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Sorting out September callups

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SHELLEY SMASHMan, you know the season is  almost over when we start talking about possible September callups. In case you don’t know what those are, teams are allowed to expand their rosters on September 1st, which allows them to rest their regulars and get a look at some younger players. Because these guys aren’t on the active roster by August 31st, they are ineligible for the postseason roster. Teams can still finagle them on there if there’s an injury, though, which is exactly what the Angels did with K-Rod back in 2002. So who are the Yankees going to call up in September this year? EJ Fagan at TYU already took a shot at figuring out who it would be, and now it’s my turn.

Now, one thing to remember is that not all Sept. callups actually happen on Sept. 1st. Last year, the Yanks only called up two players on the 1st – a third catcher in Chad Moeller and another arm in Phil Coke. Melky Cabrera was recalled three days later, after the minor league regular season ended. David Robertson, Phil Hughes, Humberto Sanchez, Frankie Cervelli, and Juan Miranda weren’t brought up until the minor league playoffs ended in the middle of September.

In 2007, essentially the same thing happened. Ian Kennedy and Alberto Gonzalez were recalled on the 1st, and it wasn’t until the minor league season/playoffs ended a week or two later that the likes of Tyler Clippard, Sean Henn, Kei Igawa, Matt DeSalvo, Jeff Karstens, Bronson Sardinha, and Ross Ohlendorf were brought up. 2006? Same thing. Wil Nieves, Jose Veras, and TJ Beam on the 1st, everyone else in the middle of the month. Obviously this year’s team is in a different spot since they’re so far out in front, but they have a history of throwing their upper-level affiliates a bone and letting them keep their best players for a playoff run.

Assuming they stick with this trend, don’t expect to see much action next Tuesday. Frankie Cervelli seems like a given to add that third catcher, ditto Ramiro Pena since the team only has three bench players right now. As for another arm, Jon Albaladejo seems like the logical choice since he can give some length and has been on the NY-SWB shuttle all year. Remember that the team is also likely to get Brett Gardner back off the disabled list around this time, so that’s like calling up another outfielder.

Anthony Claggett, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Juan Miranda, and Shelley Duncan are already on the 40-man roster and have been in bigs before, so they seem like locks for a call up once Triple-A Scranton’s playoff run ends. After that though, things get tricky. Chris Garcia, Ian Kennedy, and Kevin Cash are on the 40-man, but are out for the season with injuries sustained while playing in the minors. The team can’t slide them over to the 60-day DL to free up 40-man spots because of that, so there’s basically three dead spots they have to maneuver around. There really isn’t anyone else DFA’able in there, and it would be pretty stupid to cut someone like Sergio Mitre just to add another pitcher likely to perform at a similar level while paying both salaries.

Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn are two lefty relievers that have had tremendous seasons in the minors. Kroenke, drafted by the Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft last offseason but returned in Spring Training, is holding lefthanders to a .169 AVG against and can go multiple innings if needed. Dunn is holding all batters to a .218 AVG against and has struck out 94 in just 70.1 IP. Both guys were reportedly told that they would head to the Arizona Fall League if they didn’t receive a Sept. call up, which, if nothing else, tells us that they’re at least considering bringing them up. I think Dunn has a leg up because he’s already on the packed 40-man roster.

Wilkins DeLaRosa is another lefty bullpen option on the 40-man, but his performance has been up and down between injuries this year. I don’t see it happening. The only other player on the 40-man roster not accounted for is Andrew Brackman, and he hasn’t done anything to deserve a call up. It’s a shame, really.

The other group of players they could consider for possible Sept. call ups are the players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this winter. Generally speaking, high school draftees from 2005 and college draftees from 2006 are eligible this year, so that means players like Austin Jackson, Kevin Russo, Ivan Nova, and Mr. Kroenke. I don’t remember the Yankees ever calling a player up in September before he had to be added to the 40-man, and I don’t see that happening now given how crowded the roster is. It’s more likely that you’ll see these four guys, plus DeLaRosa and Brackman possibly, come up to the Bronx to work out with the team and hang around the clubhouse and stuff, but without being activated. They’d then have to watch games from the stands since they can’t be in the dugout. The Yanks do this with a few guys every year, and some alumni include Phil Hughes, JB Cox, Alan Horne, and Jeff Marquez.

