Who doesn’t love Friday afternoon? We can taste the weekend, and the last few hours at work should just fly by. To keep you occupied for just a little while longer in the ol’ cubicle, some links.
YES remains really popular
For the seventh straight year, YES Network, one of RAB’s online partners, was the most watched regional sports network in the country. According to Multichannel News, the network “notched a 13.9% primetime rise to 82,000 TV households” in the New York area, up from 72,000 in 2008. YES outpaced NESN, its closest national competitor, by approximately 8000 viewers per day and more than doubled SportsNet NY’s viewership. In the New York area, YES’ primetime schedule — mostly Yankee and Nets games — topped even ESPN in the ratings game. That’s money, literally, for the Yanks.
Remembering Kevin Maas
Earlier this week, I looked back at 1990. It was a very bad year for the Yankees as the team finished in last place with no pitching and no hitting. Today, Bruce Markusen, the author of the Card Corner column at Bronx Banter, chimes in with his take on that lost season’s one bright spot, Kevin Maas. The phenom, a picture of balance and focus on his 1991 Leaf baseball card, set the world on fire with his 150 OPS+ and 21 HR in his first 300 plate appearances. As with many after and many before, he would never attain that level of success again and was last scene working at Charles Schwab in 2008.
Rating the Minor League arms
Over at The Hardball Times, Max Marchi rated some young outfield arms, and a few Yankee farmhands made the list. Edwar Gonzalez, a 27-year-old, all-arm no-hit kid who hasn’t played past AA, came in third, and Melky Mesa another all-arm no-hit guy, ranked second.