Getting rid of Yuri

From the AP (via Yahoo!): Alex Rodriguez has been told by the New York Yankees to keep his cousin away from ballparks. The message was given to the star third baseman on Thursday, said a person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement. The message applied both to spring training and the regular season, the person said. Speaking at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., general manager Brian Cashman said only that matter of Rodriguez being picked up from his spring training opener Wednesday by his cousin “has been handled.” A Continue reading Getting rid of Yuri

New Stadium Alienates Loyal Fans?

Jay Jaffe, one of the authors of the renowned Baseball Prospectus site, wrote this piece yesterday about his experience in attempting to transfer his season tickets package to the new stadium. To put it bluntly, he’s less than thrilled with the administration and overall philosophy that seems to lie behind the new stadium seating and ticketing plans. We’re all used to the sturm and drang that typically accompanies the skyrocketing ticket prices for athletic events to the point where it becomes difficult to even pay attention, but Jay is not just a typical whining fan that you would normally get Continue reading New Stadium Alienates Loyal Fans?

Love me some Lackey

No, this is not another of the “Yanks should go get this guy” or “sign him at any cost” sort of rant. Just saying that John Lackey will be a free agent after this year and he’s exactly the kind of pitcher I love to watch.

Quiet, intense, underrated, and efficient.

In an era when pitching is king – when isn’t it? – Lackey has gone 58-30 with a 3.42 earned-run average the last four seasons. He has earned $17.5 million for that contribution, and checks in at $9 million this season.
Assuming Lackey has a solid 2009, it’s hard to see him taking less than A.J. Burnett, who received $82.5 million over five years from the Yankees this winter.

He started last year on the DL and didn’t reach 198 IP, the first time he missed that threshold since his rookie season in 2002. He’s posted an ERA+ of at least 119 each of the last 4 years, including an amazing 151 in 2007. He averages about 0.8 K/IP and he doesn’t walk a ton (hasn’t had a WHIP over 1.3 in three seasons). Lackey’s going to be 30 this season and likely in line for a nice 5 year offer if he can put up yet another solid season.

Some team is going to land themselves a stud. If the Angels can’t get him to an extension, it will be a HUGE loss for them.

And yes, I’d LOVE to see him in pinstripes. So take that. Pffft.

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Partial view, partial price

At least they are putting up TV’s to see what you’re missing. Then again, you can do the same at home without paying a boatload in parking.

The price of watching a fraction of Yankees games dropped to a fraction of its original cost yesterday, with obstructed-view bleacher seats abruptly falling from $12 per game to $5.

Lonn Trost, the team’s chief operating officer, made the announcement during an interview on WFAN. The ticket price applies to about 600 seats on either side of a sports bar that extends to the centerfield wall.

“Those seats are being sold at $5, not $12,” he said. “I think some seats may have gone out improperly invoiced. Those are going to be corrected, but those 600 seats are going to be $5.”
“When we built the sports bar we knew architecturally there is an architectural shadow,” he said. “And that means there are a group of seats that are in the bleachers that if you are sitting very close to either the rightfield or leftfield side of the sports bar, you may not see the opposite side.”

We knew that going in, and to that extent we pre-prepared to put televisions in the wall, as well as that big screen so you don’t miss anything.”

Architectural shadow“??? Say what? You mean you couldn’t have figured out a way to NOT block the sight lines of your most loyal and ferverent fans? No? You’d rather jut a sports bar out and block their sight lines and put up some flat screens to compensate. After all, they’re only the $12/ticket customers, not the “high value” ones in the sports bar, eh?

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Does Brett Gardner Deserve More Credit?

Brett Gardner is a solid major league center field prospect. He has some limited major league experience. He was very, very good at Triple-A. Gardner seems like a pretty person to put your money on if you are the New York Yankees. Cashman only brought one alternative to camp – Melky Cabrera – to keep Gardner honest. Most of the dialogue surrounding Gardner suggests that he will be a liability if played every day. I think its important to remember that (as with any rookie) there is a considerable range of potential contributions that Gardner can make. His #2 PECOTA Continue reading Does Brett Gardner Deserve More Credit?

3 Up, 3 Down

I hope to do this for every spring training game, or at least once every couple of days to track the progress of players through camp. 3 UP 1) Brett Gardner- He showed some power, homering in the first at bat of the spring. If he can reach base at a decent clip and hit a few doubles, he will likely win the CF job. He got off to a nice start. 2) Alex Rodriguez- He has an immense amount of pressure on his shoulders, and hitting a home run in the first game was a nice sign that he Continue reading 3 Up, 3 Down

Joba To Open New Stadium?

Yesterday we discussed Joe Girardi’s configuration of his rotation, which has Joba Chamberlain as the fifth starter. Apparently that lines Joba up to start on April 16th against Cleveland, which just happens to be the first game in the new Yankee Stadium. I am glad that Joba is going to get that start, although it may have been a bit more symmetrical for Andy Pettitte to get the ball for that game. Joba is a homegrown Yankee who should be around for a while, and hopefully he will become an indelible part of Yankee history. Getting the ball for this Continue reading Joba To Open New Stadium?