Feb
24

Open Thread: BP Q&A at the Yogi Berra Museum

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Just passing this along…

Steve Goldman and several others from Baseball Prospectus’ team of nerds analysts are holding a roundtable discussion about the upcoming 2010 season this Sunday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University. Tickets are the regular price of admission ($6) or free if you buy a book. The talk will be held from 3-5pm, so if you’re in the area and want to hear some really smart people talk about baseball, make sure you check it out.

Here’s a little more from the museum’s site.

Now that that’s taken care of, here’s your open thread for the night. The Olympics are the only sports action on the tube, though the Canada-Russia hockey matchup should be a doozy. Loser goes home without a medal, which is kind of the big deal in those countries. Enjoy the thread.

Categories : Open Thread
  • bexarama

    A-Rod practicing a very important skill that I am sure we’ll see him do many times this season:
    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....f/x610.jpg

    • http://161ststreet.wordpress.com/ Chris A

      Exactly my reaction when I saw that picture earlier. I understand everybody practices bunting, but there is absolutely no way that A-Rod would ever be called on to bunt, and even if he was a little practicing in spring training is not going to make him good at it. Oh well…

      • DP

        but there is absolutely no way that A-Rod would ever be called on to bunt,

        “Is that a challenge?”
        -Joe Girardi

        • bexarama

          Haha that’s what I thought! I like Girardi but the guy is far too bunt-happy.

          • http://161ststreet.wordpress.com/ Chris A

            I don’t think Girardi would even be crazy enough to tell A-Rod to bunt, but he’s surprised me before so who knows.

            • bexarama

              Wasn’t Michael Kay going on about how A-Rod should bunt in that game where he hit a walk-off HR against the Twins?

              • DP

                There’s some people (unfortunately including my brother) who believe there is certain situations where you should bunt no matter who the player is. Say, 9th inning down 1, 0 outs, runner on 2nd. Yeah, he’d want A-Rod to bunt.

              • http://161ststreet.wordpress.com/ Chris A

                I can’t say I remember that but there have been countless times when I have tuned Kay out (not that I don’t like him, but he can really get annoying) so it’s possible I just missed it. But I do know he always questions Jeter’s bunt attempts saying Derek shouldn’t be bunting because he’s a good hitter so I’m not sure if Kay is pro-bunting. Oh well, It wouldn’t shock me if he did say A-Rod should bunt.

    • Jeremy

      He’s trying to be more like Jeter, selflessly throwing away his at bats and giving up outs for the good of the team.

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

      That ball went out of the park. 436 feet. Went over the M.

    • Accent Shallow

      Fun fact: Alex hasn’t had a sacrifice since 1999.

      He last had a bunt hit in 2004.

      • bexarama

        I love this fact.

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

        Fun fact: Nick Swisher had an erection once.

        There were no survivors.

        • kunaldo

          Hahaha

          I must say, you have some subtle-y hilarious comments. Well done.

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

            False. I have nothing but lame jokes and movie references, and I do nothing but talk about Mike Cameron all day.

            It’s a fact.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Go Russia!

    • Alex S

      you russian? I am

      • billbybob

        What is this hockey sport you speak of?

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        No, but they have an amazing roster

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

        you russian? I am

        It’s like they say about this type of operation… Chem men’she znaesh’, tem lushche!

        /AustinMilbarge’d

        • Alex S

          the less you know, the better.

          nice one lol

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

            Da, da, da.

    • DP

      In Russia, puck slaps you!

      /obligatory

  • kenthadley

    Seems like a number of Latin American free agents have been picked up lately by other teams (Braves, Nats, etc)…..these kids haven’t been costing what appears to be all that much for what might be first-round talent….how come we aren’t in the mix? are they overhyped? has anyone followed these kids? I believe a SS signed with the Braves yesterday (Salcedo), and a pitcher is rumored out there today…..

    • billbybob

      Did Salcedo actually sign? That guy was all the rage in the summer of ’08.

    • DP

      Contrary to popular belief, the Yankees cannot in fact sign every single player in the world that interests them. Shocking, I know.

      • kenthadley

        if I was looking for that response I’d have posted the question on LOHUD…..

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Really? If you asked that I’d imagine the LoHud response would be “CASHMAN IS TEH SUX0R ONEONE”

          • DP

            Not to mention, LoHud is where you find more questions along the lines of “X, Y, Z just got signed! Why didn’t that idiot Cashman sign X,Y,Z??!?! Fire him!!”

          • Chops

            This Canada-Russia game is crazy, 6-2 in the first 25 minutes of the game

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Yankees are in on Rafael DePaula and Adeiny kcjdjdjcjcjk (I don’t know how to spell his last name).

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

        Hechevarria.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          I guarantee you the rest of the baseball world will go ape shits saying how baseball would be unfair if the Yankees got him. How they always get the best players while conveniently forgetting the existence of Aroldis Chapman, Miguel Sano, Jose Iglesias and others.

          • kenthadley

            absolutely….at the same time, if we are going to only get the 32nd best pick in June, it is certainly worthwhile to try to pick up some talent at this level….just was wondering if we were pulling back a bit, since it appeared that way with the LA signings back in the summer….I know we got Sanchez, but….maybe I’m just greedy, but I’d like to see some more talent at some skill positions below….

    • billbybob

      “Are they overhyped?”

      Is Kevin Youkilis a giant douche bag?

    • Accent Shallow

      These kids are so far away, all you can do is sign a bunch of ‘em, and hope they develop as projected.

