Jews for Jesus (Montero)

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Jews for Jesus (Montero)

That gem of a sign comes from reader Dave Soberman, who was raising hell with his buddies at Saturday’s Double-A Trenton game. Here’s the email he sent us, which tells the story. Here’s a few more pics: Dave with the sign, the sign at field level, the sign with Bolt, Montero signing said sign, and Dave heckling poor Jorge Jimenez. How awesome is that?

Meanwhile, Baseball America’s John Manuel called Montero an untouchable prospect.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out, and Chad Jennings says they’re not going to even going to bother to make it up.

Double-A Trenton (9-4 win over New Hampshire)
Austin Krum, Jesus Montero & Marcos Vechionacci: all 2 for 5 - Krum tripled, drew a walk, scored a trio of runs & K’ed … Montero doubled, drove in two & K’ed … Vech doubled, drove in a run & scored another
Reegie Corona: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Noah Hall & richie Robnett: both 0 for 5 – Hall scored a run … Robnett K’ed thrice
Chris Malec: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - 14 for his last 38 (.368)
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Pope: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 7-9 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Humberto Sanchez: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – allowed two jacks

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to fort Myers)
Damon Sublett & Brandon Laird: both 1 for 4 – Sublett hit a solo jack … Laird K’ed
Kevin Smith: 2 for 4, 1 K
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 18, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 E – David Adams drew a pair of walks
Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 3-6 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-4 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-2 win over Greensbor0)
Jose Pirela, Tommy Baldridge & Neall French: all 1 for 5 – Pirela drew a walk … French drove in two & K’ed
Abe Almonte & Taylor Grote: both 2 for 5 – Almonte tripled, scored a run & scored a pair of runs … Grote scored a run, drove one in & K’ed
Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak & Chase Weems: all 2 for 4 – CoJo drew a walk, drove in two runs & scored two others … Maruszak drew a walk, scored a run, plated two & committed a fielding error … Weems drew a walk & scored a run
Melky Mesa: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB – first homer since July 5th
Cory Arbiso: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 13-7 GB/FB – well then … golf clap
Charles Nolte: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island
Game 1
(3-0 loss to Jamestown in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out … and there goes the ten game winning streak
Zoilo Almonte & Kyle Higashioka: both 1 for 3 – Higashioka committed a throwing error
Francisco Santana: 1 for 2, 1 K – had been 0 for his last 9
Everyone Else: combined 0 for 15, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 E
Arodys Vizcaino: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 3-3 GB/FB – leads the league with 50 K, eleven ahead of the second place guy
Gavin Brooks: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff)
Game 2 (6-3 win over Jamestown in 7 innings)
Francisco Santana & RJ Baker: both 1 for 3 – Baker hit a grand slam & drove in another run as well
Hector Rabago, Neil Medchill & Justin Milo: all 0 for 2, 1 BB – Rabago was caught stealing … Medchill swiped a bag … Milo scored a run & K’ed
Luke Murton: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Kelvin Castro: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Adam Warren: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6-3 GB/FB – picked a runner of second … 10 hits & 2 walks allowed in his last 20 IP
Mike Solbach: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 wWP, 1 HB, 0-1 GB/FB
Griffin Bailey: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-2 loss to GCL Phillies)
Eduardo Sosa, Jose Toussen & Yunior Tabares: all 1 for 4 – Sosa scored a run … Toussen missed a catch for an error … Tabares K’ed & committed a fielding error
Kevin Mahoney: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Kelvin DeLeon & Jose Mojica: both 1 for 3 – DeLeon doubled & threw a runner out at second from RF … Mojica drove in a run & K’ed
Ramon Flores: 0 for 3, 1 K, 1 SB
Nik Turley: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 1 WP, 4-6 GB/FB – where’d the control go?
Dickie Marquez: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2-1 GB/FB
Shane Greene: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Sam Elam: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – moderation is key

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  • pat

    Dave clearly brought the awesome… Nicely done sir.

