What do you think Derek Jeter is worth and what do you think the Yankees will end up paying him?

El Capitán Mike recently wrote a persuasive article explaining why Derek Jeter shouldn’t serve as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter anymore. As to be expected, not everyone shared Yankeeist’s sentiments about Jeter’s ideal spot in the lineup. Some of the more amusing rebuttals included:

“Who can do that better than Jeter? With Gardner on first, Jeter batting from the right side,and playing the hit and run, the opposing shortstop remains in position while the second baseman covers second. Then Jeets shoots one through the 4-3 hole like in the old days. Basic baseball which might be hard for some of you neanderthals to understand.” — Anonymous

“I know, let’s just get rid of Derek Jetier (sic) and bring back the Babe. What is wrong with people? Derek is one of thee (sic) greatest ball players there is and when a slump comes on so does the slander. The Yankees have given us so much to be proud of for many years. Let them play ball!!!… Click here to read the rest

Game 144: Yankees 0, Rays 1

David Price was not giving the Yankees any breaks, as he faced the minimum amount of batters through the first four innings.  In the fifth, Jorge Posada worked a walk, but then – in the first of a few head scratching moments – Posada attempted a steal and was thrown out with Austin Kearns at the plate.  The Yankees had another opportunity in the top of the seventh.  A single by Robinson Cano was followed by a Mark Teixeira walk.  Alex Rodriguez hit a weak pop fly to second and Thames flew out to center to let the Rays escape.

After eight innings, both starting pitchers were done for the night, with no chance for a win, despite putting together a couple of the best outings either has seen this season.  Kerry Wood pitched the ninth for the Yankees and got Carl Crawford looking.  The home plate umpire tossed Crawford for arguing the call and Wood struck out Evan Longoria before getting Ben Zobrist to line out for a 1-2-3 inning.… Click here to read the rest

Rays walk off on Yankees 1-0 in 11 as Bombers waste incredible effort from Sabathia and lose fourth straight for first time all year

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, when I was convinced the team was ready to turn things around and right the ship, the Yankees (and Joe Girardi) managed to find an even tougher way to lose.

Prior to the most obvious walk-off home run in the world to Yankee-murderer Reid Brignac, served up by Sergio Mitre — who hadn’t pitched since September 5 — in the 11th inning, this was one of the most riveting games the Yankees have played all year. The starting pitching from both teams was simply outrageous in this one. Just absolutely, jaw-droppingly droolworthy. CC Sabathia and David Price put on dual clinics, with each pitching eight full innings, Sabathia striking out nine, Price four and neither yielding a run. Sabathia gave up two hits and Price three. Talk about a pitcher’s duel. As much as I love offense, you really can’t ask for much more as a baseball fan than a thrilling 0-0 game heading into the ninth.… Click here to read the rest

Tampa Bay Preview: 9/13-9/15

Season Series So Far:
The Yankees actually trail the Rays head-to-head at this point in the season, losing six games while Tampa has won five.  The last time the two teams met was the end of July/start of August as the Yankees were making big trade deadline acquisitions Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns.  The games have mostly been high-scoring affairs this season, with seven of their first eight contests seeing at least ten runs scored.

The Rays strength is in their starting pitching.  David Price and Matt Garza have both racked up some big wins for Tampa, and the Yankees are going to have to look to CC Sabathia and newcomer Ivan Nova to stave off the Tampa offense.  The Rays’ starting rotation has an overall ERA of 3.95, which is good for third in the American League.  Their FIP is a bit higher, at 4.34.  They have the lowest BABIP in the AL, at .288, which is also good for the third lowest in the Majors.… Click here to read the rest

Looking Back At Bernie On His Birthday

When I heard that today is Bernie WIlliams’ 42nd birthday, I thought it would be interesting to look back at his career and the possibility of his reaching the Hall of Fame. Another angle I considered was his bitter split with the Yankees at the end of his career, as it may be instructive when considering the aging veterans on the Yankees who are approaching free agency. However, a quick look back through the archives showed that both have been tackled in recent months, so I will just excerpt those posts.

Steve S. tackled the bad breakup:

Bernie’s contract expired at the end of the 2006 season, and he had hoped to return to the Yanks the following year. He was willing to accept a role as a bench player, but the Yankee brass had some reservations about how well he would perform in that role, feeling he needed regular ABs to be effective. The Yankees offered Bernie a spring training invite as a non-roster invitee, giving him an opportunity to compete for a job.

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Where have you gone, Robinson Cano?

Note: Given the plethora of posts today, please make sure to click here for Yankeeist’s Yankees-Rays Series Preview in case you missed it.

After carrying the offense for the first five months of the year, Robinson Cano — along with any last shreds of hope he may have had at winning the MVP — has really hit the skids in September. Cano’s still in the top 10 in the AL in fWAR, but he’ll have to completely turn it around during these last few weeks of the season if he’s going to have any shot at MVP consideration. While certainly far from the entire story, part of the Yankees’ current 1-6 slide and 5-6 record in September can be attributed to the vanishing act Cano’s bat has pulled.

So what’s going on with Cano? Here’s a look at the numbers:

Obviously the usual small sample size caveats apply, but those are some pretty ugly rate stats for Cano thus far in September.… Click here to read the rest

It's Not The Debate, It's The Forum

Murray Chass took a shot at the sabermetrically inclined on his blog this morning:

Is there something about baseball’s fad statistics and their devotees that turns that group into people who cannot be civil and use the English language to express themselves intelligently? I don’t know what it might be, but there seems to be some correlation based on the response to last weekend’s item about ranking m.v.p. and Cy Young candidates by a statistical formula called WAR.

Here is one e-mail response: “You’re a condescending idiot.” And another: “Have fun becoming obsolete. The world will be a better place when you join the ranks of the jobless.”

Those readers who agreed with my rejection of the statistics were obviously intelligent, articulate people…

I do not want to get into a discussion of Chass and his penchant for intellectual dishonesty, nor do I want to delve into Chass’ thinly veiled lack of civility towards sabermetrics and its proponents. I want to discuss his claim that the acolytes of the Chruch of Sabermetrics are by nature less civil than those they find themselves engaging in debates.… Click here to read the rest

Minor Leagues: Playoff Edition #3

Bronx Cheers: Hector Noesi put the Yankees in a hole they couldn’t get out of in the final game of the series.  He gave up eleven hits and nine runs in just 3.1 innings.  All without giving up a walk.

Curtain Calls: Don’t laugh, but Kei Igawa pitched very well in the third game of the series, picking up a no decision after giving up four hits and no runs over seven innings.

Scranton loses series to Columbus 3-1.

I couldn't find a picture, so for those of you unfamiliar - this is a fisher cat. This one looks much more friendly than they actually are.

Trenton Thunder (AA)
Trenton traveled north to Manchester to attempt a sweep of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  Trenton leapt out to a 1-0 lead in the third, thanks to a solo homer by Damon Sublett.  They held the slim lead through most of the game, but started to pile up some insurance in the later innings. … Click here to read the rest