Open Thread: Friday Randomness

The Robbie Cano option
All signs point to surgery for A-Rod

I’m sure plenty of people are curious to see how the Yanks have fared without A-Rod in the lineup over the last few years, so I looked in it. You are forewarned, it’s not pretty:

With A-Rod: 457-312 (.594), 5.81 runs per game

Without A-Rod: 19-22 (.463), 4.46 runs per game

Yikes. On to the think happy thoughts linkage:

  • Stephen Strasburg’s season numbers after his latest gem: 20.1 IP, 17 baserunners, 45 K. That’s a strikeout rate of 19.92 batters per 9 IP. That’s insane. Ryan Wagner had a 16.79 K/9 for Houston in his draft year of 2003 (as a reliever), and he’s the only player I can remember having a strikeout rate even remotely close to Strasburg’s. It’s getting to the point where we can start to debate if he’s the best college righty since Mark Prior, which is rarefied air.
  • Speaking of strikeouts, how about a team striking out a combined 31 times? Oof.
  • Chad Jennings put together a nice handy dandy list of the Yanks’ minor league coaching staffs, including a little background info. Chad also notes that the Scranton Yanks are holding tryouts for a National Anthem singer, if you’re interested.
  • Do you think Alan Trammell is a Hall of Famer? If not, you probably will after seeing this.
  • I thought this was interesting: turns out having elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery doesn’t make a pitcher more prone to future injuries. You would think there would be even just a slight increase in the potential for future injuries, but I guess not.
  • The rumblings for a worldwide draft are getting louder. This might actually happen … in 2012.
  • Now that Dennys Reyes has caught on with the Cards, the 2009 Draft Order is basically set. The Royals would snag the 44th overall pick if/when Mark Grudzielanek signs elsewhere, but otherwise that’s it for compensation free agents. Ben Sheets isn’t expected to sign until after the draft because of his injury, ditto Paul Byrd because of his semi-retirement, so the Brewers and Sawx won’t be seeing any picks for those two. The Yanks are picking 29th, 76th, then 135th (136th if Grudz signs) and every 30 picks thereafter when the draft rolls around on June 9th.
  • I think we can all relate to this.
  • Can’t say I didn’t see this coming. (h/t BTF)

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. CC Sabathia is making his Spring Training debut tonight against the Tigers. Alas, the game is not on television, but you can follow along with the box score here. The only local team in action is the Nets, who are down in Orlando. Anything goes, and since it’s Friday, you don’t have to be nice.

The Robbie Cano option
All signs point to surgery for A-Rod
  • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

    Anything goes, and since it’s Friday, you don’t have to be nice.

    Woohoo! Screw you all!

    So how soon till we sign Grudz? Over/under 1week. I say over (barely).

    • JobaWockeeZ

      How much experience at 3B does Grudzielanek have anyways? I assume he has a lot of innings under his belt but I still wanna know.

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

        31 games 236.7 innings

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          As a career 2B/SS, you figure he’d handle 3B fairly well. 2B/SS are more demanding than 3B.

          Decent bat, you can live w/him until July. It certainly beats getting raped trading for someone who’s hardly any better like Garret Atkins.

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

            Decent bat, you can live w/him until July. It certainly beats getting raped trading for someone who’s hardly any better significantly worse like Garret Atkins.

            Fixed.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Atkins put up a .286/.328/.452/.780/.337 last year.
              Grudz put up a .299/.345/.399/.743/.329 last year.

              Atkins played half his games in Coors Field last year.
              Grudz did not.

              Atkins is such a butcher in the field, he should go out there with a cleaver instead of a glove.
              Grudz has never put up a negative UZR/150 at any position in any season ever since they started compiling the stat in 2002.

              Not only is Mark Grudzeilanek NOT significantly worse than Garrett Atkins, I’d say he’s probably significantly better.

              • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

                . . . and he’s 39 and would happily accept a 1 year deal.

