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The Buzz: ‘Zero’ chance for Holliday

Johnson 12:29.pngA Yankee official told the NY Daily News that there is “Zero” chance of them signing Matt Holliday or Jason Bay.

“No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance on Jason Bay,” the official said. “Zero. None. Underline it.”

The newspaper also said that the Yankees are looking to guys like Jerry Hairston Jr. or Reed Johnson to fill the void in left field, while still considering the idea of Gardner as the full time left fielder.

The Yankees are clearly not inspired by this years free agents and are likely to make a splash in next years market, maybe by pursuing Carl Crawford, says the Daily News.

To me this is a big mistake. Holliday is a great, great player and there is no reason to wait out for a worse player in Crawford who is also likely to seek a long term deal. Holliday has said he wants to play in New York, so there is a good chance they can get him cheaper than what he seems to want.

As for Hairston and Reed, do they really think these guys can make a difference? Are the Yankees really considering defending their 27th title by putting Hairston, Johnson, or Gardner as their everyday left fielder? Big mistake.

I still don’t know about this. It surprises me that the Yankees are prepared to have that weak of a left fielder. I would still be very surprised if the Yankees don’t target some kind of big time left fielder. I don’t care what the official said, I’m still not convinced.

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Are the Yankees making a mistake by not getting Holliday?(online surveys)

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Yanks decline arbitration on trio

Matsui 12:2.jpgThe Yankees have declined to offer arbitration to free agents Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Andy Pettitte. The Yankees also didn’t offer arbitration to Jerry Hairston Jr., Eric Hinske, Jose Molina and Xavier Nady.

If the Yankees had excepted arbitration on any of the players, they would have been considered signed with an amount to be determined in the arbitration process. The Yankees can still negotiate with any of these players.

Was this a good choice of a bad choice? Lets take a look.

Positives:

  • All of these players would have gotten raises in the arbitration process.
  • The Yankees don’t need Matsui anyway.

Negatives:

  • The Yankees don’t get draft picks if any of these players sign anywhere else.

Was this a good or bad choice? It was a great choice. Why was it a good choice? Lets analyze that for each player.

Damon: The Yankees are likely to resign him. He had such a good year that he would have gotten a raise that his age doesn’t merit. He wants to play for the Yankees, so the Yankees can get him cheaper.

Pettitte: As I said, the only negative is that if they sign anywhere else, the Yankees won’t get compensation. As for Pettitte, that doesn’t matter, because in the twilight of his career, I don’t see him turning his back on the Yankees, especially after winning a championship.

Matsui: This one is interesting. Of the three, he has the best chance of signing with another team. But for two reasons, it wouldn’t make sense to offer him arbitration. (a) the Yankees still don’t need him and (b) he would have made a killing in arbitration. The Yankees can get him cheap if they want him because he really wants to play for the Yankees. So, theres no sense in bringing him to arbitration where he could make probably triple what he deserves.

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Who should the Yankees have offered arbitration?(polls)

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A Game for the Ages

A-Rods clutch homer in the 11th keeps the game alive.

Hairston 10:17.jpgIt’s not to surprising that the Yankees have continued their walk off magic into the postseason. Leading the major leagues with both 51 comeback wins and 15 walk offs in the regular season, the Yankees lead in both those categories in the postseason. Last night (and this morning) marked the Yankees second walk off win and their fourth comeback win this postseason. Just a week away from the thriller game 2 of the ALDS, the Yankees put on another show in the Bronx.

