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The New York Yankees: 2000’s

Best Moment: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Derek Jeter becomes “Mr. November”

Derek Jeter earned his pinstripes by walking off against the Diamondbacks in the 2001 world series with a home run over the right field wall. Still one of the most iconic scenes in Yankee history.

Honorable mention: Aaron Boone walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS vs Boston.

Worst Moment:
2004 ALCS vs Red Sox: Damon’s Grand Slam

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Honorable mention: Rivera throws potential double play ball into center field in the bottom of the ninth in game 7 of the 2001 WS.

Best Game: 7/1/04 vs Red Sox: “The greatest game you will ever see”

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A back and forth game that lasted well into the night was ended by pinch hitter, John Flaherty. A ground rule double over the left field wall was ruled a single because he never touched second base. The game also included the famous dive into the stands by Derek Jeter.

Honorable mention: 8/7/09: A-Rod walk-off home run in scoreless, 15 inning affair vs Red Sox.

Worst Game: 2001 WS vs Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez blooper

A story book series and a near comeback win for the Yankees was gone with the wind after Luis Gonzalez blooped a walk off single over the drawn in infield. Had the infield played back, the Yankees would have 28 world championships.

Honorable mention: 4/25/09: Yankees blow huge lead vs Red Sox.

Biggest Bust: Carl Pavano comes to the Yankees, but doesn’t pitch

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Honorable mention: Chein-Ming Wang collapses in 2009 season.

Best play: 2001 ALDS vs A’s: The Jeter “flip play”

“One of the best plays you will ever see by a shortstop.” Jeter steals away an A’s run with an amazing flip to catcher Jorge Posada, keeping the game tied.

Honorable mention: 7/1/04: Jeter dives into the stands.

Team of the decade:
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Alfonso Soriano
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
LF: Johnny Damon
CF: Bernie Williams
RF: Paul O’Neil
C: Jorge Posada
SP: Andy Pettitte
RP: Mariano Rivera
Manager: Joe Torre

Yankees leaders of the decade:
Most Games: Derek Jeter (1500)
Most Home Runs: Alex Rodriguez (238)
Most Hits: Derek Jeter (1940)
Most Walks: Jorge Posada (707)
Most Wins: Mike Mussina (123)
Most Saves: Mariano Rivera (397)
Most Strikeouts: Mike Mussina (1278)
Most Pitches: Mike Mussina (24120)

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Mauer nearly perfect in MVP votes

Mauer MVP.pngOf the 28 overall votes for American League MVP, Twins catcher, Joe Mauer stole 27 of them to wrap up the first award of his career. Mauer also added his third batting title of his career after batting .365 this season.

Mauer was up against a duel of Yankees this season. 1B Mark Teixiera and SS Derek Jeter came in at second and third respectively, with Detroits Miguel Cabrera, Anaheims Kendry Morales and Bostons Kevin Youkilis to follow.

Mauer also lead the league in OBP and SLG and recorded career highes in home runs, batting average, hits and runs batted in.

This was a well deserved award for Mauer who has had the award stolen from him nearly every year. Teixiera and Jeter made it a difficult case, but Mauer has finally run away with one of the most deserved and most overdue awards in major league history.

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Poll of the Day:
Who do you think is the 2009 AL MVP?(opinion)

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Chat or Chuck: Matt Holliday

Hes the one we have all heard about. The most prized possession of the 2009-2010 off season. After a shaky ending in his time in St. Louis, Holliday is up in the air and ready to sign a big long term deal.

Player Profile:

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Age/Type FA: 29/A
Career (6 Seasons): .318 BA .933 OPS 152 HR 1030 H
Best Season (2007): .340 BA 216 H 137 RBI

Why Chat?:

  • He led the league in hits, batting average, RBI’s, and doubles in 2007.
  • He will only be 30 years old at the beginning of next season.
  • He is consistent, hitting over .300 in his past five seasons.
  • The Yankees need an outfielder with the absence of Damon and/or Matsui.
  • He wants to play on the east coast.
  • He has experience in the postseason, including the world series.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is a type A free agent and the Yankees will need to give up high draft picks again.
  • He won’t be cheap and will demand a long term contract.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chat.
This is the guy the Yankees need. This is the guy that can make the difference. Lets face it, Damon and Matsui will not be on the Yankees together next year, and the Yankees need to fill that hole. Holliday will make this team younger, and can be part of a core that will become a dynasty. The combination of Holliday, Teixeira, A-Rod, Sabathia, Chamberlain, Hughes, Cano, Burnett, and Cabrera looks nice for the next five years.

Predictions:
The Yankees have made it clear that there first priority is a starting pitcher. Having said that, the Yankees will go aggresivley after someone to fill that spot and will then come aggressively after Holliday later in the off season, with a big, long term deal.

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What should the Yankees do about Holliday?(surveys)

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ALCS – The Five Questions

We are now just one day away from the ALCS opening game between the Yankees and the Angels. The game will take place in Yankee Stadium and will likely be Sabathia for the Yankees and Lacky for the Angels. It could be held up by rain, but lets hope it won’t be. Here are the top 5 questions I am looking foward to to learning the answers to as the series progresses. 

1. If necessary, will Sabathia be able to pitch effectively on 3 days rest?

Girardi’s plan is simple; stupid, but simple. He will go with a 3-man rotation that looks like this: Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte^, Sabathia^, Burnett^*, Pettitte*, Sabathia* (^=away, *=if necessary). As we know, Giardi is not a fan of pushing his starters. So, his brilliant plan to protect C.C., is to hope that one of the games gets rained out. Good job Giardi. Assuming that he will, in fact, need to start on 3 games rest, it will be interesting to see if he can come through. As you remember last year, C.C. went consistently on 3 games rest and carried the Brewers on his back into the playoffs. Sabathia has pitched four games on 3 games rest and has a 1.01 ERA in those starts. But, in 2 starts in the ALCS, he has a 10.45 ERA in 10.1 innings.

