4 Awful days in Oakland = Ichiro Suzuki

    Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:21 PM [General]

       The New York Yankees versus the Oakland Athletics during the past 4 days July 19th – July 22nd was awful to watch.  Four consecutive games the Yankees have lost by one run.  The Yankees didn’t pitch well or hit well during this EPIC Defeat.

    Yankees by the Numbers

    As a team the Yankees preformed offensively:

    148 At-bats, 10 Runs, 33 Hits, 10 RBI’s, 4 walks issued from Oakland, 37 Strikeouts, 1 Double, 4 Home runs, 1 stolen base, 6 for 25 RISP and .223 (Combined team batting Average).

    A-rod was the team’s best hitter during the series.

    17 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 (2B), 1 SB, .353AVG

    Curtis Granderson and Andrew Jones both went down looking 6 teams apiece.

    The Yankees pitching wasn’t much better either.

    Our Starters (Garica, Nova, Hughes, Sabathia) combined for 25.6 innings, 28 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 6 BB, 25 SO, 5 HR allowed for a combined 3.87 ERA.

    The Bullpen

    6.9 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 15 SO, 1 HR (Soriano OUCH) allowed for a combined 3.91 ERA.

    Athletics by the Numbers

    As a team the A’s preformed much better offensively then the Yankees:

    141 AB, 14 R, 37 H, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 39 SO, 5 (2B), 2( 3B), 6 HR, 6 SB, 6 for 33 RISP and .262 (Combined team batting Average).

    Cespedes and Crisp both had an .467 avg against the Yankees pitching which played a big role in the Yankees defeat.

    The A’s Starters ( Griffin, Milone, Parker and Ex-Yankees Bartolo Colon) combined for 27.2 IP, 26 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 24 SO, 1 HR allowed for a combined 2.32 ERA.

    The A’s Bullpen

    10.4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO, 3 HR allowed for a combined 2.59 ERA.

    The A’s had speed and hits when it counted which defeated the Yankees.  Which is why I’m surprised the Yankees have decided to trade for Ichiro Suzuki as the solution for this awful series against the Yankees.  I guess there would now be fewer at bats for Andrew Jones and Raul Ibanez.

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    One Game doesn’t make a difference over who got the better trade

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:44 PM [General]

    Game 1 of 162 Jesus Montero goes 0-4 and Yankees fans are easily impressed with Brian Cashman’s deal of trading Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda.  I’m not yet ready to jump the band wagon that the Yankees got the better trade.  While a majority of teams are still in spring training mode the Oakland Athletics and Settle Mariners already had a jump start with the opening series taken place in Tokyo and much further away time zone?

      When Montero had his brief stint with the Yankees last season he was sounded with a line-up that had 3 players with over 100 RBI’s (Cano, Granderson and Teixeira) while last season Miguel Olivo lead the Mariners with 62 RBI’s.   Granderson and Teixeira also came in 2nd and 3rd place with 41 and 39 home runs in the American League while Miguel Olivo also lead the team with 19 home runs last season with the Mariners. 

         I could keep on mitigating how much a better offense the New York Yankees are then the Seattle Mariners.  However I’m not going to let one game become the final answer of how much better the trade was in favor for.  Especially since Michael Pineda hasn’t yet pitched a game during the regular season yet with the Yankees.  Let’s allow a few starts for Pineda and a least a month or two for Montero to see what he can do before us fans debate who got the better end of the deal.

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    Before their was "Tebowing" I was "LaPayowering"

    Saturday, March 24, 2012, 2:54 PM [General]

     I don't know why it didn't dawn on me until today and thanks to a follower on Twitter (@AtTravisMiller) for pointed out from one of my photos taken over 9 months ago that I was "LaPayowering" in reference to "Tebowing" which accoroding to Wikipedia Tebowing occured when Tim Tebow and the Broncos' comeback overtime victory over the Dolphins on October 23, 2011.

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    Unanswered Questions for the 2012 Yankees?

    Friday, March 23, 2012, 10:18 AM [General]

    1)      Will the Yankees win their 28th World Series this upcoming season?

    2)      With the new wild card rules in place will the Yankees win the division?

    3)      The Yankees currently have 7 Staring pitchers (Sabathia, Nova, Kuroda, Pettitte, Pineda, Hughes & Garcia).  However there needs to be a 5 man rotation.  Besides C.C who will be the other 4 starting pitchers that will lead the Yankees into the playoffs?

    4)      How does the lack of pitching at a professional level affect Andy Pettitte during a year of retirement?

    5)      Will Raul Ibanez and Andrew Jones be an effective DH?

    6)      Will Mariano Rivera retire after this upcoming season?

    Time will tell when the questions are fully answered as this upcoming season unravels itself.  I’m sure we all can think of plenty of other questions to add to this list.  However I feel these are the most important questions that are currently on everyone’s mind.  

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    Bobby Valentine scares me

    Thursday, March 1, 2012, 1:46 PM [General]

         Buck Showalter during last year’s spring training made some criticism about the Yankees in the April edition of Men’s Journal.  Obviously the Yankees during the 2011 Season won 13 games out of the 18 played against the Orioles.  Hopefully with Bobby Valentine as the new Boston Red Sox manager recent criticism can fuel the Yankees into more wins this upcoming season compared to last season 6 wins and 12 loses against the Red Sox. 

