So what'd ya get?

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 Continue reading So what'd ya get?

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

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 Continue reading Baseball’s Christmas Birthdays

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 Continue reading Baseball's Christmas Birthdays

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 Continue reading Happy holidays (and links), Yankeeist readers

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 Continue reading Yanks Interested In Jeff Francis