E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

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Steroids, the 90s, and the Hall of Fame

We all know by now that Jeff Bagwell was snubbed on his first hall of fame ballot by the BBWAA. The collective excuse seems to have been that he was just too fit, too shaped, too good to not be taking steroids. At no point has Bagwell’s name ever been connected with steroids in any...

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An International Draft?

With the new CBA on its way, we’re again hearing rumblings of an international draft. I don’t know how serious these rumblings are, but I do have quite a few comments on them.

I think that in the abstract, baseball should incorporate international players into its drafting process. The purpose of the draft is to a)...

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2011 CBA Negotiations Primer

The current collective bargaining agreement between MLB and MLBPA is set to expire in 2011, five years after the most recent round of negotiations and sixteen years since the last major conflict of any note. The two sides probably have the best working relationship in any pro sport. They both saw how much damage the...

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Comparing the Yankees To Other Likely Top-6 Farm Systems

[image title=”jesus_montero” size=”full” id=”24033″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Yesterday, we learned that Jim Callis regards the Yankees as a top-6 farm system in baseball. Accompanying them are probably going to be Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and possibly two of  Minnesota, Atlanta and Oakland. Among this group, how to the Yankees rank?

At the top of each organization,...

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What is the best way to handle Brackman this season?

[image title=”brackman-in-st” size=”full” id=”24012″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Andrew Brackman is a better pitcher than most people realize. That’s a bit odd, because Brackman has also mostly been a disappointment to fans since he was drafted. In his freshman and sophomore years in college, Brackman was a 100 mph fireballer. That and his size earned him routine...

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Sabathia to start 2010 slightly less fat

[image title=”sabathiafat11″ size=”full” id=”23930″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Via River Ave Blues:

CC Sabathia has dropped 15 pounds through a combination of cardio workouts and weight training this offseason and is aiming to drop 15 more before Spring Training begins. “I’m turning 30 this year, getting a little older,” he joked. “Hopefully [the weight loss] will take...

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Yankee and Sox Payrolls To Be Pretty Close On Opening Day

The Red Sox have acquired quite a few players this off season. They brought in Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks and Adrian Gonzalez, and didn’t shed all that much in payroll. The Yankees, on the other hand, have both freed up some payroll space and declined to bring in any big name free agents.

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What would a two-slot spring training rotation battle look like?

If Andy Pettitte does not resign, the Yankees are currently set up to enter spring training with two open rotation spots. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember that ever being the case on the modern Yankees. Even in 2008, when the Yankees attempted to use Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and later Joba...

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Discussion: Which Killer B Is Best?

[image title=”andrew-brackman-540×341″ size=”full” id=”23745″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]The high-ceiling trio of Dellin Betances, Manuel Banuelos, and Andrew Brackman are all on the cusp of the major leagues. Although they probably do not compare with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy in terms of value (the Big Three were way ahead in terms of being better...

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