Open Thread: Gere’d up

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With Richard Gere in full uniform as the honorary manager today, the Yankees took care of business and punished a few Double-A pitchers the Tigers sacrificed to the baseball gods. The Yanks had drawn eight walks by the time the rain really picked up and I stopped watching in the fourth. Nick Johnson drew two of those walks in a six run first inning, and Robbie Cano did a great job out of the fifth spot with a knock and a few steaks. Here’s the box score.

Anyway, here’s your open thread for the night. Most of the RAB Fantasy Baseball Leagues are drafting this evening, so feel free to mention your picks in the comments if you’re drafting tonight. I’ll have all my picks on Twitter, so you can follow my madness there. Otherwise you got the Devils and the end of Baylor-Duke to keep you occupied. Enjoy.

Photo Credit: Mike Carlson, AP

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

    Caption that photo

    Johnny Damon-“Rich, I tried that thing with the mouse you told me about. Do you think it would work with a ferret?”

    • Rob NY

      Damon: “Hey guys I know I’m not a Yankee or anything but can’t you get me one of those sweet uniforms like Richard Gere has? Rich can you give me yours?”

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

        Johnny Damon-”Rich, I’ve got this great idea for a movie. It’s a about a little boy with a stuttering problem who grows up to be a MLB player and marries a stripper.”

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

    Apparently according to Cashmoney the future of Joba hasn’t been decided yet when discussing the opnions of Eppler.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy

    As a gut reaction to all this I was even debating if Epstein and his crew are actually deserving of the hype they get.

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

      That’s not surprising coming from Cashman. He always says things like ‘so much can happen between now and then’ and that’s what he was saying there. But two of the guys who may have the most input, the pitching coach and the director of pro scouts, both made it pretty clear today where they stand. A GM will usually rely on his guys to give him a recommendation, and then make the final decision himself.

      Maybe saying “the debate is over” is going too far, but it still looks like Joba will stay in the pen, unless things dramatically change.

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

        Maybe saying “the debate is over” is going too far, but it still looks like Joba will stay in the pen, unless things dramatically change.

        He’ll stay in the pen indefinitely in 2010. Not sure about 2011.

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

          Yeah, you can draw up scenarios where it happens:

          -Cliff Lee gets badly hurt and Andy retires

          -Hughes bombs out as a starter

          -Vasquez is bad here and Andy retires

          I’m sure people can think of some others as well. All possible, not sure how likely they are. Put it this way, if everyone pitches to the back of their baseball card or thereabouts, he’s in the bullpen.

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

            Let’s say Hughes has a 2009 Joba season. Perhaps better but not significantly. He built up innings so he’s good for around 200 and so should Joba.

            Andy retires. Javy is re-upped. Do you go for Lee or let Joba start? They have to resign Mo and Jeter as well. Plus if Gardner sucks it up there’s Werth and Crawford out there.

            Honestly Joba starting really helps this team.

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

              Sigh formatting fail.

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

              I go for Lee as long as he’s healthy. Joba isn’t a consideration one way or the other. I’ll worry about having too many pitchers instead of not enough.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

              Well it depends on how much Javy costs. If you are giving Vazuqez 3+ years and 13+M, I cant see them having 4 pitchers on the wrong side of 30 signed for at least 13M and at least another 3 years.

              Steve, about your statement the debate is over, I wonder what you thought of this reading of the tea leaves: Cashman has been fighting a group inside the org about Joba, which is something that we know already. As he struggles at the end of 2009 and in ST, that group grows, and when the choice comes to Joba-Hughes, Cashman finally gives in and agrees that it should be Hughes. The B-Jobbers in the org believe they have won and the debate is over, but Cashman is more in “wait and see” mode, considering some of the circumstances you outlined (Hughes failing, the free agents option or Javy/Andy not working out). Fair?

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

                Possible, even plausible, but Brian is always in wait and see mode. He should be doing Lotto commercials, because his answer to everything is “Hey, you never know”.

  • bexarama

    so I found this, and I know it’s from a while ago:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4755518
    I just thought it was really interesting. What players would you pick?

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

      Bexy, caption that photo for me.

      • bexarama

        I couldn’t think of anything funny ;_; I thought your comment was really damn good tbh.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Damn Blue Devils.

    LaceDarius Dunn, Ekpe Udoh, and Tweety Carter were fast becoming my favorite new trio.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Baylor forgot about silly stuff like boxing out and checking your man on shots.

      They had this game. Too bad.

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

      I have an unhealthy hatred for everything Duke, except Krzyewski, which I find odd. Never the less, I was rooting hard for Baylor..
      Go Mountaineers.