                In a way, it could be a good fit. Only costs $, won’t be much, and his age isn’t an issue for what we need. Guys his age tend to wear down in the second half, and he’ll be a backup by then. He has no pop, but we should get that elsewhere.

                08 1st half
                .309/.360/.410 with 3HRs

                http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/bsplit.cgi?n1=grudzma01&year=2008

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  (nods head)

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Listening to the game on the radio. If anyone else wants to hear.

    http://player.play.it/player/player.html?v=4.4.35&id=2108&onestat=wxyt

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Gracias.

    • kunaldo

      Stephen Strasburg is freakin ridiculous…

      http://friarforecast.com/?p=700

      breakdown of his starts last year….23Ks in one start? insane…his fastball(not that it’s super important, just adds to the aura) tops out at 102…

      i think i have a new man crush…unfortunately the yanks will probably never even get close to acquiring him

  • Steve H

    Unfortunately the only people who don’t think Trammell is a HOF are the voters. Without any stats necessary, if you ask any manager of the 80’s if he’d rather have Ozzie or Trammell, Trammell would win in a landslide, yet Ozzie’s unanimous? Crazy. Trammell, while obviously not as good as the Wizard defensively, was still great with the glove, and provided a big time bat to boot. Ripken, Jeter, Nomar, A-Rod and Tejada are part of what is keeping Trammell out. Of course 3 of those 5 juiced, and I wouldn’t put it past the other two. Of course, there’s no guarantee Trammell didn’t either.

    • http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com Sky

      Actually, Ozzie and Trammell are pretty neck and neck (with Jeter) by Sean Smith’s historical WAR calculations.

      http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/3/5/779078/graph-of-the-day-throwing#12796831

      Based purely on on-field production, they’re all borderline candidates based on whatever grey-area cut-off you can find with HoF voting. Jeter, of course, has the chance to significantly bump his credentials.

      • Steve H

        So by those calculations, they are basically equal, yet Ozzie is 1st ballot, Trammell can’t get a sniff.

        Considering the voters are old curmudgeons and look at BA/HR/RBI, shouldn’t Trammell have been the 1st ballot guy and Ozzie be the one sabermetrics guys are fighting to get in?

        Too bad Trammell never did backflips.

        • http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com Sky

          I just don’t know. Trammell was just before my time, so I have no recollection of how the mainstream saw him. Can anyone help?

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Yeah, same here. He retired when I was 9 (’96) so I know nothing about his coverage and what not. The same goes for my boy Bert–to the “older” guys in the “crowd,” did he piss off the media or something? Is that why he can’t get in? I’ll stop now before the big vein in my head pops.

            • Steve H

              Considering Whitaker is off the ballot altogether, I don’t think the Tigers in general got much love from the media. Whitaker not being in is a damn shame too. 16 straight seasons with an OPS+ >100, and 14 of those he was >110, while playing GG defense at 2nd base. He even got better with age, so it’s not like the media and voters were remembering him struggling on the way out. It’s nuts. His #1 comp on BR is Sandberg who got in on the 2nd try I believe. Whitaker, for those who care, also did win a ring, while Sandberg didn’t.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Sadly, Steve, you’re probably right.

                It was the backflips that put Ozzie in the Hall of Fame.

                It will be the accumulation of titles that will put Derek Jeter in the Hall of Fame.

                It’s the lack of backflips or accumulation of titles that will keep Alan Trammell out of the Hall of Fame.

                People are morons.

                • pat

                  Dude jeets will get in as one of the best offensive shortstops evah. 3000+ hits, a gold glove (deserved or not), and squeaky clean in an era known for rampant steroid use. The rings are the icing on the cake.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, but had Jeter had a debilitating hip injury back in like 2003 and never played a game in the past 5 years, he’d never have gotten within shouting range of 3000 hits… and he’d still get into the HoF.

                  He’s basically been playing with house money for the second half of his career. The rings aren’t the icing on the he’s a great player cake, the he’s a great player is the icing on the 4 rings cake.

                  I hate to break it to you, but that’s how HoF voters think.

