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On August 3rd, the New York Yankees posed for their annual team photo. One thing was missing though. It was Alex Rodriguez. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo. The Yankees director of publications, Alfred Santasiere III, stepped in for Alex at the last-minute and the photo was taken. If you look at the photo below, you will see a man in a suit standing next to Joba Chamberlain (that’s Al Santasiere). When the photo is released to the public, that will be Alex Rodriguez.

Well, all of the players except for Alex Rodriguez — who I had to step in for at the last minute (as you see in the photo below). I’m standing next to Joba Chamberlain, who yelled out, “Al is filling in for Al. Everything is going to be alright!”
 
Anyway, I will let you in on the worst kept secret in team photo history. When you see the photo in one of the next issues of Yankees Magazine (either September or October) — you’ll see A-Rod in the shot, and it will look like he was really there. 
 
The men and women of Grandstand Design — the New Jersey firm that designs Yankees Magazine — are very talented. If you don’t believe me, check out A-Rod in the 2010 team photo. 
You guys should really check out Al’s blog (Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine), which gives you a preview of what will be included in future Yankees publications. He does a great job.
 
2010 New York Yankees

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I asked a bunch of my female followers on Twitter how they would you sum up the 2010 New York Yankees in 140 characters or less. This is what they came up with:

How would you sum up the 2010 New York Yankees?

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When you watch a game, a common question you might hear is, “What song is that?” This question usually refers to the music a player choses to walk up to the plate, warm up to, or jog out of the bullpen. I’m no expert when it comes to this type of thing, but Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News was kind enough to compile a list. This list was compiled in early May, so some of these songs might have changed since than.

Hitters
Derek Jeter: “Candy” – Cameo
Nick Johnson: “Party in the U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus
Mark Teixeira: “I Wanna Rock” – Twisted Sister
Alex Rodriguez: “On to the Next One” – Jay-Z
Robinson Cano: “Run this Town” – Jay-Z
Jorge Posada: Unknown Song (supplied by Jorge on CD)
Curtis Granderson: “Lookin’ for the Perfect Beat” – Africa Bambaataa
Nick Swisher: “Beat Street” – Grand Master Flash
Brett Gardner: “On the Run” – Pink Floyd
Marcus Thames: “You’re a Jerk” – New Boyz
Francisco Cervelli: Unknown Song (supplied by Francisco on CD)

Starting Pitchers
CC Sabathia: “Big Poppa” – Notorious B.I.G.
A.J. Burnett: “I’m a Man” – Black Strobe
Javier Vazquez: “Until the Whole World Hears” – Casting Crowns
Andy Pettitte: “La Grange” – ZZ Top
Phil Hughes: “King Nothing” – Metallica

Closer: Mariano Rivera: “Enter Sandman” – Metallica

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The 2010 New York Yankees have sprinted out of the gate, and have completely bulldozed over every team in sight. With the win yesterday, the Yankees now own a record of (W-L, 12-5). The Bombers had never won four series to start a season in 84 years until last Saturday. They have now taken five consecutive series from their opponents, and a win today against the Angels would make it six consecutive.

The team overall ranks at the top of the league in several offensive and pitching categories. Not only that, but the team did not commit an error in 12 straight games, the longest April errorless streak in franchise history. Over the years, you never really heard anyone talk about how good the defense on the team was. I guess things change when you add a guy like Teixeira..with the likes of Gardner, Granderson and Cervelli.

Notables:

  • Robinson Cano ranks 5th in AL Batting AVG (.369)
  • Andy Pettitte ranks 1st in AL Wins (3) and ERA (1.29)
  • Mariano Rivera ranks 1st in AL Saves (6) [along with a 0.00ERA and a 0.57 WHIP]
  • Andy had his best April ERA ever at 1.29
  • Jeter had a .380AVG through his first 50 at-bats, which was his highest since 1999
  • We’ve seen two near no-hitters by C.C. Sabathia & Phil Hughes
  • 4/5 Pitchers on the Yankees staff own a ERA of 3.20 or below (Vazquez owns a 8.27ERA)

The team has faced some of the toughest competition in the league, including the Red Sox, Angels and Rays and have prevailed. Andy is acting like this team’s ace, Teixeira and Nick Johnson have yet to hit the ball, and Vazquez will only improve. With A-Rod being healthy this season, Teixeira and Alex will play a full season together, hitting back-to-back in the lineup.

