We Need New Terminology For Starting Pitcher Prospects

I love Kevin Goldstein’s Twitter feed. He’s conversational, blunt, and isn’t afraid to say what he feels. This caught my eye last Thursday:

I really, really hate the term “#1 starter.” I think its a useless thing to say,...

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The Farm Report: 7/9/12

Tampa beat Dunedin 4-1 in five innings:
The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Yankees busted through in the top of the fourth.  Ramon Flores drove a homer to right and Adonis Garcia drew a walk.  Garcia moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a ground out.  Kyle Roller drew a walk and a ground ball by Anderson Feliz plated Garcia.  Kyle Higashioka drove a homer to left and the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.  The Blue Jays tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning.  Koby Clemens doubled to left and later scored on a wild pitch.  It ended up being Dunedin’s lone run, as a lightning strike at the park ended the game in the top of the sixth.

Flores went 3-3 with a double and a homer.  Higashioka had the only other hit for Tampa, going 1-2 with a homer and two RBIs.  Matt Tracy went five innings and gave up one run on three hits, four walks, a wild pitch and eight Ks.…

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Yanks' All Stars Haven’t Always Shined: Historical Look at Bronx Bombers in the Midseason Classic

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

In addition to defending his homerun derby crown tonight, Robinson Cano will lead a contingent of four Yankees in tomorrow’s All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Although that total is half the amount of Bronx Bombers selected...

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We have only ourselves to blame for All-Star game madness

Amidst this flurry of PR disaster, MLB understandably decides that they have to do something to make up for the embarrassment everyone suffered in the commissioner’s own backyard. There’s just one problem: it’s still an exhibition game plopped down in the middle of the actual regular season schedule. This leaves a rather limited set of options for making adjustments to the game. You can’t very well pressure the pitchers to pitch more innings, because that starts to affect the regular season games, nor do you want to change the practice of trying to get everyone playing time, because that alienates the fans (mostly kids) who want to see the players on their favorite team. So you come up with what seems like a great idea for approximately ten seconds: make it count!

Of course, this idea is immediately derided by the same people whose sensibilities were offended by an exhibition game ending in a tie. The All-Star game should matter, they say, it just shouldn’t have any affect on the regular season.…

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Ivan Nova – a great performance

It started in the first inning. The Yankees had given him a 2-0 lead. Nova struck out Daniel Nava to start the bottom of the frame. But Superman, Pedro Ciriaco, singled. Nova had David Ortiz in the hole, with a ball and two strikes, but walked him. Nova kept his cool and struck out Adrian Gonzalez to make it two outs. Nova then got Cody Ross to hit into an inning-ending pop up to the infield to end the threat. Except…Derek Jeter–in the wonderful words of Gabe Lezra went all Luis Castillo on Nova and dropped the pop fly. Nova again kept his cool and got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out to second to end the inning.

Jeter struck again in the bottom of the third. We love you, Captain, but this was as bad a fielding game as we have ever seen. That guy again, Ciriaco, hit a grounder to Jeter. Jeter did not make the play and Ciriaco was given a single.  …

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