Author Archives: Mark Panuthos

Hiroki Kuroda is having a Great Year But …..

This is the counter argument to Chris Barca's piece from Friday. Enjoy. Hiroki Kuroda is having a career-best year in multiple categories.  He’s been the lone, consistently bright spot on a Yankees rotation that is getting older and more injury prone.  What’s more, the Yankees underpaid for him ($10 million for one year).  Re-signing him is ...

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The Grandyman Can’t: The Yankees should let Granderson walk next year

How many times has this happened to you?  You live in Tampa.  You can’t watch the Yankees on MLB.tv because, as the log-in error message states, you used a left-handed keyboard to enter your password on the holiest day on the Druid calendar.  So, you’re forced to listen to John Sterling’s broadcast on ESPN radio.  ...

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Yankees Trade Target: Matt Garza

Statistics don’t lie.  People do.  But there are a lot of statistics out there, and a lot of bloggers, so statics-based lying is at an all time high compared to other types of lying.  Consider the following statistics; the Yankees simultaneously rank 24th in both defensive efficiency (DER) and ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio (gb/fb).  This means that ...

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Don’t Call Him Mark Teix-ERROR

Against the Rays earlier last week, Mark Teixeira failed to convert his 672nd consecutive play attempt without an error.  Elliot Johnson hit a hard grounder down the first base line that stayed just fair and slipped just beneath Teixeira’s glove.  He owned up to it, telling the New York Post “I just missed it.  I ...

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Terry Francona doesn’t like home runs

Home runs are good.  The Yankees hit a lot of home runs.  That’s very good - Right? Wrong – because, according to Dan Shulman and lackey Terry Francona, they are “over reliant” on home runs.  That makes them one dimensional.  They need to manufacture runs, not simply hit them, you see.  Check out this exchange from ...

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Without Roger Clemens, the Hall of Fame is a Joke

A federal jury’s acquittal of Roger Clemens earlier this week has provided the occasion for fans and pundits alike to confront three prevailing myths about baseball.  First, that continuity in player skill levels and athleticism in baseball needs to be preserved at all costs.  Second, that the so-named Mitchell Report provided an accurate, objective, and ...

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Let Us Now Praise Game-Tying Grand Slams

First the bad news;  Lou Gehrig’s career Grand Slam record of 23 was tied last week and likely will be broken within my lifetime.  Now the good news;  it was tied by another Yankee, Alex Rodriguez.   I’ll be rooting for A-Rod to break Gehrig’s record, since it must be broken and since the alternatives are ...

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Deep Thoughts on the Yankees-Rays Series

Ray-fan has two explanations ready to go following a series with the Yankees.  If you listen to Tampa Bay local AM radio sports-blather as religiously as I do, you get to a point where you can commit the following themes to memory.  After a Rays victory; “Yankees bad, payroll too high, bad for baseball, Joe ...

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