• Starlin Castro Must Go

    Posted by on September 4th, 2016 · Comments (16)

    In the last 4 years, covering 2,391 Plate Appearances, Starlin Castro has an OPS+ of 90.

    An OPS+ of 100, would mean “a league average hitter.” Translated, that means for the last FOUR YEARS, Castro is 10% worse than a league average hitter.

    He is also the 2nd worst fielding 2B in the American League this year:

    Rk Player dWAR G Year Age Tm
    1 Jed Lowrie -0.7 87 2016 32 OAK
    2 Starlin Castro -0.5 132 2016 26 NYY
    3 Rougned Odor -0.4 127 2016 22 TEX
    4 Brett Lawrie -0.2 94 2016 26 CHW
    5 Gregorio Petit -0.1 72 2016 31 LAA
    6 Jonathan Schoop 0.1 135 2016 24 BAL
    7 Max Muncy 0.1 40 2016 25 OAK
    8 Johnny Giavotella 0.2 99 2016 28 LAA
    9 Tyler Ladendorf 0.2 45 2016 28 OAK
    10 Jose Altuve 0.3 134 2016 26 HOU
    11 Logan Forsythe 0.3 100 2016 29 TBR
    12 Ryan Goins 0.3 64 2016 28 TOR
    13 Devon Travis 0.5 76 2016 25 TOR
    14 Whit Merrifield 0.6 54 2016 27 KCR
    15 Brian Dozier 0.7 131 2016 29 MIN
    16 Cliff Pennington 0.7 52 2016 32 LAA
    17 Christian Colon 0.8 47 2016 27 KCR
    18 Jason Kipnis 0.8 131 2016 29 CLE
    19 Robinson Cano 1.3 134 2016 33 SEA
    20 Dustin Pedroia 1.6 129 2016 32 BOS
    21 Ian Kinsler 1.7 131 2016 34 DET
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    Generated 9/4/2016.

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    Another brilliant trade by Cashman – taking on 4 years of his contract from the Cubs

    Sunday (9/4) = Must Win?

    Posted by on September 3rd, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Pretty much, no?

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Posted by on September 1st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Hands down the Yankees MVP this season?

    If not him, who? Didi Gregorius?

    The Last 10 Games Of The Season

    Posted by on September 1st, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Will that be the most important 10 games of the Yankees regular season?  What’s the magic number?  Have to win at least seven or more?  Or, will it come down to running the table?

    And, if the Yankees manage to get a home post-season game this year, do they have A-Rod come back and throw out the ceremonial first pitch?

    Yeah, I am kidding there…

    It Feels Like 1995…

    Posted by on September 1st, 2016 · Comments (9)

    It’s September 1st and the Yankees are 2.5 games back in the wildcard chase.

    I give much of the credit to Joe Girardi.  He never stopped trying to win games.  He never punted the season.

    Of course, they don’t have a snowball in hell’s chance in the post-season.    They are not Texas, Toronto, Boston or Cleveland.  Those teams have more talent.  But, just to be 2.5 back of a post-season berth now, after how the Yankees started this year, is a huge feather in the helmet of General Joe.

    Most XBH 1st Career 23 Games

    Posted by on August 28th, 2016 · Comments (5)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA HR XBH ▾
    1 Mandy Brooks 14 Ind. Games 61 9 21
    2 Joe DiMaggio 14 Ind. Games 74 4 19
    3 Gary Sanchez 13 Ind. Games 57 11 18
    4 Roy Weatherly 12 Ind. Games 58 1 17
    5 Trevor Story 12 Ind. Games 57 10 17
    6 Chris Dickerson 12 Ind. Games 54 6 17
    7 Josh Rutledge 11 Ind. Games 48 6 17
    8 Johnny Mize 10 Ind. Games 42 5 17
    9 Gus Zernial 13 Ind. Games 61 2 16
    10 Jeff Francoeur 13 Ind. Games 53 8 16
    11 Dick Allen 13 Ind. Games 56 6 16
    12 George Scott 12 Ind. Games 55 10 16
    13 Albert Pujols 12 Ind. Games 56 8 16
    14 Alvin Davis 12 Ind. Games 54 9 16
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    Generated 8/28/2016.

