For the right price, Phil Coke will sweep your chimney

A Second Look: Managing the 8th inning
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I’ve said it before, but I kind of enjoy reading an article, knowing I have to link to it on RAB, but having nothing to add. This Gordon Edes profile of Phil Coke speaks for itself. As he says, “I’m a normal person. I really am a normal person. I don’t know any other way to be than a small-town, backwoods kind of guy.” It’s definitely a good read at time when some of us are feeling down.

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A Second Look: Managing the 8th inning
World Series Game One chat
  • Accent Shallow

    Phil Coke: seems like a nice guy, even though he drives me up the wall by pointing at every ball hit in the air, whether they’re out-of-play fouls, or home runs.

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

      There was one this year, I wanna say against Carlos Pena, when he put his finger up for a second, then quickly brought it down when he realized it as going to be a cock shot.

      • Accent Shallow

        He pointed at one Mauer hit. Probably done it more than once.

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

          You know what, I think that’s the one I’m thinking of. That’s the one Mauer took to deep center, right?

  • Cam

    He’s always seemed like a down to earth kid. Hard worker, a bit of blue collar in him. Nice read, thanks for the link!

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

    “I don’t know any other way to be than a small-town, backwoods kind of guy.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzWdKKu8 (safe)

    • donttradecano

      sadly i remember all to vividly the post the started the SFW/NSFW at the end your link posts.

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

        Heh.

        That was gross. I apologize again.

  • mryankee

    I like Phil Coke when he gets people out-whe he does not I dont care what he does.

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

      This implies that there are pitchers you like when they don’t get people out.

      • Chris

        I like all Red Sox pitchers when they don’t get people out. Right now, I also like Phillies pitchers when they don’t get people out.

      • mryankee

        Yeah the opposing pitchers. When the Yankees light those guys up I like them. Right now I dont like Cliff Lee too much and I am wondering if the Yankees made any inquiries when he was available.

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

          Right now I dont like Cliff Lee too much and I am wondering if the Yankees made any inquiries when he was available.

          I’m sure we did, we determined that the cost-benefit analysis said it wasn’t worth the price, and we moved on.

          I don’t like the fact that Cliff Lee beat us last night and we’re down 0-1 in the World Series, but I don’t have a shadow of a flicker of a moment of doubt that passing on both Lee and Halladay was the correct move. This team is good enough to win the whole enchilada without them.

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

            I don’t like the fact that Cliff Lee beat us last night and we’re down 0-1 in the World Series, but I don’t have a shadow of a flicker of a moment of doubt that passing on both Lee and Halladay was the correct move. This team is good enough to win the whole enchilada without them.

            This.

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

          Because whenever a good player is traded, the Yankees are idiots for not getting him first.

          • Bo

            Is it a foolish question to ask? i hope they kicked the tires on Lee. otherwise cashman isnt doing his job.

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

              Yeah, it’s foolish to ask. A pitcher was available. I am 100% certain every contending team asked about Lee.

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

    From the sourced Edes article

    The five biggest contracts in the history of the game have gone to Yankees, two of those deals to A-Rod.

    That’s an interesting and ambiguous use of the word “gone”, isn’t it? Very interesting choice of words.

    The largest contracts in baseball history, by total contract dollars (emphasis mine):

    1 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: 10 years, $275,000,000
    2 Alex Rodriguez, TEXAS RANGERS: 10 years, $252,000,000
    3 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees: 10 years, $189,000,000
    4 Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees, 8 years, $180,000,000
    5 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees: 7 years, $161,000,000

    Oh, and FWIW, the largest contracts in baseball history, by average annual value (again, emphasis mine):

    1 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees (2008-2018), $27,500,000
    2 Alex Rodriguez, TEXAS RANGERS (2001-2010), $25,200,000
    3 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (2009-2015), $23,000,000
    4 Johan Santana, NEW YORK METS (2008-2013), $22,916,667
    5 Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (2009-2016), $22,500,000
    6 Manny Ramírez, BOSTON RED SOX (2001-2008), $20,000,000
    7 Miguel Cabrera, DETROIT TIGERS (2008-2015), $19,037,500
    8 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (2001-2010), $18,900,000
    9 Barry Zito, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (2007-2013), $18,000,000
    10 Vernon Wells, TORONTO BLUE JAYS (2008-2014), $18,000,000

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Looking at that list, I would say the Yankees have been better than other clubs in reserving the top money for the best of the best.

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

        Bingo.

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

      Actually, scratch that. I left one out:

      1 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees (2008-2018), $27,500,000
      2 Alex Rodriguez, TEXAS RANGERS (2001-2010), $25,200,000
      3 CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (2009-2015), $23,000,000
      4 Johan Santana, NEW YORK METS (2008-2013), $22,916,667
      5t Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (2009-2016), $22,500,000
      5t Manny Ramírez, LOS ANGELES DODGERS (2009-2010), $22,500,000
      6 Manny Ramírez, BOSTON RED SOX (2001-2008), $20,000,000
      7 Miguel Cabrera, DETROIT TIGERS (2008-2015), $19,037,500
      8 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (2001-2010), $18,900,000
      10t Barry Zito, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (2007-2013), $18,000,000
      10t Vernon Wells, TORONTO BLUE JAYS (2008-2014), $18,000,000

    • Riddering

      That Zito contract always makes me laugh.

  • mryankee

    The Phillies did not even give up their best pitching prospect for Lee. Halladay because he was in the division is a different story. Lee appears to have been more available for a more reasonable price. I guess it does not matter now. Lee does not swing a bat so offense is just as much to blame. as Michael Douglas said in wall street” I hate losses nothing ruins my day more than losses”

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

      The Phillies didn’t give up their best prospect for Lee, but they did give up good prospects for Lee.

      With the unfair benefit of full hindsight, I still pass.

      • Raf

        i would hate for Yankee fans to start this. Cashman did not make a move for Lee because he didnt have to with the way the team was constructed. the Phillies had more of a need for him and they made the right move.

        • Bo

          How with hindsight do u pass on Lee?

          No matter if they win a lose this thing you will see them go hard after Halladay.

  • Tank Foster

    It’s a nice thing about Coke, but articles like this are so cliche, I get sick of reading them. I find this kind of story to be as much an underhanded swipe at the “rich” Yankees, or rich athletes, or even rich people in general, as it is a story about a guy like Coke.

    The Yankees make alot of money. That’s good for the Yankees, but it’s also good for the rest of baseball. Just like it’s good that Boston makes alot of money, and LA, and Chicago. And would it somehow be better, or more “fair,” to the league, or to society, or to the poorly paid, envious and covetous sportswriter, if the owners of these teams pocketed more of the money and fielded mediocre teams?

    Everything costs more in NY. Everyone from plumbers to janitors to doctors make more in NY than anywhere else. I’m so sick of hearing about it.

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

      It’s easy to skip over those parts, though. I completely enjoyed the tidbits about Coke.

      In fact, I’m so immune to the money thing that I didn’t even notice it.