So just to recap, look for Cervelli, Pena, and a pitcher like Albaladejo to be brought up immediately, with Dunn, Melancon, Edwar, Shelley, Miranda and Claggett to follow once the Triple-A Scranton season/playoff run is over. Realistically speaking, the Yankees just need enough position players in September to make sure they can rest everyone in the infield as well as Johnny Damon at the same time down the stretch, and that would be possible with Hinske, Hairston, Pena, Miranda, and Shelley. They’d also need just enough arms to soak up maybe 50 innings tops, mostly in blowout games and spot starts once a playoff spot is clinched. This group accomplishes all of that.

Photo Credit: Antonelli, NY Daily News

Categories : Minors, Players
  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    “Man, you know the season is almost over when we start talking about possible September callups”.

    CUE: nostalgia and nerves. Oh boy.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      “Cue: nostalgia and nerves”

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLLEBAQLZ3Q

      Ah…how fast the season has gone by.

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

      CUE: nostalgia and nerves. Oh boy.

      Yup, it’s that time of year again. Where the leaves change colors and it gets a little chillier, and that always means one thing for JSB:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJaIDr8MRDI

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

          dude i came in 4th out of 20 for chrissakes come on

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Has a nerve been struck here?

            • jsbrendog

              nah, just foolin around. seriously, you try coming in 4th with sage rosenfels michale jenkins and tj ducket and that gary guy who got carries for pitt too. and the cardinals defense. it was brutal.

              seriously, after drafting with 16 teams and seeing how sparse the waiver wire i cant believe we did 20 last yr. it was awesome.

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          TSJC is 10 WAR-commenter today.

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

            Here’s footage of me and JSB at the RAB fantasy draft.

            I’m wearing the plaid shirt, JSB’s in the blue.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    What is the advantage to keeping Cash? Why not free up the roster spot?

    • AndrewYF

      I agree, they can’t move Cash to the 60-day DL, but he’s probably the most worthless player on the 40-man these days. I’d like to see them add Nova once the playoffs are over with.

    • Bo

      Because Cervelli was hurt and they needed a 3rd major league ready backup catcher.

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

        No, Bo, we’re talking about NOW.

        Not then. NOW.

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          Just a spot-on, perfect response.

        • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Bo with the rare reverse-Joe Morgan.

  • A.D.

    There really isn’t anyone else DFA’able in there

    Isn’t Kevin Cash the definition of DRA’able?

    • A.D.

      *DFA’able

  • Makavelli

    No Austin Jackson September call-up?? Not that I’d be expecting much from him…but why not take the bib off for a little bit…let him get his shirt dirty…

    • Mike Pop

      Ya, why not. It’d be fun to see him go 0-6 in his first 6 AB’s and people(Mike Francessa) complain how “he ain’t no Ellisbury”.

      • Zack

        or he goes 3-6, and we love him and when he starts at AAA next year we can bitch that the Yankees are babying their players again

        • JMK

          Win-win on both counts…

  • Bo

    Brackman should go back to basketball. The Knicks need some size.

    • gio

      He’d be a white Eddy Curry. We don’t need none of that.

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

      Nah, too easy.

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

    Kevin Cash is out for the rest of the year.

    He will be 32 before he plays in his next baseball game (12/6/77) and has a career big league line of .186/.248/.287. He’s signed with the Red Sox or Yankees as a spring training minor league addition the past four years.

    If you look up “valuable but eminently disposable player” in the dictionary, you’ll see Kevin Cash’s picture.

    We really can’t cut him to add Kroenke? Really?

    • the artist formerly known as (sic)

      I don’t even know if you can call him “valuable” per se. This dude is -1.2 WAR on his career.

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

        I was being nice.

        • Charlie

          very nice, he is by no means a valuable player

  • Dela G

    i hope they bring up AJAX this september. Just having one MLB at-bat could make him work even harder in the offseason to make a huge impact for the big club next year.

    • JMK

      I thought we’d been through this. Non-white people never work even harder in the off-season.

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

        You’ve got a good point.

