Joe Girardi - New York Yankees 2008-2009 Manager

by admin ~ June 18th, 2009

 

Gone are the days when it was too impossible for a person to have two career successes at one point. Joe Girardi’s Yankee manager is a broadcaster by blood at the same time, a great coach.

He was a catcher in his Major League Baseball career.  He was traded in 1995 to the Yankees team for pitcher Mike DeJean.  He was a player in various baseball teams, but 5 years with the New York Yankees for he left in 2000. In fact, he was the team’s regular catcher then. Born on October 14, 1964 in Peoria, Illinois, Girardi earned three World Series.

In a real sense of sensitivity, I find Joe Girardi to be boasting that great characteristic. I have made this conclusion because of what happened to a sad incident when he was a Cub — the death of Daryll Kile. He had a game cancelled against the Cardinals because of this heartbreaking event of the Cardinal family.

It comes to no shock that he was a great baseball player. Then came his broadcasting career in 2004 when he retired and became a commentator for the YES Network, also owned by the same industrialist, Steinbrenner.

He was offered an expanded role in 2005 Yankee broadcasts, but turned it down because he decided to become a Coach. Amongst the most interesting journey of his retirement as an MLB player, Joe Girardi was fielding himself out as to what he really wanted and by passing off the opportunity in the broadcasting business, I assume he found his niche in directing a team, being a great player himself.

Girardi’s Managerial Career started with the Florida Marlins in 2005 and gained huge success over it. However, on October 3, 2006, he was taken out of the Marlins. A gesture Girardi just shrug off and only said that he was grateful of the opportunity given to him. This action opened doors for him. There were a lot of managerial breaks for him, but Alas! In October 29, 2008, he was reported to be the New York Yankee’s managerial pick and by October 30, he signed a 3-year deal, said to be worth $7.5M.

I guess, Girardi’s passion for managing a team goes beyond the limit. I have noticed that he has been involved with a lot of disagreements and arguments on the field when it comes to calls made. It happened in the past with his first year as a manager with the Marlins and then with the Yankees.

Girardi’s first year as a Yankee manager was a bit of a disappointment for many because it was the first time in 14 years that the team did not reach the post season.

It is absolutely a real fire for Joe Girardi to tackle this 2009 season.


Robinson Cano - named after the legendary Jackie Robinson

by admin ~ June 17th, 2009

 

The number 24 second baseman Robinson Cano made his debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005. One of his career highlights was his All-Star selection and Silver Slugger Award in 2006.

Although his career with the Yankees is still short, Cano already has a batting average of .304, some players are only between .2 and .3 range. It is also not a surprise that Robinson Cano became a great baseball player himself. He was named after the legendary Jackie Robinson.

Today Cano, his accomplishment includes hitting the first home run in the new Stadium. As a matter of fact, he started off really good with a batting average of .300, 70 hits, 9 home runs and 34 RBI’s through June 8th.

Cano’s personal life, like most players was based on the footsteps of his father who was signed by the New York Yankees in 1980 and a pitching in 1989 for 6 games.

Even then, Cano was already the Yankees favorite because right after graduation, he was signed by the Yankees in their minor league system.

Robinson Cano is from Dominican Republic. He bats with his left and throws with his right. I find him young playing for the Yankees and I admire him a lot. He is already earning a salary of $6M, compared to some players with the team who earns a little bit lower than his, considering his age and his baseball experience of only 4 years. After all, who could say that Robinson Cano is already successful with the Yankees at age 26?

His Yankee life may not be as interesting as the others, but all I can say is that, if a person is 26 and is already earning a lot, believe or not, there is too much in store for the baseball player in the future!


New York Yankees Star Players

by stephanie ~ June 16th, 2009

 It is totally intense and stressful when you’re an avid fun, don’t you agree? I mean, you gotta know what’s new and follow every footstep of their success or failures. I know this for a fact because I get totally crazy with them and I’m sure I’m not the only one on that lane!

So are you ready for the New York Yankees best players of 2009? It’s not easy to itemize every single player when there is too many of them in the team! I know they will make it and break it this season. Besides, the Yankees have spent a fortune on some of them anyways, so they better make it!

 Let’s start with the pitchers:

·         Number 42 is Mariano “Mo” Rivera , a Panamanian  relief pitcher who has a salary of $15M.

·         Next, the Yankees talked about player,  the popular and considered as one of the most highest paid pitcher is number 34, pitcher A.J Burnett with a salary of $16.5M.

·         Another great pitcher is Andy Pettitte, who owns number 46.

