To WBC or not to WBC?

What I’m about to say may be a little controversial but I’m going to say it anyway.

I’m just not that into the World Baseball Classic.

I know, I probably should be. I read Twitter and I notice how other people are staying up late and/or waking up early to watch the games taking place across the world in Asia and I think, “I wish I can be that excited too.” But I’m not.

To be honest, I wasn’t that into the WBC in 2009 either. Back then, things were different, I had just been laid off from my long-time job at a once major television network and I wasn’t in the frame of mind to enjoy baseball.

But what gives this time?

Four years ago, I wasn’t even blogging about baseball and now I am. You’d think I’d want to witness all of this fanfare, especially since we don’t get to watch baseball in the Olympics anymore and that I’d want to asborb every bit of information I can about the WBC but I just don’t want to.… Click here to read the rest

The Shallow Depths

Though the season hasn’t even started, the Yankees have already had their depth tested in two positions. Curtis Granderson‘s injury has opened up a spot in the outfield, and the catching situation has been much maligned since the Yankees declined to re-sign Russell Martin and passed on signing A.J. Pierzynski. And with Derek Jeter‘s ankle injury, we’ll see the infield depth tested as Eduardo Nunez and/or Jayson Nix get some time at short to spell the Captain.  On the other hand, the pitching seems to be fairly deep.

The bullpen is well-stocked and some pitchers (think Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley) will not last the year on the 25-man roster. Likewise, though not quite as widely, the starting rotation is considered to be an area of strength. It’s certainly a talented rotation featuring CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda. But is it as deep as we think?

Phil Hughes has already suffered an injury.… Click here to read the rest

Tuesday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/5/12

There’s really not a lot going on today. Yesterday’s big news was Brian Cashman breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle. And today’s big news? All of the jokes about the Yankees being so old that even their GM is on the DL. Or the stuff written about how Cashman crashing to ground is a symbol of what’s to come for the club itself in 2013.

Anyway, here are some links for you to read:

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

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(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.… Click here to read the rest

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!Click here to read the rest

Announcement: IIATMS and The Yankee Analysts have merged!

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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.

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

 

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

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest