• Yankees, OPS+ 125 or Better, 2,500+ PA

    Posted by on November 14th, 2016 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player OPS+ PA From To Age G R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Babe Ruth 209 9199 1920 1934 25-39 2084 1959 2518 424 659 1978 1852 1122 110 .349 .484 .711
    2 Lou Gehrig 179 9663 1923 1939 20-36 2164 1888 2721 534 493 1995 1508 790 102 .340 .447 .632
    3 Mickey Mantle 172 9907 1951 1968 19-36 2401 1676 2415 344 536 1509 1733 1710 153 .298 .421 .557
    4 Joe DiMaggio 155 7672 1936 1951 21-36 1736 1390 2214 389 361 1537 790 369 30 .325 .398 .579
    5 Charlie Keller 152 4466 1939 1952 22-35 1066 712 1053 163 184 723 760 481 45 .286 .410 .518
    6 Reggie Jackson 148 2707 1977 1981 31-35 653 380 661 115 144 461 326 573 41 .281 .371 .526
    7 Jason Giambi 143 3693 2002 2008 31-37 897 515 764 134 209 604 619 706 9 .260 .404 .521
    8 Roger Maris 139 3475 1960 1966 25-31 850 520 797 110 203 547 413 417 7 .265 .356 .515
    9 Alex Rodriguez 136 6520 2004 2016 28-40 1509 1012 1580 263 351 1096 779 1292 152 .283 .378 .523
    10 Rickey Henderson 135 2735 1985 1989 26-30 596 513 663 119 78 255 406 281 326 .288 .395 .455
    11 Dave Winfield 134 5021 1981 1990 29-38 1172 722 1300 236 205 818 477 652 76 .290 .356 .495
    12 Tommy Henrich 132 5409 1937 1950 24-37 1284 901 1297 269 183 795 712 383 37 .282 .382 .491
    13 Bobby Murcer 129 4997 1965 1983 19-37 1256 641 1231 192 175 687 491 564 74 .278 .349 .453
    14 Bill Skowron 129 4102 1954 1962 23-31 1087 518 1103 173 165 672 278 588 14 .294 .346 .496
    15 Don Mattingly 127 7722 1982 1995 21-34 1785 1007 2153 442 222 1099 588 444 14 .307 .358 .471
    16 Bill Dickey 127 7065 1928 1946 21-39 1789 930 1969 343 202 1209 678 289 36 .313 .382 .486
    17 George Selkirk 127 3322 1934 1942 26-34 846 503 810 131 108 576 486 319 49 .290 .400 .483
    18 Robinson Cano 126 5791 2005 2013 22-30 1374 799 1649 375 204 822 350 689 38 .309 .355 .504
    19 Bernie Williams 125 9053 1991 2006 22-37 2076 1366 2336 449 287 1257 1069 1212 147 .297 .381 .477
    20 Paul O’Neill 125 5368 1993 2001 30-38 1254 720 1426 304 185 858 586 710 80 .303 .377 .492
    21 Yogi Berra 125 8350 1946 1963 21-38 2116 1174 2148 321 358 1430 704 411 30 .285 .348 .483
    22 Earle Combs 125 6513 1924 1935 25-36 1456 1186 1866 309 58 633 670 278 98 .325 .397 .462
    23 Birdie Cree 125 2989 1908 1915 25-32 742 345 761 117 11 332 269 274 132 .292 .368 .398
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    Generated 11/14/2016.

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    Look at Reggie.  No wonder why they named a candy bar after him.

    50+ Games As A Yankee OPS+ 140 or Better

    Posted by on November 14th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Crazy list.

    Rk Player OPS+ G From To Age PA
    1 Babe Ruth 209 2084 1920 1934 25-39 9199
    2 Lou Gehrig 179 2164 1923 1939 20-36 9663
    3 Mickey Mantle 172 2401 1951 1968 19-36 9907
    4 Gary Sanchez 166 55 2015 2016 22-23 231
    5 Joe DiMaggio 155 1736 1936 1951 21-36 7672
    6 Charlie Keller 152 1066 1939 1952 22-35 4466
    7 Bobby Bonds 151 145 1975 1975 29-29 626
    8 Reggie Jackson 148 653 1977 1981 31-35 2707
    9 Ron Blomberg 148 400 1969 1976 20-27 1324
    10 Dale Long 146 81 1960 1963 34-37 175
    11 Jason Giambi 143 897 2002 2008 31-37 3693
    12 Don Bollweg 142 70 1953 1953 32-32 178
    13 Oscar Gamble 141 540 1976 1984 26-34 1707
    14 Jack Lelivelt 141 54 1912 1913 26-27 184
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    Generated 11/14/2016.

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    Giambi = Reggie + Blomberg.

    What A Game!

