New transfer rule interpretation goes against how players are taught

Has anything been more annoying in baseball this season than the new interpretation of the transfer rule?

We’ve had pine tar issues, catchers can’t block the plate, and replays galore.

However, the most universally hated “new rule” has been the interpretation of the transfer rule. Essentially, after a player catches a ball – whether it be turning...

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Why players don’t care about Michael Pineda’s “dirt”

Bk6idBvIAAEsBRAMichael Pineda threw with the type of gusto through Thursday he had three years ago when the Yankees traded for him from Seattle.

His slider made batters look foolish. His fastball set up off-speed pitches. And he mixed in a cutter and changeup to keep the Boston Red Sox off-balance.

However, on Friday morning, no one seemed to be talking about Pineda’s pitching performance. Instead, it was about the substance on Pineda’s pitching hand. Television stills showed a brown substance on the base of the palm of his hand.

Pineda called it dirt. Others called it pine tar.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t know anything about it.

The Red Sox players said it didn’t matter.

There are reasons that it doesn’t matter to Boston – or most players asked around the league.

1. No one wants to be the team to point it out. If a manager does, he will set up his own team for the same kind of scrutiny.…

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Game Thread: Sunday July 29th, Red Sox vs. Yankees

The Yankees fought their way out of a 6 – 1 deficit Saturday night only to see victory slip away after Curtis Granderson misread a fly ball in the top of the ninth inning. It was a disappointing ending to what at one point seemed like a vintage Yankee come back in the...

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Centerfielder Factor

Exactly one year ago today, the Boston Red Sox sat atop the mighty AL East with the best record in the American League. New York was not doing too shabby in their own right, sitting just 2.5 games back from the Red Sox, and 19 games over .500. One of the main catalysts for both teams was the tremendous play of their centerfielders. This of course led to a major debate over not only which team was better, but which team had the better centerfielder. In a way, the discussions were a bit reminiscent of the 1950s in New York where there were three great centerfielders. I am of course referring to the days of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Duke Snider. Now I am well-aware that the Yankees and Red Sox do not reside in the same city, but the proximity is close and the rivalry has reached a boiling point over the past decade.

Curtis Granderson was batting .277 to go with 21 home runs and 56 RBIs on this date last season.…

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Is history on New York’s side?

With Friday the 13th not that far in the rear view, superstitious thoughts are on the mind.  When aren’t superstitious thoughts on the mind when it comes to baseball?

Only two times during New York’s eleven pennant years since 1969 have the pinstripes possessed the best record in baseball on July 15th.  In five of the eleven pennants seasons since 1969, the Yankees had the third best record in the Major Leagues.  Maybe the Rangers and Dodgers recent fades are not exactly welcome by the Yankees (would the third best record be better than the top record?).  Despite the frequently talked about issues regarding hitting with runners in scoring position, the Yankees have the fifth rated offense in all of baseball.  They also have hit nine more homers than any other team (on a franchise record pace).  Besides, the Yankees supposedly crippled pitching staff still possesses the fifth best ERA in the game.   As everyone knows, pitching wins championships in the end. …

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Yanks end regular season swept on road for first time all year following Rays' dramatic late-inning comeback to clinch Wild Card

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Yankees capped off the 2011 regular season by getting swept on the road for the first time all year — and swept for only the third time all season — as the Tampa Bay...

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Yanks can't complete sweep; fall to Sox in extras 7-4

Obvious home run is obvious. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

So finally winning a series at home against the Red Sox for the first time in 2011 was quite enjoyable, although the...

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