                • pat

                  Lifetime .316/.387.458 120 ops+ from a shortstop.

                • pat

                  Yea you’re probably right it basically comes down to a popularity contest. Luckily Bernie WIlliams will go down as one of the most feared hitters of our generation and shouldnt have a problem getting in.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  “Hey, Corky Simpson, why did you vote for Derek Jeter on his first appearance on the ballot when you didn’t vote for Rickey Henderson? Were you swayed by Jeter’s impressive career statline of .316/.387/.458 with a 120 ops+ from a shortstop?”

                  “No, I don’t pay attention to any of that stuff, I don’t even know what OPS+ is. I just know that Derek Jeter played the game the right way and was gritty and gutty and played through pain, and he was a winner and a leader and the heart and soul of the great Yankees teams that won 4 titles in five years. That’s enough for me. I may not have been a ‘Rickey guy’, but I’m definitely a ‘Jeter guy’. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go NOT vote for Tim Raines again.”

                  … aaaaaaaaaaaand SCENE!

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yea you’re probably right it basically comes down to a popularity contest. Luckily Bernie WIlliams will go down as one of the most feared hitters of our generation and shouldnt have a problem getting in.

                  You got that shit right. During Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, Bernie stepped to the plate and Kevin Brown literally shit his pants, he was so fearful of Bernie.

                  (How do I know this, you ask? I read it all in the forthcoming tell all book, “The Padre Years”, by Bruce Bochy (with Tom Krasovic), available by Pendant Publishing for $29.95. Available soon in fine bookstores everywhere.)

                • hawkins44

                  Pat delivers the knock out blow to ridiculous upside….
                  The fact of the matter is that overview is ridiculous, a statistical analysis baked up so we all pile on each other on these blogs. No reasonable baseball expert puts Trammell and Jeets on the same level and Trammell was not in the same galaxy as Jeter….. as good of a player as he was.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah…

                  Wait, what “knockout blow”? WTF are you talking about?

                  No reasonable baseball expert puts Trammell and Jeets on the same level…

                  They should. Alan Trammell was the balls.

                  and Trammell was not in the same galaxy as Jeter…

                  Yes, he was.

  • Steve H

    If A-Rod does have to have surgery, I’d like them to take a run at Blalock. While he never lived up to the hype, he’s been very good the last two (partial) seasons. I don’t think he’d cost too much either, he was on the block all last year it seemed as well as this offseason. Not a long term contract situation either, so the financial hit wouldn’t be giant. I obviously wouldn’t give up the farm for him, but this team is built to win in 2009, and if A-Rod were to miss several months, I think you bring in an above average guy, not a Grudz. Grudz would be fine for a few weeks or a month, but long term, I think you’d have to reach higher.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Bad home/away and platoon splits.

      • Steve H

        Can I delete my comment?

        Damn Texas might as well be Colorado. Though I think Blalock’s swing would play well in the stadium and his home stats would still be decent, his road splits cannot be ignored. I’d still inquire, but not give up much, at all.

        • whozat

          Yes, but the ARod’s home run totals while he played there were ALL because of the juice. Isn’t that right, mainstream news media?

          • Steve H

            Of course it was. Not the park or his age. Juice, and juice only. In fact, had A-Rod not juiced those years, he would have put up a Puckett-like 0 HR’s in 557 ab’s. Or maybe 4 HR’s in 691 AB’s. There’s a 1st ballot juicer for you, yet Clemens, Bonds, McGwire, etc. have struggled, or will struggle to get support.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              Wow, you two have really put the whole steroids-era into great context! Thanks! :)

              • Steve H

                Glad we could help. Since we did such a bangup job, does that mean we never have to discuss it again, especially since the steroids era was a much longer era than the mainstream media wants us to believe?

  • anonymous

    Cody F@#$ing Ransom!

    • Bob Meusel Batting 5th

      Agreed. Unfortunately any potential trading partner will probably ask for a ransom (not Cody) if the Yanks try to pursue non-internal solutions for 3rd base.

