Billy Crystal had fun but Mike Mussina was perfect yesterday.
Joe Girardi and Shelley Duncan talked it over. This notebook also has some medical updates, Godzilla’s return to left, plans for the Virginia Tech game and other news.
There’s a popular stat going around now that shows the Yankees were hit by a pitch 223 times the last three seasons, the most in the majors.
This supposedly shows that the Yankees were a bunch of pansies, I guess.
However, further research shows that Yankees pitchers have hit opposing batters 203 times in the last three years. Only seven teams in the majors (one in the American League) have hit more batters.
To put it in some perspective, Yankee batters have been hit 20 more times in the last 486 games than their pitchers have hit somebody. That’s once every 24.3 games, about once a month. Factor in that Jeter and Giambi (and Posada and A-Rod to a lesser degree) “dive in” when the hit, and it’s easily explained.
Invariably, Jeter and Giambi get hit on the wrist, hand or forearm because of their hitting style. If the Yankees retaliated every time that happened, they’d get half the pitching staff suspended.
Another pesky fact: Since 1996, the Yankees are the only team in the majors to have had at least one pitcher suspended each year for intentionally throwing at a batter.
It’s like anything else. Every fan is convinced that their team doesn’t retaliate enough, that the announcers are biased against them and that beer costs the most in their stadium. You react to what you see every day. But in the end, it’s about the same for everybody.