Open Thread: A pair of reminders

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Got two things to remind you about, so let’s start with the easy one first: All Star Game voting. It ends tonight, so make sure you go and vote for who you think should start the game in Anaheim in two weeks. Here’s the ballot, and here’s who I voted for:

AL: Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Robbie Cano, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Josh Hamilton, Shin-Shoo Choo, Vlad Guerrero
NL: Brian McCann, Joey Votto, Martin Prado (only because Chase Utley’s hurt), Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus, Andres Torres (write-in)

Remember, you can vote up to 25 times per email address, so vote or die.

Second order of business: The RAB Mailbag. We announced our plans for this on Sunday, but it’s just a friendly little reminder to send your questions in to us (at any time) via email or the Submit A Tip box. We’ll pick a bunch and post our answers. If some require a full-fledged post, we can do that too. We’ll figure this thing out as we go.

And finally, here’s your open thread. Depending on where you live, you’ll get either the Rays-Twins or Giants-Rockies on MLB Network, plus the Mets are in the nation’s capitol. You can always talk about NBA and NHL free agency as well, I couldn’t care less (four years, $20M for Darko Milicic … really?). Talk about whatever, just don’t be a jerk.

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

    I wanna be a catcher in the Yankees’ system!

    The Boy: 2-3, BB (but maybe not the 3 PB)

    Jesus: 1-1 (2B) and BB (they’re in the third inning).

    I wouldn’t mind being A-Rod, either, only I’d remember what inning it was.

    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

      If I were A-Rod… no, I can´t think of anything witty.

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

        Que haces en Colombia?

        • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

          Nada. Me duele la espalda y hace mucho calor.

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

            Lo siento! Los duelan mucho =(

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I hate being a buzzkill, but…

      I’d personally like us to put the kibosh on the “The Boy” nickname. Think about it for a second, I think it’ll come to you.

      Let’s just not go there.

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

        You’re gonna have to help me out here.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Calling a grown man “boy”, particularly a non-white grown man… it’s got unsavory racial overtones, IMO. I know Sanchez is technically a boy now since he’s under 18, but I feel like this is a place we just shouldn’t go.

          I might be all alone on this one, though. Just erring on the side of caution

          • Tom Zig

            Now I see what you mean. In fairness she was saying the boy, and not just boy. Was it Gary Sanchez that people used to call him Jestin Romtero?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Jestin Romtero is Andy in Sunny Daytona’s creation, saying that Sanchez is half Jesus Montero and half Austin Romine.

              I like that one (or at least, I like it way more than calling a grown man a boy).

              As a black man who’s actually been called a “boy” by racist idiots, it just rubs me the wrong way. I’d like us to retire it and pick something more creative, which we’re good at doing.

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

                All right, man, you got it. Let’s pick something better =)

              • Tom Zig

                I vote Jestin Romtero

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

                I like Gary The Machine, personally.

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

            You know, I didn’t think of that, at all. And I mean that as in the post-racial, I don’t really think about race sense.

            I got it because GarSan = Garçon = the Boy.

            But you may be right and ’tis better to be cautious. He still needs a cool nickname, then.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              No, no, I understand why people started saying it and I believe nobody would have thought of it in a racial way. I know the nickname was both created and repeated without malice.

              I’m just asking that we choosing the path of caution.

            • Pete

              …because GarSan = Garçon…

              maybe if you’re from Quebec

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

    Via Mike (RAB one)
    Mariano:

    he’s allowed 12 hits all year
    5 of them came in a FIVE DAY SPAN
    so the other 2 months and 4 weeks, a total of 7 hits

    His WHIP is 0.59.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      5 of them came in a FIVE DAY SPAN

      Bust.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      WHIP 4/6-5/14–0.455
      WHIP since 5/25–0.412

      He pitched 2.1 innings in between

      Mo >>> you

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

        I surrender.

  • Tom Zig

    I’m really mad at Felix Hernandez for signing that contract extension in January. Oh what could have been. What kind of contract would he command on the open market if he hit free agency at 25?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Tim Lincecum is still in play. There’s that.

      • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

        His mechanics and dying velocity are two concerns. I´m assuming you heard about his three starts with 5 BBs each right? That´s an example of his unorthodox mechanics. If they´re not absolutely perfect, bad things will start to happen. Velocity isn´t an issue considering his changeup and curve, but they depend on his mechanics.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Oh, absolutely. If they were both on the market together, I’d pick Felix over Timmy every day of the week and twice on doubleheaders.

          I was just saying, since Felix is unavailable, Timmy is a solid fallback option (albeit with more risk).

          • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

            Agreed. If I were a GM, I´d give Lincecum 3/57.

            • Pete

              frontloaded

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

              Except someone would give him a four or five year deal.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I can’t believe LeBron, Wade, and Bosh haven’t signed anywhere yet.

    (unwraps burrito, wipes down microwave)

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    “I thought I hit a much bigger home run than I actually did,” Rodriguez said. “I hit it and I looked at A.J. and Pettitte, and they weren’t jumping over the railing. At that point I felt like we probably had one half inning to play. It was pretty embarrassing.”

    DYING OF THE LULZ. I love him and his constant unintentional awkwardness.

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

    I kinda want to see the Last Airbender just to see how bad it really is

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      That’s how I feel about the Buffalo Bills.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I’m thinking something like this

    • Total Dominication

      I’m really pissed, it’s probably gonna be Eragon all over again.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

      I agree completely with the observation. A-Rod has been made out to be a goat and a douchebag for years. The people hate him for how good of a player he is. Pedroia is loved because he resembles the common American. It also helps that America loves the underdog.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I thought it was really smart. I don’t even mind Pedroia himself, I think he’s hilarious, but I really don’t like how he gets treated as The Player Who Single-Handedly Wills His Team To Win Because He Wants It So Much, Guys. The Pedroia/Cano comparisons were absolutely the worst, though they’ve mostly gone away with Cano’s utterly ridiculous year, thank God. There’s a lot to say about A-Rod, but I don’t think anyone can really doubt his work ethic. It’s incredible.

      Also, Interested Reader is still an asshat. He can’t even say nice things about A-Rod without saying bad things about A-Rod.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        I think he’s hilarious,

        Huh?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          The laser show quote? Come on, that was hilarious.

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

            Agreed. I actually like Pedroia. I know that’s blasphemy around these quarters. In fact, I really like Drew, Pedroia, Lester and Cameron. Largely indifferent about most of the others and really despise Beckett, Lackey, Papelbon, Tacoby Bellsbury, Varitek and Papi.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Yep, I really like those four players too (well I don’t really like Cameron but I don’t have that much against him), plus V-Mart and I think Wakefield is a real class act.

              Hate Papelbon, Beckett, Lackey, Varitek, Ortiz now, Youkilis, Ellsbury, Beltre. There are others, I just can’t think of them right now.

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

                Indifferent about V-Mart, really like Wakefield. Actually met him once. Really, really nice guy.

                Can’t believe I forgot about Youk. How did I do that?

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              I have the same list as you do except to move Pedroia from like to absolutely effing hate.

              • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

                I hate youk with a passion, I saw him on TV and I threw up a bit in my mouth. Ughh I don’t like the guy. Pedroia, I can’t stand, he thinks he’s God’s gift to baseball.

      • Tom Zig

        ESPN comments haven’t changed one bit.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      It’s funny because Pete Abe would be leading the people bashing A-Rod.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Fucking this. When Pete followed the Yankees he wouldn’t hesitate to point out A-rod’s every single fault, or every time he didn’t come up with a big hit.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We tend to cut people who we perceive to be like us more slack than we cut people who are somehow . . . other. That has always been the case with race,* but I think it applies to tall and short and any number of other factors that makes Pedroia seem less foreign to us than someone like A-Rod is.

      *I’m not suggesting that Pedroia-A-Rod is a racial thing, so please don’t go there.

      For shame, Craig Calcaterra. They were who you thought they were, and you let them off the hook.

