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Baseball Insider: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Bad Luck for Yankees? Blame an Anti-Semitic Tenor

We're not sure if Ronan Tynan actually is anti-semitic, but he did say something pretty off-color, and now it has officially cost the renowned Irish tenor his traditional playoff spot singing "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 16, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Angels , Yankees  | Tags: ALCS, Angels, Yankees, playoffs  
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Are Yankees Already Team of the Decade?

This, of course, will be the final baseball postseason of the Aughts (or whatever we're calling this decade), which means for the rest of this year you will be seeing all sorts of lists of the Best This or That of the Decade. It also means we get to dish...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 16, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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What is Going on With NLCS Rotations?

While the ALCS debate has devolved into the merits (or lack thereof) of a three-man rotation from the Yankees, the decisions behind the NLCS's matchups have spiraled completely out of control.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 15, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dodgers , Phillies  | Tags: Dodgers, NLCS, Phillies, playoffs  
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How Jim Tracy Lost the Division Series

Another stat-line pop quiz: You're in the late innings of a tight playoff game. Whom would you rather face? Player 1 (2009 regular season): 319 BA/.395 OBP/.691 SLG (1.086 OPS) or Player 2: 207/.298/.356 (.653) This is roughly akin to asking whether you'd rather face Albert Pujols (1.101 OPS this...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 13, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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No More 'A-Rod-Is-a-Choker' Stories, Please

For the bulk of his career, Alex Rodriguez's October failures were part of his legacy, used by amateur psychiatrists as evidence of some sort of intrinsic shortcoming of character on his part. He was always "A-Fraud" or "E-Rod." He wasn't a true Yankee. It's safe to say: We can now...

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 12, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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