• Getting Smart On The Divine Comedy Of Bichette’s ’99

    Posted by on February 21st, 2017 · Comments (3)

    In 1999, Dante Bichette was playing his 7th and last season with the Colorado Rockies.  (After that year, Dante was traded to the Cincinnati Reds – and was done as a major league player after 2001.)

    By conventional baseball standards, most would say that Dante had a pretty good year during that ’99 campaign – where Bichette had 38 doubles, 34 home runs, scored 104 runs and drove in 133 (runs).

    Why would that be considered good? Well, if you wanted to start a fraternity and call it the “38/34/104/133 Club” (meaning you needed to match or better those levels), there are only 27 men in baseball history to ever post a season like “that” –

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Lou Gehrig 4 1927 1934 24-31 Ind. Seasons
    2 Carlos Delgado 3 1999 2003 27-31 Ind. Seasons
    3 Hank Greenberg 3 1935 1940 24-29 Ind. Seasons
    4 Chuck Klein 3 1929 1932 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    5 Rogers Hornsby 3 1922 1929 26-33 Ind. Seasons
    6 Todd Helton 2 2000 2001 26-27 Ind. Seasons
    7 Albert Belle 2 1996 1998 29-31 Ind. Seasons
    8 Hal Trosky 2 1934 1936 21-23 Ind. Seasons
    9 Al Simmons 2 1929 1930 27-28 Ind. Seasons
    10 Miguel Cabrera 1 2012 2012 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    11 Albert Pujols 1 2009 2009 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    12 Matt Holliday 1 2007 2007 27-27 Ind. Seasons
    13 Mark Teixeira 1 2005 2005 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    14 David Ortiz 1 2005 2005 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    15 Miguel Tejada 1 2004 2004 30-30 Ind. Seasons
    16 Magglio Ordonez 1 2002 2002 28-28 Ind. Seasons
    17 Frank Thomas 1 2000 2000 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    18 Sammy Sosa 1 2000 2000 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    19 Dante Bichette 1 1999 1999 35-35 Ind. Seasons
    20 Juan Gonzalez 1 1998 1998 28-28 Ind. Seasons
    21 Jeff Bagwell 1 1997 1997 29-29 Ind. Seasons
    22 Rafael Palmeiro 1 1996 1996 31-31 Ind. Seasons
    23 Andres Galarraga 1 1996 1996 35-35 Ind. Seasons
    24 Don Mattingly 1 1985 1985 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    25 Frank Robinson 1 1962 1962 26-26 Ind. Seasons
    26 Ted Williams 1 1949 1949 30-30 Ind. Seasons
    27 Babe Ruth 1 1921 1921 26-26 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 2/21/2017.

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    Don’t get confused here. This does not imply that Bichette’s 1999 was one of the greatest seasons of all-time, or, that he should be in the baseball batter’s pantheon. There’s some funky stuff with the cutting of this club. First, runs scored and runs driven in are just as much a reflection of who is batting around you as they are an indication of your production. Therefore, that factor helps and hurts some with respect to making the group.  Secondly, the doubles-homers thing can get tricky. For example, if a guy is hitting 50, 60 or 70 home runs in a season, then the odds are against him hitting many doubles as well – since his shots are flying over fences rather than falling in for two-baggers. And, the lack of doubles would then leave that great hitter off this list. Lastly, specific to Dante, there’s the whole Coors Field thing – where Bichette played all his home games in 1999. This is an extreme hitter’s park – and it inflates batting production by 25-35%, give or take – due to its high altitude. Balls fly out of Coors Field faster than they do at a brothel with a CDC warning of Syphilis detection posted in the vestibule. Although, while aided by Coors in ’99, it wasn’t as much as you would think for Dante that season.  See his home/road splits that season:

    Split G PA R 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    Home 78 355 67 21 20 82 30 37 .308 .363 .575
    Away 73 304 37 17 14 51 24 47 .287 .342 .502
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    Generated 2/21/2017.

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    In any event, getting back to the point, sundry caveats aside, albeit layman logic, many would consider Dante Bichette’s 1999 season to be a positive performance.  But, was it?

    That brings us to “WAR.”

    What is “WAR”? It’s an acronym that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.” And, what is “that”? Here’s how Wiki describes it:

    Wins Above Replacement or Wins Above Replacement Player, commonly abbreviated to WAR or WARP, is a non-standardized sabermetric baseball statistic developed to sum up “a player’s total contributions to his team”. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted by a replacement-level player: a player that may be added to the team for minimal cost and effort.

    Individual WAR values are calculated from the number and success rate of on-field actions by a player (in batting, baserunning, fielding, and pitching), with higher values reflecting larger contributions to a team’s success. WAR value also depends on what position a player plays, with more value going to weaker hitting positions like catcher than positions with strong hitting such as first base. A high WAR value built up by a player reflects successful performance, a large quantity of playing time, or both combined.

    How do you calculate WAR? Well, it’s sort of akin to Keebler’s Elfin Magic. If you really want to know, then look it up. Just be warned that the explanation has been found to induce narcolepsy at the levels found when listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.

    Brass tacks, here’s the deal with WAR. Zero means average. Negative is bad. Positive is good. The higher the positive, the better. And, the greater the negative, then it’s really bad. Got it? Coolamundo.

    Let’s go back to those 27 dudes in the “38/34/104/133 Club.” Take a guess at how many of those seasons had a WAR total that was a negative number. And, remember, it was 27 players – but, some of them did it more than once. Therefore, in reality, we’re talking about 42 “player seasons” here in total.

    Whaddya think? Maybe 20 times it was a WAR under zero? Perhaps a dozen? More like six? Three?

    Here is the answer:   JUST ONE – DANTE BICHETTE IN 1999.

    And, it’s not even close. Bichette’s WAR in that “good” 1999 season was -2.3. Yup, negative two point three.

    The next “lowest” WAR in our little club was +3.6. In fact, in 86% of those seasons – meaning 36 times in 42 attempts, the player has a WAR of +5 or higher.

    Crazy, huh?

