Sep
01

Yanks add five as rosters expand

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With the Major League rosters expanding today, the Yankees have opted to add five players in their initial round of call-ups. While four are familiar faces, one — Michael Dunn — will be making his Bronx debut this month.

Chad Jennings first brought us word of these call-ups this afternoon. As expected, Ramiro Pena, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon and Edwar Ramirez will rejoin this team as well. Jonathan Albaladejo remains the odd man out.

Dunn is an interesting case simply because he has been largely off the Yanks’ radar this year. The other four call-ups have all spent significant time in the Bronx this year, but Dunn has not. Dunn, a lefty, is a 24-year-old pitcher who spent time at AA and AAA this year. On the season, he has thrown 73.1 innings in relief and has 99 strike outs. While he has walked 46, opponents are hitting just .216 against him. He’ll see some low-leverage innings out of the pen and should provide Phil Coke with a few days off. I’ll be curious to see how his K/BB ratio plays among selective hitters in the American League.

For now, these five players will be the only ones summoned to the big leagues for the Yankees. The team is, after all, still involved in a pennant chase and won’t be resting its regulars until much later in the month. Meanwhile, Scranton too is involved in its own pennant chase. The AAA farm club has a 3.5-game lead in its division, and the Yanks won’t strip it of too many regulars before the season is out.

With these five men up, the only remaining members of the 40-man roster eligible for call-ups are as follows:

Jonathan Albaladejo
Andrew Brackman
Anthony Claggett
Wilkin De La Rosa
Christian Garcia
Ian Kennedy
Kevin Cash
Juan Miranda
Shelley Duncan
Brett Gardner

We’ll see Gardner back as soon as his thumb is healed, and we’ll probably see Shelley, Miranda, Claggett and De La Rosa at some point this month too. The rest are injured or not quite ready for the Show.

Update: Feinsand notes that both Shelley Duncan and Austin Jackson could join the team once Scranton is done with its playoff run.

Categories : Transactions
  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I’d like to see Miranda get some at bats. Also see if WDLR’s fastball can get out ML lefties.

    • Billy

      miranda impressed me last september and this spring training. i think he could contribute on a team like the pirates. im with you on WDLR.

      • steve (different one)

        that’s good, b/c there’s a 95% chance that’s where he’ll end up

        • Jeffrey

          We should start to consider the Pirates our AAAA team. Can we send them Igawa and Miranda and maybe Duncan and get something decent in return?

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            Igawa starts the last game of the year for us in teh Bronx. You heard it here first.

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

              I think that right before his contract expires, we should bring him back to New York in September 2011 for one last grand hurrah.

              … for the Staten Island Yankees.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    My fear with Dunn is, that the more advanced hitters will simply stay away from his borderline pitches which AA/AAA hitters swing at. He would probably walk even more batters then he is now.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s generally the case 100 percent of the time. MLB hitters will always walk more often than MiLB hitters against pitchers who rely on borderline stuff.

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Of course you’re right, but I could see it becomming a major problem for a guy as wild as Dunn.

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

      Yeah, this could be a problem considering his BB/9 rose with each level he jumped up. Hopefully, though, the strikeouts stay consistent.

    • A.D.

      Yeah depends if control is pure wildness or pitching just off the corners hoping for calls/swings.

  • A.D.

    As many readers, excited on seeing Dunn, what type of stuff does he have? Didn’t see a prospect profile on him.

    • pat

      Converted outfielder (coincidentally like my boy Wilkin), 94-95 with the FB and a plus slider. He also throws a good but inconsistent changeup, which is probably the main reason he couldn’t stick as a starter. He also supposedly has good command of the FB, but with the high walk totals that is suspect.

    • Sam

      He’s got very good stuff for a lefty, the knock against him being that he’s got below-average control.

    • Salty Buggah

      Mike says he says he has better stuff than Coke so thats good because Coke is pretty good against lefties (except the HRs of course). Too bad he doesnt have a lot of control. Hopefully he’ll figure it out because he has a lot of upside.

  • pat

    I wanna see some WDR.

    • pat

      heh, AKA WDLR

    • jsbrendog

      pat, you don’t have to change your name to say that

      • pat

        hahah, I was speaking for u and me both friendo.

