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...

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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...

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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...
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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...

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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...

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Jeter Improves In The Field

From Rob Neyer:


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,...

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