• Ward, To Your Mother

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    Alex Belth asks Robert Ward everything you ever wanted to know with the exception of whether or not he is ever confused for Burt or Jay. Cool stuff.

    Check it out.

    What Cashman And I Have In Common

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (15)

    Brian Cashman and his 8-year old son were sitting in the stands at yesterday’s Yankees game. 

    And, I was also at the game with my 8-year old son yesterday.  (If you saw a father and son in Yankees game jerseys, dad in #21 and son in #2, that was us.  But, we only left our seats for a little bit in the 6th inning.  So, I doubt you saw us walking around.)

    I wonder if Brian had the same reaction as me when the vendors came by selling hot chocolate for $10 a cup?

    Holy Oldie Cow!

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    For the baseball history/trivia mavens out there.  Can you spot the history made in this game?

    Now Filming At Yankee Stadium, The Jerry Springer Show

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Girls gone stupid.

    All’s Wells For Boomer

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    It must be pretty cool to be David Wells.

    Batters Under 20 To Get A Hit Since 1918

    Posted by on April 30th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    It’s a longer list than you’d think:

    Rk Player #Matching 6  
    1 Robin Yount 155 Ind. Games
    2 Phil Cavarretta 153 Ind. Games
    3 Mel Ott 139 Ind. Games
    4 Ed Kranepool 117 Ind. Games
    5 Al Kaline 94 Ind. Games
    6 Rusty Staub 86 Ind. Games
    7 Cass Michaels 84 Ind. Games
    8 Ken Griffey 82 Ind. Games
    9 Buddy Lewis 81 Ind. Games
    10 Freddie Lindstrom 80 Ind. Games
    11 Sibby Sisti 79 Ind. Games
    12 Bob Kennedy 77 Ind. Games
    13 Tony Conigliaro 76 Ind. Games
    14 Cesar Cedeno 70 Ind. Games
    15 Tommy Brown 61 Ind. Games
    16 Mickey Mantle 59 Ind. Games
    17 Travis Jackson 57 Ind. Games
    18 Ted Kazanski 55 Ind. Games
    19 Ivan Rodriguez 54 Ind. Games
    20 Bobby Del Greco 52 Ind. Games
    21 Ed Kirkpatrick 45 Ind. Games
    22 Jimmie Foxx 44 Ind. Games
    23 Wayne Causey 43 Ind. Games
    24 Frankie Hayes 42 Ind. Games
    25 Billy Consolo 40 Ind. Games
    26 Edgar Renteria 40 Ind. Games
    27 Clete Boyer 38 Ind. Games
    28 Bill Mazeroski 37 Ind. Games
    29 Adrian Beltre 36 Ind. Games
    30 Del Crandall 35 Ind. Games
    31 Emmett McCann 33 Ind. Games
    32 Jose Oquendo 29 Ind. Games
    33 Claudell Washington 28 Ind. Games
    34 Elbie Fletcher 27 Ind. Games
    35 Alex Rodriguez 27 Ind. Games
    36 Harry Chiti 25 Ind. Games
    37 Whitey Lockman 24 Ind. Games
    38 Bobby Doerr 24 Ind. Games
    39 Charlie Grimm 23 Ind. Games
    40 Bob Feller 22 Ind. Games
    41 Andruw Jones 22 Ind. Games
    42 Dale Coogan 22 Ind. Games
    43 Aurelio Rodriguez 21 Ind. Games
    44 Johnny Hodapp 20 Ind. Games
    45 Harmon Killebrew 19 Ind. Games
    46 Jim Small 19 Ind. Games
    47 Tony Horton 19 Ind. Games
    48 Johnny Lipon 19 Ind. Games
    49 Eddie Miksis 18 Ind. Games
    50 Tim McCarver 18 Ind. Games
    51 Jay Porter 18 Ind. Games
    52 Granny Hamner 17 Ind. Games
    53 Joe Cronin 16 Ind. Games
    54 Tex Nelson 15 Ind. Games
    55 Johnny Callison 15 Ind. Games