    But, just to be fair, what killed Bichette’s value in 1999 was his fielding and base running – where, per the sabermetric determinations that are part of WAR, he had somewhere around “way below average” to “terrible” production in those departments. His hitting stats were what they are – pretty good even if assisted somewhat by Coors. Yet, in terms of “overall value,” his 1999 season was not good – per WAR – since the shortfalls in his “other than hitting” game offset the positive contributions from his offensive production. And, “that,” ladies and germs, is what WAR is good for – much more than “ab-soul-loot-lee nut-tin.”

    Lastly, don’t feel bad for Dante.  Sure, his 1999 season was not really all it was cracked up to be at first blush.  However, he did alright for himself.  He played in over 1,700 big league games.  Got paid over $40 million in the process.  And, he produced two sons who went on to become very high (round) major league draft picks – Bo and Dante Jr. That’s all pretty impressive.

    He’s always got that…along with his 1999 season being the poster child for the difference between conventional offensive counting stats and overall value (or worth) according to WAR.

    Cashman Is Still Talking…

    Posted by on February 20th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    And he says the Yankees are done being big spenders –

    Surely, more grandiose competitions await in free agency for the old stalwarts of spending.

    “I know one thing. We’re not planning that way,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Herald. “We’re waiting to transition out of some contracts and some older players and then eventually I’m hoping that we develop enough young players that would prevent us from having to go crazy in the free agent market. Because that’s . . . you get slaughtered doing that. Doesn’t mean we won’t participate in free agency, but we’re hoping to develop.”

    If the GM of the Yankees, a man who worked under late owner George Steinbrenner, thinks free agency can be tantamount to slaughter, everyone else is doomed.

    “Just pure dollars,” Cashman said. “Bottom line is free agency creates an open competition, so that’s why players come out of free agency so much more financially higher than when you’re in the arbitration arena or in the control arena. It’s just a huge — completely different animal.”

    Cashman’s not wrong. But Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper are set to hit the market after the 2018 season. Surely, then the big-boy bidding starts anew. Exceptions to be made.

    “I know a lot of people are speculating about some of these young, some of these superstars that are with other clubs currently that their contracts are expiring and potentially could be free agents in years in the future,” Cashman said. “And my attitude is, I’d rather develop our own so I don’t have to go to marketplace to spend $100 million plus to go get somebody else. Somebody else’s asset that’s now older and got some wear and tear on ’em.

    “So our hope is that some of our young talent can emerge like (catcher) Gary Sanchez just did. But I mean, the Yankees and Red Sox have been knocking heads in international and the draft as well as free agency for decades, and that will always be the case, but the way the game’s set up now too, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa (Bay), anybody can compete.”

    Here’s the joke – Cashman, because of his talent and skills, and lack thereof, will never be able to build a championship team with a payroll under $200 million. Never…ever. Not…going…to…happen.

    Dellin Betances

    Posted by on February 18th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Might as well trade him now while his value is high. He’s got three more years until he can be a free agent. I bet that a team like the Nationals would he very interested in him.

    They’re going to win 84 games with him. And, they can win 84 games without him.

    Mad Dog

    Posted by on February 17th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    This was awesome:

    Maddux. What he did from 1992 from 2002 was amazing. Probably need a better word for it than amazing.

    I always remember how bad Stick Michael want to sign him for the Yankees after 1992. And, I wonder if his career would have been any different if he had signed with the Yankees. (Not that it hurt him, in any way, not to pitch for the Yankees.)

    Clemens, Seaver, Unit and Maddux – easily the best starting pitchers in modern baseball history.

    Cashman Speaks!

    Posted by on February 12th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    It’s a good read. Unless, of course, if you are Tyler Austin. Cash doesn’t seem too high on him.

    Chris Carter

    Posted by on February 7th, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Brian Cashman, making the Yankees not great again.

    I just don’t get this one. When there are more reasons for something not making sense than there are for it making sense, why do it?

    You’ve got Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Greg Bird, Matt Holliday and Aaron Hicks all fighting for time at RF, 1B and DH. That’s five into three. And, now, it’s six into three.

    Maybe they have no faith in Judge, Austin and/or Bird? But, if you’re ever going to try and find out, this is the year for it.

    Best case scenario? Judge, Bird, Austin AND Carter each bat .600 this spring training with 8 home runs…and then you trade Carter to someone who is stupid enough to take him. Otherwise, this will go down with the signings of Ike Davis, Mark Bellhorn, Travis Lee, Angel Berroa, Richie Sexson, Travis Haffner, Brennan Boesch, Casey McGehee, Matt Lawton, Randy Winn, Bubba Trammell, Morgan Ensberg, Josh Phelps, Eric Hinske, Kevin Youkilis…well, you get the idea.

    Flashbacks Of 2004

    Posted by on February 6th, 2017 · Comments (6)

    Watching the Patriots comeback from the dead last night to win the Superbowl in overtime brought back painful memories of 2004. Now, New England has two resurrection pelts on their belt. And, I still can’t get over the first one.

    It’s been 4,492 days since the end of the 2004 ALCS, and it still haunts me.

    I do like to jest about it now and say it was the Red Sox who choked in that ALCS, since they let the Yankees win the first three games. But, really, who am I kidding with that one? The Yankees had the Red Sox number for 85 YEARS and then they let it all fall to pieces in 2004. And, since that time, the Red Sox have gone on to win three World Series rings in 13 years. (The Yankees, meanwhile, have won just one in the last 16 years.)

    I mean…that Yankees had it! Game 4, just three outs away…and then the walk to Millar and the steal by Roberts. So, damn, freaking close.

    Then there was the Tom Gordon meltdown in Game 5 – when the Yankees were 6 outs away from taking it.

    Don’t even get me started about the Bloody Sock Game – I was there. The Yankees had no plan of attack on Schilling. Plus, getting beat on a 3-run homer from the nine-hitter? That’s sort of Bucky Dent kind of painful. And, there was no way the Yankees were winning Game 7 and dropping four, five and six they way that they did…no chance, at all.