        We better hire Larry Bowa to tail AJax around all summer, or he’ll end up reporting in the spring 80 pounds overweight, broke, with 10 infant kids and an arrest record from a fight that broke out on the set of the Lil’ Wayne video he was invited to.

  • jsbrendog

    miranda has to be 40 man cannon fodder this offseason right? i mean, the guy is never gonna play in the bronx….

    • Mike Pop

      Trade him to the Mets!

      • jsbrendog

        for what? they don’t have anything of interest at all in their system do they?

        but i do think a trade is in order and obv we wouldnt get much if anything bakc at all but still….

        • Mike Pop

          Hmmm, maybe some tickets to a game?

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Not worth it to go see a Mets game unless you like watching people get injuried in comically tragic ways.

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

              Not worth it to go see a Mets game unless you like watching people get injuried in comically tragic ways.

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

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                …And not even that video shows somebody slipping in the dugout and injuring himself. Some things are just too insane.

          • Johan Iz My Brohan

            I heard the Mets have a top-notch medical staff, but I was being told this by a spanish guy working for the Mets, so the translation could be wrong.

            • jsbrendog

              you know jose reyes?

              • JMK

                I lol’d.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  You laughed out louded?

                • jsbrendog

                  chuckles were had as a result of this comment

        • Jeffrey

          Why not give him to the Mets out of sympathy. They need a first baseman next year.

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

            Why not give him to the Mets out of sympathy.

            Because Juan Miranda is a friend, and you don’t do that to friends.

          • JMK

            Because they gave the Sox two good draft spots for jack shit. I’m still pissed about that.

      • Tom Zig

        For K-rod!

        • Dela G

          no thanks

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          nooooo, the last we want is another guy (getting paid 10 times more than Bruney) to walk the bases loaded, then walk in the winning run.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Are you referring to Papelbon?

    • Charlie

      ya never know, maybe mark teixeira has some season ending injury next season and the yanks want to keep swish in right.. but yea, I would try to trade him or something

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    I’m looking forward to seeing Shelley and Melancon.

    I have high hopes for Melancon. As for Shelley, I don’t expect him to do good but I like him so I really hope he can prove everybbody wrong and hit a ML breaking ball.

  • 27 this year

    Looking forward to the offseason, Duncan will probably be DFA’d again and so will Cash to clear up room. Miranda will probably be traded as a throw in or for another bench type player.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    They could call up Zachary Heathcott and John Murphy.

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

      Melvin.

      Instant title.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I’ve down too many shots the last couple of days. I was trying to avoid the obvious.
        I just like that milb.com has them listed by their proper names. Slade & JR are much cooler than Zachary & John.

      • Salty Buggah

        The Yanks will have a parade that week he is called up, even if it is only September.

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

          It will take 6 full days to call up Melvin. One day per letter in his name.

          Saying anything more will cause your head to cave in and your heart to explode in your chest.

          On the seventh day, we’ll rest.

    • A.D.

      DH JR, Sanchez behind the plate, Heathcott in CF, De Leon in RF. Get the kids some seasoning.

  • Lou Fan 260

    Next year- batting 8th and playing Center Field (or left if Jackson is here) for the Yankees- Chone Figgins

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

      Hmm… no.

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

        Hmm… no.

        I have nothing to add, I just wanted to say this louder so everyone could hear it.

        /TSJC’d

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

      What makes you think that at age 32 and five years removed from the last time he played CF, that Figgings would be able to do it next year?

    • jsbrendog

      pass. unless he takes a contract of like 2 yrs at 5 mil a yr and in that contract it states that his first name is fucking

      CH-OWN CHONE, not sean.

      like seriously. pet peeve.

      bill mueller =/= bill miller

      brett favre =/= brett farve

      ok im done.

      • Makavelli

        You have to use “Chone Figgins” as a phrase…meaning “CRAZY”

        Key: Pronounced “Ch-own Figgins”

        Example:
        1. “Shiiit mannn…that shit be chone figgins man…”
        2. “No he din’nt…that shit be chone figgins man…”

        • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Was that you who tried to start another meme by using someone’s name as a curse? Was it Buchholz?

          Yeaaaaah… Let’s put that whole trying-to-start-a-meme meme to bed.