      • jsbrendog

        disregard this since what i responded to has since been deleted, heh

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

          It’s ok, we know you agree with the deleted comment.

          • jsbrendog

            this is the part of our show where i type a comment i think is hilarious and then after reading it I realize I do not want it associated with me forever online and therefore delete it

            \self-censor’d

  • Tom Zig

    Why Claggett? Isn’t there anyone else?

    • A.D.

      Sure he’s been god awful in under 3 innings in the minors, but has a solid ERA (albeit an uninspiring FIP) in the minors this year. They might as well bring him up, nothing to lose, and they can always DFA him.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I don’t think they’re going to DFA Claggett for anyone else. Maybe they’d give Kroenke a look.

      • Charlie

        maybe nova/hirsh/towers for a spot starter?

    • Billy

      i know right? his stuff isnt too impressive and he has like a 85 ERA. waste of a 40-man spot. hope they call up someone more deserving.

  • Billy

    i think dunn can be a lefty version of d-rob – good strikeout pitcher who walks alotta batters. im glad to see him up and im eager to see him pitch soon.

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

      Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking, but D-Rob’s control was much better in the minors than Dunn’s.

      • Billy

        really? i seem to remember robertson was wild there too. youre probably right tho

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

          D-Rob’s career BB/9 in the Minors is 3.6. Dunn’s is 4.0; so maybe “much better” isn’t accurate.

    • pete

      good comp actually b/c neither is supposed to be “wild” as much as “nibbly,” which doesn’t work for starter IPK, but probably won’t hurt reliever Dunn/D-Rob so much

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Edwar is back too?

    • Sam

      Apparently. God knows why though, he’s just not an AL East pitcher.

      • Salty Buggah

        Jeez. He wont be pitching important innings. He’s here for depth and to soak up innings so the regulars can get a rest. Besides, he can be dominant at times so it wont be that bad as you’re making it out to be.

        • Billy

          i agree with salty

        • Jeffrey

          Edwar has pitched pretty well in AAA this year. 3.18 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 10.94 K/9, 2.82 BB/9, .213 AVG. I could see him being used in low leverage situations and to back up Joba if the Yankees have lead.

          • Cashman

            Edwar was pretty good in spots last year. His changeup is incredible; you need the fastball to go with it, and he struggles with this. If he doesn’t have the fastball, they end up hitting or at least fouling off the changeups, and then he’s screwed.

            I remember his MLB debut. He struck out the side…I think it was in 2007; don’t remember the opponent.

    • http://sportssandwich.com NZ

      He’s practically anorexic.

  • Chris

    Is Cash injured? Otherwise, how sad is it that someone who has played in the majors for parts of 7 seasons is considered “not quite ready for the show.”

    • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

      It’s because he isn’t very good. They would rather give C some more starts in the bigs if he is going to replace Molina.

    • Manimal

      Yeah he was hurt a while ago and he is out for the season.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      His career line is 186/248/287.

      That, by definition, is “not quite ready for the show.”

    • Salty Buggah

      He stinks. He is injured. And we have Jorge, Jose, and Frankie so he wouldnt be able to play much anyway.

      • JGS

        so why does he still have a 40-man spot?

        • Salty Buggah

          For depth I guess. It’ll be hard to get a catcher this late in the season if, Mo forbid, Jorge and/or Jose/Frankie get hurt. We do have Stewart and PJ Pillitere, who could probably produce at least as much as him so he is expendable IMO. But I think the Yanks would prefer Cash over them because he has experience with our pitchers and is a veteran.

          • JGS

            isn’t he injured though?

            • Salty Buggah

              Yea, so I guess if we need to, we can DFA him. He will DFA’d by the end of the season for the Rule V guys. But there is no need to DFA him now as we dont have anyone to add to the 40-man. When/If we bring up A-jax and/or Shelley, I think he’ll be gone then.

    • Makavelli

      With some of these “bring-ups” you would think Cash-MAN is injured…lol

      • Makavelli

        Somebody said “bring-ups” before a while back instead of “call-ups” so I brought it back. Just wanted to explain it before the hooplah…

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Why? They’re filler for depth. Give the Cashman criticism a break.

        • Makavelli

          Yeah I know. I think Cashman has been great actually. But I have to fill in my part here. If I started going soft…all hell would break loose! lol

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

            Yeah… no.

