A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

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Focused Musings: On Pace of Play

I mentioned it in my commissioner piece from last Friday, but I’ll say it again: I feel like I’m the only one with no real qualms about the game of baseball’s pace of play. There is no clock in baseball and that’s something that appeals to me for whatever reason. Perhaps it stems from most other things in my life being dependent upon a clock.

Professionally, I’m a teacher and an SAT/ACT tutor. So, if I’m teaching something exam prep-related, I’m stressing the importance time management to my student: You have this much time to do these many questions, etc. And if I’m teaching in my classroom, I’m stressing the importance of time management to myself: How long to spend on this line of discussion? How long to wait for a response? How many…etc. When it comes to baseball, then, the idea of an activity devoid of a clock and devoid of time, even just for three hours, feels good.

While driving to work on Friday, I heard a radio host respond to a caller by saying the average time of a baseball game has increased by 40 minutes over the last 30 years.…

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If IIATMS were in charge….

This post is corny. This post has been done before. I don’t care. I find stuff like this fun.

Yesterday, Rob Manfred won election by the owners to become Major League Baseball’s next commissioner, replacing long-time commissioner and former used car salesman Bud Selig. Manfred takes over at a strange time in that baseball is still a huge business, but as Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk has documented many times in the past, many want to declare baseball dead and bemoan its decline in popularity. For a moment, though, let’s put that nuance aside and ask a silly question: What would the people of IIATMS do if they were placed in the commissioner’s role with autonomous power?

William Tasker, Overlord Jason Rosenberg, and I put forth some ideas. Many of them overlap, but some of them don’t and hopefully this’ll lead to some conversation by you fine folks in the comments. Without further ado, here are some of the ideas we laid forth, starting with the Overlord.…

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Crossing the Queensboro Bridge: On the Idea of Masahiro Tanaka

“Anything can happen now that we’ve slid over this bridge,” I thought; “anything at all…”
Even Gatsby could happen, without any particular wonder.”

Here we see narrator Nick Carraway and title character Jay Gatsby crossing the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. In the pages prior, Gatsby “cleared up” some misconceptions and rumors about himself and Nick comes away with an idea of Gatsby. The idea, not the man, is the possibility Nick speaks of.

Now that we’ve crossed the bridge of his acquisition, it’s clear that anything is possible when it comes to Masahiro Tanaka.

The idea of Tanaka is invariably familiar to us as Yankee fans. He is the big-ticket “free agent” that has been long coveted by the Bronx faithful. Like countless others before him, we’ve wanted him. Badly. For the last year, his name had hung over the baseball season, spoken in a “low, thrilling voice” that had us counting down the days until he was posted and had us axiously passing time, waiting for hi to sign.…

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Yanks agree to sign Matt Thornton

https://twitter.com/JackCurryYES/status/412997516062654464

Instant analysis to come.

Lefty reliever Matt Thornton will join the Yankees, pending a physical, to fill the LOOGY vacancy left by Boone Logan and his departure to the Rockies on a three year, $16.5M pact. Thornton debuted with the Mariners in 2004 (19 G, 32.2 IP) and became...

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Going All In

To describe Wednesday’s walk-off loss to the White Sox, I’ll borrow from Luke Skywalker’s description of his home planet of Tatooine: “If there’s a bright center of the universe, you’re on the planet farthest from it.” Andy McCullough called the loss the nadir of the season, and it’s hard to disagree. That...

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Despite seeing fewer pitches, Yanks still hitting

As they entered last night’s game, the Yankees were no worse than second in any of the slash categories (second in BA/OBP) and paced the AL in SLG (.467) and OPS (.806). Regardless of the Yankees’ poor performance against left handed pitching, the overall production has been there, even if it’s looked a bit different at times. The lineup hasn’t been full strength. Francisco Cervelli (!) has hit well. Vernon Wells apparently isn’t dead. Travis Hafter isn’t injured. There is one more somewhat strange thing, though, and that’s that the Yankees are seemingly seeing fewer pitches per plate appearance thus far.

Going into last night, they were seeing 3.75 P/PA, below the league average of 3.89. Last year, they saw 3.89 P/PA, above the average of 3.84. In 2011 and 2010, they were also better than the average. This is nothing new–the Yankees have always prided themselves on seeing lots of pitches and working counts. Now, it seems that they’re jumping on pitches earlier in the count.…

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Pre-Game Evening Link Dump

Evening, all. Hope your work days weren’t too torturous. Anyway, here are a few links to help you along in your commute.

Starting with the not-so-great, there’s the news you probably already know: Jeter is going to miss more time than expected. Sigh.

Speaking of Derek Jeter, though, here’s something cool from Twitter yesterday. Baseball HOF president Jeff Idleson posted a pre-draft scouting report the Rockies did on Jeter:

Mark Feinsand talked to CC Sabathia about his velocity after last night’s game. Feinsand noted that despite CC’s diminished velocity to start 2013, the pitcher remains confident:

“I’m hoping some more velocity comes back,” Sabathia said. “If not, we’ll work with this.”

He’s also accepted the reality of pitching:

“It’s reality,” Sabathia said. “I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

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