Open Thread: Aaron Guiel

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You all remember Aaron Guiel, don’t you? The Yankees claimed him off waivers in July of 2006, when they had a short outfield because of injuries suffered by Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield. His time in New York was short (he bolted for Japan after the season), but he definitely had some impact. He reached base three times in his first game for the Yankees, then hit a tie-breaking homer off Jose Contreras in the sixth inning of a game a little more than a week later. Four days after that he had a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against the Mariners, driving in a run that turned a two-run deficient into a one run deficit in a game the Yankees eventually won in extra innings. Exactly one week after that he hit a three-run homer against the Rangers in a one-run game. Overall, Guiel hit .256/.337/.439 (.339 wOBA) in 92 plate appearances for the Yanks while playing right field and some first base.

After that trip down memory lane, let’s use this sucker as an open thread. The Panthers and Steelers are on the NFL Network, and all three local hockey teams are in action. Talk about whatever, go nuts.

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  • Mark L.

    Guiel was a great addition — one of the few good bench moves made during the 2004-2008 dark ages.

    • bexarama

      You might be a Yankee fan if… your team averaged 95 wins a season during a period you call the “dark ages”

      (I’m not trying to be obnoxious and I know what you mean. It’s just kind of, eeesh.)

      • bonestock94

        Every playoff run ended in a sickening way from 01-07. It’s very dark in my mind.

        • Ed

          If the ’03 season is in any way sickening to you, you’ve got absolutely ridiculous standards.

          And while ’01 was certainly a heartbreaker, I don’t think I could call that sickening. That season was amazing and memorable the entire way through, and it’s really only those last few minutes that are bad. And they’re really only so bad because of how amazing the run up to them was.

          • Matt DiBari

            03 actually bothers me alot more than some of the other years. That was absolutely a team the Yankees should have beat.

          • bonestock94

            Sorry, I really didn’t enjoy losing to the Marlins.

    • Mattchu12

      I remember everyone being pissed about him wearing #46.

  • Mike

    Aaron Guiel was loved in México, a pretty good ballplayer who day in and day out left his heart in the field, he played for the Mexicali Eagles in the border state of Baja California and went to a few caribbean series both playing with the Eagles and as a reinforcement (an honor reserved for good players or players the people love to watch). In those years he played alongside Johnny Gomez at Mexicali, another beloved player in the Mexican Pacific Winter League.

    By the way, the Eagles is the team where John Kruk played back in 1986 and won a caribbean series, a guy who to this day is cherished and loved in that city (2 hrs from where i live) and Kruk has repeteadly said he’d love to see in the major league level the same love and enthusiasm players show when they play in those winter leagues (Mexico, Dominicana, Puerto Rico, Venezuela).

    Too bad Guiel didn’t get too much playing time with the Yankees, he suffered the same thing Erubiel Durazo experienced when he went to play for the yankees in the minor leagues and the same thing Jorge Vázquez is experiencing right now, players acquired from México’s strongest league are of little to no value to the yanks even if they show aptitude (Ramiro Peña, Aceves, Bañuelos, didn’t come from the mexican pacific winter league).

    • Accent Shallow

      players acquired from México’s strongest league are of little to no value to the yanks even if they show aptitude (Ramiro Peña, Aceves, Bañuelos, didn’t come from the mexican pacific winter league).

      Are you saying that the Mexican Winter League is stronger than the in season Mexican League, or that those three are of little to no value to the Yankees? Because yes, Ramiro Peña is truly terrible. However, Aceves was a valuable reliever, who on other teams may have gotten a chance to start, and Bañuelos is a top prospect.

      As for Vazquez, the Yankees are moving him pretty slowly, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him as a bat off the bench.

  • Griffey’s Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

    the thing I remember about Aaron Guiel is Sterling’s Home Run Call: “Aaron Guiel wears a smile” hilarious

  • mike c

    how about jim abbott? my friend has a signed baseball and i always wondered how he held it and signed it at the same time

    • Ross in Jersey

      Mind blown.

    • Kiersten

      My favorite thing about Jim Abbott is that he was on Boy Meets World.

      I guess the whole no hitter with one hand thing is pretty cool too.

    • China Joe

      Pretty much everything Jim Abbot did in his career was mind-blowing

    • bexarama

      Abbott also has a hit. I think that’s pretty incredible.

      • Nostra-Artist

        That can also be used as a crude argument in support of BABIP.

        “Dude, it’s not all skill, there’s an element of luck involved in getting a hit. I mean, Jim freakin Abbot has a friggin hit!”

    • Matt Imbrogno

      The Force. If there’s one individual in the history of the world (exaggerating for effect here, people) who had the Force, it was Abbot.

  • kevin w.

    very happy with the aaron guiel shout out. always did his job very well when called upon

    • brockdc

      I feel like he’s one of the few white, hard-nosed role-players on the Yanks within the past decade or so who hasn’t been overvalued in retrospect. Kind of the anti-Brosius, if you will.

  • Kiersten

    I do not recall this Aaron Guiel person at all.

    To be fair, it was my first month of college, so all of September 2006 might be a little, uh, fuzzy.