  • Salty Buggah

    I am very very excited to see Dunn pitch…hopefully tonight, when we are blowing out the O’s.

    • Billy

      i think tomorrow’s game is more likely to be a blowout. the hernandez guy is decent, while berken is just terrible.

      • Salty Buggah

        Meh, as long as we see him soon.

        • Billy

          agreed

    • Drew

      +1

  • boreifs

    Albaladejo is also on the 40-man roster.

  • Dela G

    I’m super stoked for Dunn

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

      Simon: Gentlemen, I’d like you to meet your captain, Captain Oveur.
      Clarence Oveur: Gentlemen, welcome aboard.
      Simon: Captain, your navigator, Mr. Unger, and your first officer, Mr. Dunn.
      Clarence Oveur: Unger.
      Unger: Oveur.
      Dunn: Oveur.
      Clarence Oveur: Dunn. Gentlemen, let’s get to work.
      Simon: Unger, didn’t you serve under Oveur in the Air Force?
      Unger: Not directly. Technically, Dunn was under Oveur and I was under Dunn.
      Dunn: Yep.
      Simon: So, Dunn, you were under Oveur and over Unger.
      Unger: Yep.
      Clarence Oveur: That’s right. Dunn was over Unger and I was over Dunn.
      Unger: So, you see, both Dunn and I were under Oveur, even though I was under Dunn.
      Clarence Oveur: Dunn was over Unger, and I was over Dunn.

  • Reggie C.

    Does Edwar get protected this time around from Rule V ? Edwar has been a complete nonfactor. Why even bring him up??

    • steve (different one)

      why not?

      • jsbrendog

        i’d like to subscribe to your newsletter

        • putt

          I know I’m crazy late on this one, but I love the reference…

    • Chris

      I expect that he will stay on the 40-man roster, and thus be protected. Why bring him up? Because he can pitch innings in blow out (or meaningless) games so the good relievers don’t have to.

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

      Edwar has been a complete nonfactor. Why even bring him up??

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon_fodder

  • Makavelli

    Claggett and Edwar Ramirez???

    Couldn’t they have just kicked us in the dick instead?

    I don’t know who’s worse. If somebody made me choose who to put in, I think I would pass out trying to think about it.

    • Salty Buggah

      Again, they are here for depth. They will soak up innings in blowouts and the games after we have clinched the division so the bullpen doesn’t get taxed. As much as you think they suck, any inning they can soak up is good because thats one less inning from Mo/Hughes/Ace/K-rob/Bruney/Marte/Coke

      • Makavelli

        Yes, I know this. These posts are half serious. I’m mainly just playing my role as “the villain” (as what everybody sees me as). Not where I like getting people riled up…and while I do believe these players suck bad. I know why they are being called up. I just want to know if there is another reason perhaps…

        • jsbrendog

          I’m mainly just playing my role as “the villain” (as what everybody sees me as).

          this is lame. post what you think. not what you think others think you think. seriously.

          • Salty Buggah

            +1

          • Makavelli

            - 1

            • jsbrendog

              notice:

              i didn’t call you lame. i called that idea lame. you have good insight. just use that and don’t try to live up to some m.o. other people project on you.

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

                Yeah, seriously.

                Swisher’s infallible.
                Bunting sucks.
                Starters > Relievers.
                Jorge’s a Hall of Famer.
                Bert Blyleven.

                /Matt’d

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            It’s Axl. He’s always had a lame streak.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              I don’t know who’s worse. If somebody made me choose who to put in, I think I would pass out trying to think about it.

              dont get all dramatical and shit, just flip a coin. jeez…

              • jsbrendog

                i’m gonna guess reply fail…..FTW!

            • jsbrendog

              meh, he brings it upon himself.

            • Tampa Yankee

              Makavelli = Axl? Wow, that makes sense now.

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

          Yes, I know this. These posts are half serious.

          No, they’re half annoying. The other half is also annoying.

          I’m mainly just playing my role as “the villain” (as what everybody sees me as).

          Nobody wants you to do this. NOBODY.

          Not where I like getting people riled up…

          That doesn’t make sense.

