Tagged: Hideki Matsui

Chat or Chuck: Johnny Damon

Another big, big question for the Yankees. Johnny Damon, coming off a great season, jumps onto the free agent market. The Yankees seem to like Damon a lot, but have also favored younger, more athletic players. For a while it seemed as though Damon was sure to come back, but now, it is certainly no sure thing. Lets take a look at the options:

Why Chat?:

  • He had a monster season, tying his career high in home runs at 24.
  • His swing is perfect for the New Yankee Stadium.
  • Although he didn’t show it as much this year, he can really run well.
  • He is an impact player, he showed that in World Series game 4.
  • He’s getting better at playing left field.
  • If the Yankees don’t sign Matsui, Damon can fall back on the DH spot.
  • He really only wants to play for the Yankees and if Boras will shut up, the Yankees could get him cheap.

Why Chuck?:

  • He will be 37 next season, and although it hasn’t shown, he may wear down easily.
  • The Yankees could go out and get some good free agent outfielders that are younger and better than Damon in which case the Yankees will really have no need for him.
  • Scott Boras wants a big multi-year deal for Damon which the Yankees just won’t do.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chat, definitely.
All you need to know about Damon is what he did in game 4. To me, he won the game. Whenever Damon is at the plate, you know he won’t go down easily. He is a fighter, he is a winner and belongs on the Yankees. Damon has shown zero signs of wearing down, and, in fact, if he has shown any sign at all, he has shown that he is getting even better. His power is up, and his defense is better. The only thing that stands in the way is Scott Boras (surprise). To that I say, so what? The Yankees can afford it.

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees resign Damon?(survey software)

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Chat or Chuck: Hideki Matsui

For the Yankees, this one is probably the biggest question of the offseason. Do you keep the reigning World Series MVP at 37 years old, or do you let him go? It will be a tough decision, but lets weigh the options.

Why Chat?:

  • Quite simply, he is the reigning World Series MVP.
  • His approach is perfect for the new stadium and he is sure to hit a lot of home runs following his 28 this season, the second best total of his career.
  • He can provide protection for hitters like A-Rod or Cano.
  • He wants to play for the Yankees more than anyone else, so the Yankees could probably get him cheap.
  • He is a great hitter.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is going to be 37 years old.
  • His knees prevent him from playing the outfield, so he has zero versatility.
  • The Yankees don’t really need him.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck.
It’s time for Matsui to pack it up. Like I said, the Yankees just don’t need him. He may be a great hitter, but for anything else he is useless, and you need versatility to win games these days. The Yankees are better off going for a younger, better player in Holliday who can play the outfield. Also, the Yankees need to clear out that DH spot for some of their older players. Matsui, you were a great Yankee, but your time is up.

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Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees resign Matsui?(polls)

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The New York Meter Results

Here are the results to the first New York Meter of the off season. Thanks to all who voted!

Should the Yankees resign Matsui?
Yes 0% (0 votes)
No 100% (3 votes)
My Vote: No

Yes, he was the World Series MVP, and nobody doubts that Matsui is a great, great hitter. But his knees have handcuffed his ability, and this day in age, a player that can’t play the field is a bit of a liability on a 25 man roster no matter how good of a hitter he is. You need every bit of talent you can get to win this game these days, and a player that can’t play the field just isn’t good enough.

Should the Yankees resign Damon?
Yes 75% (3 votes)
No 25% (1 vote)
My Vote: Yes

The 37 year old has shown zero signs of slowing down. The new Yankee Stadium has played right into his strengths, and may be a great reason to bring him back. His 24 home runs this year tied a career high. Unlike Matsui, Damon can still play the outfield — quite well he proved this year — and if needed, can still fall back on the DH.

Should the Yankees resign Pettitte?
Yes 100% (4 votes)
No 0% (0 votes)
My Vote: Yes

It was the same debate last year, and was a very questionable signing in the end. This year, it seems pretty obvious that the Yankees should bring him back. He won every clinching game for the Yankees in the postseason, and was a HUGE part of this championship. Pettitte should come at a cheap price with huge rewards for a 3rd or 4th starter.

