Jul
14

Open Thread: Triple-A All Star Game

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Photo Credit: Flickr user tjperr

All 30 big league teams are off today, with the Yankees even getting to enjoy one extra day off before returning to work on Friday. That doesn’t mean we’ll have to go without real live baseball though, because the Triple-A All Star Game is being played this evening in b-e-a-utiful Allentown, PA.

Three Yankee farmhands made the International League squad: Jesus Montero (right), Eduardo Nunez, and Jon Albaladejo. Nunez was voted in as a starter by the fans, Montero was selected as a reserve. The Yanks’ top prospect is hitting .312/.380/.550 in his last 30 games, helping erase any concerns about his slow start to the season. It just took the 20-year-old Montero a little time to adjust to Triple-A pitching, that’s all.

Albaladejo has been nothing short of fantastic this season, but I’m willing to bet he’ll handle the all important 8th inning tonight while Scott Mathieson of the hometown Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs gets the 9th inning glory. The game doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a matter of deferring to the hometown guy. I’m actually looking forward to seeing Albie again, just to see how much he’s changed since we last saw him. Supposedly he’s scrapped the sinker/slider approach and has gone with a four-seam fastball/curveball approach. Curious about how true that is.

Here is the rest of the roster, and here’s the team the Pacific Coast League is sending. The game starts at 7pm ET and can be seen on the MLB Network. You can talk about it here, or anything else you want in tonight’s open thread. You guys know what to do, so have at it.

  • countryclub

    I just read on the Espn scroll that the family has no intention of selling the team….ever.

    Obviously, things can change. But that’s great news for the immediate future. Hal and Cash make a great team.

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

      The King is dead. Long live the King.

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

      You forgot about Hank…

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Hopefully that’s true, though ESPNs headlines can get a bit shaky at times.

      Having lived through all of the Stienbrenner years, for better and worse, I have enormous confidence in Hal’s stewardship. I think he’ll make 7 WS and 10 pennants in 37 years look like the lean years by the time he’s done.

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

        37 years from now, we’ll have 45 more titles and 58 more pennants. Book it.

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

    I’m probably the only Yankees fan in the world who is glad that the Yankees don’t play again until Friday. No more midnight start times!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nunez isn’t a big time prospect. Why does everyone keep saying this?

    • pat

      The Yankees hung up on Seattle when they offered Lee for Nunez, straight up.

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

      /Axisa’d
      //butstilltrue

  • pat

    Jesus has some bigass thighs.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Figures you’d notice.

      • pat

        ALL THE BETTER TO CRUSH FASTBALLS WITH

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

    That the (major league) All-Star Game counts is still silly.

    /dead horse beating’d

  • pat

    Tyler Austin was hit by another pitch today.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /Biggio’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Stop. Calling. Him. Jeter’s. Heir. Apparent.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Oh. Now I can see why he might be.

      /GIDP’d

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    At least Nunez has Jeter’s GIDP stroke down.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Beat you.

  • Carlosologist

    Nunez is definitely the heir apparent to Jeter. He just GIDP.

  • ZZ

    Cue Captain DP jokes

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

      I think they’ve been cued (sorry had to.)

      • ZZ

        My comment was tailor made for that response. SWIDT?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          ZZ’s got jokes!

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

            Awwww snap!

  • jon

    isnt the AA all star game playing too?

  • Jose the Satirist

    So who won the 4th of July RAB contest?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Independent Ball, eh? BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH REPRESENT!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So, Jon Lester is not a fan of Hanley eh?

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

      I was shocked by those remarks. Like I’ve said many a time, I love Lester. But he came off like a doucheweed. There wasn’t any need to be that dismissive or whatever.

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

        And the one article I read from boston.com or whatever that was like JON LESTER IS A TRULY BRAVE HERO OF PITCHING LIKE BOB GIBSON WHO WAS ALSO AN ASSHAT, BUT THIS IS A GREAT TRAIT TO HAVE was laaaaaaame.

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

          Should’ve known you’d reply to your own comment and ruin mine!

