This could be an interesting week for the Yankees

I feel like we have been here before. The last couple of the seasons the Yankees had a solid start with different players coming through in the clutch.

And, then, things fell apart – or more that it just stays even.

New York has lost 7 of its last 8, and won just two games on its recent nine-game road trip. These two days off this week may very well be needed as it starts a six-game home stand followed by a seven-game West Coast road trip tomorrow. Their next day off is not until June 4.

This coming week could be an important one in the Yankees season. Two months in, and things start to potentially show how the Yankees are going to play for the rest of the season.

In 2013, the Yankees were 30-18 on May 31. Starting on June 1, they finished the season 54-53, a mediocre team.

Last season, New York was just average the entire time with a few moments where it looked better than just OK.…

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The Only Ever Split-Level Outfield: Texas’s Clark Field

I am now a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. An older colleague, upon learning of my love of baseball, told me about the craziest thing I have ever learned about the sport. Until 1974, the University of Texas played in this ballpark:

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Take a look at center field. First, you’ll see a 12 foot cliff that looks a lot like a (rather close) outfield fence. But, a closer look reveals that there is a green space above that 9 foot cliff. That space? In Play! The left fielder would have to run up the small path, called the “Billy Goat Trail” in order to catch the ball:

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Unfortunately, I can’t find a lot of information on old Clark Field: I’ve found a few grainy black and white photos, one amazing article from Texas Monthly, and zero video. When I’m a little less busy, I may go on an archival search for more information. For now, we have these great anecdotes from that article:

“The cliff has contributed to some unusual baseball moments.

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Fun with Numbers, Or: He’s on-pace for what?!

The season is just about 5.5555% finished. While it may be too early to intelligently speculate about what everything that has happened thus far means in the grand scheme of things, it is never too early to imagine what is yet to be. And you can go about that in one of two ways – either by making minor tweaks to the incredibly accurate preseason projections that are out there, or by pretending that nothing is more relevant to how this season will play out than what the first eleven days of meaningful baseball have wrought. The former is the sensible approach … but you can find that anywhere (I recommend FanGraphs). So I’ll go with the latter.

What follows are some of my favorite “on-pace fors” of the season to-date. The statistics upon which these are based are current as of the morning of April 16, prior to any games being played. Keep in mind, these are entirely for fun, serving as a reminder of what can happen in extremely small sample sizes – the good, the bad, and the ugly.…

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Read ALL Future “Player X Disappoints Me” Columns, Right Here!

When real news is sparse — say, the week of opening day, when there’s no further news about roster construction, yet no valid signs yet of who’s performing above or below expectations — beat writers often fall back on a favorite genre piece: “Player X Disappoints Me and Hey Look How Much He’s Getting Paid Whaaa?!” I figure I’ll save us some reading time, and save beat writers their modest effort of writing “new” columns, by pre-writing all future pieces in this genre, just by pasting together text from past pieces in this genre. Following is a 500-word article I “wrote” just by cobbling together quotes from ten different articles about various Yankee free agent signings who made a beat writer really sad. That is, each below paragraph is an exact quote from the hyperlinked article. Each quote expresses disbelief, anger, and other stages of grief about one of the last half-dozen major free agent Yankee signings, all of whom at some point struck a beat writer as either disappointing from the start (McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury) or disappointing at the end of a long-term deal after providing several years of strong performance (A-Rod, Sabathia, Teixeira).…

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Video: Masahiro Tanaka watches the Housewives shows?

Some people seem to be bothered by this but I think MLB is smart using videos like these to market baseball because we’re in an age where people who film YouTube videos are getting book deals, TV show pilots and movie roles. The younger set are drawn to this sort of thing and I think it can help bring a younger audience, who may have gone away for one reason or another, back to baseball.

Don’t I sound so old right now?

Enjoy the video.

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