    Gordon, Quantrill, Vazquez and Brown. Gosh, they were arsonists in this one. But, that’s what Cashman gave Torre – and, Joe was going to use them if they were on the roster. Vazquez, Brown and Gordon, known headcases when the pressure was on…

    Twelve years later, New England does it again.

    I’m not a football fan. Last night doesn’t bother me – other than the fact that it brings back the pain of 2004, which is hard to forget (and forgive!) in the first place.

    Clint Frazier

    Posted by on February 1st, 2017 · Comments (7)

    When Ginger Frazier gets called up to the Yankees, the ladies and kids are going to love him.  Remember Nick Swisher? It will be something like that…right on the sweet spot for the Millennials and younger. Lots of personality, swagger, tweets, etc.

    But, anyone who thinks he’s going to be the Yankees’ Mike Trout is mistaken.

    At his worst, I think he can be an Eric Byrnes at his peak: a 20-20 player with an OPS in the high 700’s. And, that’s a very useful player. But, it’s not Andrew McCutchen…at least not in terms of the OPS.

    Since 1973, the Yankees best right-handed batting outfielders have been Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Roberto Kelly, Jesse Barfield, Lou Piniella and Gary Sheffield. And, that’s it. So, you can make a case that the Yankees don’t exactly have a history of bringing up young right-handed hitting outfielders and seeing them have a lot of success.

    Remember Hensley Meulens, Juan and Ruben Rivera, Gerald Williams…? Some of them turned out to be useful big leaguers, in time. But, no stars. Heck, maybe the last time the Yankees had a young right-handed hitting outfielder come up and be a star for the team was Hank Bauer?

    Maybe Frazier can be that guy? I just hope the hype and expectations are not his downfall.

    Rare Baby Bombers Season?

    Posted by on January 30th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    There’s a CHANCE that the Yankees COULD have 5+ players in 2017 age 27 or younger play 100+ games in the season season.

    The last time that happened in Yankeeland was 1968. (And, that’s a long time ago.) In fact, it’s only happened twice since 1959.

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    As you can see above, it’s only happened 12 times in franchise history.  And, half of those times was before 1932.

    1B, RF and The Last Two Rotation Spots

    Posted by on January 25th, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Those are the only real question marks for the Yankees in 2017, in terms of not knowing for sure who is going to fill those roles.

    But, what about the positions that we do know about?

    Up the middle, last year, Didi Gregorius (OPS+ 97) and Starlin Castro (OPS+ 93) where below league average offensive performers. And, per the sabermetric stats, neither one of them was a league average defender. (Castro, in fact, was very bad.)

    At third, Chase Headley was very much improved (compared to 2015) with the glove. But, he also was a below league average offensive performer.

    As far as DH, well, Matt Holliday has to prove that he’s not washed up.

    Don’t even get me started on Jacoby Ellsbury. And, Brett Gardner? He’s become a slap hitter who doesn’t run. This year could be anything when it comes to him – either he rebounds, stays the same, or gets worse.

    Lastly, in terms of hitters, while I hope Gary Sanchez has a great year, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen there.

    On the pitching side, Tanaka and Sabathia have health/mileage concerns – yet, should be OK. But, does anyone have faith in Michael Pineda?

    For the last 4 seasons, on average, the Yankees have been an 84 win team. Even if everything works out with 1B, RF and those last two rotation spots, how can anyone be confident that the Yankees are any better than they have been since 2013?

    PEDs and The HOF

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

    Many like to say that Mike Piazza and (now) Jeff Bagwell open the door to the Hall of Fame for those suspected of using PEDs and those found to use PEDs. However, their careers were basically before there were rules around PED use. (We know that Major League Baseball did not roll out a PED policy with teeth until after the 2004 season.) It’s really hard to ticket someone for speeding, much less just pull them over, when there’s no speed limit posted. And, what about Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez? Yes, I know: Jose Canseco confessed that he introduced Pudge to PEDs. But, look at the numbers. From 1991-2004, Pudge played 1758 games and had an OPS+ of 115. From 2005 through 2011, he played 785 games and had an OPS+ of 85. And, remember: in Spring Training 2005, Pudge showed up 20 pounds lighter than he was in previous years. If Pudge was using PEDs, there’s some evidence to point towards him no longer using them once there was a policy against them. All of this is probably why Piazza, Bagwell and Pudge are in the Hall of Fame now – it’s suspicion only and all pre-policy. You are going to see the same thing with Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Granted, there’s more than just a suspicion with them. But, the bulk of their body of work is pre-policy and there are no suspensions or convictions on their record due to PED use. The two PED cases that will be most interesting with respect to the Hall of Fame are Manny Ramirez and Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez. Both failed tests twice. Both were suspended for lengthy periods for failing a test AFTER there was a policy against it. Manny is already on the ballot. (This was his first year on it.) A-Rod has to wait 5 years before they vote on him. They may both get elected to the Hall. But, it’s not going to be quick or easy for them.

    Ji-Man Choi

    Posted by on January 16th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    This guy has destroyed minor league pitching. But, why would the Angels just let him go?

    Hey, he could turn out to be the Korean Big Papi. Or, he will be the next Hee-Seop Choi…who also raked in the bush leagues.

    The Yankees 2018 Starting Rotation

    Posted by on January 12th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Sabathia and Pineda will be free agents.  Tanaka can opt out.    Who does that leave for the season after this one?

    Who Had A Better “Yankees” Career, A-Rod Or Willie Randolph?

    Posted by on January 4th, 2017 · Comments (2)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SH SF SB BA OBP SLG
    8 Alex Rodriguez 54.2 2004 2016 28-40 1509 6520 1012 1580 263 9 351 1096 779 0 60 152 .283 .378 .523
    9 Willie Randolph 53.7 1976 1988 21-33 1694 7464 1027 1731 259 58 48 549 1005 75 54 251 .275 .374 .357
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    Generated 1/4/2017.

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    Retire #30 before even thinking about #13!

    So, Here’s The Biggest Question In Yankeeland This Year…

    Posted by on January 4th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    Will 2017 be the first time in the last 19 years that the Yankees fail to draw three million at home? I think they have a good shot at it – watching their attendance trend.