        • http://www.twitter.com/CaptainRaf CaptainRaf

          this really is the dumbest thing ive heard. him not dismissing a silly question somehow becomes him sharing a trait with an all time great. Boston guys really reaching there

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

            And really? You have to be an asshat to a guy on a team that you play like three games every three years against? That makes you a good competitor? Something tells me if A-Rod were to say negative things about Eric Hinske, we wouldn’t hear too many comparisons to Brooks Robinson.

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

              That selfish jerk ARod, always mentioning his personal grievances with other players in a seemingly offhand and random fashion to make us wonder what happened and put himself at the center of attention.

              Jon Lester would never do that, he’d just say some bland non-statement and never let us know who he doesn’t like, and we’d thank him for blending in with the rest of the mute, boring crowd.

              Sincerely,
              AOL Fanhouse

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

        Naturally it somehow invited a comparison to Bob Gibson from Steve Buckley.

        (jerk off motion)

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

          ha ha jiiiiinx =P

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Maybe Hanley did something really dumb?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          He probably did. But I don’t see what Lester gains by making those comments.

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

            Ditto. I thought of Lester as mostly a cipher to me who was probably a decent guy. Now I’ll think of him as a super asshat. Sadface (but not really, because he’s a Red Sock.).

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Word.

    • Jose the Satirist

      He just doesn’t like pizza.

      • ZZ

        He hates Dominicans AND Italians.

        ESPN needs to run with this story.

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

          ESPN needs to run with this story.

          We both know there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening.

          • Jose the Satirist

            I’ll ask Wally Matthews in his chat on Friday. We’re buddies, maybe I can get it in.

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

              Get into an Edes/other Boston homer beatwriter chat. Do it.

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

              Hope to see you there alex.

    • Carlosologist

      link?

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

          Thank you good sir.

          Also, wow Hanley must have done something to Lester in the minors for Lester to hate like that.

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

        http://www.bostonherald.com/sp.....id=1267829

        the quote:
        “I’d have a better chance of being struck by lightning than me and him getting a pizza together,” he said. “You can take that for what it’s worth. But there was no chance on God’s green earth that I was getting a pizza with him.”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Jeez.

    • ZZ

      I only read the title of the article, but I can tell you the only logical conclusion from all this is that Jon Lester is racist.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Racists and Boston go together like lamb and tuna fish.

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

          PEAS AND CARROTS

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

            FRANK AND BEANS!!!

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

              PAT AND ROOFIES!!!!

              • pat

                Bwaha

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

                TOMMIE AND GREED!!!!

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

                  Well played.

                  I do epitomize the worst in Yankee fans, after all.

  • Carlosologist

    Albert Pujols hit .327/.443/.658 with 47 HR last season. He did it all with a .299 BABIP.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      He did it all with a .299 BABIP.

      Due in large part to the 47 HRs. They bring the BABIP down.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Just a quick heads up, I received a call from Joe & Evan producer Pete Bilotti this afternoon, and the segment has been rescheduled for 2:00 on Thursday. So tune in if you can, it should be fun.

    • Mike from South Beach

      Who are we looking out for?
      I always have the Fan on at that time.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m glad it was rescheduled. I completely forgot about it and I was looking forward to it.

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

    Has ARod batted in tonight’s AAA All Star Game yet? If he doesn’t get in and the International League loses, I’m gonna be pissed.

    This time, it counts.

    • Carlosologist

      A-Rod would hit a 12 run homer at AAA.

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

        Lefthanded.

        • VO

          While playing Center Field.

    • Jose the Satirist

      If not every level of the Yankee organization wins a championship the season will have been all for nought.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Me fail English? Unpossible!

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

          Who are you, nsalem?

  • Chris0313

    “Greg Maddux had zero ability to blow people away”

    uhhhhhhhhh wow. WOW.

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

    Best games of the first half, Yankee and non-Yankee.

    Aaaand go.

    Here are the Yankee games I can think of:
    – walkoff against Papelbon
    – the third game of the year with Granderson’s HR off Papelbon
    – Tex’s late HR against Cleveland
    – that game against Minnesota in Minnesota where Pettitte got Mauer to GIDP with runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth in a tie game, and then Swisher hit the tiebreaking HR in the top of the ninth
    – the Sunday night game against the Dodgers with the huge comeback.

