Jan
12

A very Peanuts open thread

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A timely comic strip from 1969. (Click to enlarge).

Next month, the comic strip world will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Charles M. Schulz, creator and illustrated of Peanuts. His ragtag bunch of characters are a part of American culture, and nothing embodied that more so than Charlie Brown’s attempts at baseball. I say “attempts” in the loosest of ways because Charlie and his team made the Kansas City Royals look great.

Year in and year out, Charlie Brown will lead his team to the baseball diamond, and year in and year out, his team would lose badly. This week, Larry Granillo at Wezen Ball decided to figure out just how bad Charlie Brown’s teams really were. Granillo offered up this introduction:

For fifty years, Charlie Brown took the field with his makeshift ballclub – the piano playing Schroeder behind the plate, the apathetic Lucy in centerfield, the blanket-toting Linus at second, and Snoopy, the slobbery superstar, at shortstop – and took beating after beating. Finding themselves on the wrong side of scores like 123-0 and 93-0 on a regular basis, the Peanuts crew was just never the talented powerhouse that Charlie Brown hoped for. But boy did they try. Few managers, and few teams, would have the heart to go out there day-after-day against such odds, but Charlie Brown and his crew were forever optimistic. It was endearing.

But losing takes it toll – if not on Charlie Brown’s spirits then, at the very least, in the record books. After decades of losing and seemingly-countless knockdown line-drives up the middle (the first one came in 1963), the stats can’t look too favorably on Team Peanuts. However, save for a short time when Linus was also team statistician, no one has ever taken the time to compile their stats. Granted, they aren’t going to be pretty, but someone should find the answer to the questions: how many games did Charlie Brown’s team lose? how many did they win? how many times did Charlie Brown get knocked over by a line-drive? and so on…

As anyone familiar with the Peanuts could tell you, the results are not pretty. So far, Granillo is through two decades, the 1950s and the 1960s, and Brown’s Nine are on par with the Mets. They managed to win a game in 1958 but ended the decade 1-25. By the end of the 1960s, they are a cumulative 7-85 in definite outcomes.

Anyway, check out Larry’s work. He traces the losses, the forfeits, the wins and even a mention of Charlie Brown’s walking 11 batters in a row. Eat your heart out, Retrosheet.

So this is your open thread tonight. Be good to each other. The Islanders are at home against the Red Wings, and the Devils and Rangers face off in the World’s Most Famous Arena. In light of this, it might be worth tuning in to the first ten minutes of Conan’s Tonight Show also.

Categories : Open Thread

161 Comments»

    • Steve H says:

      I think the Yankees should demand a refund.

    • Wait until midnight, and my post on it will be up.

    • vin says:

      “‘The Marlins have consistently made every effort to put the best product on the field, and our record supports the fact that we have been successful in that regard,” team president David Samson said.’”

      No they haven’t. Does that phrase even mean anything anymore? That phrase is missing the necessary conditions that would help make it factual.

      I don’t want to step on Ben’s midnight post, so I won’t elaborate any further. Just wanted to throw that out there.

      • I already did my post–more than welocme to comment there in the mean time =)

        (Not to detract from Ben, of course)

      • My alternative emphasis added:

        “‘The Marlins have consistently made every effort to put the best product on the field, and our record supports the fact that we have been successful in that regard,” team president David Samson said.’”

        Jettisoning players when their salary value exceeds their production value and replacing them with far younger, cheaper players is not necessarily “not making every effort to put the best product on the field”. Particularly if those younger cheaper players are very talented themselves, which they invariably are.

        The Florida Marlins have been a far better product than several other teams who spend far more than they do. The Royals spend 150-300% of the Marlins budget and have less to show for it.

