So what'd ya get?

Captain Steve still chases his white whale

My family all know that I’m a huge Yankee fan, so each year there’s a certain amount of Yankee-related stuff involved in the gift giving that heads my way. Generally speaking it’s stuff like commemorative T-shirts, sweatshirts, or a signed piece of memorabilia to display in the living room. The above recliner has yet to find its way under my Christmas tree, so I’m just going to have to try harder to be really good next year. I’m convinced that if I owned this recliner, the Yanks would never lose again. Or at least never lose a game that I watched from beginning to end from its perch.

I’m sure many of our readers are in the same situation, where family members know your favorite team and got you something Yankee related as a gift. So what’d ya get? And like me, do you have a Yankee gift that you’ve always dreamed of getting?… Click here to read the rest

Yankees vs. Red Sox in team batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage since 2001

Yanks are of course the blue lines; Red Sox are red. There isn’t anything we didn’t already know here; just thought it’d be fun to take a look at how the rivals have stacked up graphically over the last 10 seasons. That 2003 Boston team slugged .491, which is outrageous, and I’d have to imagine one of the highest marks in history — as a point of comparison, the 1927 Yankees slugged “only” .488.

Though it’s not delineated on this chart, as I’ve happily noted several times on this blog the 2009 Yankees’ team wOBA of .366 was the best mark of these 20 teams (bettering the ’03 Sox by a scant .002), not to mention the highest number of any MLB team during the last decade.… Click here to read the rest

Baseball’s Christmas Birthdays

My Dad was a Christmas baby, and whenever the topic came up my grandmother (his mother) would unfailingly say that he was the best gift she ever received. However, there is a downside to being born on Christmas. Everyone seems to think it’s OK to just get you one gift and write ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday’ on the tag. This was generally the case with my Dad, much to his chagrin.

Baseball has seen it’s fair share of Christmas babies as well, three of whom are enshrined in Cooperstown among the best who ever played the game. Baseball’s first 300 game winner, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Pud Galvin (Career W-L 365-310) was born on this day in 1856. Here’s the list, courtesy of Baseball Reference:

Rk                        Born Yrs From   To ASG    G    AB    R    H  HR  RBI   SB   BB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   W   L   ERA  WHIP   G  GS SV     IP    H  HR  BB   SO
1          Waldis Joaquin 1986   2 2009 2010   0   14     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   0   0  5.87 1.957  14   0  0   15.1   16   1  14   14
2             Ruben Gotay 1982   4 2004 2008   0  316   726   84  185  12   77    6   60  .255  .315  .371                                                          .685
3           Willy Taveras 1981   7 2004 2010   0  670  2412  358  662   8  128  195  136  .274  .320  .327                                                          .647
4          Hideki Okajima 1975   4 2007 2010   1   16     1    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000  16   8  3.06 1.239 254   0  6  238.0  214  26  81  209
5            Tarrik Brock 1973   1 2000 2000   0   13    12    1    2   0    0    1    4  .167  .375  .167                                                          .542
6             Erik Hiljus 1972   4 1999 2002   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   8   3  4.79 1.468  34  20  0  124.0  134  21  48   99
7        Steve Montgomery 1970   4 1996 2000   0   54     1    1    1   0    0    0    0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   2   8  4.98 1.594  72   0  3   90.1   88  20  56   67
8           Scott Bullett 1968   4 1991 1996   0  247   374   49   87   6   42   19   25  .233  .283  .356                                                          .638
9            Bruce Walton 1962   4 1991 1994   0    8     1    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   2   0  8.21 1.765  27   0  0   34.0   45   6  15   18
10            Marty Pevey 1962   1 1989 1989   0   13    41    2    9   0    3    0    0  .220  .220  .293                                                          .512
11          Rich Renteria 1961   5 1986 1994   0  184   422   42  100   4   41    2   25  .237  .285  .322                                                          .608
12              Ty Gainey 1960   3 1985 1987   0   57   111   12   24   1    7    4   10  .216  .293  .288                                                          .581
13            Tom OMalley 1960   9 1982 1990   0  466  1213  117  310  13  131    2  133  .256  .329  .340                                                          .670
14   Rickey Henderson HOF 1958  25 1979 2003  10 3081 10961 2295 3055 297 1115 1406 2190  .279  .401  .419                                                          .820
15            Gerry Davis 1958   2 1983 1985   0   49    73   13   22   0    3    1    8  .301  .370  .397                                                          .768
16            Charlie Lea 1956   7 1980 1988   1  128   259   11   29   0    6    0   10  .112  .144  .127  .272  62  48  3.54 1.305 152 144  0  923.1  864  79 341  535
17        Wallace Johnson 1956   9 1981 1990   0  428   569   52  145   5   59   19   52  .255  .316  .332                                                          .648
18            Jeff Little 1954   2 1980 1982   0    7     6    1    1   0    0    0    0  .167  .167  .167  .333   3   1  4.09 1.582  40   2  0   55.0   51   6  36   43
19          Rick Anderson 1953   2 1979 1980   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   0   0  3.75 1.917   6   2  0   12.0    9   1  14    7
20         Julio Gonzalez 1952   7 1977 1983   0  370   969   90  228   4   66   13   36  .235  .269  .297                                                          .566
21          Luis Quintana 1951   2 1974 1975   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   2   3  5.03 2.542  22   0  0   19.2   30   2  20   16
22           Manny Trillo 1950  17 1973 1989   4 1780  5950  598 1562  61  571   56  452  .263  .316  .345                                                          .660
23            Gene Lamont 1946   5 1970 1975   0   87   159   15   37   4   14    1    9  .233  .278  .371                                                          .649
24       Dennis Musgraves 1943   1 1965 1965   0    5     2    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0  0.56 1.125   5   1  0   16.0   11   0   7   11
25             Chris Krug 1939   3 1965 1969   0   79   214   17   41   5   25    0   15  .192  .245  .290                                                          .534
26          Jack Hamilton 1938   8 1962 1969   0  218   150    6   16   1    7    0    3  .107  .124  .127  .251  32  40  4.53 1.545 218  65 20  611.2  597  48 348  357
27         Charlie Beamon 1934   3 1956 1958   0   28    17    1    0   0    1    0    1  .000  .056  .000  .056   3   3  3.91 1.402  27   5  0   71.1   64   4  36   45
28            Mike Blyzka 1928   2 1953 1954   0   70    38    2    2   0    1    0    1  .053  .077  .053  .130   3  11  5.58 1.661  70   9  1  180.2  193   8 107   58
29          Frank Baldwin 1928   1 1953 1953   0   16    20    0    2   0    0    0    1  .100  .143  .100                                                          .243
30         Nellie Fox HOF 1927  19 1947 1965  15 2367  9232 1279 2663  35  790   76  719  .288  .348  .363                                                          .710
31          Dick Manville 1926   2 1950 1952   0   12     2    0    1   0    0    0    0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0  7.11 2.105  12   0  0   19.0   25   2  15    8
32             Ned Garver 1925  14 1948 1961   1  458   827   87  180   7   72    1   76  .218  .283  .283  .566 129 157  3.73 1.353 402 330 12 2477.1 2471 213 881  881
33        Neal Watlington 1922   1 1953 1953   0   21    44    4    7   0    3    0    3  .159  .213  .182                                                          .395
