Dec
30

Open Thread: Bartolo Colon

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Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

Via MLBTR, the Yankees have interest in Bartolo Colon according to the man himself. In an RAB exclusive, I’m here to announce that the Yankees have interest in me as well. See what I did there? I wouldn’t think twice about this rumor, just make some fat jokes, remember A-Rod‘s three homer, ten RBI game, and move on. Colon’s got about as much to offer as Pedro Martinez at this point, and that guy was toast before he even stepped on the mound in Game Six of the 2009 World Series.

Anyway, here is this evening’s open thread. The only local team in action tonight is the Knicks, who are in Orlando to face the rebuilt Magic. Chat about whatever, enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread
  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I was kinda bored and I wanted to ~talk~ about something woot woot, so here’s MLBN’s top 15 games of 2000-2009. They listed ‘em yesterday.

    15. Piazza’s HR game after 9/11
    14. Game 4 of the Marlins/Giants ALDS in 2003 which ended on that play at the plate
    13. the game with the A-Rod/Varitek fight in 2004, which ended on a walk-off HR by… Millar? Mueller? off Mo
    12. Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS
    11. that game in 2006 where the Dodgers hit 4 HR in a row to tie it in the bottom of the ninth
    10. that game where the Indians came back from being down like 14-2 in the seventh against the Mariners… the 116-win 2001 Mariners
    9. 2002 WS Game 6
    8. 2001 WS Game 4
    7. 2004 ALCS Game 4
    6. 2007 NL Wild Card tiebreaker
    5. 2004 ALCS Game 5
    4. 2009 AL Central tiebreaker
    3. 2003 ALCS Game 7
    2. 2005 Braves/Astros NLDS Game 4
    1. 2001 WS Game 7

    I’ll be back with my thoughts on this list in a little bit. I know you’re all waiting with bated breath over there.

    (Also, obligatory “of course the Yankees are looking at Colon. He takes up a lot of space.” joke.)

    • DareBear

      I happened to attend 2003 ALCS game 7. What a night!

    • Accent Shallow

      4. 2009 AL Central tiebreaker

      Line drive! Base hit! Caught out there!

      Great, great game.

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

        Fernando Rodney is still on the mound at the Metrodome.

        • Accent Shallow

          Yeah, I couldn’t believe Leyland hung him out to dry like that. Of course, he really had no other options.

    • vin

      Love number 11. I was laying in bed watching that game… just going crazy. The final 2 coming off Hoffman. What helped make it so great was that the Dodgers started the day .5 games behind the Padres… and it was September 18.

      Doesn’t compare to playoff games, for obvious reasons, but it was an awesome regular season game.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        They play it on MLBN and ESPN Classic sometimes. It’s gotta be one of the best regular season games ever… it’s amazing. I think it’s actually better than most of the playoff games on this list, frankly.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Okay. Woooo.

      For one thing, guys, did the 2004 Red Sox do something? I don’t think they get enough attention. I’ve never heard of anything. Seriously, having Game 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS is really redundant. And then the A-Rod/Varitek game too. It is like they channeled their inner CHB and everything is Yankees/Red Sox.

      That 2003 NLDS game was nuts. I’m glad they included it because I totally forgot about it and it was great. bb Miggy omg.

      Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS sucked. There’s a difference between crazy shootouts (like the Dodger game on there, that game’s awesome) and shitshows. That was a shitshow. I guess it was fun to see TEH SOUPERACE get beat up though. I hate to say it, but Game 5 of the 2008 ALCS is criminally underrated. The Red Sox win that series and it’s one of the great comebacks of all time, probably better than the 2002 WS Game 6, as opposed to like 90% forgotten.

      Both tiebreaker games they included were just amazing. They really had everything you could look for.

      That #2 game… it’s a great game but it’s not better than the Aaron Boone game. I’d have that #2. Their #1 is right, as much as that sucked personally.

      • vin

        Agree with your thoughs on game 5 of 2008. The Sox were down 3 games to 1, and trailing 7-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. Of course they end up scoring 8 runs to win 8-7. Really impressive. I’m still shocked the Rays managed to close them out in game 7. I thought it was all over after the Sox won game 5.

      • JerseyDutch

        There was no baseball played in the year 2004. I’m sure of it.

        • sith

          nah, that was 2003

    • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      I still say 2004 ALCS Game 5 is the best game I’ve ever seen. Certainly not my favorite, but what can you do.

