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Granderson greeting fans today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson will be greeting fans in the Yankees Museum at Yankee Stadium before tonight’s game.

If you’re going to the game and want to meet the center fielder, get there in plenty of time because he won’t be around for long. Granderson will be greeting fans from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

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129 Responses to “Granderson greeting fans today”

  1. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    He’s sacrificing himself again!

    Those 15 mins could be spent looking at scouting reports, why Curtis, why?

  2. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    If you?re going to the game and want to meet the center fielder, get there in plenty of time because he won?t be around for long. Granderson will be greeting fans from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m

    *****************************
    He wants to avoid questions about the bunt. ;)

  3. jacksquat April 27th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    (REPOST)

    jacksquat April 27th, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 11:38 am
    According to Tom Tango, the chances of scoring 1 run are:

    1B, 0 out: .38
    1B, 1 out: .25
    2B, 1 out: .41

    I think this is the most applicable stat, if you are playing for one run.

    So 38% vs 41%. Nearly a wash. But that does not take into account the chances of the runner getting to 2b with a bunt attempt vs swinging away. I don’t know that, but I would suspect on average the chances are better with bunting. But, swinging away I would presume gives you more of a chance of scoring more than one run.

    So I guess Girardi slightly increased the chances of scoring one run, but significantly decreased the chances of scoring more than one run in that inning. Fair to say?

  4. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    (repost)
    jacksquat – That is a correct assumption, but only after the sac bunt is successful. Before the sac bunt your odds include it’s success rate which lowers your chance of scoring that run.

    WYH – According to me? No. According to people much smarter than me? Yes.

    It’s not a clean translation like that though if I remember right. If you have a runner on second with no outs I don’t think he can score 120% of the time :) The number is a “run expectancy”, basically if the number was 1, you should score 1 run before that inning ends.

    The actual % chance to score is on a different table and requires some math. I’m sure you can google it.

  5. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I wish I could get there by 5:45 tonight, I would totally ask him about the bunt :( Stupid job getting in the way of my fun.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    LGY April 27th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Why are all the pro bunters ignoring my question. WCYF, Would you tell Alex, Tex, or Cano to bunt in that situation?

    *************

    Wasn’t ignoring your question was on the phone with a client, sorry.

    I am not pro or anti-bunt, it depends on the situation. I think trying to score the tying run at home makes sense. I like our chances having a runner on second with one out with Tex – A-Rod and Cano to follow.

    To answer your question directly, Granderson has more speed than those you mentioned and would also be more capable of laying down a good bunt IMO.

  7. jacksquat April 27th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Well, to go further into it gets messy. With Granderson swinging instead of bunting, then you have to consider the specifics of the situation, namely Granderson being 2 for 16 vs Thornton before that point, but also consider that he has been much better vs lhp the past few months.

    All things considered, I probably would have let him swing. But you know Girardi would have been questioned about not bunting after the game (if they lost).

  8. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    jacksquat – indeed, hindsight is a b!tch :)

    The yankees had 2 other guys try to bunt yesterday then hit HR’s on the next pitch… maybe granderson was trying to miss that pitch… :p

  9. SportsGeek April 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Chad.. I’m sure you know about all the bad weather recently. It’s really been crazy!! I hear that Poplar Bluffs is in serious risk of major flooding. Good luck to your family & friends!

  10. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Funny article on RAB about how last nights loss was actually Javi Vazquez’ fault.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ure-47039/

    While walking out of the stadium, I realized I could blame Javier Vazquez, and the loss seemed easier to take. I might have gone home an unhappy fan, but in the great game of finger-pointing, I was a satisfied camper. It was, is and always will be Javy’s fault.

  11. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Sure would have been nice to have a ‘fast scroll button’ to pass by all the dumb, inane jokes on the last thread. I look forward to learning new things about Baseball here when I read the posts.

  12. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    “WYH – According to me? No. According to people much smarter than me? Yes.”

    ID, you have to take responsibility for the stats you post! :)

    Obviously, a runner on first with no outs does not score 97.2% of the time – the stat is more likely how many runs could be expected to score in an inning that begins with a runner on first and no outs, which would include many innings in which more than one runner scores.

    But I think we were debating the chances of scoring one run, no runs, or more than 1 run, in which case run expectancy isn’t exactly the right stat. I think the Tom Tango stats I posted earler are closer to the mark, at least for the cases of 1 run or 0 runs.

  13. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    “Wasn’t ignoring your question was on the phone with a client, sorry.”

    ———-

    I was just kidding WC.

  14. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Sure would have been nice to have a ‘fast scroll button’

    ———–

    Get faster fingers.

  15. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wave,

    What are the odds of scoring 2 runs?

  16. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Dunno, LGY. Maybe JF can enlighten us.

  17. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has no plans to remove Rafael Soriano from a set-up role.

    Soriano has a 7.84 ERA and 7/8 K/BB ratio over his 11 appearances this season and gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Paul Konerko during Tuesday’s game. “You?ve got to fight your way out of it,” said Girardi. “You keep using the guys. You get them on track. I haven?t lost any confidence in Rafael Soriano. This is a very good pitcher that just happened to give up a two-run homer.” Soriano dealt with some lower back soreness recently and admitted that he’s having some trouble adjusting to a set-up role, so we’re expecting better days ahead.

    He is having trouble adjusting? He was a setup guy 2 years ago

  18. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    WYH – Those TT %’s are probably pretty good, keep in mind when you look at them (man on second 1 out) that you have assumed the successful sac bunt, which beforehand would effectively lower that % chance of scoring.

    Also keep in mind that those TT numbers are all based off of the tables I’m referencing. :)

    I’m a fan of Tom Tango, I use his linear weights point system for a fantasy baseball league and it is wild.

  19. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you and Good Afternoon to you too. :wink:

  20. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Triple – To be fair he split closer duties with Mike Gonzalez in Atlanta.

  21. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    cgrand14 At Central Park promoting my NYC Marathon team along with Ed Norton and Apolo Ohno among others http://plixi.com/p/96452576

  22. blake April 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Just realized…….that if Soriano doesn’t hit Quentin then they don’t pinch run for him and he doesn’t catch either of those balls in the 9th…… ugh.

  23. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Tonite will be the nite where we score 10 runs against the junk Buehrle throws.

  24. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have no doubt Soriano is going to come around. However, given his April it is going to be hard for him to be worth the $6-$7MM premium he’s being paid over the average good reliever.

  25. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    The run expectancy chart is the number of runs expected to be scored based on situation. Not the chance of scoring 1 run. Its based on every inning ever from a decades worth of games. They should create a new one though, as the current matrix everyone uses is from 92 to 2002.

  26. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Irreverent Discourse,

    He didn’t start the year as the closer. Gonzalez had it for a couple of months and then they gave it to Soriano.

    Even a dominant Soriano only added 1 win to this team. Just a huge waste of a pick and money and this is not be second guessing, I said it at the time of the signing

  27. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    http://baseballanalysts.com/ar.....naly_1.php

    This one lists run expectancy by lineup position as well as 1 run expectancy

  28. Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Just think.. it was only a short hour ago that Erin was asking for a new topic of discussion..

    Has anyone ever seen any of the Yanks at these mini-meet and greets? I’m just curious what its like because it seems like such a short amount of time they’re available.

  29. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    http://www.baseballprospectus......?cid=68778

    oh snap, this does run expectancy by selected year!

  30. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Wave

    Where did you get the 1 run info from?

  31. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Here’s a link to a Tom Tango chart based on Retrosheet data for 1993-2007 showing chances of scoring a run in each base/out state. The chances are 41.7% from second with 1 out, 39.7% from first with one out.

    Those percentages are based on all games played. I’d have to think that the difference decreases as the offensive production of a team goes up.

    I also have to agree with ID’s point that you have to factor in the chances of a bunt being unsuccessful. And the point that a tie only gives the home team a slightly better than even chance to win the game. And the point that the Yank pen was thinner than the Sox pen.

    Overall, I think ID has the better argument here. No bunt.

  32. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hiya Vineyard!

  33. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    Just think.. it was only a short hour ago that Erin was asking for a new topic of discussion..

    ***************************
    Shame, when I saw Granderson was the subject, I knew it was a lost cause. ;)

  34. Wave Your Hat April 27th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Oops, I left out the link:

    http://tangotiger.net/retroshe.....e1993.html

  35. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Triple – Gonzalez lost the closer job in the middle of May, 2009. He was only effective starting a clean inning (and only because of his goofy delivery). Soriano was kicked around the back of their bullpen for about 2 months and then took over the closer role in June.

    “Adjusting” is not much of an excuse… he’s just throwing a lot of pitches right over the plate this year for whatever reason. Out pitches, 0-2 counts and he’s just grooving fastballs like an idiot.

  36. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Irreverent Discourse,

    I know I remember since I had Gonzalez on my fantasy team.

    So at what point does he get removed from the 8th inning spot? June? August? Never?

    Not saying it was the right move but a week into the season Boston moves Crawford way down in the lineup. Do you think the Yankees would ever do something like that?

  37. blake April 27th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I didn’t like the bunt….I let Granderson swing away there. However, the Yankees got what they wanted with Alex and Cano both hitting the ball very hard with a guy on 2b…..the kid made 2 great plays and they lost the game. On to today….gotta get this one and give CC a shot for the split tomorrow.

  38. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    At some point you have to hand the ball to your most effective relievers in the leverage situations regardless of who they are.

    I’m on a roll today so why stop now? lol :(

    I think using Soriano in the 8th inning all the time is a really dumb and ineffective use of an EXTRA closer… he should be brought in as soon as the game is on the line, 0 or 1 out with runners in scoring position, Soriano should be getting the call in that spot to end the threat instantly.

    Of course you can’t do that when he is not pitching well :/

  39. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    ^^ and realistically, they should use Mo in that role and leave Soriano for the later innings.

  40. Carlo April 27th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    LGY April 27th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    :mad: Why are all the pro bunters ignoring my question :mad:

    WCYF,

    Would you tell Alex, Tex, or Cano to bunt in that situation?

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    Wasn’t ignoring, had to run out to a meeting. I see the point you are making (Granderson is as good a hitter as any of them right now), but the other side of that is that you wouldn’t tell those guys to bunt simply because they dont do it and thus likely wont do it well.

    I am not disputing your comment with the argument of “well they cant bunt, so its a moot point”…..but merely saying that the ability to get one down has to factor into the thinking.

    In other news, I have to go to the Stadium tonight to break us out of this tragic 2 game losing streak.

  41. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Howdy WC:

    Be sure to check those Fantasy Standings. :wink:

  42. Carlo April 27th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Question: please put the following moves in the chronological order you believe they will take place:

    1 – soriano loses 8th inning role
    2 – posada loses every day DH role
    3 – gardner gets demoted
    4 – jeter moves to the bottom of the order

  43. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Carlo:

    1. Posada
    2. Jeter
    3. Gardner
    4. Soriano

    Although I don’t think that the Soriano or Gardner thing will happen, both will come around as will Jeter.

  44. Carlo April 27th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Carlo:

    1. Posada
    2. Jeter
    3. Gardner
    4. Soriano

    Although I don’t think that the Soriano or Gardner thing will happen, both will come around as will Jeter.

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    Interesting, of all of them, I would say moving Jeter down is the least likely to happen.

  45. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Whatever Hughes has, I think Gallardo has caught.

  46. Patrick April 27th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Whatever Hughes has, I think Gallardo has caught.

    :(

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Ethier hitting streak at 23 games.

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t think 1, 2, and 4 will happen. I think 3 is possible.

    1 – soriano loses 8th inning role
    2 – posada loses every day DH role
    3 – gardner gets demoted
    4 – jeter moves to the bottom of the order

  49. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Carlo:

    Jeter is batting .318 over the last 7 days and .298 over the last 15 days. Not alot of EBH but he’s finding the holes.

    Soriano is being paid a truck load of money so they will stick with him for awhile.

    I can’t see Jones as an everyday OF’er.

    Maybe I should flip flop Jeter and Gardner.

  50. Carlo April 27th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Carlo:

    Jeter is batting .318 over the last 7 days and .298 over the last 15 days. Not alot of EBH but he’s finding the holes.

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    and by holes you mean holes in the infield between home plate and the infield dirt……soft patches of grass half way between the infielders and the catcher. ;)

  51. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Carlo

    Yeah no problem. I was just joking, but I guess it didn’t sound that way

  52. Patrick April 27th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Man Gallardo is murdering my fantasy team today… Hopefully he can settle down and at least get back to 0 points

  53. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    The problem with Jeter leading off is only half a problem so far.

    He has a 391 OBP vs LHP. The problem like last year is RHP.

    Jeter is adequate up there vs LH. The issue going forward is dropping him vs RH.

  54. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Jeter is batting .318 over the last 7 days and .298 over the last 15 days. Not alot of EBH but he’s finding the holes.

    I should hope that he continues to hit over .300 for the rest of the season but unless he has a fundamental change in approach he won’t. Its the false .300 of last year, where he gets a bunch of lucky hits but over the course of the season the lack of linedrives & flyballs kills him as you can’t sustain a high average with nothing but grounders.

  55. UnKnown April 27th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    So I got a question? Why is it such a bad thing for Hughes to live at 90 – 92mph fastball? Can’t he just develop better breaking pitches and offspeed pitches to create that 5 to 6 mph difference to keep hitters off balance?

    look at Freddy.

  56. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Carlo:

    Yeah those soft, seeing eye type balls rolling through where they ain’t. He has had some good line drive outs hit to the OF of late though.

  57. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    So I got a question? Why is it such a bad thing for Hughes to live at 90 – 92mph fastball?

    Because he wouldn’t be living at 90-92, he’d be living at 87-91

  58. West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oh no! Ortegano is gone. We are doomed.

  59. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you for that Abner.

  60. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    UnKnown – He certainly could develop and learn how to pitch that way, but he doesn’t know how to do that now. Gotta try to get his arm right first… contingency plans like learning how to work around this are for later.

  61. Patrick April 27th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Jeter’s batting average thus far is pretty empty in my opinion. The vast majority of his hits are grounders that are weakly hit or just barely make it through a hole. Look at his 4 for 4 game this past sunday. Two grounders up the third baseline that were basically swinging bunts. One grounder in the hole to second base and one grounder that barely made it past the first baseman. Zero linedrives.

  62. Vineyard Yankee April 27th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan April 27th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oh no! Ortegano is gone.

    =========

    Did he get disgruntled and sent down to the zipper club ?

  63. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Last year – March/April
    LD GB FB
    12.6 % 71.3 % 16.1 %

    This Year
    10.8 % 74.3 % 14.9 %

    Also to be noted last year he had 0% IFB in april, this year 18%. He has gotten worse.

  64. UnKnown April 27th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Cool thanks, that makes sense.

  65. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Something I saw on Twitter discussing the AL’s unusually low BAbip, especially on ground balls:

    http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/4.....ting-stats

  66. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    “A Phillies official says Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons. No expected return date.”

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......l-reasons/

  67. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I know I’m late to the party, but what’s the point of having Grandy greet fans for 15 mins?

    Also, if Jeter gets voted an All Star, he should decline.

  68. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Why Laura? It is more of a popularity contest then a meaningful choice anyway. Fans should be able to see the guys they want to see.

  69. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    RiverAveBlues Google News search reveals Bleacher Report article urging the Phillies to trade for Joba and make him the closer. Yup.

  70. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    “Why Laura? It is more of a popularity contest then a meaningful choice anyway. Fans should be able to see the guys they want to see.”

    Yes, it has turned into a popularity contest. But back in the day, the game represented the guys who were performing the best. As a baseball purist, I’d like to see it return to that.

  71. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    then they should also do away w/ having to include one player from every team

  72. Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    “A Phillies official says Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons. No expected return date.”

    Wow. I hope all is well though it doesn’t sound like it..

  73. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    NickSwisher Off to the yard. Let’s do this tonight!

  74. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Also, if Jeter gets voted an All Star, he should decline.

    *******************
    yeah, that’ll happen. :P

  75. jacksquat April 27th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    It’s way too early to be voting for All-Stars. I think I’ll hold off until the last days as usual.

  76. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “yeah, that’ll happen. ”

    Oh, yea of little faith. :P

  77. Laura - I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    When a player leaves the team for “personal reasons”, it rarely ends up being something good. Let’s hope it’s something benign like his wife found out that he cheated on her and not that he’s entering rehab for a drug addiction.

  78. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue April 27th, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    I know I’m late to the party, but what’s the point of having Grandy greet fans for 15 mins?

    Also, if Jeter gets voted an All Star, he should decline.

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    Perhaps Jeter should wait until May 1st to decide….you know, just in case.

  79. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Why Laura? It is more of a popularity contest then a meaningful choice anyway. Fans should be able to see the guys they want to see.

    Its a meaningful choice because it determines HFA for the WS

  80. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Perhaps Jeter should wait until May 1st to decide….you know, just in case.

    Since Laura said that he should only decline if voted in, this makes little sense.

  81. Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    The “no expected return date” is whats scary. That sounds pretty serious.

  82. Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I hate the All-Star game. In all of the major sports. Not more than I hate the World Baseball Classic though.. so I guess carry on.

  83. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I knew someone would come up w/ the HFA reason, and I am glad it is you Jerkface. How often does HFA make a difference? Wouldn’t it really only matter if the series went to a game 7? Statisfy me!

  84. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    GB

    Just the person I was hoping would show up. I forgot to mention in all my talk last night about Tampa Yankee pitchers that Rob Lyerly is looking better at 3rd base. I dont want to jinx him but he has been error free for quite some time now. In one of yesterdays games he made the exact same behind the bag throw that Eric Chavez made in the Yankee game. The whole stadium(which wasnt a large crowd) cheered for him, even Sojo and a few of the guys on the bench were clapping.

    I still get a little nervous when he has to make a quick play on a ball but for a few games at least, he hasnt given me too many heart palpitations on the throws.

  85. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I really think people are making too much out of the Roy Oswalt thing. Players are excused for personal reasons all the time. Andrew McCutchen left earlier this year for personal reasons and he missed one game

  86. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    On Oswald, lets also hope it is not family related, especially kid related.

  87. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Baseball all star game is the best of the all stars since its the one that most closely resembles the actual sport

  88. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    “But back in the day, the game represented the guys who were performing the best.”

    What day was that? How many years past his prime did we have to endure Cal Ripken at SS? How about Willie Mays in 1973? I think they had to exhume Yazstremski’s corpse and stick it in the outfield in 1983. Rod Carew probably still gets votes now. ASG voting has always been a little bit of a farce, but it’s the fans’ game.

  89. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I knew someone would come up w/ the HFA reason, and I am glad it is you Jerkface. How often does HFA make a difference? Wouldn’t it really only matter if the series went to a game 7? Statisfy me!

    Personally I think baseball 7 game series HFA is stupid, because the away team could win the series with more home games than the HFA team, but the HFA team does get the first 2 games at home.

    Theoretically, the HFA for the AL is important because it means an extra game with the DH.

  90. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Here is a fun article on HFA Kate: http://walksaber.blogspot.com/.....ntage.html

  91. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I think what we should be more concerned about rather than the players who will be in the game determining HFA is that RonwalktothemoundeveryfiveminutestochangerelieversWashington is going to be managing the AL. That worries me more than Jeter at SS.

  92. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The HFA team wins the WS 57% of the time.

  93. Irreverent Discourse April 27th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated Wednesday that Roy Oswalt is expected to make his next start.

    Moving on…

  94. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    how did the Rays do with HFA last year? If I recall I think they lost all 3 home games they played.

  95. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    how did the Rays do with HFA last year? If I recall I think they lost all 3 home games they played.

    HFA doesn’t mean you’re invincible, but the odds are more in your favor.

  96. 108 stitches April 27th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Erin April 27th, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    RiverAveBlues Google News search reveals Bleacher Report article urging the Phillies to trade for Joba and make him the closer. Yup.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Do the deal and expand it. Joba, Gardner, and Hector Noesi for Shane Victorino and Ryan Madson.

  97. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    GB

    Just the person I was hoping would show up. I forgot to mention in all my talk last night about Tampa Yankee pitchers that Rob Lyerly is looking better at 3rd base. I dont want to jinx him but he has been error free for quite some time now. In one of yesterdays games he made the exact same behind the bag throw that Eric Chavez made in the Yankee game. The whole stadium(which wasnt a large crowd) cheered for him, even Sojo and a few of the guys on the bench were clapping.

    I still get a little nervous when he has to make a quick play on a ball but for a few games at least, he hasnt given me too many heart palpitations on the throws.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Thanks, Y. I noticed that Lyerly hadn’t mad any errors lately, but, wasn’t sure how well his defense really was as far as making the plays. Even if he only becomes average, with that bat, he’s going to open eyes. I see that Charleston won again today and Heathcott had 2 more hits. JR Murphy with 3.

    You mentioned that Abeita wasn’t getting much playing time because of higashioka, but, understandable. Higashioka could be part of a trade within the next year or so. Abeita’s a nice guy and helpful, but, pretty much just an organizational catcher, much like PJ Pilittere is. He can catch a little, hit a little, but, other than being a fan favorite, that’s about it. Always liked him, though. Spends a lot of time with the younger catchers, helping them.

  98. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Do the deal and expand it. Joba, Gardner, and Hector Noesi for Shane Victorino and Ryan Madson.

    This is not a good trade.

  99. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    “I knew someone would come up w/ the HFA reason, and I am glad it is you Jerkface. How often does HFA make a difference? Wouldn’t it really only matter if the series went to a game 7?”

    Home team has won 5 of 8 since the ASG started “counting”. There’s been no 7th game though.

    Last 8 World Series to go to 7 games were won by the home team.

  100. tyanksfan36 April 27th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I think HFA is a cr*p shoot. You are either hot at the time of the series or youre not. I dont necessarily think the Rangers were that much better than we were, they just managed to hit the ball in gaps and not right at fielders like we managed to do.

    well ive got to run, taking my puppy to see his long lost daddy :)

  101. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    NBA’s set up is way better.

    Those 3 home games in a row the away team gets really is ridiculous.

  102. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    interesting article Jerkface, altho calling it “fun” is a bit of a stretch :)

  103. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    If I were baseball I’d do HFA

    2-2-2-1

    The away team would get game 7 but the homefield would play a more prominent and more difficult role.

    They could do 2-2-1-1-1 but that has more travel

  104. Triple Short of a Cycle April 27th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    HFA comes down to one thing and one thing only Refs or Umpires. They mentally get caught up with the home field crowd and will make more calls in favor of the home team.

  105. G. Love April 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    With April coming to a close shortly, I hope Swisher, Posada, Jeter, Gardner and Texeira start hitting for better averages, or we’re going to struggle having to depend on 4 hitters, 2 of whom in Grandy and Martin, are playing a bit above their heads.

    I think Gardner and Posada have 2 weeks to show some progress or Gardner will be demoted to AAA and Posada will see Chavez slowly take his at bats.

    As for Swisher, he’s an offensive void. Everyone is killing Gardner, justifiably, but at least he plays plus defense out there. Swisher is giving this team nothing other than moxie. For a guy hoping to stay here long term with his deal and options coming up, he’d better get going. Tonight would be a nice start.

  106. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    “NBA’s set up is way better.”

    The Finals go the same way the World Series does.

  107. Shame Spencer April 27th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    “Baseball all star game is the best of the all stars since its the one that most closely resembles the actual sport”

    At least we can celebrate being the best of the worst.

    I fear the day that we have to endure a World Football Classic. Its coming people. Its coming.

  108. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Oswalt went home because of tornados.

  109. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Swisher out for some early work in the cage. He’s the only one out there today, though he’s typically taking extra swings, even when hot.

  110. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Swisher needs to work it from the left side and not let the slump affect his plate discipline.

  111. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    pcaldera Nick Swisher, 0-for-15, is out for early BP. He’s hitting lefty in the cage now. As a LHB in games, he’s 4-for-48 (.083), 0 extra-base hits.

  112. Warning Track Power April 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    No reason to panic just yet. If today were May 27, then I think we could all panic about the lack of production from several players.

  113. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    The Finals go the same way the World Series does.

    —–

    Does it really?

    Wow. I forgot that.

  114. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    As a LHB in games, he’s 4-for-48 (.083), 0 extra-base hits

    ==============

    Yikes! Downright Varitekian.

    As I mentioned earlier, he has great numbers against Buehrle. Maybe tonight’s the breakout

  115. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    LGY:

    Been that way in the NBA since the mid 80′s. They go 2-2-1-1-1 until the Finals, then switch to 2-3-2.

  116. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Former Yankee shortstop, Erick Almonte, now with the Brewers is the first player to go on the new 7 day DL for a concussion after being hit in the head by a thrown ball during infield practice.

  117. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Some good news on Montero. He was working in the bullpen today, warming up the pitchers.

  118. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Mell

    I guess I need to pay better attention :)

    Just curious. Who do you root for in the NBA?

  119. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Some of the Charleston players, Heathcott, Sanchez, Murphy, etc will be at YS to watch tonight’s game. They’re playing in Lakewood this week.

  120. upstate kate April 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    GB
    that is good news on Montero
    perhaps he needs a titanium cup

  121. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Flash17YES How about putting @NickSwisher back in the 2 hole for a while to get him some fastballs and get his groove back?

  122. LGY April 27th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Speaking of the NBA, for anyone interested, the Knicks exercised their option on Billups for next season. They had until Friday to decide.

  123. Warning Track Power April 27th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Erin-
    I disagree. In order for Swish to move up, he has to show some kind of life down in the order.

  124. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Flash got his wish-Swish is indeed back in the 2 hole tonight.

  125. justinxdance27 April 27th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Well I just got back from the Triple A game and Justin Maxwell hit two more bombs and Vazquez drove the ball pretty well and had two hits. Saw Montero peak out the dugout to get a baseball and throw it to a kid. Nice day and win.

  126. Erin April 27th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    New Post w/lineup

    :arrow:

  127. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    “Just curious. Who do you root for in the NBA?”

    Nobody on die hard level. Enjoyed the Bullets growing up as a kid in Northern VA. Sort of started leaning to the Celtics when I went to school in New England. It’s the NBA, you know? I place the occasional wager on it, so I like to keep up with what’s going on, but I’d watch baseball, hockey and football…….and college basketball before the NBA.

  128. Jerkface April 27th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Swish doesn’t need his mojo back from the right side :(

  129. Mell April 27th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    “Speaking of the NBA, for anyone interested, the Knicks exercised their option on Billups for next season. They had until Friday to decide”

    Smart move. With the money they have a available they had to pick between PG and legit center. With Stoudemire and Anthony, the PG makes much more sense.

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