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Friday, May 29, 2015

For de Blasio, a Red Sox Fan, the Simple Pleasure of Baseball Gets Complicated

“I’ve waited over 20 years, almost my entire adult life, for a Democratic mayor,” complained Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “For him to be a Boston Red Sox fan? Come on.”...

Mr. de Blasio has said he plans to attend a Yankees game soon. The team has extended a standing invitation.

“He told me he’s brave,” Mr. Levine said, anticipating a Bronx cheer. “He’ll take the pounding.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 29, 2015 at 05:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees takes sole possession of all-time AL RBI list

All the Yankees fans I know just can’t stop talking about A-Rod.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Bernie Williams Day reminds us Yankees’ glory days are over - Newsday

What the current Yankees are experiencing is separation anxiety. With an uncertain, unremarkable future ahead, they can’t seem to let go of the past. Hanging a new plaque every once in a while is a worthy hat-tip to the glory days. But too much of a good thing can be suffocating for the 2015 Yankees, even for Joe Girardi, who has the unique perspective of both playing with and managing those icons.

“I think it kind of went to pasture when Derek left,” Girardi said, “because it’s a whole new group of guys. There’s guys that were there in the clubhouse who were part of the 2009 championship. But when the Yankees are talked about, they’re talked about from the late ‘90s and early 2000s. And that group of players is gone. So this group needs to start something themselves.”

But the reality is, there will never be an A-Rod Day. Or plaques for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. One ring isn’t enough. Not in the Bronx. And far too often, the Yankees keep reminding everyone that their best days are behind them.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bernie williams, yankees

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Alex Rodriguez ties Babe Ruth for 4th on all-time RBIs list at 1,992

Because RBIs were not considered an official statistic until 1920, there is some discrepancy as to how many RBIs Ruth should be credited with. However, Elias Sports Bureau, the statistician of Major League Baseball, has Ruth at 1,992 for his career.

bb-ref has Ruth at 2214 RBI. If you ignore everything before 1920, it becomes 1990 RBI. So it would seem that they’re ignoring everything before 1920 and have two extra RBI unaccounted for. Maybe they came from the same game as Ty Cobb’s two extra hits.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, babe ruth, yankees

The M&M Boys: A Profile in Civility

Nothing new, but who doesn’t like reading about Mantle and Maris?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey mantle, roger maris, yankees

Friday, May 22, 2015

NYTimes Columnist: Bryce Harper coming to Yankees, A-Rod is worse than Satan.

Come for the arrogance:

When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.

When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.

“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.

But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.

Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had literally nothing to do with the topic of the article:

Today’s Yankees are aging and aching, with their biggest star, Alex Rodriguez, a serial liar pushing 40 (years, not homers). The rest? C. C. Sabathia and Carlos Beltran are on the downside of their career. Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Red Sox star, cannot seem to stay healthy and is now on the disabled list, where Mark Teixeira has also spent substantial time in recent years.

Like it or not, Rodriguez is the face of the Yankees, whether he is bashing homers and striking out in the ninth or repeating, over and over again, that “I just want to play baseball.”

If Harper does join the Yankees Mancur will no doubt suddenly find that she loathes him because of the same qualities she’s lauding him for in this article.


MLB commissioner: Yankees in the right on A-Rod’s $6M | New York Post

The teams’ man agrees with a team. STOP THE PRESSES!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, commissioner's office, yankees

Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez’s home run bonus if .... | NJ.com

If you are going to release part of the contract, release the whole contract. I believe their claim that his homers weren’t marketable isn’t accurate. Sure, they *might* not have been able to make as much money as they potentially could have if ARod hadn’t gotten caught juicing but that’s debatable. With his start, Yankees fans surely don’t have him classified as a villian.

The team has released a portion of the contract that says it’s up to the Yankees to decide whether Rodriguez’s home run chase is commercially marketable. A-Rod’s run up to Mays, the Yankees determined, wasn’t marketable because of the stains from his PED scandal and season-long suspension in 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Survey: Athletes making $17.94 billion on 333 top teams

Baseball players are paid too much! Argle-bargle!