The 1998 New York Yankees owned a (W-L) record of 14-5 (19 games) on April 25th, 1998. That team finished with a franchise record regular-season standing of 114-48, and was dubbed ‘the best team ever’. The 2010 New York Yankees own a record of 12-5 (17 games), and they have yet to play today’s game. Questions will arise about how good this year’s team could be. The possibilities are endless, and I believe the best is yet to come. Nobody is saying flat-out that this team is better, because that just wouldn’t be fair. From the looks of it though, this team could get better than it already is and that’s a scary thought.

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Jeff Euston over at Cot’s Baseball Contracts helped me crunch some numbers about the 2010 New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees currently rank #1 with the highest payroll in MLB, which is pretty much obvious by now. The 2010 New York Yankees have an Opening Day payroll of $206.3 million, which is a 2% increase over last year. Their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox, ranked #2 with a $162.4 million payroll and had a 33% increase over last season. Throughout Major League Baseball, 47% of teams lowered their payrolls, but the Yankees and Red Sox were not among them. The Yanks have a $213,359,389 million payroll if you are counting minor-leaguers with major league contracts (Miranda & Brackman) and others playing elsewhere (Kei Igawa, Chad Gaudin & Melky Cabrera) 

Opening Day payrolls for 25-man roster (salaries plus pro-rated signing bonuses):

2010: $206.3  2009: $201,449,189  2008: $209,081,577

2010 Payroll Obligations: $4,000,000 (Kei Igawa) (plus $4M in 2011), $737,500 (Chad Gaudin), $500,000 (Melky Cabrera)

According to the Annual Review Of Global Sports Salaries, the New York Yankees have the highest paid per player average in all of sports. (1. New York Yankees (MLB): $6,977,080, 2. Real Madrid (La Liga): $6,321,059, 3. Barcelona (La Liga): $6,979,447) (more…)

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The Boss is already looking forward to the start of the upcoming baseball season.

“I am. Aren’t you?” the 79-year-old New York Yankees owner said with a smile on Friday.

George spent four hours in his office at the team’s complex in Florida yesterday, where individual spring training game tickets went on sale.

The Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship trophy actually took a trip to Steinbrenner’s home for him to see earlier this week. Yesterday, it was displayed outside of George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Steinbrenner said the Yankees are in position for what could be another “special” season this year, and that he is “feeling good.”

Former Yankees, David Wells, Lee Mazzilli and Mickey Rivers are currently involved in the Yankees fantasy camp, and they took the time to stop by Steinbrenner’s office to talk.

It’s nice to hear that Mr. Steinbrenner is felling well and that he already has his sights set on #28. (more…)

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Update: 3:20PM ET: “The D’Backs have designated Eric Byrnes for assignment, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter). The D’Backs will presumably have trouble trading Byrnes, who has some no-trade protection and will make $11MM this year. The club may well end up releasing him within the next ten days.”

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As we all know, the Yankees are in need of a left fielder. The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to sign Adam LaRoche to a one-year deal, but it has a mutual option for 2011 worth $7.5MM, according to Frankie Piliere of FanHouse.com. In order to make room for LaRoche, the Diamondbacks are planning on releasing Eric Byrnes, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic (via Twitter). Two people in the Diamondbacks front office tell 3TV’s Brad Cesmat that outfielder Eric Byrnes will be paid $11 million dollars in the buyout. They claim that the deal would be done within the next 24 hours, so we’ll hopefully know more later today.

Wouldn’t it make sense for the Yankees to go after him? They have a hole in the outfield, unless you consider Gardner an everyday player.

The guy can play both left and right field, he is capable of making athletic catches on fly balls, and he’s got a good bat when healthy. Now, I know you’re going to say he’s been terrible the past few years, and I would agree with that. He’s stunk the last few years, mostly because he’s been constantly injured. Byrnes was placed on the DL for the 1st time in his career on May 27, 2008 with sore hamstrings. He’s been on the DL on and off ever since and he hasn’t returned to his old form. In 2004, 2006 and 2007, Byrnes was a top-notch outfielder and he was exciting to watch. Byrnes is one of a few players to have 50 stolen bases and hit 20 home runs in one season, having accomplished the feat in 2007.

