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Special Feature on Don Mattingly’s 1984 Batting Title – June Issue

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As a long time Yankee Ticket Plan holder, I got to see allot great moments on the field and Mattingly and Winfield tipping their ball caps to the fans ranks right up there If Don Mattingly was schedule to bat in the bottom of 9th the fans (me) would always stay and watch him bat. You always felt that he could do something to turn the game around and get us a win.
I’m an American League fan but if Mattingly get the Dodgers into the World Series and it is against any AL team but mine I am rooting for him…

Originally posted on Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine:

April 11, 2014 – In early March, I spent a morning with former Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly in Glendale, Arizona. I interviewed Mattingly about his historic 1984 campaign for a feature that will be published in the June Issue of Yankees Magazine.

Twenty years ago, Mattingly edged out teammate Dave Winfield for the American League batting title on the last day of the regular season.

In my conversation with Mattingly, he spoke about the first time he realized that he and Winfield were atop the batting charts in 1984.

“At some time in June, Dave and I were asked to pose for a Sports Illustrated photo together,” said Mattingly, who is the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I didn’t think about it as a serious competition. We were on the same team, and we were trying to win games. I wasn’t really competing with Dave, and I didn’t…

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Opening Day, Mike Trout and 2014 Season Expectations

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A baseball analytics blog from Vince Gennaro, president of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of Diamond Dollar$: The Economics of Winning in Baseball

Originally posted on Diamond Dollar$:

Happy (full) Opening Day. First a comment on the Mike Trout contract, also known as the “perfect deal” for both sides. The Angels and Mike Trout nailed it. Six years at $144.5 million is the dream scenario for both sides. The length and terms of the deal are optimal. For those who think the deal should be longer, I would argue that each of the next two years would be priced at $40 million per year, a price that the Angels were well advised to avoid. The reason the Angels could get Trout to agree to a deal at this relatively modest commitment is because they are giving him the opportunity (actually gift) of re-pricing himself at the young age of 29. For a player of Trout’s caliber (or at least what most people expect Trout to be), hitting the free agent market at 29 vs. say 31 years old…

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I feel Rejuvenated

Let’s be honest, this winter was a bummer and I could not wait until pitchers and catchers reported. Shortly after they reported we hit the road and spent the month of March in Florida visiting spring training ballparks. Now the 2014 baseball season is off and running I feel rejuvenated.

 

This panoramic image was taken March 4th, at Champion Stadium the spring training home of the Braves….

On this Day 1962

The Indians trade Gold Glove first baseman Vic Power and left-handed pitcher Dick Stigman(image is of Stigman pitching to Maris with Mantle on deck 1961) to the Twins for pitcher 20-game loser Pedro Ramos, who will compile a 26-30 record during his 2+ seasons with the Tribe. Power will contribute 2+ solid seasons with Minnesota batting .278, and their new southpaw will post a .702 winning percentage, the best in the American League this season, winning 12 of 17 decisions.

August 20, 1961 Cleveland Municipal Stadium. First game of a Cleveland Indian/NY Yankee doubleheader. Dick Stigman pitching in relief of Jim Perry to Roger Maris with Mickey Mantle on deck. Final score Yankees 6, Cleveland 0. In this game Mantle hit home run number 46 in the 1st inning and Maris hit number 49 in the 3rd. For more images visit www.ballparkprints.com

August 20, 1961 Cleveland Municipal Stadium. First game of a Cleveland Indian/NY Yankee doubleheader. Dick Stigman pitching in relief of Jim Perry to Roger Maris with Mickey Mantle on deck. Final score Yankees 6, Cleveland 0. In this game Mantle hit home run number 46 in the 1st inning and Maris hit number 49 in the 3rd.
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Opening Day

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

Buster Posey

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Happy Opening Day! We’ve seen: Buster Posey’s familiar flair for heroics; Jose Fernandez and Mike Trout picking up where they left off; close games all day and night; our first walk-offs thanks to an Alex Gonzalez single in the ninth for Detroit and then a 10th-inning homer by Neil Walker to provide the only run in Pittsburgh; the first time since 1953 Cincinnati was shut out at home on Opening Day; our first grand slam by Jimmy Rollins; the first overturned call due to Replay Review after a Fredi Gonzalez challenge; successful managerial debuts for Brad Ausmus and Matt Williams; big offense from the Giants and Mariners; Nyjer Morgan beating Oakland with his bat and glove; a great pitcher’s duel in Cincinnati, brilliant debuts with new clubs such as Nelson Cruz for Baltimore and Jose Abreu for the White Sox…

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My 2014 MLB Team Predictions

 

My 2014 MLB Predictions

American League

AL East         AL Central    AL West

Yankees         Tigers             A’s

Rays#             Royals#          Angels#

Orioles           Indians           Rangers

Red Sox         White Sox       Mariners

Blue Jays       Twins              Astros

 

Royals over Angels Wild Card Game

Yankees, Rays ALDS winners

Rays over Yankees

 

 

National League

NL East        NL Central       NLWest

Nationals      Cardinals          Dodgers

Braves           Pirates#            Giants#

Marlins         Reds                  Diamondbacks#

Mets              Cubs                  Rockies

Phillies          Brewers             Padres

 

Pirates over Diamondbacks Wild Card Game

Nationals, Giants NLDS winners

Nationals over Giants 

 

2014 World Series

Nationals over Rays in 7 games

Houston Astros Spring Training

Osceola County Stadium is the spring training home of the Houston Astros and the smallest spring training ballpark with a seating capacity of 5,300. If you are staying in the Orlando area, and have never seen a  spring training ball game I would choose this ballpark. The prices for tickets are reasonable, and the best food prices…

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tickets are reasonable, a

You will leave  the Astros ballpark feeling this is old-time spring training.

 

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