William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

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Freddy 3, relievers 0. Yanks win

Garcia was in trouble most of his body of work and it started right in the first inning. Mike Trout led off the game with a single. Erick Aybar hit another single. Albert Pujols flew out to deep left-center and both Trout and Aybar moved up a base. Garcia looked like he could get out of the inning after striking out Kendrys Morales. But Alberto Callaspo rifled a single to right to score both runners. Garcia then threw a wild pitch to move Callaspo to second. He got out of the inning when Howie Kendrick flied out.

The Yankees evened the score in the bottom of the first off of Jerome Williams (6-6). Derek Jeter hit a slow roller to short that Aybar never touched with his glove. The official scorer was far too generous and gave Jeter a hit on the play. Curtis Granderson flew out to shallow left. Alex Rodriguez then grounded out to Aybar at short. Jeter was running on the play and Aybar could only get Rodriguez.…

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Wouldn’t it be great in the second half if…

Wouldn’t it be great in the second half if:

  • All we had to talk about was C.C. Sabathia‘s weight instead of his pitching?
  • Derek Jeter could finish the season over .300? Batting average is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. But it is nice to look at.
  • Alex Rodriguez got hot at some point to shut his critics up and put some more oomph in the middle of the lineup?
  • Phil Hughes could continue to pitch well and we could actually breathe during one of his outings?
  • Either Joba Chamberlain and/or David Aardsma return to the majors after long rehabs to give some depth to Girardi’s deck of cards bullpen?
  • Ivan Nova could win 20 games and really confound those who say that he wins because of run support?
  • Curtis Granderson could cut down on his strikeouts?
  • Russell Martin could hit .250 in the second half?
  • Rafael Soriano could untuck his shirt for another 30 times?
  • Mark Teixeira would have more at bats as a right-handed batter in the second half than vice-versa?
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The ten worst Yankee offensive seasons ever

1. Frank Crosetti – 1940: This year Crosetti put together happened at the tail end of a nineteen year run of impressive league offense. From 1921 to 1939, the league OPS never dipped below .726. Crosetti’s 1940 season came in at .572 giving him the lowest OPS+ in Yankee history at 52. Crosetti came to the plate 632 times with 546 at bats. He registered only 106 hits for a .194 batting average. Crosetti did manage to walk 72 times and was hit by ten pitches, but his on-base percentage still only reached .299. His slugging percentage was .278. His season bWAR was -0.8. Ouch. Crosetti had a long association with the Yankees and became sort of a godfather around the park for decades. But 1940 was his last full season as the Yankees’ shortstop.

2. Everett Scott – 1924: We associate the 1920s as the Babe Ruth Era culminating of course in Murderers Row. But the only thing Everett Scott murdered was at bats.…

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The Cano All Star experience

The entire thing was tough to take as a Yankee writer and fan. My wife was extremely upset. I thought the fans had a right to boo and be upset at Cano, but the way they continued seemed to go beyond the line of good taste. I am a high road kind of guy and this whole thing seemed low road to me. I made the huge mistake of saying so on Twitter. Most Twitter pals from the KC patronage crowd were polite in their responses of disagreement. But one response from a guy I thought was a good guy became absolutely hateful and savage in his responses. It blew me away. And yeah, it hurt. That response made me think again of the plight we have as Yankee fans. Oh, I’m sure some of you will think I am being a weak-livered wuss. But my fandom tries to be magnanimous. I was the first to congratulate Tigers’ tweeters when that team beat the Yankees in the playoffs last year.…

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Ivan Nova – a great performance

It started in the first inning. The Yankees had given him a 2-0 lead. Nova struck out Daniel Nava to start the bottom of the frame. But Superman, Pedro Ciriaco, singled. Nova had David Ortiz in the hole, with a ball and two strikes, but walked him. Nova kept his cool and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to make it two outs. Nova then got Cody Ross to hit into an inning-ending pop up to the infield to end the threat. Except…Derek Jeter–in the wonderful words of Gabe Lezra went all Luis Castillo on Nova and dropped the pop fly. Nova again kept his cool and got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out to second to end the inning.

Jeter struck again in the bottom of the third. We love you, Captain, but this was as bad a fielding game as we have ever seen. That guy again, Ciriaco, hit a grounder to Jeter. Jeter did not make the play and Ciriaco was given a single.  …

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