Linkage: Jeter, Swisher, Kennedy, Walk-offs

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Just a little more than four hours until real life baseball. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. Here’s some random links to hold you over…

  • Edgar Sandoval and Samuel Goldsmith at The Daily News have a story about 16-month old Jeter Villacis, who received a lifesaving heart transplant during Game 2 of the ALDS after six weeks of waiting. You get three guesses who the kid’s named after, but I think you’ll only need one.
  • Ben wanted to put together a post comparing Nick Swisher‘s 2009 season to Bobby Abreu’s, but Jay at Fack Youk beat him to it. The results may surprise you, despite talk of Abreu’s rumored resurgence.
  • Greg Fertel at Pending Pinstripes, my old stomping grounds, used PitchFX to compare 2008 Ian Kennedy to 2009 Ian Kennedy. I do wonder if the difference in release points could be caused by different PFX cameras in different stadiums, but the other differences are pretty drastic.
  • Here’s video of all 15 walk-offs this season in under 7 minutes. It’s awesome. Thanks to Peter for the tip.
  • Here’s your minor league offensive leaderboard, courtesy of Baseball America. Shelley Duncan’s 30 homers were fifth most in all of minor league baseball last year, while Melky Mesa’s 168 strikeouts were 8th most. He’s a hitter, so that’s bad.
  • And finally, mgl at Inside The Book took a look at why manager’s make bad decisions, while Jonah Lehrer at ScienceBlogs did something similar with football coaches. Nerd math, finally applied to football. John Madden is rolling over in his bus.
A problem for a rainy day
Yanks could bolster coaching, scouting with Peterson and Towers
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I linked to that youtube on twitter last night after my brother found it. Then I downloaded an FF extension so I could d/l that video because there’s massive YES copyright violation there and the video will be gone in a couple days.

    • yankeegirl49

      How do I do that???

      • JM

        Real Player is terrific for downloads. Just downloaded it for that video and now I will be using it MUCH more often.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, its awesome. And it converts it to mp3 so quick too.

    • Salty Buggah

      pfft, Real Player downloads flash videos easily. This sign pops up in the corner of the video and it takes like 30 secs to download and convert the video.

    • Kiersten

      Anybody who wants to download the video should use It’s free and you don’t need to download any programs.

    • Kiko Jones

      I could really do without the Broadway musical-like tune by Queen…

      • Joseph Pawlikowski

        Sir, I take your sabermetric insults with a grain of ignorance. But I will not stand for your insulting “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Your (shitty) musical taste has been noted.

        • Nady Nation

          I couldn’t agree more. I thought the musical selections for that youtube montage were nothing short of fantastic.

        • Kiko Jones

          Huh? When the hell have I opined on Sabermetrics?

          Before you assail my preference in music you should check out my writing on the subject and make a more educated statement. Also, while musical taste may be arguably unquantifiable, ANYONE who enjoys a particularly lame song like “Don’t Stop Me Now”—which sounds like an outtake from Grease or some similar nonsense—should not be dismissing other folks’ taste in music.

          I simply said I could do without it; in response you chose to fire your guns at me. A word of advice: pick an easier target next time.
          A musician/music writer-critic/avowed music geek should not be your first choice.

          • Joseph Pawlikowski

            Read through some of your blog, but couldn’t get a grasp of your tastes. The good news is that you hate Kiss. And hipster indy shit. So at least we can agree on some things.

            Also, from what I could gather, it would seem that you have to like Queen in some capacity.

            And as a musician myself, I’ll assail anyone’s music tastes if I don’t agree with it. It turns a lot of people off, but my convictions about music are stronger than my convictions about baseball.

            • Kiko Jones

              My motto is “if it’s good, it’s good”, regardless of genre and/or level of hipness. Which is why I’ve been known to enjoy tunes by both NaS and Nick Drake; Pavement and Phish; Radiohead and Rush; Steely Dan and Soundgarden; Tribe Called Quest and Todd Rundgren…you get the picture. (Oh, and the hipsters may love TV On The Radio but that’s not enough reason for me to dislike the band.)
              Yes, I dig the (very) occasional Queen tune. But I stand by my initial assessment of “Don’t Stop Me Now” and its dreadful Broadway show tune vibe, which would’ve made it a plausible choice for a Sweeney Sisters show. (Btw, fwiw, Brian May himself hates the song.) At its best, the tune is no “Fat Bottomed Girls”, or even “Play the Game”.
              Assail away…but I find it’s better to disagree than attack.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    You get three guesses who the kid’s named after, but I think you’ll only need one.

    Here’s my three guesses:

  • Rey22

    This week has been eternal without some baseball. Can’t freakin wait.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    A postscript to Jay’s Abreu v. Swisher breakdown:

    Not only did we end up with the better overall player at the cheaper price, but we got him for his age 28-29-30 seasons (i.e. his prime, so his production can easily continue to rise) locked in at an AAV of 7M (a steal, considering his production) with a club option for his age 31 season at 10M (still a bargain).

    They got Abreu for his age 35 season, and now (thanks to the paucity of palatable internal options, they’re going to give him either a two or three year deal (probably in the 7M AAV range minimum) and pay the same amount of money we’re paying (or more) for Abreu’s age 36-37 seasons (where decline will continue to set in.)

    Contrary to the false narrative Tim McCarver is sure to spin ad nauseam over the next week, no, Yankee fans do not regret letting Bobby go. At all.

    Swish >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bob

    • ROBTEN

      Not even math can stop the Yankees. In the Yankee Universe:


  • Greg F.

    Thanks for the link. I don’t think the release point was a stadium thing, because the fastball release point stayed the same, and that is obviously the pitch he threw the most. To me, it looks like he is now releasing his other pitches at the same spot as his fastball.

    Also, sorry if anyone has trouble accessing the post, the blog is going through a transition to a different system right now.

  • Sean Serritella

    This is the most exciting time of the year for us. The Yankees winning the world series will make the off season not that boring.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    while Melky Mesa’s 168 strikeouts were 8th most. He’s a hitter, so that’s bad.

    He’s SOMETIMES a hitter.

    • jsbrendog

      hitter in training?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        He did have 19 outfield assists this year though.

        • Joey

          Which Melky are we talking about again?

  • Mike Pop

    I’m upset you didn’t link the latest Posnanski piece ;(

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      1.) Highlight URL
      2.) Crtl-C
      3.) Crtl-V
      4.) Click “Add Comment” button

      • Mike Pop
        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          It’s a link dump. It’s like taking the “Potpourri” category on Jeopardy.

          • Joey

            The day is MINE! I’ll take Famous Titties for 400

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yeah, gimme the, uh, ape-tit thing for $200.

              • Joey

                I’ll take catch the semen for $800

                • Rey22

                  We would have accepted bow-wow, or wroof

                  Ah, rough, just the way your mother likes it.

                • ansky

                  I just changed my name to Turd Furgeson