Open Thread: Random stuff

TMZ: World Series rings coming April 13th
Joba's future as a reliever

That’s a video of Ichiro pitching in the 1996 All Star Game in Japan, which may be the coolest thing ever. He may just be a glorified singles hitter with the bat, but damn, is he fun to watch.

In other news, Andy in Sunny Daytona took a bunch of pictures from minor league camp the other day, which you can see here. Make sure you click “Show Info” in the top right corner so you know who you’re looking at. Now we have some good shots of Slade Heathcott in a Yankee uni. Neat.

And lastly, a couple of people have emailed in asking about this Jayson Werth report at MLBTR, which of course I wrote. I’m pretty sure at least a few of them realize that. Anyway, it turns out that Reggie Jackson has a longstanding relationship with the Werth family, which could be helpful if the Yanks decide to pursue the outfielder when he becomes a free agent after the season. We’ve talked about the possibility of the Yankees signing Werth before, but what does everyone think about this new development?

Other than that, use this sucker as your open thread. The Rangers, Devils, Isles, and Nets (going for win number ten, w00t!) are all in action, plus you’ve got college hoops. I’m in 85th place out of 149 teams in our Yahoo! pool. Sigh. Enjoy the thread and the night.

TMZ: World Series rings coming April 13th
Joba's future as a reliever
  • WIlliam

    Matsui is there in the beggining as well.

    • Rogue Trader

      Captain obvious is obviously not a captain

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Tomorrow’s Open Thread, with 7 fantasy teams drafting on the same day, is going to be epic.

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      5. Leagues 6,7 draft on April 2nd.

      • Richard Iurilli

        I’m in league 7 and the draft is tomorrow at 7 p.m.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Oh, must have changed. I guess it’s just us at League 6 (RAB National League) unless that changed, too.

          **check reveals April 2nd for #6**

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Even so.

        • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Oh yeah, it’ll be the most lively Sunday Night Open thread this place has seen in a while.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, Ichiro threw 90 pretty easily.

    Also, Matsui is the same way he is know…except with knees.

  • Richard Iurilli

    Check out the home plate umpire’s strike call. Good stuff.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Everyone always says Ichiro could hit 30 homers if he wanted to. Why the hell doesn’t he do it? He’s supposed to be pretty smart, right? If he’s so smart, wouldn’t he be trying to hit homers since they’re better than singles? Hitting for power could also allow him to walk more and create more trouble on the bases. Plus, his awesome contact skills could keep everyone honest.

    • Zack

      I think some people say that because he hit 25, 21, 17, 16 HRs during some seasons in Japan (21 in only 411 ABs too).

      Which means shit because Akinori Iwamura hit 44 and 32 HRs there and he cant even hit 10 here.

    • Nostra-Artist

      Matty, you have to watch him take batting practice. He can do anything, anything he wants with a bat in his hands.

      He will literally start out by peppering singles to Left, then Center, then Right field. Then he will progress to depositing balls in the Left field stands, Center field bleachers and Right field bleachers. In order, with only a rare miss here and there.

      When the Mariners come to town, if you have tix get there early. It’s a treat to watch.

      • iYankees

        I saw Ichiro play many times when I lived in Seattle. He is the epitome of baseball entertainment. I remember watching him in batting practice and he was hitting bombs. The man can mash. I think he would do well in a HR derby, but his approach at the plate is different during actual games.

    • andrew

      He would have to sacrifice a lot of BA to hit those home runs, and as we’ve seen, even people that we consider to be pretty smart have the ability to disregard the stats that say that home runs are more valuable than average.

  • Zack

    Jayson Werth has only made 13.3m (6.3m + 7m this upcoming year) in his career and he’s 31; he’s taking the highest offer.

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yup. As he should.

    • r.w.g.

      He’s probably a better target for us than Crawford if we’re going to shell out the cash.

      • Salty Buggah

        Eh, idk. IIRC, he has some knee concerns that will hurt as he ages

        • Zack

          Yeah he blew out both knees earlier in his career.

          But then again, Crawford has played his entire career in a dome on turf- isnt that suppose to shorten a guy’s career?

          • Nostra-Artist

            His knees are so bad he stole 20 bags each of the past 2 seasons.