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

        *Krzyzewski

        Should’ve just gone with Coach k.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I find it difficult to ever root for a backward place like West Virginia.

        I also find it odd that many Yankee fans are such unabashed Duke haters.

        • bexarama

          I also find it odd that many Yankee fans are such unabashed Duke haters.
          This, I can’t root for the scrappy underdog in any other sport, heh.

        • Nady Nation

          Why is that odd?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Both powerful teams with great resources, history and prestige. Absolutely hated, though they share many of the same qualities.

            • Nady Nation

              Using that logic, most Yankee fans would be Steeler and Laker fans.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                Yeah, I don’t get any sort of natural Duke-Yankees connection. They’re not geographically close, there’s no NYC-NC pipelines…

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                I didn’t say anything about being fans; frankly your comparison doesn’t hold up to the point I made. I just made mentioned of hatred. I just think it’s strange that Yankee fans would have this odd complex that other prestigious teams in other sports are somehow worthy of such hate. If there were a natural rivalry with a local team or a geographic point of merit, I could understand it. But there isn’t. They just fall lockstep into the national consensus that these teams should be disliked. And I don’t know why.

                I say this as someone with a twin sister going to UNC Chapel Hill.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  For the record, I never said I hated Duke. I just fell in love with Baylor, that’s all.

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

                  I don’t particularly hate them because of their success. It’s not like I hate UNC. TBH, I can’t explain why I dislike them so much. Just something about their players that rubs me the wrong way.

                • Nady Nation

                  Fair enough. Honestly, I think it’s as simple as a ton of their players coming off as unlikeable. You could say the same for Coach K. I also know a ton of awful bandwagon Duke fans, which contributes to my hatred.

        • Jim S

          Are there that many? I mean, I went to Maryland so I have an excuse, and obviously all Yankee fans I meet hate Duke as well, but I never noticed it before college.

          • Dalelama

            I went to MD also….Class of 80

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              English major, right?

              • Dalelama

                No economics

    • donttradecano

      when you ignore zoubeks travels every time he grabbed a rebound, things happen.

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

    So the Padres have Garland as their #1 starter.

    I don’t think I’m ever gonna complain about Joba in the pen ever again.

    • mustang

      True enough its good to be rich.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      That’s silly. Just because other teams have a shit rotation doesn’t mean you should forget about the squandering of resources and the potential damage of the team’s long-term goals. The team you follow, that is.

      Do you say “Oh, Mexico has a 19.7% unemployment rate. I’m never going to complain about my financial/job situation ever again”? Of course not. It’s irrelevant, even if it adds some small sense of perspective.

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

        Eh, I’m a proponent of always keeping things in perspective. Yah, it’s an issue, but it could be worse.

      • Jackson

        doesn’t mean you should forget about the squandering of resources and the potential damage of the team’s long-term goals.

        I love how internet basement dwellers think they know more then the GM, pitching coach, manager and the scouts.

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

          Definitely. I don’t know why you people think Kei Igawa is a bad signing. Cashman and crew got him and they all know more then you meaning the signing was a great one.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          You don’t get ticketed when you park in the handicapped spots, do you?

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

      IPK is Arizona’s #3.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      That fact just proves how valuable starting pitchers and to waste a possibility at developing one more foolhardy.

      I have all the confidence in the world in the Yankees’ rotation this year. But in looking at the young talent resigning with their teams (Hernandez, Cain, Greinke) and the pitching coming up through the Rays organization my confidence for the future takes a dip.

  • bexarama

    I knocked over an entire pan of sizzling mushrooms/onions, whoooooooops

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

      I just finished dinner. Penne pasta with artichoke hearts, stewed tomatos, cici beans and a nice cream sauce. Yummy. I haven’t made myself a nice meal like that in forever.

      • bexarama

        ugh that sounds delicious.

        Thankfully I had another pan and most of the stuff from the one I knocked over didn’t land on the floor. So I have a bunch for the week. Yay.

        • thurdonpaul

          bexy as long as you didnt get burnt.

          • bexarama

            I did not, happy times. And thank you.

            • thurdonpaul

              your very welcome.

  • Rogue Trader

    Was on vacation; I’ve WAITED SUCH A LONG TIME TO SAT THIS:

    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
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    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!
    B JOBBERS WON; JOBA IN THE PEN!

    Now, who was right?

    • Rogue Trader

      Say*

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Now, who was right?

      We still were. The B-Jobbers were wrong, the team also being wrong does not make B-Jobbers right.

      Furthermore, Joba going to the bullpen doesn’t mean shit. B-Jobbers were wrong because they valued the emotional over the analytical, the simple over the complex, the irrational to the rational.

