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Mike Pagliarulo’s Memories of Billy Martin »

With the 20th anniversary of Billy Martin’s death on Christmas evening 1989 upon us, it's a good time to look back on Martin's impact on the Yankees and his managing style. I recently put together a compilation of some of his former players talking about Martin , including my talk last year with Mike Pagliarulo about his time playing [...]

Congress’ Resolution: Congratulating the Yankees »

Today I came across the resolution Congress passed in the wake of the Yankees winning the World Series. The text of the resolution includes this: "Whereas the contributions of the Yankees' players throughout the season were all vital in securing the title; and Whereas the Yankees were guided to victory by Manager Joe Girardi, General Manager Brian [...]

Some Impressions of a Young Alex Rodriguez »

As a follow-up to my recent article about Alex Rodriguez's productivity in the playoffs as a Mariner, here are some portions of an interview I did early this year with Kevin Kalal of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' AAA affiliate, in 1995. The excerpts deal with Kalal's impressions of A-Rod back then. When I asked the readers of Mariners' fan [...]

Alex Rodriguez’s Early Playoff Performances »

With the soul of David Ortiz circa 2004 apparently having been transferred to Alex Rodriguez, at least for the 2009 playoffs, it's a good time to look back at the days before people thought he couldn't perform in the postseason. During his time with the Seattle Mariners, there was no sense of Alex Rodriguez choking in the clutch: he scored a run [...]