Nov
19

Open Thread: Help Wanted

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Do you want to write for RAB? Well here’s your big chance. We’re looking to add one or two weekend writers to our staff. Apparently Steve has this thing called a “life” that’s getting in the way of his blogging time. Doesn’t even sound like a real thing if you ask me.

Anyway, the idea is that you would contribute two posts each week, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, preferably for the 10am or 1pm ET time slot. We’re looking for someone that’ll fit right in with RAB. A casual writing style, no cursing in the posts (family blog), and most importantly some creativity. We don’t want someone that will just blockquote three paragraphs of a MSM article and add two sentences of commentary at the end. Originality is a must. To get an idea of what we’re looking for, just browse through Steve’s archive.

If you want to apply, here’s what to do…

  • Email us at riveraveblues (at) gmail (dot) com and put “RAB Weekend Writer” in the subject line to help us stay organized.
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself in the email. Background info, how long you’ve been a Yankee fan, how long you’ve been writing/blogging, why you think you’d be a good fit for RAB, the usual.
  • Send us samples of your writing, but please no attachments. Just send us a hyperlink (several, preferably) or embed it in the text of the post.

Unfortunately this is not a paid position. The only thing we can offer is a great amount of exposure (~40,000 hits a day and growing) and of course promotion of any of your work found elsewhere. Trust us, we wish it could be more. I honestly have no idea how many people will inquire, so I can’t give you an exact time frame for when you’ll hear back from us. With Thanksgiving coming up I wouldn’t expect to hear anything next week, so the Monday after that (Nov. 29th) is probably the earliest we’ll get back in touch with people. Thanks in advance to everyone that applies, and good luck.

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Here’s tonight’s open thread. The Rangers and Knicks are both in action, but not until a little later because they’re west of the Mississippi. Talk about whatever you want, so have at it.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    Hmm, I wonder if I can put together a resume.

  • Tom

    Times like this I curse my small knowledge of the Yankees and Baseball, I blame Britain for not fully embracing the sport.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    That picture is seriously creeping me out.

    I, too, have a life, one that usually has me in bed hungover at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well . . . the post have to be ready to go up by then. It’s not like they’re written in real time.

      (Or are they?)

  • first time lawng time

    Cool.

    This is kind of a weird question but it has to do with the post:
    This is a very nice blog. Informative, classy, I’ve learned a lot about baseball here and you guys do a nice job. My question is, when/how did the 3 of you (Mike, Ben, Joe)decide to make this blog?

    Kind of a weird question, I’m sorry, but I’m really interested in knowing how all of this got started.

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

      Before RAB the three of us were writing about the Yankees at our own small, shitty sites. Ben and Joe both ended up writing at the now defunct MVN together, and then decided to start a site. I was doing the same for the minor league side, and they invited me along.

      Here’s my old site: http://ingeorgewetrust.blogspot.com/

      • first time lawng time

        Oh cool.

        Sorry if that was a really weird question, I’ve just always been wondering. lol

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I should know this, but who is that in the “games without a HR” sidebar?

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

          Eric Duncan.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Thanks (and to Joe too).

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

          Eric Duncan.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

        Betcha never imagined it’d become this

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

          You have no idea.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

            It’s cool, I never thought being bored one night would lead to an actual paying job, so, yeah.

            • Oliver Queen

              It’s as if you can’t predict life.

              #ycpl

          • first time lawng time

            Wait, how did it become so famous? How did you get YES to advertise it and how did you get so many readers/commenters?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

              “how did it become so famous?”

              That’s still a mystery. I’d like to say it’s because we have such large brains, but that’s just not true. We just kept getting more and more visitors, and that motivated us to write more and more.

              “How did you get YES to advertise it”

              They approached us about going under their umbrella. We saw no downside.

              • first time lawng time

                Wow that’s really cool.

                Nice job.

              • mko

                Making good web sites with good content is enough sometimes ;-). A few years back I was reading like 20 Yankee-Blogs a day. And I wanted to cut down to the best. So the most important things I looked for first were:

                - Completeness of information (every important tidbit should be written about, as to not miss anything)
                - The updates should be regular and quick after something happens or is about to happen.

                So that trimmed it down a bit.

                Extras that kept me here:

                - The site is very fast.
                - The design is really slick and functional.
                - The commenting system is great and the comments themselves as well.

                I also stayed with LoHud because Pete Abe was the best at the time. And he really had a lot of insights in to the Yankees clubhouse and talked to a lot of the players kinda privately, which was great. But you’re only gonna have the opportunity for that as a beat writer. But that’s about all that was great there. Now LoHud seems like a newsticker and not much innovative content is posted anymore.

                • Brian in NH

                  Chad Jennings isn’t too bad. I liked PeteAbe better (curse him and his love of the Sox) but I still check out LoHud for the beat writer perspective

                  Oddly enough, LoHud is what brought me here. I was already a reader of MLBTR, and discovered this site with a link from Pete. It was around the time Axisa was joining MLBTR so it kind of brought my baseball blogs full circle

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

              I attribute it to dumb luck, mostly. Our BABIP would make Austin Jackson blush.

              • Lance

                I hate to used the term LOL, but I just did at that.

              • Mike HC

                That is underselling yourselves. A couple of years ago, I just decided I was going to start following a Yankee blog having not ever looked at one before. I typed in Yankee blog on Google, looked at the first 4 or 5, and this blog was far and away the best. The commenters also had a lot to do with that.

                I would say it was a combo of having a high spot on the google search and just being a damn good, smart, well written blog.

                • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                  The comments are a big reason I read RAB and not Lohud, RLYB, Nomaas, etc. Not as big as they have the best content, but big.

                  • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

                    I LOVE the comments in this blog. It’s another part of why I read RAB. I learn a lot from the regular RABbis and of course, I laugh at the troll comments.

              • mko

                Please see my comment to Joe P. above ;-).

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Oh wow Mike, that’s really an eyesore.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Don’t sugarcoat it, Taj. Tell me how you really feel.

        • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          You should see my wardrobe.

          • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

            Eh, I do print/web design, not fashion.

          • first time lawng time

            Can’t be worse than this guy’s

        • rbizzler

          You can’t talk trash about IGWT. That is the reason that some of the old-timers are here and diligently following the farm. Well, that and the epic ’06 draft.

          I still applaud Mike for simultaneously loving Matt Cain and hating on the Yanks (supposed) #1 prospect at the time.

          Oh the memories…

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

            High five.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

        “Think Jon Papelbon, but Chamberlain will certainly remain a starter.”

        WHAAAAAAAAAAAA??????

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

          “My Thoughts: Awesome pick. Yankee fans will love this guy by the 2nd inning he throws in pinstripes.”

          No kidding.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

            If only we knew it would be his undoing.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      They were all writing for different blogs at one point. Joe writes for Fangraphs, Mike wrote for another Pinstripe Plus (I think) and Ben has a thing for Avenues. Then they all decided to make a Yankee blog.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        lol I was way off then

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

        This was before the days of FanGraphs.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    What in the fuck is a life?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I’m a great writer (runs in the family), yet I am not very creative and have no idea what I would write about. Sucks for me I guess.

    I can photoshop a bit, though, I should run away and join NoMaas!:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5.....191005608/

    • first time lawng time

      Nice. I like that lol.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Finding something to write about is definitely the hardest part, especially during this time of year. I’m very jealous of the RABiis’ collective ability to come up with great, fresh content every day. #muchlove

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Matt Imbrogno, TSJC (god would he make some very funny articles), both Rebeccas and basically anyone from the blogs list on the sidebar would be great for this job.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      If I had the time, I would try; but with TYU, internship, work, and class, I’ve got no time. Plus, the weekends are the only time I get to spend w/my GF so they’re definitely breaks for me.

    • UWS

      I’d love for the WW guy to moonlight at RAB. Guaranteed comedy gold every weekend!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        This idea is the best idea.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      :) Thank you, unfortunately I have absolutely no creativity and I’m a terribly rambly writer. Like, I would put Posnanski to shame with how many tangents I would go on ha ha. (And I’m not saying my writing ability is anything close to Posnanski’s because it’s not.)

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

      Alas there’s a very good reason I can’t do it.

    • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      I never understood why TSCJ isn’t a writter in RAB. I guess it’s that thing called life everyone talks about.

  • first time lawng time

    If you could build a team around any one of these players (for the sake of consistency let’s just say they are all in their primes) who would you choose:
    1. Derek Jeter
    2. Alex Rodriguez
    3. Mariano Rivera
    4. Andy Pettitte
    5. Jorge Posada

    Me? A-Rod. I’d probably stick him at short, too. (Isn’t he a better shortstop than Jeter? I don’t really understand defensive statistics, so I can’t tell for myself, but he won Gold Gloves thereand he looks pretty competent)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Alex Rodriguez. No doubt. Incredible fielder at the second toughest defensive position with historically epic offense? Yes, please.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      A-Rod, it’s not even close. And yes, I’d put him at SS.

      • rbizzler

        Agreed. Put him at SS and give him the best media training that money can buy.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        And re: his defense, hmmm. BB-Ref doesn’t love it, but IIRC Fangraphs LOOOOOVED him (I think he had a UZR of like 12 one year in Texas). I remember thinking he was extremely good on the field with my eye test, not that that’s any sort of real judge.

    • All Star Carl

      Jorge. He has grit.

      • All Star Carl

        Anyone that pees on his hands is a real man.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      Mariano Rivera shouldn’t even be on this list. I love the man, but you don’t build teams around closers.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        This.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oh, replace him with Bernie Williams.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

      Jorge. Before this current new crop of catchers, it was THAT hard to find a power hitting back stop. To some degree, still is.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I considered that but I feel like building a team around a C is very risky. They’re so injury-prone and don’t a lot of them end up moving off the position?

    • Mike HC

      Jeter

    • Samuel

      Alex can’t even move on defense anymore (cant go to his left)while playing third base, and you think he will be able to cover ground at shortstop?

      Alex is the answer to the original question, but he would be the DH.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        /Anti-Kay’d

    • JAG

      Well, if they’re all in their primes, I don’t see how you can go with Jeter over A-Rod, since they were both SS but Alex was clearly better. Would he move off SS later in his career? Sure. Does that stop you from building around a team with an absolutely elite shortstop for the 5-10 years when he can do it? Nope.

      Jeter and Rivera were/are great Yankees, but the only one besides A-Rod who’s in this conversation for me is probably Posada. Pettitte was good in his prime but never truly dominant. Not sure I’d be comfortable building my team around a #1 pitcher who pitches more like a #2.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh and if you’re still here Mike: way to pump George Springer in the chat.