      B-Jobbers are wrong because they think Joba the elite bullpen pitcher is worth more to the team than Joba the average starter, and that’s incorrect.

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

        Eric, why take the bait? He’s just being an ass.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Exactly. O:S in effect.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Sorry, distracted. Fantasy drafting/multitasking.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              How’s your draft looking so far?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                So far:
                C-Yadier Molina (9)
                1B-Michael Cuddyer (OF eligible) (6)
                2B-
                SS-Asdrubal Cabrera (SS eligible) (5)
                3B-Pablo Sandoval (1B eligible) (2)
                OF-Carl Crawford (1)
                OF-Adam Lind (4)
                OF-Michael Bourn (8)
                UTIL-
                SP-Yovani Gallardo (3)
                SP-James Shields (7)
                RP-
                RP-
                P-Randy Wells (10)
                P-
                P-

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  From what I’ve seen so far, I think Axisa’s got you beat. Still, not bad. We’ll see how the rest unfolds.

                  Love the Cabrera pick. Dude’s really underrated. Same with Bourn. Actually, your whole outfield could rack a lot of points.

      • Jackson

        We still were. The B-Jobbers were wrong, the team also being wrong does not make B-Jobbers right.

        No, you were wrong. I love the fact that you guys who thought he would start have egg on your face.
        We still were? LOL. He is in the pen, you are WRONG.

        • mustang

          I wouldn’t be this strong about it, but the ” egg on your face” thing is kind of right. Regardless the guy is in the pen when a lot people thought he wouldn’t be and being put there by the leader (Cashman) of the “the rational, analytical, complex” movement is funny.

      • Dalelama

        How close to Mo like does a reliever have to be to be more valuable than the average starter?

        • pete

          pretty much equal.

        • bexarama

          that’s the thing: by Fangraphs WAR, Mo, however awesome he is, is generally not as valuable as an average SP

          • Dalelama

            It is hard to believe that it is hard to replace an average starter because by definition they are average. While replacing Mo would seem to be near impossible.

            • bexarama

              I hate to say this because Mariano might be my favorite Yankee ever, but he is so valuable only because he’s done what he’s done for like fifteen years (and in the postseason). From individual year to individual year, other closers do what he does, and most closers do close to what he does. Replacing him is not impossible.

              (Whenever I have to be all objective about Mo like this, my heart kind of throws up a little.)

            • whozat

              There won’t be another Mo for a generation. At earliest.

              That said, there will be another closer for the Yankees. However, the pool of relief pitchers is a lot wider, the likelihood of one fluking into a great season is a lot higher, the pool of free agents is a lot more fluid, the commitments required to land them are shorter, and the contracts commanded by them are smaller.

              League-average starters cost a lot of money on the free agent market and teams are locking them up earlier and earlier. Jason Marquis got 2/15 this offseason, and he’s a mediocre starting pitcher in the NL. You can get a real high-end reliever for that money.

              Bottom line, solid performance over 200 innings just helps the team win a LOT more games than stellar performance in 60.

    • bexarama

      It wasn’t so much about who would be right as what was the right thing to do.

      And that’s all I’m gonna say because I have decided I will not comment on Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes unless it is to talk about their 2010 performances because fruuuuustraaaation

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

      O:S

    • Tom Zig

      No need to be an ass about it.

      • mustang

        +1
        And until now most so call B-Jobbers have been very cool about it.

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

    http://morganensberg.wordpress.....tors-away/

    Really good read from ex-Yanks Morgan Ensberg. It was linked on THT this week.

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

      BTW-Don’t let the title throw you, it’s just an attention grabber. The piece is thoughtful and worthwhile.

      • bexarama

        His entire blog is really fantastic. I like it a lot. Really insightful.

      • andrew

        Fantastic article.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Alan Horne tore his rotator cuff and he’s out for the year. Too bad for him.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yeah. Just holding hope for Chris Garcia at this point.

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

        Why? We have other high ceiling arms to get excited about. Brackman looked good this spring, Z-Mac is almost ready, Melancon is ready, and Jose Ramirez was a breakout candidate last year. Plus, someone will take a big step forward that were not even considering. We may even see Betances later this season.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I think the context is clearly the always-injured-been-in-the-system-for-four-plus-years guys that I’m holding hope for, the other being Chris Garcia. Not sure why you seem critical of the statement. It’s not like my statement was “Alan Horne and Chris Garcia are the only pitching prospects worth even checking in on.”

          I’m as bullish as anyone regarding Brackman, but let’s not read too much into his Spring. Z-Mac, while a nice arm in the upper minors, doesn’t profile as more than a back-end arm in the rotation. That’s important, no doubt. But we’re not talking a Hughes or Joba-type player. We’re more in IPK territory.

