A few interesting reads from the past week…
As you might have read this week, the Yankees made a play for Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons this winter. Mike Axisa takes a fascinating look into what might have been if such a deal came to fruition.
Judge coins a new metric, cFIP which takes into account things like the opponent, catcher, umpire, stadium, etc. It’s not on an ERA scale like FIP, rather, it’s an index statistic similar to FIP- or ERA+. Judge takes a look at how descriptive and predictive his new measure is compared to other pitcher metrics like FIP and SIERA.
IIATMS has been doing a countdown of some of the great moments in Yankees history, and this is a good one. It seemed like Sojo’s 9th inning go-ahead single off Al Leiter took 1,341 hops before sneaking into center field.
Get to know about top prospect Aaron Judge’s background in Kevin Kernan’s piece.
It looks like the Yankees were fans of Bird a bit more than most in his draft year, as some teams were scared off by the fact that he played his high school ball in Colorado at a higher altitude. To this point, it’s looking like a good bet.