          • jsbrendog

            chpwned

            • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Don’t bring that Buchholz around here. That Buchholz is Chone Figgins.

              (Shoots self in head.)

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

              chpwned

              Now THAT’S pretty funny!

          • Makavelli

            I’m confused. Whaaaat??? What does Buchholz have to do with Chone Figgins and what I said?

            “I don’t know what you’re sayin’ man…that shit be chone figgins man…”

            • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Ah, so it was RRR (see below). My bad. Same concept, different commenter.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                I feel vindicated.

                I may have had some bad blog moments, but making buchholz a curse word may have been my finest hour.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ha… Kind of the opposite of the point of my comments here… But I’m glad you’re happy with it.

                  (Just a thought… Wouldn’t someone other than you have to use Buchholz as a curse word in order for you to be able to say that you ‘made Buchholz a curse word?’ Just sayin’.)

                • jsbrendog

                  dare i say…..

                  chqwned?

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  People did, people did! Beleive me, I spread it all the way to lohud, and there were people that very day using it!

                  Don’t steal my thunder, please!

                • Makavelli

                  So let me ask you this…

                  Would you be more apt to use Buchholz as a curse word or would you be more apt to replace the word “crazy” for “chone figgins”.

                  …I’m pretty confident in my choice

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  I’m using buchholz as a buchholzin'; curse word, man.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “People did, people did! Beleive me, I spread it all the way to lohud, and there were people that very day using it!”

                  It… Was done at LoHud. I think I’ll just rest my case right there.

                  “Would you be more apt to use Buchholz as a curse word or would you be more apt to replace the word ‘crazy’ for ‘chone figgins’.”

                  RRR: “Buchholz!”

                  Makavelli: “Chone Figgins!”

                  Everyone else in unison: (Shoots selves in heads.)

                • Makavelli

                  You are? That shit be chone figgins mann

                  lol

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

                  Buchholz as a curse word >>>>>>>> Chone Figgins as a substitute for crazy

                  Seriously, dude, I admire your passion, but Oscar Pistorius has more legs than your hackneyed Chone Figgins joke.

                • Makavelli

                  You say shawn figgins, I say chown figgins…

                  It’s all personal preference.

                • Drew

                  He say’s shawn figgins. You say chown figgins. I say Willie Randolph.
                  /Kay’d

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  No no, THCM, you misunderstand. People were saying it at RAB AND lohud.

                  I’m good now though. I’ve gotten the official backing of TSJC.

                • Makavelli

                  Really? THEEEE TSJC??? What’s he like? Did he let you look at him while he was walking by or did you have to look down at the floor? lol

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  He looked like the guy in the plaid shirt, of course.

                  August 26th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Sorry, there was supposed to be a link. I’ll do it this way:

                  tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside says:

                  August 26th, 2009 at 2:05 pm Here’s footage of me and JSB at the RAB fantasy draft.

                  I’m wearing the plaid shirt, JSB’s in the blue.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..re=related

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

                  I’m good now though. I’ve gotten the official backing of TSJC.

                  No, you didn’t.

                  What you got was the official “Given the option between using your phrase and bashing my nuts with a spike bat, I choose using your phrase” Certified TSJC Lesser of Two Evils© Seal of Begrudging Slightly Lukewarm Moderate Disapproval™.

                  Congrats.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  It’s still better treatment than “chone figgins for crazy” got. I’ll take it.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “No, you didn’t.
                  What you got was the official “Given the option between using your phrase and bashing my nuts with a spike bat, I choose using your phrase” Certified TSJC Lesser of Two Evils© Seal of Begrudging Slightly Lukewarm Moderate Disapproval™.”

                  (Ha.)

                  This. “Buchholz” being better than “Chone Figgins” isn’t a ringing endorsement. Sorry… I don’t misunderstand. You do.

                • Makavelli

                  Congrats RRR!!

                  He actually acknowledged you!!

                  I feel like a teenage girl at a Michael Jackson concert in the 80s…

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Well, it seemed like you thought that the only people who used it were lohuders and that is in fact not true.

                  It’s as close to a ringing endorsement as I’m going to get, anyway. So I’ll take it.