          Melancon is a reliever. His impact will always be limited; that’s the nature of his position. Jose Ramirez, while an exciting prospect, is 19 and has YEARS to go. Again, let’s temper our expectations.

          Betances will be one to watch, no doubt.

          Chris Garcia has more talent than anyone in the minors not named Andrew Brackman in terms of his “stuff”. And he’s in the high minors. If he can stay out of the doctor’s office, he could legitimately make a huge impact in the rotation. He’s a guy worth holding out hope for.

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

            Gotcha. Personally, I’m hoping they move Garcia to the bullpen. He just hasn’t held up as a starter.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              Yeah, the question now is not about talent or ability, but durability. It’s more specifically, what’s better for his arm—pitching every 5th day in a regimented routine or more sporadically but less taxing in terms of “mileage”.

              I’d like to see them give him 2010 as the final year as a starter and if there are injuries, that’s it.

              Still, that’s playing with fire. The ‘pen might be safer.

              I don’t know enough about biomechanics or physiology to say which is the best option.

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

                Some doctors will say relieving is more taxing on the arm. But small power pitchers are put in the bullpen routinely, because starting is thought to put too much torque on their body.

                In any case, the starting thing hasn’t worked out for Garcia. With his stuff, he could be fast-tracked to the bigs if he switches to the bullpen. But I know that they want guys to start in the minors who they view as relievers long term for development purposes. Trouble is, if he can’t stay on the field he can’t develop. I’d switch him ASAP.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Yeah, it’s a tricky spot. Sounds like it could make for a good blog post, Artisteve. Hint, hint.

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

                  Hahaha! Thanks, but I leave the prospects up to my buddy EJ. Feel free to steal it.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

                  Word. I think I will. I’ll try to find some articles and books on pitching mechanics and injury.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Sigh.

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

      He’s done for . . . forever. He hasn’t pitched much since being drafted in 04. He had the one good year in 07, and other than that it’s been one DL trip after another.

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

      Had TJ twice, and there have always been whispers about his conditioning. He’s the type of pitcher the Yanks wouldn’t draft anymore, or at least wouldn’t waste a good pick on.

      • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

        +1.

        Wow.

    • Accent Shallow

      I hear he made this sacrifice so Christian Garcia can be healthy.

      Seriously, that really sucks for Horne. I was looking forward to seeing him in the Bronx.

  • Hangoverologist

    Matt Cain was just signed to a three year, 27 million dollar extension.

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

    One less free agent option come 2012.

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

      One less free agent more trade option come 2012.

      Fixed that for ya.

      • Hangoverologist

        I’m not sure about that. Who would the Yanks trade to SF? The Giants are poised to contend within the next couple of years, and I don’t think they would trade their second best pitcher unless they were really far out of the race.

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

          I’m just messing around.

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

        Pass on Cain. Doesn’t strike out a ton. Meh career BB rate. Unsustainable LOB percentage. He’s a good pitcher but I don’t want him in the AL East.

        Though at this point if we can straight up trade Joba for him I might like that. Since developing is pretty much a weak side for the Yanks.

        • 28 next year

          it is a weak side for all contending teams, especially those who contend every year

          • Joe D.

            it is a weak side for all contending teams, especially those who contend every year

            Was curious, so I took a look at the 2009 playoff teams. How many SPs did each wholly develop who played a valuable role in their 2009 regular season?

            BOS (2): Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz
            LAD (2): Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley
            PHI (2.5): Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Brett Myers(?)
            LAA (4): Jered Weaver, John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders
            MIN (4): Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Kevin Slowey, Brian Duensing
            COL (2): Ubaldo Jimenez, Aaron Cook
            NYY (1): Joba Chamberlain
            STL (0): [Wainwright started with Braves]

  • Brad Toughy

    Having fun in my 20-team draft, but we’re seriously going to be scraping the barrel here in a fee rounds :)

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Mike Francesa

    ‘Gere’d Up’? uhhhhh I gots ‘Mike’d Up’ copyrighted, bozo. Yous will be hearin from mah lawyahs.

    …on the fan.

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

      How unbearable have you’ve been when it was decided Joba is going to teh almighty eighth inning?

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

        Duh Yankees finally put dah Jobber where he belongs.

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

    I know some of you were disappointed in the content of Life last week, but to me it’s pretty sick.

    As an avid fisherman I’m really looking forward to the second episode tonight.

    • Accent Shallow

      I definitely was disappointed in the content of my life last week.

      Thank you, and don’t forget to tip your waitress!

