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Open Thread: 2010 Pledge Drive reminder
Despite ALCS loss, World Series has Yankee vibe

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Phoenix Desert Dogs (8-6 win over Mesa)
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – allowed three stolen bases in three attempts, and two were by his brother Andrew … ouch
Brandon Laird, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – huh, same exact line as Romine … neat

Open Thread: 2010 Pledge Drive reminder
Despite ALCS loss, World Series has Yankee vibe
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    Shortest DotF ever?

    • Steve H

      It’s the Favre edition.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    So Romine’s stock has taken a bit of a dive since mid-season, huh?

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I’m sure he’ll get it all back once he plays a full season next year without exhausting in the second half.

      • Gonzo

        I wish I had your confidence.

  • Greg Golson

    Is it a good idea to buy the Baseball America prospect book? cuz i bought it in 04, and i think im gonna buy it again this year

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Go for it.

    • Avi

      Absolutely. I don’t know how you can analyze baseball without having a good understanding of player development.
      No one does prospects like BA.
      You’ll get 30 players from each organization with in depth scouting reports. Highly recommendable.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    He was obviously letting his brother steal those bases because big bro would knock him out if he didn’t.

    Austin and Andrew Romine are the same height, but Austin is 5 pounds heavier than Andrew. I think they need to take this to the Octagon for UFC 122.

  • BleednYankeeBlu

    I wonder if Romine has what it takes. The Yanks are funny with their catchers, at first it was Cervelli, then Montero and now everyone is talking about Romine. I wonder if they trade Montero this winter.

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      I don’t think anyone ever seriously thought Cervelli would be the long-term answer to the catcher position.

    • Ed

      Cervelli was never supposed to be anything more than a backup catcher. His best case upside was “starting catcher on a really bad team.”

    • Total Dominication

      WHen was it ever Cervelli?

    • Avi

      If the yanks are willing to trade Montero for Greinke i don’t see Greinke ending up on any other team.
      Montero is most likely the best prospect the Royals could get in return for greinke.
      Moustakas, Myers, Montero and HosMer. OUCH!
      Killer M’s?

      • Avi

        I don’t want to see Montero go!
        Not for Greinke.

      • Gonzo

        Not enough room at 1b.

        • Avi

          Ha! great point. Throw Billy Butler into the mix.
          Let’s say Myers catches and Moustakas plays 3B .You still have Hosmer at 1B and Butler DHing.
          Could it be KC won’t be interested in Montero cuz of this?
          I hope so.

          • Zack

            They’d still want him, and just spin him to another team.

            Quality is always better than quantity

            • Gonzo

              I think they might want some Killer B action along with others.

            • Avi

              But if he’s the BEST prospect could get for Greinke they’ll have to take the quality and turn it into quantity (multiple prospects)
              Hopefully this means we could substitute Montero for say Brackman and Nova in a Grenkie deal.

              • Total Dominication

                Brackman+Nova does not equal Montero. Not even close. And Montero along will not get us Greinke.

          • Gonzo

            Considering Moose and Myers may have to move positions, and the Royals could corner the market on players that can crush the ball but will have to move positions.

            I personally think it’s too soon to tell, but it’s just what some are saying.

            • Avi

              Sounds like Myers has the athleticism to play the OF if he doesn’t stick at catcher.
              I think you’ll see Moustakas break into the majors next year as a third baseman and move within about three years.
              You make a great point that they really have a logjam.

    • Gonzo

      I don’t think the Yankees are funny with catchers. I think the position of catcher is funny with prospects.

    • Brian in NH

      Cashman stated at yesterday’s presser that Montero will be given an opportunity to get a big league job next spring training. Will it happen? unlikely…but I think at this point they are more committed to Montero than ever as a near term big league catcher. At the very least, at his youth he’ll have the mobility and hopefully some athleticism to make up for what he lacks in catching skill for a few years.

  • vinny-b

    good. I hope this keeps up. Maybe it will better the chances the Yankees don’t trade Montero.

    not interested in trading Montero for *any* starting pitcher. No matter what happens with FA Cliff Lee.

    • Avi

      Any starting pitcher..
      Felix, Lester, Lincecum, Wainwright.
      Still no?

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

        Felix or Lincecum, eh on Lester and Wainwright.

        • Mister Delaware

          I’d take Lester over Lincecum, especially in the Stadium.

  • Joseph Cecala

    I don’t get the pun…

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Austin Romine has a brother, who he played against today.

  • Alex C.

    I know I might sound stupid for asking this but, why can’t the Yankees teach him how to catch?

    • Gonzo

      If it were easy, there would be way more hitting catchers in the MLB. It’s just not that easy to be a catcher.

      • Gonzo

        Also, I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest positions to scout (and I assume project).

  • MikeD

    The Cervelli hate is driven because he was thrust into a role he was never meant to have. So who was the Yankees starting catcher in 2010:

    Player A 90 games at C, 80 as starting catcher, 724 innings caught.
    Player B 83 games at C, 78 as starting catcher, 678 innings caught.

    Folks, Francisco Cervelli is Player A, and Jorge Posada is Player B. Cervelli was the Yankees starting catcher in 2010.

    In reality, we can call them co-catchers. That’s the problem. A player like Cervelli is meant to appear in 45 games, and bat 150 times, not double that. He’s fine for the backup role. He hit .270 with a .360 OBP, which is right on par with what he did in the minors. I love having a backup catcher who can get on base at .360 clip. Posada also got to catch Pettitte and CC when he was healthy. Cervelli was AJ’s personal catcher.

    People can bitch about Cervelli, but the kid did a solid job, and he did it for 400K. Plenty of MLB teams will snatch him up if the Yankees don’t want him. They should want him. They just need to make sure he has the job he was meant to have: backup.

    • vinny-b

      thank you.

    • Jerome S

      Technically, Cervelli got on base more often than Posada.
      It’s a shame that he only goes one base at a time.

  • Brian in NH

    Pleeeeeeease Romine…..please just learn to throw a guy out. I’m wondering how much of this is on the catcher vs the pitcher? If i remember correctly, in the minors they don’t focus too heavily on holding runners, just developing the pitching. And is it that Romine’s throws are always late? Off target? Is there a scouting report on his arm?

    need more info please!

    • Dave M

      I saw him throw a guy out in New Britain, CT this year. I was shocked. Made a good throw too.