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Ever since Moneyball was published in 2003, the baseball world has been in hot pursuit of the next great market inefficiency. Whether it was Billy Beane’s mining for high on-base percentage, the Rays’ dedication to the “extra 2%”, or, more recently, the Royals’ embrace of contact hitters in a swing-and-miss era, the last decade has […]

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The Yankees’ return to the postseason didn’t last long, but, because most people didn’t expect them to make the playoffs, even a brief cameo in October can be considered an over-achievement. However, just because the team exceeded diminished expectations doesn’t mean that over-achievement was a success. Under the old Yankees’ standard, it would have been […]

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Judging by the dwindling crowds at the Stadium and declining audience on YES, Yankees fans haven’t exactly bought into the excitement of the wild card race. For most of the year, but particularly over the last month, apathy has replaced the usual fervor in the Bronx. And, even with a chance to clinch a postseason […]

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The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.” – Earl Weaver Earl Weaver would have loved the 2015 Yankees…well, at least their offense. Perhaps more than any other lineup in history, the Bronx Bombers have taken the Hall of Fame manager’s most noted philosophy to heart. While skipper of Baltimore, […]

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You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” – Yogi Berra It ain’t over. Mourning is the first impulse after a beloved person like Yogi Berra dies, but for those who leave behind such an enduring legacy, the end is really much closer to the beginning. Yogi Berra transcended […]

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Is December 6, 2013 a day that will live in baseball infamy for the Yankees? On that date, and within 72 hours of signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal, the Bronx Bombers said goodbye to Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson and then welcomed Carlos Beltran into the fold. The transformation may have been quick, but the […]

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Mark Teixeira is done for the season. As the Bronx Bombers head down the stretch, and hopefully into the playoffs, they’ll be without their slugging first baseman, who was finally diagnosed with a fracture in his right leg. The loss of Teixeira is certainly a tough break, but with resolution coming four weeks after he initially […]

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