    Rk Year Tm G W L Ties W-L% Finish GB Playoffs Attendance
    1 2016 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 4th of 5 9.0 3,063,405
    2 2015 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 2nd of 5 6.0 Lost ALWC (1-0) 3,193,795
    3 2014 New York Yankees 162 84 78 0 .519 2nd of 5 12.0 3,401,624
    4 2013 New York Yankees 162 85 77 0 .525 3rd of 5 12.0 3,279,589
    5 2012 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-0) 3,542,406
    6 2011 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 3,653,680
    7 2010 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 2nd of 5 1.0 Lost ALCS (4-2) 3,765,807
    8 2009 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 3,719,358
    9 2008 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 3rd of 5 8.0 4,298,655
    10 2007 New York Yankees 162 94 68 0 .580 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,271,083
    11 2006 New York Yankees 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 4,248,067
    12 2005 New York Yankees 162 95 67 0 .586 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-2) 4,090,696
    13 2004 New York Yankees 162 101 61 0 .623 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-3) 3,775,292
    14 2003 New York Yankees 163 101 61 1 .623 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-2) 3,465,600
    15 2002 New York Yankees 161 103 58 0 .640 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-1) 3,465,807
    16 2001 New York Yankees 161 95 65 1 .594 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-3) 3,264,907
    17 2000 New York Yankees 161 87 74 0 .540 1st of 5 Won WS (4-1) 3,055,435
    18 1999 New York Yankees 162 98 64 0 .605 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 3,292,736
    19 1998 New York Yankees 162 114 48 0 .704 1st of 5 Won WS (4-0) 2,955,193
    20 1997 New York Yankees 162 96 66 0 .593 2nd of 5 2.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 2,580,325
    21 1996 New York Yankees 162 92 70 0 .568 1st of 5 Won WS (4-2) 2,250,877
    22 1995 New York Yankees 145 79 65 1 .549 2nd of 5 7.0 Lost LDS (3-2) 1,705,263
    23 1994 New York Yankees 113 70 43 0 .619 1st of 5 1,675,556
    24 1993 New York Yankees 162 88 74 0 .543 2nd of 7 7.0 2,416,942
    25 1992 New York Yankees 162 76 86 0 .469 4th of 7 20.0 1,748,737
    26 1991 New York Yankees 162 71 91 0 .438 5th of 7 20.0 1,863,733
    27 1990 New York Yankees 162 67 95 0 .414 7th of 7 21.0 2,006,436
    28 1989 New York Yankees 161 74 87 0 .460 5th of 7 14.5 2,170,485
    29 1988 New York Yankees 161 85 76 0 .528 5th of 7 3.5 2,633,701
    30 1987 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 4th of 7 9.0 2,427,672
    31 1986 New York Yankees 162 90 72 0 .556 2nd of 7 5.5 2,268,030
    32 1985 New York Yankees 161 97 64 0 .602 2nd of 7 2.0 2,214,587
    33 1984 New York Yankees 162 87 75 0 .537 3rd of 7 17.0 1,821,815
    34 1983 New York Yankees 162 91 71 0 .562 3rd of 7 7.0 2,257,976
    35 1982 New York Yankees 162 79 83 0 .488 5th of 7 16.0 2,041,219
    36 1981 New York Yankees 107 59 48 0 .551 4th of 7 2.0 Lost WS (4-2) 1,614,353
    37 1980 New York Yankees 162 103 59 0 .636 1st of 7 Lost ALCS (3-0) 2,627,417
    38 1979 New York Yankees 160 89 71 0 .556 4th of 7 13.5 2,537,765
    39 1978 New York Yankees 163 100 63 0 .613 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,335,871
    40 1977 New York Yankees 162 100 62 0 .617 1st of 7 Won WS (4-2) 2,103,092
    41 1976 New York Yankees 159 97 62 0 .610 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-0) 2,012,434
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 1/4/2017.

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    Big Hairy Monster Roll Call

    Posted by on January 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Jesus Montero is now an Oriole. Peter O’Brien is now a Royal.

    Gary Sanchez is still in the house.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, The Great Number Seven

    Posted by on January 2nd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Mickey Mantle has been dead for over 21 years.

    When Mantle retired, you can make a case that he was the 5th greatest position player of all time (after Babe Ruth’s retirement):

    Rk Player WAR/pos ▾ From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Willie Mays 139.8 1951 1968 20-37 2446 10386 587 1654 1137 299 .308 .384 .578
    2 Stan Musial 128.1 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 475 1951 1599 78 .331 .417 .559
    3 Ted Williams 123.1 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 521 1839 2021 24 .344 .482 .634
    4 Hank Aaron 111.2 1954 1968 20-34 2279 9888 510 1627 866 215 .314 .373 .560
    5 Mickey Mantle 109.7 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 536 1509 1733 153 .298 .421 .557
    6 Eddie Mathews 96.4 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 512 1453 1444 68 .271 .376 .509
    7 Frank Robinson 80.6 1956 1968 20-32 1916 8159 418 1277 929 182 .302 .392 .556
    8 Al Kaline 79.0 1953 1968 18-33 2095 8731 314 1247 942 123 .304 .380 .495
    9 Joe DiMaggio 78.1 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7672 361 1537 790 30 .325 .398 .579
    10 Johnny Mize 71.0 1936 1953 23-40 1883 7370 359 1337 856 28 .312 .397 .562
    11 Roberto Clemente 69.5 1955 1968 20-33 1953 8220 184 1008 472 75 .312 .353 .464
    12 Ernie Banks 69.0 1953 1968 22-37 2262 9426 474 1480 695 50 .277 .333 .508
    13 Duke Snider 66.5 1947 1964 20-37 2143 8237 407 1333 971 99 .295 .380 .540
    14 Pee Wee Reese 66.4 1940 1958 21-39 2166 9470 126 885 1210 232 .269 .366 .377
    15 Richie Ashburn 63.6 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 29 586 1198 234 .308 .396 .382
    16 Ken Boyer 63.0 1955 1968 24-37 2009 8236 282 1137 711 105 .288 .349 .463
    17 Lou Boudreau 63.0 1938 1952 20-34 1646 7024 68 789 796 51 .295 .380 .415
    18 Jackie Robinson 61.5 1947 1956 28-37 1382 5804 137 734 740 197 .311 .409 .474
    19 Luke Appling 59.8 1936 1950 29-43 1759 7522 32 806 996 138 .316 .409 .400
    20 Yogi Berra 59.5 1946 1965 21-40 2120 8359 358 1430 704 30 .285 .348 .482
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    Generated 1/2/2017.

