Don Mattingly, Outfielder?

Consulting the essential, indispensable B-R.com site, Donnie indeed played some OF:

Year Age Pos G GS Inn Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG
1982 21 LF 5 1 23.0 1.000 4.70 2.40 .983 2.31 2.28
1982 21 RF 1 0 1.1 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.30
1983 22 RF 39 28 270.1 .967 1.96 1.51 .979 2.25 2.23
1983 22 LF 14 9 84.0 1.000 1.71 1.14 .975 2.32 2.30
1984 23 LF 13 9 88.1 .950 1.94 1.46 .985 2.27 2.26
1984 23 RF 6 6 51.0 1.000 3.00 2.83 .976 2.22 2.22
1984 23 CF 1 1 8.0 1.000 2.25 2.00 1.000 3.04 3.00
1988 27 LF 1 1 5.0 0.00 0.00 2.34 2.20
1989 28 RF 1 1 8.0 1.000 2.25 2.00 1.000 2.36 2.30
1990 29 LF 1 0 1.0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
6 Seasons OF 76 56 540.0 .977 2.12 1.67 .982 2.50 2.48
4 Seasons RF 47 35 330.2 .975 2.12 1.66 .979 2.25 2.23
5 Seasons LF 34 20 201.1 .979 2.10 1.38 .981 2.30 2.28
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table; Generated 12/31/2010.
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New Year’s Resolutions

In 13 hours, 2010 will officially be in the books. We’ll have finished our 365th rotation around the sun and we’ll starting writing the first lines of the new year. However, we could argue that 2010 will be on-going, at least for us baseball fans. The Hot Stove season, however cooled it may be, is still burning and that gives us a link to 2010 and our new year won’t start until pitchers and catchers report in mid-February. But, in keeping with tradition, here’s some Yankee and baseball themed resolutions for us to try out:

–This is for a certain (growing) segment of Yankee fans: Stop being obsessed with what the Red Sox do. Yes they’re the Yankees chief rival but we can’t always look up I-95 (to 91 to 84…or the Merrit to 91 to 84 if you please) and say “WHY AREN’T THE YANKEES DOING THAT?!”

–Let’s remember that it’s still a 162 game season, a marathon, not a sprint.… Click here to read the rest

The problem with believing everything our eyes see

And Pearlman’s counter:

Joe blames some of us (and I’m among the us) for speculating that Jeff Bagwell cheating by using PED? Well, what the hell are we supposed to think? A. Have you seen the photographs of a young Jeff Bagwell, first as a prospect in the Boston system, then with the Astros as a pup? He looks, perhaps not coincidentally, like a young Jason Giambi; like a young Barry Bonds; like a young Sammy Sosa; like a young Bret Boone. I know … I know—people gain weight as they get older. And, hey, he lifted! And used natural, over-the-counter supplements!And … enough. I’ve heard enough. Seriously, look at the guy as an in-his-prime Astro. Dude looks like Randy (Macho Man) Savage. And while I can already hear the “Just because he had muscles atop muscles doesn’t mean anything” argument brewing, well, it does—in the context of a sport overrun by cheaters—mean something.

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Comparing the Yankees To Other Likely Top-6 Farm Systems

[image title=”jesus_montero” size=”full” id=”24033″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Yesterday, we learned that Jim Callis regards the Yankees as a top-6 farm system in baseball. Accompanying them are probably going to be Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and possibly two of  Minnesota, Atlanta and Oakland. Among this group, how to the Yankees rank?

At the top of each organization, the Yankees probably have the best prospect. Jesus Montero’s main competition for the title probably includes Jeremy Hellickson in Tampa and the Kansas City trio of Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, and Mike Moustakas. I think Montero is a pretty clear choice  over that group – Hellickson is a really good prospect, but probably not a perennial all-star like Montero should be. Hosmer is a 1st baseman without a ton of power (though great at everything else), Montero will hit far better than Myers, and Moustakas is the worst player of the bunch. Montero’s your best player here.

Right below them, the Yankees rank two of Manuelos, Brackman, Sanchez, Betances, and Noesi at spots 2 and 3.… Click here to read the rest

Hall of Shame: Instead of Votes, Some BBWAA Members Cast Doubt; Bagwell A Chief Victim of Smear Campaign

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog.)

The holidays are also major league baseball’s Hall of Fame season. Once the ballot is released after Thanksgiving, hundreds of BBWAA members endeavor to narrow down the choices, and in the process, usually write about their selections ahead of the official announcement on January 5. As a result, an undercurrent usually emerges from the collective prose to offer a hint as to the eventual outcome.

Unfortunately for the likes of Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines, Roberto Alomar and Alan Trammell, there really hasn’t been a resounding sentiment that would foreshadow their deserved elections. Instead, the major theme of the process has been steroids. With the addition of Rafael Palmeiro to the ballot, the focus on PEDs is certainly understandable. After all, despite collecting 3,000 hits among many other accomplishments, the former All Star first baseman is now best known for his finger pointing denial in front of Congress just months before testing positive for a banned substance in 2005.… Click here to read the rest

What changed from 2009 to 2010?

As 2010 winds to a close I’ve been thinking about what would need to change in 2011 for the Yankees to win another title. The reflexive answer is to suggest better pitching. After all, the Yankees are in the market for starters, in case you hadn’t heard. But is that true? The 2009 Yankees clearly were good enough to win the World Series, and the team did it with only three reliable starters. Heading into the playoffs the 2010 Yankees had about that many again in CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes but the post season had a different outcome. This led me to ask the question: What changed in 2010? What did the team do better, and by how much, in 2009 that allowed it to win the World Series, and a bunch more games in the regular season? My hope is that the answer will shed some light on areas where the Yankees must improve next year, and also demonstrate that the team can be successful, even if it makes no further additions to its roster, advisable though they may be.… Click here to read the rest

Callis: Yankees Have Top 6 Farm System

Back in August, Jim Callis of Baseball America was asked if the Yankees had a top 10 farm system. He was noncommittal, but suggested that they might be ranked in that range and were certainly in the conversation. Yesterday, he was asked a similar question, and his answer was an encouraging one for Yankees fans:

Yes. @mitchellnj: #Yankees Top 6 Farm System?

As I said back in August, this ranking displays the growth of the Yankees system over the last few months. Players such as Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos retained the status they achieved last year, while Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances had recovery years. Meanwhile, some players considered lesser prospects stepped up this year, as Hector Noesi, Brandon Laird, Ivan Nova, and Eduardo Nunez all bolstered their prospects status. Finally, some recent draftees and signings had big seasons or at least showed some promise, with Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Corban Joseph, Jose Ramirez and Graham Stoneburner all popping up on the prospect radar.… Click here to read the rest