Open Thread: Edwar on the shelf

How to completely miss the point about defense
Grading the Yanks' veteran pitching acquisitions

edwar-pitchingAfter cutting his Sunday bullpen session short because of a sore shoulder, an MRI has revealed that Edwar Ramirez will be out of action for about three days with bursitis. I’m skeptical that it’s not something more serious, especially since Edwar complained of similar pain at the end of last season. Mark Feinsand reminds us that Steve Karsay and Ten Run Sturtze were both diagnosed with bursitis before undergoing major surgery. However, as Ben noted, this gives someone else a chance to win a job.

In other news, here’s who’s going to making the trip to Dunedin tomorrow for the team’s first exhibition game, courtesy of Roderick Boone:

Infielders: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Justin Leone, Eduardo Nunez, Ramiro Pena, Cody Ransom, Kevin Russo.
Pitchers: Brett Tomko, Jose Veras, David Robertson, Steven Jackson, Kei Igawa, Dan Giese, Christian Garcia, Michael Dunn, Anthony Claggett.
Outfielders: Colin Curtis, Shelley Duncan, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Todd Linden, John Rodriguez, Nick Swisher.
Catchers: Kevin Cash, Jesus Montero, P.J. Pilittere, Austin Romine.

And because I’m a nice guy, here’s a schedule of televised games over the next few days:

Wednesday: Giants @ Indians (3pm, MLB Network); Red Sox @ Twins (8pm, MLB Network)
Thursday: Rays @ Yanks (1pm, YES); Marlins @ Mets (1pm, SNY); D-Backs @ Indians (4pm, MLB Network)
Friday: Cards @ Mets (1pm, SNY/MLB Network); Indians @ Padres (5pm, MLB Network)
Saturday: Twins @ Yanks (1pm, YES); Rays @ Phils (1pm, MLB Network); Twins @ Yanks (5pm, MLB Network, guessing it’s a repeat)

Hooray for baseball. Oh, and open thread … blah blah blah … be nice … yadda yadda yadda.

Photo Credit: Flickr user shamimsm

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How to completely miss the point about defense
Grading the Yanks' veteran pitching acquisitions
  • Mike Pop

    I hope A-Jax sends a bomb into the stands.

    • mike jones

      Who are comparable players to Jackson? I’ve heard Curtis Granderson and Carl Crawford but i’m not sure.

      • radnom

        Mickey Mantle.

        Ken Griffey Jr.

        • Drew

          LOL

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Those two players are AJax’s floor, btw, not his ceiling. The question isn’t “will he be the best centerfielder in the history of the game”, the question is “will he pick up where Bo Jackson left off and become the greatest player in the history of both baseball and the NBA?”

            (I may be exaggerating a bit.)

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

        Mike Cameron.

        • Steve H

          Bingo. And if he turns into Cameron, I hope we’re all happy, because we’ll have a reasonably priced good to great defensive outfielder with some pop for the next 10 years. I hope people don’t get let down expecting that he’s the next Mays.

          • El Generalissimo

            I always thought he reminded me of Torii Hunter. If you look at Hunter’s actual numbers I think its a pretty good comparison.

            High doubles suggest he has more power while he ages and fills out, but the main thing for him is to keep refining his approach and become a more disciplined hitter. People forget he hasnt played baseball that long, and he will be 22 this upcoming season. I can see him being a 280 20 80 player with 20 SBs with great defense.

            • Steve H

              Funny that I haven’t heard that before, but it makes sense. Cameron and Hunter are extremely similar players. Career ops+’s of 105 and 106. Similar HR/AB ratios and both great defenders (in their primes). Cameron’s best two OPS+ years were 121 and 123, Hunters were 122 and 124. Wow. Bet Cameron wasn’t a few years younger and a tad flashier with the leather, he might have gotten that 5/90 from the Angels.

            • Mike Pop

              Ugh, the Angels. They sign him and Gary Matthews to ridic contracts but when they have Manny for the taking, they just don’t go after him. Good for us but if I was an Angles fan, I would be pissed.

