Say what? Blaming the stadium?

I read what this article and amongst the silliness of it all, there was this doozy:

It’s no wonder center fielder Carlos Beltran broke down. Center field is ridiculously large.

Really? You want to blame Beltran getting hurt due to the fact the park is big? C’mon… It had nothing to do with recurring knee injuries? Nope. A deep ballpark is the culprit.

The fact that the author, Gerry Fraley, believes “(t)he ballparks are to blame, too. If the tenant is to have any chance at long-term success, these problems posed by these parks must be addressed as soon as possible“. He then lists CitiField as the #1 field to be fixed. The park isn’t a year old, for cryin’ out loud! How about building a team to FIT THE BALLPARK. So what if power is suppressed at CitiField? Does that mean the team can’t build around pitching, speed and defense? Oy. Is it so bad if the team plays more 3-2 games than 9-7?

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Memo To Michael Kay: Please Stop Talking

Wednesday night’s game had that special feel that is typically reserved for playoff games, no-hit bids, and four hour affairs against Boston. Derek Jeter had notched two hits in his first 3 at bats, and came to the plate in the 7th inning with an opportunity to tie Lou Gehrig. He singled to right and tied the record, and the crowd erupted around him. In the 8th, the crowd roared as he batted with a chance to claim the record for himself, but worked a walk against the aptly named Grant Balfour. For those in the Stadium, it must have Continue reading Memo To Michael Kay: Please Stop Talking

9/11: In Memoriam

In October of 2001, a few short weeks after the unspeakable terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Yankees and Diamondbacks took the field to play the Fall Classic as the country grieved. For just a few days, baseball told us that it was alright to smile again, if only for a fleeting moment. It reminded us of the American ideals that we hold so dear, and made us all proud to be Americans. On this, the 8th anniversary of 9/11, let us remember those that were lost, and recall how our favorite game helped us heal.

Best offense ever?

Steve Lombardi of Was Watching fame provides this awesome bit of statistical analysis with regards to our beloved 2009 New York Yankees: “The 2009 Yankees currently have 7 players with 400+ PA and an OPS+ >=120. If New York can keep this up, they will become only the third team in baseball history to have 7 players with 400+PA and an OPS+ >=120. The others to do it were the 1993 Tigers and 1978 Brewers.” Damn, it’s been a fun year.

Minors Recap, 9/10

I’m finally back from a school-induced hiatus, sorry for disappearing for the last few weeks. Scranton defeats Gwinnett, 4-1 (they lead series 2-0) Ivan Nova earned the win for the Yankees with 7 innings of 1-run ball, allowing 7 hits and a walk while striking out 5.  His sinker was also great today, as Nova recorded 15 groundball outs against 1 flyout. Zach Kroenke struck out 1 in a perfect 8th. Kevin Whelan got the save, striking out 3 in a shutout innings of relief, giving up a hit and a walk. Reegie Corona was 2 for 4 with a Continue reading Minors Recap, 9/10

Wang’s pinstriped future in doubt?

From Pete Abraham (LoHud): Wang had a $5 million contract this season and is eligible for arbitration. There is virtually no chance the Yankees will offer him arbitration before the December deadline. That would leave Wang a free agent. “I would like to stay in New York,” he said. “But I don’t know what will happen.” One possibility is that the Yankees could offer Wang a minor-league contract. Or another team could sign him to a major-league deal and hope that he returns to form. “That’s something we won’t even think about until November,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. Continue reading Wang’s pinstriped future in doubt?

Perspective on Jeter

As you heard/saw/read, Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig last night for most hits in a Yankee uniform. Some are sick of the discussion and others are even a bit bored by it all. I guess I can understand it as those who downplay it generally don’t have the same perspective that I have.

I grew up in suburban NJ, just a handful of miles from Yankee Stadium. My father, a Brooklynite who got spurned by the Dodgers as a little kid, became the biggest Yanks fan I know. And all my brother and I heard growing up were stories about The Mick and Whitey and the “glory years”. I was very young when the Yanks were winning in 1977-78 and essentially came of age during the awful 80’s (awful teams, clothing, hair, pop music, etc.)

I graduated Syracuse in 1992 and soon after, moved into NYC. It was about that time that the Yanks finally turned the corner, and some tall, lanky kid named Derek Jeter came up to play shortstop. The Jeter Era had begun.

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The "This Guy Is Not Trying" Fallacy

Often, fans see a player that constantly makes the same mistakes and assumes that the player is not trying, or is too stubborn to change his ways. This line of thinking has led many fans to become incredibly frustrated with Joba Chamberlain. After he allowed four of the first five hitters to reach in last night’s game, fans on many of the blogs I frequent were echoing that familiar refrain: “I am really sick of Joba. He is really showing no effort or inclination to get better. He is just stubborn and unwilling to change.” This is a ridiculous fallacy, Continue reading The "This Guy Is Not Trying" Fallacy

Game 141: Rays 2, Yankees 4

The Yankees started Wednesday night with two goals, to continue to pile up some wins and to see Derek Jeter pile up some more hits. The Rays were the first on the board, but theYankees came through in the end, winning 4-2. Perhaps more memorable to both the players and the fans, were Jeter’s 3 hits, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most hits by a Yankee player.

Joba Chamberlain struggled in the first inning, giving up a solo homer to Jason Bartlett in the first at bat of the night. He gave up a single to Carl Crawford, who also stole second, before walking Zobrist. Pat Burrell followed with a RBI single and the Rays led 2-0. The Captain went over and talked to Joba, who calmed down and struck out the last two batters of the inning. He did not give up another hit during his three inning outing. In the bottom of the first, Jeter stepped to the plate having gone 0-12 this series. He laid down a picture perfect bunt, along the third baseline, for his first hit of the night. In the fifth inning, Jeter drove a ball deep to centerfield, which bounced over the fence, fittingly landing in Monument Park.

The Yankees still trailed 2-0 in the seventh, but history was alive as Jeter stepped to the plate. In typical Jeterian fashion, the Yankee shortstop drove a grounder into right for hit number 2721, tying him with the Iron Horse. Perhaps this was the inspiration the Yankee bats needed. In the eighth inning, Alex Rodriguez singled and moved to third on Matsui’s single. Nick Swisher hit into a possible double play, but an errant throw left everyone safe and gave the Yankees their first run of the game. Jorge Posada, pinch hitting for Jose Molina, stepped up and delivered a three-run bomb to vault the Yankees into the 4-2 lead. Jeter then had a chance to break the hits record, but was walked, to the dismay of almost everyone in the Stadium.

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