    56 Mike McCormick 14 Ind. Games
    57 Aramis Ramirez 14 Ind. Games
    58 Lou Klimchock 13 Ind. Games
    59 Lee Walls 13 Ind. Games
    60 Oscar Gamble 13 Ind. Games
    61 Danny Murphy 12 Ind. Games
    62 Brooks Robinson 12 Ind. Games
    63 Larry Dierker 12 Ind. Games
    64 Joe Cicero 12 Ind. Games
    65 Ken Henderson 12 Ind. Games
    66 Bobby Tolan 12 Ind. Games
    67 Jerry Buchek 11 Ind. Games
    68 Dwight Gooden 11 Ind. Games
    69 Frankie Gustine 11 Ind. Games
    70 Ricky Seilheimer 11 Ind. Games
    71 B.J. Upton 11 Ind. Games
    72 Hank Ruszkowski 10 Ind. Games
    73 Brock Davis 10 Ind. Games
    74 Darrell Porter 10 Ind. Games
    75 Vada Pinson 10 Ind. Games
    76 Fred Brickell 10 Ind. Games
    77 Gary Sheffield 10 Ind. Games
    78 Justin Upton 10 Ind. Games
    79 Gene Stephens 9 Ind. Games
    80 Johnny Bench 9 Ind. Games
    81 Earl Clark 9 Ind. Games
    82 Dick Schofield 8 Ind. Games
    83 Hal Newhouser 8 Ind. Games
    84 Juan Gonzalez 8 Ind. Games
    85 Curt Simmons 7 Ind. Games
    86 Randy Gumpert 7 Ind. Games
    87 Kenny Kuhn 7 Ind. Games
    88 Dave Duncan 7 Ind. Games
    89 Tony LaRussa 7 Ind. Games
    90 Tom Egan 7 Ind. Games
    91 Bert Blyleven 7 Ind. Games
    92 Joe Moeller 7 Ind. Games
    93 Bobby Murcer 7 Ind. Games
    94 Ray Sadecki 7 Ind. Games
    95 Zoilo Versalles 7 Ind. Games
    96 Bob Bailey 7 Ind. Games
    97 Remy Hermoso 7 Ind. Games
    98 Willie Crawford 6 Ind. Games
    99 Cal McLish 6 Ind. Games
    100 Jim Waugh 6 Ind. Games
    101 Alfredo Griffin 6 Ind. Games
    102 Mickey O’Neil 6 Ind. Games
    103 Frank Shellenback 6 Ind. Games
    104 Carl Sumner 6 Ind. Games
    105 Mark Mauldin 6 Ind. Games
    106 Josh Billings 6 Ind. Games
    107 Mike Trout 6 Ind. Games
    108 Rod Gilbreath 6 Ind. Games
    109 Wally Bunker 5 Ind. Games
    110 Walt Masterson 5 Ind. Games
    111 Tom Carroll 5 Ind. Games
    112 Gary Nolan 5 Ind. Games
    113 Mike Ivie 5 Ind. Games
    114 Milt Pappas 5 Ind. Games
    115 Reno Bertoia 5 Ind. Games
    116 Jim Palmer 5 Ind. Games
    117 Alan Trammell 5 Ind. Games
    118 Ed Romero 5 Ind. Games
    119 Luis Alvarado 5 Ind. Games
    120 Greg Goossen 5 Ind. Games
    121 Tony Bartirome 5 Ind. Games
    122 Eddie Yost 4 Ind. Games
    123 Nick Koback 4 Ind. Games
    124 Jim Baumer 4 Ind. Games
    125 Skip Lockwood 4 Ind. Games
    126 Rick Wise 4 Ind. Games
    127 Art Houtteman 4 Ind. Games
    128 Paul Ratliff 4 Ind. Games
    129 Casper Asbjornson 4 Ind. Games
    130 Don Gullett 4 Ind. Games
    131 Catfish Hunter 4 Ind. Games
    132 Jim Fregosi 4 Ind. Games
    133 Gil Reyes 4 Ind. Games
    134 Elmer Valo 4 Ind. Games
    135 Glenn Vaughan 4 Ind. Games
    136 Ralph Branca 4 Ind. Games
    137 Cecil Travis 4 Ind. Games
    138 Lena Styles 4 Ind. Games
    139 Fred Manrique 4 Ind. Games
    140 Dan Porter 4 Ind. Games
    141 Don Hasenmayer 3 Ind. Games
    142 Bob Miller 3 Ind. Games
    143 Jim Brillheart 3 Ind. Games
    144 Johnny Antonelli 3 Ind. Games
    145 Kevin Collins 3 Ind. Games
    146 Shanty Hogan 3 Ind. Games
    147 Johnny Lucadello 3 Ind. Games
    148 Ken Hubbs 3 Ind. Games
    149 Don Drysdale 3 Ind. Games
    150 Tim Foli 3 Ind. Games
    151 Junior Noboa 3 Ind. Games
    152 Jack Clark 3 Ind. Games
    153 Karim Garcia 3 Ind. Games
    154 Chuck Stobbs 3 Ind. Games
