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Yankees Yearly: An Annual Look at the New York Yankees by Cecilia M. Tan - Sports & Recreations
The team that brought you the Yankees Annual (and before that Bombers Broadside) now brings you the newly revamped YANKEES YEARLY! With all the features that fans of the world's greatest baseball team have come to love and crave every new season, including our Top Prospects List, Team Roster Preview, interviews with current players, former players, and up-and-coming prospects, analyses of the lineup and team strengths, and great historical articles.
The 2012 edition features:
* Robinson Cano on Hitting, interviewed by David Laurila
* Top Prospects, by Howard Megdal
* Jim Bouton on the 50th anniversary of 1962, interviewed by Chip Greene
* Curtis Granderson's grand 2011: stacking up against the great NYY center fielders of the past, by Dave Golebiewski
* 2011 Year in Review by Keith DeCandido
* E.J. Fagan profiles hot new pitcher Michael Pineda and number one draft pick Dante Bichette Jr.
and much more!
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Letter From The Editor
Baseball is everywhere, and it always has been. Those of us who love it will go to any lengths to keep up with it. The nature of sport is that of the live contest, where any moment something dramatic or fate-changing could happen, so of course we hang upon every word... or every tweet. In the olden days, when the play-by- play was transmitted by telegraph wire, huge crowds used to gather in the street outside the newspaper buildings, where a giant billboard would recreate the game’s movements. That was the limit of their technology, and our hunger to know what is going on every moment of every game will always push the limits of whatever technology we have on hand.
When Jeter’s 3000th hit came, I was in a conference room in California, at the 41st Annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research. My phone in my pocket buzzed. It was a text from my mother just saying: HE DID IT. I needed no other context to understand her message, as the New York Yankees are our family’s secular devotion. As that conference session ended, SABR’s president, Vince Gennaro, stepped up to the podium and announced to the crowd what I already knew. HE DID IT.
That evening we took a bus trip to see the Angels, several hundred baseball statisticians and historians on a field trip, just like summer camp except we use a lot more math than any summer camp I ever attended. I spent the hours of batting practice walking around the park, but my eyes were mostly glued to my smartphone
as I took in article after article waxing poetic about Jeter’s dramatic day. I was sorry not to have lived through the moment as a spectator, but I got goosebumps nonetheless. (Heck, I’m getting goosebumps just remembering it, now.) Even some pretty hardened, cynical bloggers I follow were won over by the performance. That’s the magic, though, isn’t it? We can still be surprised. We can still be charmed. We can still be caught up in it. Even from three thousand miles away.
What you are reading right now is another colonization of baseball into a new technology, a new way to feed our hunger to follow the game. Yankees Yearly is the latest in the line of team annuals I have edited, which began with Bombers Broadside in 2007. BB became Maple Street Press Yankees Annual in 2009, when MSP changed the name. Sadly, Maple Street is now out of business, but the freelance writers who made up the Yankees Annual team banded together to keep the flame lit. So what you have here in Yankees Yearly is the same top quality analysis, interviews, farm team info, and historical features on the Yankees that we always brought you, just now we bring it to you through the Internet instead of the newsstand.
They call this the Information Age. Information is the secret to enjoying those moments of drama that baseball provides to the fullest. The more we know, the more prepared we are to understand what transpires on the field. And the more magical it is, when our expectations are surpassed, and our wildest hopes are met.
Welcome to another baseball season. Let’s go Yankees.
Cecilia M. Tan, Editor
Meet Michael Pineda
Future Yankees Ace?
by E.J. Fagan
On January 22, the Yankees traded a package headlined by Catcher/Designated Hitter prospect Jesus Montero to the Mariners for right-handed starting pitcher Michael Pineda. Montero had been the standard bearer for a rebuilt Yankee farm system for five years. He was one of Baseball America’s top-10 prospects in all of baseball for three years running. Brian Cashman, after the deal was consummated, compared Jesus Montero to Mike Piazza and Miguel Cabrera, but was still willing to make the trade. In Michael Pineda, the Cashman saw someone who could become the next great Yankees ace.
The Yankees have been searching for a young ace to add to their rotation for some time now. They thought that Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes might fill that role, only to be disappointed. Brian Cashman has spent time over the past three years checking in on trade targets like Felix Hernandez, Matt Cain, and Zach Greinke. With Michael Pineda, the Yankees may finally have found their man.
At just 23 years old, Pineda is just about to enter the prime physical years of his career. He placed 5th in voting for the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year award, just a few votes behind Ivan Nova. Pineda went 9-10 with an ERA of 3.74 in 171 innings in 201
He struck out 173 batters against just 55 walks. His strikeout rate of 9.1 K/9 ranked 2nd in the American League behind Toronto’s Brandon Morrow.
If Michael Pineda were as good going forward as he was as a rookie in 2011, the Yankees would have acquired one of the better pitchers in the American League. He would look great as a number three starter, and would likely post big win numbers in front of the Yankees offense. However, the Yankees did not trade Jesus Montero to acquire a strong number three starting pitcher. Brian Cashman bet that he would at least evolve into a number two behind CC Sabathia, and quite possibly emerge as Sabathia’s replacement as staff ace...
Yankees Yearly: An Annual Look at the New York YankeesBy: Cecilia M. Tan