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Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

AJ Burnett turns 37 years old today.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching most of AJ Burnett’s career.

It has been nice to see Burnett reach some pretty impressive baseball milestones.  Obviously, his Yankees team won the 2009 World Series and AJ played a crucial part in their playoff run.  He also had a solid season in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As a Marlin he did not participate in their 2003 World Series title run, but AJ thew a no-hitter for the Marlins and I still get chills watching the final out play out in anticipation of the team celebrating his efforts.

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 42 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

AJ Burnett turns 36 years old today.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching most of AJ Burnett’s career.

It has been nice to see Burnett reach some pretty impressive baseball milestones.  Obviously, his Yankees team won the 2009 World Series and AJ played a crucial part in their playoff run.  He also had a solid season in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

As a Marlin he did not participate in their 2003 World Series title run, but AJ thew a no-hitter for the Marlins and I still get chills watching the final out play out in anticipation of the team celebrating his efforts.

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 41 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

AJ Burnett turns 35 years old today.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching most of AJ Burnett’s career.

It has been nice to see Burnett reach some pretty impressive baseball milestones.  Obviously, his Yankees team won the 2009 World Series and AJ played a crucial part in their playoff run.  As a Marlin he did not participate in their 2003 World Series title run, but AJ threw a no-hitter for the Marlins and I still get chills watching the final out play out in anticipation of the team celebrating his efforts.

At times he has looked more like a hurler than pitcher, but at other times he has looked like a Top 5 talent.  I really hope AJ can remain healthy for the remainder of his career and develop a reputation as being one of the most dangerous pitchers in the American League.

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

I cannot believe that there are just three weeks left of the 2011 regular season.  It has been fun to watch, most the of the time.

And as we head into the last few weeks, there are still some heated races for divisional crowns and wild-card spots.

Theses are the ‘Top Ten’ guys that I think are pivotal to their team’s success.  If these players can turn it up a few notches, they will help put their teams in better contention.

Away we go…

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum, CJ Wilson, Dan Uggla, Derek Jeter, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Ervin Santana, and Dustin Pedroia.

10 – Zach Greinke – he has the skills,  and with possibly 2-3 more starts to go a few more wins should help his confidence.

9 – Josh Beckett – superb when ‘on’ and that seems to happen less and less.  He has the potential to be the ace and lead the Red Sox.   But will he?

8 – Justin Upton – the Diamondbacks most skilled offensive player, this is his chance to take center-stage and put his team on his back.

7 – Mark Teixeira – a feared hitter, can he get over his nagging injuries to help propel the Yankees?  His defense should not be overlooked either…

6 – AJ Burnett – Arguably the weakest and most unstable link in the Yankees chain, Burnett can be a helpful pitcher.  Will he?

5 – Adrian Beltre – Coming off the DL, Beltre has just a few short weeks to get ready for the post-season.  When he is in the lineup, Texas is a lot more dangerous…

4 – Jered Weaver – The ‘Ace’ of the Angels staff, Weaver will have to be near-perfect for the Angels to succeed.

3 – Tommy Hanson – While the Braves have one of the best bullpens in baseball, their starting rotation is a little shaky.  Hanson is coming off of an injury and if he wants to be helpful to the Braves’ success, he has to prove himself worthy of a role in the starting rotation.

2 – Cole Hamels – With the best record in baseball, and best starting pitching as well, it is very possible that the Phillies move to a 3-man rotation in the playoffs.  Hamels is probably the best man for that challenge, but he has yet to remind us of his prior post-season heroics.

1 – Alex Rodriguez – Hardly near 100%, anything that Rodriguez can offer the Yankees’ lineup will be a big help.  A dangerous threat each time he approaches the plate, A-Rod may be the player responsible for either the Yankees winning or sealing their fate.

And there you have it – I cannot wait to see how the last few weeks of the season unfold.  And while some teams are already locked into their spots for the post-season, there is enough drama and intrigue to make the next 3 weeks ‘Must See TV’.

Enjoy the games everyone!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns ‘The Big 4-0’ today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada has led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada has the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

Yankees Bench Jorge Posada, Likely For Good

By      Ian Casselberry

It’s the last thing any athlete wants to hear from a coach: We think we’re a better team without you.

Hearing that has to be especially difficult for someone who’s had as much success in his baseball career as Jorge Posada(notes). But that’s the conversation he had with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

From The LoHud Yankees Blog:

“He said he was going to put the best lineup on the field, and he doesn’t know when I’m going to DH again,” Posada said. “So right now I’m sitting on the bench… I’m not happy about it, but right now I can’t do nothing about it. I put myself in this situation.”

Two months ago, Posada also appeared to take responsibility for his plight. But his actions spoke otherwise when Girardi penciled him into the ninth spot in the lineup, and he then said he couldn’t play due to a sore back. (Interestingly, this also took place before a game against the Red Sox.)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman added more drama to the situation when he met with the media during the game, saying Posada pulled himself from the lineup. Worked into a frenzy, reporters surrounded Posada’s locker after the game, asking for a response to Cashman’s comments. Posada took exception to Cashman talking to the media during the game, sneering “That’s the way he works now.”

Sunday’s announcement came with no such theatrics.

Posada didn’t have a chance to take himself out of the Yankees’ lineup this time around. He wasn’t batting ninth. Girardi didn’t have him in the lineup at all, giving Eric Chavez(notes) the start at designated hitter. (For what it’s worth, Chavez batted 0 for 4 with three strikeouts on Sunday night.)

Back in May, Posada was hitting .165/.272/.349, making Girardi’s decision look like a no-brainer. Posada improved from there, seemingly motivated by the slight, and pushed his batting average up to .240, with a somewhat respectable OPS of .754. But it’s never really gotten better from there. As of Sunday, he was batting .230/.309/.372 and struggling through a 1-for-13 slump.

Yankees bench Jorge Posada, likely for goodChavez looks like a better option at DH, hitting .323/.389/.431. But those numbers have been compiled in only 72 plate appearances this season. However, Chavez can still play in the field, playing 18 games at third base. And with Alex Rodriguez(notes) working his way back from knee surgery, the Yankees might need some help at that position.

Ultimately, that might be what benching Posada is really about. A-Rod might have to play at DH when he first returns. That leaves an opening at third base, which Chavez would likely fill — perhaps in a platoon with Eduardo Nunez(notes). Chavez could also help out at first base occasionally, allowing Mark Teixeira(notes) to DH. However it works out, the Yankees now have more lineup flexibility.

The Yankees have one more option at DH, which would be to call up Jesus Montero(notes) from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the team’s preference is to go with Chavez first. Rodriguez would probably have to show he could play third base regularly again before Montero could be called up to take the full-time DH role.

Sitting on the bench can’t be the way anyone wanted to see Posada’s 17-year career with the Yankees end. But he’s not being released, presumably to avoid clubhouse drama. And there’s plenty more baseball to be played, including the postseason. Posada was hitting decently against right-handers, with a .263/.340/.438 average and all nine of his home runs. Maybe he has some contributions left to make this season.

But it could be a while — a long one — before that opportunity comes around for him.

 

Did You See What Joe Girardi Said To AJ Burnett???

Did You See What Joe Girardi Said To AJ Burnett???

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