Are Yankees Team Of The Decade?

From Rich Lederer: Here is a summary of the qualifications of the leading candidates to become the Team of the Decade. If Los Angeles wins it all this year, the case for the Angels will be as follows: 2 World Series championships 2 pennants 3 LCS appearances 5 Division titles (including 2009) If St. Louis wins it all this year, the case for the Cardinals will be: 2 World Series championships 3 pennants 6 LCS appearances 7 Division titles (including 2009) If New York wins, the case for the Yankees will be: 2 World Series championships 4 pennants 5 LCS Continue reading Are Yankees Team Of The Decade?

Game 130: Chicago 3, Yankees 8

Finishing up their homestand in the Bronx, the Yankees looked to sweep the struggling White Sox. Early on it looked like Ozzie Guillen’s rant may have put some fight back into Chicago, however, it was short-lived. The Yankees completed the sweep, winning 8-3 and outscoring Chicago 23-5 over the weekend.

Podsednik started the game with a triple and scored on a ground out by Beckham, giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Jeter did what he does best, getting the Yankees going with yet another first inning hit (I believe he has hits in the first inning in 9 of the last 13 games). A deep fly ball by Teixeira, which missed going over by a couple feet, brought Jeter in from third and the Yankees tied it up. A-Rod followed with a hard single up the middle, but was picked off at first to end the inning. Joba pitched efficiently, only needing 16 pitches to get through the first two innings, however, he struggled in the third. Alexei Ramirez singled and stole second, before moving to third on Nix’s single. Podsednik followed with the third straight single of the inning, plating Ramirez, but Cano pegged Nix out at third. Podsednik stole second, and advanced to third on Beckham second ground out of the game, but Joba got Pierzynski to strike out looking to end the inning.

The Chicago lead was short-lived, as Jeter singled in the third and Damon put a two-run shot into the second deck in right to put the Yankees up 3-2. Aceves relieved Joba in the fourth, as part of the Yankees new plan to keep Joba’s innings down. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Yankees built on their lead. With Cano and Hinske on, Melky Cabrera hit a screamer off the left field wall for a RBI double. Jeter was intentionally walked and Hairston, hitting for Damon, drilled the ball to the left fielder picking up the sac fly. Teixeira, who narrowly missed a homer to right in the first inning, made up for it by sending a three-run bomb deep, giving the Yankees the 8-2 lead. Jermaine Dye got one run back for Chicago in the ninth, going yard on the first pitch he saw from Phil Coke, but it was not enough as the Pinstripes walked away with the 8-3 victory.

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Lunch with Kyle Blanks and the Padres game

It’s good to be back. Sort of. It’s always nice returning to your own bed and comforts of home, but it sure was tough leaving Southern California. I won’t bore you with too many photos and family stories, but I did want to share a really fun baseball-related day: Friday, August 21, 2009.

Here’s the setup: A few days prior to leaving for San Diego, I emailed my friend, Matt. Matt, an agent, has been a long time FOTB. In my email to Matt, I asked him if there was any way that I could get my boys to meet Kyle Blanks, a client of his, since we were going to be at the game. In a way that is typical Matt, he responded a few hours later with a “Call me asap” email. I gave him a call and he let me know that he not only arranged for us to meet Blanks, but that Kyle suggested that we meet him for lunch before the game. I was giddy, to say the least, as I knew this would be a tremendous experience for my boys…meeting a pro ballplayer and having lunch with him right before he played! Nevermind the fact that he hit a GW HR a few days prior, followed up the next day with the first inside-the-park HR in Petco history.

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Betances to get TJ

Dellin Betances, the Yankees’ towering righty pitching prospect, will undergo Tommy John surgery, Mike Ashmore reports.  Betances, who has been sidelined with a number of elbow injuries in the past few seasons, will finally get things repaired.  This is another blow to the Yankees’ system, though I think surgery was inevitable for Betances given how frequently he has been injured, and mostly with elbow problems.  Hopefully he can get everything fixed and with rest and rehab, be ready to pick up where he left off in 2011.  We have seen what he can do when he is healthy and mechanically Continue reading Betances to get TJ

Hairston A Great Addition

From the NY Times: Jerry Hairston Jr. started in center field for the Yankees, switched to right field in the eighth inning and finished the game at shortstop. Hairston doubled in the first two runs of the game, and continued to be as versatile as any Yankee. When Nick Swisher was asked where Hairston’s versatility ranked among other players, he said: “On a scale from 1 to 100, I’m thinking 100. It seems like the guy can do everything.” Since the Yankees acquired Hairston from the Cincinnati Reds on July 31, he has batted .382 with two homers, nine runs Continue reading Hairston A Great Addition

Discussion: Would An Early Playoff Exit Make For A Failed Season?

During the last Yankees-Red Sox tilt, the ESPN broadcast crew had an interesting discussion regarding expectations in NY and what makes a season a success. Steve Phillips contended that the expectations in NY are too high, and lamented the fact that anything other than a World Series championship for the Yankees would be branded a failure. While I do agree that the Yankees have had some fun seasons over the last 9 seasons, I do have to disagree with Phillips. The crux of my argument can be found in Joe Posnanski’s epic post on the Royals: So, man-for-man the 2005 Continue reading Discussion: Would An Early Playoff Exit Make For A Failed Season?

Ranking All-Time Yankee Hitters

Jonah Keri recently providing his ranking of the top-10 all-time Yankee hitters. The list (with OPS+ added by me): 1 Babe Ruth (210 OPS+) 2 Mickey Mantle (172 OPS+) 3 Lou Gehrig (179 OPS+) 4 Joe DiMaggio (155 OPS+) 5 Yogi Berra (125 OPS+) 6 Derek Jeter (121 OPS+) 7 Bill Dickey (127 OPS+) 8 Jorge Posada (124 OPS+) 9 Bernie Williams (125 OPS+) 10 Earle Combs (126 OPS+) Babe Ruth is the no-doubt #1 pick. Beyond that, there seems to be two clusters of potential candidates. Tier 2 contains Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig. They have a Continue reading Ranking All-Time Yankee Hitters

Swisher learning

Here’s Bryan Hoch (MLB) on Nick Swisher’s defense: Swisher has had a mixed bag of results in the outfield this season with the Yankees, turning in some splendid defensive plays along with a few bloopers — missed diving catches and air-mailed throws to the screen behind home plate among them. Swisher said the sharp toss home to catcher Jose Molina, picked clean and applied to the sliding Castro, was no fluke. “I’ve really been trying to concentrate on the defensive end of things,” Swisher said. “I don’t like coming out of games, and early in the season, it happened late Continue reading Swisher learning

Cano clobbers one for the win

Despite the endless supply of rain, last night’s game was a definite treat. CC Sabathia threw 7 strong innings, striking out 10 ChiSox, in what was a remarkable ballgame. CC was dominant for most of the affair and only gave up 2 ER in the 7th inning (a product of the rain, perhaps). Conversely, the Yankee offense didn’t muster much against Mark Buehrle, plating only 2 runs against the crafty lefty. In the end, in a battle of two very superb lefties, neither was the victor as both team’s had to resort to their respective bullpens for the final innings Continue reading Cano clobbers one for the win