Sound the trumpets! Ring the bells! It’s Melky to the rescue!


As you can imagine, we’re utterly thrilled with this news: Melky Cabrera will rejoin the Yankees today. Melky was exiled to AAA last month after 440 Major League plate appearances of .242/.296/.337 production. While in the minors, Melky hit .333/.409/.368 with just two extra-base hits. He also went 1 for 7 in the playoffs. So either Melky actually improved and may contribute with Bobby Abreu’s missing a few games or he’s just your consummate AAAA player. I know what I think, and I’m sure you all do too.

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  1. yankeemonkey says:

    He arrives just in time to bump up his value and be packaged with IPK to trade for Pujols in the offseason. That Cashman’s a genius, I tells ya!

  2. Count Zero says:

    If he could actually post a .409 OBP (or even .370) in the majors, I could live with the slugging only 30 points above BA. But since it’s a safe bet he won’t…

    • Chip says:

      I’d also be ok with that IF he could do the little things like steal a base, bunt for a base-hit, hit a sac fly and make productive outs. He’s still young and therefore has a chance to do all these things but consider me a skeptic

  3. Is Melky “The Consummate AAAA Player?” No.

    He’s the first ever BBBB player in ML history.

  4. Axl says:

    Lately it seems like the whole Yankees farm system are a bunch of AAAA players. I loved how Ian Kennedy dominated everybody yet again when he was down there before being called up to get stomped on against the Angels. Phil Hughes seems like he can’t even do that down there lately…Just seems like all of our “highly touted” farm system Yankees have been just as lacklustered and bad as our overpaid veterans have been. Meanwhile, Red Sox pitchers are throwing no hitters (Clay still stinks though), Lester has turned himself into a modern (in his prime) Andy Pettitte and Pedroia is somehow hitting out of his shoes…but still performing on all aspects better than Robinson Cano…who I still feel has more talent…just doesn’t put in the effort.

    What is with these guys?? Is our management that lenient and terrible that they don’t put any “gusto” into these players?? They all seem like they don’t care about anything.

    It just doesn’t make sense. I really don’t get it.

    • Chip says:

      I think what you’re forgetting is that almost all young players struggle when they first come up. Posada was forced to play second fiddle to Girardi for awhile, Wang struggled before his sinker really took off, Clay and Ellsbury are both struggling after being very highly touted, Jeter sucked his first pro season, ect.

      Very rarely do we see the initial and continued dominance that Joba has displayed. Just look at Cliff Lee, he was absolutely horrible before finally putting it all together this season.

      You still have to be happy with what we’re seeing from Joba, Veras, Edwar, Coke, Aceves, ect.

      Yes Christian, Gardner, Shelley, Melky and Rasner are probably AAAA players.

      I firmly believe Phil Hughes will win a Cy Young some day, A-Jax will be at least league average in center and that there has to be an above-average catcher between Montero/Romine/Weems/Cervelli/Higa(yeah I can’t spell the rest). If we get that out of our farm system in the next few years then you can’t really complain. Besides, we get to see Brackman in Hawaii this fall!

      • Mike A. says:

        Just look at Cliff Lee, he was absolutely horrible before finally putting it all together this season.

        Not true, last year was the abberation for Lee, not this year. Granted, he’s been out of his mind this year, but he was hardly horrible from 2004-2006.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      Just one more thing to keep in mind… Hughes is 22 years old and Kennedy is 23. All players develop at different rates (and unfortunately some don’t pan out as effective major leaguers) but to throw your hands in the air and call the Yankees’ farm system a failure after the 2008 season, as disappointing as it’s been, is short-sighted. The Yankees also happen to have a plethora of high-ceiling players in the low levels of the minors, like Romine (19 years old), Montero (18 years old), Betances (20 years old), and guys like Brackman just getting their start and A-Jax (21 years old) maybe a year or two away. When following prospects I think it’s important to keep in mind that saying “he’s 2-3 years away” is easier said than done, and you have to remind yourself that these things take time. Lester, Pedroia et al are definitely very nice success stories for the Sox, but keep in mind that Lester is 24 and Pedroia is 25. I’m not so sure Pedroia would have looked so good in MLB at 22 or 23, you have to give these guys time to develop before you write them off.

      • Curt Schilling, who was as much a part of thoe Sox championships as anyone, didn’t have a good ML season until he was 25. At that point, three organizations (Boston, Baltimore and Houston) had already grown impatient enough waiting for him to put it all together that they were willing to trade his potential for players they thought would pay immediate dividends.

        The Astros were so off-put by his mediocre 3-5, 1.559 WHIP, 91 ERA+ season in ’91 that, on the eve of the ’92 campaign, they dealt the 25 year old Schilling to Philly for 24 year old Jason Grimsley (who they DFA’d a year later). Straight up.

        Yes, you read that right. Jason Grimsley.


  5. pounder says:

    Oh great,we get to see Cano-Melky boogaloo in the dugout to close out the Stadium.Disgraceful,the two of them.Get rid of them at the first opportunity.Hire Willie as a mentor for all young kids who are coming up thru the minors.

    • steve (different one) says:

      Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  6. Batty says:

    Melky started off on an absolute tear – I think there’s enough talent in there but something needs to click. Maybe Cano has to sleep with Melky’s wife or something, get them competing instead of partying.

    • It worked for Roger Dorn and Rick Vaughn.

    • Ben K. says:

      Here’s the thing about Melky’s tear in April: It was the isolated event. In Statistical terms, his hot April was the outlier amidst three years of data. The odds are not in his favor of repeating or playing up to those standards again.

      • So, what are the odds, like… a millon to one?


      • steve (different one) says:

        Here’s the thing about Melky’s tear in April: It was the isolated event.

        actually it wasn’t.

        from 4/28/07 – 8/13/07

        G – 88
        PA – 358
        AB – 316
        Runs – 50
        Hits – 103
        2B – 20
        3B – 7
        HR – 8
        RBI – 46
        BB – 25
        AVG – .326
        OBP – .376
        SLG – .509

        so, for more than half of last season, Melky was an All-Star CFer.

        now, this doesn’t mean that i disagree with your assessment of Melky. i mostly don’t. he’s probably a 4th OFer at best.

        but to say that April of 2008 was an isolated event is patently false.

        for a LARGE chunk of last season, Melky was legitimately good. probably even great.

        the problem is that games in April and September count as well, but looking at those numbers i posted maybe makes the decision to start the season with Melky in CF a little more understandable.

        i have to admit, i was a little surprised at how good he was for solid 3 1/2 months.

  7. E-ROC says:

    Where is Christian? I would rather have Christian called up instead of Melky.

  8. Russell NY says:

    Never, EVER, joke that Melky is going save us. Just unacceptable :)

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