Yankees fans breathed a little easier last night with C.C. Sabathia's return. He went 7 1/3 innings in the Yanks' 3-1 victory over Cleveland, gave up four hits and a walk, and, best of all, struck out nine. His ERA has now dropped below 3.50 for the season. Then again, he was pitching against the ... More >>
Roger Clemens may be 49, but he apparently can still wing it. The federal government took six swings against him and missed on every one. In case you're counting, that means that the federal investigation into performance enhancing drug use in major league baseball now has nothing to show for the - ... More >>
On October 8, 2010, the day after Andy Pettitte shut down the Minnesota Twin in the first round of the playoffs, I asked the rhetorical question, "Is Pettitte a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate?" The argument for Pettitte now is pretty much what it was then, but let me review it quickly: He's w ... More >>
You could tell that it was a special day at Yankee Stadium when the Bleacher Creatures broke from tradition and started a chant for Andy Pettitte which got most of the 41,000-plus to chime in. I don't recall the Creatures ever chanting the starting pitcher's name when they do the first inning lineup ... More >>
In case you're wondering why the U.S. Government is still pressing a case against Roger Clemens, think about it this way: years of work and millions upon millions of dollars have gone into investigations that have so far resulted in Barry Bonds being confined to his home for six months - and even th ... More >>
I knew on Saturday when the Yankees lost to the Rays 8-6 that if they lost again on Sunday - as they did, 3-0, also to the Rays - that some wise guy would jump up and say, "but the 1998 Yanks started out 0-3 and they did okay." Yes, they did. But the 2012 Yankees aren't the 1998 Yankees. Let us c ... More >>
Does the acquisition of Cliff Lee give the Philadelphia Phillies the best rotation in baseball history? That's a little premature, but you can certainly make a good argument. Right now, Roy Halliday, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels certainly look to rank with the 1954 Cleveland In ... 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 >>
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 >>
Andy Pettitte for the Hall of Fame? As far as I know, no one has seriously made the argument. For most of Pettitte's career, he has been considered a terrific second level pitcher -- seldom the team's ace and usually the number two guy, the man you want to pitch the second game of an importa ... More >>
If Nate Silver is correct, both the Democratic Party and the New York Yankees might be headed for tough times this fall. The ace political pollster/baseball analyst projects the numbers for 1,600 major league ballplayers in the current Baseball Prospectus 2010, and things don't look good for ... More >>
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES FOR WINNING THEIR 27th WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. Well, I'm finally just getting out of bed, after celebrating the World Series Championship of the New York Yankees up until about 7am. None of us wanted ... More >>
November 4, 2009. 11/4. Andy Pettitte is pitching in his 11th postseason with the Yankees. If he wins it, it'll be his 4th of the year. Pedro Martinez is pitching his 11th postseason game. If he loses, it'll be his 4th against the Yankees. If the Yankees win tonight, their postseason reco ... More >>
We want to make this clear before tonight's game: We're not second guessing Joe Girardi's decision to pitch A.J. Burnett on three days rest Monday night. We called it before the game. It was foolish and impulsive, based on a hunch and not logic, and it will have an adverse effect on the Yanke ... More >>
World Series notes: -- Did Johnny Damon's dash to third base in the ninth inning of last night's game take away Brad Lidge's slider and thus force him to throw the fastball at Alex Rodriguez which turned the game around? (The argument goes that since Lidge's slider so often winds up in the d ... More >>
I'm still trying to figure out why I was so calm when we were down 3-0. Half of me wants to chalk it up to the fact I opted to not watch the game in my usual bar, and thereby removed the unavoidable alarmist sentiments dominating such a locale. The other half of me wants to say it's becau ... More >>
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES FOR THEIR 40TH AMERICAN LEAGUE PENNANT! Good God. I don't even know where to begin. On the 25th of October, Yankees clinched their World Series spot with a 5-2 win. Their 110th of the season, making their playoff record 7-2, as they head into the fi ... More >>
Ahhh, it feels good to be back in the Bronx. (I say that as if I was the one traveling across the country to play in Anaheim, but it's more like sympathy jetlag. It feels so good for the Yankees to be back.) I may or may not have this same sunny disposition when I'm sitting in the left field ... More >>
When you live by yourself, you can go hours without speaking. You don't realize it, but then sometimes you wake up on a Sunday after a baseball game and call your parents at noon only to discover you lost your voice. Actually, "lost" isn't the right word. I know exactly where I left it...so ... More >>
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW YORK YANKEES ON SWEEPING THE AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES! Instead of a straight recap, we're doing it running-diary style. Because years from now when I'm locked up and under observation for some new breed of manic psychosis, these entries will be invaluable to ... More >>
Previewing Game 3 of the ALDS, Yankees @ Twins, 7:07pm...Minnesota facing elimination... "Are the Twins on crack starting Pavano over Baker on full rest?" --Text message from White Sox buddy It's a fair question. I'm not really sure what the reasoning is behind this, but the only thing I ca ... More >>
I cannot believe what the hell just happened. My hands are still shaking. My heart may or may not be fighting the good fight against certain cardiac arrest. The Yankees just beat the Twins in 11 innings, off the bat of Mark Teixeira--his first walkoff in pinstripes, the Yankees' 11th posts ... More >>
Several million words have been written in the last few years about why teams win in the playoffs -- or more precisely, why the playoffs are different than the regular season. Most of it can be summed up in a few words: Setting your starting rotation and having a deeper bullpen. Over the la ... More >>
So we're back to this again, huh? Tampa Bay just secured a place on my fantasy team of "People to Kill." Or rather, I think this is more in line with what I have in mind. Saturday's game between the Yanks and the Devil Rays (which is what I'm back to calling them for the next day of the sea ... More >>
It sounds a lot more dramatic when you say it like that. But really, like every game since this past Monday, it means nothing. The Yankees play the Rays, and then they'll go on to play more baseball next week, too. The same can't be said for Tampa Bay. Where do teams get their drive from, af ... More >>
If Yankee fans thought the team's post All-Star game run -- 27-10, best in the major leagues -- and overall performance -- .624 W-L, best in the majors -- is too good to be true, they might be right. As every Yankee fan and front office executive knows, none of this matters unless they at least ... More >>
Last Thursday the Daily News' back cover told us in huge letters that the "Heat Is On" Roger Clemens and "Pressure on Rocket grows as grand jury subpoenas Houston gym owner, others." This was the latest "Daily News I-Team Exclusive" from Michael O'Keeffe, Christian Red, Teri Thompson, and Natha ... More >>
When are journalists (and baseball) going to ask Andy tougher questions?
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Notes from the grapefruit league, Yankees edition
Zen and the Art of New York Yankee World Championships
Careful, Yanks. The Boss Is Watching
The Bombers' Current Run Officially Ends
They're All Going to Cooperstown. Which Ones Will Have to Pay Admission?
Relax, Yankee Fans. Everything's in Good Hands.
Thanks for the Memories, You Yankee Role Players. Now Get Out of Here.
Yanks: Wait Till Next Year
Luck Be a Yankee Tonight
Will The Yankee Juggernaut Crash In '99?