      • kenthadley

        agreed…..just hadn’t seen much about these kids associated with NYY, so was just looking to see what other folks had heard…..we could use a ss in the ranks down in A level, and the Salcedo kid seemed a candidate…….of course I am shocked to find out we cant sign everyone……

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Yes but you are wrong about not being in the mix about these players. They are almost always involved with top IFA prospects.

          A good SS prospect right now would be Hechevarria and the Yankees are very interested in him. And if they are really that interested you can bank on him being in the system in the near future.

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

            Right, and people shouldn’t dimiss IFA’s. The top prospect in our farm system was an IFA, as were Manny Banny, Jose Ramirez and a bunch of other guys.

            9 of Mike’s Top 30 were IFAs, including 2 of the top 3. It’s huge for teams like the Yanks who draft low. I usually get more excited about the IFAs than I do about the domestic guys, since they typically have more upside.

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

              And since the IFA guys are so young at signing, you often don’t really know what you’ve for several years.

              Lots of guys, like Jose Ramirez for example, are pretty unheralded when the contract is signed and don’t develop into noteworthy names until far later.

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

                Yeah, and I’m cool with that. No rush.

                If anything, I LIKE the idea that the Yanks will be coaching Gary Sanchez from Day 1, as opposed to some douchebag college coach who will totally fuck up his swing and play him in CF.

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

          agreed…..just hadn’t seen much about these kids associated with NYY, so was just looking to see what other folks had heard…..

          (unwraps burrito, wipes down microwave)

  • bexarama
    • bexarama

      aaand like a week old.

    • bexarama

      Also, unrelated, but did Josh Hamilton really hurt himself today diving for a ball? Please, Nick, don’t… like… lean too heavily on one foot, okay?

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

      You cawll this a pahhty? Awll I see ahhhh dahkies ready to take my fackin’ wawllet!

      Priceless.

  • billbybob

    Did Portland make the right choice 2007 NBA draft? Of course it easy to look back at it now and say they made the wrong pick, but at the time Greg Oden was viewed as the next dominant big man in the league. Just curious as to what other people think.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      KD was a better college player too. People fall in love with that 7′ next to the name. Oden’s 40 years old and has never been able to stay on the court. Bad pick then and now.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

        Not sure I agree with this. For most of NBA history, you needed a dominant big man to be a champion. Jordan’s Bulls were really the only team to go against that until the last few seasons. Oden projected as a dominant defensive force with good offense and potential to get better offensively. Durant seemed like another wing player- a great one, but not a guy who was going to carry you to a title like Jordan could.

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

          Counterargument:

          7 footers are like starting pitchers: There’s a terrible injury attrition rate.

          The fact that Greg Oden looked like he was 40 and walked like he was 40 and acted like he was 40 should have been a massive, massive, massive red flag.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

            This was not the feeling at the time. Most analysts agreed with the pick. While some disagreed, I dont think anyone was talking about massive red flags.

            • rbizzler

              Except for the fact that one of Greg Oden’s legs is longer than the other. For a seven-footer who is going to experience a lot of wear and tear on the hardwood. I would call that a red flag.

              http://tinyurl.com/ydx573g

      • Big Juan

        I’m not sure it’s fair to say it was a bad pick then. The injuries that kept him off the court before turning pro were more of the freak type than the chronic type and he was pretty dominant when on the floor.

        Also, it’s not like the Blazers were the only team that would have picked Oden first. As far as I know, the Celtics were one of the only teams prepared to take Durant at #1.

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

          But injuries aside (which is a MASSIVE aside), Oden wasn’t dominant at Ohio State. Durant was dominant at Texas.

          All the warning signs were there. It was a bad pick.

          I loved Oden as a top overall pick… until I saw him play. Then I hated him.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

            “All the warning signs were there. It was a bad pick.”

            No, I have to take issue with that. There were concerns, but the warning signs were certainly not clear. I saw him play at Ohio State, and I fully understood the pick. He was quite clearly dominant defensively, was a very good rebounder, and had plenty of potential offensively. Just because he didn’t run like a gazelle does not mean it was a warning sign. That simply was not a facet of his game.

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

              Adrian Wojnarowski, September 13, 2007

              Just this week on the telephone, there was an Eastern Conference executive studying Greg Oden’s pre-draft physical in his office. Even now, this report still didn’t look like the body of a 19-year old prospect, but that of an older, worn veteran.

              “From our (trainers and doctors), there were red flags everywhere,” he said.

              The executive started listing the troubled spots – the bulging disc in the back, wrists, the ankles, the hands, a right leg that was an inch longer than the left, and yes, the knees. He wasn’t alone. Several pulled files this week with news of impending knee surgery, and kept wondering if maybe the breakdown of his body was just a matter of time.

              Despite it all, this executive believed the Blazers had done the right thing drafting the 7-footer over Kevin Durant. Then again, he never had a practical need for his medical staff to pour over Oden like Portland did. No one else but Seattle did.

              “It wouldn’t have stopped us from drafting him but it would’ve probably made us pause about making a deal to move up and get him,” the Eastern Conference executive said.

              An unscientific poll of executives, talking prior to Yahoo! Sports’ revelation on Thursday that the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft isn’t playing basketball this season for the Blazers, agreed with him. As it turned out, the right knee that had a red dot on the Orlando draft camp physicals turned into microfracture surgery for Oden.

              Suddenly, he’s no longer the promise of the next Bill Russell.

              Suddenly, he’s the fear of Sam Bowie.

              Until there’s proof that his body isn’t breaking down, there’s a natural and legitimate worry that the Blazers could’ve passed on a Jordan-esque talent – Kevin Durant – to take a center who will turn out to be more defective than dominant.

