Misc. Linkage: Oppenheimer, A-Rod, Pitching

Yanks add five as rosters expand
Game 132: No, not that David Hernandez

Lots of great stuff around the interwebs today, but there’s only so many hours in the day. Here’s some items we didn’t get a chance to post about…

  • Mike Ashmore posted part one of his interview with scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. There’s a very interesting quote in there about the team preferring to see their prospects deal with failure in Double-A rather than the bigs, which obviously makes sense. I do wonder how that applied to Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain though, because those guys didn’t experience an iota of failure until they got to the Bronx. Also, I really hope we one day get coverage of High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston like we have with Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton, and Short Season Staten Island. Ashmore, Chad Jennings, and Robert Pimpsner have spoiled me rotten.
  • So as it turns out, Alex Rodriguez has been working with Kevin Long to “widen his stance and generate more power to help him center the ball and make better contact.” Considering how he’s been hitting, I’d say it’s working.
  • Tyler Kepner looks ahead to a possible Yanks-Tigers ALDS matchup, and notes that this year’s club is in a better position for October than the 2006 team that fell to Detroit. The biggest difference for me? A strikeout staff. Pitching to contact doesn’t work so well when you’re in a two on, none out jam against a good team.
  • RAB regular leokitty took a look at how the Yanks’ ERA and FIP have matched up throughout the season. You can see that once the bullpen stabilized in June, everything just fell into place.
  • Fack Youk examined the Pitch FX date for Andy Pettitte‘s start last night, and it turns out the lefty was working with a rather favorable strikezone.
  • I like WAR. I like pie. Therefore, I like WAR pie.
  • We all love prospects, and some of us actually like hockey. So for us Ranger fans out there, here’s the club’s top prospects for the 2009-2010 seasons.
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  • Dela G

    A-rod said that while in oakland on the last road trip, he and kevin long worked very hard on his swing. I remember hearing that on YES a week ago.

    Good to hear its working well.

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

    I like WAR. I like pie. Therefore, I like WAR pie.

    This makes me laugh:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com.....01e7_o.jpg

    Their 5th, 6th, and 7th best players are (or were) J.D. Drew, Tim Wakefield, and Brad Penny. Those poor bastards.

  • pat

    Weird,I was under the impression Long was a terrible hitting coach and the sole reason we lost 48 games this year and 2 out of 3 to the Natinals.

    • Tom Zig

      Really? Because I thought we should have fired Dave Eiland for everyone sucking last year and Joba being only 23.

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

      No, that was Eiland.

      (Don’t worry, when you tell me how awesome our pitching is, I’ll change my answer to someone else… maybe Girardi, maybe Cashman, maybe Randy Levine or Lonn Trost.

      Yeah, Lonn Trost, that’s the ticket!)

      • Tom Zig

        Nah just fire Jody Reed.

        • jsbrendog

          it’s all kim ng’s fault.

          • Tom Zig

            Just blame Lane Kiffin

            • Dirt

              Omar Minaya?

  • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Of the vocal hockey fans around these parts, there seem to be more Devils fans than Rangers fans. So if we’re gonna go off-topic, Mr. Axisa, we may want to make the locals happy and mention the best team in the area instead of the Rangers.

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

      I can only assume you’re talking about the Texas Rangers and the Duke Blue Devils. Or possibly the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils.

    • jsbrendog

      i’m an LA King’s fan from the days of wayne gretzky, luc robitaille, tomas sandstrom, paul coffey, and rob blake. man what a first line. and i’d have to trade for jeremy roenick because in nhlpa 93 he was unstoppable and when put on the secod line behind those guys, unstoppablenesstastic

      • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        You know, I never got the Blackhawks and Kings love in those old NHL games. I always thought the Penguins were clearly the best team.

        Starting 5: Mario Lemeiux, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey.

        Unbeatable.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Just realized we’re talking about different years, since you have Coffey on the Kings and I have him on the Pens. Still, that Pens lineup is better than your Kings lineup. The blueline is obviously kind of a wash but that group of Pens’ center/wings are clearly better than that group of Kings center/wings.

          • jsbrendog

            see:

            my post once it gets through the spam filter.

        • jsbrendog

          obviously this was after nhlpa 93 as paul coffey was most certainly on the la kings.

          http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/s.....01993.html

          and they had jari kurri, tony granato, zhitnick, sydor, robert lang

          http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/s.....01993.html

          penguins were damn good tho with mario, jarg, francis, larry murphy uilf samuelson martik straka…

          but still, the great one…and then trading garbage for roenick, the most unstoppable player in any hockey game ever….

          unstoppablenesstastic

          see: here for roenick nhl 93

          http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....uby/090828

          • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Well, yeah, but take Roenick out of the conversation. If you’re going to go that route there’s nothing stopping me from saying ‘well if you trade Gretzky, Roenick and Lemieux to the Jets they’re unstoppable.’

            That Penguin starting 5 is better than the Kings starting 5 you mentioned.
            Offense:

            Lemieux > Gretzky
            -Both amazing in real life, but in the game Lemieux was the superior player. Any player in the game could knock Gretzky on his ass by skating within 5 feet of him.

            Jagr > Robitaille

            Stevens = Sandstrom
            I think Stevens was better, but I’ll call it a wash. Close enough.

            So, up front, you’ve got a clear advantage for that Pittsburgh team. Not to mention you’ve got no muscle on that Kings line, while in the game none of those Pens were weak and Stevens was a beast, to boot.

            Blueline:

            Coffey/Murphy = Coffey/Blake
            Not even worth getting into, any differences would have been slight.

