Exciting changes abound

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Matt Imbrogno has been promoted to Editor in Chief of The Yankee Analysts, effective immediately. Matt is one of the best and most passionate writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and I’m extremely excited that TYA will be stewarded by one of the most important voices writing about the Yankees today.

As some of you may have heard by now, Moshe Mandel and I are leaving TYA and joining Mike, Joe, Ben and the gang to write full-time at River Ave. Blues. We will be making our RAB debuts this week.

While we look forward to the next step in our excellent blogging adventures, we’re just as excited to watch TYA continue to grow, as the entire staff will continue to churn out the incredible content you’ve come to know and love and can’t find anywhere else.

These last nine months helping to build TYA into one of the better-known and respected brands in the Yankee blogosphere have been incredibly gratifying.… Click here to read the rest

Could the Yanks be just as good without CC?

Can he be replaced?

With the final out of the 2011 World Series now recorded, baseball’s hot stove season is underway. The first order of business for the Yanks is to address CC’s contract situation. The deadline for exercising an opt out is fast approaching and it is widely expected that Sabathia will use it unless he and the Yanks work out a deal.

First, the good news. The Yanks and CC’s agent are talking, and while the Yanks are sending out signals they’re not overly optimistic about striking a deal the two sides are at least engaged. The scariest scenario of CC being lured back to southern California appears to be unfounded. Angels owner Arte Moreno has stated he will be giving their newly minted GM Jerry DiPoto only about 10-20 mil to spend this offseason, eliminating them from bidding on any big ticket items. The Giants also have little to spend, and may actually need to clear space just to fill out their roster needs.… Click here to read the rest

The overuse of MRI’s for sports injuries: why it matters

Gina Kolata had a very interesting article in the New York Times today about the evolving perception of the usefulness of the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam as a tool for diagnosing sports injuries.  For somebody who is interested in both sports and health care as I am, the article provided some interesting thoughts that challenge the conventional wisdom about injury diagnosis, particularly for pitchers.

Kolata spoke with Dr. James Andrews, perhaps the most famous and successful orthopedic surgeon in the country, and an expert in pitcher injuries and biomechanics.  It is common practice to use an MRI when a person is suffering from pain or discomfort in a muscle or joint, and it is also useful at detecting tumors and other abnormalities.  The MRI tends to be very good at detecting these abnormalities, but sometimes, it is even too good.  As one of the orthopedic surgeons interviewed in the article described, it is a very sensitive tool (good at detecting abnormalities), but not very specific (ie, the false positive rate is very high).… Click here to read the rest

Key front office members to stay with Yankees

With the recent news that the Angels have chosen Jerry Dipoto to be their next GM comes good news for the Yankees: Two important members of the front office will be back in the Bronx next season.  No, I’m not talking about Brian Cashman, whose contract is set to expire (and will presumably sign a new deal shortly).  I’m talking instead about Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler, the Yankees’ directors of amateur and pro scouting respectively.

The Angels interviewed both Oppenheimer and Eppler as candidates to fill their vacant GM spot, and they were impressed enough with Eppler to call him back for a second interview.  Oppenheimer has rightfully been given a lot of credit for the turnaround in the Yankees’ draft success, and has frequently been discussed as a future GM by the media and many knowledgeable fans.

While Oppenheimer has received a lot of credit for the strength of the Yankee minor league system (deservedly so), Eppler’s significant contributions on the pro side have not been as widely recognized (outside of this excellent NY Times story by Tyler Kepner), which makes sense given the somewhat mysterious nature of pro scouting.    … Click here to read the rest

A Memorable Night to Forget: Historic Game Six Was a Different Tale for Two Cities

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

Last night’s epic game six was so compelling, that tonight’s game seven almost seems anti-climatic. As is sometimes the case when the World Series goes the distance, it is the sixth game that proves to be the most memorable (see 1975, 1985, 1986, and 2002 for a handful of examples). So, before settling in to see if baseball can serve up a suitable encore for its season finale, it seems appropriate that we take one last look back at what was truly one of the most remarkable games in World Series history. For Cardinals’ fans it will be a raucous stroll down memory lane, while the Rangers’ faithful might want to cover to their eyes, but for those who love the game of baseball, game six will take a lofty place in World Series lore.

So Close, Yet So Far…

After being one strike away from winning the World Series, this wild pitch added 18 more years to the Red Sox' curse.

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