Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees # 25

by stephanie ~ June 11th, 2009

To date, Mark Charles Teixeira joined the New York Yankees in January 6 as the first baseman for an 8-year contract.

But, let’s talk about what he was like growing up. It was said that Mark is a perfectionist. While growing up, baseball was already part of their family. The Teixeira’s were baseball fan mainly because her mom’s brothers and his Dad played baseball during their time as well as his brothers. He was born in April 11, 1980 and went to Georgia Tech in his college years.

As an infant and toddler, his parent’s already dress him up in baseball uniforms. In fact, on his fourth birthday, he was already hitting and batting with confidence. So it is not a surprise that Mark himself became a great baseball player.

However, his experience before he became pro was not a smooth one, like most of the successful talents; he also encountered a few baseball career disappointments, especially during his early years especially when Boston Red Sox took interest in him initially, but did not materialize.

His career with the New York Yankees is really an enormous leap, earning $20.6M this 2009. Mark Teixeira is also a switch-hitter, and unlike most switch-hitter he bats majority on the right side of the plate.  He also rank 1st in AL in HR (18).

Aside from his baseball profession, Mark is a comic book artist.  Although, being a comic book artist is just his second nature, he is really good in what he does. The baseball player is commonly known as “TEX” when he signs his work. Titles he has contributed to name a few well-known ones are, Spiderman: Legacy Evil (1996), Cyclops (2001), and Wolverine Vol. 3 (2005).

He is indeed a remarkable individual on the field as well as off-base, boasting his talents as a comic book artist while a brilliant baseball player.



Who is the nicest player on the New York Yankees?

by admin ~ June 10th, 2009

When you’re a female fan of the Yankees, you get all mushy every time you express your interest over a baseball icon. That’s just the reality about being a woman. Ok, enough about using the 2nd person. We women just love to know everything about our sports idol. Questions like, are they married, how many kids, who is their wife, pas girlfriends and similar questions like that.

To top it all, we want to know if they are “NICE.”  So I logged in to the internet yesterday and I bumped into this question of a fan asking “who is the nicest player of the Yankees?” and I was like, yeah! Who exactly is the nicest?

Anyway, with much research and just tweaking here and there, I found out that, most people say it’s Derek Jeter. I don’t know if you agree with most fans opinion.

 But personally, who wouldn’t love him? He just looks so charming when you see his pictures posted on the net as well as looking at him on screen and off screen. So I guess that’s why many would think he is the nicest. Well being the Yankees captain from 2003-present, I would assume he knows how to capture the interest of his fans other than playing soo fine on the field.

No wonder he was also named “Face of the Year” of the Yankees voted by staff and fan in 2007 by ESPN and maybe, one of the reasons as well that he was picked to promote his own baseball video game – Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2008, developed by Gameloft.

If you really think about it and gather information everywhere, he is absolutely a people-person. You can check every archive or probably his friends and family and surrounding fans closer to him, they would surely agree with this conclusion.

In 2009’s Sporting News on “List of 50 greatest current baseball players,” he was named #8 - a great spot and success for a baseball player.

So to finish off, I extremely agree with the majority’s opinion that Derek Jeter is the nicest player in the New York Yankees!



New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez

by admin ~ June 10th, 2009

 

Everywhere I go, I hear Alex Rodriguez name chanted on. I see his name in the internet, in magazines, and on TV. He is unquestionably very popular and people just love him!

His career with the New York Yankees started with the team’s third baseman suffered a knee injury in 2004. As a result, on February 15, 2004, he was traded by the Rangers to the NY Yankees. His position was from shortstop to third base because the famous Derek Jeter was already well established as one.

He was wearing the number 3 his entire career but gave it up to number 13 because his former number 3 was already retired by the Yankees in honor of the legendary Babe Ruth.

His 2009 stats are as follows: BA of .248, 8 HR, 23 RBI’s, .402 OBP, and .52 SLG.  He joined Babe Ruth in the Hall of Fame for his outstanding first season with the Yankees. He became one of only 3 players in MLB history to compile at least 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI’s in seven consecutive seasons.

Not only that, he was named as the AL Most Valuable Player in 2005. He was the first Yankee to win the American League homerun title since Reggie Jackson in 1980. I can enumerate so much of his accomplishments that I’m sure your eyes would turn red for reading, so I won’t. It is extremely obvious that Alex Rodriguez is a sure asset of the New York Yankees which is proper that he is the highest paid player in 2009 season with a salary of $33M.