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

    Speaking as a Jew,

    I. WANT. THAT. SIGN.

    • Mike bk

      as do i.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      T-shirts. Need t-shirts.

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

        “Save the Big Triune Gods”

      • yankeewanabe

        big guy over on yes board has a copywrite pending on montero t-shirt “be afraid be very afriad” montero 2011

    • Riddering

      Speaking as a Gentile,

      I want that Jesus!

    • Joey

      +1!!!!!!!!!

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Speaking as a Catholic,

      I want to convert to Judaism to join “Jews for Jesus”!

      • Dela G

        i am catholic too!!

        jews for jesus!!

  • Rich James

    Thats classy folks…thats “Ron Burgendy” Classy

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    6 games and the starting pitchers as a group gave up 4 ER in 36 IP!!!!

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

      Fuck….me….

      I love this team.

      These teams.

      Life is good.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    What material did they use to make that sign?

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

      Manna.

      • http://myspace.com/ooossed Brandon M.

        IETC

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

      Seriously, though, that’s probably some OAKTAG.

      • Bobtaco

        +42, that’s some funny

      • dan

        I enjoyed all of these comments

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

    Jews for Jesus? How ’bout Buddhism?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qse_wf57tZM

  • Alex K.

    Mike, think Montero is going to start in AAA next year? Seems like he should but would that be rushing him?

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

      I would certainly think so. There’s no point in wasting that bat in Double-A.Let him play with SWB while Romine cuts his teeth in AA.

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

        Yup. Who gets Tampa and who gets Charleston? Weems and Higashioka, respectively? Murphy does EXST and then the GCL? Sanchez stays overseas for a year or two?

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

          Yes and yes. EXST and SI is my guess, and EXST and GCL.

          (respectively)

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

            EXST/GCL for Sanchez, really? He’s that advanced that he’ll be here next year?

            Daddy likes.

        • Mike bk

          Sanchez goes GCL next year according to the contract. maybe murphy goes to SI or Arcia if he keeps it up.

    • Steve H

      Jim Callis today said he’d hit .250 in the majors right now with power. I’d say he’ll be in AAA and probably make AAA his bitch like everywhere else he’s ever been.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That is the greatest sign ever. Ever.

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

      Better than the old signs the Edgar Martinez fans used to hang at the Kingdome that said “The Edgar-o-meter is Heating UP!”

      I think not, my friend. Dynamite signs like that just can’t be topped.

  • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption)

    That’s great. Up there with “If I were an Ice Cream I’d be Rocky Road”.

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

      +42

    • Riddering

      Swisher need his own ice cream. He really does.

      After all, ‘Superman’ has been begging to be re-branded.

  • pat

    Sanchez, doin his best Bruney imitation.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Yup. Us Jews can’t get enough of Jesus.

  • Teix is the Man

    Who would you guys rather bulid your team around,Stanton or Heyward? I would have to say Heyward; it seems like he k’s a lot less.

    • Mike bk

      i would take heyward as well…seems to have a little more speed as well.

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

      Heyward, because he’s a better all around hitter and such a better all around player. How that guy lasted until the 14th pick, I’ll never know. He shouldn’t have made it past the fifth pick.

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

      I’d agree with that. Provided Strasburg signs, the top four prospects in the game next year are probably Strasburg, Hewyard, Stanton, and Montero in that order.

      • Teix is the Man

        Montero’s status is exactly why I don’t think he will be moved. Top 5 caliber prospects aren’t traded unless a team gets back a sure fire, can’t-miss, cost-controlled superstar.

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

          Top 5 caliber prospects aren’t traded unless a team gets back a sure fire, can’t-miss, cost-controlled superstar.

          …who’s not 32 years old.

          • Teix is the Man

            amen my friend….amen

          • Adam

            king felix, grienke…. thats about it

            • Tom Zig

              Upton squared, Grady Sizemore

      • Ivan

        I think you can make the arguement for Montero over Stanton. Montero plays a premium position and can match with the power and is a better pure hitter.

        Hey remember when people thought Villalona was a better prospect than Montero? lol.

