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Turn Back Your Calendars: Top MLB Free Agents of The »

The off season was full of dramatic free agent signings including the Phillies swooping in and signing former Cy Young Cliff Lee to add to their Big 4. Many of these free agents were no names five years ago, so let me turn the calendars back 1,825 days with you and show you how these free agents played five years ago and where.Begin Slideshow

New York Yankees Sign Leonel Vinas, an Amateur Player »

The Yankees announced the signing of 19-year-old righty Leonel Vinas, an amateur player who has spent the last year with co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner’s Hank’s Yanks. Hank’s Yanks is an amateur team that is made up of players “from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the New York area.” Vinas was the ace of [...]

Yankees 2011 Leadoff Man: With Jeter’s Clock »

For the past two seasons, Derek Jeter has been leading off for the New York Yankees after spending many years in the two-hole. At the beginning of 2009, Joe Girardi explained that Jeter was a "more pure" lead-off man than Johnny Damon. Speculation has it that it was also because Jeter frequently hits into double-plays. The move certainly didn't do [...]

MLB Rumors: 5 Pitchers on the Yankees’ Christmas »

After getting spurned by top free agents from Cliff Lee to Carl Crawford and failing to make a trade for an impact arm such as Zack Greinke, the New York Yankees currently sit as a team that is certainly no better than last year's version, and may be even worse. If the Yankees cannot entice longtime great Andy Pettitte out of retirement, the [...]

The Day Mickey Mantle Was Benched for Not Hustling »

Mickey Mantle matured on Aug. 14, 1960. The New York Yankees were embroiled in a tense pennant race with the defending American League champion Chicago White Sox and the upstart young Baltimore Orioles.The Washington Senators were in Yankee Stadium for a doubleheader. The Yankees were in first place, but when the games had been completed, [...]

10 Panic Moves Teams May Make after Missing Out On »

Heading into the offseason, the Yankees considered themselves favorites to land Cliff Lee, and the Rangers definitely thought they had a chance. The Angels though they could sign Carl Crawford, and several teams around the league believed they could bring in Zack Greinke.With all three players off the market—Lee in Philly, Greinke in [...]

Andy Pettitte: Will The New York Yankees’ »

With the Yankees having missed out on ace pitchers Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke, they are now faced with more bad news. Veteran lefty Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retirement, which will make the Yankee rotation thinner than it already is. There are not many options left in free agency, so the Yankees might be forced to make the 38-year old [...]

Don Larsen’s Perfect Game Meant Nothing to the »

The New York Yankees rarely allow emotions to interfere with winning. After the Cleveland Indians won the 1954 pennant to snap the Yankees' record streak of five consecutive pennants and World Championships, general manager George Weiss, referred to by baseball writers as "Lonesome George," stole Bob Turley and Don Larsen from the Baltimore [...]

Welcome Back, Luis Vizcaino: New York Yankees Go Back »

The New York Yankees relied on the right arm of Luis Vizcaino as their bridge to Mariano Rivera in 2007. The Yankees acquired him in the deal that also brought along Randy Johnson for a short amount of time. Then they sent Vizcaino on his way and chose not to re-sign him when his contract expired. Vizcaino's road in the Major Leagues was crazy [...]

New York Yankees: Did They Make the Right Move in »

Zack Greinke was traded to the Brewers for a host of minor league prospects on Sunday, and if that doesn't do much for you, don't sweat it. Nobody else seemed to care much either.Viewed through the prism of pure talent, Greinke should have been seen as every bit Lee's equal in terms of desirability this offseason. They're both Cy Young Award [...]

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