Aaron Boone Pitching Strategy Causes More Questions Than Answers

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The overarching theme of 2020 is the differences compared to years past. That is never more evident than in the MLB postseason. Specifically, with no off days during the Division Series and Championship Series, the strategy was expected to be different than in previous postseasons. As Game Two of the ALDS between the New York […] READ MORE


Clarke Schmidt Ready For Important First MLB Start

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Although the New York Yankees were a preseason favorite in the AL, they have lacked the consistency that they were expected to display. Heading into Sunday’s season finale, they can clinch no higher than the fifth seed in the league, currently with a 33-26 record. However, if they lose it is possible that Toronto Blue […] READ MORE


Gerrit Cole Finding Rhythm With Familiar Face Behind the Plate

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Although the adage from baseball players is that they are simply playing a kids’ game, it is still their job. Like any job, one day at work can make or break a player’s mood, depending on how work goes. As a smile spread across the face of Gerrit Cole throughout his post-game Zoom press conference, […] READ MORE


The Favorites to Win the World Series

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The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to meet in the World Series this year. This is not much of a surprise to most people. Both teams are deep and full of top-notch talent. Smart money is on the Dodgers for several reasons that will be discussed in more detail […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 61: Red Sox Sign Stealing

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball Ah yes, we have a Boston Red Sox sign stealing scandal. The Red Sox were busted using video and Apple watches to steal the New York Yankees signs over the weekend, which means Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen must talk about it. Sign stealing is as old […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 50: Judging Aaron Judge

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word on Baseball The whole baseball world is judging Aaron Judge, as the Yankee rookie has taken the league by storm. He leads the Majors with 22 homers on the season and has started a fun fan section at Yankee Stadium. But, is it right to put such lofty expectations on […] READ MORE



Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 46: The Defensive Woes of Derek Jeter

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball Derek Jeter saw his number retired and was given a rather goofy-looking plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. While most baseball people took this opportunity to praise The Captain for his many accomplishments, Joe Hojnacki had to take the time to rain on that parade and […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 45: The Extra Innings Problem

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By Joe Hojnacki – Last Word On Baseball Sunday night’s Chicago Cubs-New York Yankees contest on ESPN turned into a marathon. The game finally ended in the 18th inning when the Yankees pushed across a run to end the impromptu double header. This brought the discussion of extra innings to the forefront thanks to the national television […] READ MORE


For Rebuilding MLB Teams, Being Good Can Be Bad

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By Ryan Timmerman – Last Word On Baseball The best wins come when you least expect them. Too many, however, raise expectations to a place where they become the expectation, not a pleasant surprise. Like fans, general managers and other upper-management types can fall prey to the decoy of unexpected wins. And that leads to […] READ MORE