How Alex Rodriguez’ Hip Injury Affected His Swing

It’s been two months since the Yankees found out about Alex Rodriguez‘ hip, and on Wednesday, the third baseman will finally have his surgery. After 27 awful-looking Postseason plate appearances, it’s no surprise that Rodriguez had a significant injury. It wasn’t until being benched by Joe Girardi in Game...

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Andy Pettitte will pitch in WBC

Via Jon Heyman, Andy Pettitte will pitch for Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He’ll join Ryan Vogelsong and reigning N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey in the Team USA rotation. Unlike a lot of people (so it seems, anyway) I enjoy having the WBC to watch every few years, but I’m not sure how wild I am about one of the Yankees’ starters participating in the tournament, especially the 40 something Pettitte. It’s more inning put on the arm of a guy who missed a big chunk of last season, and a greater chance of getting hurt. On the other hand, it’s more chances to see Pettitte pitch in what could well be his final season, and it’s not like guys can’t get hurt in camp or regular Spring Training games.

Update: According to multiple reports, Mark Teixeira will also play for Team USA. Along with Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy), that makes four Yankees participating in the WBC.…

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Morosi: Upton too expensive for Yankees

Less than a week after Hal Steinbrenner assured Yankee fans that his team’s mandate to get below the luxury tax threshold before next season would not get in the way of assembling a championship caliber team, a report comes out that seriously puts those assurances in doubt. According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Yankees are “reluctant” to enter the Upton sweepstakes, and Morosi fingers the 2014 budget plan as the reason.

As those of you who know me might have expected, I spent most of the weekend in a football coma and didn’t get around to writing about this yesterday, which I thought might mellow my opinion on this story a little bit. It didn’t. There’s a lot of variables that could be in play here, namely that I still have trouble seeing the Yankees matching up with the Diamondbacks on a package, especially with other teams with deeper organizations involved, but if they really are passing on Upton simply because he’s owed roughly $10 million per year on his current contract, that’s just completely indefensible for the richest team in the league.…

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Cap Anson is in the Hall of Fame

Cap Anson played primarily for the team that would go on to become the Chicago Cubs in the late 19th century. He was one of the premier players of his era. To modern era eyes his most notable on field accomplishments are his 3,435 hits, his 2,075 RBI and his .334/.394/.447 slash line...

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Countdown to Spring Training: 30

Happy Sunday, everyone. Today’s installment brings us back to the late 40’s and early 50’s period of Yankee baseball. Today, we’ll honor left-handed starting pitcher Eddie Lopat. I chose him for this morning’s post for two (odd) reasons. First, he died on my fifth birthday, June 15, 1992. Second, he’s buried in...

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Jeter has begun working out

Good news from Florida. Derek Jeter is out of his walking boot, still actually has a foot and has begun working out in preparation for the 2013 season. GM Brian Cashman confirmed that Jeter is well on his way to being ready in time for Opening Day.

Via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“He’s doing fine,” Cashman said. “All the boots are off. He’s allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he’s not doing any running. He’s at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he’s doing some walking underwater.

“Sometime in mid-to-late January, he’ll be cleared for some baseball activities; hitting and fielding. He won’t be doing any running until the very back end of this. That’s the plan so far, and he’s doing well.”

Jeter, who turns 39 (gasp!) in June, batted .316 in 2012. He hit 15 home runs, collected 58 RBIs in 159 games and he led the Major Leagues with 216 hits.…

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Countdown to Spring Training: 31

This one here is straight out of left field…well, center field is more like it. In digging up stuff for this series, I wanted to try to touch on a lot of different Yankee players. The obvious choices for 31 were Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and (should be HOFer) Read more

Yogi Berra to join Twitter?

This is amazing.

Jack Curry of YES tweeted a few minutes ago that Yogi Berra will be on Twitter:

Props to all those who supported idea of Yogi Berra joining Twitter. He’ll be tweeting through @Yogi_Museum. Verbal gems are on the way.

The possibility of Berra taking his talents to Twitter came up yesterday when the YES Network crew was at Yogi’s museum in New Jersey shooting an episode of Yankees Baseball Today. Personally, I think this has the potential to be the greatest thing to ever happen to the social media network in its seven years of existence.

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