The Yankees’ Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez is truly a great big nugget for the team.  It has to be mentioned that he is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He broke the record of Jimmie Foxx in 1939.

I can go on and on about his impressive performance in baseball and I’m sure nobody would disagree with me as to how brilliant Alex Rodriguez is and without doubt deserves the gigantic interest of his fans.


Highest-Paid New York Yankees Roster

by stephanie ~ June 9th, 2009

 

Ever wonder how much your favorite baseball player earns? Well, some are not disclosed especially the new ones or the unpopular ones. But those that are very well-known are printed out.  Most likely, they want to let everybody know how big they are in the MLB, wouldn’t you think?

Ok people the highest paid player in the New York Yankee team (this is for those who doesn’t know and just watch the game and do not care how much the salary is) is infielder Alex Rodriguez, whose 2009 salary is $33,000, 000! Visualize that! Compared to the not-so-popular players(of course! Because they don’t play that well compared to the stars) who only get about $400,000, that is way too low!

Next in line, who also receives a huge amount of money is another infielder, the famous Derek Jeter who has a salary of $21,600,000 as of 2009.

3rd highest paid baseball player in the Yankee team is Mark Teixeira, another infielder who earns $20, 625,000 as of 2009.

These are the top 3 expensive players of the New York Yankees team, all belonging to the infielders. Of course there are pitchers, catchers, designated hitters and outfielders who receive a huge sum as well, many of them big and popular baseball stars but these 3 are the highest.

If you compare their earnings  to Basketball players, they are abit the same. But probably baseball pros who are really really good and popular earns quite the same. Owners of these franchises probably have benchmarks when it comes to the amount of money they offer to individual players.  Michael Jordan earned over $30M during his last 2 years with the Chicago Bulls.


“CC” Sabathia - largest pitcher contract in baseball history

by stephanie ~ June 8th, 2009

 

Carsten Charles Sabathia is number 52 of the New York Yankees team.  He is the pitcher of the first Yankee game at Baltimore Orioles new Yankee Stadium.  He was born on July 21, 1980. I can definitely conclude that he did such a big career success at age 28.

Imagine this! His salary as of 2009 is $15.3M, an increment of about $3M per year for the past 4 years. His team member Mariano Rivera, number 42 earns $15M as well. But, Sabathia still earns abit more knowing the fact that Rivera has been playing for 14 years and he is already 39. Like the famous Babe Ruth and I think most of the best player’s profile that I have read, he throws with his left hand. I’d have to look at my next NY Yankees players and see if best players use their left hand.

He was signed by the New York Yankees in December 18.  Sabathia joined the team together with AJ Burnett. The contract he signed was a $161M for 7 years with the NY Yankees, which proves to be the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history.

CC Sabathias has three plus pitches which is the fastball, breaking ball and changeup. His postseason record is 5-3 (2 wins and 3 losses in 5 games).

During the recent Yankees news on ESPN, Sabathia gave up five runs – four earned on five hits over 8 innings.  Though, the team lost during the Saturday game.  It wasn’t his best games because he gave up a pair of homers and walked three. His next start is schedule on Thusrday at Fenway park against the Red Sox.

Sabathia was famous in his speech with ESPN in 2007 on making sure that there is an adequate black players in Major League Baseball because it was obviously an enduring problem.


New York Yankees Nick Swisher

by stephanie ~ June 8th, 2009

Mr. Number 33, known for touching his lips and pointing to the sky after he gets a hit (a gesture he does in honor for his grandma) was traded with the Yankees in November 13, 2008. His half Italian on her mother’s side, I assume one of the reasons why he does this pointing to the sky thing on behalf of his grandmother.

He is the team’s first baseman and outfielder who throws left handed.  I guess, he followed his dad’s tracks and became an MLB player himself. He is the son of the former major league catcher Steve Swisher of the Chicago Cubs (1974-1977), St. Louis Cardinals (1978-1980), and San Diego Padres (1981-1982).

Swisher finished 6th in the American League Rookie of the Year, though his team mates Huston Street and Joe Blanton finished first and 7th. He started as a right fielder replacing Xavier Nady for the New York Yankees. Captivatingly,  he started well with the team as a great opportunity for the progress of his baseball career that he finished off with 3 for 5 with a home run and tying his career high of 5 RBI’s.