              Who wants to believe this will be the case? Who would want it to happen? The NBA needs Oden to be a superstar. He’s too talented of a player, too wonderful and grounded of a person, to consider the possibility that he could be a washout.

              Several NBA executives conceded that the revelation that an MRI showed a need for exploratory surgery on Thursday didn’t completely surprise them. Some medical staffs who studied Oden’s pre-draft physicals expressed differing levels of concern, on different parts of his body.

              “Our trainers did say they thought he had somewhat of an issue (with the right knee), but they weren’t sure to what extent,” one Western Conference executive said. “I guess we’re starting to see now that it’s more serious than some people thought.”

              As one high-ranking basketball official with access to several trainers at the Orlando pre-draft camps remembered being told, “There were some things about (Oden’s knee) that were interesting and that if they had a chance (to draft) him, they would have to look a lot closer.”

              All in all, one Eastern Conference personnel man said, “It was not a good physical.”

              http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/ne.....;type=lgns

              • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

                C’mon. This is classic MMQ. Most of these GM’s and evaluators still would have picked Oden. You can go look back at a physical with a few question marks and make it sound like there were red flags everywhere. The fact that they would have drafted him, despite those question marks, tells me that it wasnt a bad pick.

          • Big Juan

            I’m sure a lot of the arguments I’m making for Oden over Durant are the same as the arguments for Bowie over Jordan.

            I can’t say it was an awful pick, because I remember seeing Oden take over games at OSU, especially on defense, and he looked capable of being a franchise center.

            That being said, Durant was the more dominant player and evidently the lesser risk, so I’m perfectly understanding of someone who says the pick was a mistake.

  • TheLastClown

    Hey there everybody…been a while for this ol’ clown. Just not enough hours in the day to keep up with RAB as much as I’d like. I still read of course, but perusing & adding to the comments has escaped me…but I digest…

    So I had a fun baseball related experience last night I’d like to share with y’all. I was out at the office *casino* yesterday, playing some Hold ‘Em, when some college ballplayer kid came to sit at my table. We played for about two hours, talking baseball, before his brother came to sit & play as well. The brother’s name is David Bromberg, who apparently is a SP in the Twins’ organization. He had 9+K/9 in High A, and will be staring this year in AA.

    I took $100 from him originally, but he ended up getting really f’n lucky & taking it back, almost by accident. (I’m still steamin’ about it slightly)

    Poker aside, it was a lot of fun to shoot the proverbial poop w/ this 22 year old guy who plays baseball for a living. It certainly seems a grind, playing in the minors, but he seemed to have a good head on his shoulders.

    Question for those who may know: He said he pitched 8 1/3 during Sept. callups, but his B-Ref page doesn’t have any ML service time. He also said something like “They don’t keep your stats unless you have 20IP”

    Is this true? Shouldn’t I be able to find those 8 1/3 somewhere?

    P.S. To the RABbis…I wholeheartedly approve of all the changes to the site…thanks guys & carry on.

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

      Question for those who may know: He said he pitched 8 1/3 during Sept. callups, but his B-Ref page doesn’t have any ML service time. He also said something like “They don’t keep your stats unless you have 20IP”

      Is this true? Shouldn’t I be able to find those 8 1/3 somewhere?

      Fangraphs and BaseballCube agree with B-R: He never pitched in the majors. And no, the 20-IP line is bull, there’s plenty of guys with less than 20 IP who have stats kept, like Andy Cook for example.

      http://www.baseball-reference......an01.shtml

      He’s lying to you.

      • TheLastClown

        Yeah, that’s what I thought, he wanted to puff up his chest, you know?

        It’s all good though, ego, testosterone, insecurity etc.

  • Hangoverologist

    I had a discussion regarding the Yanks’ offseason with a friend from school. While we were talking he said he hated the Melky-for-Vazquez deal because Melky was his favorite player. He also said he preferred Melky in center over Granderson because of his arm.

    After this, I’m glad I didn’t ask him about Joba.

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

      He also said he preferred Melky in center over Granderson because of his arm.

      My response would have been:

      Melky has a great arm. Curtis, however, has two great arms. At the end of those arms are two hands that hold a bat.

      That bat >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Melky’s bat

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

        . . . and a great arm is least useful in CF of all the OF positions.

        Oooooohh! So the cut off man only has to go out 3 steps instead of 5? HOW VALUABLE!

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

          I personally saw Melky win several games with clutch walkoffs for the Yankees last year. I never saw Curtis Granderson win any games with clutch walkoffs for the Yankees last year.

          Therefore, we will lose numerous games this year because Curtis Granderson is incapable of winning them with clutch walkoffs the way Melky did.

          Q.E.D.

          • bexarama

            21 of Granderson’s 30 HRs were solo HRs. WE’RE DOOMED.

            /stat dropping out of context’d

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

              Curtis Granderson: hot dogging rally killer.

    • bexarama

      I was reading some comments on another site today about the Javy trade that made me curl up and sob. So many people just are not rational about this trade/Javy.

      And Melky… look, I liked Melky. He was funny. I will miss his silly little dances in the dugout. But he’s a freaking league average player! The hype over his arm is ridiculous; I never heard people talking about his arm, ever, until he got traded, and then all of a sudden he’s Roberto Clemente.

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

        Meh, he was homegrown, and therefore some fans get very attached. Fans always overrate their own prospects, and then overrate them as MLB players since they’re already drinking the Kool-Aid.