But it’s the NBA that has the highest average per-player salary. At $4.6 million, the NBA ranks just ahead of India’s IPL cricket ($4.3 million) and MLB ($4.2 million).

The top three NBA teams are the Brooklyn Nets ($6.2 million per player), New York Knicks ($5.9 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($5.3 million). The Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.0 million) lead baseball and the Royal Challengers Bangalore ($4.5 million) head the IPL list. Wondering how NFL teams fare? The football team with the highest average salary, the Miami Dolphins ($2.3 million), doesn’t crack the list until No. 124.

The survey reveals which teams spend the most on their players, including an analysis of 333 teams in 17 major pro leagues, covering seven sports, 13 countries and 9,731 athletes who are making a combined $17.94 billion.

Some of those big spenders have help. Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), for example, sponsors Real Madrid. Billionaire Sheikh Mansour owns Manchester City, which held the top spot in the survey the previous two years. Mansour is a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a man whose wealth is derived from oil. Mansour also co-owns, with the Steinbrenner family (the Yankees’ principal owners), the newly minted MLS franchise New York City Football Club—so baseball royalty meets actual royalty.

The amount of wealth in the sports landscape can be staggering. The Yankees are spending an average of $7.3 million per player—yet dropped from second to ninth on the overall list this year.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletes, dodgers, money, nfl, salaries, soccer, yankees

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Jacoby Ellsbury injuries are part of the $153M equation - Yankees Blog - ESPN

Yankees fans, speaking from experience, I suggest forming a support group.

Jacoby Ellsbury has shown some signs this season as to why he is a $153 million man. Nearly a quarter of the way through the season, there have more than a few flashes when Ellsbury has shown the ability to get on base and create runs, while playing excellent defense. It has been a reminder of how dynamic he can be.

But the issue with Ellsbury’s big deal the whole time—besides the fact that he has only had one truly standout season in his career—is that he has been fragile. Ellsbury is an amazing athlete, but he hasn’t been able to stay on the field enough.

Now, he is going to on the DL with a sprained right knee. Joe Giardi said he didn’t think it was serious, but this is Ellsbury so there has to be concern because his whole game is built on his legs.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez relates to Bryce Harper on and off the field - NY Daily News

I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bryce harper, nationals, yankees

Friday, May 15, 2015

CJorge Posada Sorry For A-Rod Comments « CBS New York

Cornered? Why didn’t he just say the devil made him do it?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jorge Posada says Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be in Hall of Fame

Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.

“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”

Strassmann then brought up Roger Clemens and Rodriguez, both former teammates of Posada who were known to be cheating. He asked the five-time All Star if those guys should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

“No,” he said bluntly. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean.”

He was then asked specifically about Rodriguez.

“Yeah. I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t,” he said. “I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, hall of fame, jorge posada, peds, yankees

Yogi Berra at 90: Quips and quotes from a Yankees icon

Belated Happy Birthday to Yogi!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yogi berra

Yankees Insider: Drew to replace Alex Rodriguez as backup 3B - NY Daily News

They must want to keep in the lineup to better Alex’s chances of hitting his next milestone homer.

A-Rod has been nursing a sore left hamstring, sitting out Saturday’s game. He started the past two games and was in the starting lineup Tuesday, even stealing a base in the ninth inning on Monday night. He was seen grabbing at the hamstring after taking the base - which was later scored as defensive indifference - but expressed little concern after the game.

“I think it should be OK,” Rodriguez said Monday night. “My left hammy was a little tight the other day, so I have to keep an eye on that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, stephen drew, yankees

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The nightmare is happening: The New York Yankees are a very good team - SweetSpot - ESPN

David likes them, he really likes them.

That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to 85 or 90 losses.

