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Archive for January, 2012

New York Yankees: Ranking 8 Most Vital Players to 2012 »

When it comes to the New York Yankees, people usually don't think twice about tossing around the phrase "World Series favorites" on any given year.  Somehow, someway, the Yankees almost always seem to vault themselves into the playoffs by season's end, and 2012 will be no different.The Yankees seemed like a sure-fire second-place team in [...]

New York Yankees: George Steinbrenner Wanted to Trade »

George Steinbrenner was willing to trade Jorge Posada in an attempt to acquire either San Diego's Rickey Henderson or Boston's Mike Stanley. General manager Bob Watson refused to knuckle under to the Yankees owner that was once willing to trade a young Ron Guidry. On July 31, 1997 the New York Yankees had the majors third-best record and were [...]

New York Yankees: Why They’re Overjoyed at Cole »

Last week, Cole Hamels avoided arbitration with the Philadelphia Phillies and agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract for the 2012 season.Hamels' agent, John Boggs (no relation to Wade) remarked: "We're happy we've concluded the one-year portion of this...and at the appropriate time, I'm sure we'll have dialogue with the Phillies and continue [...]

MLB Free Agency: Winners and Losers of the 2012 »

January is coming to a close, and free agency is wrapping up.Players like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, CJ Wilson, Jonathan Papelbon, Gio Gonzalez and Jose Reyes have new homes, while some players like Matt Kemp and CC Sabathia decided to stay at home.Every team and player wants to come out of the offseason better than when they went in, but not [...]

Jorge Posada: Why the New York Yankees Great Deserves »

Earlier today, New York Yankees now-former catcher Jorge Posada announced that he would be retiring from baseball after 17 seasons in pinstripes. Posada announced that he would not rejoin the Yankees at the end of the season, and when nobody seemed interested in picking him up, he decided it was time to retire. When a man like Posada, who had [...]

New York Yankees: Ranking the Yankees Top 5 Pitching »

The New York Yankees already have two very good young arms in New York in Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, but what about in the minor leagues?Who do they have that can replace Hiroki Kuroda and Freddy Garcia after 2012 if they fail to trade for or sign a pitcher in free agency?The Yankees are not known for having a strong farm system. and after [...]

MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Need to Trade for a »

Suddenly, the Yankees really need a designated hitter.Jorge Posada is retiring. The Detroit Tigers just seriously bolstered their offense by signing Prince Fielder. The Anaheim Angels already brought in Albert Pujols, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays aren't going anywhere and, oh yeah, the Texas Rangers are still really, really good.The [...]

New York Yankees Great Mariano Rivera: “You Have »

The 1995 New York Yankees had lost the first five straight games of a western swing. It was only May 28, but Mr. Steinbrenner needed a victory. Manager Buck Showalter started 25-year-old Mariano Rivera against the Oakland A's. It was Rivera's second major league appearance.The California Angels had blasted him for five runs in his first major [...]

Jorge Posada Retirement Video: Watch New York Yankees »

New York Yankees Hall of Fame-caliber catcher Jorge Posada formally announced his retirement on Tuesday, January 26, 2012. It was an emotional conference, with Posada rightfully breaking down as he called it quits on a legendary career. Despite a laundry list of Yankee greats, Jorge will forever have a special place in the hearts of Yank [...]

Phil Hughes: Will He Be Traded for a Designated »

Brian Cashman has again suggested he will use the Yankees surplus of pitching to target a DH in the trade market. Looking at it from all sides, this is what New York has. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda are NOT being traded. Don't even try to argue it. Then, the possibilities are A.J. Burnett, Freddy Garcia and Phil [...]

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