• 2008 Regular Season Game 161: In-Game Comments

    Posted by on September 27th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Please use this entry to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game on Saturday, September 27, 2008.

    Young Yankee Starters Starring In A Flash

    Posted by on September 27th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Here’s a fun list for you.  Via Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index Pitching Season Finder, I came up with this report of pitchers, age 25 or younger, who pitched well for the Yankees (since 1973) where they had a small amount of starts/games for the team during the season.   (This stats include last night’s game.)

      Cnt Player            ERA+  GS  G    IP  Year Age Tm
    +----+-----------------+----+---+---+-----+----+---+---+
        1 Ian Kennedy        236   3   3  19   2007  22 NYY
        2 Alfredo Aceves     180   4   6  30   2008  25 NYY
        3 Marty Bystrom      128   7   7  39.1 1984  25 NYY
        4 Jeff Karstens      119   6   8  42.2 2006  23 NYY
        5 Ray Fontenot       116  15  15  97.1 1983  25 NYY
        6 Sam Militello      114   9   9  60   1992  22 NYY
        7 Dave Eiland        112   5   5  30.1 1990  23 NYY
        8 Dave Righetti      112   3   3  17.1 1979  20 NYY
        9 Sterling Hitchcoc  110   5  23  49.1 1994  23 NYY
       10 Jeff Weaver        109   8  15  78   2002  25 NYY
       11 Joe Cowley         107  11  16  83.1 1984  25 NYY
       12 Eric Plunk         105   7  27  75.2 1989  25 NYY
       13 Darrell Rasner     102   3   6  20.1 2006  25 NYY
       14 Al Leiter          101  14  14  57.1 1988  22 NYY
       15 Philip Hughes      100  13  13  72.2 2007  21 NYY
    

    Interesting list of names, huh?  I haven’t thought about Ray Fontenot in a while.  Sadly, very few of these pitchers went on to be useful major league pitchers.  It’s true what they same about small sample sizes, I suppose…

    September 26th @ The Red Sox

    Posted by on September 27th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    This was the 11th time since 1956 that the Yankees have scored 19+ runs in a regular season game. And, it was the 29th time since 1956 that the Yankees had 28+ men on base during a regular season game that was 9 innings or less.

    But, this was a garbage time game. Therefore, take the stats from this one with a grain of salt. The biggest news out of this one is that Derek Jeter is probably done for the season.

    Neither team really had an interest in this game – just check the players used and rested on both sides. If not for the fact that it officially had some impact on the A.L. standings, and that the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend doesn’t look great, I doubt that it would have been played.

    But, Boston really doesn’t care if they’re the wildcard winner or the champs of the A.L. East – at least going into this one they didn’t care…their focus is on getting ready for the post-season, period.

    Basically, the Sox provided the Yankees with batting practice in this game – albeit a wet one. That’s all this game was about…outside of Jeter establishing that his injury will not allow him to play again soon.

    2008 Regular Season Game 160: In-Game Comments

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Please use this entry to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game on Friday, September 26, 2008.

    SNY New York Baseball Today Video

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    To watch SNY.tv’s New York Baseball Today, which features a rotating panel of experts and previews the night’s local baseball action, click play below:




    E-mail the show your questions at baseball@sny.tv.

    September 2008 Survey Question #4

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:31}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    Music For A Rainy Fenway Finale

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    We already had the last game at Yankee Stadium, and now it’s time for the last series of the season…so, is there a better time to crank up this one?

    Brackman To Pitch On Saturday

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Kary Booher, at Baseball America, has a story today about Andrew Brackman getting ready to finally pitch in some games as a pro. Click here to read it.

    Media At Odds With Girardi For Being Misleading

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (19)

    Mark Feinsand and Joel Sherman cover the issue in their blogs today.

    Maybe, when asked about player injuries, Girardi should just say: “Because of HIPAA laws and the privacy act, I cannot confirm or deny anything about [insert name of player].”….