    155 Waite Hoyt 3 Ind. Games
    156 Dick Brodowski 3 Ind. Games
    157 Fred Hutchinson 3 Ind. Games
    158 Carl Scheib 2 Ind. Games
    159 Lefty Weinert 2 Ind. Games
    160 Ed Clough 2 Ind. Games
    161 Gene Mauch 2 Ind. Games
    162 Bobby Henrich 2 Ind. Games
    163 Brian Milner 2 Ind. Games
    164 Bill Southworth 2 Ind. Games
    165 Reese Diggs 2 Ind. Games
    166 Ed Baecht 2 Ind. Games
    167 Mickey McDermott 2 Ind. Games
    168 Jimmy McMath 2 Ind. Games
    169 Nelson Mathews 2 Ind. Games
    170 Dick Simpson 2 Ind. Games
    171 Don Buschhorn 2 Ind. Games
    172 Dusty Baker 2 Ind. Games
    173 Andy Etchebarren 2 Ind. Games
    174 Jeff Burroughs 2 Ind. Games
    175 Pat Simmons 2 Ind. Games
    176 Bryce Harper 2 Ind. Games
    177 Sam McDowell 2 Ind. Games
    178 Norm Miller 2 Ind. Games
    179 Frank Tepedino 2 Ind. Games
    180 Oscar Tuero 2 Ind. Games
    181 Brian McCall 2 Ind. Games
    182 Dave Boswell 2 Ind. Games
    183 Andy Hansen 2 Ind. Games
    184 George Yankowski 2 Ind. Games
    185 Joey Jay 2 Ind. Games
    186 Greg Luzinski 2 Ind. Games
    187 Mike McQueen 2 Ind. Games
    188 Bill Freehan 2 Ind. Games
    189 Andy Lapihuska 2 Ind. Games
    190 Don Young 2 Ind. Games
    191 Bob Moose 2 Ind. Games
    192 Bobby Richardson 2 Ind. Games
    193 Jim Derrington 1 Ind. Games
    194 Alex George 1 Ind. Games
    195 Rogers McKee 1 Ind. Games
    196 Vern Freiburger 1 Ind. Games
    197 Frank Zupo 1 Ind. Games
    198 Bud Swartz 1 Ind. Games
    199 Lew Krausse 1 Ind. Games
    200 Sam File 1 Ind. Games
    201 Frank Leja 1 Ind. Games
    202 John Paciorek 1 Ind. Games
    203 Rex Barney 1 Ind. Games
    204 Jerry Moses 1 Ind. Games
    205 Ted Sepkowski 1 Ind. Games
    206 Charlie Vaughan 1 Ind. Games
    207 Joe Kirrene 1 Ind. Games
    208 William Pierson 1 Ind. Games
    209 Ted Simmons 1 Ind. Games
    210 Gus Keriazakos 1 Ind. Games
    211 Red Ruffing 1 Ind. Games
    212 Hank Johnson 1 Ind. Games
    213 Dutch Henry 1 Ind. Games
    214 Balor Moore 1 Ind. Games
    215 Lou Rosenberg 1 Ind. Games
    216 Lloyd Allen 1 Ind. Games
    217 Uel Eubanks 1 Ind. Games
    218 Tony Murray 1 Ind. Games
    219 Denny McLain 1 Ind. Games
    220 Hawk Taylor 1 Ind. Games
    221 Johnny Welch 1 Ind. Games
    222 Jose Cardenal 1 Ind. Games
    223 Carlos Pascual 1 Ind. Games
    224 Gene Robertson 1 Ind. Games
    225 Ted Tappe 1 Ind. Games
    226 Doc Bass 1 Ind. Games
    227 Curt Flood 1 Ind. Games
    228 Terry Forster 1 Ind. Games
    229 Bart Johnson 1 Ind. Games
    230 Early Wynn 1 Ind. Games
    231 Jack Salveson 1 Ind. Games
    232 Lindy McDaniel 1 Ind. Games
    233 Ed Brinkman 1 Ind. Games
    234 Rowland Office 1 Ind. Games
    235 Mike Adamson 1 Ind. Games
    236 Eddie Miller 1 Ind. Games
    237 Al Silvera 1 Ind. Games
    238 Harley Boss 1 Ind. Games
    239 Pete Rambo 1 Ind. Games
    240 Lew Krausse 1 Ind. Games
    241 Greg Sims 1 Ind. Games
    242 Putsy Caballero 1 Ind. Games
    243 Chet Falk 1 Ind. Games
    244 Ken Poulsen 1 Ind. Games
    245 Manuel Lee 1 Ind. Games
    246 Mark Davis 1 Ind. Games
    247 Walt Streuli 1 Ind. Games
    248 John Bogart 1 Ind. Games
    249 Al Epperly 1 Ind. Games
    250 Nelson Norman 1 Ind. Games
    251 Jose Reyes 1 Ind. Games
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/30/2012.

