Fernando Arencibia is taking an indefinite leave of absence from The Pinstriper for personal reasons. I ask that you pray for him, as the circumstances are not very good and the leave is based on very serious issues that I cannot disclose at this time.
Please pray for him and understand while he is not physically hurt, he is likely being mentally tortured.
“This award is a true honor and a testament to the perseverance of our players and staff,” Scioscia said in a release. “As a team, we overcame several obstacles to put together a successful season in 2009.” (Photo courtesy of Stephen Brashear)
“One guy doesn’t win an award like this,” Tracy said in a conference call. “The Colorado Rockies won this award.” (Photo courtesy of Associated Press)
Kansas City Royals’ ace Zack Greinke runs away with the American League Cy Young Award. Greinke’s 16 wins and 8 losses with a 2.16 ERA earned him 25 first place votes. It is a testament to how truly dominant Greinke has been this year, starting the year 5-and-0 with a 0.50 ERA and ending the year 5-and-0 with a 1.29 ERA. (Photo courtesy of AP)
Garnering 13 first place votes Andrew Bailey wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Bailey’s performance in relief was solid all year, posting 26 saves with an impressive 1.84 ERA. The 25 year old beat the Ranger’s Elvis Andrus and the Tiger’s Rick Porcello whom received 8 and 7 first place votes respectively. (Photo courtesy of
Out of a substantial list of contenders including the Braves’ Tommy Hanson and Phillies J.A. Happ, it is Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins who runs away with the National League Rookie of the Year Honors. Coghlan had a season average of .321 with 9 HR, 47 RBI, and 162 hits through 128 games earning him 17 first place votes. (Photo courtesy of Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
As Yankee fans continue to celebrate their club’s 27th Championship, it’s back to business for GM Brian Cashman and all other MLB teams. No rest for the weary, I guess, so here is the baseball calendar for the remainder of this year:
Through Nov. 19—Free agent filing period.
Nov. 9-11—General managers meetings, Chicago.
Nov. 18-19—Owners meeting, Chicago.
Nov. 30-Dec. 4—Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dec. 1—Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Dec. 7—Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept the offers.
Dec. 7-10—Winter meetings, Indianapolis.
Dec. 12—Last day for teams to offer 2010 contracts to unsigned players.
Not a lot of surprises coming out of the 1st day of the General Managers’ meeting in Chicago today:
- The Red Sox have picked up the 2010 option for Victor Martinez who played in 56 games for Boston after being traded from the Indians. He hit .336 with 8 HRs and 41 RBI. Boston also declined options on catcher Jason Varitek (who has 5 days to exercise a $3 million player option) and SS Alex Gonzalez, and resigned knuckleballer Tim Wakefield after they came to an agreement on a 2 year contract worth $5 million.
- The Tampa Bay Rays picked up the $10 million option on outfielder Carl Crawford for the 2010 season.
- Carl Pavano is expected to meet with the Twins on tuesday whom, along with the Indians, have expressed interest in the free agent right hander.
- And in the realm of unlikely possibilities, Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik said that he would “have to listen” to discussions regarding their ace Felix Hernandez in a possible trade. This is the same man who said back in August that Hernandez would be in a Mariners uniform in 2010 unless they get “Koufax or Maricahl”. File this report under “Fat Chance”.
If you are following the free-agency market at home, here is a link to all 2009-2010 MLB free-agents by team.
Photograph courtesy of the Associated Press.
When my wife and I got married, we’d only known each other for two and a half months. There were many skeptics. When I told my father the news, he said something that has stayed with me to this day: “these things,” he said “are not measured by how they begin, they are measure by how they end”. I think this is an appropriate criteria for the 2009 New York Yankees. To say that we had an inauspicious beginning is an understatement, I’m not much for hyperbole but consider the following:
- Before the first pitch of spring training The Yankees had to deal with Alex Rodriguez’ steroid circus, the accusation, the mea culpa press conference, and concerns over A-Rod’s mental fortitude to deal with it all.
- Then it seems that the universe was piling it on to A-Rod, books by Selena Roberts and Joe Torre painted an even dimer view of Rodriguez in and out of the locker room. He pulls out of the World Baseball Classic with a hip injury, has surgery, and misses the first few weeks of the year.