        • pete says:

          agreed. However, given the extraordinary amount of talent that has flown through that organization over the past decade, they do seem to have a lot of bad years, and really only a couple of very good ones. The team seems to refuse to capitalize on its own plethora of talent and instead settles for being ok but exciting every year. I think it’s perfectly understandable that fans (and the union) are frustrated by the fact that the team never takes the financial risk to cash in on the excitement it generates, instead continually replacing it’s exciting young players who are about to become stars with exciting prospects who are about 4-5 years away from stardom. If I were a Marlins fan, I’d be pretty fed up with being the world’s best AAA team too.

          That said, I have no idea what the exact numbers are around their financial circumstances, so I can’t say whether it’s them being overly frugal or merely necessarily frugal.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Loria and Samson are sacks of human excrement, and I really hope that Selig put the screws to them.

      That said, the Marlins have a fine record for an expansion team.

  1. SamVa says:

    anyone suggested acquiring the struggling Brandon Jones who was at one time called the “left fielder of the future” for the Braves. (just on a minor league deal to see if he pans out?)

  2. Good for Conan. Jay Leno is terrible.

  3. vin says:

    “Ten years ago next month, the comic strip world will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Charles M. Schulz, creator and illustrated of Peanuts.”

    So February of 2000 was the 50th anniversary of Schulz’s death?

    My head hurts.

  4. vin says:

    So ESPN’s side of the article “headline” reads:

    Rumors: Damon back to the Bronx

    this is the link it follows

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....lb_xxx_xxx

    Nowhere does it say that Damon is headed back to the Yanks. Very misleading. It just mentions the Sherman article (with KLaw’s take on it), and has another (older) heading from Olney’s blog – where he points out the plainly obvious.

    I’m so tired of ESPN.

  5. So, do we think the Jets have a realistic shot at beating the Chargers?

    Really?

  6. Whitey14 says:

    Great post/topic Ben. I enjoyed it immensely. (This coming from the guy who dragged his stuffed Snoopy everywhere as a kid in the 70′s)

  7. pete says:

    Random, but I was just wondering why everyone seems to be calling Javy Vazquez the yankees’ “4th starter”? I think it’s a bit unlikely that Pettitte outperforms Javy this year, and there’s a decent chance that Javy is even better than Burnett because of his consistency. I know it’s totally semantic, but it’s a little misguiding to call somebody the “best 4th starter in baseball” when he may be the 3rd or even 2nd best starter on his own team.

    • Steve H says:

      That’s where he’ll slot in, but yeah it doesn’t mean anything until October. By then Joe will know who to slot in where after CC. Hell, it’s not impossible that Joba could be our 2nd best pitcher by then.

      • pete says:

        you read my mind. I think the october rotation looks something like this: CC, Joba, AJ, with Andy, Javy, and Hughes in the BP as rescue-men for Joba and AJ. In 7 game series, either Andy or Javy is in the rotation, though I can’t predict which. You gotta have AJ in the rotation though, simply because he’s capable of giving you that 8/0/0/12 line, which Javy probably isn’t and Andy certainly isn’t, when the strength of playoff lineups is considered.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          Javy certainly has the stuff to obliterate a major league lineup the way Burnett can. He’s also got much better command.

          Unfortunately, they don’t call him “Home Run Javy” for nothing.

  8. Riddering says:

    JJ Abrams really loves Greg Grunberg, doesn’t he? He’s probably trying to steal him from Heroes to put on Fringe right now.

  9. On the heels of us signing Rose Royce and Oprah Winfrey for depth, I decided to spin it forward and foolishly try to anticipate who goes where.

    If today was Opening Day, and we don’t add anyone not already attached to the organization, here’s what I’ve got. Tell me where I’m wrong and who I left out.