    • Jose the Satirist

      That crazy Mets-Cardinals game

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

      Non-Yankee favorite game: The one where Cliff Lee pitched for some team that he was traded to and it wasn’t the Yankees

      • Jose the Satirist

        Winner

    • Carlosologist

      -Galarraga’s perfect game that was saved by AJax’s catch
      -The one where the Jays hit six home runs and still lost
      -Tex’s three homer game in Boston
      -A-Rod’s grand slams
      -Tex’s monster shot that almost went into the third deck
      -CC’s near no-hitter
      -The one where Halladay got whupped by the Yanks at the Stadium

      That’s all I’ve got.

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

      If someone doesn’t mention the first perfect game this year, y’all is getting the 2 OH 9 TREATMENT!

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

        GET OFF MY MOUND, BIZNITCH!!!!

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

          I’LL GET MY GRANDMA ON YOU!!!

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

      How has no one mentioned the previous Phils-Reds series?

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

        Oh hell yes.

        There was also a crazy Twins/Phillies game where the Twins trailed by five or six going into the bottom of the ninth, then tied it up. It went extras and it just, like, kept going. Twins eventually won.

        There was also a great Marlins/Rays game the same day, I think. Rays won, but it took tons of extras and a lot of crazy comebacks from both sides in the game. Shields got the win… out of the bullpen.

        The 1-0 dual-no-hitters-through-seven (I think) White Sox/Cubs game between Floyd (I think??) and Lilly. It was on Sunday Night Baseball.

  • Kristen

    Jesus is playing now in the AAA All-Star game, if you were waiting to tune in and see him.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Jesus is catching. His defense looks fine. Doesn’t hurt that the pitcher (Mets prospect, I think) is hitting his spots nearly flawlessly.

    • Chris0313

      Why he (Misch) isn’t in the majors is beyond me. The Mets are a dumb baseball franchise.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Misch has been in the majors several times for several teams. He’s also been DFA’d several times. He stinks, AAAA-er.

        • Chris0313

          My comment was contextual. Misch should be in the Mets bullpen. The Mets bullpen is atrocious.

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

            Adding Misch to the Mets bullpen wouldn’t make it any less atrocious.

            It’s akin to saying that we should DFA Chad Gaudin so we can promote Zack Segovia. At best, it’s a lateral move.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Pat Misch =/= not a prospect.

      • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

        I didn’t notice he was 29, hahaha.

    • pat

      I think much ado is made about his defense because A) you can’t say shit about the bat and B) compared to how advanced the bat is the glove looks bad. I said it the other night, I don’t think he’s any worse than some of the worst guys playing now, Vmart, McCann, Napoli etc.

      • Chris0313

        Varitek, Cervelli, Posada

  • Chris0313

    That was a pretty cool moment for Erik Kratz. I wish him well.

    • Kristen

      I thought that was really cool, too. I had to laugh when he (Kratz) was trying not to cry and Mitch asks, “so how do you feel?” Ummm, isn’t it obvious?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Aw, come on, Jesus! Longer at bat, please!

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Bust.

    • Chris0313

      Jesus hit already? I looked down, looked up, assumed it was a pitching change!

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

    For those watching the game, did Nuñez or Albaladejo sport the high socks like HeyZeus does?

  • Carlosologist

    Anthony Slama has the best name for a closer ever.

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

      And he has nice movement on his fastball, too.

  • JPK

    Holy crap, if there was ever any doubt what PED’s do to a guy look a jay gibbons he looks like a 12 year old now.

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

    Kila is up! And by the way, everything has been clicking for a while, announcer dude not named Mitch Williams. The Royals are just permanently loitering in ‘Tardation Station.

  • Chris0313

    Does Mitch William realize the things he says are offensive? Why do they let him speak?

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

      I didn’t catch it. What did he say?

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

        I didn’t catch it either, but I can tell you it was stupid

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

          Well it is Mitch Williams…

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

    These are two pitchers’ numbers since the All-Star Break last year. Guess whoooooo.

