This the first pitch of the Yankees game of April 29, 2011.
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This the first pitch of the Yankees game of April 29, 2011.
Since 1973, here are the right-handed starters, age 36 or older, to give the Yankees games of 6+ IP within the team’s first 23 games of a season:
|1||Roger Clemens||22||Ind. Games||12||2||3.07||149.2||138||1.20|
|2||Mike Mussina||10||Ind. Games||6||2||2.77||65.0||47||1.11|
|3||Phil Niekro||9||Ind. Games||7||1||2.31||66.1||52||1.22|
|4||Kevin Brown||9||Ind. Games||4||3||3.97||59.0||36||1.29|
|5||David Cone||6||Ind. Games||4||0||0.86||41.2||29||0.82|
|6||Joe Niekro||5||Ind. Games||4||0||1.65||32.2||17||1.07|
|7||Orlando Hernandez||4||Ind. Games||3||1||1.24||29.0||30||0.93|
|8||Luis Tiant||2||Ind. Games||1||1||4.85||13.0||7||1.46|
|9||Bartolo Colon||2||Ind. Games||2||0||1.84||14.2||13||1.02|
Freddy Garcia tries to join the club tonight.
Freddy Garcia is 36-years old and Bartolo Colon is 38-years old. How many times in Yankees history have they had two RHP age 36 or older each make 20+ starts for them in the same season? Only three times:
Roger Clemens and David Cone in 1999 and 2000. (And, Cone was terrible in 2000 and should not have been in the rotation.) And, Roger Clemens and El Duque Hernandez in 2002.
How many times in Yankees history have they had two RHP age 36 or older each make 25+ starts for them in the same season?
Just Clemens and Cone in 1999 and 2000.
How many times in Yankees history have they had two RHP age 36 or older each make 30+ starts for them in the same season?
Just Clemens and Cone in 1999.
By the end of July, either Colon or Garcia, or maybe both of them, are going to crash due to injury or the league catching up to them. It may happen sooner. Enjoy what you’re getting out of them now – and they have thrown well to date – but, it’s not going to last – not for both of them…for the whole season.
Although, I suspect, that there are outfielders who need less hang time to catch up with balls than others.
Nick Swisher’s first 21 games of 2008: BA/OBA/SLG line of .232/.393/.333 in 89 PA.
Nick Swisher’s first 21 games of 2011: BA/OBA/SLG line of .208/.326/.236 in 89 PA.
By most accounts, 2008 was the worst season of Swisher’s career. Is he going to repeat that and have a bad year in 2011? What do you think?
Six years ago today, my book was published.
I’ve been writing about baseball publically since 1997. That’s a long time. And, very often, today, I look back at things that I’ve written in the past and think “Good grief, I wish I knew what I know now, back in 1999, because I never would have written that!” or “I look like an idiot for writing that back when I did!”
However, I am still proud of my book. Sure, there may be a few things that I would change, add or remove from it, today, if I were doing it over. But, as it stands. I still believe that it’s an entertaining read and a fun, thought-provoking, offering that most baseball fans would enjoy.
Via Ian O’Connor’s new book on Jeter -
Alex Rodriguez was not just humiliated by his own steroid confessions; he was a physical wreck going into his March 2009 surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. He feared his career might be over, or at least permanently impaired.
“I’d hit rock bottom,” A-Rod would say.
Around the same time, Details magazine published a piece on Rodriguez that included a photo showing A-Rod in a muscle shirt, kissing his own reflection in the mirror. So after Rodriguez rehabbed from surgery, and before he rejoined the team in early May, A-Rod would be dragged to a Tampa diner, Mom’s Place, by two people close to him — Yankees PR man Jason Zillo and longtime friend Gui Socarras.
Rodriguez had surrounded himself with an ever-growing circle of advisers and crisis counselors, including Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, John McCain’s strategist, Ben Porritt, PR man Richard Rubenstein, and, of course, Scott Boras. But none of these suits had the nerve to piece together an intervention quite like this: Zillo and Socarras shouted down A-Rod over 90 minutes, ordering him to shed his self-serving skin for keeps.