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    Angels Release Bobby Abreu

    Posted by on April 28th, 2012 · Comments (18)

    Via SB Nation -

    Well, the Los Angeles Angels are shaking up their roster. The Angels announced after Friday’s loss that they have released outfielder/designated hitter Bobby Abreu, and are replacing him with uber-prospect Mike Trout.

    Since 1901, only 50 batters have been on base more times than Abreu:

    Rk Player TOB From To Age G PA BA OBP
    1 Pete Rose 5929 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 .303 .375
    2 Barry Bonds 5599 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444
    3 Ty Cobb 5532 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13078 .366 .433
    4 Rickey Henderson 5343 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 .279 .401
    5 Carl Yastrzemski 5304 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13992 .285 .379
    6 Stan Musial 5282 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 .331 .417
    7 Hank Aaron 5205 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374
    8 Tris Speaker 4998 1907 1928 19-40 2790 11991 .345 .428
    9 Babe Ruth 4978 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10620 .342 .474
    10 Eddie Collins 4891 1906 1930 19-43 2825 12040 .333 .424
    11 Willie Mays 4791 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384
    12 Ted Williams 4714 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482
    13 Mel Ott 4648 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414
    14 Eddie Murray 4606 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359
    15 Frank Robinson 4561 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389
    16 Craig Biggio 4505 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 .281 .363
    17 Rafael Palmeiro 4460 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371
    18 Paul Molitor 4460 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 .306 .369
    19 Wade Boggs 4445 1982 1999 24-41 2440 10740 .328 .415
    20 Joe Morgan 4422 1963 1984 19-40 2649 11329 .271 .392
    21 Cal Ripken 4379 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 .276 .340
    22 Dave Winfield 4351 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 .283 .353
    23 Al Kaline 4339 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376
    24 Gary Sheffield 4299 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393
    25 George Brett 4283 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11625 .305 .369
    26 Paul Waner 4281 1926 1945 23-42 2550 10766 .333 .404
    27 Derek Jeter 4279 1995 2012 21-38 2445 11247 .314 .383
    28 Lou Gehrig 4274 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447
    29 Frank Thomas 4222 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419
    30 Ken Griffey 4174 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370
    31 Mickey Mantle 4161 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421
    32 Robin Yount 4156 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342
    33 Alex Rodriguez 4127 1994 2012 18-36 2421 10717 .301 .386
    34 Jimmie Foxx 4111 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428
    35 Chipper Jones 4104 1993 2012 21-40 2399 10212 .304 .402
    36 Rod Carew 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550 .328 .393
    37 Jim Thome 4084 1991 2012 20-41 2496 10146 .277 .403
    38 Charlie Gehringer 4075 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10244 .320 .404
    39 Luke Appling 4062 1930 1950 23-43 2422 10254 .310 .399
    40 Reggie Jackson 4055 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356
    41 Rusty Staub 4050 1963 1985 19-41 2951 11229 .279 .362
    42 Rogers Hornsby 4016 1915 1937 19-41 2259 9481 .358 .434
    43 Manny Ramirez 4012 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411
    44 Tim Raines 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 .294 .385
    45 Tony Gwynn 3955 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 .338 .388
    46 Harold Baines 3942 1980 2001 21-42 2830 11092 .289 .356
    47 Omar Vizquel 3913 1989 2012 22-45 2913 11862 .272 .337
    48 Dwight Evans 3890 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 .272 .370
    49 Darrell Evans 3863 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737 .248 .361
    50 Luis Gonzalez 3857 1990 2008 22-40 2591 10531 .283 .367
    51 Bobby Abreu 3843 1996 2012 22-38 2255 9696 .293 .397
    52 Jeff Bagwell 3843 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431 .297 .408
    53 Fred McGriff 3834 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174 .284 .377
    54 Lou Brock 3833 1961 1979 22-40 2616 11240 .293 .343
    55 Mike Schmidt 3820 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380
    56 Richie Ashburn 3815 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 .308 .396
    57 Roberto Alomar 3806 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400 .300 .371
    58 Billy Williams 3799 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361
    59 Eddie Mathews 3785 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/28/2012.

