Hitting the opposite way a key for Granderson in 2010

2010 Season Preview: Can Swish do it again?
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In previewing Curtis Granderson’s season, I noted that his rebound to 2008 levels is essential for the Yankees offense. That would represent a replica of Johnny Damon‘s 2009 season, making Granderson the perfect fill-in. How, though, will he return to those levels? Clearly, hitting lefties better is a good start. But what then? Where else was Granderson deficient in 2009?

Throughout his career, Granderson has hit the ball well to left field. In fact, during his first full-season in 2006 he destroyed the ball to the opposite field, hitting .388 with a .320 ISO in 107 balls directed that way. His average to left dipped a bit during his breakout 2007 season, to .265, but he still hit for plenty of power, a .184 ISO. This is the season, though, during which he started to hit for more power to right. HIs ISO when pulling went from .229 in 2006 to .441 in 2007. In 2008 Granderson again hit well to the opposite field, posting a .327 BA and .292 ISO. This was, at least in part, because he hit 25.5 percent of his balls in play that way, similar to his 24.6 percent mark from 2006. He hit 20.5 percent the opposite way in 2007.

In 2009 Granderson got back to his 2007 level distribution, hitting 21.6 percent of his balls in play the opposite way. His numbers on those balls in play dropped greatly, too, a .179 batting average and a .047 ISO. Of course, as in his 2007 season, his numbers when pulling spiked, a .385 BA and .405 ISO. Even better for him, he hit 259 balls that way, far more than at any point of his career, representing 52.3 percent of his balls in play. Yet the net effect was negative, and Granderson posted the worst BA and OBP of his career.

Granderson’s poor contact to the opposite field in 2009 shows in his batted ball splits. He hit a career high 73.6 percent fly balls to left, though it wasn’t terribly higher than his 70.8 percent mark in 2008. The difference, however, showed up in two other places. First, he hit 24.4 percent of those opposite field fly balls to the shortstop or third baseman. That means of the 79 fly balls he hit to left, 19 of them didn’t leave the infield. Even worse, zero of those 60 outfield fly balls left the yard. Granderson never flashed tremendous home run power to left, but he’s always put at least a couple out of the yard. Not in 2009.

Furthermore, Granderson hit a scant few ground balls to the left side, which likely sapped his batting average (since ground balls go for hits more often than fly balls). He hit just 8.5 percent ground balls the opposite way, about half his percentage from 2008. Also, though not as significant, he also posted a three-year low in infield hit percentage to the left side. Since most infield hits go in that direction, he further hurt his average.

While Granderson’s issues against lefties are well-documented and easily accessible, his numbers when hitting the opposite way also present cause for concern. During his run from 2006 through 2008 Granderson generally hit well the opposite way; even in his pull-happy 2007 he still far outperformed his 2009 marks. We’ve often heard that the left field porch at Yankee Stadium could help Granderson, but perhaps it could work against him. If he starts trying to put balls there it could hurt his numbers going the opposite way. As we’ve seen, his inability to hit that way in 2009 played a prominent role in his poor performance.

Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP

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2010 Season Preview: Can Swish do it again?
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  • pete

    you guys are seriously amazing

    • Abuwon Skywalker

      ABCDEFG!

      ‘Moron’d (I think thats how they do it)
      I actually agree with you Pete, but the one pet peeve I have is the constant use of acronyms and that whole ‘(Insert odd word)
      Thing. Great site otherwise though; just the comments get a little annoying.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        Yeah, this doesn’t seem at all germane to the topic at hand.

        • pete

          icwudt…ducwidt?

          • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            tcwa

            • pete

              iemfopwcuwis

      • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        yes. because people shorten words into acronym’s they are morons. point and counterpoint

        • pete

          acronyms*

          another DFA IPA for the Brendog…hehe

          • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            yeah. i have a, whole shelf full haha. i also put commas in place’s where they do not bel’ong.

      • pete

        honestly though, i think the comments are a big part of what makes river ave blues so good. Not only do you get great articles like this, but you generally have very thorough (and on topic) discussions in the comment sections, too. I realize that the bevy of memes and inside jokes could be overwhelming to a newcomer but it doesn’t take long before they start to make more sense

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          We MOCK what we DON’T understand.

