• Goodbye D.J.

    Posted by on September 25th, 2014 · Comments (35)

    Jeter Draft Card

    Derek Jeter has played the most games by any man in history who played one defensive position and never played anywhere else. He is the only big leaguer in history with 11 seasons in his career in which he batted over .300 and finished with both double-digit homers and steals. He’s one of only six players who played for the same team at age 20 and after turning 40. (The others: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr.) During his 20 years in the majors, Jeter has played in over 2,900 games (between the regular and post-season) and was never ejected by an umpire. And, he better have a voting percentage of at least 99% when his name first appears on a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

    Closing Time

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (49)

    Do me a favor…

    …if you’re the last one here, please remember to turn out the lights and lock the door on your way out. And, thanks!

    Rob Refsnyder

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    He’s playing like a man who knows Brian Roberts is toast.

    Trea Turner

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Padres got him in the draft yesterday. He went high – as expected.

    For some reason, he’s the guy who interested me the most in this draft. I think he could be very good. Maybe not Derek Jeter. But, for sure, he’ll be better than Matt Bush.

    He’s a very exciting player – at least to me. I think he could be just as good as Jose Reyes, if things go well for him.

    Jacob Lindgren

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    BBA America had him at #89 in their top 200 prospects list.  Yankees took him at #55.

    Short lefty relief pitcher with a fastball-slider combo.

    At best, maybe he can be Billy Wagner or Ricardo Rincon. At the worst, he can be Joe Klink. In the end, he’ll probably be somewhere in between.

    Yankees Bad Starts Since 1996

    Posted by on June 5th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    The least amount of wins by a Yankees team, through the first 58 games of the season, since 1996:

    Rk Tm Year W ▾ L W-L%
    1 NYY 2007 27 31 Ind. Games .466
    2 NYY 2008 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    3 NYY 2005 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    4 NYY 2014 29 29 Ind. Games .500
    5 NYY 1997 31 27 Ind. Games .534
    6 NYY 2001 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    7 NYY 2013 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    8 NYY 2000 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    9 NYY 2012 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    10 NYY 2011 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    11 NYY 2003 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    12 NYY 1999 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    13 NYY 2009 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    14 NYY 1996 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    15 NYY 2006 35 23 Ind. Games .603
    16 NYY 2010 36 22 Ind. Games .621
    17 NYY 2002 37 21 Ind. Games .638
    18 NYY 2004 38 20 Ind. Games .655
    19 NYY 1998 45 13 Ind. Games .776
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    Generated 6/5/2014.

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    This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games.  Didn’t Cashman get total control around 2005…and the non-core-four players that Michael/Watson brought in were mostly gone by then?

    R.I.P Don Zimmer

    Posted by on June 4th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    He had a huge hand in those Yankees rings from 1996-2000.

    So, It’s 11:46 PM On June 3rd, And, I’m Sitting Here Watching The Yankees Game On TV…

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (10)

    …and, the question is “Why?”

    Are The Yankees Going Backwards?

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Just look at how the team is trending, in terms of results, over the last six years:

    2009: Won the World Series
    2010: Lost the ALCS.
    2011: Lost the ALDS.
    2012: Lost the ALCS, very badly – after just barely getting through the ALDS.
    2013: Won 85 and missed the playoffs completely.
    2014: On pace to only win 84 games.

    The trend line here is going downward, no? See:

    • In 2009, they were a powerhouse team who won 100+ games and a World Series ring.
    • In 2010, they are a near 100-win team who pushed the ALCS to six games.
    • In 2011, it was like 2010 – except that couldn’t get back to the ALCS.
    • In 2012, they won a lot during the regular season. But, in the playoffs, they were one of the worst teams in the A.L. group.
    • In 2013, they only won 85 games and deserved to win less.
    • And, we know about this year…

    Baseball is a results driven business, right? At some point, SOMEONE in the Yankees ownership team has to see this trend-line and make a change…or, is that never going to happen?

