The Return of CC—Game Thread Friday 8/24

CC Sabathia returns to the mound and his old stomping grounds tonight as the Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians at the Jake (I don’t care if that’s not the name anymore). He’ll be opposed by Charlie Kluber and the lineups are as follows:

NEW YORK:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Nick Swisher (S) RF
3...

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Is Clemens Just Trying To Push Back His HOF Ballot?

Roger Clemens is 50 years old. He’s one of the best pitchers of all time, and wants to make a comeback. He’s signed to an independent league team, and now we get MLB Trade Rumors posts like this:

Astros owner Jim Crane told Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports in...

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Declining Trends In Hughes’ Fastball Show He May Be Overworked

CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova, Mariano Rivera, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos are all on the disabled list. While Hiroki Kuroda has stepped up in a huge way, Phil Hughes’ rebound season has been just as important. Since mechanical and repertoire adjustments began on May 6th, the 26 year old is pitching...

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The stretch crawl of 2000

The 2000 Yankees had a team ERA of 4.76 and though that would sound worse in today’s pitching era, for the offensive years of the early 2000’s, it was good for sixth place out of fourteen teams. Andy Pettitte won nineteen games. Roger Clemens was solid if unspectacular. But it got dicey in the rotation after those two. Well, Orlando Hernandez was decent, but would end with a losing record of 12-13. After that, it cratered. David Cone simply lost it that season after being a hero so long in New York. Cone suffered through his worst year as a big league pitcher and at the age of 37 seemed at the end of his career. Denny Neagle was obtained from the Reds for a bunch of prospects that never amounted to anything for the Reds. Neagle was abysmal for the Yankees even though he went 7-7.

Other starters that year for the Yankees included a young Jake Westbrook, an old Dwight Gooden, Jason Grimsley, Ramiro Mendoza, Ben Ford, Randy Keisler and Ed Yarnall.…

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It’s not goodbye

…it’s see you later

This month marks the four year anniversary of my blog writing. I’ve published pieces more often than I haven’t, and for the most part, I’ve loved it. I went into teaching so I could share my love of reading, writing, and the English language with my students; I went into blogging about...

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