If I had the time, I could write a few thousand words on this subject, but I promise to keep it as succinct as possible: With MLB player free agent signing season in full swing, management of MLB teams have publicly announced their budgetary concerns, what they can afford, luxury tax issues, etc. as a … Continue reading Do you shill for your local oligarch? Stop.
Today in 1984, the Yankees sent Jay Howell, Jose Rijo, Stan Javier, Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk to Oakland and they received Rickey Henderson in return (and some guy named Bert Bradley). Rickey went on to be the best player on a loaded Yankee team (yes - better than Mattingly and Winfield) and depending on … Continue reading Not a bad trade – today in NYY history
A few thoughts and points of clarification before I give you what you’ve been waiting for: If you think players who used or were suspected of using PEDs should not be in the Hall of Fame based on that alone, you really haven’t thought this one through. It’s OK, it doesn’t make you a bad … Continue reading 2020 HOF ballot
As a Yankee fan and as someone who writes predominantly to other Yankee fans, I tend to begin my assessments of players through that prism, right or wrong. And when it comes to Jason Giambi, I think he’s been vastly underrated by Yankee fans. His propensity for hitting very timely and memorable home runs I … Continue reading Is the “Giambino” a HOFer?
When the Yankees acquired Bobby Abreu in 2006 in part to cover for an injury to right fielder Gary Sheffield, I said to my father and fellow Yankee fan: “Yankee fans are going to love this dude. Somehow he’s flown under the radar but he’s good for a run scored or RBI every day – … Continue reading Bobby Abreu, HOF
September 4th, 1993 was a Saturday afternoon. I know this because of two reasons: One, I just recently watched Jim Abbott’s no-hitter replayed on the YES network (the original broadcast was on MSG) where they reminded me of the date. Secondly, I was in my early twenties at the time and worked in retail, which … Continue reading The More Things Change…
Let’s get something out of the way first: The strategy of using an opener works...when a very good starting pitcher is not available to pitch for you. If you have a choice between a) alternating 4 or 5 relievers over 9 innings, or b) trying to get 5 to 7 good innings from your 4th … Continue reading What the World Series taught us:
Out of left field is a once in a while post that covers matters that don’t necessarily require one thousand words of analyzation, but that I’d like to address anyway. In no particular order of importance… Man, once Joe Buck and John Smoltz set on a course of talking points, they will not deviate regardless … Continue reading Out of Left Field (Series version)
We’re asking the wrong question: The question should not be “Is Cashman a good GM?” The question we should be asking is “Is he good enough?” And I think even the staunchest Cashman defenders have to answer, “No – he is not good enough.” He clearly isn’t as good as Jeff Luhnow. And that’s not … Continue reading Re. Cashman: It’s the wrong question.
If you haven’t seen my most recent posts, just a quick reminder: For several reasons, the post-season isn’t the time to break down and over analyze everything. It’s time to simply enjoy the show. So below I have a couple of observations that, had I made them in the regular season, you could rest assured … Continue reading ALCS game 1 recap