Week 17 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees had yet another solid week going 4-3. They played very well against the two time defending AL champion Texas Rangers by winning the first three games of the series before dropping the 4th one. The Yankees followed that up by splitting the first two games with Boston. The Yankees managed to do this with a short handed lineup missing Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira at times during the week. The Week 17 Yankees Player of the Week Nominations are David Phelps, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, and Derek Jeter.

The Case For Phelps: Phelps did a very admirable job of filling in for CC Sabathia for this week. Against two very tough lineups and on a pitch count both starts Phelps flourished. Phleps pitched beautifully yesterday despite picking up the loss. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and sturck out 7. Two of the three runs were on a well placed pitched pitch on the outside corner to Adrian Gonzalez. Phelps beat Texas by pitching 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, and striking out 3.

The Case For Swisher: Swisher probably had the best week at the plate that anyone on the Yankees have had this season. Swisher hit .414 on the week, with 4 HR’s and 12 RBI. Swisher started it off on Monday with a grand slam against Ryan Dempster to give the Yankees a lead that they would never relinquish. The next day, Swisher hit a 2 run home run against Alexi Ogando in the 7th inning to give break the 0-0 score. Then on Friday Swisher hit a home run from each side of the plate vs. Boston.

The Case for Kuroda: I was in attendance on Tuesday in the Bronx when Kuroda pitched the best game any Yankee has this season. Kuroda took a no-hitter into the 7th before Elvis Andrus broke it up with an infield single. He ended up pitching a complete game shutout and allowed only two hits. Kuroda only allowed 4 balls out of the infield and just one runner past 1st base. He did all this against what is perhaps the bets hitting team in baseball.

The Case for Jeter: Jeter continued his fantastic season by hitting .357, with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI on the week. Jeter’s two home runs this week gave him double digits for the season and he had three multi hit games on the week.

You have a hitter doing as well as he possibly could against a pitcher doing the best he possibly could. I will have to give it to Swisher because he was a huge part in three of the four wins this week. All 4 candidates are strong this week so vote in the poll and discuss in the comments.

 

 

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Posted on August 19, 2012, in Player of the Week and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. you wanted a sample of my writing?, are you going to pay me?
    here is my submission
    The Mets were on WPIX LAST NIGHT, AND WILL BE ON AGAIN TODAY.
    ONLY I CAN NOT GET THE GAME ON MY TV.

    EVENTUALLY SOMEONE IS GOING TO HEAR ME.

    A lot of Yankees fans live in areas where they have CABLEVISION. Cablevision just added the NFL Network, you get it free if you are Gold or Silver package subscriber, but you have to pay $6.95 a month for the sports and entertainment package to get the NFL Network if you just have basic cable. They just did this Friday, August 17.

    ON THE SAME DAY, CABLEVISION TOOK AWAY WPIX CHANNEL 11, WPHIL 17 PHILLY, AND ANT TV

    IVE BEEN WATCHING CHANNEL 11 MY WHOLE LIFE SINCE THE 1960′S.

    IT IS AN OVER THE AIR CHANNEL.

    WHY IS IT BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM ME REALLY,…SO I CAN HAVE THE OPTION TO BUY A SPORTS CHANNEL OF THE NFL, WHICH I WILL NEVER BUY ANYWAY?

    I ALREADY GET ON MY BASIC CABLE :: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN NEWS, ESPN U, MSG, MSG PLUS, MSG VARSITY, CBS SPORTS NET, NBC SPORTS NET, FOX SOCCER, YES, SNY, SPEED TV, GOLF CHANNEL, NBA NETWORK, MLB NETWORK
    THAT IS 16 SPORTS CHANNELS ON MY BASIC CABLE
    PLUS I GET MAJOR SPORTS EVENTS ON THE REGULAR NETWORKS – CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC
    YANKEES ON MY 9, METS ON WPIX 11, PHILLIES ON WPHL 17
    PLUS MLB ON TBS AND NBA ON TNT, EVEN FX SOMETIMES HAS BASEBALL IN PLAYOFFS

    AS I AM GETTING ALL THAT SPORTS IN MY REGULAR CABLE— SO MUCH SPORTS ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH IT ALL —WHY WOULD I NOW PAY 6.95 A MONTH FOR THE NFL NETWORK?——- ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE TAKING AWAY WPIX 11, WPHL 17, and ANT TV– WHICH I DO WATCH!