34         Quincy Trouppe 1912   1 1952 1952   0    6    10    1    1   0    0    0    1  .100  .182  .100                                                          .282
35           Greek George 1912   5 1935 1945   0  118   299   15   53   0   24    0   28  .177  .248  .221                                                          .468
36            Ben Chapman 1908  15 1930 1946   4 1717  6478 1144 1958  90  977  287  824  .302  .383  .440  .823   8   6  4.39 1.542  25  16  0  141.1  147   7  71   65
37             Alta Cohen 1908   3 1931 1933   0   29    67    8   13   0    2    0    9  .194  .289  .224                                                          .513
38            Jo-Jo Moore 1908  12 1930 1941   6 1335  5427  809 1615  79  513   46  348  .298  .344  .408                                                          .752
39            Lloyd Brown 1904  12 1925 1940   0  404   552   54  106   4   59    1   38  .192  .245  .284  .530  91 105  4.20 1.470 404 181 21 1693.0 1899  83 590  510
40             Bill Akers 1904   4 1929 1932   0  174   475   64  124  11   69    7   63  .261  .349  .404                                                          .753
41             Red Barnes 1903   4 1927 1930   0  286   836  152  225   8   97   12   95  .269  .347  .404                                                          .752
42         Buster Chatham 1901   2 1930 1931   0  129   448   52  118   6   59    8   43  .263  .331  .400                                                          .730
43             Tom Gulley 1899   3 1923 1926   0   26    58   10   12   0    9    0    8  .207  .303  .345                                                          .648
44              Earl Kunz 1898   1 1923 1923   0   21    12    0    1   0    0    0    0  .083  .083  .083  .167   1   2  5.52 1.577  21   2  1   45.2   48   2  24   12
45         Gene Robertson 1898   9 1919 1930   0  656  2200  311  615  20  249   29  205  .280  .344  .373                                                          .717
46          Allen Elliott 1897   2 1923 1924   0   63   182   21   44   2   29    3    2  .242  .258  .341                                                          .599
47          Frank Ellerbe 1895   6 1919 1924   0  420  1453  179  389   4  152   12   72  .268  .306  .346                                                          .652
48            Herb Hunter 1895   4 1916 1921   0   39    49    8    8   1    4    0    2  .163  .196  .224                                                          .421
49           Karl Kolseth 1892   1 1915 1915   0    6    23    1    6   0    1    0    1  .261  .292  .391                                                          .683
50           Walter Holke 1892  11 1914 1925   0 1212  4456  464 1278  24  487   81  191  .287  .318  .363  .682   0   0  0.00 3.000   1   0  0    0.1    1   0   0    0
51            Bull Wagner 1887   2 1913 1914   0   24    27    1    6   0    1    0    2  .222  .276  .222  .498   4   3  5.64 1.602  24   1  0   83.0   91   5  42   15
52            Morrie Rath 1886   6 1909 1920   0  565  2048  291  521   4   92   83  258  .254  .342  .285                                                          .626
53           Ed Henderson 1884   1 1914 1914   0    8     7    0    0   0    0    0    1  .000  .125  .000  .125   1   1  4.15 1.308   8   2  0   26.0   22   2  12    5
54           Joe McCarthy 1881   2 1905 1906   0   16    39    3    9   0    2    0    2  .231  .268  .282                                                          .550
55              Jim Doyle 1881   2 1910 1911   0  137   485   70  135   5   63   19   40  .278  .336  .410                                                          .746
56          Dick Braggins 1879   1 1901 1901   0    4    13    1    2   0    2    1    0  .154  .154  .154  .308   1   2  4.78 1.844   4   3  0   32.0   44   1  15    1
57              Jim Jones 1876   3 1897 1902   0   90   344   28   79   0   24    9   18  .230  .270  .299  .569   0   1 15.43 2.743   2   1  0   11.2   25   1   7    3
58        Barry McCormick 1874  10 1895 1904   0  989  3645  433  867  15  417  130  280  .238  .297  .303                                                          .600
59              Ted Lewis 1872   6 1896 1901   0  184   552   66  123   0   52    4   38  .223  .273  .252  .525  94  64  3.53 1.345 183 153  4 1405.0 1379  57 511  378
60            Mike Hickey 1871   1 1899 1899   0    1     3    0    1   0    0    0    0  .333  .333  .333                                                          .667
61             Alex Jones 1869   4 1889 1903   0   26    79    9   13   0    5    1    8  .165  .241  .177  .419   7  15  3.73 1.378  26  24  0  200.1  199   3  77   65
62         George Haddock 1866   7 1888 1894   0  227   736  114  167   6   83   14   89  .227  .314  .304  .618  95  87  4.07 1.496 204 189  2 1580.0 1650  56 714  599
63          George Mappes 1865   2 1885 1886   0   12    33    3    6   0    0    0    2  .182  .229  .242                                                          .471
64              Joe Quinn 1864  17 1884 1901   0 1769  6883  893 1800  30  796  268  365  .262  .302  .328                                                          .631
65           Vince Dailey 1864   1 1890 1890   0   64   246   41   71   0   32   17   33  .289  .373  .366  .739   0   1  7.71 2.714   2   1  0    7.0   12   0   7    0
66         Pud Galvin HOF 1856  15 1875 1892   0  731  2748  278  552   5  220   23   38  .201  .212  .261  .473 365 310  2.85 1.191 705 688  2 6003.1 6405 121 745 1807
67             Nat Jewett 1844   1 1872 1872   0    2     8    1    1   0    0    0    0  .125  .125  .125                                                          .250