      • vin

        It’s really weird how I only remember very little about games 4-7. I watched every inning. I guess the giant ball of anxiety I had in my stomach that whole series must have traveled up to my brain and erased most of the horror.

        • Tank the Frank

          I couldn’t watch game 7 in 2004. Didn’t watch any of it. My plan was to stay in my room and play video games to keep my mind off it and pass the time as quick as possible. I knew the reactions from my roommates (who hated the Yankees) would tell me all I needed to know. Then if they lost the game I would go to the bar. Which I did.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Bout time the Knicks get a win, people might start talking.

  • http://www.jefflevyphoto.com Jeff Levy

    How about the large baseball player fantasy team. The rotation has Colon and Sabathia. Playing first base is Prince Fielder, Third base has Pablo Sandoval. Who else should be on the team?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Joe Blanton and Livan Hernandez are also in the rotation. Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, and Bobby Jenks are all in the bullpen. Ronnie Belliard at … 2B? He’s a second baseman, right? Juan Uribe is SS.

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

      Bengie Molina behind the plate, Chris Britton in the pen.

    • DareBear

      Dont forget Joba!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Andruw Jones in CF

    • Poopy Pants

      Lance Berkman is fat, too!

      • http://www.jefflevyphoto.com Jeff Levy

        He can DH. Do we dare put him in the OF like the Cardinals are planning on?

        • Accent Shallow

          The Cards are ordinarily a smart-ish org, but this idea seems 100% crazypants.

          • vin

            Colby Rasmus’ dad disagrees.

        • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

          DH over Ortiz?

    • Tank the Frank

      Gotta put latter years Curt Schilling on that team.

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

      Carlos Lee!

    • vin
    • Slappy White

      Cliff Lee’s Wife
      (Theyll need fans)

      /stillbitter’d

    • Rivera Venue Blues

      C-Bengie Molina
      1B-Prince Fielder
      2B-Ronnie Belliard
      3B-Pablo Sandoval
      SS-Juan Uribe
      LF-Carlos Lee
      CF-Andruw Jones
      RF-Lance Berkman
      DH-David Ortiz

      INF-Jhonny Peralta
      1B-Ryan Howard
      OF-Adam Dunn
      Util-Ramiro Pena (just for giggles)

      SP-CC Sabathia
      SP-Bartolo Colon
      SP-Sidney Ponson

      RP-Chris Britton
      RP-Bobby Jenks
      RP-Heath Bell
      CL-Jonathan Broxton

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Add Penny & Tommy Hunter to the rotation.

      • ajwilkey

        Is Ramiro on there so the team has something to eat between innings?

    • Chris

      Andruw Jones for CF.

      Of course, once he got fat he couldn’t play CF anymore, but close enough.

    • pat

      Ummm the most glaring omission- Raul Mondesi, duh.

      • jsbrendog

        wow. good eyes. i like your moxey kid

      • Colombo

        What about “El Guapo” Rich Garces?

    • manny gee
  • Slappy White

    Anyone else see Steve Bethuuume’s opening comments on the 7pm Sportscenter ? “Nobody wants to go to Yankee Stadium lately”

    WHAT A DOUCHE

    • Tank the Frank

      What else is new.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, it’s college football in the Bronx in December.

      I’m throwing up a big fat “who cares?” sign.

    • JohnnyC

      There is poetic justice. Look at who he’s married to.

    • Kit

      I’m super late to replying to this but the place looked like it was packed. Passed by it on my way home on the 4 train and it looked pretty full.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas Apostoleris, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    Pedro had a 4.63 K/BB in 2009, yet he was toast? He lost his stuff, no doubt, but he was still good enough to fool major league hitters.

