Slowey Not A Good Fit For The Yankees

Yesterday, the Twins announced that Kevin Slowey would begin the season in the bullpen serving as a longman, and various reports suggested that Slowey can be obtained for relief help. This prompted Dave Cameron of Fangraphs to say the following: This guy ranks 56th in ERA among starters (again, 400 IP minimum) since 2008, one spot ahead of Josh Beckett. He ranks 41st in FIP, one spot ahead of Gavin Floyd. He ranks 48th in xFIP, just ahead of Paul Maholm. Yet, despite being peers with some pretty well regarded pitchers, Kevin Slowey has found himself slotted in as the Continue reading Slowey Not A Good Fit For The Yankees

Discussion: Etiquette Of The Wave

[image title=”wave (Small)” size=”full” id=”17409″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] A ongoing discussion that I have been having recently with a number of people on Twitter has regarded “The Wave,” a much derided stadium tradition that purists hate. Every time the wave is done, someone at the Stadium or noticing it at home sends out a frustrated tweet, decrying its existence and ripping those who participate. To be honest, I used to be one of those people, and when I am at the Stadium while the Wave is done, I occasionally tell the people in front of me to stop doing it. Continue reading Discussion: Etiquette Of The Wave

Taking Advantage Of Yankee Stadium

[image title=”Royals Yankees Baseball” size=”full” id=”13843″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] The ESPN park factors for 2009 were released, and Yankee Stadium actually comes in at .965, 20th in baseball. What does that mean? The legend on the ESPN data page explains: Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Below 1.000 favors the pitcher. Yankee Stadium, after all of the complaining, turned out to be a slight pitchers park in 2009. Breaking the data down further, the new ballpark in the Bronx was a Continue reading Taking Advantage Of Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium Open For Game 3

From The NYT Bats Blog: The Yankees announced Sunday that they will open the stadium field level, along with the Great Hall, on Monday afternoon to allow fans to watch the team’s game against the Angels in Anaheim. The decision to open the stadium was made after the Yankees consulted with Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “We wanted to provide a place for our fans to come together to cheer for our team even if the game itself is taking place across the country,” Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing general partner, said in a news release. “This is Continue reading Yankee Stadium Open For Game 3

New Stadium set to witness first historical moment

Sometime this week, Derek Jeter will break Lou Gehrig’s record for all time hits as a Yankee. When Jeter does so, he will have accomplished the feat at the New Yankee Stadium–and it will be the first historic Yankee moment unrelated to the Stadium itself to occur there. The selling point of the old Stadium, to many, had less to do with the physical building itself, but more to do with all of the historical (in the baseball world, anyway) events that occurred on it. The knock against the New Stadium, by some, was that it had none of the Continue reading New Stadium set to witness first historical moment

RLYW: Yankee Stadium Boosting Offense Just 2%

From RLYW: According to wOBA, New Yankee Stadium is now boosting offense by only 2%. And interestingly enough, there have been more runs scored per game in Yankee road games (10.45 per game) than Yankee home games (10.34 per game). I really do not have much to add. While home runs are up in Yankee Stadium, the problem seems to be exacerbated by the fact that the Yankees are a ridiculous home run hitting team. There would be plenty of home runs flying out in most ballparks with this lineup, and the Yankees proliferation of power/strikeout pitchers means opponents are Continue reading RLYW: Yankee Stadium Boosting Offense Just 2%

Yankees Playoff Tickets Not That Pricey

From Darren Rovell: Those expecting to hear of a price gouge for Yankees postseason tickets might be surprised. It’s not coming. CNBC has seen the final face value prices that the Yankees submitted to Major League Baseball and increases will be much smaller than the jump season ticket holders saw for home games played at the old Yankee Stadium in the 2007 postseason, the last time the Yankees were in the playoffs. In fact, some 2009 postseason seats will cost LESS than this year’s regular season prices. Wow. The big bad Yankees are not raising ticket prices on most seats Continue reading Yankees Playoff Tickets Not That Pricey

In the new Yankee Stadium, it’s not the wind…

Michael Salfino of SNY has a piece up reviewing a study done by Alan Nathan from the Department of Physics of the University of Illinois. The study was inspired by the idea that there is something of a wind tunnel in the new Yankee Stadium, which is affecting the number of Home Runs being hit there. He used Pitchfx data and batted ball data plus Greg Rybarczyk’s hittracker data to estimate the trajectory of fly balls and figure out how balls are carrying in all stadiums across Baseball, and to look at where the new Yankee stadium fits in. He Continue reading In the new Yankee Stadium, it’s not the wind…

Baseball Is The Greatest Sport In The World

After an always exciting, often euphoric weekend, I have so many thoughts jumbling around my head that it has taken a while for me to distill them into some reasonable, conveyable thoughts. There are two in particular that I would like to share about the greatness of baseball. 1) I was at the game last night, and the Stadium was electric from about the 4th inning forward. Once Pettitte got Jason Varitek to fly out with the bases loaded in the fourth, the buzz in the building began to slowly grow, to the point where the fans were just ready Continue reading Baseball Is The Greatest Sport In The World