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What’s At Stake: Andy Pettitte and Contract Incentives

After a long drawn out contract dispute with the Yankees last offseason, Andy Pettitte finally settled on a one-year deal that only guaranteed him $5.5 million, but gave him an opportunity to earn as much as $12 million if he reached certain incentives. Then there is this bit from SI’s Jon Heyman: “Andy Pettitte begged the Yankees to keep pitching through his shoulder fatigue—though it appears he’s going to make almost all his incentives and more than double his $5.5 million salary, anyway. Yankees people realize they need Pettitte in the ...

What I’ve learned from 9/11

Ever since two planes trainwrecked my American dream September 11 has always struck me. I don’t know what to say, what to do, or what to write. So why am I bringing things up a week and eight years after the tragedy? At the moment I’m reading a book called “102 Minutes” about the moments around the attacks on the Twin Towers, when workers scurried to save themselves and their workers. To say that it’s moving is an incredible understatement. There are names that jump off the page in this ...

MLB’s Top 10 Surprise Players of 2009

Every year, teams go all out to put the right pieces together. The major league offseason is filled with free agent signings, blockbuster trades, top prospect call-ups. With all these event going down, any club would take the extra bonus of having a player who has a great season out of nowhere. When a guy who is expected to ride the bench all year, keep a position warm for an up and coming prospect, or just plain old stink turns in a big year, it truly is rewarding. This list ...

New York Yankees Still Wait to Learn Burnett’s True Identity

As a baseball season reaches its final month of regular season games, you should be able to tell what you have in a first-year player. You usually know well before that. We figured out by the All-Star break that Mark Teixeira was well worth the investment. Same goes for CC Sabathia. Nick Swisher was a bit more tricky, but as the summer wore on it became clear we had a productive goofball in the fold. But then comes the curious case of Allan James Burnett. We still have no idea what to make of ...

Peter Abraham Leaving Journal News for Boston Globe

According to the Journal News, the Blog Father Peter Abraham is leaving the Journal News as he is jumping ship and will cover and blog about the Red Sox for the Boston Globe next season making him the anti-Johnny Damon. Red Sox fans are getting a damn good journalist. Hopefully they appreciate him, I’m sure they will. He will be missed. I’m leaving The Journal News after nearly 10 years and going to work for The Boston Globe. I’ll be covering baseball—yes, the Red Sox—and blogging for Boston.com. The Globe approached ...

David Robertson Started Rehab

The New York Yankees right handed reliever David Robertson, who threw from 60 feet yesterday, said he felt good, and will do it again today before tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners. If all goes well he is estimated to return by September 28th. The Yankees have no need to rush Robertson back this season, but they’re going to do all they can to make sure he’s ready for the playoffs. Since he’s been out, Brian Bruney has stepped up in the hypothetical depth charts and has continued his terrible ...

N.Y.’s Juan Miranda Has Pop, Just Sad Mark Teixeira Was Plopped in Front of Him

Via Peter Abraham, we’ve learned that Juan Miranda will be joining the Yankees in Seattle tonight. His season with Scranton ended last night when they lost 3-2 in 12 innings to the Durham Bulls in the International League Championship. Miranda played in five games for the Bombers last year, amassing 14 plate appearances. He collected four hits, one of them a double, drove in one run, walked twice, and struck out four times. His line was .400/.500/.500. For Scranton this year, Juan hit .290 with a .369 on-base percentage and a ...

ESPN Can Lead Us to the Yankees, but It Can’t Make Us Love ‘Em

I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I'm on vacation, so bear with me. By now, everyone who cares about such things has heard of and probably seen footage of the skirmish between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. For those who haven't, here's a recap. The Bronx Bombers jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind Sergio Mitre. Shockingly, Mitre surrendered the two-run cushion and then some. It was 3-2 in favor of the Jays when Edwin Encarnacion strode to the plate in ...

The New York Week That Was (9/18/09)

When we last saw the Jets, the comedy team of Eric Mangini and Brett Favre were sabotaging the season. Favre confessed that he had a torn biceps tendon, but he’s just covering up for his arm—it wasn’t torn, it was drunk. The team was even fined for the subterfuge. New and improved coach Rex Ryan gave a pregame speech to remember, which basically boiled down to this: Win one for Richard Todd. And win they did. The rookie coach even shed a tear after the game. It wasn’t because his team won, though, but ...

Yankee Clippers: Is Any Team up to Taking down New York in October?

It's been nine long years since the New York Yankees won their last World Series. It was the year 2000 and the Yankees had won their third straight title. Bill Clinton was in office, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.60 and I was only 11 years old! In fact, the Yankees have only made a World Series appearance twice since then, the last being in 2003 when they lost in six games to the Florida Marlins. It seems as if the Yankees' postseason struggles began in 2001 when they attempted to ...
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