• Yankees History This Season?

    Posted by on March 26th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez were both born near the end of 1992 – the year that Derek Jeter was drafted by the Yankees – within 23 days of each other. They will both play the 2017 season for the Yankees as 24-year olds. In the vaunted history of the New York Yankees, the franchise has never had a season where 2 players (or more) hit 30+ home runs that year while being age 24 or younger. I think this will be the year that it happens. (For the record, the Yankees came close to making this happen in 1939 with Joe DiMaggio & Joe Gordon. If Gordon had hit 2 more homers, they would have been the first – and only, so far.)

    Greg Bird

    Posted by on March 26th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Going yard is nothing new for him. He’s been doing it his whole life. Greg Bird led the United States in home run ratio and slugging percentage in both 2010 and 2011. He hit 80 home runs during his high school career. He’s going to be fun to watch this year in the Bronx.

    Tyler Wade

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2017 · Comments (3)

    My guess is that he will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Yankees this year. (They want Torres to get more time in the minors. Plus, why start the clock on him this young?)

    Wade is an interesting player. He’s more of an OBA guy than someone who will hit for average. (He walks a lot for a guy who is not a great hitter.) He’s got no pop. But, he can and will steal a base – and he’s very athletic in the field. He’s pretty tough too. It will take a lot to knock him out of a game.

    I would rather give Wade a shot this April than go with Ronald Torreyes or Ruben Tejada.

    Lastly, my guess is that you won’t see Didi Gregorius for a while. They are saying the end of April. It would not shock me if it was closer to June, if then.

    USA vs. República Dominicana

    Posted by on March 19th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    So, of course, you know I stayed up until (what was) 2 AM this morning to watch the whole WBC game last night.

    Outstanding game. The tension of sudden death and needing to win for advancing. Full house. Clutch pitching. Close plays. Great defensive plays. Big home runs. Leads gained and lost. Tight run difference for most of the night. Pretty much representative of everything you want to see in a baseball contest.

    As far as the Jones’ catch: Given the full-blown 360-degree context of this catch, totally inclusive of all factors, how can it not go down in baseball history as one of the most memorable grabs ever?

    Quietest Yankees Spring Ever?

    Posted by on March 18th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    Lots of power.  Great pitching.  A record of 16-5.  No major injuries.  No squabbles.  It’s all good, right?

    The Yankees History With Right Fielders

    Posted by on March 15th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Is it just me, or, has it always been a “Yankees thing” to go out AND GET a right fielder rather than develop one themselves? Look at the 21 players below. All came to the Yankees and ended up playing RF for them. And, how many Yankees home grown players can you name that went on to play RF for them, for a prolonged period? It’s not 21. Not even close to that number.

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    Chase Headley

    Posted by on March 5th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    In his last 1,702 big league plate appearances, Chase Headley has an OPS+ of 94. Last year, his OPS+ was 91. The season before that it was 90.

    Gee, what do you think it will be this year?

    Meanwhile, Yangervis Solarte has out played him since they were swapped for each other. And, the Yankees also threw in Rafael De Paula – who could be a useful bullpen piece this year or next.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have Headley this year and next year at $13 million each season.

    Brilliant trade by Cashman. NOT.

    If Headley has another below average season this year, will he be the Yankees 3B in 2018? That would be a joke.

    Best Short Baseball Careers

    Posted by on March 3rd, 2017 · Comments (9)

    Just saying…

    Results
    Rk Player WAR/pos G From To Age PA BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
    1 Shoeless Joe Jackson 62.3 1332 1908 1920 20-32 5695 .356 .423 .517 .940 PHA-CLE-CHW
    2 Jackie Robinson 61.5 1382 1947 1956 28-37 5804 .311 .409 .474 .883 BRO
    3 Hank Greenberg 57.5 1394 1930 1947 19-36 6098 .313 .412 .605 1.017 DET-PIT
    4 Thurman Munson 45.9 1423 1969 1979 22-32 5905 .292 .346 .410 .756 NYY
    5 Fred Clarke 44.3 1373 1901 1915 28-42 5902 .301 .380 .420 .799 PIT
    6 Charlie Keller 43.0 1170 1939 1952 22-35 4604 .286 .410 .518 .928 DET-NYY
    7 Frank Chance 42.8 1115 1901 1914 24-37 4541 .298 .397 .396 .794 CHC-NYY
    8 Ken Williams 42.6 1398 1915 1929 25-39 5624 .319 .393 .530 .924 CIN-SLB-BOS
    9 Lenny Dykstra 42.2 1278 1985 1996 22-33 5282 .285 .375 .419 .793 NYM-PHI
    10 Wally Berger 42.1 1350 1930 1940 24-34 5665 .300 .359 .522 .881 BSN-NYG-CIN-PHI
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/3/2017.

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