MLBTR doesn’t think so, but there seems to be some healthy debate over the issue. It doesn’t really have an impact on these Yankees, but theoretically could in the future.
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. For example, the nearly 500 page sure-to-be bestseller completely deconstructs Carl Pavano, and rightfully so. One particular [...]
NoMaas recently released their latest interview with VP of Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer. It’s a must read, so check it out.
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 a [...]
Michael Schmidt (NY Times) has the story.
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 [...]
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… As Arnold would say, “Robinson Cano, you lack discipline…”
The story comes courtesy of Yankee trainer Steve Donahue who told Verducci about what Roger Clemens did as part of his usual routine to get ready for facing the Mets in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series. Donahue said Clemens’ usual pregame preparation included taking a whirlpool bath at the hottest temperature possible.
he’d come out looking like a lobster,” Donahue said.
But here’s the money quote:
Then Donahue would rub the hottest possible liniment on his testicles.
he’d start snorting like a bull,” the trainer said. “That’s when he was ready to pitch.
And just when I thought I’ve heard it all…now I wish I had.
For a laugh, the old Revenge of the Nerds “Liquid Hot” scene
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 [...]