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    Mantle’s prime was the mid-to-late 50’s to early 60’s.  If you were 15-years old in 1960, that would make you over 70 years old today.  The audience of those who saw Mantle at his best is aging out.

    Kids today – and many young Yankees fans, I suspect – have no idea how great Mickey Mantle was with respect to the time that he played and when his career ended.

    That’s a shame.

    Going Back In Time!

    Posted by on December 30th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Happy Holidays!

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2016 · Comments (12)

    I wanted to take a moment now to wish all the readers of this blog a safe and happy holiday season.

    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday observance. And, best wishes for the New Year!

    Top 100 Career Times On Base List

    Posted by on December 21st, 2016 · Comments (1)
    Rk Player TOB From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG OPS
    1 Pete Rose 5929 1963 1986 22-45 3562 15890 .303 .375 .409 .784
    2 Barry Bonds 5599 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444 .607 1.051
    3 Ty Cobb 5532 1905 1928 18-41 3034 13087 .366 .433 .512 .945
    4 Rickey Henderson 5343 1979 2003 20-44 3081 13346 .279 .401 .419 .820
    5 Carl Yastrzemski 5304 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13992 .285 .379 .462 .841
    6 Stan Musial 5282 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12718 .331 .417 .559 .976
    7 Hank Aaron 5205 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555 .928
    8 Tris Speaker 4998 1907 1928 19-40 2792 11995 .345 .428 .500 .928
    9 Babe Ruth 4978 1914 1935 19-40 2504 10623 .342 .474 .690 1.164
    10 Eddie Collins 4891 1906 1930 19-43 2825 12046 .333 .424 .429 .853
    11 Willie Mays 4791 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557 .941
    12 Derek Jeter 4717 1995 2014 21-40 2747 12602 .310 .377 .440 .817
    13 Ted Williams 4714 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634 1.116
    14 Mel Ott 4648 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533 .947
    15 Alex Rodriguez 4629 1994 2016 18-40 2784 12207 .295 .380 .550 .930
    16 Eddie Murray 4606 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359 .476 .836
    17 Frank Robinson 4561 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537 .926
    18 Honus Wagner 4508 1897 1917 23-43 2795 11749 .328 .391 .467 .858
    19 Craig Biggio 4505 1988 2007 22-41 2850 12504 .281 .363 .433 .796
    20 Rafael Palmeiro 4460 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371 .515 .885
    21 Paul Molitor 4460 1978 1998 21-41 2683 12167 .306 .369 .448 .817
    22 Wade Boggs 4445 1982 1999 24-41 2440 10740 .328 .415 .443 .858
    23 Joe Morgan 4422 1963 1984 19-40 2649 11329 .271 .392 .427 .819
    24 Cal Ripken 4379 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 .276 .340 .447 .788
    25 Dave Winfield 4351 1973 1995 21-43 2973 12358 .283 .353 .475 .827
    26 Al Kaline 4339 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376 .480 .855
    27 Gary Sheffield 4299 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393 .514 .907
    28 George Brett 4283 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11625 .305 .369 .487 .857
    29 Paul Waner 4281 1926 1945 23-42 2550 10766 .333 .404 .473 .878
    30 Lou Gehrig 4274 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447 .632 1.080
    31 Chipper Jones 4256 1993 2012 21-40 2499 10614 .303 .401 .529 .930
    32 Frank Thomas 4222 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419 .555 .974
    33 Ken Griffey 4174 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370 .538 .907
    34 Mickey Mantle 4161 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557 .977
    35 Robin Yount 4156 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342 .430 .772
    36 Jim Thome 4144 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 .276 .402 .554 .956
    37 Albert Pujols 4139 2001 2016 21-36 2426 10552 .309 .392 .573 .965
    38 Jimmie Foxx 4111 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609 1.038
    39 Rod Carew 4096 1967 1985 21-39 2469 10550 .328 .393 .429 .822
    40 Charlie Gehringer 4075 1924 1942 21-39 2323 10245 .320 .404 .480 .884
    41 Luke Appling 4062 1930 1950 23-43 2422 10254 .310 .399 .398 .798
