Jan
08

Friday Night Open Thread

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Sorry for the tardiness, but here’s your open thread for the evening. The Devils, Islanders, and Nets are all in action, plus you can come hang out with me at MLBTR. Anything goes, so have fun.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Salty Buggah

    I was looking at some movies on Hulu yesterday (8 AM History class FTL!) and found “The Pride of the Yankees” there. I have heard of that movie before but never really seen it. I’ll be doing that next time in history class.

    • anon

      One of the best baseball movies ever. Still holds up.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

      Pride of the Yankees is a classic, as is 61. I’m completely spoiled by Ken Burns’s Baseball. I know it’s an old documentary, but it really is wonderful.

    • ColoYank

      Just don’t look for any kind of a Gehrig-esque swing from Gary Cooper. That always seemed lame to me. Sorry. It’s been years since I’ve seen it, but that’s what has stayed with me.

      How come they weren’t showing cool movies in MY history classes, I want to know!

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Great movie, horribly depressing ending. Not that it wasn’t true. Still depressing.

      61 is also great. In fact, I liked it more.

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

    I know I shouldn’t semi-secretly be rooting for them, but if Chaphombre were to sign with an organization, I’d like it to be the Jays. Alex GreekGMolopolous would be moving his franchise in a good direction from the state of purgatory Riccardi left them. He’s already cleared a good amount of payroll and infused the system with some excellent young talent. If he could somehow get Wells off their books, he deserves GM of the year (unless it’s for Zito+Igawa+Bobby Bonilla).

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      It would surely make the division a 3-4 team race eventually, then factor in the O’s if they could get some decent pitching to go with their offense, and anyone could run away with the division. Think how cool it would be for fans of the O’s for them to make the playoffs and have Cal Ripken Jr throw out the first pitch of the playoffs.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

        O’s have some serious pitching prospects in Matusz, Arrietta, Tillman, along with Markakis, Jones, Wieters and Reimold already established. They’re a little light on good IF talent, but the guy they got in the Sherrill trade with the Dodgers, Mike Bell, could be pretty solid, though his star has faded a bit. Mychael Givens, their 2009 2nd round pick, has some good tools at SS.

        Overall, impressive young core. Even the two doormats of the AL East have really good-looking young talent.

        • Zack

          I think you meant Josh Bell; he’s fading because his defense at third is suspect and K’s too much right? IIRC

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

            Yeah, that’s it. My badski.

    • Tom Zig

      if the Jays and O’s suddenly become competitive, could we see MLB splitting the AL East into two divisions?

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

        That would be an interesting thing. How would that be aligned? I’m sure no one wants to be in the same division as the RS/Yanks. You’d have to split the Sox and Yanks divisionally, right?

        • whozat

          No. The Red Sox and Yankees would have their own division, and would have a supremely unbalanced schedule. They would play only each other, over and over again. On off-days, they have to send their B-squads to face off against the other AL teams while their starting nines face off in an all-out MMA tournament.

  • Salty Buggah

    A “@J_MacMullan” said this on Twitter earlier today: “Hearing Gonzalez for Buchholz, Ellsbury, Kelly, Reddick.”

    First of all, that’s not enough for A-Gonz IMO. Second of all, this tweet and the account was gone several minutes later.

    BTW, that was the account of Boston Globe columnist Jackie MacMullan.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Boston Media has to get off A-Gonz’ dick, they’re even worse than Sox fans with A-Gonz rumors.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

      What would be enough in your opinion? I’m thinking…Bucholz, Ellsbury, Kelly, Westmoreland, Pimentel and maybe more, like substituting Anderson if they aren’t impressed by one of them?

      • Salty Buggah

        I like your package but I think it just needs a little more. Maybe Bard and another good prospect (or 2) would make it enough. I’m not that familiar with the 2nd and 3rd tier prospects of the Sox system though so I cant recommend someone.

        • Zack

          That’s alot, you’re asking for 6-7 prospects?

          Question: Since Ellsbury is arb-eligible next year and if he’s not a CF, does he have value for SD? Or you would rather take him out and replace him with another prospecT?

          • Zack

            Especially when 3 of those guys are currently on the ML roster. And when 1 is part of a rotation that 4 out of their top 6 guys always have health concerns, 1 is part of a bullpen that the closer is going to walk in 2 years, and one if the starting LF

            • Salty Buggah

              I guess I’m looking at that deal from SD’s point of view. Buchholz is more valuable to the BoSox than he is to the Padres because of the Sox’s injury concerns. I don’t think SD cares about that. They care only about his overall talent.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

              Hmmm…to revise: Kelly, Westmoreland, Bucholz, Anderson.

              The thing about Ellsbury’s defense is that it should, in theory, be totally correctable. He has top-notch speed and can cover a lot of ground. If there’s a solid coaching staff that figures out why he misreads balls and takes poor angles, he could be a very, very good defensive CFer. If I’m the Sox I’d still advertise him as a CF, even though Cameron is currently there. Regarding the Salty proposal and your question on their ML roster—you’re right, Boston can’t really afford to send Bard, Bucholz. They can afford to send Reddick. Hermida can easily replace him if they’re not getting rid of Ellsbury, which is the corollary.

              Because of arbitration, yeah, he’s probably not in there. They have no reason to pay when they’re dumping a guy who’s pretty cheap (A-Gonz).

              If they’re dealing for Gonzales, there’s no way they don’t lose Bucholz and one of Kelly/Westmoreland, more likely both of them. Young, cheap, extremely talented, have time to develop. Padres won’t take on salary and would have to really improve overall top talent for this deal to be worth it.