        • Mike bk

          you cant make that argument with the questions if Montero would stay there. if he was a sure thing to stay at catcher he beats stanton and is right there with heyward for number 2.

          • Ivan

            Look while there question of him staying at catcher, he’s still a catcher right now nevertheless.

            Hey I would put Heyward over Montero but Stanton Vs. Montero I think u can make a solid debate.

            • Mike bk

              you dont rank the prospects on where they are now but where they project to be in the majors so if he is not projected to be a catcher in the majors its not the same.

          • Doug

            yeah, also in callis’ chat today he was asked why there are so many doubts about montero “growing out of the position” while mauer can handle the position at roughly the same size. his response:

            “It’s not that Montero will grow out of the position. It’s that he’s not very athletic or agile, not a great receiver and has a slow release. Mauer is MUCH better than Montero in every aspect of catching.”

            • pat

              Those things are true though. Mawa is one of the best defensive catchers in teh game.

              • pat

                Not to mention Mauer was an All American QB in highschool and a basketball star. Jesus is thick

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

              If Mauer and Montero were the ONLY big catchers ever, maybe that would hold more water.

              They’re not.

              • Steve H

                Mike Piazza on the juice was a pretty big dude, and was bad defensively. His bat played at C, if Jesus can be 80% of Piazza, his bat will make up for the D.

                • pat

                  Piazza is listed as 6’3″ 197. Jesus is 6’4″ 225 at the age of 19.

                • Steve H

                  Yeah, do you really think Piazza is 197? The steroid era had some of the most deflated weight #’s, probably to try to avoid suspicion. CBS has him listed at 215, which is still definitely low.

                • Steve H

                  For comparison’s sake Cano is listed at 170 on BR, Jeter at 175, A-Rod at 190.

                  Wouldn’t trust the scales at BR.

                • Steve H

                  Oh and Gardner is listed as 180, so he weighs 10 lbs less than A-Rod……

                  A-Rod takes bigger shits than Gardner.

                • pat

                  No I’m sure he was bigger than 200 or 210. But when he was Jesus’ age I highly doubt he was that big. jesus is still a baby, he’s gonna get alot bigger when he gets his man muscles. I don’t care if he stays at catcher because of all the depth we have at the position. I just wanna see the kid stay healthy and chances are that means he moves away from C. I just wanna see him hit, I don’t care where it is. My basic point was that while he and Mauer are both tall, play catcher and will hit the shit out of the ball, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

                • pat

                  I do enjoy your “arod takes bigger shits than gardner” line though, that’s funny as hell.

                • Steve H

                  I agree with you on Montero vs. Mauer. Like TSJC said, they aren’t the only 2 big catchers ever, so it’s a totally unfair comparison. Hell Tek is listed at 6’2 and 230 lbs, and he’s only the greatest defensive catcher of all time.

            • Accent Shallow

              There actually have been rumblings about playing C would adversely affect Mauer’s health long-term, and that if the Twins wanted to keep him healthy, they should think about him playind 3B.

            • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

              Notice he specified “of catching”. I take this to imply that their offensive tool are comparable.

        • Teix is the Man

          Heh,what a joke that was; Montero was better based on the merit of his position.

        • Accent Shallow

          This was hilarious. Somehow much worse approach and results could be waved away by a 6 month age difference? When both of them were young for the league?

    • Ivan

      I’ll go Heyward. Better pure hitter and better plate disipline.

      • KG Sturnz0r – Camilo Gerardo

        based on current production, it seems obvious… We all love Jesus

  • Teix is the Man

    Will somebody please tell Francesa that it’s Jesus Montero, and not ‘that double-A catcha that eva’ryone laaves?’

    • Steve H

      Wait till he wants to put him in teh 8th!!!

      • Teix is the Man

        Oh shit, I didn’t even think about that! I forgot dat ‘Bullpens win da Championships!’

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

          Montero can be the designated catching LIOR (late inning offensive replacement).

          He only catches Hughes and Mo. Nothing but the most important of innings.