If today’s your birthday, then happy birthday to you and here’s to wishing you get (at least) two gifts from everyone.… Click here to read the rest

Baseball's Christmas Birthdays

My Dad was a Christmas baby, and whenever the topic came up my grandmother (his mother) would unfailingly say that he was the best gift she ever received. However, there is a downside to being born on Christmas. Everyone seems to think it’s OK to just get you one gift and write ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday’ on the tag. This was generally the case with my Dad, much to his chagrin.

Baseball has seen it’s fair share of Christmas babies as well, three of whom are enshrined in Cooperstown among the best who ever played the game. Baseball’s first 300 game winner, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Pud Galvin (Career W-L 365-310) was born on this day in 1856. Here’s the list, courtesy of Baseball Reference:

Rk                        Born Yrs From   To ASG    G    AB    R    H  HR  RBI   SB   BB    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   W   L   ERA  WHIP   G  GS SV     IP    H  HR  BB   SO
1          Waldis Joaquin 1986   2 2009 2010   0   14     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   0   0  5.87 1.957  14   0  0   15.1   16   1  14   14
2             Ruben Gotay 1982   4 2004 2008   0  316   726   84  185  12   77    6   60  .255  .315  .371                                                          .685
3           Willy Taveras 1981   7 2004 2010   0  670  2412  358  662   8  128  195  136  .274  .320  .327                                                          .647
4          Hideki Okajima 1975   4 2007 2010   1   16     1    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000  16   8  3.06 1.239 254   0  6  238.0  214  26  81  209
5            Tarrik Brock 1973   1 2000 2000   0   13    12    1    2   0    0    1    4  .167  .375  .167                                                          .542
6             Erik Hiljus 1972   4 1999 2002   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   8   3  4.79 1.468  34  20  0  124.0  134  21  48   99
7        Steve Montgomery 1970   4 1996 2000   0   54     1    1    1   0    0    0    0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   2   8  4.98 1.594  72   0  3   90.1   88  20  56   67
8           Scott Bullett 1968   4 1991 1996   0  247   374   49   87   6   42   19   25  .233  .283  .356                                                          .638
9            Bruce Walton 1962   4 1991 1994   0    8     1    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   2   0  8.21 1.765  27   0  0   34.0   45   6  15   18
10            Marty Pevey 1962   1 1989 1989   0   13    41    2    9   0    3    0    0  .220  .220  .293                                                          .512
11          Rich Renteria 1961   5 1986 1994   0  184   422   42  100   4   41    2   25  .237  .285  .322                                                          .608
12              Ty Gainey 1960   3 1985 1987   0   57   111   12   24   1    7    4   10  .216  .293  .288                                                          .581
13            Tom OMalley 1960   9 1982 1990   0  466  1213  117  310  13  131    2  133  .256  .329  .340                                                          .670
14   Rickey Henderson HOF 1958  25 1979 2003  10 3081 10961 2295 3055 297 1115 1406 2190  .279  .401  .419                                                          .820
15            Gerry Davis 1958   2 1983 1985   0   49    73   13   22   0    3    1    8  .301  .370  .397                                                          .768
16            Charlie Lea 1956   7 1980 1988   1  128   259   11   29   0    6    0   10  .112  .144  .127  .272  62  48  3.54 1.305 152 144  0  923.1  864  79 341  535
17        Wallace Johnson 1956   9 1981 1990   0  428   569   52  145   5   59   19   52  .255  .316  .332                                                          .648
18            Jeff Little 1954   2 1980 1982   0    7     6    1    1   0    0    0    0  .167  .167  .167  .333   3   1  4.09 1.582  40   2  0   55.0   51   6  36   43
19          Rick Anderson 1953   2 1979 1980   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   0   0  3.75 1.917   6   2  0   12.0    9   1  14    7
20         Julio Gonzalez 1952   7 1977 1983   0  370   969   90  228   4   66   13   36  .235  .269  .297                                                          .566
21          Luis Quintana 1951   2 1974 1975   0    0     0    0    0   0    0    0                            0   2   3  5.03 2.542  22   0  0   19.2   30   2  20   16
22           Manny Trillo 1950  17 1973 1989   4 1780  5950  598 1562  61  571   56  452  .263  .316  .345                                                          .660
23            Gene Lamont 1946   5 1970 1975   0   87   159   15   37   4   14    1    9  .233  .278  .371                                                          .649
24       Dennis Musgraves 1943   1 1965 1965   0    5     2    0    0   0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0  0.56 1.125   5   1  0   16.0   11   0   7   11
25             Chris Krug 1939   3 1965 1969   0   79   214   17   41   5   25    0   15  .192  .245  .290                                                          .534
26          Jack Hamilton 1938   8 1962 1969   0  218   150    6   16   1    7    0    3  .107  .124  .127  .251  32  40  4.53 1.545 218  65 20  611.2  597  48 348  357
27         Charlie Beamon 1934   3 1956 1958   0   28    17    1    0   0    1    0    1  .000  .056  .000  .056   3   3  3.91 1.402  27   5  0   71.1   64   4  36   45
28            Mike Blyzka 1928   2 1953 1954   0   70    38    2    2   0    1    0    1  .053  .077  .053  .130   3  11  5.58 1.661  70   9  1  180.2  193   8 107   58
29          Frank Baldwin 1928   1 1953 1953   0   16    20    0    2   0    0    0    1  .100  .143  .100                                                          .243
30         Nellie Fox HOF 1927  19 1947 1965  15 2367  9232 1279 2663  35  790   76  719  .288  .348  .363                                                          .710
