Nick Swisher and breakup syndrome

So, why won’t Swisher be a Yankee next season? First, he is going to ask for a contract he deserves which will likely be for four or five years at $15 to $17 million per. Secondly, the Yankees have other deals to get done and will not consider Swisher at that kind of money when 2014 already has a hard cap of $184 million. And last, have you heard any words from guys like Brian Cashman or Boy Steinbrenner stating they would like to keep the guy? Both have stated that Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson are priorities. The latter of those two might be working his way out of that stance, but still. Nobody has come out and said that Nick Swisher is a priority or even something to the effect that it would be nice to have him back.

Swisher has to know these things. And it has to suck for him personally. He likes being in the center of the baseball universe.…

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Does Winning All the Time Get Old?

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week caught my attention. Brian Costa writes about the contrast between crowds in Baltimore and New York,

For Orioles fans—and for the people here who had long since stopped identifying themselves as such—this was a reawakening. They hadn’t seen playoff baseball in 15 years, hadn’t even...

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Press Release: Yankee Front Office Takes the Blame for Loss to the Tigers

Just got this in our email box:

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees announced today the firing of office manager John DiMaggio, citing a key logistical failure that resulted in their 3-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Team officials stated that Mr. DiMaggio had been tasked with distributing a key memorandum, titled, “Win One...

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Off day roundup

1. It’s really hard to overstate how bad the Yankees’ offense was in the first two games. The two teams played 21 innings thanks to Saturday’s extra innings affair, and the Yankees failed to score in 20 of those innings. The only runs they did score came off of Jose Valverde, perhaps the one thing worse than the Yankees’ offense in all of baseball right now. Not everyone is struggling, and a handful of guys are even hitting pretty well on the whole, but the one’s who aren’t have become total black holes, And Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher are near automatic strikeouts when the Tigers need one. There’s no two ways about it: if they don’t figure things out at the plate they’re not even going to make it back to Yankee Stadium, let alone to the World Series.

2. While he’s gotten a bit less attention than some of his more polarizing teammates, it’s Robinson Cano who is really killing the team right now.…

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The Real Reason The Offense Is Struggling? Pulling The Ball

Joe Girardi thinks the hitters need to start making adjustments. While that might be obvious to everyone, no one has officially disclosed why and what the problems are. One growing theory is something I’ve been discussing for not only the last week, but the whole year.

The most recent hitting slump, which I would date...

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Yankees’ backs to the wall following shutout

The good:

  • Hiroki Kuroda was wonderful. Pitching on short rest for the first time in his MLB career, Kuroda gave the Yankees 7.2 innings and limited Detroit to five hits and three runs, two of which scored after he exited the game. He struck out 11 Tigers in that span without a single walk issued, and didn’t allow a single base runner until the sixth inning. Just an incredible effort from Hiroki today, and it’s more or less a crim against all that is holy that his offense let him down again.
  • Cody Eppley got four outs while allowing just one hit and getting two strikeouts, including striking out Delmon Young to leave the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

The bad:

  • Alex Rodriguez got a hit (1-4 with two strikeouts), and the offense still didn’t score a single run.
  • Robinson Cano went 0-4.
  • Nick Swisher went a combined 1-6 with a walk and five strikeouts.
  • Ichiro Suzuki and Russell Martin both went 0-4 as well, but they get passes today because they’ve actually been carrying their weight for the rest of the playoffs.
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Tigers, Umpires beat Yankees 3 – 0

"Are you blind Ump? He was out!"

You have to score at least one run to win a baseball game. The Yankees didn’t. They lost. That said, the Umpires didn’t help. While the main story coming out of Sunday’s game has to...

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