      You’re right to say that the way ARod gets constantly bashed and the way Pedroia gets constantly lauded aren’t *just* about race, but race most definitely is a part of the equation. Pedroia gets fellated left and right by the media because he’s short and balding and average-looking and ugly likeable and relatable AND WHITE. ARod gets shitted on because he’s big and athletic and exceptional and unique and glamorous and handsome and awkward and off-putting and image conscious and so obviously different from you AND NOT WHITE. Those last parts are the parts people don’t want to talk about, but they’re there.

      You admitted so yourself, without noticing (emphasis mine):

      Could it simply be physical? Pedroia is small and balding and even though it’s totally silly to even suggest that he’s “like us” — he is a world class athlete, after all — we can at least squint and pretend that he is like us.

      Who is the “us” in that statement, Craig? I’ll tell you: it’s white people. Craig Calcaterra is a white sportswriter writing to an audience of predominantly white male sports fans. I certainly can’t squint and pretend Dustin Pedroia looks like me, because I’m a shade or two darker than both he is and Craig Calcaterra is. Even without consciously thinking about it, Pedroia’s whiteness makes him more one of that “us” and excludes ARod as a permanent non-“us”, in the same way his chiseled physique and massive contract and lavish lifestyle make him a non-“us”.

      I get that Craig was probably trying to make a pre-emptive strike to keep his article from being labeled as race-baiting, because there are non-racial aspects of this issue. But to say that the racial aspects of the issue don’t exist is too broad of a disclaimer, IMO. Saying that disproportionate Pedroia-ARod media treatment isn’t a racial thing is false. It’s ALWAYS a racial thing.

      • Fabio

        I´m not saying there is no racial component in the treatment of AROD and other non white players, but how would you explain the media love with Jeter under this light? Because he’s big and athletic and exceptional and unique and glamorous and handsome and dates supermodels and image conscious and so obviously different from you AND NOT WHITE. I´m genuinelly interested, not just counterpoiting.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          but how would you explain the media love with Jeter under this light?

          Here’s how:

          A.) Like Obama, he’s half black, half white. That direct white ancestry matters A LOT. I’d argue that if Barack Obama was the exact same complexion but didn’t have a white mother or white grandparents, he’d be much harder for white people to identify with and probably wouldn’t have won the election.

          B.) Black people that white people “like” are often said to “transcend race”. That people “don’t see his color”.

          Shit, he’s even on the cover of a book called “Transcending Race in America: Biographies of Biracial Achievers”.

          Go look up transcend in a dictionary and tell me that it doesn’t still have negative overtones when used in this way. The next person with two white parents who is described as “transcending race” will be the first. The only people who “transcend race” are people of color who white people are ready to welcome and accept as one of their own.

          • Gardnerella

            bill clinton

          • Mike HC

            The South African 1995 predominantly white Rugby team is always talked about in ways transcending race.

            I think you are missing where the negative connotation lies with transcends race. It lies with the fact that things are looked at in terms of race at all, and Jeter, the Rugby team, bill clinton is not looked at in terms of race, but as individuals, or teams.

            You seem to think the media is implying the athlete is transcending the disability of not being white, but that is not the case. They are transcending the idea that things have to be looked at in terms of race at all.

          • poster on a different computer

            In fairness, people of other races ARE minority races. it makes sense for people to “transcend race” into the majority (I know it’s not really a majority when you talk about *all* ethnic groups put together vs. all whites, but I’m referring to there being more whites than, say, blacks as a group).

            I mean, whites WERE the dominant group in America for a good long time (in politics and all that shit). It’s more of a big deal when people of other races “transcend” to become equal (as I said before, politically and with civil rights and all that jazz) with whites than the other way around.
            I’m just saying, it might be racial without being actually racist.

            I feel like I said this kind of badly or A–Rodly awkwardly, but I hope you get what I mean.

      • Pete

        I generally hate the “race card”, but you’re definitely right about this. People LOVED McGwire, and he was a friggin monster with obvious otherworldly talent, both natural and visibly enhanced. Because, in an age of Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Junior, and Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire was the Great White Hope.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          He ain’t lyin.

          • Ivan

            So Isiah Thomas Statement decades ago about Larry Bird was kinda true in a way?

        • poster on a different computer

          This.