31          Dick Manville 1926   2 1950 1952   0   12     2    0    1   0    0    0    0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0  7.11 2.105  12   0  0   19.0   25   2  15    8
32             Ned Garver 1925  14 1948 1961   1  458   827   87  180   7   72    1   76  .218  .283  .283  .566 129 157  3.73 1.353 402 330 12 2477.1 2471 213 881  881
33        Neal Watlington 1922   1 1953 1953   0   21    44    4    7   0    3    0    3  .159  .213  .182                                                          .395
34         Quincy Trouppe 1912   1 1952 1952   0    6    10    1    1   0    0    0    1  .100  .182  .100                                                          .282
35           Greek George 1912   5 1935 1945   0  118   299   15   53   0   24    0   28  .177  .248  .221                                                          .468
36            Ben Chapman 1908  15 1930 1946   4 1717  6478 1144 1958  90  977  287  824  .302  .383  .440  .823   8   6  4.39 1.542  25  16  0  141.1  147   7  71   65
37             Alta Cohen 1908   3 1931 1933   0   29    67    8   13   0    2    0    9  .194  .289  .224                                                          .513
38            Jo-Jo Moore 1908  12 1930 1941   6 1335  5427  809 1615  79  513   46  348  .298  .344  .408                                                          .752
39            Lloyd Brown 1904  12 1925 1940   0  404   552   54  106   4   59    1   38  .192  .245  .284  .530  91 105  4.20 1.470 404 181 21 1693.0 1899  83 590  510
40             Bill Akers 1904   4 1929 1932   0  174   475   64  124  11   69    7   63  .261  .349  .404                                                          .753
41             Red Barnes 1903   4 1927 1930   0  286   836  152  225   8   97   12   95  .269  .347  .404                                                          .752
42         Buster Chatham 1901   2 1930 1931   0  129   448   52  118   6   59    8   43  .263  .331  .400                                                          .730
43             Tom Gulley 1899   3 1923 1926   0   26    58   10   12   0    9    0    8  .207  .303  .345                                                          .648
44              Earl Kunz 1898   1 1923 1923   0   21    12    0    1   0    0    0    0  .083  .083  .083  .167   1   2  5.52 1.577  21   2  1   45.2   48   2  24   12
45         Gene Robertson 1898   9 1919 1930   0  656  2200  311  615  20  249   29  205  .280  .344  .373                                                          .717
46          Allen Elliott 1897   2 1923 1924   0   63   182   21   44   2   29    3    2  .242  .258  .341                                                          .599
47          Frank Ellerbe 1895   6 1919 1924   0  420  1453  179  389   4  152   12   72  .268  .306  .346                                                          .652
48            Herb Hunter 1895   4 1916 1921   0   39    49    8    8   1    4    0    2  .163  .196  .224                                                          .421
49           Karl Kolseth 1892   1 1915 1915   0    6    23    1    6   0    1    0    1  .261  .292  .391                                                          .683
50           Walter Holke 1892  11 1914 1925   0 1212  4456  464 1278  24  487   81  191  .287  .318  .363  .682   0   0  0.00 3.000   1   0  0    0.1    1   0   0    0
51            Bull Wagner 1887   2 1913 1914   0   24    27    1    6   0    1    0    2  .222  .276  .222  .498   4   3  5.64 1.602  24   1  0   83.0   91   5  42   15
52            Morrie Rath 1886   6 1909 1920   0  565  2048  291  521   4   92   83  258  .254  .342  .285                                                          .626
53           Ed Henderson 1884   1 1914 1914   0    8     7    0    0   0    0    0    1  .000  .125  .000  .125   1   1  4.15 1.308   8   2  0   26.0   22   2  12    5
54           Joe McCarthy 1881   2 1905 1906   0   16    39    3    9   0    2    0    2  .231  .268  .282                                                          .550
55              Jim Doyle 1881   2 1910 1911   0  137   485   70  135   5   63   19   40  .278  .336  .410                                                          .746
56          Dick Braggins 1879   1 1901 1901   0    4    13    1    2   0    2    1    0  .154  .154  .154  .308   1   2  4.78 1.844   4   3  0   32.0   44   1  15    1
57              Jim Jones 1876   3 1897 1902   0   90   344   28   79   0   24    9   18  .230  .270  .299  .569   0   1 15.43 2.743   2   1  0   11.2   25   1   7    3
58        Barry McCormick 1874  10 1895 1904   0  989  3645  433  867  15  417  130  280  .238  .297  .303                                                          .600
59              Ted Lewis 1872   6 1896 1901   0  184   552   66  123   0   52    4   38  .223  .273  .252  .525  94  64  3.53 1.345 183 153  4 1405.0 1379  57 511  378
60            Mike Hickey 1871   1 1899 1899   0    1     3    0    1   0    0    0    0  .333  .333  .333                                                          .667
61             Alex Jones 1869   4 1889 1903   0   26    79    9   13   0    5    1    8  .165  .241  .177  .419   7  15  3.73 1.378  26  24  0  200.1  199   3  77   65
62         George Haddock 1866   7 1888 1894   0  227   736  114  167   6   83   14   89  .227  .314  .304  .618  95  87  4.07 1.496 204 189  2 1580.0 1650  56 714  599
63          George Mappes 1865   2 1885 1886   0   12    33    3    6   0    0    0    2  .182  .229  .242                                                          .471
64              Joe Quinn 1864  17 1884 1901   0 1769  6883  893 1800  30  796  268  365  .262  .302  .328                                                          .631
65           Vince Dailey 1864   1 1890 1890   0   64   246   41   71   0   32   17   33  .289  .373  .366  .739   0   1  7.71 2.714   2   1  0    7.0   12   0   7    0
66         Pud Galvin HOF 1856  15 1875 1892   0  731  2748  278  552   5  220   23   38  .201  .212  .261  .473 365 310  2.85 1.191 705 688  2 6003.1 6405 121 745 1807
67             Nat Jewett 1844   1 1872 1872   0    2     8    1    1   0    0    0    0  .125  .125  .125                                                          .250

