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Yankees' Tanaka has surgery; no not the dreaded one

Most everyone who follows the New York Yankees waited all season for Masahiro Tanaka to walk off the mound holding his right elbow, the partial tear finally succumbing to the unnatural torque of throwing a baseball. It never happened.Masahiro TanakaPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrHowever, the partial tear was not the only issue with the elbow; Tanaka still had surgery on his...
Via Yankees Unscripted
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The Reality of Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball

Six months ago, we were all idiots. We were all idiots because we figured the Yankees were idiots for letting Masahiro Tanaka pitch. It felt like elbow surgery was inevitable, UCL tears being things you don’t just play through, so it felt strange to see the Yankees in denial. Oh, we all thought we knew what was better. Turns out the Yankees might’ve been on to something. Turns...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

How big is tonight’s start for Yankees’ Tanaka?

Suggesting that Game 158 for the New York Yankees is big when the postseason is within grasp, is certainly not an overstep in narrative. But, Masahiro Tanaka’s performance lamented as the be-all and end-all game of the season is pushing the dialogue a bit.Masahiro TanakaPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrSurely, Tanaka’s Wednesday night start against the Boston Red Sox is...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching Tanaka on four days rest is the definition of Yankee madness

Last night, Masahiro Tanaka gave his all. It wasn't enough. In their infinite wisdom, the Evil Empire pitched him on four days rest - as he'll do again this week against Toronto. The following week could also be critical, so don't be surprised if we call upon Tanaka to do it again. Here, we have a guy with partial tear in his elbow, whose background in Japan was to throw once-a-week...
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

On the hot mess that is Masahiro Tanaka, and why pitchers can't throw at A-Rod anymore

Ladies and gentlemen: the Tanaka face!Have you ever been in one of those tumultuous relationships in which your boyfriend or girlfriend is a hot mess? You know, where you have real passion for the other person, and you think you click with them, but they constantly let you down? But just when you are ready to give up on the relationship, your boyfriend or girlfriend comes sniffing...
Via Subway Squawkers
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Though Dominant In Return, Tanaka Not An Ace Anymore

Masahiro Tanaka made his return from the disabled list (DL) yesterday, pitching seven dominant innings in the Yankees 3-1 win over the Mariners. His line was spectacular: 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 9K. His ERA went down to 2.76.In the days and hours leading up to the game, sports media was filled with the usual rhetoric about Tanaka and his elbow. There were lots of different arguments...
Via Lady At The Bat
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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