          …and while I do believe these players suck bad. I know why they are being called up. I just want to know if there is another reason perhaps…

          Other ways to find out if there is another reason that these players are being called up besides your chosen path of “playing the villain” and “being half serious”: Just asking. As in, “Hey, guys, I personally think Edwar and Claggett suck. This move doesn’t make sense to me, am I missing something? Is there another reason they’d be getting called up?”

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  • Makavelli

    “Hemmerling for Mitchell??? Go back to Cincinatti!!”

    • Billy

      i don’t get it

      • Makavelli

        Not a big baseball fan?

        “Angels in the Outfield” – 1994 version

        • Billy

          im 16 soon to be 17 so i wouldnt remember that movie. and baseball movies suck anyway

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

            You bite your tongue! Well, they do tend to suck with a few exceptions…The Sandlot, The Natural, Bull Durham, Major League, Little Big League

            • jsbrendog

              you may have beat me to it but my list is far superior and much shiner and polished :-P

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

                Well, I wrote a twenty page paper and half of it was comparing Roy Hobbs to Odysseus and Achilles.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Pride of the Yankees.

              • jsbrendog

                actually 61 was a good movie too, billy crystal producing it aside…

          • jsbrendog

            whoa whoa whoa billy…ol billy bu-rooh..hold on

            -the natural
            -bull durham
            -major league
            -for love of the game
            -field of (freakin!) dreams

            then in the kid’s section:
            -rookie of the year
            -sandlot
            -little big league
            -angels in the outfield

            and we have the Title IX section:
            -league of their own (tom hanks, good enough for me)

            did i miss anything?

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

              “Angels in the Infield” with David Alan Grier.

              • jsbrendog

                sir you’ve sullied the integrity of my list with your humor.

                (although the title IX joke kinda did that on its own whatwith the whole dead kennedy thing…..)

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

                  The Dead Kennedys were a good band. (No more EMK talk… That was no fun for anyone when it last came up here.)

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  we always called it Title: Nien!

                  that was well played…

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

                  I was never really into the Dead Kennedys but this girl at my high school, whose initials were DK, would wear one of their shirts w/o having the slightest inkling as to who they were. It pissed me off to no end.

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

                  “It pissed me off to no end.”

                  With good reason, my friend.

                  (And, shit, I just realized that means this girl went to MY high school, too. Screw that girl. That’s just f’ng awful.)

            • whozat

              I will admit, Field Of Dreams make me cry like the tiniest of children last time I watched it ten years ago.

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

              Ahem. The Bad News Bears.

              • jsbrendog

                yes +1000

                i forgot that one. another one like sandlot that goes in both adult and kid’s sections. but not that shitty new remake with billy-bob “i wear blood vials around my neck” thornton

                good catch (cwidt?)

              • Tom Zig

                Billy Bob Thorton edition?

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

                  You know… I’ve caught most of the remake on TV, and I actually didn’t think it was so terrible. Obviously I meant the original, though. The original is in a different league than the remake.

                • Tom Zig

                  I know you meant the Walter Matthau one.

                  The original is better, but I still find Billy Bob to be very funny. He pretty much plays the same character in every movie. Kind of like Nick Cage.

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

                  Yeah, I’m with you on that one. Bad News Bears/Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton can be quite entertaining.

                  But let’s not put Billy Bob in the same class as Nicholas Cage. Billy Bob has at least shown he can do other things (Slingblade, etc.). Cage just can’t move his face much anymore, that’s a different story altogether. Billy Bob was also in the best movie released in 1998 about a team of astronauts saving the Earth from death by meteor. Credit where it’s due.

                • Tom Zig

                  Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton AND Steve Buscemi? What a group. If the world actually needs saving one day, those 3 better step forward.

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

                  Billy Bob was also in the best movie released in 1998 about a team of astronauts saving the Earth from death by meteor. Credit where it’s due.

                  I like how you lowered the bar there in order to say something nice about him. Well done.

                  In a related story, Raul Mondesi played across from Rondell White, Shane Spencer, and John Vander Wal, so he was the best Yankee corner outfielder in 2002.

                  David Wells, Karim Garcia, and Ron Coomer were on that 2002 team, so Raul Mondesi was also within the grouping of the top 90% of all 2002 Yankees in terms of non-fatness, so there’s that too.