          /AustinMilbarge’d

          • pete

            thankfully this is one of the few places where none of the prominent regulars do that – rather than assuming their own correctness, people here actually bother to consider other sides of arguments. it’s only when their responses are retorted with the exact same points that they get ridiculed, but generally they don’t even realize they are being ridiculed, so it’s ok

            • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

              these commenter projections obv hate the posters.

              • pete

                i enjoyed reading that, sir.

        • Tom Zig

          To continue on pete’s point:

          All you have to do is ask for a clarification. Or find the meme dictionary thread. No need for insults.

          • pete

            rf?

            • pete

              wait nevermind. i thought this comment was in a different place. I guess it’s finally time for me to try the Pinstripe DFA IPA

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Best part is, he didn’t even use a meme, so Abuwon Skywalker was just going to attack whomever the first poster was, regardless of what was said.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Heh. Good point.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            To continue pete’s and your point:

            Or GET OFF OUR BANGWAGON!

  • A.D.

    hopefully that month of work Long put in before the trade will aid many of his batting woes.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      That sentence sounded dirtier than it actually was.

    • radnom

      Before the trade?

      If you didn’t make a simple typo, would you mind clarifying what you mean by that?

      • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        there was something on a link dump here recently i believe that said long was analyzing footage of granderson’s stance and approach a month before the trade.

        • A.D.

          Exactly, he was not actually working with Granderson, but preparing to work with Granderson when & if he became part of the Yankees. Likely it was some what of a due diligence where they wanted to know from Long is there was parts of the swing & approach he could probably fix, so the Yanks could properly value him.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Don Hal Steinbrenner: Wait, did A.D. just say that Long was working with Granderson before the trade?
        Big Bank Hank: Yeah, so?
        Cashmeezy: Dude, it’s not supposed to be public knowledge that we make under-the-table deals with players under contract and put them on Yankee training regimens months before we trade for them to get them ready for the season early!
        Don Hal: That’s tampering. That conversation was supposed to remain between us. I told you not to tell anyone, Hank!
        Cashmeezy: Let’s calm down, fellas. Maybe nobody noticed, and Hank’s huge screwup won’t bite us in the ass.
        Don Hal: Oh shit RADNOM IS ON TO US!
        Cashmeezy: Damnit, now I have to have him killed. I DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE TO KILL ANYONE THIS YEAR, HANK! ARE YOU HAPPY? DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE!
        Big Bank Hank: Sorry, guys.
        Don Hal: I swear, Hank, if you’ve f#$%&ed up our Matt Cain plan, so help me, I will beat the shit out of you.

        … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

        • Bo

          you should get instant crickets dot com to sponsor you, e.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            You can’t even write out my full first name anymore, you lazy bastard?

            You’re slipping.

            • Thomas

              I’m just hoping he starts calling you Eazy Muthafuckin E.

            • Rick in Boston

              But he spelled out ‘dot’ instead of using the period. Is he being ironically lazy?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                That is curious.

                It’s almost as if he went out of his way to NOT have WordPress autocorrect “instant crickets dot com” into http://www.instantcrickets.com

                Maybe SBGL has a linking problem?

                • Thomas

                  TWSS (or that’s what she said, Abuwon Skywalker).

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Does he need to hit to the opposite field from both sides of the plate?

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      If he doesn’t improve all of his stats from the right side he will be a bust.

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      that guy got into a fight with LoHud people over whether Granderson was a switch-hitter or not.

      • pat

        I can only imagine it was akin to monkeys throwing poo at each other at the zoo.

        • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          ietcvm

      • JGS

        I don’t understand how that wasn’t resolved in the three seconds it would take to look that up

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          What the hell is this “look that up” thing that you speak of?

          Sincerely,
          pistol pete

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            prepositions, ez e, prepositions…

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          I think someone said he went on about how MLB.com, BB-Ref, etc., were lying.

          • JGS

            That seems idiotic even for LoHud

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            This is why we can no longer cite “The Internet” as a valid source for information. The internet lies.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Everything you read on The Internet is true. I will not believe you and your lies!

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    Hitting to the opposite field is quite difficult, I’d venture to call it a skill. It seems like it was a skill that Granderson had at one point. If he focuses on hitting away, he should be able to get back to that. The Yanks don’t need him to hit 35 homeruns to be a good ballclub, so hopefully he doesn’t focus on the porch.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      The Yanks don’t need him to hit 35 homeruns to be a good ballclub, so hopefully he doesn’t focus on the porch.

