Open Thread: Friday Randomness

Kevin Goldstein's Top 100 Prospects
Leyritz's bail revoked

Burnett & Sabathia

TFGIF. On to the links:

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Here’s your open thread for the night. The Devils and Rangers are both in action, and the NBA is off for the All-Star Break. Anything goes, just be nice.

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Kevin Goldstein's Top 100 Prospects
Leyritz's bail revoked
  • steve

    nice hughes put on 10 pounds.

  • Steve H

    John Danks. 15 lbs. of muscle? Juicing.

    • A.D.

      “Its not that hard if you work hard all offseason”

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

    When do you think Manny will sign?

  • TheLastClown

    Can’t wait to see some #78 action in ST.

  • Tom Zig

    Bobby Crosby is learning from McGwire? That’s not sketchy or anything.

  • TheLastClown

    So far as ancillary pitching goes, if AJ or any other starter gets hurt, and when Joba needs a start spotted, does the order go:

    Hughes
    Aceves
    IPK

    ?

    • Steve H

      If it’s early in the season I think it’d be Aceves first, but if it’s June/July and Hughes is dominating in AAA, I think he’d be first.

      • K.B.D.

        I think it depends more on the length of replacement. If somebody is going to miss 2-3 starts, I think you bring Aceves up. If somebody is going to miss a couple of months, you bring Hughes up.

  • pat

    I thought they were post it notes.

  • 27 this year

    Yanks sign brett tomko to minor league deal:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gn-br.html

    anyone have any info on the guy?

    • 27 this year

      never mind, he sucks but it is worth shot. minor league deals can’t hurt.

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

      Wow. You’d think he could get a better job somewhere else, even if it was with a team that offered more of an opportunity.

      • 27 this year

        yea, i don’t get the move. We already have bullpen guys and he was never really any good. There is really no upside. However, since it is only a minor league deal, what the hey…

        • whozat

          The upside is that maybe Geise and Aceves get hurt/suck and Tomko has a good spring. If so, great job getting him in camp. If not…grant him his release.

          • Mike Pop

            Exactly.

      • Jake H

        I was just thinking that.

      • Capital T

        I’m sure he is only looking to get innings and NY should provide him that in the spring. Then some other team may pick him up.

    • Thomas

      Remember when he was the Reds opening day starter and ace? How sad is that?

    • greg

      he’s better than replacement level, been worth .8666 wins a season over the past 3 yers.

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

    I hate being in cold NY when everyone else is in sunny Florida

    • whozat

      Well…some of us are in California…and it’s rainy. But I’m still wearing flip flops, so there you go.

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

        Grar.

    • Thomas

      It always sunny in Philadelphia.

      • whozat

        Man, I love that show.

        • K.B.D.

          “Why aren’t you singing Charlie?”

          “Well, it doesn’t sound very good.”

          “Sniff some more glue.”

          “I’ve been sniffing glue, dude.”

        • Lasoo

          Is Mike still looking for a job?? Why doesn’t he strap on his job helmet and squeeze down into a job cannon and fire off into Jobland where jobs grow on little jobbies.

    • Brian Cashman is watching

      It has been 30 in DC, but I refuse to give up shorts. That doesn’t cause people to stare or anything.

    • Joey

      well I’m in sunny south Florida now, and it is just that. Nice out right now, mid 80s I’d guess

  • Thomas

    Jim Leyritz is in trouble again.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3905755

    • http://bigbluepinstripes.blogspot.com/ LB

      That dude is a mess.

    • anonymous

      someone text this to Joba

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano
  • A.D.

    Morneau laser eye surgery…seems like it was working for him already

    • http://lastclownrab@gmail.com TheLastClown

      OK, so I’ll probably post this a time or two, probably more, again.

      Calling any RAB readers from the SoCal area! I just bought a flex pack for 27 Angels games, and I’m wondering if anyone would want to go with me or buy two tickets for a slew of different games.

      The Yankee games are reserved by my girl, unfortunately, but its always fun to go to games. I have five games against Boston, and I love to root against them, don’t you?

      I’ve also got games against the Rays, Oakland, Seattle, Minnesota. They’re spread out all over the season.

      I’ll most likely end up putting a bunch on StubHub, but I wanted to extend to the RAB community first, to come at the ticket price of $14.

      I haven’t decided how many I want to keep, or to extend to friends, but I wanted to get some idea of how many of you there were, interested, in Southern California.

      I think clicking my name will link to my email. I look forward to hearing from whomever.