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

                  It’s as close to a ringing endorsement as I’m going to get, anyway. So I’ll take it.

                  http://www.roughlydrafted.com/.....ations.jpg

                • Makavelli

                  Beware RRR,

                  TJ got the Congressman to come after you. And neither of these guys are happy…

                  Who would have thought such things could make people so angry and upset…

                  Oh well, you live and you learn

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Don’t steal my thunder here. I’m very proud of this moment.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I said it was done at LoHud, not that it was only done at LoHud and not also here at RAB. I said “It… Was done at LoHud. I think I’ll just rest my case right there.”

                  I don’t expect you to actually go look this up, but I’m as close to certain as I can be that nobody has ever used Buchholz the way you want it to be used unless there were having a conversation with you in which you pointed out how funny you think it is to use Buchholz in that way. (Or possibly someone who was part of one of those conversations used it shortly thereafter but then never again.) The meme is unsuccessful, because it sucks. But yes, I agree that it’s better than the attempted (and hopefully aborted) Chone Figgins meme. So I guess that’s a ringing endorsement from me, as well.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “TJ got the Congressman to come after you. And neither of these guys are happy…”

                  I don’t have to be unhappy or angry to call something stupid. I just have to think it’s stupid. And I do – I think your fake-memes are stupid.

                  And, while I clearly think TSJC is just peachy, I’m not sure how he got me to come after you guys. Curious as to what you mean, there. I’m no Vader to his Grand Moff Tarkin. I’m my own Grand Moff (in my own mind). In any event, I’m pretty sure I was the first one to mock your fake-memes.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  That’s two ringing endorsements!

                  I’m on fire here.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  “That’s two ringing endorsements!
                  I’m on fire here.”

                  I LOL’d. Much better.

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

              “I don’t know what you’re sayin’ man…that shit be chone figgins man…”

              Nope, still not buying it. Back to the drawing board.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            That was me!

            Credit where credit is due, please!

            I made buchholz a curse word, and I’m buchholz proud of it!

        • Bill R

          “Yo man dat Be Chauncey Billups!” “Nah dat was straight Chone figgins right der!”

          • jsbrendog

            this is all getting a little too shigetosi hasegawa

          • Makavelli

            HAhahahahaha

            Yes!!!

            Finally, somebody who speaks my language!!

            Yo Bill R, they might get all up in yo grill mannn

            They be all chone figgins and shit mann…

            Get at me yo

            • Bill R

              Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              “They be all chone figgins and shit mann…”

              “Get at me yo”

              Should be…

              “They be all chone figgins and buchholz mann…”

              “Get at me yo”

              Fixed it for you!

              • Makavelli

                LOL. Thank you RRR!

      • JMK

        Ever read the section in Freakonomics about names? My favorites were a boy whose name was to be pronounced shuh-TEED but was spelled “Shithead”, and the twin boys a-RON-zhello and le-Mon-zhello, which were spelled “OrangeJello” and “LemonJello”.

        Anyway, carry on.

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

          My sister’s favorite joke when she was pregnant was to tell everybody she was giving birth to twins and was planning on naming them “Juan” and “D’oderwuan”.

          • JMK

            That’s great. I can’t wait to knock up a girl and us my economic advantage to force a ridiculous name for the kid.

            Q: What’s the most confusing day of the year for kids in Harlem?

            A: Father’s Day.

            • JMK

              *use

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                i never believed that name crap until i went to work at a hospital, and one night in the neonatal intensive care unit, was a baby boy named Meconium.

                I sputtered ‘meconium?!’ and the nurses shot me a nasty ‘stfu’ look (i was 19). The 16 year old mom beamed with pride and said ‘isn’t it beautiful.’

                burned in my retinas nearly 20 years ago, that image will never fade.

    • Makavelli

      “It’s a jump-to-conclusions mat!”

      “That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard.”

      “Yes, veddy bad idea.”

  • Makavelli

    Makavelli > Cervelli

    • Bill R

      Makavelli < Vermicelli

      • Makavelli

        Pagliacci! Get your Pegliacci tickets here!

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          dont be such a clown.

  • Mac

    Austin Jackson should absolutely be called up. He has speed and defense. Getting a few major league AB’s won’t hurt him either. How was he not mentioned more in this post?

