Jan
20

Get your very own Manager of the Year Award

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In 2003, Tony Peña, the Yanks’ current bench coach, won Manager of the Year when his Kansas City Royals finished with a winning record for the first time since 1994. This week, Peña seemingly auctioned off his trophy on eBay. It seems that the winning bid was for a whopping $200. So clearly Tony wasn’t after the big bucks. I do wonder though what the backstory is.

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  • Paulie

    Why would he sell this? Does he really need the $200? If so, the Yankees should be paying him more, haha.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      If it was sold on consignment as stated, that it was probably given to someone in lieu of payment for something else, and the guy he gave it to was the one who actually sold it.

      Personally, I like the idea. He didn’t ask for the trophy, and his team folded in the second half that year and went nowhere. I wouldn’t be overly attached to it if I was him, either.

  • Mike Pop

    I don’t get this.

    • Jay CT

      Maybe he has some sort of grudge against KC (His firing, his son’s time there, etc…) and just wanted to get rid of it all.

      OR

      Maybe someone stole it from him, lol

      • Mike Pop

        Ahaha

  • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

    Why didn’t I find out about this? I would have bought that and put it right into my empty trophy case.

  • Manimal

    Sox make another move (MLBTR)

    Aardsma for Fabian Williamson

    I thought Aardsma was decent, I have no clue who Williamson is.

    • Manimal

      NVM, Aardsma had a 5.55 ERA, and Williamson isn’t even in A ball yet. Makes no sense but obviously, Williamson will be a star, otherwise Theo wouldn’t have traded for him.

      • Manimal

        I stand corrected, he has played ONE game in A ball.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          …and has never had anything to do with Tony Peña and his Manager of the Year Award.

          The Open Thread hits at 7, as it does every night when there’s no game. Save your obsession with discussion of inconsequential Red Sox moves for that one.

          • Manimal

            Damn, didn’t realize you made this post.

            My B.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              It shouldn’t really matter who wrote the post! It’s a minor point, and we’ve been fairly flexible with it. But we’d like to keep things relatively on topic.

              • Manimal

                Your the one that gets really pissed about it though, No one really goes back to look at open threads and nothing gets read when I do that.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

                  Fair enough. I don’t mean to get pissed. We just want to avoid the LoHudian problem of runaway comment sections. That’s our rationale for keeping something of an eye on the comments.

                • Manimal

                  It’s totally understandable. With internet fame, people like LoHudians are roam around. I bet you lohud was pretty tame before it was pretty much everyone’s source of insider Yankees news.

                • Manimal

                  roaming*

                • Mike Pop

                  Ben, you’ve gone mad with power.

                • Jay CT

                  I give you credit Ben. Its like when you have a really cool professor, but you still need to realize that they are the teacher. And, if you aren’t harsh, people won’t take it serious.

          • pat

            Can you blame him? Looking into theo’s eyes is like eating a hot fudge sundae while marissa miller blo gives you a back rub.

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  • John

    I would have sold it at least a thousand…guessing from the looks of the trophy, he didnt really care about it.

  • 27 this year

    Brian Bruney asked for $1.55M vs the Yankees $1.1M.

    Melky asked for $1.7M while the Yankees $1.2M.

    Why would the Yanks offer more to Melky when clearly Bruney has more value considering Melky is no more than a 4th OF.

    • 27 this year

      sorry Ben for the off topic post.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      To answer your question, because a CFer is more valuable than a middle reliever. But Mike will have more on the arbitration figures in an hour.

      • Manimal

        But wouldn’t a decent reliever be better than a terrible CFer?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Yes. Bruney should probably be making more. Odd.

          • John

            the injury probably reduced his leverage

            • Jay CT

              Yeah but the ineptitude that is said CF should take away a bit of his value. Just because he has a label of CF should not give him something. Bruney has been productive in his time with the Yankees.

    • John

      huh?…melky deserves only $700K while Bruney should have his $1.55M

      Bruney was figuring it out last year so he makes a good set-up man.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Because Melky is a CF and Bruney is an RP.

      • Manimal

        Melky had a OPS+ of 68 last year, Bruney had a ERA+ of 242 last year.

        Given, Melky had a lot of appearance and Bruney had a very small amount of appearances, and melky gains some value for his arm, Bruney is way better than Melky.

        (I know it’s comparing apples to oranges but still, ERA+ and OPS+ show them relative to an average player)

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          I don’t disagree, but them’s the breaks.

        • Chris

          It’s not just about last year. Melky has a good season, a decent season and a bad season in his 3 full seasons. That’s basically the same performance that Bruney has. It just happens that Melky’s bad season was more recent than Bruney’s.

          • Jay CT

            Good point.

          • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

            Good point, but the degrading player is not worth more than the improving player.

  • Mike R.

    Melky signed for 1.4 million. It is on lohud.

    • Mike Pop

      Your going to pay for this.

      • Mike R.

        Not me! I don’t have 1.4 million. Even if I did I wouldn’t spend it on Melky.

        • Mike Pop

          I would buy a nice Benz and live a good life.

  • The Evil Empire

    I’m sorry I’m still understanding this arbitration thing, if they don’t reach on a deal i.e Ryan Howard and the Phillies, does that mean he becomes a FA right now?

    • Mike Pop

      Nope, they take it to a hearing. Then a group of arbitrators decide.

  • The Evil Empire

    still trying*

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    http://blog.us.playstation.com.....proved-ai/

    LOL go to 56 Seconds, arod almost dies.