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Chat or Chuck: Pedro Martinez

I have to blog about it, I’m sorry. According to a report in the NY Daily News, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano said that he would like Pedro to come to the Yankees. Pedro has consistently said that he wants to pitch in 2010, and has made it clear that he wants it to be for the Phillies. When asked about the Yankees, he kind of dodged the question. We have to do it, lets take a look.

Why Chat?:

  • He’s led the league in ERA five times.
  • He has a 2.93 career ERA.
  • He has led the league in strikeouts three times.
  • He has led the league in WHIP six times.
  • He is a three time Cy Young winner.
  • He has led the league in H/9 and SO/9 five times.
  • He has led the league in SO/BB four times.

Why Chuck?:

  • “I actually realized that I was somebody important,
    because I caught the attention of 60,000 people, plus the whole world
    watching a guy that if you reverse time back 15 years ago, I was
    sitting under a mango tree without 50 cents to pay for a bus.”
  • “I know I achieved a lot, and I know I have my little share of respect.”

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck!!!!!!!
Im, sorry, but Cano should have kept his mouth shut to begin with. Nobody talked about him on the Yankees until now. Yes, the Yankees now realize they have a chance to sign one of the best pitchers in the history of the game, but I don’t listen to the kind of junk he says on a daily basis for ANYBODY. Plus, I don’t want to give up the “who’s your daddy,” even if it is for just one game a year.


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Should the Yankee consider Martinez?(survey)

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NY Note #4

Retired Numbers.JPGAfter Jeter, what current Yankee has the best shot at seeing his number retired?  Given how his time in the Bronx has been riddled with controversy, would A-Rod even have a shot?

Jeffery Lung
Chicago, IL

Interesting question, Jeff. With all the free agent talks and trade talks that the Yankees are always involved in, very seldom do we get to step back and speak about the legends. Your right, Jeter is a given. But who else?

When a first saw this question, I thought about the core four. Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte. Jeter’s in. Rivera — who’s number is already retired for Jackie Robinson — is in as well. As for Posada, I don’t think he has a real Yankee legacy like Rivera and Jeter. Pettitte, though, with all of those domianant years, does deserve it. Although I doubt that will happen.

Who else? Well, you have to think about the Yankees that will be around forever, guys who the Yankees would never let go. To me, those are Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Robinson Cano. Of those, I think Cano will do it. He is an MVP type player, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will win multiple batting titles. Hughes and Chamberlain are iffy.

Then A-Rod. I say no. To me, it won’t be the controversy that will keep A-Rod’s number out, it will be the fact that his greatness had already been defined when he came to the Yankees. For that reason, the number 13 on pinstripes isn’t so iconic. Free agents that come to the Yankees don’t leave behind the legacy that the lifetimes do, like a Jeter or a Pettitte. But it’s still possible. Think of other free agents that came to the Yankees. Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth both didn’t start with the Yankees and both had their numbers retired. But, then again, A-Rods no Babe. Jeffery Lung is a writer for Red State Blue State

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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?:
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.

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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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?:
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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Should the Yankees resign Matsui?(polls)


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2009 Yankees Season Awards Ceremony

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

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

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

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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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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My 2009 AL Awards, Your Opinions

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The Rules: Take a look at my picks for each award. At the end of each explanation, there will be a thumbs up and a thumbs down. If you agree with my pick, click thumbs up, if you disagree with my pick, click thumbs down. 

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira

Perhaps the best of the off season acquisitions for the Yankees, Mark Teixeira leads the league in RBI’s and HR’s (tied with Peña) and is second in the league in SLG %. SInce the return of Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira is hitting .312 with 34 home runs. 
Other Considerations: Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera

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AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke
Out of nowhere Greinke began the season with a bang. We all thought maybe it was a fluke, and here we are speaking of him wining the Cy Young. He leads the AL in ERA at 2.06, is second in the league in strikeouts and first in the league in WHIP. He may not have that many wins, but on a team as bad as the Royals, he’s amazing just to have over 10.
Other Considerations: C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez

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Comeback Player of the Year: Robinson Cano
This may be a long shot, but with the talent Cano has, you have to realize the disappointment of last season. He hit .271 with 14 homers last year, and this year has jumped to .332 BA with 25 home runs. He is also third in the league in hits.

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Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland
Remember all of the starts the Tigers brought in last season. Maybe not, but we do remember that last year was a HUGE  disappointment. This year is a new story. Leyland has brought this team up to expectations and is one win (or Twins loss) away from a division title.

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Silver Sluggers:
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Mark Teixeira
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: Alex Rodriguez
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Ichiro Suzuki
OF: Jason Bay
OF: Nelson Cruz

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That’s where I stand. We will see how it turns out. 
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Tables Turn, Yanks Take Series in LA la Land

A.J. Powers Yanks past Halos for first time since ’04.