It starts with Rodriguez, the onetime golden child—so long ago, of course—turned pariah seeking his moment of redemption. I don’t know if he’ll get that; he remains, after all, the most disliked player in the game. But he is hitting .250/.360/.558, has knocked in 20 runs, is saying all that right things and has sort of become the anchor of the lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Michael Pineda cranks up his fastball, nets great results - Stats

Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.

Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Madden: Michael Pineda just like Matt Harvey, minus the hype - NY Daily News

“I was very happy,” he said of his outing, which improved his record to 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA (identical to Harvey, who is 5-1) and an unfathomable (unless you consider the other-worldly Bartolo Colon) 54/3 strikeouts/walks ratio. “Today is Mother’s Day and I’m happy my mother got to watch the game in the Dominican Republic. I love my mom.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Saturday, May 09, 2015

NY Daily News: Madden: MLB denies colluding with MLBPA on illegal A-Rod bonus deal

[Yankee president Randy] Levine presented the [milestone bonus] plan to [MLB Executive Vice President of Labor Relations Dan] Halem, who represented MLB, and Michael Weiner, the late executive director of the Players Association, to hammer out the separate agreement, which included the Yankees and A-Rod sharing any profits.

According to Halem, Orza, who CNN described as having “helped craft the MLB marketing agreement,” was in fact not a part of the direct negotiations nor present at any meeting on the side agreement. He went on to say the other clubs, as well as the players, were notified by memo that the agreement was a separate marketing deal, which included a strict provision stating that the Yankees were not obligated to pay for any of the so-called milestones.

A Players Association official declined comment Saturday on Orza’s remarks, adding that the union is prepared to support Rodriguez in any action he may choose to take against the Yankees.

bobm Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:43 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, bonus, yankees

Friday, May 08, 2015

A-Rod Hits HR No. 661 to Pass Mays for 4th, Yankees Top O’s - NYTimes.com

“It’s a lot of fun to be part of,” said Brett Gardner, who pulled off Rodriguez’s helmet. “I know there’s a lot of questions surrounding everything. Still, 661 home runs is a lot.”

Mark Teixeira stayed out of the batter’s box as the cheers swelled. Rodriguez was encouraged by the Yankees to take a curtain call, and he said he looked to manager Joe Girardi for reassurance that it was OK. Then, ever so briefly, the three-time AL MVP jumped to the top step and thrust both hands above his head.

“When you’re productive you re-earn their respect and they pull for you,” Girardi said of the fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy

His name was Michael Burke, and, as should be plain by now, he was not your typical baseball executive. He stood apart from the blah collection of moneymen known as the “Lords of Baseball,” and not just because of his unusual career, which also included pit stops in the circus, Hollywood, and broadcasting. Burke was stylish, learned, and amiable, but neither his background nor his demeanor helped the Yankees accumulate many victories…

Burke was a drinking man, a soldier, and an athlete, so naturally he palled around with Ernest Hemingway, whom he met in an Irish bar during WWII. The two remained friends long after the war. Hemingway’s chosen biographer, Carlos Baker, wrote about Burke juking Hemingway out of his fisherman’s sweater in a game of touch football. Burke traveled to Cuba near the end of Hemingway’s life and deduced what was at hand. “(My wife and I) discussed the possibility he might kill himself,” Burke later wrote. “A message in some silent cipher foretold that he would rather be dead than incapacitated.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 07, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: good old days, owners, yankees

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Kyle Farnsworth is a defensive lineman now, and he leads his team in sacks

Good news everyone!

Kyle Farnsworth is ... listen, there are a lot of descriptions that walk a fine line between libelous and accurate, so let’s just say that he’s different. He could take your nose off with one well-placed karate chop, and then he would probably do something weird with the nose.

So it’s completely bizarre and perfectly logical that 321 days after throwing his last major league pitch, the 39-year-old Farnsworth is leading his Florida Football Alliance team in sacks and tackles.

We’re talking real, minor league, tackle football with with big dudes. Of course Farnsworth is thriving. Of course he is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, football, kyle farnsworth, royals, tigers, yankees

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