    42 Reggie Jackson 4055 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356 .490 .846
    43 Rusty Staub 4050 1963 1985 19-41 2951 11229 .279 .362 .431 .793
    44 Rogers Hornsby 4016 1915 1937 19-41 2259 9480 .358 .434 .577 1.010
    45 Manny Ramirez 4012 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411 .585 .996
    46 Cap Anson 3997 1876 1897 24-45 2277 10123 .331 .396 .448 .844
    47 Bobby Abreu 3979 1996 2014 22-40 2425 10081 .291 .395 .475 .870
    48 Tim Raines 3977 1979 2002 19-42 2502 10359 .294 .385 .425 .810
    49 Tony Gwynn 3955 1982 2001 22-41 2440 10232 .338 .388 .459 .847
    50 Omar Vizquel 3954 1989 2012 22-45 2968 12013 .272 .336 .352 .688
    51 Jesse Burkett 3954 1890 1905 21-36 2067 9620 .338 .415 .446 .861
    52 Harold Baines 3942 1980 2001 21-42 2830 11092 .289 .356 .465 .820
    53 Todd Helton 3911 1997 2013 23-39 2247 9453 .316 .414 .539 .953
    54 Nap Lajoie 3893 1896 1916 21-41 2480 10461 .338 .380 .466 .847
    55 Dwight Evans 3890 1972 1991 20-39 2606 10569 .272 .370 .470 .840
    56 Darrell Evans 3863 1969 1989 22-42 2687 10737 .248 .361 .431 .792
    57 Luis Gonzalez 3857 1990 2008 22-40 2591 10531 .283 .367 .479 .845
    58 Jeff Bagwell 3843 1991 2005 23-37 2150 9431 .297 .408 .540 .948
    59 Fred McGriff 3834 1986 2004 22-40 2460 10174 .284 .377 .509 .886
    60 Lou Brock 3833 1961 1979 22-40 2616 11240 .293 .343 .410 .753
    61 David Ortiz 3829 1997 2016 21-40 2408 10091 .286 .380 .552 .931
    62 Johnny Damon 3822 1995 2012 21-38 2490 10917 .284 .352 .433 .785
    63 Mike Schmidt 3820 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380 .527 .908
    64 Richie Ashburn 3815 1948 1962 21-35 2189 9736 .308 .396 .382 .778
    65 Roberto Alomar 3806 1988 2004 20-36 2379 10400 .300 .371 .443 .814
    66 Adrian Beltre 3804 1998 2016 19-37 2720 11260 .286 .338 .480 .818
    67 Billy Williams 3799 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361 .492 .853
    68 Eddie Mathews 3785 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509 .885
    69 Max Carey 3782 1910 1929 20-39 2476 10769 .285 .361 .386 .747
    70 Brooks Robinson 3761 1955 1977 18-40 2896 11782 .267 .322 .401 .723
    71 Sam Rice 3751 1915 1934 25-44 2405 10252 .322 .374 .427 .801
    72 Sam Crawford 3744 1899 1917 19-37 2517 10594 .309 .362 .452 .814
    73 Goose Goslin 3739 1921 1938 20-37 2287 9829 .316 .387 .500 .887
    74 Jake Beckley 3733 1888 1907 20-39 2389 10504 .308 .361 .436 .797
    75 Carlos Beltran 3716 1998 2016 21-39 2457 10522 .281 .354 .492 .845
    76 Ichiro Suzuki 3710 2001 2016 27-42 2500 10466 .313 .356 .405 .761
    77 Fred Clarke 3707 1894 1915 21-42 2246 9838 .312 .386 .429 .814
    78 Tony Perez 3700 1964 1986 22-44 2777 10861 .279 .341 .463 .804
    79 Harmon Killebrew 3693 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509 .884
    80 Harry Hooper 3678 1909 1925 21-37 2309 10254 .281 .368 .387 .755
    81 Bill Dahlen 3665 1891 1911 21-41 2444 10405 .272 .358 .382 .740
    82 Roberto Clemente 3656 1955 1972 20-37 2433 10211 .317 .359 .475 .834
    83 Frankie Frisch 3639 1919 1937 21-39 2311 10099 .316 .369 .432 .801
    84 Willie McCovey 3625 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 .270 .374 .515 .889
    85 Edgar Martinez 3619 1987 2004 24-41 2055 8674 .312 .418 .515 .933
    86 George Davis 3614 1890 1909 19-38 2372 10178 .295 .362 .405 .767
    87 Zack Wheat 3611 1909 1927 21-39 2410 10000 .317 .367 .450 .817
    88 John Olerud 3602 1989 2005 20-36 2234 9063 .295 .398 .465 .863
    89 Chili Davis 3589 1981 1999 21-39 2436 9997 .274 .360 .451 .811
    90 Miguel Cabrera 3587 2003 2016 20-33 2096 9001 .321 .399 .562 .961
    91 Lou Whitaker 3586 1977 1995 20-38 2390 9967 .276 .363 .426 .789
    92 Willie Keeler 3585 1892 1910 20-38 2123 9610 .341 .388 .415 .802
    93 Eddie Yost 3576 1944 1962 17-35 2109 9175 .254 .394 .371 .765
    94 Al Simmons 3572 1924 1944 22-42 2215 9519 .334 .380 .535 .915
    95 Ozzie Smith 3565 1978 1996 23-41 2573 10778 .262 .337 .328 .666
    96 Jason Giambi 3556 1995 2014 24-43 2260 8908 .277 .399 .516 .916
    97 Harry Heilmann 3556 1914 1932 19-37 2146 8964 .342 .410 .520 .930
    98 Mark Grace 3554 1988 2003 24-39 2245 9290 .303 .383 .442 .825
    99 Brett Butler 3542 1981 1997 24-40 2213 9545 .290 .377 .376 .753
    100 Julio Franco 3541 1982 2007 23-48 2527 9731 .298 .365 .417 .782
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    37 of these guys are not in the Hall of Fame.

