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Another shattered bat injures another fan

Anyone else sick of reading these stories?

The woman was struck by the shattered bat of outfielder Torii Hunter during the Angels-Royals season opener on Thursday. […]

[Friend, Mike Sterrett] said the shattered bat struck Cooney on the right side of the face and she stayed overnight at a hospital.

Her cheekbone is fractured and twisted. The floor of her eye socket is also fractured,” Sterrett said. “The injuries are very serious. In addition, she had some cuts. Right now, she’s taking pain medication and she is feeling better.”

The shame of the story is the slow response by the Royals’ stadium stance, but the harshest truth is that this sort of injury to fan (and fan) and player alike is largely, if not completely, avoidable.

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The second annual IIATMS roundtable


Well, we made it. Opening Day is here. Winter is (mostly) behind us and it’s time to play ball. We’re kicking off this magical day with our second annual roundtable. For the first year or two of this site’s existence, a roundtable consisted of me asking questions to myself.  Last year, there was a bit of a team to have a legitimate roundtable. This year, the seating is at a premium, thankfully.

We’ve sent out an array of questions to all of the contributors to the site and their answers are below. The questions:

  1. A general stat line for the Yankees in 2011: number of wins, finish in A.L. East, how they’ll do in the playoffs (including the identity of the team they play when they win the WS or are eliminated).
  2. An explanation for your prediction in (1) above, focusing on what you think will change the most on-the-field from 2010 to 2011.
  3. Which teams do you think will make the playoffs in both leagues?
  4. Predictions for the performance of a single player you think will be critical to the Yankees’ success in 2011.
  5. Your prediction for the most important off-the-field Yankees story/distraction in 2011.
  6. Biggest Yankee midseason pickup?

Hope you enjoy. Weigh in below with your thoughts. And get ready for the 2011 season!

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Want to go to Yankees Opening Day?

Thanks to our friends at Starter, we’ve got a quick, last minute contest to give away TWO FREE TICKETS TO OPENING DAY!

To be eligible you need to follow both IIATMS and Starter on Twitter. The winner will be drawn at random tonight, around 11pm EST.

Winner MUST be able to pick the tickets up at the Starter offices in midtown NYC in time to make the game. Winner will have to email me and I will put you in contact with the folks at Starter.

UPDATE: The winner is @adamlustick. Thanks to all that entered. We’ll try to do a bit more of these this year! Continue reading Want to go to Yankees Opening Day?

2011 Preview: The X-Factor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This posting was completed by the staff here at IIATMS. It’s never easy to get a group of people to agree on a course of action much less the content/plan to achieve the goal at hand. Nonetheless, the team here worked wonderfully in debating the team’s X-factor and the posting below represents their cumulative efforts.


On October 23, 2010, the day after the Yankees were summoned into the black night of the postseason, the team’s hoped-for 2011 starting rotation looked something like this:

CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

That rotation was the so-called “Plan A”. Five months later, after Pettitte’s retirement and Lee’s decision to take his talents to Citizens Bank Park, the 2011 starting rotation looks like this:

CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia Bartolo Colon Freddy Garcia.

The “Plan B” rotation is … something less than Plan A.  But Plan B is not awful. Plan B was pretty much the Yankees’ starting rotation for the second half of the 2010 season, while Pettitte was on the disabled list with a strained groin. The Yankees weren’t great without Pettitte, but they were OK: between July 19 (when Pettitte went on the DL) and September 18, 2010 (the day before Pettitte returned to the starting rotation), the Yanks won 32 games and lost 25, a .561 winning percentage.

A .561 winning percentage over a 162 game season is worth about 91 wins. 91 wins might be good enough to win the 2011 American League wild card.  Or it might not.  The Yankees would like to add three or four wins to that total if they could.  Who on the Plan B rotation might add three or four wins to the Yankees’ projected total, by performing better in 2011 than he did in 2010?

The obvious candidate is A.J. Burnett.  Which is why we’ve named Burnett the Yankees’ 2011 x-factor.

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Yankee Stadium will continue to be safe from iPads and Kindles

This is exactly breaking news, but the subject came up briefly last week and I have been wanting to touch on it for a bit.

Yankee Stadium will continue to enforce a strict no iPad/no Kindle policy in 2011, as you can see from the scan of the 2011 Fan Guide to the right (you might need to click on the picture to see a full sized image; huge belated thanks to @Legendary23 for the scan).

I simply cannot understand the team’s adherence to such a policy. The team does not allow laptop computers and that’s how the team explained away the ban on iPads last year. Now that ban expressly calls out iPads and Kindles and I think it’s absurd. And there’s more than one reason for my thoughts.

Not that one needs an iPad while at the game, but I’ve used one to enhance my enjoyment of the game during a game (at home). I’m also on Twitter, on FanGraphs, any number of baseball-related sites and apps, including MLB’s own MLB2011 app. All of these enhance my enjoyment of simply watching the game. And I can listen to the out of town feeds on the MLB app. Some might scoff and tell me that I don’t need this stuff to enjoy the game and they are right.

Of course, so am I.

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ARod’s best move of the Spring

In the midst of a very strong Spring Training by Alex Rodriguez, ARod’s best move took place before Saturday’s game:

On behalf of the New York Yankees, the star slugger called a 12-year-old girl Saturday and invited the young hero and her family to a game this weekend. Less than an hour later, Rodriguez homered as the Yankees beat Pittsburgh 4-2. […]

I have a little surprise for you,” Rodriguez told Ramirez from an office phone near the clubhouse. “We would like to invite you to a game tomorrow as our special guest. Would you be interested in coming down and watching us? We’re going to make sure that it’s a very, very special day and a day you’ll never forget. We’re very proud of you. It’s a remarkable story and it’s one that I shared with my teammates. I’m inspired by it and can’t wait to hear more about it, and really enjoy a great day with you tomorrow.”

Well done, sir. ARod has had a very good Spring so far, yet, he’s gone virtually undiscussed. I couldn’t be happier about this. He seems keenly focused and at the same time, completely engaged with his teammates. The 24+1 image that was cultivated years ago also appears to be long gone.

Do you even realize how good he’s been this Spring (and yes, it’s just Spring and the sample size is small but if you’re the optimist…)?  How about these slash lines: .422 / .469 /.978 (that’s a 1.448 OPS!). Add in six home runs (vs. only six strike outs) and 44 total bases in just 16 games.  Yes, I’m excited.

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