    • vin

      …he was still good enough to fool major National league hitters.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      John Smoltz had a 4.06 K/BB in 2009, including a very impressive 3.67 in the AL.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    SG’s CAIRO projections has the Yankees in second place and the Wild Card “favorites” so far. Tampa is close, they’re not as bad as people think. McGee looks like a good option to close and Pena gave them little to nothing anyways. Crawford will be a loss, but they won the division title two of the last three years. I’m not saying the Yanks are fucked, but I’m not all that confident in the playoffs. The Yankees have put themselves in a place in the past where they expect to win The World Series every year (not that in five years they expect five World Series victories, but every year besides maybe this year or 2008 the World Series is a very realistic and attainable goal in April) and now the “pray for the WC” has me a bit worried. I’m at a crossroads though, because while I think the rotation is pretty shitty (probably no better than the second worst out of all the playoff hopefuls) I can’t really disagree with much that they’ve done over the past few years (Burnett to a degree and the Joba situation) I guess shit happens.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      McGee looks like a good option to close and Pena gave them little to nothing anyways.
      They’re looking at Fuentes, were very much in on Jenks, and Pena put up a line of .238/.368/.516 in his years with TB, including his bad 2010 where he batted under .200 but still had an OPS over .730. (To be fair, it includes his ridiculous 2007 as well.)

      Crawford will be a loss, but they won the division title two of the last three years.
      Those are unrelated phrases. Crawford’s a big loss. I don’t know if he can repeat last year (even if he doesn’t, he’s still good) but I wouldn’t bet on Jennings doing so.

      I’m not saying the Yanks are fucked, but I’m not all that confident in the playoffs.
      Yeah, all your posts are like this.

      Also, they’re projections in December. How did all the projections picking the Red Sox to win the division in 2010 – and keep in mind, most of those are from when rosters were way more finalized – work out? Especially when you’ve got a bunch of really solid teams in the same division.

      • Accent Shallow

        Sure, projections have not insignificant error bars, but a 9 game gap between the Yankees and the Sox is a cause for concern, no?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          I didn’t see the 9 game gap. Yeah, that’s significant, and without even projections I’m taking the Red Sox over the Yankees in the AL East at this point too. That’ll probably be the case even if Pettitte doesn’t retire, BTW.

        • Tank the Frank

          I think it’s obvious the Red Sox are the favorites. Nine games seems optimistic but not unrealistic. As always, it will come down to who can stay healthier.

        • Eric

          I wouldn’t be concerned at all. In fact, I love it that we are not the favorites.

          More often then not, the favorites don’t win it all. Where did the SF Giants ranked last offseason?

          The Yankees were usually the favorite if not one of the favorites every year from 2001 to 2010. In that time span, we walked away with a ring only once.

          Yeah, I’d rather win the real thing instead of the offseason projections.

          It’ll be even more sweeter when we beat the RS and win it all in 2011.

      • Dalelama

        Right now where do you put the odds of the Yanks winning WS? I would say 1 in 10?

        • Tank the Frank

          Since I’m confident they’ll make the playoffs I’d put the odds at 1 in 8 and I’ll take those odds every year.

          • Dalelama

            I said 10% because I don’t think it is as linear as 1 in 8.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          One in twenty. Pretty shitty staff, I’m unsure if A-Rod will stay healthy and Jeter will rebound. The season still hinges pretty heavily on those two. I’d put the playoff odds at 55% and if they make October they’ll probably have pretty safely the worst pitching staff in the playoffs and probably not the best offense so they’ll need lots of things to go their way (before any of you homers say that every year, in 2009 all they needed was everyone to play to their talent levels…the best team just needs their guys to play to their true talent level and they’ll be fine) so I’m not as confident. The NL is tightening the gap between the leagues, and I can easily see any of Philly, Atlanta, SF, St. Louis, or Milwaukee being trouble in October.

          • Ted Nelson

            You realize that they can add a starting pitcher between now and the trade deadline, right?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        They’re looking at Fuentes, were very much in on Jenks, and Pena put up a line of .238/.368/.516 in his years with TB, including his bad 2010 where he batted under .200 but still had an OPS over .730. (To be fair, it includes his ridiculous 2007 as well.)

        I’ve read lots of posts here and by the site authors around the “The Yankees won the division three straight years with worse rotations, they’ll be fine.” The same goes with Pena last year, he was pretty much cooked, he was barely above replacement level for a first basemen.

        Those are unrelated phrases. Crawford’s a big loss. I don’t know if he can repeat last year (even if he doesn’t, he’s still good) but I wouldn’t bet on Jennings doing so.

        No they aren’t Two of the last three years they’ve won the division with the only major losses being Crawford and Pena. (Pena already being addressed) They’re a good team, they aren’t like the As of Yore. They can take losses and still compete, especially against aging teams with key injury prone cogs and weak staffs. It’s not like were talking about the pre/post LeBron Cavs here.

        Yeah, all your posts are like this.