      • thurdonpaul

        I heard people talk often that Melky has a very good arm.

        • bexarama

          Really? I don’t doubt you, and I’m sure I read someone somewhere say Melky had a good arm, but I never heard anyone go on about it the way I’ve heard about how his arm was awesome since he got traded.

          • thurdonpaul

            I remember hearing in many games when a ball was hit to him that the base runner wouldnt run on him, or they would not chance coming home or to 2nd because of his arm. Im not saying a great arm is the best tool there is for an outfielder, but i think its more valuable then most people on here do.

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

              http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/of-arms/

              As you can see, the spread in value of a strong arm versus a weak arm is significantly smaller than it is with range. The very best arm is +45 runs compared to the very worst arm over a three year period. In range, the spread is almost 100 runs from best (Carl Crawford) to worst (Brad Hawpe). So, while arm strength is nice, it is simply not as important as range.

              That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any impact, though. Over the last three years, Soriano is averaging +8.5 runs per season with his arm. That’s almost a win per year in value. Likewise, Francouer, Markakis, Ichiro, and Cuddyer get significant value from their ability to gun down runners and hold runners from advancing.

              Do arms matter? Yes.

              A lot? No.

              • thurdonpaul

                Thank You, that was very nice of You to help me make my point :)

                Good arms definitely have value, not the most important tool for an outfielder, but very nice to have.

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

    Granderson preparing for Roll Call

    Curtis Granderson needs to chase some fly balls in the outfield and he needs to take some swings during batting practice, but moving from Detroit to New York requires one other bit of preseason preparation: He has to decide how to address the Bleacher Creatures during Roll Call.

    “I’ve got to prepare for that,” Granderson said. “I’ve got to talk to these guys to understand the full logic and understanding and concept of it all to make sure I don’t mess it up.”

    This is still a get-to-know-you period for Granderson — “It’s kind of like the first day of school all over again,” he said. “There are a bunch of names that, if you quiz me right now, I might forget them.” — but he’s come to camp with a well-documented reputation as a good guy, easy talk to and willing to work.

    “Very pleasant, very hard worker,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve heard all about his community efforts and all of the things that he does. He just seems like a real quality person.”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....roll-call/

    At this point, I’m waiting for someone to call me up at 3AM, screaming that Curtis GRanderson has been caught with 50 dead hookers and a kilo of crack cocaine in his basement.

    Nobody’s THIS nice.

    • Hangoverologist

      “Very pleasant, very hard worker,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ve heard all about his community efforts and all of the things that he does. He just seems like a real quality person.”

      So we can expect a mindset not on the team, but on the children and the poor?

      /Leyland’d

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

      Shabooyah, sha, sha, shabooyah, ROLL CALL!

      My name is Curtis! CURTIS!
      I’m from Chi-Town! TOWN!
      I may be pretty… PRETTY!
      BUT I GET DOWN! ROLL CALL!

      Shabooyah, sha, sha, shabooyah, ROLL CALL!

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      It’s ridiculous. But until the 50 dead hookers/cocaine thing becomes reality, I’m totally comfortable with giving Granderson the Best Guy Ever tag.

      • bexarama

        He’s a Yankee, he can’t be a good guy.

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

        I envy you, Ana. You’re ready to love, and I have a heart of stone.

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          One of these years I’ll get there on the heart-of-stone front. I figure that, until I at least hit 20, childlike innocence and willingness to love any decent Yankee is perfectly acceptable.

    • bexarama

      Plus he wears high socks.

      • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

        That too. I’ve always been a fan of that trend.

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

    I need some ideas for a morning post tomorrow. I’ve been bone dry lately. I can’t wait for the season to start, just to have something, anything that hasn’t been talked to death already.

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

      Why not do a Rays, Jays, or Orioles centric post? Stay in the AL East where your readership base resides, but tread off the well-beaten Yankees/Red Sox path?

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

        Not bad, but to do that well will take hours of research, and I just don’t have that time. I need something I can do in 1-2 hours tops.

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

          Maybe take off from Neyer’s post and compare 2010 AL East centerfielders.

          Granderson v. Cameron v. Upton v. Jones (breakout?) v. the decrepit degenerative mass that used to be Vernon Wells.

          • DP

            Or the second basemen? Cano v. Pedroia v. Hill v. Roberts v. Zobrist.

    • Hangoverologist

      The effects of having A-Rod in the lineup for the whole year and its effect on Tex?

      It’s been touched upon in some articles, I think, but it hasn’t been elaborated upon.

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

        Not bad, maybe a before/after with some quick analysis.

        But Tex was slumping so badly for the first 6 weeks, that everyone will scream SSS and dismiss it. If I want to do lineup projections, that’s something Matty has already covered, and he did a better job than I would.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Improved and underrated Yankee defense? I was writing about that today.

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

        Want to do a guest post? :wink:

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

      Go into greater detail on the HgH story? Linkfest it up with the various articles pointing out how it doesn’t actually enhance performance?

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

        That post (unfortunately) got zero responses this morning. I know everyone’s sick of talking about steroids, but I didn’t think they were that tired of it.

        Steroids, Stadium issues, anything before 1998, nobody cares. Maybe you and me could talk about that stuff all day, but most of the readers just don’t care.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

          I cared. I was simply too busy this morning to comment. I think the privacy issues in unilaterally implementing a test are a problem. I dont have a problem with the idea of testing.

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

            I’m sure you’ve seen the THT/Craig Calcaterra posts where he delved into the legal issues involved in testing. I enjoyed reading them, but that’s an area you would cover.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

              Did he? I seem to remember him covering the legal issues regarding the list, but not testing in general. Could you find those for me?

