January is traditionally a slow month for baseball news. So for the second year in a row, we will showcase other blogs with a series of pinch hitters.
Next up is Tom from The Bronx Block.
Tom lives in New York and has been blogging for about a year. He will be starting up a new blog, The Yankee Universe, soon. Here is his post:
Today, I’m analyzing the 2009 version of the greatest rivalry in baseball: the Yankees and Red Sox. I’m not sure if a solar flare hit the earth, the Prime Mover took his eye off our spinning blue marble, or what, but the natural order of the universe has been disrupted. The Red Sox winning championships and the Yankees consistently coming up second best? This is not acceptable and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s somehow responsible for this worldwide recession we’re currently undergoing. I can’t prove it yet, mind you (not for lack of trying), but I can’t help thinking these two tragic events are somehow connected.
What I can prove is that the planet has tilted back upon its proper axis and is spinning normally, again. The Yanks have signed the top three free agents on the market, possess a bustling bullpen of young, versatile power arms, and have several key contributors coming back from injuries (Posada, Wang, Matsui) while other Bombers are due for bounce back years (Swisher, Cano, A-Rod, Jeter). Yes, Crybaby Nation you can pretty much mark it down that the good old days of your Red Sox finishing second every year and finding ways to blow big games are back.
It’s pretty clear that the dynasty days of the 90s have returned for the Yanks but, just for the sake of science, logic and pointy ears, I’ve done a statistical analysis of each player and compared them to
their Beantown counterpart. In my mere allotted 500 words, I don’t have space to reveal the calculations, but I can go into depth in the comments if you have any questions and I’ll post a companion piece with deeper analysis on The Yankee Universe and Bronx Block. I used an amalgam of the traditional stats, the newer sabermetric stuff, and the replacement level value stats, utilizing mostly baseballreference.com and fangraphs.com.
I gave a score out of 10 to each starting player, starting pitcher, and closer. The bench of each squad received a group grade out of 10 as did the setup men and the back of the bullpens. Add it up and
surely we’ll see a huge gap between the Yankees and Red Sox.
The results: Yankees 124.5, Sox 121. Thank you very much. Without the words to spare, I must forego the sturm and drang to admit that we have to get used to the fact that the Red Sox are a really good team with an extremely well-run organization that is likely to give the Yanks a run to the wire each year. Oh, and you can throw the Rays in there, too. I guess this just makes it all the more interesting, right?
Thanks, Tom. Coming tomorrow: Nick from San Francisco.