Aug
16

A fitting end to a bad day

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A few minutes before Gerrit Cole didn’t sign with the Yanks, Mariano Rivera throws one away to give the Royals a 4-3 lead that they wouldn’t give up. What a way to end the day.

Categories : Asides, Game Stories

59 Comments»

  1. Joey says:

    Bull. Fucking. Shit.

  2. Jay says:

    This blows.

  3. Joey says:

    And just to add to the great day, the Yanks fire 2 scouts amid the FBI probe:

    “A Major League Baseball source said Friday that the New York Yankees decided to fire two scouts for taking kickbacks from Dominican prospects after being briefed by MLB investigators on the financial scandal and the role the men played in it.

    The fired officials were identified as Carlos Rios, the Yankees director of Latin American scouting, and Ramon Valdivia, the team’s Dominican Republic scouting director. The two, who had been on leave, were terminated Thursday.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3537389

  4. BigBlueAL says:

    I wander if Damon took those 2 strikes just so he didnt bunt because he realized how fucking stupid it was for Girardi to have him bunting there….

  5. Reggie C. says:

    Not that we’re devoid of RH power pitching prospects (Betances / Brackman), but adding Cole would’ve been a coup for where the team selected Cole.

    Tonight might be one of the darkest days in the organization in a long time.

  6. pat says:

    brackman
    melancon
    betances
    montero
    de la rosa
    mcallister
    marshall
    higashoika
    o’Brien
    joseph
    hughes
    banuelos
    angelini
    richarson
    romine
    jackson
    sosa
    lassiter
    kennedy
    de leon
    weems

    the farm is still stocked boys and girls, cole would have been the icing on the cake…. keep the faith

  7. leftylarry says:

    Don’ forget Laird and Suttle also.

  8. Manimal says:

    Not only did the yankees kill this season but they killed it in great fashion. come out strong in the second half and then crush every yankee fan by losing to the rangers and the royals.

  9. Baseballnation says:

    The fact that Cole went off to college instead of the Yanks because “he was a top ten talent that dopped to the end of the first round” is totally bullshit. He would have easily got top ten money! I see it as a kid who wanted the college experience…Can’t knock him for that. Or, Boras got in his clients ear and told him he could get him more money in 3 years, which in essence is a way to screw the yankees up the >:^

    • A.D. says:

      well you can knock him on that if you have no intent to sign you should inform teams of such, which is what other big names have done (see Brett Marshall). Its not right to tell a team you have all intent to sign, they use a 1st round pick, and you actually had no intent.

    • kris says:

      Don’t enter the damn draft if all he’s wanted all along is to bed hot SoCal co-eds.

      • r.w.g. says:

        Well.. I mean, that’s one of the risks of the amateur baseball draft. The NBA and I believe also the NFL have deadlines by which entrants must withdraw their name to retain NCAA eligibility.

        This doesn’t exist in MLB. You just have to not sign with an agent.

        You never changed your mind at 18 about something significant?

  10. A.D. says:

    Is Bliech signed?

    • A.D. says:

      never mind he did, BA said the Yankees 2nd rounder signed, which made me assume the reached something over the injury, but they meant 1a

  11. A.D. says:

    The silver lining i see with Cole is that we really didn’t miss out on another superstar arm, maybe the Yanks go with a good college player like Hunt, Scheppers, or Gillespe, but nothing too major. Hopefully someone will fall to 28B next year!

  12. Joltin' Joe says:

    Hey, Gerrit, thanks a lot. I hope your arm busrts into pink Jell-O on your first pitch for the Bruins. At least then it would be good for something.

  13. Mark M. says:

    team moto:

    Lethargic Millionaires

  14. stuart says:

    Gerit Cole can do whatever he wants of course but he will rue this decision. Under any rationale criteria the chances of Cole getting this type of money 3 years from now actually goes down. If you have not noticed pitchers tend to get hurt.

    he will regret this decision but of course he can do whatever he wants.

    the yankee offense again scores 3 runs or less. giambi stinks he cannot get a big hit but he has a lot of company this team literall sucks and does not know how to play baseball.

