April 21, 2013
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March 31, 2013
The Yankees, well, I believe in them more than most do. Many pundits don't give them a fighting chance because of all the home runs lost in the offseason and their aging core, but many have forgotten about one of the most balanced pitching staffs in the majors. Yes, I'm talking about the Yankees.
Anyway, let's get down to it.
Last year's highlights include accurately predicting the NL Central and Mark Teixeira's stolen base count, while epically failing on my prediction for Brett Gardner's runs total. But hey, I hit .327 (16/49) so I'm ecstatic. See full results below.
March 25, 2013
March 9, 2013
January 31, 2013
According to numerous baseball sources, the hip surgery Rodriguez is now recovering from will likely derail his playing career, leaving him in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement. He still has five years and $114 million left on his contract.
“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.
Now the question is in your court. Will A-Rod ever return to the Yankees?
January 20, 2013
Read this tribute of Stan Musial. Then read some of the tributes in the comments section. I promise that you will feel uplifted and probably a little teary-eyed because he no longer graces the earth with his presence. I also hope reading all of these stories makes you want to be a little more like Stan.
If I could pick one athlete, past or present, to meet, I'd choose Stan (by a longshot), knowing I'd become a better human being.
The George Vecsey biography of Stan was the best baseball book I ever read. I highly recommend reading that as well, baseball fan or not.
Make sure to read the Posnanski one in the comments too, but here's my favorite excerpt: "Stan knew his signature gave people joy so he signed everything. He was simple like that. Pure class."
January 15, 2013
December 5, 2012
October 5, 2012
It's easier to just show you rather than trying to explain. So, I present the first meme I created by using one of the many meme generators available online.
In 2010, Alex Rodriguez completed a stretch of 13 consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs. In his last two years combined, he barely reached those two plateaus (34 HR, 119 RBI).
Staying on the field has been a problem for A-Rod during this two-year slide. Prior to 2011, his outstanding durability was one of his trademarks, and that certainly helped him secure his lucrative 10-year deal.
Is it time for a position-switch for A-Rod? Should the Yankees make him a primary DH next year and use him at third sparingly?
October 2, 2012
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— Lenny Neslin (@lenNYsYankees) October 3, 2012
If searching for exciting sports betting information (sponsored), the playoffs are on the horizon and predicting the outcomes could be fun. But first, the matchups need to get settled in these last two games. Here are the competitors:
Judging by the season's head-to-head matchups, the Yankees would prefer to face the Tigers. But there's a little more to it, I think.
September 26, 2012
By the way, MLB.com has a nice graphic on the postseason picture updated daily to keep for reference. It projects all of the matchups and includes dates and television information.
September 22, 2012
But when I saw Rick Reilly's Q&A with Jeter a couple days ago, one back-and-forth popped out at me.
Me (Reilly): Peyton Manning changed teams this season after 14 seasons with one team. Could you see yourself doing that?
Jeter: Well, if I wanted to keep playing, yes. It's a business. People forget that.
But, in this case it was the wrong answer. I didn't have time to blog about it when I first saw it, but I'm glad I didn't. The Daily News followed up on the small gaffe, and Jeter came back with the right answer. (Yes, I'll purposely link to that site as much as I can now because of my new job.)
September 19, 2012
For my first couple of years, it almost felt like I was one of the beats – posting multiple times each day – but without clubhouse access, of course.
Well, I'm not their next beat writer, and I'm not sure if I even want to do that anymore. But I will be covering the Yankees, along with all of the other New York sports teams, as an online sports editor/producer for the New York Daily News.
I graduated four months ago, and I couldn't be happier with my first full-time job in the real world.
September 12, 2012
The polarizing sports talk radio host Mike Francesa nodded off while interviewing WFAN's Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti today. Make sure you watch him wake up at 0:53 (or see the GIF below).
If only, if only, Francesa had stayed asleep through Murti's response. "Mike? Mike? You there?"
September 11, 2012
In this video, you'll see Cody Ross foul off a pitch toward the Yankees' broadcasting booths. While Suzyn Waldman and the YES Network gang kept their cool, this must have seemed like a heat-seeking missile to Mr. Sterling.
But if you keep listening, the real treat awaits you at the end, when David Cone mocks Mr. Sterling's legendary home run calls. Coney, once again, proves his brilliance.
August 31, 2012
For starters, all 10 of the Yankees' next games are against the Orioles and Rays. After, for their remaining 22 games, 16 are against AL East teams, including three with the Rays and six with the Red Sox.
Overall, 81 percent of the Yankees remaining games are against AL East teams.
It's all the same for the rest of the division's schedule. The Rays and Orioles face off six more times this season, including the season's final three games. Oh by the way, the last three games of the season will also be the most meaningless Red Sox-Yankees games ever played in the rivalry.
So here's what the Yankees need to do to hang on to first place: get healthy and pitch well.
If you haven't noticed, a guy named Pearce has hit in the middle of the Yankees' lineup the past couple of nights. His name is Steve Pearce, actually, and he began the year in New York's farm system before being traded to the Orioles, who cut him. If he is involved at all in the Yankees' postseason roster debate, the Bronx Bombers would likely be in trouble.
Anyway, the reason Pearce is in the lineup as a DH is because Nick Swisher is filling in at first for the injured Mark Teixeira. Teixeira is on the DL, as is starter Ivan Nova, who is likely primed for the postseason team -- most likely as a long reliever.
That decision will probably depend on Pettitte's status, which isn't great. He's still pitching off flat ground, and for those who don't know, a mound adds a lot more stress to a pitcher's delivery. At this rate, it's unlikely he'll be able to return quickly enough for even one tune-up start before the postseason. You hate to say it, but we're all thinking the same thing: They don't test for HGH during the season.
A-Rod, on the other hand, is looking pretty good. Expect him to return to the clean-up spot (sorry, Pearcey) in the next 10 days or so.
Also rehabbing and likely to return this month are relievers Pedro Feliciano (remember him?) and David Aardsma (oh, him).