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

      Not on the 40 man.

      • Ed

        He has to be added after the season ends anyway, so it’s not a big deal to add him now.

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

          I know, but there might not be room/playing time for him. I guess we’ll see.

  • Ed

    I don’t remember the Yankees ever calling a player up in September before he had to be added to the 40-man

    I can think of one. You mentioned him already – Ian Kennedy.

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

      Ah, good point. But you can argue he was more MLB ready than Jackson, Nova, Russo, etc.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Also it was kind of reward for pitching just as well as Joba had the entire season. IMO

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

          And, our rotation on September 1, 2007 when we brought IPK up:

          Wang: 16-6, 3.79 ERA
          Pettitte: 12-7, 3.70 ERA
          Clemens: 6-5, 4.15 ERA
          Mussina: 8-10, 5.53 ERA
          Hughes: 2-3, 5.65 ERA

          That back end needed some work, and IPK had been lights out.

          • Makavelli

            Ugh…even looking at that 5.50+ ERA, I still miss The Moose…

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

            Too bad there wasn’t someone else who was kicking ass in the minors and could’ve used a start or two at the major league level, thus avoiding a whole bunch of stupid controversy and piss poor planning….

            • Makavelli

              Bing!

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

              ICWUDT

      • Ed

        Yeah, Kennedy totally dominated the minors, those guys haven’t. But, I didn’t realize you meant it like that. I thought you were considering those guys because they had to be added soon anyway, but were eliminating anyone further away.

        Phil Coke also fits the bill of being added to the 40 man roster in September. He had a good year in AA, a few appearances in AAA, then got added to the 40 man last September.

      • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch

        Kevin Russo is leading the international league in hitting at .334.

        SWB is a big pitcher’s park. .361 on the road. .370 after the All Star Break.

        Yeah, he’s 25, but how about some love here? Doesn’t Cano deserve some rest in Sept too?

  • Reggie C.

    alan horne? is horne relevant in any yankee related discussion. is this 2006?

    If callups intefere with playoff AAA games, it’d be best for Jackson to finish what he started & have another great set of playoff games. Jackson put on a showcase last season, so hopefully he’s got another one in hm to finish off 09.

    • Salty Buggah

      Did you see the stinker Horne put up yesterday in Low-A?

      4.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 6-5 GB/FB

      • Salty Buggah

        It’s really sad

  • Makavelli

    Honest non-bias question…

    Who improves more with the September call-up additions?

    Yankees or Red Sox?

    Note: I’m not asking who has a better team afterwards…but who IMPROVES more.

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

      I’d love to answer that for you, but I don’t care about the Red Sox.

      They’re sooooo 2007.

      • Makavelli

        That they are…

        You know what else is nice? There are 37 games left…if we go 19-19 (including yesterday’s loss to make it an even .500), we will have 97 wins. Pretty crazy huh?

    • Salty Buggah

      It’s too hard to tell right now because it’s not September yet and the season’s not over

      /Joe Morgan’d

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

        (golf clap)

    • Drew

      At this point I don’t see the Red Sox playing young guys at significant spots in a game. At least not while they are battling with Texas for the WC.

      • jsbrendog

        i hope lars anderson comes up and goes o-fer in september and his confidence is crushed. crushed i say

        • Salty Buggah

          He’s not coming up with the way he’s stinking it up in AA.

          .241/.337/.357/.694 with 8 HRs and a 103/57 K/BB ratio

          • Salty Buggah

            and that’s in 395 AB (454 PA) so he K’ing he K’in 26.1% of his ABs while not hitting for power

            • Salty Buggah

              For comparison, A-jax, being 5 months older than him, is K’ing in 25.3% of his ABs while hitting for more power and getting on base on more in AAA as an OFer instead of a DH/1B AND having minimal grit.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            But I heard that he had more talent than Jesus!!!
            No joke.

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

          Don’t you think his year at AA did that enough?

    • Dela G

      yanks

    • Bill R

      Well I’d have to say the Red Sox would IMPROVE more, because the Yankees already have a solid team and bringing up guys won’t make that much of a difference where as the Red Sox are stinking and anything would improve them.