    • Esteban

      I love this image, really hammers home the double standard.
      http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2007/10/16/1192583121_9092.jpg

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        THAT’S BUSH LEAGUE, BRO!

    • Mike HC

      I think the tide has started to turn in his favor. Everybody loves to hate the guy who seemingly had everything, but all of sudden, there was so much backlash against him, people realized he didn’t have everything. Then Selena Roberts came out with that book, and it made A-Rod an even more sympathetic person, because everyone can relate to wanting to have your privacy respected. That book was the apex of going too far, and I think that is when people started to have some empathy for ARod.

      • Pete

        this is also true. Outside of Yankeeland, he’s still pretty much universally hated, but now that he is no longer a Golden Boy in the media, many yankees fans have gotten back on his side. Also because after 6 years of being the best player on a team with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, etc., fans start to take notice. (Note: last year’s postseason helped)

        • Tom Zig

          Personally I would like to thank Cody Ransom for opening the eyes of many Yankee fans.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Last season’s postseason helped a ton. It seemed like if there were ever a slow sports day, the baseball writers could always turn to A-rod to write a story about how he’s unclutch and not a winner and only cares about the money, etc etc. That’s kinda hard to do now when he carried the Yankees to the World Series.

          Side note, everyone waxes poetic about Jeter but it was kinda sad how he basically refused to embrace A-rod as a teammate until he hit a pair of game-tying homers in the postseason. Then it was like oh, okay, you can stay.

          • Tom Zig

            Yeah that’s very unJeterian.

        • poster on a different computer

          To be fair to Jeter, he had legitimate and I think justified issues with A-Rod, so it’s not so ridiculous for A-Rod to have to have a fucking insane playoffs for Jeter to “accept” him. It’s not like he disliked him just because they didn’t win with him.

  • pat

    Our GCL team made seven errors today.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Shrug. Jeter made 12 errors in 46 games in Rookie Ball, then 56 (!!) in 126 games in the Sally League.

      • Accent Shallow

        Can you imagine the 1992-1994 DOTFs?

        “Jeter is never going to be a big league SS! They need to get Felix Fermin ASAP!”

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

          I lol’d. Well done.

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

        Gookie’s real name is Travis Sentell Dawkins, I wonder where he got ‘Gookie’ from?

        • whozat

          His habit of dipping his hands in an unpleasant slurry made from oatmeal, pureed fish, and suntan lotion.

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

    Jestin Romtero or El Maquinito? Both via AISD.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I like El Maquinito.

      “Guys, I not a machine, okay, I just Gary”.

      • poster on a different computer

        I agree. El Maquinito FTW.

  • Tom Zig

    Elijah Dukes signs with the Newark Bears. God damnit, why couldn’t he sign with the Ducks?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It’s all just getting back into game shape and keeping his nose clean in preparation of signing a one year deal in 2011 to be the Yankees 4th OF.

      Daddy likes.

      • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

        If someone gets shot in Newark and nobody is around to see, did that person really get shot?

        /bad joke´d

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

          Says the guy living in Columbia. That’s rich!

          (Newark sucks but it’s not THAAAAT bad.)

          • poster on a different computer

            I think it was Camden that some major new source ranked as worst city in the country.

            I would’ve voted for it.

  • andrew

    Swisher is currently in 4th in the All Star voting. So if you’re the kind of guy/gal that wants to see yankees out there, go vote for him.

    On another note. The Knicks waited years for this, and it looks like it’s all crumbling around them. Melo in 2011, anyone?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Patience, young padawan.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I’d rather just have Dolan leave.

    • Esteban

      Paul/Melo 2011 does not sound bad at all.

      • Ivan

        Who has a better chance of being traded this year? Melo or CP3?

        If I had to choose which player I want as a Knick (even though it wouldn’t matter because both are superb players) I would go with Melo because he’s from Brooklyn and im from Brooklyn lol.

        All seriousness, I would go Melo because I he’s just a slight better player than CP3 in my opinion.

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

          Better chance? I’d say Melo. If CP3 leaves this year, NO is effectively dead as an NBA team.

    • Ross in Jersey

      I don’t think you can call it a bust until both James and Bosh sign somewhere. Even if it’s just Bosh, that guy is underrated like whoa. You can build a team around him as well as anyone.