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    Cashman On Pineda Deal: “This Is A Massive Decision Gone Wrong”

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (20)

    Great stuff from Wally Matthews on the Yankees/Cashman/Pineda situation:

    Two days after the announcement that his prize offseason acquisition would not play this year, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted to fearing he made a mistake in trading away Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda.

    “Right now, our hopes and dreams for this player are in jeopardy,” Cashman said of Pineda. “Hopefully, someday, our fans will get to see what we expected to see from him for many years to come.”

    The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Pineda, acquired from the Seattle Mariners in January — on Friday the 13th — had suffered a torn labrum in a rehabilitation start on Saturday in Tampa and would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

    “This is a massive decision gone wrong right now,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday. “So all scrutiny is fair.”

    Cashman has asserted the Yankees had subjected Pineda to an MRI before the trade became official, but doubts linger whether the Mariners and their GM, Jack Zduriencik, knew the 23-year-old right-hander was damaged goods when the Yankees made the deal.

    “How can you not ask a question like that?” Cashman said.

    Cashman said he, too, had wondered about the condition of Pineda’s shoulder during spring training, when he struggled to get his fastball above 90 mph on a consistent basis.

    “I asked him several times through an interpreter if he had ever been in an MRI tube at Seattle,” Cashman said. “Each time, the answer was the same.

    “Nunca.”

    Never.

    Cashman broke the news about Pineda’s surgery to his boss, Hal Steinbrenner, on a conference call on Wednesday, but said he could not tell if Steinbrenner also wondered if the Yankees had traded for an injured pitcher.

    “He just listened,” Cashman said. “He was obviously disappointed, but if he has the same kind of questions, I couldn’t tell.”

    Pineda, who was shut down 15 pitches into his first minor league rehab start on Saturday after complaining of pain in his shoulder, will be operated on by Dr. David Altchek, the Mets’ team physician, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

    Cashman said that while Pineda, who struggled with velocity issues throughout spring training, had previously complained of weakness in the back of his shoulder, Saturday was the first time he actually reported feeling pain.

    According to Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team doctor who will assist in the surgery, and other sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com, the fact that Pineda’s tear is in the anterior, or front, of the labrum increases his chances for a full recovery. A posterior labral tear often involves the rotator cuff, which Dr. Ahmad said was not affected in Pineda’s case.

    One source put Pineda’s chances for a full recovery at 85 percent after a long period of rehabilitation, expected to be 12 months from the date of the surgery.

    “Our fans are right to be upset about this,” Cashman said.

    Cashman excels at this routine. He makes a huge mistake. He offers the “buck stops here” mea culpa. And, somehow, people buy it. Then, some shill somewhere will yet out “It’s not your fault Cash! It seemed like the right idea at the time!” And, again, somehow, that triggers a wave of public sympathy for Cashman…that washes over the mistake and all those like it in the past also under his watch.

    This is why Cashman is “The Teflon G.M.”

    Even if something does seem like it’s going to finally stick to him, Cashman knows the drill on how to make it float away within the rise and fall of the game-playing waters.

    Best 1B In Baseball, 1954-1964

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    It’s a tight group -

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BA OBP SLG
    1 Orlando Cepeda 28.7 1958 1964 20-26 1062 4437 222 747 .309 .353 .537
    2 Roy Sievers 27.4 1954 1964 27-37 1488 5916 283 948 .266 .355 .490
    3 Joe Adcock 26.3 1954 1964 26-36 1265 4788 255 793 .281 .344 .510
    4 Bill Skowron 24.6 1954 1964 23-33 1322 4933 186 770 .288 .338 .477
    5 Norm Cash 24.1 1958 1964 23-29 790 3020 151 462 .282 .402 .517
    6 Gil Hodges 22.2 1954 1963 30-39 1148 4262 200 642 .275 .354 .491
    7 Norm Siebern 21.6 1956 1964 22-30 1069 4358 119 552 .279 .374 .439
    8 Bill White 21.5 1956 1964 22-30 1080 4533 139 617 .295 .352 .472
    9 Joe Cunningham 21.2 1954 1964 22-32 1043 3805 61 416 .296 .406 .423
    10 Ted Kluszewski 17.9 1954 1961 29-36 888 3117 165 519 .299 .363 .526
    11 Jim Gentile 16.8 1957 1964 23-30 735 2860 153 474 .266 .376 .499
    12 Vic Power 14.9 1954 1964 26-36 1503 6250 125 638 .285 .316 .414
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    Generated 4/27/2012.

