If you watched the Yankees – Marlins game last night and you’re still a fan of sacrifice bunting, I can’t help you. If you’ve read my stuff previously then you know we’ve been down this road before, so I promise to make this quick: Marlins’ batting, top of the 10th inning, top of the order … Continue reading Sac bunts: Just so we’re clear…
If you’ve read my stuff before, then you know that I have a problem getting past the usage of low value statistics when better ones are easily accessible. (Perhaps you were around for my batting average rant the other day…?) And as I’ve said previously, because most of these discussions have been occurring for over … Continue reading ERA? Come on, man…
“Worse than worthless.” – F.C. Lane, describing the value of batting average as a statistic - in 1916. Put a pin in that, we’ll come back to it. For the sake of brevity, we won’t re-hash a discussion that’s been going on for well over 100 years, as F.C. Lane was not the first person … Continue reading Aaron Hicks’ BA, part 12
In recent memory, check that – in the four plus decades I’ve been following the Yankees, most of which I remember despite not knowing what day it is most of the time – I’ve never come across a player as frustrating to watch as Gary Sanchez. I say that personally and as an unscientific observer … Continue reading Make friends with the Kraken, NYY fans
Don’t be distracted by the final score (the Yankees won by two touchdowns if you didn’t stick around for the end of Michael Kay’s talk show with the game occurring in the background). If you’ve read my stuff before, you know how often I point out the extent to which randomness affects outcomes in baseball. … Continue reading See the game last night?
I've noticed the Yankees batters have been struggling with runners in scoring position – was it mentioned on the YES network broadcast last night? Did Michael Kay touch on it every inning? Did Jack Curry say something about it from the studio in between innings? Of course I’m being sarcastic. Jack Curry is the baseball … Continue reading RISP? Good way to get blocked.
Last night Masahiro Tanaka hit Joey Wendle with a fastball on the elbow in the first inning of the Rays vs. Yankees game. Approximately two and a half hours later (“manageable” in the condescending jargon of YES network’s Michael Kay) Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman buzzed a ninth-inning, triple-digit mph fastball past the head of Ray’s … Continue reading Kevin Cash. JFC…
The Yankees didn’t make any splashy trade deadline deals, but they did add Addison Russ last week (who despite the unfortunate name, I’m optimistic about) and they added catcher Rob Brantly prior to the deadline weekend in exchange for “cash considerations”. Regarding Brantly, I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it: If you’re good … Continue reading Newest Yankee, Rob Brantly
Jackie Robinson certainly exposed the ignorance of many from a cultural viewpoint. Ironically, his societal impact exposed my own ignorance of how great of a player he was. Maybe not a big deal for you, but I write about baseball so learning exactly how elite he was, was a little disconcerting for me. Don’t get … Continue reading My 42 cents:
Last night on the YES Network broadcast, the gang in the booth were discussing whether or not former Yankee Jorge Posada (who just turned 50…we think…?) should be in the Hall of Fame. The short answer is “no”. With the benefit of hindsight, we know that Jorge was much better than most of us realized … Continue reading I think we’re asking the wrong question