663 .369 .464
    7 Carl Furillo .299 1806 1946 1960 24-38 7022 1910 514 436 .355 .458
    8 Frank McCormick .299 1534 1934 1948 23-37 6206 1711 399 189 .348 .434
    9 Frank Demaree .299 1155 1932 1944 22-34 4618 1241 359 269 .357 .415
    10 Sam West .299 1753 1927 1942 22-37 6973 1838 696 540 .371 .425
    11 Buck Jordan .299 811 1927 1938 20-31 3215 890 182 109 .340 .391
    12 Harry Rice .299 1034 1923 1933 21-31 4248 1118 376 194 .368 .421
    13 Jose Vidro .298 1418 1997 2008 22-33 5708 1524 478 556 .359 .445
    14 Barry Bonds .298 2986 1986 2007 21-42 12606 2935 2558 1539 .444 .607
    15 Julio Franco .298 2527 1982 2007 23-48 9731 2586 917 1341 .365 .417
    16 Jim Rice .298 2089 1974 1989 21-36 9058 2452 670 1423 .352 .502
    17 Cecil Cooper .298 1896 1971 1987 21-37 7939 2192 448 911 .337 .466
    18 Minnie Minoso .298 1835 1949 1980 23-54 7712 1963 814 584 .389 .459
    19 Mickey Mantle .298 2401 1951 1968 19-36 9907 2415 1733 1710 .421 .557
    20 Ted Kluszewski .298 1718 1947 1961 22-36 6469 1766 492 365 .353 .498
    21 Dom DiMaggio .298 1399 1940 1953 23-36 6478 1680 750 571 .383 .419
    22 Pete Fox .298 1461 1933 1945 24-36 6169 1678 392 471 .347 .415
    23 Pepper Martin .298 1189 1928 1944 24-40 4523 1227 369 438 .358 .443
    24 Jo-Jo Moore .298 1335 1930 1941 21-32 5849 1615 348 247 .344 .408
    25 Don Hurst .298 905 1928 1934 22-28 3762 976 391 210 .375 .478
    26 Joe Judge .298 2173 1915 1934 21-40 9178 2352 965 478 .378 .420
    27 Frank Chance .298 1115 1901 1914 24-37 4541 1134 519 285 .397 .396
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    Generated 4/22/2014.

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    Welcome To The Yankees, Tanaka

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2014 · Comments (5)

    I always remember Paul O’Neill saying something along the lines of “If you’re going to play for the Yankees, at some point you’re going to have to play well against the Red Sox.” Or, maybe he said “…beat the Red Sox.”

    It starts now for Mr. Tanaka.

    Will they jump on the fastball, early, to take away the splitter/forkball? If they do, will the Yankees adjust?

    Should be fun to watch.

    Is Curtis Granderson The New Jason Bay?

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2014 · Comments (9)

    Mets fans are starting to wonder…

    Wanna Have A Catch?

    Posted by on April 21st, 2014 · Comments (7)

    Field Of Dreams was released 25 years ago today.

    Highest BA In Age 40 Season

    Posted by on April 21st, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Can Ichrio keep up this pace?

    Rk Player BA PA Year Age Tm G H BB SO OBP SLG
    1 Ty Cobb .357 574 1927 40 PHA 133 175 67 12 .440 .482
    2 Ichiro Suzuki .355 31 2014 40 NYY 15 11 0 7 .355 .387
    3 Sam Rice .349 669 1930 40 WSH 147 207 55 14 .407 .457
    4 Moises Alou .341 360 2007 40 NYM 87 112 27 30 .392 .524
    5 Eddie Collins .336 289 1927 40 PHA 95 76 56 9 .468 .412
    6 Pete Rose .325 486 1981 40 PHI 107 140 46 26 .391 .390
    7 Tony Gwynn .323 140 2000 40 SDP 36 41 9 4 .364 .441
    8 Johnny Cooney .319 477 1941 40 BSN 123 141 27 15 .358 .385
    9 Bob Boyd .317 88 1960 40 BAL 71 26 6 5 .364 .427
    10 Rickey Henderson .315 526 1999 40 NYM 121 138 82 82 .423 .466
    11 Lenny Harris .314 78 2005 40 FLA 83 22 7 11 .385 .414
    12 Vic Davalillo .313 48 1977 40 LAD 24 15 0 6 .313 .354
    13 Harold Baines .312 486 1999 40 TOT 135 134 54 48 .387 .533
    14 Paul Waner .311 267 1943 40 BRO 82 70 35 9 .406 .396
    15 Luke Appling .306 573 1947 40 CHW 139 154 64 28 .386 .412
    16 Jimmy Dykes .306 96 1937 40 CHW 30 26 9 7 .372 .400
    17 Paul Molitor .305 597 1997 40 MIN 135 164 45 73 .351 .435
    18 Lou Brock .304 436 1979 40 STL 120 123 23 43 .342 .398
    19 Bing Miller .304 155 1935 40 BOS 79 42 10 8 .356 .442
    20 Lou Piniella .302 93 1984 40 NYY 29 26 7 5 .355 .407
    21 Ken Griffey .300 156 1990 40 TOT 67 42 12 8 .353 .414
    22 Gabby Hartnett .300 165 1941 40 NYG 64 45 12 14 .356 .433
    23 Chuck Hostetler .298 292 1944 40 DET 90 79 21 31 .350 .347
    24 Kenny Lofton .296 559 2007 40 TOT 136 145 56 51 .367 .414
    25 Brad Ausmus .295 107 2009 40 LAD 36 28 5 21 .343 .368
    26 Bob Boone .295 392 1988 40 CAL 122 104 29 26 .352 .386
    27 Edgar Martinez .294 603 2003 40 SEA 145 146 92 95 .406 .489
    28 Doc Cramer .294 224 1946 40 DET 68 60 15 8 .342 .368
    29 Mickey Vernon .293 404 1958 40 CLE 119 104 44 56 .372 .439
    30 Al Nixon .293 328 1926 40 PHI 93 91 13 20 .323 .402
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    Generated 4/21/2014.

