A-Rod Has Slowest Yankee Home Run Trot

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Just in case the local media needed another reason to rip on A-Rod, here are the results of a study done by the WSJ on time around the bases:

In case New Yorkers needed another way to compare Derek Jeter to Alex Rodriguez, we’ve found something new. When...

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Yankees Enjoy Their Day At The White House (Mediocy Ensues)

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After visiting the veterans at Walter Reed From Lynn Zinser:

President Barack Obama welcomed the Yankees to the White House on Monday, lauding them for the franchise’s 27th championship, and poking a bit of fun at how long it took to win this one.

“Now, it’s been nine years...

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Inside Brett’s Hot Start

Brett Gardner is batting .340/.436/.404/.841. I’m going to repeat that. Because it bears repeating. Brett Gardner is hitting .340/.436/.404/.841. Now, a few things–obviously, it’s a small sample and I don’t think Gardner will even dream of keeping this up. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t examine what Brett’s doing during this hot...

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Labeling Javy Vazquez

I saw this over at Sliding Into Home and figured a response was necessary:

I think it’s time we accept that Javier Vazquez is a gutless bitch who cannot handle New York or the American League. After today’s stinker, the goat of 2004 is now 1-3 with an ERA...

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Building a Professional Resume – Graham Stoneburner

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What’s the perfect distraction for a burnt-out graduate student with a bunch of papers due in 3 days? Minor league baseball blogging.

Graham Stoneburner pitched about as good as he could on Saturday – 8 innings, 1 earned run, 8 strikeouts, no walks. At one point, he retired 20...

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Home Run Javy continues to party like it's 2004 as Yankees drop first series of the season

The Yankees lost for the third time in four games yesterday, falling to the Angels 8-4. Things started out well enough, and dreams of a 4-2 west coast road trip (along...

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Small sample size or time to panic?

So what jumps out at you?  Is it the:

  • Jump in HR allowed (to 2.3 per 9IP, up from 0.8 last year)
  • Jump in BB allowed (to 5.0 per 9IP, up from 1.8 last year)
  • Jump in Hits allowed (to 11.3 per 9IP, up from 7.4 last year)
  • Fall in K/BB ratio (to 1.64, down from 5.41 last year)
  • The “slash line” of .309 / .398 / .580; essentially turning EVERY HITTER INTO AN ALL STAR (compared to the “slash line” of .223 / .266 / .346 in 2009, when he finished 4th in the Cy Young voting in the NL)

Or does his .345 BABIP (compared to the average of his prior five years of ~.303 BABIP) mean the most?  Is it bad luck that’s dooming Javy, or is he simply “unable” to handle the stress of pitching in NY, or rather, FOR the Yankees?

Me, I’m not ready to bail on Javy just yet.  I remember when the Yanks traded for him before 2004 and telling my father how excited I was, that we got a young guy in his prime who will be a horse for this team… and then I had to gag down my claims after the playoff series that NEVER HAPPENED. …

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Yankees Payroll At League Average (well, not really)

Here are the facts and figures (payroll numbers are as reported in the Biz of Baseball, revenues are from Forbes):

The average payroll in baseball equals 46.4% of average team revenues.  So in this sense, the Yankees have an average payroll.

Aren’t statistics fun?

Yes, I understand: the Yankees do not have a small payroll.  The truth is,  the Yankees have huge revenues.   If the Yankees spent revenue on payroll at the same percentage as the Tigers, the Yankees could add another $80 million in player salaries!   They could add Ryan Howard, John Lackey, Matt Holliday and Roy Halladay, with money left over.

Scary.  The Yankees are actually showing salary restraint? 

The numbers also show that the Red Sox have a large payroll.  Our neighbors to the north spend aggressively on their 25-man roster.

I’ll close with a statistic about the Red Sox payroll, to match the statistic from Mark Attansio about the cost of the Yankees infield:

  • The salaries for five part-time Red Sox players spend more on salaries for five part-time players (David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Bill Hall, Jeremy Hermida and Jason Varitek) represent more total* money than the Padres spend for their entire team
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Random thoughts on yesterday’s loss

Photo courtesy of the NY Daily News

-First and foremost, Javier Vazquez. Yes, it’s time to start worrying about him. He clearly has no confidence in his fastball, and for good reason. He’s only throwing it about 1/3 of the time, so from a...

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