Brett Tomko, we hardly knew ye

Johnny and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad defense
Stadium Hits: Monument Park, God Bless America

As the Yankees prepare to hand the ball over to Sergio Mitre tonight, the team needs to clear a space on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters. Mercifully, they have opted to designate Brett Tomko for assignment rather than sticking Mark Melancon or David Robertson back on the Scranton shuttle. The Yankees now have ten days to trade the right-hander or else they will release him. Tomko, 36, was 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games out of the pen. His tenure on the Yanks won’t be remembered at all.

Johnny and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad defense
Stadium Hits: Monument Park, God Bless America
  • Sam


  • pat

    Brett Tomko, we hardly knew ye

    Not necessarily a bad thing…

  • thebusiness

    This one hurts.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yup. We’re losing a damn fine Yankee Wife. Playboy models don’t grow on trees, you know.
      (mildly objectionable for work)

      • Reggie C.

        so that’s what a muse looks like … damn..

  • Jersey

    Brett who?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Gardner. Get with the times.

  • leokitty

    He’ll be filed in my memories with all the other “ack there’s no one left in the bullpen to pitch in extra innings now we’re gonna lose” guys over the years.


  • Manimal

    Well now he has time to finish up that painting of Hughes.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    His tenure on the Yanks won’t be remembered at all.

    Remember, Marines die. That’s what we’re here for. But, the Marine Corps lives forever. And so, you live forever.

  • Dela G




    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Actually, the proper overreaction would have been to be pissed that it wasn’t Cody Ransom being DFA’d.

      • zs190

        In fact, Cody Ransom is starting again tonight, /diesalittleinside

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I believe defense is important. But, on a once-a-week basis, is there that much of a defensive difference between Hinske and Ransom at third?

          UZR150 for Ransom at 3B this season (19 games): -34.6
          UZR150 for Hinske at 3B this season (4 games): -55.3
          (In small samples, both had positive UZR150s last year, in the 30s)

          My point is, how much do you really lose defensively with Hinske at third instead of Ransom? And even with a lefty, you gain so much at the plate.

          Clearly, when Derek or Cano need a rest, you have to go with Ransom. But for A Rod? I’d use Hinske.

          • Zach

            Well tonight they’re facing Rich Hill and he is a lefty and Hinske cant hit lefties, but I guess you can make the argument that Ransom doesnt hit at all.

            • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

              Hinske v. lefties this year:


              Okay, small sample (33 plate appearances), but still. He is more likely to contribute than Ransom.

              • Chip

                I think the more important issue is, why on Earth does Melky continue to get starts over Gardner? I realize that Girardi seems to think that he can’t hit lefties but he’s so damn valuable in the field that I don’t know why Melky continues to get at-bats.

                • Jon G

                  My thoughts exactly. Every day that Gardener isn’t starting.

                  Why not ride the hot bat — since June 1, Gardener is hitting over .300, but Melky is at 230.

                  At some point, you have to give Gardener a shot against lefties if Melky isn’t getting the job done…

        • Riddering

          Didn’t A-Rod just get a week off? What a bum!

  • Ivan

    But he didnt get to finish Phil Hughes picture.

  • A.D.

    A bit surprising, but appreciated

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I’ve just gotten confirmation that Tomko will be at Old Timers Day in 2010.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He and Sidney Ponson will form a dynamite 1-2 punch.

      Probably by actually punching people.

  • Ivan

    Wouldn’t a move like this tells you a little bit that Hughes might be in the rotation?

    Considering they could of sent down Melancon and/or Robertson but opted to release Tomko, they might be saying hey lets have some tryouts with Melancon and Robertson and if they succeed, they maybe they can take over for Hughes and Hughes gets his rotation spot back.

  • sabernar

    The thing is, Mitre isn’t going to pitch any better than Tomko. People shouldn’t get too excited about 10-23 Mitre. Tomko had a 5.23 ERA as the last man in the bullpen. Check the other teams; that’s not too bad.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      And a 1.258 WHIP.

      I’m not saying I thought Tomko was good. I’m just saying people were a bit hysterical about a garbage-time, last-arm-in-the-pen, can-let-him-sit-for-two-weeks-without-retarding-the-growth-of-a-young-guy reliever.

      • CountryClub

        According to all reports, Mitre’s FB is up a couple of ticks since he had TJ. So who knows, maybe that drops his ERA into the mid 4’s. Plus, he did have a real good stretch once in his career. We’ll know soon enough.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I was talking about Tomko’s WHIP.