    From The Flip To The Foul

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Somehow, I don’t think there’s going to be a line of Steiner Collectibles celebrating “The Foul.”

    The story via the AP

    Derek Jeter jogged nonchalantly down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over.

    For a star with a resume full of memorable moments, he then nearly made a blunder worthy of a blooper reel.

    Jeter’s rare mental mistake helped give Kyle Seager his second triple Monday night to go along with a homer and a double in the Seattle Mariners’ 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees.

    “I almost gave it to a fan,” Jeter said. “I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory.”

    The play that confused the Yankees captain came in the fourth inning, when Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn’t come up with it.

    With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he took several more steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.

    “It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I basically just kept running.”

    Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) hollered “throw the ball!” as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying “I thought it was foul” as he walked back to the infield.

    “My emotions got the best of me,” Phelps said. “I was trying to scream at him to get his attention, hoping he didn’t throw the ball into the stands.”

    #Season2Watch

    Actually, this “play” just may become the signature moment of this Yankees season. And, that’s very sad.

    Since April 18th, The Yankees Are 19-20

    Posted by on June 2nd, 2014 · Comments (24)

    Worse, overall this season, they are 20-24 in games NOT started by Masahiro Tanaka.

    They really stink this year.

    Yankees Gave Out A Bunch Of Bats Today…

    Posted by on June 1st, 2014 · Comments (11)

    …they should have kept some for themselves.  Well, that, and, they should have prayed for rain after 8 innings.

    I was at this one today.

    Other than getting some nice seats cheap on StubHub, having my son get a free bat, not much positive to say about the trip.

    When I saw the line-up, I thought “This is a major league team?”  I got my answer once they started playing.

    We Play Today, We’re Insipid Today. Dat’s it.

    Posted by on May 31st, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via Wally Matthews -

    The Yankees did not pitch well, they did not hit well and they did not run the bases well in their 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium tonight.

    But playing poorly was not the worst of their sins; even the best of teams can have a bad night now and then.

    In this one, however, the Yankees weren’t just bad. They were boring, and that is a lot worse.

    How boring were they? In the sixth inning, down by just three runs and with Ricky Nolasco, a pitcher with a 6.12 ERA still in the game, what was left of the announced crowd of 42,245 began doing the wave.

    Not just once and not just twice. At least four times, the silly shouting and raising of hands circled the ballpark. Clearly, the crowd had no further interest in watching a game that on the scoreboard at least was not close to being out of reach.

    On the field, however, it was a different story. The Yankees had nine hits, and three of them were timely — Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI double in the third, Derek Jeter’s single in the fifth that looked like it would score a run but wound up turning into a soul-crushing, inning-ending rundown thanks to the arm of Twins right-fielder Oswaldo Arcia and a rare baserunning mistake by Jeter, and Yangervis Solarte’s single in the sixth, that looked as if it would score Roberts — until a rifle shot from Arcia nailed him at the plate for the final out.

    But it seemed as if the crowd had come in with little faith in the Yankees’ ability to score runs tonight, and with good reason. Time and again, their big hitters failed in clutch situations. Three times, Brian McCann came up with runners on base, twice with a runner in scoring position. He made an out all three times, ending the inning twice. He did manage a two-out single in the eight, which went nowhere when Brian Roberts flied out. Roberts also got picked off first after leading off the second inning with a single.

    The sad fact is that right now, every team but the Yankees is taking advantage of their homer-friendly ballpark. Arcia hit a long solo homer in the second. Josh Willingham hit a longer solo homer in the fourth. Two batters later, Trevor Plouffe hit the longest homer of all, into the mesh above Monument Park, to give the Twins a 4-1 lead. All of them came off Vidal Nuno, who took the loss.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees — formerly known as the Bronx Bombers — rank eighth in the AL and 17th in baseball with just 47 home runs, and have no player in double digits. (The Toronto Blue Jays lead the pack with 80).

