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     This off-season is one for the ages. The Yankees made headlines day in and day out. This team makes news 365 days a year, and it just amazes me. Let’s go take a look at what went on this off-season:

  1. Giambi, Pavano, & Abreu, Betemit, I-Rod, Rasner, & Ponson leave the Yankees.
  2. The Yankees bring in CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, & Nick Swisher.
  3. Joe Torre published a new book, called “The Yankee Years”. A-Rod is called “A-Fraud”.
  4. Alex Rodriguez allegedly used steroids back in 2003.
  5. Joba Chamberlain will be a starter in 2009.
  6. The Yankees bring back Pettitte for another year.
  7. The New Yankee Stadium is going to be unbelievable.
  8. David Wells thinks Torre is a Punk and he wants to knock him out. Haha
  9. The Yankees have a new inaugural season stadium patch
  10. Bernie Williams still wants to play baseball.
  11. The Yankees are the favorites to win the 2009 World Series
  12. The Yankees have the best rotation and overall team on paper.
  13. Jeter will face his own team in the WBC.
  14. Ajack & Montero make the Top 50 Prospects in MLB
  15. Joba Chamberlain arrested on DUI charge

I’m sure I’m missing some stuff, but that pretty much sums up the Yankees crazy off-season.

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YANKEES HAVE TO REGRET KEEPING A-ROD NOW / Minor Developments

A-Mess / The First 1,820 Days Of A-Rod In Pinstripes / A-Rod should come clean

How about Rich Aurilia for the bench? / A-Rod needs to come clean

A-Rod’s Honesty Can Help League Move Past Steroid Era / Tarnished forever?

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     Roger Clemens DNA has been linked to blood syringes. Some people are wondering if this is a credible piece of evidence because it was fabricated by Brian McNamee. Scientific tests are being done to try and link the blood in the syringes to Clemens. It seems like this case has been going on forever. Most people don’t believe Clemens anyway, so not admitting it will only hurt him. America is a forgiving country. Many fans have forgiven Pete Rose…and many Yankees fans have forgiven Pettitte and Giambi. He should just admit that he took steroids already, but I understand it’s not easy.

Scientific tests have linked Roger Clemens’s DNA to blood in syringes that a personal trainer says he used to inject the former star pitcher with performance-enhancing drugs, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The DNA results, preliminary and subject to verification tests, could prove critical if prosecutors seek an indictment of Clemens on charges he lied about the use of steroids, according to the sources.

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“It will still be evidence fabricated by McNamee,” Hardin said. “I would be dumbfounded if any responsible person ever found this to be reliable or credible evidence in any way.”

Clemens voluntarily gave a DNA sample to federal authorities, who are conducting the genetic tests, the sources said.

Still, the DNA results are only part of the equation. Scientists at the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles, who were brought onto the case by authorities, are trying to determine whether the syringes ever contained steroids and human growth hormone, the sources said.

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The Abreu market / The Manny/Matsui divide / The amazing race

Worst Twenty Offensive Seasons by a Yankee Catcher

Torre: Book didn’t violate conduct code /Fans Line Up for Book, and Torre Talks

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     “The Great Bambino”,”The Babe”, “The Sultan of Swat”, “The King of Crash”, “The Colossus of Clout”,’The Titan of Terror” were all nicknames given to one man. That man’s name is George Herman Ruth.

     People don’t realize how good he really was. He dominated the era in which he played. He was hitting home runs right and left in a time where it wasn’t an everyday occurrence. Not only was he a great hitter, but he was one of the best left-handed pitchers the game has ever known.

     As a hitter, Ruth compiled a .342 AVG, 2873 H, 714 HR’s, & 2217 RBI’s. He led the league twelve times in home runs in his 22-year career. He also led the league in SLG % thirteen times, OPS thirteen times, RS eight times, and RBI’s six times. The seasons were shorter, the ballparks were bigger, and there wasn’t anything to really enhance your game. Steroids, HGH, and other performance enhancing drugs weren’t being used. He did it purely on hot dogs. (It is said that the legendary baseball player Babe Ruth once downed 24 hot dogs between games of a double header.)

-Babe Ruth was the first player to hit 60 home runs in a single season. The record stood for 34 years intil it was broken by Roger Maris in 1961.

     Ruth pitched from 1914-1933. He finished his pitching career with a record of 94-46. That is 48 games above the .500 mark. His career ERA was a remarkable 2.28. He pitched in 1,221.1 innings, and managed to throw 107 complete games.  

     “The Babe” is considered one of the greatest sports figures in American culture. He is still considered by many to be the best player of all-time. I agree with them. The power numbers he put up in that time were unheard of, and he was on a level of his own. That’s what defines this legend…

His Hitting Statistics:

G  AB  R  H  HR  RBI  BB  SO  Avg.  OBP  SLG
2,503  8,398  2,174  2,874  714  2,217  2,062  1,330  .342  .472  .690

His Pitching Statistics:

W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER     BB SO WPct WHIP     K/9
94 46 2.28 163 148 107 17 4 1,221.1 974 400 309     441 488 .671 1.16     3.60

The statistics he put up were remarkable:

He was 3rd on all-time home run list with 714, 10th on all-time batting average list with .342, 2nd on all-time RBI list with 2,217, 1st on all-time slugging % with 0.690, 2nd on all-time on-base % list with .474, 1st on all-time OPS with 1.164, 4th on all-time runs list with 2,174, 6th on all-time total bases list with 5,793, & 3rd on all-time bases on balls list with 2,062 . 

