Eagerly awaiting Vazquez's return

Above was the last we saw of Javier Vazquez, when he served up a pitch that was the final dagger in the hearts of the 2004 team’s chances to return to the World Series. Worse yet, it was facing our hated rival the Boston Red Sox, and we could only sit back and watch as they coasted to a World Series win, ending their ‘curse’ of 86 years. It was the on-field nadir of every Yankee fan’s existence. Charlie Brown finally kicked the Football, and Vazquez was the placeholder. It’s the kind of moment that should be a chance for Continue reading Eagerly awaiting Vazquez's return

Minors Recap, 4/8

Hi all.  I am finally making my triumphant return from thesis-related exile, and should be back writing for TYU on a relatively frequent basis.  Without further adieu, a recap of the first day of minor league action.  We’re trying out a different format, where rather than transcribing the box scores, I am going to try to highlight a few players every night and write a more in-depth report.  Let us know in the comment section what you think about this change. Scranton shuts out Buffalo, 1-0 Ivan Nova started for the Yankees, lasting 4 innings before being removed following a Continue reading Minors Recap, 4/8

Gardner solid at the bottom of the order

Beyond the Box Score’s Satchel Price has an interesting article out, in which Price compares number nine hitters across the American League (right off the bat, Price admits that the piece is somewhat cursory, in that number nine hitters are subject to change give certain situations, as we saw last night with Curtis Granderson). Each player is ranked according to perceived offensive potential – that is a key phrase here – with our boy, Brett Gardner, coming in at number five (out of fourteen hitters). The only players ahead of Gardner are Travis Snider, Alexei Ramirez, Kelly Shoppach, and Marco Continue reading Gardner solid at the bottom of the order

Pettitte to help determine Joba’s future

Andy Pettitte pitched well last night, giving up only one earned run over six innings at Fenway Park. The vintage performance actually made me wonder about his future with the Yankees, as well as Joba Chamberlain’s future, for the two are intimately connected. Pettitte has been a reliable free agent piece for the Yankees since returning to them in 2007, going year-to-year, which provides considerable short-term roster and financial flexibility. That has been the allure of re-signing Pettitte, who has been effective with each new annual contract. But, although Pettitte allows the Yankees to control their team on a short-term Continue reading Pettitte to help determine Joba’s future

Are The Yankees Really Taking Too Long To Play Games?

[image title=”large_petleave529″ size=”full” id=”16546″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] I thought this was an issue that had gone away, but Joe West decided to dredge it up again last night when speaking to The Record: “They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace,” said West, the chief of the umpiring crew working the three-game series, according to the report. “They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? “It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play,” he said, according to the report. The common response from Yankees fans is that these Continue reading Are The Yankees Really Taking Too Long To Play Games?

Granderson's New Handset

Old: [image title=”Picture 6″ size=”full” id=”16540″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] New: [image title=”Picture 5″ size=”full” id=”16538″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Twitter is an amazing tool for fans and bloggers, in that it provides access to people with expertise that many fans would not have had the ability to speak with in the past. Last night, I was able to learn something about Curtis Granderson’s stance from one such interaction. After Granderson hit his home run, senior scout Steve Carter of Project Prospect stated that he loved Granderson’s new handset. When I asked for clarification, he graciously sent me the following explanation: Granderson Continue reading Granderson's New Handset

Forbes gives baseball the business

Forbes Magazine has released its annual survey of The Business of Baseball. This is a major event for people like me who are supposed to write about the money side of baseball, because Forbes provides us with the most comprehensive and accurate set of numbers available to us.

The Forbes analysis is not infallible. Baseball teams are private businesses, and they are not required to make their financial results public. Consequently, the Forbes numbers are estimates – very intelligent estimates, but estimates nonetheless. The information is not perfect, and Forbes’ methodology is not perfect either. The Forbes numbers are “a good barometer”, according to Maury Brown at The Biz of Baseball, but they’re not audited numbers, and we all should keep this in mind as we pore through the Forbes survey. (You can read here how Forbes gets its baseball information.)

When the Forbes numbers are released, we can rely on two things. First, we know that we’ll hear complaints from baseball teams and baseball officials. In the past, MLB’s Rob Manfred has called the Forbes numbers “sheer nonsense”; Bud Selig has told Congress that the numbers are “pure fiction.” The Rays have said that “the accuracy has never been there”, and the Mariners have said that Forbes pulls its numbers “out of thin air.” Of course, baseball might cooperate more closely with Forbes, or release audited numbers of its own – but of course this has never happened.(For the moment, the Forbes numbers are all we have to work with. So long as we regard the numbers as reasonably decent estimates, I think we’re on safe ground, regardless of what Bud Selig might say to the contrary.)

The second thing you can count on is that the press will seize on the Forbes numbers to bash the Yankees. So predictably, ESPN’s lead is “Yankees worth $1.6 billion”. ESPN emphasizes that the Yanks are worth “nearly” twice as much as the next most valuable team in baseball (which happens to be our neighbors to the North, the Red Sox).

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