New York Yankees News & Notes: 1/26/13

Leon Halip

The Sky is Not Falling: Brian Cashman went on the Michael Kay Show and cleared up some of the hullabaloo surrounding the "news" that Alex Rodriguez could very well miss the entire 2013 season. "Is it possible? Sure, it is possible, but is it likely? I don't think so." Move along, people, move along.

Best and Worst Case at Third Base: LoHud figures how everything can go right and how everything can go very wrong. Either everyone gets hurt or is terrible, or everyone is awesome. In the worst case the 2013 Yankees are not the only team in trouble, but future teams as well who could use turnarounds from David Adams and Dante Bichette Jr. The article actually brings up a really good point: A-Rod not coming back isn't the worst case scenario, the worst case scenario would be A-Rod coming back and not deserving to be the starting third baseman.

Olney Crowns the 1998 Yankees Best Ever: This link is an article about Buster Olney's article, considering you actually have to pay money to read it. Right. He declared the 1998 New York Yankees to be the best team ever. He also ranked the 1939 Yankees second and the 1927 Yankees fourth. The article about the article paraphrases Olney's reasoning, declaring that the team utterly dominated the competition all year long.

1961 or 1941?: Fangraphs looks at Buster Olney's declaration that the 1961 New York Yankee outfield was the best outfield ever and, using WAR, compares the 1941 outfield. It turns out the group of Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Keller and Tommy Henrich was superior to Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra if you look at those individual seasons and compare them to the average hitters of their day. It's an interesting read.

More Reasons Why the New CBA is Terrible: It's About the Money talks about how the new CBA not only hurts amateur talent, but also kills non-elite players who are tied to draft compensation. Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse are both without teams because the teams that can desperately use them won't sacrifice their draft pick. Essentially, after diminishing the amount of teams that have protected picks, they have eliminated potential suitors for players and made it harder for them to find jobs. It appears that the MLBPA sold out their people for nothing really that good in exchange. Thanks again, Selig.

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