    Or, maybe, the media, when not satisfied with the answers from Joe, should just call Cashman? After all, if you were on the phone with a service rep, or you were in a store talking to a sales person, and you didn’t like or trust what they were telling you, wouldn’t you then ask to speak to their supervisor? Is this any different?

    Girardi, obviously, feels pretty strong about not giving out information on the health-status of players. Rather than clamor about how he must change on this, perhaps it just makes more sense for the media to find a work-around…like ask the player and/or Cashman? Or, ask Jason Zillo – the Yankees Manager of Media Relations?

    Giambi Wants To Return

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (9)

    Jason Giambi wants to come back to the Yankees next season. Kat O’Brien has the story.

    You know, I realize that Giambi is sort of a Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Norm Peterson hybrid – so, that makes him a big, strong, colorful, fun-loving dude, who everyone wants as a friend. And, I realize that Giambi’s had a somewhat productive year at the plate this season.

    But, even if he comes back at a discount next season, on a short-term deal, it would be a stupid move by the Yankees. It’s time to think about the future, for the team, at first base – rather than just delay, by another year, getting rid of the past.

    Mo May Need Scope

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Via Tyler Kepner -

    Mariano Rivera pitched four times in five days before the Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention this week. On Thursday, he left the team to return to New York for a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his right shoulder.

    There is some fear that Rivera could need arthroscopic surgery, although the procedure would be minor and would not be expected to affect him next spring.

    “The only way that would happen is if tests indicate that should happen,” General Manager Brian Cashman said of the surgery. “I can’t say at this point.”

    Cashman said Rivera expressed a small level of discomfort to team trainers but would not have been sent home if the Yankees were still in the race. He said he expected Rivera to rejoin the team in Boston on Friday and be available to pitch this weekend.

    Posada, Jeter, Pettitte and now Rivera have had some injury issue this season. Then again, at least they’re still standing…which is more than you can say for the rest of the 1994 Columbus Clippers.

    September 25th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 26th, 2008 · Comments (11)

    This time of the year, I usually start to panic a bit. Why? I’m about to lose my fix and delirium tremens are right around the corner. You see, I need actual, live, Yankees games – just about everyday. Sure, if I have to skip them for a few days in a row, I can handle that…but, the thought of having to go five or six months without them is a killer for me. So, this time of the season, when there are just a few games left, I try and soak in every pitch of every game – to get ready for the big layoff.

    The problem with this game was that Carl Pavano was pitching. And, I have many issues with Carl – like him being able to audition now on the Yankees dime, etc. So, as much as I wanted/needed to watch this game, there was a side of me that didn’t want to watch this game.

    Here’s where more bad news, good news comes into play. Right now, I have a killer cold. It started to set in the day after the last game at Yankee Stadium. And, it’s snowballing. Last night (as I am now) I was really hurting. So, I doped myself up on cold medicine. And, that actually helped me get through watching the Pavano part of the game last night.

    Did anyone really expect the Yankees to win this game with that line-up facing Doc Halladay? Really…

    That said, I enjoyed watching Francisco Cervelli work behind the plate. He seems fundamentally sound. And, Brett Garnder had a fun night at the park. How about Humberto Sanchez? He was really gassing it up there…at 88 MPH. That Sheffield trade really looks good now.

    How about A-Rod? I understand why Jeter missed these games. For all we know, his hand is broken. But, did Alex beg out of these last two games because Burnett and Halladay were pitching? Protect those stats baby, protect those stats….

    Lastly, unrelated to this game, why was Ryan Church not called out for going out of the baseline in the Mets game last night? If you cannot touch the base/plate in your approach – and he could not because he had to leap back to touch it – is he not too far out of the baseline and should be called out? Then again, the Cubs didn’t whine about it…so I probably shouldn’t either…

    2008 Regular Season Game 159: In-Game Comments

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Please use this entry to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game on Thursday, September 25, 2008.

    Yanks Drafts From ’97 to ’05 Come Back To Haunt

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

    “The Yankees will face a crossroads in the next month,” said ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, who wrote two in-depth pieces on Cashman’s future and the failures of the Yankees’ farm system.