          Mitre wasn’t a part of this point. My point was simply that people have a hysterical hatred for Tomko, and while I wouldn’t say he was good, of course, I will say that for a last-guy-in-the-pen role, he was adequate. You don’t want Melancon or Robertson sitting two weeks without pitching. But you cand do that to a vet like Tomko.

          • CountryClub

            I was replying to the guy above you.

          • Benjamin Kabak

            That’s lazy roster construction though. When you have better pieces, why waste it on some guy who just isn’t very good?

            • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

              You are overstating my support for Tomko.

              In an ideal world, no, you don’t want him in your bullpen.

              But, if you read the comments here (which you do), you know that people write about him like he was completely useless and totally incapable of getting an out in the majors.

              My point is very simple: To have a last-guy-in-the-pen reliever with a 1.258 WHIP is not the worst thing. He’s not utterly useless.

              • Ed

                A 1.258 WHIP becomes terrible when you realize that > 25% of the hits he allowed were home runs. (5 HR out of 19 hits)

                • leokitty

                  The homerun numbers are the legend of Brett “Bombko” Tomko in a nutshell.

    • pat

      The thing is, Mitre isn’t going to pitch any better than Tomko,

      That’s speculation holmes.

      • pat

        oops, forgot to close the ole italics tag.

      • sabernar

        You’re right. He could pitch worse.

  • Jake H

    I am holding back from crying right now.

  • 27 this year

    this is called addition by subtraction.

    Unlike many, I have a feeling Mitre is going to do well. At the very least, if he does well, we are set.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Thank Mo!

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    They have ten days to trade him, right? Tomko for Halladay. Straight up.


    • JobaWockeeZ

      Who do you think the Yankees are? Only the Red Sox are capable of screwing other teams.

    • 27 this year

      They have to throw in Snider or no deal.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      Wait, I thought we were already getting Halladay for Melky and IPK?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    20 bucks says the Mets signs him.

    • 27 this year

      I could see that. He can’t be worse than Tim Redding.

    • Riddering

      I keep wondering what we could get for Ransom from the Mets.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I’d gladly give him to the Mets for free.

        • Bruno

          Why? Omar might send F-Mart+

  • For lack of a more creative name… Alex

    Wow it actually happened.. and now I’m actually kinda sad.

  • Chip

    So the bullpen is no Mo, Hughes, Bruney, Coke, Ace, Robertson and Melancon? I’m actually incredibly ok with that.

    I’d imagine we’ll probably see some Bruney and Melancon tonight as it’s been a while for them. Isn’t it wonderful that our new problem is finding innings for the bullpen?

    • sabernar

      Marte will be up shortly and Melancon will be sent down.

  • tampayankee

    Not to be redundent…Yiiiiiiiiipeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    They must have broken his blackmail scheme.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Tomko reported said that he was never allowed to get on a roll. I don’t know. He’s not one of the relievers people were ever screaming to bring in.

    And where in the world is Brian Bruney? (I asked this question in last night’s game thread just as Matsui came up to bat).

    • Sam P.

      Isn’t Bruney in the bullpen?

      (I’m just giving you a hard time)

      I would definitely think he’d be getting some work in tonight. Maybe the 6th or 7th?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I saw that too, but what exactly did he do to warrant the Yanks letting him “get on a roll”? He gave up runs in 7 of his 15 appearances and threw just 60 percent of his pitches fro strikes. I wouldn’t trust him in any sort of important situation.

  • Rich James

    I would like to say this to brett tomko:

  • Tank Foster

    How many of us are stars in our own chosen field? Just imagine being Brett Tomko. He’s a guy with talent, who was good enough to get to the majors. He spends his life going from team to team, city to city, minors to majors. He got some guys out for the Yankees, ate some innings and therefore saved some arms.

    Here’s to the Brett Tomkos of the world.

    • Salty Buggah

      Though he’s made millions of dollars still.

      • Bruno

        And realized 95% of his boyhood dream. I wouldn’t mind having Tomko’s career.
        Of course I’d rather take Mo’s, but I’m sure if we were all given the choice between Tomko’s career and blogging we’d all walk Tomko’s path in a cocaine-heartbeat.

    • sabernar

      Amen. I, for one, appreciate what Tomko did for the Yankees this season. With infrequent use, he ate some innings got some outs, and, all in all, did a decent job being the last man out of the bullpen.

  • Klemy

    I will not miss Tomko in the least.

  • Lanny

    Tomko will be remembered when we realize we let 3-5 games go because he pitched.