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Gold Glove Awards add sabremetric consideration

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’ s the announcement from Rawlings… 

PHOENIX – Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), announced today during the Society for American Baseball Research’s annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix a new collaboration with SABR. This collaboration will add a new sabermetric-based component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ selection processes. This continues Rawlings’ recent amplification and expansion of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award platform that started three years ago.

As part of the multi-year collaboration beginning with the 2013 season, SABR will develop an expanded statistical resource guide that will accompany the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ballots sent to managers and coaches each year. In addition, SABR will immediately establish a new Fielding Research Committee tasked to develop a proprietary new defensive analytic called the SABR Defensive Index™, or SDI™. The SDI will serve as an “apples-to-apples” metric to help determine the best defensive players in baseball exclusively for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award selection processes. The collaboration also installs SABR as the presenting sponsor of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award.

“The Rawlings Gold Glove Award is one of the most iconic awards in all of sports, and has continued to evolve throughout its storied history,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of brand marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. “By marrying the ‘art of fielding’ with the ‘science of baseball,’ our new collaboration with SABR only cements the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as the industry standards honoring defensive excellence at the highest level of baseball.”

Since its inception in 1957, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award voting process has included national sportswriters, a secret players-only ballot, and the current system where each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their respective league, but not for players on their own team.

Beginning in 2013, the managers/coaches vote will constitute a majority of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners’ selection tally, with the new SDI comprising of the remainder of the overall total. The exact breakdown of the selection criteria will be announced once the SDI is created later this summer.

“SABR has a long history of being at the forefront of the sabermetrics movement,” said Vince Gennaro, president of SABR. “We are proud to bring our expertise to bear in the selection of future Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, and to be a driving force behind the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award.”

In 2011, Rawlings incorporated the following components into its Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process: a new resource guide with advanced metrics and player eligibility parameters, the separation of the three outfield positions to accurately reward the best defenders at each specific outfield position, the announcement of finalists at each position, and the introduction of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award to honor the best defender in each League among the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each season.

The SDI’s ability to accurately compare players from different positions will help determine the updated Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR. Fans will continue to have a voice during this process, once the newest class of Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners is announced in November.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre won their respective league’s Rawlings Platinum Glove Award in each of the past two seasons.

For more information, please visit Rawlings.com or SABR.org.

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111 Responses to “Gold Glove Awards add sabremetric consideration”

  1. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t like the rules about pitching limits in the WBC.

    I do like Larry Bowa.

  2. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    They’re telling us Dickey’s stats when he’s playing in a closed dome. Is this real? I wonder if the Jays knew about this lol..

  3. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Good hit but Stanton played that really poorly.

  4. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Dickey is letting America down.

  5. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Do you think they’ll issue a revised edition of his book..?

  6. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    The US can’t lose to Mexico in… Arizona. That’s just asking for trouble.

  7. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    If USA gets eliminated in the division that got their asses whooped by Team Italy, then MLB should disband. All our players should have to go play in Japan or the South American/Caribbean/Mexican leagues.

  8. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    @jonmorosi

    This crowd is close to 50/50 between US and Mexico, with a definite noise advantage to Mexico.

    @jonmorosi

    Assume nothing in the WBC. Team USA trailing 2-0 against Mexican team that lost heartbreaker to Italy 24 hours ago.

    Lol, Morosi.

  9. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These guys being mic’d is going to be fun.

  10. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Things I don’t find moving: Beer commercials featuring horses.

  11. jacksquat March 8th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Stanton 7 and Adam Jones 8? This lineup is bass ackwards.

  12. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    It’s be awesome if our real best pitchers would pitch

  13. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Imagine a guy like CC coming out of the pen..

  14. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Is Karim Garcia available

  15. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Karim Garcia = great name.

  16. theREALkevin March 8th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    “I don’t like the rules about pitching limits in the WBC.”

    Me neither. This isn’t little league

  17. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Yeah, it’s just a really dumb rule. It makes very little sense along with the extra innings rule. That’s not baseball!

  18. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    We should trade for Mauer!

  19. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I wish we had Mauer

  20. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    In wish we had Wright

  21. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I wish we had Giancarlo

  22. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Why is Hosmer batting before Mike Stanton?

  23. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Lol, why can’t we try to get Flores again? Because Grandy broke his arm lol?

  24. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Or Olt.. let’s not forget Olt, he might feel bad he doesn’t get as much attention as the other player we want (aka: ALL the players).

  25. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Video games = cray.

  26. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    It wouldn’t be a joe Torre managed game without somebody batting in the wrong spot

  27. Rich in NJ March 8th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I would love to shake Torre’s hand, in the hope that some luck would rub off.

  28. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    It’s nice to hear Jim Kaat again.

    The place does look pretty filled, btw, so I take back my earlier statement.

  29. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Does Joe Torre Love America might be a headline tomorrow if they lose lol.

  30. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    It’d be in the NY Post, of course. :D

  31. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Will Team USA get beat by a team fielding Ramiro Pena and Karim Garcia as starters…? So many questions, so few answers.

  32. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    El Niño!

  33. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    If we lose to Karim Garcia and Rakin Ramiero then they should quit.

    Unreal play by D Wright….I don’t think Youk makes that

  34. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Beautiful play by Wright.

  35. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Get Dickey out of there

  36. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Oh dear..

  37. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Joe Torre asking for a replay….that’s funny

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Dickey and Torre. A match made in heaven.

    :shock:

  39. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Knuckle balls that don’t knuckle are sucky pitches

  40. blake March 8th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    @JeffPassan: Well, that was so very WBC: Adrian Gonzalez, an American citizen born in San Diego, just hit a home run against Team USA.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Didn’t want to reactivate DTV this early but I’d rather watch Mo’s press conference on YES than to see it over any other sports channel. So I have to bite the bullet.

    :(

  42. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I wonder who’ll come in to pitch next inning.

  43. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    @jonmorosi

    Credit Ramiro Pena for beating out the possible DP ball. Team Mexico is doing the little things right. Team USA is doing … not much.

    ————-

    Lol can’t wait to see his editorial after this game..

  44. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Morosi is a troll

  45. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    It’s gonna be a cry fest, trisha. YES will do it the most justice.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching it with my fingers pressed in my ears going “lalalalalala I can’t hear you!!”

  46. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Please get Bowa back on the Yankees..

  47. jacksquat March 8th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    The 1/2 guys in the USA lineup had .316 and .321 obp’s last year.

  48. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    @TylerKepner

    @MarcCarig I thought the USA would be the favourite, but now I’m not sure.

    Lol… I hope they come back to win this so we don’t have to hear “We all just went cold at the wrong time..it happens”… the blog might suffer from some PTSD.

  49. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thank goodness Gallardo can’t pitch much longer

  50. mick March 8th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Yogi K’d 12 times in 600 ab’s in 1950…amazing!

  51. jacksquat March 8th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    However, with the hitters on team USA you should be able to make the lineup by drawing names out of a hat and they should pummel Mexico.

  52. Chip March 8th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    No major league team is going to trust their pitchers to Joe Torre without pitching rules.

    Also, have to remember, it’s spring training, most of these guys aren’t stretched out.

  53. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    They gotta get dickey out of there….they are all over him

  54. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thank goodness Gallardo can’t pitch much longer

    ————-

    Haha, yea!! …What a weird rule. It’s just so.. I mean, it doesn’t even seem reasonable! They didn’t make it like 80-100 pitches.. 65?!

    (Why is Dickey still pitching..???)

  55. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Wright is pickin it over there

  56. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Chip – I get that guys aren’t stretched out but leave that to the managers to manage/worry about. Morosi was on a soap box yesterday about how people should care about this thing… if guys are committed to participating they should start their programs a little earlier.

  57. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Gallardo can only throw 50 pitches

  58. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Was there always a pitching limit in the WBC?

  59. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Nice.. a rally would be sweet right now.

  60. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    3 options for WBC change:

    1) play it in July every 4 years…streamline it so it take like 6 or 7 days and play it in mid season when guys are in shape
    2) play it in October and have no playoff teams send players
    3) make it a prospect showcase event and do away with big leaguers playing in it all together

  61. blake March 8th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Shame Spencer says:
    March 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    Was there always a pitching limit in the WBC?

    I think so….

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Shame – :)

    I’ve been crying on and off since I read about it. I read an article about it and I start crying again. I see it mentioned on Sports Center and I start crying again. I’m crying just talking about crying! It’s going to be a killer, isn’t it. Yeah, I can’t imagine watching it anywhere but YES.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    “(Why is Dickey still pitching..???)”

    No midges attacking him?

  64. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I’m not familiar with a ton of the pitchers on our roster besides the starters… are we carrying specialist in the pen? Any long men?

  65. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    trisha – Like JF said the other day, everyone is allowed to cry when Mo retires.

    I really hope things come together this season. This guy needs to go out playing for it all.

  66. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    The Mexican uniforms are amazingly festive.

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Shame – I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate the thought of it. I cried when Andy announced his retirement but nothing like this. I felt my heart hurt when Andy said he was leaving but I felt my heart break when Mo set the date for his announcement.

  68. Rich in NJ March 8th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    “The Mexican uniforms are amazingly festive.”

    I’m not watching, but that made me laugh.

  69. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    It’s so good to be watching baseball again.

  70. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Rich – They’re mostly green with red accent colors.. result = pure awesome.

    trisha – I cried when the Stadium closed and when Jorge retired lol.. I’m really glad they’re doing this presser on a weekend. This one’s gonna hurt.. but I appreciate that Mo’s letting us know this is it. I see Jeter doing something similar. Jeter might be the one that hurts me the most.

    1996 was the first time I was really aware of baseball.. I was 9. Derek is all I know.

    “It’s so good to be watching baseball again.”

    Could not agree more.

  71. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Gotta love David Wright… man he’s such a solid player.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Shame, I agree. It will give us the entire season to get used to the idea – as used to it as we can get. There’s a part of me that wishes I didn’t know so I could blithely watch all of the games “knowing” that Mo would be here for the rest of my life…

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    This commercial makes me cry too. (The Clydesdale commercial)

  74. jacksquat March 8th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Trisha, it may be easier for you to list things that don’t make you cry.

  75. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Damn.. we’re getting creamed.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    jacksquat – :lol:

    I’d say the Sux, but they make me cry tears of joy.

  77. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    The thing that sucks is Mo could pitch until he’s 50 and he knows it and so do we.

    randy said something really great the other day about us having the privilege of having Mo forever, because guys like him are always Yankees.

  78. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    These are the USA pitchers:

    Jeremy Affeldt
    Heath Bell
    Mitchell Boggs
    Steve Cishek
    Tim Collins
    Ross Detwiler
    R.A. Dickey
    Gio Gonzalez
    Luke Gregerson
    David Hernandez
    Derek Holland
    Craig Kimbrel
    Glen Perkins
    Vinnie Pestano
    Ryan Vogelsong

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Shame, we have probably the two most respected players in the entire game in Mo and Jeter. That’s quite a statement. And it goes well beyond their stats, as we all know.

  80. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    @injuryexpert

    Not only should they mic the umps, they should sell an unbleeped feed. “MLB After Dark”.

    Omg, agreed.

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Nothing says that Mo won’t pull an Andy and decide he needs to be back in the game. Hey you never know.

  82. jmills March 8th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Blue Jays, win!

  83. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Omg, agreed.

    The amount of cursing that is blatantly occurring in baseball but not being made readily available to baseball fans is appalling. We want it, give it to us.

  84. jmills March 8th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Hey, Trish, how r u?!

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Well I think I’ll take this offline and watch the rest of the game. See you in the morning.

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 8th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Hi and bye, jmills! Doing fine thank you. I’ve been kind of hooked to a trial going on in the US but can’t wait to get back to baseball for real. :)

    Hope all is well by you. I’m signing off for now but hope to see you again soon!

  87. jmills March 8th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/I.....#038;rel=0

    Martinez!

  88. Pat M. March 8th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Word out of The Dodgers camp is that the new veteran players are just loving their first spring camp under Donnie Baseball so that should make Mattingly fans very happy. # 23 says he learned a great deal from Joe Torre’s mgr. style so that might not make those who dislike Torre very happy though. Mattingly and his Dodgers are going to be a very tough club this season. I was telling SJ today the AL East could be decided by which club has the most success vs. The NL West this season. Giants are at The Stadium a week or so before the season ends.

  89. pat March 8th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    “The Mexican uniforms are amazingly festive.”

    They remind me of the Red Sox St. Patrick’s Day uniforms.

  90. Chip March 8th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    It says a lot that watching Joe Torre create a lineup or manage a game makes Yankee fans appreciate Joe Girardi

  91. Chip March 8th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    By the way, I can’t begin to tell you how little I care about SABR being part of the Gold Glove awards.

  92. Shame Spencer March 8th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Please bring in Ollie.. please!! If they don’t hit him they don’t deserve to win.

    Nice job by Wright.

  93. BronxBorn March 8th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Pat M. could you email me at gruvzz@gmail.com. I have something special to show you.

  94. Jerkface March 8th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Team USA is an embarrassment.

  95. UnKnown March 9th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I missed the reason why everyone hates Torre.

    Guy was manager for the dynasty years and 4 W.S. Titles with 6 pennants.

    Seems to me the things he was doing worked.

  96. UnKnown March 9th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Oh well just spoiled Yankee fans I guess…

  97. Rich in NJ March 9th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Why is it spoiled to question the managerial skills of someone who looked great with a near-perfect team, but was ordinary, or worse, when he managed teams without talent?

    He did preside over the development of some great young players here (which they need to start doing again in a big way), but it is well-known that he was going to start Tony Fernandez at SS in ’96 before he got hurt in ST.

    Anyway, a baseball manager, unlike a football or basketball head coach, has very little impact, positively or negatively, because it is a team game played by individuals. In the other sports, coaches have to devise systems and schemes that integrate the players’ talents so that they can play in a synchronous way.

  98. Jerkface March 9th, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Torre’s greatest failings come in the area which the manager has the most control over, deployment of BP pitchers. He should have left after the 04 disaster. He stuck around too long.

  99. Pat M. March 9th, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Good Night all & Good Morning to Doreen and the Breakfast club

  100. Jerkface March 9th, 2013 at 4:10 am

    @Buster_ESPN

    A bullet dodged: At the time Melky Cabrera was suspended, he and SFG were into talks about extension worth something in range of $75m-$85m.

  101. RadioKev March 9th, 2013 at 6:40 am

    It is interesting how the Giants walked away from Melky all together.

  102. Chip March 9th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Just got around to reading Feinsand’s Q&A with Hal.

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. The notion that “Other teams have won with $189 or less, we can too” is a mockery that Feinsand should have called Hal on. Those teams that he’s looking at didn’t have as much money tied up in a few long term contracts.

    2. Even if Phelps and Pineda step up, the Yankees will need at least one more pitcher next year as 3/5 of the current rotation are free agents and not likely to return.

    3. It’s not the secondary market that’s hurting ticket sales, it’s the quality of television. Even if Hal’s not full of poop about there being thousands of tickets for $50 or less available. I have a wife and a son. Let’s assume that, to save the $50 on parking we take the train down. That’s $150 for tickets, $30 for the train, gotta buy my son a hat or pennant or something – that’s another $20 as well as $15 for a scorebook. Lunch of a couple of dogs, drinks, peanuts – that’s another what…$45 – $50? I could buy a nice TV for that and see 162 games instead of one. Of course I’ll take my son to a baseball game when he’s old enough to go…but will it be a regular thing? Probably not.

  103. Chip March 9th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Oh, and the no extensions thing because Hal thinks that it’s unfair to have to think about someone’s contract before the contract is over is also horse crap.

    That being said, you have to really respect Hal. I mean, he’s worked so hard to get where he is. A true American tale of overcoming adversity and pulling yourself up by your boot straps.

  104. Doreen March 9th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Good morning!

    Chip, Totalky agree about ticket costs. It is a special outing for most people, not a “hey let’s go see a Yankees game today!” thing. ( I am lucky to ave the Trenton Thunder for that.). Yankee Stadium is not the only expensive ballpark, though. You can just get slightly better seas for your $50 in other parks. I like hw you see it, though, as the trouble being the quality of television.

    I agree with your statement about the $189. If the Yankees were starting with a clean slate, then yes, he makes more sense. The idea of trying to be less of a mint s fine with me, but it’s turning out that the actual execution if it is extremely problematic, especially with regard to next season.

    His reason for not extending players who have already agreed to a contract makes sense to me, but I would say that players who are traded for whose contracts you did not negotiate, and whose presence you like on your team, should be an exception, as well as elite players like Cano. It Should be more of a case by case policy than a blanket one.

  105. MTU March 9th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Good morning Yankee people.

    And greetings to those in the Breakfast Club.

    :)

  106. Ys Guy March 9th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    i’ve never paid more than $45 for a ticket to a yankees game.

    i gave up paying them for parking long ago.

    i eat a really good meal at a reasonable price before i go to the game and put some snacks in my pocket.

    i no longer keep score but even when i did, i brought my own score page.

    I sat in the lower deck with my $45 ticket in the ALCS last year.

    The yankees will not defeat the secondary market no matter how they try.

    anybody who spends more than $50 bucks per person to go to a yankees game is choosing to spend alot of money then is necessary.

  107. Chip March 9th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    YS Guy,

    I get what you’re saying. But when you go with a child, especially a young one, he or she is going to want the real experience, and as their father I want to give that to them. That means the hot dogs, the snacks, the souvenirs. I don’t want to have to sneak food in like I’m in a POW camp.

    And, and this is completely subjective, but I just don’t like the new stadium. It has zero personality. I hate the way the monuments are hidden now, hate all the extraneous junk (I need a butcher shop at the ball park?). They could have done so much better, instead they gave you a generic baseball stadium. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Mets did a lot better with their stadium than the Yankees did with theirs.

    Doreen –

    I use the example of my dad with the NY Giants all the time. He was a season ticket holder for the Giants, and when they moved to the new stadium, raised all the prices, he stuck with it. When they told him his seats were moving and lied to him about his new seats, he stuck with it. When he went to a couple of games there and realized how much more of a pain in the neck it was to get in and out of the stadium than it used to be – all for the simple reason of making you walk by vendors – he threw up his hands, sold the tickets and used the money he got for them to buy a 3D projector with a 76″ theater screen, satellite system and Bose audio system. Now he has a better view, doesn’t have to deal with obnoxious fans, doesn’t have to deal with traffic or the weather and is just as happy as he ever was going to the games.

  108. Ys Guy March 9th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    chip, i totally agree about NYS, which i refuse to refer to by the name they ripped off the old ballpark.

    my suggestion was to build a new stadium directly next to and attached to the LF side of Yankee Stadium. they could have sold overflow seats in the old ballpark to watch on the big screen and spend a bunch of that souveneer money. they would have been able to sell 115,000 seats to opening day and playoff games to pay for the upkeep of yankee stadium and they could still play opening day and game one of the PS games in actual yankee stadium while still having this ‘facility’ they insisted they needed.

    far too radical an idea for the yankees thinking but it would have been the best of both worlds.

  109. austinmac March 9th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    The Yankee attendance will drop at least 10% this year despite a reviving economy. Hal has squeezed out the excitement that brings in the fans.

    That is my predication. That’s what happens when the only good stories are retirement press conferences. The rest of the team news is injury and lack of capable replacements.

  110. blake March 9th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I get all the WBC fallout from the loss last night but it’s just the way it is….. The best team doesn’t always win in a single baseball game…..the Astros will win probably 60 times this year and they are dreadful…

    Other issues are of course that the US doesn’t send it’s best players ( mainly pitchers) and that many players playing against them are actually US citizens and many like Adrian Gonzalez were born in the US

  111. blake March 9th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Basically Dickey was awful….Gallardo was good….and a native born American citizen hit a 2 run homer against team USA


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