      • Mike HC

        Come on now. Bosh is a good player, but you can’t clearly can’t build a team around him as well as James and Wade. He is the clear third guy.

        But I highly doubt Bosh goes anywhere without Wade or LeBron or another star on a team. No way he comes to NY by himself.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Well, yeah, but I’d take him over nothing. Clearly Wade isn’t moving and the Knicks chances of getting James are probably something like 2%. Bosh and Gallo is a real good start, I don’t think it would be too hard to attract people from there.

    • ZZ

      On another note. The Knicks waited years for this, and it looks like it’s all crumbling around them.

      How do you know this?

      Literally all the “experts” have said LeBron is basically going to every team at some point in the past 6 months. They are all just throwing shit at the wall and hoping they can be the one “who broke the story.”

      The big secret that none of these media outlets want to admit is that the only person who knows where he is going is LeBron himself. And LeBron is the key to where the rest of these guys end up.

      No one in LeBron’s camp leaks to the media. It’s all bullshit.

      • andrew

        I said it looks like its crumbling all around them. Reports have Joe Johnson and Gay off the market, as well as Lebron going to lots of places, but not New York. Sure, they could be wrong. But it certainly “looks” as if it’s not working out.

  • Sleepykarl

    How do you think that promoting Nunez and sending down Russo would go? They have Hoffman and Curtis for 4th and 5th OF and Nunez could plug in when Arod DHs. I’m not big at all on Nunez, but his bat cannot be as bad as Pena’s and Nunez has created a little curiosity with his play.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Aren’t they like, the same player? Good defensive infielder with little to no power? I just don’t see the point of calling Nunez up to ride the bench and play once a week.

      • Sleepykarl

        Nunez is more bat, less glove. I was just throwing out there for when ARod DHs to keep the hip fresh.

  • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

    Looking at some stuff on B-Ref and wow Joey Votto is underrated by everybody. He has a 161 OPS+ and a wOBA of .425 and nobody talks about him.

    • Tom Zig

      Because he plays for the Reds

      • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

        He also plays in the same division as the greatest player of his time. That doesn´t help.

      • Ross in Jersey

        That doesn’t really explain it, there are a lot of other superstars playing on small market teams who get recognition. Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Zach Greinke to name a few.

    • Esteban
    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Active wOBA leaders, career:

      1. Albert Pujols: .435
      2. Manny Ramirez: .419
      3. Todd Helton: .415
      4. Alex Rodriguez: .410
      5. Jim Thome: .406
      6. Lance Berkman: .405
      7. Chipper Jones: .402
      8. Joey Votto: .400

      That’s some pretty nice company

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

        Just reminds me of the Corpse of Todd Helton. He was my favorite non-Yankee for years.

        RIP Todd.

  • pat

    O shit, Phelps was promoted. Sweet.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Zobrist clearly just thought a loooong fly ball was gone and didn’t bother to chase after it. It wasn’t. Is he gonna get called out for it? Probably not.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Zobrist is white, of course not. He may have dogged it, but he did so in a way that screamed he cared.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Nick Punto just did the most hilariously GRITTY!!!! thing I have ever seen. I can’t even describe it. He like… slid into first base hilariously dramatically.

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

        I know you’re being tongue-in-cheek, but I think Upton was called out because he has a history of dogging it.

        Zobrist, to my knowledge, doesn’t.

        I’m not sure how much of the race component would factor into this situation.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    How was Punto not out of the baseline there? He was two steps onto the grass.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Kevin Cash has been traded back to the Red Sox you guys. Pretty sure that just about locks up the division for them.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Phrase that should never be uttered again:

    “Mauer drops down a bunt”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Ditto. 100 times ditto.

    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

      My mind has been blown.

  • bonestock94

    Kevin Cash will be the co-center piece with Daniel Nava for the Cliff Lee trade.

