The bad old days are here again. The New York Yankees, as is their five-year tradition, are spending money like only the New York Yankees can. The Brian McCann signing isn’t even official yet (press event Thursday) and now the Yankees have signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year contract reportedly worth more than $150 million dollars. US dollars. Legal tender.
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Posted by Drew Fairservice under Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees, Trades And Signings on Dec 03, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Analysis, Atlanta Braves, Hall of Fame, New York Mets, New York Yankees on Nov 29, 2013
Hall of Fame ballots, hypothetical or otherwise, are subjective by nature. The list of ten players from this year’s ballot who I deemed, in my infinite wisdom, to be worthy of Hall support was subject to my own whims and shifting criteria.
As has been discussed ad nauseum, there is 15 pounds of Hall of Fame meat on this year’s 10 pound ballot. Multiple worthy candidates will find themselves off the ballots of many voters, who take the seemingly clear edict from the governing body and twist and contort it to their own agenda.
Or maybe different people just value the contributions of given baseball players differently. Using what I believe to be important indicators of pitching prowess, I arrived at a slightly controversial conclusion that Mike Mussina was a better pitcher than Tom Glavine. This aspect of my personal (fake) ballot attracted its fair share of attention.
Mike Mussina has become something of a cause célèbre among baseball writers of a certain vintage – and rightfully so. Mike Mussina is a Hall of Famer. Full stop. And here is why he looks better than a player sure to far more support from the voters at large.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Boston Red Sox, Free Agency, New York Yankees, Trades And Signings on Nov 05, 2013
A lot was made yesterday over the unwelcome realization that the Yankees and Red Sox, by virtue of their raft of potential free agents, stand to earn a whole lot of compensatory draft picks. This hardly seems like the intended consequence of the new C.B.A. Rather than compensate smaller market teams unable to retain the services of the their free agents, we see the same old rich clubs nabbing extra picks.
Firstly, anyone who reads the qualifying offer arrangement as anything other than a mid-level salary tax is wholly misguided. Stripping signing teams of a draft pick doesn’t change the way top free agents are valued but it certainly gives concerned teams pause when it comes to more middling players.
Which brings us back to the Red Sox and Yankees, apparently reaping added benefits from the latest CBA. To just throw up our hands and blame the East Coast bias or claim the league is in the cahoots with the Yankees. It is a symptom of long-held factors that existed long before the current CBA.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Narratives, New York Yankees on Sep 24, 2013
Wishing ill on the New York Yankees might be good for the soul but it is, ultimately, pointless. There are only so many creative insults one can lob toward the Bronx that won’t be instantly silenced by a cold, dispassionate utterance of the unofficial Yankees mantra: count the rings.
Worse yet: counting the rings can and does stop any good natured ribbing dead in its tracks. No team can argue more success, both in the last twenty years or the long history of the American League, than the New York Yankees. Few teams can claim a better nucleus of homegrown players than the authors of the last 18+ years of Yankees, all best known for their work in pinstripes.
Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada up the middle. Andy Pettitte on the hill in October, Mariano Rivera taking over late, baseball’s all-time leader in playoff games pitched. Since 1995, these are autumnal constants for baseball fans.
The Yankees have weathered the departure of most of their “golden generation”, the core of stars and near-stars that back-boned the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009, not to mention claiming the AL pennant in 2001 and 2003. All told, the Yankees only missed the postseason once in the Wild Card era – 2008. While the Yankees spent big on free agents and took on more and more salary to keep that machine running, the Yankees always featured that collection of well-known names.
The Yankees are, barring a miracle, poised to add a second playoff-less season to their unbelievable ledger of regular season triumphs. Not officially dead yet but, as they prepare to battle the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Yankees wildcard hopes are riding off into the sunset, following two more of their most recognizable stars.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under My Approach, New York Yankees, Robinson Cano on Sep 10, 2013
Life is tough for a second baseman. Making the double play turn as second base while some enormous base runners bear down on you, attempting to blast you into left field takes its toll on the body. Second base occupies a strange strata in the baseball universe – is it a defensive position? Sure helps. Is it an offensive position? You can hide someone who might not be quite good enough for shortstop there, sure.
For whatever reason, the number of great offensive second basemen throughout history is shorter than one would assume. Joe Morgan stands alone as possibly the greatest second baseman of all time. Roberto Alomar was recently inducted into Cooperstown for his legendary defense and oustanding offensive game.
All of whom trail Robinson Cano as offensive players. Through their age-30 seasons, only five second basemen can claim a higher OPS+ than Robinson Cano in the Live Ball era (1920 and up). Only one, Soriano, hit more home runs though Cano might pass him before the season ends. The man named after Jackie Robinson ranks 9th in WAR among similarly-aged 2B during the Live Ball era.
Quite simply, Robinson Cano is one of the best second basemen of the last half century. Despite playing for the storied New York Yankees, this feat seems somehow overshadowed. A free agent at the end of the season, Cano is sure to receive a pay check consistent with his exceptional skills and accomplishments.
I spoke to Robinson Cano about how he approaches his work between games, playing with legends, and staying consistent in the latest edition of My Approach.
Posted by Matt Klaassen under Fogging The Measure, New York Yankees on Jun 06, 2013
Despite injuries, looming/eternal scandals, and a May swoon, the New York Yankees are still in it. Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner plunged back to earth in May with alarming speed while Robinson Cano was merely human, but the Yanks are still just just a game-and-a-half behind Boston for the lead in the American League East. CC Sabathia‘s fastball velocity is down, but he still managed to pitch to the score yesterday as the Yankees got the 6-4 over Cleveland.
Yesterday’s victory in New York also featured a home run from, off all people, speedy-n-scrappy Brett Gardner – a three-run shot in the bottom of the second that put the Yankees up 6-0. It was Gardner’s sixth home run of the season. In May, Gardner was actually the Yankees’ best hitter. That is very, to put it mildly, surprising. After losing 2012 to injury, saber-favorite Gardner seems to be back doing his thing. But it is a bit different that his Old Thing. The speed and defense are still there, but is it the same Gardner?