“I’m glad I had two friends that were very honest with me,” Rodriguez said of the ambush.
Two days after this breakfast meeting, A-Rod hit the first post-surgical pitch he saw for a three-run homer in Baltimore. Of greater consequence, he maintained a relatively humble demeanor over the course of the season and, in his words, “divorced myself from any personal achievements.”
Rodriguez would say he had spent more time with his teammates off the field — at dinners and backyard barbecues — than he had in his first five Yankee years combined. Although A-Rod did not say so publicly, it was obvious Derek Jeter had embraced him as never before.
For one, Jeter had given up trying to understand why A-Rod could not be more like him. For two, Jeter realized an emasculated A-Rod was someone worth giving another shot.
The captain saw A-Rod was making a legitimate attempt to curb his high-maintenance ways. More often than in the past, Jeter was seen engaging Rodriguez in small talk in the clubhouse, in the dugout, around the batting cage. They acted less like business partners with competing agendas and more like teammates with a common goal.
…Jeter realized an emasculated A-Rod was someone worth giving another shot…
The centaur is a gelding? Wow. You learn something new everyday!
Everything you ever wanted to know about it, via the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke -
What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
TOS is an umbrella term that encompasses three related syndromes that cause pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck: neurogenic TOS (caused by compression of the brachial plexus), vascular TOS (caused by compression of the subclavian artery or vein) and nonspecific or disputed TOS (in which the pain is from unexplained causes). Occasionally, neurogenic TOS and vascular TOS co-exist in the same person. Most doctors agree that TOS is caused by compression of the brachial plexus or subclavian vessels as they pass through narrow passageways leading from the base of the neck to the armpit and arm, but there is considerable disagreement about its diagnosis and treatment.
Making the diagnosis of TOS even more difficult is that a number of disorders feature symptoms similar to those of TOS, including rotator cuff injuries, cervical disc disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, complex regional pain syndrome, and tumors of the syrinx or spinal cord. The disorder can sometimes be diagnosed in a physical exam by tenderness in the supraclavicular area, weakness and/or a “pins and needles” feeling when elevating the hands, weakness in the fifth (“little”) finger, and paleness in the palm of one or both hands when the individual raises them above the shoulders, with the fingers pointing to the ceiling. Symptoms of TOS vary depending on the type.
Neurogenic TOS has a characteristic sign, called the Gilliatt-Sumner hand, in which there is severe wasting in the fleshy base of the thumb. There may be numbness along the underside of the hand and forearm, or dull aching pain in the neck, shoulder, and armpit.
Vascular TOS features pallor, a weak or absent pulse in the affected arm, which also may be cool to the touch and appear paler than the unaffected arm. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, aching, and heaviness.
Non-specific TOS most prominently features a dull, aching pain in the neck, shoulder, and armpit that gets worse with activity. Non-specific TOS is frequently triggered by a traumatic event such as a car accident or a work related injury. It also occurs in athletes, including weight lifters, swimmers, tennis players, and baseball pitchers.
TOS is more common in women. The onset of symptoms usually occurs between 20 and 50 years of age. Doctors usually recommend nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or imaging studies to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of TOS.
Is there any treatment?
Treatment begins with exercise programs and physical therapy to strengthen chest muscles, restore normal posture, and relieve compression by increasing the space of the area the nerve passes through. Doctors will often prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as naproxen or ibuprofen) for pain. If this doesn’t relieve pain, a doctor may recommend thoracic outlet decompression surgery to release or remove the structures causing compression of the nerve or artery.
What is the prognosis?
The outcome for individuals with TOS varies according to type. The majority of individuals with TOS will improve with exercise and physical therapy. Vascular TOS, and true neurogenic TOS often require surgery to relieve pressure on the affected vessel or nerve.
If this is what Phil Hughes has, hopefully he’s feeling better soon.
I really hope the MSM picks up this story and the Yankees get nailed to a cross for it.
Almost Glenallen Hill 2000 Yankees scary.
Something has to be up, no?
Good news – the Yankees are 12-8 and in first place in the A.L. East.