- CC Sabathia labored during his first few outings
- Teixeira had his infamous slow start in April
- Going 0-for-8 against the Red Sox to start the season, were criticism of Girardi’s over-managing gained momentum
- Chien-Ming Wang goes 1-for-6 with a 9.64 ERA, hurts his shoulder, then his foot
The Yankees were 8 back of the Red Sox before getting it together in June and turning their season around in a hurry to get to their 27th Championship. Everything came together for this team, the pitching solidified, the offense became more consistent, the defense was sharp, all things that can be attributed to talent and execution. But then we began to notice other aspects of their game develop, the kinds of things that make a team special or at least poised for something great.
Things that we notice which excite us a fans and makes us wonder aloud: this could be the year. Two-out rallies, numerous comeback wins, consistent contributions from the bottom of the lineup, scoring almost 1/2 of their runs after the 6th inning, poise at the plate, working the count, no desperation when loosing by a few runs, bullpen contributions. These characteristics are the result of more than talent and execution, they are the tangible result of team character and chemistry.
Even after winning 103 games, the most in the league, there were questions about the way that Girardi was setting up the pitching rotation, the Joba experiment, would A-Rod finally come through in the postseason, can Sabathia improve his postseason record specially when asked to pitch with 3 days rest, how can the Yankees loose Posada’s bat in order to accommodate AJ Burnett with Molina behind the plate, which Burnett would show up…but this team embraced a blue collar approach and was determined to work through any obstacles to be victorious at the end.
The Yankees did not hesitate in their approach to the job at hand, they did not shy away from challenges, they didn’t get too high or too low, and they did not allow for doubt to permeate their thoughts. They were clear in their purpose and continued to do what was necessary to become World Champions. No one in sports is under more pressure to finish the job than the New York Yankees, to whom much is given much is expected, and finish the job they did. This is how things end, not with a whimper, but with the bang of fireworks and the loud proclamation that the 2009 New York Yankees are World Champions.
AJ Burnett gets rocked early, Yankees unable to complete the comeback late
FINAL SCORE: YANKEES 6 PHILLIES 8 (F9th)
- Top of the 1st: Johnny Damon singles to center field. Alex Rodriguez doubles to right field, Damon scores (NYY 1, PHI 0)
- Bottom of the 1st: Jimmy Rollins singles to center field. Shane Victorino hit by pitch. Chase Utley homers to right field. Rollins, Victorino, & Utley scores (NYY 1, PHI 3)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Chase Utley walks. Ryan Howard walks. Jayson Werth singles to center field. Utley scores, Howard to 2nd base (NYY 1, PHI 4)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Raul Ibanez singles to right field. Howard scores, Werth to 3rd (NYY 1, PHI 5)
- Bottom of the 3rd: Carlos Ruiz grounds into a force out, Werth scores (NYY 1, PHI 6)
- Top of the 5th: Eric Hinske draws a 1-out walk. Derek Jeter singles to right field, Hinske to 3rd. Johnny Damon gounds out softly to first base, Hinske scores (NYY 2, PHI 6)
- Bottom of the 7th: Chase Utley homers to right field (NYY 2, PHI 7)
- Bottom of the 7th: Raul Ibanez homers to right field (NYY 2, PHI 8)
- Top of the 8th: Johnny Damon gets an infield hit. Mark Teixeira doubles to left field, Damon to 3rd. Alex Rodriguez doubles to left field, Damon & Teixeira scores (NYY 4, PHI 8)
- Top of the 8th: Nick Swisher moves the runner (ARod) to 3rd on a ground out to 1st. Robinson Cano out on a sacrifice out, Rodriguez scores (NYY 5, PHI 8)
- Top of the 9th: Jorge Posada doubles. Hideki Matsui singles to left field, Posada to 3rd. Derek Jeter hits into a double play, Posada scores (NYY 6, PHI 8)
STARTING PITCHING (from Yahoo Sports)
- AJ Burnett: 2 innings, 4 hits allowed, 6 earned runs, 4 BB, 1 HR, 2 SO, 7.00 ERA
- Cliff Lee: 7 innings, 7 hits allowed, 5 earned runs, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2.81 ERA
KEY PERFORMERS: Chase Utley 2-for 3 with 2 HRs and 4 RBI
OBSERVATIONS: 10 down, 1 to go.