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New York Yankees Brass Delusional Regarding »

Heading into the 2011 season, and during the season itself, the conversation surrounding the Yankees centered almost entirely around an uncertain starting rotation. This talk was justifiable, of course, as the Yankees, in all games not begun by C.C. Sabathia, were typically starting someone who was either too brittle, too inexperienced, [...]

Mickey Mantle: As Discussed by Ted Williams, Joe »

Mickey Mantle “arrived” in 1956 when he won the Triple Crown, but the truth is that he really “arrived” when his contemporaries praised his achievements rather than his potential. Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters of all time. Mantle at his peak barely approached Williams as a hitter, but Williams knew how good [...]

MLB: Modern Statistics Reveal Mickey Mantle Was a »

When the "experts" compared Mickey Mantle to Willie Mays, the first thing they mentioned was each player's batting average. Then they compared the number of home runs each player hit and that was usually followed by comparing their slugging averages. Finally, RBI totals and runs scored were cited. Mantle struck out much more than Mays, which was [...]

David Ortiz to Yankees?: Why Big Papi’s a Bad »

If there's anything the New York Yankees don't need right now, it's another player like David Ortiz.And if there's one team on which Ortiz's talents would be squandered, it's the Yankees.See where I'm going with this?After a long and successful tenure with the Boston Red Sox, Big Papi may be on the way out of Beantown as a free agent, with some [...]

MLB Free Agents 2012: New York Yankees Should Pass on »

For the second year in a row, the New York Yankees' main focus in the offseason will be starting pitching.There's a good chance that Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia won't be back with the team.Phil Hughes still can't be depended on.A.J. Burnett could be shopped around this winter in a trade.And CC Sabathia could opt out of his contract, although [...]

Casey Stengel Remembered: A Baseball Icon and a Yankee »

The rambling, shifting, stream-of-consciousness syntax of Casey Stengel has filled thousands of newspaper and magazine pages with anecdotes ranging from amusing and wise to droll and banal, and sometimes vulgar. More than a million references to No. 37 exist on Google and Yahoo. He was on the cover of Time Magazine twice.  And there are [...]

Baseball WAGs: 10 Hot Starlets To Return Alex »

It's been a rough year for Alex Rodriguez.From a professional standpoint, he battled numerous injuries throughout the long baseball season and when his New York Yankees needed him the most, he went hitless in the American League Division Series, helping the Detroit Tigers to send his club packing.His personal life wasn't faring much better. [...]

MLB Free Agents 2012: CC Sabathia Would Be Smart to »

C.C. Sabathia would be wise to consider one of the biggest rumors to hit MLB free agency this week. His job is simple: opt out and sign with the Texas Rangers. I know there is a great deal of you to scoff at such a suggestion. I call you people Yankees fans. The rest of us understand that Sabathia would be far better off in a new locale, and [...]

New York Yankees: 5 Prospects Who Will Make Majors in »

While the New York Yankees watch the MLB Playoffs from their couches, they can also start planning next year's roster.Free agency and offseason trades can potentially alter current plans, but there are a handful of prospects who could find themselves in the majors in 2012.They all made their major league debuts in 2011, but most of them saw [...]

MLB Free Agency 2012: Why the New York Yankees Must »

New York Yankees' left-handed starting pitcher CC Sabathia must stay in the Bronx if the team plans to contend in 2012.Sabathia has an option to opt-out of the final four years of his seven-year, $161 million deal, signed prior to the 2009 season. If he does, any team with spending money will be in pursuit.The perennial American League Cy Young [...]

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