    “This is not a lineup that’s filled with a ton of power, so we’re going to have to put hits together and hit doubles and steal some bases and do some things like that,” Joe Girardi said.

    The manager then launched into a bizarre justification in which he ridiculed people who said the Yankees were too reliant on home runs in previous seasons. “Now we’re hitting singles and now we’re not hitting home runs and I’m being asked why we’re not hitting home runs,” Girardi said. “I was thinking back a couple of years, people were asking me, well, all you do is score runs with home runs. What are you going to do when you don’t hit home runs?”

    Girardi’s team provided the answer tonight: Lose. And lose boringly.

    On the bright side, Tanaka is pitching today.

    Kendrys Morales To The Yankees?

    Posted by on May 30th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Here’s one story that says it could happen.

    No idea how big or hairy Kendrys is…?

    Getting It Dunn: The 40/100 Club

    Posted by on May 29th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Only FOUR players in baseball history have 6+ seasons with 40+ homeruns AND 100+ walks:

    Rk Yrs From To Age
    1 Babe Ruth 10 1920 1932 25-37 Ind. Seasons
    2 Barry Bonds 8 1993 2004 28-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Adam Dunn 6 2004 2012 24-32 Ind. Seasons
    4 Jim Thome 6 1997 2006 26-35 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 5/29/2014.

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    If Dunn can do it 2 more times, which is possible, then he will join Ruth and Bonds as the only three batters in big league history to do it 8+ times. Amazing.

    Funny, Johnny

    Posted by on May 29th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    As much as I still, now, have nightmares about the 2004 ALCS, this was pretty funny last night.

    Have The Twins Fixed Phil Hughes?

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

    Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants?

    She Throws A Lot Better Than 50 Cent

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

    Yanks Have 5 Regulars With Sub 100 OPS+

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

    If they keep up that pace, it would tie for worst in franchise history:

    Query: For single seasons, playing for the Yankees, from 1903 to 2014, requiring OPS+ less than or equal to 99 and qualified for league batting title, sorted by greatest number of players matching criteria.

    Rk Year #Matching
    1 2014 5 Jacoby Ellsbury / Derek Jeter / Brian McCann / Brian Roberts / Alfonso Soriano
    2 1914 5 Luke Boone / Roy Hartzell / Fritz Maisel / Charlie Mullen / Roger Peckinpaugh
    3 1908 5 Neal Ball / Hal Chase / Wid Conroy / Red Kleinow / George Moriarty
    4 1905 5 Hal Chase / Patsy Dougherty / Kid Elberfeld / Dave Fultz / Jimmy Williams
    5 1937 4 Frankie Crosetti / Myril Hoag / Tony Lazzeri / Red Rolfe
    6 1924 4 Joe Dugan / Everett Scott / Aaron Ward / Whitey Witt
    7 1913 4 Bert Daniels / Roy Hartzell / Roger Peckinpaugh / Jeff Sweeney
    8 1906 4 Wid Conroy / Frank Delahanty / Danny Hoffman / Red Kleinow
    9 2000 3 Scott Brosius / Tino Martinez / Paul O’Neill
    10 1964 3 Clete Boyer / Joe Pepitone / Bobby Richardson
    11 1963 3 Clete Boyer / Tony Kubek / Bobby Richardson
    12 1961 3 Clete Boyer / Tony Kubek / Bobby Richardson
    13 1941 3 Phil Rizzuto / Red Rolfe / Johnny Sturm
    14 1940 3 Frankie Crosetti / Babe Dahlgren / Red Rolfe
    15 1929 3 Leo Durocher / Mark Koenig / Bob Meusel
    16 1925 3 Joe Dugan / Pee-Wee Wanninger / Aaron Ward
    17 1923 3 Joe Dugan / Wally Pipp / Everett Scott
    18 1922 3 Everett Scott / Aaron Ward / Whitey Witt
    19 1921 3 Roger Peckinpaugh / Wally Pipp / Aaron Ward
    20 1920 3 Duffy Lewis / Roger Peckinpaugh / Aaron Ward
    21 1917 3 Hugh High / Fritz Maisel / Les Nunamaker
    22 1915 3 Luke Boone / Roy Hartzell / Roger Peckinpaugh
    23 1912 3 Hal Chase / Hack Simmons / Jeff Sweeney
    24 1909 3 Jimmy Austin / Kid Elberfeld / John Knight
    25 1907 3 Wid Conroy / Danny Hoffman / Willie Keeler
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    Generated 5/28/2014.

