Bye bye David Ortiz, don’t let the door hit you in the ass

Just putting this in here because it's always fun to watch him strike out.

Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Red Sox player and longtime thorn in Yankee fans’ sides David Ortiz would be retiring after the 2016 season. (Ortiz himself confirmed the news about 40 minutes ago on Twitter.)

And as the news spread, I watched as people bent over backwards to compliment him on his career. Fine, whatever. He’s a good player. But what I also saw was a few people dramatically proclaiming that they couldn’t understand how anyone could possibly hate Big Papi.

Oh really? I don’t know about you guys, but it is extremely easy for me to intensely dislike David Ortiz and everything about him.

  • I don’t think he’s lovable.
  • I don’t think he’s jolly.
  • I don’t get a kick out of his obnoxious poses after he hits home runs (when he hits them against my team).
  • I don’t think it’s amusing when he destroys dugout phones or throws entire bat racks at umpires after he strikes out.
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Thoughts On The Early Offseason Happenings

Cash Stache

Still loving the Cash Stache as much this week as I did last week. Courtesy of the AP

You might have noticed a decrease in content on the site recently.  While that’s a natural occurrence once the season ends and there are no more games and updated stats to analyze, in my case it’s also a matter of real life taking a much bigger slice of the time pie.  My 9-5 cube monkey job has gotten very time consuming over the past month or so, to the point that I barely have the time or the mental energy to write anymore.

That can be frustrating when there’s news breaking and trades being made, as it’s never as much fun being the last blogger in with your take on something when all the relevant points have already been made, for the writer or the readers.  That said, I do want to take a little time now to go back and talk about what’s been going on in the early offseason for the Yankees because I do have opinions on this stuff and I want to try to get them out while I have the time.  …

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Quick Hit: When, If Ever, Will The Eppler Effect Take Place This Offseason?

We’re a few days away from free agency really opening, so it’s not surprising that the biggest offseason news in Yankeeland is still coaching and front office staff-related.  The Yankees just announced their new pair of hitting coaches for 2016 earlier this week, and prior to that they officially replaced the departed Billy Eppler by announcing that Tim Naehring is the new VP of Baseball Ops.

The impact from those moves won’t be felt until next season, but one move that could have an effect earlier is the departure of Eppler.  He’s settling in as the new GM of the Angels, with a new batch of concerns about building and rebuilding a roster to help get that club back to the playoffs.  Coming from the position he was in with the Yankees, having heavy involvement in both the Minor and Major League parts of the organization, I can’t help but wonder if that may influence some of the moves he tries to make this offseason.…

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154 Days…

The 2015 Major League Baseball season officially ended last night, which means the 2015 offseason has officially started.  The clock is already ticking on teams to make their decisions on whether to make qualifying offers to their eligible free agents, and we’ll find out those decisions by the end of this working week.

The offseason being underway also means the countdown to the start of next season is officially underway, and including today that countdown stands at 154 days.  154 days until the 2016 Opening Day edition of the Yankees takes the field at home against the Houston Astros, and presumably gets shut out by Dallas Keuchel for 8 innings in a 3-0 loss.

I’m only half-kidding about that last part.  If the Yankees show up with the same crew that finished this year, that’d be a pretty likely outcome.  We’ve spent the past few weeks since their season ended dissecting that crew, its strengths and weaknesses, what it needs to do better, and what changes have to occur to help it be better next year.  …

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Forget the Sporting News, Alex Rodriguez is our comeback player of the year

The Sporting News announced the winners of their Comeback Player of the Year Awards as voted on by MLB players themselves. Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers overwhelmingly won in the American League with 112 votes. Alex Rodriguez came in second place with 14 votes. And over in the National League, Matt Harvey, tomorrow night’s Game One starter for the Mets, won a close race with 72 votes over second place vote getter Carlos Gonazlez of the Rockies who collected 66.

We’re not saying that Prince Fielder doesn’t deserve the award because he did very well this year and helped lead the Texas Rangers to the AL West title and to the division series, but forget the Sporting News (pffft) and forget the MLB players (pffft) because A-Rod is our comeback player of the year and here are a few reasons why (in backwards chronological order – September to February):

Alex starts a rally in the ninth inning that helps the Yankees to a huge comeback win against the Rays in September:

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Some thoughts on Alex Rodriguez the Baseball Analyst


If you have been following the playoffs on Fox Sports 1, you know that our very own Alex Rodriguez has been a panelist/analyst on the pregame and postgame shows during the American League Championship Series – he started the night of Game 3 – and that he will continue to work throughout the World Series. Lucky us!

The big announcement of his hiring was made last Sunday morning, and was a smashing success. Now that we are a week into his tenure on Fox Sports 1, I thought I would write a bit about what we’ve seen from him so far.

He knows his stuff

Alex Rodriguez is a baseball savant and anyone who covers the New York Yankees will tell you that. Even his detractors. Alex loves to talk about in-game strategy, pitching sequences, batting mechanics, etc., and so far, he hasn’t disappointed in that department. And to go along with knowing his stuff, Alex has correctly predicted in-game situations three different times.…

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Qualifying Offers Shouldn’t Factor Into Yankees’ Offseason Plans

With the divisional round in full swing, there was an important piece of offseason news that came out over the weekend.  Via Eric Fisher, the value for qualifying free agent offers will be bumped up to $15.8 million this year.  Last year the QO value was $15.3 million.

The QO process is one that the Yankees have been heavily involved in and influenced by since its inception.  They have made qualifying offers to multiple internal free agents and recouped extra draft picks when those players have signed elsewhere.  Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin were both supplemental 1st round picks granted to the Yankees by the QO rules.  They have also surely altered plans to pursue free agents that would have been good roster fits due to the draft pick forfeiture that comes with signing guys who have QO status.

For the first time in maybe forever, this coming offseason is shaping up to be one in which the Yankees are not influenced at all by the QO process.  …

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Tuesday Morning Musings On The Day Of The AL Wild Card Game

The Yankees will play their first postseason game since October 18, 2012 tonight, hosting the Houston Astros at The Stadium in the American League Wild Card game.  For an organization with the Yankees’ history that has failed to reach the postseason the previous 2 years, I feel like that should be a bigger deal, but the Yankees have seemingly been written off heading into this game.  They staggered to the finish of the regular season, losing 6 of 7 and needing a Houston loss to secure the home field advantage for this game.  Then they got hit with the weight of yesterday’s announcement by CC Sabathia that he will be entering rehab for alcohol abuse immediately and will not be pitching in the postseason.

It’s not the happy place I remember it being when the Bombers were in the dance, but it is the postseason in Yankeeland and that’s always a good thing in my book.  With the game a little less than 14 hours away as of me writing this sentence, let’s talk about some stuff heading into the game.…

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A guest post: Do the Yankees always collapse in September?

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post from longtime IIATMS reader, Professor Longnose. If you’d like to write a guest post, feel free to email me at sgotsulias at gmail dot com. -SG]

Aren’t You Glad Girardi Rested the Yankee Players All Season So They Could Collapse in September the Way They Always Do??

I don’t know how many times I said that after a loss recently, but I said it often enough that I wondered if I was being unfair. The Yankees certainly had a September to forget this year, and I’m pretty sure I remember them doing it last year, too, but my memory is as short as most fans. Does Girardi always manage them to a limp finish? Fortunately, we have the data to take a look.

Here is a fairly complicated chart doing a fairly simple thing: comparing the Yankees winning percentage from the beginning of the season through August 31 with their winning percentage from September 1 through the end of the regular season for every year of Girardi’s managerial reign.…

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