            • Zack

              Ok, but I think the concern is more long term. Mike usually addresses it weekly during the chats.

            • OldYanksFan

              Crawford has a career OPS+ of 103 and wOBA of .343. Offensively, these are both just slightly above average. Yeah… he has speed and excellent D, so he is a nice player… but certainly not elite or even excellent.

              His career wRC+ is 111. For comparison, Werth has a wOBA/wRC+ of .364 / 123. Our crippled buddy Nick Johnson is at .371 / 130.

              Again, it’s a matter of bang for the buck.

              So my question to all the Crawford fans is this:
              If he has posted the above numbers (.343 / 111) up to age 30, what might you expect over the next 5 years? And based on the current economy, what do you think he’s worth?

              I can’t see him being worth more then $10m/yr.
              And again, for comparison, for $13m/yr for JD, he had an average wRC+ of 122.5 (over 4 years).

        • r.w.g.

          I wasn’t aware that he’d blown out both knees. Kind of changes my opinion a bit.

          • Nostra-Artist

            It shouldn’t. See above.

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Better looking, too.

        • iYankees

          Werth is better looking than Crawford? Honestly, I think he looks like a serial killing drifter that smokes weed on the regular. Maybe that’s just me, though.

          • Shane S.

            Either way, not a great way to evaluate a player.

          • bexarama

            hah this is a pretty accurate description of Werth. FWIW I don’t think he’s very good-looking. I don’t think of Crawford as very hot either though

            But the Yankees shouldn’t choose which FA to sign based on hotness as that is a silly way to evaluate players.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    Wow Matsui looks the same.

  • Evan

    Ah, Mr. Zero. I’ll remember you fondly for serving up Bubba Crosby’s first Major League home run.

  • Igawafarts

    You forgot to mention that the Red Bulls are in action tonight too

  • claybeez

    Thanks for the pics, Andy.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Now WVU’s gonna start trying all threes and they’re gonna cough up the lead.

  • Steve H

    Joey Porter is such a douche.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      The grass is green.

  • bonestock94

    I’m not big on Werth, the knee thing is likely to get worse as he goes into his mid to late 30’s.

  • jim p

    ALL the Japanese announcers in the Ichiro vid are better than Michael Kay.

    • Hangoverologist

      Can’t we DFA Michael Kay and put Bob Lorenz in his place. It would be better on my ears.

  • pete

    sean black looks really young? anyone know what his story is? You’d have to figure he could add a few ticks to his FB just on account of maturing physically

    • Jake H

      He’s a college guy. I don’t know how much more velocity he might have. His stock has gone down since he was drafted in HS.

  • Torrid

    That’s Shingo Takatasu, who closed for the White Sox briefly, pinch-hitting for Matsui against Ichiro.

  • dkidd

    with kentucky losing, my bracket is officially dead

    what is it with calipari-coached teams and free throws?

    • ARX

      My bracket died last week when Kansas/’nova went down…but with Kentucky done I don’t have a single team right in my Final Four. Last place here I come!!!

    • Hughesus Christo

      I don’t think Calipari is much for coaching. He lets his star players do whatever they want and his teams always lack fundamentals. He’s one of those “recruiter only” guys.

  • Zack

    Damn, Shane Carwin is a beast

    • Drew

      Those 7 consecutive uppercuts hurt my feelings. Ha.

      My boy GSP is still the best, but Dan Hardy gained a whole lot of respect tonight.

      • Zack

        Brutal, just hope he can do that to Lesnar.

        Yeah I was just waiting for his elbow/shoulder to pop with the bar and kimora.

      • Poopy Pants

        Maybe in his next fight he’ll actually throw a punch.

  • bonestock94

    Hmm, I need to get a reliever that will get me some holds for my team. This is a very deep league, and I’ll be dropping John Maine I guess to get one. I was thinking DRob…

    • JGS

      If you want holds, pick up a LOOGY

  • AndrewYF

    Nice ‘Fifth Element’ reference there, Andy.

  • Joey Time

    Man Ichiro works fast!

  • Gardimentary

    “He may just be a glorified singles hitter with the bat, but damn, is he fun to watch.”

    Maybe he’s also glorified because he came to the states in the middle of his career,
    and now he’s a Hall of Famer?