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    WasWatching.com Is Nine Years Old Today

    Posted by on April 20th, 2014 · Comments (14)

    Yes, back on April 20th, 2005, I started writing this blog. For those scoring at home, that was 3,287 days ago. (Man, that’s alotta days!)

    In the life of this blog, it’s gone through many changes. And, the whole SNY thing seems like it happened to someone else by this time.

    When I started writing this blog, back in April of 2005, my life was so much different. My book had just published. I was 42-years old. My kids were not yet one and three years old. And, there were maybe a handful of other people seriously blogging about the Yankees.

    Now, I am 51-years old. I can’t even imagine writing an essay, much less a book. My kids are almost 10 and 12-years old. And, thanks to Twitter and other social media type things, the blog concept has sort of come, exploded, and gone…I suspect.

    Yet, here I am, nine years later – still doing this…

    It’s going to have to end, at some point. (Maybe ten years is the magic number? It seems like a nice, round, number…being a decade and all.) In any event, thanks for your interest in what I have been doing here for the last nine years. That’s been part of the fun of it, without question.

    Dock Ellis

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Interesting story.

    DFA’ed? Hey, How About Some BP?

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    On April 12th, Sam Fuld was designated for assignment by the A’s. Three days later, he tweeted this:

    And, he ended up at an indoor cage:

    For those who do not know, Fuld is a Jewish type 1 diabetic Ivy Leaguer. Not that many players have that background. Here’s hoping he lands a spot with a MLB team soon!

    Hitting 3 Batters & Not Retiring Any In One Game

    Posted by on April 19th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    It’s one of the most rare things to ever happen in baseball history. Here’s how many times it has happened:

    Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP
    1 Cesar Cabral 2014-04-18 NYY TBR L 5-11 0.0 3 3 3 0 0 0 3
    2 Dock Ellis 1974-05-01 PIT CIN L 3-5 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
    3 Earl Moore 1914-06-17 BUF IND L 8-11 0.0 2 3 3 1 0 0 3
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    Generated 4/19/2014.

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    The Mets Ike Davis Era Is Over

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Raise the Jolly Roger.

    The Baseball Belles From Cardiff

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Hey, batter, batter…

    What, Robinson Cano Didn’t Make The Top Five?

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    He wuz robbed.

    Here Come The Judge

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Yanks In 1st In A.L. East & Have 2nd Most Wins In Baseball

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (6)

    Facts are facts, after all.

    Winning six of their last seven, of course, has helped offset a 4-5 start.

    Can Yangervis Solarte, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Michael Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka and Shawn Kelley keep up their great pace? Can Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, Brian Roberts and Brian McCann pick up their pace? Will Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and David Robertson not break down?

    You tell me.

    Top 10 Logos In MLB History

    Posted by on April 18th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Great feature.

    I always thought that old Brewers logo was genius.  And, I never knew the story behind the Expos logo.  Cool stuff.

    Detroit Wolverines, Recreation Park, ca. 1888

    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Love this picture. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Wolverines

    They Don’t Make UCLs In The USA Like They Used To…

    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    Some interesting stats via Captain America -

    Since 1977 there have been 372 documented TJ surgeries in MLB… 345 (93%) have been performed on American players while 27 (7%) have involved international players… Since 2010 there has been 124 TJ surgeries and an astonishing 83 in the last 2 years!

    How do the numbers stack up proportion wise based on the MLB player constituency? Not even close. It fluctuates daily but over the past few years when the vast majority of TJ surgeries have occurred, MLB has been comprised of roughly 60% American players and 40% International…

    I still think there’s something missing here in terms of the stats. But, assuming that it’s correct that Americans are more likely to blow out their UCL in the majors, there’s got to be a reason, right?