          • Salty Buggah

            But it’s not like they’re all great prospects. Only Westmoreland, Buchholz, and Kelly are highly rated. The rest are solid but not great. And Ellsbury is basically like a filler to me in that specific deal because he’s arb-aligible and really isn’t all that good. If it was for like one year of a Halladay-esque player, who doesn’t have a low salary, those 3 would be enough, maybe even more. But this is a super cheap (10:$4.75M, 11:$5.5M club option (no buyout)) star player signed for 2 more years, it requires a lot of prospects (or at least 3-4 stud prospects, which the Sox don’t have) to be more IMO.

            • Zack

              Yeah not an expert on the RS system, just know their ML roster + Kelly; so cant really say who they could substitute who for- I just think 6-7 players for 1 player is a lot, and if its just quantity over quality then i doubt Hoyer would do it. And when you add taking 3 guys off their ML roster, that hurts too.

    • Zack

      Was it ever a verified account?

      • Salty Buggah

        Don’t remember

    • Tom Zig

      Is that not enough? I mean I guess since Jed Hoyer knows all about the players, it may not be. But I thought that would be a pretty sweet haul for the Padres.

      • Salty Buggah

        A-Gonz: Great on offense and defense. Young. Cheap. Has some control left. San Diego born fan favorite/ticket and merchandise seller.

        For

        Buchholz: Good, but not the ace he was supposed to be (at least not yet)

        +

        Kelly: Great potential but kinda far away.

        +

        Ellsbury: Meh on both offense and defense

        +

        Reddick: Solid regular (IMO)

        Seems to me that SD won’t be getting that one or two big studs in the deal. And there is a bit too much risk involved. Add in a couple more prospects and its a good deal.

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

          If we were to compare that to our system, it would have looked something like:

          Hughes + ManBan + Ajax (I know he’s gone) + Gardner but not as impressive. The comparison doesn’t fit since we don’t really have any young outfielders projected to be a Reddick-like “solid regular.”

          • Salty Buggah

            And would that be enough for Gonzalez? I don’t think so and those prospects don’t even have the hype factor that Ellsbury, Kelly, Buchholz, and to some point Reddick have (though to me, Reddick’s hype has gone down a bit over the past year).

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

              That’s a hell of a package. A starting CF and potential front-end starter for your 1B, and some high upside farmhands to boot. I’d make that deal if I was San Diego. For anyone who thinks “its not enough” that’s the wrong way to look at it. If you’re committed to dealing him, it’s the best offer on the table and you think the offers will only go down the longer you keep him, then it’s enough.

              The reality is they have Kyle Blanks ready to step in at 1B the minute Gonzo leaves. They’re a better team the day after they make that trade, and should improve annually as the young players mature.

              • Salty Buggah

                If you’re committed to dealing him, it’s the best offer on the table and you think the offers will only go down the longer you keep him, then it’s enough.

                You’re right there. And I don’t think anyone will offer a better package than Kelly + Buchholz + Wesrmoreland + some more.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Formatting FAIL

              • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

                Here’s the thing—there’s no reason for them to be committed to dealing him, thus, the package must be greater.

                • Salty Buggah

                  Good point

              • Zack

                But he’s not a CF? He’s now a LF who will be arb-elig next year, that’s less appealing to SD

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  But he’s only in LF because they have one of the top 4 defensive CFs. For right or wrong, they could still market Ellsbury as a CF.

                • Zack

                  But Hoyer isnt Moore or Kenny Williams. He was working with Theo, Theo isnt going to market him and trick him.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

              No way that’s enough. Any deal for Gonzales starts with Joba/Hughes + Montero. Just like any deal with Boston starts with Bucholz + Kelly/Westmoreland. It’s the other pieces that determine the deal. The first two are virtual locks.

  • donttradecano

    Ok so im in a playoff pool where you assign every team a number, and every game that team wins you get that many points. (ex chargers 12, chargers get 12 pts per win) Heres my picks tell me what you guys think.

    Chargers 12

    Packers 11

    Cowboys 10

    Colts 9

    Ravens 8

    Jets 7

    Vikings 6

    Saints 5

    NE 4

    Philly 3

    Cardinals 2

    Bengals 1

    Im thinking of switching the vikings and cowboys. Suggestions?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      I say this as a Jets fan–I think you got the Jets way too high!

    • Zack

      Jets are not 7th, regardless what Rex says

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

      Be a man and put the Jets higher. The Bengals aren’t great on offense, and the Jets are big time on D. Revis Island makes 85 irrelevant.

      • donttradecano

        But will they beat the chargers/colts?

        • Salty Buggah

          I hope so. As a Broncos fan, I, obviously, hate the Chargers. Especially that super-talented punk Rivers.

    • Ivan

      Y are u ranking my eagles so low? There offense can play wit anybody and their D is still solid albeit not da same as years back.

      • Zack

        Eagles have scored a total of 16 points against Dallas this year; he’s probably assuming they’ll struggle to beat them again

      • donttradecano

        You rank them on who has the best chance to make the super bowl, if i rank the cowboys high, i cant rank the eagles high too else ill lose a high team

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    So for various reasons I had a no good terrible bad awful day yesterday and took my stress out by playing Super Mario for N 64.

    I now have 13 Power Stars.

    I am the worse Nintendo player, ever. It’s pretty bad.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I saw a guy with the most awesome sweatshirt today. It was brown with Mario in the raccoon suit. I wanted it so badly.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        whoa

  • Tom Zig

    What is there a difference between XBox LIVE and XBox LIVE Gold?

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Excessive Back Hair Complex

      Alchemy?

    • pat

      With Gold you can actually play games online. Regular Xbox Live you can just download demos and stuff. You need Gold to play multiplayer. That’s why you pay for Gold and regular is free.

      • Tom Zig

        Thanks, Pat.

  • ColoYank

    So, anybody know if K. Towers is a stronger talent evaluator or an administrative guy? He gives the Yanks’ front office “deep depth” as Yogi would say.

    I get the feeling he’ll be happy working with Cashman, and be able to feel around for his next GM gig.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Everything I’ve heard is that he’s a top notch talent evaluator.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Right, and he’s looking forward to getting out from behind a desk and going around scouting pitchers. That should answer ColoYanks question.

