Jeter is still a good shortstop, but should not be leading off anymore

Much has deservedly been made of Derek Jeter‘s poor season. Coming into Monday night’s game his career slash stats were .314/.385/.454. His season line was .270/.335/.381. No professional hitter will be happy to bat .044 points below...

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Race(s) for the Red(?) October

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The only other division with a close division race is the AL East’s counterpart. The Braves sit 3 games ahead of the Phillies with 31 games left, and Philadelphia is only 1.5 games ahead of San Francisco with St. Louis, and to a lesser extent Colorado (it’s really hard to leapfrog 3 teams at this point in the season), a little farther back. Philadelphia might actually be in a better position, despite their 3 game deficit in the standings. All their stars are back, and a rotation with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels could easily see a team run off a seven game winning streak. Atlanta, on the other hand, is hoping Omar Infante can keep up his dream season and that Derrek Lee could be helpful again, neither of which gives me confidence. Regardless, the division should come down to the wire with the schedules being fairly similar (the Braves get the Pirates but also the Cardinals while the Phillies get the Brewers, a game against the Rockies, and a few more against the Dodgers), and luckily for the fans, the Phillies and Braves matchup 6 times in the last 12 games, including the very last three games of the season.…

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The Legend Of Homer Bush

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Those who watch Yankees games on YES know that Michael Kay will often mention Homer Bush’s role on the 1998 Yankees whenever discussing how important good baserunning and stolen bases are, particularly from bench players. He tends to pontificate on the topic for a while, suggesting Bush was the...

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Checking in on a Claim

While driving home from my first class of the Fall Semester last night, I listened to part of the game on the radio. As I passed Exit 19 on the southbound, Ramiro Pena knocked in Jorge Posada to give the Yankees six runs. Right before he did that, everyone’s favorite radio whipping boy and whipping...

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Reader mailbag: Steinbrenner and Monument Park

Yogi Berra is the most obvious name among those with a plaque who could receive a monument after his passing. His resume is impeccable and while many people today see him as a cuddly old man, we must recognize just how great he was amongst all players, especially catchers, all time. Bill James’ Win Shares pegs Yogi as the #1 catcher of all time, and the 52nd best non-pitching player of all time. Of All Time. 

How about this list:

  • 18x All-Star selection (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1959, 1960, 1960, 1961, 1961, 1962)
  • 13x World Series champion (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1978)
  • 3x AL MVP (1951, 1954, 1955)

Ten World Series rings as a player, plus three as a coach. Not to mention him being a wonderful ambassador for the game…

I think we’ll see a Yogi Berra monument not long after his passing.…

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Off Topic: Bloggers vs. Reporters. Again.

Obviously I’m not interested in examining the football stuff too closely here, but on the specifics; clearly Wise is in the wrong, and his explanation is unpersuasive to say the least. A reporter making up a story, for any reason, used to be the sort of thing that would get you fired immediately from a publication like The Washington Post, and, call me old fashioned, but I still think that, at the very least, someone who does what Wise did at least deserves to be stigmatized for it. And while his explanation could be plausible, given the actual circumstances it’s really not. If Wise had tried to prove a point about the lack of fact-checking or context on the internet by, say, publishing this report anonymously on a well trafficked website or putting some sort of signifier that the story was false on Twitter which everyone then ignored to run with the “news” on Roethlisberger, I could at least see where he’d have some sort of a point.…

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Yanks batter Cahill, A's to the tune of 11-5

Not to toot our own horns, but prior to tonight’s game both MJR and I had a feeling the Yankees would end up getting to Trevor Cahill, after Matt of...

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Game 131: Athletics 5, Yankees 11

Trevor Cahill has had a great season in Oakland this season, but the Yankees got to the young hurler early.  Brett Gardner worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the first.  Derek Jeter grounded into a force out, but Teixeira lined a single to right, moving Jeter to second.  Cano connected with a RBI single, pushing Jeter across the plate for the Bombers first run of the game.  Swisher then doubled to center, scoring Teixeira and Cano and tying up the game at 3-3.

The pitchers calmed down in the second inning, but the Yankee bats got to Cahill in the bottom of the third.  With two outs, Teixeira went yard, putting the Yankees ahead for the first time Monday.  Cano followed with a solo shot of his own and the Yankees were up 5-3.

The A’s got one back quickly in the top of the fourth as Larish sent a solo homer out, making it 4-5.  Moseley was able to get out of the inning without any other trouble, however. …

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