  • Kiersten

    Wow you guys are talkative tonight.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    I am physically incapable of wrapping presents.

  • China Joe

    Ahhhhhh…nobody has proposed a trade yet, I can’t stand it!

    Felix for Montero, Banuelos and AJ Burnett’s wife!

  • Totes McGoates



    • bexarama

      I still laugh every time I see this.

      • Totes McGoates

        Gammon’s Twitter still has random words/phrases that have no coherent meaning. I still find it hilarious.

        • bexarama

          I have like 20 Tweets favorited. Probably like 15 of them are his nonsense Tweets.

  • Sal

    Aaron Guiel??? You really must be bored.

    • Evan

      At least he didn’t get into Tony Womack territory.

      • Pat D

        I’m exepcting a joint Tony Womack/Jaret Wright post. I remember they signed at the same time. My dad called me and told me they had done that. My first thought was, “What the fuck are they doing? Miguel Cairo did nothing wrong last year!”

        Now, leaving aside how funny that overall statment was, the first WTF thought still stand.

  • playeroption

    Swisher, Gardner, Hughes, Joba, Jesus, Banuelos, Adams, Nunez for The King and Ichiro. Hey – its Christmas!

    • mbonzo

      As a Yankee fan I say no f@$%ing way. You’re basically trading away 75% of your young players for 1 guy who will now only replace Hughes because of that deal. No thanks. Felix is good, but he’s not that good.

  • baba from the rising sun

    He has another contract year left in Yakult swallows Matsui used to
    play against. He is a power hitter here ,though with a lot of strikeouts.
    Fans love him for his cheerfulness and give it all style.
    Happy Christmas from Japan !

  • JGS

    127 Hours is fucking intense.

    That is all.

    • Pat D

      I’m still waiting for The King’s Speech to open where I live. It’s coming this weekend or next, I think. Guess I’ll have to go see Black Swan, too.

      Still waiting for 127 Hours and I Love You, Phillip Morris to open in my area.

      • bexarama

        Black Swan is sooooo awesome. It’s still sticking with me, many days later.

        • Pat D

          I’m worried that it’s that one movie I’m pre-determined to hate. I’m mixed on Aronofsky’s work (Pi was completely original, Requiem for a Dream is impossible to watch, The Wrestler was great, haven’t seen The Fountain) and I’m just not much interested in a movie about ballet.

          But being that I’ll watch every Oscar contender, I just need to remind myself to go into it with an open mind, like I did The Social Network. I didn’t think I’d care at all for that movie, since I despise Facebook and its ilk, but firmly believe it’s one of the top 3 or 4 movies of the year.

          • candyforstalin

            black swan is not an uninteresting film but it’s too derivative and wastefully unfocused at times. other than that i just saw somewhere, recently.
            somewhere is the work of a splendidly assured filmmaker (unlike the virgin suicides), sparse (where marie antoinette was over-the-top) and completely controlled (where lost in translation was urgent). -insert heart emoticon here-

      • Nebkreb

        I’m looking forward to King’s Speech too. Heard really good things and I have a stutter. Might be seeing it tomorrow.

        • Gonzo

          I saw a speech therapist for the first few years of organized education for a stuttering problem. Now I’m just loud and talkative. I had a really pronounced stutter.

  • Carlosologist

    I just put together the Path to Swisher poster in my room. It looks badass. I’ll upload a pic when I can find my camera.

    • wow

      yo, turn it into a fathead.

  • Gonzo

    Crazy chat proposal for a dead night.

    Mo’s successor is probably not in the system. However, who in the system do you think has the highest % of succeeding Mo?

    I’ll go Adam Warren. He’s got a good FB with good control, but I just think his other pitches are a MLB starter’s yet. They may get there though.

    Brackman and Betances tie for a very close 2nd because of injury concerns.

    What about you?

    • Gonzo

      Meant to say Warren’s other pitches aren’t an MLB starters.

    • Reggie C.

      Would need to be a guy with overpowering potential. I think Joba has a shot at succeeding Mo. Joba’s arsenal is still very good and some guys just need further harnessing of little things … like command. When Joba can spot his 2 seamer on a regular basis, hitters will start flailing like helpless AA hitters at the 4 seamer.

      If not Joba … i’m not sure. Betances perhaps, though health is always a issue. If not Betances, i’m thinking of Brett Marshall. Marshall might have the best arm in the lower minors.

      • Gonzo

        Dang forgot about Joba. I was just thinking of the farm.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I think Hector Noesi will be Mo’s successor. He can throw strikes and I think he should also have a nice up-tick in velocity in the bullpen. This has nothing to do with anything, but he seems to have the exact same personality as Mo as well.

  • AJ

    MLBTR : The Yankees have “had internal chats” about signing Manny Ramirez, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network. Curry rates the odds of Ramirez in pinstripes as even slimmer than those of the Yanks signing Johnny Damon, which Curry says “is also unlikely.”

    • bonestock94

      Fuck Manny, I hope I never see him in pinstripes.

    • Xstar7

      That’s never going to happen for one reason: Manny would have to cut off his precious dreadlocks.