Recently, in April 13, 2009, he earned the nickname “Subway strangler” for pitching one inning, allowing one hit and one walk before retiring the next three batters in a 15-5 losing game. Consequently, he recorded a strikeout against Gabe Kapler during his first appearance in MLB. Also, he is the Yankee position player to pitch since Wade Boggs in 1997, as well as the first Yankee to home and pitch in the same game since Lindy McDaniel did it in Detroit on September 28, 1972.

The baseball player was not selected in the MLB draft out of high school so he went straight to Ohio State because they were the only one’s during that time who recruited him. He earned “All-Big 10” honors in 2002 after batting .348 with 10 homeruns and 52 RBI’s . He was feature on Michael Lewis’s  2003 book “Moneyball” about orthodox baseball thinking and the new sabermetric  influenced system put into practiced by Billy Beane.

So that’s it about Nick Fisher’s highlights in his baseball career. I hope you learned a little something to add in your New York Yankees players in your vocabulary.



What you don’t know about Babe Ruth

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

When the name “Babe Ruth” is uttered, everybody just knows that he is baseball’s one-of-kind legend. He made a mark in MLB history through his impressive strength in batting. He dominated the era he was living in. Now, decades later, his name is still a big hush-hush with the New York Yankee fans.

So I don’t think I need to enumerate every single mark he has to everybody since we know who he is. However, let’s talk about the trivial but interesting parts of his baseball career. Let’s talk about his bat. Do you know that his 1923 bat which he used to hit the first home run at the Yankee stadium in April 23 was said to be the most valuable memorabilia item relating to the baseball star?

His contract as well that sent him from Boston to New York was auctioned for $996,000 at Sotherby’s on June 10, 2005. Wow, that must be some contract to cost that much, don’t you think? Not only that, his heavy Louisville Slugger solid ash wood bat sold for $1.26 million in an auction last December 2004, making it second as the most valuable baseball memorabilia item to date; second to the oh-too-famous 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card.

Ok, one secret only a few people probably know is that he was tested for his motor skills because of his somewhat out-of-the-ordinary ability to bat. His technique? A low ball pitch just above his knee on the outside corner of the plate that makes him hit sooo hard, you’ll be amazed of the magnitude. This is, I guess scientists fail to check on their tests.

However, it wasn’t interesting enough to the scientist. It was inclined more to the players. What they really wanted to know scientifically is not to measure his strength, but actually why he was superior that most of the baseball icons. But guys, I wouldn’t bore you with all the test results that the scientists made, physically and psychologically. One thing is certain; he is above average level compared to most players when it comes to batting with his left hand.

The mere fact that he was being experimented because of his strength proves to be one of the unusual situations that a player encounters in his lifetime. Bottom line is — he was fascinating enough to become a lab rat!



Who is Derek Jeter?

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

Are you a fan of Derek Jeter? (last name pronounced as /dʒi-tər/) If you are, I’d like to share a few interesting info’s about the player. He was born on June 26, 1974. He is currently the captain of the New York Yankees and a nine-time All-star shortstop!

It is soo amazing that he started his career with the Yankees since he was 20 years old, which was in 1995. (No wonder he is the captain now!).

He has won major awards, such as: American League Rookie of the Year Award, Silver Slugger Award and 3 Gold Glove Awards. He is also the 74th player to reach 2,600 hits! And in the very same game, he scored his 1,500th run, which makes him in line with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle. They are the only Yankee players to reach that kind of achievement! Pretty remarkable isn’t it?

Recently (well in March 2008 that is), the player launched his new Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2008 3D game. It is published and developed by Gameloft for mobile phones and the first version was licensed by him.

It can be run on wireless phones that can handle graphic upgrades. It also features 58 game seasons. I even read something funny on the net that, there are just people who collect games just for the mere admiration of games and season simulation. Twisted?! Maybe not, we all just have our hobbies! The game even has baseball tips by Jeter.

I guess developers love launching this kind of game because too much people who are totally crazy about computer games patronize it. Come to think of it! The emergence of PS2’s there, mobile phones here, notebooks and net books everywhere has made everyone who loves technology wild. I don’t think anyone out there does not own one! Probably, a few, but it’s fairly noticeable that most people are just plainly crazed.