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A Lesson in Yankees  Chemistry

By Rich Bauer

“We’ve got good vibes going on”, Todd Frazier said, “Everybody’s coming in here and you can feel it. I’ve been on winning teams before and when you come to the ballpark it’s all smiles. Guys are joking around a lot. When you win, good stuff happens.”

I could not agree more with one of the newest Yankees comments when it comes to winning. The one thing I would add is the importance of team chemistry.

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Kyrie Can’t Be Serious

By Rich Bauer

For you folks returning from vacation or if you were just busy with family and work this weekend, here is my summary and comments on a few stories that came up in the world of sports.

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A Day To Forget For The Yankees

By Rich Bauer

Some days just do not get any better, and yesterday, Friday the 14th of July, was the case for the New York Yankees.

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Handing Out Yankee Report Cards

By Rich Bauer

When you play for pay you better be ready to be accountable for your performance. Here are comments and letter grades (I remember them from my days in St. Gregory’s elementary school) for the Yankees season-to-date efforts or lack thereof.

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KNICKS GM STEVE MILLS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION

By Rich Bauer

How does Steve Mills still have a job with the New York Knicks? He must have all the inside dirty information on James Dolan or he knows where all the dead bodies are buried at Madison Square Garden dating back to the Donnie Walsh days. I think it is both.

Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown once said in a radio interview back in 2014 that “Millis has no clue. I do not know what he knows about the sport.” Coach Brown, I would agree with you. What I see is an empty suit that adds to the dysfunction and chaos at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street.

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Baseball And Numbers

By Rich Bauer

The game of baseball continues to evolve as one of the most analytical and statistical driven games in sports today. Some say the numbers draw them to the game and numbers, for some, add to their love of the game. Before you know it there will be a roster spot reserved on each team for IBM’s Watson or Amazon’s Alexa.

(courtesy: mlb.com)

Each year a couple of new statistical measures are introduced to the game. This year we have “exit velocity” which is how fast the ball leaves the bat after being hit. Top speed is pushing 120MPH and average is slightly over 100MPH. I heard a new one used by the Mets when they promoted Tim Tebow up a level in their minor league organization. His percentage of chasing balls out of the strike zone was on a steady decline and weighed heavily in the decision, overlooking any mention of a very weak .222 batting average and only 3 home runs in half of a season.

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