      • http://lastclownrab@gmail.com TheLastClown

        oops, I meant this not to be a reply. To copy below…

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

      Already posted

    • A.D.

      reading other posts FAIL

    • 27 this year

      beat ya to it!

  • A.D.

    Dontrelle “throwing like when he won 22 games”… don’t see him rebounding

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

      Hah, I missed that one because it was on the end of the list. Classic.

  • A.D.

    ’97 series is on MLB network… back when Livan was a young stud, not the overweight “innings eater” he tries to be now

    • Chris

      At least the ‘eater’ part is accurate….

    • Tom Zig

      Mussina looks quite young, and Manny with short hair is also weird

  • A.D.

    Points to the blog citing the shittyness of the Lugo contract

  • Thomas

    So we turn on ESPN and I see Stewart Scott interviewing someone at what turned out to be the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game. I am like “Hey, he is interviewing Brian Scalabrine.” Turns out Scott was interviewing Micheal Rapaport.

  • http://lastclownrab@gmail.com TheLastClown

    OK, so I’ll probably post this a time or two, probably more, again.

    Calling any RAB readers from the SoCal area! I just bought a flex pack for 27 Angels games, and I’m wondering if anyone would want to go with me or buy two tickets for a slew of different games.

    The Yankee games are reserved by my girl, unfortunately, but its always fun to go to games. I have five games against Boston, and I love to root against them, don’t you?

    I’ve also got games against the Rays, Oakland, Seattle, Minnesota. They’re spread out all over the season.

    I’ll most likely end up putting a bunch on StubHub, but I wanted to extend to the RAB community first, to come at the ticket price of $14.

    I haven’t decided how many I want to keep, or to extend to friends, but I wanted to get some idea of how many of you there were, interested, in Southern California.

    I think clicking my name will link to my email. I look forward to hearing from whomever.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    The yellow/gray flags are the greatest thing ever.

    • Thomas

      I agree the flags are awesome, but are they better than new the reply button?

      • whozat

        My only beef with the reply button is that it’s really a column-wide invisible reply bar, which bites me in the ass when I’m on my iPhone sometimes.

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

          … it’s really a column-wide invisible reply bar …

          Ewww, did not notice that. We’ll try to fix it.

      • Tom Zig

        Im guessing my other post was eaten by the spam filter. But since I found a relevant thread to reply to I’ll see if I can put it here. I like the new feature, although I don’t think its working over here. Probably just my computer. Just figured I’d let you guys know.

        • Tom Zig

          Scratch that, it works and well too. Also, as it turns out my other post wasn’t eaten after all, just delayed. Good work.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    A-Rod needs to get off to a fast start. Between the steroid controversy and the book coming out April 17th, he needs to avoid an early slump. If not, you could see things spinning out of control for him.

    BTW-Yanks open up on the road. BAL, KC and TB.

    • whozat

      Wow, in 2007 it would have been kind of sad if they didn’t go 7-2 over that stretch. Now, that contains the reigning AL champs and one of the better young offensive teams out there.

      I mean, they should still win more than they lose, but there’ll be some tough games in there.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I don’t want to go crazy over 2 weeks of Baseball, but we’ve seen Alex go to pieces under pressure before. That’s what worries me.

        Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t make too much out of a slow start, but this is anything but normal. Obama is fielding questions about him. He needs to shut up his detractors right away.

        • whozat

          Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t make too much out of a slow start, but this is anything but normal.

          I still won’t make too much out of a slow start. It’s only a big deal if you want it to be.

          As for the President fielding questions about it…that speaks more to the idiocy of the press corps than anything else.

          • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

            We’ll see how many people are still taking the Ostrich approach on April 15th.

            Let me clarify, it’s not so much about the results, as it is how he looks at the plate and is hitting the ball. If he’s scorching the ball, but hitting in bad luck, obviously you won’t worry. If he looks like he did in the 2006 playoffs, then we have a problem.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    From Joe Torre’s press conference, on Manny

    ” It comes down to satisfying both parties. You like to believe there’s a lot of romance, but he’s looking for length.”

    . . . . are we still talking about Baseball?

    • Thomas

      That’s hilarious. It up there with this gem from the Boston Globe (via FJM):

      “So much for wearing these clothes home,” Francona cracked, the beer-and-champagne mix dripping down his bald head, into his eyes, past his chin, and onto the red underclothes that he still wore.

      But that was nothing compared to the double dose of champagne Theo Epstein took from Schilling and Papelbon, an explosion of the sticky liquid sending him shooting across the clubhouse floor, with Schilling whispering a warning to reporters standing close to watch out.”