    —————

    Yankees (MLB):
    C- Jorge Posada
    1B- Mark Teixeira
    2B- Robinson Cano
    SS- Derek Jeter
    3B- Alex Rodriguez
    LF- Brett Gardner
    CF- Curtis Granderson
    RF- Nick Swisher
    DH- Nick Johnson
    Bench (4)
    Frankie Cervelli, Ramiro Peña, Jaime Hoffmann, Juan Miranda
    Rotation (5)
    CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain
    Bullpen (7)
    Mo Rivera, Phil Hughes, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Al Aceves, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre

    —————

    Scranton (AAA):
    C- Jesus Montero
    1B- David Winfree
    2B- Reegie Corona
    SS- Eduardo Nunez
    3B- Kevin Russo
    LF- Colin Curtis
    CF- Reid Gorecki
    RF- Jon Weber
    DH- Jorge Vazquez
    Bench (4)
    Mike Rivera, Richie Robnett, Chris Malec, ?????
    Rotation (5)
    Zach McAllister, Ivan Nova, Kei Igawa, Jason Hirsh, Jeremy Bleich
    Bullpen (7)
    Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Romulo Sanchez (SP), Boone Logan, Royce Ring, Ryan Pope (SP)

    —————

    Trenton (AA):
    C- Austin Romine
    1B- ???????
    2B- David Adams
    SS- Justin Snyder
    3B- Brad Suttle
    LF- Austin Krum
    CF- Damon Sublett
    RF- Dan Brewer
    DH- ???????
    Bench (4)
    P.J. Pilittere, Matthew Cusick, Marcos Vechionacci, ???????
    Rotation (5)
    Hector Noesi, Wilkins De La Rosa, Jason Stephens, Lance Pendleton, DJ Mitchell
    Bullpen (7)
    Pat Venditte, Humberto Sanchez, Adam Olbrychowski, Eric Wordekemper, Kevin Whelan, Josh Schmidt, Grant Duff

    —————

    Tampa (Hi-A):
    C- Mitch Abeita
    1B- Luke Murton
    2B- Corban Joseph
    SS- Addison Maruszak
    3B- Brandon Laird
    LF- Neil Medchill
    CF- Melky Mesa
    RF- DeAngelo Mack
    DH- Mitch Hilligoss
    Bench (4)
    Brian Baisley, ???????, ???????, ???????
    Rotation (5)
    David Phelps, Manny Banuelos, Trent Lare, Adam Warren, Sean Black
    Bullpen (7)
    Tim Norton, Jonathan Ortiz, Brad Rulon, Cory Arbiso, Dickson Marquez, Ryan Zink (SP) Amaury Sanit

    —————

    Charleston (Lo-A):
    C- Kyle Higashioka/J.R. Murphy
    1B- Neall French
    2B- Hector Rabago
    SS- Carmen Angelini
    3B- Rob Lyerly
    LF- Justin Milo
    CF- Slade Heathcott
    RF- Abe Almonte
    DH- Kyle Higashioka/J.R. Murphy
    Bench (4)
    Garrison Lassiter, Jose Pirela, Taylor Grote, Kevin Mahoney
    Rotation (5)
    Jose Ramirez, Andrew Brackman, Brett Marshall, Jairo Heredia, Caleb Cotham
    Bullpen (7)
    Sam Elam, Daniel Kapala, Brandon Baboy, Graham Stoneburner, Manny Barreda, Gavin Brooks, Fransisco Rondon (SP)

    —————

    Minor League DL:
    George Kontos (AAA), Chris Garcia (AA), Dellin Betances (Hi-A)

    Too young/raw for full-season ball, or number-crunched out of a roster spot on one of those five teams and thus, ticketed for EXST and Staten Island or the GCL
    Gary Sanchez, Kelvin DeLeon, Brett Gerritse, Matt Richardson, Nik Turley, Bryan Mitchell, Shaeffer Hall, Fransisco Rondon

  10. The common media narrative surrounding Mark McGwire is that “he wasn’t a great player until he starting using the juice when he started breaking down around mid-career.”

    http://www.baseball-reference......html?redir

    I don’t know when he started using, but he was HOF player before 1994. He had two huge seasons in 87 and 92 and three excellent seasons in between. 5 of his first 6 seasons were HOF quality.

