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...

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Game 130: Chicago 3, Yankees 8

Bronx Cheers:
Matsui: The DH went 0-4 on the day and struck out once.

Coke: In the ninth inning the reliever gave up a homerun to Jermaine Dye. He got the other three batters he faced out with no problem, but lately it seems like he can’t make it through an outing without giving up at least one run.

A-Rod on the basepaths
: Seriously, what was he doing out there? In the first inning he started to steal, hesitated and got picked off at first. He got lucky later on when he was on first and thought that Nix was going to catch Matsui’s hit in the air, so instead of running to second he ran back to first, where Nix would have had an easy double play if he had been thinking.

Curtain Calls:
Jeter: The Yankee shortstop is unstoppable right now. He consistently gets on base and is making a good statement to MVP voters.…

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Lunch with Kyle Blanks and the Padres game

Friday, Kyle and I exchanged a few text messages to confirm our time and location. We met at the Tin Fish restaurant, around the block from Petco. Kyle was promptly there and my older son, Jake, and I met him out front. The dude is BIG. And young. In addition to Jake and I was my wife, my younger son Zach, and my Dad. We peppered him with questions about being in the majors and going thru the minors and he graciously answered everything. I did not want it to seem like it was an “interview”, so I didn’t take notes. We wanted to ask him for a tour of the lockerroom but he had to meet someone to get his car back so we decided not to ask. Kyle was pretty subdued the whole time, though he really perked up talking about the home run and the inside-the-park HR. Kyle signed two baseballs (that we brought) for my boys, along with their hats, before taking off.…

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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