    I Would Trade Aaron Judge NOW

    Posted by on December 19th, 2016 · Comments (15)

    If he’s 275 pounds at age 24, pretty soon he’s going to be too big to move around on the field.

    Yes, I know he’s 6′ 7″ tall. Doesn’t matter. Still going to be too big.

    Plus, if you give him 600 PA in 2017, he’s going to strikeout 190+ times. And, unless he has an OPS of 850 or better, everyone is going to harp on those strikeouts – because players who strike out THAT MUCH look bad.

    Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler and Mark Payton are not that far away. And, you still have Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.

    Plus, Blake Rutherford might be coming fast. And, besides, everyone says the Yankees are going after Harper when he’s a free agent. (And, that would be a mistake, by the way.)

    The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point. Trade him for Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy or Sonny Gray.

    At best, Judge is going to be Richie Sexson or Tony Clark. He’s not going to be Frank Thomas. Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it.

    30 Worst Defensive Seasons By CF

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player Rfield Year Age Tm G Pos
    1 Matt Kemp -37.0 2010 25 LAD 162 *8/H
    2 Andrew McCutchen -28.0 2016 29 PIT 153 *8/H
    3 Ron Gant -26.9 1991 26 ATL 154 *8/H
    4 Rick Monday -26.7 1974 28 CHC 142 *8/H
    5 Bernie Williams -26.0 2005 36 NYY 141 *8DH
    6 Preston Wilson -25.0 2005 30 TOT 139 *87/H9
    7 Howard Johnson -24.8 1992 31 NYM 100 *87/H9
    8 Derek Bell -24.4 1993 24 SDP 150 *85/H97
    9 Nate McLouth -24.0 2010 28 ATL 85 *8H/7
    10 Brian McRae -23.9 1999 31 TOT 134 *8HD
    11 Brett Butler -23.9 1993 36 LAD 156 *8/H
    12 Gus Bell -23.3 1956 27 CIN 150 *8/H
    13 Nate McLouth -23.0 2008 26 PIT 152 *8/79H
    14 Rick Monday -22.6 1975 29 CHC 136 *8/H
    15 Jerry Morales -22.3 1977 28 CHC 136 *8H/79
    16 Bernie Williams -21.8 2002 33 NYY 154 *8/DH
    17 Jose Cruz -21.8 2001 27 TOR 146 *87/HD
    18 Brady Anderson -21.7 1998 34 BAL 133 *8/HD
    19 Von Joshua -21.6 1977 29 MIL 144 *8H
    20 Dale Murphy -21.2 1985 29 ATL 162 *8/H
    21 Brett Butler -21.0 1995 38 TOT 129 *8/H
    22 Eric Davis -20.6 1989 27 CIN 131 *8/H79
    23 Steve Finley -20.5 1995 30 SDP 139 *8/H
    24 Tommy Harper -20.5 1972 31 BOS 144 *8/7
    25 Preston Wilson -20.1 1999 24 FLA 149 *879H
    26 Johnny Grubb -20.1 1975 26 SDP 144 *8/H
    27 Angel Pagan -20.0 2015 33 SFG 133 *8H/D
    28 Dexter Fowler -20.0 2014 28 HOU 116 *8/DH
    29 Derek Bell -19.8 1994 25 SDP 108 *8/H
    30 Otis Nixon -19.7 1998 39 MIN 110 *8/H
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    Dick Allen Ruled The Batters Box From 1964-74

    Posted by on December 16th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    The numbers don’t lie:

    Rk Player OPS+ G From To Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dick Allen 165 1481 1964 1974 22-32 6270 968 1623 277 74 319 975 775 .299 .386 .554
    2 Willie McCovey 161 1468 1964 1974 26-36 5713 766 1292 209 27 327 933 929 .275 .397 .541
    3 Hank Aaron 159 1565 1964 1974 30-40 6508 1030 1702 279 19 391 1081 756 .299 .379 .561
    4 Frank Robinson 159 1533 1964 1974 28-38 6442 974 1573 276 33 312 978 831 .289 .390 .524
    5 Willie Stargell 153 1511 1964 1974 24-34 6118 849 1531 290 40 335 1056 638 .285 .364 .541
    6 Reggie Jackson 152 1074 1967 1974 21-28 4389 623 1004 181 23 218 629 533 .267 .364 .502
    7 Roberto Clemente 151 1220 1964 1972 29-37 5195 770 1578 226 91 148 735 381 .332 .381 .511
    8 Harmon Killebrew 148 1492 1964 1974 28-38 6100 780 1290 173 13 336 981 1036 .259 .386 .501
    9 Willie Mays 148 1301 1964 1973 33-42 5159 804 1250 190 34 254 724 673 .283 .377 .513
    10 Frank Howard 147 1405 1964 1973 27-36 5523 631 1305 178 23 283 806 654 .271 .359 .494
    11 Carl Yastrzemski 145 1658 1964 1974 24-34 7086 979 1738 322 32 259 939 1050 .292 .397 .487
    12 Boog Powell 140 1495 1964 1974 22-32 5909 685 1346 208 7 263 927 802 .269 .369 .471
    13 Billy Williams 138 1717 1964 1974 26-36 7448 1046 1986 324 60 318 1072 722 .299 .368 .510
    14 Al Kaline 136 1385 1964 1974 29-39 5458 741 1324 232 21 184 693 701 .284 .377 .461
    15 Tony Oliva 135 1462 1964 1974 25-35 6218 818 1761 315 48 206 869 402 .309 .356 .489
    16 Joe Torre 134 1618 1964 1974 23-33 6761 805 1826 267 44 211 971 627 .303 .373 .467
    17 Jim Wynn 134 1506 1964 1974 22-32 6384 902 1375 235 31 251 800 925 .257 .366 .453
    18 Reggie Smith 133 1157 1966 1974 21-29 4863 671 1224 230 42 172 636 496 .285 .359 .478
    19 Norm Cash 132 1443 1964 1974 29-39 5453 684 1243 168 26 249 725 643 .264 .356 .470
    20 Joe Morgan 132 1338 1964 1974 20-30 5909 871 1332 225 66 125 497 926 .273 .389 .423
    21 Ron Santo 132 1670 1964 1974 24-34 6994 887 1679 260 49 268 1022 897 .281 .373 .475
    22 Sal Bando 131 1150 1966 1974 22-30 4787 598 1050 170 22 150 634 629 .260 .365 .425
    23 Bobby Bonds 131 1014 1968 1974 22-28 4610 765 1106 188 42 186 552 500 .273 .356 .478
    24 Willie Horton 131 1226 1964 1974 21-31 4808 563 1201 179 29 222 734 376 .277 .339 .485
    25 Tony Perez 131 1452 1964 1974 22-32 5886 737 1509 253 45 238 915 509 .285 .348 .485
    26 Rusty Staub 131 1532 1964 1974 20-30 6376 709 1563 291 29 172 787 742 .284 .371 .442
    27 Johnny Bench 130 1094 1967 1974 19-26 4588 612 1096 197 17 212 745 451 .270 .340 .483
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    The Chapman Signing

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

    At first, I thought, “This is stupid. Too much money and too many years.”

    But, if the Yankees want to pay him $400,000 per game, that’s their business, I suppose. And, Chapman would be 33 in the 5th year of the contract – and that’s not terrible.

    That said, here’s the real danger here: Aroldis is not a nice, or a smart, guy. Given someone like him that much money and putting him in New York is very, very, risky. This is not Mariano Rivera. This is not Andrew Miller. Sure…maybe I am wrong here. Mickey Rivers survived with the Yankees…for a while. Even if he doesn’t get in trouble, will Chapman continue to work hard now that he’s all the money? The jury is still out on that one too.