        Funny, yours tend to read like this: http://www.urbandictionary.com.....id=5160875

        Or we’ll read a post about how the rotation might actually be better than last year’s despite it prominently featuring Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova as of now, and AJ Burnett again. Everyone said last year “VAZQUEZ WILL AT LEAST BE BETTER THAN JOBA, HE CAN’T BE WORSE!!!!!” To be fair I was one of those folks, but he wasn’t and he could be worse…a lot worse.

        Also, they’re projections in December. How did all the projections picking the Red Sox to win the division in 2010 – and keep in mind, most of those are from when rosters were way more finalized – work out? Especially when you’ve got a bunch of really solid teams in the same division.

        Yes, it’s December (almost January, but whatever) what other moves are the Yankees going to make? They’re set everywhere except starters 3-5, and there aren’t many inspiring options elsewhere. Is that how they’re going to make up nine games on the Red Sox? Are they going to give Jeter roids and put Alex back on the juice? Or are they going to hire Tanya Harding to clip Pedroia, Lester, and Youkilis? I know it’s early, but the Yankees right now are slight WC favorites and the Red Sox are the overwhelming AL favorites. Furthermore, most of the Marcel based projections had the Yankees winning the East with Tampa and Boston fighting it out for the WC, but it all being pretty close. I know the Red Sox finished several games back but missing 600 PAs of Pedroia and Youkilis didn’t really help their cause either. The projections last year (baring injury) were pretty accurate. Sure the Yankees didn’t win the division, thank you Chad Gaudin, but they were right there with the Rays all year. CAIRO actually had a really good year. Anymore misunderstandings?

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Why do you say things like this:

          I’ve read lots of posts here and by the site authors around the “The Yankees won the division three straight years with worse rotations, they’ll be fine.”

          Or we’ll read a post about how the rotation might actually be better than last year’s despite it prominently featuring Sergio Mitre and Ivan Nova as of now, and AJ Burnett again

          When you’re responding to me? Those were posts by the authors of this site, please don’t put their words in my mouth. I obviously really like RAB but that doesn’t mean I agree with every word ever written by Mike, Ben, and Joe (OMG but teh groupthink!). I have about 0 confidence in Nova (probably just me, I just don’t like him much) and even less in Mitre. I definitely don’t like the 2011 staff much apart from CC. I’m not really saying otherwise. I just don’t think the team’s necessarily doomed because of it.

          Is that how they’re going to make up nine games on the Red Sox?
          Right now the Yankees don’t need to make up anything on the Red Sox. The Red Sox need to make up six games on the Yankees, and seven on the Rays. Do I think they can do that, and probably already have with their offseason moves? Yeah. Their injuries really hurt them but the shitty pitching hurt them too. Again, I’m still taking them in the AL East.

          And I think the Rays are really good and I’m not writing them off (I saw someone say the Rays would finish fifth in 2011 and that’s craaaaazy), but a. other than runs scored where they were somehow third best in baseball, their offense was really not that great, as dumb as that sounds. They probably underachieved there in 2009, and overachieved in 2010. Maybe it’ll equal out, maybe they’ll underachieve again, maybe they’ll overachieve again, we don’t know, all I know is they lost one of their better hitters; b. Their pitching staff is really good, but they still lost like their entire bullpen. I wouldn’t expect guys like Soriano or Benoit to repeat 2010, but replacing their production’ll be difficult… unless they wanna stick Hellickson in teh 8th which I don’t think they do.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            When you’re responding to me? Those were posts by the authors of this site, please don’t put their words in my mouth. I obviously really like RAB but that doesn’t mean I agree with every word ever written by Mike, Ben, and Joe (OMG but teh groupthink!). I have about 0 confidence in Nova (probably just me, I just don’t like him much) and even less in Mitre. I definitely don’t like the 2011 staff much apart from CC. I’m not really saying otherwise. I just don’t think the team’s necessarily doomed because of it.

            I enjoy them too, and realize you are a rational thinking person who can form your own ideas (despite the Richard Simmons DVDs), but lets not pretend like you aren’t confident that the team will make the playoffs, or aren’t an overly optimistic homer. (if you want to say I’m a pessimistic asshole, that’s fine too)

            Right now the Yankees don’t need to make up anything on the Red Sox. The Red Sox need to make up six games on the Yankees, and seven on the Rays. Do I think they can do that, and probably already have with their offseason moves? Yeah. Their injuries really hurt them but the shitty pitching hurt them too. Again, I’m still taking them in the AL East.

