First, the round-up from the crew at The Yankee U:
- Moshe Mandel compares the careers of Nomahhhhh and Jeter to determine who was the better player. In their primes, Nomar was definitely the better all-around player and his value over replacement shows that. But the fact that Nomar did spend the last 5 years of his career injured and had to retire while Jeter is still at the top of his game and staring down 3,000 hits ends that argument right there. Over the long haul, Jeter IS the better player.
- Chris H. breaks down the relationship between Mo's decreased velocity and increased contact rates in 2009. The numbers are worth noting, as they were significant. But you have to remember Mo was coming off of shoulder surgery before 2009 so it's expected at his age he would experience a decrease in velocity as a result. I personally could care less if Mo never strikes a guy out ever again; as long as he's sawing guys off and getting the 1-2-3 in the 9th, that's all that matters.
- Moshe Mandel joins the discussion at TYU about who the 5th starter should be and makes a 5-pointed argument for why it should be Joba. I can't say I agree with any of the 5 points Mandel makes, but I'm sure some of those thoughts are being discussed internally amongst the Yankee brass and will most likely play a big factor in making Joba the 5th starter (since his on-field performance to date certainly hasn't earned him anything).
- Joe Pawlikowski at River Ave. Blues projects Curtis Granderson's 2010 season. I, like Joe, expect C-Grand to improve upon his 2009 and his career splits to date. If he does, it's important to note Joe's point that the Yankees have him for a few more years to come in the prime of his career, something they would not have with Matsui or Damon.
- Joba could probably learn something about pitching by reading this Joe P. post from RAB about Tim Lincecum adjusting his approach after losing some velocity. So far Joba still hasn't figured out how to harness his secondary pitches when he can't throw 96-97 all the time. If he wants to stay in the discussion for the 5th spot, he better damn well start harnessing.
- Roberto at Respect Jeter's Gangster is already bored with Spring Training. Can't say I blame the guy, but there's only 21 games until the season starts so hang in there, bud.
- Jason Kozlowski at Bronx Baseball Daily profiles Spring Training bright spot Zach McAllister. Something tells me this kid is going to be the early favorite for the 5th spot in the rotation in 2011, especially if Pettitte and Vazquez retire.
- My main man Lenny Neslin reviews the Yankees 2009 World Series DVD, something I am still kicking myself for not buying for 45 bucks after Christmas. IT'S GOT SPANISH COMMENTARY!!!!
- Scott Ham at The Bronx View pokes a little fun at the Joba-Hughes debate and then proceeds to write a well thought out piece that ends with Joba in the rotation and Hughes in the 'pen.
- iYankees explains how Dave Robertson is pretty much the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen. I'm a huge Robertson fan and love anything that sings his praises. Boone Logan, however, might want to skip this article.
- Dan LaTorraca at Was Watching previews the 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Always good to know what the future holds, especially when it comes to the Almighty Jesus.
- And even though I hate to end on a sour note, it appears Cuban SS prospect Adeinis Hechavarria has decided to sign with Toronto instead of the Bombers because he is concerned Jeter's new contract will block him from playing sooner. Rob from BBD has his two cents on the situation here. It's tough to lose a guy who could have been the perfect replacement for Jeter whenever he did have to move away from the hole, but since he hasn't completely broken down yet, why fix what isn't broken?
Enjoy the rest of your evening, Yankee fans. Check out the Reggie Miller-NY Knicks doc on ESPN and then fill out your NCAA brackets. Mine already has the Yankees winning it all. Beat that.
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