            • Nigel Incubator-Jones

              A little late, but Bull Durham is not a baseball movie. It’s a romantic comedy that happens to use baseball as a sub-plot.

              • jsbrendog

                bull durham is a baseball movie and crash davis is one of the best baseball characters in a movie ever.

              • jsbrendog

                http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094812/quotes

                tell me that his quotes in that film aren’t absolute gold

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  haha thank you sir :)

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

            To be fair, there are some good baseball movies. “Angels in the Outfield” just happens to not be one of them.

            • jsbrendog

              see my above comment. for the kids section and as a disney movie i disagree. granted it is the weakest of the kid’s section and also sandlot and to some extent little big league translate to the more mature section (if i said adult i know there would’ve been an “adult section? hehehe”) but it is still not a bad kids baseball movie. I likd it when it came out and i was like…uh…10ish?

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

                Yeah I hadn’t refreshed in a while, I didn’t see the comments above mine. My bad.

                Angels in the Outfield… I wasn’t young enough when it came out, so I’ll take your word on it being a good kids’ movie.

                • jsbrendog

                  oh you’re older. you must not get it.

                  \opposite of emac2′d

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

                  I remember seeing it in theaters and enjoying it when I was a kid but it definitely doesn’t hold up as well as The Sandlot.

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

                  “oh you’re older. you must not get it.
                  \opposite of emac2?d”

                  Nice, I chuckled.

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD
            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              To be fair, there are some good baseball movies. “Angels in the Outfield” just happens to not be one of them.

              That’s not true. Disney sports movies are infallibly awesome.

              The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon starring Tony Danza won 20 Oscars. I remember it like it was yesterday.

          • whozat

            come on, Major League is worth a few laughs.

            And The Natural?

            • pete

              the only thing that i hate about baseball movies (literally every goddam one) is that no fucking actor in the history of hollywood can actually throw a baseball. I mean, couldn’t they have found one guy?

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                Redford hit that foul ball in the natural :)

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

                Redford was pretty good; he played ball at the Univ. of Colorado.

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

                That’s just not even close to being true. Charlie Sheen and most of the guys in Major league, Robert Redford and Michael Madsen in The Natural, pretty much the whole cast of Eight Men Out (Cusack, Strathairn, etc.), Costner in a few movies, Quaid (The Rookie), and countless others looked just fine portraying ballplayers. I actually think most modern baseball movies have had passable ballplayers in their casts.

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

                  Eight Men Out is still my favorite baseball movie ever.

                  Love that flick.

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

                  Totally, and it always gets forgotten in these discussions. I guess it’s not funny, or entertaining in the way a lot of the other baseball movies are, so people forget to include it. But yeah, very awesome movie.

                • JackC

                  I’m surprised no one has mentioned “Eight Men Out”

                • Goldmember

                  I heard a story that Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb were accused of fixing games. Kennesaw Williams thought there was enough evidence, but decided against banning them because 1) They were huge names in baseball even thought this was at the end of their careers. 2) He thought baseball could do well without another scandal.

                  I heard he just let them quietly retire from baseball.

                  I am looking for a source to this, but I can’t find one. Anyone know if this story has any veracity?

                • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Who’s Kennesaw Williams? Ken Williams is the White Sox GM. Kennesaw Mountain Landis was one of the most powerful commissioners in baseball history.

                • jsbrendog

                  forgot about that one too!

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

                  Tangent: David Straithairn is one of those awesome actors who is in a ton of movies and is excellent in all of them. Make a list of your favorite flicks and you’ll find a lot of Strathairn in it, always subtle and in the background but awesome.

                  Great actor.

                  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000657/

                • Goldmember

                  My bad, Kennesaw Landis. I was thinking of Tennessee Williams for some reason.

                • jsbrendog

                  best name ever. kennesaw mountain landis…and you sulley this with williams?

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

                  I heard a story that Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb were accused of fixing games. Kennesaw Williams thought there was enough evidence, but decided against banning them because 1) They were huge names in baseball even thought this was at the end of their careers. 2) He thought baseball could do well without another scandal.

                  That, and 3) Landis didn’t want to get stabbed.