    That being said, he probably wouldn’t have been physically able to stay on the field once he started breaking down without the winstrol, so he very likely would have not had a HOF career.

  11. For anyone who missed the McGwire interview and/or doesn’t have MLB network, here’s the link-

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=7148421

    He comes across as a decent guy, but he was clearly coached. His assertion that he would have hit as many HRs without the juice is at best delusional, at worst self-serving and laughable.

  12. Also, for those interested, at 1PM tomorrow, a second post in my Moose v. Tommy G “series” is going up and this one has a graph!

    • Steve H says:

      I don’t need a graph to judge 2 baseball players I’ve seen with my own two eyes to know who had a HOF impact.

      /Heyman’d (who if he followed his own rules would vote for Canseco)

    • JGS says:

      ooh, graphs

      more Moose ammo–

      nearly identical W/L (268-152), 126 ERA+, 1.180 WHIP, 7.6 H/9, 0.7 HR/9, 3.0 BB/9, 5.0 K/9, 1.69 K/BB

      that’s Jim Palmer

      • Accent Shallow says:

        No way do any of the writers equate Moose with Palmer — Palmer has multiple Cys, at least one ring, and several 20 win seasons.

        Moose certainly was better than people realize, but I feel like his time with the Yankees will hurt him in HOF voters’ eyes — few Cy votes, no WS wins, and a lower level of performance than in Baltimore. However, he’ll probably go in by the 6th ballot or so.

        • JGS says:

          3 rings, 3 Cy Youngs, and 8 20-win seasons, hence the slam-dunk candidacy

          just saying the two pitchers weren’t really all that different, for all that most writers would never equate them. Moose would have won 20 a few times if he was in 4-man rotations, and it isn’t his fault he pitched at the same time as Clemens and Pedro

  13. Charlie says:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....nment.html

    If he gets through till the yanks, they should go for that, no?

  14. Accent Shallow says:

    Ben, Joe, and Mike,

    I have to give you guys credit — blogging is difficult. I started a blog in October or so for my own benefit, and it’s a bitch to focus my entries, even though I’ve always considered myself as someone who writes well. So, again, kudos to you for churning out multiple daily entries of what feels like homework to me.

  15. Isn’t Ben a little old to be reading ‘Peanuts’?

  16. Charlie says:

    any way melky mesa learns how to hit? cause it appears that he is ridiculously toolsy, he is an outfielder, and his name is melky

  17. Accent Shallow says:

    In re: the defensive spectrum

    While it’s typically shown as C-SS-2B-CF-3B-RF-LF-1B, I think there’s an argument to be made that C should be removed from the spectrum entirely, as the skills required to play catcher at a high level aren’t necessarily related to the skills that will help one succeed as a plus defender at lower levels of the defensive spectrum.

    As an example, we’re relatively confident that Derek Jeter could have, in his younger years, been a fine 2B or 3B, or CF. However, Yadier Molina, despite being an excellent defensive catcher, probably can’t play any of the other positions, except 1B. The same goes for many other fine defensive catcher, and exacerbates as they age, whereas aging SS or CFs can move to 2B, 3B or the outfield corners and still be defensive assets.

    I’ve articulated this previously and ineleganty (mostly in Montero-related threads), but I thought this is something worth throwing out here.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Throughout his career, Johnny Bench started a couple of dozen games a year in the OF, 1B and 3B.

      With no DH in the NL, guess it was Sparky’s way of giving his legs a breather while keeping his bat in the line-up.

      Also, Joe Torre played 3B after his catching days were over.

      My point is, who’s to say Yadier couldn’t do the same?

      • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

        I think he’s speculating, Would a good fielding catcher translate into a great fielding SS in the same way a good fielding CF translates into a great fielding RF or LF.

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          Well, I think today’s catchers (and ballplayers in general) are better athletes than those of previous generations, and hence they would be more likely to be able to hold their own at another defensive position.