  • http://twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

    I wish I knew more about baseball. I had a plan of starting a spanish sports blog in DR. Too bad the plans went down the drain.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    So this is totally out of left field and would probably never happen, but I think MLB should get rid of the Pirates and move Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh (the team, not the body of water). The Rays deserve a fanbase that will support them and you know, show up for games and the fans of Pittsburgh deserve a team that’s going to you know, actually try to win. You could pull a Browns move and keep the Pirates name just cause of history and all that, but I think the Rays and Pittsburgh would be a great match. Then get rid of the Marlins or somebody and have 14 teams in each league, so that people like Darrell Rasner are no longer major league starters.

    • rbizzler

      I applaud your creativity, but the Pirates are actually going to be decent one of these days. They have a solid young core in McCutchen, Tabata, and Alvarez with Tony Sanchez and some pitching on the way.

      With the gorgeous stadium and a fanbase that will support a winner (just not a perennial loser), the Pirates are poised to shed their laughingstock label.

      Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see the Rays out of the AL East, but all is not dire in Pitt.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Eh, I don’t know about that. The owners have said that they’d rather lose because that’s how they make money.

        • rbizzler

          Have they actually said that or is that what the pundits have said about them with out doing any actual research.

          The Pirates have traded some veterans the past few years, which has pissed off some die hard fans, but when you look deeper at the players that they have actually dealt, you will find the list lacking. We are talking about guys like Jack Wilson, LaRoche (1b), Nady (ha), McClouth, etc., most of whom are lacking as legit contributors. Meanwhile they have invested in the draft and have some young talent in the pipeline.

          As a quasi-Pirates fan, all is not dire.

          • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

            I’m pretty sure I read that they said that, but I could be wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      This is only in my personal opinion, but if I was a Pirates fan, and my team was contracted and another team put in it’s place, I would HATE that team. HATE THEM. I have no idea if this idea makes sense financially – I really don’t know anything about baseball finances – but I feel like watching your team get contracted and another team put on top of them would suck. It’d be like someone running over your retarded dog you had for ten years and buying you another one saying, “Well, you’ve still got a dog!”

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Yeah, I see that. I just feel that the fans in Pittsburgh deserve a better front office and the Rays deserve a better fan base.

        Like I said, this would never happen, but it was just a thought.

        • Gonzo

          Say what you will about Littlefield, but Huntington is trying his darndest to go the way of the Rays mold.

  • first time lawng time

    I have a question I have wondered for a while and I hear people talking about it all the time (not just here, in general) and I figured here would be a pretty useful place to find out:

    Why do people blend player’s offense and their positions together? I mean, why do some people rate a player’s offense on their positions?

    For example: People say shortstops tend to have poor hitters, good defenders, or 1B is a “power hitting position” or something like that. And then it’s hard to find a good defensive hitter that can hit?

    Or x player is the best offensive player at his position.

    WHy does it matter what position they play? What does that have to do with their offense and how they compare to other players offensive numbers at their position?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

      I’m not sure *why* it falls that way, but because it does, some positions, on average, have less offensive power–ie, a shortstop isn’t going to (usually) hit 50 home runs.

      So if you get a SS that hits like crazy, it increases his value immensley because league wise there’s a lot less depth at that position.

      • first time lawng time

        Alright that makes sense. Thanks

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        I think it might have something to do with muscle. If you’re looking for a position where a good player has range, they’re likely to be more agile, and I think you can’t be agile AND the Incredible home run bomb Hulk. Take first base – you’ve got your sluggers like Pujols and Cabrera. Not small guys. Not a position that requires a lot of movement. Then second base (lots of movement required) gives you your tiny guys like Pedroia or Rhymes (of the Tigers).

        This might be nonsensical. It sounded good in my head.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      WHy does it matter what position they play? What does that have to do with their offense and how they compare to other players offensive numbers at their position?

      Because if you play a premium defensive position–C, CF, SS, 2B–and can hit like a RF/LF/1B, you’re incredibly valuable. Go look at the position splits on B-R. Because those positions tend to be more defensively focused, the offensive output isn’t as great. The better you can hit while playing one of those positions, the better you are.

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah that’s what I sorta figured, but I still wasn’t really sure. Thanks.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      1Bs, corner OFs, and obviously DHes are generally positions where you can get a lot of offense even at “replacement level” for these positions. Positions like SS, 2B, and C are ones where a lot of players have no bat at all, so a SS or C who hits even okay is valuable.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      Start with the defensive spectrum. It’s a list of positions ordered by hardest to play:

      C-SS-2B-CF-3B-RF-LF-1B

      Because it takes more skill to defend the positions on the left, you’re stuck with a limited set of players. Those players tend to hit worse, because they’re smaller and more athletic. At the positions that are easier to field, you can afford to have a big burly dude who can sock dingers.

      Then you run into issues of supply and competitive advantage. If you can find a C who can hit, you have an advantage because the supply of them is low. A guy like Joe Mauer hits so much better than the average catcher that he creates a huge advantage.

      You’d do best to have above average hitters on the left side and average guys on the right side. Being above average on the left means more, because it’s rarer. If you’re above average on the right that’s cool, but even the average hitters are much better than the guys on the left.

      Does that kinda make sense?

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah, it does. Thanks.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      There is a name for it, can’t remember what it is, but it’s a list of positions by difficulty. I believe it’s:

      Pitcher
      Catcher
      Shortstop
      Center field
      Second base
      Third base
      Right field
      Left field
      First base

      I don’t remember the exact order, but it’s something like that. Basically, the easier the position, the better the hitter is supposed to be. You don’t see a lot of weak-hitting first basemen because it’s the easiest position, so you teach a guy who’s a great hitter to play it. Likewise, if you get good defense out of your shortstop or catcher, you can give up some offense because it’s so hard to find guys who can play those positions well. That’s why it’s such a big deal that the Yankees have had Jeter and Posada all this time, because it’s so tough to find great hitters at those positions.
      This is also why Gardner loses value playing left field over center field, and why A-Rod lost value when he moved to third. Generally, you wouldn’t have a guy like Gardner in left because it’s a power position, but the Yankees can afford to do so because they get premium hitting out of their up-the-middle positions (C, SS, 2B, CF).

