Author Archives: Michael Augustine

Thoughts on the Ichiro trade

Ichiro Suzuki is going to fit in nicely inside the Yankee clubhouse and I love the trade.  Acquired for a very modest price, you could wonder aloud if Seattle was feeling a little guilty about the damage that occurred in the Michael Pineda deal (now Jose Campos is lost for the season too).  But that ...

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Why Andrew McCutchen is MLB’s best player

It’s the point in the season where avid baseball fans will start declaring which player is the best hitter.  Most of the time, the claim will end up being completely subjective but it becomes easier to back up your claim with all the ‘new’ statistical information made available to baseball geeks. I, a novice, am still ...

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BBD’s midseason awards

Since not much is going on in Yankee land this week…besides the cordial treatment of Robinson Cano by all the classy fans at Kaufmann Stadium, so I’m going to appoint my mid-season award winners in several standard and non-standard categories. My qualifications are at least 70 games played for hitters (with the exception of ROY candidates) ...

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BBD’s 2012 All-Star Game ballot

I completely understand what the All-Star game is all about.  It’s set up for the fans, by the fans, but the definition of a baseball All-Star should be changed; its much more of a popularity contest that ends up determining home field advantage for the World Series. I believe performance should trump popularity when the game ...

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Grading the Yankees at about the halfway point

Last month I misjudged the Yankees as a middle of the road team.  Glad I was way off. Submitted for your approval, here is the final assessment of the first half of Yankee baseball.  To qualify for a grade, a batter must have at least 200 plate appearances.  All stats are as of 26 June. HITTERS Derek Jeter- ...

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A look back at the free agents the Yankees missed out on

The 2012 free agent pool was fairly decent last offseason and, as usual, there was tons of speculation on who the Yankees would go after.  Regardless, they were pretty economical in gaining assets through savvy trading (Michael Pineda), picking up cast offs (Raul Ibanez), and re-signing critical assets (CC Sabathia, Andrew Jones, Eric Chavez). It’s ...

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Subway Series preview: Comparing the Mets and Yankees

There has been random polarization and a trend of parity through the first two months of the 2012 season, especially in both Eastern Divisions.  The Orioles have run rough shot on the AL East after two months while the typical bottom-feeders in the NL East have sprinted out of the gate.  I still am holding ...

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Yankees face a pair of potential playoff opponents this week

This week the Yankees are squaring off with the rising Angels for a three game set in Anaheim, followed by an off day on Thursday, and then a visit to the Motor City for a weekend set against the Tigers. Against the Angels, The Bronx Bombers will throw out Andy Pettitte on Tuesday and Ivan Nova ...

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