From Pete Abraham: Xavier Nady has been cleared to play in an extended-spring-training game in Florida today. He has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a partially torn elbow ligament. Nady, Jorge Posada (right hamstring), Jose Molina (left quad) and Cody Ransom (right quad) started working out at the team facility in [...]
Phil Hughes made his return to Arlington, the site of a traumatic event in his young career. As a hotshot 20 year-old and top pitching prospect, Hughes was at the top of his game, tossing 6 1/3 no-hit innings and keeping the Rangers on the ropes. This all changed with one pitch, a curveball to [...]
As I have said before, Melky Cabrera is a polarizing figure amongst Yankees fans. While most love his exuberance and obvious love for the game, his talent has been questioned by many, including myself. Even when things were going well for Melky in the past, you always felt like the other shoe was bound to [...]
These are questions from the ESPN chats of Keith Law and Jim Callis last week: Chris (NY): Crazy to say that Phil Hughes should be in the bullpen from here on out as a quality multiple innings reliever? Keith Law: Not crazy at all. I agree that it is not crazy, but I believe that [...]
Scranton defeats Pawtucket, 10-4 Kei Igawa was the starter, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Edwar Ramirez was wild, giving up a run in 2 1/3 innings, allowing just 1 hit and walking 4. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched 2/3 of a perfect inning. Austin Jackson was 4 for [...]
Melky Cabrera came up with another walk-off hit, his third of the season, to cap a three run ninth inning. I was not a big believer in Melky coming into the season, and I think it is dangerous to judge a player during their hottest stretch in years. That being said, Melky looks a lot [...]
I am quite sure the kids are completely OK in this video, but the sound effects sure do create the illusion that they took a beating:
Remember, Father’s Day is just around the corner!
“No trap can hold Homer Simpson! Uh, but I’m not Homer Simpson… I’m the Pieman! Homer Simpson away! I mean, the Pieman” You knew was too good to be true. Just when you start getting exciting and believing in baseball, again, they let you down. Bad news, folks. In a late breaking press release, Major [...]
Courtesy of Jayson Stark’s latest column:
Those home runs might be flying. But we’re hearing that the Yankees don’t plan to make any firm judgments on the home run propensity of the new Yankee Stadium until after the summer breezes kick in and the old stadium is dismantled.
The club has been told by its engineers that when the old park is out of the way, the wind currents off the East River should hit the new stadium differently and actually reduce home runs.
In the meantime, we’ve studied the home run data over athittrackeronline.com. And even though the new stadium has proved to be 55 percent easier to hit a home run in than the average park, data shows the wind effect might be less dramatic than popularly believed. For instance:
Of the 70 outside-the-park home runs hit at the new park through Wednesday, only three were estimated to have carried an additional 10 feet or more because of wind. And all three were hit on the same day (April 18).
Only 12 homers were estimated to have carried an extra 5 feet or more because of the wind (four of those 12 were just hit Tuesday and Wednesday, by the way) — but seven actually had their distance knocked down by 5 feet or more because they were hit into the wind.
And of those 70 home runs, 27 would have been home runs in all 30 parks in baseball, 43 would have been homers in at least 25 of the 30 parks and all but 18 would have been home runs in at least 20 of the 30 parks. Just two were judged to have been homers only in Yankee Stadium.