Now that A.J. is gone, who’s the new A.J.?

I am NOT going to miss him.

I don’t mean this the way you think. Time and time again during A.J. Burnett‘s rocky tenure in pinstripes it seemed like he was the missing piece. Often the Yankees were one more...

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TYA Prospect Week 2012

This week at TYA, we have something special for you, ladies and gentlemen. While not every post this week will be prospect-centric, there will be myriad musings on the Yankee farmhands. Later today, E.J. will release the composite TYA Top 20 Yankee prospects, and throughout the week, we’ll have multiple roundtable discussions related to prospects...

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Billy Beane’s Wild Winter

Thanks to the fall release and somewhat unexpected buzz surrounding the Beane biopic, the longtime Oakland GM spent 2011 getting profiled by major media outlets and reclaiming the title “revolutionary baseball genius” he first acquired in the wake of Frank Thomas, Josh Willingham, and Rajai Davis, but his experiments with Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Giambi, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Ryan Sweeney, and Orlando Cabrera yielded less impressive results.

In the wake of the renewed Moneyball hoopla, Beane spent another offseason betting against the grain.

As the Hot Stove opened, the A’s projected rotation was as promising as it had been since the heady days of the “Big Three” – Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito – whose millenial dominance, it has often been observed, underscores Beane’s Moneyball success to an extent which goes largely unacknowledged by either Lewis or Sorkin. It seemed a foregone conclusion that the 2012 A’s would be fronted by similar blue chip talents – Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Brett Anderson – all of whom proved themselves capable of being premier big-league starters before they reached their mid-twenties.…

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One last go round with Joba the starter

Back to 08?

I’m sure that headline elicited the standard three Joba responses. Some thinking “Yes! Finally!” while others saying “Been there, done that” and the vast majority of readers thinking “Not THIS topic AGAIN”. I can assure you that what follows isn’t a rehashing of...

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I was wrong, wasn’t I?

When news of Ryan Braun‘s failed PED test first broke, I quickly wrote a post proclaiming his failed test a black eye for the game. But I was hasty in my judgement. Those who posted in the comments section rightly pointed out that it wasn’t clear that Braun had failed the test,...

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Thinking out loud on failing to extend Russell Martin

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As I’m sure you know by now, there were some mid week reports that the Yanks and Russell Martin were discussing a contract extension. Those reports were shot down almost immediately, and it turns out they were just a rehashing...

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