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 Sugar Land Skeeters this week.

Crane said he doesn’t aim to set up a publicity stunt for the sake of selling a few extra tickets. He’d seek approval from MLB before completing a deal with Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner. Clemens already has a personal services contract with the Astros, Berman notes.

So, what’s going on here?… Click here to read the rest

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 news, but Hughes is on course for a drop off in production.

The national media is currently discussing Stephen Strasburg, who is close to reaching an innings limit that would shut him down for the season. Last year, in an injury shortened season, the 24 year old only threw 44.1 innings in the majors and minors. This season, he’s already thrown 145.1 IP, slightly more than 100 innings more than last.… Click here to read the rest

The stretch crawl of 2000

The 2000 Yankees had a team ERA of 4.76 and though that would sound worse in today’s pitching era, for the offensive years of the early 2000’s, it was good for sixth place out of fourteen teams. Andy Pettitte won nineteen games. Roger Clemens was solid if unspectacular. But it got dicey in the rotation after those two. Well, Orlando Hernandez was decent, but would end with a losing record of 12-13. After that, it cratered. David Cone simply lost it that season after being a hero so long in New York. Cone suffered through his worst year as a big league pitcher and at the age of 37 seemed at the end of his career. Denny Neagle was obtained from the Reds for a bunch of prospects that never amounted to anything for the Reds. Neagle was abysmal for the Yankees even though he went 7-7.

Other starters that year for the Yankees included a young Jake Westbrook, an old Dwight Gooden, Jason Grimsley, Ramiro Mendoza, Ben Ford, Randy Keisler and Ed Yarnall.… Click here to read the rest

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 reason, I’m going to take a bit of a backseat here at TYA for a while. I’ll still be around behind the scenes and my drop in with a post if I really get the itch, but for the immediate future, I’ll be taking a break. It’s been wonderful to post every day and the fact that so many of you include me and all of us as a part of your day is overwhelming and we’re more appreciative than you know.… Click here to read the rest

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

Trenton beat Akron 3-0:
The Thunder got on the board in the second, as Zoilo Almonte lead off with a double and Luke Murton followed with a walk. Addison Maruszak lined a single to right, plating Almonte. Kevin Mahoney hit into a double play, allowing Murton to score for the 2-0 lead. Trenton got an insurance run in the eighth, as Almonte hit a two-out single. Murton lined a single to center and Almonte scored on a wild pitch, giving the Thunder a 3-0 victory.

Almonte went 3-4 with two runs scored and a double. JR Murphy went 2-4. Murton went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. Maruszak went 1-4 with a RBI. Vidal Nuno went six and allowed just four hits and a walk, striking out three. Mark Montgomery pitched two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three.

Tampa lost to Dunedin 9-5:
The Blue Jays scored first, with one run in the first. Tampa came back with a big bottom of the inning.… Click here to read the rest

Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party

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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 and Canada. But I digress…

Dellin Betances has been DL’d with shoulder soreness. This likely negates any shot, however small, the ‘pitcher’ had at cracking the team’s September roster.

Ivan Nova has likewise been DL’d, though his malady is rotator cuff inflammation. He shan’t touch a baseball for at least five days.

Jim Bowden, Buster Olney, and Keith Law used their crystal ball(s) to peer into the next five years of Major League Baseball, and found that the Yankees have the second best chance at sustained success over that period.… Click here to read the rest