Daily Archives: November 22, 2011

Mariano Rivera may need vocal chord surgery

Mariano Rivera may need vocal chord surgery

By Delia E. 

Mariano Rivera may need surgery, but to not fret Yankees fans: it’s vocal chord surgery. During a charity event at New Rochelle, Rivera said that he might be heading into surgery to scrape his vocal chords. He will talk to doctors on Monday to find out if his ailment needed vocal chord surgery.

“It’s been a month. Every time I talk it gets worse and worse.” Rivera said.

There is no word on the severity of the surgery or if it will affect Rivera getting ready for Spring Training.

“When you talk about surgery, nothing is simple.”

Selig, Players sign new player deal; New changes to season

Selig , Players sign new deal; New changes to season

By Delia E. 

Earlier today, Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig released the new collective bargaining agreement which was signed by players and managers. This deal prevented an MLB lockout, but it also brings some hefty new rules. Here are some key important notes that will be changed in the 2012-2013 seasons:

  • Beginning no later than in 2013, Postseason play will be expanded for the first time since 1995. A second Wild Card will be awarded to the club in each division with the second best overall record among Clubs that do not win a division. The two Wild Card clubs will play a single Postseason game, the winner of which will advance to the Division Series. A decision on adding 2 Wild Card teams will be made no later than March 1, 2012
  • The Houston Astros will move to the American League West starting in 2013, creating two leagues of 15 clubs each.
  • Starting in 2013, Interleague games will be played throughout the entire schedule, rather than exclusively in specific inter-league segments.
  • Active roster limits will be expanded to 26 for certain regular or split doubleheaders.
  • Players, managers, and coaches will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews and club appearances. In addition, any time when fans are permitted in the ballpark, players, managers and coaches must conceal tobacco products in their uniforms or on their bodies. Individuals who violate the policy will be subject to discipline.
  • Commencing on Spring Training 2012, all players will be subject to HGH blood testing for reasonable cause at all times during the year. In addition, all players will be tested during Spring Training each year.
  • Participation in the All-Star Game is MANDATORY unless the player is unable to play due to injury or is otherwise excused by the Office of the Commissioner. Player’s trust will receive an increased contribution and players will receive additional benefits.

For the FULL agreement click here.

Yankees and Braves Trade Rumors Swirling


The Yankees offseason rumor mill has officially started. John Harper, of the New York Daily News, wrote an article about the Braves being interested in Eduardo Nunez, and that they were willing to give up Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens had an excellent year last year going 13-6, with a 2.96 ERA, and a 1.22 WHIP. However, his year ended after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired right knee. According to Wallace Matthews, the Yankees are concerned about that knee. Nunez had a nice first full year with the Yankees hitting .265, with 5 HRs, 30 RBI’s, 22 SBs, and a .698 OPS.  I would be extremely hesitant to trade for Jurrjens and I hope Brian Cashman is smart enough not to.

Jair Jurrjens is not the #2 starter that the Braves will try to sell the Yankees on. They would ask for a lot more than just Nunez for Jurrjens and it would not be worth it. The regular numbers look nice, but they can be a little misleading.  The things that really concern me are his K/9, BB/9, his FB % and GB %, and his fastball velocity.  Here is a chart of those stats over the last three years for Jurrjens.

Year K/9 BB/9

FB %

GB% Fastball MPH
2009 6.36 3.14 39.1 42.9 91.2
2010 6.65 3.25 41.9 39.9 91.1
2011 5.33 2.61 36.6 42.0 89.1

A number 2 starter absolutely cannot only average about only 3 more strikeouts than walks.  That is an egregious number that cannot be overstated. If you are not going to strikeout people, you cannot walk the amount of people that Jurrjens does. He has been able to get away with it in the NL, but in the AL East it will not happen that way. Jurrjens also allows way too many fly balls to pitch at Yankee stadium effectively. Having your ground ball and fly ball percentage almost even at Yankee Stadium, and not striking anybody out is a recipe for disaster at Yankee Stadium. Javier Vazquez rings a bell in that regard. Also, the declining fastball is a concern. Jurrjens never threw hard to begin with and last year his average fastball velocity dipped into the 80’s.  His strikeout numbers will not get any better with that trend.  I know I made it seem like Jurrjens is an awful pitcher but he actually has had a very successful career so far, so you have to give him credit. However, I just do not think the numbers would translate over to the AL East.  A declining fastball, too many fly balls, too few strikeouts, and too many walks just will not work out in the toughest division in baseball.

2008 13 10 3.68 31 188.1 188 70 139 115 1.370 3.3 6.6
2009 14 10 2.60 34 215.0 186 75 152 159 1.214 3.1 6.4
2010 7 6 4.64 20 116.1 120 42 86 84 1.393 3.2 6.7
2011 13 6 2.96 23 152.0 142 44 90 128 1.224 2.6 5.3

I would also be very hesitant to trade for Jurrjens because I am reluctant to give up Eduardo Nunez. I really liked the tools and potential he showed last year.  He obviously has a long way to go in the field, but he has the range, speed, and arm strength to greatly improve.  He showed he has pop in his bat and I think he will eventually turn into one of the better hitting shortstops in MLB. I believe he can be the next shortstop after Derek Jeter. Time will tell on that though and I would like to see more from him.  Nunez would be just the start in a Jurrjens deal because the Braves think very highly of Jurrjens. Some have suggested Nick Swisher would be a fit and I would be highly against that as well. I also would not include Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, or Dellin Betances in a deal for Jurrjens.

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While Jurrjens has been good for the Braves he is just not a fit for the Yankees.  You always have to weary of NL pitchers going to the AL East, and really look hard to see if they will translate over.  Jurrjens just does not fit the bill.  I trust that Brian Cashman will see these same issues that I do. Jurrjens would pitch more like Javier Vazquez for the Yankees than like CC Sabathia.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs

Hello all and welcome to another addition of Spanning the Yankee Blogs.  Lot’s of good information out their on the team we all love.  Good each article a read.  Enjoy!!!!

* Bleeding Yankee Blue talks about why the Yankee Fans pick Prince Fielder.

* Lohud says the Darvish posting is still unclear.

* Double G Sports writes about that even though Nova didn’t win the Rookie of the year the Yankee fans know his worth.

* River Ave Blue’s talks about an extension for Brett Gardner.

* Pinstripe Alley shows what his MVP ballot would have looked like.

* Yankee Analyst shares their thoughts on Cespedes.

* Yankes Go Yard has the Arizona Fall League season wrap up.

Morning Bits: Awards, Cashman, Bobby V, Jurrjens, Nunez

Good morning everyone. Here are today’s links…

Wally Matthews ponders how the Yankees may have been “robbed” in the awards this year.

— If you ever doubted Brian Cashman’s pure greatness, read this “article” of Matthews’ back-and-forth texts with the GM.

— I guess Matthews really needed a bunch of articles yesterday, so anyway, he warns Yankee fans about the idea of Bobby Valentine managing the Red Sox.

— Cashman ruled out the possibility of trading for Jurrjens because of concern about a serious knee injury. He also said they won’t be trading Nunez, but you never know if the right trade comes around.

— Some ex-Yankees praised the new labor deal, including the new HGH testing.