Bernie Williams should be celebrated with The Core Four

The Core Four. New York Yankees fans aren’t going to escape this all season as the final member of this group plays his final season. Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera. Andy Pettitte. Jorge Posada. Great players who have given Yankees fans countless memories. But one beloved former Yankee has been forgotten throughout the celebration – Bernie Williams. At least they could have had him play the national anthem at the home opener, but the Yankees went with a Broadway actor with no ties to the ball club instead. Williams spent his entire 16-year career playing for New York, and was there Continue reading Bernie Williams should be celebrated with The Core Four

Countdown to Spring Training: 29

Now, we’re just 29 days away from Spring Training. It’s so close we can practically taste it. Today, I wanted to talk about someone who gets a bit overlooked in recent Yankee history. The (ugh) Core Four is always referred to as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada. There is one player who’s constantly overlooked in this discussion: Bernie Williams. He was every bit the hitter Derek Jeter was/is and just as important to the Yankees’ turn-of-the-century dynasty. The end certainly came quick for Bernie. Involuntary, Bernie ended up on the “burn out” path rather than the Continue reading Countdown to Spring Training: 29

A retired number measuring stick

Yesterday, all of our rooms got a little dusty between 11 AM and noon as Jorge Posada announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. There is no doubt that Posada was a great Yankee. He gave us so many incredible memories and I cannot wait for the day when Jorge is brought back to Yankee Stadium and given the honor of a plaque in Monument Park. As I was driving to lunch, my iPod died (as it usually does) so I flipped on sports radio (yes it sucks, but it’s better than FM) and Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts were Continue reading A retired number measuring stick

The Yankees and Pitching Prospects

Before I get into this, my first post at The Yankee Analysts, I’d like to thank everyone here for giving me this opportunity and for welcoming me so fully to the team. I have accepted this position knowing that TYA is not only among the best Yankees blogs on the internet, but among the best team centered blogs in all of baseball, and I hope I have something worthwhile to contribute. I thought I’d introduce myself to the readers by exploring a phenomena I’ve been considering for quite some time now. Given plethora of young arms in the system – Continue reading The Yankees and Pitching Prospects

Post DH All-Yankee Lineup

Though I didn’t watch the show, it did get me thinking. All three of the outfielders mentioned in that article, Reggie Jackson; Bernie Williams; and Paul O’Neill, are some of the finest the Yankees have had in the post DH era. Back when this blog was still (partially) The Yankee U, I ran the run scoring projections of an all time Yankee team that included the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and what not. To limit the ridiculousness (even the worst configuration of that lineup would break the run scoring record), I decided to go to the post-DH era Continue reading Post DH All-Yankee Lineup

Hall of Fame Ballot Fun

Every year, I tell myself that I’m not going to get worked up over the Hall of Fame Ballot. I’m not going to get into it. I’m not going to get riled up. Nope, I’m not going to do it. And every year, what do I do? I break that promise to myself. During the doldrums of the Hot Stove Season, it is something fun to discuss to pass the time before the coals get raked properly. You can see the ballot here. The most players you can have on a single ballot is ten. Here’s whom I’d vote for Continue reading Hall of Fame Ballot Fun

On Center Field

This article was inspired by great friend of the blog, and all around great person, @SherriPizza. There was an article on ESPN yesterday–which I will not link to because I don’t want to give clicks to an article with a poor premise–about how Curtis Granderson leading the Yankees in home runs and RBIs is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because, well, I don’t know how it’s not. It’s a bad thing because it wasn’t, according to the author, the plan. She argued that someone like Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, or Alex Rodriguez should Continue reading On Center Field

Fielding Data, the Yankees and WAR

Recently I was thinking about fielding data, something that’s admittedly an unperfected area of sabermetrics. Debate over just how imperfect the data is has been raging for some time now. I think most of us know that UZR and the likes have serious flaws- prone to sample size issues the data can skew analysis in a variety of ways when used improperly. That being said, it’s currently the best we have. I think it can all be used as long as we keep in perspective the myriad problems with the data- I think of it as a legitimate asterisk when Continue reading Fielding Data, the Yankees and WAR