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ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.


For those of you in the New York market, the MSG Network is featuring a special 30-minute show starting Tuesday, March 23 covering the best baseball players of all time from the New York area — featuring players from the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Mets.

The first episode will feature catchers — who wins the vote? Mike Piazza? Jorge Posada? Gary Carter? Or YogiBerra? Tune in on the 23rd at 10:30 p.m. to find out, and to participate in the interactive online game on the MSG Network.

Here’s a brief summary of the T.V. show:

“The Lineup: New York’s All-Time Best Baseball Players” will premiere on Tuesday, March 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on MSG Network with “Catchers,” the first of ten weekly episodes. Each 30-minute episode of “The Lineup” will present a number of nominees for consideration at each position, from the Yankees, Mets, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, with one episode dedicated to the best New York manager of all-time. MSG’s Fran Healy will host a panel, consisting of Hall of Fame Mets catcher Gary Carter, former Yankee bullpen ace Sparky Lyle, New York Magazine contributing editor and baseball aficionado Will Leitch, and executive vice president of the Elias Sports Bureau Steve Hirdt. The panel will whittle down a larger list of players from each position and determine the top five from each spot on the diamond. By the end of each episode, they will crown the top player at each position and name him to the official “Lineup” card.

With an interactive fantasy game launched in conjunction with the on-air program and hosted, viewers can see how they stack up against The Lineup’s experts. Fans will try to predict the five players who will be nominated each week and ultimately who will be selected as the starter in the final “Lineup.” Participants will receive points for each correct pick and will be eligible for weekly prizes such as signed memorabilia from baseball greats like Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter. At the end of the series, the participant with the most points will win a Grand Prize. The site will also feature chats for fans to interact and debate each position, quizzes about the nominated players, photo and video galleries, and player statistics for fans to comb through before making their picks.

Not only is this a terrific concept, but it will introduce (or re-introduce) baseball fans in the New York area to the forgotten names from the teams they don’t hear about much anymore.

I’ll have to ask my brother to keep me updated and check the results online, because we don’t get MSG Network here in Maryland.

My money’s on Yogi Berra for the first Lineup Card.

Today, released their all-decade New York Yankees team, position by position. Some of the picks are self-explanatory and don’t need any discussion, with Jorge Posada at C, Derek Jeter at SS, and Mariano Rivera as the closer. The other picks are:

  • 1B- Jason Giambi
  • 2B- Robinson Cano
  • 3B- Alex Rodriguez
  • OF- Johnny Damon
  • OF- Bernie Williams
  • OF- Hideki Matsui
  • DH- David Justice
  • SP- Mike Mussina
  • SP- Andy Pettitte
  • SP- Chien-Ming Wang
  • SP- Roger Clemens
  • SP- CC Sabathia
  • SU- Joba Chamberlain
  • MGR- Joe Torre

What do you think? I’m definitely iffy on three things: Giambi, Sabathia, and Chamberlain. I’d have gone with Tino Martinez at 1B, and probably consider someone like Randy Johnson or David Wells (but will eventually go back to Sabathia) and would consider Tom Gordon for set-up man. However, his 2004 implosion would be a disadvantage. Chamberlain was incredible only in 2007, so that doesn’t sell the set-up position for me.

The discussion can be found on this link: Tough calls mark Yank’s team of decade.

There is probably no doubt anywhere that Roger Clemens used steroids. As he continues his legal wrangling with his former trainer, Brian McNamee, the Yankees want none of it. However, McNamee has plans to include the Yankees.

According to a story by Nathaniel Vinton in the Daily News, in a brief filed on Friday, McNamee has named a handful of current Yankees as potential witnesses in Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee.

The Yankees have never relished the destructive defamation suit former pinstripe hero Roger Clemens brought two years ago against his accuser, former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, but bigger headaches for the club may yet lie ahead according to a new appeals-court brief issued by McNamee’s defense attorneys.

A footnote deep in the 60-page brief lists current Yankee stars Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter as witnesses McNamee might call to the stand for sworn testimony about Clemens’ purported use of steroids and human growth hormone. Also listed among potential witnesses for McNamee is Angela Moyer, an alleged mistress of Clemens who tended bar near the Upper East Side apartment where McNamee said he visited Clemens after Yankee games to inject the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone (Clemens has testified he thought the syringes contained vitamin B12).

The brief, which McNamee’s attorneys sent Friday to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, portrays Clemens’ defamation suit as nearly dead in the water. It comes in response to Clemens’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year that eviscerated the suit, which Clemens first brought against McNamee on Jan. 6, 2008, three weeks after a report by former Senator George Mitchell first publicized McNamee’s accusations. Mitchell was also listed as a potential witness. He and the others could also be summoned to testify as part of a defamation countersuit that McNamee himself brought against Clemens last year in a federal court in Brooklyn — and will likely pursue, at least in order to recover his monumental legal fees.

Right now only the legal system could prevent from having the Yankee players testify. If the courts are convinced with the brief, then this won’t happen.

According to multiple media outlets on the Internet and Twitter, the first of which I saw from Tyler Kepner, Johnny Damon has signed an one-year $8 million contract, pending a physical.

Damon had little choice but to accept this offer after the White Sox took their offer off the table and there were basically no suitors left.

Rob Abruzzese at BBD has more.

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