The Girardi name game

If you have not read this article by Daniel Barbarisi this morning, it is well worth a look. The article is all about how Joe Girardi gives all his players nicknames. You will want to read it just to figure out why Dean Anna is called, “Raccoon.” The article received a lot of traction in our staff e-mails this morning and I decided to play this Girardi name game for our staff generals and soldiers. Here is what I came up with.

Some of them are not real original, but then again, some of Girardi’s are either. “Jeets,” is rather bland is it not? Therefore Stacey Gotsulias simply becomes, “Gots.” Without further ado, here are the rest of our staff in Girardi form:

  • Jason Rosenberg = “Skip.”  I’d call him, “Rosie,” but I like writing here.
  • Larry Koestler = “Coast.”
  • Moshe Mandel = “Mosh.”
  • Brien Jackson = “Jackie.”
  • We’ll just call Michael Eder, “E.”
  • Tamar Chalker = “Tam.”
  • E.J. Fagan already has one in, “EJ.”
  • Brad Vietrogoski = “Veet.”
  • Domenic Lanza = “Major,” as in Major Domo.

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The best Yankees by uniform number

I really enjoyed an article on ESPN’s SweetSpot Network by Diane Firstman on uniform numbers. I have written about uniform numbers quite a bit over the years and have enjoyed those written by others–especially those numbers that are retired around the league. Firstman’s article made me think about Yankee uniform numbers and the...

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Scrapbooking and scorecards

Long before there was the Internet or ESPN or even cable television, there were three ways for me to keep up with the sport of baseball and my team, the New York Yankees. There were broadcasts of games on WPIX: Channel 11 (or on radio), newspapers like the New York Daily News and the Bergen Record and The Sporting News (TSN). The Sporting News of my youth was an over-sized magazine printed on newspaper paper. Its arrival on Friday or Saturday was always one of the highlights of the week.

At that time, TSN really covered sports in depth and baseball in particular. Each team was given at least a full page or possibly two from journalists who covered those teams. The writing was fantastic and probably sowed some of the seeds of my own desire to write.

After I devoured that thing from cover to cover over a four or five hour period, my fingertips would be black from the ink.…

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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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The Most Important News Of The Offseason So Far

I know sometimes I write things here that may come across as a bit ridiculous, and I’m the first to admit that there are instances where I intentionally add a dash or 2 of hyperbole to my posts to spark a reaction and discussion in the comment section.  But believe me when I tell you that I’m being 100% honest when I say this.  The idea of Brian Cashman and Jay-Z working together directly, 1-on-1, to negotiate Cano’s new deal is the most fantastically entertaining possibility in the history of MLB hot stove season and if you don’t agree then you have no sense of humor.

Just picture it.  Cash sitting there in his khakis and team polo shirt, Jay in a $10,000 suit and a pair of designer sunglasses with Memphis Bleek and Beanie Siegel flanking him, one of those giant bottles of Spades champagne on ice and a few Cuban cigars on standby to celebrate the new deal when it’s reached.  …

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The Astonishing David Price, or Fun with Semi-Arbitrary Endpoints

On May 15, David Price was pulled from his ninth start after only 2.1 IP, having allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk. It was only the second time in his career he had failed to make it through three innings pitched, with the previous outing occurring way back on July 4, 2009 … or the eighth start of his still-young Major League career. The next day, Price hit the disabled list with a strained triceps injury in his pitching arm – he would remain there for forty-seven days, missing forty-four games along the way. His numbers at the time were rather disconcerting (at least when taken at face value) – 9 GS, 55 IP, 65 H, 14 BB, 49 K, 8 HR, 5.24 ERA, 4.02 FIP.

To some, this was merely a fluky stretch featuring a healthy dose of bad luck. Price’s unsightly ERA was, after all, well above his FIP, and his walk and strikeout rates were right in-line with his career norms.…

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Quick Hit: Hey, That Home Run Celebration Looks Familiar

A-Rod HR Celebration vs BOS

Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who absolutely loved Alex Rodriguez aping David Ortiz‘s HR celebration when he crossed the plate in the top of the 6th last night.  That’s trolling of the highest order, on national TV no less, and it’s brilliant.  After hitting the deepest Yankee homer of the season off the pitcher who’d plunked him in his first at-bat and pimping it around the basepaths with fist pumps, hand claps, and some trash talk, A-Rod still had the wherewithal to put that troll cherry on the “Eff You” sundae.

It was almost as if A-Rod was daring Ryan Dempster to hit him again.  It was the ultimate heel move and it was freakin’ awesome.  I know there are a lot of Yankee fans out there who still hate A-Rod, won’t cheer for him, think he’s a bum and the devil and a disgrace to the pinstripes and all of that.  But if you can’t get behind Heel A-Rod, even strictly from an entertainment standpoint, then I don’t know what to tell you.…

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The All-Homegrown MLB

On August 6, Donnie Collins pondered what an entirely homegrown New York Yankees team would look like. It was an endlessly intriguing exercise, to say the least, which predictably led to an infinite amount of second-guessing and back-patting. Was there a lesson to be learned? That Brian Cashman is a genius? That the Yankees can’t draft? That prospects are undervalued? I’m not quite sure. The clearest lesson, assuming it even is a lesson at all, is that the Yankees wouldn’t be very good if they were entirely homegrown … although, they likely would not be much worse than they are right now. But I digress.

This article also, of course, led to a discussion regarding what other teams would look like under the same conditions. Are the Rays really that great at drafting? Have the Pirates and Marlins really traded away an All-Star team’s worth of talent? And, from there, it led to one of the most repetitive bits of research I have ever constructed in preparing any non-legal bit of writing, in my quest to answer these questions … by constructing entirely homegrown rosters for the other twenty-nine teams in Major League Baseball.…

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A Sunday in New York with a sprinkle of Matsui magic

When my alarm went off at 8:26 a.m. yesterday morning, I was excited. The game was I going to wasn’t your regular run of the mill game, I would be heading to Yankee Stadium to see Hideki Matsui‘s retirement ceremony and hopefully, I would be getting my second bobblehead of the season – I already have Derek Jeter‘s bobble head which I got at a game earlier this month.

I had some coffee, showered and then woke up my brother. I wanted to get to the Stadium right as the gates opened so I could get the bobble head. I had a feeling the crowds would be larger than usual.

We had timed our trip to the Bronx perfectly and the 4 train arrived at the Yankee Stadium/161st Street station at 11:02 a.m. When my brother and I saw the crowd we said, “Holy sh*t!” simultaneously and my heart sank.

The whole world was outside of Yankee Stadium or so it seemed.…

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