Jeter, Swisher, and Fundamentals

Nick Swisher has come to be defined as a classic Moneyball player. One of Billy Beane’s picks in the draft that the book chronicles, Swisher is a power hitting outfielder that sees a ton of pitches and draws an obscene number of walks. He is a decent defender but not particularly fleet of foot, and is not the most instinctive player out there. In recent weeks, he has made a number of mental mistakes, with three of them being magnified due to their coming against the Red Sox. This has led those that favor grit and “clutchness” over production to Continue reading Jeter, Swisher, and Fundamentals

Much A-Rod About Nothing

Yesterday I discussed the Yankees decision to sit A-Rod for the first two games against Florida. This was the report on that story from the NY Post: “That’s not true,” the GM said before tonight’s Yankees-Marlins game at Land Shark Stadium. “Dr. (Mark) Lindsay said he would benefit from more than a day (off). It was a medical decision. The doctor ordered two days and see you on Sunday. (Joe) Girardi and I am firmly on board.” According to Cashman, he and Girardi talked after Thursday’s game about giving the slumping Rodriguez a day off. “The next day (Friday) we Continue reading Much A-Rod About Nothing

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Minors Recap, 6/21

.!. Scranton’s double-header against Indianapolis was postponed. Trenton beats Binghamton, 9-3 (7 innings, game 1) Jason Stephens started, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. JB Cox allowed a hit and a walk and struck out 1 in 1 inning of relief. Austin Krum was 1 for 4 with a walk and a steal. Reegie Corona, Eduardo Nunez, and Marcos Vechionacci were each 2 for 4. Jorge Vazquez, back after 3 weeks on the DL, returned in style, going 3 for 4 with a 3-run shot and a walk. Jesus Montero, catching, was 2 Continue reading Minors Recap, 6/21

Sabathia leaves game with bicep injury

The announcers on YES just reported that the Yankee ace, who was pulled early from today’s game, has tightness in his bicep, and will be day-to-day.  No tests are going to be done at this point, and hopefully, he’ll be able to make his next start.  Alfredo Aceves replaced CC, and has shut the Marlins out in 2 innings of work. Magicians movie full The Devil’s Tomb buy G.I. Jane dvd Hunger ipod Taste the Blood of Dracula download Steel City video

The A-Rod Situation

.!. .!. Alex Rodriguez sat out the last two games due to fatigue related to his offseason hip surgery. The circumstances regarding the decision to place him on the bench are a bit muddied, as no one is clear on exactly what happened. From Jon Heyman: Some controversy was sparked when the Miami Herald in a lengthy story about Rodriguez’s unexpected two-day rest included a “rumor” that A-Rod and manager Joe Girardi “spoke sharply to each other” in a meeting before Friday’s game here. However, people familiar with the Yankees’ decision to sit Rodriguez say the decision came from Cashman Continue reading The A-Rod Situation

Jeter Improves In The Field

From Rob Neyer: DEREK JETER IS NOT SUCH A BAD DEFENDER ANYMORE. That’s right, he’s not. In fact, at the age of 34 (35 in 9 days, don’t forget to send a card), Jeter is putting together his finest defensive season since they’ve been keeping advanced defensive metrics. Looking at two fielding stats, range runs and UZR, Jeter has improved immensely since 2005, when he contributed to one of the worst defensive teams to ever make the playoffs. –snip– The improvement clearly started last season, when Jeter rededicated himself to defense, employing “exercises designed to improve his lateral quickness and Continue reading Jeter Improves In The Field

Happy Father's Day

Thanks, Pop, for all the good stuff over the years. You know. The games, lessons, laughs. And all that other stuff, too: from The Eagles, to Old Timer’s Day games, to the “Engineers”, to Caddyshack, to sledding, to the Stones, to History of The World Part I, to Springsteen, to the Jeep ride home from the Bronx in the rain, to The Hunt For Red October, to CSN (you can still have Y to yourself).

Hope you get to enjoy Father’s Day and Grandfather’s Day with Marc and the kids. We’ll be toasting you from this coast.

To Marc: Keep doin’ what you’re doin’. Wish I could see it more often.

To Matt: Happy 1st Father’s Day. You’ve learned well and it’s fun to watch.

And to my father-in-law, who’s done nothing but made me feel like a member of the family since Day 1: thank you. You are a wonderful role model and a great friend.

For the rest of ya: Make sure you call or visit your Dad if you can. Continue reading Happy Father's Day