    Waiting To Walk

    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Guys this season with 45+ PA who have yet to take a walk:

    Rk Player PA BB Year Age Tm G AB H HR RBI IBB SO HBP GDP SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Juan Uribe 61 0 2014 35 LAD 15 61 23 2 6 0 15 0 4 0 .377 .377 .607
    2 Steve Lombardozzi 48 0 2014 25 BAL 12 47 14 0 2 0 7 1 1 1 .298 .313 .340
    3 Mike Zunino 47 0 2014 23 SEA 12 47 13 3 9 0 13 0 0 0 .277 .277 .532
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    Generated 4/17/2014.

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    Who will be the first of these three to accept a pass in 2014?

    Pineda & Tanaka Have Been Outstanding…

    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 · Comments (13)

    …so far. But, then again, it’s only April 17th.

    And, it’s only been 3 starts each, for them, to date this season. And, the Yankees have only played 15 games this season.

    Remember Carl Pavano in 2005 and A.J. Burnett in 2010?  This is how they did in the Yankees first 15 games in those seasons.

    Rk Player Year #Matching W L ERA GS IP ER HR BB SO
    1 Andy Pettitte 2007 4 Ind. Games 1 0 1.93 4 23.1 5 1 7 12
    2 Carl Pavano 2005 4 Ind. Games 1 2 2.86 4 22.0 7 3 3 14
    3 Mike Mussina 2006 4 Ind. Games 2 1 2.67 4 27.0 8 2 6 23
    4 Chien-Ming Wang 2008 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.23 3 22.0 3 1 4 11
    5 Masahiro Tanaka 2014 3 Ind. Games 2 0 2.05 3 22.0 5 2 2 28
    6 CC Sabathia 2013 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.57 3 23.0 4 1 4 19
    7 CC Sabathia 2010 3 Ind. Games 2 1 1.66 3 21.2 4 1 8 19
    8 CC Sabathia 2011 3 Ind. Games 0 1 1.45 3 18.2 3 0 7 17
    9 Michael Pineda 2014 3 Ind. Games 2 1 1.00 3 18.0 2 1 3 15
    10 Andy Pettitte 2010 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.35 3 20.0 3 0 9 14
    11 Andy Pettitte 2009 3 Ind. Games 2 0 2.53 3 21.1 6 1 2 10
    12 Andy Pettitte 2013 3 Ind. Games 3 0 2.01 3 22.1 5 2 5 12
    13 Andy Pettitte 2008 3 Ind. Games 2 1 3.38 3 18.2 7 1 7 9
    14 Hiroki Kuroda 2013 3 Ind. Games 2 1 2.87 3 15.2 5 0 5 12
    15 Randy Johnson 2006 3 Ind. Games 2 1 2.25 3 20.0 5 1 0 16
    16 A.J. Burnett 2010 3 Ind. Games 2 0 2.37 3 19.0 5 1 6 13
    17 A.J. Burnett 2009 3 Ind. Games 2 0 3.20 3 19.2 7 3 9 17
    18 A.J. Burnett 2011 3 Ind. Games 2 0 3.86 3 16.1 7 2 8 17
    19 Kevin Brown 2004 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.29 3 21.0 3 0 4 14
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    Generated 4/17/2014.

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    America’s First Baseball Star

    Posted by on April 16th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Historians Restore Grave of a Pioneering Brooklyn Baseball Pitcher.

    Excelsior!

    Welcome To The World Of Phil Hughes, Twins Fans

    Posted by on April 16th, 2014 · Comments (14)

    Via FOX Sports -

    For the third time in as many starts, one inning doomed Phil Hughes.

    In his season debut, it was the fifth inning. Last week against Oakland, it was the first inning. Thursday, the sixth inning got the best of Hughes.

    The new Minnesota Twins right-hander cruised through five scoreless innings Tuesday against Toronto before it all came crashing down in a five-run sixth frame. Four of those runs were charged to Hughes as he was on the hook for the loss in the Twins’ 9-3 defeat.

    “So far, three starts, three bad innings,” Hughes said after the loss.

    After needing 74 pitches to get through five scoreless innings, Hughes simply couldn’t get anyone out in the sixth despite holding a 2-0 lead. He surrendered a leadoff double down the left-field line to Munenori Kawasaki, and followed that up with an RBI single by Jose Bautista for Toronto’s first run of the game.

    Adam Lind followed Bautista with a single to center to send Bautista to third. Edwin Encarnacion recorded the Blue Jays’ fourth consecutive hit to open the inning as he singled off Hughes to drive in Bautista and tie the game at 2.

    “It looked like the ball was still coming out of his hand, but he sure wasn’t making any pitches,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “They hit I don’t know how many balls in a row right on the screws. He was cruising before that.”

    Piney Lazarus?

    Posted by on April 15th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Tony Blengino thinks Michael Pineda could be on the verge of doing something historic. Then again, he’d probably be happy to see the Pineda deal come back to haunt the Mariners.

    Yankee Stadium Is Selling Nachos In A Helmet For $20

    Posted by on April 15th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Seriously.

    Very Phunny

    Posted by on April 15th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Classic.

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