          • Steve H

            Hughes and Mo? Please don’t tell me you’ve given up on getting Joba back in the pen. Have you seen his mentality????

            In a perfect world, Hughes and Joba can split the 8th.

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

              Joba takes the 7th.

              Remember, the only thing that matters is the most immediate thing that happened in the past few days. Hughes is better right this second, so he gets the 8th. Joba was soooooooo last year.

          • Teix is the Man

            Francesa will actually propose this too, LMAO.

  • Steve H

    Simmons’ latest tweet:

    Clay Buchholz was so rattled tonight, it was like watching Christine Brennan try to backtrack from an indefensible Tweet.

    Nice to see one Sox fan without his head fully buried in Buchholz’ ass.

    • Ivan

      To be fair, Simmons is a moron. An absolute moron.

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

        In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

        • RAB poster (perhaps soon to be known as Rocky Road Redemption)

          +1

        • colin

          perfect quote for sox fans lol

  • Jake H

    Montero is a beast. I love how he is doing well as a 19 year old in AA.

    • Teix is the Man

      Heh, if he was a member of the Sawx, he would literally be treated like Jesus by RSPN.

  • Riddering

    Whenever I’m feeling low I think of Jesus and I find the strength to go on.

    Can’t miss him in the Bronx, after all.

  • Steve H

    Dave Soberman writes an email about getting “pretty drunk.” What a name, love the story too, classic.

  • Faiaz

    Would a “Muslims for Jesus” sign get me beheaded?

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

      It’s worth it. Rattle all those fundamentalist chains (on both sides of the divide).

      • Faiaz

        I fully agree. LOL, I’m seriously thinking of doing it.

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

          This Jew approves.

          DO IT!!!!

          • Mike bk

            Jesus has just created middle east peace.

          • Faiaz

            See, if all Muslims and Jews got along like we do, we wouldn’t have any stupid wars. ;) I’d go to war against the Sox fans though LOL.

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

              I’m with you man.

              Salaam alekuim, Shalom aleichem, it’s all the same. Pease.

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

                *peace.

                I’ve gone British.

              • Faiaz

                Damn I usually hear “shalom.” I didn’t know about the “aleichem” part> It’s almost identical. That’s crazy.

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

                  Mmmhmm!

                  I love sharing my faith (what little of it I know, anyway) and I love learning about others’ as well. Hit me up on AIM if you ever wanna talk — fireroseboudicca

                • Faiaz

                  sounds good.. I’m f83s

                • Steve H

                  bow chicka bow wow

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “bow chicka bow wow”

                  I LOL’d. It’s all about the timing. Nice work.

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

            I can see it now. His and hers matching t-shirts that say:

            “I’m a Jew and He’s a Muslim, but we both agree on one thing: Jesus is the best!”

            • Faiaz

              AHAHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHAAHH that’s EPIC. Are you guys always in this blog? I’m gonna start becoming a regular if that’s the case.

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

                Most nights

              • Steve H

                Best Yankee blog there is.

              • Chip

                Tip of the iceberg my friend. Don’t even get us started on RAB drinking games

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

                Welcome, Faiaz, welcome.

                • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno

                  This exchange was CLASSIC RAB.
                  So when can I get my “I’m a Jew and He’s a Muslim, but we both agree on one thing: Jesus is the best!” t-shirt?

    • Riddering

      I think people of all creeds and worldviews need to get in on this action.

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

        Pastafarians for Jesus.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Ok, I want THAT shirt now. If anyone ever sold these things I’d have a different one for every day of the week.

  • Accent Shallow

    What a ridiculous sign.

    Good to see Sanchez in action, although doing his best Bruney imitation wasn’t what I had in mind. Here’s hoping Pope can keep that up.

    Bummer about the minors: someone like Arbiso doesn’t get to finish that off.

    • Faiaz

      What do you mean by ridiculous??? You don’t find any humor in that?

      • Accent Shallow

        Ridiculous. Hilarious. Ludicrous.

        I support all of it.

        • Faiaz

          Oh LOL, gotcha.

