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Here is a link dump for you guys:

The 50 highest-earning American athletes (#5 A-Rod, #8 Jeter, #13 Sabathia, #35 Teixeira, #50 Burnett)

Yankees, Chinese noodle firm reach deal The New York Yankees have reached a four-year sponsorship agreement with a Chinese instant-noodle company. Uni-President Enterprises will get field-level signage between first base and the right-field foul pole. The Yankees say the company will also have a full-page ad in the team’s game program.”

The New York Post reports that Doc Gooden has abandoned his family.

We Hear from the New York Post: “That Strawberry’s Sports Grill opened on August 5th in Queens with more than $300,000 worth of game-used memorabilia, World Series trophies, signed photos and even Darryl Strawberry’s old locker from Shea Stadium, donated by such friends as Alex Rodriguez, Michael Jordan and Chuck Knoblauch.”

Ben Nicholson-Smith over at  MLB Trade Rumors wanted readers to imagine where Derek Jeter would end up if he didn’t sign with the New York Yankees. In my opinion, almost every team in Major League Baseball would want him. Of course some teams are already set with an all-star caliber shortstop (Hanley, Reyes, Furcal), but let’s not forget that Jeter has ranked at the top of his position for years. I don’t see why people want to even talk about the situation, considering he is a Yankee For Life. (more…)

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I got a little curious as to the top 10 Yankees lead off hitters who started the game batting first with atleast 1 plate appearance. Here is what Baseball-Reference has told me:
Rk Player AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OPS
1 Earle Combs 4496 1460 46 486 542 209 .325 .862
2 Horace Clarke 4271 1084 24 261 318 321 .254 .617
3 Willie Randolph 3152 878 20 235 506 231 .279 .736
4 Frankie Crosetti 2856 718 50 262 372 395 .251 .719
5 Derek Jeter 2478 794 73 277 272 407 .320 .863
6 Rickey Henderson 2278 657 77 252 403 277 .288 .851
7 Chuck Knoblauch 2102 571 49 200 259 243 .272 .767
8 Whitey Witt 1716 513 11 127 198 90 .299 .745
9 Hank Bauer 1677 461 75 222 173 215 .275 .819
10 Tony Kubek 1754 459 31 145 84 183 .262 .669
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/26/2010.

Outside of Earle Combs, no other player on that list has a batting average over .300 other than El Capitan, Derek Jeter. However, Jeter has a higher OPS. Interesting to see Rickey Henderson as compared to Jeter. For your information, Johnny Damon came in at number 11.

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This upcoming season the Yankees payroll is locked in at less than last year, around $200 million, and after the Yankees recent trades this offseason they are closing in on that magic number of $200 million. However, compared to last year, the Yankees situation in left field is a little more tenuous then most fans expected going into the season.

As it stands, the Yankees are going into the 2010 season with Brett Gardner as its left fielder, unless they happen to sign Reed Johnson or another second tier player. Since no obvious plan has been put in place, it seems as Yankees fans are getting a little uneasy about having Brett Gardner being their left fielder in 2010.

With 2010 here and spring training slowly encroaching in on us, having Brett Gardner as the Yankees left fielder really isn’t that bad. I will say it, it could be worse. It really could. I know what you’re thinking ‘How could it be worse?’ Easy, lets take a walk down memory lane.

First, Brett Gardner. Last year was his first full year, albeit with injuries in the Major Leagues and his line was: .270 BA in 284 plate appearances with 25 stolen bases and was only caught 5 times.

As recent as a few weeks ago, the Yankees were supposedly talking to Reed Johnson. In 7 professional seasons, he has only hit over .300 twice and hit under .270 four times in the same time span. He also doesn’t fit into the Yankees mold of getting ‘younger and more athletic’, however we move on!

Chad Curtis played for the Yankees for a few years during its ‘Dynasty Era’ from 1997 through 1999. In the only season where he played 130+ games with the Yankees in 1998, Curtis hit .243 and then in the following year he hit .262 in a limited role. (more…)

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Yankees Postseason tickets go on sale this Monday. They announced that tickets for the first two rounds of postseason games at Yankee Stadium will go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. ET.

The New York Yankees are increasing seating capacity for playoff games at Yankee Staidum. They are going to install 60 cafe seats on the field level and sell 200 standing room places on the field and main levels during the post-season. The cafe seats will cost US$81 for the division series and $131 for the league championship series. Standing places will go for $30 and $25 in the first round and $64 and $48 in the second round.

The Gate 2 movement is coming to an end. As of now, Gate 2 is not a part of the Heritage Field plans. Let’s hope that changes.

Chuck Knoblauch was charged with assault, accused of hitting and choking common-law wife. He appeared in court on Tuesday to face assault charges brought by his common-law wife. Knoblauch’s wife told police he hit her in the face and choked her on Friday at their Houston home. The judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000. It’s sad to see all the bad news surrounding Knoblauch over the past few years.

Robertson feels like normal for Yankees and says he’s ready for the playoffs. “The elbow felt great,” Robertson said after the game. “I didn’t have any problems at all warming up. It felt really good. It felt just like normal. And then once I got out of the game, it felt the exact same. It felt like it was a month ago.”

Tino Martinez

Tino Martinez greeted fans aboard the ‘Yankee Clipper’ Ferry.  He greeted fans on Wednesday at Pier 78, near the shore of the Hudson River. He posed for photographs and signed autographs for fans to help promote the New York Waterway “Yankee Clipper” ferry. The cost is $22 for adults and $18 for passengers under age 12, with passengers under 3 riding for free. The ferry ride will be in operation for the entire 2009 Postseason. (more…)

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