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New York Yankees Didn’t Expect To Win the 1955 »

It has taken almost 56 years, but I have just discovered that my friends and I were more upset that the New York Yankees lost the 1955 World Series than they were. Less than two minutes after Gil Hodges caught a low throw from shortstop Pee Wee Reese to retire Elston Howard, the Yankees were in their dressing room at Yankee Stadium. They were a [...]

MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Unlikely to Deal Carlos Pena to »

Yesterday, we found out the Yankees put in a waiver claim for Chicago Cubs first basemen Carlos Pena.The teams have 48 hours to work out a deal or Pena gets pulled back off waivers and remains with the team.Right now, it's looking like Pena will be staying with Chicago.According to Bruce Levine of ESPN, Pena talked to Cubs interim GM Randy Bush [...]

MLB: Mickey Mantle’s Bat Beat Brooklyn but »

Mickey Mantle's torn hamstring muscle in his right thigh prevented him from playing in the opening game of the 1955 World Series, but his bat still beat the Brooklyn Dodgers. Joe Collins, the New York Yankees left-handed hitting first baseman, had been in a severe slump at the end of August. He had tried most of the things that slumping hitters [...]

Where Do New York Yankees Hitters of Today Match Up »

Baseball's past is the richest in all of American sports.  The sample size is like no other, with thousands of players having filtered through generations of the game.  The fraternity is so large, in fact, that it is most likely possible to link every current player to one in the past that was anywhere from remotely to remarkably similar [...]

MLB: Maris and Mantle’s 1961 Chase to Break the »

Roger Maris decided that he would no longer speak to the press. According to Clete Boyer, who was the third baseman on the 1961 New York Yankees, Maris had managed only one hit in nine at-bats in a doubleheader during the middle of August against the Baltimore Orioles.A check on Retrosheet reveals Boyer was a little confused with respect to the [...]

New York Yankees’ Freddy Garcia Likely to DL, so »

Freddy Garcia has been an absolute bargain for the Yankees in 2011.It's a shame that he'll likely be out now for them.Because of a cut he sustained on the index finger of his right hand, rendering him unable to throw his split-finger pitch in a bullpen session, it looks like Garcia will be headed to the disabled list, according to George King of [...]

MLB: Joe Girardi Must Emulate Billy Martin and Not »

Joe Girardi has always respected umpires—sometimes to a fault. When Girardi was managing the Florida Marlins in 2006, Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins owner, was heckling an umpire from his seat behind home plate. Loria was not pleased with the arbiter's interpretation of the strike zone. Girardi, who has always stood for truth, justice and the [...]

4 Reasons New York Yankees Will Win AL East »

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are the only possible winners of the deep AL East. That's how the season has unfolded for many years now. Odds are that both teams will earn a playoff spot regardless of who wins the division.The division winner will most likely have to face the Detroit Tigers, while the Wild Card occupant will play the [...]

New York Yankees: Call It a Comeback for Derek Jeter? »

In his career with the Yankees, Derek Jeter has received little criticism from an aggressive New York media.This season, things are different.The Yankee captain went into this season coming off a bit of a disappointing year, with Jeter batting just .270, his lowest career average, and the Yankees losing in the ALCS to the Texas Rangers.Jeter [...]

MLB: A Week Without the New York Yankees for a »

It's been a little while since I've been able to write anything on this website, so it does feel good to be back on here again.For those who don't know or weren't a part of this website late last year, in December I got married. Because my wife is a teacher with limited time for vacation, we had to put off going on our honeymoon until August.So we [...]

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