      • Dave

        Thomas,

        That is one of the funniest quotes ive ever heard. I just cracked up.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    I was wondering if t he Boras-Heyman connection holds up. Here’s a list from MLBTR-

    “Who Had The Scoop?”

    # Mark Teixeira: Jon Heyman of SI.com (Boras client)
    # Oliver Perez: Jon Heyman of SI.com (Boras client)
    # Andy Pettitte: Jon Heyman of SI.com (non-Boras client)
    # Bobby Abreu: Jon Heyman of SI.com (non-Boras client)
    # Jason Varitek: Jon Heyman of SI.com (Boras client)

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....e-sco.html

    3 out of 5. Boras may not be his only source, but he appears to be his best one.

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

      More importantly, who are the Boras clients that Heyman didn’t scoop? Just eyeballing it, I see four: Madson, Laird, Fielder, Lowe. Only one of those guys was a true free agent though.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Yeah, the idea is that Heyman carries Boras’ water on free agent rumors, pumping up the prices for them, and then gets the scoop. So it would have to apply to free agents to make any sense.

        BTW-Great work on that prospect list, really enjoyed it. Though I still think you’re nuts to put Brackman over Betances.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      “Trades:

      * Matt Holliday: Jon Heyman of SI.com”

      Make that 4 out of 6

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Schafer and Locke for Nick Swisher. Filler can be added on either side to balance off the deal and contract, but that’s the framework.

    You make the deal if you’re the Yanks?

    You make the deal if you’re the Braves?

    • Reggie C.

      I’ve kicked this idea around with Mike and he brought it up on the podcast with Joe P. Two things:
      1. Braves would want Yanks to eat a portion of Swisher’s remaining guaranteed salary.
      2. Braves apparently refused to trade Schafer in the peavy talks. If they’re not willing to give up Schafer for a top-5 NL pitcher, then its not happening for Swisher.

      • kSturnz

        i think taht SD wanted Schafer to be the second prospect in teh deal, but you are probably right; do not deal Swish

  • Tom Zig

    I like the concept of the new feature, however it doesn’t seem to be working from here. Probably just technical difficulties or my computer, just figured I’d let you guys know.

  • dan daniels

    swisher for gorkys hernandez and locke?

    • Tom Zig

      Hah yeah maybe if 0% of swisher’s contract is paid by the braves.

  • Jack

    I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but the Neyer blog entry that linked to the bad contract article also linked to a JoeBlog about ExtenZe*. I strongly suggest reading it.

    http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlo.....-top-chef/

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Just wanted to thank you for the link love and hope you’ll visit the site on Monday for my NL edition of the worst contracts!

  • Tom Zig

    Man Craig Counsell’s batting stance is just so weird….

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    In a move that is hardly symbolic given the dollars involved, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has cut his 2008 pay by up to 25 percent, and he’ll not accept a raise for 2009.

    Since Goodell’s total pay for the 2008 fiscal year, which ends March 31, the cut translates to well over $2 million.

    Think about that for a second. Goodell gave up voluntarily well over $2 million.

    “The Commissioner believes it will take a collective sacrifice of everyone to get through this difficult economic environment,” NFL V.P. of corporate communications Brian McCarthy told USA Today.

    We’ll be curious to see who else, if anyone, makes a $2 million sacrifice.

    http://www.profootballtalk.com.....s-his-pay/

    • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

      now if only some overpaid commish would give himself a paycut

  • Dave

    I love signing minor league deals for major league players (sort of major league players).

    I have a question for whoever is around – If I dont want to reply to a specific comment but just say something in general without everyone getting pissed at me, how do i go about doing that? Just hit post comment… i think that is why I am having trouble hitting reply every time. im usually replying to the actual post and not a comment.

    Great addition with the red under the replies. Its funny because I was just saying today how I didnt like how no one could see a post in the middle of the thread. This helps solve that problem.

    Excellent Maury Brown link as well – I really enjoyed that article. He is a fantastic writer. I really enjoy his pieces and this was one of his best. Good job linking it guys.

    • Tom Zig

      Haha well I mean I have broken commenting guidelines before, but I don’t argue with the guys that run the place. I just admit my mistake and move on. That’s generally the main issue I keep noticing.

      I don’t mind your posts, they are generally intelligent, have few typos and few grammatical errors. Just next time read over the comments to see if anyone else has started a comment thread related to your thoughts.

      • Dave

        Yea I am not arguing I am just trying to follow the rules of the blog. i will look for something to reply to. Thanks

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