Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Kim Jones Will Leave YES Network

Kim Jones Will Leave YES Network

By Delia E.

According to the New York Post, Kim Jones will leave YES after turning down multiple contracts from the Yankees network. Jones had worked with the New York Yankees since 2005. According to sources, the split was amicable.

A YES Network spokesman said they are looking at options on how to continue without Jones. They are not sure if they will hire a replacement or offer a bigger role to Jack Curry.

Martin avoids arbitration

Martin avoids arbitration

by Matt S.

Martin has avoided arbitration with a one year deal.  The contract is worth 7.5 million.  It also has performance bonuses.

Open Thread

Good evening all on this day when Posada officially retired.   Also lots of another news out on this busy day.

* Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic.

* Bryan Hoch of mlb.com has everything from the retirement of Posada.

* Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that it “sounds like” the Tigers will use a rotation at the corner infield spots following the signing of Prince Fielder, including using Miguel Cabrera at third base on some days.

* Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have reached agreement on a two-year, $40.5 million contract with right-hander Tim Lincecum.

This is your Open Thread feel free to talk about anything mentioned above or anything else you want.

Enjoy the night.

Tigers suprise everyone – sign Prince Fielder

Tigers suprise everyone – sign Prince Fielder

by: fishjam25

Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports on Twitter that the Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9 year – $214M contract.  Detroit came out of the blue to sign the big fella who will form a deadly duo with Miquel Cabrera in the middle of Detroit’s order.  Losing Victor Martinez for the season to a knee injury gave Detroit the motivation to add Fielder’s big bat and makes Detroit a serious contender in the A.L.  This wild offseason continues to take people by suprise as Fielder was said to have been choosing between Washington, Baltimore & Texas

Yankees Bullpen Among MLB’s Best

When the Steinbrenners went against Brian Cashman’s wishes to sign Rafael Soriano they envisioned a lockdown bullpen that would be among the best in MLB.  They got what they were looking for, although probably not the way they envisioned it.  Soriano struggled early and got hurt. Joba Chamberlain had to have Tommy John surgery.  David Robertson became a savior and was one of the best setup men in MLB.  Once Soriano came back he pitched well. Along with Robertson and Mariano Rivera the trio formed one of best 7-8-9 combo’s in baseball.

Having a lockdown bullpen is crucial in baseball. It is devastating for a team to waste a good starting pitching performance or a good offensive performance because the bullpen blew it. The bullpen can also bail out a bad start from a pitcher to allow the offense to comeback. The 2011 Yankees bullpen finished 4th in MLB in bullpen ERA at 3.12.  They only blew 16 saves, which was good for 5th best in MLB, and 8.46 K/9 which was good for 6th best in MLB.  Once Soriano and Chamberlain went down all the pressure went to David Robertson. If he hadn’t stepped up his game, the Yankees season could have gone with him. He responded in a way nobody could have ever dreamed off.  Robertson went 4-0, with a 1.08 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and an unprecedented 13.5 K/9.  Robertson did allow to many walks (2.86 BB/9), but he always seemed to get strikeouts to cancel them out. With the help of a deceptively fast fastball and a devastating 12-6 curve, Robertson always came through in the clutch.

Mariano Rivera continued to defy the odds to be almost as dominant as in his prime. Rivera had 44 saves, pitched to a 1.91 ERA, and an impeccable .897 WHIP. He displayed his amazing control by only walking 8 batters all season.  He did have his usual stretch of the season, last year in August, when people questioned whether he was done based off a few blown saves in a row. Of course the answer was as it has always been. No he is not done. There are still not many closers, if any, you would rather want on the mound for a big save other than Mo.

Cory Wade, Hector Noesi, Boone Logan and Luis Ayala also made nice contributions to the bullpen last season. These guys fulfilled many different roles and were versatile enough to perform. When Wade was going well he was even the 7th inning guy. Noesi performed great as a long man and middle innings guy.  Logan was the Yankees only lefty reliever but was also capable of getting righties out due to his plus fastball and slider.  Ayala got off to a good start, but struggled down the stretch. These guys provided great depth behind the Yankees great back end of the bullpen pitchers.          

Going into this year I see the Yankees having the 2nd best bullpen in MLB behind the Atlanta Braves. The San Francisco Giants are a very close 3rd. A 7-8-9 of Soriano, Robertson, and Mo the Yankees will be in great hands at the end of the game. Chamberlain is a wild card coming off Tommy John surgery because he was pitching extremely well before he got hurt. Combine the great Yankees bullpen with an improved starting staff,and you are looking at one of the best overall pitching staffs in MLB.  The Yankees bullpen was a huge reason for the teams’ 2011 success and should be about just as good heading into 2012.

Jorge Posada Officially Retires From Baseball

Today has been a very emotional day in Yankees History as beloved catcher Jorge Posada had retired from baseball after 17 years in pinstripes. The retirement press conference was sweet yet somber as Jorge Posada sat at the podium with his wife Laura & his 2 children Jorge Posada Jr. & Paulina Posada. Jorge looked out at the press with sadness but with a bit of determination ready to go into the next chapter of his life; retirement.

“Today was a very emotional day for me.” Posada told the crowd of reporters.

Jorge Posada has officially retired after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees

“Ever since I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was become a major leaguer. I was able to live my dream and play baseball for the best franchise in the world, the New York Yankees. ”

Posada was known in the clubhouse as being honest to his teammates and a captain figure. If his teammates were struggling, he would tell them. If they needed advice, Jorge would help. Michael Kay, Jack Curry & Bob Lorenz spoke about how Jorge’s career in pinstripes was important to him and now when fans look at a trading card, Jorge’s career will be all about the Yankees from 1995-2011.

Among the guests at the press conference were teammates Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera & CC Sabathia, manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman, former baseball player Willie Randolph, Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman & Diana Munson; the widow of Thurman Munson who spoke very highly of Jorge.

“This is a man who brought me back to baseball.” Diana Munson told the crowd. “I’m so honored to be here and I am so honored to have loved 2 Yankee catchers in my life.”

During the press conference Posada was emotional, letting out tears as he said all of his thank you’s to the teammates, his fans & his family and gave a special thank you to his inspiration; his father.

Posada honored his Yankee pinstripes and while he has a reputation of being temperamental, he was hard working and always made the Yankee name proud.

“I grew up in front of the fans, in front of my teammates. I could never wear another uniform. I will forever be a Yankee.”

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Gardner, Granderson, Burnett

Good afternoon all and welcome to Spanning the Yankee Blogs.  I check them all out and than list an article from each for you to enjoy.

and away we go…..

* An A-Blog for A-Rod looks into how awesome the Brett Gardner contract is.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue believes Granderson will continue his big numbers.

* New York Baseball Digest believes with the new acquisitions the Yankees need to rid themselves of Burnett.

* NYYUniverse has the mechanic breakdown of Jose Campos.

* River Ave Blues asks Does Nick Swisher vanish against good pitching?

* Road to Yankee Stadium has a look back at Jorge Posada.

* The Yankee Analysts has the irony of the rotating DH.

Morning Bits: Pineda, Montero, AL East, Posada

Good morning all let’s get right to the links….

* Sports Illustrated has the finalized deal of Jesus Montero for Pineda.

* From the Seattle Times here is what they had to say about finalized deal.

* ESPN’s Wallace Matthews says the trade is Cashman’s riskiest move yet.

* Wall Street Journal says the AL East is Armed and Dangerous.

* Posada to make it official today that he is he done with baseball.