Yanks Sign Soriano, Infuriate Blogosphere

Surprising news tonight emerges courtesy of John Heyman (who has gotten a bad rap this offseason, but deserves credit for reporting the “mystery team” in on Cliff Lee as well as breaking this news), who broke the news that the Yankees have reportedly signed Tampa closer Rafael Soriano to a 3-year deal for around...

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Looking Forward to the Future

Thanks to everyone for their warm welcomes and hospitality. I’m sure I’ll be receiving your deepest and most virulent filled e-mails within days and alienating scores of you in just a few paragraphs, but thank you. Also should you come across any grammatical mistakes, spelling or anything of that sort, be kind enough to send...

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Chastised, but Not Discouraged: More on ‘Roids, Greenies and Public Perception

Let’s recap.  Earlier this week I wrote a post reacting to the ongoing debate over whether anabolic steroids users should be barred from baseball’s Hall of Fame.  I noted that most Hall of Fame voters have opposed the admission of any baseball player who has confessed to anabolic steroid use, or who has tested positive for anabolic steroid use.  This anti-steroids stand (what I referred to in my original piece as “Zero Tolerance”) has been expanded to include players who are suspected of having used anabolic steroids.

In response, writers such as Rob Neyer have argued (persuasively, I think) that it’s illogical and nonsensical to bar all steroids users from the Hall of Fame.  Rob makes a number of arguments in support of his view that I think are persuasive, but one of his arguments struck me the wrong way: Rob argued that the Hall of Fame is already populated with baseball players who used amphetamines to enhance performance.  If the Hall of Fame is already full of likely amphetamine users, then in Rob’s view we cannot logically take a different stand regarding anabolic steroids users. …

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Verducci: Hughes and Nova Are Injury Risks

Tom Verducci released his “Verducci Effect” candidates this week, and Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova made the list. For those who are unfamiliar, Verducci has concluded that pitchers 25 years old and younger who see a workload jump of at least 30 innings in one season are at greater risk of injury than their...

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The Yankeeist Interview with former Yankee catcher John Ellis

I’m extremely honored to present the first player interview in Yankeeist history, as former Bomber backstop John Ellis was generous enough to share some of his time with me to talk baseball.John debuted in the Bigs with the Yankees...
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