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Archive for January, 2011

January 31 is a red letter day in baseball history. Not only is it the birthdate of three Hall Famers, but the three figures (Ernie Banks, Jackie Robinson and Nolan Ryan) are among the most legendary in the game. Cooperstown Trifectas: Birthdates Shared by Three Hall of Famers January 31 Nolan Ryan Jackie Robinson Ernie […]

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One of the first lessons learned by a journalist is to never bury the lead. In his latest SweetSpot blog post about Bo Jackson, longtime ESPN.com analyst and godfather to a generation of baseball bloggers did just that (and so have I). The real news in Neyer’s post was the announcement that he is leaving […]

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Yankees’ CF Curtis Granderson recently returned from a goodwill tour of New Zealand, where he not only experienced the unique culture of the island nation, but also served as an ambassador to the country’s fledgling baseball community. Naturally, Granderson’s activities were mostly ignored by the New York tabloids. Wallace Mathews of ESPNNewYork did briefly cover […]

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They have chosen to start the war. They have fired the gun.” – MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller, quoted by AP, February 20, 1981 “We are at war!” – NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, quoted by The New York Times, January 22, 2011 As the NFL and the NFLPA careen toward what seems like an […]

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Update: Minutes after this post was published, Law also released his top-100 prospect rankings. Angels’ outfield prospect Mike Trout topped the list, just ahead of 2010 draft wunderkind Bryce Harper and the Phillies’ Domonic Brown. As for the Yankees, Jesus Montero ranked highest on the list at number four. According to Law, Montero’s ability to […]

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(In addition to appearing at The Captain’s Blog, this post is also being syndicated at TheYankeeU.) As is often its custom, the New York Post took a rather innocuous comment and turned it into a blaring headline. Although there really is no reason to suggest that Derek Jeter will be doing his best Robin Yount impersonation anytime […]

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Brian Cashman was the guest of honor at WFAN’s Breakfast with a Champion, a question and answer session hosted by sports talk host Mike Francesa at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan. ESPNW’s Amanda Rykoff attended the event and provided “live tweets”, from which the following key points emerged: The Yankees need another starter, and […]

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