  • JM

    You know whats annoying? Every single MLB team has been caliing my house over and over again, offering me contracts of about $28M per year. They are so persistent because they want me on their playoff rosters or so they have a chance to make the playoffs. Ugh. I think I’m gonna have to disconnect my phone until September 1st.

  • Tony

    They should get Jackson playoff eligible. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

    • Salty Buggah

      How so?

    • jsbrendog

      there is only one way he is needed in the playoffs:

      3 out of melky, gardner, swisher, damon, hinske, hairston get injur…….

      wait…there is no reason to get him playoff eligible because thereis no way he gets any time at all over any of those guys.

      • Tony

        If Hairston starts a playoff game in CF, I’m not watching. Damon, Hinske, and Swisher aren’t options. Who knows how Gardner bounces back from the thumb. If the price is Kevin Cash and a day of Girardi having to struggle to get by with 12 pitcher instead of 13, it’s a no-brainer to be prepared.

    • Ed

      The Yankees can replace Wang and Nady with anyone in the organization. Jackson can get in the playoffs if they want him to be.

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

        So, ultimately, the correct answer to Tony’s comment of:

        They should get Jackson playoff eligible. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

        should be:

        He already is playoff eligible. Everybody under contract to the Yankees organization, across all levels of the majors and minors, became playoff eligible when Nady and Wang hit the DL.

      • Jeffrey

        Wang and Nady are both already on the the 60-day DL so those spots are already occupied.

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

          That’s not the issue at hand.

          We’d still have to clear a 40-man spot for AJax, but the point is that 40-man spot clearing does not have to happen under any time constraint in order for AJax to be playoff eligible. We can DFA Cash and add AJax to the 40-man the day AFTER the regular season ends and still put AJax on the playoff roster, because we get two exemptions to the standard playoff eligibility requirement of August 31 because of the Wang and Nady injuries.

          • Jeffrey

            Oh ok. Now it makes sense. Thanks.

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

      A) It’s not a no brainer, because there likely isn’t room for him on any playoff roster anyway. Because, our 13-man position player pecking order is:

      1-ARod
      2-Tex
      3-Jeter
      4-Damon
      5-Posada
      6-Matsui
      7-Cano
      8-Swisher
      9-Gardner
      10-Melky
      11-Hairston
      12-Hinske
      13-Molina OR Cervelli

      I love AJax as much as the next guy, but he’s not going to pick off Melky or Gardner this year, and we can’t carry all three. Too soon.

      B) We can add anyone we want to the playoff roster, because we have two exceptions thanks to Nady and Wang. Jackson can be called up on the last day of the season and be placed on the postseason roster, I believe.

      • Ed

        Jackson can be called up on the last day of the season and be placed on the postseason roster, I believe.

        Doesn’t even have to be called up at all.

        Mark Kiger was added to the 40 man roster and made his MLB debut during the 2006 ALCS for the A’s after Mark Ellis got hurt. link

        He’s in the unique position of having played postseason baseball but has yet to play a regular season game in the majors.

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

          Q.E.D.

          (this time, seriously)

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

      Please elaborate.

  • stefan

    What about Grant Duff? I hear he’s dialing it up to 109 MPH. And that’s just his breaking ball.

    • AndrewYF

      I hear he throws his changeup 10 mph FASTER than his fastball.

    • Dela G

      did you hear about his 133 mph fastball?

      wow i didn’t believe it

    • Tom Zig

      I heard he can throw a cement mixer…an ACTUAL cement mixer.

  • Mac

    The point of adding Jackson to the roster and getting him some AB’s and time in CF before the end of the season is exactly Tony’s point.

    Injuries happen. No chance in hell I want to go into the playoffs with only 1 CF in Melky or Gardner. If either of them are hurt for the playoffs then you bring up A-Jax who can play solid defense and add some speed on the bags.

    That my friends is a no brainer. But if they don’t bring him up and give him some regular season time then they really can’t bring him up to play in the playoffs.

    Even if Gardner comes back, why not have A-Jax on the bench in case they need a pinch runner or some defense in the OF?

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

      And again, there are injury exemptions.

      So we don’t need to bring up AJax BEFORE we have an injury to Gardner or Melky. If Gardner or Melky is injured, we can bring AJax up then and he’d be perfectly eligible for the postseason.

