Fan Confidence Poll: February 22nd, 2010

Yanks sign Chan Ho Park
What does the Chan Ho Park signing mean for the rest of the bullpen?

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Yanks sign Chan Ho Park
What does the Chan Ho Park signing mean for the rest of the bullpen?
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    I was a 10. After this Park signing, though… yup, cancelling (sic) tickets time.

    /BronxTeechur’d

  • Rose

    9 for now. Once I find out who the 5th starter is (doesn’t really matter) I’ll be a 10.

    Just gives me something to look forward to…

  • JSquared

    Chan Ho Park? 10.

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

      If we have our highest fan confidence number of the offseason today, I want it officially dubbed “The Chan Ho Park Effect”.

      • pete

        that was clearly the best name-related post of the day so far

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

          no it wasnt that joke was lame and you know it !!!!

          /SBGL’d

          • JSquared

            Only JOHNNY DAMON is good enough for his own “effect”!!

          • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            That whole showing-restraint-regarding-SBGL thing didn’t last long, huh.

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

              Meh, I’m not made out of stone.

              • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Where’s Rose? This is a prime opportunity for him to post a comment with the wrong quote from Rocky IV.

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

                  I’m still reeling from the fact that he referenced The Rock earlier today.

                  Nicholas Cage makes me queasy.

                • Thomas

                  Nicholas Cage makes me queasy.

                  Yeah, but his haircut sure is awesome.

                • Jack
  • JobaWockeeZ

    The Yankees surprisingly signed veteran righty Chan Ho Park to a one year, $1.2M deal. He’ll work out of the bullpen.
    Just another day in the life of Brain Cashman: the ninja.

  • Accent Shallow

    Confidence level is still the same (8). I hate the Park move, but it’s not enough to really hurt the team — worst case scenario, it’s a waste of money.

    (Of course, if he makes two or more consecutive starts while Joba or Hughes is in the pen, I may light something on fire)

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

      I truly don’t understand how you can “hate” a move that cost $1.2 million and gives the Yanks added bullpen depth. Chump change for a potentially useful piece.

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

      (Of course, if he makes two or more consecutive starts while Joba or Hughes is in the pen, I may light something on fire)

      Aaaaaaaaaaaah, now it makes sense. Now I see why you hate the Park move: you’re speaking from a flawed assumption.

      Chan Ho Park: not a starter
      Number of starts Chan Ho Park will make for the 2010 Yankees: 0
      Number of starts Chan Ho Park will take away from Joba or Phil: 0

      • Accent Shallow

        No, that’s just the icing on my hate-cupcake. He’s an aging, mediocre pitcher who’s had recent success out of the pen. I have little faith in him being much better than Gaudin going forward.

        And I hate the move because he could easily be LaTroy Hawkins 2.0: someone who gets high leverage innings solely due to seniority.

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

          And I hate the move because he could easily be LaTroy Hawkins 2.0: someone who gets high leverage innings solely due to seniority.

          How long did that actually last, though? A couple of months? Even if Park does bomb out, Girardi will pull the plug. He has his formula that works quite effectively. Use the first half to aggressively audition everyone equally, then jettison the losers, promote the winners to high-leverage, and call up reinforcements from the minors to fill the voids.

          I fail to see how even Park’s worst case scenario is any great issue.

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

    I voted a 10 because it was RAB’s third birthday this past week.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Stat padder.

  • Temple of Tao

    Are we getting a draft pick from Detroit for the Damon signing?

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

      Nope. He wasn’t offered arbitration by the Yanks.

      • Temple of Tao

        Thanks, that’s what I thought.

      • Accent Shallow

        I wonder if Damon would have taken arbitration, or if Boras was so focused on getting him a multi-year deal that it’d have been worth a shot?

        Scratch that, paying Damon ~$15M this year would have been awful.

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

          Scratch that, paying Damon ~$15M this year would have been awful.

          Agreed. That’s the anti-Park-signing: the potential risk greatly outweighs the potential reward.

          • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “Agreed. That’s the anti-Park-signing: the potential risk greatly outweighs the potential reward.”

            But what if the chances of that potential risk occurring are, like 10%? I actually think your terminology is a bit off. One potential outcome (Damon accepting arbitration) might have been very unappealing, but I’d argue that the risk of that downside occurring was exceedingly low.

            Yeah, the downside would suck, but if there’s very little chance of that downside occurring, the equation changes.

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

              True. You’ve made your point on this topic a few times, and you’re still correct.

              • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                I kinda thought you might have been baiting me with that comment.