    Mo and his tie game routine 7 of 9 games he has given up a run, that is not good, and sorry the king needs to be criticized.. 7 of 9 games he has given up a run in a tie game…unbeleivable…..

  15. Mark M. says:

    stuart:

    why should it have even been a tie ball game. If this team cant muster more than three runs a game…..

    Who cares how amazing or terrible Mo pitches. It won’t matter.

  16. stuart says:

    it is more then lethargic millionaires.. Christian makes peanuts and got picked off in the 9th…

    they just are not tough mentally and have no mojo..

    they have lsot all the magic..

    they have had so many bad loses it is stagggering

  17. Juan Ekomez says:

    How many picks are they gonna have next yr?

    • Baseballnation says:

      SI have a suspecting feeling the Yankees will keep Abreu. You know the Yankees…Gotta sign a guy who is way past his prime and on the decline for 16 million.

      They Covet Tex so I would assume they let Giambi walk. I believe he has type A possibilities so that’s two picks. If they Sign Sabathia and Mussina prices himself out of an offer then that’s possibly two picks for moose.

      Sabathia will go back home to the west coast so moot.

      They’ll get a comp for Cole plus a third round for Bittle. Thats 8 picks in the
      first three rounds alone possibly…Of course they could lose 2 if they sign tex which would leave them wih 6 possible picks in the first three rounds.

  18. stuart says:

    Mark I agree with you. I have been complaining of the offesne for 80 games.. giambi cannot get a big hit to save his life..

    there offense stinks… the pitching actually has out done expectations that is the scary thing..

    arod got his big hit for the month in Minny… giambi gets 3 big hits a year…

    it is staggering 3 runs against Meche and gang after meche let on the leadofff guy in 5 of 6 innings.

    BTW does Cano ever get a big hit?

    • Ivan says:

      Cano has gone from one of my top 2 favorite Yankees to one of my least favorite. Never mind his bad offensive year. I hate his lack of intensity and his need to look smooth on the field rather than make the play fundamentally and correctly. His lackadaisical play in anaheim on that slow roller that scored the winning run on sunday sealed it for me.

  19. Baseballnation says:

    Ofcourse I don’t think the yankees will get neither Sabathia or Tex. So Yankees enjoy your possible 8 picks in the first three rounds next year in what is said to be a pretty weak draft. Oye Vei

  20. Mark M. says:

    god….why do people keep calling for abreu to be gone…..????

    Do you not realize he is the only reason the Yankees have ever gotten an f’ing RISP in to score….the yankees would be blessed to keep abreu…if i were him i would run away as fast as possible…

  21. stuart says:

    anyone know how bad is Miranda as a 1b fielder? Can he move at all? ANy range? etc.

    thanks…

    He looks like he can hit , is that accurate?

  22. Ivan says:

    Look the effort is there, maybe sure than focus more again, you there doing their best out there effort wise. It’s just that the exucution hasn’t been there and the results. Again maybe just maybe it’s not the yankees year.

  23. Ivan says:

    I think alot you fans are being fickle right now.

  24. D.B. says:

    hey mike,
    If the yankees have a chance to draft cole in the 2011 draft should they?

    • Jamal G. says:

      No chance we are able to draft him, he will easily be a top 8-pick or better. And of course we should draft him, his talent is still top notch.

    • Mike A. says:

      No, that ship has sailed. Yeah there’s the whole “take the best talent thing,” but you have to set a precedent for the future. Cole turns down big money now, then the Yanks sign him for say, $6M in 3 years. What kind of message does that send to future draftees?

