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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Can A NY Manager Use Unconventional Tactics?

[image title=”joe-girardi3-540×359″ size=”full” id=”24586″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Last week, I wrote that the Yankees should use Rafael Soriano as a fireman, not as an 8th inning guy. Over at River Ave Blues, Ben Kabak wrote a post agreeing with me. Now, Stephen Rhoads, our former TYUer-turned-RABer offered a different reply. He argues that...

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What if the new CBA allowed teams to trade draft picks?

I never understood why MLB prohibits teams from trading their draft picks. Luckily, it is one of the changes frequently discussed when reporters mention things under consideration for the new CBA. On a baseball level, it makes sense. Rebuilding teams can get draft picks for their players at the trade deadline, and other teams can...

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Looking at Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova, Right Handed Pitcher
Ranked 8th Best Yankee Prospect

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Use Soriano as a Fireman, not the 8th Inning Guy

[image title=”soriano1″ size=”full” id=”24415″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]I may be against the Rafael Soriano deal, but there’s no doubt that he adds a powerful, dynamic arm to the Yankee bullpen. Soriano is one of the best relief pitchers in the game, and certainly the best relief pitcher in the game not to be closing games for...

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2011 Breakout Candidates

[image title=”slade-heathcott1″ size=”full” id=”24263″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]The story of 2010 in the Yankee farm system was no doubt, “The Killer B’s all break out.” It provided a huge dose of excitement for us Yankee fans that had been missing (besides Jesus Montero talk) since Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy were coming up. We...

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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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