    THE METS ARE ON CHANNEL 11 TODAY,…… AS THE YANKEES DO NOT PLAY UNTIL 8 PM, I WAS PLANNING ON WATCHING THE METS , BUT NOW I CAN NOT.——

    TRY TO GET ANSWERS– ALL YOU GET IS FORM LETTERS

    A CHILD COULD PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER AND UNDERSTAND THE ACCESS TO THE NFL NETWORK IS LINKED TO THE TAKING AWAY OF WPIX 11, WPHL 17, AND ANT TV!!

    Why would CABLEVISION need account information to answer to a general comment? Their own terms of service legal definition of a subscriber includes any individual in a household that watches the TV through Cablevision. These subscribers may or may not have the account information. DOES NOT MEAN THEY SHOULD NOT DO THE RIGHT THING AND ANSWER THE COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.

    CABLEVISION WROTE: “Recently we received an inquiry from you. Our response to your request is provided below.Subject 2 plus 2 means subscribers are screwed Discussion Thread Response (Christian C.) 08/19/2012 08:13 AM Dear Valued Customer:Thank you for your email. I apologize, I’m unable to locate your account with the information you’ve provided. In order to better assist you, your full 14-digit account number or complete service address including zip code is necessary. Please respond back at your earliest convenience, and please be sure to include your original request in your reply.”

    THAT IS THE COMPANY’S ANSWER? ANOTHER FORM LETTER? THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED THE INSTALATION OF CABLE IN THIS AREA ON THE PREMISE THAT OVER THE AIR CHANNELS HAD TO BE SHOWN,.. THAT IS WHATEVER I CAN PICK UP WITH AN ANTENA – THAT MEANS WHERE I LIVE WPIX 11 AND WPHL 17. I WANT REAL NITTY GRITTY, DEEP ANSWERS, NOT A FORM LETTER!

    The Yankees going to cut down on announcers? Is this yet another sign they are hurting for money? As I talked about the other day, I think the Yankees are not turning a profit in cash.(They should also keep Ken Singleton)

    Next thing you know, YES is going to get into a battle with CABLEVISION in an attempt to extort households in the tri-state area for more money.

    The NFL just did this for the NFL NETWORK AFTER A 6 YEAR BATTLE WITH CABLEVISION,…. AND IN ORDER TO PAY FOR IT, EVERYONE WITH CABLEVISION, WHETHER THEY WATCH SPORTS OR NOT, JUST HAD WPIX 11, WPHL 17, AND ANT TV TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM.

    I hope the Yankees don’t try to extort money from the households.

    I was just going through the TV, to figure out how many specific sports channels I get on TV, and found I get 16 : ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN NEWS, ESPN U, MSG, MSG PLUS, MSG VARSITY, CBS SPORTS NET, NBC SPORTS NET, FOX SOCCER, YES, SNY, SPEED TV, GOLF CHANNEL, NBA NETWORK, MLB NETWORK.
    What happened to VS (versus)? The hockey playoffs were on there this past season.

    Cablevision is telling me in order to get the NFL Network I need to add the sports and entertainment package for 6.95 a month! I wont buy it,

    I already get enough sports on TV on my basic cable, as you can see.

    BUT MY FEAR IS THAT YES IS GOING TO BATTLE CABLEVISION TO GET INTO THIS PACKAGE, AND CABLEVISION WILL RAISE THE RATES FROM 6.95 A MONTH TO 8.95 , AND IF YOU DONT BUY IT, THERE GOES WHAT, 140 YANKEES GAMES?

