The Return of Shelley Duncan


Via Chad Jennings, the Yanks have called up Shelley Duncan. No word on a corresponding move, but most likely either Jon Albaladejo or Mark Melancon will be optioned out. Calling up Shelley also requires a 40-man roster move, but they can easily slide Xavier Nady or Chien-Ming Wang to the 60-day DL. Scheduled to face three lefty starters the next three games, expect to see Shelley get himself a handful at bats.

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  • Charlie

    oh, fuck. it better at least be albaladejo optioned

  • Tony

    I want Girardi fired if Duncan plays even an inning of outfield defense.

    • Manimal

      I think he plays better defense than Swisher…

      • C Bleak

        I concur

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

          You’re both wrong.

          • whozat

            cjennings agrees with them, for what it’s worth.

            On his blog the other day, Jennings said that Shelley doesn’t make it pretty, but he makes plays out there.

            Frankly, I think that same assertion applies to Swisher, though Swisher has more range than Shelley, so he’s more valuable on D.

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

              Frankly, I think that same assertion applies to Swisher, though Swisher has more range than Shelley, so he’s more valuable on D.

              That’s the operative point. Both Shelley and Nick are ugly but effective out there. Nick’s just both a little uglier and a little more effective.

              • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

                Swisher’s range is underrated by Yankee fans. I know the metrics show he has great range, but I’ve been trying to see it “with my own eyes.” On Wednesday, against Tampa, he ran down a ball in foul territory and one in the gap that many RFs wouldn’t have gotten to.

                While Swisher will make an ugly play now and again, his range more than makes up for it.

              • Tubby

                Watching Swisher track a fly ball is like watching a cat chase a laser pointer. I’d still give him the edge over Shelley though.

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

        Lol seriously?

      • Tank Foster

        No way. Shelley looks like Brad Garrett out there.

  • Brian

    Yeah!!!!!! Shelley!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mryankee

    Ok anyone out there think Casman will make a last minute deal? I cant see how they continue with AJ-CC-Pettite-Mitre and put Joba in pen at his innings limit-Someone tell me Cash wont let the sox trade for the pennant-via Halladay-Martinez-Gonzalez-I think this team has come to far for that

    • Drew

      You do know there is a Trade deadline thread, right?

    • Tank Foster

      Sox won’t get all three. They’ll get VMart, maybe…probably even.

  • C Bleak

    My guess is he picks someone up at the last minute. Someone will call with a last ditch effort to give someone up to save money.

  • Tom Zig

    I hope he autographs something with Red Sox suck.

  • mryankee

    I know there is a thread but I wanted to discuss it herer, who cares about shelley duncan, he is a stiff. I hope Cashman pulls out a deal for Halladay at the last minute-anyone disagree?

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

      Okay, seriously, that’s just fucking annoying as shit. Stop it.

      • Tom Zig

        He tried to make it on topic.

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

          No he didn’t.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          He dismissed the topic as not up to his standards. I don’t think that counts.

      • Russell NY

        You are miles ahead funnier than anyone else on this site haha

    • whozat

      Here is where we’re discussing the Shelley move. The trade deadline thread is one down. Go discuss trade deadline topics there. There are rules here that we choose to abide by in order to keep this discourse civil and to avoid threadjacking.

    • Jack

      Hush little baby don’t say a word…

    • Steve O.


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

      Use the trade deadline thread AND the reply button, please.

  • mryankee

    Ok I woould not want to be accused of thread jacking-How can anyone be against the idea of adding Halladay? Obviosuly pending the correct package in return.

    • Charlie

      just don’t respond to him

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      No one is against the idea of adding him, they are against the idea of having to trade the farm to get him. It isn’t worth seeing a guy like Montero become a beast on another team in your division and have to face him for the next decade.

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      mryankee, meet the reply button.

      Reply button, meet mryankee.

      I hope you two will have a long, happy life together.

      But, I hope mryankee will cheat on the reply button to spend some quality time with the commenting guidelines, so he will stop, for example, demanding to talk about Roy Halladay on a Shelley Duncan thread.

  • Muel

    Shelley’s only being called up as a late-inning-defensive-replacement for melky in center.

  • Tony

    Shelley Duncan reminds me of other “gritty” and “intense” players the Yankees allowed to overstay their welcomes based on the 3 weeks a player gets before the scouts catch up to him. I never wanted to see this guy again.

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

      If it makes you feel any better, he’ll probably be here for like two-three weeks tops. I doubt he gets more than 20 plate appearances.

  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    What does the promotion of Shelley Duncan mean?

    At minimum, since he’s out of options, it means he will be designated for assignment when Gardner is healthy. Most probably, he will be designated assignment before that when they need a spot on the 25-man.

    They guy has proven in two trips to the Majors that he is not a big-league hitter.

    Of course, I hope I’m wrong.

  • C Bleak

    Why so much hatred for the 25th guy on the roster?

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


  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    He won’t be here long.

  • dc1874

    …Duncan stronger arm than Swish…ALOT STRONGER…

  • Riddering

    I’m more concerned about whether or not the combined enthusiasm of Shelley and Swisher will cause the dugout to explode during a game than whose defense is better.


  • Fat Francesa

    IS it safe to say Shelly got a leg up on Swisher ?


    Starting to hear buzz about Brian Bannister at the deadline…he’d be a nice pickup for the back of the rotation. I like the possibility of Heath Bell too, but I’m hearing there are a ton of teams in that mix so the price will be high.

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