Farewell, Hip Hip Jorge

Jorge Posada officially announced his retirement today, in an emotional ceremony at Yankee Stadium, the second member of the so-called “Core Four” — Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera being the others — to walk into the sunset. A fiery competitor, a tenacious hitter, and a passionate leader — if not a great receiver, he did …

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A Thumbnail Guide to the Dodgers-Yankees Fall Classics

With the Dodgers and Yankees set to square off in L.A. tonight, I’ve got a rant at Baseball Prospectus wondering why Major League Baseball has never brought this matchup to the Bronx in 14 seasons of interleague play: Tonight the Yankees and Dodgers kick off a three-game interleague series in Los Angeles. The two teams …

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Thank Heavens for Angell

Among the numerous things I’m thankful for every year, one of them is the arrival of Roger Angell’s annual recap in The New Yorker, which I sat down and read last night over a bottle of seasonal ale after tiring of discerning the minutiae of various Angels pitching prospects. From Angels to Angell, now that …

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The Trouble With Lefties

The Yankees pulled ahead in the World Series on Saturday night, two games to one. Andy Pettitte survived an awful second inning, while Cole Hamels fell apart like a cheap watch after a dominating three innings, with Pettitte himself contributing to that via an RBI single amid a three-run fifth-inning rally that ultimately chased last …

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The Man Who Would Be King

Attending a postseason game is always a thrill, particularly the later in October the Yankees’ run goes. I’m lucky enough to have gotten to go to Yankee Stadium twice in one week, first for the ALCS clincher and then for Thursday night’s Game Two of the World Series. It was my first World Series game …

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A Great Start for Lee, A Rough Start for the Yankees

Well, Game One of the World Series didn’t go so well for the Yankees. From my writeup at Baseball Prospectus: In yesterday’s chat, Bronx Banter‘s Alex Belth asked me, “Is there any particular pitching match-up that you are looking forward to in the series?” I responded that the matchup I was most looking forward to …

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