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    Moose Skowron was right in there.

    Moooooose Skowron, 1930-2012

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    Moose Skowron passed away today.

    I always had an interest in Skowron. As a kid, thirty to thirty-five years ago, I had an inside-out swing as a right-handed batter. (Today, I guess it would be called “Jeterian”?) And, I had good power.

    Back then, more than once, I remember blasting a ball into right-center and then hearing from guys (watching) who were 25-years my senior “This guy is like a young Moose Skowron.” (Of course, at the time, being young, all I knew was that Skowron was some guy who played for the Yankees when my father was young.)

    Through the years, watching Yankees games, especially Old-Timer’s Day and road games in Chicago, I learned more about Moose. Listening to him and Hank Bauer, telling stories, was a treat. Two old dudes who you would want to hang with and shoot the bleep, no matter how old you were…

    When Moose retired in 1967, only Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri had hit more homeruns than him, as a right-handed batter, in a Yankees uniform.

    I hope the Yankees do something for him tonight at the Stadium. He deserves it.

    Delmon Young, Six Years Ago & Today

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    On this date in 2006, then top Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended indefinitely by the International League, a day after throwing a bat that hits a replacement umpire in the chest. Young was ejected in the first inning following a called third strike in the Durham Bulls’ Triple-A game at Pawtucket. And, today, we have this news on Young -

    Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young was arrested early this morning after he allegedly assaulted a man in front of a Midtown hotel, police sources told The Post.

    Cops were called to the hotel around 2:40 a.m. after Young, whose ballclub is in town to play the Yankees tonight, pushed the man to the ground, sources said.

    Young, known for his powerhouse arm in the outfield, was “highly intoxicated,” sources said, and had to be taken to the hospital to sober up before being moved to a police precinct.

    The victim suffered scratches on his arm and was treated at the scene.

    Young, who has had problems controlling his temper in the past, was charged with assault in the third degree and is in custody while awaiting arraignment.

    Anger managment issues, perhaps?

    29 Years Ago, Two Trains Passing In The Night

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    How much of a baseball history nut are you?  Do you know what is so special about this game?

    (Hint.)

    You Like Inge?

    Posted by on April 27th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    He’s available.

    He can hit LHP – but not at all against RHP.  But, he can play 3B, C, 2B and the OF.    And, I assume that he could fill in at 1B and SS for the short-term too.  Some  team would want a guy like that on their bench, no?

    A-Rod: Madonna Is My Queen

    Posted by on April 26th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    So much for A-Rod’s “new” mantra of “I just want to talk about baseball.”  He’s appearing on The Insider tonight.  Here’s what they share on that:

    New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is a true believer when it comes to his hydration drink of choice, and while talking exclusively to The Insider’s Kevin Frazier about the virtues of Vita Coco coconut water, he also loosened up about his relationship with ex Cameron Diaz — and why George Clooney is his new hero!

    Asked if he would ever get married again, the Vita Coco fitness ambassador told Kevin, “I’m not sure. I think my new hero is George Clooney. He’s my new role model [laughs]. I think he’s done it right.”

    Kevin also asks A-Rod, “Cameron Diaz [recently talked] about your breakup a little bit [in a national magazine]. How tough is that when there’s so much scrutiny on your relationship?”

    “Ah, you know, it’s New York — people are always going to have an opinion [with] pretty much anything you do, both on and off the field,” he replies. “I don’t like talking about my relationships, but I will tell you about C.D. — she’s probably one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever met, and just an amazing light.”

    Tune into The Insider Thursday night for more of our exclusive interview with A-Rod, including his take on Madonna, who he calls “The Queen”!

    For those scoring at home, A-Rod is batting .221 this season. And, he batted .181 over his last 20 games of 2011.  Maybe that’s why he now wants to talk about things other than baseball?

    Phil Hughes & Michael Pineda To Stand Out On Cashman’s Resume

    Posted by on April 26th, 2012 · Comments (56)

    On February 1, 1999, Brian Cashman traded Mike Lowell to the Florida Marlins for Todd Noel, Mark Johnson and Ed Yarnall. Now, it looks like the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda deal will be just as “good” as that one for the New York Yankees.

    And, Phil Hughes? He’s been Cashman’s pet since he was drafted by the Yankees. He would not trade him for Johan Santana or Doc Halladay. And, now, how has that worked out?

