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Yesterday, I posted about what a Yankees season without Phil Hughes might look like. At the time I wrote it, we all were unaware of what a serious condition Hughes faces. In case you missed it: after last night’s excellent win (featuring Bartolo Colon returning to his 2002-2005 form), Joe Girardi announced that Hughes may have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a rare circulation problem. Commonly referred to as TOS, if left untreated can lead to some really nasty complications – including stroke. Hughes is scheduled to see specialist Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday for a final diagnosis and treatment options, if this is what he has.

Other major leaguers have suffered from TOS. Some have made it back, some had their careers ended and some returned but were only a shadow of their former selves. Regardless, all of that is secondary right now. I’m sure column inches will be dedicated to that discussion in the future, but for now I’m sure all Yankee fans join me in saying…

Get Well, Phil!

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This has been a fun week for the LeBron James detractors as “LeBrick” and “LeFraud” tweets filled my timeline with the Heat losing 3 close games all ending on missed 3 point attempts by the “King” in the final seconds. This recent string of poor end game play has further fueled the perception that LeBron James is un-clutch, a choker, isn’t a “closer” (a popular, yet maddening term used by many basketball talking heads) and above all comes up small in the biggest situations. Couple the undeserved clutch reputation, with the ill-conceived off court “Decision” where he infamously took his talents to South Beach, and throw in the blame of playoff failures heaped solely on him and you have…Pre-2009 Alex Rodriguez.

While the impact an NBA superstar can have on a game is much greater then that of any position player in baseball, many of the terms used to describe LeBron were also previously used by people who disliked ARod, including many Yankee haters and even Yankee fans (i.e. the Jeter “zealots” and members of the Cody Ransom fan club). There is no question both James and ARod’s off-field actions (e.g. 2007 World series opt out, PED usage, aforementioned Decision, the silly “What should I do?” commercials) have turned fans to root against them and if you feel that way, that’s fine. I get it…most of us need a heel to root against, especially if our team isn’t playing, that’s part of what makes sports enjoyable. What I do have an issue with is when the dislike of a player completely warps the view of their performance. Think back to ARod:

  • He was given the goat horns for the epic 2004 collapse, but if Mo closes Game 4 or Gordon doesn’t implode in Game 5, ARod probably wins the ALCS MVP
  • As he struggled in the ’05 and ‘06 ALDS (a grand total of 9 games), ARod detractors and many Yankees fans began to dismiss his previous playoff statistics as a Mariner and even his great series versus the Twins in ’04 because he “wasn’t a Yankee” and because the “ALDS doesn’t matter because the Yankees are only about winning the World Series…blah blah blah”
  • In 2007 despite having a historic MVP regular season and carrying the Yankees to the playoffs, his 4 for 17 postseason was the lead story for Yankees failures (instead of the two game C-M Wang meltdown)
  • Even his manager fell prey to the madness dropping him to 8th in the lineup in a playoff game (Could you imagine Spoelstra or even Pat Riley making LeBron come off the bench in a deciding playoff game?)

All the walk-off homeruns, game-winning hits and MVP awards he had during those years were minimized, because “A-Fraud couldn’t get it done when it mattered most.” Never mind that the Yankees starting pitching was the main culprit in those playoff series losses, it was ALL AROD’s FAULT. Heck even players from other teams would chime in and take shots at ARod as did Torre in his book. Thankfully 2009 happened, silencing most of the critics.

LeBron finds himself today, were ARod was 2 years ago. A HOF player, who is hated and disliked by most fans/media, resulting in a skewed analysis of his play. Under this pretense, Regular season MVP awards are trivialized. Stellar post-season performance is conveniently forgotten (Regular season: 27.7ppg-7.1rpg-7.0apg, Postseason: 29.3ppg-8.4rpg-7.3apg). “Clutch” shots and “closing out” games (LeBron has made four game-winning shots in the playoffs and rates well statistically in clutch situations as of 2009) are swept under the rug. The fact that until this season, his supporting cast has been mediocre to poor (see the Cavs this season without him), will also be nothing more then a mere footnote for the LeBrick backers.