        I think Gene Michael is more of an expert on position players, so Kevin Towers could be the Yanks ‘Gene Michael’ for pitchers. The last scout who all the info would filter up to, and he would get the final look at the player in question, and make the final recommendation to Brian.

    • Salty Buggah

      He’s a pretty good pitching evaluator I hear.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Someone explain to me why (on days when they’re both playing) that Gardner isn’t your CF and Granderson in Left. Why wouldn’t you play your best defender in the premium defensive position?

    • Zack

      Well is Gardner better than Granderson in CF?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        By far. Brett’s a +27.6 in CF over the past two seasons while Grandy’s a 4.9 for his career.The UZR info is pretty limited with Brett since he hasn’t played much, but you don’t even need it to know who covers more ground and makes more plays.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Don’t go with the “by the eyes”. That can be deceiving. Ellsbury “by the eyes” is excellent. Except he’s not.

          I’m not convinced by Gardy’s limited playing time that his UZR is THAT good.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            I’m not, I’m talking about who’s faster. The beauty of speed is that it’s 100% measurable.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Ellsbury is very, very fast. He still sucks, at least in CF.

            • pat

              FWIW The Baseball cube has Gardy as a 96 speed and Ells as a 95

              http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....bury.shtml

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                So about even. My point stands.

        • Jose

          Careful with flashing that small sample around. I agree that Gardner is better defensively, but that UZR/150 is based on only 789.1 innings for Gardner.

        • Zack

          Alright, then my next question is do you want to try to teach Granderson a new positon, after being a ML CF for the last 5 years, in basically a month of ST?
          Especially when Klong is going to be working with his swing, new position in the batting order, and his approach v LHP, plus the transition to NY?

          Not saying what is the right or wrong choice, but there are things to consider. Like we always say, you just cant switch guy’s position like a video game, if Granderson were to switch to LF i’d prefer for them to have him have all winter to work on it with winter baseball games and then more ST games.

          • Salty Buggah

            Not saying I agree with you but to add on, Cash also has to look at if he wants to move Grandy to LF only to perhaps move him back to CF a year later if he sign a legit LFer.

            • Zack

              Yes- similar to moving a SP to the bullpen for a year, but then needing him to be in the rotation the next year. Yes moving to the bullpen helps the team this year, but going forward does it hurt the team?

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            If they go with Grandy in CF and Gardner in LF, I suspect your explanation will be the reason. I’m simply saying from a pure Baseball standpoint it’s the wrong move. But I’ll be the first to admit these guys aren’t robots, they aren’t just digits on a spreadsheet. They’re people who have to be managed as individuals to get the most out of them. So you may very well have nailed it.

    • Jose

      I agree. Have the Yankees actually confirmed the defensive arrangement come opening day? I know they said they traded for Granderson to be the CFer, but is it truly set in stone at this point?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        I know people are against Gardner, I get that. But if he’s playing anyway, why not put your best defensive team on the field? Playing him in LF makes no sense to me.

        • Zack

          Being against Gardner has nothing to do where he is going to play; you use UZR/150 for that 27.6 number right? I think everyone can agree that UZR/150 for 120 games in CF isnt solid evidence of what a player is; just like BA/OBP for 400 ABs doesnt tell you what a players BA/OBP will be for 650 AB.

          (I am actually a supporter of Gardner getting a chance to player, but I also want Reed Johnson for plan B)

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            No, what I was referring to has nothing to do with his defense. The people who are against Gardner generally are because they only look at the offensive side of things, and don’t factor in Fielding and it’s value.

          • Jose

            Your point stands, but his number of innings is equivalent to around 87 games in CF. (789.1/9) UZR/150 would represent an estimated level of defense for Brett Gardner in 1350 innings. That is way too much extrapolation for the sample size.

            • Zack

              Thanks, should have used innings instead of games.

        • Jose

          My theory: People seem to have this obsession with putting the better offensive player at a more premium position, without full evaluation. People view Granderson as a good defensive CFer and Gardner as a good defensive CFer. Instead of fully quantifying how much better Gardner is in CF for defense, the big bat player with “good” defense goes to the more premium position.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            It’s a big edge IF (big if) he can field his position competently. Having a big bat in a premium defensive position is a luxury that most teams don’t enjoy. But if they give up extra bases on balls that they should be tracking down or fielding, then you give back much of what you gained.

            • Jose

              Gardner Defense in CF >> Grandy Defense in CF
              Gardner Defense in LF > Grandy Defense in LF
              Gardner Offense < Grandy CF + Gardner LF
              (When factoring in Offense and Defense)

              Does this sum up your feelings? That is how I feel about the situation.

              • Jose

                Ignore this post, it formatted what I wrote into oblivion.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

                Yeah, and if they brought in a Nady-type chances are he’d be platooning with Gardner in LF. So you wouldn’t want to be playing musical outfield every few days, you’d just leave Gardner in LF.

    • Accent Shallow

      Because Gardner is a horseshit player who’s barely fit to be a pinch runner?

      • Accent Shallow

        Whoops, disregard.

  • Ivan

    I gotta say PS3>XBOX360. Not to say 360 is terrible or anything because it is not but PS3 is so damn cool lol.

    • Jose

      I cry when people say that Halo on the Xbox360 is an amazing FPS.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I’ve never played Halo ever.

      • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

        Because it is.

    • Evilest Empire

      They’re both awesome. PS3 gets bonus points for having a blu-ray but 360 gets a larger amount of awesome games (I got both so lots of good that does me), and I prefer Live to PSN.

      I like the PC the most though. Just about any online game is better on the computer, ditto FPS stuff.