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

    Before today, Mariano had an ERA+ of 446.

    don’t believe me?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    This is absolutely goddamn hilarious. Some language may be NSFW.

    http://sportsargumentwiki.com/index.php?title=New_York_Mets

    The Mets vow to avenge a lost season in their new, beautiful stadium CitiField. They sign Fransisco Rodriguez who may be suffering from some sort of convolution syndrome and trade half the minor leagues for JJ Putz. The Mets save their fans from frustration by deciding to just suck from almost the very beginning. Almost the entire team is put on the Disabled List. Jose Reyes tragically dies of sepsis from what was originally diagnosed as a hamstring pull. Omar Minaya attempts to string an entire sentence together without saying “you know” but fails. A senior executive challenges a minor league team to a fist fight. David Wright dies after getting hit in the head with a fastball. For the third year in a row, they are not as good as the Phillies. There was no World Series in 2009.

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

      The best line is this one:

      Jose Reyes tragically dies of sepsis from what was originally diagnosed as a hamstring pull.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Johan looked pissed.

  • Reggie C.

    Great to see Brett Marshall back pitching in the full-season grind. Last I heard Marshall was sitting back in the low 90s and was even pumping some FBs in the mid-90s. This Texan kid is still young and imo still sits in the back half of Yankees prospects in the 15-20 range.

    Charleston’s pitching staff gets a nice boost in prospect watching.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Johan Santana has five quality starts this year (not including tonight) in which he got an ND or a loss. In three of them, all NDs, he allowed 0 earned runs.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      The sudden downfall in K/9 this year for Johan is rather alarming, and he’s clearly no longer in the top 5 pitchers in baseball like he was in 2004-2006, but people are talking about him like he’s dead. It’s ridiculous.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        The velocity drop is concerning, too, but I agree with you.

  • JT

    Frankie Piliere ranked 3 Yankees on his updated Top Prospect list

    (5) Jesus Montero (15) Austin Romine (25) Gary Sanchez
    http://tinyurl.com/25uw3lf

    • camilo gerardo

      hehe, all catchers.

      Hopefully the twin towers propel up there soon

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

      I love that we have three guys up there and that Gary The Machine is absolutely raking, but a #25 ranking for a guy with 10 games as a 17-year-old in GCL is way too.

      Sorry to be a downer.

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

        I’m just gonna enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Reggie C.

      Makes me wonder where I’d rank Sanchez right now on a Yankees prospects list … perhaps as high as 5.

      1. montero
      2. romine
      3. brackman – forget ranaudo. i think brax might have just as high a ceiling and a better FB.
      4. heathcott
      5. Sanchez

      I’m not comfortable ranking Sanchez higher than Heathcott. Sanchez is showing power, but Heathcott’s flashed defense and speed on the base-paths.

  • mike c

    why would anybody vote carl crawford over brett gardner this year? gardner’s killing it

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      The same reason people would vote Teixeira over Morneau or Cabrera: they duuuuumb. Or they vote for their favorite player/only the guys on their team/name recognition.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        And it’s not even dumb to vote for Crawford like it is to vote for Teixeira, he’s having an extremely good year.

        • mike c

          maybe i should have meant “yankee fan” instead of “anybody”. but yeah gardner has been unbelievable so far, maybe it hasn’t set in yet that he could actually be better than crawford– it still is a little strange to think it’s true, but speed kills or so they say

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Fangraphs WAR likes Crawford a lot better than Gardner, BB-Ref likes Gardner a bit better. I think Gardner rules and all but I have no problem with people voting for Crawford, he’s legit killing it (I haven’t looked at his stats in a long time before tonight).

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      So is Crawford.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Crawford’s 2010 WAR: 3.9
      Gardner’s 2010 WAR: 2.0

      • mike c

        ah i see, i think i was looking at batting WAR (gardner 2.9, crawford 2.7). where can i find total WAR that includes fielding? i couldn’t imagine crawford has been all that much better in the field

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          BB-Ref’s WAR (what you’re looking at, I think) includes fielding, they just have a different formula for fielding than Fangraphs. I think Fangraphs doesn’t like Gardner’s fielding much this year while they loooove Crawford’s.

          • mike c

            ah ok, that’s it then– i thought i was reading that correctly. +1 assist to the stat n00b

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              glad to help :D

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          I was using FanGraph’s WAR and I’m pretty sure they include UZR in their calculations.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Is LeBron a Knick yet?