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Drew, what do you fish for? Fresh or saltwater?

      Bass man here.

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

        Saltwater only. Everything from yellowfin to fluke.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Ah. I prefer largemouth bass, though I occasionally go for stripers, fluke, and bluefish in the salt.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I got Tex in the first round (12th/14 picks) and The Justin in the second round. I’m happy thus far.

    • Tom Zig

      The Justin in the second?

      Wow. He went 18th in mine. (I had the 19th pick :( )

  • 28 next year

    My first ever fantasy team with the 20th pick (The RAB Championship League

    C: Matt Wieters
    1B: Jose Lopez
    2B: Martin Prado
    3B: Chase Headley
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Grady Sizemore
    OF: Rajai Davis
    Util: James Loney

    SP: Justin Verlander
    SP: Josh Johnson
    RP: Scott Downs
    RP: Mike Gonzalez
    P: Ian Kennedy
    P: Barry Zito
    P: Joel Pineiro

    BN: Rafael Betancourt
    BN: Ian Desmond
    BN: C.J. Wilson
    BN: Brandon League
    BN: Ronald Belisario
    BN: Lyle Overbay

    My first time so I just gave it my all. The relief pitchers were picked late. My bench and starters will be tinkered with but if anyone has comments on the team overall, that would be helpful.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    “It appears the Yankees are about to engage in a bidding war for another highly touted Latin free agent, this one 15-year-old Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia. Heredia, a 6-4, 190-pound righthander reputed to have four plus pitches — fastball, slider, curve and changeup — drew a rash of scouts recently, including the evaluators from Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays, who most recently posted the winning bid for Cuban defector Adeiny Hechevarria for what sources said was $6.5 million for the shortstop. The bidding for Heredia will be a little different in that his rights are owned by the Veracruz team in the Mexican League. A signing date of July 2, which is within the required 45 days of Heredia’s 16th birthday, has been set.”

    New York Daily News

    Interesting stuff here.

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

      The hell? A 6’4 15 year old? He’s almost a foot taller than me in the same age!

      No way…

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        Yankees appear to have the inside track too since their Mexican scout ran the Mexican league that the player is playing in. He is suppose to have a lot of ties there.

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

          I don’t want to imagine how this kid will grow when he goes further into puberty…

          Anyways I’m always for any good IFA’s to replenish the farm so why not?

          • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

            I agree.

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

      6’4 190.. 15 years old.

      Holy shit.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Okay, here’s the team I got, w/round number:

    C–Weiters (8)
    1B–Tex (1)
    2B–Cano (3)
    3B–Chipper (5)
    SS–Yunel (7)
    OF–The Justin (2)
    OF–Dunn (6)
    OF–C. Gonzalez (11)
    UTIL–Nolan Reimold (13)
    UTIL–C. Quinten (16)
    BN–Swisher (18)
    BN–J. Hairston (22, yay super sub)

    SP–Carpenter (4)
    SP–Jered Weaver (9)
    SP–Brett Anderson (10)
    SP–Oswalt (14)
    SP–Jonathan Sanchez (15)
    SP–Lilly-hammer (19)
    SP–Laptop Thief (21)
    SP–I.P.K. (23)
    RP–F. Cordero (12)
    RP–M. Gonzalez (17)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I was pick 12 for odd rounds, pick 3 for even rounds.

    • Tseng

      Only a 14 person league?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, it’s not an RAB league.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Oh and I got Arroyo in the 20th round.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Is this team not as good as I thought it was? It’s not standoutish anywhere, but it’s solid all around. Thoughts?

  • Evilest Empire

    Here’s how I fared as The Greenies of the RAB 140 in The RAB Baseball League Two™

    C: Carlos Ruiz
    1B: Kendry Morales
    2B: Ben Zobrist
    3B: Alex Rodriguez
    SS: Ryan Theriot
    OF: Torii Hunter
    OF: Jason Kubel
    OF: Franklin Gutierrez
    Util: Magglio Ordonez
    BN: Lastings Milledge
    BN: Kaz Matsui
    BN: Francisco Cervelli

    SP: Josh Beckett
    SP: Randy Wells
    RP: Andrew Bailey
    RP: Netali Feliz
    P: Mark Buehrle
    P: Andy Pettitte
    P: Wade Davis
    BN: Ricky Romero
    BN: Brandon Lyon
    BN: Vincente Padilla

    I can’t complain. These leagues are insanely deep.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That’s pretty good, considering how deep the league is.

      • Evilest Empire

        I’m happy with it. Offensively I’m good on HR/BA and should be cool with more capricious stats like runs/RBIs.

