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Fielder, Harvey, comeback players of the year.

Prince Fielder and Matt Harvey were named Comeback Players of the Year.

Mark Teixeira and A-Rod were candidates. I would think that the voters, in A-Rod’s instance, would have preferred to vote for someone coming off injury rather than a suspension for steroid usage.

Recent passings:

Norm Siebern, a backup OF for the Yanks in 1956 and regular OF for the Yanks in 1958 and 1959. He was a 3x All-Star for the KC A’s and Baltimore Orioles, and finished 7th in the 1962 MVP voting. He hit .300 and won a Gold Glove for the 1958 WS Champion Yankees.

John Tsitouris, a pitcher for the early-60’s Reds.

Eddie Milner, OF for the 1980s Reds.

Garry Hancock, OF for the early 1980s Red Sox.  (Rookie in 1978).

Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

WS Gm 2: Tigers bats silenced. Giants go up 2-0.

The Giants hit just 103 HR all year. By contrast, the Yanks hit 245. Only one Giant had 20 HR. By contrast, the Yanks had five. But the Yanks got swept in the ALCS and the Giants are up 2-0 in the WS.

It comes down to clutch hitting, and so far we’ve seen some by the Giants PITCHERS this postseason.

Don’t you get tired of someone cutting for the fences with two strikes on him instead of choking up, shortening his swing, and just trying to make contact? Joe DiMaggio struck out 369 times in his whole CAREER (to go with 361 HR). Curtis Granderson struck out 195 times THIS SEASON (then added 16 more in the postseason when he went 3 for 30).

The Tigers must have watched the Yankees too much while sweeping them in the ALCS for tonight they looked like them. 0 runs on 2 hits while losing 2-0. In the second, Prince Fielder was HBP and Delmon Young doubled. Fielder was sent and was thrown out at home. I could only imagine what might have happened had the huge Fielder barreled into Posey. Part of Posey would have been in the lower deck. The other part in the upper deck.

Hunter Pence scored one run and drove in the other. One run scored on a DP ball, the other on a SF.

Not exactly pretty, but the runs scored. Which was better than what the Yanks did most of the year with RISP.

So SF holds serve, winning both of the first two games in SF. Now it’s time to see if the Tigers hold serve in their ballpark.

In Yankees’ news, CC had surgery on a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He’s expected to be fine for spring training 2013.

HR Derby winner: Prince. Cano shut out.

Prince Fielder won the HR Derby, as Robbie Cano hit none in the first round.

KC fans booed Cano (the defending champ) because he didn’t pick Billy Butler. Big whoop. Although Robbie was shut out (let’s hope he hits them when they COUNT), the guys he picked (Trumbo, Bautista and Prince) did great. In fact the final was Bautista vs. Prince.

Grow up, KC.

Prince a Tiger

Prince Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214MM deal with the Tigers. It’ll offset the loss of V-Mart for 2012.

I don’t know if Prince will DH or play 1B. Miggy Cabrera could move back to 3B, but the Tigers lose out defensively there. Of course, Wilson Betemit just went to the Orioles, and Brandon Inge hit only .197 last year. (Update: Prince plays 1B, Cabrera to 3B, DH or RF).

Which reminds me of yet another DH candidate still out there… Magglio. (There are lots of them, aren’t there?). You wonder how low some of them will drop in their salary demands.

More to come.

Oh yeah,…. like father (Cecil) like son. I still remember Cecil hitting balls over the old Tiger Stadium roof.

Francisco Cordero goes to Toronto. He’ll be 37 in May, has 327 career saves, and was 5-3, 2.45, 37 saves for the Reds in 2011.

The Price You Pay…

Cue Bruce.

The Price You Pay.

For Garza, the Cubs supposedly would want Montero and either Banuelos or Betances from the Yanks.

Edwin Jackson’s price is $15-17m for 5 years? No way do I give that for a career 60-60, 4.46 ERA (ERA+ 97) pitcher. The Yanks, supposedly, would rather go for Kuroda for one year, and they think HIS price is too high.

Not only that, remember that with the luxury tax, take the salary and multiply by 1.4 to get the real cost to the Yankees.

It also appears (via Twitter accounts) that Nakajima and the Yanks would have to agree on a one-year deal (by Friday) or no deal.

Prince Fielder and the Nats rumors still strong.

Ryan Clark of the Steelers won’t play Sunday due to sickle problems which in 2007 forced removal of his gall bladder and spleen after a game in Denver.

Bears fire their GM.

Cereal Boy (CoCo Crisp) back to the A’s.

Power outage and who’s left on the market.

As a Yankees fan, I have to wonder about A-Rod in 2012. For one thing, he turns 37 in July of 2012. For another, consider this:

In 2007, his phenomenal MVP year (54 HR, 156 RBI), he played in 158 games.

Since then?

138 in 2008.

124 in 2009, when he missed the first month with the hip surgery. Granted the Yanks won the WS that year, but…

137 in 2010.

99 in 2011.

Hmmmm….. how many games will he play in 2012?

Not only that, but the power dropped in 2011. He did have years of 35, 30 and 30 HR despite the diminished time from 2008-2010 and granted he only played in 99 games in 2011, but his 2011 HR total was just 16.

In his last 41 games played in 2011 (not counting the playoffs), A-Rod had 3 HR. Let me repeat that. Three. Count the playoffs and it’s 46 games with 3 HR. A quarter of the season. .270-3-25. The RBI is OK. 41 games, 25 RBI, almost 100 for 162 games. The average a little below par, but .270 isn’t awful. But the power.

629 career HR, a cleanup hitter just 107 RBI away from 2000 (which only Aaron and Ruth have accomplished). But just 3 HR in his last 170 AB or so.

Yes, he was hurt with that knee. But with him turning 37 next July, you have to wonder if the power is sapped and also how many games he will play in.

Can he give 150 games and 35 HR? Or will it be 108 games and 18 HR?

Will he be the old A-Rod, or an old A-Rod?

Other news: Big Ben out tomorrow for Pittsburgh. Unless a miracle happens, they are locked into the #5 seed for the AFC. Charlie Batch starts. Even at that, the Steelers should beat the Rams. Resting Ben may be for the best. But Pittsburgh’s biggest problem could be this. Even with him healthy, there is no bye. As of now, postseason game #1 would be @ Denver. Ok, probably a low scoring game, but they can beat the Broncos. After that, with the #5 seed, maybe @ New England. They beat the Patriots before this year (at Pittsburgh) but in New England, vs. Brady… tough game. The Pats D isn’t great so even if Pittsburgh wins that one there most likely would be a third straight road game….most likely @ Baltimore, who beat the Steelers twice this season. That Monday night loss to the 49ers really hurts. Had the Steelers won, they’d have the inside position for the #1 seed, home field throughout, and a bye. Instead, consider the road I just laid out…

Remember when I wrote about 10 players taking up $161.25 million of the Yanks’ 2012 payroll? Four were pitchers. Two starters (CC/AJ) and two relievers (Mo/Soriano).

Lastly, a look at the top free agents left. Fielder, of course, tops the list. Then comes Edwin Jackson, Ryan Madson, Hiroki Kuroda, and Roy Oswalt. There are concerns over Oswalt’s back.

Then there is Javy Vazquez, who a) is considering retirement, and b) Yankee fans would NEVER give a third chance to….