Will New Stadium Play The Same Way?

The analysis of park factors is something that fans have undertaken on a rudimentary level for years, referring to stadiums such as Coors as hitters’ parks and Shea as being pitcher friendly. Statisticians have been able to distill those park factors into a number on a 100 point scale, with parks above 100 being hitter friendly and those under 100 favoring pitchers. According to Aaron Gleeman, Fenway Park is currently the best hitting park in baseball, which does not surprise me, but may come as a shock to Jim Rice and his supporters. What I found interesting about the article Continue reading Will New Stadium Play The Same Way?

Andy’s incentives

From the AP (via PA): Base salary: $5.5 million. Innings bonuses: $500,000 each for 150, 160 and 170 innings pitched and $750,000 each for 180, 190, 200 and 210 innings. Roster bonuses: $100,000 for 120 days on the active 25-man roster, $200,000 for 130 days, $250,000 each for 140 and 150 days, and $400,000 each for 160, 170 and 180 days. Just eat innings and collect checks, Andy. That’s all.

Who knew: BRUT, For Men

Someone must be an editor as a day job or just wayyyy too much time on their hands:

These are things that let me know the photo was taken in The Bronx. But the most common background item–the one that makes you recognize Yankee Stadium instantly, is the Brut sign. Above the bleachers, all around the outfield, between the electronic message boards, are ads. Each section of frieze has a corresponding panel below it. The Brut sign took up two panels in left field. It was a picture of a cologne bottle, and in big, black, bold, capital letters, the word Brut.

There was something about that sign–the way it snuck in to the posed pictures so often. It couldn’t be missed. The other signs were sometimes visible, but a big, short word was most likely to be recognized. Unless you’ve got a very distinct logo, nobody’s gonna recognize your ad way in the blurry background; BRUT had the power to bust through.

Click thru for the pictures. Worth the visit.

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Nothing ever ends well

Every now and then, I’ll just point you to a really well-written article or commentary or whatnot. This is one of those. If you have an opinion about Torre and his coming book, it’s worth a read. The entire thing is worth reading (it’s brief) so I am not quoting the entire posting.

My favorite line, since I use it often:

Root for the laundry, that’s the best you can do. Just root for the laundry.

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Top 30 Yankees Prospects, Spring 2009

I’ve done this for four years now, and this is probably the worst list of prospects that I’m written since before Chamberlain and Kennedy were drafted. That said, there’s a lot of interesting promise on the list, and some names should produce immediate dividends for the Yankees. The good: We finally have some decent LHPs on the list. The Yankees have a ton of depth at catcher. The bad: More than ever, this list is dominated by pitchers. The Yankees haven’t had much luck developing hitters lately. After the jump – the ranking.

Pettitte to re-sign, finally?

According to Buster, it’s imminent:

The New York Yankees and Andy Pettitte are close on a deal that will bring the veteran left-hander back for a year, Major League Baseball sources told Buster Olney on Monday.

The deal, sources told Olney, could be done as soon as Monday afternoon. It would pay Pettitte nearly $6 million, with incentives that could make it worth as much as $12 million.

I have NO idea what Sheets’ MRI’s look like and even if I had a peek at them, I couldn’t read them. I have to trust that the Yanks’ brass doesn’t like what they showed. I know it’d be blasphemy to even utter this, but if Pettitte and Sheets were equal in terms of health risk, I’d rather have Sheets on a one year deal (with a team option for the 2nd).

Nonetheless, I am happy that Andy’s coming back. It’s only a shame that we had to run through so many walls, shed the tears and whatnot. Woulda, coulda, shoulda been done earlier.

Your 2009 Yanks rotation: Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Pettitte, Joba/Hughes.

UPDATE: It’s final. He’s back.

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