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New voting criteria proposed for HOF Veterans Committee

Craig over at HBT has a posting up, calling attention to the maddening in-room debate from the HOF Veterans Committee voting. It’s absolutely worth a read. You don’t need to be as out on the other limb as Stacey’s newest crush, Brian Kenny, is, but there’s room to stray a bit from Murray Chass-dom.

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Now, because I take tremendous pleasure in snark and sarcasm and all other forms of mockery, I present (with an assist to from HBT commenters where this idea originated), my Top 13 ways to improve HOF voting, ACCORDING TO THE VETERANS COMMITTEE. Continue reading New voting criteria proposed for HOF Veterans Committee

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.)

Kidding 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? No. Hired guns, no moreso than Cano. Continue reading Cano’s net deal with M’s worth $42M more than Yanks’ bid

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. Continue reading Great moments in backhanded accusations

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. He’s a fun guy, easygoing writing style and digs for great tidbits. His article today, as he points out, is extremely bias 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.

Really, what got me was me a little frothy, and this isn’t new news, was the fact that 91% of respondents view Miguel Cabrera (BEST HITTER IN BASEBALL RIGHT NOW) as casting a positive image for MLB. An entire 0% view him as unfavorable. The question asked of respondents was “Do you believe this player represents MLB in a positive, negative, or neutral manner?” To compare, ARod was viewed as negative by 78% of those asked, with only 8% positive. Oh and Cap’n Jetes came in at 87% favorable, 3% unfavorable. Continue reading The Face of Baseball, or “Lessons in selective memory”, or “DUI <<< PED"

IIATMS giveaway: Yankees edition Norton Antivirus software

OK, 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. Continue reading IIATMS giveaway: Yankees edition Norton Antivirus software

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.

Read on:

And when you’re done, a hearty congrats to Daniel for some great work is an order. Continue reading Required reading: IIATMS’ sit-down with MLBPA leader Michael Weiner