There are a few ways the 2010 Yankee pitching rotation could end up. Let’s run ‘em down. Disclaimer: I’m not including Javier Vazquez in any of these plans. I think there’s literally a 0.0% chance he is with the Yankees after 2010. First, there’s this one: CC Sabathia/Cliff Lee/A.J. Burnett/Andy Pettitte/Phil Hughes That’d is probably [...]
The Yankees (78-49, tied for first in the AL East) head to Chicago (69-58, 2nd in the AL Central) for the first and only time this season, as they face the White Sox in their last AL Central series of the year. Last time these two teams squared off was the end of April/beginning of [...]
There was a level of panic being promulgated by the local newspapers yesterday surrounding Andy Pettitte’s scheduled bullpen session today. Some of it was sparked by this quote from Joe Girardi: If Pettitte passes a bullpen test tomorrow in Chicago, the Yankees can start planning on when the veteran lefty will return from the disabled [...]
Coming off a series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees roll into Chicago for a three-game set against the White Sox. The Yankees last faced Chicago in early May, winning two of the three games in the series. Needless to say, the teams have changed quite a bit over that time and with rumors surrounding Manny Ramirez there could be more changes in Chicago, but as of now we will ignore Mannywood and the circus it brings. The White Sox are in a fight for a playoff spot, as they are just 3.5 games behind the Twins and nine games out of the wild card race.
August 27: A.J. Burnett (9-11, 4.80) vs. Freddy Garcia (10-5, 5.08)
August 28: CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02) vs. John Danks (12-8, 3.31)
August 29: Ivan Nova (0-0, 2.16) vs. Gavin Floyd (9-10, 3.91)
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Major League Baseball’s system of revenue sharing died this week. Out of respect for the system’s mourners (chief among them the Pirates and Marlins), baseball will continue to follow the rules mandated by the defunct revenue sharing system until baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expires in 2011. But believe me, the system is dead. Like a certain dead parrot of Monty Python fame, baseball’s revenue sharing is no more, it has expired and gone to meet its maker, it’s a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace, it’s pushing up the daisies, it’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.
The death of baseball revenue sharing was reported between the lines of the financial statements leaked this week by deadspin.com. These financial statements covered two years of operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins, LA of Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. With all due respect to my colleague Brien, these leaked financial statements are a big deal. A very big deal.
The documents reveal that the Pirates, Marlins and Rays are receiving substantial amounts of revenue sharing – nearly $50 million a year in the case of the Marlins. Under the terms of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, each team is required to use its revenue sharing money to improve its on-the-field performance. But from the leaked financial statements, it appears instead that some teams (in particular, the Pirates and Marlins) are not using the bulk of these revenue sharing moneys to make their teams better. Instead, these teams retain most revenue sharing money as net profits.
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The following was originally posted at http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com It’s been a long time since Kerry Wood struck out twenty as a Chicago Cub. A long time, filled with injuries and disappointments and ultimately relegation to bullpen duty. Many point to Wood’s struggles, and that of another one-time Chicago Cub, Mark Prior, in being the impetus towards [...]
During a recent broadcast Paul O’Neill said something that intrigued me. He was talking to Michael Kay when Kay mentioned that Brian Cashman believes the Yankees struggle to sign veteran bench players because the team’s roster is set at so many positions so the veterans feel they wouldn’t get enough playing time to be productive. [...]
In anticipation of the Yankees upcoming trip to Chicago and in conjunction with the recent retirement of Cubs skipper Lou Pinella, the media has been playing up the idea that Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi might bolt for Chicago after the season is over. While I cannot dismiss the idea as an impossibility, I do think [...]
Javier Vazquez took over for Phil Hughes last night, pitching the last 4.1 innings, giving up just one run (on a homer, of course) on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. With Ivan Nova’s successful first Major League start the other night, it appears that we’re going to see Vazquez in the bullpen [...]