            See this right here, while the Yankees did well last year, they had great years from Cano and Swisher. Players have career years, and they come down from them. The Yankees probably aren’t a 96 win team on paper anymore. The Red Sox if healthy, could probably keep up with the Bombers and the Rays. They added two great players and can probably count on Lackey and Beckett not to suck again (who both had good peripherals), why bring up that they need to make up games on the Yankees or Rays? They’re the favorites, period. The Yankees need to catch back up to them or at least get within shouting distance before one can really be comfortable with them making the playoffs. It’s this over confidence of fans that bugs the shit out of me, I remember when idiots thought the Yankees could come back from five down in G2 of the ALCS just because they did it in G1. Yes, the media love for Boston is very annoying. Yes they did lose two guys that provided quite a bit of help. But they got quite a bit better and have a shot at fielding a team for the ages.

            And I think the Rays are really good and I’m not writing them off (I saw someone say the Rays would finish fifth in 2011 and that’s craaaaazy), but a. other than runs scored where they were somehow third best in baseball, their offense was really not that great, as dumb as that sounds. They probably underachieved there in 2009, and overachieved in 2010. Maybe it’ll equal out, maybe they’ll underachieve again, maybe they’ll overachieve again, we don’t know, all I know is they lost one of their better hitters; b. Their pitching staff is really good, but they still lost like their entire bullpen. I wouldn’t expect guys like Soriano or Benoit to repeat 2010, but replacing their production’ll be difficult… unless they wanna stick Hellickson in teh 8th which I don’t think they do.

            Yes, the Rays overachieved with clutch hitting and maximizing steals. The Yankees, OTOH, despite finishing in the middle of the road in the AL in terms of RA their pitching staff was one of the worst in the AL. Tampa’s offense last year was about average. However, with young players like BJ Upton, John Jaso, Evan Longoria, and players like Ben Zobrist that should improve on a down year. I like their offense enough with a staff that features Price, Garza, Hellickson, Shields, and Niemann. The bullpen’s impact is overrated, Benoit and Soriano were helpful but I’m thinking Jacob McGee takes over for the closer’s role and a guy like Wade Davis stays in the bullpen unless Garza gets traded. Everyone says that the Yankees can make a trade for a starter, but the Rays can more easily make a trade for a bat as they have more talent and there will likely be a larger pool of hitter’s available for a trade. Remember: Manny, Vlad, and Thome are still free agents to fill that DH void.

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      Tampa isn’t bad at all. Hellickson should be good at the major league level and at the very least Jennings will give you defense and speed. They can nearly replace the lost production they lost.

      I don’t want to think about a couple years with guys like Moore ready. Ugh.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        The scary thing is they don’t even need to replace the lost production they had from last year, they can be five or six wins worse than they were last year and still beat the Yankees for the WC.

      • Tank the Frank

        Yeah Jennings scares me. He can get on base (career .384 OBP in the minors), steal bases and play good D for the Rays at the very least in his first year. Hellickson is a stud and it wouldn’t surprise me if he outproduced what Shields, Davis or Niemann gave them last year. And not to mention a bounce-back year from Shields… Yeah the Rays scare me.

        Here’s another reason. “The Rays’ new generation of pitchers wasn’t merely good. It was also extraordinarily healthy. From late 2005 to mid-2009, only one pitcher at any level of the organization, left-hander Jacob McGee, underwent Tommy John surgery; no team saw a lower rate during that stretch.” Maybe it’s something the Rays are doing right. Maybe it’s coincidence. Either way, they’re stacked with pitching.

        http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....app-lesson

        • The Real JobaWockeeZ

          Someone needs to spy on their plans in their pitching developement.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    After this team repeatedly brought in Sidney Ponson, I’m not ready to dismiss this.

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

    My favorite headlines about Colon ever:

    http://tinyurl.com/23zrkjm (SFW)

    http://tinyurl.com/26lsvup (SFW)

    • vin

      Hilarious.

    • Accent Shallow

      I can’t believe the first one happened.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      This one is pretty much the same but still funny.

      http://www.sportspickle.com/pi.....l-headline

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        I LOLed harder than I’ve ever LOLed before.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          I think I peed a little too…

      • AJ

        LMAO

    • Tank the Frank

      Awesome. I don’t know how those made it past an editor.