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

                No, you’re right. His posts were about legal/Union issues surrounding the publicizing of the 2003 Steroid test list.

      • Jose

        I don’t understand this idea that it doesn’t enhance performance. There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the subject.

        Somatropin can cause muscle hyperplasia. Do you have any medical source that claims this doesn’t improve performance? Much of what is out there is wrong. Examples being “fountain of youth” or “injury cure-all”. Somewhere in the PED shuffle people forgot about the actual results of rhGH. People seem to think it greatly changes performance while others think it does nothing. I believe that the truth is somewhere in between.

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

          If you want, I’ll dig up the IOC report. But I read that thing a few times and walked away unimpressed. Most of the reputed effects were found to be inconclusive. The Olympics are at the cutting edge of PEDs, so I have to trust their findings.

          • Jose

            An easily understandable article even for non-medical folks: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm.....p00100.pdf

            Lots of facts are still up in the air. One thing that is proven though is the long term effects of use are not good.

    • ColoYank

      How about -even with the trade of Melky, the Yanks have the best and most powerful collection of switch hitters in memory?

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

        Actually, on the radio today they were kicking around the idea of the Yanks having the best offensive infield in the history of Baseball, and that was something I just started working on. That will take some research, but I’ll have that one up in a few days.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Arguably 4 MVP candidates. Shit, if Canobie would’ve hit with risp last year he’d have gotten plenty of votes.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

          Check your email.

        • ColoYank

          Make sure you look into the Dodgers of the ’70s, with Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey, and didn’t the Yanks have some good hitters on the infield when McDougald played?

          /wastin’ your time, I’m sure

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

            No, that’s not bad and I will take a look at it. Garvey, Lopes and Cey were real good, Russell was a light-hitting SS. 2010 Yanks will win, but its def worth a look.

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

              The consensus runner up (even better than the 70′s Dodgers or Reds:

              http://www.baseball-reference......934+tigers

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

                Nah, take a look at the 1938 Yanks.

                http://www.baseball-reference......38+Yankees

                Very close. Alex is the difference, but 3 of the 5 go to the 38 club. Gehrig, Dickey and Gordon>>>Tex, Posada and Cano.

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

                  Alex isn’t the difference.

                  Frankie Crossetti’s .263/.382/.371 89+, THAT’S the difference.

                  Alex is just the icing on the icing™.

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

          Damn… see below.

        • bexarama

          It’s definitely up there. I still take The Big Red Machine, though, but the Yankees’ infield is just… gross. In the best possible way.

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

            1975-76 Reds v. 2009 Yankees:

            C: Bench v. Posada – Reds by a lot
            1B: Perez v. Tex – Yankees by a considerable amount
            2B: Morgan v. Cano – Reds by a ton
            SS: Concepcion v. Jeter – Yankees by SO FREAKING MUCH, it totally wipes out the large Morgan and Bench advantages.
            3B: Rose v. CentWAR Centaur™ – OH SHIT IT’S THE ICING ON THE ICING

            Verdict: Yankees. Easily.

            • bexarama

              Looking at the wRC+ totals from below, you’re… right.

              Damn.

            • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

              CentWAR Centaur. I like.
              Also, yeah, our infield is f^&%ing amazing.

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

            No, A-Rod puts the 2010 Yanks over the top. How could he not? He’s one of the top 5 players who ever lived, and probably the best 3B ever.

            http://www.baseball-reference......1980.shtml

            You’d have to go to Mike Schmidt with the 1980 Phils, and Pete Rose was playing 1B, Manny TRillo at 2B and Larry Bowa was at SS. Not even close anywhere but 3B.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

    So…… Lebron or Kobe, and support your argument.

    I’m taking Lebron, because he makes his teammates better, averages more points, rebounds, and assists (6th in NBA in assists, more than a full assist per game on the season more than any other forward in history), has played with nobody for most of his career, and has turned himself into a great defensive player.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Lebron because he’s 10 years younger.

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

      Golf analogy:

      Kobe’s the clubhouse leader at 10 under par. Lebron’s just finishing up the front nine, though, and he’s already 8 strokes under with a bunch of potential low-scoring holes still ahead of him.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I like that analogy.

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

          I give because I love.

          • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            So are you working on a guest post yet for the new blog in town, see as how you give because you love?

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

              Yeah, sure, one of these days.

              Say, you boys want my long-languishing Terriost Threat Advisory Level sidebar graphics? The RABbis aren’t gonna use ‘em, apparently.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Kobe, not close.

      Without getting into a whole big thing here… Lebron is still a kid. He’s still learning the NBA game. Kobe is a vet and has a doctorate in whooping ass. If I need to win a game, I want Kobe Bean. If I want to start a franchise, I want Kobe in his prime, merely because I don’t think we’ve even seen LBJ in his prime yet.

      Then again, this is coming from an irrational D Wade fan.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

        I’d take Lebron right now over Kobe in his prime. Kobe’s never been as complete as Lebron, and the whole clutch thing by Kobe has been shown to be overstated statistically. I’m pretty sure Lebron has been better than Kobe in the clutch for 3 years now.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          I get that. Imo, Lebron does have a tendency to rely on the J too much in close games. Because of that, I’d much rather have Kobe with the ball late in games. That’s one of the main reasons I make cases for Dwyane Wade over Lebron. Now, I know I’m in the huge majority there.

          • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

            heh, *minority

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

        If I want to start a franchise, I want Kobe in his prime, merely because I don’t think we’ve even seen LBJ in his prime yet.

