Results for tag: Joe DiMaggio
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM

In case you haven't noticed, professional sports is an occupation where icons tend not to age gracefully in terms of production. When that happens, it becomes a delicate balance and issue for those in charge of getting the team to succed.

Though it is only nine games, it may be the case concerning Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's early struggles.

Jeter spent most of spring training tinkering with his stride and it seemed to work, but one week in, he is batting .206 after a 1-for-13 weekend and looks lost in one paper. A year ago, he batted .333 through nine games before tumbling to .270.

That being said, what if Jeter is still batting .206 a month from now? Would he be moved from second to the lower part of the order by Joe Girardi. The track record of Jeter seem to indicate he won't hit

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 29, 2010 at 02:46:47 AM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Two of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1940s and 950s in years that they won it and years they fell short.

1940 – After distant finishes, the Yankees, Indians and Tigers engaged in a three-way race for the pennant. When Schoolboy Rowe finished off an 11-2 Tigers win over the Yankees, the Bombers were 48-45 and 8 ½ out. The Yankees then dropped 10 ½ out but starting with a 6-3 win in Boston on August 7, they won eight of 11.

They only gained 0.5 game heading into a

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 28, 2010 at 01:24:50 AM

Since August 1, the Yankees have never led by more than 2 ½ games. The Yankees and the Rays have been separated by a half-game for nearly 30 days and although both are going to the playoffs, it is an interesting race.

So how did some of the other Yankee pennant races unfold during years they made the playoffs and in years they fell short? Since we’re discussing from August 1 on, that is the criteria for this.

1920 – This was Babe Ruth’s first year in pinstripes and the third straight year he led the league in home runs. Ruth had 37 of his 54 home runs heading into August and the Yankees went into August at 64-37 and three games behind the Indians. After losing four of five, the Yankees won seven of eight from August 6-14. During that stretch, they swept a four-game