The day Rocky Colavito pitched for the Yankees

Well, except the Yankees stunk that year. 1968 was the year of the pitcher. The Yankees had a few of those. But they never had a worse year at the plate. Guys like Horace Clarke, Bobby Cox (yeah, that was him), Andy Kosco and Jake Gibbs couldn’t hit their way out of the infield. A beat up, broken Mickey Mantle was in his last year and despite his lowest batting average of his career, he still was productive. But that was it. The Yankees needed help so they obtained Rocky Colavito from the Dodgers. Without the information we have at our fingertips today, they might not have known that Colavito was just about finished as a player. 1968 would be his last year too.

The twelve year old boy was excited about Colavito because he was somewhat of a legend AND he was Italian. Bonus! Colavito had some superb years with the Indians and Tigers and finished his career with 374 homers and a 132 career OPS+.… Click here to read the rest

The Benefit Of 20/20 Foresight (And Failing To Use It)

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

I’m always the first to pipe up about Joe’s on-field decisions when it comes to managing his bullpen, be they good calls or bad calls (usually bad).  But for the Yankees to extend that questionable bullpen decision-making to the pre-game, well that’s something I’m not familiar with and something I was very surprised to see play out yesterday.  If you were not aware, the Yankees entered last night’s game quite understaffed in their relief corps after the previous 2 games.  Let’s review:

  • David Phelps– Unavailable after pitching 2.1 innings in relief of Freddy Garcia on Tuesday night
  • Cory Wade– Ditto
  • D-Rob- Unavailable after pitching 1 inning in consecutive nights on Monday and Tuesday
  • Mo- Ditto*

* (Mo shouldn’t have been available, but when your team gets the lead in extra innings on the road, you can’t leave that lead in the hands of Clay Rapada)

That left the Yankees with just 2 guaranteed available arms out of the ‘pen last night in Boone Logan and Clay Rapada, both guys who are best utilized as short-relief lefty specialists. … Click here to read the rest

Ninth inning at-bat highlights Brett the Double Edged Sword

Brett Gardner has spent the last three seasons proving me wrong. When you look at Gardner’s swing, you think there is absolutely no way this dude can survive in the major leagues. Every once in a while, he unleashes a nice, quick stroke on the way to the ball, but usually he’s a bit too long for a guy with that little power. It also baffles me that Brett has reached this level of baseball while seemingly never ever using his legs in a swing. Regardless, Brett has managed not to get the bat knocked out of his hands and has used a remarkably patient approach to turn out league average offensive production. When we pair that with his elite defense, we get a pretty valuable player, especially at his low cost. Still, I can’t help but get a little peeved with Gardy every once in a while. His 9th inning at bat last night.

Taking the second pitch is pretty excusable, considering many batters like to take a strike first.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/11/12

Trenton beat Portland 10-1:
After three scoreless innings, Trenton broke through in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from Ronnier Mustelier.  Portland answered with a run in the top of the fifth, but Gustavo Molina led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error.  Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch and Walter Ibarra connected with a RBI single to put the Thunder on top again.  Cody Johnson started the sixth with a single to right.  Back-to-back doubles by Jose Gil and Addison Maruszak put Trenton up 4-1.  The Thunder ran away with the game in the bottom of the eighth.  Three straight singles were followed by another double by Maruszak.  Abraham Almonte walked and Mustelier doubled as the Thunder added six more runs for a 10-1 victory.  Mustelier ended the day 2-4 with two runs scored a double, a homer and two RBIs.  Maruszak went 2-4 with a run scored and two doubles and Jose Gil was 2-2 with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs.  … Click here to read the rest

Yankees sweep Orioles – Swisher the hero

C.C. Sabathia again did not bring his A-game to his second start of the season. The best you can say about his outing was that he hung on gamely and limited the damage to four runs in six difficult innings. Sabathia gave up eight hits and walked two and threw 112 pitches in his six innings of work. Seven of those hits were singles. The other was a double by Mark Reynolds that gave the Orioles their third and fourth runs. So perhaps this could be called a BABIP game for Sabathia as he did strike out eight Orioles. Robert Andino hit a solid single to center to score two runs but even Mark Reynolds’ double was off the hands and well placed between Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.

What can be said is that Sabathia lacked command of his fastball again. He threw only 15 of his 26 four-seam fastballs for strikes and he didn’t record a single swing and miss with that pitch.… Click here to read the rest