·         The Yankees also have Chien-Ming Wang who earns $5M (not bad for a start)

·         And of course, the great CC Sabathia who’s salary is $15.3M

Next is:

·         Catcher Jorge Posada, who has been with the Yankees for the longest time! (his one and only team)

Now for the infielders:

·         There’s the popular and controversial Alex Rodriguez – number 13! I have to mention he is the highest paid amongst all the Yankee players.

·         Mark Teixeira, the ‘perfectionist,”  who uses number 25 and earns $20.6M

·         Most-loved player by fans and known to be the nicest of the Yankee players, Derek Jeter! He earns $21M.

Then the outfielders:

·         The renowned Johnny Damon (number 18), whose salary, is $13M.

·         Number 22, Xavier Nady, currently on Disabled List, but a great player as well with a salary of $6.5M

·         Also, a popular player and admired by a lot of fans (How do I know this? You see his name come up in most testimonials), number 33, Nick Swisher.  His salary is $5.4M

Last but not the least, the designated hitter:

·         Number 55, Hideki Matsui. Nicknamed Godzilla because of his facial expression when he hits the ball. He earns $13M.

Introducing these “star” players, perhaps the best line-up you can ever find. They are bound to really win (no offense to those people who disliked the Yankees).  If they won’t, you can expect the team to be at least in the front runner.

If you haven’t noticed, It’s a habit of mine to always mention their salary, simply because the amount a player is offered matches his ability to play in the field and how valuable they can be for the team.

New York Yankees Mariano “Mo” Rivera - Number 42

by admin ~ June 15th, 2009

 

Rivera is from Panama, selected 9 times as an All-Star baseball in MLB. A relief pitcher of the New York Yankees and has a professional experience of 14 years. His 14-year tenure with the Yankees is the longest of any active pitcher. As of 2009, his salary is $15M, in line with highest paid players of the Yankees.

Like any baseball player, his accomplishment exceeds the expectations of many because he ranks as the best among all relievers in MLB, finishing the regular season with 20 saves, a sub-2.00 ERA, and a sub-1.00 WHIP on four occasions.

 He converted 88.9% of his save opportunities, the fourth-best percentage among relievers with at least 200 save chances. These are to mention a few of his accomplishments, and even more if I will spell out all into in details. In fact, I have never read so much accomplishments, awards and records of a Yankee player.

On the other hand, a player’s number is usually their lucky charm. Mariano Rivera is number 42. What happens frequently is when a legend retires, so does the number that is associated with them.  However, Mariano Rivera is the last active player to wear the uniform Number 42 which was retired since 1997 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

He has a signature pitch called the “cutter” in his cut fastball. Rivera bats and throws with his right. Considered by most baseball experts to be the greatest closer in MLB, it is also astonishing that he centers his life on God. He is a devoted Christian. I find this very special because not so many players are this religious. I guess, you would agree with me when I make this presumption. It is very uncommon, but not unusual to Rivera because of his origin.


Thrilled of the Yanks signing AJ Burnett?

by stephanie ~ June 12th, 2009

Like CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter, AJ Burnett is also one heck of a player. He is one of the highest paid players by the New York Yankees.

Previously he played with the Florida Marlins from 1999-2005, been with Toronto Blue Jays from 2006-2008 and then recently, he signed as a pitcher on December 18, 2008 with and 82.5M 5-year contract together with CC Sabathia.

There are those in the MLB who wants to sway themselves to success by being a good player with a no-nonsense standing and then there’s some who puts up their reputation of being notorious.  Well AJ Burnet became known for being one in his 2009 season. I wouldn’t call it a severe case of notoriety, but still he can raise a few eyebrows. He surprises whomever hit or scored the winning runs with pie or shaving cream in the face and during the 2009 season, Robinson Cano, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Alex Rodriguez have had their share.

If we talk about his style in pitching, he is a two-pitch pitcher relying on his fastball and curveball. His fastball runs at around 100 mph and his curveball in the low 80s.

AJ Burnett is also known for having so many tattoos, including an Aztec symbol on his right leg and an image of Bruce Lee on his triceps. He also use to wear nipple rings.

He had excellent accomplishments when he started with the New York Yankees having pushed the Yankees record in the season to 1-2. In his second start Burnett went 6 innings of no-hit baseball by doing 3 straight hits to tie the game. He ended up going 8 innings and getting the win to go 2-0 on the year and just last month May 12, AJ Burnett made his comeback with the Toronto Blue Jays. It was such an awful experience for him because he was loudly booed throughout the game.

Some Yankee fans are not really that thrilled of him playing for the Yankees, so he has a lot to prove. But that’s the same sentiments New York Yankee fans feel when they had Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Mike Mussina and the other players who were signed.  


