Posada Update And The Cervelli Question

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 Tampa yesterday. Posada hopes to play in a game as early as tomorrow. “It’s now a matter of getting into baseball shape,” he told The Associated Press after taking batting practice, throwing and running. If Posada plans on getting into a game by tomorrow, you Continue reading Posada Update And The Cervelli Question

Hughes dominates in Texas, Yankees roll 11-1

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 Mark Teixeira, where Hughes went for a little too much, and injured his hamstring. 2 years later Hughes, now 22, has experienced both success and frustration.  Filling in for Chien Ming-Wang, Hughes has been up-and-down, though he had posted quality starts in his last 2 Continue reading Hughes dominates in Texas, Yankees roll 11-1

The Resurgence Of Melky Cabrera

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 drop. he did not seem to have the swing to make consistent solid contact, and his approach at the plate was often awful. Yet all of that has changed. Melky is hitting .328/.374/.492, good enough for 6th in the majors in OPS for center fielders. Continue reading The Resurgence Of Melky Cabrera

Callis and Law on Phil Hughes

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 Hughes should spend some time in the minors working on his cutter and changeup, as well as finding more consistency in regard to locating his fastball. Some have said that he has nothing to prove in the minors. While that may be true, he certainly Continue reading Callis and Law on Phil Hughes

Minors Recap, 5/24

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 5 with a double, raising his average to .354.  It’s hard not to be impressed with the high average, but I would like to see a little more power and fewer strikeouts. Shelley Duncan continued to hit for power, going 1 for 4 with his Continue reading Minors Recap, 5/24

Thoughts On Yesterday's Thriller

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 better at the plate, taking more pitches and being more selective on pitches up and out of the zone. Pretty soon a good stretch will turn into a good season, and I will be forced to happily admit that I was wrong about the Melk Continue reading Thoughts On Yesterday's Thriller

MLB Investigates the Yankees… D’oh!

“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 League Baseball has announced that they are investigating the New York Yankees for Performance Increasing Enhancements (P.I.E.’s) during their recent 9 game winning tear. Fireballer AJ Burnett is the suspected point man in this scandal and is charged with distributing P.I.E.’s to several different Yankees Continue reading MLB Investigates the Yankees… D’oh!

Some HR data to ponder

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 at hittrackeronline.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.

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