The RAB Radio Show: November 15, 2010


The RAB Radio Show has returned, but we’re taking a different approach this time. Every day around this time you’ll get a short burst of Mike and Joe, oftentimes with a guest, talking about the Yankee news of the day.

Today we’re talking Rookies of the Year. It’s tough to argue with the winners, though Mike and I hit on some of the finer points of the results. Two former Yankees farmhands, Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata, received votes.

Then it’s to the pitching coach situation. What are the Yankees looking for in Eiland’s replacement? Who’s the favorite now? That’s what we’re talking about.

Podcast run time: 20:34

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  • Dick Whitman


  • JGS

    Heh. WAH-ba. Not sure why, but I always pronounced it WHOA-bah.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


    • Joe Pawlikowski

      I say WAH-ba because it kinda sounds like wakka wakka wakka.

      • Dick Whitman


      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I say it “wubba wubba wubba” like Downtown Julie Brown.


      • Thomas

        I always just said the letters, like you would for OBP.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You mean I’m the only one that pronounces it “awpbuh”?

          • Thomas


            Sounds like the start to some fast paced, poppy, hip hop song.

            Aaaaawpbuh! Here it comes. Get ready.

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      WAH-ba Chamberlain?

  • JGS

    As for the last time a Yankee should have won the ROY–Hideki Matsui!

    • Thomas

      He came in second.

      • Thomas

        Sorry I misread your post.

      • JGS

        Because a couple of reporters didn’t consider him a rookie, despite Sasaki and Ichiro taking home the award in 2000 and 2001.

        • Mike Axisa

          Hey, Berroa did out-WAR him this year.

          • JGS

            Somehow, I don’t think Matsui’s awful defensive numbers (that trashed his WAR) were a big factor in the decision.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      .287/.338/.451 with .344 wOBA and 106 wRC+ from a rookie shortstop >>> .287/.353/.435 with.341 wOBA and 110 wRC+ from a rookie leftfielder.

      Even if some knucklheads refused to vote for Matsui on a silly technicality, I’m good with Berroa beating him out on pure merit. We’d all take the balance of Hideki’s career, of course, but in 2003, he wasn’t as good or as valuable or as outstanding as Angel Berroa, who deserved his win.

      FWIW, both bWAR (4.0 to 0.3) and fWAR (2.7 to 0.4) have Berroa over Matsui in a landslide. Shit, Hideki may not have even deserved a top 3 finish; look at what Rocco Baldelli and Jody Gerut did in 2003.

      • JGS

        Fair enough. Still, the podcast was discussing when the last time a Yankee was even in consideration. Cano is brought up, even Melky in 06, but no mention of Matsui.

  • Matt DiBari

    This looks pretty cool. How long does it usually take for the shows to show up in the iTunes feed?

    • Matt DiBari

      Nevermind. Its up now

      • Joe Pawlikowski

        I was afraid that it would take a while, since the show’s been dormant for nearly a year. Glad to hear it pinged quickly.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Well, I assume it’s because you have the machine that goes “PING!”

  • Tom Zig

    I was wondering when you guys would get back to doing this. I always enjoyed these. Nice work.

  • RR

    Subscribed on Itunes… Awesome guys!

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Needs a call in portion!

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      Coming soon!

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        The next step after that: Buy a boat offshore and set up a pirate frequency aimed at ESPN 1050; preempt The Herd with Colin Cowherd and replace it with The RAB Radio Show.

        If that doesn’t work, sell the podcasts on iTunes and use the proceeds to buy a bomb and blow up the transmitter where The Herd with Colin Cowherd is broadcast from, thus knocking it off the air altogether.

        Either way, Colin Cowherd loses and society wins.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Cowherd just got a sitcom deal with CBS. How terribly unfortunate for everyone.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            List of enjoyable CBS programming:

            The NFL on CBS

            [end of list]

            • FIPster Doofus


      • Tom Zig

        Does that mean I get to call your cell phone?

        evil laughter

        • Thomas

          Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well, then you better let him out!

          /Stephen King’s It, which sucks a lot

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Stephen King is the best writer in American fiction history (amongst the “incapable of writing a good ending to save his life” division, of course.)

            • Thomas

              I was actually talking about the movie (I haven’t read the book), but didn’t want to just write It since that isn’t very specific.

              King is an excellent writer. His prose is very good and many of his plots (and thus full books) are as well. His problem is the lack of ideas vs. the number of books. Because he writes more novels than he has real ideas (instead of hashing out one great book), many of his books follow the same cliches, e.g. small Maine town, lovable losers, extremely mean/flat bullies. Also, he has the huge problems of just writing ridiculous garbage, such as the short story with the possessed textile weaving machine or his often horrible endings.

              I think Stephen King’s major problems lie in loving to write and selling out. He seems to really love writing, so writes all these books for fun. The problem is he runs out of ideas/never has any and continues to write because he loves it. Then a crappy book is made. Even if he knows it is crappy, some publisher will still offer him a boat load of cash for (since it will be a best seller), he’ll still sell it (and I don’t blame him).

  • RR

    It would be cool to see this during the regular season, maybe a monthly thing, if you guys have the time.

  • Ross in Jersey

    When Lee signs can you guys just record Bexy and Rebecca screaming for 2 minutes to open the show?

    • bexarama

      No one wants my banshee wailing on record.

  • vin

    Just finished listening… nice job guys. Looking forward to hearing more.

    FWIW, I say “woe-buh.” And “rab”, not R.A.B. But it’s your site, so I’ll defer to you guys on that.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Heh, I had the same thoughts about “woe-buh” and “rab.”

      Great show, gents. Thanks.

  • Andrew

    Hey in your discussion about previous Yankee ROY candidates, you totally forgot about Alfonso Soriano’s 2001 rookie season! Sori had a decent case (at least through the eyes of the writers), and if the writers had treated Ichiro the same way they treated Matsui in ’03, he would’ve probably finished 2nd behind CC Sabathia. Though now that I look at his year in hindsight (his biggest numbers were 18 homers, 43 stolen bases), I’m surprised that he actually had a negative WAR and his wOBA was only about .316. Oh well. Still, knowing the writers, he would’ve placed well.

  • AJ

    Yes! I missed these shows.