      BULLSHIT. If Curtis Granderson doesn’t hit more homers than Johnny Damon, he’s a bust and Cashman is an idiot.

      • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

        Cashman is already an idiot because AJax is hitting .471 in ST!!!!

      • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        where’s your lame movie quote eric?

        it’s not like we don’t all know it was stupid not to resign damon!!!!! when winn and gardner are htiting .200 cashman will be sorry!!!!

        • A Lifetime of Question Marks

          we all know that it’s actually “wheres”, “its”, and “dont”, but it’s still good stuff.

          • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            of course. the one time i am supposed to leave out the punctuation i put it in. typical. by the time i finish all these dfa ipas today i won’t be able to operate heavy machinery

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Yeah, it should have been:

              —————-

              wheres your lame movie quote eric ????

              its not like we dont all know it was stupid not to resign damon.

              when winn gardner are hittin 200 both u and cashman will be sorry. not hard to see they arent viewed as starters.

              • pete

                so i was legitimately howling with laughter after reading that. how sad has my life become??

              • Bo

                id insert a terrible movie quote or a really lame fake convo between cashman and someone but i’ll leave that to the e man

                get those gardner jerseys ready boys. and when we are actively searching for a bat for lf at some point this summer u know who to think of

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  I love the fact that we make fun of you for being too stupid to capitalize or punctuate properly, and you reply with a comment that’s not capitalized or punctuated properly.

                  Priceless. You are a national icon, SBGL, in the same way that hundreds of EPA SuperFund sites across the country are national icons.

  • larryf

    I like the dirt on the back knee. Hope to see lots of dirt on that uniform this year. That stance is a bit Damonesque although not as exaggerated. Both guys do not homer the opposite way….

  • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    i would rather see granderson drive mroe balls the opposite way and raise his avg/obp against lefties than belt 40 hr against righties and have the same lefty problem as last year. a more balanced player overall would be a much nicer commodity especially on a team as loaded as the jankees

  • gc

    None of this matters. He doesn’t make the Yankees offense as well balanced as the Phillies. Jon Heyman said so today.

    • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

      Ken Rosenthal actually had a “the Yankees are well off and not screwed because they won the World Series” article today. His reasoning was as dumb as most of the the “the Yankees are screwed!” articles (Pettitte’s gonna be totally okay because Posada says he’s tough!), but I was shocked.

      • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

        also, Tim Marchman wrote an article about how the Yankees have the best “core four.” And he didn’t mean Jeter/Mo/Posada/Pettitte!

        • WIlliam

          I saw that. I don’t get how Granderson made the list over jeter or cano.

      • gc

        I noticed that too. I thought I was in the bizarro universe. Then I read Jon Heyman. All is normal. Nothing to see here.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          Heyman is, at this point, basically one of those commenters that wants the Yankees to fail because they didn’t resign Damon.

          • JGS

            Heyman is, at this point, basically one of those commenters that wants the Yankees to fail because they didn’t resign Damon it makes for a much better story than the Yankees succeeding and that’s all they care about

            • JGS

              crap, I think I just indirectly agreed with Bo

            • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

              Nah. I agree with Bo (…) that Heyman’s a writer, not a fan, and I mostly meant it as a joke/in a tongue-in-cheek manner, anyway. But I did mean, because he’s a Boras shill, that he wants the Yankees to suffer because they didn’t sign Damon. Again, mostly jokingly.

          • Bo

            Why does Heyman care if the Yanks fail or succeed? hes a baseball writer. Not a fan.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              He’s a Boras fan though, so he wants things to happen to make Boras look good.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              It makes for much better copy if the Yankees fail.

              • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                GATA

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Get Andy’s Tits & Ass?

                  Nah, I’d rather not. Thanks for offering, though.

                • Tom Zig

                  Greatly awesome tits and asses?

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Mouse over for the explanation, wiseasses.

                  Geez, you’d think you’d never seen an <acronym> tag before.
                  ;-)

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  Don’t be jealous that “Andy” is now the #1 name on the RAB.

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Dude’s got my back…

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  And your tits and ass, apparently.

                • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

                  you can do that?!?!?!?!?!?!

                  ::H.E.::

                • Tom Zig

                  There really are like 10 or 11 Andrew/Andy/Drew/whatever you wackos call yourselves on here.