    • Drew

      doesnt have the same ring as AFB

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

    Does anyone know a good Jets blog?

    • andrew

      Giants for me… sorry.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I read thejetsblog.com, because they report the stories well.

      But no, nothing with commentary that I enjoy as much as RAB.

    • Drew

      yea just goto redskins.com

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “I thought this was interesting: turns out having elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery doesn’t make a pitcher more prone to future injuries. You would think there would be even just a slight increase in the potential for future injuries, but I guess not.”

    That’s really interesting. I had always thought that players who get injured early on would be more likely to get hurt again. That some players are simply injury prone for whatever reason. Maybe that’s the case with other injuries (You would certainly never draft a pitcher with a bad shoulder) but apparently not for the TJ guys.

    • Steve H

      With TJS you’re essentially replacing a ligament that while now damaged, has been slowly deteriorating over time. The new ligament is always stronger than the old one was even before the final blow that led to surgery. That (or who knows, juice) is why several pitchers come back from TJS throwing harder than they did before. I remember reading a few years ago that speculated that young pitchers, even in HS would begin to voluntarily have TJS to help them down the road, though I think it was a bit extreme. So since TJS is potentially performance enhancing, should it be banned? There’s more proof that TJS helps you than HGH.

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

    U2 was at Fordham today and it was amazing.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      What did they open up with?

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

        Get Your Boots on.

        The second set was better–they played beautiful day, breathe and vertigo.

        No sunday bloody sunday or any of the really old stuff, but I just wanted them to play beautiful day or city of blinding lights.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          I want to run
          I want to hide
          I want to tear down the walls
          That hold me inside

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

            I want to reach out
            and touch the flame
            where the streets have no name.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

              That’s one of the few U2 songs I like. I feel like I should listen to them more…

            • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

              I still think Joshua Tree was their best album. They really hit their stride musically, and the song lyrics were searching and conflicted. Every good band has their moment, to me that was theirs.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Just finished listening to the Girardi interview on LoHud. He said some things that if you take them a bit further, I think its obvious where the Yanks want this to go.

    When talking about the nature of the injury, how long he might last with it, what types of movements/activity could aggravate the injury, his answer was the same. ‘I’ve spoke to doctors and they don’t know’ or some variation on that. If you don’t have any info on how to deal with this, you’re just leaving it up to fate. That has to be an unacceptable option to the Yanks trying to run their team.

    Given that kind of uncertainly, you have to figure the Yanks would strongly suggest that Alex get this taken care of. Even in the worst case scenarios, he’d be back by August/September ready for a stretch run and the playoffs.

    By doing it now, you feel confident you’ll have Alex when you need him most. By pushing it off and seeing how it goes, they run the risk of losing him in mid season with no hope of returning this year. That’s potentially devastating. Also, they can sign a decent replacement now in Grudzalanek. If they wait and he goes down in mid-season, now they are at the mercy of other teams in attempting to make a deal.

    Take the smaller hit and deal with it now. Its the best option.

    • kunaldo

      agreed…not only is it probably the better option for this season, it’s the better option long-term, being that we’re pretty heavily invested in TheRod

    • Arreneheus

      The Yankees don’t “strongly suggest” that A-Rod get this taken care of it now. They should make him do it, as he is technically “their” property in terms of taking care of his body.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yeah, no, it doesn’t work like that.

        Players are entitled to their own medical care. ARod is the Yankees employee, not their slave.

  • BJ

    Man, that 31 Ks sounded insane, nuts, but seeing as it was over 18 innings it makes sense, still a 15.5 K/9. The really amazing thing is that the catcher caught 25 innings that day, and still called what looks to be a great outing, that’s pretty crazy.

  • andrew

    Cody Ransom just made a diving stop at 3rd and the announcers wondered if ARod were at the game tonight. Ransom might be adequate in the field, but I don’t think we can live with his bat if ARod needs surgery. Then again, if the pitching lives up to the hype, I think we could make the playoffs with out ARod

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

      The problem isn’t Ransom subbing for A-Rod.

