Dec
21

Open Thread: Boomer

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It was impossible not to like David Wells. He was big, loud, obnoxious, and looked like he had just been plucked from the bleachers. But man, could that dude pitch. Boomer was the kind of guy that could roll out of bed in mid-January, step on a mound, and paint the corners with a fastball and drop a curve in for a strike at the knees. He was simply blessed with a rubber arm and pinpoint control. Although his Yankee tenure (the second one) ended on a sour note, he gave the team 851.2 IP over four seasons with a 3.90 ERA and 16.4 bWAR total. And, of course, there’s the perfect game. Easily my most memorable David Wells moment. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

Anyways, here is tonight’s open thread. Both the Devils and Nets are in action, but meh. You guys know what to do by now, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Esteban

    Heh, I always thought Wells pitched more years with the Yankees.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    (pours one out for an old friend, who sadly passed away a month ago)

  • gc

    “It was impossible not to like David Wells.”

    Guess again.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      I would imagine he’d be well-liked with the fans, considering he was like one of them. I really do wish I was old enough to understand baseball during the dynasty era.

    • Esteban

      I’m guessing most Yankees fans liked him and most fans of other teams hated him

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        A bunch of Yankee fans are still pretty pissed off at him for what happened during the 2003 WS.

        • mike c

          i never got a strong anti-wells sentiment from any fans… too many good memories with that guy

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Oh, I don’t think it’s a particularly huge group of people either. I love Wells. In fact, I think he should do all postseason analysis. =P

            This is priceless too:
            http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....ZBFyNFtNEN

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    BOOMER!

    This made me happy.

  • Sean C.

    “After retiring 27 batters, he went to his favorite watering hole and retired 27 Heinekens.”

    I think that’s how Letterman said it when talking about Boomer’s perfect game. Still makes me chuckle because I have no problem believing it.

    • mike c

      i forget what game it was on yes, but it was when cone was still a booth guy. he looked awful and said he had been up with wells until 6AM. man i miss those guys

      • Michael Mirabella

        What happened to Cone as a YES broadcaster? Don’t remember him doing a game this past season.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          He left ;______; I don’t think it was on the best of terms either.

    • James

      I thought according to his book, he retired 27 heinekens *before* the game!

      • Poopy Pants

        Holy fuckstick, Batman!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Whoah – Wells was at 1.9 BB/9 for his career. Even Moose, who I think of walking almost no one, walked 2 per 9.

    I also think it’s pretty funny/awesome that Worst Catcher Ever Jorge Posada caught his perfect game.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      For comparison, Greg Maddux walked 1.8 batters per 9

      And Carlos Silva walked 1.7

      • the Other Steve S.

        Even the great God Cliff Lee walks 2.2

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      Surely it was Jason Varitek pretending to be Jorge Posada.

  • mike c

    add a mullet, and you’d have instant kenny powers

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

    Despite being a little, umm, hefty, Wells threw at least 180 innings in 7 of 8 seasons after turning 35. Pretty damn impressive. Much like CC, a very athletic big guy who was able to repeat his delivery time after time after time.

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

    I think it would have been fairly easy to dislike David Wells if he didn’t pitch well. He went out of his way to make life difficult for people, but he was worth it.

    When the Greinke stuff was being tossed around, he was the guy I compared him to. If you read the Greinke article by Joe Posnanski in SI last year, you came away with two possibilities. Either a) His anxiety was such that he’s never function in New York or b) He just kind of liked being an ass, and as long as he pitched well, he’d thrive in NY.

    • James

      B. I always thought Greinke would do well here; pitch with a chip on his shoulder. Every instance that Posnanski brought up, i.e. throwing bullets with the GM there or “You haven’t seen anything yet”, etc, I thought that kind of mentality would play great here. Sorta like an “Eff you” performance, you know? I really thought he would thrive on the negativity and skepticism (that follows two medriocre starts). Just my own thought. Oh well, Milwaukee’s gain.

  • Yankeegirl49

    One of my fave Yankees ever and the athlete I would most like to have a beer in a bar with (Jeremy Shockey is second). He loves the Yanks and loves Metallica…nothing else I need to know.

    • Sean C.

      Swisher tops my list of “Yankees I want to have a beer with” in terms of pure craziness that would likely ensue. My cousin that lives in the city has seen him out at bars before. That would be awesome.

