As Marc Carig reported on Wednesday, Jorge Posada’s days in pinstripes are likely numbered, a fact that the longtime Yankee seems well aware of. Many Yankee fans feel similarly, due to Posada’s subpar 2011 season (89 WRC+, -0.4 WAR) and the emergence of superprospect Jesus Montero as his likely replacement in the DH/emergency catcher role. [...]
For stat watchers, the numbers are damning. In 2008 Mark Teixeira posted a career high wOBA of .410, a number that confirmed his status as one of the game’s elite hitters. He followed that up with a .402 number in 2009, which was equally excellent, but also down slightly. Normally that kind of variation means [...]
(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). Baseball and the United States military have been closely intertwined since the days of the Civil War, both in myth and reality. Even if the game wasn’t really invented by Major General Abner Doubleday (ahem, Mr. Selig), a hero of Fort Sumter, the hundreds of baseball players who [...]
Others have done it, but I’ve avoided touching on free agent pitcher Mark Buehrle at length. I kept saying that I wanted to like Buehrle, but I just couldn’t bring myself to want him on the Yankees. Part of me thought this was okay because of Buehrle’s average home run rates and way below average [...]
Thanks for all of your submissions, folks. Please keep them coming; we’ll certainly address each email as quickly as possible! To submit a question, simply click the “Contact Us” tab under the site’s banner and send us your thoughts. Today’s question involves some serious offseason roster reconstruction. “Everybody has accepted that Derek Jeter’s range has [...]
(** Author’s Note- I completely botched this and forgot that Alexi Ogando is not eligible for the AL ROY this year because he spent more than 45 days on a Major League roster in 2010. So disregard everything related to Ogando below and just focus on the other candidates. **) (The following is being syndicated [...]
The Oakland A’s recently announced that they’d be willing to listen to trade offers for anyone on their roster other than Jemile Weeks, and given that they have a solid group of attractive young starting pitchers, this has piqued the interest of a lot of fans and bloggers. Oakland’s hottest commodity is left-hander Gio Gonzalez who, in the last two seasons, his first full years as a big league starting pitcher, has a 3.18 over 402.2 combined innings. Not too shabby by any means.
That’s not to say he doesn’t have warts though, which Keith Law touched on today (Insider):
Gonzalez has a knockout curveball and above-average fastball velocity, but below-average command and control, and needed to go someplace like Oakland — big ballpark, lots of foul ground, good defenses behind him — to develop into a big league starter. But can he maintain his performance somewhere else? He’s posted a 4.25 RA (including unearned runs) on the road over the last two years, which rises to 4.45 if you throw out Safeco (a pitcher’s park featuring a pitcher’s lineup).
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From MLB.com: WASHINGTON — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela on Wednesday night, according to multiple reports from the player’s home country. The Nats have not commented on or confirmed the reports. Ramos, who was playing for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela’s Winter League, was taken from his home in Santa Ines by [...]
Last night, MLBTR posted some stuff courtesy of Maric Carig. I’ll offer my commentary: The Yankees were aware that Jonathan Sanchez was on the trade block, but Cashman said the team did not have discussions about acquiring him. The Giants traded Sanchez to the Royals for former Yankee Melky Cabrera earlier this week. I always [...]