    I AM LOYAL TO CABLE. I WONT CHANGE FROM CABLE, BECAUSE BIG TIME SPORTS LEAGUES AND FRANCHISES ARE TRYING TO DICTATE ME TO SWITCH, OR MOVE WHERE I LIVE, AS SOME PEOPLE GO AS FAR TO SUGGEST.

    I WILL STAND AND FIGHT , USING WORDS, LETTERS, EMAILS, TRYING TO RAISE AWARENESS AS TO WHAT THESE POWERFUL SPORTS LEAGUES AND FRANCHISES DO TO EXTORT MONEY OUT OF THE PUBLIC.

    I just read the link about Melky,…… and the big picture plays into my over-all theme this morning. It is not hard to see the ongoing thread that starts with players using steroids, hgh, and now testosterone, to obtain higher salaries through arbitration and free agency. The cost is passed onto the consumers any and every way teams and leagues can, including if it means holding a cable provider hostage, and thus the households in the operating area..

    All at the same time fans want a fair game, and the right team to win each game fairly. SEE HOW LINKED ALL THESE ISSUES ARE?

    If you watched THE SPORTS REPORTERS this morning on ESPN, Lupica said the FANS DONT matter when it comes to sports for business decisions made both on and off the field. And the other SPORTS REPORTERS on the show agreed

    Yankees Fans Unite web site says what all in the sports industry say, up front, what they want you to believe, FANS DO MATTER.

    However, it is simply not true. The industry wants fans to falsely believe it, in order to keep the free flowing tap of cash coming into sports.

    Whether it be we pay a higher price for a new FORD, or an extra dollar for a BIGMAC, 8 dollars more a month on our CABLE BILL, 200 dollars more on our car insurance, suffer the loss of long time TV STATIONS LIKE WPIX 11——TO PAY FOR HIGHER AND HIGHER HIGH SALARY PLAYERS AND OWNERS AND WORKERS OF SPORTS INDUSTRY IN THE GENERAL Sense, THE GREED WILL ALWAYS OVER RULE THE GENERAL PUBLIC,… SOME OF WHICH GET HIT WITH THESE HIGHER COSTS DUE TO SPORTS, AND DO NOT EVEN WATCH SPORTS.

    I WAS IN THE CAR TRYING TO THINK OF A WORD TO DESCRIBE IT, AND I CAME UP WITH SINISTER.
    AND IF MELKEY DIDNT GET CAUGHT, AND WON THE BATTING TITLE, MAYBE THE MVP, IN A CONTRACT YEAR, AND GOT A NEW CONTRACT AT 5 YEARS 90 MILLION MAYBE,…. WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?

    DOES IT JUST GROW ON TREES? IT COMES FROM ME AND YOU!!!!!!!

    IT IS THE SAME AS IF MELKY BROKE INTO OUR HOMES AND RAIDED OUR WALLETS.

    YOU DO NOT CARE?

    YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND IN ORDER TO PAY HIM THAT,.. THEY CHARGE A LOT MORE THAN THAT?

    EVERYONE NEEDS THEIR CUT BEFORE IT GETS TO HIM. THE TEAM, THE TV PROVIDER, AND THE TV CHANNEL.

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO WAKE UP

    THE YANKEES ANNOUNCERS ON YES DO A GOOD JOB, KEITH AND RON DO A GOOD JOB FOR THE METS TOO.

    THE YANKEES I GUESS ARE TALKING ABOUT FIRING SOME EMPLOYEES OR CONTRACTORS ON THE BROADCASTING SIDE THOUGH.

    SOMETHING DIFFERENT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN SPORTS.

    IT IS CLEAR THAT THE YANKEES DID NOT KNOW, OR EVEN MORE SINISTER, WILL NOT ADMIT, THAT WHEN THE GAVE AROD HIS 10 YEAR 275 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT BEFORE THE 2008 SEASON, THAT HE HAD USED STEROIDS AND / OR HGH, PUMPING UP HIS STATS TO HIGH ELITE STATUS, THUS COMMANDING MORE MONEY,.. WHICH WAS, ANYWAY THEY COULD, PASSED ONTO THE CONSUMER.

