Ten Years of Spending | 1990s edition

Much to my delight, I recently stumbled onto an excellent article by THT’s Matt Binder contemplating league spending from 2001-2010. As you’re probably aware, the Yankees’ accomplishments over the past decade tend to reflect quite favorably when compared against the rest of Major League Baseball. After assessing the trends, Matt affirms:

“In each of the past 10 years, the teams that have spent the most on payroll in their division, or the second-most, have made the playoffs 49 times—27 times in the American League and 22 times in the National. During the same time, the bottom two teams in payroll spending have made the playoffs 16 times; 11 in the American and five in the National. … In conclusion, spending a lot of money is [generally] good for your team’s record.”

Given the polarizing nature of MLB’s drastic disparities in spending and the Yankees’ reputation of being the financial juggernaut that continues to exasperate the condition, I thought it’d be fun to repeat Matt’s exercise during the 1990s.

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Breaking: Football and baseball are different sports!

Now, onto the specifics. Craig Calcaterra already did the yeoman’s work of shooting this stuff down, again, but there’s two major points I want to make. The first is that the author pretty much loses the argument himself with this paragraph:

The very obvious reason that teams such as the Steelers, Packers, Penguins and so many others are able to compete equitably in their respective leagues is economics. The NFL, NHL and NBA all share revenues, all have salary caps. Every team starts off on even footing, just like they expect all their rules to be officiated fairly, just like they expect every other facet of the sport to be governed fairly. If a team stinks in any of those three leagues, the only culprit can be found in the mirror.

There’s two obvious problems that stick out here to me. The first is that, as anyone who reads this site regularly is certainly aware, baseball also shares revenue amongst their teams.… Click here to read the rest

PECOTA on the Bench

A couple of weeks ago we looked what CAIRO, the projection system, had to say about the Yankees bench. Now we’ll take a look at PECOTA, Baseball Prospectus’s projection system. Keep in mind that these numbers ARE park adjusted.

LASTNAME FIRSTNAME BATS POS PA HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Jones Andruw R CF 455 21 55 7 0.224 0.326 0.431
Cervelli Francisco R C 450 5 40 3 0.257 0.325 0.354
Bernadina Roger L CF 450 8 46 21 0.26 0.321 0.382
Laird Brandon R 3B 539 20 67 1 0.25 0.293 0.421
Russo Kevin R 2B 450 4 37 10 0.25 0.314 0.334
Belliard Ronnie R 2B 450 9 45 4 0.249 0.311 0.371
Nunez Eduardo S SS 496 7 49 15 0.268 0.299 0.365
Pena Ramiro S SS 450 5 38 9 0.241 0.287 0.326
Chavez Eric L 3B 450 10 43 2 0.223 0.293 0.353
Curtis Colin L LF 486 8 46 3 0.239 0.299 0.353
Golson Gregory R CF 480 9 47 15 0.24 0.281 0.354

The Yankees will almost certainly break camp with Andruw Jones and Frankie Cervelli.… Click here to read the rest

Shameless Plug #1 – Yankees Annual 2011

[image title=”book110_300″ size=”full” id=”25030″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Forgive me for tooting my own horn and trying to sell you a great product.

I have just been informed that this year’s Yankees Annual magazine has been sent to the presses, and is also now available for pre-order. I had the privelege of writing two articles for this year’s Annual, which also includes articles written by MLB Trade Rumor’s Howard Megdal,  AOL Fanhouse’s Dan Graziano, Baseball Daily Digest’s David Golebiewski and a whole bunch of other writers who are universally more qualified than I am. Over the four years that I have been writing for it, the magazine has evolved from a basic spring training and fantasy baseball preview to a real hub for high quality Yankee writing. It will include everything from an interview with Pat Venditte to Professor of Physics and Baseball Analyst contributor Alan M. Nathan’s attempt to measure the length of a legendary Mickey Mantle home run.

My first article is called, “A Good Harvest”, and recaps the 2010 season in the minor leagues.… Click here to read the rest

Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past: The non-signing of Ted Lilly in the 2006-2007 offseason

Ah, the Bizarre Moves from Seasons Past series. I had a lot of fun with this last offseason, but I hadn’t penned one this year, primarily due to the fact that no ideas for new posts had popped into my head. Until now. I previously covered the trading of Mike Lowell, the non-signing of David Ortiz, the non-signing of Andy Pettitte after the 2003 season, the non-signing of Vladimir Guerrero and the non-signing of Carlos Beltran.

As fate would have it, the last time we published a “Bizarre Moves” post it focused on Ted Lilly, and once again the man born Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III takes center stage (after a cameo yesterday).

As noted in that prior BMfSP post, the Yankees had questionably traded Lilly in a three-way deal between the A’s and the Tigers that resulted in New York acquiring the heralded Jeff Weaver, who spent a tumultuous year-and-a-half in pinstripes before essentially being run out of town and replaced by a nearing-the-end-of-the-line Kevin Brown.… Click here to read the rest

Let’s Start the Insanity

When Aaron Rodgers took a knee on Sunday night, allowing the game clock to tick away the final seconds of the Super Bowl, football season ended. I smiled to myself as the Packers began to celebrate for two reasons. The first: I like Aaron Rodgers a lot. As I’ve said to Moshe before, I think he got a lot of crap he shouldn’t have over the last few years and I was happy to see him win the big one; he’s also a joy to watch. Seriously, did he throw one non-spiral pass on Sunday night?

The second reason is much more meaningful. While we here at TYU–and you out there reading–believe that the baseball season never actually ends, the end of the Super Bowl signals the beginning of the new baseball year. Now that football is over, Spring Training is just a week away. Can you believe it? Yes it’s cliche and no I don’t care, but it seems like just a week ago that the World Series ended and we were poised to start the Hot Stove season.… Click here to read the rest