Re-signing Mo

In his latest mailbag, Bryan Hoch discusses the legendary Mariano Rivera and ponders how much longer the Yankees’ 40-year old closer can continue mowing down hitters with his patented cutter. As we all know, immediately after capturing his latest World Series title, Rivera said he would like to...

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"Hit Satch one for four"

A telegram. Today, that’d be tweeted. Ain’t nostalgia quaint?

In addition, Satchel has some scouting on facing Lou Gehrig:

Two days before the game, Paige told the Oakland Post-Enquirer this would be his toughest game. “Never before have I faced so many great hitters in one game,” he said. “I’ve licked teams with three or four big-leaguers, but a whole club of them … this ain’t going to be easy. However, I expect to whip ‘em.”

About Gehrig, Paige told the Post-Enquirer: “Gehrig is a powerful hitter, but he can be fooled.”

Wouldn’t you love to have witnessed that?

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Cubs sign Nady, A’s sign Sheets

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown, the Chicago Cubs have signed former Yankee, Xavier Nady, to a one-year deal. He will likely serve as outfield insurance but will also be a right-handed platoon option, spelling Kosuke Fukudome against left-handers.

How does this affect the Yankees’ pursuit of a right-handed bat? Well, the Yankees really...

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More old mitt ads

Fellers, look (not the DiMaggio model that I have, but close):

This one looks miles ahead of that last one, yet a ways from today:

Further back in time, from the banned players collection:

Speaking of old, endorsed by The Babe (and only $6!):

Another oldie:

To attain it…is to earn it:

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A dip in the retro pool

The first glove I remember having was a Doug Rader model. Over the years, I’ve managed to collect a very old Joe DiMaggio model glove, a Thurman Munson model catchers mitt and a random “claw-style” first baseman’s mitt from maybe the ’40′s.

What was your first glove? Or the first you remember?

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Our watchers are better than yours!

Together with our advertisers and affiliates we measure success based on ratings,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. We are proud of the fact that NESN has been the highest rated RSN in baseball for six consecutive seasons. Once again, in 2009, NESN led RSN ratings nationally in every measurable demographic. Our message is clear, New England sports fans have proven to be the best fans in the country and our sponsors and affiliates have been the beneficiary of this unwavering support.”

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2009 NESN vs. YES Network Comparison

NESN

YES Network

Households in DMA

2,410,180

7,493,530

Primetime Rating

3.15

1.09

Primetime Households

76,000

82,000

Total Day Delivery Rating

.98

0.43

Total Day Delivery Households

24,000

32,000

Baseball Rating

9.38

4.62

Baseball Households

226,000

346,000

Thanks to Pete Toms, BizofBaseball contributor, the de-facto Canadian correspondent for IIATMS and all-around good guy (according to him, at least)

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Who I’m Excited to Watch this Season

Via RAB, I stumbled across Frank Pilere’s Top 100 prospects and it got me thinking. In this dead time of the Hot Stove League, there isn’t much to think or write about. But this list gave me a bit of a spark: it reminded me of some of the “other” guys in the Yankees’...

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Looking ahead to 2010 free agency

The following is a post from sometime Yankeeist contributor Scott “Skip” Kutscher. Skip’s last piece for Yankeeist was about The Tiger Woods Fiasco.

It seems more and more...

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