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Cano’s net deal with M’s worth $42M more than Yanks’ bid

First, let’s make it official:  We are thrilled, honored and proud to announce that Robinson Cano has been unanamously elected into the IIATMS Hall Of Fame. As if there were any doubts, not one voter polled thought that Cano’s decision was for any reason other than the money, which, by the way, we do not begrudge him. He had every right to grab every last nickel that was thrown at him, legacy and reputational damage be damned. For that, we wish Robbie well in the gorgeous Pacific North West (or so I keep hearing; never been there before. Can I make a rain joke? No? Oh well then.)

cano in seattleKidding aside, the Yanks have made a glorious history of luring players from other teams for ridiculous sums of money. Let’s not get all hysterical and completely and painfully ironic about complaining when one of ours does exactly the same thing. What, you thought Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury were taking less to don the ‘stripes?…

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Great moments in backhanded accusations

Wecome to New York, Jacoby Ellsbury. Here’s your first shot across the bow:

If you are wondering how a player who has never had another season in which he has reached double-digits in home runs could reach 32, you are not alone.
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Ellsbury has a magnificent swing and he does hit the ball hard. He can get some distance on his shots. But to suddenly reach the 32-home run mark when he has never had 10 leads to questions.

Questions? What questions? Oh, Steve Silverman, you are sooo cagey, blithely accusing of Ellsbury of doing something to boost performance. Rather than backhanded accusations, why not just come out and ask: “Jacoby, did you take PED’s in 2011?” Instead, you did a fine job in not hiding your contempt and highlighting your not-so-opaque accusations. Well done, sir.

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The Face of Baseball, or “Lessons in selective memory”, or “DUI <<< PED”

howdoyoufeelGreetings friends. Been ages, hasn’t it? I’ve been here all along, every day, reading every post and nearly every comment, lurking in the background. You know, work happens. Anyways…

Got to reading Jayson Stark’s article today about the Face of Baseball. I really like Jayson, and not because he flaunts the “y” in his name and I am “y”-free. He’s a fun guy, easygoing writing style and digs for great tidbits. His article today, as he points out, is extremely biased due to the timing of the research, which directly coincided with Alex Rodriguez‘s latest tussle with Commish Schultz, er, Selig, over additional PED transgressions. Stark, to his credit, more than acknowledges this and had it not been him writing and framing this “story”, I have no doubt that timing detail would have gone unmentioned.

Alas, some 22% of those 1,028 fans named our favorite whipping boy, ARod, as the Face of Baseball. Yawn. Next on the Evening News, man interviewed in rain storm and calls the water the biggest issue.…

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IIATMS giveaway: Yankees edition Norton Antivirus software

norton_600x500OK, friends, don’t ever say we don’t give you anything (well, besides countless hours of reading and insight and dedication to our shared favorite baseball team). “Like us” or share this on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and we will pick one random follower/friend and ship them a special edition Norton Internet Security software, customized for Yankees fans as part of Norton’s partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

New York Yankees Edition is an industry-first partnership designed to let Bronx Bombers fans protect their computers with a Yankees-themed interface, complete with blue pinstripe screens, baseball icons and all the security for which Norton is known. The premium online security software is available for $69.99 on Yankees.com or via Norton.com/Yankees.

The winner will be chosen and notified on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

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Required reading: IIATMS’ sit-down with MLBPA leader Michael Weiner

This went a bit under the radar here this week and frankly, I’m not sure why. Daniel Marcus was lucky enough to sit down with MLBPA head honcho Michael Weiner recently and broke down the conversation into four key parts. I think these segments are must-read items for all baseball fans.

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And when you’re done, a hearty congrats to Daniel for some great work is an order.…

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I love Jeter, but c’mon

Like many of you, I’ve borne witness to the entirety of Derek Jeter‘s career, a Hall of Fame career, and it’s been a glorious ride. But I will never make a leap as far as Tracy Ringolsby made today at MLB.com, capturing the headline and subtitle here:

Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod

Future Hall of Famer’s highly distinguished career makes him worthy of fans’ vote

MLB All-Star GameRingolsby is trying to use the “ambassador” concept to make the case that Jeter should be selected by the fans, even if Jeter then begs out due to his injury.

So what if the game is in NY (at Citi Field)?

So what if Jeter “won five Gold Gloves. Only four shortstops won more — Ozzie Smith (13), Vizquel (11), Aparicio (9) and Mark Belanger (8).”

So what if Jeter has “been an All-Star 13 times, the same as Ken Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio and George Brett, and he has hit .440 in the midsummer event, tied with Griffey for the eighth-highest average in All-Star history.”

Look, I have miles of respect for Derek Sanderson Jeter.…

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