          • Mike Pop

            If this guy doesn’t hit 330 with 35 home runs every year, he is a bust. That simple.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            If Cammy is his ceiling, I hope we keep looking for a CF whether A-Jax pans out or not.

            Cammy’s a nice player, but I can’t honestly say I’ve been drooling to have him on the Yanks for the past 10 years.

            • Mike Pop

              If he turns out to be like Mike Cameron, I would be ecstatic.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                162 Game Avg-
                AB 569
                BB 72
                SB 28
                HR 23
                RBI 83
                SO 158
                BA .250
                OBP .340
                SLG .448
                OPS+106

                http://www.baseball-reference......mi01.shtml

                Really? Nice player, but I think we can do better at some point. Good stopgap, but not someone I build around.

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

                  Don’t get too caught up in career stats. In his prime Cameron was +4.5 win centerfielder. Only two full-time CF bested that this year.

                • Mike Pop

                  Well yeah, he’s no Mickey Mantle but that kind of player coming out of the farm is great to have. Guy giving you those numbers from a premium position for cheap. I think you have got to be happy with that. Hopefully the farm improves and Grady Sizemore becomes available. That’ll be the day.

                • Steve H

                  I’d rather have Grady Sizemore, but I would certainly take that from A-Jax. He’ll be cost controlled and a great fielder. No need to build around him, but he can be a vital (and cheap) piece of the puzzle. Wouldn’t want a no defense LF or 1B putting up those numbers, but I’ll certainly take that from a CF.

                • Steve H

                  Cameron also has spent the majority of his career in pitchers parsk, Petco, Shea, Safeco.

                • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                  “Don’t get too caught up in career stats.”

                  Mike, aren’t you one of the guys who wants Swisher playing over Nady?

                • Steve H

                  You can’t look at a 1 year sample size and think that overrides what a a guy has done. Like he said, in Cameron’s prime. If Swisher was 35, I’d advocate Nady based on Swishers regression likely being due to age. Instead, Swisher is younger than Nady and has been a significantly better player in his career when you consider league/defense/splits vs LHP and RHP.

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

                  Mike, aren’t you one of the guys who wants Swisher playing over Nady?

                  For something like comparing Austin Jackson to Mike Cameron, when Cameron is several years past his prime. Usually when you compare a prospect to a big leaguer, you’re talking about peak value.

                  As far as Nady or Swisher, we’re talking about two guys in similar stages of their career. The numbers work better then.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Moreover, if Jackson can actually OPS+ 106, from a legit CF who figures to actually be UZR positive instead of negative, that would make Jackson one of the 4-6 best centerfielders in the game.

                  Most centerfielders don’t have a positive OPS+. It’s a defensive centric position. The majority of the players their are either below league average offensively or below league average defensively. Guys like Cameron and Hunter, who are well above average defensively and slightly above average offensively are steals, studs, and gems, and wildly undervalued.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I’ll take a Torii Hunter or a Mike Cameron over a Rick Ankiel or a Nate McLouth or a Carlos Gomez or a Jacoby Ellsbury anyday. Mike Cameron may have been one of the most underrated players of the past two decades.

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

            Cameron – PEDs = Me happy.

        • Drew

          Should be interesting for offline play… Manny a free agent.

  • Angel

    Edwar and Veras are on the WBC roster :S

  • http://www.myspace.com/bayside Thirty5Thirty6

    Just read the comments on the ‘Stable Line-up” thread.

    Hilarious.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I still want Jeter batting lead off.

      . . . and Hell to freeze over, if you must know.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Apparently, I bring out the worst in people.

    • Steve H

      I never go back and read comments from posts that I miss so I want to personally thank you for this comment as I immediately headed over to read those comments. Fantastic.

      • Joey

        I missed that threads comments 2 (missed it earlier), it was gold. tsjc a/k/a Ridiculously Arrogant Upside. Has a nice ring to it

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Too bad I just don’t have any more room in there to make the name longer. I add a word, I have to start filing Married-Filing Jointly.