The perception won’t change until LeBron wins a ring. Until then he’ll have to hear about how he doesn’t have the clutch gene (Ian O’Connor’d: Yes Jeter was born with this gene and ARod wasn’t) and how he’s afraid to take and make big shots. ARod finally broke through and LeBron will one day as well. On that night I hope LeBron hooks up with ARod once again this time to get wasted on championship champagne. That is one scene I want the A-Fraud/LeFraud supporters to all be witnesses too.

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(This blog post was also used as a guest post on http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/)

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I’m proud to announce that the 2011 Maple Street Press Yankees Annual is only a few weeks away from hitting the newsstands. MSP is taking pre-orders now if you want it hot off the press.

Edited by Cecilia Tan, with articles written by several writers, including: Joe McDonald, Howard Megdal, E.J. Fagan and yours truly.  I’ve written a piece on Yankees pitching prospect Dellin Betances entitled “The Pride of Brooklyn.” I would just like to thank Cecilia Tan for giving me this opportunity to contribute to the annual.

What else is in the magazine?

  • Pitch-level scouting reports revealing the strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies of every key player
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly: Breaking down the Yankees rotation
  • Robinson Cano: Was his MVP-caliber season a fluke or is he barely getting started?
  • The Yankees lineup is filled with greats, but who will eventually get the Hall call?
  • The top 10 hitting and pitching prospects, and who is set to arrive in The Bronx first
  • Lefty? Righty? Both. An interview with ambidextrous hurler Pat Venditte
  • Bombers Dozen: The Yankees MVPs from Ruth to A-Rod
  • 27 Places every Yankees fan should see before they die

Price: $12.99, Publication Date: March 2011, Pages: 128  (more…)

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1072 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2565 posts. There were 963 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 212mb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was May 14th with 8 posts. The most popular post that day was Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 5/13/10: It’s All Gone.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were cnn.com, sportspyder.com, nj.com, yankees.lhblogs.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for yankee stadium demolition, 2010 mlb predictions, tino martinez, elaine spottswood, and yankees rumors.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 5/13/10: It’s All Gone May 2010
5 comments

2

Chan Ho doesn’t want to talk about diarrhea anymore! Park calls Bullshit… July 2010
1 comment

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The New York Yankees World Series Ring Photos April 2010
22 comments

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Demolition Photos of Yankee Stadium- 3/4/10. Holy shit! It’s really coming down now! March 2010
10 comments

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A-Rod’s new girl January 2010
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ZellsPinstripeBlog.com has reached a major milestone. Just recently, the site reached the 500,000 hits milestone and I think it’s a good reason to celebrate. I started this blog back in March of 2008 thinking it would just be a hobby, but it’s turned into much more than that. When I first started this blog, it was a struggle to just get a few hits per day on this site. Now, we have a forum, a great team of writers, and loyal readers. It just shows you how much this site has grown since then. I’ve gotten to know new people, learn knew things about the team and realize how great the Yankees fanbase really is. I just want to thank all of you for making this possible.

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Steelers head coach Chuck Noll once said his biggest mistake as a coach was sticking too long with the great players who were pivotal in winning him four Super Bowls. It was loyalty. It was comfort. They were proven winners and great guys. It made sense at the time. But they all got old at once, and the dynasty ended. Fast forward to after the 2007 season:

  • The Yankees off the negative public outcry from Joe Torre’s exit, felt pressure to placate the fans. Cashman despite taking a hard line against ARod, had Hank Steinbrenner foolishly handed him a 10 year albatross of a contract. ARod should have been resigned, but not double the money another team was willing to offer.
  • That same offseason, Jorge Posada already 35 years old used Omar Minaya and the Mets to extract a 4 year contract from the Yankees. It was another illogical signing given his age and likelihood of breaking down, but feeling the “heat” from the NY baseball media and fans that were mostly in Torre’s corner, Hank/Hal as neophyte owners caved to public pressure….Fast Forward to the present:

Hal is now the clear lead owner of the Brothers Steinbrenner and has empowered Cashman to fully run the baseball operations (without having Hank around to botch things up). Jeter has been a great player, but no longer is. Given his captaincy and status on the current team, the Yankees offered Jeter double his true market value. Yet, this offer was deemed “baffling” by his agent Casey Close. What’s truly baffling about this negotiation is Jeter’s/Close’s thinking that they’re deserving of 4-5 years and $85-100M. If that’s the case, the Yankees should avoid repeating their sins of the past by caving to fan and media pressure. Similar to what the great Steelers players meant to Chuck Noll, Jeter represents winning, loyalty and comfort to Yankee fans. However, giving him a “blank check” or paying him an exorbitant amount of money for his past achievements and/or future milestones is bad business. I applaud Cashman and Hal for their stance in these negotiations. Sorry Derek as Michael Corleone said, it’s not personal, it’s strictly business. Hopefully offering to make him the highest paid middle infielder in the game isn’t too much of an insult to Jeter/Close.

What do you think of the current Jeter negotiations? Do you side with Jeter or Yankees ownership?

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During and after yet another playoff victory for the Yankees over the Twins, the main story line for TBS and ESPN wasn’t Andy Pettitte’s terrific pitching performance or Berkman and Granderson’s offensive production…no, instead it was the strike called ball to Berkman in the 7th inning before his go-ahead double. What TBS and most other media outlets failed to report is during that at bat, the first pitch called a strike was actually a ball and for most of the night Pavano benefited from a very friendly strike zone. Below is the strike zone from tonight’s game (via Brooksbaseball.net):

 

Hunter Wendelstedt had a bad night

 

(Each pitch is represented by a single dot. Green dots are balls and red dots are strikes. Pitches marked as belonging to a particular team (for example “min” or “nya”) are designated with different shapes. These teams represent the pitching team, not the batting team. So, a pitch marked “nya-Called Strike” was thrown by a Yankees pitcher)

  • Twins pitchers had 14 balls called strikes
  • Yankee pitchers had 2 balls called strikes
  • Twins pitchers had 6 strikes called balls
  • Yankees pitchers had 5 strikes called balls

So while the media won’t let the facts get in the way of a good story, its clear the Yankees and not the Twins got the short-end of the strike zone stick last night.

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You can join our forum right here: Zell’s Pinstripe Forum. It’s a place where my readers and other Yankee fans can talk about the greatest franchise in all of sports. The New York Yankees.

I’ve created a Facebook group and Twitter account dedicated to Zell’s Pinstripe Blog. On these sites, you can follow what’s going on with my blog and interact with other fans. Feel free to join. Also, if you decide to subscribe by email, you will receive notifications of new posts by email.

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I’ve noticed a large increase in the number of comments posted on the site over the last couple of weeks, and I just wanted to let you know that it’s greatly appreciated. I’ve tried really hard at creating a community on this site (in the comments section and on the forum), and it hasn’t been easy. This site is only running because of you guys. If it weren’t for the readers and feedback, there would be no point in doing all of this. The more you comment, and the more feedback we receive, the better this site will be. If you read the site and don’t comment, I urge you to get your opinions heard, because we’re interested in what you have to say. I would hope to have discussions opening up in the comments section and on the forum. I just wanted to send a big thank you for all of those people who read and contribute to the site. You know who you are.

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Yankee Stadium gave a nice warm welcome to Zell’s Pinstripe Blog during the Cleveland Indians series, which I thought was pretty neat. At the end of the 3rd inning, they posted the blog on the scoreboard above the Delta advertisement. Three seconds of fame…

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You can join our forum right here: Zell’s Pinstripe Forum. It’s a place where my readers and other Yankee fans can talk about the greatest franchise in all of sports. The New York Yankees.

I’ve created a Facebook group and Twitter account all dedicated to Zell’s Pinstripe Blog. On these sites, you can follow what’s going on with my blog and interact with other fans of the blog. Feel free to join. Also, if you decide to subscribe by email, you will receive notifications of new posts by email.

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Craig Mahoney of Craig Mahoney Studios took the time out of his busy schedule to have me on his first ever Pinstriped Podcast. Craig and I spoke about the current state of the Yankees, the Javier Vazquez situation, celebrity fans, as well as the new Roger Maris biography. Have a listen:

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