      Only 3rd person action/adventure and sports games are best suited for consoles IMHO, but you’ve got USB controllers now anyway so fuck it.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    (Just posted comment over at TYU)

    BxBomber says:
    January 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I can’t believe any serious Yankee or for that matter baseball fan would want Brett Gardner/any combination of the mentioned players above over Johnny Damon up to bat in a key situation in the ALCS/WS. I don’t care what WAR/UZR or any other stat says.

    I’m still astounded we couldn’t find a way to keep Godzilla for 6.5 mil a year yet somehow think Nick Johnson is a decent replacement for 500K less. That’s another case where I can’t take you seriously if you would prefer Nick up at bat in the ALCS/WS vs Hideki.

    The problem with these stats is that they are heavily weighted towards the regular season. We’re making the playoffs pretty much guaranteed, either as a division champ or WC. We should be making sure our roster is built for the postseason, not for a July game against the Orioles.

    Jon . . Jon Heyman? Is that YOU?!?

    Where’s TSJC when I need him?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m not even going to bother responding to that one. It’s definitely not worth the time nor the effort.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        That is the best way to deal with these things.

        What’s the old line…”Never argue with an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience”

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      That guy has convinced me of one thing: I’ll start my solitary drinking, touching myself earlier than I’d planned.

      Here’s to you, BxBomber!

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Wow.

    • Tank the Frank

      I can’t believe any serious Yankee or for that matter baseball fan would want Brett Gardner/any combination of the mentioned players above over Johnny Damon up to bat in a key situation in the ALCS/WS.

      The rest of the post is trash. But it’s pretty hard to disagree with this.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Well, yeah. But who would you want fielding the hard hit line drive to the left of that player in LF?

        This could go both ways.

        • Steve H

          But he’s comparing a #9 hitter to a #2 hitter.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            What does that have to do with anything?

            • Steve H

              I replied to the wrong comment. But yes, we’d all rather see Damon batting than Gardner, but that’s not apples to apples. Gardner isn’t being relied on as a #2 hitter like Damon was. Gardner is essentially replacing Damon in the field, and Melky at the plate.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                Exactly.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  And Granderson is replacing Damon at the plate, and Melky in the field.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Factor in Johnny’s abysmal fielding and get back to me. You might be surprised how low his WAR was in one of his best offensive seasons last year. Below 2 IIRC.

      • Zack

        Think its safe to guarantee that if the Yankees lost the ALCS/WS it wont be because of Brett Gardner. Not when you have Jeter, Johnson, Tex, Arod, Swisher, Posada, Cano + CC, AJ, Andy, Vazquez, Joba, Hughes and Mo.

        And not when Damon has ridiculous demands.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Sure, but that’s not the argument. This only if he’s affordable. If we have only $5 million left and Damon won’t sign for that, it doesn’t matter if you want him up in a key situation or not. Not for nothing, but do people ever really want to see a #9 hitter up in a key situation of a playoff game? Of course not, but this isn’t a video game—there are disadvantages to every team. Brett Gardner + one of the above listed options is probably one of the best deficiencies in baseball. No team is perfect. He’s creating a strawman right before your eyes.

        • Jose

          So you’re saying having Joe Mauer as my #9 hitter is out of the question?

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            For The Show? Hell no!

        • Tank the Frank

          No that’s true. Gardner would be the 9 hitter and hence wouldn’t be expected to produce in the way Damon can. I see your point.

      • Tank the Frank

        I see what you all are saying, but I still agree with the above statement. It doesn’t outline a defensive situation, it asks who you would rather have up to bat in a “key situation,” whatever we take that to mean.

        The ALCS or WS may not be won or lost by Johnny Damon/Brett Gardner, but this is misleading. Playoff games and series can change during the course of one at-bat. We saw a few examples of that during the last postseason.

        I, for one, would most certainly want Damon up to bat rather than Gardner; all other things being equal.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Of course that’s hwho we’d want at bat. But there are other factors to consider when we decide who we want playing for the team, like fielding.

        • whozat

          “Playoff games and series can change during the course of one at-bat. We saw a few examples of that during the last postseason.”

          Sure, but it can also be one opponents’ at-bat that ends in an out instead of a double in the gap.

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Have any of you read “The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract”? For those that have, any thoughts on his ideas on speeding up the game?

    • Jose

      Any chance of a quick summary of his ideas?

      • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

        James advocates things like penalizing pitchers for excessive unsuccessful throws to first (a ball after two throws), more stringent enforcement of batters staying inside the batter’s box, shortening the time between innings, gradually increasing the minimum circumference of bat barrels and distance batters stand from home plate, and to limit mid-inning pitching changes. Also, he’d advocate a slight deadening of the ball.

        What he doesn’t want is something like making the strike zone bigger or raising the mound as that would only compound the issues he’s trying to combat and would be a case of overkill essentially.

        • Jose

          Thanks for that summary.

          I really only like the more stringent batter’s box enforcement and shortening the time between innings. The batter’s box issue has gotten out of hand as the pitcher and batter have gotten into cat and mouse situations. The time between innings has to do mostly with advertising.

          The other ideas seem to be too game-changing to me. I enjoy the length of the games. No need to change such fundamental features.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I agree completely.

        • Zack

          “penalizing pitchers for excessive unsuccessful throws to first (a ball after two throws)”
          -dumb, pick off throws take 15 seconds max, if there are 50 a game that means an extra 12.5 minutes, there are never 50 a game. So 25 a game would be 6.25 minutes, we really want to change the game to save 6 fucking minutes?

          “limit mid-inning pitching changes”
          -leaving in a crappy pitcher who is getting beat up will shorten a game?

          “shortening the time between innings”
          -commercials = money = wont happen

  • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

    I realize UZR says Tacoboy Pillsbury is a terrible defensive CFer, but this is largely due to him misreading the ball off the bat and taking poor routes to the ball. One would assume with good coaching, this would be correctable. So, Tacoboy could be a good defensive CFer if he were to improve such correctable things, considering the range he has, right?! We are, after all, basing his defense on a sample of 235 games, or roughly less than two seasons at the position.