  • Infamous

    Im eager to see Melancon pitch on thursday

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

      I agree. Too bad I don’t have YES.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        No YES? How do you follow the Yanks?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Messenger pigeon.

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

          I live in Massachusetts, but I get MLB Extra innings so its all good(for the 162 games of the season)

      • Infamous

        wow that sucksss

  • RobC

    any word if there is interest in Pudge

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yes, A-Rod is interested in asking him how he did steroids for 10 years and managed to never get caught.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Step 1.) Make sure you never play more than two forgettable months of your career in anything resembling a major media market.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          Step 2) Never sign a contract making you the highest paid player in the sport.

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Step 3.) Never date Madonna. (although, that really should be a rule of thumb for everybody, not just people hoping to avoid being exposed as steroid users.

            Step 4.) Never agree to sign your name to a “confidential” steroids test. (Michael Kay bloviates on a lot of dumb crap, but he’s been 100% spot on with that one: the concept of the players agreeing to an anonymous survey test to determine the prevalence of steroids in baseball where the players have to sign their names to the test is ludicrous and inexcusable.)

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              Yes, but apparently the MLBPA either signed off on that or possibly wanted the names attached for some reason. Maybe to alert the players who failed, maybe for some other reason.

              Either way, the Union totally fucked that one up.

      • Ivan Rodriguez

        I ate a lot of ice cream so I looked pudgy.

        • Mike Pop

          Hilarious…….

  • J.R.

    Well I think this injury to Edwar would mean he won’t pitch in the WBC.

    Cashman is pretty good at putting an end to stuff like this.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Edwar might be the only guy on the team that Brian could threaten physically.

      • Steve H

        Or Nady. Cash is right handed, and as we all know, Nady can’t hit right handers.

  • Bryan

    Does this mean that tomorrows game is not going to be on mlb.tv?

  • Angel

    This will be a ERROR, the Ramirez is Ramon Ramirez(Boston)

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    That’s a great picture.

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

    Televised baseball??!?!

    WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?!?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Baseball on TV ruins the purity of the game! Back in my day, we didn’t just get the pictures given to us, we had to imagine it ourselves!

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

        Heh, so I’m working on my novel and all that and I have to totally imagine the team and the city and everything. It’s actually really awesome.

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

          How you uh, how you comin’ on that novel you’re working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta, gotta nice litte story you’re working on there? Your big novel you’ve been working on for 3 years? Huh? Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Gotta story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? (voice getting higher pitched) Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah? (voice returns to normal) No, no, you deserve some time off.

          • Mike Pop

            For those of you who don’t get it.

            http://www.hulu.com/watch/4225.....ians-novel

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

              Ahaha I definitley needed that =P

              *is so slow*

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

            LOL family guy.

            Did you see the most recent family guy when Brian does it back to stewie?

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

            Just for kicks:

            How you uh, how you comin’ on that novel you’re working on? Huh?

            Quite well, actually. A little more than halfway home!

            Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there?

            No, cos I don’t print it out until it’s all done. I back it up in my email every evening.

            Gotta, gotta nice litte story you’re working on there?

            I like to think so.

            Your big novel you’ve been working on for 3 years?

            About a year and a half, with a few three month breaks.

            Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah?

            A fifth-year catcher just entering his prime…interpret as you will.

            Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh?

            Quite a few, as a matter of fact.

            Gotta story brewing there?

            I like to think so.

            Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? (voice getting higher pitched) Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time?

            Nope, taken a few nice long breaks to do other things, like theses (yes, plural) and go to baseball games.

            Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end?

            Yep.

            Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends?

            Not quite, but I think what I’ve got going on is even better, so there.

            At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah?

            Ah, but that would be spoiling it!

            • Joey

              bullshit, you know you were workin on this before it was explained to you! lol

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      What? That will kill attendance!

      Why would anyone bother coming to the ballpark if they can get it for FREE at home?!