    Cashman’s resume has a lot of terrible pitching moves on it: Jeff Weaver, Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, A.J. Burnett, Jose Contreras, Javy Vazquez, Chan Ho Park, Pedro Feliciano, Damaso Marte, Gabe White, Felix Heredia, Denny Neagle…

    But, Hughes and Pineda are going to have a special place on Cashman’s resume, for sure.

    Donnie Baseball 2012

    Posted by on April 25th, 2012 · Comments (5)

    How sweet would it be if his Dodgers won the N.L. West this year?  It would be one amazing job – that’s for sure.

    The Streaking Royals

    Posted by on April 25th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    The story -

    Simply leaving home wasn’t enough Tuesday for the Royals to halt their April nightmare as their skid hit 12 in a row with a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

    The franchise record for consecutive losses is an appalling 19-game skid in 2005 that featured then-manager Buddy Bell’s memorable line: “Don’t ever say it can’t get worse.” There was a 13-game slide in 2006 and 12-game droughts in 1997 and 2008.

    This streak already includes 10 straight losses at home, which ties the 1913 New York Yankees for the longest home skid at the start of a season. The Royals had hoped getting away from Kauffman Stadium might provide a path to firmer footing.

    Nope.

    So far in the A.L. this season, it seems like your either 10-7 (at the least) or you stink:

    Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
    1 TEX 14 4 .778
    2 NYY 10 7 .588
    3 CHW 10 7 .588
    4 CLE 9 6 .600
    5 DET 10 7 .588
    6 TBR 10 7 .588
    7 BAL 10 7 .588
    8 TOR 10 7 .588
    9  OAK 9 10 .474 2.0
    10  SEA 8 10 .444 2.5
    11  BOS 6 10 .375 3.5
    12  LAA 6 11 .353 4.0
    13  MIN 5 13 .278 5.5
    14  KCR 3 14 .176 7.0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/25/2012.

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    Of course, it’s still early.

    Josh Lewin & Howie Rose

    Posted by on April 24th, 2012 · Comments (19)

    You can probably count the number of times that I have sampled a Mets radio broadcast, over the last forty years, on one hand.  There’s just no reason for me to listen to a Mets game on the radio – even for a few minutes.

    But, yesterday, when I left work, the Mets game was on WFAN.  And, before I had a chance to change it, the Mets radio duo of Josh Lewin and Howie Rose sucked me in…

    I joined them during the bottom of the 4th inning and probably stayed with them for the next 45 minutes or so.  They really did a great job and it was interesting as they talked about baseball and other things.  Yes, as much as I hate to admit it, I was entertained.  Go figure.

    Godzilla Lands In Tampa

    Posted by on April 24th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    Via TBO.com -

    The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to sign free-agent DH/OF Hideki Matsui this week to a minor-league deal, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.

    Matsui, 37, who has not played since last season, likely will report to expended spring in Port Charlotte before joining the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

    A left-handed hitter who has hit .285 with 173 home runs in his nine-year career — the first seven with the Yankees — Matsui could add depth to the Rays’ bench, giving them a power bat for late-inning pinch-hitting duties. He also could work his way into the DH spot, though the Rays already have a lefty DH in Luke Scott.

    Matsui spent last season in Oakland, where he also played 27 games in left field. In 141 games with the A’s, he batted .251 with 12 home runs, 72 RBIs and a .321 on-base percentage.

    Matsui is one of my favorite Yankees. So, I wish him well in everything that he does, etc. But, this move did surpirse me. Why not go back to Japan and DH there, at this stage of his career? Is it better to be a bench player for the Rays?

    New Bosox Issue: The Curse Of The Fan Gino

    Posted by on April 24th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Remember when Red Sox fan and construction worker Gino Castignoli buried a David Ortiz jersey at the construction site of the new Yankee Stadium?

    Well, since the Yankees dug it up, the Red Sox have:

    • Never finished in 1st place again.
    • Lost Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS.
    • Finished 3rd in 2010.
    • Had one of the all-time great choke jobs in 2011.
    • And, have gotten off to a terrible start in 2012.

    Do we have a new curse in Beantown for Red Sox Nation to lament about?  Could it be “The Curse of the Fan Gino”?

    Now Batting .400 For The Yankees, Number Two…

    Posted by on April 24th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    It’s never going to happen – no way, Jose.  But, can you imagine what would happen if Derek Jeter batted .400 this season for the Yankees, at his age?

    Oh, my, goodness, the media pressure would be off the charts.  But, if Jeter pulled it off, what would that do to his already Cooperstown-worthy resume?