    • first time lawng time

      Alright thanks everyone.

  • OldYanksFan

    “Unfortunately this is not a paid position.”
    ———————————————-
    What? Are you f’ing kidding me?
    I’ve been a fan since ’65, and I can write.
    I’ll start with the game where I saw Mickey hit #500.
    So yuz guyz wanna put a bid in?
    I’d say a very reasonable start is 3/$45m.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Derek, get off RAB and go argue with Cash over your monies.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    heh, from Mike’s old blog:

    Other names that could be interesting as far as potential Posada successor’s include Atlanta’s Brian McCann (he’s just keeping the spot warm for Jarrod Saltalamacchia)

    I’m sorry, I’m not trying to mock you at all, and the blog’s really good overall and I remember how highly-regarded Salty was, that just made me laugh in retrospect.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

      The “successor’s” is killing me.

    • http://twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      You lost me at Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

      • pat

        Luckily it was at the end of the sentence.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      That’s what everyone thought at the time. Crazy in hindsight.

    • rbizzler

      But, just imagine if the Yanks were able to pry McCann away from the Bravos.

      We also get a little lesson in prospecting with Salty, four years later, still trying to establish himself as a legit ML catcher (good luck Red Sox), while McCann is extremely legit.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

        The scary thing is that someone will take it as a parable for Cervelli and Montero.

        Heaven help us.

        • rbizzler

          Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3YXn7ZDgvI (safe)

          Color me a skeptic, but the fans that would do so are so myopic and insulated that they would never know that McCann and Salty were equals/comps back in the day.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      There’s also a lot of funny-in-retrospect stuff in there, including this from WasWatching:

      Wild thought of the moment: If New York does become concerned about Jeter’s defense at SS, then sign Julio Lugo after the season.

      &

      I’m not worried about Mo. Never have been, never will be.
      #sentencesfromforever

      Hochevar was mentioned as a draft target.

      Oh, and apparently NoMaas interviewed Torre at some point? Whoah.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        also, found on a random Power Ranking linked on that blog re: the Blue Jays, from 2006 -

        A.J. Burnett is back, though his control is still on the DL. In his debut with Toronto on Saturday, he threw 57 pitches in his first two innings, 95 over six, gave up a pair of homers to Chicago’s Paul Konerko and took the loss. Still, the Jays are encouraged. After spending $55 million on Burnett, encouraged is all they can be.

        Le sigh

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

          Good, now whenever we have people posting about how it’s Island’s fault that AJ sucks or that he’s old or whatever other nonsense, we can link back to this comment instead of repeatedly saying “AJ is who he is.”

          • first time lawng time

            AJ Burnett is a fantastic MLB pitcher who just had a rocky season of a few bad starts. I fully expect him to have a spectacular bounceback season in 2011.

            Positce Vibes people.

  • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    Lets say something goes crazy wrong and the Yankees and Jeter dont get a contract done. He signs somewhere else

    Hughes + Montero for Hanley Ramirez

    Does Florida say no?
    Do the Yankees do it?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gut reaction, yeah, I do it.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Squishy Jello Person

      I could see Florida doing it but I’m not as high on Hanley as a number of others are. Yeah, I’m weird.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /nods in agreement

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for

          Shakes hea d in disbelief ;)

      • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

        Hes has been worth almost worth 6 fWAR per year and is signed to a very reasonable contract. How can you not be “high” on him?

        • Jose the Satirist

          Here is the list of shortstops with a higher WAR through their first 6 seasons at shortstop:

          Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken

          I’m also curious how you can’t be “high” on him.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I wouldn’t, because then they’d just have another huge hole in the rotation. I’d rather have Hughes in the rotation and a weak-hitting SS for a few years, than have Nova, and god knows who else if Pettitte doesn’t come back, in the rotation.

    • Gonzo

      Ok crazy thinking here, but what if you had to make a financial choice of 2 of Jeter, Mo, or Cliff Lee.

      The best team would be Lee (for sure) and Jeter, right?

      • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

        I’ll take Mo and Lee becuase I strongly feel anything more than 2Ys for Jeter would be overkill. Mo and Lee will be worth their salaries.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          Mo and Lee, without even thinking about it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Jeter, he’s the face of the franchise, but the numbers don’t lie, man.

          • Gonzo

            You guys do realize that Mo wasn’t worth his salary this year right? He was a 1.7 fWAR player and is in a role that is much easier to replace than SS.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              fWAR really underrates Mo but I agree with your general point.

              • Gonzo

                You know, I am not sold on fWAR underrating relievers by that much because releivers are that much less valuable.

                fWAR calculates for reliever leverage. Is there something else that they are missing in calculating fWAR for relievers?

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                  It’s not so much relievers in general as Mo. His FIP is always going to be higher because of his low BABIP, but he has a low BABIP because he induces very weak contact. It’s not a fluke with Mo.

                  • Gonzo

                    You are probably right, but I would argue not by as big of a margin as you think. I guess that would make Mo a better candidate for SIERA instead of FIP.

                • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

                  I don’t necessarily buy the “relievers are much less valuable” argument. I mean in general, yes they are. Maybe I’m biased from watching Mo my whole life, but having a guy who can shut the door on a 1-run game 9 out of 10 times, especially in the postseason, that seems extremely valuable to me, even if it doesn’t translate to WAR.

