What he said: Heyman on the 2011 free agent class

Carl Crawford:

  • For the last year or three, Crawford has seemingly always been mentioned as “destined” to be on the Yankees.  Except that was before the development and emergence of Brett Gardner. 
  • I have all the respect in the world for Crawford for all he brings to the game, but if Heyman’s estimates are right, there’s no way the Yanks throw a nine digit offer at another outfielder… even if they dumped Granderson.
  • Recently there have been some grumblings and whispers about Crawford’s thin skin, particularly after he got caught by Greg Golson to end the game last week. If he’s feeling it in Tampa, he would have to do a lot to tune out the NY fans.  Because we’re so kind and subtle and warm and reasonable, just ask Austin Kearns and the Big Puma (though, cheers could be heard yesterday, finally!).
  • Like many, I can see him fitting in quite nicely in Anaheim playing for Scioscia. 
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Phil Hughes’ Outing

What follows is a scouting report of every pitch Phil Hughes threw last night, his tendencies against right-handed and left-handed batters, where he struggled and where he excelled, and why he should be the favorite to start Game 3 of the American League Division Series.  It’s very long, so we’ll get after it...

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A-Rod's Excellent Baseball Instincts

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Alex Rodriguez is an amazing baseball player who has put together a fantastic career. He will likely finish his career as one of the top 10 or 15 players in baseball history, and has a chance to take down the all-time home run record. While...

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Positive about Phil and other Game Thoughts

Phil Hughes wasn’t exactly sharp last night, as he did walk five batters in 6.1 innings. He struck out six, though, so that helped his cause. The other thing that I was happy about–and RAB commenter ZZ pointed this out–was that Hughes stuck with his changeup last night.

We’ve all been harping on Phil to use...

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Yankees finally topple Shields on strength of rare five-run first inning as Hughes authors first quality start in a month

The Yankees jumped on James Shields early, knocking the enigmatic righty around for five runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay...

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Does Joe’s return open door for ‘Yankee Years Part 2’?

Wake up Joe, you're the Yankee manager again

Here’s the scenario. Girardi gets a knock-out offer from the Cubs. One that the Yanks could match, but choose to pass on. Girardi, despite his loyalty to the Yanks, feels the tug of going home and...

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