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      I didn’t think anyone could sign untill July 8th or 10th. All they can do from now until then is negotiate.

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        I did not know that. I haven’t followed basketball since the Knicks traded Starks and have been looking for a reason to give a shit again.

        That is all.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    We all know about the Red Sox “Amazing ability to draft players”, but has anyone hear heard anybody on TV address their apparent struggle to develop talent through the international market? Not counting “older” signings (ie Dice-K, Tazawa, Iglesias, etc.) how many IFA’s have they produced? I can only think of Hanley and Anibal Sanchez. I don’t know of anyone on their current roster.

    • bonestock94

      Shit, Hanley is a beast. For the money they’re paying him I consider Dice-BB a bust, or at least a disappointment.

      • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

        I find it hilarious that the best position player the Sox have developed in recent memory (Sorry Dustin) played two (2!) major league games for them.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          I am sooo happy they traded Hanley goddamn. Yeah, they might not have the World Series win in 2007 without Beckett, but I think they have more World Series wins in the years after.

          • bonestock94

            Yea, I’d much rather have to face the recently extended ghost of Beckett.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              I think it’s too early to declare him dead yet, but I agree.

              • bonestock94

                I actually just checked his stats, I thought he was much worse down the stretch in 09 than he actually was. I still don’t think that extension was a wise decision.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Don’t forget Lowell either, he was supposed to be a throw-in and turned out to be a great 3b. Even though Wunderkind Theo was on “vacation” for that trade, I’m sure even he admits it worked out well.

    • Ross in Jersey

      I always find it hilarious that if you ask a non-yankee fan about the championship Yankee teams, they’ll say they were a bunch of bought mercenaries. If you ask that same fan about the 2004 Red Sox, they’ll say they were a bunch of gritty, gutty, “idiots” that deserved to win.

      How many home grown players did the Red Sox have in 2004?

      Hint: The answer is 1 and his first name is Trot.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Trot Nixon: worst name ever

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Felix Doubront

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

      Really hate to hear that. I miss seeing him in DOTF.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeesh. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery.

      That said, that’s just one reason why any caterwauling about losing him for Javy was a wee bit premature.

      • Ross in Jersey

        I wouldn’t go that far, the kid seems to have a lot of upside, and an elbow injury that may or may not have happened if he stayed with the Yankees isn’t exactly a reason to validate the Vazquez trade. Won’t know for a few years yet to see if he makes it to the bigs or not.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’m not saying it validates anything, just that young pitching will break your heart, and elbow injuries to kids in low A ball are just the start of that.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Do work, Delmon Young.

    Christ, you have to a bomb just to get a ball into the first few rows in Target Field.

  • Hummingbird S.

    How does Taylor Teagarden get 507,859 votes for the all star game when he has played in 10 games this season and has a -36 OPS+?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Texas fans trolling? I have no idea.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Cervelli is way more desearving of those votes, and that’s saying something.

    • Ross in Jersey

      I remember reading something about how Texas is making a huge push for the fans to vote for their players. Maybe it’s because they want to stick it to the Angels, who knows. But they have ads on the outfield walls in place of sponsor stuff, and they’ve been pushing the ballots at the games. Maybe that’s why the numbers are inflated for him.

      • Total Dominication

        The Yankees are doing the same.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Arizona’s manager and GM got fired. They should really just fire the bullpen though.

  • 28 in ’10

    heh, look at the standings from this date last year. we were on quite a tear, playing Seattle, and we won on this date 4-2 last year also. Boston was 48-30, like us, and we were the ones on the rise. Did my fan confidence vote just go from a 10 to a 9? Nah….

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/index.jsp?ymd=20090701

  • Total Dominication

    Come on Twinkies!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    More really spectacular umpiring in Minnesota.

  • Total Dominication

    Come on Mauer!

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck you Twins, you know that, fuck you.

  • Total Dominication

    Kevin Cash is now the starting catcher for the Red Sox.

  • Stryker

    wow did they just blow up arizona’s front office or what? now i’m reading that oppenheimer will get special consideration for the empty GM job. good for him but… :(