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

      Look at the score for Pete’s sake. I’m winning 12-2 and it’s only the second period. Breakfasts come and go, Renee. But Hartford, the Whale, they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice, in a lifetime.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I’m a Red Wings fan first, and Rangers fan second (don’t kill me…) but I’m pretty excited to see some these Rangers prospects.

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

      I’m a Red Wings fan first, and Rangers fan second (don’t kill me…)

      It’s okay, it’s hockey. It’s not a real sport, so there are no real rules.

      Hockey is just like figure skating, it’s okay to be a fan of both Brian Boitano and that other Brian, whatever his name was.

      • Joey

        Don’t ever compare hockey to figure skating, any real hockey player (professional to rec leagues) would beat your ass for that

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Good work. I bet he’ll never make fun of hockey again, now. He’s scared out of his wits.

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

            OH NOOOOOES!!!!!

          • pat

            internet muscles ftw.

          • Joey

            Sorry, played hockey my whole life, one thing I (and every other hockey person I know) hate is when people who don’t play/like the sport compare it to figure skating. Make fun of the lack of media coverage, the commish, anything else all you want, but figure skating crosses the line.

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

              It’s all good, I was just pushing your buttons.

              I play the villain.

              /Makavelli’d

              • Joey

                Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non-Sequitur Batshit Insane Evil Villain Jones

                ;-)

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

                  You left out “socialist positive posse homo-queer”

                • Jack

                  You left out “socialist positive posse homo-queer”

                  Don’t forget “C-L-O-W-N”.

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

                  Heh.

    • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Ok, I’ll bite. Why are you a Wings fan?

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

        He loves Paul McCartney.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Deprogrammer: Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, your son has clearly been brainwashed by the evil and charismatic Mr. Burns.
            Marge: Are you sure you can get him back for us?
            Deprogrammer: Absolutely. I’m the one who successfully deprogrammed Jane Fonda, you know.
            Marge: What about Peter Fonda?
            Deprogrammer: Oh, that was a heartbreaker. But I _did_ get Paul McCartney out of Wings.
            Homer: You idiot! He was the most talented one.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Honestly I have no idea…

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          That’s weak. Sorry, but you know it’s true.

    • Lanny

      How can someone root for the Red Wings and the Rangers?

      Thats terrible.

  • Billy

    mike, if all of what oppenheimer said is true about nunez, you should really warm up to him bit. the guy is hitting .322 in AA and he’s 22. he has the tools to becoming a better defender.

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

    Another helpful and informative pie chart:

    http://graphjam.files.wordpres.....08/125.png (safe)

  • Tom Zig

    I guess demonstrating a negative WAR would be awfully difficult on a pie chart…

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

      I would love to see the pie charts of only the negative WARs. That would be a fun exercise in self-flagellation.

      (Calm down, pat, it’s not what you think it is.)

  • Billy

    what exactly is WAR

    • Billy

      there should be a “?” there

    • Tom Zig

      Wins above replacement.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      it’s a measure of grit.

      more wins = more grit

      wins above replacement = grit above replacement

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

    I love WAR Pie that shows how awesome Derek Jeter is.

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

      It also makes me smile to see just how much more valuable Chase Utley is to the Phillies than Ryan Howard.

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

      Derek Jeter also loves WAR pie.

      W: Whitney
      A: Anadelia
      R: Roshanna

      • Tom Zig

        Whitney Houston?
        Ana Delia?
        Rhonda Pearlman?

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

          ARod’s WAR pie:

          Wheezie from the Jeffersons
          Ann Coulter
          Ru Paul

          • Marcus

            IETC

  • Joba or Hughes to the pen

    The only way A-Rod is gonna hit more power is with PEDS.Surpised everyone in the media can’t understand whats wrong with Ortiz,Manny and A-Rod hitting this year compared to years before.

    We all bascially know A-Rod was yaking steroids as a Yankee.

    • Tom Zig

      Thanks for coming out.

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

        Looks like it’s time to ban bags from the stadium again. The terriosts are back.

        • Tom Zig

          They took out that damn rally monkey and turned their fitted caps inside out.

        • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Hold on… Is that really him?

          • Joey

            That’s what Joe said the other day

            • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Ha, that’s pretty funny.

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

                Old ridiculed posters never die, they just change their names.

                /MacArthur’d

    • pat

      You truly bring nothing to a conversation. Congratulations.

    • Billy

      arod is coming off surgery, ortiz is old, and manny was juicing this year and got a 50 game suspension

    • Tom Zig

      A-rod Since June 24:

      .313 .431 .553 .984

      What is wrong with A-rod?

      • http://z.about.com/d/tvcomedies/1/0/F/-/-/-/judge310_72.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Right, this.

        And you know what… His numbers are what they are… But consider that the guy didn’t have the benefit of Spring Training. He had surgery, rehabbed, and got right back into the lineup. His early hiccup wasn’t exactly unexpected or not understandable. He’s been excellent this year. Standard A-Rod.

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

          His spring training was done at the big league level during May and June.

          This would have posed a problem for most teams, but we’re the balls. The 2009 Yankees have voices that can make a wolverine purr, and wear suits so fine, they make Sinatra look like a hobo.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    war pie–i call BS!!

    there’s no way Cano>>>Mo

    no way. ever.

    unless its a war pie EATING contest! yeah! thats it!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Cody Ransom is so good, he has his own WAR pie biatch.

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

        Cody Ransom’s WAR pie:

        Whiffs
        At-bats wasted
        Runs scored, E-5

    • Riddering

      That’s the difference in being an everyday player and being a reliever, bro.