Linkage: Aceves, Melancon, A-Rod, Triple-A

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Let’s round up a few afternoon links…

Aceves Begins Rehab Tonight

At long last, Al Aceves is going to begin his rehab assignment tonight as he tries to come back from the bulging disc that’s had him on the shelf since May. He is scheduled to start for Triple-A Scranton, and will throw just one inning, pretty standard stuff. Assuming that goes well, he’ll presumably make a few more appearances and get stretched out to something like 50-60 pitches. Hopefully he stays healthy and can contribute down the stretch, but I’m not counting on it. Back problems are tricky.

Melancon Gets The Call

A little over a week after the Yanks sent him to the Astros as part of the Lance Berkman deal, Mark Melancon was summoned to the big leagues for what I believe will be his fourth stint. He told Alyson Footer that the Yanks wanted him to get the ball down in the zone more, so he ended up changing him arm slot which led to his struggles in Triple-A this year. My first reaction was that this is a cop out, but it certainly sounds legit. Either way, I wish him the best.

A-Rod‘s First Big Contract

Believe it or not, there was once a time when Alex Rodriguez was underpaid. That was quite a long time ago, when he was a 20-year-old behemoth hitting .357/.414/.631 with 54 doubles, 36 homers, and 15 steals. R.J. Anderson at FanGraphs recapped A-Rod’s first big payday, a four contract that bought out some of his arbitration eligible seasons for just $10.6M, which is what the Yanks’ paid him for their first 54 games of the season.

Overlooked Players In Triple-A

Baseball America posted an article today on players that are being overlooked at the Triple-A level (sub. req’d), and naturally a few Yankee farmhands are mentioned. “He’s a very athletic-looking shortstop,” said Triple-A Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh of Eduardo Nunez. “I saw him early in the year and really liked him. I saw him last year (in Double-A), too, and really liked the way he played the game.” Even though he’s noted for his ability to make solid contact, the article acknowledges that Nunez will provide almost all of his value through his speed (77% stolen base success rate the last two years) and defense (though his TotalZone scores are consistently negative).

Reegie Corona, who is out for the rest of the year after breaking his arm in a collision a week or so ago, also gets a mention. “[I]n the end he doesn’t have the bat to profile as even a reserve big leaguer.” That sounds promising.

Anyway, let’s wrap up with a video of a guy ducking out of the way while his girlfriend gets hit with a foul ball. He must have been making sure his hat had the proper 60-degree reverse tilt.

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  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    My first reaction was that this is a cop out, but it certainly sounds legit.

    A legit cop-out? That sounds like a win-win.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    You’ve got three options when confronted with a liner: catch it, protect your seatmates, or dive for cover as it ricochets off the woman you love. Astros fan Bo chose that last one.

    Oh, so SBGL was an Astros fan (and a bad boyfriend)… it all makes sense now.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      made my day

  • Kiersten

    Wow, that guy just looks like such a douche.

    Yet, they look as though they belong together…

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      The lip-ring was a nice touch. Maybe Bo’s real name is Christian Aguilera.

    • Kevin G.

      Yet that girl was pretty hot.

      Sigh, douchebags always get the hot girls.

      • Pete

        girls who go with guys like that aren’t hot. no matter what.

        • jsbrendog (returns)

          unfortunately she probably has low self esteem

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Sounds like a JMK kind of gal.

    • Brad Toughy

      “I don’t know why he ran, cause he looks like he’s a pro at catching balls on the chin”

      Fantastic comment from Deadspin.

      • Poopy Pants

        Gay jokes are fantastic??

    • Zack

      Yeah, way to look like an ass for everyone to see.

      That’s almost as bad as guys taking off their hats to catch a foul ball.

  • mikebk
    • pat

      Buh bye. That had to be about 420 feet and he hit it at chest level.

  • X

    No Tex tonight..

    “Mark Teixeira did not accompany the Yankees to Texas on Monday because his pregnant wife is due to give birth Tuesday.

    The Yanks can’t be sure yet how long Teixeira will be out, but it’s possible that he could miss this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday two-game series against the Rangers. The first baseman has five home runs and 11 RBI over 34 at-bats in the month of August and will try to pick up where he left off once his child is delivered and healthy. Lance Berkman will probably fill in at first.”

    Source: ESPN New York

  • Chris

    I can sort of understand a guy not jumping in front to block the ball or catch it. But that guy got up and acted like he was about to catch it until the last minute when he jumped out of the way. If he just gets out of the way, then she probably would have too, and no one would have cared. Instead, he did the absolute worst thing possible.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Get healthy, Ace.

    (But not until September 1st.)

  • Scout

    If Corona doesn’t profile as even a major league back-up, in what sense can he be called overlooked?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yeah, it didn’t make sense.


      Brian Fantana: I was in love once.
      Ron Burgundy: Really? What was her name?
      Brian Fantana: I don’t know.
      Ron Burgundy: That’s not a good start, Brian, but keep going.

      • Matt Imbrogno

        More appropriate:

        They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.

  • jeff

    ARod’s been underpaid for most of his career. Per fangraphs, his play was worth $157.1M from 2002-2007, but he was “only” paid $136.4M. He lived up to the infamous Rangers contract. Sadly, his latest contract will be a much different story.

  • GermanYankee

    what’s wrong with the site? It always crashes if you visit it via IE!? I hope that’ll be fixed soon.

    • steve

      the problem is you still use IE. ha.

      • radnom

        Some people don’t have a choice at work.

        Also IE 8 or higher is actually a stable, competitive browser.

      • GermanYankee

        I only have IE at work and we’re not allowed to use other browsers. At home I don’t use IE ;)

  • http://riveraveblues sandy g

    rebuilding the yankees in two major moves.milwaukee needs pitching. hughes/burnett (eat some money)/marte/granderson/nova/for ryan braun and manny kansas city for joakin soria and zach grienke/offer montero/phelps/gardner/mcallister/noesi/bleich. sign cliff lee/david dejesus/scott downs/and victor martinez for full time dh and emergency catcher. a line up of dejesus/jeter/teixeira/rodriguez/cano/braun/martinez/swisher/posada. not bad. a pitching staff of sabathia/grienke/lee/pettitte/parra.a bull pen of logan/downs/robertson/moseley/aceves/soria/rivera.what does everyone think.

    • Tom Zig


    • Mike Axisa

      1. Why are you rebuilding the team with the best record in baseball?

      2. Do you realize that Braun’s walk rate & power are down rather considerably this year?

      3. It all sounds beyond terrible.

      4. This comment has nothing to do with anything and is so off topic it’s not even funny.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Actually, it is a bit funny, just because it’s so incredibly and thoroughly and embarrassingly stupid. But yes, it’s off-topic.

    • Klemy

      Wow…on so many levels – wow.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      what does everyone think.

      A.) This is all batshit insane.
      B.) It’s off topic.
      C.) Please don’t repost it in the off-topic thread, because it’s batshit insane.

    • Meat Loaf

      What does everyone think?

      We think you’re stupid.

  • Klemy

    I’m not sure what part of the Deadspin story I enjoyed more, the actual video or the comments from the viewers.

  • vinny-b

    I said the same about Reegie Corona, when watching him play in Tampa-A, 3 years ago.

    have no idea why he’s been protected on the 40-man in the last couple years. Much less, why an actual team actually claimed in Rule 12 once (and of course ended up returning him to us)