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

Quick Hit: Hey, did you hear the one about Brian Cashman jumping out of a plane?

If you didn’t, here’s the gist: Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman jumped from a plane, twice and he hurt himself doing it.

It was for a good cause – the Wounded Warriors – but the result wasn’t that great for Cashman who seems to have suffered an ankle fracture on his second landing. He was taken to the hospital and reports from there are that it’s a compound fracture. They’re even saying that his bone was sticking out.

Now, those reports have not been confirmed yet but what is known is that Cashman did jump out of a plane twice and that he didn’t quite stick the landing on the second attempt.

So will Cashman land on the 30-day or 60-day DL? We’ll let you know.

UPDATE: Ken Davidoff tweeted that Cashman said there was no bone protruding from his leg. Thank goodness. But that it is probably broken.… Click here to read the rest

What about Travis Hafner?

Over the past few seasons the Yankees have had incredible success with single season, aging platoon DHs. First it was Marcus Thames. After him it was Andruw Jones. Last year it was Raul Ibanez. Will it be Travis Hafner this season?

At first glance you have to imagine that the only role Hafner will play in pinstripes is as a member of the DL. Despite his mass, Pronk is made of porcelain. The last time he played in more than 100 games was 2010, and then he managed just 118 games. Last season he had just 263 plate appearances in 66 games. Pronk is entering his age 36 season. Another injury seems inevitable.

While it is difficult to see past Hafner’s lengthy injury history, the numbers he puts up when he stays healthy are still impressive. He managed a .342 wOBA last season, with a .346 OBP and a .438 SLG. In 2011 his wOBA was .354 and he managed to get into 94 games.… Click here to read the rest

When Don Mattingly played third base

Have you ever seen a left-handed throwing third baseman in the Major Leagues? I have not. And generations have not. Apparently in the early 1900s, Wee Willie Keeler, normally a left-handed throwing outfielder, played 44 games at third base, 19 games at second base and even played two games at shortstop. According to the Sabr Bio Project, nobody did it again until Don Mattingly played three games at third in 1986. The first thought that came to my mind was the four players (Tovar, Campinaris, Sheldon and Halter) that played all nine positions in a game.  But, nope, they were all right-handed throwers. The Sabr Bio Project mentioned earlier talks about Mattingly’s feat in passing as part of his larger biography. Here is the rest of the story.

The Yankees’ regular third baseman in 1986 was Mike Pagliarulo. “Pags” was a bit of a cult hero in New York because he had some home run pop in his bat and was kind of a blue-color kind of player.… Click here to read the rest

Early Spring Training Winners And Losers

Winnah!  Courtesy of the AP

Greetings, IIATMS readers!  For those of you who know me, I’m Brad V. from TYA and An A-Blog for A-Rod.  For those who don’t, I’ll allow you a few minutes to peruse the archives of either of those sites and familiarize yourselves with my work.  I’ll be holding down the morning slot here on the new IIATMS/TYA Yankee superblog, and in the interest of full disclosure I might as well tell you right now that once the season starts I’m probably going to use this slot to nitpick and complain about whatever went wrong in the previous night’s game.  I’ll also be using it to comment on and analyze some bigger picture trends I’ve noticed in the team’s or an individual player’s recent performance.  With that idea of trends in mind, I’d like to use my introductory post here to take a look at the early winners and losers in Spring Training.  We’ve got two weeks of full-team workouts and games under our belt, and while that’s not enough of a sample size to make definitive declarations, it’s still enough to comment intelligently.… Click here to read the rest

Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/4/12

So, today’s news and notes post is going to be a little different than they have been the past week or so mainly because of our exciting announcement from earlier this morning and because of how giddy we all are about it. Also, there is no Yankee game today so we don’t have a lineup to post.

Anyway, there were some articles written about the Yankees late last night and published this morning for you to look at and here they are:

  • Here’s a piece on Andy Pettitte‘s desire to pitch at 40 by Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger.
  • In case you missed the news this weekend, Ichiro Suzuki was involved in a car accident after he left the Yankees’ Spring Training facilities on Saturday. He escaped unharmed and is expected to be in the game against Atlanta tomorrow. Thank goodness.
  • Both Pettitte and Mariano Rivera are raring to go this season after injuries hampered their 2012 season. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News has that story.
Click here to read the rest