• Yankees Fans Welcome Cano Home

    Posted by on April 30th, 2014 · Comments (22)

    Via Joel Sherman -

    There have been many times in the five-plus-year history of this version of Yankee Stadium when the stands have been full, the games have been important and the noise and enthusiasm have been lacking.
    Many reasons have been cited for how the Stadium got unplugged. Poor acoustics. Rich folks unlikely to deliver much noise being the only ones who could afford seats close to the field. Too many indoor hiding places.

    But finally something was unearthed that could stir a full-volume response from a even a quarter-filled stadium — that terrible, evil devil Robinson Cano.

    You know he had committed the unpardonable sin of being the Yankees’ best player (by far) for about the past half decade, never was involved in off-field trouble and was well-regarded by his teammates. That horrible, horrible man. I really can’t separate who is the bigger public nuisance, Cano or Donald Sterling.

    On a rainy, raw Tuesday night, the reception for Cano was chillier than the weather. He was booed incessantly, relentlessly and virulently from his pregame announcement through each at-bat. The Bleacher Creatures must have forgotten no team in major league history has spent more to import players from elsewhere as the Yankees have when they chanted “YOU SOLD OUT” at Cano.

    The 10,000 or so folks who endured the bad weather sounded like four or five times that much with their animus drowning out the few who were trying to offer applause and thanks for the memories. It was as loud as the Stadium has been all year, louder than some playoff games of the recent past.

    A few notes here:

    1. This is a unique situation for Yankees fans. When was the last time that a “star” player in his “prime” left the Yankees to go sign with another team? Even further, when was the last time it was an everyday position player? Simple truth, here, is that Yankees fans are not used to having someone walk away on them. So, how are they supposed to know how to act in these situations?

    2. The Yankees threw some gasoline on this one. No one was there at the game. And, they threw the field mics up to full throttle. When the M’s manager came out to argue with the third base ump late in the game, you could hear every word out of their mouth – until someone starting cursing and then YES lowered the volume on the feed. If YES had their field mic on normal levels, you wouldn’t have heard the Cano reaction in quite the same way.

    3. Related to the above, the Stadium was empty last night. The only ones willing to sit out in the cold – and the rain – were probably consuming some adult beverages to offset their better judgement. To say that’s representative of Yankees fan, and how they feel about Cano, is ignoring the rules around sample size.

    I think the “Welcome Home Robbie” reaction would have been a little different if the M’s first game in New York this year had been on Old-Timers Day or Bat Day. And, what happened last night was sort of the perfect storm, and things just lining up, for him to get the Bronx Cheer…and for it to be heard, thanks to YES.

    “La Brea” Pineda…Is…The Next…Not-American Idle

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Michael Pineda likely to miss start Monday due to lat muscle injury.

    Like I said back in August of 2012: “Pineda” Really Is Spanish For “Pavano.”

    El Caballo

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Dude’s numbers look a lot like Yog’s totals. Here is the less than 1,000 Ks and more than 350 homer club:

    Rk Player HR SO From To Age G PA R H RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Ted Williams 521 709 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 1798 2654 1839 2021 .344 .482 .634
    2 Mel Ott 511 896 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 1859 2876 1860 1708 .304 .414 .533
    3 Albert Pujols 501 844 2001 2014 21-34 1983 8660 1444 2376 1520 1077 .321 .409 .599
    4 Lou Gehrig 493 790 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 1888 2721 1995 1508 .340 .447 .632
    5 Stan Musial 475 696 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 1949 3630 1951 1599 .331 .417 .559
    6 Vladimir Guerrero 449 985 1996 2011 21-36 2147 9059 1328 2590 1496 737 .318 .379 .553
    7 Albert Belle 381 961 1989 2000 22-33 1539 6676 974 1726 1239 683 .295 .369 .564
    8 Rocky Colavito 374 880 1955 1968 21-34 1841 7559 971 1730 1159 951 .266 .359 .489
    9 Ralph Kiner 369 749 1946 1955 23-32 1472 6256 971 1451 1015 1011 .279 .398 .548
    10 Joe DiMaggio 361 369 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7673 1390 2214 1537 790 .325 .398 .579
    11 Johnny Mize 359 524 1936 1953 23-40 1883 7370 1118 2011 1337 856 .312 .397 .562
    12 Carlos Lee 358 984 1999 2012 23-36 2099 8787 1125 2273 1363 655 .285 .339 .483
    13 Yogi Berra 358 414 1946 1965 21-40 2120 8359 1175 2150 1430 704 .285 .348 .482
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    Generated 4/29/2014.

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    Most Games Played Since 2006

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Through yesterday:

    Rk Player G From To Age PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Prince Fielder 1309 2006 2014 22-30 5663 .284 .388 .524
    2 Adrian Gonzalez 1300 2006 2014 24-32 5574 .297 .371 .508
    3 Ichiro Suzuki 1285 2006 2014 32-40 5626 .310 .350 .396
    4 Miguel Cabrera 1276 2006 2014 23-31 5501 .326 .408 .579
    5 Robinson Cano 1266 2006 2014 23-31 5342 .310 .359 .507
    6 Dan Uggla 1250 2006 2014 26-34 5304 .245 .338 .456
    7 Nick Markakis 1234 2006 2014 22-30 5367 .292 .360 .440
    8 Adam Dunn 1229 2006 2014 26-34 5123 .233 .357 .483
    9 Brandon Phillips 1229 2006 2014 25-33 5300 .277 .326 .437
    10 Nick Swisher 1229 2006 2014 25-33 5171 .256 .361 .462
    11 Michael Young 1227 2006 2013 29-36 5364 .302 .349 .435
    12 Alex Rios 1224 2006 2014 25-33 5128 .280 .326 .453
    13 Matt Holliday 1214 2006 2014 26-34 5267 .313 .392 .536
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    Generated 4/29/2014.

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    Cannot say these guys don’t come to play.

    Say What You Want, But, Cano Can Laugh About It

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Bryce Harper & Ron Blomberg

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    If Harper keeps getting hurt, it’s going to be hard to start telling these two apart.

    Ricky Seilheimer

    Posted by on April 29th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    This probably would have been a bigger deal if it happened today, right?

    I was a senior in High School when it happened – and I don’t even remember hearing a word about it.

    Kendall: CC Needed Help To Remember To Cover

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Via the Journal Sentinel

    In his book “Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game is Really Played,” Jason Kendall provides an insider’s view of baseball on the major-league level.

    Kendall spent two of his 15 seasons in the majors with the Brewers (2008-’09).

    In the course of explaining in detail various aspects of the game, Kendall mentions a few of his Brewers teammates.

    In a section about outfield signs, Kendall says outfielder Mike Cameron wanted to get pitch signals from the catcher, not an infielder, so the two worked up a sign system.

    “I’d signal him from home plate when a slider was on its way,” Kendall writes.

    “In my opinion, guys like Mike Cameron made playing the outfield a work of art,” Kendall says. “He’d have two steps in the right direction before the ball was even hit. Same thing with Brian Giles or Mark Kotsay: they’d make catches that were only possible because of the jumps they got on the ball.”

    When discussing a pitcher’s defensive responsibilities, Kendall mentions CC Sabathia, a battery mate in 2008.

    A pitcher has to cover first on balls hit to the right side of the infield.

    “If the pitcher waits to see if he’s needed, he’ll be late covering the bag,” Kendall writes. “The catcher yells, ‘Get over!’ to remind the pitcher to quit daydreaming and cover first. CC Sabathia asked me to remind him to get over. CC’s the greatest guy in the world – one of the best pitchers ever – but I’ve got too much on my plate to have to remind him to get over to first base. Most catchers do it, but here’s my theory: You’re in the big leagues – you need someone to tell you to do you job?”

