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

Author Archives: EJ Fagan

Pat Venditte Finally Considered a Prospect?

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Pat Venditte made a sensational season debut on Saturday. He pitched 3 perfect innings, striking out four. You’re probably already familiar with the switch-pitcher, so I won’t rehash it here. Venditte has questionable MLB talent as either a right-hander or left-hander, but has a career 11.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9,...

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New York Times Op-Ed: Eliminate Luxury Suite Tax Deductions

The New York Times published a fantastic op-ed today:

There are many reasons for the price explosion, but a critical factor has been the ability of businesses to write off tickets as entertainment expenses — essentially a huge, and wholly unnecessary, government subsidy.

These deductions have led to higher ticket prices in two ways. On the...

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Rate My Fantasy Baseball Team

I just finished a marathon 4-hour live draft. Half of our league were on our computers, the other half at Pour House in the city. Its a pretty competitive 12 player, head-to-head, 5×5 league. We’ve been doing this for five years now, and I generally get hammered due to being away from my computer for...

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Yankee Bullpen Could Go Deep

[image title=”chan_ho_park_kick” size=”full” id=”16234″ align=”center” alt=”Chan Ho Park’s greatest MLB moment” linkto=”full” ]The current Yankee bullpen lineup of Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Sergio Mitre, Chan Ho Park, Alfredo Aceves and Joba Chamberlain. A lot has been written about how formidable this group looks going in to the season. The Yankees probably have the most reliable,...

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Review: MLB At Bat 2010 For Android

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Last week, I dropped 15 dollars on MLBAM’s new app, MLB At Bat 2010. A similar app (more on the differences later) is available for Blackberry and various Apple products. Overall, its a pretty good value, but I’ll have a couple of warnings.

As many of you may know,...

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Austin Romine – Time To Come Out Of The Shadow

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Austin Romine has had a very quiet spring training. He showed up for pitchers and catchers, and we’ve heard very little of him since. By many accounts, Romine is the #2 prospect in the Yankee organization, and I think quite a bit underrated by everyone commenting on him. Jesus...

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Why I Love Sports

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Sports are a big part of my life. I’m not athletic – I was my pitch-to-yourself softball team’s catcher, and the only sport that I’ve ever been reasonably good at is ultimate frisbee. But between the hockey and baseball seasons, I don’t spend a whole lot of time during...

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What Does It Mean To Be A 5th Starter? Part 1

Longtime readers know that one of my pet peaves is the arbitrary designation of how good a starting pitcher is. People like to classify guys as “#1 starter”, “#3 starter” etc. Its not an uncommon way to classify players in sports – because its fairly intuitive. I’ve been involved in a lot of debates about...

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Yankees Annual 2010 On Sale Today!

[image title=”book73_300″ size=”full” id=”15254″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]For the third straight year, I have the pleasure of announcing to you that I have been published by Maple Street Press in their yearly season preview magazine Yankees Annual 2010. It is an absolute pleasure to write for them every year. In the past, I’ve contributed long-form pieces...

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