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    Is there an anti-Paul O'Neill bias over there? It seems YES rarely runs his Yankeeography show. I never see it on. Why?

    ONeillRules
    March 27, 2011
    12:38 AM
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    This Cliff Lee thing is eating away at me! WHY did the Yanks put all their eggs in the Cliff Lee basket??? WHY? Now, we have to hope CC keeps it up, Hughes can develop more, and Burnett can turn it around and that's only 3???? Why did they not give Dustin M. a shot at a starting role?? As far as a Catcher, we are covered, and the bull pen looks fine...But I am scared to go into 2011 with our starters!!! Even if Andy P. gives us another year there no guarantees he'll stay healthy."Plan B" seems to be to pray! WE NEED A STARTER or we are in serious trouble!!!!! I need a positive here, HELP?

    Tom2011
    December 18, 2010
    3:20 PM
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    The Grandy man can....A.J. can do it, but TEX has to start hitting man...

    jeet2ss
    October 19, 2010
    6:40 PM
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    I have a comment about a questionable decision by Joe Girardi in yesterday's game. In the 7th inning the Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out and Girardi elected to stay with Granderson. This move made no sense. I knew Granderson didn't stand a prayer from putting the ball in play against a very tough lefty like Lester. I knew he was struck out even before he entered the batter's box. I understand the Yankees only had Berkman and Gardner on the bench and I understand Berkman is only asked to start against righty starters, but you have to play the higher percentages if your Joe Girardi. Even if Berkman hit lower than Granderson against left handers the percentages of Berkman putting the ball in play and getting a run home is a lot greater than Granderson who is overmatched by lefties. Granderson may not have struck out in his 2 previous at bats, but Girardi rolling the dice on Granderson not striking out is too much of a risk when you consider that Granderson is even more prone to striking out against a tough lefty as opposed to a tough righty. Yes maybe Berkman hits into a double play there, but at very minimum it gets a run home and you are in all likelihood going to end up with 2 outs and a runner in scoring position with still 2 innings left which to try to come up with 1 run.

    boatster
    August 10, 2010
    11:43 AM
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    When looking at the big picture all of these regulars are significantly below their career average--Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Posada, Granderson. It's hard to complain when you lead the league in scoring, but we know that stat can be distorted--score a bunch of runs in one game, not so many in the next--it averages out, but it's likely you don't win both of those games. I don't disagree with your comments on Jeter/The Babe. Babe was a one of a kind circus act. Jeter is the modern day face of baseball for all of the right reasons. Let people decide where their emotions stand on this one. We all agree he is a first ballot HOF. I am concerned about the Yanks getting long in the tooth, as they say. But, if Jeter can steal second in a critical situation like Monday's ninth inning, and Bret Gardner can't seem to want to achieve the same goal, I think the Captain will be OK for another year or two. Just not sure what you do as far as a contract. Like Tiger, he may make more outside of the sport with endorsements than he does in. My biggest concern is catcher. We need a legitimate guy who can be behind the plate 125 games/year and hit .250+ with 20 HRs sooner rather than later.

    oldschoolyank
    August 10, 2010
    9:43 AM
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    Nevada Yank? What kind of name is that? That's like saying "Rural Manhattanite." Well, I guess she could have moved there... Anyway, the Jeter situation reminds me a lot of what happened to Paul O'Neill in the 2000 season, when Joe Torre dropped him down to 7th in the batting order, where he stayed right through the 2001 World Series (which I still insist the Yankees won). O'Neill responded by turning out a fantastic performance in the World Series, including one of the greatest at bats I have ever seen, working a 237-pitch walk. It may be time to admit that, while Jeter is still a great asset as a leader and defensive shortstop, and there are no better free agent options at the position, it may be time to move him out of the leadoff spot. It won't happen this year, but if the trend continues next year, coupled with Brett Gardner's higher average and OBP, it may be time to move him elsewhere, perhaps to the 9-hole. There's no indignity in the 9th spot--batting 9th for the Yankees is more important than leading off for a lot of other teams, and if anyone can accept his decline graciously, Jeter can. As for Alex Rodriguez, he's not having a career year either, but he is doing something people wouldn't stop complaining about when he had that disastrous season of .290/.392/35/121 and everyone was calling for his head. he's hitting better in the clutch and driving in a lot of runs, not trying to knock the ball out of the park every time (until #599, that is). Remember, the Yankees won four World Series and came within one strike of a fifth with a guy named Tino Martinez hitting 4th or 5th every year. Look over his statistics--they rarely got close to what we would call an average year for ARod. Nobody complained about that. Yankee fans have gotten spoiled over the years and seem to think the team needs an MVP candidate at every position. It's been tried, and it doesn't work.

    paulie_21
    August 6, 2010
    6:50 PM
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    Crap, I can't stand the "Jeter can do no wrong" crowd. Are they really this obtuse? Do they really believe that ANY criticism of Jeter is unfounded? That's just ludicrous. He's having a terrible year. Better than most shortstops, yes. But far below what we've grown accustomed to. The power is gone. The walks are gone. The double plays are up. The selectivity is gone. And now, just a year after he made defensive improvements, the defense is gone. This is just empirical data. Derek Jeter is my favorite player. I've watched or listened to virtually every game in his career. This year has been incredibly frustrating. I hope he bounces back, because it is not in the Yanks' best interest to sign a .330 OBP player to a long-term deal, particularly one who will have to end up as a DH at some point. None of these statements make me a Jeter-hater.

    sadaharuo
    August 6, 2010
    6:07 PM
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    Moving Jeter is not an option and it's very likely he will heat up...it's really a non-issue since if he's moved, it will cause more trouble than the extra fraction of a fraction of a run that will may create. The bigger weakness is the bullpen.

    dailyskew
    August 6, 2010
    2:02 PM
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    The lineup is awful. Each day brings another change. Berkman won't hit against lefties? We have a switch hitting DH that can not hit from the right side of the plate? Granderson is now replaced by Kearns because he cant hit lefties? Where are Austin Jackson and Johnny D when you need them? A much weaker batting order from last year has exposed this team.

    yanks55
    August 4, 2010
    10:00 AM
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    I agree that you rest your best players against weaker teams, but I wouldn't agree that the Jays are a weaker team. They have pretty good pitching. Joe is doing a pretty good job when you consider that except for CANO and GARDNER, no one is having a particularly great year. BURNETT, CHAMBERLAIN and HUGHES have been inconsistent to the point of being unreliable at various points this season. GRANDERSON, has not been the offensive machine he was expected to be, and throw in key injuries to ACEVES, POSADA, and others we are pretty lucky to be in the position we're in.

    thevoiceofreason
    August 3, 2010
    11:23 AM
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