          Didn’t Posada start as an infielder?

          • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex says:

            Yea he started as a 2nd baseman. While I think they’re are many catchers who would do great in any other position, (Joe Mauer comes to mind) it is not a rule in the way that it is a rule in the way that a CF is good at RF or a SS is good at 2B. Therefore, I agree with Accent Shallow in that catching is not comparable to other positions, and should be considered outside the normal defensive spectrum.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Johnny Bench is certainly an exception. Not that great defensive catchers are going to be completely inept at other positions, but the skills are less likely to translate.

  18. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Another NRI signee: Zack Segovia

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com....._id=434564

  19. Steve H says:

    As a follow up on today’s strikeout I searched for the highest strikeout totals in a season by position(minimum 100 games), and this lineup would absolutely mash.

    1b Howard 145
    2b Bellhorn 107
    3b Reynolds 123
    ss Hernandez 120
    lf Dunn 146
    cf Wilson 109
    rf Bonds 134
    c Posada 139
    dh Cust 129

  20. California’s dead broke, the unemployment and housing markets are disasters. So if you’re out of work and out on the street, you might as well get stoned.

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news.....22877.html

    So I guess you’ll be able to buy a joint at your local 7-11?

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      When you’re $20 billion in debt, you can’t overlook any source of potential income.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      That state is such a shithole, thank goodness I got out when I did. “Hey, the economy is awful, but at least the weather’s nice in most parts.”

      • I couldn’t agree more. A well run state would spend it’s time attracting high paying jobs so it’s residents would have a future. Legalizing pot just shows me how desperate they are for cash, and how lost they are for leadership.

    • Drew says:

      As a former habitual smoker, I think this is great news.

      I do wonder though how they would grandfather it in if the bill ever went through. How many people in Cali are currently imprisoned or facing future charges for possession of marijuana.

    • Evilest Empire says:

      Note to self: move to California

  21. Okay, Mike, I took your suggestions, and a few from other posters, and refined my post. Here’s the revised minor league rosters:

    —————

    Scranton (AAA):
    C- Jesus Montero
    1B- David Winfree
    2B- Reegie Corona
    SS- Eduardo Nunez
    3B- Kevin Russo
    LF- Colin Curtis
    CF- Reid Gorecki
    RF- Jon Weber
    DH- Jorge Vazquez
    Bench (4)
    Mike Rivera, Richie Robnett, Chris Malec, ?????
    Rotation (5)
    Zach McAllister, Ivan Nova, Kei Igawa, Jason Hirsh, Romulo Sanchez
    Bullpen (7)
    Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Boone Logan, Royce Ring, Kevin Whelan, Amaury Sanit

    —————

    Trenton (AA):
    C- Austin Romine
    1B- Kevin Smith
    2B- David Adams
    SS- Justin Snyder
    3B- Brandon Laird
    LF- Austin Krum
    CF- Damon Sublett
    RF- Dan Brewer
    DH- Javi Herrera (OF rotation)
    Bench (4)
    P.J. Pilittere, Matthew Cusick, Marcos Vechionacci, ???????
    Rotation (5)
    Hector Noesi, Wilkins De La Rosa, Lance Pendleton, DJ Mitchell, Jeremy Bleich, Ryan Pope (SP)
    Bullpen (7)
    Pat Venditte, Humberto Sanchez, Adam Olbrychowski, Eric Wordekemper, Josh Schmidt, Grant Duff, Jonathan Ortiz

    —————

    Tampa (Hi-A):
    C- Mitch Abeita
    1B- Luke Murton
    2B- Corban Joseph
    SS- Jose Pirela
    3B- Brad Suttle
    LF- Abe Almonte
    CF- Melky Mesa
    RF- DeAngelo Mack
    DH- Neil Medchill (OF rotation)
    Bench (4)
    Hector Rabago, Addison Maruszak, Brian Baisley, Mitch Hilligoss
    Rotation (5)
    David Phelps, Manny Banuelos, Trent Lare, Adam Warren, Ryan Zink
    Bullpen (7)
    Gavin Brooks, Brad Rulon, Cory Arbiso, Dickson Marquez, Sean Black, Fransisco Rondon (SP)

