On-Base Perception

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Yankees have worst DH production in the American League

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees reacts after striking

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.

DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...

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New Yankees inspire John Sterling home run calls

Yankees broadcaster John Sterling sits in his booth

(Credit: AP, 2009)

Every season brings along changes for the Yankees, but one constant -- at least for the past 25 years -- has been John Sterling doing play-by-play on the radio.

Even with the Yankees' radio broadcast moving from WCBS to WFAN, Sterling continues to bring a flair to calling a game with his infamous home run calls. Whether singing a ditty or making a play on words as a ball leaves the park, Sterling...

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Yankees have organizational issue at first base

Carlos Beltran plays first base in the fifth

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Just 16 games into the season, the Yankees have already had five players man first base – one of whom had fewer than five games of experience at the position and three players who had previously only set foot on a first base bag when rounding the bases.

The chronology goes like this:

- Mark Teixeira strained his hamstring on April 4, just four games into his season, and went on the disabled...

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Carlos Beltran. In cat face paint. On a rollercoaster.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran speaks to the media during

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Carlos Beltran is apparently not a scaredy cat when it comes to riding roller coasters.

The Yankees right fielder donned cat face paint while riding a rollercoaster with his family. Better yet? He took an Instagram video of it.

There's a joke in here somewhere comparing nine lives to nine innings, or saying that Beltran may not be as "frisky" in the outfield as he once was, but I'll...

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