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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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Here are two books that are set for release in the near future:

THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE: AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD

Hardcover: 480 pages : Publisher: Harper (October 12, 2010)

“Award-winning sports writer Jane Leavy follows her New York Times runaway bestseller Sandy Koufax with the definitive biography of baseball icon Mickey Mantle. The legendary Hall-of-Fame outfielder was a national hero during his record-setting career with the New York Yankees, but public revelations of alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife badly tarnished the ballplayer’s reputation in his latter years. In The Last Boy, Leavy plumbs the depths of the complex athlete, using copious first-hand research as well as her own memories, to show why The Mick remains the most beloved and misunderstood Yankee slugger of all time.”

“Candid, compassionate…the best of the Mantle biographies.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Beauty of Love (Foreword by Joe Torre): A Memoir of Miracles, Hope, and Healing

Hardcover: 304 pages : Publisher: Atria (August 31, 2010)

“JORGE and LAURA POSADA were accustomed to being on top of the world. After a romantic courtship, the lives of these newlyweds were filled with unimaginable success and joy. But all of that changed when their first-born son was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skull. Their priorities swiftly changed, as Jorge and Laura navigated their way through the challenges of their son’s diagnosis and eventual treatment, which has included eight major surgeries. Laura stayed home with her son, while Jorge suffered in silence as he tried to stay strong under the pressure to perform as a Yankees baseball player.Amid their fear, confusion, and anxiety as young parents, they decided to keep their son’s sickness a secret to protect him from a media frenzy, but in time they realized it was this very celebrity status that would allow them to make a difference—not only for patients with craniosynostosis but for people suffering from any type of illness. They decided to open the Jorge Posada Foundation to help kids with the same condition, a decision that gave new meaning to their lives. Before being a celebrity athlete or a lawyer, Jorge and Laura are a father and a mother, a husband and a wife—and the fortitude and foundations of their family values have helped them face even the worst of days. The Beauty of Love is more than a memoir about dealing with childhood illness—it is a heartfelt and uplifting illustration of how a couple can endure stress and strife and come out stronger on the other side.”
 
“The sacrifices that Laura and Jorge endured for their son will resonate with parents everywhere. It’s impossible to not be moved by The Beauty of Love.” — KELLY RIPA, co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly

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With 34 games left to play, the Yankees and Rays are tied for first place. The Red Sox stand 4.5 GB, and have played one more game than both Tampa and New York. Some will say the Sox are already out, while other fans think you can’t say that until they are mathematically eliminated. The Blue Jays and Orioles are already out of the race.

With a few weeks left in the season, the race is tightening and it should make for an exciting finish. I don’t think there’s a debate on whether the Yankees are making the postseason, but rather how they will get in. Will they take the East or Wild Card?

 

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Since bursting onto the scene in the 1995 ALDS versus the Mariners, Mariano Rivera  has been nothing short of spectacular. After a decade and a half of sheer excellence, it almost becomes hard not to take Rivera for granted. We all know the drill, Enter Sandman, 2 or 3 broken bats on the cutter, perhaps a flare hit or two, and the vast majority of the time Rivera is walking off the mound shaking Jorge’s hand after another Yankees victory. However, the most amazing part of Mo’s career is that arguably at the ripe age of 40, he is having the best season of his HOF career, yet somehow it is flying under the radar. Let’s look at the numbers.

  • His ERA this season is 1.18, which would be the lowest of his 16 year career (previous low 1.38 ERA in 2005)
  • His WHIP this season is 0.723, which would be the 2nd lowest of his career (previous low 0.665 WHIP in 2008)
  • Mo has a 341 ERA+ this year which is the best of his career (previous best was in 2008 with a 319 ERA+). To put that number into perspective, Mo’s career 205 ERA+ is the all-time leader!
  • Thus far, Mo has only allowed 1 HR in 45.2 IP this year. His previous low was in 2005 when he allowed 2 HR in 78.1 IP or 1 HR/39 IP.
  • Currently Mo is allowing 5.1 H/9 which would be the lowest of his career. (previous best 5.2 H/9 in 2008)
  • Mo’s career splits versus LHB is .205 AVG/.256 OBP/.261 SLG and against RHB .214/.268/.319. This season Mariano versus RHB (granted small sample size: 86 AB) is .128/.176/.186. In those 86 AB he has allowed only 11 hits with 27 Ks and only 2 BB.

Strong arguments can also be made for 1996 being Mo’s best year (highest single season WAR – 5.4 with 107 IP and a 2.09 ERA) as can the 2004, 2005 or 2008. No matter which you pick however, they’re all tremendous seasons put together by the greatest reliever of all-time. So which do you think is Rivera’s best ever? I’ll say 2010.

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