Discussion: Wasting Mariano?

Here is an interesting thought, courtesy of Tim Marchman: But for all the money teams spend on pitching, John Dewan of Baseball Info Solutions, a data company that works for major-league teams, is bewildered by situations like this. “In a three-run game,” he says, “you’d be better off bringing in your No. 2 reliever and saving your best pitcher, usually your closer, for the next game.” By probability, the most crucial moment in a game — the one where an out is the most valuable — often comes earlier, sometimes closer to the seventh inning. From 1977 to 2006, according Continue reading Discussion: Wasting Mariano?

Ways to Suppress Homers in the Launching Pad

Since Yankee Stadium officially has given up the most home runs through 6 games in the history of the universe, and home run ballparks inevitably seem to be homes for lousy teams (see Rockies and Orioles), I figure we all need to pool our collective brainpower to find ways of suppressing the power index of this overly generous coliseum.  Here are some possibilities for accomplishing that goal, but feel free to add your own: Move fence back to original dimensions of 460 in left-center, 425 in right-center, and 490 in cf.  Damn!  Babe Ruth hit that many homers in THAT Continue reading Ways to Suppress Homers in the Launching Pad

Minor Notes: Venditte's Video Game Numbers

Pat Venditte Almost Perfect Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte put up video game-like numbers for Staten Island last season. He allowed just a 0.83 ERA in 32 2/3 innings while acting as the team’s closer and making 23 saves. He struck out 42 and walked 10 in that time period, while allowing just 13(!) hits. He’s still rolling to start the season. Venditte has thrown 6 1/3 innings in 5 games, allowing just 3 hits and no runs or walks while striking out 11. He is again acting as the team’s closer. The Yankees don’t seem all that interested in Venditte as Continue reading Minor Notes: Venditte's Video Game Numbers

Dontchya just love stuff like this?

I can’t imagine what this kid must have felt like, only to get in the game wearing someone else’s jersey!

The strangeness of the day began at 12:45 p.m. ET, when O’Day was at home in Panama City Beach, Fla., and got a call from his agent, who said the Rangers had claimed him on waivers and were calling him up to the big league roster. O’Day had just been designated for assignment by the Mets this week.

Rushing to the nearest airport, O’Day boarded a flight to Memphis and then transferred to a flight heading to Toronto, to join the Rangers.

O’Day got off the plane in Toronto at about the same time the Rangers’ game was in the eighth inning — 9:45 p.m.

“The travel secretary was texting me back and forth,” said O’Day. “The original plan was to go to the hotel, but he said, ‘Go to the field, we might need you.'”

Sure enough, as the Rangers’ bullpen was running out of arms in the extra-inning affair, O’Day’s services were needed. The right-handed reliever arrived at the ballpark during the 10th inning of the contest, when he found out the team did not have a jersey made for him.

While on the road, the club’s equipment manager usually carries around the jerseys of several players who could possibly get called up, and of course, O’Day was not one of those players. So O’Day was forced to don the jersey of Kason Gabbard — who is currently with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
O’Day was brought into the game with two runners on base in the 11th inning, and had his first encounter with his manager, Ron Washington, on the Rogers Centre mound.
Millar’s confusion didn’t last long though, as he drove a pitch from O’Day into the left-center-field gap, giving the Jays a walk-off victory and bringing an end to the pitcher’s turbulent day.

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Alex On The Basepaths

From the Post: Alex Rodriguez ran the bases Wednesday for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery. Rodriguez ran 10 times between first and second base at the Yankees’ minor league complex, including twice with a trainer pulling on a strap around the waist. Rodriguez had surgery March 9. The Yankees expect him to rejoin the team by May 15, but it could be a week earlier. The three-time AL MVP also increased his defensive drills, charging slow rollers for the first time and extending his range going after grounders. Expect A-Rod to get into a rehab game by Continue reading Alex On The Basepaths

Baseball franchise valuations

Trying to sneak this one in…

Forbes latest MLB franchise valuations (click to enlarge):

Cardinals #8 overall, especially in revenue, was a bit of a surprise.

How good/smart do the Marlins and Rays look?

Yanks “value” increased 15%. Guess they don’t mind the Stadium’s empty seats!

Nats, or really “the Nots”, lost 12% in franchise value. The euphoria of getting a franchise sure waned pretty quickly, eh?

The Operating Income column can be misleading, but only the Yanks and Detroit LOST money….and look how much money the Nots and Marlins made!!!

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Ortiz Yaps About Joba And Beanballs

From the NY Post: With Chamberlain scheduled to start for the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series against the Red Sox, David Ortiz yesterday said the talented right-hander should avoid using Kevin Youkilis’ head as a bull’s-eye. “None of that, man — just play the game the way it’s supposed to be, and that’s about it,” Ortiz said, referring to Chamberlain. “This is a guy, as good as he is, the next step for him will be to earn respect from everybody in the league. He’s not a bad guy, but when things like that happen, people get Continue reading Ortiz Yaps About Joba And Beanballs

Thinking About Melky

Melky Cabrera is a polarizing figure among Yankees fans. His effusive nature and obvious love of the game endears him to some fans, while his inconsistent play infuriates others. As Joe at RAB states: I don’t think I’ll ever understand Melky Cabrera. Some times he looks like he could be an average starting center fielder, getting on base at a decent clip, though not with much power, and playing a solid if unspectacular defense. Plus, his arm doesn’t hurt his case. Other times he looks like he can’t catch up to a Jamie Moyer fastball. We saw way too much Continue reading Thinking About Melky

Recap: Melky and Veras Propel Yanks To 14 Inning Victory

What Happened The Yankees and A’s traded punches all afternoon, with CC Sabathia struggling with his command and Brett Anderson giving up some long balls. Sabathia allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits, 4 walks, and just 2 K’s in 6.2 innings. The Yankees got HR’s from Matsui, Melky, and Jeter, and entered extra innings tied at 7 despite failing to score in the 7th after loading the bases with no one out. The game went to the bottom of the 14th on the strength of 7.1 shut out innings from Coke, Albaladejo, Rivera, Marte, Edwar, and Veras, with Continue reading Recap: Melky and Veras Propel Yanks To 14 Inning Victory