                  • Gonzo

                    I’ll have to disagree. Mo doesn’t get save a game unless the everyday guys and SP’s do a good job. They are already winning and put Mo in a situation of “not losing” as opposed to winning the game.

                    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

                      Oh I agree, but Jeter is one of 8 position players responsible, whereas it’s all on Mo to close it out. And I couldn’t even imagine the pressure.

                  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                    basically this. I know that Jeter is an above-average SS even in a down year (regardless of his defense), but when I think about Mo, I think about him as such an utterly dominant pitcher that it’s really hard not to choose him over Jeter. Like I said – don’t get me wrong, Jeter is great, but I’d pick Mo anyday.

                    This is a gut feeling, not a statistical one, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t change my mind anyway. I’m a bad sabr nerd.

                    • Gonzo

                      Bad SABR nerd!!! Go back to your room and recite “wins & saves are outdated” 100 times.

                    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                      Wins are outdated, but saves are a relatively new stat, and they were always dumb.

                      I’m sorry, I can’t not pick Mo over .. like, everyone in the world. I love him too much. He is Mo. The Mo. Our Lord & Savier. etc.

                    • Gonzo

                      I kind of feel bad for saves. At least wins enjoyed a long, long run respect. Saves were cool for like only 20 years.

            • first time lawng time

              You can’t just judge these things solely based on WAR. I know people here love it and all, but I think it’s a bit overrated.

              I would take Mo over Jeter, because quite frankly, Mo had a better year than Jeter. Not based on WAR or stats, but based on facts. Jeter, compared to his usual self, pretty much sucked. Mo, on the other hand, wwas his usual stellar self (except for that September)

              • Gonzo

                Personal assumptions aside, Jeter was an above average SS this year and a great SS last year. He also played way more innings than Mo. I love Mo, but I don’t think any pitcher who logged only 60 innings this year is more valuable than an above average SS.

                • first time lawng time

                  I just think Mo provided more value than Jeter.

                  I thought Jeter was pretty useless, an automatic DP in crucial situations.

                  • Gonzo

                    It’s your personal opinion based on your memory? I have no problem with that. I won’t take one iota of credibility from it, but I respect it.

                    • first time lawng time

                      Thankyou for respecting my opinion.

        • Gonzo

          I mean just for this year. I say this because after next you have JoPo salary coming off the books and I just want to focus on 2011.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        In a vacuum: Lee, Jeter. Sorry Mo, you’re the GOAT and I love you deeply, but Lee is obvious and above-average SSs are really, really hard to find.

        • first time lawng time

          So are near-perfect closers.

          Yeah I’m biased though, because I really dislike Jeter.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            So are near-perfect closers.

            Aren’t you the one who started shitting on Mo when he blew a save against the Red Sox? Like, to a ridiculous extent? And the difference between Mo and any pretty good closer in any one given year isn’t that great.

            I really dislike Jeter

            Crazy talk. Also, don’t let personal biases lead you to irrationality.

            • first time lawng time

              What ridiculous extent are you referring to?

              And isn’t you referring to that last line as “crazy talk and irrationality” a little opinionated and biased?

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                IIRC you were whining about how he can’t possibly be the greatest closer of all time because he blew one game and that is ridiculous. If that wasn’t you, sorry.

                Nah, I’m just not sure how you can really dislike Jeter as a Yankee fan. And you said you’d take Mo over Jeter just because you don’t like Jeter, that’s irrationality.

                • first time lawng time

                  I said “greatest closer my ass.” It was a heat-of-the-moment comment. That was his 3rd (?) blown save in like 2 weeks, he had a crappy September, the Yankees sucked during that stretch, they were about to get swept by the Red Sox, who had a signifcant amount of injuries on their key players. I was angry. That’s what came. I don’t see anything wrong with it. Should I control my emotions? Yeah. Did people have to reply with “STFU”? No. That’s ridiculous too.

                  I just think he is overrated and gets too much love. And I don’t think that’s irrationality. If someone offers me 2 things and I don’t like 1 of them, I’m not going to choose the 1 I don’t like. (Unlessif the point you’re trying to make is “Jeter is a better player, so I should choose him even if I don’t like him, so that’s irrational if I don’t” then you have a point.)

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                    lol whatevs.

                    (There’s a difference between thinking Jeter’s overrated and gets too much love and disliking him. I think he’s kind of overrated by the media and he gets way too much love about his “intangibles.” I also still love him, a lot. But whatever, liking/disliking a player isn’t rational.

                    But you should be able to make rational decisions about a player aside from whether you like them or dislike them. Think the Moose/Andy debate – Moose is a better pitcher and it’s not even close. This isn’t a 1000000% clear cut decision but when you say you take Mo over Jeter because you don’t like him, well, I’m not gonna think you spent too much rational thought on that.)

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      Moose is a better pitcher and it’s not even close

                      How many tears did you shed while typing this?

                    • first time lawng time

                      Wait, who would you take between Andy/Moose?

                      Me? I’d take Andy for the following (probably stupid, but honest) reasons:
                      1. I think Andy’s better looking
                      2. Andy’s a greay pitcher and I never watched during Moose’s pitching days
                      3. Andy seems friendlier to me. Moose seems kinda unfriendly/doesn’t like to be bothered by people.

                      Those are stupid reasons, yes, but it’s the truth. Also, I’m choosing between 2 very good pitchers, so it’s not like my reasons have to be rational. (I’m not choosing between Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner even though Gardner is probably the better player for example.)

