Fisted and fired, or something like that

Here’s some of Sandomir’s early thrashing of Caray:

Caray is still prone to bad play calls, descriptive exaggerations and factual errors. Every announcer makes mistakes, but Caray’s lips form a pattern of an announcer out of his element. The producer, Glenn Diamond; the director, Lonnie Dale; and the statistician are either failing him or he is spurning their advice and support.

No one in the production truck could rescue him from his 10th-inning classic faux pas during the Twins-Tigers tie breaker Tuesday night. Caray called the Twins’ Nick Punto’s sharply hit liner to left field this way: “Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play.”

My follow-up comment way back when:

It’s gotta be hard work to consistently deliver the game action accurately, cleanly and without reusing the same descriptions and/or verbal tics. That’s what makes/made the Harwells, Scullys, Kalases, Allens, etc. so sublime.Click here to read the rest

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
Steve: Yankees, Indians, Angels, Red Sox
Tom: Yankees, Rays, Angels, Twins

Chris and I were the only ones to get all 4 playoff teams. The Indians, Rays, and A’s each got 2 votes and were the cause for the other failed ballots.

Who will make the playoffs from the National League?

EJ: Marlins, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Mets
Moshe: Mets, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Phillies
Anthony: Phillies, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Mets
Chris: Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, Mets
Steve: Phillies, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Marlins
Tom: Mets, Cubs, Marlins, D-backs

Everyone has the Cubs, and all but Steve had the Mets in the playoffs.… Click here to read the rest

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 Holliday, based on those concerns. These same apprehensions allowed the Rockies to draft Holliday in the 7th round of the ’98 draft, as he fell due to questions surrounding his signability.

Of course, Holliday went on to play baseball in Colorado and has been one of the best outfielders in the National League since then, while Henson—along with Jackson Melian, Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall—was traded to the Reds in 2000 for Mike Frank and Denny Neagle.… Click here to read the rest

Monday morning links

  • Commish Selig plans on stepping down after his contract expires after the 2012 season. Selig has done a lot of good things for the game, including the Wildcard, Revenue Sharing, Luxury Tax, MLBAM, MLB Network, instant replay, etc. He’s presided over some not-so-good things, including the Steroid Era, having the All-Star game count towards home field advantage, cancelling the 1994 World Series, collusion in the 80’s (he wasn’t commish at the time, but was instrumental in it), botched contraction ideas, and a general perception of dragging one’s feet with regards to the adoption of new technologies which could improve the game. That revenues for MLB have grown over four-fold during his tenure is good for the owners and players, but has helped price many of us, the fans, out of games, or as many games as we used to attend. Overall, I think history will look back favorably on Selig, but the stain of collusion, 1994 and PED’s will linger.
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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 in franchise history. On Sept. 11 he passed Lou Gehrig’s franchise mark for base hits, which now stands at 2,747…… 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….

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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. They Angels don’t play AL East-style baseball and the Bombers always look surprised when Chone Figgins goes from first to third or Bobby Abreu is slapping a double into right.

Here are the facts: The California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 97 games in 2009. They did it with an offense that scored the 2nd-most runs in the Majors, while putting up a 1st place .285 batting average (I’m not a fan of BA either, but admit it, that’s impressive) and a 3rd place .792 OPS.

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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 a proven and durable team-changer and playoff performer, and that relative scarcity increases his value. Lackey went 7-4 with a 3.05 ERA and a .239 BAA in the second half, when he rounded into form after tightness in his elbow sidelined him for the season’s first month and a half. As a Texas native, Lackey has long been viewed as a perfect fit for a Rangers club perennially in need of an ace.

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