       When Bobby Valentine managed the Texas Rangers from 1985 – 1992 until he for fired by future former President George Bush halfway into the season.  The Rangers won 51 games and the Yankees lost 44 games during that time period out of 95 games played.  However when Bobby Valentine managed the Mets from 1996 - 2002 during interleague play, he lead the Mets to 12 wins and 18 losses.  Let’s not forget the 2000 World Series in which the Mets only won a game. 

         Overall out of 130 Games Bobby Valentine has managed against the Yankees between the Rangers and Mets he has a record of 64 to 66 (World Series included).  Based on Valentine’s past this upcoming 2012 season the Yankees and Red Sox will I personally think it’s going to be either 8 – 8 or either team with a slightly better winning percentage?  Yes I’m aware that the Yankees didn’t play well during the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Plus the Mets didn’t play well during Bobby V’s years either expect 2000.   That’s why I don’t think the Red Sox should be taken as a Joke this upcoming season regardless of last season’s worst collapse in Major league baseball history.  It’s a new season where anything can happen.         

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    #LetChrisPlay

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 12:05 AM [General]

    Hello YankeesLand,

     

      On February 26th 2012 the movie “Moneyball “didn’t win any Oscars and Yankees utility outfield Chris Dickerson was outright moved to triple-A and removed off the 40 man roster.  However he’s still staying at the big league camp.  I know I wasn’t the only Yankees fan that was shocked about this move.  So I’ve decided to utilize social media by going to twitter and tweeted among Yankees fans how I didn’t feel it was right.  I’ve found out that I wasn’t the only Yankees fan out there. 

       The Yankees went after Chris Dickerson twice.   Chris Dickerson was originally drafted during the 2000 drafted by the Yankees but opted for college.  During the 2003 draft Chris Dickerson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and didn’t play his first major league game until August 12, 2008.  During 2010 Chris was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Jim Edmonds.  On March 25, 2010 the Yankees traded pitcher Sergio Mitre for Chris Dickerson.   It’s obvious that the scouts must have seen something in Chris Dickerson in order to attempt to draft him and trade for him within his brief career. 

      I’ve decided last night why not take the initiate and speak out among Yankeesland doing what I do best by making a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDu3QCmFmlE I’m taking a “Bad News Bears” movement approach with social media.  Instead of “Let them play” its “Let Chris Play”.   How do we truly see someone’s playing ability if they don’t get a fair amount of playing time?  Look at Jeremy Lin (Knicks PG) who’s made some huge headlines within a short period of time.  No I’m not comparing Jeremy Lin to Chris Dickerson but I’m just trying to say that guy on the bench can make a difference if given the right chance/ Opportunity.  Most fans cheer for the BIG names like Jeter, Rivera, Rodriguez, Swisher and Sabathia for example.  Minor leaguers and MLB potentials also need fans too.  That’s why Chris Dickerson has my support.

      I’ve been following Chris Dickerson (@CDickerson_PFTP) on Twitter during this past off season. Chris actually interacts with fans.  I’ve exchanged several tweets with him during the past few weeks.  I’ve tweeted him a link to my video “#LetChrisPlay” and he wrote back “Thanks Buddy LOL”   I’ve sent out plenty of tweets to anyone that I know on twitter that’s an Yankees fan “#LetChrisPlay”  I got some great mentions (Responses) from Mike O’Hara (MLBFanCave Season 1), Francisco Cervelli (Yankees Back-up Catcher) and Lou DiPietro (YesNetwork.com) writer. Thanks to those that read/heard what I had to say.

      Here are some screenshots of those notable mentions that I’ve received today: 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hopefully I can get others to join the #LetChrisPlay bandwagon.  It would be very rewarding to all of those that participate to watch Chris Dickerson rejoin big league club to be among his teammates.

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    #34 Recycled for another Yankee

    Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:59 PM [General]

       Talk about an aimless number that has not yet been worn by any Yankees star that would one day be immortalize among the Yankees gods in Monument Park.  The search for #34 will be worn once more this upcoming 2012 season by David Aardsma.  Could he be the one?  #34 has been worn by over 43 Yankees players.  Here’s the #34 Yankees All-star List