        That doesn’t make sense.

        http://www.virginmedia.com/ima.....horman.jpg (safe)

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Not sure if you’re being sarcastic. I’m saying I want young Kobe over young Lebron. Young Lebron’s book isn’t finished and I understand that.
          It’s tough for me to pick (excuse the inappropriate parallel) E-Longoria over Alex Rodriguez. Like Alex, Kobe has been arguably one of the best players in the league for the last 10 years. LBJ has a long way before I can put him in that category.

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

            Like Alex, Kobe has been arguably one of the best players in the league for the last 10 years. LBJ has a long way before I can put him in that category.

            But again, that doesn’t make sense. The past ten years have been Kobe’s 5th through 14th seasons in the league. This is currently LeBron’s 7th season. That comparison doesn’t line up.

            You’re judging Kobe’s peak v. LeBron’s pre-peak. You shouldn’t be looking at the 2000s for Kobe and comparing them to LeBron, you should be looking at the 1990s and comparing them to LeBron.

            • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

              Not necessarily. The question was; Lebron or Kobe, and support your argument.

              As I said, it’s tough to pick the young guy who’s book has yet to be written when comparing him to the Kobe’s of the world. Similar to.. Dwight or Shaq? I mean, I may be making the safe pick but I don’t think it’s nonsensical.

              You’re supporting argument may be different than mine but it doesn’t mean either are wrong. You may be analyzing their first 6+ seasons comparably, I’m looking at Kobe’s total body of work knowing what it already is. It may be unfair, but at that rate you can argue Lebron’s first 6+ are better than MJ’s first 6, that doesn’t mean everyone would pick Lebron over MJ.

              • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                Eh.. *Your.. I hate when I do that.

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

                It may be unfair,

                It is.

                • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

                  That doesn’t make my choice and argument nonsensical. The question was not proposed in a vacuum. If the question was; At this point in their careers, 6+ years in, who do you choose?

                  That would be a different story.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    I can not get enough of these stories:

    “The Jesus Montero show continues. Today he hit one over the batter’s eye in center field. Based on where the balls landed, I don’t think he made an out during his first eight swings in the cage: Double to the right-center gap, single up the middle, double to the left-field corner, double down the left-field line, single to left-center, double off the wall in left-center, single to right, foul line drive to left.”

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....wednesday/

    • rbizzler

      You shouldn’t get your hopes up though because what that post didn’t say is that all eight of those hits would have been outs if The Jesus was playing against Boston’s uber go-go-gadget defense.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        IETC.

      • bexarama

        Mike Cameron will stand on the Monster seats and catch every ball that’s gonna be a home run. Take THAT Montero!

        • rbizzler

          True.

          Plus he and Ellsbury will be holding hands while he catches those HR’s b/c they have so much range that their zones will overlap. Ellsbury, being a team guy, will defer to the CF, otherwise known as the captain of the OF (with all due respect to Captain Tek aka Captain of the bench).

          • bexarama

            Plus he and Ellsbury will be holding hands

            THAT’S FAHKIN’ QUEEAH!!!

            • rbizzler

              wicked queeah, kid.

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

    Something mildly interesting (and maybe there’s a post in here somewhere for you, Nostra):

    Starting today, I decided to (for poops and giggles) turn on Francesa once a month at random to see how long it takes to hear something horrendously stupid. Today it took just under two minutes. Shockingly, it wasn’t Diet Coke Boy who was being the village idiot, it was one of his callers (which isn’t all that shocking, I suppose). Francesa not only had a smart initial position, he actually disagreed with a caller to say something smart, utterly unprompted. I was discombobulated.

    The topic: Francesa claimed (rightly) that the 2009 Yankees had the best 5-man infield in baseball history (not individual seasons, mind you, but career true talent levels). Tex at first, Cano at second, Jeter (still producing at career highs) at short, CentWAR Centaur™ at third, Posada (still chugging along at league-elite level) at catcher. No other fivesome was that awesome; all other infields had at least one drastically inferior link and/or couldn’t match their collective awesomeness.

    He invited callers to dial in with any fivesome they think could equal or exceed the 2009 Yankees infield. A caller called in and claimed the following:

    The 1952 Yankees. Allow me to paraphrase his comment:

    Yogi Berra and Jorge Posada is a tie. Johnny Mize at first is better than Tex at first, because Mize is a Hall of Famer and Tex isn’t. Billy Martin isn’t as good as Robinson Cano, but he makes up for it with intangibles. Phil Rizzuto and Derek Jeter are the two best shortstops ever, so that’s a wash. Gil McDougal was the former AL Rookie of the Year and a 1952 All Star, just like ARod, so that’s pretty much a wash too.

    Francesa called him an idiot. Bravo. My favorite, though:

    The next caller suggested the 1999 Mets. He conceded that Jeter >>>>> Rey Ordonez, but then claimed that the other four were pretty close in that Piazza beats Jorge, but that Robin Ventura in his prime was “pretty close” to ARod, that Edgardo Alfonso was “better” than Robinson Cano, and that John Olerud was “just as good” as Tex.

    Mike pressed him on Olerud v. Teixeira. His reply: Olerud was a batting champion who hit like .360 or .370. Francesa’s response:

    “Batting average is an overrated stat”.

    Me: shocked. There is hope for humanity yet.

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

      Dirty little secret. Mike came up as a stat guy (research dept) at CBS.

    • bexarama

      You know, normally I’d say the 1975 and 1976 Reds were the best infield of all time, but I was looking at just OPS+ and it’s significantly closer than I thought. The Yankees didn’t have anything like Concepcion and his 88 OPS+ in 1975.

