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  • radnom

    2 Lineups I feel would be ideal for next year

    If the price/years for Tex is right….

    1.Damon LF
    2. Jeter SS
    3. Arod 3B
    4. Texiera 1B
    5. Posada C
    6. Nady RF
    7. Masui DH
    8. Cano 2B
    9. Baldelli CF

    Otherwise….

    1.Damon LF
    2. Jeter SS
    3. Arod 3B
    4. Bradley DH
    5. Posada C
    6. Nady RF
    7. Masui 1B
    8. Cano 2B
    9. Baldelli CF

    Rotation

    Sabbathia
    Wang
    Joba
    Mussina/Pettite
    Hughes

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      Where the heck did Baldelli come from?

    • radnom

      Just my hope. He’s a free agent. You can’t exactly count on him as an everyday player next year….but I did say it was my “ideal” roster.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Oh, thought I missed something from the rumor mill.

    • A.D.

      Tossing Matsui over to 1B, might not be the smoothest transition

      • radnom

        He said he’s willing. That is something at least. I tend to agree though.

        • A.D.

          Yeah I mean anyone can be willing, Giambi is willing to play 1st, and Abreu willing to catch a ball by the wall….neither do a good job

          • RustyJohn

            Lol…I’d be “willing” to be their #1 starter. Do I get a job?

  • Adam

    why is it time to part ways with giambi? a lineup with 9 giambi’s scores 7.2 runs per game. that is 1166 runs per year. he is not the problem. and getting rid of him and abreu is going to lower the team OBP a lot, and it’s not like the yankees had an easy time scoring runs this year…

    • http://evizions.com eVizions

      A lineup with 9 Giambi’s also gives up 1400 runs, mostly on inside the park homers. Again, it was nice to have him on the team, but we need to go in a new direction. He’s horrible defensively and he’s only hit above .271 in 1 year as a Yankee. We need more production than that.

      • RustyJohn

        He and Matsui are interchangable parts- Matsui at least has some value in that he can play an outfield position. Would rather have a healthy Matsui all year DHing, Damon in left…can Nady play right and can we get a centerfielder that can field and hit league average?

  • The Forgotten Dion James

    Speaking of random and links, my buddy sent these over to me yesterday…

    http://www.itsallarodsfault.com/

    and

    http://www.jeterdrinkswinecoolers.com/

    The Jeter one is surprisingly anti-Red Sox so it appears. Not the greatest stuff but good time wasters.

  • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com SAMIAMSPORTS

    getting lazy with the links are we?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’s an autopost thing from Delicious.com. Yeah, it looks like crap, but there’s not much we can do about the format.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I had actually changed the format, but it didn’t take. Well, some of it took. We’ll see tomorrow.

  • steve (different one)

    man, reading the comments by Hank in that second link, it’s hard to believe some people would want to risk a new structure without Cashman where Hank has more power.

    what a dumb rant. yeah, the AL East is very strong this year. and yes, the NL West is pathetic. but was anyone complaining for the last decade when the Yankees could beat up on the Rays and pad their win totals? was anyone complaining in 2000 when the Yankees had the FIFTH best record in the AL yet earned a playoff spot and an eventual title?

    it’s probably not the best system, but its helped the yankees as much as it is hurting this year. blaming the format for this season just seems weak and petty.

    Hank seems to be just as arrogant and stupid as his father was at his worst.

    • radnom

      I don’t think anyone wants to see Hank have more power, but people just want to get rid of Cashman because they feel he is the problem(not me).

      I also agree than this rant didn’t come off well, and he should shut his mouth, but you’re dead wrong if you actually believe that the divisional system has helped the Yankees more than hurt them the last decade.

      First of all, the AL east, while not being the supreme power it is today, has been very very solid over that whole stretch. Especially the last 5 – 6 years. Especially when compared to the NL. The Yankees winning 87 games against tough division opponents is not even close to the same as the Dodgers this year winning 85 against San Francisca and San Diego (.329).
      And the Rays of the past are not a good example..every division has a “whipping boy” each year. If you compare the Ray’s records to that of other last place teams over the years, they are not any lower, they just gained notoriety for ALWAYS being in last.

      But really, being in the AL East over the last decade has been a hinderence, not a help to overall playoff hopes, just ask the Toronto Blue Jays.
      (Yes you can site 2000, but I’m talking overall. And if you look at that division they won first over two other very solid teams. So yeah, ONE other team had a better record(by 2.5 games) in the AL and didn’t make the playoffs… but comparing that situation to the NL West this year is absurd).

      • steve (different one)

        But really, being in the AL East over the last decade has been a hinderence, not a help to overall playoff hopes, just ask the Toronto Blue Jays.

        yes, i agree with all of this. and if this were the owner of the Blue Jays talking, i wouldn’t call his rant stupid.

        but its the owner of the yankees. the team with the $200M payroll.

        he comes off like a petulant blowhard.

        • radnom

          “he comes off like a petulant blowhard.”

          No argument there. Its just been too common to toss around the 2000 as if its some sort of excellent rebuttal to what Hank said.

          Its not, and there is a lot of truth to what he said, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is embarrassing himself and the organization.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          And “he comes off like a petulant blowhard” because people go into their reading/listening of everything he says with the preconceived notion that he’s a petulant blowhard.

          It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You think that Hank’s a stupid gasbag, so you emphasize the stupid gasbaggish things that he says and ignore the points he makes, such as the point that it’s unfair to criticize the Yanks for missing the playoffs and lionize Joe Torre for making the playoffs and imply a causal link, because the circumstances of those two outcomes are wildly different.

          Joe Girardi might have made the playoffs if he got to play the Padres, Giants, and Rockies left and right and had Manny Ramirez fall into his lap like manna from heaven.

          • Jack

            You just explained the very reason why A-Rod is a “choker” and Ortiz is “clutch”.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      >> but was anyone complaining for the last decade when the Yankees could beat up on the Rays and pad their win totals? >>

      When exactly did that happen? Seems like the Rays always played us tough…

      • radnom

        “When exactly did that happen? Seems like the Rays always played us tough…”

        Well that’s our fault. But you’re right, its not like the Ray’s were any worse than the last place teams in other divisions.

      • steve (different one)

        When exactly did that happen? Seems like the Rays always played us tough…

        the yankees are 122-62 against the Rays since inception.

        from 1998-2006 they were 101-47 for a .682 winning %.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Look at fancypants with his numbers and statistics.

        • radnom

          Yeah but is that really that much better than their winning percentage over that span? (I don’t have time to look up the % right now, but assuming a generous ~95 wins a year its around .590.)

          Thats not a huge discrepancy for a last place team, i’m sure the % against a non-division team such as the Royals, for example, is similar.

  • A.D.

    My guess that “toll” for Lou will be none at all if the Cubs win it this year

    • radnom

      Might want to go out on top.

      First WS in 100 years? Hard to beat that.