Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

25 years ago today

On February 17, 1990, the number one song in the country was “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul, the number one movie was Hard To Kill starring Steven Seagal and the New York Yankees signed some guy named Mariano Rivera from Panama as an amateur free agent.

I guess you can say that signing turned out to be a pretty good thing for the Yankees.

Some his career highlights:

  • 13-time AL All-Star (1997, 1999-2002, 2004-2006, 2008-2011 & 2013)
  • 3-time AL Saves Leader (1999, 2001 & 2004)
  • 30 Saves Seasons: 15 (1997-2001, 2003-2011 & 2013)
  • 40 Saves Seasons: 9 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003-2005, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
  • 50 Saves Seasons: 2 (2001 & 2004)
  • Won five World Series (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2009)
  • Saved at least 25 games in 15 consecutive seasons
  • Posted an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons

His awards:

  • 6-time AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 & 2009)
  • 5-time AL Rolaids Relief Award Winner: (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 & 2009)
  • 1999 World Series MVP
  • 2003 ALCS MVP
  • 2013 All-Star Game MVP
  • 2013 AL Comeback Player of the Year

Not to mention 652 career saves, a 2.21 ERA, and 1,173 strikeouts and 286 walks in 1,283.2 innings pitched.…

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Quick hit: Pictures of players on a field

Look you guys! It’s #TANAK getting out of his car!

It’s a bunch of guys on a field!

More from a field!

You know what this means? It means that we’re much closer to the real start of the baseball season. And I know, the experts are predicting another not-so-great year for the Yankees but right now, who cares! We get to see sun drenched pictures of guys doing unauthorized drills (because Spring Training doesn’t officially start for the Yankees until pitchers and catchers report on February 20) while a lot of us in the Northeast are buried under mounds of snow.…

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Quick hit: More numbers are being retired!

The Yankees have made it official. Andy Pettitte is not the only member of the core group getting his number retired this season.

Pettitte’s Day was already announced and will be held on August 23 but now we know that Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Willie Randolph will also be honored in 2015. Williams and Posada are having their numbers (51 and 20) retired while Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

Bernie Williams Day will be Sunday, May 24, Willie Randolph will be honored before Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, June 20th, and Jorge Posada will be honored the day before Pettitte on Saturday, August 22nd.

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Quick hit: Former Yankee Giambi announces retirement

Jason Giambi announced his retirement today after a 20-year major league career.

Giambi played for the A’s, Rockies, Indians and Yankees. He finished his career with a .277/.399/.516/.916 line, 440 home runs and 1,441 RBI. Giambi who played with the Yankees from 2002-2008 had some tumultuous moments in pinstripes which were because his involvement in the BALCO scandal a decade ago but he turned things around and left the Yankees on good terms.

He actually references that rough period in his statement saying, “I want to thank the fans for being a part of this incredible journey. I especially want to thank the fans that gave me a second chance to let me show you the human being you see today.”

You can read Giambi’s statement in full here.

When Giambi signed with the Yankees after the 2001 season, there were a lot of expectations to go along with the millions of dollars the Yankees were paying him and while things didn’t work out exactly as expected, Giambi still had a good Yankee career despite the bumps and bruises along the way.…

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Presidents’ Day Open Thread

Happy Presidents’ Day!

In case you hadn’t heard the news, Josh Pettitte, son of Andy, announced on Twitter that the Yankees will be honoring his dad on August 23rd. Pettitte’s number will be retired and he will receive a plaque in Monument Park. We’ve heard rumblings that Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams will be next so pretty soon, the Yankees will only have players with numbers higher than 50. Maybe they’ll start using fractions and/or decimals.

Not everyone had the same reaction to the Pettitte news. Ex-Yankee Chuck Knoblauch tweeted this gem after the news about Pettitte’s number retirement began to spread:

Meow.

As you may recall, Knoblauch was named in the Mitchell Report and seems to be lashing out about how Pettitte’s admission of HGH usage has been swept under the rug while Knoblauch, who also admitted to using, is viewed as a pariah.…

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Quick hit: A-Rod and the Yankees meet at the Stadium

So the meeting between the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez that the Daily News I-Team said wasn’t happening, happened earlier today.

Here’s the official statement which was a joint statement from Hal Steinbrenner, New York Yankees Managing General Partner/Co-Chairperson; Randy Levine, New York Yankees President; Brian Cashman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, General Manager;
Jean Afterman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, Assistant General Manager; Alex Rodriguez, and Jim Sharp, Legal Counsel to Alex Rodriguez:

“Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman, Jean Afterman, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Sharp. Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years.

“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”

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Weekend Open Thread: 1/25/15

Alex Rodriguez Arriving at  MLB Offices  in NYC

This is your weekend open thread.

If you live in the Northeast, go out and get some groceries because you may have three feet of snow dumped onto your house from Monday night through Wednesday morning. If you don’t live in the Northeast, you’re lucky.

Anyway, we do have some Yankee news. Alex Rodriguez wanted to meet and apologize to the Yankees, they said “Nope! See ya in Tampa!” Of course, there are a few versions of this story. Some headlines suggest that the Yankees just said no without explaining that they want to wait until Spring Training. How odd! So much sensationalizing! (Not really.) Oh and Alex met with new commissioner Rob Manfred and the meeting was positive. Go figure.

And speaking of Spring Training, we’re really close, you guys! It’s three weeks away! Thank goodness.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Thursday Night Open Thread: Balls, balls and more balls!

Good evening, everyone.

This is your open thread for the night. Feel free to discuss whatever your heart desires. Personally, I’m sick of hearing the word balls. Between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the reporters at their press conferences, I’ve heard the word balls enough to last me three lifetimes. Also, when you hear that word too many times and out of context, everything become very funny and I revert to being a 12 year-old.

As for baseball, things are quiet right now. But here’s a reminder of what happened a year ago today:

TANAK!

Enjoy your night!

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Quick hit: Yanks moving from My9 to PIX11?

According to John Ourand of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Daily, the YES Network is closing in on a deal to move over their non-YES games from WWOR 9 to WPIX 11.

Sources said that a deal could be signed as early as this week. It is expected to be a four-year pact that would include about 21 Yankees games per season. Sources value that package at between $11-13M per year ($500,000-$600,000 per game), an asking price that was said to be too high for WWOR. WPIX already carries an over-the-air package of around 25 games with the Mets, a deal that still has a few more seasons to go. It is not clear how the station plans to schedule both teams’ games.

YES’s deal with WWOR expired last season.

As you may recall, the Yankees were carried on PIX 11 for a long time before moving to My9:

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