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Career Leaders & Records for Adjusted ERA+


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Brien Is Right, Murray Chass IS a Hack

Chass’ latest affont to Brien’s peace of mind appeared last week, where Chass relayed a story told to him by ex-baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.  According to Vincent, several years ago Vincent had the chance to discuss life with ex-Red Sox GM Lou Gorman, and Gorman told Vincent the following story: (1) after the Red Sox 1986 season, the team offered to sign star pitcher Roger Clemens to a long-term contract at $1 million a year, (2) then-baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth (Vincent’s predecessor as Commissioner) told Gorman that the Red Sox were forbidden to pay Clemens more than $500,000 a year, (3) Gorman was forced to go back on his initial offer to Clemens, leaving Clemens and his agent “crazed”, and (4) Gorman felt that the Red Sox’s failure to go forward with their million dollar deal led to Clemens’ departure from the Red Sox in 1996.

According to Vincent-as-reported-by-Chass, Gorman made Vincent promise not to repeat this story until after Gorman was dead. …

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TYA Open Thread | Off Day | Monday April 18, 2011

The Yankees have the night off tonight before they head up North to take on the Blue Jays, who will no doubt confront the team with a bunch of homers and pitchers who can´t top 89mph on the radar gun. The off-day is important because it will give Alex Rodriguez and his achy back one...

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A Birds-Eye Look At 2011 Yankee Hitting So Far

We’ve heard a lot about “Too many home runs!” and other problems with the Yankee hitting so far this season. The Yankees have scored 77 runs in 14 games, which ranks us 5th in the AL, although it should be noted that we’ve got 1 game in hand over all the teams who have scored...

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No, really, Murray Chass is a hack

First of all, the entire post is based on hearsay. Fay Vincent isn’t telling Chass a story about something that happened to him, he’s giving a second hand account based on what someone else told him happened. That’s the first, and biggest, red flag. Add in that the original source is now deceased, and a reputable journalistic outlet likely wouldn’t have ever published this, especially considering that Vincent has a well known axe to grind with Bud Selig. This is Journalism 101.

Furthering the list of ways in which Chass violates basic journalistic standards, the two people he calls to verify the story don’t verify it. Gene Orza states flatly that it isn’t true, and Randy Hendricks only corroborates it if you choose to read his comments in a way that confiems what you already believe to be true. The fact that he didn’t mention this in a book that included the subject matter should take precedence over a non-specific recounting of events 16 years after the book and 24 years after the act allegedly happened.…

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Tabata Trade Comes Back to Haunt Yanks, but Offers Lesson Regarding Montero

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

One of the most exciting young players in the game today is Jose Tabata. However, because he plays in the relative obscurity of Pittsburgh, it’s likely that more than a few casual fans don’t even know his name.

Tax Avoidance

Baseball has two programs in place to force its richest teams to share a bit of their wealth.  One program is revenue sharing – teams that earn the highest gross revenues have to share some of those revenues with their poorer brethren.  Every team in baseball either pays or receives revenue sharing money.  The second program is the Competitive Balance Tax, sometimes called the “luxury tax”.  The luxury tax forces teams with large year-end payrolls to pay a “tax” on the amount by which the payroll exceeds an amount specified in baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  Luxury tax moneys go to player pensions and Bud Selig’s “Industry Growth Fund” – none of this money goes to small-payroll baseball teams.  Most years, it’s only the Yankees that pay luxury taxes.

Here’s an example of how the luxury tax works.  Last year the Yankees had a year-end payroll of a bit more than $215 million, which exceeded the 2010 luxury tax limit by about $45 million.…

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On something Bobby V said

Over three Sunday night games, I’ve had very little to complain about in regards to ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team of Dan Shulman, Orel Hersheiser, and Bobby Valentine. The last of the trio has been a bit of a weak link, but the other two have been more than passing...

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Without A-Rod, it just feels odd

This article was written during the sixth inning of last night’s game

For the second straight Sunday night, the Yankees were without the services of Alex Rodriguez in the cleanup spot. Fill in Robinson Cano did fine, blasting a home run to the second deck in right field, but for whatever reason, there’s this slight emptiness...

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Rank Player (age) Adjusted ERA+ Throws
1. Mariano Rivera (41) 206 R
2. Pedro Martinez 154 R
3. Jim Devlin 151 R
4. Lefty Grove+ 148 L
5. Walter Johnson+ 147 R
Dan Quisenberry 147 R
Hoyt Wilhelm+ 147 R
8. Ed Walsh+ 146 R
Smoky Joe Wood 146 R
10. Roger Clemens 143