    Kendall cites Greg Maddux as a pitcher who was special because even after giving full effort and attention to a pitch, he did not forget to perform all of his defensive tasks.

    Reading this, it does seem that Sabathia is slow to cover sometimes, no?

    Another Side Of Carlos Gomez

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Of course, the evil person in me had the words “Luis Polonia” first come to mind after the nice person in me thought it was a touching moment. I know, I know…please excuse me. Just having a bad day…

    Jose Abreu, Xander Bogaerts, Masahiro Tanaka & Yordano Ventura

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    Which one will be the A.L. Rookie of the Year this season?

    Mets Punt Puma

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    I just saw this from Saturday -

    Instead of a jubilant clubhouse with loud music and happy players after Friday’s walk-off win, the doors opened to silence, empty, spinning chairs and no Mets.

    Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the Yankees tried a stunt like this? Then again, Brian Cashman has never responded to my requests for an interview…

    Chris Leroux

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    I wouldn’t unpack, if I were him…

    Ultimate 2014 Minor League Baseball Road Trip

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Of course, rain would make this one very tough to pull off…

    9 Years? Feels More Like Ninety

    Posted by on April 28th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    Nine years ago, today, this book was released. Now, I have to think really hard to try and remember what it felt like…

    R.I.P. Newark Bears

    Posted by on April 27th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via the Ledger -

    “If you build it, they will come.”

    That was the signature line from the baseball epic “Field of Dreams,” which, if nothing else, proved it was easier to attract ghosts to a cornfield in the middle of Iowa than it was to attract live fans to downtown Newark.

    So today’s signature line at the city’s Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium was somehow sadly inevitable.

    “If you liquidate it, they will come.”

    So as Newark Bears owner Doug Spiel stood at the front of a crowd watching an auctioneer rattle off bid numbers to sell everything, he could be excused for thinking if this many people came to games, he’d still be in business.

    But they didn’t and he’s not.

    “At one point we gave away 1,000 tickets and only a few people showed up,” he said.

    The field at the stadium is game ready. The outfield grass today was neatly trimmed in decorative semicircles, the infield manicured and the red clay basepaths were intact.

    But there will be no baseball at the 6,200-seat stadium for the foreseeable future. The minor league ball park, which cost $30 million to build and was seen as a cornerstone of Newark’s downtown revival, does not have a team. The Newark Bears are out of business, as in “everything must go.”

    So today they came. Fans, memorabilia collectors, restaurant owners, landscapers. Word had it a city official from Rockland, N.Y., was there to bid on the team bus.

    And some were there to mourn.

    “It’s like going to a wake, like saying goodbye to an old friend,” said Dave Sosidka, a teacher at North Hunterdon High School. Sosidka lives in Clinton but brought his two sons to Newark to see the Bears two or three times a year.

    I guess they can turn the ballpark into an outdoor flea market…or maybe an open air methadone clinic.

    Hey, Hey, Hey…

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Funnier than Sonny and Cher in fat suits…

    Face It, “La Brea” Pineda Is A Cheater

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (15)

    Via Bill Madden

    This is one sticky wicket Michael Pineda has created for himself and baseball.

    The now-certified dumbest player on the planet insisted after being ejected from Wednesday night’s Yankee-Red Sox game at Fenway Park that the huge smudge of pine tar on his neck was there for no other reason but to help him get a better grip on the ball in the cold weather so he wouldn’t maim any of the Boston batters with errant pitches. It was his story and he was . . . er . . . sticking to it, but Gaylord Perry, the most notorious “foreign substance” practitioner of them all, says he’s full of it.

    “Of course pine tar is a performance-enhancing substance,” Perry said by phone from his home in North Carolina when I asked him if its only value to a pitcher was just to get a better grip of the slick baseballs when the temperatures drop into the 40s. “Why do you think so many pitchers are using it? It absolutely helps your sinkers to sink better and breaking pitches to break better.”