Bad news – the Yankees are 4-0 this season against Baltimore and 8-8 when they play someone other than the O’s.
Now, at that rate, the Yankees will still be a 90-win team in 2011. But, anyone who thinks the Yankees are going to win 95-100 games this season, based on their 12-8 record to date, is fooling themselves.
No, I’m not giving it away. And, I’m not selling it. But, I’d be willing to consider a trade – this blog in exchange for a wallet made of Chupacabra leather. If you’re interested, let me know.
It’s how you say Kyle Farnsworth in Spanish.
Putting your Yankees fan cap aside for a minute, as a baseball fan, how can you not tip your cap and applaud the two plays like the ones that Lillibridge made, on back-to-back batters, to end the Yankees game this evening?
By the way, in 2008, Lillibridge was traded by the Atlanta Braves with Jon Gilmore, Santos Rodriguez and Tyler Flowers to the Chicago White Sox for Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez. One year later, Logan and Vazquez were traded by the Braves to the New York Yankees for Arodys Vizcaino, Melky Cabrera, Michael Dunn and cash. So, in a way, the Yankees gave up Vizcaino, Melky, Dunn and cash in order to put Lillibridge in position to beat them in 2011. It makes sense if you don’t think about it.
Lastly, ouch, it’s too bad the Yankees don’t get to hit off Orioles pitching all the time, huh? Throw some good pitching at them and this line-up flops like Kirstie Alley’s pooch.
Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, And The Future Of The New York Yankees
That’s all I know about it.
Have you seen the numbers on Burnett?
Over his first 11 starts, he’s thrown 71.3 IP with an ERA of 3.28, facing 303 batters – 53 of which he has whiffed. And, his record over these games is 6-2. Related, the Yankees have won 8 of these 11 games.
Oh, wait, that was his start to the season last year. And, he ended up going 10-15 with an ERA of 5.26 in 33 starts (in 2010).
Think about that before you get too excited over how A.J. Burnett has thrown over his first five starts of 2011.
How soon before we have to start calling him Lil’ Papi?
Royal Blue sure does agree with him.
Since joining K.C., his BA/OBA/SLG line, to date, is: .308/.386/.511 in 381 PA.
Player G AB HR Jose Bautista 67 236 26 Troy Tulowitzki 67 257 24 Albert Pujols 68 252 21 Curtis Granderson 59 230 21 Jay Bruce 47 182 17 David Wright 67 254 17 Alex Rodriguez 44 164 17 Miguel Cabrera 61 221 17 Paul Konerko 62 237 16 Ryan Braun 66 253 16 Matt Kemp 65 253 15 Pat Burrell 63 202 15 Jayson Werth 63 241 14 Ryan Raburn 56 247 14 Adrian Beltre 64 243 14 Buster Posey 63 245 14 Mike Napoli 45 155 13 Mike Stanton 59 219 13 Joey Votto 63 228 13 Hunter Pence 70 278 13 Mark Teixeira 64 238 13 Jim Thome 42 134 12 Drew Stubbs 62 239 12 Dan Uggla 70 266 12 Russell Branyan 38 149 12 Pablo Sandoval 55 206 12 Nelson Cruz 52 200 12 Jorge Posada 49 179 12 Carlos Lee 71 274 12 Robbien Cano 66 268 12 Jed Lowrie 44 177 12 Kelly Johnson 61 248 12 Victor Martinez 61 242 12
Is Curtis Granderson the best slugging Yankees CF since Bobby Murcer?
In his last 113 games, from June 15, 2010 through April 24, 2011, Derek Jeter’s BA/OBA/SLG line is: .254/.334/.315
Over this span, he has just 2 homeruns and 22 XBH, in total, over 464 At Bats.
At this point, he’s not getting on base often enough to bat at the top of the line-up and he’s showing zero pop (and has no business batting in the heart of the line-up.)
If Jeter keeps this pace over his next 40 games, Girardi has to start batting him 8th, no?
