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...

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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...

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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...

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The Final Piece: Why NY Needs Pettitte Back

[Photo courtesy of MLB]

Photo courtesy of MLB

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...

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

Since it is about the money, it’s mildly amazing we made it this far without this suggestion • realignment based on what each franchise is worth.

This is fully acknowledged as the bleatings of a beaten Blue Jays fan trying to rationalize his younger self’s shortsighted team-picking (they were really good in the ’80s, plus I’m Canadian). It seems to be a consensus here that baseball is in need of realignment, but the scenario floated here the other day kept the Jays in the AL East with two-thirds of Mt. YankRaysSox . No disrespect, but that won’t do.

One problem with the three-division format and unbalanced schedule is that it gives some of the franchises, considering their financial clout, a softer road toward contention.

In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals (ninth in the most recent Forbes MLB Valuation) got in the playoffs with 83 wins. The L.A. Dodgers (fourth) got in with 84 last season. The Seattle Mariners were able to contend in the AL West for most of 2007, even though they weren’t a very good team (as 2008 proved).…

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