      The point is moot.

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

        Quoting Mike’s post:

        “Because these guys aren’t on the active roster by August 31st, they are ineligible for the postseason roster. Teams can still finagle them on there if there’s an injury, though, which is exactly what the Angels did with K-Rod back in 2002.”

        • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          You have, quite quickly, negated the motivation behind their argument as well as proved, inarguably, that the counter-argument is not only stronger but actually achieves the goal of both the original argument and the counter-argument.

          Dude… THAT is how you debate.

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

            What happened? I blacked out.

          • jsbrendog

            call denzel. i smell sequel

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

              Heh.

              The Great Debaters 2: The Master Debaters

  • Cliff B

    Do they announce when the Rookie Hazing thing is going to be

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

      There will be no more rookie hazing.

      Sincerely,
      Jim Schwartz

    • Tom Zig

      Can we haze Kei Igawa…just for the fun of it?

  • Cliff B

    Why would you ever bring an end to this?

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XKbx.....ankee1.jpg

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

      A) I wasn’t serious. It was in reference to rookie head coach Jim Schwartz putting a preemptive ban on rookie hazing in Lions camp.

      http://www.freep.com/article/2.....ullarticle

      B) http://i435.photobucket.com/al.....tton-1.jpg

      • jsbrendog

        so are you telling me to use the reply button or not call anyone a phony…and what’s that red circle? i don’t see those anywhere on RAB. do i need to buy a subscription?

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

          do i need to buy a subscription?

          Yes. Make all checks payable to:

          The JSBrendog’s Fantasy Football Team Sucks Again Foundation
          c/o tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          P.O. Box 0-16
          Wilmington, DE 19850

          • jsbrendog

            I can guarantee I will not go 0-16

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

              I like how you’re starting to set realistic goals for yourself. Well done, jsb!

              /backhand compliment’d

              • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                TSJC just gave jsb his fantasy football seal of approval.

                /RockyRoadRedemption’d

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  That was a cheap shot. :-(

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

                  I laughed.

                • Tom Zig

                  jsb you need to stop getting pwned by TSJC. Step your game up brotha.

                • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  RRR – It’s all in good fun. And hey, look at the bright side – now you’re a meme! Forget that lame Buchholz stuff and roll with this one, it’s much better.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  You may be on to something there.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  jsb you need to stop getting pwned</strike chpwned by TSJC. Step your game up brotha.

                  Fixed.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  jsb you need to stop getting pwned chpwned by TSJC. Step your game up brotha.

                  Fixed.

                  Fixed^2

                  for the want of a “>”…

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

              I’m so going undefeated in fantasy football this year. You saw my team. Unstoppable.

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

    On A-Jax:

    His OPS has dropped each month: .912, .841, .761, .665, .662. Despite the crazy low OPS this month, his BABIP is still at .358 and he’s got a 29.0% LD rate so at least he’s still hitting the ball hard. There’s definitely been a drop in production, but the line drive rate, 22.6% overall and below 20% in only one month this season, is still encouraging.

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

      Probably the best course of action to let him have a nice AAA playoff run, maybe collect a big hit or two, and then pat him on the butt and tell him “Great season, we’ll see you in the spring.”

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

        Agreed. I’d also have no problem with Jackson starting the year in AAA and getting some more polish.

  • JMK

    Tell me there’s no chance Cody Ransom gets called up. Please, someone say it can’t happen.

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

      Meh, we’re not DFAing someone just to give Cody some more burn.

      Only in the event of an injury. Several injuries, in fact.

    • Jeffrey

      I hope he never sees the majors again with the Yankees. The only good thing with Ransom was 60% of his hits this year were doubles.

  • Jeffrey

    Why can’t Kennedy, Cash, and Garcia be put on the 60-day DL?

    • http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/Images/krustyheyhey.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I believe it’s because they were injured while in the minors, not the majors.

  • steve

    The Yankees ARE allowed to release someone of the 60day DL (Kevin Cash)

  • shlomo

    Andrew Brackman on the 40 man??? I live in Charleston, SC, where he currently plays for the Class A Riverdogs – he has had a horrible year … he may never even reach double A.

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