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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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UPDATE: Yankee’s DL’d payroll nearing $100M

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Following up on my post from right before the season started, the annual payroll of the players on the DL is approaching $100M, which now ranks them ahead of the Mets for 15th overall. This is up from 17th five weeks ago. As a result, some quick math shows us that $211M less $95M = ~$116M available for current games, which puts them on the same block as the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Nationals (not factoring in, of course, their own DL issues).

Notable changes: Hughes comes off, Youkilis comes on! I added some of the other guys, including Pineda, but none of them individually have a material impact on this total as Nova contributes the most at $576K.

Method: Please note this is not based upon AAV; it is based upon their 2013 contracts, base salary only. Excludes any insurance recoup, benefits, tax, bonuses, etc. Source: Cots. Players do not have to necessarily be on the 40-man as the DL counts determined from MLB.com here.…

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The 2013 Autism Awareness Challenge

Over the years here at IIATMS, I’ve used what little platform I’ve got here to bring awareness to Breast Cancer (my wife works with breast cancer patients daily) as well as Autism (something that afflicts my awesome nephew). April marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know, at least in a virtual sense, is Maury Brown of The Biz of Baseball. Maury’s son also suffers from Autism and Maury has his kickoff posting here today, and it’s something I request that you go and read.

DONATE TO AUTISM SPEAKS

At the very least, read his posting and get educated. Maybe not for you, but for a loved one. Share this on Facebook and Twitter and any other place you thing others will read. It’s that important.

Thank you,
Jason and the entire IIATMS/TYA team

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From Maury’s posting;

We challenge you to this:

Spread the details below to others.

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Yankees DL’d payroll would rank 17th *UPDATED*

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UPDATE @ 5PM: Jeff Passan, a fellow ‘Cuse fan and FOTB, was good enough to email me some updated numbers. No change to the #17 ranking, but some fine-tuning is always welcomed. Thank you, Jeff.

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I was goofing around in some prior comments earlier today, so rather than guess, I actually took some time to actually research…

Using estimated projected 2013 Team Salary info via Yahoo! Sports and individual salaries from Cot’s, the Yankees-who-are-expected-to-open-the-season-on-the-DL would rank #17 in MLB in terms of Salary:

Assuming I didn’t miss anyone (and note I did not include any performance bonuses), the Yanks would slot in quite nicely behind the <s>Diamondbacks</s> Orioles and ahead of Atlanta.

And if you simply subtract, for the sake of a simplified math exercise, that $88M from their projected spend of $210M, you are talking a season-opening team salary total of $122M, which would rank #8, just ahead of the Rangers.…

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