        Pitching is dependable. Should have the Ws and be about average in ERA/Ks/Whips. Saves who ever really knows?

    • Brad Toughy

      I’m in your league (Morales inWonderland) – and I like your team.

      I like my team as well, I’m heavy on pitching with Felix, Wainwright, Garza and Josh Johnson but short on hitting (Adrian Gonzalez and then nobody).

      First time playing, so if anyone has suggestions I’d love some help. Should I look to move one of my top 3 starters for an elite bat? Or sit put and hope to work the (very very thin) waivers and find some sleepers?

      • Evilest Empire

        You’re the bastard who took Zito right before I was! HAH I can’t get over how deep the league is, it makes me say crazy things like that.

        I’m looking at your team now. You have a damn solid rotation, I haven’t checked out anyone else but that is hard to top.

        • Brad Toughy

          Yeah I had the back-to-back picks and most of the hitters were gone by the time my second time around so I went hard for pitchers. Unfortunately my hitting is quite shallow.

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

        Yo, Jesus, Mo and Joe Dimaggio here

        • Brad Toughy

          Good luck to you, and you should have accepted my deal, lol!

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

            Hey, I stand by what I said–gimme a closer and we’ll talk =)

            • Brad Toughy

              So yes to you’d deal Teixeira if I work a closer into the deal?

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

                For Johnson AND a Closer, I might. Might. It’d be hard to give up my first overall pick, and my main power guy.

  • Tseng

    RAB League # 3, 10th pick

    C – Joe Mauer (1)
    1b- Aubrey Huff (14)
    2b- Rickie Weeks (6)
    SS- Jimmy Rollins (2)
    3b- Mark Teahan(10)
    OF-Nelson Cruz (4)
    OF-Jay Bruce (8)
    OF-Rajai Davis (11)
    Util- Adam Kennedy (15)

    Be-Xavier Nady (16)
    Be-Orlando Hudson (17)
    Be- Chris Getz (21)

    SP- Chris Carpenter (3)
    SP- Carlos Zambrano (9)
    RP- Jonathon Broxton (5)
    RP- Brian Wilson (7)
    P- Tim Hudson (12)
    P- Ted Lilly (13)
    P- Octavio Dotel (18)

    Be- Nick Blackburn (19)
    Be- Latroy Hawkins (20)
    Be- Rafael Betancourt (22)

    Not the best, but not too bad, I hope.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Your OF is pretty good, and your relief guys are solid.

    • 28 next year

      i don’t know about you but I feel like Rollins is an overdraft. He hasn’t been too good lately and if you count BA and OBP, he is pretty bad in those categories.

      Maybe I am wrong though

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Remember, though, there were 20 people in this league.

        • 28 next year

          i realize that but at 30, maybe there was someone better. I don’t get to see their draft so I don’t know for sure, just surmising.

  • 28 next year

    A 20 team draft is crazy. By like round 9, I am like going through the scrap heap and by round 17, it is just crazy. Lot of fun though and my team is fairly strong and I had the 20th pick which was annoying cause I got like two picks and then waited for forty picks and then went again.

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

    RAB league the same as Evilist Empire

    Mark Teixeira
    Matt Wieters
    Andre Eithier
    Rajai Davis
    Colby Rasmus
    Ian Stewart
    Adrian Beltre
    Miguel Tejada
    Dexter Fowler
    Akinori Iwamura
    Ben Francisco
    Delmon Young
    Jamey Carroll

    Dan Haren
    Wandy Rodriguez
    Stephen Strasburg
    Matt Palmer
    John Lannan
    David Robertson
    Kenshin Kawakami
    Garret Andersen
    Casey Kotchman

    • Evilest Empire

      Make sure you scavenge the waivers for saves!

      • Evilest Empire

        Actually, there are no waivers. Salvage them from FA is what I meant.

    • Brad Toughy

      Most importantly, i have teh Jesus!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      For a 20-team league, that’s a damn good team.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Light on pitching though.

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

          I’m glad you approve. And yeah, I know my pitching’s an issue, which is the exact opposite of what it usually is.

  • Vin R.