    A. 17-5, 2.97 ERA, 200.1 IP, 165 K, 2.46 K/BB, 1.168 WHIP, .640 OPSA
    B. 23-4, 2.94 ERA, 232.2 IP, 206 K, 2.94 K/BB, 1.139 WHIP, .650 OPSA

    • Jose the Satirist

      Andy Pettitte.

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

        One of these days I’m gonna do a trivia thing and none of the answers are gonna be Andy Pettitte and THEN I shall have the last laugh. (Today is not that day.)

    • ZZ

      Pettitte and CC?

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

        Yep.

        I knew they’d been good, but looking at the “past 365 days” thing on BB-Ref was pretty awesome. I didn’t know they’d been that good.

        • ZZ

          When you factor in their numbers from the postseason it is even more impressive, especially in CC’s case.

          A lot of Yankee fans have been wondering if Pettitte is going to be able to keep his performance up from this season, but he has been dealing for a full season now.

    • Jose the Satirist

      C. 14-9, 2.94 ERA, 214.1 IP, 243 K, 2.96 K/BB, 1.171 WHIP, .607 OPSA

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

        I don’t know but I’ll guess Greinke, just because of the insane stats matched up with the relatively eh W/L record

        • Jose the Satirist

          Lincecum. Pitching for a bad offense sucks.

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

          Greinke is 17-14, 2.76 ERA, 323 IP (can that be right?), 327 K, 3.99 K/BB, 1.10 WHIP, .627 OPSA

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

            No, it’s not right. That’s what it said for last 365 days though on B-R.

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

              Greinke: 12-16, 3.01 ERA, 221 IP, 214 K, 3.75 K/BB, 1.12 WHIP.

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

                His peripherals combined with his W-L make me :( :( :( Poor Zack.

  • Carlosologist

    Kila Ka’aihue is being blocked by Royals FO stupidity. I wonder what it would take to pry him away. He could be that lefty bat with thump we need for the second half and could spell Tex when he needs a rest.

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

      Why would they sell him, though? They’d sell guys blocking him who make more than he does first.

      They’re dumb, but not stupid.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I think he showed he was ready to come up in 2008.

  • ZZ

    That is one of the major problems with trying to judge catchers ability to throw out baserunners at the minor league level.

    Most of the pitchers have no clue how to hold on baserunners.

    • JPK

      there is a lot in the bigs that can’t do it either

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

      “That is one of the major problems with trying to judge catchers ability to throw out baserunners at the minor league level.

      Most of the pitchers have no clue how to hold on baserunners.”

      Fixed. It doesn’t really change at the big boy level either.

      • ZZ

        Good point. It is more pronounced at the minor league level, but it definitely is a problem in the majors as well. You don’t have to look any further than the Yankee staff.

        The Red Sox are the worst. They don’t teach their pitchers at all how to do it.

    • Cecala

      I was thinking that as Montero was catching, he doesn’t seem as bad as everyone makes him out to be behind the plate. He looks fine catching wise and if its based on throwing runners out, his CS % can’t be much worse than Cervelli’s.

  • JPK

    Wow, seriously how do you make that mistake

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Soo…apparently the Jays stole the Yanks future SS just incase Jeter left, Yunel Escobar. Seriously, Escobar for Alex Gonzalez? seriously… We could had given the Braves Kei Igawa.

    /talking nonsense.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Albaladejo’s on. Three straight four seamers…

  • forensicnucchem

    Albaladejo in to close…

  • forensicnucchem

    Yeah Mitch, he’s going to be up because Joba’s struggling. It’ll have nothing to do with Park, Gaudin, etc…

  • theyankeewarrior

    Albie to deh 8eighth8!1!!11!!!!1!!!

    /seriously’d

  • Ivan

    Hey does anybody thinks that Danilo Gallinari can be an All-Star this coming season.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      That would seem rather soon. Doubt it. It’ll happen eventually if he keeps it up. Sooner than later.

  • Tom Zig

    what radio station is WFAN? I want to be sure to tune into Steve at 2, as it is right after my lunch break.

    • Stryker

      660 AM in new york. or you can go to wfan.com and “listen live”