Open Thread: Triple-A All Star Game


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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.


  1. countryclub says:

    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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. pat says:

    Jesus has some bigass thighs.

  5. bexarama says:

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

    /dead horse beating’d

  6. pat says:

    Tyler Austin was hit by another pitch today.

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

  8. Mike Axisa says:

    At least Nunez has Jeter’s GIDP stroke down.

  9. Carlosologist says:

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

  10. ZZ says:

    Cue Captain DP jokes

  11. jon says:

    isnt the AA all star game playing too?

  12. Jose the Satirist says:

    So who won the 4th of July RAB contest?

  13. Independent Ball, eh? BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH REPRESENT!

  14. Steve H says:

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

  15. Carlosologist says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Chris0313 says:

    “Greg Maddux had zero ability to blow people away”

    uhhhhhhhhh wow. WOW.

  19. bexarama says:

    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.

  20. Kristen says:

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

  21. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

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

  22. Chris0313 says:

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

    • Kristen says:

      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?

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

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

  25. Carlosologist says:

    Anthony Slama has the best name for a closer ever.

  26. JPK says:

    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.

  27. 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.

  28. Chris0313 says:

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

  29. bexarama says:

    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

  30. Carlosologist says:

    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.

  31. ZZ says:

    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 says:

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

    • “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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  32. JPK says:

    Wow, seriously how do you make that mistake

  33. Brooklyn Ed says:

    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.

  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Albaladejo’s on. Three straight four seamers…

  35. forensicnucchem says:

    Albaladejo in to close…

  36. forensicnucchem says:

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

  37. theyankeewarrior says:

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


  38. Ivan says:

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

  39. Tom Zig says:

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

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