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2016 · Comments (8)

    The 10 best World Series Game Seven contests just may be 2016, 2014, 2001, 1997, 1991, 1962, 1960, 1946, 1926, and 1924. In terms of grabbing national attention, for sundry reasons, you could slice the list down to 2016, 2001, 1991 and 1960 as the top four – with TV coverage giving them an assist. Picking which one of these four is the best Game Seven ever would be difficult. One thing to note is that the home team won in 1960, 1991 and 2001 – and that was not the case in 2016. This adds the element of the winning team still needing to get 3 outs to win, compared to walking off with the victory. Perhaps this additional degree of difficulty makes 2016 stand out a bit more?

    Tonight’s Game 7 In Cleveland

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2016 · Comments (5)

    This season, Kyle Hendricks, on the road, in a hitter’s ballpark, is a good pitcher – but, not a great one. That said, expect to see Jon Lester in this game tonight at some point for the Cubs. And, when that happens, Cleveland better be aggressive on the bases. (And, maybe that’s a reason for Francona to play Guyer, Davis and Crisp in the outfield tonight and bench Chisenhall and Naquin?) On the flip side, Corey Kluber should be good for 50 pitches and 4 effective innings tonight, at the least. Then, you’re going to see Shaw, Miller and Allen. Of course, Schwarber, Rizzo, Bryant, Zobrist and company can swing the bats. But, good pitching beats good hitting. If Kluber, Shaw, Miller and Allen are on tonight, I see Cleveland winning a close contest. To me, that’s the key to the game tonight: Cleveland’s best pitchers against Chicago’s great hitters. Whomever wins those battles will win the war.

    One Away

    Posted by on October 30th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    Since they went to the wildcard format in baseball, in the past 21 years, only the 1998 & 1999 Yankees, and the 2005 White Sox, have won World Series rings while losing two games or less during their post-season run.  (’99 Yanks and ’05 Chisox lost one.  ’98 Yanks lost two.)  With a win tonight, Cleveland can join the club.

    Modern Day Rushmore

    Posted by on October 27th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Since 1973, there have ONLY been FOUR Yankees players to have 10+ seasons with the team where they played enough to qualify for the league batting title:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Derek Jeter 18 1996 2014 22-40 Ind. Seasons
    2 Bernie Williams 13 1993 2005 24-36 Ind. Seasons
    3 Don Mattingly 11 1984 1995 23-34 Ind. Seasons
    4 Willie Randolph 10 1977 1987 22-32 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 10/27/2016.

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    And, it’s going to be a long time before someone joins this group.

    Somebody Has To Go, Right?

    Posted by on October 27th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    At the major league level, the Yankees have Gardner, Ellsbury and Hicks in the outfield next year. (Yeah, for some stupid reason, they love Hicks.)

    However, they also have Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin very close in the wings. (I say Austin expecting Bird to play first.) And, there’s more outfielders very close and knocking on the door. You’ve got Dustin Fowler, Mark Payton…and maybe even Mason Williams or Billy McKinney (although I am not too high on the latter two). And, don’t discount Blake Rutherford being a fast mover.

    I know the Yankees would love to unload Ellsbury. But, that’s not going to happen.

    Sure smells like Gardner is going to get traded this off-season, no?

    Cubs-Indians World Series

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Mr. Miller and Mr. Chapman meet again!

    This is actually a pretty cool Fall Classic match-up. Maybe the most interesting in a while.

    Of course, the Cubs are STACKED. And, everyone wants them to win because it’s been since 1908, they have a curse, etc. Then again, the Indians have their thing with 1948 as well.

    Don’t discount Cleveland.

    Boston was better than them. Ditto Toronto. And, they beat them both. Francona just may be the best post-season manager in baseball history – at least in modern-day baseball history.

    I would not be annoyed if either team won. I suppose that I am rooting for the Indians because they are the Cinderella team and it’s more than likely they won’t get too many other shots – whereas the Cubs may be great for a while.

    Hopefully, it will be a great series. We had a pretty good one in 2014. But, I want this one to be better. Something along the lines of 1975 or 2001 would be nice. Even the level of 2011 or 1997 would be cool. Give us something memorable…

    Sophie’s Choice

    Posted by on October 5th, 2016 · Comments (18)

    Full disclosure: I never saw the movie.

    In any event, the next 12 months in Yankeeland are the best possible time to finally get rid of Brian Cashman. If it doesn’t happen during that time, it’s probably not going to happen until the 2020′s. (Ugh!)

    For the LAST FOUR years, the Yankees have been an 85 win team. (The record speaks for itself – 85, 84, 87 and 84 is an average of 85, on the nose.)

    If they pull another 85 or less, that may be enough to send Cashman packing. You don’t have to pay a GM what the Yankees are paying Cashman to get an 85 win team. For sure, if they tank and put up a losing record, that should be “Bye-bye Brian!”

    But, if the Yankees do win less than 86 games in 2017, it’s probably the end for Joe Girardi as well. And, that would be sad. He’s a good man and a solid manager. In fact, if not for him, the Yankees would be more like a 79 win team each of the last four seasons. If anything, Girardi has saved Cashman’s bacon since 2013.

    WWHD? (What would Hal do?)

    If Yankee ownership had to choose between Cashman or Girardi to take the hit for a poor 2017, which one would get whacked?

    I suspect it would be Joe.