    Olney explained how the Yankees’ fall from grace stemmed from years of poor drafts, as win-at-all-costs owner George Steinbrenner steered his ship into an iceberg.

    Olney made the following points about the Yankees’ drafts of 1997 to 2005:

    – The Yankees produced a total of 10 position players who have appeared in a major league game; that is the fewest of any team in the major leagues, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    – The 10 position players drafted by the Yankees had accounted for a total of 888 career at-bats as of Sept. 9, which means that not only have the Yankees generated few major league position players, but they have produced no stars and just a handful of journeymen. The draftees of the Toronto Blue Jays from the same time frame, by comparison, have combined for 27,427 big league at-bats.

    – The Yankees drafted and developed 20 pitchers, which is tied for the 12th most among the 30 teams. But those 20 pitchers selected by the Yankees have amassed 1,852 2/3 innings in the majors — the fewest innings for any group of pitchers drafted by any team. The Oakland Athletics’ draftees rank first, at 9,686 innings, according to Elias.

    This ties back to what I wrote on May 28, 2008:

    From December 1995 through July 2004, Lin Garrett was the Yankees director of scouting. It’s been Damon Oppenheimer since Garrett.

    I’ve already gone on record as to how Lin Garrett clogged up, if not destroyed, the Yankees talent pipeline that was manned pretty well by personnel such as Brian Sabean and Bill Livesey (the Scouting Directors before Garrett).

    Brian Cashman’s greatest gift to the Yankees may have been getting Garrett out of town. Why it took the Yankees so long to figure this out…well, it’s anyone’s guess.

    Further, back on February 6, 2008 I wrote:

    I wish I could tell you how Lin Garrett rose to power in the Yankees organization, and what his background was prior to joining the Yankees, and who in the Yankees front office was the force behind allowing him to go on, so poorly, for so long. But, I cannot find anything that provides those details.

    What I could find shows how, for nine years, while the Yankees were winning four rings and six pennants on the field, Lin Garrett was laying the groundwork, behind the scenes, to lay waste to their farm system.

    And, if anyone wants to wonder why the Yankees have a $200 million payroll, perhaps Lin Garrett is the reason why – as the lack of young and cheap talent to retool the Yankees, from 2002 to 2005 is a direct result of the Yankees’ terrible drafts from 1996 through 2003.

    It’s great that Brian Cashman eventually got Garrett out of town. It’s too bad that it didn’t happen four or five years earlier. But, again, for all we know, it could have been “The Boss” who was keeping Cashman’s hands tied on this one.

    Someday, it would nice to know the whole “Lin Garrett Story.” This one has a lot of fingerprints on it.

    Today, I did some more searching on Garrett. It seems, prior to joining the Yankees organization in 1995, he held scouting positions with three other big league teams from 1987 though 1995 – including the Mets. But, what he did during the 1970′s and most of the 1980′s is still a mystery to me.

    I would love to know how Lin Garrett caught the Yankees eye back in 1995 – and what he did to remain in their sweet spot for the next nine years. Considering what a black mark he is on the Yankees X-ray, today, you would think that someone, somewhere, would tell the story.

    SNY New York Baseball Today Video

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    To watch SNY.tv’s New York Baseball Today, which features a rotating panel of experts and previews the night’s local baseball action, click play below:


    E-mail your questions to the show at baseball@sny.tv.

    High Anxiety For Yanks This Season?

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Do you think, in time, when we look back at the Yankees 2008 season, it will be like watching the movie “High Anxiety” with Hal Steinbrenner playing Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, Brian Cashman playing Dr. Charles Montague and Joe Girardi playing Nurse Diesel?

    Not sure? Check out the following clip:

    To Build, Or Spend, That Is The Question

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (16)

    During lunch yesterday, watching YES, I saw Mike Francesa take a call on WFAN where the person calling wanted to discredit Mets G.M. Omar Minaya. The caller’s point was that Minaya’s only skill was spending money – and lots of it – on guys like Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Billy Wagner, Johan Santana, etc. Further, the caller said that anyone could target the best Free Agents on the market and just throw tons of bucks at them.

