Rob Dibble is a Wimp

So, the other day, Rob Dibble said something stupid. I’ll give you a second to get over the shock. This time, he was criticizing Stephen Strasburg for calling the trainer out to the mound when he felt pain in his arm Saturday night, telling him to “suck it up” and basically calling him a baby. I was going to write about it yesterday, but ran out of time in the morning and then just wasn’t interested later on. The Common Man has a great response at The Platoon Advantage that I completely agree with, and it’s worth it just for the recap of how ignoring his own injuries basically ruined Dibble’s career. You’d think that if anyone understood why you have to be careful with arm injuries, especially with a player so important to the future of the Nationals franchise, it would be Dibble. But that’s just how much of a caveman the guy is. Continue reading Rob Dibble is a Wimp

Yanks give Jays taste of own medicine in 11-5 rout

After being on the receiving end of Toronto home run after home run for a good portion of the 10 games the two teams had played thus far, the Yankees finally flexed a little muscle of their own, pumping five home runs on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays. Dustin Moseley was much better against Toronto this time around, throwing six innings and only giving up two runs (and no extra-base hits!) to a very dangerous Blue Jay lineup. Heck, Jose Bautista didn’t even hit any Jose Bautistas! Chad Gaudin gave up three runs of his Continue reading Yanks give Jays taste of own medicine in 11-5 rout

The Plan for Nova, Hughes and Vazquez gets clearer

On the heels of Ivan Nova’s impressive MLB debut as a starter, questions arose about how he will be worked in with the other starters. We found out right away that Javier Vazquez would be skipped a turn, but there was also the lingering question of how the Yanks will manage Phil Hughes’ innings this year. Yesterday, Mark Fiensand of the New York Daily News got some answers. Tuesday, Joe Girardi announced that Vazquez (9-9, 5.05 ERA) would be skipped again this Sunday, but unlike the situation nearly four months ago, there’s no guarantee that the 13-year veteran will reclaim Continue reading The Plan for Nova, Hughes and Vazquez gets clearer

Steinbrenner To Get Monument in Monument Park

Strangely, I’m not sure how I feel about this:

George M. Steinbrenner III will join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Miller Huggins as the only former Yankees to have actual stone monuments in Monument Park beyond the center field fence in Yankee Stadium.

The Steinbrenner monument will be unveiled in a ceremony on Sept. 20, prior to that night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

On some level, this seems pretty obvious. I don’t think the Yankees have come close to overdoing it with regards to Steinbrenner tributes, because he was such a large figure within the game, and especially for the Yankees. But was he Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, or Mantle? I don’t know. Maybe I’d be less wishy-washy about it if the team waited a little while to unveil this, or if they’d previously given Col. Ruppert a monument or something. I don’t really have a problem with it, don’t get me wrong, because I’m very sure Mr. Steinbrenner deserves it, but for some reason, reading the news just felt very…strange. Continue reading Steinbrenner To Get Monument in Monument Park

Game 126: Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5

After a disappointing game on Monday night, the Yankees came out swinging on Tuesday night.  Dustin Moseley put together a nice outing and was helped by the Bronx Bombers’ seventeen hits and five homers as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 11-5.

The Yankees wasted no time in getting on the board, with Nick Swisher driving a ground-rule double to right and scoring on a single by Mark Teixeira.  Marcus Thames started things for the Pinstripes in the top of the second, singling to center.  Jorge Posada singled to right, moving Thames to third.  Austin Kearns reached first on a ball to the pitcher, but Marc Rzepczynski threw out Thames at home, as the Yankee DH succeeded in knocking the ball loose, but failed to touch the plate and was tagged out before he could make it.  Curtis Granderson worked a walk to load the bases with one out and Posada scored on a force out by Eduardo Nunez, giving New York an early 2-0 lead.

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YES Right, Raissman Wrong On Clemens

Bob Raissman, as his wont, fired off a rant against the YES Network’s treatment of the Roger Clemens indictment. Here are the key passages: Seriously though, why would the brainiacs running YES, or suits in the Yankees front office, offer Clemens a cloud of media cover by initially blacking out news of his indictment? Maybe they don’t want their voices discussing the possibility of Andy Pettitte having to testify at a Clemens trial. Or the fact that any other current Yankee who was around Clemens when he was with the club could be subpoenaed. Beyond that, the franchise has distanced Continue reading YES Right, Raissman Wrong On Clemens

On YES

I’ve been holding a lot of this back, so if this seems like nit picking, I’m sorry. These feelings on the Yankees’ behemoth of a regional sports network have been welling up inside me since the beginning of the season. But, since I’m generally a nice guy, I’m gonna start with some positives. Generally, YES does a good job presenting the game. There are rarely picture quality issues and aside from the occasional close-up-that’s-too-long, the camera work is solid and acceptable. They may not try anything bold, but they keep it simple and there’s something to be said for that. Continue reading On YES

Know your enemy: Potential opposing starting pitchers in the postseason

Last season the Yankees steamrolled the competition down the stretch. They went 9-1 versus the Red Sox in the second half, and picked up a key series win in Anaheim in late September. The victories heading into October were a statement. Forget whatever had happened earlier in the year, the Yankees were the team to beat heading into the playoffs. This season is playing out differently. The Yankees remain the best team in baseball, but the Rays are hot on their heels, occasionally tying them for first place. This year’s Yankee team also has injury problems and pitching questions. Alex Continue reading Know your enemy: Potential opposing starting pitchers in the postseason

Race, Baseball, and Third Base Coaches

If there is one year that most baseball fans know, it’s 1947. 1968 has become quite common recently (see Year of the Pitcher), and 1927 is pretty popular around these parts. But 1947 is universal. As the year Jackie Robinson broke into baseball becoming the first African-American in the major leagues, 1947 is burned into baseball’s memory, the moment the sport began to do something about racial discrimination. Racial discrimination, of course, did not end there. Just like in all other areas of life, race still remains a difficult and controversial issue, but how much does race have to do with the disparity in minority hiring between first and third base coaches?

Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 didn’t end racial discrimination, but it did transform and weaken it. The days of slavery, KKK cross burnings, and using fire hoses against protestors are essentially over. Society has largely (though not thoroughly) deemed these actions despicable, and individual, or person-to-person, racism has significantly diminished in the last half century. However, structural racism has become the primary vehicle of racism.

I’ve talked about structural racism before, but let’s take a more elaborative look. If one expected racism and racial inequality to end with Brown and Civil Rights legislation, then he/she is quite naïve. Those actions made individual racism illegal, but making something illegal doesn’t eradicate it. You have to change hearts and minds before that happens, and it takes generations to do that after 400 years of racial subjugation. The two actions also somewhat assume that they reset the system, placing everyone on equal footing and letting them go, but that wasn’t the case. Those problems were not immediately corrected in the 1960s, and in some ways, they still haven’t been corrected. The consequences weren’t necessarily intended, but they exist nonetheless. The day-to-day actions of racism were changed, but the structures underlying them and resulting from them were not always changed. And in some ways, they would have been difficult changes facing practical problems, needing mammoth amounts of money, construction efforts, and redistribution. But it’s important to realize that these are structural, or general, issues and not specific individual ones. They can appear in individual cases, but the underlying cause is structural. I’ll use baseball to elaborate on this idea a bit more because it’s fairly abstract.

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