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Thoughts on Jeter retiring

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Derek Sanderson Jeter announced on Wednesday that 2014 would be his final year in pinstripes. This was not entirely a surprise given his wreck of a 2013 season and the fact that Father Time halts for no one. Even coming off a season, as a Yanks fan, which disappointed on the field, but provided an incredible chance to say farewell to two of our favorites, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, we shouldn’t have been surprised to learn of Jeter’s decision.

Yet, when confronted with the stark, black-and-white reality of his announcement, I was stunned. Still am.

I’ve been contemplating this posting for quite some time now, actually, trying to figure out how to eulogize his career, even if he’s got one season left. A few thoughts came to mind, so since I so rarely get to sit and craft a baseball-related sentence these days, I’ll give it a shot at summarizing a few of them. I’m quite sure, too, that more thoughts and stories and whatnot will come from myself and the team here over the course of the year and I welcome all of you to add in yours whenever you feel compelled.…

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ARod’s court date set

arod93013Do you believe in coicidence?

U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan yesterday granted MLB’s request for a hearing in its bid to dismiss Rodriguez’s lawsuit over his suspension. He scheduled court for Feb. 14, the same day the Yankees will be opening their training camp in Tampa, Florida.

We can expect a media circus in Tampa because, well, (a) they are the Yankees, (b) Masahiro Tanaka is in town, (c) they spent a few hundred million on “others” named Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. Oh, and (d) Derek Jeter is back.

But it’s not looking like Alex Rodriguez will be there because, I am assuming, he wants/needs to be at that hearing. I mean, he can’t storm out of that one, too, can he?

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The IIATMS interview

IIATMSLogoLast week, Stacey and I spoke with fellow writer/blogger/good person Howard Megdal for Capital New York, who was curious to talk about our history and evolution as a blog, from the beginning, to ESPN, to SNY, back to ESPN. My discussion with Howard lasted well over an hour, and I had a blast reliving some of the things that have happened to and at this site since I started it over 6 years ago. Six years in the blogosphere is forever in real life, but it has been an awesome run, a run I have no intention of stopping any time soon. So long as there are hungry, talented, and eager people willing to put their thoughts and opinions out for consumption (a brave feat, trust me), we will be here.

It’s funny, as I sit here now, it’s not about me trying to change careers or anything like that anymore. [I tried that for a split second but it wasn't going to happen.] I’ve graduated to the parenting side of this, with pleasure.…

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Quote of the Day, Sox-slamming edition

photoESPN’s SweetSpot overlord Dave Schoenfield has quite a doozy of a mocking quote of the day while hilariously dismantling Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino’s gripes about the return of the Evil Empire:

If we win, it’s because of the smart guys like me. If we lose — at least to the Yankees or the Dodgers — it’s because we can’t spend money like they do.

Yes, that’s Dave pretending to be Lucchino. Thank you, Dave, for calling out yet another stupid troll set of comments from the Sox leadership. The worst part is that most Sox fans (no not all, but the great many) actually believe in their heart of hearts that Lucchino speaketh the truthiest truth there ever was. Except it’s not, so thanks again, Dave, for calling it out.

Sure Larry, you are a poor, small market team who possess only uber-thinkers with limited financial resources. Um hmm.

I’ve got Tampa on the line, something about them ordering a giant STFU sign for when the Sox visit.…

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My Hall Of Fame Ballot

2014-hof-ballotThis year, I was invited to vote in the IBWAA Hall Of Fame selection, thanks to IBWAA founder Howard Cole. The results were published on Monday here, where Cole noted:

In its 2014 Hall of Fame election the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) selected Greg Maddux with 98.23% of the vote, Tom Glavine with 88.50% of the vote, Frank Thomas with 84.07%, and Craig Biggio with 78.76%. A 75% threshold is required for election.

That’s a handsome group of electees, but even within this Internet-savvy group, a guy like Maddux remain not a unanimous selection. Why and who did not vote for Maddux can be found here and here, for those curious, but the short answer lies within the Limit Of 10 and these two chose to vote for others on the cusp, rather than the no-brainer. Disagree with their logic if you will, but this is the box that we were put in with the Limit Of 10.…

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Back to the future: IIATMS style

Greetings once again, friends. Welcome to 2014, officially, as everyone should be back from time off or a vacation or other method of decompression from the holiday stressors. We here at IIATMS/TYA are proud to be back, ready to roll on yet another year of baseball. We just concluded our best month ever (you guys rule!) and our best year ever (no really, you guys rule!) and are very excited to announce yet another change for this site:

Effective immediately, IIATMS is now, once again, the Yankees blog on ESPN’s SweetSpot Network!

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[exhales]

Way back in the Fall of 2009, when IIATMS was pretty much just me (Tamar had just joined me), I was invited to join ESPN’s SSN when Rob Neyer founded the mini-network, just in time to ride that wave to title #27. We were there, adding writers (Brien, William, Larry, etc.), through the end of 2011, when we jumped to SNY.  We merged with TYA in early 2013, increasing our depth of talent and our coverage of all things Yankees baseball.…

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Reposting: The National Baseball Hall of Fame And Museum

Twas the day before Christmas and the baseball world was sleeping, waiting for ARod’s ruling and word of his cheating. So rather than waiting with little to do, here’s a old re-post of something I once wrote for you. (OK, so I’m no poet… shoot me!)

This originally appeared on ESPN back in April, 2011.  Reposted today, as reminded by Tim Keown’s posting this morning.

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This past weekend, I visited baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This was not my first time there, but it was my first trip with my two sons, now ages 11 and 8. I was curious to see the Hall in a different way, through the eyes of my children.

I left thinking about the official name of the building — the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. I left realizing that the official name of the building — the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum — has a very big word in the middle of it that most people seem to ignore: “and.” Mostly I write about the building from a distance, and when I do, I focus on the first part of the building’s name, about who should be admitted into the Hall and who should not.…

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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.

First, from the original article from Bruce Jenkins:

At one point, someone asked if it was necessary to bring WAR, a trendy new stat, into any discussion. There was a bit of mumbling, mostly silence, and it never came up again . . . Whatever. I certainly didn’t feel dated or out of touch hashing out a man’s Hall of Fame credentials with Robinson, Fisk, Herzog or anyone else involved. I’m sure the brilliant Hirdt could have backed his opinions with WAR, WHIP or any other statistical measure known to man, but he spoke of traditional numbers and criteria of considerable weight: character, temperament, clutch performance and other intangibles, such as how it felt to witness the greats, and how they were viewed by other icons of the game.

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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.)

cano in seattleKidding 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?…

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