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New York Yankees Will Not Get to the 2011 World Series

Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:20 am
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The New York Yankees have won 27 World Championships and have lost 13 times having participated in a total 40 World Series contests. That is an amazing number considering there have only been just over 100 World Series contested since 1903. There was no World Series in 1904 and 1994. That boils down to the "Iconic" New York Yankees having participated in nearly 4 of every 10 World Series played! Even more amazing the Yankees have won 25% of all World Series played!

All this being said the New York Yankees will not be in the World Series in 2011. They just do not have the pitching to get past the Detroit Tigers. Even if they did slide by the Tigers they could not defeat either Tampa Bay of the Texas Rangers, not enough starting pitching. 

This has been the problem throughout the 2011 season. The Yankees have been fortunate that the rest of the American League East had their own difficulties, specifically the Boston Red Sox.

C.C. Sabathia is beginning to wear down even though he is only 31 years old. Conditioning is essential to a pitcher. Look at the Tigers Justin Verlander and then look at Sabathia. 

Even more disconcerting is the rest of the New York Yankee starting rotation. Boy do they miss Andy Pettitte. He may well have been able to win game 3 against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander.

Do not expect anything from A.J. Burnett, a zero positive to the Yankees. I do not see how Joe Girardi has stayed with Burnett this long, poor decision on his part.

The Yankees will need to rebuild in 2012. They will not win their division with the current rotation. Moreover the Yankees are getting old. Alex Rodriguez is finished. The days of steroids and injuries have made A-Rod a money pit for the Yanks!

Derek Jeter, as great as he is and has been, will be  entering his 17th season with the Yanks in 2012. Time and age do make a difference. The Yankees will be rebuilding around Robinson Cano. I see Cano as the future Yankee shortstop, maybe not in 2012 but certainly by 2013. Cano has the skills required to be a shortstop. Jeter will probably swith positions with Cano and take second base. There is just no other place for Jeter in the future except DH. I do think Derek Jeter still has the skill to play second base.

Where will the New York Yankees get two top notch starters? Perhaps through some expensive purchase of top pitchers from other teams, no particular name/s comes to mind. This is why the Philadelphia Phillies will win the 2011 World Series, they have three number one starters, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and  Cole Hamels and do not forget Roy Oswalt!

The New York Yankees did it with "spit and glue" during the 2011 regular sesaon, the playoffs are a whole other story.


Eli Manning Should Be Traded or Released By New York Giants

Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:18 pm
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The New York Giants should cut their losses with regard to Eli Manning. Manning does not possess the leadership skills required to be a winning quarterback in the National Football league.

Eli Manning should be given his outright release by the New York Giants. With all of the really good quarterbacks coming out of college in the 2008 draft the Giants need to wake up to the fact that they need to draft a quarterback that will get them to another Superbowl.

Eli Manning folded in the third quarter against the New England Patriots. Mannings fumble and poor start at the beginning of the fourth quarter was unfortunately "Typical" of what he is prone to do.

What else do I have to say to have the Giant front office do something to acknowledge they made a mistake selecting Eli Manning. They should move on and begin to develop a winning team with a "winning" quarterback!

I guarantee one thing, If Bill Parcells were the Giant coach/general Manager, Manning would have already been gone!

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New York Yankees Need to Demote A.J. Burnett

Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:28 am
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The New York Yankees are in the decision process on which pitcher, A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes, will be removed from the starting rotation. Currently there are six pitchers, C.C. Sabathia, A. J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon, & Freddy Garcia, in the starting rotation. Optimum is five "Starters" in a Major League starting rotation. Forty years or more ago it was a four man rotation. 

Anyway it is a "no brainer" as far as I see it. A.J. Burnett is the one to go! Burnett has never shown that he should be in the Yankee starting rotation. Burnett is not poised enough to deal with New York.  The Yankees need to give the spot to Phil Hughes. it will solidify the confidence of Hughes. He can get the job done.

The pecking order as I see it is Sabathia 1st, Ivan Nova, yes Nova 2nd, Freddy Garcia 3rd, Phil Hughes 4th and finally Bartolo Colon 5th.  Colon will give it all he has but could break down at most any time. Ivan Nova looks to be the real deal. Freddy Garcia is reliable and Hughes needs the opportunity to prove he belongs once and for all!

A.J. Burnett should be used as trade bait for an extra bat or given his unconditional release. Baseball salaries are not small and therefore if Burnett cannot get it done then he must go.

The New York Yankees will not make it to the 2011 World Series with A.J. Burnett in the starting rotation. Baseball in New York is about winning. George Steinbrenner knew and Joe Girardi knows it. End of story!

Duke Snider Passes at Age 84

Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:21 am
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Willie, Mickey & The Duke! This was the way it was in the 1950's. If you were born in the 1940's then you probably have some fond memories of the way Baseball was when it was the game! I wish I still had all of those baseball cards from the 50's. I can remember having, Mickey, Willie, The Duke, Jackie Robinson, Musial, Williams and so on and so on.

If you were into the game then you probably had an opinion on which player was the best Center Fielder in New York.  Yes, The Duke had the weaker numbers and played most of his career in the "Band Box" Ebbetts Field. If memory serves correct the shortest distance in Right Field was 247 ft., not very far to have a home run.

Whatever, Duke Snider had five consecutive 40 plus home run seasons while in Brooklyn. Snider was also a part of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodger Team that defeated the Yankees. I was not very pleased about that, being a died in the wool pinstriper!

I still love the game of baseball. However, I am not inclined to feel sorry for the current players crying foul becase they are not making more millions. After Mickey won the triple Crown in 1956 he had a difficult time getting a raise from the Yankee owners.  I believe he finally received a $35,000 raise for the 1957 season when he won a second consecutive MVP!

Probably youngsters have no clue who Duke Snider was. I only hope their fathers and grandfathers take the time to talk about the greats of the past. Yogi & Stan "The man" are still around, appreciate their contributions to the game of Baseball.

Joe Torre To be Named Executive Vice President of Major League Baseball Operations

Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:56 am
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The announcement that, former Major League Baseball MVP and New York Yankee Manager, Joe Torre is to be named Executive Vice President of Major League Baseball Operations is a smart move by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Joe Torre is well respected throughout the game of Baseball. Fellow Managers, Players, Baseball Fans, Sportswriters and especially Bud Selig need to have a person of Torre's stature to stay involved in the "Game."

Bud Seig is 76 years old and is ready to retire from his current position as Baseball Commisssioner. It certainly seems plausible that Joe Torre would be an excellent choice to replace Selig as Baseball Commissioner. 

The only downside is that Joe Torre is 70 years old. Well 70 is not that old. Joe Torre could be Baseball Commissioner for five or six years to guide the game of Baseball through the next round of Labor Negotiations.

The only other choice for the next Baseball Commissioner would be Frank Robinson. The only knock on Robinson, 75 years old,  is that he is nearly as old as Bud Selig.

The game of Baseball will need to deal with the escalating salaries of Major League Players. It will be interesting to see what happens with the Albert Pujols contract. The other Major League Baseball Players and their Union Rep's know that what happens with Albert Pujols' contract will have a significant impact on the salary of every other Major Leaguer!

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