What should the Yankees do about their backup catcher?
Resign Molina 20% (1 vote)
Go with Cervelli 80% (4 votes)
My Vote: Go with Cervelli

This may end up being a long, tough decision for the Yankees. With Molina, the Yankees get a great defensive catcher, but a terrible hitter. With Cervelli, the Yankees get a younger, more athletic player who is a much better hitter. Tough choice for the Yankees, but getting younger always seems to be the better choice, no matter what.

What position do the Yankees most need to fill in the offseason?
Left field 0% (0 votes)
Right field 0% (0 votes)
Starting pitcher 100% (4 votes)
Relief Pitcher 0% (0 votes)
Center field 0% (0 votes)
Catcher 0% (0 votes)
Other 0% (0 votes)
My Vote: Starting pitcher

Starting pitcher wins by a landslide. The biggest question marks remain in left field and right field, but if the Yankees will compete, they are going to need another starter. I have talked about Lackey, and I hope it will happen. But, either way, the point is that the Yankees will need something to go with CC, A.J., and maybe Pettitte. At most, the Yankees have 3 starters at the moment (assuming Joba doesn’t start PLEASE!).  They need someone else.

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And the Yankees are World Champions!

’09 Yanks nab 27th World Championship.

World Series Champs.pngOn December 12th, 2008, A.J. Burnett signed an $82.5 million contract with the Yankees. I sent an email to my dad who as at work with the link to the article on the signing. My dad replied by saying, “don’t count your chickens until the eggs hatch.”

327 days and 28 million seconds later, the Yankees passed around their 27th World Series trophy, for the first time in nine years. From CC’s horrible start on opening day, to A-Rod’s walk off in the fifteenth inning against the Red Sox, the Yankees have climbed every mountain, jumped every hurdle and now stand atop every team in Major League Baseball.

“You realize how difficult it is to get here,” Yankees captain Derek
Jeter said. “I never lost sight of the fact that it’s very difficult to
get to the World Series, let alone to win one. You realize and remember
how hard it is.”

Yanks Celebrate.jpgIn his potential final game as a Yankee, Hideki Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBI’s in a game, sealing up his World Series MVP honors.

“This is what the Steinbrenner family has strived for, year after year
— to deliver to the city of New York,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. “To be able to deliver this to the Boss, the stadium that he
created and the atmosphere around here, it’s very gratifying to all of
us.”

Probably most gratifying to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The king of
baseball has now sealed his resume. Alex Rodriguez has now won a
championship and is now the true champion that we all know him to be.

Andy Pettitte stepped up big for the Yankees on three days rest, and in possibly his final game in pinstripes, helped get his sixth ring.

“This is what you set out to do when you go to Spring Training,”
Pettitte said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to accomplish with the
rest of the team. This is what you play for.”

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Which of the following free agents should the Yankees resign? (Select as many as you want)(opinion)

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Congratulations! Yankees Secure AL East Title

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2009 ALDS.gifToday’s Accomplishments:
2009 AL East Division Champions
Home Field Advantage in ALL Series
Sweep Boston Red Sox 
Level Season Series at 9-9 After Losing First 8
Earn 100th Win

Player of the Game: The New York Yankees
The Wrap-Up:
Sit back and relax and wait for the playoffs to begin. Enjoy watching the youngsters.
Coming Up Next:
Who cares. But either way they open up a series with the Royals in the final regular season series at the New Yankee Stadium. The probables are Hochevar vs Gaudin.
CONGRATULATIONS 2009 NEW YORK YANKEES!!!

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8/26 Rangers vs. Yankees Preview

Yanks try to rebound after tough loss last night.