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                      Wait, who would you take between Andy/Moose?

                      Moose.

                      Me? I’d take Andy for the following (probably stupid, but honest) reasons:
                      1. I think Andy’s better looking

                      He is. It’s irrelevant.

                      2. Andy’s a greay pitcher and I never watched during Moose’s pitching days

                      I agree, Andy’s a very good pitcher. Moose was still better over the course of his career and at his peak.

                      3. Andy seems friendlier to me. Moose seems kinda unfriendly/doesn’t like to be bothered by people.

                      Agreed. Also irrelevant to his pitching.

                      I totally get having a personal connection to a player, but Moose was just better than Andy.

                    • first time lawng time

                      I know he’s better. But Andy was still good. And I like Andy better.

        • Gonzo

          That’s the logic I was using. You could trade for a quality reliever and not break the prospect bank, but if you trade for a quality SS, your farm system is gone.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Yep. Remember even this year, I think it was in May, when Mo was hurt for a little bit and couldn’t close? We got through it fine. None of those guys were Mo, there’ll never be another Mo, but his role is just not as important as an elite SP and an even-just-above-average SS.

            • first time lawng time

              That makes sense. I would just rather have Mo, because, this is probably stupid so forgive me, I have more faith in Mo.

              For example, this past year when Jeter was at the plate, I never expected anything good to happen (towards the latter part of the season). I always expected groundout to short, or double play when we had runners on. When Mo would come in, I would expect him to close out the game, and I felt confident in him.

              That’s probably a stupid reason, but that’s why I think Mo was more valuable than Jeter this past year.

              • Gonzo

                One last thing I want to point out. There are some decent closers available either through trade (cheaply) or FA. The FA SS’s consist of:
                Orlando Cabrera (36)
                Juan Castro (39)
                Craig Counsell (40)
                Bobby Crosby (31)
                Adam Everett (34)
                Cristian Guzman (33)
                Jerry Hairston Jr. (35)
                Cesar Izturis (31)
                Julio Lugo (35)
                Nick Punto (33)
                Edgar Renteria (34)
                Miguel Tejada (37)
                Juan Uribe (31)

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Gah. As attractive as HanRam is, I don’t know if I’d give up Hughes with our pitching in flux. If we know Andy and Lee are in pinstripes by the time the Jeter deal falls through, I’d say yes. I don’t mind a rotation of CC-Lee-AJ-Andy-Nova (or however they get set up). Otherwise, I’d be really too concerned about the rotation to lose Hughes.

      The Marlins would say no because Phil Hughes isn’t 6’6 or taller, though. He just misses the “You must be this tall to be a Marlins pitcher” bar.

  • first time lawng time

    So what are everyone’s top 5 favorite thingsabout going to a baseball game in no particular order? (yeah yeah tonight’s “FTLT Poll” is pretty cheesy and stupid but whatever)
    Mine:
    1. seeing the players in person
    2. wearing my hat and jersey
    3. going on a school night and being exhausted when I go to school because it’s a long game and drive but you’re like whatever I don’t care, I went to the Yankees last night! (that probably made no sense, but whatever)
    4. Seeing the stadium, great hall, field, stands, buildings, scoreboard.
    5. Food.

    Yours?

    Oh yeah, you know what this site should really get? A poll on the sidebar updated every few days/week! haha. But probably one with better questions than what I have haha

  • first time lawng time

    Anyone saw/is seeing Harry Potter?

    I saw so many people dressed up as Harry Potter and Hogwarts people today lol.

    • rbizzler

      where are you exactly?

      • Jose the Satirist

        Gringotts

      • first time lawng time

        It was at school if that’s what you were referring to.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I hear that question ten times every day. Little bastard 8th graders think I look like Harry Potter.

      • first time lawng time

        Hahahaw. I’m sorry.

        8th graders are so annoying though. Middle School is basically the age in which kids think they’re so mature and cool and that they know everything.

        They’re brats.

    • Total Dominication

      I saw it at midnight. So did a ton of people at my school. We sold out 8 showings in the same theatre in a town of 20,000.

  • Teix is the man

    For you football fans out there…who should be the first QB taken in next year’s draft-Mallett or Luck? I think Mallett is better, but many of my friends like Andrew Luck.

  • first time lawng time

    If you lived in the following cities/states, which local team would you root for? (and don’t be an ass and say “Yankees!” because that’s breaking the rules, you have to choose one in your city)
    1. LA: Angels/Dodgers?
    2. Chicago: Cubs/WS?
    3. Florida: Marlins/Rays?
    4. Texas: Rangers/Astros
    5. Ohio: Reds/Indians
    6. Missouri: Royals/Cardinals
    7. Baltimore/DC: Orioles/Nationals

    • first time lawng time

      8. Phillies/Pirates

    • first time lawng time

      Mine:
      1. Dodgers
      2. Cubs
      3. Rays
      4. Astros
      5. Reds
      6. Cardinals
      7. Orioles
      8. Pirates

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Dodgers, White Sox, probably the Rays, Astros, Reds, Cardinals, Orioles.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Yankees!

      /being an ass’d

      I really think you should make the LA category the California category. The state has five teams in it. I’d probably be holed up in the Bay rooting for the Giants or A’s.