    Cashman, Trost and Levine have themselves dug in deeper than an Alabama tick and are super insulated. Plus, they have unity and Girardi is a man on an island.

    Cashman survived Meanwell. In fact, he had her “taken care of” faster than you can say “Vincent Foster.”

    Something big has to happen in the next 12 months to free Yankeeland of Cashman. Bigger than Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa or Javy Vazquez. Worse than Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Travis Hafner, Garrett Jones or Kevin Youkilis. It can’t just be another Cito Culver, Ty Hensley, C.J. Henry or Andrew Brackman. Cashman has proven none of that stuff sticks.

    I don’t know…what do you think it would take? And, if it happened, would it be Girardi or Cashman who would be let go when it happens?

    Me, At The Yankees Game Yesterday

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2016 · Comments (2)

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    At the VERY LAST MINUTE, my son and I decided to go to the Yankees game yesterday. That’s us in the green box, above. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) It was our first time at the Stadium in a while. (We didn’t go at all last year.)

    He had nothing to do and was bored. It was Game 161 on a gray day. They were giving out bobble-heads. And, the seats were $25 each on StubHub. I figured it would be easy getting in and out, etc. So, why not?

    By the way, they “announced” the “paid” attendance at 33,222. Boy, that’s magic. Every section was at least half empty, or more, and there were a few sections that were totally empty. What did they have, like 13,000 who bought tickets and didn’t show? Really?

    Anyway, what I found interesting was that the seats we had, while nice, did not give you the whole view of the field. We could not see anything in right field. Basically, any ball hit towards right that was more than 200 feet, we had to guess what happened based on the crowd reaction or the runners on base.

    I think those tickets go for $50 each at full price. For that amount, shouldn’t you be able to see the whole field?

    Yankees 2016 – History In The Making!

    Posted by on September 28th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    No, not Gary Sanchez…

    The 2016 Yankees have a chance to become ONLY THE SECOND YANKEES TEAM EVER to have THREE players appear in 100+ games EACH and EACH have more strikeouts than hits. Yes, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann…we are watching you. (All Cashman imports, by the way and for the record.)

    The only other time the Yankees did it? That would be that glorious 1990 squad with Steve Balboni, Jesse Barfield and Bob Geren doing the honors.

    The Jays Fracas

    Posted by on September 27th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Home plate umpire Todd Tichenor is a moron. He totally mishandled the situation and was the cause for this thing escalating. MLB needs to sit him down and take some money out of his pocket.

    There’s no way Severino hit Donaldson on purpose. Plus, that pitch was not that far inside.

    J.A. Happ should have been warned after THE FIRST PITCH to Headley and ejected after the second one.

    I actually give Girardi credit for being a better man than me. Seriously, after the Headley HBP, I would have taken my entire team off the field and said “Bleep you. We forfeit. There’s no sense playing a game when you have a home plate umpire THIS CLUELESS as to how to run a game.” And, I would have let the Blue Jays management watch 40,000 fans walk out of their building after just one inning of play. Cha-ching!

    I watched the game up until the debates. The whole time I was praying that some Yankees batter would push or drag a bunt up the first base line and run up Happ’s back, pushing his face into the ground and maybe even spiking up his Achilles tendon.

    Good job by Severino in the bottom of the second doing what was needed.

    The Jays want to be the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. Hey, whatever. Good luck with it.

    But, Todd Tichenor should be put on a performance improvement plan after the way he butchered this one. He was just horse shit last night.

    First Three-Shutout Skid Since 1975

    Posted by on September 24th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Ouch.  Who’s the batting coach again?

    Gary Sanchez…Fastest To 19

    Posted by on September 22nd, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Gary Sanchez, in terms of his OPS+, is now hitting like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jason Giambi in their best seasons.

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Barry Bonds 4 2001 2004 36-39 Ind. Seasons
    2 Mark McGwire 2 1998 2000 34-36 Ind. Seasons
    3 Gary Sanchez 1 2016 2016 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    4 Sammy Sosa 1 2001 2001 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    5 Jason Giambi 1 2001 2001 30-30 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 9/22/2016.

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    Maybe not the company you want to keep?

    Four

    Posted by on September 19th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Com’on Yankees. Just give me four more wins this year. After that, you can do whatever you want.

    2018

    Posted by on September 16th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    This team has the potential to be really good in 2018. But, with Cashman and Company at the helm, I am sure they will screw it up.

    As far as the rest of this year, now it’s time to play spoiler and have some pride in doing it…

    Biggest 4 Game Series Of The Season Right Now?

    Posted by on September 15th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Ya think?

    Going, Going…

    Posted by on September 13th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    …much like the Yankees chances now.

    The Kids Are Alright

    Posted by on September 9th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    Austin powers one! Yeah, baby!

    Yanks are now 15-9 since A-Rod left. (Just saying!)

    4 Back With 24 To Go

    Posted by on September 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Yankees 7, Blue Jays 6

    Posted by on September 7th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    THIS.

    If two Martians landed today and asked “What’s baseball?,” I would tell them go watch THIS game. It’s a fun one.

    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

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