    Just sayin’.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yep, he could definitely improve.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        He could, but he’s been in the league 2+ full seasons. Its normal to have some issues learning the league and it’s various ballparks, but he should be past that point now.

        Another explanation could be he was just banged up a bit last year, and the Sox didn’t want anyone to know so they would still think he was a base stealing threat. Any sort of leg problems could really cut into his range.

        • Zack

          he stole 70 bases last year, that throws the leg problem excuse out the window

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          Well, in limited sample, he posted a positive UZR in 2008 (6.9), so we’re going on really one year to determine that he’s a really, really, really bad defensive CF. Too many mitigating factors and variables to make such a judgment, in my opinion.

          I’d say it was probably due to injury, as you noted.

          • Zack

            How can you say he was injured when he stole 70 bases?

            • Jose

              He only hurt the defensive part of his leg, not the offensive.

              • Zack

                icwudt

              • Steve H

                IETCVM. That sounds like something a Sox fan really would say.

            • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

              Jason Varitek was behind the plate?

              http://instantrimshot.com/

              • Zack

                ha +1

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              I didn’t say he was injured, necessarily. I think it’s probable he had some form of injury or he really was just that bad at reading balls. Stealing a base involves him sprinting for a few seconds. Perhaps (and it’s clear I’m not a doctor) a possible injury would still enable him to sprint full speed for a few seconds, but would still take a toll on his legs over the course of the game.

              • Zack

                Sorry, you cant convince me that he had a possible injury that hampered him in the field but allowed him to steal 70 bases.

                If I could find his SB by inning that would help, cant find it though.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Maybe not. I don’t know if he was injured but his performance suggests something was wrong. A guy with blazing speed in CF should not be that bad, especially when scouting reports have him rated highly.

                  Maybe it was just the jumps/reads or a combination. I have no idea, but it’s hard to logically see Pillsbury as actually being the worst defensive CF in the league and there not being something wrong.

          • Zack

            and his 2008 inning total in CF was only 41.9% of this year.

            That’s like taking 251 ABs and saying that’s a better example of his talent than 600 ABs he had.

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              No, it’s saying that one year is inconclusive.

              • Zack

                Ok, but a samle size of 1300 inings of data tells more about a player than 530 innings.

                But obviously neither of us can be proven “right” until 3-4 years down the road, but for 2009 he sucked in CF. It’s all about how you value stuff, UZR isnt perfect, neither are scouts.

                • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

                  Totally agree with you. I’m not looking to be “proven” right or wrong. I just saw the Gardy SSS daily discussion above and mixed it with our chat about a theoretical A-Gonz trade, and sort of blended the two based on hearing how bad a CF Tacoboy is. The point being, a 1300 inning sample may tell us more, but it certainly doesn’t tell us enough. If we only have 30% of the jigsaw puzzle filled, yeah, it’s better than 15%, but not nearly filled out to give us a good view of the completed puzzle. That’s all.

                  I wouldn’t be at all shocked if he became an excellent defensive CF or a poor one.

                • Zack

                  I see your point.
                  And I didnt make it sound like who is right/wrong, just saying time will eventually tell.

    • Zack

      That makes it too simple IMO.

      It’s like saying Cano doesnt walk a lot because he is unable to pick up on the rotation of the ball, with some coaching he should be able to walk much better in the future.
      Coaching is important, but it can only do so much, and no guarantee that coaching fixes the problem

      • pat

        I think getting reads and jumps is mostly instinctive. Coaching can help, but only to a point.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Agreed on your points about coaching, but if we always note the SSS issues for our own players, we should be realistic here. Using Cano as an example is slightly misleading, I think because Cano has always had that reputation, has done nothing to dispel it, whereas Tacoboy was reputed to be an excellent defensive CF in the minors, did well in a limited sample in ’08 (6.9 UZR), but struggled in ’09. So he’s struggled (albeit, tremendously) in ONE SEASON. Hardly seems fair or consistent.

        • Zack

          And he was only above average in 41.9% of a full season.

          I cant really go by reputation because well it’s reputation, just like his reputation now is that he is a defensive player of the year award winning

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          You have a point, but was it scouts who said he was good defensively in the minors, or UZR? Because if it was scouts we could more or less throw it out the window. As we all know, appearances are deceiving.

          • A.D.

            I don’t thing there is such a thing as minor league UZR

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              They should make it. It only makes sense.

          • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

            It was scouts, so it’s possible that he really hasn’t been very good. Unfortunately, no hard data appears to be available (in UZR), so I’m just going on that.

            The concluding point is we don’t have enough data, so I don’t think it’s fair some have already made final judgment on his defensive ability, which is largely based on one full season.

          • Evilest Empire

            Ok, I feel like saying that you can throw what a scout says out the window is a little ridiculous.

            I’m all about UZR and advanced metrics, but scouting plays a vital role in all organizations – it certainly has its place and its value. Teams should utilize both metrics and flesh-and-blood evaluations to get a true opinion of a player, especially when it comes to defense. UZR is the best we’ve got, but its far from perfect.

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

              Of course. But scouting has far more flaws and I’ve seen it just be flat out wrong so many times that I’ve lost faith in it.

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                You know what though, maybe it’s not ridiculous anyway. If you can’t get me hard evidence, you can get me nothing. Baseball defense is the only aspect of the sport where people’s eyesight is valued over objective analysis.

                • Zack

                  His BA is .250, yeah but my EYS tell me he’s batting .350!

                • Zack

                  eyes

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Basically what do you value more, a man’s opinion on a player’s defense, or the hard evidence that tells me how he’s been playing?

                • Evilest Empire

                  But UZR is not the be-all end-all of defensive statistics. Those metrics have not been devised yet, and everyone admits its far from perfect.

