1. Roger Clemens No Longer Must Fear a Conviction Thanks to Anthony Corso

    The government does not have a strong enough case to prevent a reasonable individual from realizing that, in its case against Roger Clemens, there is reasonable doubt...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 770 reads 17 comments

  2. Sparky Lyle's Unusual Performance in the 1977 Playoffs Against Kansas City

    Before Mariano Rivera and Rich Gossage, the New York Yankees had Sparky Lyle. No one did more than Lyle to help the Yankees win the 1977 world championship, which was their first one since 1962...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 271 reads 0 comments

  3. Pitchers That Excelled After Joining the Yankees: Bob Turley and Don Larsen

    After winning a record five consecutive World Series from 1949-53, the New York Yankees won 103 games in 1954, only to finish a distant second to the Cleveland Indians . That was unacceptable to Yankees’ owners Dan Topping and Del Webb...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 305 reads 0 comments

  4. Pitchers That Excelled After Joining the Yankees: Allie Reynolds and Ed Lopat

    There have been many pitchers that were traded to the New York Yankees that performed much better with the Yankees than they had with their former team(s)...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 295 reads 0 comments

  5. New York Yankees: 7 Candidates for the MLB Hall of Fame

    The 2012 New York Yankees are a difficult team to assess. They might win their 28th World Series. They might not even make the playoffs. There are five Yankees that are virtual locks for the Hall of Fame...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 1,434 reads 10 comments

  6. Yankees History: George Steinbrenner a Laughingstock When He Took over the Team

    On June 22, 1988, the New York Yankees had completed a nine-game road trip in which they lost seven games. Mr. George Steinbrenner fired manager Billy Martin for the fifth time...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 573 reads 3 comments

  7. Chipper Jones Rates Stephen Strasburg Ahead of Maddux, Smoltz, Pedro and Johnson

    “He has the best stuff, the best repertoire of pitches that I’ve seen on any one single pitcher,” Chipper Jones said about Stephen Strasburg Friday, as reported by Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 1,540 reads 2 comments

  8. Tony Lazzeri's Two Grand Slams Helped the New York Yankees "Slowly Pull Away"

    It happened 56 years ago. On May 24, 1936, the New York Yankees were visiting the Philadelphia Athletics. The Athletics scored their only two runs in the first inning. It wasn ’t enough...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 428 reads 2 comments

  9. Johnny Keane Saw the New York Yankees' Demise During 1965 Spring Training

    Johnny Keane knew that he had made a mistake. After resigning as the St. Louis Cardinals ’ manager following their World Series win over the New York Yankees in 1964, Keane accepted the offer to manage the Yankees...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 529 reads 3 comments

  10. Why the New York Yankees' Season Will End on Oct. 3 Against Boston

    The New York Yankees are in dire straits. The Baltimore Orioles will not go away. After 45 games, the Birds are averaging 4.62 runs a game. Surprise, surprise folks. They lead the league with 69 home runs...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 596 reads 28 comments

  11. Where's the Spot Where Mickey Mantle's Home Run Almost Left Yankee Stadium?

    Robert Creamer is the recipient of the 2012 Henry Chadwick Award from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 328 reads 2 comments

  12. Brushing Batters Back Will Always Be Part of the Game, but Bean Balls Can Kill

    Near the end of the 1954 season, Sports Illustrated writer Jimmy Jemail asked some baseball players whether or not a pitcher should throw the "duster" (today, "brush-back pitch") to a dangerous hitter in a close game...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 199 reads 0 comments

  13. On-Base Percentage and Slugging Average Prove the Greatness of Ford and Sabathia

    There is general agreement that on-base percentage is a more effective method than batting average when evaluating a hitter's value. Most "experts" give much more weight to slugging average than to batting average...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 402 reads 0 comments

  14. Clubhouse Confidential Rips Alex Rodriguez and Joe Torre but Not Derek Jeter

    Luis Castillo was the last of the New York Yankees ' batboys that wasn't required to sign a confidentiality agreement...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 2,277 reads 0 comments

  15. Joe DiMaggio & Ted Williams in 1941 vs. Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle in 1961

    Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris had one of the greatest seasons any duo in history ever produced. So did Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 1,087 reads 9 comments

  16. New York Yankees Record After 41 Games in 2012 Compared to Recent Seasons

    At the end of play on Sunday, May 20, 2012, the New York Yankees were in fourth place with a 21-20 record...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 877 reads 5 comments

  17. Thurman Munson's 10 Seasons vs. Carlton Fisk's First 10 Seasons

    Scott Taylor of Bleacherreport suggested that I compare Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk based on their first 10 full seasons, since Munson had a short career...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 513 reads 3 comments

  18. Mickey Mantle's Recurring Bad Dream That Never Ended

    Two men approached Mickey Mantle at his restaurant. One was a baseball writer that knew Mantle quite well. ''Mickey,'' said the writer , ''I'd like you to meet a friend, Dr. Herschkopf...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 402 reads 3 comments

  19. Thurman Munson V. Carlton Fisk: Using Modern Statistics Reveals Better Player

    There is a difference between being a great baseball talent, being a great player and having a great career. Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk were great baseball talents. Munson and Fisk were great players...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 547 reads 4 comments

  20. MLB Playoffs: Wild Card Teams Should Play a Best-of-Five Series After Game 156

    It was recently announced that at the end of the MLB regular season, the two wild-card teams in each league will play one game against each other, and the winners will advance to the Division Series...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 849 reads 2 comments

  21. Thurman Munson's Fierce Fisk Rivalry, Dropped Third Strikes and Assists

    The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is intense, but the rivalry between Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk might have been even more fierce...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 299 reads 1 comments

  22. Ben Gibbard, Dick Manitoba & Real Fans Hate the New York Yankees Ersatz Ballpark

    Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk reported that Rolling Stone asked some rock stars to reveal their favorite ballpark. Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field were the winners...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 459 reads 8 comments

  23. Mantle, Ruth, Foxx and Wilson Had at Least 50 HRs and Hit at Least .350

    Twenty-six players have hit at least 50 home runs in a season, but only Babe Ruth , Hack Wilson, Jimmy Foxx and Mickey Mantle batted at least .350 while reaching the 50 mark. Yes, Mantle, not Willie Mays, Hank Aaron or Barry Bonds is in that group...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 325 reads 0 comments

  24. George Steinbrenner Kept Billy Martin Hidden from Everyone After He Fired Him

    Marty Appel, in his must-read book, Pinstripe Empire , provides great insight into Billy Martin's comments that forced the New York Yankees to fire him in 1978...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 553 reads 2 comments

  25. Mark Teixeira's Measured Intensity Will Win Out for Him and the Yankees

    Mark Teixeira is not having a good season, with health problems contributing to his lack of production. Last season (.248/.341/.494 but with 39 home runs) was not one of Teixeira's best years...

    Harold Friend Written by Harold Friend about 2 years ago 209 reads 0 comments