If today’s your birthday, then happy birthday to you and here’s to wishing you get (at least) two gifts from everyone.… Click here to read the rest

Happy holidays (and links), Yankeeist readers

As always, we’ll still be posting every day even during one of the slower baseball weeks of the year, but we just wanted to take a moment to wish all of our readers happy holidays.

In case you’re stuck at your family’s place and bored out of your mind; if you’ve swung by via MLBTR; or if you’re a regular who may have missed some of our excellent recent content, please be sure to check out the following comprehensive statistical analyses from earlier this week on Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera; take a stroll down Bad Yankee Position Player Lane with Tony Womack, Enrique Wilson, Bubba Crosby, Andy Phillips and others; and join in on the 30-plus comment discussion taking place in our post encouraging Yankee fans to take a few deep breaths and relax:

What happened to Joba Chamberlain, starting pitcher? [December 22, 2010]
Phil Hughes’ OPS against in each count versus the league average [December 22, 2010]
Top (or really, bottom) 10 least valuable Yankees of the last 10 seasons [December 21, 2o10]
A deeper look at Mo’s declining K/9 in 2010 [December 21, 2010]
Be afraid.Click here to read the rest

Yanks Interested In Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees are one of five teams with some interest in former-Rockies lefthander Jeff Francis. Francis, a soon-to-be 30 soft-tossing lefty, missed the entire 2009 due to injury, was not that good in 2008 when he was reportedly pitching through shoulder trouble, and turned in some poor results in 2010. So what do the Yankees see in him?

There are a few things that suggest Francis might be a good “buy low” candidate:

1) The last 2 seasons in which we know he was healthy were 2006 and 2007, and he was fairly solid in both campaigns. He was worth 3.6 wins in 2006, with a 4.16 ERA and a 4.38 FIP. He was better in 2007, giving the Rockies 4.1 wins (fWAR) while putting up a 4.22 ERA and a 4.19 FIP. He also began to strike batters out in 2007 at a higher rate than he ever had before, with a 6.9 K/9.

2) He is throwing harder now than he has since 2005, which suggests that he may finally be healthy.… Click here to read the rest