Time Captain Earned His ‘C’ Again

[SI.com]

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In the wake of Joe Torre’s penetrating, venomous pinstriped memoir The Yankee Years, another four-ring wearing dynasty staple must step up to the plate.

Torre and Tom Verducci’s inside look at the Yankees included rips at several ex-Yankees.

Swisher and Nady still on Atlanta’s radar

Here’s David O’Brien (Atlanta-Journal Constitution) on how the Braves see Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady:

Nick Swisher — Pros: He’s only 28, and the switch-hitter is under a reasonable contract for three more years ($5.3 million this season, $6.75 million in 2010, $9 million in 2011, and $10.25 million club option for 2012 with...

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Larry Lucchino and The Little Team That Could

Once upon a time, there was a scrappy baseball team from a little, hardworking town called Boston. They did their best to scrape by, piecing together a team with a payroll of under 150 million dollars. Although they desperately needed a new first baseman to replace the All-Star they had at the position for the...

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Swing-Happy

From FanGraphs:

O-Swing% (outside swing percentage): The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone.

Obviously, a lower O-Swing% is optimal for batters. Now, I wonder

robi

As Arnold would say, “Robinson Cano, you lack discipline…”

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Stark on Torre & A-Rod, Swisher

From Jayson Stark (ESPN):

Hard as Joe Torre tries to spin his thoughts about Alex Rodriguez, we’ve heard from multiple sources that when A-Rod was a free agent last offseason, Torre advised the Dodgers not to touch him.

Well, have fun with… Casey Blake (oh, he’s “gritty”). Too bad Joe didn’t talk them out of signing...

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