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Without A-Rod in the Yankee lineup, should anyone expect more than three hits?

Some basic rules of life.1. When showering with Satan, don't bend over to pick up the soap.2. When gazing up to heaven, you're most susceptible to getting your throat slashed.3. When your No. 3 hitter is Brian McCann - batting .260, with the lightning speed of Ethel Merman needing to pee - don't expect to score runs.OK, nothing personal against McCann.. but No. 3? Yikes. (Vernon...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Swing and a miss: Worst number one picks of last 20 years

You may not be aware of this, but the MLB Draft is widely considered to be a crapshoot. I know, that’s shocking to hear. You’d think drafting amateur players and predicting which ones would become superstars would be fool proof, but it’s not. Sometimes, draft picks just don’t work out. And while it’s easy for a rational person to understand that most of your favorite...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Teixeira: 1st in RBIs, 2nd in HRs, 5th in slugging pct, 8th in OPS (whatever that is)

He's also 12th in WAR - Wins Above Replacement.(Some of you fogies might be confused by the exciting new Sabermetrics analyses, which make the game much simpler to understand. Come on, Uncle Fester, climb aboard the data train! To calculate Wins Above Replacement, merely take the number of wins and put it above the corresponding number for replacements. The resulting number is Wins...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

****-a-doodle Drew: Dare we start hoping?

When the Yankees signed Stephen Drew, I threw up.I hated, hated, HATED the deal. A typical Cashman move: Another old guy with a ceiling made of concrete, who'll start hot and then end up hitting .210 around the all-star break, when we finally accept the reality of his abilities... and then discard him.Vernon Wells. Travis Hafner. Andruw Jones. Alfonso Soriano. Brian Roberts. The...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dear Hal, here's a quick (and FREE!) template for saving the Yankees

Dear Mr. Steinbrenner,I sense that you're feeling picked-on.In this angry era of cyber-bullying and Twitter necktie parties, the last thing an old sport such as yourself should fear is the ding of an incoming phone text. But the fact is, some fans are grousing that you don't spend enough on the New York Yankees, (a team you own), and that we are now entering Year 3 of an epoch of...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

So long, Preston Claiborne: Go forth and grow your beard

In May of 2013, the plucky, irrepressible Yankees were the surprise team of the AL East, and yet - amazingly - some naysayers remained. The pitching staff was reeling from injuries. We were beyond Cesar Cabral and entering Vidal Nuno. If not for the power hitting duo of Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, all would be lost. That's when the Yankee brain trust turned to a name that, frankly...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Matt Kemp = Vernon Wells?

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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

AngelsWin.com's 10th Anniversary Member Appreciation Interview with Dochalo

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary at AngelsWin.com we've focused our attention on our writers, mods, contributors & website members. Today we put the spotlight on Dochalo, one of our longest tenured members, writer and a great contributor to forum discussions. Doc is as witty as they come and a fan favorite among all members at AngelsWin.com. As our resident doctor, Jason...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets and Ricciardi Could Have Extension Completed Within A Week

Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that the Mets and J.P. Ricciardi could have a new extension wrapped up within a week. The Mets, who extended Sandy Alderson in September, could wrap up a new deal for assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi within week, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. Ricciardi, a respected baseball man who oversees the pro scouting department...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Victor Rojas and Vernon Wells got into a Twitter beef

While the rest of the world was busy watching the insanity that is the Royals-Athletics Wild Card game, Angels announcer Victor Rojas and former Angels albatross Vernon Wells got into a Twitter beef. It all started with a throwaway comment about Jayson Nix: Kind of explains Nix’ 2014 transactions… — Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas29) October 1, 2014 And then Vernon Wells apparently...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Thank you, Chris "Forever" Young. You spared us from a night of ignominy that, even in this cold year of mediocrity, would have forever stung

In recent years, a handful of players came to New York to be magically reborn. It's a short list: David Wells... Paul O'Neill... Nick Swisher... Scott Brosius... Bartolo Colon... Russel Martin...Some needed lineups with more support (O'Neill, Brosius). Some needed the giant stage of Gotham. (Swisher, Wells). Some needed juice. (Bartolo).Often, donning the pinstripes brings a month...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Red Sox vs. Easy Street

Welcome to the Easy Street section of the Angels schedule. As I mentioned yesterday, they basically play the A’s and then nobody else who is any good from now through September 14th. Time for the Angels to get hot again. If not, they best start thinking about how to make sure to win the Wild Card coin flip game. LAST TIME ON ANGELS VS. RED SOX… All-time, the Angels suck against...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

It's time to ponder the benefits of a full-scale collapse

On yesterday's River Ave cluster-grope, Mike Axisa opined that, between now and the July 31 trade deadline, the Evil Emp would be best served with a long, long streak - of either wins or loses. Thus, management can discern whether the 2014 Yankees should be buyers or sellers.Quickly, the expert panel of veteran baseball scouts screamed down any notion of the Yankees as sellers. The...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees are a Sori team full of Sori excuses