    Art Flecher (Manager) - 1929

    Foster Edwards - 1930

    Lou McEvoy - 1931

    Ivy Andrews - 1931

    Frank Makosky - 1937

    Johny Sturm - 1941

    Buddy Hassett - 1942

    Ken Silvestri - 1946-1947

    Bobo Newsom - 1947

    Jack Phillips - 1948

    Bob Cerv - 1952

    Kal Segrist - 1952

    Harry Schaefer - 1952

    Tony Hubek - 1957

    Clete Boyer - 1959-1961

    Bob Hale - 1961

    Phil Linz - 1962-1964

    Mike Hegan - 1966-67

    Len Randle - 1979

    Davd LaRoche - 1981-1983

    Roy Smalley - 1982

    Matt Keough - 1983

    Scott Bradley - 1984-1985

    Doug Drabek - 1986

    Mike Easier - 1987

    Mike Ferraro (Coach) - 1987-1988

    Don Schulze - 1989

    Walt Terrell - 1989

    Bob Davidson - 1989

    Pascual Perez - 1990-1991

    Jerry Nielsen - 1992

    Sam Militello - 1993

    Andy Cook - 1993

    Sterling Hitchcock - 1993

    Greg Harris - 1994

    Rob Muprhy - 1994

    Rob McDonald - 1995

    Mel Stottlemyre (Coach) -1996 - 2002, 2004 - 2005

    Sean Hean - 2007

    Damaso Marte - 2008

    A.J. Burnett - 2009-2011

    Hopefully one day witihin my lifetime I will see the one that brings balance to the pinstripes and grace #34 for the greater good of Yankeesland.

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    Things that I can’t wait to see during the 2012 Season

    Saturday, February 18, 2012, 4:08 PM [General]

         Tomorrow pitchers and catchers will officially report for spring training.  This will be the 112th season for the New York Yankees franchise.  The Yankees will be looking to defend their division title and to win their 28th World Series title.   Here is my list of things I can’t wait to see during the 2012 season:

    1)      The Yankees…DUH

    2)      Can’t wait to see our new pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda start games for the Yankees

    3)      A better season for Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

    4)      The Derek Jeter of the second half of 2011 playing for the 2012 Yankees.

    5)      Mariano Rivera further increases the All-time Saves record.

    6)      David Robinson dominating the 8th inning while Soriano dominates the 7th inning.

    7)      A healthy Joba Chamberlain.

    8)      I also expect a better year for Cano, Granderson (Repeat of Last year or better), Swisher, Martin and Gardner.

    9)      I wonder who will be a very useful DH..time will tell right!

    10)    Opening day 4/13/12 I’m sure there will be plenty of media coverage focusing on Albert Pujols.

    11)   April 20th – 22nd the Yankees visit Fenway Park.  Bobby V will face the rivalry first hand.

    12)   April 27th – 29th Prince Fielder and the 2011 AL MVP & Cy young winner Justin Verlander visit Yankee Stadium.

    13)   Yankees host Interleague games against Reds (May 18th – May 20th) , Mets ( June 8th – June 10th) and Braves (June 18th – June 20th)

    14)   Yankees play interleague games against Braves (June 11th – June 13th), Nationals (June 15th – June 17th) and Mets (June 22th – June 24)

    15)   Robinson Cano going for another Home run derby trophy.  He’s gotta defend last year’s title.

    16)   The 83rd All-star game in Kansas City where the AL is going to win.

     

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    Wow a Yankees fan that really can sing!

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 2:45 PM [General]

    I'd be the first to admit that I can't sing well at all.  However it never stopped anyone from watching any of my videos.  This isn't my video.  However this Yankees Fan can certinally sing.  Joe & Glenn Check out this:

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    Robinson Cano two more seasons then???

    Saturday, December 10, 2011, 10:05 PM [General]

      I was watching Yankees Baseball Daily this past Friday night listening to Jack Curry discuss how the St. Louis Cardinals had two years to offer Albert Pujols a contract and both sides couldn’t come to terms with a deal and it occurred to me that the 2012 and 2013 seasons the Yankees currently have option years for Robinson Cano.

      A couple of blogs that I’ve read online refer to Robinson Cano is the future face of the Yankees franchise as well as Cano not happy that the Yankees are only taking options on him and not offering him a longer deal.  Cano is only 29 years old and currently he’s in his prime for hitting.  Cano also currently ranks among the top second basemen in all of MLB.  So what are the Yankees front office are waiting for?  Brian Cashman let's make a deal!  Why must the Cano and the Fan’s wait out the outcome of the next two seasons?  That’s why I hope something can be worked out which would allow Cano to be giving career security so that he can play the rest of his career with the Yankees.  I’d hate to see Cano leave the team that he started his career as did Albert Pujols with the St. Louis Cardinals. Let's hope within the next two seasons the Yankees and Cano could work out a long term deal.

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    World Series game 6

    Friday, October 28, 2011, 12:55 PM [General]

    Wow what an amazing World Series game 6 last night.  Twice last night the Texas Rangers had an 2 run lead, 2 outs, 2 strikes before blowing the game in which the St. Louis Cardinals came back from.  The 9th, 10th and 11th innings were the true turning point of this World Series.  The St. Louis Cardinals batters gave it all the got and scored each time they needed to when the Texas Rangers couldn’t get the right pitches.  Who would have thought this would be an actually best of 7.  The winner of tonight’s game 7 will receive the commissioners Trophy.   Tonight’s Game 7 could also be Albet Pujols last time playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.  Regardless of the outcome in a few days Albert Pujols will be a free agent and will be prominent discussion during the entire off season until he accepts an offer.  Good luck to both teams tonight.

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    Who is the BigYankeesFan?

    Monday, October 10, 2011, 11:57 PM [General]

    I've decided to make a highlight video of my media coverage within the past few years.  Check it out.

     

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