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No it’s not a typo, the Yankees did actually won a game in Anaheim. A.J. Burnett got the start for the Yankees today. I don’t think anyone knew exactly what to expect, including myself, but the result was more than any of us could have asked for. He went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out 11 and walking three. He was dominant and it’s a shame that he wasn’t able to go six. If he can keep this up — he’s done very well in his last two starts — then it would be a HUGE lift for the Yankees in the playoffs. The opposing pitcher was Scott Kazmir. He came in with an ERA under 2.5 against the Yankees as a Ray, and made his first start against the Yankees as an Angel today. He was pretty good to say the least. He pitched six innings of three run ball, walking three and striking out four. The Yankees really only got to him the fourth when they scored three. After a Hairston strike out, five straight Yankees reached base, highlighted by a Cano two-run single and a Cabrera RBI double. The Angels scored their two runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, they had second and third and no one out and scored just one on an Abreu RBI ground out. In the sixth, they scored on a Matthews RBI double. Ian Kennedy made a return out of the ‘pen. I don’t think I was the only one thinking “oh no” when he came in. He pitched ok. He pitched a scoreless inning, loading the bases on two walks and a hit batter, but ultimately escaped unharmed. Rivera came in in the ninth to nail down a Yankees 3-2 win.
Player of the Game: A.J. Burnett: W, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 11 SO
The Wrap-Up:
It’s about time! This is the first Yankee series win in Anaheim since May 2004. Wow! I said that the Yankees needed to just win one this series and they win two. I said it would be okay if the Red Sox swept, they have lost two. Things have worked out in the last couple of days, bringing the Yankee Magic Number down to five. We’re almost there. It’s starting to look like the Yankees will clinch against Boston. Oh sweet karma!
Coming Up Next:
The immortal Red Sox come into town for a three game set. It’ll be Lester vs Chamberlain in the first game. Oh god.
I would like to congratulate the Yankees on making it to the playoffs once again. They follow up not making the playoffs with the best record in baseball. New York doesn’t accept failure and this Yankee team has proved that for 106 years. Congrats on a great season! Keep your focus and win the division, that’s the objective here. Clinching just the playoffs isn’t too big a deal, but it’s certainly worth mentioning.
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9/14 Angels vs. Yankees Preview

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Angles Probable Pitcher:

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Jered Weaver
#36 RHP
(15-5) 3.76 ERA 186.2 IP 2.84 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/9 vs. SEA: W, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR
Away (Season): 4.98 ERA 1.519 WHIP
Vs. Yankees (Season): 2 GS 5.25 ERA 1.083 WHIP
Team Record in Starts: 20-9
Run Support: 6.32 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Yankees):
Most PA: Mark Teixeira (22)
Best BA: Robinson Cano (.417, 5 for 12)
Most H: Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez (5)
Most HR: Alex Rodriguez (4)
Yankees Probable Pitcher:

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Joba Chamberlain
#62 RHP
(8-5) 4.45 ERA 139.2 IP 1.76 SO/BB
Last Game: 9/9 vs. TB: ND, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 SO, HR
Home (Season): 5.40 ERA 1.617 WHIP
Vs. Angels (Season): GS 8.31 ERA 2.308 WHIP
Team Record in Starts: 18-9
Run Support: 5.98 Runs/Game
Opposing Hitters (Angels):
Most PA: Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera (4)
Best BA: Kendry Morales (.750, 3 for 4)
Most H: Kendry Morales (3)
Most HR: Kendry Morales (1)
Keys to the Game:
  1. Swing Early: This season, opposing hitters are hitting .316 on the first pitch against Weaver.
  2. Fourth Times a Charm: Opposing hitters are hitting .301 in the fourth inning this season off Weaver. That’s the best of any inning.
  3. Double Positive: When Napoli is catching for Weaver, opposing hitters are hitting .306, as opposed to .215 with other catchers. If he doesn’t play, then the best opposing hitter against Chamberlain on the Angels will not be hitting. So either way, the Yankees get something positive.

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Bombers Bats Overcome Shaky A.J.

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* Line Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees  0 2 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 9 12 1
Orioles  1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 13 1

* Box Score

D Jeter SS 4 0 1 0 2 1 28 0.333 .399
J Damon DH 5 0 1 0 1 2 28 0.288 .368
M Teixeira 1B 4 1 0 0 2 2 30 0.281 .380
A Rodriguez 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 17 0.269 .400
J Posada C 4 3 2 3 1 1 23 0.28 .357
R Cano 2B 4 2 3 2 1 0 12 0.32 .350
N Swisher LF-RF 5 1 1 2 0 2 17 0.248 .368
E Hinske RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 15 0.241 .323
J Hairston Jr. LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.286 .392
M Cabrera CF 4 1 2 0 1 1 20 0.273 .333

* The Starter
A.J. Burnett: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR

* Wrap Up
Yankees now go 36 games over .500, the most since 2000. Burnett has been pretty horrible lately and is going to need to get on track. Boston beat Tampa, but who cares. If the Yanks keep winning, it wont matter anymore. The Yankees maintain their 6.5 game lead in the east.

* Coming Up Next 
Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. Berken (4-11, 6.33)

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Who is the Player of the game?
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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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