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    Yangervis Solarte Last 50 PA

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

    Solarte’s BA/OBA/SLG line in last 12 games is .152/.204/.217 (in 50 PA). Is the bloom now off the his rose?

    Cashman: McCann Is A Potential Hall Of Famer

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

    Well, that’s what he said about 6 months ago. Via the Post, back in December of last year:

    The Yankees dropped $85 million across five years on catcher Brian McCann and didn’t waste a second letting everyone know what they expect.

    At a Yankee Stadium press conference Thursday to introduce McCann, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman weren’t shy about what they purchased.

    “We are hoping he clearly continues the type of production on the offensive and defensive side he provided in Atlanta. If he continues to do that, we are talking about a potential Hall of Famer,’’ Cashman said. “We are buying someone with that type of reputation. We have a lot of needs, and this fills one of them.’’

    McCann’s BA/OBA/SLG line this morning is .218/.275/.370 (in 178 PA).

    But, if Cashman had been paying attention, he should have seen this coming.

    Mets Fire Hitting Coach

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

    Via Newsday

    Fired Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens hinted that team ownership was the driving force behind his ouster, then fired back at the club’s own television broadcasters, who have long criticized the hitting approach espoused by general manager Sandy Alderson as too passive.

    Did Hudgens believe he got a fair shake?

    “It depends on who you’re talking about, from who,” Hudgens told Newsday Monday night in a phone interview, just a few hours after his dismissal. “From Sandy, from the front office, from the players, from Terry [Collins], from the other coaches, yeah, absolutely.”

    He omitted team ownership. Hudgens and Alderson have ties dating to their time with the Athletics organization. Hudgens, who joined the Mets in 2011, defended the team’s patient hitting approach, which has been bashed by broadcaster Keith Hernandez.

    “The naysayers, the guys who disapprove of us, the guys who I listen to on TV all the time, those guys that know everything about the game, I’m just amazed at it,” Hudgens said. “What’s wrong with getting a good pitch to hit? Somebody, please punch a hole in that for me. I just shake my head at the old-school guys that have it all figured out. Go up there and swing the bat. Well, what do you want to swing at? It just confounds me. It’s just hilarious, really.

    “That’s one thing. I’m glad I don’t have to listen to those guys anymore.”

    Hudgens said he was “a little bit surprised” by his firing since he believed the Mets had shown signs of improvement. “Every one of the players came in and gave me a hug and said how sorry they were,” he said. “I was really happy with my relationship with all the guys, with coaches, with Terry, Sandy, the front office. I’ve got nothing but positive things to say.”

    Once again, he did not mention team ownership.

    And, yet, Kevin Long remains employed…

    Yanks Have Won 8 Of Their Last 12

    Posted by on May 27th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Is this the start of something big?

    Dellin Betances Vs. Stephen Pryor

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2014 · Comments (10)

    The start of their careers:

    Player SO9 G ERA+ From To Age W L IP H R ER BB SO BF
    Dellin Betances 15.24 26 121 2011 2014 23-26 2 0 33.2 24 13 13 17 57 141
    Stephen Pryor 10.09 33 131 2012 2013 22-23 3 1 30.1 25 13 10 14 34 130
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    Generated 5/23/2014.

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    Just saying.

    Chris Christie Wants To Be Mets G.M.

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2014 · Comments (10)

    Via USA Today

    Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.

