Revisiting The Debate About The Wave

"I'm the President! Do you really expect me to do the Wave?"

During last night’s game, some fans at Yankee Stadium started the Wave in the 7th inning of a 9-3 game, spurring some debate between myself, Sean McNally (@SeanMMcNally),...
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There’s no such thing as too many catchers

The Yankees minor league depth at catcher has been well documented. Jesus Montero is knocking loudly on the door to the Bronx. Austin Romine is having a fine start to the season. Gary Sanchez has Montero-type upside at this point. J.R. Murphy‘s bat...

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A Groundball Problem

Have pitchers changed their approach to Jeter?

It would be hasty to immediately attribute all variation in Jeter’s performance to him alone, so it’s necessary to determine whether or not pitchers are simply throwing to him differently. A large part of pitching is pitch selection. Thankfully, there are a few great resources available that measure pitch selection. One such resource is the Baseball Info Solutions data available at Fangraphs.  An advantage of BIS data is that it dates back to 2002, which is great. Unfortunately, the pitch classifications are performed by – get this – humans. Gross! In all seriousness, this is not a good classification system because the individuals who actually manually classify the pitches are doing so by watching the same video feeds that we as fans use to watch the games on tv. The problem here is that most stadiums use an offset camera for tv broadcasts. This has the unfortunate effect of distorting the appearance of pitches, and the ability to determine depth is also compromised.…

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CC Sabathia and the Yankee bats pound the White Sox 12-3

After torturing fans with three consecutive low-scoring, dull games, the Yankee bats came alive against Chicago Thursday night, tagging the White Sox for twelve runs and thirteen hits. But the box score doesn’t tell the full story of this game. There were at least four separate...

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Pictures from The Hall, part 2

The Pride of the 1970’s: Goose, Reggie, Louisiana Lightning and The Captain:

CC’s cleats, size 15. The largest pair in the HOF (see the placard):

And The Iron Horse’s license plate:

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Game 22: White Sox 3, Yankees 12

The Bombers’ hitless streak did not last for long, however.  Gardner led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer.  Nunez lined a double to left and Granderson tripled him in. Nick Swisher then singled to right, bringing Granderson home.  With the Yankees up 5-0 and Jackson having gone from no-hitter to batting practice in a blink of an eye, the White Sox pulled him and brought out Tony Pena.

Cano singled and Rodriguez doubled, scoring Swisher.  Pena intentionally walked Eric Chavez and Russell Martin singled to left, plating Cano. Jorge Posada worked a walk, scoring Rodriguez and the White Sox made another pitching change, as they continued to search for their first out of the inning.  By the end of the fifth, the Yankees held an 8-0 lead.  The half inning had lasted 32 minutes, and 22 minutes had elapsed between Gardner’s first homer and when he struck out for the first out of the inning.

New York wasn’t done yet. …

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Game Thread: Yankees v. White Sox

The Yankees look to salvage a split of their 4 game series with the White Sox tonight, with CC Sabathia throwing the first pitch for the Yankees at 7:05. Here is the Yankees lineup:

Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
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Must-Read Links: The Value of a Split Second, The Importance Of A Farm System

There were two baseball stories that I read today that I found incredibly interesting, and I wanted to highlight them here.

The numbers behind a catch and a just-miss

Mark Simon had a great post this morning comparing the hang time on a game-changing bloop double the Yankees allowed to the Twins a few weeks ago...

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Minor League Update

AAA- Scranton


Until the unfortunate “ball meets balls” incident, Jesus Montero was still raking albeit still without any walks. He’ll miss a few games to nurse his “situation” back to health… Justin Maxwell has been on fire. The...

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