How the HOF acknowledges PEDs

Thanks to Craig at HBT and one of his readers for taking this picture of a sign at the HOF. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the “issue” of PEDs in baseball and should be included in every voting package. It’s the perfect way to get some of these BBWAA guys off their high moral horses and vote for the best players of the era. We, the fans, will benefit from the “perspective of time” and decide how WE want to view the clean, the dirty and the otherwise unknown.

Honestly and impartially“. Take note, voters. Continue reading How the HOF acknowledges PEDs

Elvis ain’t dead

The last couple of seasons have certainly tested Lance Berkman‘s resiliency. The 34-year-old produced career low batting and slugging percentages in 2009 (.274/.399/.509) as he battled through ongoing injuries. Unfortunately, the offseason provided little reprieve. As the 2010 season progressed Berkman’s frustrations were exasperated by stats that were even worse than the year before. After prematurely returning from injury back into the every day lineup, Big Puma continued to struggle behind the plate. The Astros finally decided to cut ties with his services (and his contract) by the trade deadline. Berkman acquiesced and vetoed his no trade clause thus allowing Continue reading Elvis ain’t dead

But can they hit in October?

Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira have been the Yankees’ primary offensive weapons this season. Their respective OPS+’s were 139, 151 and 140 entering Wednesday’s game, the highest marks on the team. When October comes around, could this be a problem? Here’s how these three fared last October: Robinson Cano had a decent ALCS. That is all. Alex Rodriguez‘s 2009 October is now the stuff of Yankee legend. Lost amid the flurry of late inning, high-pressure home runs A-Rod hit into the stands were the excellent Octobers that Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada had. Jorge had an OPS of Continue reading But can they hit in October?

Minor Leagues: Playoff Edition #1

As most of us are waiting for the MLB playoffs to get here, the Minor Leagues are already seeing some post-season action.  The Trenton Thunder and Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees have both seen successful seasons and kicked off the first round of their respective playoffs last night, while the Tampa Yankees just finished a sweep of the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Florida State League semifinals.  The Charleston Riverdogs, Staten Island Yankees and Gulf Coast League Yankees all failed to make the playoffs.  I thought it would be fun to do small recaps of the Minor League playoffs for you all this season.  They will not be as in depth as the MLB recaps, but I will try to make it as informative as possible.  As always, let me know what you think.  And without further ado…

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA)
With Jesus Montero on the bench and listed as day-to-day due to an infection in his leg, the Yankees had a tough game ahead of them when they faced off against the Columbus Clippers Wednesday night.  D.J. Mitchell gave up a homer in the bottom of the first inning to Columbus outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera, but settled down.  In the top of the third, however, Scranton got a rally going.  Justin Christian tied things up with a solo homer to left center and P.J. Pilittere followed with a line drive double to left.  Reid Gorecki picked up an RBI single and the Yankees took a 2-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the Clippers got a run back in the bottom of the inning, once again spurred on by Carrera, who sparked things with a double to right.  An error by Christian and a sac fly from Wes Hodges put the game tied at 2-2.  Small rallies in the fourth and sixth gave the Clippers a 4-2 lead, but Scranton battled back. A RBI single by Christian scored Chad Huffman in the top of the seventh, and Jorge Vazquez lead off the top of the ninth with a game tying homer to center.  Eric Wordekemper kept Columbus scoreless in the bottom of the inning, sending the game into extra innings.  The Yankees went down in order in the top of the tenth and Amaury Sanit took the mound in the bottom half.  He gave up a single to Jerad Head, which was followed by a two-run walk-off homer by Luke Carlin, giving Columbus the 6-4 victory and 1-0 edge in the best of five series.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apoca-pen

Much has been made recently of the relative struggles of the Yankee pitching staff.  Sure, it’s nothing in comparison to what Texas is going through, but the Yankees are still waiting on Andy Pettitte to return from injury, for one of AJ Burnett or Javier Vazquez to find some semblance of form and earn the fourth spot in the rotation in the playoffs, and for Phil Hughes to right himself after recent struggles.  Additionally, both Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves are out for the year.  On the offensive side, the club is also battling through injuries.  Nick Swisher has a Continue reading The Four Horsemen of the Apoca-pen

Exercising Patience

Yesterday’s game showed us one thing that we should always remember about baseball: we should remain patient. The Yankees looked pretty damn bad for most of the game–and we really shouldn’t ignore that–but at the end, they did pull it out. There was a point in the game during which Jorge Posada should’ve pinch hit for Frankie Cervelli. Later, we learned that Jorge was possibly concussed and was not available. That’s a sidebar, though–I’d like to go back to the game itself. We must remember that the game is not over until the 27th out is recorded. And the Yankees, Continue reading Exercising Patience

Yankeeist interview: A must read

Larry from the Yankeeist has a must-read interview with Alex Langsam of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Besides some very well thought-out questions, the answers Mr. Langsam provided are both lengthy and equally well thought-out. To wit:

In my experience, working in a front office has been an incredible amount of hard work in an environment where you’re surrounded by a group of people that jump out of bed each and every morning really fired up about building a better ballclub. There’s really no one who is just going through the motions, and that makes every day exciting and meaningful. We’re a pretty small group in the office so we each get involved in many different areas, but I’m specifically responsible for transactions and interacting with the Commissioner’s Office, rules issues and interpretation, roster management, dealing with the arbitration process, helping out with coordinating our pro scouting, some player evaluation (statistical and scouting), the trade and free agent process, helping with our International efforts, as well as all the other minutiae that’s not as glamorous but needs to get done (e.g. getting our minor league coaches to sign various forms or getting copies of our international players’ visas to Human Resources). I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved in the amateur draft supporting the efforts of our Amateur Leadership group down in our Bradenton facility during the draft.

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The Yankeeist Interview with Alex Langsam of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Front Office

I’m incredibly pleased to present one of the most exciting interviews in Yankeeist history, as I recently had the opportunity to talk with Alex Langsam, who currently works in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ front office as a Baseball Operations Assistant, reporting directly to General Manager Neal Huntington. Though Alex works for the Pirates, he grew up in New York as a Yankee fan. I’d like to give Alex a huge, huge thank-you for taking the time to sit down with me, especially given that my blog isn’t about the Pirates. A man in his position does not have much free time Continue reading The Yankeeist Interview with Alex Langsam of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Front Office

Game 140: Orioles 2, Yankees 3

Ivan Nova continued to give the Yankees some solid innings, but the bats stayed relatively quiet through much of their contest against the Orioles on Wednesday.  Nova made one big mistake and the Yankees found themselves trailing in the bottom of the ninth, before a big homer by Nick Swisher found its way into the stands and the Yankees had a 3-2 walk-off victory.

Nova and Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen kept the game scoreless through the first couple innings.  Curtis Granderson worked a lead off walk in the bottom of the third and stole second.  He moved to third on Francisco Cervelli’s ground out.  Brett Gardner doubled to left, scoring Granderson for the first run of the game as the Yankees took the 1-0 lead.

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