    Francesa’s answer on this was interesting. He said that the Mets had been burned in the past playing the spending game. (Here, I assume he meant during the days of Bobby Bonilla, Eddie Murray, Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen, etc.) And, Francesa said that the Mets Fred and Jeff Wilpon had decided that it was better to built from within than to play that game again. However, as Francesa continued, Omar Minaya came along and convinced the Mets that you cannot take the time and lumps associated with building from within when you’re in New York – and that spending was the thing to do….and, once the Wilpons agreed, Omar was just doing what’s needed to do in order to win in this town.

    The more I thought about this, I began to think back to the Yankees from 1989 through 1992. Talk about taking lumps! Those Yankees teams stunk. But, while that was happening, the core of Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera and Posada were getting their work in down in the minors. And, by 1996, the Yankees were rolling again.

    But, the question still remains for me: Is it worth it, to have a team that does not excel for…say…three or four years, in order to have one down the line that does and which was built from within? Or, in New York, does it make more sense to “play for today” and spend, spend, spend, your way to the top?

    Of course, part of the problem with the latter approach is that you can’t just spend for the sake of spending – and you need to spend wisely. If you go out and spend $86 million on Carl Pavano and Kei Igawa, is that really helping your team?

    But, I’m not sure that having your team finish in third place – like the Yankees will this year – or worse, for three or four years in a row (and not making the post-season) is going to help a G.M. keep his job in New York either.

    What do you think about all this? Are you O.K. with the Yankees doing what it takes to stick to the plan of building from within – even if it means missing the post-season for the next few years? Or, do you want them to spend money this off-season to try and win now?

    Hughes & Kennedy Make History

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via Baseball-Reference.com’s Stat of the Day blog -

    Barring the unexpected, [Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy] will become just the 3rd pair of teammates to each make at least 8 starts and fail to register a win.

    Rob Bell and Brian Reith on the 2001 Reds; and, Heath Murray and Stan Spencer on the 1999 Padres were the others.

    Bell and Reith were kids (24 and 23, respectively) when they did the trick. I wonder if anyone in Cincy back in 2001 had some T-shirts done at the start of the season to celebrate these youngsters? Probably not…

    Actually, Brian Reith was drafted by the Yankees in 1996 and traded to the Reds in the Denny Neagle deal – after starring in Tampa for the Yankees (with an ERA of 2.18 in 119.6 IP as 21-year old). I guess the Yankees weren’t as heck-bent on not trading pitching prospects back then…

    Cashman: Last 3 Years Not Good, Lots Of Work To Be Done

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (16)

    Via George King -

    “For the past three years we really only played five games beyond Sept. 30,” [Brian] Cashman said. “The challenge is to get through the month of October. There is a lot of work to be done.”

    “We are what we are, not deserving of the postseason,” Cashman said.

    And, yet, many – including the Brothers Stein – want to allow the architect of this mess to continue to work on the project. Crazy, huh?

    Pettitte Done, Takes Blame For Yanks ’08

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (9)

    Mark Feinsand shares that Andy Pettitte blames himself for the Yankees not being in the post-season this year – and that his shoulder will not allow him to pitch again this season.

    At this moment, Pettitte’s RSAA total for the season is -1 and his ERA+ mark is 95. So, it’s clear that Andy was just a “league average” pitcher this season. Still, even in a “bad” year, he won 14 games in 33 starts giving the team 204 innings pitched…with many innings coming while he was hurting.

    Andy Pettitte is a great competitor. I was happy that he was on the Yankees this season. And, I hope that he comes back to New York again in 2009.

    O’Connor: A-Rod Not Long For Yanks

    Posted by on September 25th, 2008 · Comments (15)

    From Ian O’Connor on FOX SPorts (with a hat tip to BBTF) -

    Alex Rodriguez will be a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by the start of the 2011 season.