    Anyway, here’s the bigger concern: The reported opt-out after three years. We saw what the Yankees did with A-Rod and Sabathia. Two huge mistakes at opt-out time. Who’s to say they would not repeat the same mistake with Chapman? Then, the issue of too much money and too many years is a real thing.

    Given where the Yankees are today, it would not have broken my heart to let someone else sign Chapman – especially at those terms.

    José Quintana

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Everyone wants to trade for José Quintana. And, why not?

    He’s left-handed. He’s only 27 years old. And, for the last FOUR YEARS at the big league level, he’s been a lock for 32 starts, 200 innings, and an ERA+ around 120.

    Oh, and, by the way, Brian Cashman let him go for nothing when he was just 22-years old.

    Said Cashman: “We looked at him as a fringy prospect. We offered him a minor-league contract to stay, but not a 40-man roster position. We didn’t feel he was ahead of other guys we gave spots to.”

    This from the man who spent $46 million on Kei Igawa.

    Starting Rotations With 3+ Aces, Since 1990

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (3)

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    Only the White Sox won a ring.

    Sir Dud

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    If Didi Gregorius plays 150+ games in 2017 and again has an OPS+ of less than 100 (as he’s done his whole career with respect to OPS+) then he will become only the 3rd Yankees player in franchise history to post 3 such seasons.  And, the first one to do it in a half-century.

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Bobby Richardson 5 1960 1965 24-29 Ind. Seasons
    2 Everett Scott 3 1922 1924 29-31 Ind. Seasons
    3 Didi Gregorius 2 2015 2016 25-26 Ind. Seasons
    4 Melky Cabrera 2 2007 2009 22-24 Ind. Seasons
    5 Horace Clarke 2 1970 1971 30-31 Ind. Seasons
    6 Phil Rizzuto 2 1949 1952 31-34 Ind. Seasons
    7 Frankie Crosetti 2 1938 1939 27-28 Ind. Seasons
    8 Aaron Ward 2 1921 1922 24-25 Ind. Seasons
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    Gleyber Torres, Second Baseman?

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Reportedly, a lot of scouts who watched the AFL this year feel that, in the long-term, Gleyber Torres will end up as a second baseman.

    This is interesting.

    The Yankees already moved Jorge Mateo towards second. Maybe he could end up as an outfielder with his speed?

    But, what about the Yankees future shortstop? They’ve already moved Tyler Wade into a utility type role. Kyle Holder, while 22, has yet to prove that he can even hit Double-A pitching.

    And, what about Nick Solak? Granted, he’s also far, far, away. But, does this push him to third?

    Of course, you still have Didi Gregorius for another three years. But, he’s yet to post a major league season with an OPS+ better than 97. And, the sabermetric stats tell us that he was not a great fielding SS last season. Don’t be shocked if he plays himself out of town next season or the one after.

    The Gap Between Boston & New York Just Got Wider

    Posted by on December 6th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    You win 93 games and then go out and add Chris Sale.

    Start planning on a Red Sox-Cubs World Series next year.

    Best Relief Pitchers Since 2011

    Posted by on December 5th, 2016 · Comments (0)
    Rk Player WAR From To Age G GS GF W L SV IP ERA FIP ERA+
    1 Craig Kimbrel 13.6 2011 2016 23-28 391 0 334 17 18 255 380.2 1.94 1.90 201
    2 Aroldis Chapman 13.1 2011 2016 23-28 368 0 270 21 19 182 363.2 2.08 1.90 191
    3 David Robertson 11.0 2011 2016 26-31 390 0 190 26 21 116 383.2 2.60 2.61 156
    4 Koji Uehara 10.9 2011 2016 36-41 332 0 175 16 16 80 327.0 2.17 2.64 196
    5 Kenley Jansen 10.4 2011 2016 23-28 384 0 268 18 13 185 381.2 2.31 1.93 160
    6 Darren O’Day 10.2 2011 2016 28-33 323 0 78 26 10 15 310.2 2.29 3.47 182
    7 Greg Holland 10.1 2011 2015 25-29 294 0 212 18 11 145 301.0 2.15 2.12 191
    8 Zach Britton 9.8 2011 2016 23-28 252 46 170 27 21 120 463.2 3.24 3.39 129
    9 Joaquin Benoit 9.6 2011 2016 33-38 376 0 108 26 15 42 366.2 2.58 3.36 155
    10 Tyler Clippard 9.4 2011 2016 26-31 431 0 115 27 23 55 436.1 2.72 3.56 145
    11 Mark Melancon 9.4 2011 2016 26-31 409 0 266 19 17 168 409.1 2.46 2.69 157
    12 Jonathan Papelbon 9.0 2011 2016 30-35 356 0 305 22 18 180 360.2 2.67 2.83 149
    13 Brad Ziegler 8.9 2011 2016 31-36 424 0 163 26 17 67 403.0 2.41 3.25 168
    14 Joe Smith 8.8 2011 2016 27-32 413 0 103 30 21 29 389.0 2.64 3.43 146
    15 Andrew Miller 8.7 2011 2016 26-31 310 12 108 28 15 49 334.1 2.80 2.71 151
    16 Tony Watson 8.6 2011 2016 26-31 403 0 64 26 13 20 386.1 2.56 3.45 148
    17 Dellin Betances 8.3 2011 2016 23-28 225 1 48 14 10 22 254.2 2.16 2.06 189
    18 Kelvin Herrera 8.2 2011 2016 21-26 351 0 69 19 23 17 356.1 2.63 3.01 159
    19 Wade Davis 8.0 2011 2016 25-30 299 53 92 41 25 47 572.1 3.37 3.42 118
    20 Alexi Ogando 7.7 2011 2016 27-32 239 48 50 29 17 4 461.2 3.66 4.12 117
    21 Glen Perkins 7.1 2011 2016 28-33 321 0 215 16 13 120 315.1 2.88 2.98 141
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    Generated 12/5/2016.

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    Can you spot the former Yankees?

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