Burnett for the Yankees and Saunders for the Angels both took the mound to start the game. Both pitched very well, each giving up just two runs and going more than 6 innings. Burnett was a bit sloppy though, giving up one of his runs on a wild pitch.
Burnett wasn’t the only sloppy one. The Yankees had 3 errors and the Angels had two. They combined for 4 double plays and 28 men left on base. With those kind of numbers, it is no surprise the game went 13 innings.
The bullpens were the silver lining in this one. The Yankees finished the game with just one reliever left, Chad Gaudin. They used 7 relievers who combined for 6.2 innings pitched. Together they allowed just 1 run and struck out 6 batters. Robertson, the final pitcher, recorded the win.
The Angels somehow managed to use just 4 relievers. They, to, pitched very well. They combined for 5.1 innings and gave up 2 runs and struck out just three batters. Ervin Santana got the loss.
The Yankee bullpen probably came out on top in this one. Especially because of probably the biggest point in the game. The Angels, after taking the lead in the 11th inning, brought in their closer Brian Fuentes. The due up batters were A-Rod, Guzman and Gardner. Guess what? Down 0-2, A-Rod lifted a shot right over the right field wall to tie the game. A-Rod now has 6 straight postseason games with an RBI, dating back to 2007 against the Indians. That is the longest streak in his career by a long shot.
From then on, it was sloppy. Each team had opportunities in each inning but couldn’t cash in. The player who could probably take the most blame is Guerrero who came up with bases loaded, 2 outs twice and struck out both times. It was clear, to me at least, that one of these teams was going to win on a gift, because neither team was acting like they really wanted it.
That was the way it turned out. Hairtson scored in the bottom of the 12th on a throwing error by Izturis at second to win the game.
“Izzy just tried to do to much,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Your not going to turn two there.”
The game took 13 innings and 5 hours and 10 minutes. It was the second longest by innings and the fourth longest by time in ALCS history. Hopefully, for the sake of our health, the Yankees never break that record.
Player of the Game: Alex Rodriguez: 1 for 6, HR, RBI
The Wrap-Up: This was going to be a big game either way it turned out. If the Angels could go back to Anaheim tied 1-1 in a place where the Yankees are horrible, this series would pretty much be in their hands. Instead, the Yankees have full control. But, don’t forge what happened in 2004. No lead is a sure lead. The Yankees know that more than anyone.
Coming Up Next: We go to southern cal. where weather will surely no longer be the problem. It will be Pettitte vs Weaver. I haven’t seen the forecast, but I’d bet $1,000 it will be 70-80 degrees, sunny and low humidity on Monday. Typical southern cali day.

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2009 Yankees Season Awards Ceremony

Here they are, as voted on by you, the fans, your 2009 YANKEES SEASON AWARDS!!!

CLUB MVP:
Derek Jeter

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One of Jeters best years of his career came this year. Highlighted, of course, by his record breaking hit, passing him by Lou Gehrig on the all-time Yankees hits list. Derek is a sure candidate for the AL MVP with 212 hits (2nd in the AL), a .334 batting average (3rd in the AL) and a stellar year at short stop. Congratulations Derek Jeter on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Johnny Damon

BEST STARTING PITCHER:
C.C. Sabathia

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After signing a record breaking contract with the Yankees in the 2008 off season, Sabathia has stepped up big for this franchise. Sabathia’s 19 wins rank 1st in the Majors, his 3.37 ERA ranks 4th in the Majors and his 1.15 WHIP ranks 4th in the AL. Sabathia is an overwhelming candidate for the 2009 AL Cy Young award. Congratulations C.C. Sabathia on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain

BEST MOMENT:
A-Rod and Yanks Walk Off In 15 Inning Affair Against BOS

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Possibly one of the best games of 2009 in all of the Major Leagues. A 0-0 game going into the 15th inning against the Red Sox ended with a 2-run, walk off home run by Alex Rodriguez. Of the 15 walk off of the season, this one, I think we can all agree, was the sweetest. The Yankees went on to sweep the Red Sox in that four game set. Congratulations Alex Rodriguez on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Luis Castillo drops pop-up, A-Rod returns off DL with home run, Melky walk off against MIN
BEST PITCHING PERFORMANCE:
A.J.’s One Hit Shut Out (6/27 vs NYM)

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As a part of a sweep in the Yankees first trip to Citi Field, A.J. contributed by throwing a 7.0 inning, one hit shut out, while striking out 10 Mets. Congratulations A.J. Burnett on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Andy throws 6.2 perfect innings (8/31 vs BAL), A.J. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/7 vs BOS), C.C. CG SHO (5/8 vs BAL), C.C. shuts out BOS for 7.2 (8/8 vs BOS)
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Robinson Cano

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Cano’s turn around has been a huge part of this Yankee surge. Going from a .271 batting average, 162 hits and 14 home runs
last year to a .320 batting average, 204 hits and 25 home runs this year. His hits rank 3rd in the AL league. Congratulations Robinson Cano on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Andy Pettitte
BEST DEFENDER:
Mark Teixeira