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

          -Light speed’s too slow. We gotta go right to Ludicrous Speed.
          -Ludicrous Speed?!??! We’ve never gone that fast before.
          -Whatsamatter, Colonel Sanders? Chicken?

          • Steve H

            They’ve gone to plaid!

            • johnny

              I saw a band called gone to plaid last night. they sucked.

  • Faiaz

    Damnit, I am having so much fun this year as a Yankees fan…there are no worries in the back of my mind like other years. It’s such a wonderful feeling, I love the team’s chemistry. I thought we would lose something when Giambi left but A.J. an Swish is doin great for the personality of the team. #27 here we come…just have to figure out how to beat those damn Angels.

  • Faiaz

    BTW have you guys seen the “beyond baseball” commercials with Mauer and Lincecum? They are friggin’ awesome.

    • JGS

      I’ve seen them with Lincecum, Howard, the Uptons…haven’t seen one with Mauer though, what does he do?

    • Joey

      Didn’t they have one with Grady Sizemore too? But yea, really good stuff

  • Observer283

    As far as I know, Jesus has always been a big time high ceiling prospect.

    So far, rather than living up to those high expectations, he has actually surpassed them.

    He was great at Low-A Charleston last year and just flat out ridiculous in his time at High-A Tampa. That’s why he’s already at Trenton.

    Here’s where I am going with this: what if over the next few weeks, he continues to surpass the already high expectations we have for how he should perform at AA? In other words, what if he goes nuts during the month of August at Trenton? I’m talking really nuts: .340/410/550 nuts. Would the team consider calling him up in Septemeber?

    The reason why I bring this up is we have two relatively recent examples of young phenoms who flew threw the minors and contributed to teams that made deep playoff runs: Andrew Jones and Miggy Cabrera.

    I understand that Montero’s situation is complicated by the fact that his bat is so far ahead of his glove. I also understand that rather than going nuts in the month of August, it is also possible that Montero hits a speed bump and goes through a cold spell.

    But I guess this is a long winded way of setting up two questions:
    1. Is there any level of production that would force the Yanks to bring Montero’s bat to the Bronx this year?

    2. Do we think Montero is capable of reaching that level of production?

    Again, I know it is highly HIGHLY unlikely that this happens. But I just keep seeing October homeruns from baby faced Andruw Jones and Miggy Cabrera, and I keep feeling like its possible.

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

      I would not be shocked–surprised, perhaps, but not shocked–if Montero was called up in September.

      If, however, he was, I imagine it’d be like when Jeter and Rivera were on the postseason roster in 1995–they weren’t up there to play, but just to get an idea as to what all the fuss is about.

      • pat

        I dunno about a callup, he’s not on the 40 man.

        • JGS

          easy fix–DFA Kevin Cash

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

            You could also 60-day-DL Nady, which we still haven’t done. But, even if you DL Nady and DFA Cash to make two spots, they should be going to Nova and AJax first.

            In fact, AJax, Nova, and Z-Mac probably all deserve 40-man spots before Montero, all things considered.

            • JGS

              60-day DL for Nady and IPK, and so long Claggett and Cash

              that gets you all four

              • Accent Shallow

                They can’t 60-day Kennedy, since he wasn’t hurt in the majors.

                Ain’t that some [redacted]

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

                IPK can’t be DL’d because he got hurt in the minors. He, like Chris Garcia, is stuck in 40-man limbo.

                And while DFAing Claggett for either Z-Mac or Montero is fine in the abstract, it’s probably a year too soon for either of them. No need.

                I say DL Nady for AJax this year to give him a September cup of coffee, give Nova a 40-man spot in the winter (since he’ll need to be protected and we’ll have more free spots), and add Z-Mac and Montero midseason 2010. We’ve got time and depth now, no need to get ahead of ourselves.

