Joba's Innings in 2009

One question that has yet to be resolved about the Yankees’ starting rotation for 2009 is the number of innings that Joba Chamberlain can be expected to log in the rotation. Tim Dierkes tries to answer that question: I asked eleven of my favorite baseball writers to predict Chamberlain’s 2009 regular season Major League innings total. Here are the results: * Will Carroll, Baseball Prospectus: 175 * Peter Abraham, The Lohud Journal: 160 * Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports: 155 * Peter Gammons, ESPN: 145 * Joe Pawlikowski, River Ave. Blues: 142 * Jerry Crasnick, ESPN: 142 * Ken Davidoff, Newsday: Continue reading Joba's Innings in 2009

Torre: A-Rod a symbol of failure and self-concern

Michiko Kakutani (NY Times) has an excellent review out on the new Verducci-Torre book, The Yankee Years. In the book it seems that Verducci, with Torre’s insider knowledge and expertise, has crafted an insightful text about an evolving franchise and one that experienced (and some could argue is still experiencing) an “identity crisis.” From Kakutani: Torre and Verducci note that as the core of the old guard from the championship years dwindled — Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, Chuck Knoblauch and Paul O’Neill were all history by 2002 — the front office tended to turn to imported All-Stars, who failed to Continue reading Torre: A-Rod a symbol of failure and self-concern

Yanks Versus Sox: In Depth

I’m analyzing the 2009 version of the greatest rivalry in baseball: the Yankees and Sad Sacks, er Red Sox. I’m not sure if a solar flare hit the earth, the Prime Mover took his eye off our spinning blue marble, or what, but the natural order of the Universe has been disrupted. The Red Sox winning championships and the Yankees consistently coming up second best? This is not acceptable and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s somehow responsible for this worldwide recession we’re currently undergoing. I can’t prove it yet, mind you (not for lack of trying), but I Continue reading Yanks Versus Sox: In Depth

Radomski contraction helps Clemens (sort of, maybe?)

Evidently, this contradiction could be helpful to Clemens and possibly troubling to Sen. Mitchell:

During questioning behind closed doors in a Capitol building office, McNamee said that as part of his job as Clemens’s trainer, he had injected him with steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee gave the deposition under oath. He was asked several times if he had ever informed Kirk Radomski, a steroids dealer, that he was injecting Clemens with drugs. In each instance, McNamee answered no, he had not.

That assertion has been contradicted by a passage in “Bases Loaded,” a new book by Radomski, in which Radomski says that McNamee indeed told him that he was injecting Clemens. That contradiction and others have raised concerns that Radomski has hurt his credibility as a government witness in the perjury investigation against Clemens, and that he might have damaged McNamee’s credibility as well.
In a perjury case a prosecutor’s worst nightmare is for a witness to make public statements that contradicts another witness, especially the key witness in the case,” said Mathew Rosengart, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in New York and a former federal prosecutor. “Perjury cases are almost always a he-said, she-said dispute, and there usually isn’t a smoking gun, so corroboration of witnesses is essential. The questions about Radomski are a good thing for Clemens’s defense.”

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If Don Fehr were alive today….

Now, THIS is an awesome quote (emphasis mine):

If Donald Fehr were alive today maybe there would be some real investigating into what’s going on,” said one frustrated agent facetiously. “Go all the way back to the 1990 lockout when the owners agreed that there would be no multi-year contracts to players over 35? Is it any coincidence that there have been no over-35 players (Raul Ibanez with the Phillies being the lone exception) getting multi-year offers?

The agent never mentioned the ominous c-word, but the inference was clear. But if there is in fact another more subtle form of collusion going on among the clubs, somebody obviously forgot to tell the Yankees.

What about the R-word, or even the even more ghastly D-word? Columnist Bill Maddon summarizes the market perfectly:

Rather, it would seem to be a confluence of factors that has caused this ice jam in the free agent market – the economy, the downside of many players left on the market and a disconnect between the agents and the new-market value of their clients. You could add to that the gloomy long-term economic picture former treasury secretary Paul Volcker painted for the owners at their meeting in New York last November. Between that and Bud Selig’s even more dire follow-up speech, the owners were left pale-faced.

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Days 'til Posada reports

Via Fack Youk, mostly because I’m a fan of charitable efforts:

Posada’s attempts to right the universe aren’t confined to the clubhouse. His son, Jorge Jr. who is 10 years old, suffers from a rare disease called craniosynostosis which inhibits brain growth in infants. His foundation “provides support to families whose child is affected by Craniosynostosis, a congenital or birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skull.” You can donate here.

The guys at Fack Youk are doing their countdown to Spring Training by recognizing a Yanks player who wore the number representing the # of days until ST. Continue reading Days 'til Posada reports

The Final Piece: Why NY Needs Pettitte Back

The New York Yankees have allocated over $60 million on free agents for the 2009 season. Two of these high-priced players were starting pitchers with top-of-the-rotation stuff in CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett. Sabathia throws a mid-90s fastball and a knockout slider, Burnett touches 97-98mph with his fastball and may currently feature the nastiest curveball in the majors. Returning from a freak baserunning injury, the Yankees can call upon the groundball machine, Chien-Ming Wang, who, assuming a fully healthy right foot, should offer about 200 innings of sub-4.00 ERA ball. Wang’s turbo sinker also provides a nice change-of-pace when inserted Continue reading The Final Piece: Why NY Needs Pettitte Back

Commish For A Day #11: Realignment II, By Value

When I said it was the Commish For A Day #10 was the last of the week, that was before Neate Sager sent me this. Neate is a member of our Canadian infantry division as well as the keeper of the Out of Left Field blog. Neate fully admits that he probably has become a bit unhinged by cheering for also-ran teams — the Blue Jays, the Toronto Raptors, the Minnesota Vikings — which probably influenced the post. He did want it to be known that between Red Sox fans and Yankees fans who make up half the crowd at Rogers Centre when their teams are in town to play the Jays, Yankees fans are far more pleasant.

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