      It’s Ransom subbing for A-Rod while Molina’s catching one game out of every three, Gardner/Melky are in center and Matsui’s knees are barking…

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Two words:

        Barry. Bonds.

        /runs for cover

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Call me when he can play third base.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            I’d be willing to pay Matsui $13 mil to sit the bench while Bonds DH’s.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I may as well. Neither of us are the Steins, though, so this is a non-starter.

              We didn’t eat Matsui’s salary to add Dunn or Manny. We’re not going to do it for Bonds, a guy who now hasn’t played in a year.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                I know, I know. I’m just sayin’… Regardless, though, I think the Bonds ship has sailed. If anyone was gonna take a shot at Bonds, it would’ve been at the beginning of last season.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Listening to the game, so far Posada has tattooed one ball and Gardner has made a sparkling play in CF. Hopefully the sign of things to come. Also, Aceves is pitching well.

    If Posada and Matsui are healthy, we can absorb the loss of Alex and still be fine. This Yankee team doesn’t need to score 5 runs a game to win, unlike recent editions. I think the pitching staff is the best in the league and they can win some 1-0 or 2-1 games this year, unlike last year. I also like the bullpen and the starting depth we have with Hughes, Aceves and IPK in AAA.

  • mustang

    Something to think about:

    How would things be if A-Rod is out for the year and the Yankees pull a 1996 type Championship?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I’d be happy.

      And no, that would not make me want to get rid of ARod so that we can continue to win “without him” because I’d reflexively think this somehow means that we can’t win with ARod but can only win without him.

      Correlation is not causation.

      • mustang

        I’m just thinking of the pressure on A-Rod in 2010 media,fans and all that.
        I’m looking at the 1996 roster and they had a old Wade Boggs and a late pick-up of Hays at 3rd.
        Actually the two teams are similar in personal.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          … and if the 1996 Yankees had ARod at third base instead of Wade Boggs and Charlie Hayes, we probably would have won the AL East by 12 games instead of 4 and swept the Braves instead of dropping the first two games.

          • mustang

            Now that’s the Question for the ages. Stats. yes, but we can’t say for sure because we don’t know how his addition changes the landscape of team and yes the chemistry.

            • Steve H

              They would have been better. No question.

              • mustang

                How can you say that just by the numbers? I totally understand your logic and your probably right, but there has been a lot great teams with a lot of great players that haven’t won.

                No question is to final.

                • Steve H

                  I’m not guaranteeing they would have won it all. I am guaranteeing that they would have been a better team. Over a small sample size, maybe they lose a series, but when you replace a Hayes/Boggs with a player of A-Rod’s caliber, you get better, hands down.

                • mustang

                  Ok when you put it like that I agree.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              we don’t know how his addition changes the landscape of team and yes the chemistry.

              They’re not making malaria vaccines. They’re playing baseball games.

              Wade Boggs wOBA’d .188 in that 1996 postseason. Charlie Hayes wOBA’d .192

              Don’t give me any bunk that ARod wouldn’t have helped the 1996 Yankees because he chokes in the clutch on the big stage. Wade Boggs and Charlie Hayes choked on the clutch in the big stage. We won anyway.

              • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                A-Rod would’ve wOBA’d .108 because he sucks in the post season.

              • mustang

                I’m not saying that all, but to just throw out that factor completely out the window and just go by the numbers seems little rash.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Like it or not, team chemistry is not as important as numbers in baseball. I’ve been through this discussion at least three times so I’m not going over it again but in brief: team chemistry is not as important in baseball as it is in other sports.

                • Steve H

                  If it was, Bonds=T.O. and his attitude would crush his teams. It never did. If chemistry mattered in baseball, Bonds probably would have played for 5-7 teams in his career.

                • mustang

                  I agree, but it still plays a factor it just can’t be dismissed.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  It does play a factor that just can’t be dismissed. It’s just that that factor is not remotely as important as other factors, like the ability to hit the ball and catch the ball and throw the ball.