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As Torre backpedals, Moose calls out former boss / Nady vs. Abreu vs. Swisher

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     Well it’s Superbowl Sunday and there’s not much to report today. My prediction..24-17 Cardinals. I’m rooting for Arizona by the way. Haha. Hope everyone has a great day. Here are a few updates:

Chad Jennings updates us on Alan Horne and Chase Wright….

Alan Horne (right) said his right shoulder is “doin great” and that his rehab is progressing nicely. He’s up to 50 throws from 120 feet and said he expects to be throwing off a mound soon. I didn’t ask if he knows where the Yankees expect him to start the season — I doubt he knows — but based on their handling of Mark Melancon and J.B. Cox, I’m betting Horne opens in Tampa or extended spring because of the weather. I realize he didn’t go through the same surgery as Melancon or Cox, but still, shoulder surgery on a pitcher won’t be taken lightly in an organization as cautious as the Yankees.

Chase Wright had less to say, mostly because he doesn’t have any answers. I asked if he had heard anything about waivers or a possible claim and Wright started his answer with a question: What do you think? If you think players are the first to find out about this sort of thing, you’re absolutely wrong. Wright hasn’t heard anything and I’m not exactly sure when he and the rest of us will finally know his 2009 organization. News of his DFA came out on Tuesday, but the move itself might technically have happened on Monday when the Yankees signed Pettitte. I’m not sure. All that matters is the end result — whether Wright’s still a Yankee — and so far even Wright himself doesn’t know.

According to Peter Abraham..this is what Joe Torre will be up to the next few days:

The Joe Torre “What’s the big deal?” book tour will hit New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Book signings:
Tuesday: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue, New York City, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Little Falls, N.J., 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Borders Books, 100 Broadway. New York City, 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Bookends, 232 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J., 7 p.m.

Interviews:
Tuesday:
“All Things Considered” on NPR
Tuesday: Mike Francesa on WFAN
Wednesday: “Live with Regis and Kelly” on ABC
Wednesday: Chris Russo, wherever he disappeared to
Wednesday: Dave Letterman

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Top 50 worst announcers in all of sports / This Week in Yankees History

Still Jobless, Abreu Awaits Right Offer in a Slow Market   / What? Me offend?

Joe Torre, we hardly knew ya / Can you trust Joe? Torre’s tell-all raises doubts

Beyond the Headlines of Torre’s Book  / Joe disputes his own words on A-Fraud

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     Joe Torre will be on ‘Larry King Live’ tonight. The show will be on at 9:00PM ET on CCN. This will be the first chance Torre gets to explain himself, and tell the public why he chose to write the book. I’m sure Larry has come up with a lot of great questions…he always does. Torre always emphasized the idea that whatever happens in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse. He really broke his own rules, which makes this book so controversial. It will be very interesting to hear Joe’s side.

King and Mr.T are similar in many ways..

Both King and Torre are Brooklyn natives and now Southern California residents, both survived major medical issues midway through their careers, and both received honorary degrees from Brooklyn College — King was the presenter when Torre received his in 1999.

“Normally, you would think this is not Joe,” King told MLB.com this week.

“I think you hit a certain point of life,” King said, “where you’re in your late 60s, you’ve got a comfortable job with the Dodgers, you moved to Los Angeles, life is very different. This is sort of like a laid-back time. He’s always been a terrific guy. I’ve known him for years, and maybe this is just, ‘Hey, this is my catharsis, let’s let it out.'”

“It’s a terrific book,” King said. “It’s an extraordinary book. Even though it’s written in the third person, it obviously is the thoughts of Joe, or why would he have approved it? It’s a fascinating look at the Yankees and those years.”

“Torre’s a big story, and actually, all the attention he’s getting has spurred him on even more,” said King, a self-admitted Dodgers fan and baseball junkie. “We expect a lot of people to be interested in this, and I’m very interested in it. I haven’t spoken to Joe about it, and I’m sure looking forward to asking him a lot of questions about this book.”

“Even though I’m not a close friend of his, I feel a strong attachment to him,” King said. “My hope is that when it comes out, fans will know him better. They’ll know him better, and the Yankees better.”

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Cost increases plague new Metro-North stop  /  Manager stands by book

A look back at the late great..Eddie Layton 

Mariners show interest in former Yankee, Bobby Abreu 

Torre to appear on Letterman show next week  /  Wild Thought: I’ll Be Damon!

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     With Joe Torre’s book release, the Yankees are thinking about creating a “non-disparagement” clause, so situations like this won’t occur in the future. They don’t want players and managers coming out with books like these, which can put a negative light on the team. The clause would make sure that books written would be “positive in tone.” The Yankees never included a clause like this in a contract before, and this was the last thing they expected from Mr. T. That ain’t a bad idea…

“Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust,” the Yankees official told Newsday. “But we never expected what we got from Joe. We may have to get a little tougher on this issue.”

