The What If 5th Starter Candidates

At this point in the Hot Stove season, the Yankees are pretty much set. They could still add a starter for some rotation depth or bring some position players in in minor league deals to add depth in AAA, but for the most part, the team on paper now is probably going to be the...

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The Narrative Has Set

And really, Yankee fans in particular should have a much better understanding of what’s going on here, because they spent so long watching the machinations of a true meddler in George Steinbrenner, who was impetuous and impatient on top of it. So far, Hal & Hank’s “meddling” consists of deciding to spend their money on one free agent reliever (and the re-signing of free agents after 2007, but that’s a different matter). It’s not as though they went over Cashman’s head to trade Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos for Zack Greinke or sign Carl Pavano to a multi-year deal after missing out on Cliff Lee or something.

But the more annoying thing is the degree to which people are either ignoring or misunderstanding Cashman’s public proclamations. Take this from Rob at Bronx Baseball Daily:

No, Cashman didn’t outright criticize anybody, but he was very blunt in his portrayal of his role even pointing out that he was not part of negotiations.

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The 2011 Yankee pitching staff in terms of aERA and IPGS

Recently I introduced the concept of Adjusted ERA here at Yankeeist, or aERA. The statistic takes a pitcher’s actual ERA, and adjusts it to show how many runs he has...

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Fear Strikes Out: Mental Illness Turns Star Catcher Into an Axe Murderer

(This is the third in a series on infamous or controversial historical figures who also had a notable association with baseball. For the first installment on John Dillinger, click here, and for the second installment on Billy Sunday, click here. The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Martin Bergen’s childhood dream was to...

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Creating Lineups

We pretty much know what the 25 man roster is going to be at this point, so let’s see what the different lineups will be. Using the latest round of CAIRO Projections from, I’ll put the player’s projected wOBA vs. RHP/LHP next to his name/position.

These projections are a combination of what I think...

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The Worst Cashman Column Yet

Aside from the fact that I’m anything written under the premise of “if The Boss were still running things…” this is completely baseless speculation from Madden. Shocking, I know. Not being privy to private conversations, we have no idea what went in to the team, and team officials’, public statements. It’s just as likely that, given how public Cashman’s lack of desire to sign Soriano was and given that it was already well known that he wasn’t in favor of the signing, it was better to have Cashman be up front about things, rather than engaging in some sort of silly double speak.

And if he hates his job so much, he is of course free to resign his position. He hasn’t done so, and no one has reported he intends to do so, so color me skeptical. To say nothing of the fact that these stories have taken on a life of their own, neglecting the fact that Cashman hardly seemed angry about the matter, even if he didn’t agree with it.…

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