      • first time lawng time

        I could never root for a team that has Dallas Braden.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          The rest of the team makes up for his jerk-ness. I live near there.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        My picks:

        1) Angels
        2) White Sox
        3) Marlins
        4) Astros
        5) Indians
        6) Royals
        7) Orioles
        8) Pirates

        • Chris

          The Pirates are that cool…

          • Xstar7

            super cool

    • Jose the Satirist

      1. Los Angeles Angels of North America
      2. White Sox (Why root for a team that will never win a World Series ever again?)
      3. Miami Gators from Back to the Future II
      4. Dallas Cowboys
      5. Joe Morgan
      6. St. Louis Perfectos
      7. Baltimore Orioles (the ones who eventually moved to New York)
      8. Bucs

      • first time lawng time

        7. Baltimore Orioles (the ones who eventually moved to New York)

        Ohhh that’s clever!

      • Xstar7

        What do you mean eventually? The Orioles that turned into the Yankees were only in Baltimore for 2 years.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      1. Dodgers
      2. Suicide
      3. Rays
      4. Suicide
      5. Indians
      6. Cardinals
      7. Nationals
      8. Phillies

    • Xstar7

      Dodgers
      Cubs
      Marlins
      Astros
      Reds
      Cardinals
      Nationals
      Pirates

      The Yankees are the only American League team I like

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      You don’t have a NorCal (A’s/Giants) category here and that upsets me. I’m adding one in on my own.

      1. Angels (aside from obvious yankee-related angel hate)
      2. ChiSox.
      3. Rays.
      4. Astros.
      5. Indians.
      6. Cards.
      7. Nationals.
      8. A’s.

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        Oh, and Phillies.

      • Xstar7

        You would take the A’s over the Giants? What’s up with that?

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          I can’t really say why. I just like the A’s more. Could be that they’re an American League team and there’s that comfort in that for me knowing there’s a DH and all of that. Could be that they’re sort of cute and scrappy. Could be that they will probably not threaten the Yankees in the near future. Could be their dingy stadium.

          Whatever the reason is, I just do.

          That’s not to say I don’t like the Giants; I just like the A’s more.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          Other possibilities:

          -cheaper tickets.
          -more convenient to me.

        • Xstar7

          That’s cool. I have a friend who used to live in Northern California who’s an A’s fan.

    • http://rayzayasrivera.tumblr.com Ray Fuego

      1. Dodgers
      2. White Sox
      3. Rays
      4. Rangers
      5. Reds
      6. Cards
      7. Nats
      8. Pirates

      and in the bay area I would pick the giants.

  • Bee

    Question re: time slots.

    If one works on Saturday mornings, is it OK to turn in the post on Friday night (between 10PM and midnight)?

    • first time lawng time

      I think that’s what they do anyway. Don’t the writers do their posts like a day in advance? (if possible)

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I obviously don’t write for RAB, but that’s what I do.

      • Bee

        Thanks! Just double checking :)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Attn FTLT:

    As a pitcher, Mike Mussina > Andy Pettitte.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDbNaLqVw8c

      I will second this.

      Andy: .635 career WP%, 3055.1 IP, 3.88 ERA, 117 ERA+, 3.75 FIP, 50.2 career WAR (about 1.64 WAR per 100 innings).
      1.357 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 2.34 K/BB.

      That’s a fine pitcher.

      Moose: .638 career WP%, 3562.2 IP, 3.68 ERA, 123 ERA+, 3.57 FIP, 74.8 career WAR (about 2.09 WAR per 100 innings).
      1.192 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 3.58 K/BB.

      That’s a Hall of Famer.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That career WAR, btw, is 24th all time.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Yep.

          Better than Schilling, Glavine, Feller, Drysdale, Hubbel, Palmer, Bunning, Eckersley, Ford, Koufax, Marichal, Smoltz… WAR’s not the be-all-end-all, but it’s worth looking at, and those numbers are pretty incredible.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Moral of the night:

            Mike Mussina was the fucking boss.

            • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

              Big Stein’s getting upset!

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        I agree. Moose is criminally underrated historically, especially with the other pitchers of his generation (Clemens, Maddux, Unit, Pedro, etc.). I think Pettitte is going to end up a HOFer too though.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I think Moose should; I don’t think Pettitte should.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I can see Pettitte getting in and Moose not, but it should be the other way around.

    • http://twitter.com/AnaMariana42 Ana

      Throw a few more >s in there and you’ll be pretty much accurate. And I <3 Andy lots.

    • first time lawng time

      I never said he wasn’t. I just said I’d rather have Andy over Moose.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        In what context…? ‘Cause if it’s pitching, there’s no logical way you can make that conclusion.

        • First time lawng time

          They’re both good pitchers. Even if moose is better I want Andy just because I like him better. If Andy were a bad pitcher then I could understand why you’re confused but he is good so I don’t see anything wrong.

          • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

            Much like it’s better to have a good pitcher than a bad one, it’s better to have a great pitcher than a good one.

            • First time lawng time

              Yeah but I’m just saying I’d take Andy over moose because I like Andy better. It’s just for personal reasons that’s all. If I had to choose between moose and someone of andys caliber but isn’t Andy I’d choose moose (if that makes sense)

              • http://twitter.com/AnaMariana42 Ana

                it doesn’t make sense, though. you’re not choosing who to have dinner with. you’re choosing who to have pitch for your baseball team.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Boom.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        Why would you take the inferior player over the superior one? I’m sorry, that just doesn’t make any sense.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I would “take” Andy over Moose. Ahem.

          • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

            We already knew that Bexy. It’s kinda obvious. ;)

          • http://twitter.com/AnaMariana42 Ana

            MORE MOOSE FOR ME. *slinks back to Twitter*

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Yep, absolutely. Doesn’t matter when it’s written, as long as it gets published at those times.