                  We have a TON of offensive numbers to look at and slice up and play with. It gives us a clear look at player performance, we don’t need scouts for offense anymore. Defense isn’t there yet. When it is, scouts might very well be, in theory, useless.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  There are other defensive stats out there. If you want to you could look at them too and compare. I’m not just because UZR is clearly the best one.

                  Scouts can be useful, but in a very limited way. If statistics contradict him, he’s useless. Since there are no statistics of the minor leagues we’re forced to rely on scouts. This is a flawed system, and any assessment of minor league defense should IMO be taken with a grain of salt.

                • Evilest Empire

                  Agreed on MiLB defense evaluations.

                  Honestly, I’m not smart enough to lecture about the proper methods of player evaluation or anything of that nature. But I do read alot of baseball stuff from people who are. And just about everyone I’ve read – on blogs, fangraphs, KLaw chats, whatever – say that defensive metrics just aren’t totally there yet. They cannot be fully trusted. UZR IS the best thing we have, I totally believe that, but we’re not to the point yet where scouting is useless, and in some cases like in the minors, its the *only* thing we have. So I maintain that you cannot completely dismiss scouting, especially regarding defense. You take it into consideration right along with UZR and form your own conclusions.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  When you are forced to use scouting on it’s own and not simply as another tool for analysis it is all but useless. They need minor league defensive metrics.

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

                  They have TotalZone ratings at minorleaguesplits.com. That’s by far the best defensive metric we have for minor leaguers at the moment.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Thanks. Well there ya go.

                • Evilest Empire

                  I like the vision Tom Tango painted to whatshisface, y’know, Shithead McIgnorant. Mike Silva.

                  PITCHf/x, HITf/x, and FIELDf/x in every high school, college, independent league, and of course the minors.

                  Once you get all that stuff cooking, and all the infinite possibilities that data holds, you won’t need scouting for player evaluations. Shit, if things get real fancy, you might not even need baseball agents. Coaches and trainers will always be needed, but you could possibly start getting a truer gauge on the impact they make.

                  Craziness. Lets hope some eccentric billionaire decides to hook up all the fields of America with that technology instead of do something stupid like donate money to charity.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  Decrease the surprlus population! Social Darwinsim FTW.

              • Evilest Empire

                Sure, that can make sense. Not all scouts are created equal, and I’m sure each scout has different things they value more or less than the next guy, or have different standards for, say, what ranks as “50″ power on the 20-80 scale. Some of them might have longer memories than others – we’ve already started to hear that Matt Holliday is only a decent outfielder since his playoff dropsie, for example.

                Scouting is only good en masse IMHO. Many scouts looking at many different players throughout extend amounts of time. Form a collective consensus from several professionals. Throw that evaluation in with the numbers.

                And I do agree with JMK, that Tacoby could very well end up being an above average defender. He’s definitely vastly overrated for sure, but he’s got the potential.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

                  He COULD become good, but right now he’s not and I don’t think he’ll ever be better than average, and probably a bit below average.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              +A whole lot.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      It could be corrected, but everybody thinks his defense is great, so why would he correct it? Also, reading balls off the bat and taking good routes may not be something that can be fixed just like that. Like fielding itself, it may be something that you can improve at if you work but that some people will always be better at than others.

    • Tank the Frank

      By all accounts and scouting reports he was supposed to be a terrific CFer in the minors. Being completely objective, he’s made some impressive plays in Fenway and I’m pretty sure he’ll improve his ZR once he gains more experience and improves his routes to the ball; as you mentioned.

      • Zack

        “Being completely objective, he’s made some impressive plays in Fenway”

        Absolutely, and he’s also let many balls drop infront of him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Here are two pitchers 162 game averages. Guess which one’s considered a borderline candidate and which is considered a slam dunk for the HOF. They pitched just about the same time period.

    Pitcher 1 (1987-2008):
    220 IP, 214 H, 75 BB, 130 K, 3.54 ERA, 118 ERA+, 1.314 WHIP, 8.8 H/9, 0.7 HR/9, 3.1 BB/9, 5.3 K/9, 1.74 K/BB, 3.95 FIP

    Pitcher 2 (1991-2008):
    226 IP, 219 H, 50 BB, 178 K, 3.68 ERA, 123 ERA+, 1.192 WHIP, 8.7 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 2.0 BB/9, 7.1 K/9, 3.58 K/BB, 3.57 FIP

    • Steve H

      Glavine and Moose?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yessir. Putting in the years probably gave that away.

        • Evilest Empire

          I hope someone told Heyman he was watching a hall of famer when Mussina pitched.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            ICWUDT

        • Steve H

          I’ve studied them before. If Moose pitched with the Braves and Mets in the NL East, he’d be well over 300 wins. If Glavine pitched for the O’s and Yankees he’d have been out of baseball 4 years sooner.

    • Jose

      I want to be able to evaluate them, but where are the win totals? Also how many rings does Moose have? Cy Young Awards? Those are what count.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Per 162, Glavine had a .600 WP, Mussina had a .638. As for the awards, yeah, they matter–both had 6 top five CY finishes, Glavine had two wins. However, he and Mussina were never matched up against each other for the voting so that could be misleading.

        • Jose

          Screw winning percent, counting stats are what make hall of famers.

          • Evilest Empire

            Except strikeouts.

            • Jose

              Exactly, look at Blyleven.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                So having a lot of strikeouts is a…bad…thing?

                • Evilest Empire

                  Pitchers don’t need to strike people out to be good at pitching.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  What I don’t get is when people say “Oh I’m not a numbers guy” when it comes to judging players. Is there anyone here–non-sarcasm division–who can explain this to me?

                • Jose

                  Non-sarcasm:
                  People look to simple ways to judge players. Too many numbers makes it difficult for people to truly analyze all of it at once, they feel overwhelmed. An MVP award or World Series Ring are tangible. These make people much more comfortable than something like ERA+ or WAR.

