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With another week of baseball in the books we have plenty to talk about. We basically covered all of the Yanks flaws and strengths in this episode, going from the shaky starting pitching to the lights-out bullpen, to the consistent, if frustrating, offense. It’s been quite a few weeks, and things will only get better from here.

Podcast run time 46:58

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We’re through a week of baseball, so we have plenty to talk about. And it was an especially eventful week for the Yankees. Seriously, there’s little need for bullet points on this one. If it happened this week, we talked a bunch about it. From the rotation shakiness to the RISP woes to the shutdown bullpen. It’s all here on The RAB Radio Show.

Podcast run time 43:28

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Baseball’s back, baby! The Yanks will start shortly, but before they take the field for the first time in 2012 we have a little podcast action for y’all. We’re talking about the 25-man roster, so it goes a little something like this:

  • Pineda’s injury and it’s effects on the rotation and him personally.
  • The rest of the rotation, including some optimism for Phil Hughes.
  • The bench, on which we note one questionable but understandable decision.
  • The bullpen, which underwent a few changes in the last week.
  • And, of course, the odd, odd lineup that Tampa Bay will trot out today.

Podcast run time 39:59

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We missed a couple weeks for various reasons. But we’re back and ready to run down what’s up in Yankees’ camp.

  • We missed last week, because the Andy Pettitte news broke as we were recording. Mike and I run down what happened and what it means for the 2012 Yankees.
  • Most importantly: Dude, Andy Pettitte.
  • We move on, then, to Joba Chamberlain. He suffered a rather gruesome injury, and chances are he’s going to miss the season.
  • There are other stories in camp, too, such as Michael Pineda. Mike and I talk about why that’s a bit overblown.
  • Finally: which lefty reliever will break camp with the Yankees?

Podcast run time 40:16

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Baseball is back. By the time you read this the Yankees’ first spring training game will be underway. Of course, there’s plenty to talk about this week.

  • New playoff format. Mike and I discuss the latest on the second WIld Card, which will be implemented this year. There’s some funky formatting going on, though.
  • Those rumors of the Yankees’ desire to get below $189 million in 2012? Hal Steinbrenner says that is indeed the case. Mike and I run down the possibilities.
  • Plus stuff on lineups, rotations, and all the Yankees miscellany you can handle.

Podcast run time 41:25

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Spring training is officially upon us. Position players have reported, so let’s get to the podcasting.

  • The Burnett trade wrap-up. The trade broke while we recorded last week, so it’s been talked to death by this point. So it’s just a short round-up.
  • Why Ibanez and Chavez? Mike and I discuss.
  • More spring optimism. Including a discussion of Michael Pineda‘s dinner plate hands, as it relates to his changeup.
  • And yeah, a bit on a guy named Mariano.

Podcast run time 34:09

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Everyone can guess what we talk about primarily on the show. While Burnett to the Pirates seemed inevitable for at least week, the “official” word broke while we recorded the show. So there’s plenty of that.

  • Mike and I share our favorite Burnett memories, which cover the standard ones plus a few ones of a personal nature.
  • How the Yanks can spend the money. There are a few gambles left on the free agent market, and chances are they won’t get major league deals. The Yanks could snatch up a few of them in the coming days.
  • We spend just a little time talking about who they should sign as a lefty DH option.
  • And plenty more AJ-mania.

Podcast run time 44:57

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We’re back after a week off, running down the latest happenings.

  • Could Burnett be a goner? Mike and I talk about the possibilities and wisdom of trading A.J. Burnett.
  • The DH situation. The Yankees made some progress here, signing a few players to minor league contracts. But it appears that they have at least one more signing on their radar.
  • Retro roundup. Mike and I reflect on the memories we wrote about during retro week.

Podcast run time 42:00

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The big news this week was the Prince Fielder signing. While it didn’t directly affect the Yanks, it certainly changed the balance of power in the American League, and, really, MLB as a whole.

In the first part of the show Mike and I talk about the Yankees’ competition, which has grown this off-season. We run down what the increased power of the Angels and Rangers mean, plus the Tigers, Rays, and Red Sox.

Then we move onto what the Yanks can do to improve. That would be the DH and the other remaining bench spot. We run down some options for what they could do with those.

Podcast run time 45:51

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Well, at least no one has to guess what we talked about on this show.

  • Mike and I talk the Pineda trade, and what it means for the Yankees in 2012 and in the future.
  • Surprise: we discover that Pineda is really frickin’ good.
  • The lost guy in the fray, Hiroki Kuroda, gets broken down.
  • And, of course, we spend some time on the DH situation.

Podcast run time 44:47

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