    • jsbrendog

      teh wicked epic brah

  • bobmac

    Colon would be worse than any fat joke.

  • Avi

    I was at that game where Arod homered thrice against Colon in ’05. I called it the night Arod became a Yankee. As Mike says, good times.

  • http://unclemikesmusings.blogspot.com Uncle Mike

    Here’s a “Bartolo Colon is SO fat” joke I don’t think anyone has tried yet. Bartolo Colon is SO fat (How fat is he?) He’s so fat, the Yankees are thinking of putting his old Angles cap on him, with the halo, so they can finally have a “holy cow.”

  • vin

    “Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)”

    That’s 2 30/30 guys and a pitcher who just got 24 million per year. Gotta love Omar Minaya.

    When he was with the Expos, he also (pretty much) gave away the likes of:
    Jason Bay, Cliff Floyd, Chris Young (pitcher), Carl Pavano, Orlando Cabrera.

    I’m sure payroll played a pretty big factor in some trades, but that’s a lot of talent to give away – especially with Phillips, Lee and Sizemore factored in.

    • Chris

      It’s hard to fault him for anything he did with the Expos. They were owned by MLB and were constantly talked about as contraction targets. That’s got to be a tough situation for a GM and could explain some of the more questionable moves.

      • Accent Shallow

        Yup. Selig should be tarred and feathered for what he did to the Expos.

        And the strike.

        And the Steroid Era.

        Lying to Congress about revenue.

        Discussing Spiderman logos on the bases.

        Nepotism and giveaways to his daughter, as Brewers’ owner.

        I am going to piss on his grave, possibly during the funeral.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          How do you really feel. ;P

        • Tank the Frank

          Add potentially expanding the playoffs to my list. I’m not in favor of that at all.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Well by major sports commissioners he’s not all that bad. David Stern had referees gambling on the game and he got mad when a reporter insinuated that it could have been happening earlier. Roger Goddell is doing his best to hide the racism of the league while still fucking over players that make him and the owners billions while playing bloodspot while juiced out of their fucking minds, and Bettman had a Hockey lockout. Yes, Selig has had his mistakes, but lets not act like we have a bunch of business savants running the other leagues either. At least Selig keeps his players safe, has facilitated tons of new stadiums, and has embraced the internet as a way to broadcast his sport.

          • Accent Shallow

            Selig keeps his players safe

            This is laughable, considering his lax attitude towards the steroid era. Letting players put whatever into their bodies isn’t conducive to health.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              As if baseball is the only sport where juicing/PEDs were rampant.

              • Mike HC

                are rampant

          • Plank

            “Facilitating tons of new stadiums” = threatening to leave unless the taxpayers build a new stadium instead of funding public services.

            I wouldn’t count that as a point in his favor unless you are one of the 30 people who benefit from the new stadiums (or don’t pay taxes so therefore don’t care)

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I remember when I told Mets fans that Steve Phillips is a better GM than Omar Minaya, so Queens, tell me how my ass tastes.

      • jsbrendog

        +1 but steve phillips wasnt that bad. he did not, i repeat, did not make the kazmir trade.

        • Accent Shallow

          No, but he did sign Mo Vaughn’s lardass.

  • RollingWave

    I see what happened to Bartolo… he had his identity stolen! the guy in that above pic looks nothing like that later years of Colon.

  • psp

    This has to be one of the worst offseasons in recent memory. Cashman is making about as much good contact as Rob Deer.

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      Since Lee wasn’t intent on going to NY what would you do?

      • Xstar7

        GIVE HIM AN A-ROD CONTRACT!!! How could he refuse?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I think Bartolo meant the Yankees (as in people from the North) are interested in using his body for research in discovering how a human managed to mate with a bear.

    • Tank the Frank

      To make a real life ManBearPig.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Man.Bear.Pig.

        Either that, or Bartolo is applying for a job reenacting events from the Manifest Destiny era, and the Yankees, Rangers and Native Americans are all trying to recruit him. Big (pun intended) misunderstanding.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    In response to the Josh Hamilton mailbag: I think the Yanks should go after him. He might be the rare type of player that ages well into his late 30s. I think he’s clearly done with the drugs and that obviously helps. Considering that he gets hurt a lot (but puts up amazing numbers when he plays), I’d give him the J.D. Drew contract (5/70M).

