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?

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(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

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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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On the Yankees’ facial hair policy

Over the past two days, we’ve heard a lot about the Yankees’ facial hair policy. From David Price saying he wouldn’t come to New York because of it, to Derek Jeter wondering why facial hair is even a deal breaker when a ton of money is on the line and back to Price recanting his previous statement and even going so far as to say that he may not even have a beard when he hits free agency after the 2015 season. And let us not forget Joba Chamberlain‘s new mustache that he debuted this Spring.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a female and I don’t have any facial hair to deal with everyday like my male counterparts. Well, okay, I don’t have enough for it to be noticeable even though I am 75% Italian and Greek and luckily, I don’t have to shave or wax my face frequently like some of my unlucky female friends.

But I have to ask, what is the big deal about facial hair?…

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Still talking past each other when it comes to WAR

Insert sweeping statement about the analytics “movement” in baseball here. Similar ones have been made countless times and from countless angles. Some talk about the progress the movement has made with regards to its acceptance by the mainstream baseball community. Others say almost the exact opposite. That seeming dissonance is a near perfect metaphor for...

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