Slowed Down Spring For CC Continues, And It’s Downright Brilliant


(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod.  And no, that’s not CC reacting to pain in his left elbow.  And that’s a good thing)

I jumped on the “reducing CC Sabathia‘s workload” bandwagon early, like as soon as the Yankees announced plans to do that this season.  I became a card-carrying member of the “I Support Reducing CC’s Workload Club” two weeks ago when he threw his first bullpen of the spring, a signal that the Yankees were taking the efforts to reduce his workload seriously.  And I’m putting down money for the official club t-shirt after finding out last Thursday that the Yankees have pushed CC’s first spring start back to March 15th.  Chad Jennings had the details last week, which included Joe’s desire to not have CC face the Blue Jays as scheduled on March 10th.  As a result, Sabathia will throw another simulated game on the 10th, make his first official ST start on the 15th, and end up with only three total ST outings under his belt before taking the hill on Opening Day.…

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The last chapter of The Joba Saga?

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Has there ever been a more bizarrely polarizing player than Joba Chamberlain? Don’t get me wrong, there have certainly been more polarizing athletes than Joba, but in general you can understand why these players produce the strong reactions in people that they do. To break it down, there are two main categories of really polarizing athletes. Your first group, best embodied by such luminaries as Barry Bonds and Ray Lewis, are the all-time great caliber players who are absolutely beloved by their own fan base, but pretty roundly disliked by everyone else. The second group consists of obscenely talented, almost always extremely young, players who seem to absolutely dominate their competition without even breaking a sweat, causing some people to admire them and other to buck the crowd and despise them. Lebron James and Alex Rodriguez are the two examples of this group that immediately come to mind.

But by and large, there’s one nearly unfailing thread that binds all of these players together as a group: they’re really good!

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Announcement: IIATMS and The Yankee Analysts have merged!


Big day in IIATMS history, friends.  Huge.

Effective immediately, IIATMS and The Yankee Analysts have merged!

It’s with tremendous pride that the incredible team at TYA have agreed to join us here at IIATMS to help deliver what we believe will be the most complete, cohesive and entertaining Yankees-centric site around.

A merger of IIATMS and TYA has been long viewed as inevitable, with the earliest discussions going back to late 2010, although the timing wasn’t right back then. Moshe Mandel, Larry Koestler and I have always viewed ourselves more as colleagues than competitors, each with a healthy respect for one another and the efforts each has put into developing the sites and their followings. We are here, now, proudly together, to bring you the very best in Yankees news, analysis and discussion. We thank you for your continued readership and support.

Moshe, Larry, Jason and the entire staffs of IIATMS and TYA




Over the next bit of time, we will be bringing everything and everyone that made TYA an absolute analyst powerhouse over here.…

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Jose Cano would prefer Robinson remain a Yankee

Jose Cano, who is the bullpen coach for the Dominican Republic’s WBC team, spoke with reporters from Steinbrenner Field where the squad was conducting workouts and said that he’d like for his son Robinson to remain with the New York Yankees for life.

Cano told reporters, “I don’t think the (Yankees) are going to let him go. I talk to him every day and we are still waiting.” he added, “I wish he can be here forever. I don’t think he will feel comfortable (leaving),” Cano said. “I hope he can be a Yankee forever.”

The elder Cano just wants the ordeal to end and he’d like for his son to have a deal in place sooner rather than later. “I hope something happens soon, he will feel better. I know he will sign for six or seven years.”

Will he? I’ve said this before but the whole ‘Robinson Cano is a Scott Boras client’ situation scares me a lot.…

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New York Yankees off-day madness: Planes, broken ankles, deleted tweets and merging blogs

There was no game today for the men in pinstripes – they had a day off but that doesn’t mean there was a shortage of New York Yankees news.

