BBWAA Afraid of Internet Bullies?

Seriously, an actual Cy Young voter said that. And put his name on it. Obviously I don’t think this makes any sense. Put aside the fact that 21 of 28 voters had Felix at the top of their ballots, and just consider the dynamic of bullying for a second. Bullies have the power over the bullied, whether it’s because they’re the bigger kid, because they’re higher in an organization than someone else, etc., bullies are always the more powerful party in the equation. Obviously that wouldn’t be the case here. I’ve been known to criticize Ken Rosenthal a few times, but I’ve certainly never bullied him. Why? Because he’s bigger than me. Whatever I might say about Rosenthal or someone else in the BBWAA, they’ve got a much larger platform than me and are seen and read by a lot more people than I am. And I’ve got a pretty darn big platform in the context of fan blogs. Which is what always makes this whining about “the internet” so unintentionally hilarious.…

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The All-Ceiling Top 20

While attempting to sleep last night, an idea popped into my head. Why not have some fun and rank the top-20 Yankee prospects by ceiling alone? Here’s the list I scratched down late at night, with some comments on what their ceiling looks like. I excluded mostly busted prospects so not to make the list...

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Another Thames?

Via Steve Adams at MLBTR, we’ve heard that five teams are interested in Wily Mo Pena. The Yankees originally signed him as an amateur free agent, then traded him away.

As Steve said, he had a strong finish in 2010 in AAA Portland and offers minimal risk. Chances are, he could be had on a...

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Non-Jeter Options

The Yankees and Derek Jeter are (apparently) so far apart that the latter’s agent is “baffled” by the hard-line stance the former has taken in contract negotiations. Since that’s happening, let’s take a quick look at the non-Jeter options the Yankees have at shortstop.

Internally, they have (relatively speaking) the youngsters Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez...

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The Yankees' Top 10 WPA Swings of 2010

After toying around with the Yankees’ cumulative WPA scores, I became increasingly curious to find out the individual plays that were the most impactful on the Yankees’ 2010 season, and it appears that neither...

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What if the Yanks do nothing?

We were discussing this yesterday in EJs post on Cliff Lee and I thought it was an interesting starting point for a debate, so I wanted to pick it up again in a formal post. What if the Cliff Lee bidding gets out of hand and the Yanks decide to pass? What if the Yanks...

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Behold, thy name is leverage

  • Derek’s significance to the team is much more than just stats” This is true. Jeter is the Captain, the team’s moral compass and ever-present driver to achieve. Jeter represents all that the Yankees want the franchise to represent: Class, Respect, Excellence.  Yet, the Yankees franchise will live on in the post-Jeter era, whenever that starts, be it 2011 or sometime in the future, just as it succeeded pre-Jeter.  The Yanks have paid Jeter handsomely during his incredibly successful tenure, some $205 million so far in salary alone.  In return, the Yanks have gotten all they could have asked for from Jeter.  His ten year contract has been a boon for both sides, an absolute rarity in professional sports.  Each side has thrived during the length of Jeter’s career to date.  The team’s success in the 1990’s helped fuel the crazy spending of the 2000’s (in an effort to keep the ‘dynasty’ alive).  Jeter is one of the main reasons for the team’s successes, but not the only one. 
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