MLB.com has opened their vault

So Jonah Keri of Grantland alerted the masses to this information earlier today: MLB.com has finally opened their vault and you can view a ton of old clips online. Keri focused on the league, I chose to focus on our New York Yankees.

Enjoy!

Pat Kelly helps the 1995 Yankees make the playoffs:

The 1998 Yankees win their 114th game:

This isn’t a happy one but I’m posting it because I was at this game. May 28, 2000: Trot Nixon breaks a scoreless tie. It was a Pedro vs. Clemens game. The Yanks lost.

Back to 1998, when the Yankees had to play in Shea because the old Stadium was leaking sections of concrete. Darryl Strawberry hits a home run in Shea with the Yankees as the home team:

I’ve been lucky in my life and have been able to attend a lot of great games. Here’s another one: Alfonso Soriano gives the Yankees a 3-1 series lead in the 2001 ALCS:

And the last one.…

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Notes from Yankees camp: The returns of Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera

Every year, the Yankees invite former players to camp to act as guest instructors during Spring Training. As we all remember, Andy Pettitte returned as an instructor in 2012 then suddenly announced he was returning to the baseball. This year it was Jorge Posada‘s turn to be asked to go down to Tampa to act as a guest instructor by the Yankees.

So will Posada pull a Pettitte? All signs point to no. Posada said he has no intentions of playing. Though I’m sure if he did, he’d probably do just as well – at least at the plate – as the guys the Yankees currently have competing for the starting catcher’s job.

But remember, Andy Pettitte also said he had no plans to return when he first arrived in Tampa last February and a few weeks later Jack Curry was tweeting that Pettitte signed a deal to make his return to the club. That was one of the weirdest days I ever had blogging about baseball.…

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Phil Hughes And The Art Of Not Being Labeled Injury-Prone

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Phil Hughes has been given a lot of different titles and descriptive identifiers in his professional career.  From “can’t miss” and “surefire” to “uncertain” and “inconsistent,” he’s pretty much run the gamut of labels given to top prospects in his still short Major League career...

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Is Michael Pineda Ahead Of Schedule? Should We Be Excited About That?

(Courtesy of the AP)

(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod

Michael Pineda came to Yankee camp last year with high expectations.  He was a hulking 23-year-old kid coming off an impressive rookie season,...

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Mariano Rivera throws BP and everyone in Yankeeland rejoices

Mariano Rivera threw a round of batting practice to real, live batters and made it out with no issues.

Wally Matthews of ESPN NY reports that Rivera threw 20 pitches to two hitters and that he is excited to be back.

That’s good news for Yankee fans who suffered through most of the 2012 season without seeing Rivera on the mound after he suffered a nearly career-ending injury in May while shagging fly balls in Kansas City.

Rivera, who usually doesn’t begin to pitch in Spring Training games until the latter stages of training camp, will more than likely appear earlier this year because of his lack of activity since having his knee surgically repaired last year.

And how was his “stuff?” Rivera said, “It will get better. As long as I keep throwing, it will get better.” Rivera also spoke about his fielding. He was more anxious to see how his knee responds to his fielding balls than how it does when he’s on the mound.…

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Posnanski on A-Rod: A must read

This morning NBC Sports published a piece by Joe Posnanski in which he chronicles the rise and fall of Alex Rodriguez.

I know what you’re probably thinking, you’re assuming it’s another piece that goes out of its way to trash Rodriguez and I understand why you would feel that way. Bashing Alex Rodriguez is a rite of passage these days but you’d be wrong about this piece. Posnanski does bring up all of the bad stuff but you have to in order to write a complete piece about Alex Rodriguez. For better or for worse, it’s all part of his story.

Posnanski goes back to the days when Rodriguez was a 17-year-old phenom being scouted. He talks to the scouts and GM’s who watched him all those years ago. He compares Rodriguez’s beginning to Rodriguez’s present as an injured, older player looking to work his way back after yet another hip surgery. I won’t reveal too much about the piece because I think you should read it for yourselves, draw your own conclusions and come up with your own opinions on it but I thought it was really good.…

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Friday morning news and notes: 2/22/12

Good morning, Yankee fans. Today is the last Friday without Yankees baseball until (hopefully) November. Can you believe it? For as much as some of us, okay, mainly me, complained about how long winter seemed, baseball is just around the corner.

I thought I’d start everyone’s Friday morning off with some links from around the Yankees blogosphere.

First up, Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger, writes about Curtis Granderson‘s defense. He takes a look at UZR and shows that it might not be all that reliable as a defensive metric. He cites the UZR ratings of other star center fielders and how they vary from year-to-year.

Over at the New York Daily News, Bill Madden writes that Yogi Berra believes “that kid” Eduardo Nunez should get 500 at-bats.

According to one of the group, who talks to him all the time, Yogi has had a recurring theme all winter: “They better find a way to get that kid 500 at-bats.”

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually agree that Nunez should probably get more at bats but I don’t want to see him in the field.…

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Regression In 2013: David Phelps

(Jared Wickerham/Getty)

One of the biggest surprises in the 2012 season was David Phelps.  In 57.1 innings started and 42.1 innings of relief, the right-hander pitched to a 3.34 ERA with a 23.2 K% and 9.2 BB%. Phelps fared...

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Notes from Yankees camp: outfield changes, lack of depth and Ichiro’s helmet tip

By far the biggest story of the day had to do with the Yankees’ outfield. After much speculation and discussion, the team is going to try out a new defensive configuration with Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson switching spots. Granderson has been the primary center fielder since coming over from Detroit in 2010. Gardner has played both positions while in pinstripes but thinks of himself as a center fielder. Funny, so does Granderson.

Granderson has only played 22 games in left field in his major league career and the last time it happened was in 2007 so if this change does happen, it will all fall on his shoulders.

To their credit, both players took all of the questions they fielded from the media in stride. Granderson went the “I’ll do whatever is best for the team” route.

“I’d love to play center,” Granderson said. “That’s what I’ve been playing. But at the same time, I just want to play in general.

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