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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pinstripe Politics June 17

This edition is more of a "Pinstripe (kinda sorta) Politics."

The past week has seen few developments on the Pinstripe Politics front. However, there has been a good deal of talk about the new Stadium. The question: is this new $1.5 billion homer happy facility benefiting or hurting the team?

Here's a rundown of recent Stadium talk:

WasWatching pointed out that the Yankees have pitched significantly better on the road.

Dave Eiland, the Yankees' pitching coach, says all the home runs at new Stadium has been damaging to the pitching staff's psyches.

RiverAveBlues agrees.

However, some aren't blaming the pitching woes on the stadium. A knew theory has emerged, which attributes the Yankees poor throws to catcher Jorge Posada's in-game decision-making.

While some say you can blame Jorge.

Others insist you can't.

And then there are those who argue that it's far too early to worry about the Stadium's dimensions and the longballs.

Also, Commissioner Bud Selig, as usual, has nothing worthwhile to say.

NOTE: Make sure to check back every Wednesday for Pinstripe Politics, your source for that gray area where the Yankees and society converge. Also, check in with the BNN on Fridays for The Yankees, Unobstructed, our weekly Yankee opinion column.

For more of Graham Kates' sports writing, check out his True/Slant blog "Coaches in the Crosshairs" (www.trueslant.com/grahamkates).


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