Fisted and fired, or something like that

I take no joy in this, but can’t say we didn’t see this one coming*:

Chip Caray’s tenure as TBS’s lead major league baseball announcer ended Monday when he and the cable network agreed to part ways.

Caray’s high-volume style was mixed with a penchant for bad play calls, embellishments and factual errors. His best known incident occurred during the American League Central Division tie breaker between the Twins and the Tigers in October. He called an obvious lineout this way: “Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!

*via Deadspin

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Looking Back At TYU's Season Predictions

Prior to the season, the writers here at TYU collaborated on a predictions post that you can find in the toolbar at the top of the page. Being that we would probably point out the poor predictions made by MSM writers, it is only fair that we go back and look at our own follies. As you might notice, we did not do a fantastic job at prognosticating: Who will make the playoffs from the American League? EJ: Yankees, Twins, Athletics, Rays. Moshe: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Red Sox Anthony: Yankees, Indians, Athletics, Red Sox Chris: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Red Sox Continue reading Looking Back At TYU's Season Predictions

Jeter is SI's Sportsman of the Year

Another award for Jeter:

In what has already been a banner year for Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop can add another honor: Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award. Jeter was chosen as the magazine’s 56th honoree and becomes the first Yankee to be named SI’s Sportsman.

Jeter’s selection caps another outstanding season for the 35-year-old team captain and future Hall of Famer. In 2009 he batted .334 while leading the Yankees to their fifth World Series title in his 14 full seasons, their first since 2000 and their record 27th in franchise history. On Sept. 11 he passed Lou Gehrig’s franchise mark for base hits, which now stands at 2,747. In 2009 Jeter led the American League by reaching base 289 times, finished second in the league in hits (212), third in batting average and on-base percentage (.406), fourth in runs (107) and eighth in stolen bases (30). He was named an All-Star for the 10th time, including the sixth time as a starter, while winning his fourth AL Silver Slugger as the best hitting shortstop in the league and his fourth Gold Glove as the league’s top defensive shortstop.

Hate him all you wish. Call him overrated. You might need to gain some of our perspective on Jeter. That trophy looks damn good to my eyes.

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What and who exactly is Marco Scutaro?

Remember when Marco Scutaro was just another utility player? Waived and claimed twice by other teams? Traded by the stats-loving A’s (see the bottom of his B-R page)?

Suddenly, at ages 32 and 33, he has “breakthrough” seasons and he is now worth a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract? Call me skeptical but someone’s gonna overpay for this guy. Maybe a 3 year/$18-21 million (my estimate) deal won’t break anyone’s bank, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best investment.

Let’s peek at Scutaro’s good 2008-09 and his career stats prior (all stats from B-R unless noted):

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Yanks considered drafting Holliday in ’98

While adding Matt Holliday to the Yankees lineup has its fair share of detractors and supporters, from Anthony McCarron, we learn that the organization could have added Holliday to the team 10 years ago via the ’98 draft. According to McCarron, “Holliday could have been a Yankee out of high school,” for the Yankees “considered drafting him in 1998 even though he had a scholarship to play football and baseball at Oklahoma State.” However, the Yankees thought that Holliday, a quarterback at Stillwater High, would opt for college over a major league career, and they ultimately chose Drew Henson over Continue reading Yanks considered drafting Holliday in ’98

Monday morning links

Some of the things I noted over the weekend but didn’t get to comment on:

  • Bob Sheppard has officially “retired“. He’s 99 years old, reportedly. That’s as good a time as any to call it quits on a magnificent career. Buster Olney has a nice, fun story about Mr. Sheppard. I’ve written plenty about Mr. Sheppard over the last two years of this blog’s existence. Have a look. And my quick Bob Sheppard story, as I have told it before:

A few years back, [Sheppard] missed a few weeks due to illness. I happened to be going to the game with my father on the date of his return. We got to the Stadium a bit early and were walking around, killing time. We stopped in front of the player’s entrance for a few moments when this elderly man came walking towards us. “Dad, it’s Bob Sheppard, the Voice of God“, I whispered. As he approached, all I could think of saying was “Welcome back, Mr. Sheppard. We missed you”. He stopped, turned and said “Thank you, young man“. (I was well north of 30, but he still called me ‘young man’.) I swear, his voice echoed as if he were behind the mic inside the Stadium. All my father could say was “Cooool!”. Still is a top moment in my fandom.

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Jeter Wins Sportsman of the Year, Sherman Prefers A-Rod

From SI: In what has already been a banner year for Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop can add another honor: Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award. Jeter was chosen as the magazine’s 56th honoree (the Dec. 7 issue will hit newsstands on Wednesday) and becomes the first Yankee to be named SI’s Sportsman. Jeter’s selection caps another outstanding season for the 35-year-old team captain and future Hall of Famer. In 2009 he batted .334 while leading the Yankees to their fifth World Series title in his 14 full seasons, their first since 2000 and their record 27th Continue reading Jeter Wins Sportsman of the Year, Sherman Prefers A-Rod

Know your enemy: The Los Angeles Angels

Every Yankee fan knows that the Angels have beaten up on the Bombers more than any other team in the last decade. In fact, they were the only team with a winning record against the Yankees during the Joe Torre era. It’s not just that they had the Yankees’ number until the 2009 ALCS — it’s also how they did it. Prior to the instant classic that was ALCS Game 2, a friend of mine and I agreed that watching the Angels play the Yankees is like watching one team play baseball while the other team plays the game backwards. Continue reading Know your enemy: The Los Angeles Angels

SI’s Top 50 Free Agents

Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated takes a look at this years crop of free agents and ranks them in terms of desirability and best fit. Four current Yankees show up on his list, as well as two prospective new Yankees. Here’s the Yankee related fits as he sees it: #1 John Lackey He’s only arguably No. 1 on the merit of his talent alone — either of the two men ranked immediately below him could occupy the top spot on the basis of skill — but this is a market in which there appears only one starting pitcher who is Continue reading SI’s Top 50 Free Agents