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yeah he may be done to drugs, but what he did to his body during his severe addiction did harm his body and it not worth paying someone big money if they can’t stay healthy for an entire season.

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      You know some idiot will give him a Werth type deal.

      • YankeesJunkie

        If he throws up a couple more 8 WAR seasons he will get more than Werth.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      If Hamilton has however many more seasons like 2010 before hitting free agency, uh you bet your ass he’s not gonna settle for the JD Drew contract.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    For those of you who like instrumental rock or neo-classical music this is pretty bad ass:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8nXirnwwY4

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

      I’m a big Jason Becker fan =)

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Just saw Satch recently. I’m not a huge instrumental / neo-classical fan, but I can dig me some Marty Friedman.

    • candyforstalin
  • icebird753

    I don’t get why ppl taking roids are always talked so lowly of…they didn’t penalize players for taking them back then, so what was wrong with taking a needle up the butt? It’s the sport’s fault for turning a cold shoulder on the topic for a long time, even when many knew what was going on

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Only half-related, but some of the arguments against Bagwell are getting really scary. Jeff Pearlman (of “Smoltz and Penny will win more games than CC and AJ” fame) outright accused Bagwell of steroid use, then said that even if he wasn’t using, it’s Bagwell’s fault that he didn’t blow the whistle on his Astros teammates that were using (which supposedly everyone knew. So why didn’t Jeff Pearlman Conquering Hero reveal this?), or something.

      Jeter and Mo played with, among others, A-Rod (though he was supposedly clean on the Yankees……..), Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, and Andy Pettitte. Jeter and Mo never blew the whistle on them. Would Pearlman not vote for them for the Hall?

      • China Joe

        Hey Jeff Pearlman, snitches get stitches!

    • Poopy Pants

      I could be wrong, but I don’t think they took needles specifically ‘up the butt’. We can all hope, though. It’s funny to think of.

    • Sean C

      I personally don’t care. At this point we have no idea if players ‘roided up at any point in the sport. The banned substance list currently includes most things you can get at GNC, so I’m not really against anything at this point. There’s the old school “Ruth did it with hotdogs and beer” argument, but I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if HE did something. Look at Bonds’ numbers, they’re baseball porn, and he definitely did steroids. Whether or not they help you hit a baseball remains to be seen, but how hard he hit the ball is definitely cheating. The greats that crushed baseballs in that time cheated, but let’s not lose sight of how good they were to begin with. Arod is, and was, one of the greatest of all time and he succumbed to the pressures of keeping up with everyone. He’s always been a 30/100 threat, and he took the extra step to be a 40+/100+ player at that time. Steroids or not, the greats of the game are greats of the game. I’m not defending them, it’s not my place, but we HAVE to respect how good these people were/are at hitting baseballs.

  • Kramerica Industries (prev. Carcillo)

    Just as I’m tuning in to watch Seinfeld at 10, there’s a message from the network saying that they couldn’t come to an amicable agreement with the cable provider, and that if nothing is resolved by tomorrow, that network (MyNetwork TV) will be pulled from the air at midnight.

    Lovely.

  • candyforstalin

    what was your favorite film growing up (say somewhere between 13-19)?

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      Revenge of the Sith.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        That.

    • jsbrendog

      dumb and dumber

    • Tank the Frank

      Pulp Fiction and Full Metal Jacket.

      • AJ

        I wonder who the Private Pyle of the Yankees is.

        • Sean C

          Gaudin?

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Pulp Fiction was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, even though the movie came out two years before I was born. I also loved Revenge of the Sith and Animal House.

      • Plank

        Thank you for making me feel old.

        • Sean C

          Yeah, I was 9 when it came out and I remember my dad RAVING about it. I didn’t see it for another few years, and didn’t respect/understand for a few more years after that…

  • http://deleted How Ya Doin

    the year a-rod had that 3 hr game was the year colon won the cy young. just sayin.

  • China Joe

    Haha…didn’t Colon sign on with the Red Sox at one point? I don’t remember much, but I assume it was considered one of the greatest pickups of all time.

    • sith

      a minor league deal can hardly be considered “one of the greatest pickups all time”

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

    I wish the Blue Jays went away instead of the Expos, I love that curly ‘M’

  • AJ

    Imagine the back of the NY Post if they signed Colon and he had a bad outing.