Fixing Youkilis’ Hitting Mechanics

It’s still hard to believe that he’s a Yankee, but Kevin Youkilis is now our problem. Not that he’s a bad player, but before 2012, Youkilis was one of the best third baseman in the game. His regression in 2012, his age 33 year, isn’t something to take lightly. Teams recognized that,...

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On the Money 1/14/2013

For tonight’s show we were joined by Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, who talked about Justin Upton, the messaging coming out of the team’s front office, and whether Yankee fans would rather see Carl Pavano, Javier Vazquez, or an IRS agent in a Yankee uniform in 2013. In the later part of the show our own William Tasker joins us to check in ahead of a crushing defeat for his Patriots on Sunday from the Northern reaches of New England. He sounds off on the Yankees’ offseason, brings a bit of historical perspective to the discussion, and joins Stacey and I for a rousing round of making fun of Javier Vazquez. We also mention the just passed anniversary of the Michael Pineda trade, and my laughably terrible ability to guess the proper pronunciation of names. You weren’t totally spared the effects of my football (and cough syrup) induced delirium either, though I contented myself with a brief musing on the emotional difference between watching football and baseball, and only for a minute or two, I promise.…

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Interpreters on the mound among proposed rule changes

Via Jayson Stark, the owners have approved a trio of proposed rule changes that will now be sent to the union for ratification. The biggest of those changes is likely a proposal to allow interpreters to join pitchers and coaches for mound visits with non-English speaking pitchers. The owners would also like to expand the number of coaches allowed in uniform to seven, in order to accommodate the growing number of teams who are hiring an assistant hitting coach, and to eliminate the fake to third throw to first “pickoff” play. The owners can actually implement that one immediately on their own, but they want the union to ratify it. There’s really no good reason to allow the move, especially since it would be illegal for a left-handed pitcher to do the opposite, and it’s a huge waste of time, so I hope they get that done promptly.

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Long: A-Rod was hurting in August

Last week Alex Rodriguez‘s doctor said in no uncertain terms that the hip injury he’s about to have surgery to repair was responsible for his horrific postseason performance, and now his hitting coach is saying that signs something was wrong were present well before that:

“I knew it in August,” the Yankees hitting coach [Kevin Long] said by phone Saturday. “I didn’t know exactly what it was, but his lower half was not letting him do the things he’s normally able to do.”

Long also knew there were no easy fixes.

“At that point of the season, there’s not much you can do other than keep grinding,” Long said. “So I wasn’t surprised when I heard about the hip injury. His explosion was gone.”

This sort of raises the question of why A-Rod wasn’t checked out for an injury sooner, however. Perhaps Alex didn’t complain of any pain, but if the hitting coach was noticing a physical problem in a 37 year old slugger who’s already had a hip surgery, you’d think that would be a “better safe than sorry” sort of scenario, right?…

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Pinstripe Bible's New Project: Ranking the Top-100 Yankees of All Time

This one is pretty ambitious. The Pinstripe Bible is going to try and rank the top-100 Yankees of all time, and they want input from Yankee fans:

We will be commencing the project with #100 sometime soon. If you want to submit your list of the top 100 Yankees and help make your imprint...

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Yankees officially release Dickerson

Chris Dickerson cleared waivers, and has officially been released by the Yankees, the team announced over the weekend. Dickerson, who was designated for assignment last week in order to clear a roster spot for Russ Canzler, could have been traded to another team, but it’s generally hard to find someone who wants to trade for a player about to be released unless they really want to beat the rest of the league to the punch, and Dickerson isn’t really the sort of player who gets people that excited. Dickerson produced pretty well for the Yankees after a September call-up last year, but he’s a left-handed hitting fourth outfielder on a team looking for a right-handed hitter to balance out their lefty heavy starting lineup, so there was no room for Dickerson on the active roster.

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Projecting Andy Pettitte

Count me among the Yankee fans who were thrilled when Andy Pettitte came back in 2012. One of the low points of my Yankee fan career was watching Pettitte put on an Astros uniform from 2004 through 2006. I was certain Pettitte was one of the Yankees who would play his entire career...

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On the Money preview

On the Money returns tonight for our regular Monday program to help you grind out the deepest, darkest, period of the winter. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch will join us at the top of the show to discuss the latest Yankees related news (I’d say there’s a very good chance we’ll be asking him about Justin Upton and Javier Vazquez), and later on in the hour our own William Tasker will come out of hibernation long enough to check in and share his thoughts on the offseason thus far. The festivities start at 9:00 P.M., and you can listen live here.

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Countdown to Spring Training: 29

Now, we’re just 29 days away from Spring Training. It’s so close we can practically taste it. Today, I wanted to talk about someone who gets a bit overlooked in recent Yankee history. The (ugh) Core Four is always referred to as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano...

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