      • Sean C

        I was watching the Tenth Inning by Ken Burns, and they really get into the Red Sox teams when they won their two titles a few years ago (ugh, it sucked). However, you can see the beginnings of Manny’s dreadlocks. Which also reminds me of Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray on SNL, and he tells Seth Meyers that Manny looks like the Predator. Then he asks if Seth would allow Predator to play on his baseball team if he promised not to eat anyone… The actual video is hilarious: (safe)

        • Xstar7

          Couldn’t load the video on my IPhone. Manny’s dreadlocks are ridiculous though.

    • ultimate913

      That plan seems so crazy, it just might work. Yankees need a RH bat for the OF, right? I mean, yes, Manny is declining at a quick rate and his fielding capabilities are almost gone but, the hype the Sox are getting this year might motivate him to just go off on them.

      I’m all for it, at this point.

      • Gonzo

        I guess it depends on the price, but I’d rather not.

    • Reggie C.

      An internal chat that could very well have lasted 2 syllables into Manny’s last name before Cashman fired the guy who suggested it.

    • China Joe

      somehow I think if Manny only played in the 19 games against the Red Sox he’d hit have an 1.100 OPS

  • Nostra-Artist

    I liked Guiel for his wit.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      I liked him for his guile.

  • Aaron Guiel #1 Fan

    Oh hayyyy, guyzzzz!!!!

  • Steve H

    Eric Solomon (New York, NY)
    Thanks for responding to my tweet…there are some NY Yankees fans (myself among them) that feel there is an opportunity to expose some of the young pitching talent to the majors this year (given the whiff on Lee and potential retirement of Pettitte). If you were GM, and given your knowledge of the Yanks’ system-wide pitching depth, would you endorse that road at this point?

    (1:08 PM)
    I’d love to see Nova get 5th starter time and Banuelos make some appearances later in the year.

    Klaw loves him some Manny.

    • Reggie C.

      I’m strangely okay with the concept of Nova making the ML team as the #5 guy. But, there simply cannot be any other pitcher on the rotation that fans can point to and say: “That guy is gonna be worse…just watch.” The possibility of Mitre making the rotation by simply SHOWING UP straight up kills me.

      • Gonzo

        I think one of the Rebeccas whimsically said Nova would pitch the next Yankee no-hitter. That was during the ’09 season. Imagine if she was right!?!


      I would really like a rotation of CC, Phil, Andy, AJ, and Nova. Honestly, I think it could be better than last year, if of course, AJ has a better year, Phil continues to get better and Nova learns to get through the order a few times. If CC and Andy continue to do what they do I really feel pretty confident in that rotation. If Andy retires then I start to worry a bit.

      Only thing that really worries me is how many “if”s there were in that comment.

  • AJ

    I know it’s the holiday season but I miss the RAB Radio Show already.

  • Jerome S.

    Is seeing Brett Favre in a jeans commercial an endorsement or doom?

    • AJ

      I’m sure Brett Favre is playing with random guys in the mud like the commercial says. I don’t like Brett Favre.

      • Jerome S.

        The Vikings ARE random guys in mud.

        • pat

          HAHAHAHA +1

  • AJ

    Can Miguel Cairo get some love in the next open thread? I always (unfairly I admit) hated him as a player, but I feel guilty for it. I’ve grown to appreciate his meager contributions in his few years in pinstripes.

    • AJ

      I met him once in 2006, he’s a great guy.

  • Josh

    Aaron Guiel is quite possibly the nicest person I’ve ever met. Not just the nicest ballplayer — the nicest PERSON.

    I come from Council Bluffs, Iowa — 15 minutes from Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, where Kansas City’s AAA team played. Guiel played for the Omaha Royals (nee Golden Spikes) from 2000-2006. I got to know him as a regular there. He was an absolute pleasure to talk to. He was nice to everyone, never refused to sign an autograph or nine for anyone, and played the game the right way.

    What nobody talked about was his arm. Guiel had an absolute CANNON for an arm — one which was on par with Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen in their primes. I’ve seen him throw BULLETS to nail runners at both third and home. In 2003 he had 9 outfield assists in just over half a season in the bigs.

    The coolest feat I saw Guiel accomplish was in a day game one April weekday in 2002. Guiel did not start the game, and the O-Royals were behind the entire game. It was the bottom of the 9th and they were down by two, and with one out and the bases loaded, Guiel was called upon to pinch hit. He hit a walk-off pinch-hit grand slam. You could go your whole life without seeing one of those even on TV.

    So when the Yankees (the team I was raised to root for) got him, of course I was elated. The first at-bat I was able to see of his as a Yankee, it was at home against the White Sox and I just got home from work and turned on the game. He followed Bernie Williams and deposited a homer into the right-field stands at Yankee Stadium — the picture at the top of this page is from that home run trot.

    It’s too bad that he went to Japan, though he’s now set for life from the contracts he received from the Yakult Swallows. People like Aaron Guiel are good for the game. He never had the most talent on the field (except for that arm — MY GOD THAT ARM), but he played hard and made the most of the talent he had.