1. 2010 MLB New Stars: Mark Melancon Deserves Job Even Before Spring Training

    One of the clich├ęs you hear in the weeks preceding the opening of spring training camps is that "competition brings out the best in players." Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman both have said that during the last month...

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about over 4 years ago 651 reads 6 comments

  2. Derek Jeter Should Be Signed By Yankees for 10 More Years

    One of the biggest storylines this spring training perpetuated by the media for the New York Yankees will not be who hits in the No. 2 spot (it should be Curtis Granderson) or who will be the no...

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about over 4 years ago 1,327 reads 16 comments

  3. Randy Winn and Nick Johnson Are Not Replacing the Greedy Johnny Damon

    I heard a radio caller yesterday ask if it was OK to boo Nick Johnson if he does not perform like Johnny Damon did in 2009. And the radio host, Richard Neer of WFAN in New York, said it would be OK...

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  4. Yankee Questions Answered Regarding Trades, Left Field and More

    Over a week ago I was asked by fellow Yankee Featured Correspondent Jordan Schwartz to weigh in on several timely Yankee topics. As usual, with time constraints and the need to research the topics, I was late in getting him my thoughts...

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  5. Under Rex Ryan's Leadership, the Jets Are Poised for the Long Run

    I like Rex Ryan. Unlike most in the New York media, I like his brashness and straight talk method of communicating. If you think your team is better and will win the game, why not say so if asked ...

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  6. Jason Bay Signing Looks Like A Blunder Made Several Years Ago

    He was an early 30's (in age) slugger, traded several times during the early part of his career until a team in the NL Central finally gave him the opportunity to play full time. At this point, he began to produce big offensive numbers...

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  7. Here's Hoping the Indianapolis Colts Lose in the First Round of the Playoffs

    Today was New York Football TV watching day. It is rare that I actually watch both the New Jersey Giants and Jets on the same day, but both games were important to the decent to slim playoff chances each team had...

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  8. New York Giants Can't Stop the Run, and It Cost Them a Playoff Spot

    As a complete sports fan, one of the things I do is listen to sports radio. It makes the hour-plus work commute a little easier, as I frequently call in and make salient points, often giving the radio host something else to think about...

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  9. Javier Vazquez Trade Looks Like a Good One, but There Is a Big Variable

    Everybody seems to love the New York Yankees trade with the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez. The Yankees traded OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Michael Dunn and Low-Low A (although highly rated) pitcher ...

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about almost 5 years ago 1,284 reads 15 comments

  10. Roy Halladay to the NL Was the Best Thing to Happen to Yankees and Red Sox

    The title to my original piece was "Roy Halladay Should NOT Be in the Yankees' 2010 Plans." However, as usual, the thoughts are in my head and in my notebook (with generous amounts of information ...

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  11. Can the Cowboys-Eagles and Packers-Cardinals Play Back-to-Back Weeks?

    After tonight's 24-9 win by San Francisco 49ers over the Arizona Cardinals, the NFC West just go a little closer. The Niners now sit at 6-7, two games behind the West—leading Cardinals (including sweeping both games this year) with three games to go

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about almost 5 years ago 2,248 reads 14 comments

  12. The Cowboys' Marion Barber Is Not an NFL Starting Running Back

    During yesterday's game against the San Diego Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys ran the ball consistently well, including for big chunks of yardage on two different drives...

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  13. NY Mets Are Foolish To Sign Jason Bay: But What Else Does Omar Minaya Ever Do?

    New York Mets GM Omar Minaya is on the hot seat this winter and for the 2010 season. He is under the microscope this winter to "make a deal" that signifies to the Mets fans base that the organization is committed to winning in 2010...

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  14. Johnny Damon May Have Overplayed His Hand, and Could Lose on the River

    I thought he was better than this. I thought that this time it would be more about the team, more about the fans, and more about the prestige of putting on the Yankee Pinstripes. I was wrong...

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about almost 5 years ago 1,960 reads 12 comments

  15. Johnny Damon Needs the New York Yankees More Than They Need Him

    While every one now is pondering why Roy Halladay is needed on the Yankees (he isn't), I want to focus on the first important deal that Brian Cashman will attempt to get done...

    Joseph DelGrippo Written by Joseph DelGrippo about almost 5 years ago 1,534 reads 10 comments

  16. Heroes and Goats: Notes on Game Four of the 2009 World Series

    Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez provided the heroics for the Yankees in their 8-5 win Sunday night in Game Four of the 2009 World Series, but when there are heroes in the game of baseball, there also must be goats...

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  17. Alex Rodriguez Must Adjust His Hitting Approach

    An in-game analysis of Alex Rodriguez hitting approach: In the second inning of tonight's game, Alex was hit in the upper back by a pitch from Joe Blanton. It was the third time in the last five at-bats Rodriguez was hit by a pitch...

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  18. Yankees' Damaso Marte Becoming the New Graeme Lloyd

    In the 8th inning of last night's New York Yankee victory, manager Joe Girardi summoned left handed reliever Damaso Marte to begin the frame...

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  19. Charlie Manuel's Starting Pitcher Decision Gives Yankees World Series Title

    He was dominant in game one at Yankee Stadium, shutting down the vaunted New York Yankee lineup in a complete game victory...

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  20. A Dominant World Series Performance while on the Mound at Yankee Stadium

    An in-his-prime Cy Young Award winning pitcher was making the start in Game One of the World Series on the hill at Yankee Stadium (one of the few stadiums left that does not receive money for naming rights)...

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  21. Thoughts on the 2009 World Series

    The two best teams in baseball, most home runs and runs scored in each league, plus one stat which surprised me: both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies led their leagues ...

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  22. ALCS Thoughts through Five Games and a Game Six Prediction

    Well, the Yankees dropped their first series of the postseason, losing two of three from the Angels. I thought this would happen, but I also thought the Halos would take one of the ...

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  23. The Angels Were Never In the Yankees' Heads

    Heading into a three game series at Anaheim in late September, the Yankees were in the middle of another West Coast road trip, and the Boston Red Sox were casually in the midst of a nice winning streak...

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  24. Why Mariano Rivera Is Better Than All the Other Closers

    There were four Divisional Series matchups last week, and all four included a major comeback by the team which eventually won the series...

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  25. New Babe Ruth Footage Shows Rare Glimpse Of the Bambino On Defense

    Recently, the home movies of a New Hampshire family contained new, never before seen footage of the legendary Babe Ruth. The footage can be seen here: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/10/08/sports/baseball/1247465064285/the-great-bambino-resurfaces...

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