    —————

    Charleston (Lo-A):
    C- Kyle Higashioka
    1B- Neall French
    2B- Jimmy Paredes
    SS- Carmen Angelini
    3B- Rob Lyerly
    LF- Justin Milo
    CF- Slade Heathcott
    RF- Kelvin DeLeon
    DH- Ray Kruml
    Bench (4)
    Garrison Lassiter, Taylor Grote, Kevin Mahoney
    Rotation (5)
    Jose Ramirez, Andrew Brackman, Nik Turley, Jairo Heredia, Caleb Cotham
    Bullpen (7)
    Sam Elam, Daniel Kapala, Brandon Baboy, Graham Stoneburner, Manny Barreda,

    —————

    Minor League DL:
    George Kontos (AAA), Chris Garcia (AA), Tim Norton (AA), Dellin Betances (Hi-A) Brett Marshall (Lo-A),

    Too young/raw for full-season ball, or number-crunched out
    J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gerritse, Matt Richardson, Bryan Mitchell, Shaeffer Hall,

    • New questions:

      1.) I have 6 starters for 5 rotation slots in AA Trenton.
      Noesi, WDLR, Pendleton, Mitchell, Bleich, Pope.

      Who doesn’t make it, Pope? If he goes to the Trenton pen, who gets bumped down to Tampa’s pen, Olbrychowski? Wordekemper? Duff?

      2.) In order to bump Suttle down to Tampa’s starting 3B spot, I bumped Laird up to Trenton. Would they actually do that, on the heels of his arrest? I’d imagine the org would want Laird close to the Tampa complex.

      3.) I can’t figure out where to start Lassiter. Suttle and Lyerly would appear to have Tampa and Charleston’s starting 3B spots locked. Would we move Lyerly over to first already just to get Lassiter a spot? Benching French?

      4.) Giving a starting spot to Paredes moved Rabago to the bench (albeit up a level) from my first attempt. Rabago’s ticketed for superutility anyway, but wouldn’t we want him starting somewhere everyday?

      5.) I now have two spots left in the Charleston bullpen. Who gets them? Shaffer Hall, maybe?

      • Mike Axisa says:

        1) Noesi only made nine starts in Tampa last year, so I bet he at least starts there and bumps Zink to the pen.

        2) I really don’t know about Laird. His performance warrants a promotion, but they came down hard on Kontos when he got pinched (that was during the season, though). I’m guessing he starts in Trenton. Just a hunch.

        3) French is just an org guy and can be benched.

        4) Rabago playing basically fulltime with SI, at a different position almost every day. I bet he does the same next year, likely with Charleston to start.

        5) There’s a zillion candidates. Ryan Flannery, Ben Watkins, Kelvin Perez, Charles Nolte, Dan Miller, Ronny Marte, Craig Heyer, Julian Arbalo, there’s way more bodies than spots.

        • Gracias.

          Last one, people, here we go. This should be our collective best guess. I also added a blank spot at the big league level for whomever we sign with that mysterious 2M for LF (like Reed Johnson or something).

          Feel free to cut and paste this shizz for your post, Nostra:

          —————

          Yankees (MLB):
          C- Jorge Posada
          1B- Mark Teixeira
          2B- Robinson Cano
          SS- Derek Jeter
          3B- Alex Rodriguez
          LF- Brett Gardner
          CF- Curtis Granderson
          RF- Nick Swisher
          DH- Nick Johnson
          Bench (4)
          Frankie Cervelli, Ramiro Peña, Jamie Hoffmann, _________
          Rotation (5)
          CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain
          Bullpen (7)
          Mo Rivera, Phil Hughes, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Al Aceves, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre

          —————

          Scranton (AAA):
          C- Jesus Montero
          1B- Juan Miranda
          2B- Reegie Corona
          SS- Eduardo Nunez
          3B- Kevin Russo
          LF- Colin Curtis
          CF- Reid Gorecki
          RF- Jon Weber
          DH- Jorge Vazquez (1B)
          Bench (4)
          Mike Rivera, Richie Robnett, Chris Malec, David Winfree
          Rotation (5)
          Kei Igawa, Zach McAllister, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez, Jason Hirsh
          Bullpen (7)
          Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Boone Logan, Royce Ring, Kevin Whelan, Amaury Sanit

          —————

          Trenton (AA):
          C- Austin Romine
          1B- Kevin Smith
          2B- David Adams
          SS- Justin Snyder
          3B- Brandon Laird
          LF- Austin Krum
          CF- Damon Sublett
          RF- Dan Brewer
          DH- Javi Herrera (OF)
          Bench (4)
          P.J. Pilittere, Matthew Cusick, Marcos Vechionacci, _________
          Rotation (5)
          Jeremy Bleich, Wilkins De La Rosa, Lance Pendleton, DJ Mitchell, Ryan Pope
          Bullpen (7)
          Pat Venditte, Humberto Sanchez, Grant Duff, Adam Olbrychowski, Jonathan Ortiz, Josh Schmidt, Eric Wordekemper

          —————

          Tampa (Hi-A):
          C- Mitch Abeita
          1B- Luke Murton
          2B- Corban Joseph
          SS- Jose Pirela
          3B- Brad Suttle
          LF- Abe Almonte
          CF- Melky Mesa
          RF- DeAngelo Mack
          DH- Neil Medchill (OF)
          Bench (4)
          Addison Maruszak Brian Baisley, Mitch Hilligoss, _________
          Rotation (5)
          Hector Noesi, Manny Banuelos, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Trent Lare
          Bullpen (7)
          Gavin Brooks, Sean Black Brad Rulon, Cory Arbiso, Dickson Marquez, Ryan Zink (SP), Fransisco Rondon (SP)

          —————

          Charleston (Lo-A):
          C- Kyle Higashioka
          1B- Rob Lyerly
          2B- Jimmy Paredes
          SS- Carmen Angelini
          3B- Garrison Lassiter
          LF- Justin Milo
          CF- Slade Heathcott
          RF- Kelvin DeLeon
          DH- Ray Kruml (OF)
          Bench (4)
          Hector Rabago, Taylor Grote, Kevin Mahoney, Neall French
          Rotation (5)
          Jose Ramirez, Andrew Brackman, Jairo Heredia, Caleb Cotham, Nik Turley
          Bullpen (7)
          Manny Barreda, Graham Stoneburner, Sam Elam, Daniel Kapala, Brandon Baboy, Ryan Flannery, Ben Watkins

          —————

          Minor League DL:
          George Kontos (AAA), Chris Garcia (AA), Tim Norton (AA), Dellin Betances (Hi-A) Brett Marshall (Lo-A)

          Too young/raw for full-season ball, or number-crunched out
          J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gerritse, Matt Richardson, Bryan Mitchell, Shaeffer Hall

          —————

          Let’s all laugh at how incorrect this is later with the benefit of hindsight.

          • Tom Zig says:

            If you wind up being 80% correct, would that be good?

          • whyjwhy says:

            Great list. I agree for the most part. My changes are in bold.

