Sterling and Kay Among Yahoo's Worst Announcers

Jay Busbee over at Yahoo! Sports put together a list of the 50 worst announcers in sports. Always a contentious topic, the article has gotten 2654 comments to date, with plenty of suggestions for additions to the list. Quite frankly, announcers in the media saturation age have become so overanalyzed by columnists like Mushnick and Raissman that it is difficult for anyone to look good. They spend an inordinate amount of their time speaking to the public, and that just means they will eventually say something stupid or make a mistake. Whereas in the past, those mistakes would go largely unnoticed, today they are placed onto YouTube within minutes.

Regardless of my opinion on the issue, the Yankees’ TV and radio play by play men were both recognized as being among the worst at their professions. WCBS Radio’s John Sterling came in at number 17, with the caption reading “Catch-phrases flop to the ground like beached marlin; “Thaaaaaa Yankees win!” is the worst victory cry ever.” I disagree with this assessment of Sterling, as I find him entertaining when the game is on the line.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees On Prime Time Less Than Twins

From Awful Announcing:

Of course the ESPN schedule is only through July, and that could change, but prepare yourself for a good number of NL Central games this coming season. Here’s the team breakdown….

Cubs- 12
Cardinals- 11
Mets, Dodgers, Twins, White Sox, Braves- 10
Angels, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox- 9
Indians- 8
Astros, Tigers, Rays- 6
Giants, Brewers- 5
Rangers, Diamondbacks- 4
A’s, Mariners, O’s- 1
Blue Jays, Marlins, Padres, Nationals, Pirates, Reds, Rockies, Royals- 0

I know people cry East Coast Bias!!!! when the Yankees and Red Sox dominate the prime time schedule. Furthermore, I can understand showing compelling teams like the Cubs and Dodgers more often to diversify the schedule. But having the Twins, White Sox, and Braves have more appearances on the schedule than the Yankees and Red Sox seems like poor business. Those are the teams the fans want to see, as evidenced by their league high drawing power on the road, and it seems silly to me to place other teams in those slots to support some sort of fairness.… Click here to read the rest

KR: Matsui for Washburn, Juan Cruz

From Ken Rosenthal (FOX Sports):

The M’s and Yankees briefly explored a Washburn-for-Hideki Matsui exchange earlier in the offseason, but the discussions never progressed because Matsui at $13 million is even more expensive than Washburn at $10.35 million this season.

Glad that never came to be, as it would have been a financial bust in this market and Matsui, while more expensive than Washburn, is definitely worth it in comparison (if healthy). I’ll gladly take Andy Pettitte and his $5.5 million base salary to fill out the rotation (and Hideki Matsui, too).

KR also had some other interesting bits:

1. Regarding Juan Cruz, Rosenthal states that the Yankees aren’t interested in him, at least not right now. They feel comfortable with Bruney and Marte in the 8th inning, he claims. While some think Marte should be a situational lefty and nothing more, I think his stuff and experience would work well in bridging the gap to Mo.

2. Although Matsui probably isn’t headed to Seattle anytime soon, Bobby Abreu could be instead (the interest is there).… Click here to read the rest

No Regrets

Joe Torre went on “Larry King Live” and defended his forthcoming book, The Yankee Years, noting that he is proud of it, despite negative reactions from Yankee fans and the baseball community. Torre even went so far as to defend the book while leaving the CNN set, saying that he made the book “without violating any confidences.”

Really, Joe? None at all?… Click here to read the rest

Bruney locked up, but will he be the bridge?

via The NY Times

The Yankees locked up Brian Bruney today ($1.25 million), as he was their last arbitration-eligible player. Based on last year’s numbers, Bruney would seem like the best option in the 8th. He posted a superb ERA of 1.83 in 34.1 IP. He walked 16 and struck out 33. But, using my new best friend, it appears as though those numbers are likely to regress in 2009.

Analyzing his 2008 numbers, we see Bruney’s FIP was actually 3.45 (think of it numerically as an ERA with defense and other factors outside of the pitcher’s control, eliminated). Basically, Bruney’s Mariano-like ERA should have been closer to that number. For instance, Bruney’s career ERA is 4.34 and his career FIP is 4.59. Despite a poor defensive team, Bruney’s numbers were helped a bit by luck, defense, etc. This is just one aspect of Bruney’s numbers that foretells a significant regression in 2009.

His BABIP forecasts a similar future.

Bruney’s BABIP (BA on balls put in play) in 2008 was .200.… Click here to read the rest