2. Which first baseman will perform better: Teixeira or Morales?

If you saw my entry yesterday, you saw that these two players have very, very similar numbers. In the regular season they had almost an identical BA, OBP, SLG, HR and RBI. They both hit better against righties and have similar numbers against lefties and will both face 2 righties and 2 lefties (assuming a 4 man rotation.) For both of them as well, this is their first appearance in the ALCS.

3. Will A-Rod continue his “clutchness”?

In the ALDS against the Twins, A-Rod hit .455 with 2 HR and 6 RBI, which are all career bests for him in any postseason series. I think its fair to say that without A-Rod, the Yankees might not have won that series. If he continues to play like this, this series will be A LOT easier. He has 67 home runs against LA, his best against any team, so that may help.

4. Can the Yankees overcome their Anaheim Hex?

Although the season series was even at 5 this year for these teams, there is no doubt that the Yankees have had some struggles against this team, especially on Anaheim’s turf. They had 2 series in LA this year. They got swept in one and won their first series since May of 2004 in the other. If the Yankees are going to win this series, they will need to end the hex.

5. Will Hughes pitch well?

Hughes was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball this year, with a 1.40 ERA and 65 SO in 51.1 innings. In his second postseason series in his career, it was a different story. He pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 runs and 5 hits. Although the Yankees swept, it would have been a lot easier if Hughes had pitched like he did during the regular season. I think its fair to say that this series could very well come down to how well Hughes pitches. 

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The Edge – Teixeira vs Morales

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As the Yankees get set to face off with the Angels in the ALCS friday night, some interesting questions come up. There was an article on MLB.com comparing the players at each postion. To me, the most interesting argument was the comparison of the two first baseman, Kendry Morales for the Angels and Mark Teixeira for the Yankees. Here are their 2009 regular season numbers.
Yankees: Mark Teixeira .292 BA, 39 HR, 122 RBI, .383 OBP, .565 SLG
Angels: Kendry Morales .306 BA, 34 HR, 108 RBI, .355 OBP, .569 SLG

Bold = has the edge
As you can see, Morales has a slight edge in both batting average and slugging percentage while Teixeira has an overwhelming edge in home runs, runs batted in and on base percentage. Not to mention he led the entire American League in home runs and runs batted in. 
But, quite obviously, the postseason is not the regular season. Mentally, it’s a completely different ball game. Some perform better, some perform worse. In this case, both have performed poorly. Morales was 2 for 10 in the ALDS this year and is a career .217 hitter in the postseason without a home run in 10 games. Teixeira, although he went just 2 for 12 in the ALDS this year, he is a career .333 hitter in the playoffs. He also hit that dramatic walk-off home run in game 2, which is his only career postseason home run.
When you look at who they will be matching up against, again, it’s very similar. Of the four starters for both teams (assuming the Yankees go with either Gaudin or Joba as a fourth starter) each team has 2 RHP and 2 LHP. Both of these hitters are switch hitters. Morales hits .296 against lefties and .309 against righties. Teixeira hits .282 against lefties and .305 against righties. Very, very similar. The only difference is that the lefties they will be facing are very different. Teixeira will be facing Kazmir and Saunders who has struggled this year, while Morales will be facing the Yankees two best starters C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. Most likely, it will be easier for Teixeira to succeed. 
Looking at these stats, they are very, very similar. To me, I think Teixeira has a bit of an edge. He leads by a little in all of the categories we have looked at. It will be interesting to see if Teixeira can prove that in front of his former team. Keep your eyes on these two, it should be very interesting.
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Poll of the Day:
Who has the edge?(trends)

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Written by Jess Coleman for A Bite off the Big Apple

ALDS Game 3 Preview

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NYY Leads ALDS 2-0
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Andy Pettitte
#46 LHP
(14-8) 4.16 ERA 194.2 IP 1.95 SO/BB
Postseason Career: (14-9) 3.96 ERA 2.32 SO/BB
Away (Season): (8-4) 3.71 ERA 2.00 SO/BB
Vs. Twins (Season): (1-0) 5.40 ERA 3.00 SO/BB
Opposing Hitters (Twins):
Most PA: Brenden Harris (17)
Best BA: Mike Redmond (.667, 2 for 3)
Most H: Delmon Young (9)
Most HR: Orlando Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer (1)
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Twins Probable Pitcher:

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Carl Pavano
#48 RHP
(14-10) 5.10 ERA 199.1 IP 3.77 SO/BB
Postseason Career: (2-0) 1.40 ERA 5.00 SO/BB
Home (Season): (5-5) 4.97 ERA 4.29 SO/BB
Vs. Yankees (Season): (0-0) 2.70 ERA 8.00 SO/BB
Opposing Hitters:
Most PA: Johnny Damon (13)
Best BA: Johnny Damon (.417, 5 for 12)
Most H: Johnny Damon (5)
Most HR: Mark Teixeira (1)
Notable Stat: Career w/ Yankees: 26 GS, 5.00 ERA
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Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: In the regular season, opposing hitters hit .370 on the first pitch from Pavano.
  2. Get the Leadoff Man On: Leading off an inning, opposing batters are hitting .297 off Pavano.
  3. Get ’em In: Opposing batters are hitting .311 off Pavano with RISP.
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Stats provided by Baseball-Reference.com

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 Pe├▒a, 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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