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Yankees mulling confidentiality agreements  /  Jeter: ‘Wait and see’ on Torre book

How is Bobby Abreu still a free agent?  /  The Yankees Are the New Yankees

Five + Five = Success for the Yankees  /  Jennings on Yanks rotation depth

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     Graig Nettles is backing Torre here, even though he has only read excerpts from the book. He believes that it “doesn’t seem to be anything scandalous.” He doesn’t think Torre has done anything wrong, and that he has every right to write a book. Nettles co-authored “Balls” with Peter Golenbock back in 1984. Steinbrenner heard about it, and he thought it would take a negative hit on the team. He wound up on the San Diego Padres the following season. This is interesting because this is coming from a guy who had a book released while he was still playing. I wonder what this book means for Torre. How much will it change his life in the coming years…?

“I think he has every right to write the book, and I know Joe well enough to know that he wouldn’t make any scandalous accusations of anybody. . . . I would bet a lot of money on the fact that Joe did it with some dignity.”

“All I’ve read is excerpts, so it’s really not fair to comment,” Nettles said in a phone interview. “But just from the excerpts, it doesn’t seem to be anything scandalous.

Nettles said he wrote a book “for the money and the fun of doing the book.”

“I know I didn’t tell any stories that I wasn’t supposed to tell. Joe, too. I haven’t read the book, but from what I’ve seen, he hasn’t told any stories or any hush-hush stories that shouldn’t be told.”

Torre has enough money, so is he just doing it for the fun of wiriting a book?

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Abreu too good to last this long on free-agent market  /  HALO IS OFF ‘ST. JOE’

O’Connor: Only the beginning for Clueless Joe    /  Radio Days at Yanks’ Complex

Who Says Jeter Can’t Make A Great Grab?  /  Torre, the Yanks and the Hall of Fame 

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     Joba Chamberlain and Jon Lester were at the Sacred Heart University yesterday.They spoke to an audience filled with mostly Yankees fans, and talked about what was going on in their lives. Jon Lester spoke out about overcoming lymphoma in 2006. Lester also spoke about Jason Varitek, and how it’s hard for him to imagine pitching to anyone else. He even wore his World Series championship ring to the university. Joba warned students about the dangers of drunken driving.  Both of them answered questions and signed autographs for some of the young fans. 

Joba is headed down to Tampa tomorrow and is ready to start throwing off the mound “Twenty-five fastballs, I’m feeling great,” he said.

“They told me I’m starting, so that’s what I know I’m doing, and I’m excited about that,” Chamberlain said. “Mentally, that’s what I’ve prepared for all off-season. It’s a little bit different than last year, not knowing what I was going to do.”

The Yankees, he said, told him in November that he would be a starting pitcher and he has been preparing for that. “It’s a relief to have it all settled,” he said.

Joba had dinner with CC Sabathia in December and gushed about his personality. “Tremendous guy,” he said. “People are going to love him.”

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David Price is the new Joba Chamberlain  /  Thoughts on Torre book

Bobby Abreu lowers expectations  /  Jobamania running wild

Yankees 2009 Rotation: The Weak Case For Sheets

Teammates were fed up with teammates in early ’07

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     With the addition of Andy Pettitte to the 40-man roster, they designated Chase Wright for assignment. I actually liked Wright a lot, but ever since that disastrous call up to the major leagues..he has really fallen off the radar.

     Chase had a really good 2008 campaign. He split his time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He went (W-L) 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 16 starts at AA. In Scranton, he and went (W-L) 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 6 starts. Maybe if he isn’t claimed off waivers he’ll get another shot with the Yankees.

 In his second start on April 22, 2007, Wright faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, where he became the second pitcher in Major League history to give up four consecutive home runs; he surrendered home runs during the third inning to Red Sox players Manny Ramírez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek. The Red Sox went on to win the game 7-6. He would later be recalled in September and pitch in one game.

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Wright is designated for assignment  /  A Modest Proposal: Nady to the Braves

Columnists take sides in Joe Torre book hype  /  Let the Torre story play out

Abreu, among others, may soon swallow their pride

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 Here are a bunch of headlines swirling around Yankees Universe today:

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Here is a nice Yankee Stadium Moment from the movie, City Slickers:

Phil: Alright. What is the best day of your life?

Mitch: You mean ever?

Phil: Yeah, best day ever in your whole life. And you can’t do it when your kids were born. That’s too easy.

Mitch: “I got one. I’m seven years old, and my dad takes me to Yankee Stadium. My first game. We’re going in this long dark tunnel underneath the stands, and I’m holding his hand, and we come up out of the tunnel into the light. It was huge..how green the grass was.. brown dirt, and that great green copper roof, remember? And we had a black and white TV, so this was the first game I ever saw in color. Sat through the whole game next to my dad, taught me how to keep score, Mickey hit one out.”

Phil: Goody day.

Mitch: And I still have the program.

and here is the clip:

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Hard To Let Go…  /  The Productivity, Durability & Consistency Of Abreu  /  Odds and ends

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