            —————–
            Yankees (MLB):
            C- Jorge Posada
            1B- Mark Teixeira
            2B- Robinson Cano
            SS- Derek Jeter
            3B- Alex Rodriguez
            LF- Brett Gardner
            CF- Curtis Granderson
            RF- Nick Swisher
            DH- Nick Johnson
            Bench (4)
            Frankie Cervelli, Ramiro Peña, Jamie Hoffmann, _________
            Rotation (5)
            CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, Joba Chamberlain
            Bullpen (7)
            Mo Rivera, Phil Hughes, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Al Aceves, Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre

            —————

            Scranton (AAA):
            C- Jesus Montero
            1B- Juan Miranda
            2B- Reegie Corona
            SS- Eduardo Nunez
            3B- Kevin Russo
            LF- Colin Curtis
            CF- Reid Gorecki
            RF- Jon Weber
            DH- Jorge Vazquez (1B)
            Bench (4)
            Mike Rivera, Richie Robnett, Chris Malec, David Winfree
            Rotation (5)
            Kei Igawa, Zach McAllister, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez, Jason Hirsh
            Bullpen (7)
            Jon Albaladejo, Edwar Ramirez, Mark Melancon, Boone Logan, Royce Ring, Kevin Whelan, Amaury Sanit

            —————

            Trenton (AA):
            C- Austin Romine
            1B- Brandon Laird
            2B- David Adams
            SS- Justin Snyder
            3B- Marcos Vechinacci
            LF- Austin Krum
            CF- Damon Sublett
            RF- Dan Brewer
            DH- Javi Herrera (OF)
            Bench (4)
            P.J. Pilittere, Matthew Cusick, Kevin Smith, _________
            Rotation (5)
            Jeremy Bleich, Wilkins De La Rosa, Lance Pendleton, DJ Mitchell, Ryan Pope
            Bullpen (7)
            Pat Venditte, Humberto Sanchez, Grant Duff, Adam Olbrychowski, Jonathan Ortiz, Josh Schmidt, Eric Wordekemper

            —————

            Tampa (Hi-A):
            C- Mitch Abeita
            1B- Luke Murton
            2B- Corban Joseph
            SS- Jose Pirela
            3B- Brad Suttle
            LF- DeAngelo Mack
            CF- Abe Almonte
            RF- Melky Mesa
            DH- Neil Medchill (OF)
            Bench (4)
            Addison Maruszak Brian Baisley, Mitch Hilligoss, _________
            Rotation (5)
            Hector Noesi, Manny Banuelos, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Trent Lare
            Bullpen (7)
            Gavin Brooks, Sean Black Brad Rulon, Cory Arbiso, Dickson Marquez, Ryan Zink (SP), Fransisco Rondon (SP)

            —————

            Charleston (Lo-A):
            C- Kyle Higashioka
            1B- Rob Lyerly
            2B- Jimmy Paredes
            SS- Carmen Angelini
            3B- Garrison Lassiter
            LF- Justin Milo
            CF- Slade Heathcott
            RF- Kelvin DeLeon
            DH- Ray Kruml (OF)
            Bench (4)
            Hector Rabago, Taylor Grote, Kevin Mahoney, Neall French
            Rotation (5)
            Jose Ramirez, Andrew Brackman, Jairo Heredia, Caleb Cotham, Nik Turley
            Bullpen (7)
            Manny Barreda, Graham Stoneburner, Sam Elam, Daniel Kapala, Brandon Baboy, Ryan Flannery, Ben Watkins

            —————

            Minor League DL:
            George Kontos (AAA), Chris Garcia (AA), Tim Norton (AA), Dellin Betances (Hi-A) Brett Marshall (Lo-A)

            Too young/raw for full-season ball, or number-crunched out
            J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Brett Gerritse, Matt Richardson, Bryan Mitchell, Shaeffer Hall

            ——-

            Also, I wonder what they’ll do with Barreda and Stoneburner since imo the Yanks might still want to develop them as starters for now.

  22. Tom Zig says:

    Hypothetical foot race:

    Jason Giambi
    Jose Molina
    Hideki Matsui
    Vlad Guerrero

    Who wins?

    • Head Scratcher says:

      Matsui and Vlad are nothing without the segways, so it’s a toss up between Giambi and Molina. I’d go with Molina because he’s much faster (relatively speaking) than JG.

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