In case you have noticed, one of the pitchers with seven wins in the National League is AJ Burnett of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yes, the AJ Burnett that was traded by the Yankees to the Pirates for two minor leaguers while paying the Pirates $13 million of Burnett’s remaining salary. The AJ Burnett that could not win with lineups supporting him with batters such as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano, and Mariano Rivera closing games is winning games with the Pirates and is a team later. Continue reading
Last week, Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in Major League Baseball History to hit four home runs in a game. Since the beginning of Major League Baseball there have been over 200,000 games played and over 13 million at-bats. Hamilton did something that happened over 15 times before him. That made me wonder, what is more rare than a four home run game. Continue reading
Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts this week. He was the first pick overall in the 1998 draft and had been their starting quarterback ever since. The Colts were the only club that he ever knew. However when he signs with a new organization, he will leave another exclusive club; players that were drafted by one organization and played for that team their entire career (and a minimum of 14 years). Continue reading
It is being reported that Jorge Posada is going to announce his retirement from baseball within the next few weeks. A life-long member of the New York Yankees, and a member of the “Core Four”, Posada has been a beloved player of the New York Yankees fans and respected player through his baseball career. Continue reading
Here it is, Christmas morning. This is the day that millions and millions of kids wake up and look under the Christmas tree to see what Santa has brought them. It is not just those that believe in Santa Claus that had Christmas wish lists. Many adults have them as well. Continue reading
I’m back with Russ and we discuss Prince Fielder, where he’ll end up, and the Scott Boras machine. Where will he end up? Could the Yankees be in play? Does anyone buy the Prince Fielder/Jimmie Foxx comparisons?
A new feature we’re starting at 85% Sports is Hot Stove Banter – baseball discussions between Russ Blatt and myself. For the first one, we’re tackling the moves the Marlins made at the Winter Meetings.
Writers have to write. Even unpaid, unobligated folks like myself often feel the need to just write something and put it out. The burden for paid sportswriters in this digital age is far more present. This leads to a lot of news when there is no news. It also leads to terrible lists. Lists can be fun. I generally don’t grade them too hard. But sometimes one jumps out at you and it’s just so obvious that all the writer was doing was putting something… anything… out on deadline. A piece of work like that I have to address.
One pitch. One swing. One bat flip. These three events put the Yankees and Red Sox on the back pages once again as their rivalry intensified Tuesday night. Continue reading
New York Yankees
2010 Record: 99-68
884 RS, 712 RA, Pythagorean Record: 101-61
Manager: Joe Girardi
GM: Brian Cashman