The ARod #600 Home Run watch drones on

We were discussing this last week and my concise colleague Larry said it best:

So, it means something that A-Rod is going to join the 600 club. It should mean more to me than it does. But it doesn’t.

Waiting for ARod to hit his 600th home run is yet another Fool’s Errand. Yes, the 600 Home Run Club is as exclusive as it comes, but the achievement has become muted and eroded due to the circumstances and amplifiers we experienced over the last two decades. No question, hitting 600 home runs takes extraordinary skill, talent, luck, perserverence and it shouldn’t be ignored. However, I’ve got to admit, the live look-ins and the constant focus on a singular, personal achievement is grating on me.

The Yanks are winning and are being chased like mad by two very talented teams. AJ Burnett has turned his awful June around with a nifty July (I said it then: “if Eiland can fix both AJ Burnett and Javy Vazquez in one season, he’s vastly underpaid“). Jeter’s season has been fits and spurts, three good games followed by many more poor ones. Granderson seems to be finally getting himself into a groove. Joba… I’m sick of the Joba chatter. Pettitte has been out yet team hasn’t missed a beat. The team owns the best record in baseball and the best Run Diff at +134.

Yet, the focus is on one home run, and it’s not a record-breaking home run. Yes, as I said, #600 is huge, no question. The good thing, to me, is that ARod seems to be focused on hitting, rather than hitting a home run. His liner up the middle yesterday to score Teix was perfect. I haven’t seen him take too many at bats that were obvious “I’m going for it here” swings. ARod’s comments sure pleased me:

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Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

After averaging two runs per in the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankee bats finally came alive in Cleveland, tagging Fausto Carmona for seven earned runs en route to an 8-0 victory. It was the team’s first shutout since CC Sabathia‘s Father’s Day victory over a month ago. A.J. Burnett had the curveball working, which was a good thing considering Burnett told reporters after the game “When A.J. doesn’t have his curveball, it’s going to be a tough night.” What A.J. failed to mention is why, for $16.5 million a year, he doesn’t have his curveball every Continue reading Yankee offense doubles output of first two games combined in beating Indians 8-0

Game 100: Yankees 8, Indians 0

A day after being dominated by yet another rookie pitcher, the Yankee offense came to life early and often.  The Bombers crushed Tribe starter Fausto Carmona and A.J. Burnett put together another strong outing to propel New York to an 8-0 victory.

With two outs in the top of the first, Mark Teixeira doubled to right field.  Alex Rodriguez followed with a RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  Trevor Crowe lead off the bottom of the inning with a single.  He tried to steal with one out, but Francisco Cervelli gunned him down at second, which would prove to be a key play as Shin-Soo Choo doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch.  Burnett battled back and struck out Carlos Santana to end the inning.

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Bloggers weigh in-What’s your next move with Joba?

Since he arrived in the major leagues in August of 2007, Joba Chamberlain has always been a lightning rod, eliciting a wide range opinions among hard core Yankee fans and others who follow the game of baseball.  With that in mind, I wanted to take the pulse of some prominent members of the Yankee blogging community. I shot out some e-mails last night and asked the question “What’s your next move with Joba?” On the heels of his bullpen demotion, the Yanks have some big decisions to make with him. The July 31st trade deadline is looming, and they have Continue reading Bloggers weigh in-What’s your next move with Joba?

Bloggers weigh in-What's your next move with Joba?

Since he arrived in the major leagues in August of 2007, Joba Chamberlain has always been a lightning rod, eliciting a wide range opinions among hard core Yankee fans and others who follow the game of baseball.  With that in mind, I wanted to take the pulse of some prominent members of the Yankee blogging community. I shot out some e-mails last night and asked the question “What’s your next move with Joba?” On the heels of his bullpen demotion, the Yanks have some big decisions to make with him. The July 31st trade deadline is looming, and they have Continue reading Bloggers weigh in-What's your next move with Joba?

Quiet Tuesday for Trade Rumors

Yesterday was a relatively quiet day for the Yankees in terms of trade rumors, with just a few notes. First on the Joakim Soria front, we see that Soria’s contract has the Yankees listed as a team to which he would reject a trade. Before learning this, I’d say the chances of a deal getting done were pretty low and this makes those chances essentially non-existent. Soria would look nice setting up for Mariano Rivera, but for now it looks to be a pipe dream. The next piece is much more interesting. It tells us that the Phillies were going Continue reading Quiet Tuesday for Trade Rumors

Joba has been bad, but why are his peripherals so good?

Joba Chamberlain seems to be on his last legs, if not as a Yankee, then perhaps with the big league club for a while. For the first time since he made his debut in 2007, the team appears willing to deal the young pitcher. The ever-loyal Joe Girardi has even turned against him. He announced before and after Monday’s game that Chamberlain has lost the 8th inning job, his second demotion this season. For the foreseeable future, the once off-limits Joba is now just a reserve arm in the bullpen, to be used when needed, ideally when the game is Continue reading Joba has been bad, but why are his peripherals so good?

Pedroia, Francona and Media Narratives

The story about Dustin Pedroia and his injured foot is hardly new ground, but yesterday readers were treated to a new bit of information about his timetable for recovery, and the risks he has been running by attempting to play.  In the Boston Globe’s Red Sox notebook yesterday we read the following: Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for. “He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia Continue reading Pedroia, Francona and Media Narratives

My Brief Take on the Eighth Inning

Alright, so it appears that Joba Chamberlain has lost the ever important eighth inning role. Frankly, it’s about time…but not for the reasons you’d think. Obviously, Chamberlain hasn’t performed well as of late and taking him out of high leverage situations is a good idea. Until he proves different, Joba shouldn’t be used in high leverage situations. David Robertson is, apparently, getting a shot as the set up guy. I’ve always been a big fan of Robertson and I hope he flourishes in this role. However, I’d be just as fine if he didn’t get an extended shot. But, then Continue reading My Brief Take on the Eighth Inning