The Yankees have won 12 of their first 18 games this season. Since 1973, how many times have they won 12+ of their first 18 games? Here’s the answer:
Since 1973, prior to this season, they’ve done it 11 times. Interesting that 1998, 1999 and 2000 were the only times they did it and then went on to win the World Series. But, then again, that 1998-2000 squad was a special team.
In any event, anything is better than their start in 2005 where they lost 11 of their first 18. Or, 1985 and 1991, where they lost 12 of their first 18.
Via the Post -
It was a true bromance — until it went foul.
Frenemies Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have spent the past decade taking swings at each other, according to a new unauthorized Jeter biography that shows the splintered relationship was nastier than ever reported and that Bombers brass thought it threatened to fracture the team — and even cost the Yankees money.
“The Captain,” by sportswriter Ian O’Connor, out next month, chronicles the bond between the Yankee stars — a soap-opera saga filled with power and betrayal — from their days as rookies playing for different teams but as close as brothers, to their icy co-existence in The Bronx.
Jeter’s unyielding insistence on loyalty and his dislike for A-Rod during the third baseman’s early years in pinstripes was so legendary that one Yankee official admitted he was too scared to talk to Jeter about making amends with his teammate.
“It would’ve been the last conversation I ever had with Derek,” the official said. “I would’ve been dead to him. It would’ve been like approaching Joe DiMaggio to talk to him about Marilyn Monroe.”
Don Mattingly, then the hitting coach and former captain, tried to intervene, citing his own unfriendly history with teammate Wade Boggs. “I faked it with Boggs,” he told Jeter. “And you have to fake it with Alex.”
So it was understandable that Jeter was less than thrilled when the Bombers traded for his foe before the 2004 season.
Clubhouse sniping came quickly. An unnamed player described the new arrival as “very phony,” the book says. A-Rod would ignore stadium employees and seemed oblivious to fans, even sick young kids, who clamored for his autograph. Jeter, who prized poise and selflessness, dismissed A-Rod and his diva-like behavior.
And when fans and rival players criticized A-Rod, Jeter deferred instead of defending his teammate.
General Manager Brian Cashman noticed this and asked Jeter to “fake it” with A-Rod.
“You’ve got to lead them all, the ones you like and the ones you don’t,” he told him. He asked him to appeal to Yankee fans on A-Rod’s behalf.
“I can’t tell the fans what to do,” Jeter countered.
A-Rod’s obsession with Jeter continued, the book says. He constantly asked players and team officials about Jeter — down to which charity he was currently supporting.
It all came to a head during a Yankee loss in August 2006 to Baltimore.
An easy pop-up hung in the air between A-Rod and Jeter. Both players closed in and Jeter bumped into A-Rod, knocking the ball out of his glove. Jeter shot A-Rod a withering look.
The gesture did not go unnoticed. Cashman pulled Jeter aside and ordered him to knock it off.
“Listen, this has to stop,” Cashman said. “Everybody in the press box, every team official, everyone watching, they saw you look at the ball on the ground and look at him with disgust like you were saying, ‘That’s your mess, you clean it up.’ ”
A-Rod also felt betrayed by manager Joe Torre, who players said added fuel to the fiery feud.
“He would never call Jeter on anything, but he’d have no problem doing it to Alex,” one player told the author.
Things didn’t gel until A-Rod hit rock bottom in 2009. He had been “emasculated,” outed as a steroid user and an unfaithful husband the year before.
Jeter began engaging in small talk with the third baseman in the clubhouse and he and girlfriend Minka Kelly even dined with A-Rod and his then-flame Kate Hudson, where they all seemed to enjoy each other’s company, the author says.
I swear that I once saw this same exact love-hate-love story arc played out in an episode of Love American Style starring Jack Cassidy and Stefanie Powers…
Via the Daily News -
Hamstring pulls and ACL tears suddenly seem so old-fashioned, so outdated, as irrelevant as carbon paper, eight-track tapes and Friendster. Nearly one month into the 2011 season, oblique muscle injuries have emerged as Major League Baseball’s trendiest ailment.