First and perhaps the strangest story that came out today was GM Brian Cashman’s broken ankle. Not that a broken ankle is an oddity, I broke my left ankle in college and Derek Jeter broke his left ankle last season but neither one of us did it while jumping out of a plane. Cashman was doing the jump for charity and on his second jump, landed awkwardly, breaking his right ankle. The funniest detail of the story, at least to me, was Cashman texting the beat writers to tell them what happened while adding, “It was awesome.”

The reactions to the news varied. Some people were really upset with Cashman and I totally get it. How are we going to handle this season without Cashman in left fi– oh right, he doesn’t actually play baseball so it’s perfectly okay that he broke his ankle.…

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Nova Shows A Shorter Arm Motion In Spring Training Debut (GIF Included)

On Saturday, Ivan Nova gave us 2.0 innings of one hit baseball to think about. For the most part, Nova was hitting spots like a lunatic, 22 of his 27 pitches were strikes, and the one hit he gave up was an infield single off the end of his own glove.

Weak contact is something that Nova grew unaccustomed to in 2012. His 16.6 HR/FB% was the fourth highest rate of all qualifying pitchers last season. It wasn’t always like that though, in 2010 and 2011, Nova’s home run rate was half of what we saw in 2012, and his groundball rate was 6% to 7% higher. It wasn’t only contact rates that made Nova look like a different pitcher, but his strikeouts sky rocketed from 13.9% in 2011 to 20.5% in 2012. While the walk rates also took a step back, Nova somehow evolved into a strikeout pitcher, and that wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

Now Nova and the Yankees are looking to find the 2011 pitcher, rather than his 2012 counterpart.…

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Quick Hit: Hey, did you hear the one about Brian Cashman jumping out of a plane?

If you didn’t, here’s the gist: Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman jumped from a plane, twice and he hurt himself doing it.

It was for a good cause – the Wounded Warriors – but the result wasn’t that great for Cashman who seems to have suffered an ankle fracture on his second landing. He was taken to the hospital and reports from there are that it’s a compound fracture. They’re even saying that his bone was sticking out.

Now, those reports have not been confirmed yet but what is known is that Cashman did jump out of a plane twice and that he didn’t quite stick the landing on the second attempt.

So will Cashman land on the 30-day or 60-day DL? We’ll let you know.

UPDATE: Ken Davidoff tweeted that Cashman said there was no bone protruding from his leg. Thank goodness. But that it is probably broken.

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What about Travis Hafner?

Over the past few seasons the Yankees have had incredible success with single season, aging platoon DHs. First it was Marcus Thames. After him it was Andruw Jones. Last year it was Raul Ibanez. Will it be Travis Hafner this season?

At first glance you have to imagine that the only role Hafner will play in pinstripes is as a member of the DL. Despite his mass, Pronk is made of porcelain. The last time he played in more than 100 games was 2010, and then he managed just 118 games. Last season he had just 263 plate appearances in 66 games. Pronk is entering his age 36 season. Another injury seems inevitable.

While it is difficult to see past Hafner’s lengthy injury history, the numbers he puts up when he stays healthy are still impressive. He managed a .342 wOBA last season, with a .346 OBP and a .438 SLG. In 2011 his wOBA was .354 and he managed to get into 94 games.…

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When Don Mattingly played third base

Have you ever seen a left-handed throwing third baseman in the Major Leagues? I have not. And generations have not. Apparently in the early 1900s, Wee Willie Keeler, normally a left-handed throwing outfielder, played 44 games at third base, 19 games at second base and even played two games at shortstop. According to the Sabr Bio Project, nobody did it again until Don Mattingly played three games at third in 1986. The first thought that came to my mind was the four players (Tovar, Campinaris, Sheldon and Halter) that played all nine positions in a game.  But, nope, they were all right-handed throwers. The Sabr Bio Project mentioned earlier talks about Mattingly’s feat in passing as part of his larger biography. Here is the rest of the story.

The Yankees’ regular third baseman in 1986 was Mike Pagliarulo. “Pags” was a bit of a cult hero in New York because he had some home run pop in his bat and was kind of a blue-color kind of player.…

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