                (Just to clarify my position… If someone wants to argue that there was a good chance of Damon accepting arbitration, that’s fine with me. I disagree with that assertion, but that argument is at least an argument being made with a full understanding of the issues involved in the decision. It’s just the idea that the potential downside outcome being so onerous makes the risk too great to take, without consideration of how likely that potential downside outcome is to occur, that I think totally misses the point.)

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

                  I don’t MondesiBait. I only BoBait.

        • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “Scratch that, paying Damon ~$15M this year would have been awful.”

          That only matters if you think he would have accepted arbitration, and I think a very good argument can be made that he would not have accepted arbitration.

          (Resisting urge to rehash old comments.)

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    I’m voting a 10. This team is stacked.

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

      Stacked like Riddering.

      • Tampa Yankee
      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Just following in the footsteps of my idol: http://tinyurl.com/ygngvbq

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

          As Mo is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

          /O’Hara’d

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

          Chickipedia similar chicks:

          None.

          http://www.mademan.com/chickip.....-40-32-42/

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            I wish I didn’t now know that Chickipedia is a real site. Le sigh.

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

              It’s a superuseful reference. It’s like Fangraphs, but with boobs.

              • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

                Superuseful…as in, does it chart for you the RARA* for Hendricks in Mad Men?

                *Ratings Above Replacement Actor

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

                  Hendricks is a full two wins above replacement.

                  Sometimes, she’s a demi-two wins above replacement.

        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          droool….

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I voted an 8 last week, but then realized that I was really at 9. Solidly at a 9. I like the Park move. I like this team. I’m very happy for RAB’s 3rd birthday. Spring Training has begun. Things are great for us Yankee fans.

    I haven’t sold my house yet, and I’m blaming Cashmoney for that. If the Yankees had kept their low A team in Greensboro 10 years ago, my house would have already sold to some crazy Yankee fan who wanted to see Melvin when he makes his stateside appearance. When I sell my house, we’re at an 11.

    • pete

      that’d be an idiotic fan, since everyone knows you can’t actually “see” Melvin

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        Melvin is like the wind, we know he exists not because we can see him, but that we can feel him moving in our lives.

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

          Melvin is like the wind…

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfg97-5uhFQ (safe… ish)

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            I’m not sure how safe for work that is….luckily I work from home!

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

              The danger is not profanity or nudity… just sappiness and melodrama.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        You can only see his footprints, when he’s carrying you.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Solidly at a 9.

    And how does Mike’s Top 30 Prospects list not make “Top Stories from last week”? It was the highlight of my week!

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Good Point. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the prospects list on my blackberry! Just can’t comment with that pos….

      • A.D.

        Opera browser you should be able to comment, but perhaps not if its a much older model.

        Otherwise this is why we need the RAB app.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I tried the opera browser. It didn’t allow me to post and it caused my blackberry to lock up. I actually thought you and Joe P had suggested it to me as a way to comment, not just lurk. Of course I have a different blackberry now (took my other one swimming at the beach), so maybe it was just the actual unit…

          I do most of my RAB reading on the blackberry, and would love to be able to comment through it. So yes, this is why I need the RAB app!

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Confidence level: 10. Our rotation is phenomenal, our lineup sick, and the bullpen going into the season has me very aroused. Yes, even without Joba or Hughes. Or should that be especially?

  • The Evil Empire

    Our confidence level is high because we have Swisher taking boxing classes, and now, in Park, we have a kung fu master.

    http://www.fightdump.com/fight.....fight.html

    Definitely don’t wanna pick a fight with us.

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t see anything but boobies. Am I disappointed? No not at all. Boobies > fight.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        So the Yankees are going to use A-Rod for all their fights?

      • The Evil Empire

        haha the video is there in between all the boobies. If not, check your flash player.

  • DH

    Seriously the 5 people who voted 1 (no confidence) and anyone who voted below a 5 and even below a 6 is disgraceful. The Yankees are the defending World Series champions. Remember that a few months ago? Remember when the Yankees were hoisting a trophy and spraying champagne? Sure, I will miss Matsui, Damon, Wang, and Melky. They traded Coke, Austin Jacskon, IPK, Arodys Vizcaino and to a lesser extent Coke and Dunn and to an even lesser extent Dunn and Bruney. They lost Hinske, Hairston, and Guzman. But if you don’t have faith in the moves Cashman made and the decision the organization made then you don’t understand the fluidity of a baseball roster and your opinion should be discredited. Trust! Trust the organization knows what they are doing and made these decisions were made with the interest of making the team better. We are World Champs and an organization not afraid of change. That sounds freakin great to me.

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