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Brett Gardner was sorely missed in 2012.
The Bronx Bombers. A name that has always been appropriate when talking about the New York Yankees and their propensity for hitting the long ball. However, 2013 might be more Bronx Bunters than Bronx Bombers.
Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but do not expect this team to resemble teams of years past. The Yankees have finished 1st in home runs three of the last four seasons and have finished out of the top 5 in total home runs only once in the last eleven seasons (they finished 11th in 2008).
So, why expect less long balls this season compared to others? Well, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher are gone, which eliminates quite a few home runs. Martin (21 home runs in 2012) and Swisher (24 home runs in 2012) are being replaced by the likes of Francisco Cervelli (5 career homeruns) and/or Chris Stewart (4 career home runs) at catcher and Ichiro (who has hit 10+ home runs in a season only three times in his career) in right field combined with Brett Gardner (15 career home runs) in left, who missed most of the 2012 season. That is a lot of home run production gone.
Ichiro will play his first full season for the Yankees in 2013.
Granderson and Teixeira are still on the roster. So is newly acquired Travis Hafner. All of whom will surely be swinging for the fences and hit their share of homers, but, on the whole, this roster has fewer power hitters, which is not a bad thing.
Last season, the Yankees were in the middle of the pack when hitting with runners in scoring position. They batted .256 with RISP, which ranked 17th in baseball, leaving plenty of room for improvement. They also relied too heavily on the long ball, leading all of baseball in percentage of runs via the home run (48.38%), and often played base-to-base, a byproduct of hitting a lot of home runs. They ranked 22nd in stolen bases (93) and 27th in Sacrifice Hits (31). Hopefully, those numbers improve this season.
A remedy to combat their reliance on home runs is the speed they will have in 2013. The Yankees will have a full season of Ichiro and Gardner (And Eduardo Nunez, who swiped 11 bags in only 38 games in 2012, should see decent playing time in 2013 as well). This speed adds a dimension to the Yankees offense that they did not have in 2012. Ichiro stole 14 bases in only 67 games last season for the Yankees and Gardner stole 47 bases in 2010 and 49 in 2011. That can be some big-time speed on the bases for the Yankees in 2013, speed that can be utilized to spark a different kind of Yankees offense. A kind of offense that does not rely as much on home runs, instead favoring for the manufacturing of runs, which was something that was clearly missing for the Yankees in the 2012 postseason. That offense sputtered greatly, due in large part because of the amount of home runs they hit in the regular season and the lack of home runs they hit in the postseason.
In recent years, the attempt to manufacture runs instead of hitting a plethora of home runs has not been the Yankee way, but having an offense that is less predicated on the long-ball could have a better chance of cracking the tough pitching seen in October. At the very least, the speed of Gardner and Ichiro could be utilized to create a more consistent offense in 2013.
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What is wrong with the New York Yankees farm system?
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I will get right to the point.
As of today, the state of the Yankees farm system is actually irrelevant.
And here is why.
Fact is it does not house the talent to immediate help the team in 2013.
Too many of the top prospects took a step back last season due to injuries and promotions. Obviously...
The New York Yankees had a strong regular season in 2012 as they won 95 games and the AL East pennant by 2 games over Baltimore. Joe Girardi’s team snuck past the Orioles in the ALDS in a full 5-game series. All of those warm, fuzzy feelings were quickly evaporated though as they scored just 6 runs in a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers.
New York had a +136 run differential...
When Phil Hughes reported back pain the other day, the Yankiverse hope was that Santa would bring us a minor muscle tweak. No problemo, minor muscle tweaks. You cure them by drinking a 12-pack of Keystone in a hot tub. Muscle tweaks fade away. Phil could go on Craig's List Tampa and find himself a nice $50 back rub. Just as long as it wasn't a disc...Well, it's a disc...
AL BEast Notebook – Feb 19
Despite the pressure and media microscope, pitching for the Yankees lately has had its advantages as the Bombers have led the league in either home runs or runs scored (or both) in each of the last four seasons. That may not be the case in 2013 as the Yankees will be without Swisher, Martin, Ibanez and A-Rod, so the room for error will be smaller.
"Then Samson prayed to God, 'Remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.' Samson said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!'"And so it happened that David Price, baseball's most aptly named Philistine, declared that he shalt not shaveth his beautiful...
According to Andy McCullough of The Star Ledger via twitter, Phil Hughes will be shutdown for almost a week due to a bulging disc.
Hughes experienced stiffness in his upper back toward his shoulder blade, and underwent an MRI. Today at media day at the Yankees’ Spring Training complex, Hughes revealed the diagnosis.
He originally aggrivated his back during infield drills while...
New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Wednesday after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back.
Hughes is expected to miss his...
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I was doing a mock draft with a buddy last night, and he had the fourth overall pick. This is probably the most interesting pick in the entire draft assuming Trout, Braun, and Miggy go one-two-three in some order. The fourth pick can go any number of ways. There are several excellent outfielders who offer a power/speed combo like Andrew McCuthcen...
There has been a problem — an epidemic of sorts — that has plagued the Twitter accounts of many corporations. They are being overtaken by an unknown hacker who is then tweeting sometimes-offensive comments from the accounts. First, it was Burger King who was hacked. Then it was Jeep:
.@jeep Glad everything is back to normal.
— BurgerKing (@BurgerKing) February 19, 2013
Are the New York Yankees suddenly caving in to the thought of Robinson Cano bolting the Bronx before the team's best all-around player hits the free agent market after this season.
Cano's agent, Scott Boras, has made it clear that he won't ignore lucrative offers from other clubs but, at the same time, informed the Yankees he won't ignore overtures from them.
It wouldn’t be spring training in Major League Baseball without some essentially useless news regarding New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The currently rehabbing A-Rod has been maintaining a low profile as of late, staying out of the public eye as he conducts his rehabilitation from hip surgery in the Big Apple, far away from the Yankees’ spring training facilities...
I guess New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t said this enough, Kyle Lohse will not be pitching for the Bombers in 2013. With Phil Hughes recent shoulder injury though he was asked the question and forced to answer it once again.
This is why the Yankees are fishing around for a veteran to put at Triple-A (they plan to watch Chien-Ming Wang in the World Baseball...
Look we wish Kevin Youkilis all the best. After all he was a rock for the Boston Red Sox for a long time.
And while some will harbor resentment for his signing with the Red Sox's most hated rival, the New York Yankees, I personally hope he does well, just not against the Sox.
But still, there's so much wrong with this picture.
First off, it's Youk in...