A retired number measuring stick

Yesterday, all of our rooms got a little dusty between 11 AM and noon as Jorge Posada announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. There is no doubt that Posada was a great Yankee. He gave us so many incredible memories and I cannot wait for the day when Jorge is brought back to Yankee Stadium and given the honor of a plaque in Monument Park. As I was driving to lunch, my iPod died (as it usually does) so I flipped on sports radio (yes it sucks, but it’s better than FM) and Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts were talking about the possibility of the retirement of Posada’s number. They alluded to the fact that Bruce Bowen, he of the defensive prowess, is getting his number retired by the San Antonio Spurs; both hosts found that a little ridiculous and had a quick discussion of the standards for number retirement. Part of this is obviously an emotional discussion, but the empirical side of me had a thought.… Click here to read the rest

214,000,000 Reasons to be Thankful

214 million buys a whole lot of food.

This crazy off-season just got that much crazier. In a move that absolutely no one could have anticipated, the Tigers today shelled out 214 million dollars over nine seasons in signing former-Brewer Prince Fielder despite hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in a first baseman and designated hitter over the next several seasons. And while the Tigers will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the near future, while the team that knocked the Yankees from the playoffs just a few months ago just got better, my first reaction to this trade was “thank you Brian Cashman.” Thank you for not being this General Manager and for making sure over the past few seasons that the Yankees aren’t this team. There are bold deals and there are bad deals. The Yankees have certainly had their share of both. But it’s one thing to shell out massive sums of money to players you need.… Click here to read the rest

JD Drew as a DH option?

The long, tumultuous era of JD Drew in Boston is finally over, and there are rumors that the 36 year-old outfielder is considering retirement.  It is not clear whether the lifetime 127 wRC+ player and whipping boy of the Boston media (Nancy Drew?  Really?) is simply ready to hang his spikes up, or if a total lack of interest from clubs is causing him to consider this path.  In any case, he is coming off a horrible, injury-riddled 2011 season in which he hit .222/.315/.302 over a half-season worth of at bats.

As terrible as his season was, and as disappointing as his tenure in Boston was, Drew was still a fairly productive player as recently as 2009, where he posted a .389 wOBA and was worth 4.9 WAR.  2010 was a weaker season, but even then he was worth a solid 2.4 WAR, due to a .346 wOBA and solid defense.  He alienated his teammates and the Boston media with his apparent lack of fire and passion (and unwillingness to play through injuries), but I can’t help wondering whether Drew would be a useful piece in a Yankee DH platoon (say with Andruw Jones).… Click here to read the rest

Triple-R: The Bullpen

Any discussion about the Yankee bullpen starts and ends with this man. Courtesy of UPI/John Angelillo.

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Since I did such a bang up job predicting the rotation that will no longer include almost half of the analyzed members, I figured I might as well see this series all the way through to its conclusion.  With what happened last time, maybe there’s some Triple-R karma left over from the Pineda trade and a few days after this is posted the Yankees will somehow add Craig Kimbrel and Sean Marshall to the bullpen before the season starts.  But if not, here’s what we can expect from the current members of the Yankee ‘pen.

Mariano Rivera- Remain

At this point, history, logic, and conventional wisdom can basically go out the window with Mo.  He is doing things in his 40s and performing at a level that nobody else in sports, save for maybe Nicklas Lidstrom, is doing. … Click here to read the rest