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    And because I’M a nice guy too, here’s the radio schedule, for those of us who will be working Thursday and Sat @ 1:00

    Saturday 28-Feb 1:15 PM vs. Minnesota

    Saturday 7-Mar 1:15 PM vs. Atlanta

    Saturday 14-Mar 1:15 PM vs. Houston

    Sunday 15-Mar 1:15 PM vs. Minnesota

    Saturday 21-Mar 1:15 PM vs. Detroit

    Tuesday 24-Mar 7:15 PM vs. Boston

    Friday 27-Mar 7:15 PM vs. Cincinnati

    Sunday 29-Mar 1:15 PM vs. Pittsburgh

    Friday 3-Apr 7:05 PM vs. Chicago (NL)(New Yankee Stadium)

    Saturday 4-Apr 1:05 PM vs. Chicago (NL)
    (New Yankee Stadium)

    http://www.wcbs880.com/2008-Ya.....80/1440407

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And because I’M a nice guy too…

      Nice try, Steve. We all know you’re an arrogant idiot.

  • Mike Pop

    Alot went on in the sports outside of the MLB world today. Haynesworth might be signing with the Skins when FA starts, Marbury gets bought out, Rosenfel going to Vikings, and Marvin gets released. I wonder if Giants pick up Harrison and if Haynesworth will be another Racial Slurs big contract bust(if he does indeed sign with them). I guess Marbury latches on with the Celtics? I don’t know if that’s a good idea for them but they did just pick up Mikki Moore also.

    • Mike Pop

      …and Pedroia doesn’t think the Sox need Manny.

      http://baseball.realgm.com/src.....d_ramirez/

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

      And Marty’s back on Thursday :-D

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Who the hell is “Marty”?

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

          Someone’s bitter :-P

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            No, not bitter, I just like poking fun at hockey fans for the irrelevance of their sport. It’s fun, and you guys are uber-passionate about it, so I do kind of respect you for that.

            (kind of.)

    • Steve H

      Picking up Marbury is a no risk, high reward deal. If he’s a dick, even for a second, he gets cut. Remember, the C’s struggled mightily against the Cavs and Pistons last year when Rondo was on the bench. They literally had trouble getting the ball past half court. No one on the Lakers could provide that pressure on the backup pg’s, so that series wasn’t effected, but Eddie House was a huge liability in those early rounds. Marbury is playing most importantly for his next contract, and also for a ring. Very likely he’ll be a model citizen, knowing that #1 He’s running out of chances, and #2 the C’s don’t need him, they only want him.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        He’s Sam Cassell, only slightly better and slightly less alien-looking.

        • Steve H

          Much, much less alien looking. Cassell is regularly mistaken for ET.

          • Nady Nation

            I’ve always said this to my friends. Doesn’t Cassell look exactly like the alien stuffed animals at amusement parks? The head, the eyes, it’s all identical.

            • Steve H

              Except they are missing his huge balls and corresponding huge ball dance.

              • Nady Nation

                Sam Cassell will forever haunt my dreams after ’94.

                • Mike Pop

                  Does Reggie Miller haunt your dreams?

                • Nady Nation

                  Not at all actually. Reggie is an overrated Knick killer in my mind. Sure, personally he stuck it to us a few times and had some great individual performances, but we beat the Pacers our fair share in the playoffs. Jordan is the ultimate Knick-killer b/c we could never get past him.

                • Mike Pop

                  From what I remember when I was younger, it seemed like the Knicks would always play the Heat or the Pacers and lose. Obviously, I’m not remembering correctly but shit I was like 8. Well, and of course the Bulls.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Jordan is the ultimate Knick everyone-killer b/c we nobody could never get past him.

                  Fixed.

                • Nady Nation

                  Well your memory is not serving you right:

                  Knicks/Heat
                  ’97 Heat 4 – Knicks 3 (Knicks were up 3-1. This was the bullshit P.J. Brown series)
                  ’98 Knicks 3 – Heat 2
                  ’99 Knicks 3 – Heat 2
                  ’00 Knicks 4 – Heat 3

                  Knicks/Pacers
                  ’93 Knicks 3 – Pacers 1
                  ’94 Knicks 4 – Pacers 3
                  ’95 Pacers 4 – Knicks 3
                  ’98 Pacers 4 – Knicks 1
                  ’99 Knicks 4 – Pacers 2

                • Mike Pop

                  Yep, I figured as much.