                  And where the hell did the acronym tag come from?

                  And how does it work?!?

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Who left the turd in your punch bowl cereal bowl this AM, Mr. TSJC? :-p

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Heh. HTML wizards FTW!

                  You place the acronym inside an acronym tag and add a title, like this:

                  <acronym title=”Get More Tits & Ass”>GMTA</acronym>

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  I’m just riffing.

                  Tom’s right, though: there’s entirely too many of you filthy degenerates named “Andrew” around here lately. I think RAB is like 60% guys named Andy or Steve.

                  Hell, for all we know, SBGL’s real name is Andrew and Jake/Michael’s real name is Steve, and they were just pseudonym-hopping to try and stand out.

                • Tom Zig

                  GMTA

                  SMN</acronym

                  IT WORKS!!!!!!!!

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  AND….he can rock the bass.

                  Andy’s Rule!!!!

                  (Hoping that no one notices that I do absolutely nothing well)

                • Tom Zig

                  failure to close an HTML tag.

                  Beer me.

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  TSJC:

                  No offense taken, I know the drill around here. I’ve been lurking since early last season.

                  And, frankly, I’m a clean degenerate. Not a filthy one: see my comment on the photo my name links to.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  Cool.

                  (cracks open a tasty Pinstripe IFA IPA™ and hands it to Andy (different one) in chilly NYC; cracks open a slightly less tasty Pinstripe DFA IPA™ and hands it to Tom Zig)

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Andy in Sunny D:

                  I know one thing you do well: comment on RAB. :-)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  GET A ROOM YOU TWO HOMOS!!!!

                  /IronHorse’d

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                  Ahh, the jealousy of the non-Andys…

                  it is sweet to my ears.

                • Tom Zig

                  mmmmm sweet lemonade!

                • Klemy

                  I’m going to change my name to Andy “Ocho Cinco”

              • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

                I don’t so much agree with the idea that sportswriters are sitting there twiddling their thumbs and going “bwahahahahaha” when the Yankees fail, butttt…

                No team has ever had exactly a $208M payroll, gone exactly 3-1 in their first four games, and made the playoffs!!!!
                /Neyer’d? Stark’d? Who was that?

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

              Because he’s pandering to all the Yankee haters out there, of course.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/78400-joseph-delgrippo Joseph DelGrippo

    “He (Granderson) hit a career high 73.6 percent fly balls to left, though it wasn’t terribly higher than his 70.8 percent mark in 2008. The difference, however, showed up in two other places. First, he hit 24.4 percent of those opposite field fly balls to the shortstop or third baseman. That means of the 79 fly balls he hit to left, 19 of them didn’t leave the infield. Even worse, zero of those 60 outfield fly balls left the yard.”

    Those flyball’s to a hitter’s opposite field (especially those infield pop ups) mostly occur when a hitter pulls out his front shoulder, and the bat gets lazy through the hitting zone. Also, on outside pitches, the hitter does not wait long enough on the ball, is out in front and pops up. Waiting on the outside pitch a split second more allows a hitter to stay on top of the ball and drive it the other way.

    Hitting coach Kevin Long has already recognized the shoulder pull hitting fault with Granderson, and I expect to see less fly balls the other way and more line drives into the left field gap, raising the amount of doubles and triples for C-Grand.

    It is interesting that while Granderson’s HR totals the last three season have been 23, 22 and 30, his SLUGGING percentage has declined since 2007 due to the severe drop in doubles and triples.

    Expect that to change in 2010 as Curtis hits more line drives to the LF gap while also hitting more HR’s in cozy Yankee Stadium.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    He hit a ball the other to left field (batting lefty) in practice the other day. That qualifies as progress.

    • Thomas

      Was it off of Kei Igawa?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        No, Albie. There’s no way he could hit the ball off a lefthander and go the other way at the same time.

        Baby steps.

        • Klemy

          Especially off the most winning-est pitcher in Yankee AAA history. That would be crazy.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        That wouldn’t count, anyway. :-)

  • steve s

    Let’s put it this way. We are all salivating at the prospect that Granderson will be a 30+ homer guy based on his 20 on the road and 10 at Comerica totals from last year. If he hits 30+ but with career average OBP and OPS and he’s going after some balls like a CF Knoblauch perhaps the fascination with his HR totals may not save him but most likely a 30+ HR year, no matter what part of the field he hits them to, will be well-received and will confirm to many Yankee fans that the deal was a steal.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      That’s a long ass sentence you got there.

