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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Yankees Should Send Joba To Winter Ball

Yankees Rumors & News

This season the Yankees used Joba Chamberlain out of the bullpen to start the season before switching him to the rotation in order to keep his arm healthy.
The idea behind it was to limit his innings so that he wouldn’t end up throwing more than 150 innings total thus putting his arm in jeopardy. The idea failed when when Joba was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis in August and he had to be shut down for about a month.
Now instead of just finishing up the season around 150 innings he is just reaching 96 innings now and it could be the same thing all over again next season, bullpen before rotation.
Instead the Yankees are formulating another plan, according to Joel Sherman’s blog, and could send him to pitch in a winter league to extend his innings to a number more to their liking. Hopefully around 150.
Apparently they are most concerned with which league to send him to, the Arizona Fall League …

Schedule Set For New Yankee Stadium

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees might not be playing October baseball in 2008, but they will be in 2009. I guarantee it.

I can make that guarantee because the Yankees revealed their regular season schedule for the 2009 season today. The schedule includes three regular season games to be played on the road against the Tampa Rays from October 2-3.

The new House That Arod Built will open April 16 as the Yankees open a four game series against the Cleveland Indians. The time is yet to be announced. That will be part of a seven-game homstand which will also feature three games against the Oakland Athletics. Their first game of the season will be a week and a half earlier April 6 against the Orioles in Baltimore.

The first time the big Red Sox rivalry comes to town will be a two-game weekday series starting Monday May 4 and wrapping up the next day May 5. The two teams won’t meet up again at …

Is Girardi Afraid to Shake Things Up?

Yankees Rumors & News

From 1996 to 2007 Joe Torre took the Yankees to the playoffs every single year and took the team as far as the World Series an amazing six times while managing to win it four of those six.

He did it will a style where he made everything from dealing with stars with inflated egos to George Steinbrenner to the media look easy. His style was so laid back that it looked like it was his fault the Yankees were getting off to slow starts and his fault that the team kept getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

So the team decided to make a change and go with someone with a little more fire and they turned to Joe Girardi. As a second year manager Girardi already had high expectations. He had won manager of the year in his very first year and had done it dealing with a very young Florida Marlins team.

Fans, myself included, all …

Hot Stove Yankee Stadium Quiz Answers

Yankees Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. In the first game ever played at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-1, on April 18, 1923.
2. Red Sox first baseman George Burns got the first-ever hit at the Stadium.
3. There have been four All-Star games played at the Stadium, in 1939, 1960, 1977 and 2008.
4. The original center field fence was 490 feet from home plate.
5. On September 28, 1976, Muhammad Ali successfully defended his heavyweight crown by defeating Ken Norton in the only boxing match held at the “new” Stadium.
6. The New York Football Giants won one championship, in 1956, while playing at Yankee Stadium.
7. In …

Jets Rumors & News

After one too many whiffed punts, Mangini has sent Ben Graham packing.  The Aussie looked bad Sunday against the Patriots and with the Jets having a terrible time getting their special teams’ act together I’m guessing the last thing Mangini wanted to worry about was crappy punting.  I understand where he’s coming from but I never got to see Ben Graham’s individuality utilized on the field.

When the Jets picked him up, Graham was coming off of an incredible career in Aussie Rules Football.  It was this experience the Jets hoped to tap into.  If Graham’s “drop kick’ style could create an awkward spin on the ball, opposing teams would have difficulty returning it.  Actually, we hoped they wouldn’t be able to catch it all.  Not so much.  I’ve been waiting for teams to fumble the Jet’s punts for years now.  I guess the wait is over.

Aussie Rules is a very violent sport.  It’s a tough, bruising game and everyone on the field runs the ball and …

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