    Premier League™

    C Geovany Soto (9)
    1B Kendry Morales (2)
    2B Aaron Hill (3)
    3B Mark DeRosa (8)
    SS Yunel Escobar (7)
    OF Ryan Braun (1)
    OF Adam Dunn(4)
    OF Adam Jones (5)
    Util Drew Stubbs (14)

    SP Jered Weaver (6)
    SP Kevin Slowey (10)
    RP Leo Núñez (13)
    RP Jim Johnson (21)
    P David Price (11)
    P Johnny Cueto (12)
    P Derek Lowe (15)

    Bench Jeff Francoeur (16)
    Bench Aaron Rowand (17)
    Bench Jarrod Saltalamacchia (22)
    Bench Joe Saunders (18)
    Bench Madison Bumgarner (19)
    Bench Freddy Sánchez (20)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    CentWAR Centaur™ of The RAB Premier League™
    1. (16) Carl Crawford
    2. (25) Pablo Sandoval
    3. (56) Yovani Gallardo
    4. (65) Adam Lind
    5. (96) Asdrubal Cabrera
    6. (105) Michael Cuddyer
    7. (136) James Shields
    8. (145) Michael Bourn
    9. (176) Yadier Molina
    10. (185) Randy Wells
    11. (216) Frank Francisco
    12. (225) Maicer Izturis
    13. (256) Rafael Furcal
    14. (265) Octavio Dotel
    15. (296) Justin Smoak
    16. (305) Ian Kennedy
    17. (336) Fausto Carmona
    18. (345) Jeremy Hellickson
    19. (376) Jeff Francis
    20. (385) Kelly Johnson
    21. (416) Desmond Jennings
    22. (425) Pedro Alvarez

    • Dirty Pena

      Charlie Hayes Mays of the Premier League:
      1. (12) Miguel Cabrera
      2. (29) Felix Hernandez
      3. (52) B.J. Upton
      4. (69) Matt Wieters
      5. (92) Gordon Beckham
      6. (109) Jay Bruce
      7. (132) Joakim Soria
      8. (149) Stephen Drew
      9. (172) Stephen Strasburg
      10. (189) Chad Qualls
      11. (212) Nolan Reimold
      12. (229) Phil Hughes
      13. (252) Wade Davis
      14. (269) Dexter Fowler
      15. (292) Chris Tillman
      16. (309) Brad Lidge
      17. (332) Edwin Encarnacion
      18. (349) Colby Lewis
      19. (372) Kosuke Fukudome
      20. (389) Fernando Rodney
      21. (412) Brett Wallace
      22. (429) Gaby Sanchez

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I like your team (particularly the first five picks and 12-16) but I think you really overreached on Bruce, Soria and Qualls.

        • Dirty Pena

          Yeah, I wish I didn’t do the Qualls one, especially had I known I’d get Lidge 6 rounds later. I think Bruce is a nice post-hype sleeper and he wasn’t going to last til my next pick.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Really? I think 109-131 is a bit high for him, though he possesses upside.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      That’s much better than it looked earlier. Lots of high-upside/high risk players. A ballsy draft, TSJC.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Well, I’ve got balls. Big ones.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          I would expect no less. Your middle is a bit soft but the back end alone (21 + 22 are fucking steals) could yield huge dividends.

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

      Trade me Smoak for Penny. Do it.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I had the eighth pick in the seventh league. Took Kemp with my first pick.

    C: Geovany Soto
    1B: Matt LaPorta
    2B: Felipe Lopez
    3B: Chone Figgins
    SS: Jimmy Rollins
    OF: Matt Kemp
    OF: Jayson Werth
    OF: Hunter Pence
    UT: Mark Teahen
    UT: Elijah Dukes
    BN: Marlon Byrd
    BN: Drew Stubbs
    BN: Mark Ellis

    SP: Javier Vazquez
    SP: Matt Garza
    P: Phil Hughes
    P: Ian Kennedy
    P: Brandon Webb
    P: Johnny Cueto
    P: Tyler Clippard
    P: Sean Burnett
    P: Clay Zavada
    P: Jarrod Washburn

    Obviously, I’m hoping for good years from a few of Garza, Webb, Hughes, Kennedy, and Cueto.

    Completely punted saves. Not thrilled with the bench or the back end pitchers because I had to leave and turned on AutoPick.

    Thoughts?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      You might struggle in power and you’re banking on a lot of rebound or breakout years. Still, good potential and solid speed.

  • Brad Toughy

    C—Jorge Posada
    1B—Adrian Gonzalez
    2B—Alberto Callaspo
    SS—Clint Barmes
    3B—Scott Rolen
    OF—Nyjer Morgan
    OF—Nick Swisher
    OF—Matt Diaz
    UT—Troy Glaus

    SP—Josh Johnson
    SP—Adam Wainwright
    RP—Ryan Franklin
    RP—David Aardsma
    P—Felix Hernandez
    P—Matt Garza
    P—Tim Hudson
    BN—Barry Zito
    BN—Robinson Tejada

    BN—Gaby Sanchez
    BN—Lyle Overbay
    BN—Chris Davis
    BN—Jesus Montero (just because!)

