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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jan 28

I got from my Pal (Grandfather), a 5 year paid SI subscription as a bar mitzvah present (they also paid for another 5 years for graduating HS). So, one has to pay to read it? My subscription finally stopped at some point in about 2018, because of their incompetence (I proved I paid them, but they still refused to acknowledge it). Heck, I got a special 6 year rate in 2012, for being a 30 year subscriber!

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jan 28

After your pat on the back, let me ask you a question: The Yankees just announced their 2024 minor league coaching assignments. With the disconnect between AAA and the big leagues, what do you think of their decision to run it back in 2024 with the same Hitting & Pitching coaches that they had in 2023?

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jan 28
Replying to

Even going back to the latter Girardi years, Cashman decided to put hi coaches on the staff. The Boone staffs have essentially outside of Nevin & Casey, have all been Cashman choices/decisions. But then again, Boone knew this going in, so shame on him.


I have never made a secret from my comments on SSTN, then I don't like pretty much everything with the pitching philosophy, to the different 'gurus' they have employed. After watching the last 2 years a lot of the affiliates games , I don't like their PC at the AAA level. I'm not questioning their knowledge of analytics, or pitch shape, I'm questioning their ability to be coaches during the game! Something is obviously wrong wi…

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Jan 28

I despise WAR. I H-A-T-E OPS. I think a lot of these new metrics are garbage because too many times they are misleading.


Over the last few years with all these new versions of veteran's committees, guys have gotten into the Hall, who in my opinion, don't deserve it. But because they are, now other players who, again, in my judgement also don't belong in are now getting cases made for them because they were close to the players who just got in.


The Mitchell Report, IMHO was total garbage. It was like these people sat in NY, but no Red Sox was mentioned in the Report? Wasn't George Mitchel on the Red Sox Board?


Mark McGwire, like it or…


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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Jan 28

Ok.... finally by a computer.


I typed two responses earlier on my phone but they got erased.


"Try backing it up with a factual argument." seemed rude to me. Just for the record.


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For most of baseball history there was this tradition, a stupid tradition in my opinion, that said, "No one should be a 100% Hall of Famer." Why not?


Then that became, "If Mays (or Aaron or Seaver or Ripken, etc...) isn't 100% than no one can be."

That's basically the argument made below in the comments.


Now the argument is that I only want that because I'm an Ichiro fan is ridiculous on its face if you listen to the program. Start at the 15:00 mar…


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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
Jan 28
Replying to

yankeesblog,


Please e-mail me directly at spreadingthenewsblog@gmail.com so we can discuss.


Thanks.

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yankeesblog
Jan 27

OK this is not going to be popular but I don't care whether Ichiro Suzuki gets 100% of the HOF vote. Yes he should be voted in by a large margin but the idea that he is more worthy of achieving 1005 of the votes than all the other players who didn't is silly. Here's a partial list of position players who didn't get 100% of the HOF vote: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Tris Sepaker, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Willi Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and I could go on. In fact Berra and DiMaggio were not even elected on their first try. What do all of these players have in common? They were all better,…


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yankeesblog
Jan 27
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Let me elaborate further. Suzuki has a clear HOF case - > 3000 hits, tied for most 200-hit seasons (10) with Pete Rose, his defensive prowess in RF. But, and this is a big but, his OPS+ only ranged from 102-130 in his peak years and is six of those years never got higher than 120. Also only 18.6% of his hits went for extra bases and h never had as many as 70 RBI in any season.


Yes Suzuki was a lead off hitter but compare him to another HOF lead off hitter, namely Rickey Henderson. Suzuki isn't even close whether we're looking at WAR, OPS+, XBH, OBP, RBI, HR or SB. Henderson got 94.8% of the vote. Should…


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