      When you factor in defense and base running (I should look at wRC+), I think I’d still take the Reds, but it’s close. Closer than I thought.

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

        No, it’s not closer than you think. It’s further than you think.

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

          Actually, I take that back: You’re right. I forgot how astro-friggin-nomical Joe Morgan’s 1975 and 1976 seasons are.

          1975 Reds, wRC+
          Bench: 147
          Perez: 130
          Morgan: 193
          Concepcion: 102
          Rose: 142
          TOTAL: 714

          1975 Reds, wRC+
          Bench: 121
          Perez: 123
          Morgan: 202
          Concepcion: 112
          Rose: 150
          TOTAL: 708

          2009 Yankees, wRC+
          Posada: 133
          Teixeira: 149
          Cano: 128
          Jeter: 142
          ARod: 151
          TOTAL: 703

          My only asterisk: ARod’s 151 is artificially depressed by injury. If he had a healthy April and may, the Yankees probably win by a good clip.

          • bexarama

            Joe Morgan was a ridiculous baseball player. Guy may be an idiot, but he ruled.

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              I like his analysis about the game itself like with swinging and stuff. Shown here about “quicker not harder” http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....id=6020765

              But yeah he’s still annoying.

              • bexarama

                I must say he’s better than Miller because Miller’s voice makes me want to pop my earlobes. Poor SF Giants fans.

          • Kevin G.

            If only Morgan was as good of a broadcaster as he was a player.

          • rbizzler

            Tommie,

            While folks were on the topic of Mr. Morgan, I thought you would appreciate this comment from Joe’s ‘chat’ at tWWL today.

            “Dave (Boston)

            Joe, you were in the majors when Tommie Smith and John Carlos made their statement in the 1968 Olympics. As an athlete, what did that gesture mean to you?
            Joe Morgan
            (12:11 PM)

            That’s a great question! What it meant to me is that athletes understood that just because they were athletes that they weren’t speared those indignities that other African Americans went through. The reaction by the Olympic Committee showed me that there was prejudice there as well. They kicked them out of the Olympic Village stating that the Olympics were no place for those kinds of political actions. In my opinion, the Olympics have always been a platform for political actions going back to Jesse Owens. Tommie and John have always been and will always be my idols because they stood up for what they believed in.”

            • bexarama

              “Five reasons you can’t blame… Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their Black Power salute” is on ESPN Classic right now.

      • bexarama

        wRC+

        Bench/Posada: 147 in 75, 121 in 76, 133
        Perez/Teixeira: 130 in 75, 123 in 76, 149 *
        Morgan/Cano: 193 in 75, 202 in 76 (!!!), 128
        Concepcion/Jeter: 102 in 75, 112 in 76, 142
        Rose/Rodriguez: 142 in 75, 150 in 76, 151

        Wow, it really is close.

        * Holy crap I was not aware that Teixeira wiped out Perez by this much.

        • bexarama

          and by close I mean the Yankees are pretty much better. Wow. I expected Rose to do much, much better than A-Rod in wRC+ with the way it factors in speed, SBs, etc. added to the fact that Pete wasn’t a bad player/hitter in his own right. That’s just crazy. I didn’t realize how much Teixeira annihilated Perez, either.

          • bexarama

            aaand thank you TSJC for adding them up. I think anyone would take all three. 1951 Dodgers are also pretty crazy.

            C Campy 163
            1B Hodges 142
            2B Robinson 164
            SS Reese 110
            3B Cox 102
            Total: 681
            So a little below the Reds and Yankees, and very top-heavy, but still awesome.

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

              aaand thank you TSJC for adding them up.

              Anything for you, bexy.

              (dims lights, turns up Maxwell CD volume)

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Is it possible that Tony Perez is the most overrated HOF position player (non-Rice division)? I’m not gonna count guys like Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith, who are obviously in the HOF for their defensive prowess.

            • bexarama

              I would guess he’s up there. Didn’t the BBWAA have a pretty big thing for guys that were important parts of dynasties, though?

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

              http://www.grassroots.com/imag.....858459.jpg (safe)

              Probably in neither for his offense or his defense, but for his rings/leadership/intangibles.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Oh, true. I forgot about him for a second.

                Throw Puckett on that list, too. And Dawson? Or is Dawson also in the Rice division?

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

                  As much as Rice, Dawson, Puckett, and Perez are very poor choices, Rizzuto is probably still worse than all of them.

                • bexarama

                  Absolutely, Rizzuto was a Vet Committee choice though, wasn’t he? Same with Mazeroski (who I really need to stop confusing with Yaztremski because they were, uh, very different players).

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Apparently, Maz was kick ass on defense. But, if he doesn’t hit that homer in 1960, he’s not in the HOF.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      You got lucky going to Francesa. I turned on ESPN’s SportsNation and heard the host say Alex is unlikely to repeat as an MVP because he hit 286 this year and the last time he won he hit 314 with 54 HR’s.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      “Batting average is an overrated stat”.

      Wow.

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

        I know. I mean, if Fatcesa can grasp that basic truth, exhibiting a scoche of higher brain functioning maybe the world won’t end in a firey flameball of nuclear death after all.

