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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Yankees, Unobstructed — May 16

If the Bronx News Network's readers exist in a vacuum (and we can assume they do), then they must only be getting their Yankees news once a week! That's a crying shame. An injustice that we cannot allow to be perpetrated upon our fair readers. Thus, we present the first ever...

Bronx News Network's List of Recommended Yankees Blogs

WasWatching.com: Founded in 2005 by baseball analyst Steve Lombardi, Was Watching has some of the best statistical analysis you can find on the Yankees, anywhere. Over the weekend, Lombardi quelled all of our Derek Jeter-related fears.

BronxBanterBlog.com: A fun combination of baseball-nostalgia and gameday reaction, Alex Belth's Bronx Banter blog is as entertaining as Yankees blogs get. You're just as likely to get thoughts on the Yankees' unique catcher situation as you are to get Belth's recommendations for Sunday brunch.

TheYankeeU.com: Formerly known as Yankees Universe, YankeeU had to change their name after receiving a "cease and desist" notice from Major League Baseball last year (the Yanks were afraid people would confuse the blog with their "Yankees Universe" charitable fund). Check out YankeeU's solid preview of this week's Yankee-Red Sox series.

FackYouk.blogspot.com: Even if this blog had nothing to offer, other than its awesome name, it would still make our list. That's a great name for a Yankees blog. But it's also loaded with neat info, like their post-game WPA (Win Probability Added) charts, which show the probability of victory for each team as games progress.

Yankees.LHblogs.com: The LoHud Yankees Blog is kinda the, well...Yankees...of Yankees blogs. It's run by the Journal News' two Yankee beat reporters — Chad Jennings and Sam Borden — and it's updated several times daily. It provides an insiderish look at the Yankees, and also at the life of a baseball beat reporter. LoHud's glimpses of life following a baseball team are pretty fascinating.

In Other Yankees News

  • Today's loss to the Twins was the first since Aug. 13, 2008. The Yanks had won their last 12 consecutive contests against Minnesota (including a 3-game sweep in the ALDS last year).
  • The game was lost on a Jason Kubel grand slam, surrendered by none other than Mariano Rivera. It was the first time Rivera had surrendered an earned run since Game 6 of the ALCS last year.
  • BNN's Alex Kratz probably fondly remembers the last time Rivera lost. It was September 18, 2009. The Yankees were up 2-1 against the Seattle Mariners — with two outs and one man on — when Ichiro Suzuki turned on the first pitch he saw and sent it into the stands.

NOTE: Make sure to check back every weekend for The Yankees, Unobstructed, BNN's weekly Yankees opinion column.

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


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