    OK, maybe not the Angels, and maybe not 2011. But the point is, he won’t be a Yankee for the duration of his 10-year, $275 million contract, not even close.

    A-Rod carries too much baggage to the plate in critical, must-hit situations, and the process is wearing out a fan base still hopelessly in love with the Jeter-led team that built a dynasty around pitching, chemistry, clutch hitting and a commitment to treating little things as big things.

    They’ll need to persuade Rodriguez to waive his veto power for the good of all concerned, and they’ll need to convince themselves that eating tens upon tens of millions of dollars — and trading away the home-run record to boot — makes sound business sense.

    Right now, this much is clear: Rodriguez isn’t making it through 2017, not like this, not if the fans have anything to say about it.

    He arrived in the Bronx about eight years too late. So sooner rather than later, A-Rod will get his escape from New York.

    Only this time the Yankees will opt out on him.

    For what it’s worth, back in August, we did a poll on this and almost half who answered felt that A-Rod does not play out his current contract, to the last year, with the Yankees.

    Actually, the best way for the Yankees to handle Alex is to pretend that he’s not on the team…and build a team around him that can win without having to rely on A-Rod to have an “MVP” season to win. Sure, when Alex plays like he did in 2005 and 2007, he can carry a team and his life will be easy in the Bronx. But, unless he’s at that level, there will be a focus on him…if the team is not winning enough to be in first place.

    In my perfect world, the Yankees have a team with enough batting talent and pitching power where they can bat A-Rod fifth in the line-up…and the team wins 60% of the time whether Alex goes 5 for 5 or he goes 0-5. If they can do that, then A-Rod’s only job is to keep his mouth shut, stay out of trouble, catch the ball at third, make his throws to first, and hit some homeruns. And, as long as the team is winning, no one should be able to beef with that.

    But, if the team is not winning enough games to make the post-season, and A-Rod’s “the man” in the clean-up spot, then he will always be in a position to take some blame – if he’s not having an “MVP” type season. Fair? Maybe not. But, that’s just the way it goes in this town…

    Meanwhile, On The Other Side Of Town…

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    So, with another terrible loss today, the New York Metropolitans are now one game back of the Phillies in the N.L. East and tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the N.L. Wildcard lead…with just four games left on the Mets schedule.

    The Mets next four games are all at home…over the next four days…where the forecast is for rain on Thurday, Friday and Saturday. And, the last game/day, Sunday, is supposed to be the last regular season game ever at Shea Stadium.

    Think Willie Randolph is feeling a lot better now than he did back on June 17th?

    Man Who Caught Molina Ball Is Identified

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via KCWY13 (NBC For Wyoming) yesterday –

    Steve Harshman says he was seated behind the outfield fence in left-center field at Yankee Stadium in the bottom of the 4th inning, when Jose Molina hit the 2-run home run, that turned out to be the last home run hit at Yankee Stadium (provided the Yankees do not make the playoffs).

    Although there was a net above him, Harshman was able to reach through and grab the ball, after it had bounced around a few times.

    He says he was unable to pull the ball through the net, but he held onto it.

    Steve Harshman:
    “I had the ball on the net and I said, ‘Well, I’m going to pull it right through this netting.’ This guy says, ‘Don’t rip the netting,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m not letting go of it,’ and he said, ‘All right let’s clear these guys out,’ so they cleared all these guys out and everybody was, ‘Yeah, it’s his ball, everybody back up,’ because they kind of had to roll it down to drop it..drop it off and that and so they cleared everybody out and I actually handed it to the security guy through the net and they said, ‘You just release it when you’re ready,’ and so I gave it to him and then he (the security guy) let it down to a guy, another security guy, then a guy jumped up kind of in front of him, grabbed it and they just put him down right away and made him give it back to him. That’s how that all happened, that guy never did have it.”

    Harshman says the ball is in “a secure location.”