                • Evilest Empire

                  Why judge players by numbers when you can judge players by impact?

                  Sorry, I couldn’t resist – there is no logical explanation. That’s the point. Numbers are logic. Dismiss the numbers and you dismiss the logic, and then you’re free to say whatever the fuck you want.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Alright, this conversation is going to go absolutely no where.

            • Jose

              Hook. Line. Sinker.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Sarcasm detection fail? My bad? I’m Ron Burgandy?

                • Jose

                  I tried to lay it on pretty thick with my initial reply to you. haha

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Haha, usually I pick up on that stuff pretty easily. Lo siento, Jose.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Also, I’m eliminating win totals because the former pitched four seasons longer than the latter, thus he was more able to get more wins. If Mussina had ended up with as many decisions as Glavine (508) and kept at the same W/L pace, he would’ve had 324 wins.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      Well that is very interesting.

    • Accent Shallow

      Perhaps my favorite example of poetic justice is the Braves getting obliterated by Livan Hernandez in the 1997 NLCS (with a big assist from Eric Gregg).

      What’s that? That pitch was 9 inches off the plate and was called a strike? I’d feel sympathy, except Tom Glavine built an entire career on such horseshit.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Wow. Livan was a fucking beast in that series.

        • Accent Shallow

          It wasn’t all him. McGriff backwards Ked to end the game on a curveball in the other batter’s box. I’d trumpet that as a massive miscarriage of justice, but that’s the only reason Glavine has any hardware — umpires giving him shit like that. Fuck.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Yeah, I was ten when that series went on so…

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Damn. This would make a nice post over at TYU.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        You want it, you got it. I’ve got another HOF thing cooking that’s a bit more involved.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          …that might not go up for a bit ’cause my schedule’s about to get nuts but whatever, haha.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Let’s add a third pitcher to this:

      Pitcher 3 (1986-2005) 230 IP, 218 H, 64 BB, 169 SO, 3.28 ERA, 127 ERA+, 8.5 H/9, 0.6 HR/9, 2.5 BB/9, 6.5 K/9, 2.66 K/BB, 3.33 FIP.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    I’m willing to bet a lot of cash that if Yanks don’t sign Chapman it has more to do with makeup than money.

    http://twitter.com/jorgearangu.....7539336776

    • Jose

      So he uses too many cosmetic products?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        No, he’s a big Gene Simmons fan.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    If we sign Xavier Nady as I suspect we will, won’t all this Gardner talk become moot? If Nady’s healthy, you’ll play him over Gardner most days. Which means that Brett’s the 4th OF, like so many people think he should be, and we have an OF of Swisher/Granderson/Nady. Which may not exactly be Keller/Dimaggio/Henrich, but it’s not bad either.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      That sounds pretty damn good.

      Our offense is batshit insane.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Yeah, that’s plenty from our OF, even if Posada regresses as so many think he will. It’s also probably the best OF we’ve had in quite a few years.

        97-Raines-Bernie-O’Niell

        04-Matsui-Bernie-Sheffield

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          04′ was horrific defensively though.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            04 was horrific for a LOT of reasons.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              (fighting the urge to make a Bush-Kerry joke)

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

                The thought of Kerry windsurfing is pretty horrific, I’ll grant you that.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  I wonder if he’s planning on helping Manny Ortez hunt for the real killers?

                • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

                  Hahahahahahahah!! Gosh, that was awful.

                  Remember Bloomberg introducing Yankee manager “Joe Torrez”?

    • Jose

      Nady hasn’t had a whole lot of rumors lately. The latest I read was the Rangers finding him “intriguing”.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        I’ve heard that the Yankees find him “alluring” and “mysterious”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      If we sign Xavier Nady as I suspect we will,

      I know Cashmeezy likes to work with teh stealth, but, what exactly are you basing that guess on? Because we haven’t remotely been connected to Nady at all this winter that I’m aware of. He’s gotten a bigger cold shoulder than even Damon and Matsui, who were practically kicked out on their collective asses.

      You suspect we’ll sign Nady… I suspect the exact opposite. I suspect Nady’s totally off the radar. JMHO.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Just a hunch. Hence the term “suspect we will” as opposed to “think we will/know we will” or the even more direct “YOU FUCKING BETTER, CASH-BOY!!!”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Jets 24 – Bengals 17
          Cowboys 27 – Eagles 24
          Ravens 23 – Patriots 20 (OT)
          Packers 31 – Cardinals 13

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Whoops, reply fail. Reposted below.

            • Steve H

              Pick fail, Pats will win.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Not without Welker, they won’t. There’s a reason he was Brady’s security blanket: your tight ends can’t get open.

                The Pats offense is quite pedestrian without him. And the Ravens got Ed Reed back. This game will be a slugfest, IMO.

                • Mike Pop

                  I’m with Steve H. Pats take it I think. Ravens are real good but there is one problem. His name is Tom Brady.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

        BTW-Did you see that you got linked over at THT?

        http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....linkadink/

        Quite an honor, congrats.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          My reputation is expanding… faster than the universe.

          /MostInterestingManInTheWorld’d

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            Stay thirsty, my friends.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    The moral of the story is that when you’re paying a guy close to what he’s worth, you’re not going to get back much in a trade, even if he’s quite good.

    http://www.sabernomics.com/sab.....r-cabrera/

    I seriously want to frame this and put it on my wall or something. 100% accurate, concise and written in simple, plain English that anyone can understand.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      It’s a good thing that Mike Lowell is going to be totally healthy by the spring and will probably put up a hitting line around .325/.411/.592 this coming year, thus making him worth twice what he’s getting paid and a highly desirable trade commodity for whatever team is lucky enough to acquire him for a Smoak-type bat or two.

      For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

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

        For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN MLB Network and MLB.com.

        Fixed.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          NO.