    • Bee

      Sweet! Thanks :)

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

    Serious suggestion, what about approaching someone who’s stepped away from full time blogging? Jay/Matt at Fack Youk comes to mind, or maybe someone else like that who used to blog daily and has stepped away. Maybe he/she doesn’t have time to blog daily, but can find time for 1-2 pieces a week.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Kemba. Walker. Matty?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      What did my boy do? I don’t have the game on–can’t find it on my cable.

      • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

        I don’t think they play until Monday or something. But last night he dropped 42 points. Most since Donyell. It was crazy. He’s so good.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          /melts

          He’s incredible.

  • Mattchu12

    Pirates designate Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....young.html

    Anybody else think Duke would be a very interesting guy for the fifth spot or LOOGY role? I think he’s worth taking a look at. LaRoche is always an interesting bench option.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’d like to take a flier on LaRoche.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Hell no. 1.484 career WHIP and a 4.8 K/9? In the NL Central? That’s called cannon fodder in the AL East.

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

        Good relievers are often failed starters. I’d keep an open mind about a bullpen role.

        • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

          Duke gave up 255 hits in 06. He’s extremely hittable, but his split against lefties are OK (.285/.351/.427). If he was the back-up LOOGY getting work in AAA, yeah, I’d be fine with it.

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

      5th spot no. If he’s willing to work out of the bullpen and can add a few ticks to his declining fastball? Sure, why not.

      He doesn’t walk many guys, but he doesn’t miss many bats, either. He hasn’t been fooling anyone for a while. Worth a shot, but I wouldn’t expect much.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        The only way I’d consider Duke is on a minor league deal.

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

          Yeah, his splits don’t suggest he’d make a good LOOGY, but you never know. You pitch completely differently out of the bullpen than you do as a starter. As a starter, you’ll often get beat on your 3rd or 4th best pitch. As a reliever, you just go with your best 1-2.

          http://www.baseball-reference......;t=p#times

          FWIW-He does his best work 1st time through the lineup.

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

          BTW-Why minor league? What would be the harm of offering him a few mil and see if he can cut it out of the bullpen? The Yanks did that with Latroy Hawkins and Chan Ho Park in recent years, they could do the same with Duke. If it doesn’t work out, you cut him loose in June or July.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Because Hawkins and Park had upside as relievers, as well as more bullpen friendly stuff. If Duke had a pronounced split, I’d consider it more, but with such a “meh” performnace against LHB, there’s really no upside for Duke.

          • Ed

            The Yanks offered Hawkins and Park 7 digit ML salaries because they were successful the year before. While the Yankees cast offs tend to fit in well with the Pirates, I wouldn’t expect it to work in the other direction.

          • candyforstalin

            we’re saving that money for brian tallet.

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

    Yeah, Jetes deserved the gold glove.

    http://baseballanalysts.com/

    Ouch.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Wow.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Does that have POSADA as the best defensive catcher by their standards?????? O_O

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

        With all these metrics, I’ve learned to ignore the Catchers. Catcher is the hardest position to nail down defensively. Too interdependent with the pitchers and too subjective as to where fault lies.

    • Mike HC

      People come up with a new defensive metric every month just to prove once again that Jeter sucks on D. We get it already. There has to be more important things to figure out at this point.

  • jim p

    It was a dark and stormy night, runners on 1st and 3rd, two out,…

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

    http://fullcount.weei.com/spor.....ade-chips/

    KLaw: I would hesitate in trading Casey Kelly for one year of Adrian Gonzalez. He’s not untouchable but he’s pretty darn close.

    SERIOUSLY? I know the dude’s job is basically to rave about the Sox prospect’s and draft picks since Boston loves leaking it’s info but honestly you would have to even THINK about trading a 20 year old who flat out sucked in AA?

    Yes 20 is young and he has a lot of time to put it together but Adrian Gonzalez is a top tiered hitter. One of the best in the league. He may even be a better htiter than Teix and you have to THINK about trading a 20 year old in AA.

    But I’m willing to bet Jesus in AAA at the same age on his early slump got the BUST moniker from KLaw didn’t he?

    Ugh nothing will make my heart warm more if he ends up beeing a LOOGY.

    • All Star Carl

      That would be amazing considering Casey Kelly is right handed.

      • Mattchu12

        Haven’t you heard? Websters replaced the word ‘amazing’ with ‘Casey-Kelly’ earlier this year.

        • All Star Carl

          Do you know he makes Websters? It ain’t Webster.

          • All Star Carl

            He should be who***. But Kelly revises Websters dictionary folks.

    • mbonzo

      Don’t you think you could get Adrian Gonzalez for a little cheaper than a top prospect. Kelly is overrated by plenty of people, but he’s still a top prospect. People are complaining about trading Montero in a package for Upton, where Upton is worth a bazillion times more than Gonzalez. Gonzalez will not bring in a top prospect like Kelly because he’s a first baseman with only 1 year left on his contract. If Teix goes down tomorrow for a full year, would you expect the Yankees to trade their top prospect for 1 year of Gonzalez?

  • candyforstalin
  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Why is WHIP considered a new school or sabermetric stat?

  • cano is the bro

    damn who’s that cutie in the picture?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Does that girl work for RAB? If so I’m in!

  • mbonzo

    Anyone think Delwyn Young should be on the Yankees 40 man roster. The kid has proven nothing, but he’s got SO MUCH UPSIDE. Ugh its a long shot gamble but I think he’s worth more than some of the guys they’d protect in rule 5.