Better Prince Fielder Than Prince Albert. Seriously.

There is nothing apathetic about Fielder.  His weight-lifting regimen is the stuff of legend.  He cares about defense and works at it, as Tim Kurkijian pointed out last week.  Even if his range is never going to be exceptional, he doesn’t make many mistakes.  Last year, he made only 4 errors in over 1400 innings.

He hasn’t rested on his laurels as a hitter either, as he probably could have following his early breakout.  His walk rate has gone up consistently, to the point that a slugger once characterized as a free swinger led the majors in walks and BB/PA in 2010.  He’s never been on the disabled list.  And while it’s true that he’s performed substantially better in odd-numbered years (1014 OPS), he hasn’t exactly been a bum the rest of the time (861 OPS).  And we’re supposed to attribute such statistical oddities to small samples, right?

During his tenure, the Brewers have become a team with an identity and he’s one of their leaders, quite obviously beloved by his teammates (cue the choreographed earthquake celebration), so there’s no reason to read his “surliness” as anything more than a cultivated competitive persona.…

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Game 18: Yankees 6, Orioles 3

The game moved along quickly for a couple innings, with neither team getting many opportunities to score.  Granderson doubled to left in the top of the fifth and moved to third on a single by Teixeira.  Rodriguez hit a grounder to Izturis, who made the play at second, allowing another New York run to score.  Garcia gave the Orioles little chance of closing in, as he threw perfect innings in the fifth and sixth, holding onto the Bombers’ 3-0 edge.

Joba Chamberlain came in for Garcia in the seventh.  He struck out Scott to start, but gave up a single to Jones. Mark Reynolds followed with a two-run homer, and the Orioles had pulled within one run of the Yankees.  David Robertson relieved Chamberlain in the eighth and struggled.  He allowed a one-out single to Nick Markakis, and another single to Vladimir Guerrero.  Joe Girardi called on Rivera for his first four out save opportunity of the season, and the veteran closer got Scott to fly out to end the inning. …

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Yankees pick up extra-innings victory, despite Rivera blown save

Mariano Rivera blew consecutive saves for the first time since 2007 after he failed to convert a four out save. Despite the set back, and a 40 minute rain delay in the top of the 11th, the Yankees hung on to pick up a...

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New Book Highlights Jeter – Rodriguez Rift

The Post has some excerpts from the new Ian O’Connor book on Derek Jeter:

Jeter, who prized poise and selflessness, dismissed A-Rod and his diva-like behavior.
And when fans and rival players criticized A-Rod, Jeter deferred instead of defending his teammate.

General Manager Brian Cashman noticed this and asked Jeter to “fake it” with A-Rod.
“You’ve...

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Game 18-“It was beautiful”

That’s what Yankee manager Joe Girardi said last night about Brett Gardner’s HR after Russell Martin was hit by a Josh Rupe pitch. When you start giving up HRs to the Brett Gardner’s of the world, you might want to call your uncle with the plumbing business and tell...

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Game 18-"It was beautiful"

That’s what Yankee manager Joe Girardi said last night about Brett Gardner’s HR after Russell Martin was hit by a Josh Rupe pitch. When you start giving up HRs to the Brett Gardner’s of the world, you might want to call your uncle with the plumbing business and tell...

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