Pictures from the Hall, part 3

And then there is the Mike Schmidt/Steve Carlton/Phillies display:

From that Phillies display, to the left of that gorgeous Schmidt jersey, The Hit King, Pete Rose! Who says he’s not IN the Hall of Fame?!? {Note, too, that the jersey was zippered in 1981.}

One of my favorite players, even though he burned my team way too many times, but I loved him anyways (Yes, I had a George Brett model glove):

Next is another 3B anchor, this one a bit older but worth a look:

And the jersey of a young Reginald Martinez Jackson:

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Game Thread and Series Preview | Yankees vs. Blue Jays II: It's Lima Bautista Time

Note: Please use this post as your game thread for tonight.

The Yankees (14-8, 1st in the AL East) meet the Blue Jays (12-13, 3rd in ALE) for the second time in two weeks as Toronto comes to the Stadium for a three-game set this weekend. As regular readers know, Toronto emerged as one of my least-favorite teams to face last year, and true to form, the Extra-Base Hits are currently boasting a top-five offense in the American League (and really, it’s probably more like top-three, as I don’t know what the heck Cleveland and Kansas City are doing in that top five) — although much of that is being propped up by a hitting-out-of-his-mind Jose Bautista — though the starting pitching hasn’t been quite as excellent as it was last year thus far.

The teams split their two-game set last week in Toronto, though the Yankees probably should’ve won both. Much to my delight, the Yankees finally broke through against arch-nemesis Brett Cecil in the second game, which resulted in Cecil being demoted to AAA Las Vegas!… Click here to read the rest

More Bartolo Colon Analysis

TYA has done its share of statistical analysis of Bartolo Colon so far, but I wanted to take a look at what some other sources around the blogosphere are saying about Colon’s surprising start to the season.  Paul Swydan at Fangraphs took a good look at Colon so far and seemed to come away impressed overall, but with some reservations.

Among the positives, Swydan notes Colon’s strong fastball velocity, which is roughly at the level of where it was when he was at his peak.  His average fastball velocity for 2011 has been around 91 mph, and this figure is skewed somewhat because it lumps in Colon’s 4-seam fastball with his 2-seamer.  I would imagine that the average 4-seam velocity is probably around 93, based on Colon topping out around 96 in the late innings of his last start.  Another velocity-related observation shows that Colon’s secondary offerings are a little slower while his fastball velocity has remained the same, giving him more separation between the pitches.  … Click here to read the rest

After "Losing the Off Season", Yanks Are Winning the WAR in April

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Over the winter, much was made about how Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox won the offseason, while Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees were left out in the cold. Well, after only one month, the tables have been turned. At least in April, it’s Cashman who is now winning the WAR.

WAR Comparison of Yankees’ and Red Sox’ Off Season Additions

*Salary represents average guaranteed dollars owed to each player.
Source: baseball-reference.com, fangraphs.com and Cot’s Contracts

Theo Epstein was credited with winning the off season...

Despite spending half as much money as the Red Sox, the Yankees have enjoyed nearly three more wins above replacement from their offseason acquisitions. A good portion of that value has been contributed by Russell Martin, who has turned out to be one of the best steals of the offseason. In fact, according to fangraphs, only Jeff Francoeur and Lance Berkman have had higher WARs among position players who changed teams over the winter.… Click here to read the rest

Revisiting The Debate About The Wave

"I'm the President! Do you really expect me to do the Wave?"


During last night’s game, some fans at Yankee Stadium started the Wave in the 7th inning of a 9-3 game, spurring some debate between myself, Sean McNally (@SeanMMcNally), and Ben Kabak (@bkabak) about the etiquette of the Wave and whether it is ever appropriate. I defended it as allowable in certain circumstances, while Sean and Ben suggested that it is never appropriate. I wanted to open the discussion up to the readers here, and I conveniently found a debate that Larry Koestler and I had on this very topic last season. I’ll provide a key excerpt from each piece, and then I hope you’ll chime in with your take in the comments:

My defense of the Wave:

My position on the wave is much the same. Although it may not have any inherent value, it makes the game more fun for casual fans and children. While the ideal situation would be for all fans to take attending a game as seriously as you and I might, that is simply not realistic.

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There’s no such thing as too many catchers

The Yankees minor league depth at catcher has been well documented. Jesus Montero is knocking loudly on the door to the Bronx. Austin Romine is having a fine start to the season. Gary Sanchez has Montero-type upside at this point. J.R. Murphy‘s bat is hot in Charleston right now. This is definitely a position of strength for the Yankees. With Russell Martin looking a bit revived so far in 2011 and Montero and Romine relatively close to the Majors, there might be a logjam that needs clearing soon.

I’m against the idea of trading Jesus Montero, but wouldn’t be completely opposed to it if the return was right. I’ve said many times that I don’t think Austin Romine will be in the Yankee organization by this time in 2012. That doesn’t mean I want Romine to get traded, but if there’s one to go, I think it’s him. If he gets traded, he’d probably be part of a package that would hopefully bring back a good return.… Click here to read the rest

A Groundball Problem

Have pitchers changed their approach to Jeter?

It would be hasty to immediately attribute all variation in Jeter’s performance to him alone, so it’s necessary to determine whether or not pitchers are simply throwing to him differently. A large part of pitching is pitch selection. Thankfully, there are a few great resources available that measure pitch selection. One such resource is the Baseball Info Solutions data available at Fangraphs.  An advantage of BIS data is that it dates back to 2002, which is great. Unfortunately, the pitch classifications are performed by – get this – humans. Gross! In all seriousness, this is not a good classification system because the individuals who actually manually classify the pitches are doing so by watching the same video feeds that we as fans use to watch the games on tv. The problem here is that most stadiums use an offset camera for tv broadcasts. This has the unfortunate effect of distorting the appearance of pitches, and the ability to determine depth is also compromised.… Click here to read the rest

CC Sabathia and the Yankee bats pound the White Sox 12-3

After torturing fans with three consecutive low-scoring, dull games, the Yankee bats came alive against Chicago Thursday night, tagging the White Sox for twelve runs and thirteen hits. But the box score doesn’t tell the full story of this game. There were at least four separate storylines.

It all went away tremendously, but Edwin Jackson actually had an ugly Edwin Jackson style no-hitter going against the Yankees through the first four innings of the ball game. For those who don’t remember, Jackson actually recorded a 149-pitch, eight-walk no-hitter last season with the Diamondbacks. He started out this game in similar fashion, only worse. In the third inning he walked four consecutive Yankees, giving Nick Swisher an RBI and then gave up a sac fly to Robinson Cano. At the end of the inning Jackson had yet to allow a hit, but was losing 2-0. Through the first four innings Thursday’s game looked like a bad version of the previous three, an ugly, low-scoring affair.… Click here to read the rest