Posts Tagged ‘New York Yankees’

When Does a Prospect Cease to be a Prospect?

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 by Chuck

As I was scanning through the blogosphere the other day, specifically those related to the Yankees, I came across a link to another site which had recently scored an interview with Yankees’ VP Mark Newman.
In Major League Baseball’s annual personnel directory, Newman’s official title is “Senior VP, Baseball Operations and Player Development“, a moniker which [...]

Dugout Central’s American League East Preview

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Chuck

By: Bob Owens
Last year,  four out of the five teams in the A.L. East had at least 85 wins, and the division has earned a reputation as the toughest in baseball. Come 2011, will this division maintain its excellence, or will some of these teams fall off a cliff? In alphabetical order, let us take [...]

Time to end the Experiment; Joba Needs to Start

Monday, January 24th, 2011 by Chuck

By Bob Owens
While baseball has generated a sizable number of debates  and arguments over the course of its long history, there are at least two truths to the sport which have remained true and constant;

1. No team can ever have enough pitching.

2. Starting pitching is more valuable than relief pitching.

Which [...]

What You Overlooked About the Texas Rangers

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Shaun

Coming into the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, the Texas Rangers were undersold. They were undersold because of their starting pitching. Their second- and third-best starting pitchers (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis) are almost as good as the Yankees’ best starting pitcher (C.C. Sabathia), or at least they are in 2010.

Why The Yankees Will Have A Tough Time Come The Playoffs

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Let’s go further. The 2009 Yankee right-handed batters hit .286 against lefties. This year’s model features righties hitting just .269 against lefties. The entire Yankee lineup hit .286 against lefties last year with a .480 slugging percentage; this year that number is down to a .259 BA with a .429 slugging percentage. Makes you wonder where the Yankees would be without Marcus Thames’s .315 BA and .468 slugging percentage.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Even with last night’s win, the Yankees are slumping. No doubt about it. They can’t hit lately and are losing games they should be winning. But as you knew it would, the Yankee Universe is calm, assured that waiting this out is the sane course of action.

Just kidding, the Yankee Universe is losing their mind.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Jeter’s O-swing percent—percentage of pitches a batter swings outside the strike zone—is the highest of his career…by a long shot at 28.9%. And the second stat is that Jeter’s pitch per AB is the second lowest of his career. Which, to put it succinctly, means that Jeter is swinging at more pitches, and a lot of them are pitcher’s pitches, not hitter’s pitches.

Friday, August 6th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Most pitchers have a middle ground. Some days, they are lights out awesome and no one can touch them. Some days they just don’t have and get shelled.
And then their are some days when a pitcher might not have his best stuff—he can’t quite hit his spots or one of his pitches is flat—but he [...]

Why the Yankees Should Tell Upcoming Free Agent Cliff Lee “Fuhgeddaboutit”

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 by Chuck

Rumors are starting already the Yankees signing soon to be free agent Cliff Lee to a lucrative, long-term contract is nothing more than a formality. 
But do they really NEED him?
Not really. 
Cliff Lee’s a good pitcher, no question. His acquisition last July by Philadelphia from Cleveland helped solidify a shaky starting staff and helped lead Philly [...]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by JoeDelGrippo

Phil Hughes, aka as Phranchise, will start Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners and Cliff Lee. Hughes, though, had his last start skipped out on the West Coast trip through Arizona and Los Angeles.
The reason? After throwing mostly in relief last year, he is on an innings limit this season, with the Yankees likely [...]

Efficiency Not Money Separates Good and Bad Franchises

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by Shaun

Too often fans want to put too much emphasis on results, which is understandable, particularly in the case of a team that hasn’t won anything since Boyz II Men topped the charts. The point is to win, after all. But, especially in the early going of a new regime taking over a franchise in pitiful shape, we must remember to look more at the philosophical direction of the franchise and what the front office is doing to set the team up for success.

Friday, June 18th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

And in doing that, he was able to grab the touchstone of his former self. To repeat, not many athletes get that chance, and the few who do often crumble under the pressure. We’re seeing Dontrelle Willis go through the same thing right now. Utterly broken and given up by 2 teams, Dontrelle is trying to find what he once had before, but lost. Can he make his way back to the pitcher he once was?

Friday, June 11th, 2010 by Chuck

One of the challenges Major League organizations face throughout the year is how to handle their young minor league prospects. The questions that come across the desks of the Player Development staff seemingly never end, and seemingly never have just one answer.
When should we move Player A up to the next level? Is Player B [...]

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by PaulCatalano

But what one really notices when comparing these 2 HOF shortstops is that while Ripken probably hit a few higher marks in his career (368 TB in 1991, 47 2B in 1983, 102 BB in 1988, 2 MVP), Jeter is remarkably more consistent throughput his career.

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland Puts Unnecessary Pitch Count on Justin Verlander

Friday, May 14th, 2010 by JoeDelGrippo

He was one of the last of a dying breed, and old school manager who made decisions on his gut instinct more often than the computer printouts. He was always smoking in the hallway leading to the clubhouse and swearing like a sailor would on a three-day weekend pass.
Jim Leyland was a bench coach with [...]