More than a dozen players have been sidelined with oblique injuries this season. Yankee star Alex Rodriguez sat out two games last week with a minor oblique injury. His teammate, Curtis Granderson, injured his oblique during spring training. Jason Bay finally returned to the Mets on Thursday after spending the first three weeks of the season on the disabled list with a strained left rib cage. That same day Angel Pagan left the Mets’ game against Houston in the fifth inning after tweaking his oblique while facing Astros pitcher J.A. Happ – who has also missed part of this season with an oblique problem.
“It’s never a career-ending injury but it can be really debilitating,” says former professional baseball player Dan Rootenberg, president of New York-based SPEAR Physical Therapy. “You can’t sneeze, cough, laugh or move without extreme pain.”
So why the sudden surge in injuries to obliques, those broad, flat muscles that attach the rib cage and the pelvis? Why are so many ballplayers sitting out with sharp pains in their sides?
Sports physician Lewis Maharam, the former president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, says the rise in oblique injuries may be a byproduct of the drug-testing program that MLB and the Players Association first agreed to implement in 2002.
“My theory is that drug testing in Major League Baseball is working and people are getting away from using illegal steroids,” Maharam says. “They are moving to legal products such as creatine, but they don’t know how to use it in conjunction with their workouts.”
Creatine, a legal dietary supplement that is not banned by MLB, NFL, NBA or NCAA, is an amino acid that boosts lean muscle mass and strength. Studies show it’s effective for sports like baseball, tennis and golf, activities that require intense but brief bursts of energy, and not so effective for sports that require endurance, such as running and soccer.
Creatine, according to Maharam, adds water molecules to muscle fibers, which causes the fibers to separate.
“This makes for easier muscle tears and slows the repair process, leaving them on injured reserve longer,” Maharam says. “It is because of these side effects that professionals for a long time went away from creatine when they could use anabolics and HGH. Now that testing is stronger, I have seen a trend back toward the safer creatine.”
Hey, if it’s legal, there’s nothing that can be done about it. And, if players are using it, then they should make sure that they drink lots of water with it.
These guys once pitched for the Yankees too:
See any of your old favs here?
It’s an interesting list. Here’s the Top 50:
|1||Whitey Ford||282||Ind. Games||201||39||.838||282|
|2||Mel Stottlemyre||247||Ind. Games||151||64||.702||247|
|3||Andy Pettitte||225||Ind. Games||161||27||.856||225|
|4||Red Ruffing||210||Ind. Games||171||30||.851||210|
|5||Ron Guidry||195||Ind. Games||136||23||.855||195|
|6||Lefty Gomez||193||Ind. Games||148||33||.818||193|
|7||Fritz Peterson||169||Ind. Games||90||49||.647||169|
|8||Waite Hoyt||150||Ind. Games||113||26||.813||150|
|9||Mike Mussina||147||Ind. Games||100||19||.840||147|
|10||Herb Pennock||143||Ind. Games||105||34||.755||143|
|11||Eddie Lopat||125||Ind. Games||95||18||.841||125|
|12||Tommy John||125||Ind. Games||86||20||.811||125|
|13||Spud Chandler||123||Ind. Games||87||19||.821||123|
|14||Bob Shawkey||122||Ind. Games||85||28||.752||122|
|15||Vic Raschi||122||Ind. Games||93||18||.838||122|