  25. Baseballnation says:

    Not Mike but I say No! Not because of smite or as payback, but if he positions himself as a first round talent who happens to drop to them again then I say pass. Why? Because the Yanke Brass might kill themselves if they pick him again, and again at the last minute decides he wants to stay in college for his senior year :]

  26. Joltin' Joe says:

    Yeah, so when is Cole gonna be interviewed and asked, “Why did you enter the draft if, as you said, you planned on honoring your commitment to UCLA no matter what offer came across the desk?” I would really, really like to hear his answer.

  27. Bonos says:

    Miranda’s best position is Bat, that’s it. At 1B he’s a butcher. I guess they were economizing on talent evaluators at the time of the signing.

  28. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Fitting way for the last year of the Stadium to go. Just tear it all up and start over.

    This team does not deserve to wear the pinstripes or play in the grand Stadium’s final season. I am going to the game today. Ick.

  29. Mark B says:

    Way to have the players motivated and prepared, Joe! Man, I can sure see why Hank was so excited to have you on board to replace a future Hall of Famer.

    It is times like is when I miss when George would would lay the hammer down on the manager or a particular player for such embarassing and sloppy play like this. This team needs some of that right now

  30. MD says:

    teams reflect the leader….in this case, Hank and Hal…..they are nowhere as committed to winning as George was….you can see it in their pullback in spending for both the latin american signings and the draft signings…..you can see it in not going after a big time free agent last winter……they will never admit it, but finance takes precedence over performance for these guys…..I think they are just squeezing the cow until George passes, then you’ll see the team go up for sale afterwards……the same pattern showed in the early 60′s when Topping and Webb cut their expenditures in the minors several years before unloading the team to CBS……I think we’ll see it again this off-season……it starts gradually, but you can see the pattern…..

  31. JimT says:

    What a terrible draft for Cashman and his crew. They failed to bring into the fold three of the top 75 picks in the draft. The one they did sign has an injury cloud over him.

    True that these picks aren’t completely lost, compensation picks will be rewarded for next years draft. But next years draft isn’t viewed as being as deep and besides the Yankees need to build up what has been an unproductive farm system sooner rather than later. How is it that Brian Cashman gets this undeserved reputation as developmental guy and a good GM. I just don’t see it.

    • Jamal G. says:

      the Yankees need to build up what has been an unproductive farm system

      What in God’s name are you talking about?

      • JimT says:

        Aside from Joba Chaberlain please point out to me players that have had a significant impact on this team that have graduated from the Yankees farm system over the past two to three years. Don’t include prospects and potential guys like Hughes and Kennedy, to this point they haven’t proved anything.

        Then compare and contrast that list to teams like Rays, Angels, Red Sox, Twins, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers and on and on. I’d say that the Yankees have had an unproductive farm system.

      • JimT says:

        Jamal, I know that you bleed Yankee blue and you know that I’m a Red Sox fan that at times comes on your blog and acts like a smart ass. But all silliness aside I’d love to hear your honest asessment of this years amateur draft. Isn’t signability a factor in scouting these guys?

        Also, I know you are a stat guy. So isn’t the statistical probability of a high draft pick succeeding far greater than lower picks. So how is not signing two of you’re top three picks something of a failure?

        The “Nation” saw our farm system go dry during the Duquette / Harrington regime when they “cheaped out” and refused to sign high draft picks. In the end you need high ceiling, skilled players at every level of your system. To do this you need to scout well, draft well and at the end of the day sign them. If you’re not going to sign them, don’t draft them!!

  32. bill says:

    the yanks spent less money than the gaints, padres, red sox and reds and other team for thier player procurement/signing this year the and with the underpreforming of some of their top players dark days might be coming faster than we think. i think the yanks are not making the money we think they are. they might be broke.

  33. nick blasioli says:

    why in the hell bring up gardner to replace melky…dont you have to be better than the one you are replacing…what happened to small ball….i know of several games that they lost because of the lack of small ball…cant wait until next year..and how come there arent any home run guys in the minors…it seem like all punch and judy hitters….

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