                • Nady Nation

                  Heh, it’s all good. You were 8, after all. Can’t be faulted for that.

                • Nady Nation

                  I actually forgot to include ’00, where the Pacers ousted the Knicks, but you get the picture. Not as one-sided as it seemed.

                • Mike Pop

                  What is the best moment of your “Knicks fanhood”, Willis Reed?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  What is the best moment of your “Knicks fanhood”, Willis Reed?

                  Kenny “Sky” Walker winning the worst dunk contest in human history.

                  (That includes WNBA dunk contests.)

                • Nady Nation

                  Ha, I wish. Only was born 13 years after their last title. The 2 greatest moments I’ve witnessed were probably Starks’ dunk over 3 bulls in ’93 conference finals, and of course LJ’s 4 point play in the ’99 conference finals.

                • Mike Pop

                  Mhm, I remember that LJ play.

            • Joey

              yup, and Chris Bosh looks like Timon from the Lion King

              http://torontoist.com/attachme.....s_Bosh.jpg
              http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/y-asada/timon.JPG

              Not the greatest pics, but you get the idea

    • andrew

      Haynesworth – Definitely would make any defense formidable, but it remains to be seen (as Rotoworld mentioned) how the Redskins plan on fitting that monstrosity of a contract under the cap. Definitely would need some other roster moves to go along with it. Certainly makes the division more interesting this year.

      Marbury – Huge upgrade for the Celtics, you know Marbury is going to give it 110% just to stick it to the Knicks. The man’s still got a ton of talent, i think we may be gearing up for Lakers/Celtics part two (or part 12, depending on how far you wanna go back)

      Harrison – I don’t know if Marvin is the direction they want to be heading in, he’s getting up there in age and is becoming more susceptible to injury. I think he’d make a great #2 at this point in his career, but i think Steve Smith and Hixon already have the 2/3 role’s locked up. They really need to worry about Plax/who’s going to be their #1.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        you know Marbury is going to give it 110% just to stick it to the Knicks.

        The funny thing is, we don’t know that. Marbury may be the one guy incapable of raising his game due to vengance. His 110% may very well be shitter than his normal 68%.

        • andrew

          You might be right, but I’m banking on Marbury putting it together for once

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Harrison to the Eagles makes so much sense, it’s scary. Write that one down in pen, not pencil.

        • Nady Nation

          What about eraseable pens?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            (head explodes)

        • Mike Pop

          Ya. That will probably happen.

        • andrew

          I saw that the Eagles were the front runners for Housh though, he makes a bit more sense than Harrison if they are both interested

  • McCaff

    Im going to the game on Saturday. Any word on what prospects will be playing in that game, what 25 man roster guys are playing, any way of knowing this yet?

  • mustang

    Listening to some of the stories on the FAN today about the ticket situation makes me feel better about what I got. However, the way the Yankees have handled this is down right disgraceful. One guy had his tickets for 25 years he rented suites for his kid’s birthday parties to tell that guy to take it or leave it and not even work with is unbelievable.
    The Yankees seem not only willing to tear down the old stadium, but also tear down some of their most loyal fans with it

    • mustang

      with him is unbelievable..

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        But, again, that guy still had the option to continue his suite, he only had to pay the massive cost upgrade to keep it.

        One of the awesome benefits of being a Yankee fan is that we get to watch consistently good baseball in the cathedral of the sport. But the corollary to that is that you have to pay top dollar to support that.

        • Steve H

          It is what it is. If someone else is willing to pay what he doesn’t want to, he loses it. Welcome to America.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            Supply and demand, and demand was enormous this year.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      The Yanks are trying to deal with HUGE demand for tickets this year, so they’re in a tough spot as well. What many of the partial plan holders who were calling don’t seem to understand is that many of the seats they had last year were sold as FULL SEASON plans this year.