    THE DAYS OF COMPANIES CARING ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS, DIRECT OIR INDIRECT, FLOWING BOTH WAYS,.. ARE LONG GONE FROM THE AMERICAN CULTURE.
    ALL THAT IS LEFT IS GREED!!!

    OH MY GOD, OMG,….. GET THIS,……. CABLEVISION SENT ME SEVERAL EMAILS EXPLAINING HOW I WOULD HAVE TO BUY THE ” SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT” PACKAGE FOR 6.95 A MONTH, TO GET THE NFL NETWORK,….. (GOLD OR SILVER ACCOUNTS IT IS ALREADY INCLUDED AS OF THE 17TH

    BUT IF YOU GO THE THE CABLEVISION WEBSITE, AND FIND YOUR WAY TO THE LINK ON “PRICING”, THERE IS NO “SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT” PACKAGE LISTED——

    THE LISTINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS: GOLD, 109.95 A MONTH SILVER 89.95 A MONTH PREFERED 74.95 A MONTH VALUE 64.95 A MONTH.

    NO WHERE IN THE WEB SITE’S PRICING PLAN DOES IT MENTION A “SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE” FOR AND ADDITIONAL 6.95 A MONTH

    THEN OF COURSE TO BATTLE VERIZON, THEY OFFER THE TRIPPLE PLAY, TV, INTERNET AND PHONE, AT 89.85 A MONTH FOR THE “FIRST YEAR”.

    CABLEVISION WILL NOT PUBLISH THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NFL NETWORK ACCESS,.. EVEN NOW,.. THEY DENY IN EMAILS AND THE WEBSITE EMAILS, THAT THEY EVEN CUT A DEAL ON AUGUST 17TH, WHICH THEY HAVE.

    THIS IS MIND-BOGGLING.

    WHILE AGAIN, ALL AT THE SAME TIME, CABLEVISION SUBSCIBERS, AS OF THE 17TH ARE BEING DENIED ACCESS TO WPIX 11 ( WHICH I HAVE WATCHED SINCE THE 1960′S), WPHL TV 17,AND ANT TV.

    SOMETHING VERY SINISTER IS GOING ON!!!!!!!!

    THE NFL IS GOING TO HAVE TO, AS THEY SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL,. SETTLE THE FEDERAL LAWSUITS, WITH THE 2000 PLUS FORMER PLAYERS/FAMILIES, FOR BRAIN INJURIES, AND OTHER THINGS, PENSIONS, MEDICAL, ETC ETC….

    SO THEY CAVED INTO CABLEVISION, ON A TIER /BUY OPTION, TO GET THE EXTRA MILLIONS THEY WILL NEED, WITHOUT HAVING TO PUT OUT ANYMORE EFFORT, JUST OPEN THE LINES TO CABLEVISION TO SEND OUT TO HOUSEHOLDS THE NFL NETWORK, AFTER 6 YEARS OF BATTLING,

    BUT CABLEVISION COULD NOT AFFORD IT,… SO THEY JUST CUT WPIX 11, WPHL TV 17, AND ANT TV,… CAUSE TRIBUNE IS TRYING TO GET MORE MONEY, THAT CABLEVISION CAVED INTO GIVING THE NFL

    WHO IS SCREWED?

    PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN CABLEVISION AREAS!!!

    AND IF YOU DO NOT THINK THAT YES HAS A BATTLEPLAN, TO FURTHUR SCREW HOUSEHOLDS IN THE CABLEVISION AREA,.. THINK TWICE WAKE UP!!

    WHAT I KNOW IS WHAT I FEEL, AND THIS WHOLE THING FEELS WRONG, IT FEELS SINISTER!!

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