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

                  Cobb finally called it quits from a 22-year career as a Tiger in November 1926. He announced his retirement and headed home to Augusta, Georgia. Shortly thereafter, Tris Speaker also retired as player-manager of the Cleveland team. The retirement of two great players at the same time sparked some interest, and it turned out that the two were coerced into retirement because of allegations of game-fixing brought about by Dutch Leonard, a former pitcher of Cobb’s.

                  Leonard accused former pitcher and outfielder Smoky Joe Wood and Cobb of betting on a Tiger-Cleveland game played in Detroit on September 25, 1919, in which they allegedly orchestrated a Detroit victory to win the bet. Leonard claimed proof existed in letters written to him by Cobb and Wood. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis held a secret hearing with Cobb, Speaker, and Wood. A second secret meeting amongst the AL directors led to Cobb and Speaker resigning with no publicity; however, rumors of the scandal led Judge Landis to hold additional hearings. Leonard subsequently refused to appear at the hearings. Cobb and Wood admitted to writing the letters, but they claimed it was a horse racing bet, and that Leonard’s accusations were in retaliation for Cobb’s having released Leonard from the Tigers to the minor leagues. Speaker denied any wrongdoing.

                  On January 27, 1927, Judge Landis cleared Cobb and Speaker of any wrongdoing because of Leonard’s refusal to appear at the hearings. Landis allowed both Cobb and Speaker to return to their original teams, and both became free agents. Speaker signed with the Washington Senators for 1927; Cobb signed with the Philadelphia Athletics. Speaker then joined Cobb in Philadelphia for the 1928 season. Cobb said he came back only to seek vindication, and so that he could say he left baseball on his own terms.
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb

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

                  Sorry to go back to the old topic of conversation, but I just thought of another good baseball movie and another actor who did a very good job portraying a ballplayer: “Mr. Baseball,” Tom Selleck. (With bonus appearance by Pedro Cerrano as “Hammer.”)

                • jsbrendog

                  hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…guilty.

                  ::wants so bad to do the jayson stark ty cob ruined baseball history…but won’t go there::

                • jsbrendog

                  hahaha mr baseball was also a good one. man there are lots of good baseball movies. i know not many people like it but i absolutely loved for love of the game.

                • Goldmember

                  Thanks, I have been trying to find that for months. I can’t believe it was on Wiki all along. I feel like an idiot. Commence with humiliating me.

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

                  Clear the mechanism, jsb.

                  (That movie seems to have a surprising number of fans. Kind of a random movie to pick up a following on TV and DVD.)

                • jsbrendog

                  yeah to be honest I have absolutely no idea where i saw it first, or even when was the last time i saw it, but i know i have seen it a bunch of times and i like it alot haha.

                  seriously though, kevin costner does damn good sports movies, field of dreams, for love of the game, tin cup.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  baseball is only tangentially related to bull durham (could have been any backdrop for the otherwise subtle chick flick) but that’s still one of my favorites.

                  on your next pitch, hit the bull.

                  LOVE that movie :)

                • jsbrendog
                • jsbrendog

                  PLUS for love of the game has this:

                  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000604/

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    I’m looking forward to Dunn pitching. Hopefully the O destroys Baltimore tonight so we get a taste of him tonight.

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

      pat is slipping.

      • pat

        Heh, I don’t even know what to do with that one.

        • Tom Zig

          I figured someone would drop an /Iron Horse on that one.

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

            YOU GUYS ARE ALL SO [Edited by RAB. That's enough of those homophobic slurs, buddy.]

            /JohnDuci’d

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

              Real-life lol on that one, and points for creativity. Ridiculous upside on that comment.

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

                I give because I love.

            • Tom Zig

              I think you lead the league in “being edited by RAB”

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

                Methinks you missed the joke.

                • Tom Zig

                  yeahhh I did, just realized it.

                • Tom Zig

                  Everyone point and laugh at me

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  haha

                  he might really be hurt!

                  i said ‘haha’

  • http://www.supertangas.com The man with 33 fingers

    Shelly Duncan blows.

    • Tom Zig

      Only if you throw him a steady diet of breaking balls.

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

        Shelley Duncan is the white Pedro Cerrano.

  • Doug

    from lohud: Jonathan Albaladejo was supposed to be called up but got hit in the eye with a ball yesterday. He’s day to day and he’ll be with the team within a few days

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