      IMO, I don’t care about what many Yankee fans think of the deal. If Curtis produces like he has in the past, he’s a hell of an addition to our outfield. Whether he hits 20, 30 or 40 Hr’s, he can still be a very productive centerfielder. Especially if he can spray the ball around the field.

      • steve s

        Glad you were able to get through the sentence. Hitting lefties better than he has in the recent past will be the key to his productivity. Hitting long outs to left field rather than short HR’s to right is counter-productive advice for this guy in his new home.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      … but most likely a 30+ HR year, no matter what part of the field he hits them to, will be well-received and will confirm to many Yankee fans that the deal was a steal.

      But wait, dude, didn’t you hear? The deal can’t be a “steal”, because Granderson was a “salary dump” and the marginal players we gave away to get him (like, for example, Phil Coke) may “strike gold”. Deals like that can’t be considered “steals” or “swindles”, and thus Cashman should get no real credit for them. He was just the dumb luck beneficiary of some other team’s salary-dump gone awry.

      So sayeth SBGL.

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-803518

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        The best part is, most people thought that Cash had swindled Williams when the trade was made. Now, after the 2009 season, it’s completely obvious to anyone, I repeat anyone, that Cash swindled Williams on that deal.

        • http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/media/player/mp_tpl_3_1.jsp?w_id=436793&w=2005/open/topplays/archive07/071405_nyabos_arod_hr_350.wmv&pid=mlb_tp&gid=2005/07/14/nyamlb-bosmlb-1&cid=mlb&am bexarama

          Williams has to be the only GM that has to make moves based on whether the batshit crazy manager of his team gets along with the players or not.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            + (whoever Lou Piniella’s GM is at any given moment)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          BUT WAIT, JEFF MARQUEZ MAY STRIKE GOLD!!!!

          Sincerely,
          Sal/Bo/Grant/Lanny, the guy who insists ad nauseam that Andrew Brackman, a raw developmental prospect with legit ace upside is an irredeemable bust after 106 post-surgery low-A innings but thinks that the book hasn’t yet been closed on Jeff Marquez even after his 606 minor league innings and limited projectability and lower ceiling, and who is willing to contradict himself over and over again in order to push his silly little “Cashman sucks and makes bad decisions” agenda

  • CS Yankee

    The old saying “RBI’s are made opposite field” is due to the fact that 70% +/- of hitters bat RH and in putting the ball in RF will let the runner at second score much easier than a ball to CF or LF.

    We just need Grandy to;
    1) Continue to rake to RF as this fits his main strength to plate runs and hit over the porch.
    2) If they only pitch him outside, to load slower and push liners opposite-field.
    3) Stay cool & understand a platoon may be needed on LHP.

    Doing this plus signing autographs for the kids will exceed Damon’s departure and help lead us towards 28.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Agreed. That old saying is like most old sayings:

      Dumb, because it’s based on poorly-investigated circumstantial evidence and flawed eyewitness testimony.

    • Chris

      No idea what the historical numbers are, but last year in the AL, there were 48527 PA by RHB and 38893 PA by LHB. That works out to 55% of PA by right handed batters and 45% by left handed batters.

      • CS Yankee

        my bad…thinking RHP, not RHB.
        Switch Hitters can vary the numbers a bit as well but 70% RHB seems too high.

  • CS Yankee

    You punking me, TSJC?

    If so, I expect a refreshment.

    I’m just saying, Grandy is a great player now…and is an asset above what we have had. let him do what he does and the rest is just icing.

    • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      he was agreeing with your conclusion but disagreeing with the “old saying” because “old sayings” are from darker ages and not based on factual evidence mostly but on what people saw with their own eyes, which can be faulty and lie to you.

      jmho.

      and also please use the reply button, it makes it easier to follow and for us to all respond to you.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I’m not punking you, I’m agreeing with you. You claimed that the old statement that good RBI hitters are hitters who hit the ball to the opposite field is flawed; I agreed with that statement.

      You’re good money, dude.

      Please use the reply button, though. Helps keep the conversations organized. Thanks!

      • CS Yankee

        ahhh, the blue reply button….
        no worries!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      and the rest is just icing on the icing.

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