                  Those factors are 99%. Team chemistry is 1%. There’s a 1% margin of error in that statement.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Yeah, it shouldn’t be dismissed but having poor chemistry really doesn’t make a team worse. Bad teams are bad teams because they either pitch poorly, hit poorly, or field poorly or some combination of that, not because they don’t like each other–as long as no one’s pulling a Roger Dorn ;).

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Ernie Banks was the nicest guy in the history of the game.

                  Ty Cobb stabbed a guy.

                • Steve H

                  Lou, I got it right here in my contract that says I don’t have to do any calisthenics I deem unnecessary.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Hats…for bats.

                • Steve H

                  I was going to reply about keeping bats warm, but if we start this comment thread, it really could go on all night. We’d end up crashing the servers.

                • mustang

                  I just don’t think it’s as remote as you guys think. Over a long season with road trips, injuries, media, fans and a thousands other things that we don’t know about good chemistry helps.
                  Obviously it doesn’t account as much as hitting, catching and throwing, but 1% nope. Not as long as baseball is played by humans.
                  But like always thank you Tommy and Matt you guys always make it very interesting.

                  Still playing that linking Matt. thank again

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Here ya go, Pedro. A whole chicken.

                • Steve H

                  Stop it Matt

                • Steve H

                  You put snot, on the ball?

                  Ok, you baited me into one more.

                • mustang

                  Sorry Steve H. for got you man you also keep things fun and respectful that the best thing..

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  I just don’t think it’s as remote as you guys think.

                  The problem is, mustang, this feeling you have that chemistry isn’t drastically overstated isn’t really based on much analysis and doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny.

                  Teams with good players who are bad, selfish, unsociable, “clubhouse cancers” win, all the time. You know what teams truly are rife with bad clubhouse chemistry and struggle to win? Teams that suck, because they’re full of bad players.

                  Here’s what I see, looking through baseball history:

                  Teams with talented players who are nice guys win a lot of ballgames.
                  Teams with talented players who are jerks and distractions win a lot of ballgames.
                  Teams with bad, untalented players who are nice guys tend to finish at the bottom of the standings.
                  Teams with bad, untalented players who are jerks and distractions tend to finish at the bottom of the standings and fight alot in the dugout.

                  ARod is not a “clubhouse cancer”. Jose Guillen is. Because he sucks.

                  Adding ARod to the 1996 Yankees doesn’t make them less likely to win because of “chemistry issues”. Adding Jose Guillen to the 1996 Yankees does make them less likely to win, but NOT because of “chemistry issues”. He makes them less likely to win because he sucks. The “chemistry issue” is just a nice layer of crap icing on the turd cake.

                • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

                  Mustang: I don’t think it’s alright if dudes hate each other–you’ve gotta have some friendship to get through a season–but if they aren’t all best buds, it’s alright, IMO.

                  Yea, that Win Expectancy Finder is so much fun.

                  Steve H: Fine.

                • mustang

                  Major Leagues loved unfortunately they made 2 other movies after that.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            we probably would have won the AL East by 12 games instead of 4 and swept the Braves instead of dropping the first two games.

            I doubt even Alex could have overcome Andy shitting the bed in Game 1.

        • mustang

          This teams starting pitching is better, but 1996 outfield is better.
          However you can mix and match to make it similar the only real difference is that there is no with A-Rod stats in 1996.

  • the curse of …..

    tex on 3rd swish on 1st

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Steve H

      As far as crazy suggestions go, I’d rather see Nady at 3rd, which is still about a 0.5% possibility.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Heard Sweeney Murti discuss this yesterday. Tex and Nady were asked about this and both had pretty much the same answer, which was ‘there’s a reason why I’m not playing there anymore’.

      So that’s out, if it was ever in.

  • the curse of …..

    see what happens whe you cheat on your wife

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Babe Ruth says hello.