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Rangers @ Yankees
7:05 pm ET
Rangers Probable Pitcher:

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Derek Holland
#45 LHP
(7-7) 4.72 ERA 103.0 IP 82 SO 1.388 WHIP
Last Game: 8/20 vs. MIN: 5.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, HR
@ Yankee Stadium (Career): N/A
@ Yankee Stadium (Season): N/A
Vs. Yankees (Career): 1 GS (0-1) 9.95 ERA 2.368 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 1 GS (0-1) 9.95 ERA 2.368 WHIP
Team Record:
In Appearances: 13-13
In Starts: 7-7
Run Support:
In Starts: 4.81 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui (4)
Best BA: Derek Jeter (1.000, 4 for 4), Jorge Posada (1.000, 1 for 1)
Most H: Derek Jeter (4)
Most HR: Hideki Matsui (2)
Notable Stats:
6/27 vs. Yankees: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR
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Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(10-6) 4.25 ERA 152.1 IP 117 SO 1.411 WHIP
Last Game: 8/21 @ BOS: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR
@ Yankee Stadium (Career): (95-42) 3.70 ERA 1.297 WHIP
@ Yankee Stadium (Season): (4-4) 4.83 1.500 WHIP
Vs. Rangers (Career): (9-9) 5.56 ERA 1.634 WHIP
Vs. Rangers (Season): (0-1) 7.20 ERA 2.600 ERA
Team Record:
In Starts: 17-8
Run Support:
In Starts: 5.71 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Rangers):
Most PA: Omar Vizquel (51)
Best BA: Marlon Byrd (.500, 5 for 10)
Most H: Ivan Rodriguez (16)
Most HR: Ivan Rodriguez (2)
Notable Stats:
Last 7 Starts: 2.82 ERA 44.2 IP 47 SO
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Keys to the Game:
  1. Get to the ‘Pen: If Holland is on, he’s going to be tough. Rangers relievers are 0-5 with a 4.38 ERA in the month of August.
  2. Swing Early: On the first pitch, opposing hitters are hitting .354 against Holland.
  3. Get Ahead: After first pitch balls, opposing hitters are hitting .307 against Holland, after first pitch strikes, they are hitting just .230.
  4. Don’t Give Up: With two outs, opposing hitters are hitting .319 against Holland, which is the best among any amount of outs. 
  5. Get Runners On Base: With men on base, Holland has opposing hitters at a .306 clip, with RISP, they are hitting .330.

CC Out Duels Beckett, Earns Series Win

Yanks pound out five homers to take rubber game in Boston. 


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Why do we even try to predict baseball? Anyone you ask would have said that todays game would finish, 1-0 or 2-1. Nope, it finished 8-4, not to mention the five home runs the Yankees hit of Josh Beckett. Don’t you find it interesting how the Yankees can’t hit Luke French, but have no problem hitting Josh Beckett? Pretty odd.
It didn’t take long to see what kind of game it was going to be. Jeter led off the game with a home run to right center on the first pitch of the game. Matsui led off the second with a homer. An RBI single by Teixeira and an RBI ground out by A-Rod, gave the Yanks two more in the third. Cano hit a shot in the fourth, and A-Rod hit a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Yanks their seventh run. Then, what a surprise, Matsui went yard (again) in the eighth to cap off the Yanks eight run, five homer outburst. 
The Red Sox scored on RBI’s by Baldelli and Varitek in the second, a run scored on a Robbie Cano error in the fourth, and a sac fly by Baldelli in the sixth. 
Lets talk about the Yankee defense today, it was terrible! Countless pop-ups were dropped, players were huddled up watching fly balls hit the ground, it was atrocious. This entire series has been very sloppy for both teams. If you hurry up, I bet you can get a job playing some defense for the Yanks. 
Beckett threw 120 pitches and gave up eight runs in eight innings pitched. He has now given up eight home runs in his last two starts. Lots of eights. 
CC, on the other hand, was pretty good. He gave up four runs in 6.2 innings, while striking out eight batters. Good job by the Red Sox taking pitches and fouling off some tough pitches. 
Hughes pitched a scoreless inning and a third, and Mariano nailed it down with a scoreless ninth. No save, but I’ll take it. 
Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
The Wrap-Up:
Keep winning series, that’s what it’s all about. The Yankees are now 7.5 games ahead of Boston, and I think that Red Sox will finally tell you that the Wild Card is their goal. The Yanks are looking good, that’s all there is to it, all you can ask for now is that they don’t pull a 2008 Mets. 
Coming Up Next:
The Yanks are off tomorrow before starting a six game home stand beginning with Texas. The Red Sox open up a set against the White Sox in Fenway.