    “I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”

    The gig is tougher than it seems. Since Alderson took over, the club’s payroll has steadily shrunk amid questions about ownership’s financial stability. The Mets haven’t had a winning season since 2008, and their struggles have made them a constant punchline around baseball. But then, anyone from New Jersey knows a thing or two about being the butt of jokes.

    The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. Christie seems to take the losses pretty hard.

    “I texted my son after they lost one of the games this week: It is impossible to watch,” he said. “It is impossible to watch. Just when you care about them as much as I do, it’s hard to watch sometimes.”

    If Sandy would put his crap in boxes and get out of there…I would hope that Brian Cashman would take his place.

    In Last 24 Games, Yankees Team OPS Is .694

    Posted by on May 23rd, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Check out the numbers. The Yankees have gone 11-13 in their last 24 games. (Which, for some reason, a few Yankees fans find to be exciting?) This covers the games from April 25th through May 22nd.

    Over those 24 games, the Yankees team BA/OBA/SLG line is .248/.311/.382 (in 918 PA!). Yes, we’re talking about an on-base average close to three hundred and a slugging percentage less than three-ninety. Yikes.

    During this span, Yankees batters have almost as many strikeouts (179) as hits (205).

    On average, over these 24 games, the Yankees are sending 38.2 batters to the plate per game. Here, keep in mind, that the minimum sent to the plate in a 9-inning game would be 27 batters. So, the Yankees are averaging close to just one batter per inning over the minimum.

    Not so big and hairy, if you’re smoking the objective pipe, is it, Mr. Cashman?

    Cashman’s Latest Spending Spree A Bust So Far

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2014 · Comments (20)

    Via Ken Davidoff -

    Consider the Yankees, now 24-21, have scored 193 runs and allowed 204, an underwhelming run differential. The 16-28 Cubs? They have scored 174 and allowed 174. They are woefully underperforming their own mathematical expectations.

    And if you wonder why that is, all you had to do was endure this contest, when Cubs ace — and likely Yankees trade target — Jeff Samardzija dominated the Yankees’ lineup for seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to a major-league-leading 1.46, only to see his closer Hector Rondon blow a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning thanks in part to a throwing error by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney. Samardzija has zero wins in 10 starts, which tells you all you need to know about the useless measure of pitchers’ wins.

    These Yankees aren’t the scrappy bunch that we witnessed in their immediate predecessors, when a bunch of replacement-level players accompanied Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner (and late-season reinforcement Alfonso Soriano) on an unlikely ride to late-season contention.

    The Steinbrenners spent nearly $300 million to re-energize their team’s offense, even while allowing Cano to go to the Mariners, and so far, that reboot hasn’t paid many dividends. The Yankees rank eighth in the American League in runs scored.

    Most responsible for that mediocrity are the three highly compensated newcomers in the lineup. Carlos Beltran (.234/.286/.430) resides on the disabled list with a right elbow injury, Jacoby Ellsbury (.272/.346/.389) cooled down after a blazing start, and Brian McCann (.224/.274/.367) has just been awful. The Yankees’ three best offensive players have been the resurgent Mark Teixeira (.264/.372/.527), unheralded rookie Yangervis Solarte (.317/.394/.493) and blossoming pillar Brett Gardner (.304/.379/.424).

    But, hey, if the free agents don’t work out, it’s alright…after all, we have Cito Culver, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, Dante Bichette Jr., and Ty Hensley down on the farm, right?

    The Yankees Are On Pace To Win 85 Games This Year

    Posted by on May 21st, 2014 · Comments (24)

    Worse, there’s only been three times this season where they have won more than 3 games in a row.

    Maybe they should be renamed “The New York Yawnkees”?

    The only ring this team is going to win is the “ring” at the end of “Bore-ring!”

    #Season2Watch …NOT!

    Obama Closes Baseball Hall Of Fame

    Posted by on May 20th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Well, at least for a day.

    Time For The N.L. To Adopt The D.H.?

    Posted by on May 20th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Or, they can just enjoy those Bartolo Colon At Bats.

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