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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The Farm Report: 8/23/12 – Betances placed on DL, Refsnyder has huge night

Trenton beat Akron 3-0:
The Thunder got on the board in the second, as Zoilo Almonte lead off with a double and Luke Murton followed with a walk. Addison Maruszak lined a single to right, plating Almonte. Kevin Mahoney hit into a double play, allowing Murton to score for the 2-0 lead. Trenton got an insurance run in the eighth, as Almonte hit a two-out single. Murton lined a single to center and Almonte scored on a wild pitch, giving the Thunder a 3-0 victory.

Almonte went 3-4 with two runs scored and a double. JR Murphy went 2-4. Murton went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. Maruszak went 1-4 with a RBI. Vidal Nuno went six and allowed just four hits and a walk, striking out three. Mark Montgomery pitched two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three.

Tampa lost to Dunedin 9-5:
The Blue Jays scored first, with one run in the first. Tampa came back with a big bottom of the inning.…

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Ain’t No Party Like a Link Drop Party

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There are links in that fence, and it looks like those fans know how to party.

From “the” Bronx

Why is it known as ‘the’ Bronx, anyway? Suffolk is Suffolk, Queens is Queens, New York is New York, Brooklyn is Brooklyn, Chautauqua is Chautauqua, and Cornwall was Cornwall until it was annexed into...

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If Elvis Andrus is Available, the Yankees Should Pounce

The Texas Rangers have a really good problem. Jurickson Profar is a mega-prospect, who hits and fields like a future star shortstop. At 19 years old, he has hit .278/.361/.456 in 117 games. The Rangers are considering promoting Profar in September, and using him through the postseason. They believe he is major league...

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Derek Jeter’s Sudden Pull Power

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

It’s been another monster offensive month for Derek Jeter so far in August.  After predictably cooling down in May after his scorching hot April, and dipping down to a .608 OPS in June, Jeter started picking the batting average...

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