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Baseball Hot Corner:
The traditional definition of a closer is
“A relief pitcher called upon to protect a lead late in a game.”
However dictionaries around the world should revise their respective definition to the most exact wording of all. “Mariano Rivera”. Plain and simple, no other explanation or definition required.
As a loyal supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays, I have witnessed the domination first hand for the last 19 years as Rivera has slammed the door on many a Yankee victory over my beloved Jays. I was always aware Rivera would be a first ballot Hall of Famer and is a quintessential professional. However, self-admittedly, I had never really analysed his career statistics being a hated Yankee and all but after perusing his stat line, I am absolutely blown away.
Rivera broke into the league in 1995 with the New York Yankees where he posted his career worst earned run average with an inflated 5.51 in 19 games which included 10 starts. Rivera would go 5-3 in his rookie campaign but interesti...
BEST OF MAXIM
Derek Jeter was spotted hobbling around Manhattan while wearing a bulky boot on his left foot to protect his surgically repaired left ankle.
There has been nothing but bad news for the New York Yankees this Spring. They currently have about $90 million on the disabled list, and they really aren’t sure when any of them are coming back. One of those players is Michael Pineda, the prized haul from last year’s offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners. You may remember that Pineda never made one appearance with the Yankees...
It was about 18 months ago that the Yankees traded top prospect Jesus Montero for Mariners pitching phenom Michael Pineda.
Michael Pineda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pineda arrived to Spring Training with a bum shoulder that required surgery, which has barred him from throwing his first pitch in the Bronx.
Well that is all about to change, as GM Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that...
In March, when the Retrieval Empire cashed in its Raleigh Coupons and signed Lyle Overbay, the wheels in every blogsmith's mind began to rotate. We said to ourselves, "Let the hilarity ensue!"Lyle O-for-three... Lyle Overmatched... Lyle NoCanPlay... You don't get enough names like that. (We never imagined Chien-Ming Wang was on the way.) The best part was that...
While there is zero evidence tht a corked bat actually helps a batter to hit a ball further, there are still people out there that believe it makes a different. New York Yankees Hall of Fame centerfielder Mickey Mantle, the greatest player ever in all of sports that never actually reached his full potential, allegedly used a corked bat sometime during his career during the 1960s...
Phil Hughes pitched 8 scoreless for his first win. (Source: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics 2 – New York Yankees 4
Phil Hughes put together his best start this season in today’s 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Phil Hughes started today’s game and was outstanding. Defense helped him right from the beginning. The first batter, John Jaso, almost went...
MAYDAY…survivors or MAY DAY winners?
The oldest; the average age is 31.9 years.
A DL (disabled list) that reads like an All-Star roster – Jeter, A-Rod, Grandy, Tex, Youks, Cervelli, Nova, and Pineda.
Exceeding. This team was projected to fall down, not rise up.
So far the New York Yankees are not the big disappointments everyone, myself included...
Joba Chamberlain is joining the New York Yankees' crowded disabled list.
The reliever has a strained oblique on his right side and will be put on the DL retroactive to April 28. He'll become the 10th player on New York's disabled list.
''He showed up yesterday at the ballpark early complaining of some mild pain on his right abdomen,'' Yankees general...
The Yankees welcome the Oakland A’s into town tonight to begin a three-game weekend set. So far, New York has gone 6-1 on their current 10 game homestand, and look to CC Sabathia this evening to continue the winning trend. Going for Oakland will be righty A.J. Griffin. The Yankees also welcome in some new faces to the clubhouse; infielder Chris Nelson was acquired from the Rockies...
Another one bites the dust. In a season unlike any in recent memory, another Yankee is heading to the disabled list – this time it’s reliever Joba Chamberlain.
Chamberlain, 27, has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal. The move is retroactive to April 28.
Injuries are nothing new for Joba, who has seen his fair share...
The New York Yankees made a minor move, acquiring infielder Chris Nelson from the Colorado Rockies who had recently been designated for assignment. Colorado will receive either cash or a player to be named later. He is most likely a stop-gap for Kevin Youkilis who just went on the disabled list. Once the Yankees roster is healthy, Nelson can become more of a utility player if they...
The New York Yankees acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash, adding a lefty bat to the group of backups filling in for the team's injured stars.
''He played shortstop, second, third. A fly-ball hitter, so we're going to see if we can take advantage of the left-handed bat at Yankee Stadium. He's a very good fielder, more so than a bat...