|16||Allie Reynolds||118||Ind. Games||95||14||.872||118|
|17||Roger Clemens||105||Ind. Games||70||8||.897||105|
|18||Al Downing||104||Ind. Games||60||19||.759||104|
|19||Bob Turley||98||Ind. Games||68||15||.819||98|
|20||Ralph Terry||94||Ind. Games||57||24||.704||94|
|21||Tiny Bonham||92||Ind. Games||64||18||.780||92|
|22||Stan Bahnsen||91||Ind. Games||49||25||.662||91|
|23||George Pipgras||87||Ind. Games||69||12||.852||87|
|24||David Cone||83||Ind. Games||53||12||.815||83|
|25||Catfish Hunter||78||Ind. Games||53||20||.726||78|
|26||Orlando Hernandez||78||Ind. Games||53||9||.855||78|
|27||Carl Mays||76||Ind. Games||57||18||.760||76|
|28||Jim Bouton||73||Ind. Games||37||22||.627||73|
|29||Ed Figueroa||72||Ind. Games||51||14||.785||72|
|30||David Wells||70||Ind. Games||55||5||.917||70|
|31||Atley Donald||66||Ind. Games||52||7||.881||66|
|32||Hank Borowy||65||Ind. Games||49||13||.790||65|
|33||Sad Sam Jones||63||Ind. Games||47||10||.825||63|
|34||Doc Medich||62||Ind. Games||42||12||.778||62|
|35||Rudy May||62||Ind. Games||38||17||.691||62|
|36||Monte Pearson||60||Ind. Games||48||7||.873||60|
|37||Chien-Ming Wang||59||Ind. Games||46||5||.902||59|
|38||Steve Kline||58||Ind. Games||35||13||.729||58|
|39||Jimmy Key||58||Ind. Games||39||4||.907||58|
|40||Tommy Byrne||58||Ind. Games||46||7||.868||58|
|41||Bill Stafford||57||Ind. Games||30||11||.732||57|
|42||Urban Shocker||56||Ind. Games||38||13||.745||56|
|43||Marius Russo||55||Ind. Games||38||14||.731||55|
|44||Melido Perez||54||Ind. Games||26||14||.650||54|
|45||Art Ditmar||53||Ind. Games||32||11||.744||53|
|46||Bullet Joe Bush||51||Ind. Games||42||9||.824||51|
|47||Bill Bevens||51||Ind. Games||36||13||.735||51|
|48||Dave Righetti||50||Ind. Games||30||9||.769||50|
|49||CC Sabathia||49||Ind. Games||38||3||.927||49|
|50||Pat Dobson||48||Ind. Games||32||11||.744||48|
Note what happens when you take the Top 50 and sort them by Winning Percentage in those games where they had a Quality Start:
|1||CC Sabathia||49||Ind. Games||38||3||.927||49|
|2||David Wells||70||Ind. Games||55||5||.917||70|
|3||Jimmy Key||58||Ind. Games||39||4||.907||58|
|4||Chien-Ming Wang||59||Ind. Games||46||5||.902||59|
|5||Roger Clemens||105||Ind. Games||70||8||.897||105|
|6||Atley Donald||66||Ind. Games||52||7||.881||66|
|7||Monte Pearson||60||Ind. Games||48||7||.873||60|
|8||Allie Reynolds||118||Ind. Games||95||14||.872||118|
|9||Tommy Byrne||58||Ind. Games||46||7||.868||58|
|10||Andy Pettitte||225||Ind. Games||161||27||.856||225|
|11||Ron Guidry||195||Ind. Games||136||23||.855||195|
|12||Orlando Hernandez||78||Ind. Games||53||9||.855||78|
|13||George Pipgras||87||Ind. Games||69||12||.852||87|
|14||Red Ruffing||210||Ind. Games||171||30||.851||210|
|15||Eddie Lopat||125||Ind. Games||95||18||.841||125|
|16||Mike Mussina||147||Ind. Games||100||19||.840||147|
|17||Whitey Ford||282||Ind. Games||201||39||.838||282|
|18||Vic Raschi||122||Ind. Games||93||18||.838||122|
|19||Sad Sam Jones||63||Ind. Games||47||10||.825||63|
|20||Bullet Joe Bush||51||Ind. Games||42||9||.824||51|
|21||Spud Chandler||123||Ind. Games||87||19||.821||123|
|22||Bob Turley||98||Ind. Games||68||15||.819||98|
|23||Lefty Gomez||193||Ind. Games||148||33||.818||193|
|24||David Cone||83||Ind. Games||53||12||.815||83|
|25||Waite Hoyt||150||Ind. Games||113||26||.813||150|
|26||Tommy John||125||Ind. Games||86||20||.811||125|
CC Sabathia almost always gets a win when he throws a Quality Start for the Yankees. And, he’s only been tagged with an “L” in a “QS” three times as a Yankee. Amazing.