    To that, Dwight Gooden wholeheartedly agreed in a tweet Thursday: “Lets put to rest all this talk about pine tar to get a better grip on the ball to protect the hitters! Pine tar is used 2 make ur breaking pitches sharper and help ur sinker 4 more movement. You can blow in your hand for a better grip when it’s cold. Enough already!”

    According to Perry, when it comes to getting a better grip on the baseball in colder conditions, the old-fashioned rosin bag is perfectly sufficient. “It was for me,” he said. “People don’t realize it but the rosin is nothing more than dried pine tar. You can shake that thing up, even spit a little in your hands when you’re off the rubber, rub ’em together and then use the rosin bag. That’s what I’d do and I never had a problem with gripping the ball.”

    “Gaylord’s right about pine tar being a performance-enhancing substance,” said Hall-of-Fame-bound former Cardinals, A’s and White Sox manager Tony La Russa by phone from his home in California. “At the same time, it does help the pitchers grip the ball better in cold weather, and the hitters appreciate the fact the pitcher can control his pitches. But there’s a gray area and it’s very small. Nobody has a problem if a pitcher has a small dip on his finger to help him better control the slick balls in the cold weather. But when you’ve got a swath of it somewhere, on your hands, your glove or somewhere else on your body, then you’re crossing the line in that gray area and your intention is clearly to cheat.”

    On the bright side, I have a big fat gold chain, a Yankees cap to wear crooked, and some pine tar to slap on my neck. Yes, I have my Halloween costume good to go with six months to spare!

    A.L. SRS Standings As Of COB 4-24-14

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (7)
    Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk Rdiff SOS SRS ▾ pythWL
    1 OAK 14 8 .636 W 1 1.6 -0.1 1.5 15-7
    2  LAA 10 11 .476 L 1 0.9 0.2 1.1 12-9
    3  MIN 11 10 .524 W 2 0.3 -0.1 0.2 11-10
    4  SEA 8 13 .381 W 1 -0.3 0.6 0.2 10-11
    Avg 10 10 .498 10-10
    5 DET 11 8 .579 W 1 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 10-9
    6  TBR 10 12 .455 L 2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 11-11
    7 TEX 14 8 .636 W 3 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 11-11
    8  BAL 11 10 .524 W 2 0.2 -0.5 -0.3 11-10
    9  CLE 11 11 .500 W 2 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 10-12
    10  CHW 11 12 .478 L 1 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 11-12
    11  TOR 11 11 .500 L 2 0.0 -0.4 -0.4 11-11
    12 NYY 13 9 .591 W 1 0.1 -0.7 -0.6 11-11
    13  KCR 10 11 .476 L 2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.6 10-11
    14  BOS 10 13 .435 L 1 -0.7 -0.2 -0.9 10-13
    15  HOU 7 16 .304 L 2 -1.9 0.3 -1.7 7-16
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/25/2014.

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    Joe Girardi, doing it with mirrors since 2013!

    10+ Games In Career 1st 20 With 2+Hits

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Since 1973:

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    Sometimes a hot start is just a hot start.

    Well, You Don’t See That Everyday

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    5-4-5, for the first time!

    Yanks Win 13 Of First 22 Games

    Posted by on April 25th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    You can’t ask for a better start, can you? Third best record in their league. Only 4 teams in baseball have more wins.

    Personally, I am amazed. And, I am not 100% sure how they are doing it.

    In any event, there are three roads from here:

    1. Continue at this pace and win 90+ games this season.
    2. Do even better and win closer to 100 games when it’s all done.
    3. Regress and win less than 90 games, overall, despite the good start.

    Which way to you think this team will go?

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

    Posted by on April 24th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    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 (1)

    Brew Crew having fun.

    Pineda’s Pine Tar Hickey

    Posted by on April 23rd, 2014 · Comments (18)

    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 (10)

    Mets fans are starting to wonder…

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