E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He lives and works in Washington, DC.

Author Archives: EJ Fagan

Could The Hot Start Help Derek Jeter Make History?

Derek Jeter is hitting .400/.440/.590 on May 2nd. That alone is pretty insane. Its even crazier because Jeter is 38 years old and a shortstop. Few people would fault Jeter for slowly fading into oblivion as he caps off a career as one of the best shortstops ever to play the game. But instead, he’s...

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Adventures in Left Field: Hiroki Kuroda and Eric Chavez Beat Baltimore 2-1

Eduardo Nunez really shouldn’t be the story of this game. Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Teixeira, Eric Chavez, and the Yankee bullpen all had great games, and Eduardo Nunez was just playing a new position. But really, what image are you going to remember about this game a few days from now? For me, its Eduardo Nunez...

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Is Defense Undermining The Yankee Pitching Staff?

Yankee starting pitchers have a 6.08 ERA, almost a full run worse from the terrible Boston Red Sox. Given the personel on the staff, this should be a surprise. Kiroda, Nova, and Sabathia were reasonable good bets entering the season, and are still reasonable good bets going forward, to be very strong contributors to the...

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Rob Segedin Is Underrated

With so much action in the Yankee farm system happening at Charleston and Empire State, it is easily for a player on the Tampa Yankees to fly under the radar. Rob Segedin is that player.

The Yankees drafted Segedin in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. He was a bit of a dark horse pick...

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At What Point Do You Cut Bait on Phil Hughes?

Andy Pettitte will probably make his major league debut something in the next two weeks. Unless something radically changes, he will take Freddy Garcia‘s spot in the rotation. Freddy, for his part, has been making this a pretty easy decision for the Yankees. Its made further easier because Garcia...

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Instant Replay via Challenge Flags and a War Room

Last night, Al Leiter suggested that baseball bring instant replay into baseball via challenge flags. The umpires had just pretty badly blown a call on Robinson Cano at first base. Cano was easily (even to the naked eye) safe, but was called out. In a one-run game, that play could easily have made the difference.

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Tyler Austin and Minor League First Basemen

I don’t have a lot of time today, but I’d like to offer a brief thought on Tyler Austin. As you’ve probably heard by now, Austin is on fire. He is hitting .444/.487/1.028 on the season, a year after slugging .354/.418/.579 in 47 games for the GCL Yankees. He’s finally getting some attention for being...

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What are the ugliest parks in baseball?

Buzzfeed this week ranked the ugliest ballparks in the MLB. The list:

  1. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. Minute Made Park (Houston Astros)
  3. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)
  4. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  5. Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
  6. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)
  7. Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
  8. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)

A friend made a great point about this list: MLB...

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