                • JGS

                  Q – If a player is on the 40 man roster, in the minors and is injured, does he get put on the Major League 60 Day DL while accruing service time? The rationale I think would be that if you gain the benefit of having the player temporarily off the 40 Man roster, you should be getting a penalty for using that benefit – i.e. the Service time.
                  – Pete

                  A – Good question. A player who is on option cannot be placed on the Major League 60 Day DL. However some teams in the past have recalled an injured player in order to place him on the 60 Day. This most often happens when a team is in a position to make the playoffs and is trying to create roster flexibility for the postseason. (The K-Rod Rule) Obviously the trade-off is providing service time and Major League salary to the injured player.

                  –Bart Given, former Blue Jays AGM, Inside the Majors

                  http://www.insidethemajors.com/?p=2305

                • JGS

                  the above being said, I agree with you that there is no need to bring all of them up in September. But if they wanted to, they could

            • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno

              Jesus will be 40man’d in the offseason anyway, unless he’s not Rule V eligible?

    • Faiaz

      Where would you put him?

      • Steve H

        Would have to be DH/PH I’d think.

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

        That’s the thing. Jones and Miggy played. Montero would be sitting, behind either Posada, or Matsui, or Tex, or Damon.

        No room. He waits for 2010.

        • Ivan

          When 2010? I said in mid July.

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

            I say September.

    • V

      Given that there’s not much playing time in the minors in September, I’m all for an August 30th callup (roster spot be damned) as a bench bat (and he can work with Girardi and Pena every day in September).

      If he shows he can handle the majors in a bench/spot starter role, do you consider a playoff spot for him?

    • Chip

      He’ll get to come up and hang around the clubhouse during September but why bother putting him on the 40 man roster? I think they’ll continue to hold him back as much as possible and not allow him to become exposed. Andrew Jones in 1996 was a combination of him being great with the bat, an AMAZING defender and the fact that Atlanta didn’t have anybody better than him.

    • Accent Shallow

      I really, really doubt that the Yanks bring Montero up this year, short of him hitting .400/.510/.820 for the rest of the season. Probably not even that. The other issue is again, the glove. What’s he gonna do, DH? He’s apparently bad enough as a C to make Posada look like Molina.

  • Steve H

    Nice to see Papelbon to come in and get some work because the Sox haven’t had a lead in a while.

    • Ivan

      He threw towel at Francona and the rest of team faces for that as well.

  • Ivan

    2 outs away from the yanks leading their respective division by 2 games.

    • Ivan

      Make it 1.

  • Faiaz

    Yankees in first place by TWO games.

  • Faiaz

    awwwwww papi needs a hug

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

    [ facepalm ]

    No, Rick Sutcliffe, there hasn’t been a “change in philosophy” that explains the Rangers beating the Red Sox.

    The Rangers players got better. The Red Sox players got worse.

    Ockham’s Razor.

    • Chip

      I feel like the fact that their minor league pitchers are being forced to blow their arms off before reaching the big leagues has really helped the major league ballclub

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

        Heh.

        Maybe Sut’s right… maybe the Rangers pitchers are pitching better because they’re trying to boost their trade value/free agent desirability to try and get away from Nolan before he puts them in a 4 man rotation and rolls with a 9 man big league staff.

        • Steve H

          Nolan=Tony Robbins?

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

            Either that, or Pol Pot.

            • http://Greg Greg P

              Nolan Ryan is a member of the Khmer Rouge? I know some of his philosophies seem Draconian, but has he gotten that bad?

        • http://deleted RollingWave

          it’s nacutally not as crazy of an idea as your making it sound

    • Ivan

      He probaly thinks the yanks lead the division by 2 cuz A-Rod has more grit or has out gritted the entire sox team.

      • Steve H

        A-Rod isn’t allowed to have grit. He’s hispanic and makes a ton of money.

  • daneptizl

    Mike, I think The Viz is at 41 Ks, including today.

    • Accent Shallow

      Kevin Goldstein has said something along the lines of Arodys being the best non-Montero or non-Jackson prospect in the system.

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

      Yeah, I think you’re right. I assumed the milb.com leaderboard hadn’t updated yet because it usually takes a while. Either way, he still leads the league.

  • Chip

    Remember when the Red Sox could score runs? Yeah, me neither…..

