The lessons of Brett Gardner

Mike Jaggers-Radolf’s excellent post on Brett Gardner, and several of the comments it generated, got me thinking about how he was a player that virtually everyone who follows the minor league missed on (see Mike Axisa’s mea culpa here).  In particular, I wanted to address several points  raised in the comment...

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A.L. East Foes Jockey for Position as Deadline Nears; Light Schedules Give Each Team Chance to Fatten Up

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

With the trade deadline looming, the next 10 days could determine which teams will enter the stretch drive in the best position. For some clubs, however, the biggest impact could come from their upcoming schedule, not a potential acquisition.

After a disappointing 4-4 road trip following the...

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Imagining Shields

Let’s get nuts.

Apparently the Rays are thinking about dealing right handed pitcher James Shields. Ken Rosenthal, however, says that an offseason deal is more likely. Let’s first assume that Shields will be available and that, even though we haven’t heard anything, the Yankees are interested. Honestly, why wouldn’t they be? Shields...

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Oh Cashman, my Cashman, bring me a bat

For those of you wondering whether the Yankees need to acquire a bat:

If the team finishes out July at its current monthly wOBA of .308, it would represent the Yankees’ worst monthly offensive output in nearly 10 years. The last time they posted a monthly wOBA this low was in September of...

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Series Preview | Yankees vs. A's II: Oakland? More like jokeland

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The A’s roll into town this weekend for the first of six games they’ll eventually have to play at Yankee Stadium this season. The Yankees already got the hard part out...

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Game 96: Yankees 1, Rays 2

Both Shields and Sabathia kept the offenses guessing, never allowing more than one baserunner an inning for much of the game.  In the bottom of the fifth, however, Sabathia got in some trouble.  He allowed a walk to Eliot johnson who scored when Sam Fuld drove a triple to right, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

Jeter drove a one out double to center in the eighth, waking up the Yankees’ offense a bit.  Mark Teixeira popped out to third, but Cano knocked a double down the right field line, plating Jeter for the Yankees’ lone run of the game.  In the top of the ninth Russell Martin singled to left, but Eduardo Nunez and Curtis Granderson were unable to do anything, each striking out as the Rays took the 2-1 win.

Bronx Cheers:
Mark Teixeira: Teix went 0-4 with two runners left on base.

Nick Swisher: Swisher went 0-4 with a strikeout and four runners left on base.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-3 with a RBI and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 7/21/11 – A good day for everyone, except Trenton

Trenton lost 8-6 to Bowie:
Raymond Kruml doubled to start the game and scored on a single by Austin Romine.  Bowie came back and scored a run in the bottom of the inning to keep it tied 1-1.  Robert Lyerly doubled to center, plating two runs in the third, but Bowie answered.  Xavier Avery made it to second on an error by Lyerly and scored on a single by Greg Miclat.  Luke Scott followed with a two-run homer and Bowie had their first lead of the evening.  A solo homer by Zoilo Almonte tied the game again and Trenton went ahead in the fifth when they scored two runs.  The lead did not last long, as Scott hit a big double in the bottom of the inning and the Baysox scored three runs to put Bowie up 7-6.  Scott hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to secure Bowie’s win.  Kruml went 2-5 with three runs scored and a double.  …

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