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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Pickoff Moves

Dodgers Extend KABC Through 2011

It doesn't seem like very long, does it? Anyway, it won't really be Opening Day (for the Dodgers, at least) until I can hear Vinny call a regulation game in the regular season.

Burying The Lede: Baseball Prospectus Fails To Notice Yankees Getting Really, Really Old

But probably not fast enough to hope for a home sweep next weekend. This Village Voice piece is something I saw while in Arizona during spring training but kept forgetting to mention:
Based on the study of hundreds of players in their declining years, Silver projects these slides for the Yanks' elders in 2010:

Jeter from a 2009 batting average of .334 to .286 this year, a drop in home runs from 18 to 11, and in stolen bases from 30 to 10. Posada from a .285 BA to .263, home runs from 22 to 12. Pettitte from 14-8 and an ERA of 4.06 to 10-11 and 4.70. Scariest of all, Rivera from 44 saves to 22, and and ERA the moves from 1.76 to 3.53.

If Silver is right, the 2010 Yankees are sunk. Worse yet, Steinbrenner and Cashman seem to have no plans for how to replace the Core Four. Last year we suggested that the Yankees were going to be in trouble if Jeter played at the level of a typical 35-year old shortstop. He made us look foolish by playing way above it. But what happens if age catches up to him this season? Where will the Yankees move him to, and who is ready to step in at shortstop? The problem hasn't gone away, it's just gotten a year older.

Yet, reading the book itself, the intro is a paean to the brains of Brian Cashman, with nary a peep about this very visible issue facing the core quartet of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera. I don't get it.

Also Slightly Old: Mets Shopping Matthews, Jr.

Already. "Maybe the Mets are anticipating [him complaining about a lack of a starting role]" says New York Post writer Joel Sherman.

OT: A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy

Seriously? A Star Wars animated sitcom?

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