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    One better than Chris Dickerson, Mr. Sanchez.

    Players With 9+ HR In Their 1st 21 Career Games

    Posted by on August 25th, 2016 · Comments (15)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA AB HR ▾
    1 Trevor Story 8 Ind. Games 39 36 10
    2 George Scott 8 Ind. Games 35 32 10
    3 Alvin Davis 9 Ind. Games 41 34 9
    4 Gary Sanchez 7 Ind. Games 30 27 9
    5 Mandy Brooks 7 Ind. Games 30 28 9
    6 Dusty Rhodes 8 Ind. Games 32 29 8
    7 Carlos Delgado 7 Ind. Games 33 27 8
    8 Orlando Cepeda 7 Ind. Games 32 29 8
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    Generated 8/25/2016.

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    You all remember Mandy Brooks, I am sure.

    Sanchez Rules

    Posted by on August 24th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    I hope that the Yankees, the media, and, the fans, learned from that Joba Chamberlain experience and don’t put expectations on Gary Sanchez, going forward, that are going to impossible to meet.

    I mean…if he plays 130 games next year and hits 20 homeruns and bats .280, PLEASE, be happy with THAT.

    Cy Young Catcher

    Posted by on August 24th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    I am about half way done with this one and have been enjoying it. Very candid and totally unfiltered. If you like listening to ball players talk, you will like it. If you love listening to catcher’s insights, you will love it.

    Cy Young Catcher

    Sammy Sosa, A-Rod, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Melky Cabrera & Jhonny Peralta

    Posted by on August 21st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    I want to write “I really hope a guy like Gary Sanchez pays attention to guys like this and learns from what happened to them.” But, then again, they all made A LOT of money doing what they did, right?

    Anyway, Sanchez is in a good spot with the Yankees, having catchers like Joe Girardi and Tony Pena on the staff. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a jerk. I so badly want to root for this guy.

    Rob Refsnyder

    Posted by on August 20th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    They must really hate this kid. Haven’t we seen enough of Aaron Hicks already?

    Crickets For Mo?

    Posted by on August 15th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Is it just me, or, was Yankee Stadium practically empty yesterday?

    Missing Just One Thing

    Posted by on August 14th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    No more A-Rod. Revisiting the magic of 1996. And, of course, the Austin/Judge thing – which still has my jaw dropped wide open the day after it happened.

    Hands down, the best Yankees day that I can remember in a long time. Maybe since the Boone homer?

    The only thing missing was Kang and Kodos coming down in their ship and whisking away Cashman. Now, that would have made it a PERFECT day!

    A-Rod To The Orioles Effective September 1st

    Posted by on August 12th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    I’m calling it.

    Just saying.

    Juan Banco

    Posted by on August 11th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Gary Sanchez.

    I remember all those reports on his poor attitude. Lazy. Slow. Defiant.

    Also, a bad defender. Actual liability.

    Now, he looks like Johnny Bench. That block and throw out the other day in Fenway made me cry, it was so freaking pretty.

    Maturity is a good thing. I would really like to hear more about how this transformation took place. Who were his mentors? What was said that stuck? Stuff like that…

    After 4,561 Days, A-Rod Will No Longer Play For Yanks

    Posted by on August 7th, 2016 · Comments (23)

    I guess A-Rod is the new Reggie?

    Good job by the Yankees. I am all for getting rid of useless parts.

    I wonder if we’ll see A-Rod, Bonds, Giambi and McGwire all managing in the majors someday?

    The Chapman Deal

    Posted by on July 25th, 2016 · Comments (58)

    I am concerned about Torres strikeout rate and McKinney’s lack of power.