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One of the big three in the offseason signings contributed hugely at the plate, but also hugely at first base. His .997 fielding percentage ranks 2nd in the AL. He has made just 4 errors all season. Great plays day in and day out have massively helped this team win 103 games. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera
BEST TEAM ADDITION:
Eric Hinske

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Making his Yankee debut on July 6th, Hinske has hit .226 for the Yankees with 7 home runs in 39 games. In his first 7 games with the Yankees, Hinkse hit 5 home runs. Hinske offers the Yankees some great, valuable options moving into the post season. Congratulations Eric Hinske on your 2009 season award!
Other nominees: Jerry Hairston Jr., Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre
BIGGEST STEP-UP PERFORMANCE:
Francisco Cervelli

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When Posada went down, the Yankees didn’t have much options. Cervelli came up to take his place, and the expectations were not that high. A .180 hitter in AA hit .298 for the Yankees this year. His first career home run in Atlanta arguably turned the Yankee season around. Congratulations Francisco Cervelli on your 2009 season Award!
Other nominees: Ramiro Peña, Kevin Cash
BEST OFFSEASON PICK UP:
Mark Teixeira

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The Yankees were involved in the three biggest deals in the 2008 off season. The biggest was Mark Teixeira. A stellar glove at first won him an award earlier. His offense has him in contention for AL MVP. He leads the league in home runs with 39 and leads the league in RBI’s with 116. Without Teixeira, this team is much different. Congratulations Mark Teixeira on your second 2009 season award!
Other nominees: C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Nick Swisher
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
Chien-Ming Wang

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After winning 36 games in two years, something bad happened to Wang. In 12 games this season, Wang was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and a WH
IP over 2. Perhaps it was his foot injury last year in Houston, but with Wang’s production this year, it’s amazing the Yankees were able to do what they have done. You won an award… but no congratulations.
Other nominees: Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney
Thank you to all of my readers and voters. The regular season coverage is officially over. Time for the playoffs!

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Pettitte Flirts With Perfection, Yanks Take Opener

Hairston boots Pettittes perfect game, Yanks still get it done.

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Wow. It seems like I start every entry with those words. This team seems to always amaze. Pettitte flirted with history tonight. He pitched 6.2 innings before Hairston booted the ball and then Markakis, on the next at-bat, hit a clean single to cap off the hopes on the no-hitter. You can blame Hairston, but he’s been so great for the Yanks, you really can’t get down on him. Plus the fact that he made a bad pitch to Markakis. He pitched great and thats the bottom line. He gave up just two hits, one of them a home run by Mora in the eighth, but that was all.
Swisher and Cano both had two RBI’s on the night and Damon had an RBI as well. Swisher was just a triple away from the cycle, but I don’t think anyone expected a triple from him. 
In the ninth inning, Bruney came in with a four run lead. Good job by the Yankees having Rivera warming. You had to think that Bruney would blow it. He got one out, but also gave up a hit and a walk. All of the sudden, it was a save situation. Rivera came in and got Markakis on a pop up and then struck out Reimond to end the game. 
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte: W, 8.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, HR
The Wrap-Up:
Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s starting to get a bit boring with all of these wins. Pettitte was great again, and boy it would be a big lift if he can keep this up. The Yanks hit another high water mark, 35 games over .500. Boston was off so the Yanks have a 6.5 game lead in the east. 
Coming Up Next:
September begins! It’s gettin’ close. Tomorrow A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.10) goes against Baltimores Hernandez (4-6, 4.24). Boston is in Tampa.

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Update: Pettitte Flirts With No-No

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Andy Pettitte has thrown 59 pitches and all of them have been perfect. He has thrown five perfect innings striking out five Orioles at Camden Yards. You can begin to smell it. Still a ways to go.
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NYY 2 BAL 0 End 6
He’s now struck out 6. 9 outs to go.
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NYY 2 BAL 0 End 7
Hairstons error ends the perfect game and Markakis’ single ends no hitter. Pettitte got out of it, so the shutout still remains. It’s true that Markakis wouldn’t have gotten up if Hairston hadn’t made the error, but Andy still made a bad pitch to Nick. He’s still pitched a gem, he’s still got some innings to go and the main goal is a “W”, so go out there and win this game.
GREAT JOB ANDY! DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT HAIRSTON, YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB! KEEP IT UP YANKS!