A-Rod Has Slowest Yankee Home Run Trot

[image title=”NY-AE396A_NYNUM_NS_20100425195901″ size=”full” id=”17039″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] 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 Mr. Jeter hits a home run, it takes him 20.19 seconds to round the bases, the second-fastest time among Yankees starters. Mr. Rodriguez needs 24.94 seconds, the slowest mark on the team…. The average home-run time in the majors is 21.89 seconds, according to Marquette Continue reading A-Rod Has Slowest Yankee Home Run Trot

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

[image title=”27yanksatwhitehouse-blogSpan” size=”full” id=”17033″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] 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 since your last title — which must have felt like an eternity for Yankees fans,” Obama said. “I think other teams would be just fine with a spell like that. The Cubs, for example.” Obama, famously a devoted White Sox fan, said he did Continue reading Yankees Enjoy Their Day At The White House (Mediocy Ensues)

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 streak to start the year. One of the knocks on Gardner was that he’s stuck out way too much for a guy with as little power as he has. So far in 2010, he’s cut down on the whiffs. He’s got just five strikeouts, compared to seven walks, Continue reading Inside Brett’s Hot Start

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 of 9.00, and clearly the weak link of the 2010 New York Yankees. Am I being too harsh? Possibly, but for now I think my criticizm is well deserved. Today was his fourth bad start in four chances. In just 3.2 innings, the pathetic right-hander allowed five runs on five hits, Continue reading Labeling Javy Vazquez

Building a Professional Resume – Graham Stoneburner

[image title=”1777905″ size=”full” id=”17005″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] 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 straight batters. Stoneburner’s line on the season: 25 innings, 4 starts, 10.8 K/9, 2.16 BB/9. The Yankees started him this season at Low-A Charleston, ending some speculation that he might spend the year in short season baseball. Stoneburner is a raw and largely untested Continue reading Building a Professional Resume – Graham Stoneburner

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 with a 4-2 record vs. the Los Annoying Annoyings of Annoyanceland) started dancing in my head after the Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early going. Of course, as he has been wont to do for the most part this young season, Home Run Javy Vazquez gave it all back and then some, failing the Yankees yet again. While I don’t believe you can bury a Continue reading Home Run Javy continues to party like it's 2004 as Yankees drop first series of the season

Small sample size or time to panic?

Javy Vazquez has made four starts for the Yanks this 2010 season and is the not-so-proud owner of a 1-3 record with a nifty 9.00 ERA (44 ERA+) after yesterday’s latest stinkfest. So is Javy this bad or is it just a small sample size to start the season?

First, the data:

Year Tm ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2005 ARI 4.42 33 215.2 223 112 106 35 46 192 101 1.247 9.3 1.5 1.9 8.0 4.17
2006 CHW 4.84 33 202.2 206 116 109 23 56 184 98 1.293 9.1 1.0 2.5 8.2 3.29
2007 CHW 3.74 32 216.2 197 95 90 29 50 213 126 1.140 8.2 1.2 2.1 8.8 4.26
2008 CHW 4.67 33 208.1 214 113 108 25 61 200 98 1.320 9.2 1.1 2.6 8.6 3.28
2009 ATL 2.87 32 219.1 181 75 70 20 44 238 143 1.026 7.4 0.8 1.8 9.8 5.41
2010 NYY 9.00 4 20.0 25 20 20 5 11 18 44 1.800 11.3 2.3 5.0 8.1 1.64
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 4/26/2010.

Year Tm BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB
2005 ARI .266 .308 .456 .764 .307 382
2006 CHW .259 .318 .409 .727 .309 325
2007 CHW .242 .290 .411 .700 .291 334
2008 CHW .263 .317 .438 .755 .318 357
2009 ATL .223 .266 .346 .612 .290 281
2010 NYY .309 .398 .580 .978 .345 47
13 Seasons .256 .308 .421 .729 .302 4069
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 4/26/2010.

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Yankees Payroll At League Average (well, not really)


The Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball, in absolute numbers. Everyone knows this. This has been the case for the last 10 years at least.

But here’s an odd fact: take the top 8 revenue-earning teams in baseball (Yanks, Red Sox, Cubs, Phils, Mets, Tigers, White Sox and Angels). Make a guess: which of these 8 teams spends the lowest percentage of revenues on player payroll?

The lowest payroll among the top 8 revenue teams, measured in terms of percentage of total team revenues, belongs to the Yankees.

The biggest payroll in baseball, in terms of percentage of team revenues, belongs to the Detroit Tigers. In second place: The Boston Red Sox.

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Random thoughts on yesterday’s loss

-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 hitters’ perspective pretty much everything is off speed. He needs to challenge hitters and set up his breaking stuff with the fastball, or else hitters can just sit back and look for the slow stuff. He says he feels fine physically, so much like with Phil Hughes in recent years it’s just a matter of getting him to trust his stuff more and Continue reading Random thoughts on yesterday’s loss