        • ROBTEN

          Batting average is an overrated stat because it can never fully capture the walking intangible that is Frankie Cervelli.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    How come UZR and UZR/150 can be very different at times? I’m looking up the team pages for defense in 2009 and I have no idea why these two are really different. Which one is better for a team evaluation?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      If you don’t have 150 games under your belt the UZR/150 and UZR will be completely different. Like Grit, he had a 150 of 15 last year with an actual UZR of 7.2. So, if you;re looking at teams as a whole, imagine all the players that play nowhere near 150 games. The stats shouldn’t really match.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      UZR is raw, UZR/150 is scaled to 150 games–think of it like the 162 game averages thing on BR pages.

  • rbizzler

    Also from LoHud, looks like Axisa’s sleeper is going to get a good look.

    Color me intrigued.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....t/#respond

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

    RIP, Mosi.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=4940988

    Fun Fact: In one of the Simpsons Halloween episodes, when they parodied King Kong, the wildly gyrating natives scream “Mosi Tatupu! Mosi Tatupu!” as quasi-gibberish when the boat arrives on Ape Island.

    Another great line:

    Lenny: Where are we going?
    Carl: Ape Island.
    Lenny: Yeesh.
    Carl: Wish we were going to Candy Apple Island instead.
    Lenny: What’s there?
    Carl: Apes. But they ain’t so big.

    • Accent Shallow

      Lenny: There’s nothing on that helicopter for me!
      Carl: Don’t be so sure!
      Lenny: :gasps: Carl Carlson!

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      It’s a shame, just too damn young.

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

    I was thinking about this today, if the Yankees would have been able to take Rick Porcello instead of Andrew Brackman, where would Porcello be right now in the Yankees organization? Starting AAA? Battling for the #5?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I think they would’ve taken it more slowly w/him than the Tigers did. He’d probably do the AAA thing this year and be the #5 next year.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Oh shit I didn’t realize he only made 26 MiLB starts. That’s nuts. Then again, it’s more than Jober.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Thought about that the other day. It’s tough to think he’d be a fringe 5th starter. I’d say either trade bait or our number 3/4.

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

        I don’t think there is anyway he would be the #3 or #4 right now. No way the Yankees push him that hard and fast.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Yeah like I replied to Matt, I didn’t realize just how quickly they rushed him. Still though, I based that 3/4 on the fact that we have JOba/Phil and we probably wouldn’t have traded for Javy (Based on his numbers last year).

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

      Another thing, what makes Porcello such a good pitcher? Is it his control? He’s not a big strike-out guy so far. Does he project to strike out more guys at a higher rate as he gets older?

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew
        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Hahaha. That picture is the only reason I ask these questions, otherwise I wouldn’t give two shits about him.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Youk is a dick. It’s funny how bad Porcello woned him. There wasn’t any intent at all but every time Youk gets hit or nearly gets hit he throws a fit like everyone wants him dead.

          It’s annoying. A-Rod getting hit like 3 times in the playoffs by the extremely annoying Angels IIRC he only said to the ump it’s the third time he got hit.

          Teix got pissed when the dirtbag Padilla hit him but that’s it. No charging the mound.

          Youk has no class.

          /rant’d

          • bexarama

            That Padilla game was the only Yankee game I’ve ever gotten field-level seats, so I actually got to hear Teixeira scream, “F-cking bullsh-t. Throw the f-cking ball over the plate.” AMAAAAZING

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              Teix is full of win.

        • bexarama

          Porcello <3333

        • Tom Zig
      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I talked to a Detroit scout at a UConn game in late April and the scout thinks Porcello can develop into a Josh Beckett type pitcher. I think he was just blowing smoke up my ass, but he seemed confident in what he was saying.

      • DP

        Based on what I’ve read the Tigers basically have cut his arsenal to 2-seamers/slider/sinker to try and get everybody to ground out. I think he has a change that projects pretty well, and a decent curve, so as time passes he should definitely strike more guys out. I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to Webb.

        Source: The internet.

    • Reggie C.

      First impression … Porcello would be #4 on this staff as Hughes and Joba would still be battling for the 5th spot. Porcello got the goods. I know ’cause that MF told me.

  • AJ

    Is it just me or did the Indians get an absolute STEAL in Russell Branyan at 2M?

  • AJ

    Also, for the fantasy baseball fans. How much faith do you have in Grady Sizemore for 2010? No mean to drone on about the Indians, but this is about all the coverage they’ll get this year.

    • DP

      A ton. He had an elbow injury and a sports hernia all year which would seemingly devastate your power and speed and still went for 18/13 in roughly 2/3 of the appearances he’d normally make. Extrapolate that to 27/20 over a full season as the floor for him (going into his age-27 season) and me like.

      • DP

        Not to mention the 110/100 extrapolation in R/RBI (again, this being as bad as he can probably play), the IsoP hovering around .200 as usual, and IsoD hovering around .100 as usual….again, me like!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’d say he’s pretty likely to bounce back.

  • bexarama

    The Mets signed Barajas? How did I miss this?

    Also, how many damn catchers do they have? Thole, Barajas, Coste, Blanco, Santos… is that it?

    And with Reyes supposedly batting third, what’s that lineup like?
    Cora??/GMJ?
    Castillo
    Reyes
    Wright
    Bay
    Murphy?
    Francoeur?
    catcher
    pitcher

    • Hangoverologist

      Why would they have Reyes batting third? Move Bay up to the 3 hole and Reyes should lead off. When Beltran comes back, either he goes to cleanup or takes three from Bay and Bay goes to the five hole.

      What’s in the water over in Queens that’s making the Mets FO sound so stupid?

      • DP

        What’s in the water over in Queens that’s making the Mets FO sound so stupid?

        I think it’s better if this question goes unanswered..

        • AJ

          Must be the old motor oil from the chop shops near the stadium.