As 2010 draws to an end, we’re closing the books on the Yanks’ season. The club came within two wins of reaching the World Series, but injuries and an offensive malaise against the Texas Rangers did in the defending World Champions. As we do every year, let’s run down the top ten most popular non-game thread posts from the year that was. Thanks for stopping by in 2010, and here’s to a run at 28 in 2011.
1. The A.J. Burnett Black Eye Theory Thread
Of course, our most popular post from 2010 was about A.J. Burnett‘s black eye. As RAB readers theorized about it, we never did find out which member of the Yanks grew so disgusted with Burnett’s pitching that they socked him im the face.
2. Steinbrenners in talks to sell Yanks to Dolans
File this one under “April Fools jokes gone horribly, horribly wrong or horribly, horribly right.”
3. Rumor: Lee deal ‘just about done’
Cliff Lee, always almost a Yankee, always never a Yankee.
4. The Yankees top five trade chips
On the eve of the trade deadline, Mike ran down the team’s top five trade chips. Of course, none of those players were traded in July, and all of them are still with the team as 2011 dawns. One — or more of them — could still be traded as the Yanks look to fill some holes, but I bet they’re all still with the franchise come Opening Day.
5. Prospect Profile: Jesus Montero
Few Yankee prospects of the past 20 years have had the buzz about them that Montero does. He’ll make his debut in 2011, and it’s no stretch to say that the Yanks’ offensive future is, in part, riding on his bat. Questions remain about his defense, but the kid sure can hit.
6. 2010 Preseason Top 30 Prospects
As Spring Training began, Mike ran down the organization’s top 30 prospects. See how this compares with Mike’s post-draft top 30 list and marvel at Dellin Betances‘ 2010 campaign. A sign of things to come? I sure hope so.
7. Yankees agree to deal with Feliciano
So far the Yanks’ biggest off-season move outside of signing the team’s own free agents, the club agreed to a two-year deal with Pedro Feliciano a few weeks ago. They haven’t made this one official yet, but that’s probably just because of the holidays. Feliciano will complement Boone Logan as the two lefties of the Yanks’ pen in 2011.
8. Freddy Schuman, long-time stadium stalwart, passes away
Freddy Schuman, known to Yankee fans as Freddy Sez, passed away in October at the age of 85. Banging his pan brought joy to countless Yankee fans over the years.
9. Heyman: Yanks made ‘big proposal’ on Soria
We’ve recently heard from sources close to the reliever that Joakim Soria would love to come pitch in the Bronx. He’s been a lifelong Yankee fan and would love to become Mariano Rivera‘s heir apparent. In July, the Yanks were rumored to have made a big offer to the Royals, and Soria’s name keeps popping up in rumors connecting him with the Bombers.
10. The idea of re-acquiring Johnny Damon
While it’s a move unlikely to happen, rumors of a reunion with Johnny Damon resurfaced last week. Joe analyzed a potential return to the Bronx for the one-time Yankee.
Honorable Mention: While not one of our ten most popular posts, we’d be remiss to end the year without mentioning the Boss. On July 13, 2010, just a few days after his 80th birthday, Yankees owner George M. Steinbrenner III passed away at a hospital in Tampa, Florida. It was a tough year for the Yankee family.