He came up last night with runners on base in a game we still could win. The YES-Mo court jesters said that he was 4 for his last 23, but ready to bust out with a big game. King Felix never threw a strike. He took three swings and strode to the dugout, Grandyman-like, while I screamed at the TV: "GOOD! THANK YOU! GOOD!"Yes, folks... I was glad. I wanted him to strike out. It's that...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 9

RANKPLAYERCHANGECOMMENTS 1-- 0 Last Week: 1Mike Trout - Hey everyone! Guess who's back to being superhuman again? Who said "Vernon Wells?" Someone's always gotta be a jerk. 2-- 0 Last Week: 2Albert Pujols - He's still not quite there with the batting average, but there is plenty of power. I'll allow it. 3+2 Last Week: 5Jered Weaver - Alright! Weaver is back to pitching...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A low, guttural growl - like an angry rumble from beneath the earth - heralds a dark, dark night in the Bronx

I'd never heard anything like it. I called my wife to come and listen. There was Robbie Cano, standing in the box with two strikes, and it sounded like the sea was boiling. They never stopped. They just kept booing. They didn't do it to Giambi, after the steroids scandal. They didn't do it to David Wells, when he came back in Boston pantaloons. They summoned every teardrop of bile...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Who's on first? For now, Kelly Killzit. And when he gets hurt...?

In the last two seasons, Yankee fans have seen some memorable lineups trotted out to big horse yardy. Remember the famed "Murderers Row 2013?" (Pictured right.) Moreover, we have seen ancient outfielders play positions worthy of a sandlot game. Last year, Vernon Wells played third. Sunday, Carlos Beltran played first, for the first time ever. He was replacing Francisco Cervelli,...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The scrap heap season has begun. Will the Yankees be dumpster diving again?

Yesterday, rustling around the Internews, I found a bunch of Yankee sites proposing that we should sign newly released players from the Dodgers, and the Diamondbacks, and the Royals and - oh, who cares, the Knicks, Malaysian Airlines, al Qaeda, it doesn't matter! Somebody waived them, and we should grab them.This seventh-grade enthusiasm hearkens back to the checkbook days of Old...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tinkers, Evers and No Chance: The top three Yankee hitters this spring represent the Legion of the Lost

Of course these "games" don't matter. They are TV illusions, like Duck Dynasty or the political "debates." Think of this as Survivor: Tampa, except instead of eating salamanders, the contestants must avoid the trans-fats of the clubhouse bang bang shrimp buffet. So all spring stats, however conveniently they are presented to us, carry the weight of Absolute Zero. Nada. Nothing.Still...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Waiting for the Yankees to visit the flea market

Ahhhh, Florida... The Beaches! The leaf blowers! The Stand Your Ground shootings! And most of all... yes, snowbirds...  the flea markets! Oh, yes. Wouldn't you like some knock-off Tervis Tumblers? Or glass-etching decals of Jesus? Beyond your first trip to the Hooters, no image will explode into the area behind your sinus like that entrance to the flea market. Last week,...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes Gets Boston Strong-Themed World Series Painting (Photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jonny Gomes had a pretty cool souvenir sitting outside his locker in the Boston Red Sox’s clubhouse at JetBlue Park on Friday. Gomes, an instrumental character in Boston’s 2013 World Series run, received an impressive painting from Vernon Wells Jr., father of major league outfielder Vernon Wells. The older Wells is a well-known sports artist who visits clubhouses...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

With the offseason wrapping up and Spring Training well underway, we have a general idea of what team rosters are going to look like in 2014. A couple of weeks ago, Wendy Thurm took a crack at projecting Opening Day payrolls, and followed up with some fantastic analysis here and here. In this article, I’m going to expand on these payroll allocations, and further dissect how teams...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #40: Jayson Werth | OF | WAS

Prior to 2013, Jayson Werth was on the verge of having that dreaded “worst contract in baseball” tag (that title is still held by Vernon Wells until the end of 2014, by the way). However, Werth put together arguably the best season of his career and thus redeemed himself. Just for nostalgia, it’s Werth (see what I did there?) taking a look back at how good he was with the Phillies...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

You go to war with the infield you have...

Having spent the last three months in a defensive, reactionary mode, the Yankees apparently have made a decision about future policy: Let's assume a defensive, reactionary mode.Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the team with two outfields and no infield.How, you might ask, how does a franchise do such a thing?Well, it's complicated. And it requires a complete off-season of reactions...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: #29 Los Angeles Angels Kramer Sneed

Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” 185 lbs. DOB: 10/7/88(AZL-Angels/Inland Empire): 7-5, 3.84 ERA, 25 BBs, 85 Ks, 93.2 IPAcquired by the Angels in exchange for Vernon Wells, Kramer Sneed came to the Angels as a left-handed starter with a high K/9 rate that might play out in the Angels bullpen down the line. Drafted by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft, Sneed had...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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