Is Clemens Just Trying To Push Back His HOF Ballot?

Roger Clemens is 50 years old. He’s one of the best pitchers of all time, and wants to make a comeback. He’s signed to an independent league team, and now we get MLB Trade Rumors posts like this: Astros owner Jim Crane told Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports in Houston that he is open to the idea of signing 50-year old Roger Clemens. The Astros have not been contacted about signing Clemens this year, but they’re preparing for the possibility, Berman reports. The Astros were in attendance at a recent workout to watch Clemens, who signed with the independent Continue reading Is Clemens Just Trying To Push Back His HOF Ballot?

Declining Trends In Hughes’ Fastball Show He May Be Overworked

CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova, Mariano Rivera, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos are all on the disabled list. While Hiroki Kuroda has stepped up in a huge way, Phil Hughes’ rebound season has been just as important. Since mechanical and repertoire adjustments began on May 6th, the 26 year old is pitching to a 3.59 ERA. That’s a pretty number for a young flyball pitcher in Yankee Stadium, and if the team lost his arm amongst numerous other injuries, it would be a huge blow to the starting rotation. I hate to be the bearer of bad Continue reading Declining Trends In Hughes’ Fastball Show He May Be Overworked

The stretch crawl of 2000

Twelve years ago on this date, the New York Yankees of the 2000 season had a three game lead in the American League East. The team had won three of the last four World Series titles and were the darlings of the baseball world. But the 2000 Yankees were a flawed team. They were definitely flawed offensively and only finished sixth out of fourteen teams in team OPS. Tino Martinez had an off year. Scott Brosius had his worst season as a Yankee and Paul O’Neill, at 37 was nearing the end of his career. And far too many plate appearances went to guys like Clay Bellinger, Jose Vizcaino and Ricky Ledee. And the pitching was no picnic either.

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Nova’s injury brings uncertainty

As with any injury, the next question to ask with respect to Ivan Nova‘s trip to the disabled list is, “when will he be back.” The answer: who knows? By and large, the timetable for a return from inflammation depends on how bad of a case you have, and the only thing we know right now is that Nova won’t throw at all for at least five days in order to rest his shoulder. After that, there’s a wide range of possible outcomes:

Ivan Nova landing on the 15-day disabled list yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean his season is kaput.

According to several pitching gurus, depending on the level of inflammation found in Nova’s right rotator cuff, there is a chance he could return by the middle of September.

Of course, because it’s a shoulder, Nova’s next pitch could be in March.

Yesterday I said that I thought there was likely a better than 50-50 chance that Nova was done for the season, a guess that was based on my expectation that the Yankees will err on the side of caution here, as well as the fact that there isn’t much time left in the season. If Nova does have a minor injury on his plans he could certainly miss less time, but given that we’re talking about an injury to the shoulder, and to the rotator cuff specifically, I would be more than a little bit surprised if the Yankees’ front office didn’t exhibit an abundance of caution in handling this. There was already a pretty good chance he was going to be left off of the team’s postseason roster if Andy Pettitte is able to return from his fractured ankle on time, and Nova hasn’t really been helping the team with his performance anyway, so there’s no particular reason to try to rush him back in September if there’s even a chance he could further damage his shoulder. Continue reading Nova’s injury brings uncertainty

It’s not goodbye

…it’s see you later This month marks the four year anniversary of my blog writing. I’ve published pieces more often than I haven’t, and for the most part, I’ve loved it. I went into teaching so I could share my love of reading, writing, and the English language with my students; I went into blogging about baseball because I wanted to share my love of baseball with all of you, and that’s what I’ve done. Right now, though, I feel as if this has become a bit of a chore and the quality of my work has suffered. For that Continue reading It’s not goodbye

The Farm Report: 8/23/12 – Betances placed on DL, Refsnyder has huge night

The Yankees had a good day in the minors, with Charleston and Empire State pulling off extra innings victories, while Staten Island stomped Vermont. The news of the day, however, was that Dellin Betances has been put on the DL with tendonitis in his shoulder. Stories like this just seem so predictable for the Yankees this season, as they have seen a few of their top pitching prospects spend much of the year on the DL.

Empire State beat Buffalo 4-3 in eleven innings:
After pulling off a 2-1 victory over Buffalo in the twelfth on Wednesday, the Yankees continued their extra inning magic on Thursday. The Bisons scored first, as Fred Lewis doubled and scored on a single by Brad Emaus. The Yankees tied the score in the third, as Chris Dickerson doubled to center and scored on a line drive by Corban Joseph. Buffalo retook the lead on a sac fly in the fourth. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a solo homer in the sixth, giving the Bisons a 3-1 edge over the Yankees. After two quick outs in the seventh, Ramiro Pena singled to left. Dickerson doubled and Joseph singled in both runners, tying the game 3-3. The game stayed knotted up, sending it into extras. Melky Mesa started the eleventh with a solo shot to right center, and the Yankees held on for the win.

Dickerson went 2-4 with two doubles, two runs, a stolen base and two walks. Joseph went 2-5 with three RBIs. Mesa went 2-5 with a double, a homer, a run scored and a RBI. Michael O’Connor went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and four Ks. Manny Delcarmen held Buffalo scoreless, allowing two hits, three walks and two Ks. Cory Wade pitched two strong innings and allowed just one hit, striking out two.

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Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party

There are links in that fence, and it looks like those fans know how to party. From “the” Bronx Why is it known as ‘the’ Bronx, anyway? Suffolk is Suffolk, Queens is Queens, New York is New York, Brooklyn is Brooklyn, Chautauqua is Chautauqua, and Cornwall was Cornwall until it was annexed into Massachusetts, then granted to Maine when it achieved statehood (as I’m sure everyone knows). None of these counties are ambitious or conceited enough to throw a ‘the’ in front of their namesake – not even Ontario, which would singlehandedly create a stronger rivalry between the United States Continue reading Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party

Nova placed on DL with shoulder inflammation

We learned yesterday that Ivan Nova was being sent back to New York for tests after complaining of discomfort in his throwing shoulder during his start Tuesday night, and today the Yankees announced that Nova is being placed on the 15 day disabled list with inflammation in his rotator cuff. “Inflammation” is always a bit of a vague diagnosis, and the treatment for it is nothing more than good old R&R, but anytime you talk about any sort of injury to a pitcher’s rotator cuff you’re talking about a serious matter. Remember, Michael Pineda‘s injury started out as inflammation of the shoulder, but his rotator cuff has not been impacted. All things considered, my completely basis speculation is that there’s probably a better than 50-50 chance that Nova’s season is over at this point.
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