Sports Writing Rookie

Archive for February, 2011


Hello World

Welcome to my sports blog. My name is Brandon Dugger I’m a 19 year old college student majoring in journalism specifically sports journalism. Basically I love sports I played high school football and baseball. I’m terrible in basketball, tried hockey, but that did not work out very well. It was suggested to me by my advisor that I make a blog dedicated to sports if I want to help me become comfortable with writing a lot so here’s the first post and I hope you all love it if you choose to even read what I write.

Aside from yesterday being valentines day, yesterday marked the beginning of baseball season. Pitchers and catchers reported and soon positional players will join them. Being from New York City it made sense that my first post be about my NewYork Yankees. 2010 was a very up and down season. Aj Burnett had a terrible season with a 10-15 record and a 5.26 era. The captain Derek Jeter also had a down year after coming off a year in which he finished 2nd in the MVP voting jetted finished 2010 with a .270 batting average with 67 RBI. With an almost completely new outfield that had Nick Swisher in right, Curtis Granderson in center, and Bret Gardner in left field the 2010 season was an interesting one. You of course had the usual guys do their job. A-Rod, Mark Texiera, CC Sabathia, and Andy Pettite kept the team at bay and were the leaders. The biggest surprise came from second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano had a MVP caliber season with a career high .319 batting average 109 RBI and 29 home runs, his play led him to a 3rd place finish in the MVP voting behind Miguel Cabrera and winner Josh Hamilton. The team finished with a 95-67 record and a wild card spot with the Tampa Bay Rays winning the division. The defending champs easily took care of the Minnesota Twins in the NLDS In a 3 game sweep before losing to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS in 6 games. The offseason was an offseason that had been on everyones mind the whole season. The contracts of Derek Jeter and, Mariano Rivera were up along with Andy Pettite deciding on whether to retire or not. The biggest prize of the offseason was pitcher Cliff Lee. Cliff Lee has become know as “the Yankee killer” during the postseason. He is 3-0 vs the Yankees in 3 post season meetings in the past 2 years. In the end Cliff told the Yankees that dollars don’t equal happiness as Lee took 50 million less to go back to the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee going to Philly along with Andy retiring has put a choke on the Yankees rotation. CC,AJ, and Phil Hughes are the front 3 with a battle for the 4th and 5th spot between Ivan Nova, Andrew Brackman, Sergio Mitre, Bartolo Colon, and Mark Prior. Jeter and Rivera are back and with new catcher Russell Martin coming over from the LA Dodgers, Jorge Posada is moving over to the dh position. There are many other questions going into this season for the the Yankees. What will they do with Joba Chamberlin. Yesterday gm Brian Cashman told the NY post that there might be a chance he doesn’t even make the team so it’s do or die for him. If the Yankees have a bad year will CC leave? He has an opt out clause in his contract that he can use after the season so what happens this year will definitely affect the offseason. There’s always drama with the pinstripe boys. there’s only one thing they can do PLAY BALL