    If Torres is going to swing and miss that much at High A, what’s going to happen when he gets to more advanced levels? And, McKinney is now on his third organization in a very short period of time.

    It seems that the Yankees could have done better, in my opinion.

    I would have rather seen one solid prospect in return who was proven at the Double- or Triple-A level and just about ready for the big leagues – rather than a package of four players that only contained two reach prospects.

    Let us see if the Royals trade Wade Davis and see what they get in return. That might be an interesting yardstick.

    Kyle Schwarber

    Posted by on July 19th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    A younger Ken Phelps. Just what we need. No wonder Cashman lusts for him.

    73-75

    Posted by on July 11th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    Yup, since August 1st of last year, the New York Yankees are 73-75.

    In fact, since June of 2013, they are 269-251 (which is just .517 baseball).

    So, yeah, they are 44-44 at the All-Star break of 2016. But, based on what we have seen in the past, combined with this year, why would a reasonable person expect them to win more than 37 more games this year?

    Sell, Yankees. Sell.

    Thank You Tanaka

    Posted by on July 7th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    So far, this season, the Yankees are 12-5 in games started by Masahiro Tanaka. In games started by anyone else, they are 29-38.

    Chass On Cashman

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (25)

    Murray Chass talks about the Yankees – with a h/t to Ben M!

    Brian Cashman is in his 19th season as general manager and has been incapable of using an asset that, until recently, no other team has had. He has been allowed to spend outrageous amounts of money, and he has squandered millions and millions of dollars.

    All right, it’s not my money or yours. Why should I or we care how much money Cashman squanders? I suppose it’s the feeling of fairness in us. It’s also the incredulity. How can one man have so much money to spend and not be able to produce a consistent contender, if not winner?

    The Yankees have spent a total of $679 million on their payrolls the previous three years, but they have reached the playoffs only once in that period, and then only for a cup of coffee, going down meekly in the American League wild-card game last season without scoring a run.

    With Cashman’s $225 million payroll this year, the Yankees have shown no indication that they can attain a post-season perch. A contender? They’ve had trouble maintaining a .500 record. After two losses in San Diego they went into Sunday’s game with a 39-41 record.

    The Yankees have no such pitching depth. They don’t have much depth at all because they have done a poor job of developing players. Renowned for the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, the Yankees cannot claim credit for developing top major league prospects since.

    Any team that has had the same general manager for 19 years and has not developed a strong minor league system has to be suspect. Cashman had the same development executive for 15 years and never saw the need to replace Mark Newman, who finally retired two years ago.

    Newman owed his extended employment to Cashman. Cashman, who did not respond to telephone requests for an interview, owes his extended employment to Hal Steinbrenner, son of George, who is the Yankees’ managing partner.

    The Steinbrenner son seems to be intent to run the Yankees 180 degrees from the way his father operated. If the elder Steinbrenner were alive and operating the team, he would have fired Cashman long ago. No Steinbrenner general manager survived if he didn’t produce a championship team in a period of a few years, if that long.

    Amen Murray.

    Who Is The 5th Best Manager In Yankees History?

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    You tell me.

    Rk Mgr Yrs From To W L W-L% Ties G>.500 G ▾ BestFin WrstFin AvRk
    1 Joe McCarthy HOF 16 1931 1946 1460 867 .627 21 593 2348 1 4 1.7
    2 Joe Torre HOF 12 1996 2007 1173 767 .605 2 406 1942 1 2 1.2
    3 Casey Stengel HOF 12 1949 1960 1149 696 .623 6 453 1851 1 3 1.3
    4 Miller Huggins HOF 12 1918 1929 1067 719 .597 10 348 1796 1 7 2.2
    5 Ralph Houk 11 1961 1973 944 806 .539 7 138 1757 1 10 4.1
    6 Joe Girardi 9 2008 2016 775 602 .563 0 173 1377 1 4 2.0
    7 Billy Martin 8 1975 1988 556 385 .591 0 171 941 1 5 2.2
    8 Clark Griffith HOF 6 1903 1908 419 370 .531 18 49 807 2 8 4.1
    9 Buck Showalter 4 1992 1995 313 268 .539 1 45 582 1 4 2.4
    10 Bill Donovan 3 1915 1917 220 239 .479 6 -19 465 4 6 5.0
    11 Lou Piniella 3 1986 1988 224 193 .537 0 31 417 2 5 3.4
    12 Yogi Berra HOF 3 1964 1985 192 148 .565 2 44 342 1 3 2.0
    13 Bucky Harris HOF 2 1947 1948 191 117 .620 1 74 309 1 3 2.0
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    Generated 7/4/2016.