    He also would not say if he actually had the ball on him, when he returned late Monday night to Casper.

    He has not yet decided what he is going to do with it.

    Harshman says

    Earlier in the day (Sunday), he and his children and his brother, watched the New York Giants football game, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Harshman is a teacher, the head football coach of Natrona County High School, and a member of the Wyoming State House of Representatives.

    According to published reports, Harshman was originally identified as “Steve from Colorado.”

    Harshman says he identified himself as Steve but declined to give his last name.

    He said he was from out west where there were a lot of Colorado Rockies fans.

    When a reporter assumed he was from Colorado, his response was, “Hey you said it, I didn’t.”

    If you would like to e-mail Steve Harshman and tell him what he should do with the ball, his e-mail addresses are: Steve_Harshman@ncsd.k12.wy.us and sharshman@house.wyoming.com

    September 24th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (11)

    Obviously, the story of this game is Phil Hughes.

    In the spirit of full disclosure, in terms of access to this game, this is all I had this evening:

    1. I heard the bottom of the 2nd inning on the radio (via WCBS 880 AM).
    2. Via the coverage on YES, I picked up the action in the top of the 3rd inning when Abreu struck out (and then Nady singled to center, etc.) and watched it through the completion of the bottom of the 3rd inning.
    3. I tuned back into the game, on YES, just as Abreu hit the grand slam in the top of the 10th inning – and then watched the YES coverage through the end of the game (including the post-game coverage).

    Now, back to Hughes…you could make a strong case that this was the best game that Phil Hughes has ever thrown in the major leagues. At the least, it was the first time that Hughes has ever gone 8 innings in a big league game…and that’s a fact.

    Again, I didn’t see much of his pitching. However, on the radio, when I was listening, Suzyn Waldman talked a lot on how Mike Mussina got on Hughes about the use of his curveball. As she told it, Moose asked Hughes how often he threw the curve in his last game – and Phil told Mike that he thought it was something like seven times. To this, reportedly, Mussina told Hughes that he should try throwing the curve more often – like seven times an inning (rather than seven times a game). As Waldman spun it, Moose told Hughes that using the deuce only when he was ahead 1-2 or 0-2 allowed hitters to sit on it…and get a good whack at it. And, the recommendation was to throw the curve early in the count for a change. And, during the YES coverage that I saw, Al Leiter also talked about Hughes throwing the curve more often – in order to be successful.

    Now, does this all mean that Phil Hughes has arrived?

    Let me put it this way…besides this evening, Phil Hughes has thrown seven innings in a major league only once…and that was just about one year ago from this time – on September 27, 2007. That game was a lot like this one…in the sense that the Yankees were playing with a “garbage time” line-up.

    Today, the Yankees started Brett Gardner in center, Wilson Betemit at third, Cody Ransom at short, Juan Miranda at first and Chad Moeller at catcher. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez did not play.

    In that game where Hughes did well last year, the Yankees started Bronson Sardinha in right, Wilson Betemit at third, Alberto Gonzalez at short, Shelley Duncan at first and Jose Molina at catcher. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez did not play.

    Granted, the Yankees faced good pitchers in both these games – A.J. Burnett tonight and Scott Kazmir back on September 27, 2007. However, clearly, both tonight’s game and the one from last year had a “Spring Training” feel to them.

    Therefore, just as September 27, 2007 was not a sign that Phil Hughes had arrived and was ready to star in 2008, tonight’s game is not a sign that Phil Hughes had arrived and was ready to star in 2009. Why? It’s just not the same pitching in a game like this, or the one from 2007, as it is during a game that “counts.”

    And, anyone who wants to believe that this the launching point for Hughes in terms of being someone who can help the Yankees next season is still dealing more from a position of hope rather than from one of solid evidence.

    2008 Regular Season Game 158: In-Game Comments

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Please use this entry to share your opinions, observations, complaints, rooting, and other sundry comments with fellow fans during the playing of the Yankees game on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

    Sickels On Gardner

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    John Sickels thinks Brett Gardner is a fourth outfielder type…in the end. Click here to read what Sickels has to say on the matter.