    They might have to rename River Avenue in the Bronx to “Jeter Way” or something…

    But, it’s not  going to happen.  It’s too crazy to think that a right-handed batter as old as Jeter could hit .400 for the season.  But, then again, this is Derek Jeter…

    nah, it can’t happen, can it?

    The Great Baseball Post-Season Of 1972

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Every post-season series in 1972 went down to the last game.  And, each of the last games was decided by one run.  In fact, 11 of the 17 games in that post-season were decided by one run.

    Can you ask anything more from a post-season than that? 

    But, it was 40-years ago and did not include any teams from the East Coast.  So, it’s not talked about that much these days.  And, that’s a shame.

    Teams Since 1918 To Win 13+ Of Their First 16 Games Of The Season

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 · Comments (2)

    Here is the list -

    Rk Tm Year #Matching
    1 OAK 1981 15
    2 NYG 1918 15
    3 MIL 1987 15
    4 DET 1984 15
    5 SFG 2003 14
    6 CLE 1966 14
    7 BRO 1955 14
    8 TEX 2012 13
    9 STL 1931 13
    10 STL 1941 13
    11 STL 1982 13
    12 SFG 1997 13
    13 SEA 2002 13
    14 SDP 1998 13
    15 PIT 1992 13
    16 PIT 1921 13
    17 PIT 1937 13
    18 OAK 1978 13
    19 NYY 2003 13
    20 NYY 1987 13
    21 NYY 1926 13
    22 NYY 1949 13
    23 NYM 1986 13
    24 NYG 1922 13
    25 NYG 1938 13
    26 NYG 1924 13
    27 MLN 1957 13
    28 MIN 2001 13
    29 LAD 1981 13
    30 LAD 1977 13
    31 KCR 2003 13
    32 CLE 1942 13
    33 CLE 1988 13
    34 CIN 1990 13
    35 BRO 1942 13
    36 BOS 1946 13
    37 BAL 1966 13
    38 ATL 1997 13
    39 ATL 1994 13
    40 ATL 1983 13
    41 ATL 1982 13
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/23/2012.

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    Welcome to the club, ’12 Texas Rangers.

    Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, And Baseball’s Greatest Gift

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2012 · Comments (3)

    I just finished reading “Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift.”

    By now, you’ve probably heard the story behind this one.

    If you’re a Yankees fan, you will find “Driving Mr. Yogi” to be a wonderful book to read. Honestly, I cannot think of any type of Yankees fan who will not enjoy this one.

    If you’re a baseball fan, you will also enjoy “Driving Mr. Yogi.”

    Perhaps – and it’s just a maybe – you may not be “as into it” as a Yankees fan.

    But, I suspect even a Yankees-hater, as long as they’re a fan of the game, will find this to be nice read and very interesting.  There’s enough baseball-feel-good stuff in there to keep any hardball fan engaged while reading this book.

    That said, I think even those who don’t give a darn about baseball would enjoy the story told with “Driving Mr. Yogi.” Anyone who has ever loved an aging parent, grand-parent or some surrogate respected elder will be able to appreciate this story and be touched by it.

    Picture a third person telling you the story of Tuesdays with Morrie with the story now having a baseball backdrop. That’s sort of what you get with “Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift.”

    I highly recommend this book.

    Fewest Career Wins Of Perfect Game Pitchers

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2012 · Comments (7)

    With perfect games since 1918 -

    Rk Player W From To Age G GS L IP ERA ERA+
    1 Philip Humber 12 2006 2012 23-29 56 30 10 228.2 3.90 110
    2 Bill McCahan 16 1946 1949 25-28 57 40 14 290.2 3.84 104
    3 Dallas Braden 26 2007 2011 23-27 94 79 36 491.1 4.16 102
    4 Charlie Robertson 49 1919 1928 23-32 166 141 80 1005.0 4.44 90
    5 Len Barker 74 1976 1987 20-31 248 194 76 1323.2 4.34 94
    6 Mike Witt 117 1981 1993 20-32 341 299 116 2108.1 3.83 105
    7 Tom Browning 123 1984 1995 24-35 302 300 90 1921.0 3.94 98
    8 Mark Buehrle 162 2000 2012 21-33 393 368 121 2497.0 3.82 120
    9 Sandy Koufax 165 1955 1966 19-30 397 314 87 2324.1 2.76 131
    10 Roy Halladay 191 1998 2012 21-35 382 356 93 2561.0 3.21 139
    11 David Cone 194 1986 2003 23-40 450 419 126 2898.2 3.46 121
    12 Kenny Rogers 219 1989 2008 24-43 762