    ***

    I’m pleased with my pitching staff, but my offense is certainly less than impressive. Only one real power threat and only one real SB threat and a couple of black holes.

    Overall, I like my team and hope I do well.

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

      Ok, I’ll give you Teixeira for Johnson, Aardsma and teh Jesus

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Looking over these drafts makes me so excited for League 6’s draft. It’s also a good resource to see where people generally reached or got awesome value, plus the range of strategies. Never done a 20-team league. It looks freakin’ insane. When people are getting upset that Zito went one pick before they chose, you know it’s wild stuff.

    So psyched. And best of luck to the other leagues!

    The Overshares FTW!

    • Evilest Empire

      I WAS GOING TO RULE THE WORLD WITH BARRY ZITO, GOD DAMMIT!

      • Brad Toughy

        Now you shall witness as I unleash his unbeatable wrath on the rest of the league!

    • Brad Toughy

      I’d never even played before, but players got drafted that aren’t even on teams 40-man! By about round 15, we were scraping the bottom of the barrel. But I guess when I look at my team, yeah it’s a little weak, but so are the other 19, lol.

      Good luck to you in your league sir!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      What if you have to draft Gardner?

  • http://www.progressamericana.com Pablo Zevallos

    Montero’s Angels–RAB Premier League(TM)

    1. (1) Albert Pujols 1B
    2. (40) Brian McCann C
    3. (41) Mark Reynolds 1B,3B
    4. (80) Ricky Nolasco SP
    5. (81) Ian Stewart 2B,3B
    6. (120) Elvis Andrus SS
    7. (121) Julio Borbón OF
    8. (160) Nick Swisher 1B,OF
    9. (161) Max Scherzer SP
    10. (200) Kevin Correia SP
    11. (201) Nick Johnson 1B
    12. (240) Conor Jackson 1B,OF
    13. (241) Trevor Cahill SP
    14. (280) Matt LaPorta 1B,OF
    15. (281) Mat Latos SP
    16. (320) Matt Lindstrom RP
    17. (321) Jeff Clement C
    18. (360) David Freese 3B
    19. (361) Troy Glaus Util
    20. (400) Bud Norris SP
    21. (401) Tyler Clippard RP
    22. (440) Ty Wigginton 1B,3B

  • Hey ZZ

    Did Dave Eiland decide the position eligibility for all the RAB fantasy leagues yet?

  • keithr

    In another league 12 team roto, hits ops r rbi hr sb w k s whip K:bb

    5 Chase Utley, Phi 2B
    20 Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS
    29 Ryan Zimmerman, Was 3B
    44 Adam Lind, Tor OF
    53 Adam Dunn, Was 1B
    68 Josh Beckett, Bos SP
    77 Ricky Nolasco, Fla SP
    92 Manny Ramirez, LAD OF
    101 Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    116 Carlos Beltran, NYM OF
    125 Brad Hawpe, Col OF
    140 A.J. Burnett, NYY SP
    149 Miguel Montero, Ari C
    164 Nick Swisher, NYY 1B
    173 Mike Gonzalez, Bal RP
    188 Octavio Dotel, Pit RP
    197 Mark Buehrle, CWS SP
    212 Nick Johnson, NYY 1B
    221 Brett Gardner, NYY OF
    236 Phil Hughes, NYY SP
    245 Ben Sheets, Oak SP
    260 Matt Guerrier, Min RP
    269 Franklin Morales, Col RP
    284 Daniel Bard, Bos RP
    293 Mike Adams, SD RP

  • keithr

    and for RAB tier 2 (some autodrafting here=\)

    1. (7) Matt Kemp
    2. (34) Zack Greinke
    3. (47) José Reyes
    4. (74) Carlos Lee
    5. (87) Clayton Kershaw
    6. (114) Rickie Weeks
    7. (127) Chipper Jones
    8. (154) A.J. Burnett
    9. (167) Nick Swisher
    10. (194) Nick Johnson
    11. (207) Josh Willingham
    12. (234) Mark Buehrle
    13. (247) Hideki Matsui
    14. (274) Brett Gardner
    15. (287) Travis Snider
    16. (314) Daniel Bard (auto draft begins!)
    17. (327) Wade Davis
    18. (354) Ramon A. Ramirez (yeah, oops)
    19. (367) Ramón Ramírez
    20. (394) Justin Masterson
    21. (407) Hideki Okajima
    22. (434) Rod Barajas

    • bexarama

      somehow you ended up with like the entirety of Boston’s ~epic depth~. Congratulations?

      • keithr

        Can you not read? It autodrafted those players.

  • Manhattan Matt

    Is it just me, or does Richard Gere look like Hideki Matsui in 20 years in this photo?