    • Steve H

      umm, what?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Hey, Mike, since Strasburg is basically a lock to go #1 with the Nationals now, why don’t you give us a hastily done, off the top of your head, we all know this isn’t researched or thought out so don’t hold you to this (even though we’ll make fun of you for it irrationally later anyway) mock June Draft?

    Come on, it’ll be fun. You don’t have to go far, just up to the Yankees pick. I’ll get you started:

    1. Nationals – Stephen Strasburg
    2. Mariners –
    3. Padres –
    4. Pirates –
    5. Orioles –
    6. Giants –
    7. Braves –
    8. Reds –
    9. Tigers –
    10. Nationals –
    11. Rockies –
    12. Royals –
    13. Athletics –
    14. Rangers –
    15. Indians –
    16. Diamondbacks –
    17. Diamondbacks –
    18. Marlins –
    19. Cardinals –
    20. Blue Jays –
    21. Astros –
    22. Twins –
    23. White Sox –
    24. Angels –
    25. Angels –
    26. Brewers –
    27. Mariners –
    28. Red Sox – Who knows, but whomever it is, it’ll be a future hall of famer and a stroke of Theo’s genius
    29. Yankees –

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      29-Gerrit Cole part deux

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Except he’s not eligible for the draft.

  • the curse of …..

    wait a second shelly duncan play third

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you stop talking for a while, maybe sit the next few plays out.

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      IT IS HIGH!

      IT IS FAR!

      IT IS GOOONE!!

      DUNCAN HITS A DONUT!

  • the curse of …..

    i say his nme he hits one out melky has a the arm to play 3rd

    • Steve H

      He’s got a strong right arm?

  • the curse of …..

    he’s lefthanded ? eh

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    “Brian Cashman just spoke to the media after getting off a two-hour conference call regarding Alex Rodriguez.

    They are discussing all options. As of now, surgery has not been scheduled. But — and this would seem significant — Alex is staying in Colorado for “the foreseeable future.”

    Said Cashman: “The stiffness is the beginning of the process. Eventually there is going to be pain. … You have to be realistic. We could be on the verge of having an incident.. What’s best for him is what’s best for us.” ”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/03/06/cashman-no-surgery-scheduled-for-a-rod-yet/

    2 hour conference call? I couldn’t spend 2 hours on the line if it was phone sex and someone else was paying for it.

    Sounds more and more like Alex is going under the knife. I think its the right move.

    • Steve H

      I’m leaning towards your line of thinking with getting the surgery done now.

      Anybody had a fantasy draft yet and taken A-Rod? Mine’s in 2 weeks, hopefully we’ll know more by then, but I was planning on taking A-Rod if I got a top 3 pick. Now, who the hell knows.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        I have my next one on Sunday the 15th. Please decide by then, guys!

        Shit, maybe I’ll still pick him and just have him for when he comes back if he gets it.

        • Steve H

          I’m in a league with a bunch of Sox fans, I’m sure some would avoid Yankees (even if subconciously). I just want to know where he’ll fall. Hell, Pujols was a 2nd rounder last year because everyone expected him to have surgery and miss time. How’d that work out.

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

            Won me a championship ’cause I scooped him up in the 2nd round after nabbing Miggy.

            Yep, I just said this again after saying it like three minutes ago.

            • Steve H

              Ha. Funny thing is I almost replied to your comment below to say the same thing I’d already posted. We’d both commented at the same time.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Agreed. Let’s cut ARod up, put him on the DL, let him come back in July or August.

        And let’s trade prospects for Beltre and Nady for prospects.

        It’s fiendishly simple but perfectly brilliant.

        • Steve H

          Maybe we could do it as a 3 way so no one would flip out when the trade went down that Cash was trading away the prospects that we’ve all grown attached to. As the Red Stripe commercials say, Brilliant!!

          TSJC-Get Cash on the phone.

        • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          …or Nady for Beltre.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I thought about that, but what do they need Nady for? They’ve got Ichiro in right and top prospect Wladimir Balentien in left. Nowhere to play him, and Beltre for Nady only gets them 5.5M of salary relief. Beltre for, say, IPK, Miranda, and Higashioka gets them like 10M in salary relief.

            • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

              They could put Balentien in center and Nady in left. Besides Nady would be more likely to end up being a Type A, and they could get more for him at the deadline than they can for Beltre.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                They just traded for Franklin Gutierrez to put him in center. And they’re high on Gutierrez too, for good reason.

                The Type A part is a good point, though. I guess a straight Nady for Beltre swap isn’t a non-starter, I just think if they’d move Beltre and hence, create a hole at 3B, they’d want to do it for more than just 5M in salary relief.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        This actually reminds me of last year–no one in one of my leagues wanted to take Pujols in the first round so I ended up with Miguel Cabrera and Pujols. Championship!

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Montero with the leadoff double, very nice.

  • the curse of …..

    awesome a replay button

    • Steve H

      is that you hughes65?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Don’t say I didn’t warn all you guys:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/03/mauer-extension.html

    • anonymous

      Ron Shapiro is an idiot.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        you mean bill smith?

    • Drew

      I hate players that sign long term on crappy teams!! Doesn’t he know they play real baseball in NY!? WTF

      • anonymous

        I dont care let him rot there. We have catching prospects and Boston is praying for rain.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yup, that’s my take on it too. The less chance that the Twins move (or don’t sign) Mauer, the better.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Steve H

      My reaction:

      Only 1 year???

    • Drew

      No wonder the Steins didn’t let Cash sign him! lol all you cash haters make me laugh. PS not u tommie but just the cash haters in general

  • Steve H

    Weren’t the Cavs supposed to take control of the east tonight with no KG?

    • anonymous

      I blame Mike Brown.

  • BigBlueAL

    I know everyone mentions signing Grudzalanek, but how about Esteban German???

    • Steve H

      OPS+ of 72 last year. Not sure on the D, but that’s not worth wasting a roster spot on, Ransom can do that.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        Position/Games/UZR-150

        2B/141/-8.5
        3B/92/-18.2

    • anonymous

      Do you really think he is at all different then Ransom?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      To paraphrase myself, from above:

      German put up a .245/.303/.338/.640/.285 last year.
      Grudz put up a .299/.345/.399/.743/.329 last year.

      German is such a butcher in the field, he should go out there with a cleaver instead of a glove. (His UZR/150 seasons at 2B, 3B, and SS are full of more negative numbers than the Dow Jones. Peruse for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/d2ddqv )
      Grudz has never put up a negative UZR/150 at any position in any season ever since they started compiling the stat in 2002.

      Not only is Mark Grudzielanek NOT significantly worse than Esteban German, I’d say he’s probably significantly better.

      • the curse of …..

        surgery monday

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          You, my friend, are the living, breathing, personification of a non-sequitur.

        • Steve H

          Finally found the reply button. Just didn’t use it correctly.

      • Steve H

        Along with paraphrasing yourself, do you speak about yourself in the 3rd person?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Allow myself to introduce… myself.

          My name is Richie Cunningham, and this is my wife Oprah.

  • the curse of …..

    what would the braves take for chipper jones

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      They’re talking extension with him. He’s the face of the Bravos now. He goes nowhere.

      Besides, the likelihood that a Jones injury overlaps the A-Rod injury in terms of time is almost a certainty, so I wouldn’t give ’em Hughes and Kennedy for that.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Heh, Jeter called Alex “Al”.

    Clearly, that’s a shot at him. Shame on you, Jeter, you’re supposed to be a leader.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      Obviously Jeter taking a shot at himself.

  • the curse of …..

    oaklands eric chavez maybe lefty pull hitter

    • Alan Jay

      hehehe….I don’t want anymore DL guys….Chavez is the 3rd baseman’s version of Carl Pavano. IF healthy, maybe the Yanks can give him a chance unless they take Mr. K Igawa.

      • Alan Jay

        I meant Oakland to take Igawa