Open Thread: Friday Randomness

Teixeira pegged as the next great Yankee
Yanks OFers hit by Stanford scandal

So what do you think of the new site design? Snazzy, huh? Anyway, here’s the links:

  • It looks like Jeff Francis is going to miss the year with a shoulder issue, which is a tough break for the recently turned 28 southpaw. Matthew Carruth uses this as an opportunity to remind us all that locking up young players, especially pitchers, to long term deals covering their arbitration years (and then some) doesn’t always work out.
  • Orlando Hudson caught on with the Dodgers today, leaving only four Type-A free agents unsigned. The Diamondbacks now have back-to-back first round picks, their regular 16th overall pick and the Dodgers’ 17th overall pick. You can see the updated draft order here.
  • Jose Guillen don’t need no stinkin’ surgeon.
  • There’s a new site out there call MLB Depth Chart, which (you guessed it) posts depth charts for all thirty clubs. Here’s their Yanks page. (h/t MLBTR)
  • RLYW posted a list of the twenty worst offensive seasons by a Yankees’ second baseman. The only recent players to make the list were Enrique Wilson (2004) and Andy Fox (1996), but Robbie Cano‘s 2008 season came in at number twenty-one. Was he really that bad last year? Sheesh.
  • Nick Swisher is Twitterizing.
  • The 2009 college baseball season kicks off today, and someone’s already got a 31 game hit streak going. As always the place to get your college baseball info is The College Baseball Blog., while D1 Baseball is the best spot to get all the day’s box scores in one convenient location. In case you’re still obsessing over him wondering, Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his first collegiate start with UCLA tomorrow at home against UC Davis.

Here’s your open thread. The Knicks and Nets are both in action tonight, but talk about whatever you want.

Teixeira pegged as the next great Yankee
Yanks OFers hit by Stanford scandal
  • Conan the Barack O’Brian

    Where am I? Looks great, guys.

  • Brian

    Can’t help but feel like that MLB Depth Chart is just a bit biased. I like how they point out positives for most every player, but mention only A-Rod’s 7 for 44 performance over the past three seasons.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      Read the Yankees page, then go read the Red Sox page.

      Hmmmm.

  • mustang

    By the way guys like the new look, but it did take a little getting use to.

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

    CC is also twitterizing.
    http://twitter.com/CC_Sabathia

  • !ny

    Franken-banner. Street sign is cool.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Woo, college baseball. My apartment is right across the street from UConn’s field.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    So, why did they make another “Street Fighter” movie? Wasn’t the first one bad enough?

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      I guess they’re going by the premise that it can’t be any worse.

    • E-ROC

      I am actually curious about his movie. They actually have actors who can act. Man, I hope Dragon Ball doesn’t suck when it hits theaters.

  • pat

    So I don’t wish him injury or anything but I hope Cole gets lit the f*ck up tomorrow.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Gerrit?

    • Jeff in LA

      http://uclabruins.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2008-2009/ucla02.html

      Sorry to disappoint:

      UCLA IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
      ————————————————–
      Cole, Gerrit (1-0).. 6.0 1 1 0 2 7 18 21 83
      Lafferty, Brendan… 2.0 2 1 1 1 1 7 9 34
      Bauer, Trevor……. 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 13

      I went to the game and he breezed through the first three, lost the strike zone a bit and gave up a couple of hard hit outs in the 4th & 5th before finishing with a 1-2-3 6th. He mixed his pitches well, throwing more off-speed stuff then I expected. Especially early on, it seemed like he could throw the fastball by people at will.

      I was pissed he didn’t sign with the Yanks, but as a UCLA Alum this isn’t a bad consolation prize.

  • Rich

    Looking a little closer at Wilson’s 2004 season:

    He was a lot worse at home than on the road:

    H: .152 .186 .239
    R: .250 .294 .378

    and a lot worse v. RHP than LHP:

    RHP: .179 .236 .283
    LHP: .299 .304 .433

    but he was sort of “clutch”:

    Men on: .295 .309 .443
    RISP: .291 .279 .455

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

    MLB Depth Chart:

    LHP CC Sabathia: became the highest paid pitcher in baseball based on his ’08 post-trade numbers (11-2, 1.65 ERA); Yankees better hope they don’t get the pre-trade version (6-8, 3.83 ERA)

    DUMB.

    • Expired Milk

      Whats wrong with a 3.83 era?If he does that in the AL East thats pretty good.His WHIP was also a more than solid 1.23.Maybe he hadnt did his stride yet but his terrible AL is grossly exaggerated

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Not to mention a 9.05 K/9 and 3.61 K/BB marks. He had a rough first few starts and everyone buried him after that.

    • Drew

      LOL not to mention his entire career resume

  • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

    NATE!

    • Matt ’09

      Nasty Nate!

      • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

        FINALLY, I’m not ashamed to be a Knicks fan anymore. :D

  • http://www.mlbnotebook.com Zach Sanders

    Yanks VP has son with Steroid charge – New York Post

    Uh Oh, more Yanks and steroids. When will it all END!

    • Rich

      When MLB and reporters start investigating every one of these players as closely as they are investigating A-Rod:

      Link

      […]

      In addition to A-Rod, Presinal has worked with some of the game’s biggest stars: Juan Gonzalez, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon, Miguel Tejada, Adrian Beltre, Moises Alou, Jose Guillen, Ervin Santana, Ruben Sierra, Francisco Cordero, Jose Mesa and Juan Guzman, among others.

      • http://www.mlbnotebook.com Zach Sanders

        Yah, it’s messed up. But, things happen when you do steroids. Not saying he deserves it, but he did this to himself.

  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Rob Abruzzese

    At first I didn’t like the change, but then I thought I just don’t like change. Now I like the website. It doesn’t really matter anyways, we’re all here for the content.

  • Yankeegirl49

    My daughter just sent me a text from “Arod Field” at The U. She is sitting next to Aubrey Huff..I told her to get me a signature, just for the hell of it.

    SHE gets to see real baseball in Feb, not the MLB, but still a game to watch that I dont already konw the outcome of.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Its funny, I know the outcome of all of the “Yankee Classics” on YES. But by the 4th inning, I get all caught up in the game and find myself biting my nails. Then I catch myself and say “Hey stupid, you know Broscius is going to hit the HR with 2 outs in the 9th!”

      • Yankeegirl49

        Steve..I am EXACTLY the same way.
        My husband is not a big sports fan, and he is NOT a Yankee fan. I dont allow him in the room when games are on. When Im watchung a classic I won’t allow him in there either. I tell him “get out before they change the outcome of the game”

        He thunks I should be committed.

        • Yankeegirl49

          Sorry for the typos, just came back from dinner..and drinks.

  • whozat

    Does anyone else feel like the MLB Depth Chart website is kind of weak? I mean…it’s not like he really has his fingers on each team’s pulse or anything. It’s just some random guy’s opinion, and not that well-informed either. I mean, it was reported months ago that the Yanks see Swisher as the 4th best CFer on the team. And, also, that he is in no way “being shopped” The Yanks are NOT looking to trade Nick Swisher. The Braves are ASKING for him, but that’s way different.

    Also…calling Aceves as a candidate for setup is absurd, as is listing Tomko and Johnson as roster options in lieu of Kennedy. Let’s see…23 year old who’s dominated the minors, or two veteran retreads…who’s more likely to play in the bigs for the Yanks this season…

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    So far, Nick Swisher and CC Sabathia are getting high marks as clubhouse guys. CC is the big gregarious guy we all heard he was, and Swish is an upbeat, high energy guy as advertised.

    I heard Joel Sherman today talking about what a different element they add to the Yankee clubhouse, one that’s been missing in recent years.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “MLB has warned players to stay away from him.

    He has been thrown out of clubhouses in Cleveland, Anaheim and Texas.

    “He’s an unsavory character,” said a source. ”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2009/02/19/2009-02-19_arods_pal_the_tainted_trainer_steroidlin.html

    Have you ever seen anyone referred to as “A savory character”? Ever?
    Something like “That Joe, he’s a real savory character, just the right balance of salt and fats, with a touch of dill”.

    Fuck, now I’m starvin.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      ROFL… +1,000

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Good draft/picks read by Lane Meyer of NoMaas

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/

    Hey Mike, what do you think of Donovan Tate? And even if he falls, would we have a shot at him?

  • Yankeegirl49
    • Joey

      http://riveraveblues.com/2009/02/2009-draft-preview-the-boras-clients-7713/

      “Donovan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS (Georgia)

      The son of former Bucs running back Lars Tate, Donovan might have the best five tool potential in the entire draft class. He’s a superb athlete with a strong arm, so much so that he was a top quarterback recruit and has a full scholarship in hand to play football (and baseball) at UNC. Tate has very good speed and oodles potential with the bat, although he needs to work on his plate discipline to avoid getting taken advantage of by more experienced pitchers. He currently plays center field, but will probably have to slide over to right when he fills out his 6?3?, 200 lb frame. The top high school hitter in the draft and arguably the top high school prospect overall, it’s tough to see the Braves letting the local boy slide past them with the seventh overall pick, Boras client or not.”

      • Joey

        blah, replyed to wrong thing

  • http://thechuckknoblog.blogspot.com TheChuckKnoblog

    I got my yankee season tickets today! They moved me to the upper deck for the new stadium.

  • mike jones

    Just to let you guys know, i don’t think your socialist

    • Yank Crank

      What’s your name? Mike Joooones!

      • Drew

        Who

  • Drew

    WBC anyone?