Byrnes goes by the following nicknames: “Crash Test Dummy”, “Byrnesie”, “Flipper” “Side (Byrnes)” “Always swing at first pitch” and “‘Pigpen”. He’s got an energetic personality, both on and off the field. Byrnes actually started doing somersaults when throwing the baseball in from left field in Arizona. He is also known for sliding headfirst into bases when there is no play. I’m sure the Yankees would make him tone it down. Can you imagine a clubhouse of Sabathia, Cano, Swisher and Byrnes? Haha.

I don’t know what type of money he would command, but I think he would be worth the gamble. Would the Yankees $2MM be enough to land him? (more…)

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How can anyone question whether the Yankees or better or not? Some are debating the topic, and I’m looking to settle the argument.

Gone: Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang, Jerry Hairston Jr., Brian Bruney, Austin Jackson, Melky Cabrera, Phil Coke, Shelley Duncan, Eric Hinske, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaino

Newcomers: Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree

Still up in the air: Johnny Damon

Let’s do a quick overview:

The Goners

  • If Matsui didn’t have the postseason he had, nobody would be crying if he left us. You have to judge him based on his regular season. He was nothing spectacular during the regular season, and he locks up the DH spot since he can’t play the field at all with his knee problems. This is coming from a fan of his. He is one of those players you respect in the game, but you need to know when to cut your ties.
  • Chien-Ming Wang fell off the charts dramatically. The guy has thrown only 137 innings over the past two years. He went (W-L) 1-6 with a 9.64ERA last season. What makes you think he can pitch right now? He was a 19-game winner. Not anymore.
  • Hairston, Bruney, Cabrera, Coke, Duncan and Dunn will not be missed. As for Hinske..we could use him, but he’s not a major loss.

The Newcomers

  • Curtis Granderson is taking over centerfield. He brings another power bat to the lineup, more speed, and serves as a defensive upgrade in the outfield.
  • Javier Vazquez will take the 4th slot in the rotation. He didn’t fair so well with the Yanks his first time around, but can you give him another chance? This guy could be an ace on many major league ball clubs. Power pitchers are key in the playoffs…just remember that.
  • Nick Johnson walked 17.8% of the time in ’09, which was the highest percentage in the major leagues. His .426 on base percentage was second-best in the league to Albert Pujols. Enough said? Don’t give me that..”Oh..he’s going to get injured.” You never know how the season will go. You can’t predict injuries. How did A.J. Burnett do last season?
  • The club also brought in a young bunch of players: Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree. Hoffman will compete for an outfield spot come Spring Training.

and those still up in the air

  • Johnny Damon is still undecided where he is going to play next season. His options are running out, and there is still a chance he can return to the Yankees. Let’s wait and see what happens.

This off-season, the Yankees basically got rid of players that were over the hill, had injury problems, weren’t anything special at the major league level, and some prospects that haven’t proven a damn thing. Instead, they brought in an all-star center fielder, a pitcher that could be an ace on many ball clubs and a DH that finished behind Pujols in OBP last year. This team should be stronger than last year’s. I am well aware that things don’t always work out, but this team is clearly better on paper. Now, let’s see if they can do it on the field.

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The Yankees have brought back the whole 2009 New York Yankees staff. It makes perfect sense, considering they just won a World Series championship.

Press release from the Yankees:

Eiland, 43, enters his third season as the Yankees’ pitching coach and eighth year coaching in the organization, as his pitchers ranked fourth in the American League with a 4.26 ERA in 2009. Harkey, 43, will begin his third season as the Yankees’ bullpen coach.

Kelleher, 62, will return for his second year as New York’s first-base coach and fifth year as a coach or instructor in the organization, having been instrumental in helping the Yankees set a Major League record with 18 consecutive games without committing an error in 2009.

Long, 43, will return for his fourth season as the hitting coach and seventh year in the organization, following a year when he presided over an offense that led the Majors with 915 runs, 244 homers, a .478 slugging percentage, a .326 on-base percentage and 663 walks.

Pena, 52, will return for his fifth season on the Yankees’ Major League coaching staff and second as bench coach, also contributing as the catching instructor for a roster that tied for third in the AL with 38 caught stealing and fifth with a 23.3 percent caught-stealing rate.

Thomson, 46, will enter his 21st season in the Yankees’ organization and his second as third-base coach.

In other News, the Tampa Yankees coaching staff was announced.

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