    Me? I dunno. Gardner has a lot more skills than Luis Polonia had at the same age. And, Polonia was a full-time player in the bigs, just about, from the time he was 24 until the time he was 30-years old. Granted, Luis wasn’t a star. But, from 1989 to 1995, he wasn’t the worst player in the majors either.

    Six More Years For AA Yanks In Trenton

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Via Our Sports Central -

    The Trenton Thunder announced Wednesday at a press conference at Mercer County Waterfront Park that the team has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the New York Yankees. The agreement will run through the end of the 2014 season.

    “When the Yankees came to Mercer County six years ago, both the Thunder organization and Mercer County promised Brian Cashman and the Yankees that they would never want to leave Trenton,” said Thunder President and Owner Joe Finley. “I think the Yankees commitment to stay at Mercer County Waterfront Park for an additional six years demonstrates that the Thunder and Mercer County have delivered on their promise. We look forward to providing the best setting for player development in all of Minor League Baseball for as long as this great game is being played.”

    “Extending our PDC with Trenton was a no-brainer,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. “The Yankees won’t settle for anything less than the best, and the Thunder is by far the best Double-A franchise in baseball.”

    Smart move.

    Is #13 Bad News For Yanks?

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Greg Dohmann at ESPN.com makes a good case on it.

    SNY New York Baseball Today Video

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    To watch SNY.tv’s New York Baseball Today, which features a rotating panel of experts and previews the night’s local baseball action, click play below:


    E-mail your questions to the show at baseball@sny.tv.

    Let’s Hear It For The Yankees Sunshine Boys

    Posted by on September 24th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Through last night’s game, Mike Mussina, Joba Chamberlain, and Mo Rivera each have 20+ Runs Saved Above Average (RSAA) on the season. If they can keep that up through season end, it will be the first time since 1998 that the Yankees have had 3 pitchers on their roster, in a season, with 20+ RSAA. Here’s the list of Yanks with 20+ RSAA in a year since 1996, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, with 2008 being to-date:

    Pitcher		YEAR	RSAA	IP
    Mariano Rivera	2008	24	69.1
    Joba Chamberlain	2008	23	100.1
    Mike Mussina	2008	22	194.1
    Chien-Ming Wang	2007	21	199.1
    Mariano Rivera	2006	21	75.0
    Mariano Rivera	2005	27	78.1
    Mariano Rivera	2004	22	78.2
    Tom Gordon	2004	22	89.2
    Mike Mussina	2003	23	214.2
    Mariano Rivera	2003	21	70.2
    Mike Mussina	2001	34	228.2
    Roger Clemens	2001	24	220.1
    Roger Clemens	2000	32	204.1
    Jeff Nelson	2000	20	69.2
    David Cone	1999	21	193.1
    Mariano Rivera	1999	20	69.0
    David Wells	1998	23	214.1
    Orlando Hernandez	1998	21	141.0
    David Cone	1998	21	207.2
    Andy Pettitte	1997	38	240.1
    David Cone	1997	33	195.0
    Mariano Rivera	1996	35	107.2
    Andy Pettitte	1996	28	221.0
    

    Further, this is the first time in Yankees history where they have had 2 pitchers on the team, age 38 or older, with 20+ RSAA for the season. The only other Yankees to do “20+ RSAA” at that age or older were Spud Chandler in 1946 and Roger Clemens in 2001.

    Is this a big deal, in Yankees history, to have this happen for the first time? Actually, it’s bigger than that. In fact, no team in baseball history, before the Yankees this season with Mussina and Rivera, has ever had 2 pitchers on their team, age 38 or older, in the same year, with 20+ RSAA on the season.

    Where would the Yankees be, pitching-wise, this season without their two old-timers, Moose & Mo? It would be pretty bad. And, the fact that what they’re doing, at their age, has never been done before, in terms of a duo-act on the same team is…well…incredible.

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