      In the past, the full season plans were folks on field level inside Third and First. This year, demand was so high they sold out everything (except some overpriced $325 each seats) on field level, and most of the 2nd level for full season plans.

      The fans who had partial plans are getting left with the scraps that are leftover. This was a case where you HAD to be proactive, the full season plans went on sale in early January. If you didn’t request an upgrade to full season, you’re left to sort through what’s left.

      It’s not like it was some secret they were building a new ballpark, you had to be proactive.

  • barry

    I really hope Edwars alright he’s a decent guy in the pen and he’s becoming proven.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Yeah me too, I love watching him pitch.

      And I still harbor a fantasy where he comes in with the bases loaded in the 13th inning of a deciding playoff game, and gets a game clinching, heroic strikeout with that change of his.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Another one bites the dust. San Fran Chronicle set to close in a few weeks.

    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/090224.....nicle.html?.v=1

    Damn. We all know the newspaper biz is dying, but that’s the only sizable daily in that town. Can’t be good for the local teams, or the rumor mill for the rest of us. There are still plenty of national outlets, but its hard to imagine a city with 2 local baseball teams not having one major newspaper associated with them.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I believe the Oakland “Negro, Please!” is now the biggest newspaper in the Bay Area.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    If I were a member of Congress, I would pay some company to get me a spring for my seat to lift me up so I didn’t have to keep standing up for the damn ovations.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Christ, someone get Nancy Pelosi over to the combine to test her vertical.

      • Steve H

        It’s amazing. I bet she can do some major squats. She’s up and down every 6 seconds.

        Honestly, she’s looks completely foolish. Poor Biden is ready to reach over and chain her to the fucking chair so he can stop standing.

    • Ivan Rodriguez

      these people are all on his ****, its quite annoying.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It is quite annoying. So is 8 years of listening to a guy pronounce the word “Nook-yoo-ler”.

        • Mike Pop

          Or…this war on terrr.

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

    Pete abe as all of the times/dates for MLB network+YES and on the radio.
    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....g-training

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Wow, Pete’s a REALLY nice guy.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Pete Abe = Fatman Scoop

        (and I mean that in a good way)

  • MikeD

    Watching 9th Inning of Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary, and I was surprised at how much time he focused on the Red Sox teams that lost, and equally surprised at how quickly he glossed over the championship Yankee teams of the 1976-1981, and ends with George Will talking about how Steinbrenner had “wrecked” the NY Yankees.

    Wrecked? I guess in retrospect that wasn’t quite right Ken and George. From 1973 to 2003, Steinbrenner’s Yanks won 10 AL Pennants and six World Championships.

    Burns is doing an update called “Extra Innings.” My guess is the only reason he’s doing it is to focus on the Red Sox finally winning, and then to quote George Will again about how Steinbrenner wrecked the Yankees after 2001. Color my cynical, Ken.

  • Mike Pop

    Aww Shit!!!! I did a draft today and I wasn’t there for it until the 7th or 8th round so they drafted Youk and Ortiz for me. I just dealt Youk/Ortiz and BJ Upton for Mo and Hanley.

    • Tom Zig

      That is a pretty solid trade. But I usually wouldn’t trade for closers, but it is Mo, so I guess it is different.

  • Joey

    MLB 09 The Show – 1 Week to go! I’ve been dying for it forever, can’t wait

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      I’m getting so incredibly bored with MLB ’08, haha. I cannot wait for ’09.

      • Joey

        I have giftcards to Best Buy but I will probably buy it at gamestop only because they’re open at midnight for it. Not quite on the level of a crackhead needing his fix, but pretty damn close

        • Mike Pop

          Dude, wait a couple hours. Save your money, lol.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Haha, seriously.

            • Joey

              but then I’d have to wait like 8 hours! :-(

  • Eric S

    LOL @ “Ten Run Sturtze”. Seriously…still laughing out loud while typing.