          The tagline does not get updated. It stays the same. The outdated nature of it is part of the kitsch.

          To wit: “Diamond Cutters” hasn’t been the name of Peter’s segment for at least 20 years now.

  • DP

    My friends and I are planning a trip down to Florida for Spring Training. For anyone who has been there, do tickets sell out quickly?

    • whozat

      The close seats do, but then again…it’s not like any of the seats are that far away.

      Also, look at other nearby teams. they’re cheaper and easier to get tix to.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Jets 24 – Bengals 17
    Cowboys 27 – Eagles 24
    Ravens 23 – Patriots 20 (OT)
    Packers 31 – Cardinals 13

    • Evilest Empire

      I’d buy that for a dollar!

    • Jose

      The fact that you designated an overtime game is a nice touch.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I anticipate that those first three games will all be quite intriguing. Down to the wire.

    • Hughesus Cristo

      B17 – J9
      C31 – E24
      P30 – R23
      P37 – C24

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        Bingo!

    • Mike Pop

      ‘The Cowboys are a shitty team.’

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’m an idiot.

        Every day, though, I thank the good lord for Jon Heyman to make me look smart in comparison.

        Interestingly, though, that Cowboys-Eagles game is a real linchpin. Whomever wins it (and it should be close) may just sweep through the rest of the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys and Eagles are probably the two best teams in the conference. Either of them can easily beat the Packers/Cardinals/Vikings/Saints, at any field, home or away.

        Whether it’s Eagles or Cowboys, however, the NFC is most likely losing to whomever represents the AFC in the Big Game©™. Just my hunch.

        • Mike Pop

          I think the Pack is real tough. The Cowboys D has been real fun to watch(yes, not as fun as your Jets, but fun). Wade has just been a boss with his d play calling. Ratliff playing great, last week with the Iggles rookie center they had to triple team him a few times. Was awesome.

          So you think Sexy Rexy is going to keep the ball out of Sanchez’s hands and just try to run it down Cincy’s throat with Jones and Shonne or is he going to let Sanchez be a factor?

          Also, you were still stinging from the Miami loss at the time of that ‘prediction’. It’s understandable. Silly, but understandable. ;)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            I predict the Jets tomorrow will look like Alabama looked last night.

            Two 100-yard rushers, and a 6-for-11 performance from the QB.

            Three yards and a cloud of snow.

            • Evilest Empire

              Man, talk about a bittersweet statement.

    • MJ

      Bengals 17 – Jets 13
      Cowboys 31 – Eagles 24
      Ravens 27 – Patriots 17
      Packers 24 – Cardinals 20

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Outfield OPS+

    1997-Raines(124)-Bernie(147)-O’Niell(137)

    2004-Matsui(137)-Bernie(108)-Sheffield(141)

    Projected 2010 WAR (CHONE)
    Gardner(2.2)/Nady(0.7)-Granderson(4.4)-Swisher(2.9)

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      That 97 outfield was the shit. Too bad the wheels came off our rotation down the stretch.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Agreed.

        To be fair, though, Raines was only the LF about a third of the time. The rest of the LF timeshare that year was Chad “The Apostle” Curtis and Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten.

        Who were decent, but decidedly un-Rainesian at the plate.

        (Also, Scott Pose. Yeah, I don’t remember him either.)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Pose was the first batter in Florida Marlins history. Which means, regrettably, he was forced to wear this:

          http://rowlandsoffice.files.wo....._pose1.jpg

          • Evilest Empire

            Its like the colors teal and aquamarine got drunk and fucked, aquamarine got pregnant, and that uniform is the abortion that they never spoke of again.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Could be worse… he coulda been the first batter in Diamondbacks or Devil Rays history.

              • Evilest Empire

                That’s like getting your arms sawed off with a rusty hatchet and saying “could be worse, you could be staked down to the ground at high noon with your eyelids cut off and forced to stare at the sun”

                h/t Kurt Vonnegut

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

            When he took that picture, I wonder if the photographer told him to “strike a pose” and what happened next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Just a reminder everyone, today is the last day of Melmas. 40 days from tomorrow, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training. For my Mel-Lint, I will be giving up rosin bags and chewing gum.

  • http://twitter.com/PerminioNeto Permínio Neto

    Hey guys, just bought my first Mac laptop, any tips?

    • Evilest Empire

      Get a Dell.

      • Tom Zig

        I hope you’re kidding. I’m no Mac fan, but Dell Laptops are probably the most awful things ever.

    • whozat

      If you tend to do stuff with keyboard shortcuts, http://code.google.com/p/qsb-mac/

      I use it on all my macs, and used to use Quicksilver, which was what the QSB guy did before Google hired him :-)

      with a few keystrokes you can launch apps, search your mail, open files…I love it.

      Also, VLC for playing videos.

      • http://twitter.com/PerminioNeto Permínio Neto

        Thank you very much sir.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I just wanted to say hello. I haven’t commented in forever, no one probably even knows who I am.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

        You know, I saw that dance instructor in a vicious knife fight with Kyle Reese once.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          The only thing creepier looking than Lionel Richie is a clay bust version of Lionel Richie.

          • Evilest Empire

            Or how about an oil painting of Lionel Richie who is looking into a series of infinitely reflecting mirrors?

  • Mike Pop

    Random but man KRS-One is amazing.

    • Evilest Empire

      Hell yeah.

  • Meat Loaf

    I got a 52 inch Sharp Aquos for $539. I can’t wait for baseball season.

    • Hughesus Cristo

      WAIT, WHAT?

      link

  • pat

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=20244

    Haha he talks about regression, swish and cano coming off career years, and to solve it sign damon who’s 36 and coming off a “career year”

    • Zack

      Ha, yeah i love how every’s answer to improving a team they call old and injury prone is to add damon lol.

      Swish will haven an even better 2010 because he’ll actually hit at home. 35+ HRs :)