Derek Jeter apparently had his own steroids related press conference today, and was a lot more open about the issue than he has ever been about, well, anything. After supporting Alex Rodriguez and commending him for owning up to his mistake, Derek had the following to say about the notion that “everybody was doing it:” “I don’t condone anything he did; he doesn’t condone anything he did,” Jeter said. “First and foremost you cheat yourself; I think that’s the message that needs to be out there. “And also I think the biggest message that needs to be out there is Continue reading Jeter: Not Everybody Was Doing It
The little engine that could Boston Red Sox are not happy about the Yankees’ spending spree this Winter, and their owner, John Henry, has gone as far as recommending a salary cap. Henry said Wednesday he thinks all owners would support an “enlightened” salary cap to improve competitive balance and that players might agree. He did not give details. This isn’t the first time Henry’s called for such measures. Exactly five years earlier, Henry called for a salary cap when the Yankees obtained Alex Rodriguez in a trade with Texas after the Red Sox failed to complete a trade for Continue reading Red Sox Owner Calls For Cap
Chad Jennings recently did a round up of all the catchers in camp this spring. Its excellent, you should read it. The Yankees have a ton of depth at the catcher position. The depth chart, in order of closeness to the majors: 1. Francisco Cervelli 2. P.J. Piliterre 3. Kyle Anson 4. Austin Romine 5. Jesus Montero Piliterre and Cervelli provide the Yankees with two defensive standouts who wouldn’t immediately be all that strong with the bat. P.J. will probably have a much longer career as a coach than as a major league hitter, but Cervelli has some potential to Continue reading Depth Report: Catcher
From the San Diego Union Tribune, by way of MLBTR: There might be obstacles to getting good value in return for Giles. For one, Giles’ consent is needed for a trade to any of the other 29 clubs. A trade also would raise Giles’ salary to $11 million, via an assignment bonus, lowering the player’s value. When asked Tuesday if he had any potential trade destinations in mind, Giles mentioned the Red Sox, Yankees and Angels. Giles is a very good player, albeit one with a lot of miles on his leg. Bill James projects him to go .280/.387/.435 in Continue reading Brian Giles?
That has been the popular refrain over the last few days among those questioning Alex Rodriguez’s claim that he did not know what he was taking. “A world class athlete, a work out freak, he must know everything that enters his body.” Not so, says Buster Olney: There is a broad assumption that ballplayers know exactly what they’re putting in their bodies. I do not know for certain whether this is true in A-Rod’s case, but I can tell you that a lot of players I’ve covered, or spoken to on background about this issue, were essentially incurious. The best Continue reading How Could he Not Know What It Was!!
SG over at RLYB used the Diamond Mind baseball simulator to project the Yankees’ 2009 season with Joba in the rotation, and then compared that to the projections that had Joba in the bullpen. His results were throughly unsurprising: Scenario 1 Avg W: 95 Avg L: 67 Avg RF: 843 Avg RA: 709 Div: 41.0 WC: 34.0 Playoffs: 75.0 Scenario 2 Avg W: 94 Avg L: 68 Avg RF: 843 Avg RA: 719 Div: 40.0 WC: 32.5 Playoffs: 72.5 As you can see, the team is about a win better with Joba in the rotation for 2009. Given the margin Continue reading Joba's Role: Running The Numbers
From Tyler Kepner (The NY Times): It is not clear what substance Rodriguez was referring to when he said that he had used the drug “known on the streets as boli or bollee.” Rodriguez said his cousin bought the drug legally in the Dominican Republic. “I’ve never heard of this name for a drug,” Gary Wadler, an internist and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said in a telephone interview. “It seems to me that it sounds like it could be Primobolan.” I’m surprised people are still unclear as to what A-Rod was referring to when he said that he Continue reading Yes, it’s Primobolan
Seriously though — reporters can’t get enough Let’s talk about youthful indiscretion. Jon Heyman and Ben Reiter of SI don’t buy Alex Rodriguez’s notion that he was “young and dumb.” They think he’s trying to blame the steroid use on his age and immaturity rather than fess up and say, “I wanted to be even better.” The thing is, it doesn’t matter what Jon Heyman and Ben Reiter wanted A-Rod to say. At the end of the day, he said what was necessary in order to look like a remorseful idiot (yes, that’s right). If he would have said, “I Continue reading Leave A-Rod Alone
The incredible Josh Kalk over at THT is doing some fascinating work with Pitchf/x data, and his latest installment is no exception. Although you are going to have to read his article to understand his methodology, the basic gist of the study was to try to utilize the data to better comprehend pitching injuries and the effects of overuse. The last paragraph in the piece should be heartening for Yankees fans: I want to close by looking at the pitcher who was ridden as hard as any in the game last year, C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia gobbled up innings late in Continue reading Kalk: Sabathia Not An Injury Risk