    • Steve H

      Does it matter?

      They have the greatest pitching staff of all time. Pedro, in his prime, would probably pitch the 6th inning on this team. And only in blowouts.

      • Chip

        True, it’s a good thing that they finally found a spot to put Clay in there tonight. He’s one of the highest-value prospects in the league, just ask Fangraphs

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

      David Ortiz, April to June 3rd benching – .187/.281/.289 in 217 PA
      “Is David Ortiz Dead?

      David Ortiz, June 5th to June 30th – .333/.430/.697 in 78 PA
      “David Ortiz Lives!!!”

      David Ortiz, July – .220/.277/.492 in 65 PA
      “Nope, we were wrong, he was dead. Probably just postmortem spasms.”

      • Steve H

        So when does the next cycle start?

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

          Right after the next random test.

          • Steve H

            Right after the next “random” test.

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

              Nicely done.

  • RCK

    I would like to subscribe to that newsletter!

  • Danny

    LMAO that sign is all sorts of awesome!

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Headline time:

    mlb.com – Nippert helps Rangers roll over Sox
    foxsports.com – Rangers stifle BoSox to complete series sweep
    ESPN.com – BoSox get 1B LaRoche | Swept by Rangers

    Bias anyone?

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

      I’m surprised it wasn’t:

      ESPN.com – BoSox get 1B LaRoche | Other stuff happens

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

        Or:

        ESPN.com – BoSox get 1B LaRoche | Maintain Wildcard Lead

        • Ivan

          IETC.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        or foxsports.com – Clay Bucholz pitches gem, BoSox still lose to Rangers

    • Danny

      heh,

      how about “Yanks win 6th straight, all alone at the top.”

      … yeah i like that one more :)

    • A.D.

      When the Yankees took solo position of first place, Baseball Tonight (at least 10 PM one) didn’t show update of the Sox losing.

  • Ivans

    About the sign: Makes me want to be Jewish for the jokes, kind of like Tim Watney…

    About the Sox: They’ll unfortunately bounce back a little bit this weekend against the O’s in Boston. There’s something fishy about the way they almost look like they know what pitches are coming when they play at home…hmmm…

    About Montero in September: I say call him up and get his feet wet. Get him a few games at the show, maybe more if the division lead is safe. Or more if he’s killing the ball. Posada will need some rest to get ready for the postseason. The playoff roster will be pretty tight so he won’t be on it. But keep him around for the experience.

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

      You don’t want to be Jewish. You have to take the guilt along with the jokes.

      • Ivans

        I’ll take Jewish guilt over Catholic guilt any day. That’s why I don’t practice either. But that’s OT…

        • Mike bk

          BS. Catholic guilt is a myth. Go to confession and its all over like magic. Try Yom Kippur once and then you get real guilt. lol. Lewis Black has a great sketch on that entire topic.

        • http://Greg Greg P

          Yeah, us Irish Catholics get the guilt, AND at-risk livers.

  • http://twitter.com/themanchine Bruno

    Jesus Montero, c/dh, Yankees

    Scouts who cover the Yankees organization are fond of saying the team over-values its own prospects, but the scouting consensus is that Montero is the real deal. He has premium raw power and pure hitting ability to go with it. If he can catch, he could have a Mike Piazza-esque career. More than likely, he’s New York’s future DH, and the Yankees’ asking price for him is prohibitive.

    I don’t like the DH thing, but LOVE the Piazza-esque career.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Too early to tell IMHO.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        About him not able to catch successfully.

  • Mike bk

    does anyone know if the cape cod allstar game will be shown online since i dont have NESN and 2009 draft pick Aaron Meade was selected to pitch in it?

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  • LiveFromNewYork

    Atheists who believe in Jesus.

    Atheists who believe in the Holy Trinity: The Father (Mo), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit (nominees? I’m going with Teix).

    • Steve H

      Melvin.

      Hands down.

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

      Melvin Croussett is the Holy Spirit.

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  • Rich M

    With the Pope throwing to Jesus there was no way Trenton was going to lose this game.

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