Countdown To Spring Training: 17

I had a quite a few choices for this number. I could have gone the easy route and just written about John Flaherty. Or I could have gone old school and written about Gene Michael, Mickey Rivers or Oscar Gamble. Instead, I’m focusing on a performance by a man who wasn’t in Pinstripes long – he came over in a trade deadline move and played with the Yankees until the sixth game of the 2010 American League Championship Series when they lost to Texas, ending their Championship reign and allowing the chance for another team – the San Francisco Giants Continue reading Countdown To Spring Training: 17

Brian Cashman says A-Rod might miss the entire season, everyone panics

Oh Brian Cashman, why do you do this to me? Okay, well, not to me but to all of us. It was a non-eventful, cloudy, cold Winter’s day here in the New York area. We were all sitting at our comuters, contemplating our lives, wishing baseball season was sooner rather than later and then BOOM! Cashman goes on WFAN-AM radio says an innocuous comment and people freak out.

“I think, because of the serious nature of the surgery and the condition that he’s trying to recover from, there is that chance,” Cashman told WFAN-AM in New York on Friday. “I would say it’s not going to be because Alex doesn’t do everything in his power to put himself in a position to get back, and be healthy and productive. He’ll do everything necessary and his part. It’s just will the success of the surgery and the condition that he has recover optimally as everybody expects, but there’s no guarantees in this stuff. Best-case scenario, yeah, he should be back. Worst-case scenario he won’t be back or there might be something in between. These are unique circumstances and new experiences injury wise that has a very small history behind it in the last decade or so.”

So Cashman happens to mention that there’s a chance, albeit a slight one, that Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season. He also said there’s a chance that won’t happen but which part of the statement was tweeted, blogged about and will be talked about on sports radio/sports TV ad nauseum until Alex Rodriguez actually sets foot onto a baseball field?

Yep, you guessed it.

I get why he did it fans may have to be prepared for the possibility of a full season without Rodriguez but on the other hand, I also have to question his reasoning behind it. Cashman is an old pro at this and he knows how New York fans and media overreact to everything.

All I’ve been seeing this afternoon on various social media networks is “A-ROD IS GOING TO BE OUT THE WHOLE SEASON!!!111111”

So, thanks, Bri! We all thought it would be a peaceful Friday in Yankeeland but nope, not at all. Continue reading Brian Cashman says A-Rod might miss the entire season, everyone panics

Countdown to Spring Training: 18

In the off-season leading into the 1918 season, the New York Yankees were a team in transition – they were poised to compete in the American League, and were willing to spend money to do so. The key to taking that step, in the mind of co-owner Jacob Ruppert, was hiring an experienced and well-respected baseball mind not only to develop the Yankees’ talent and guide the team on the field, but to improve the team’s reputation around the league. The process of finding was rather contentious, with co-owner Cap Huston pushing to hire a friend to the post, and Continue reading Countdown to Spring Training: 18

Does MLBPA want a CBA do-over yet?

Last autumn, Major League Baseball and the players union negotiated a sweeping new collective bargaining agreement that made quite a few changes to the game, especially the draft and free agent compensation rules. The owners Bud Selig wanted to push down the escalating cost of signing elite amateur talent out of the draft with hard(er) slotting rules, and the union, no longer run by experienced organizers who had led the players’ association through the toughest fights with the league like Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr, men who knew that the worst thing the union could do was allow the players to be turned against one another, happily went along with Selig’s top priorities. Indeed, many players were downright eager to agree, happy to throw amateurs under the bus in order to make sure that no-talent good for nothing punks like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg were no longer able to take money out of the pockets of deserving established major leaguers like Delmon Young and Juan Rivera.

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Yankees, Robertson Avoid Arbitration

Good but not surprising news, the Yankees and David Robertson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.1M according to Jon Heyman. Robertson filed for $3.55M and the club had countered with $2.85M. Reports are that they met in the middle at $3.10M. Robertson was the last of the pitchers arbitration eligible to agree to terms. Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan all reached agreements.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Logan get $3.15M? Why yes, he did. Does this mean anything? Probably not, I just find it amusing because Robertson seems to be a lot more reliable than Logan though to be fair, Logan wasn’t too abysmal last season (7-2, 3.84 ERA). He was also helped by a good stretch of pitched which happened to be sandwiched by the usual Logan-esque performances.

Back to Robertson, he’s eligible for free agency after the 2014 season so look for this to happen again before next season. Continue reading Yankees, Robertson Avoid Arbitration

Carl Pavano does Carl Pavano things

I really hate to even kinda-sorta have a laugh at injury related misfortune, but Carl Pavano is hurt again. He reportedly fell down while shoveling snow and ruptured his spleen. Obviously we all hope he’s okay and doesn’t suffer too much from the injuries, but for better or worse I doubt too many Yankee fans are going to have much sympathy for Pavano, who may well be the most loathed Yankee of my lifetime (loathed by the hometown faithful, that is). The Mets had actually been talking about bring Pavano back to New York for weeks now, but I imagine that will be on hold given this latest injury. Frankly, that’s probably in the best interests of everyone. Continue reading Carl Pavano does Carl Pavano things

2012 Statistical Trends: Derek Jeter’s Bounce Back

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) It was a continuation of his strong second half in 2011, but that didn’t make Derek Jeter’s offensive performance in 2012 any less impressive.  To be 2 years older than he was when he first started to look like he was slipping, the oldest everyday shortstop in MLB by far, and lead the American League in wOBA at his position (.347) while playing 159 games was just the latest entry in the long book of career accomplishments for Jeter.  His race to 3,000 hits in the rearview, Jeter rapidly ascended Continue reading 2012 Statistical Trends: Derek Jeter’s Bounce Back

Musing On War Projections For 2013

Wins above replacement is often a love or hate statistic. Fans that love it often rely on it too much, while fans that hate it dismiss the math too easily. I find that it does a great job analyzing offense, but can often be off on defense, meanwhile starting pitchers usually receives a fair rating, while relievers can be easily undervalued with high volatility in short sample size. In 2012, a replacement level team was worth around 44 wins, and when you add up the fWAR of the Yankees, it puts the team at 95 wins on the season, exactly what they Continue reading Musing On War Projections For 2013