Why I believe Andy Pettitte is coming back

I haven’t chimed in all that much on the Andy Pettitte saga, as there’s only so much speculating one can do about a man’s decision to continue to play baseball or stay home with his family, but the story in today’s Daily News compelled me to comment.

I’m not a father yet, and so I can’t relate to what Andy is going through at this moment in time. However, while he may have missed out on some cherished family time during his 16-year baseball career, on the flip side he has made more money than the Pettittes ever could have dreamed (more than $125 million over his career, according to B-Ref) and has set his family up for generations, with the opportunity to make even more. While some might counter with, “well that sounds like plenty of money, why would he need any more of it,” I say to that “who leaves what would likely be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million on the table, especially when they have shown that they can still compete at an elite level?” Sure, $100 million-plus is more cash than any of us will ever see, but you can’t honestly tell me Andy Pettitte couldn’t use another $15 million.… Click here to read the rest

Pettitte unlikely to start season with Yanks

Decisions, decisions...

Brian Cashman added a bit of clarity to the seemingly never ending drama regarding Andy Pettitte’s return to pinstripes. Reporters caught up with him at the owner’s meetings yesterday, and the NY Daily News has the report:

“I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011,” Cashman said. “If that ever changes he’ll call us. We’re not going to hound him or bother him.”

Cashman then clarified his comments to say that nothing had changed in the situation, and that the Yankees were still waiting for word from their veteran lefty.

Here’s the video of Cashman’s statements from ESPN.com, so you can view it for yourself. While there’s nothing final or definitive here, you get a good sense of how the Yankees are approaching this. From Brian’s standpoint, he’s not pitching until he tells the team he is. As we get further into January, the likelihood of Andy returning gets less and less with every passing day.… Click here to read the rest

Discussion: Most Underrated Yankee By Yankees Fans

I suggested on Twitter that Jorge Posada is the most underrated Yankee by Yankees fans of all-time, and received a multitude of responses on the subject. Posada is one of the 3 best catchers of the last 15 years and is a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate, but I find that many Yankees fans just see him as a solid player who was fortunate enough to play on good teams. Here are some other nominations for the most underrated Yankee:

@Cephster: Jimmy Key you almost never hear about him

@rstowe75: Bernie Williams

@eddieperez23: I’d say ARod.

@AndrewLeighNYC: it goes back a ways but Maris, with the tepid support during the HR chase and the Mantle-worshiping

@pmarchione: Mussina

@AndyNY2: Believe it or not, Yogi is underrated. He is revered, but the myths and malapropisms seem to obscure his on-field greatness.

@amolmodi: I’d go with Willie Randolph or Roy White

@Nebkreb: In a way, I think a lot of fans don’t realize how great Gehrig was.… Click here to read the rest

The worst players in baseball

[Editor’s note: This post has been moved back up to the top in case people missed it this morning.]

Matt recently ran a post analyzing two bad pitchers, Sergio Mitre and Tim Wakefield. This was a novel concept. Normally here at Yankeeist we spend our time analyzing good baseball players (Editor’s Note: This isn’t entirely accurate, but I’ll let it slide). However, we can just as easily analyze the bad ones. So, this post is dedicated to the worst players in terms of fWAR in all of baseball, in each of the past five seasons.

2006 Ronny Cedeno, SS Chicago Cubs: All baseball fans know the stereotype of the weak-hitting shortstop, but this was ridiculous. In his first full season in the Majors Cedeno’s wOBA was an anemic .259, the by-product of a pitiful .245/.271/.339 offensive slash stat line.

The reason teams put up with the weak-hitting shortstop is because they’re supposed to be good in the field.… Click here to read the rest

Is Trevor Hoffman a Lock for the Hall of Fame (or Even a Worthy Candidate)?

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

When Trevor Hoffman recorded his 600th save back in September, I kind of paid him a backhanded complement by unfavorably comparing him to Mariano Rivera. The intention wasn’t to denigrate Hoffman, who has had a wonderful career, but rebut the notion that put both relievers in the same class. In any event, Hoffman has now officially retired with 601 saves, leaving him just 42 ahead of Rivera, so, when all is said and done, he may eventually find himself looking up at the great Yankees closer in even that regard.

For a fitting tribute to Hoffman, Buster Olney does the job quite well. However, Olney goes way overboard by suggesting he “should be an absolute lock first-ballot Hall of Famer”. Make no mistake about it. Hoffman deserves serious Hall of Fame consideration, and he does seem a fair bet to win eventual enshrinement. However, he is far from a slam dunk candidate.… Click here to read the rest

2011 Breakout Candidates

[image title=”slade-heathcott1″ size=”full” id=”24263″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]The story of 2010 in the Yankee farm system was no doubt, “The Killer B’s all break out.” It provided a huge dose of excitement for us Yankee fans that had been missing (besides Jesus Montero talk) since Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy were coming up. We probably shouldn’t expect 2011 to go as well as 2010 did, but who will be the Killer Bs of 2011? After the them and Jesus Montero exit the farm system, who will  provide the excitement? Here are my three candidates.

The Favorite: Gary Sanchez – Gary Sanchez rightfully earns a lot of comparisons to Jesus Montero. Montero is arguably the top, or at least a top-5, prospect in all of baseball. He put up a phenomenal .329/.393/.543 batting line in his 17 year-old, 47-game debut. Some would call this a breakout, but I wouldn’t go so far. 47 games is a very short time, and Sanchez has a lot to work on (namely strikeouts), even if he proved that the raw talent is definitely there to a big time prospect.… Click here to read the rest