New York Yankees Godzilla - Hideki Matsui

by stephanie ~ June 12th, 2009

 

My parents were always annoyed when I go into details about certain things. When I say I go into details, I love asking questions about history of objects, people, places, how it came to be and it’s background; just about anything in the sun. It could be a disorder or something that I don’t know! But it keeps me informed.

Anyhow, so when I heard about Hideki Matsui (the mere mention of the name made me grin because of his Godzilla nickname in reference to his pockmarked facial expression as he bats; no offence Matsui you are such a great player and you’re one of my favorites!), I had to find out everything about this guy. He is a goodhearted person, I should say. Matsui donated $500,000 in 2004 to Indian Ocean’s quake victim. There is not much printed about his recent personal life, only that he got married privately and brides name was not disclosed. I guess some people just want their private life “private.”

His baseball career in Japan became well-known and branched to the American media during one of the Japan Series when MLBPA Strikes in 1994 was covered by media outlets. It was referred by the Sports Illustrated mag as “THE” fall classic.

Matsui was born on June 12, 1974 in Kanazaka, Japan. He has 6 years professional experience in baseball, with a salary of $13M this 2009. Not a bad price at all for Matsui. He is the number 55 of the Yankee players. His contract with the Yankees however is open, waiving his no-trade clause, which simply means people (technicalities is not one of my best assets, but it pays to get informed, believe me!) that you get more money in case of a trade. Something to do with negotiation rights. Say, if you had a no trade clause and your current contract was to pay you $8M/yr for the next 2 years, you could say that you would wave your right on the condition that your new team would renegotiate this contract and you could try to go for something at more money, a longer term or both. Ok, enough already!

Going back, Hideki Matsui has not missed any games in his first three seasons with the Yankees, bring together a game total of 518 games played. His playing streak is really superior. Before he played with the New York Yankees, he played 1, 250 consecutive games with Yomiuri for a total of 1, 678 professional baseball streak. He holds the record for consecutive games played to start a Major League Baseball career.

I learned that for many people, though fame is very important, some made out of notoriety, other’s through great achievement, according to most fans, Matsui really excelled because of his great work ethics.



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.



New York Yankees this 2009 Season

by stephanie ~ June 11th, 2009

I never really understood how a person loves to know about what happens in the future. I mean, why not seize the moment and then go from there? I educated myself by asking individuals opinion regarding this thing.  I always love to haul myself up with silly mundane situations like this, about people wanting to know what tomorrow brings.

Anyway, one of my friends had asked me how the New York Yankees will do this season, and I was like, who cares? I just want to see them play and do the action on the field and see them win! But, since that question was ask, I guess that is truly important in some ways. People just love to discuss and compare teams.

For the time being, I did ask around. Your opinion might be as good as theirs. My friend just told me, to answer this question, “I think you just need to look at the line-up of the Yankees.” Ok, so there’s Jeter, Nady, Matsui, Cano, Damon, and the great Rodriguez. (double Wow!).

Now, with CC Sabathia and Burnett along with the veteran Pettitti, what could possibly go wrong? And then my friend told me, all they gotta do is go deep and do a powerful offense to do the job (So I was like, of course they will!)

But then again, anything can happen, right? I guess what he was trying to tell me was, the Yankees this 2009 have such great players in store. So he is betting it’s going to be the Yankees, then Baltimore, Boston, Tampa then Toronto. Let’s watch and see!



Where did the New York Yankees got their name from?

by admin ~ June 11th, 2009

You could hear the sound of the Yankees song as you sleep. That is what you call the “New York Yankees fever.” I wonder what the titles of the songs they play in the stadium. We will have to find out in the next posts. Meanwhile, the trivial question of the day is “Where did the New York Yankees got their name from”

With so much sports news making headlines, questions like this still matter a little bit, just to know something about Yankees olden times. I am the type of person who just loves history, so probably some of you who read posts are just into what’s happening now, or what’s exciting on the field at present. A million number of people watch the Yankees game every year, but I don’t know if they actually know about this simple trivia.

Their team name was derived from a very simple fact that the tern “Northerners” during the Civil War was nicknamed the “Yankees.”

Also, the media had addressed the team the “Yankees” synonymous to “Americans,” thus the team being an American franchise were then called the New York Yankees in 1913 exclusively.
So whether they were called the Baltimore Orioles in the initial 2 years in the beginning, or the Highlanders, and then finally the New York Yankees in the end, for everybody who dotes over the Yankees, they are simply the “the Yanks,” “the pinstripes,” or the New York Yankees whom fans just seem to love.

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.