You'd probably think that a baseball team's losing its young, hot right-handed starting pitcher and three-quarters of what was being touted as the best bullpen in baseball would hurt any chances it has of staying in contention. But after a rare sweep of the A's in Oakland, capped by a 2-0 shutout Su ... More >>
If, like me, you're going through a severe case of Mariano withdrawal, take a little time off and go to YouTube. Or trust my own selection of The Best of Mo. This is how I spent my Thursday night, pulling up my favorite Rivera videos so you didn't have to. But if you think you have some as good or ... More >>
How does yesterday rank with the worst days in Yankee history? Well, yesterday the Yankees learned that, realistically for all intents and purposes, their hopes for the 2012 World Series were over. They also got a pretty good idea that the rest of this decade doesn't look too good either. Mark Fe ... More >>
Sabathia: Big dramaC.C. or C.J.? Does it come down to that for the Yankees? We still don't know who's going to the World Series, but the internet is abuzz with speculation about whether the Yankees are going to try to re-sign C.C. Sabathia or Texas Rangers left-handed ace C.J. Wilson — or both ... More >>
Billy BeaneIt's a Moneyball media fest out there — the articles on the book Moneyball, the movie Moneyball, the stars of Moneyball and the articles about the articles about Moneyball have created a light industry. Everything you always wanted to know about Moneyball is currently available on ... More >>
Field of statistically knowable dreams
This week in the Voice, Michaelangelo Matos writes of the Rapture's return to DFA Records with their new album, their "soul record," In the Grace of Your Love. The band will be playing Webster Hall this Friday. Steven Thrasher explores Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, a program tha ... More >>
Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...
What a horrible year it's been. There's been something to annoy everyone, and everyone took full advantage: The health care bill, the Tea Party, the BP spill, the Ground Zero Mosque, the Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart rallies, the Republican Comeback, the enhanced TSA patdowns, WikiLeaks -- and every bi ... More >>
No sooner did the World Series end than Alex Rodriguez became the answer to the question "Why did it take the Rangers so long to win the pennant?" On Monday, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times speculated about the possibility of the Yankees obtaining Cliff Lee: "Lee could enjoy the Yankees, ... More >>
We can thank Daily News writer John Harper for staying in top of the Texas Ranger CEO's comments on Yankees fans yesterday on ESPN radio - you know by now, Chuck Greenberg's remarks that fans at Yankee Stadium were "violent, apathetic, and an embarrassment." "Let's face it," Harpers says, "there is ... More >>
No point right now in looking into the Yankees chances of getting Cliff Lee -- though offhand I'd say the odds are about the same as they were for the Knicks in landing LeBron James. There's also not much point wondering what the Yankees need to do to pull themselves together next season. The ... More >>
A Reuters article today entitled "Lee makes himself more enticing for Yankees" notes that Texas Rangers southpaw Cliff Lee -- who delivered the New York Yankees a brutal slaying last night -- is looking more and more enticing to the 2009 World Series Champion Team, and that the Yankees can an ... More >>
On Friday, we quoted Daily News writer John Harper's dire scenario for the Yankees: "On second thought, what if it's not such a break for the Yankees that Cliff Lee can't pitch until Game 3? Really, it's only natural to presume that delaying Lee's impact on the series helps the defending ch ... More >>
Everyone is saying that tonight's game, the first of the American League Championship Series, is critical for both the Yankees and Rangers. It appears more critical, though, for the Yankees for two very simple reasons. One, of course, is Cliff Lee. If Lee doesn't start until Game 3, then if ... More >>
Some things are simply unforeseeable. After all, who would've thought that the New York Yankees - the highest-paid team in baseball, the team that won the World Series just six months ago - would sustain what some could only perceive as the most shocking defeat in the history of the franchise ... More >>
Does it seem that every time there's a controversy over some frivolous issue in baseball that Alex Rodriguez is at the center of it? Or do some players and writers simply get mileage from following A-Rod and looking for reasons to create a controversy? By now everyone knows that in Thursday's game ... More >>
The Yankees take on the Oakland A's
In the middle of this storm of anti-Rodriguez hype, a calm voice from sabermetrician J.C. Bradbury presents the case that the two steroids A-Rod took most likely had no impact on his performance: "It's probably best to say that there was no observed effect. It is possible that the steroids did give ... More >>
The Mets needed a good setup man to go with their closer, and seem to have found one in the amusingly named J.J. Putz, formerly of the Mariners, obtained in a complicated deal in which the Mets also got outfielder Jeremy Reed and another middle reliever, Sean Green, from the Mariners. The Mets sent ... More >>
"A-Rod: Genius or Idiot?" asks Peter Abraham at the LoHud Yankees Blog after the Bombers' 4-3 loss to the Angels, which completed their weekend sweep. (Chone Figgins hit the game-winning single in the ninth against Mariano Rivera. On the bright side, it was the only pitch Rivera threw, leaving him f ... More >>
Weekend of July 18, 2008 I can’t believe it. The Rays are back in first place!? The Sox need to do everything they can to climb up the 1.5 games they're behind, and everyone needs to start pitching in. And as I tuned in to the Sox-Angels game Saturday afternoon on the radio, somewhere in the s ... More >>
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