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    Trade Aroldis Chapman Now

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    There’s probably 10 teams out there who would want to trade for him. Maybe 15? A smart GM would leverage those teams against each other and get one great package in return. There’s no need to keep him. He’s a free agent at the end of the season. You just going to let him walk in 3 months? Plus, the Yankees are not going anywhere. (Please, stop with those fantasies of getting the 2nd wildcard!) Then again, I did say “Smart GM.”

    The Last Time The Yankees Lost 42 Of Their First 81 Games…

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2016 · Comments (4)

    …was 1982. That season, the Yankees went 79-83, and finished 5th in AL East.

    Will the Yankees lose 42 of their first 81 games in 2016? We’ll have that answer later today.

    Seriously, I Would Cut A Guy…

    Posted by on July 1st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    for this.

    Pythagorean W-L: 34-42

    Posted by on June 29th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Yup, that’s what the Yankees record should be, today, based on the runs they score and the amount they let up.

    And, as bad as their are (37-39), they are better than that record. Credit Joe Girardi. It’s not the first time he’s gotten the Yankees to win more games than their Pythagorean record forecasts.

    Rk Year Tm W L W-L% pythW-L% Finish GB Managers
    1 2016 New York Yankees 37 39 .487 .453 4th of 5 9.0 J.Girardi (37-39)
    2 2015 New York Yankees 87 75 .537 .541 2nd of 5 6.0 J.Girardi (87-75)
    3 2014 New York Yankees 84 78 .519 .478 2nd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (84-78)
    4 2013 New York Yankees 85 77 .525 .485 3rd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (85-77)
    5 2012 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .584 1st of 5 J.Girardi (95-67)
    6 2011 New York Yankees 97 65 .599 .624 1st of 5 J.Girardi (97-65)
    7 2010 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .597 2nd of 5 1.0 J.Girardi (95-67)
    8 2009 New York Yankees 103 59 .636 .588 1st of 5 J.Girardi (103-59)
    9 2008 New York Yankees 89 73 .549 .537 3rd of 5 8.0 J.Girardi (89-73)
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    Generated 6/29/2016.

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    Yankees & The Rain Game

    Posted by on June 28th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    This was a cluster bleep, and, that’s being polite.

    I Agree With Joel

    Posted by on June 26th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    It would send a message to the team and the fans, and, a much needed one.

    How Excited Are You About Yankees Baseball In 2016?

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2016 · Comments (17)

    Right now, I am hooked on the College World Series. I stayed up to midnight to watch the whole Coastal Carolina – TCU game last night. And, I am really looking forward to watching the Little League World Series this summer. I’ve been hooked on that for a few years now.

    The Yankees? I really don’t go out of my way to watch them now. And, often, when I turn on one of their games, it doesn’t take long for me to click on to something else.

    Going to a Yankees game? At this point, I would only go if I had free tickets and they would have to be good seats.

    Oh, by the way, it’s June 22nd. That didn’t take long.

    The 1st 68 Games Each Season With Cashman As GM

    Posted by on June 20th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    With 34 losses in their first 68 games this season, this year is the worst start of a Cashman Yankees team ever.

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    Put that in your spreadsheet, Hal.

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