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No Robinson! Don’t Win the Home Run Contest! (Robinson Cano, All-Star Game)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 12, 2011

No I did not watch the Major League Baseball  Home Run Hitting Contest (All Star Break)…. I had better things to do.

This morning on ESPN Sports Center, I see that Robinson Cano of  the NY Yankees won the contest. Being a Yankee fan I immediately thought “Oh no. He is going to have a bad second half of the year.”  He probably messed up his swing trying to yank everything out of the ballpark.

“Damn.”

Then I get to the office and I voiced my concern to one of the guys (let’s call him Buck).  He passionately said “That’s not true. The winners of the home run hitting contests don’t necessary have bad second halves.   You’re beginning to sound like Bert”  (Where Bert is the name of someone in our accounting area.)

So I decided to look for the stats and see if  the All Star Home Run Kings tended to have poor second halves.

For each winner, I compared their total home runs for that year, the home runs hit before and after the All Star break, and calculated the percentage hit after the All Star break. I also entered their total number of At Bats to make sure they played the entire year. Note: I only had the stats since 2000. Everyone had over 500 At Bats.

Regular Season Home Runs
MLB Home Run Derby Winner and Year Total HR for Year PreAll Star PostAll Star % PostAll Star AB
2010: David Ortiz 32 18 14 44% 518
2009: Prince Fielder 46 22 24 52% 591
2008: Justin Morneau 23 14 9 39% 623
2007: Vladimir Guerrero 27 14 13 48% 574
2006: Ryan Howard 58 28 30 52% 581
2005: Bobby Abreu 24 18 6 25% 588
2004: Miguel Tejada 34 15 19 56% 653
2003: Garret Anderson 29 22 7 24% 638
2002: Jason Giambi 41 22 19 46% 560
2001: Luis Gonzalez 35 23 12 34% 609
2000: Sammy Sosa 50 23 27 54% 604

Based upon these numbers, 4 of the 11 years, the winner had significantly less home runs the second half of the year.  I wish I had more data but it is interesting to think about.

My conclusion?  It does happen enough times to think about it.

Go Robinson! Here’s to a great second half of 2011.

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If Jose Reyes was on The Yankees…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 20, 2010

If Jose Reyes was on The Yankees, he would be the Yankee Centerfielder.Jose Reyes On the Yankees Mets

The current Yankee infield is Mark Teixeira (1B), Robinson Cano (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), and Alex Rodriguez (3B).  He is not displacing Jeter from SS.  And there is no way he would displace Cano, Rodriguez,  or Teixeira.

I suppose some Mets fans would argue he’s better than Jeter but he’s never consistently shown it.  Interesting.

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Yankees Jason Giambi wears a gold thong; “outs” his friends

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 16, 2008

The Daily News reports Jason Giambi wears thong when in slump, shares it with teammatesgold thong for Jason Giambi Yankees player

OK. Athletes are superstitious. Creatures of habit. It happens. We all saw the movie Major Leagues.

Do you know what’s on your way? Can you imagine the taunting you, and your teammates are going to receiving at Shea and Fenway? What were you thinking? Or did the steriods go to your mind?

And it’s one thing to admit your wearing a gold lamé, tiger-stripe thong under your uniform, but you “out’d” your teammates Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, Robin Ventura, and Robinson Cano.

Notes to Giambi’s teammates, do not share any information with Giambi that you don’t want in the press:

  • Don’t tell him if you are dating more than one woman.(Derek)Jason Giambi
  • Don’t tell him if you are considering asking to be traded
  • Don’t tell him if you tried a performance enhancing drug
  • Don’t tell him if you don’t like Joe Girardi or Hank Steinbrenner
  • Don’t tell him if you missed curfew
  • Don’t tell him anything….

No code. No honor.

This potentially extremely long season just got longer for you and your teammates.

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Hey Babe – What size thong do you wear?

Jason Giambi Thong

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