      • Yankeegirl49

        He would be on my list as well, met him at a signing and he was exactly like I thought he would be.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      Read this comment before I saw the name and thought “sounds like my mom.”

      Then I realized that it is, so I guess that would be why.

      Hi Mom.

      • Yankeegirl49

        Hi Kiersten

        • Tank the Frank

          Give us some MEATLOAF!

        • radnom

          Hey there, how you doin’? ;)

        • Esteban

          Whoa multi-generational RAB posters! Are there any others out there?

          • Yankeegirl49

            Maybe…but I doubt it would be mother/daughter.

      • pete

        awesome.

  • Esteban

    Hey, no love for the UCONN women trying to beat the men’s record? I’m shocked this isn’t a huge event for people to watch! Shocked!

    Not trying to be mean, but I just don’t find women’s basketball enjoyable to watch.

    • Xstar7

      My excuse is that I don’t care for college basketball.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      “We make up for lack of dunking with strong fundamentals!”

      • Esteban

        That excuse drives me crazy.

        • radnom

          I’m pretty sure he’s quoting the Amazonian women episode of futurama.

          • Esteban

            Yea, I know, but it still drives me crazy.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        Dunking to me is the worst part of basketball.

        “Look at me I’m tall and I can jump!”

        • Esteban

          And how athletically gifted I am. Yea, that part of sports sucks.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I beg to differ. I can ALMOST grab rim and wish I could dunk. But alas…

          • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

            Oh I don’t mean playing, I mean watching. I’m sure it would be absolutely awesome to dunk.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Eh, I do enjoy watching a nice dunk, too.

          • Esteban

            I’ve dreamed about dunking a basketball. Alas, my lack of hops makes this impossible

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              I have decent hops, but I’m only about 5’10″, so dunking isn’t gonna happen.

              • I Voted 4 Kodos

                I’m in the same boat. I can get the rim, but I come up a little short. Makes me wish I was just a bit taller.

                • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

                  Yeah I know the feeling.

                • Hughesus Christo

                  I wish I was little bit taller,
                  I wish I was a baller,
                  I wish I had a girl who looked good
                  I would call her
                  I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat
                  and a six four Impala

                  • I Voted 4 Kodos

                    I’m going to be singing that for the next three days now.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      I just don’t find any basketball enjoyable to watch.

      • pete

        that.

      • Xstar7

        You should watch the Lakers. Those guys are electric.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I care. But that’s only ’cause I went to UConn.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees J_Yankees

    Just look at Boomer. He’s fat, he has a mustache, his shirt isn’t even buttoned up, his gut is hanging out. LOVE IT. How can you not like someone who looks like that? Dude was a gamer. Shoot, I could probably ask him for a couple of innings right now and he’d find a way to get me some outs before he’d pass out on the mound from being so out of shape.

  • Squishy Jello Person

    So this happened to my tire

    http://twitpic.com/3i7xyp

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      Just looks like a photo of the lunar eclipse to me…

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    The Trop is actually filling with people :O

  • http://community.webshots.com/user/randym77 randym77

    Looks like the inferior Andy P. is retiring.

    Andy Phillips is the new hitting coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    His at-bat music was “Sweet Home Alabama,” wasn’t it?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That song is the only thing I dislike about David Robertson’s appearances.

  • Mattchu12

    When the Yankees tried to get Mark Buehrle a few years back, there was that big deal about him saying he wouldn’t shave his beard if we was traded to New York.

    Wonder if that’d still be the case. Wonder if that’d hold up a deal.

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

      The $15 million guaranteed he’d pick up would probably make him pick up the razor.

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

    So what is Boras going to pull off with Beltre? And with whom?

    • Xstar7

      He might go to the angels.

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

        They just pulled their 5/$70 offer but haven’t ruled him out. I wonder if Boras gets 5/$80 or more. Not sure where he would.

  • Mark L

    Gammons thinks the Yankees could, failing a big rotation upgrade, make a play for Soriano. One of those times I wish ol’ Pete was actually a journalist, it would make me feel a bit better about our GM be willing to walk into the AL East gunfight with a rubber chick and two water balloons.

    http://www.nesn.com/2010/12/pe.....leeve.html

    • Chris

      I’d love to have Soriano as the 8th inning guy but I have a hard time giving up our first round pick for a guy who’s only gonna pitch about 70 innings. I’d do it on a one year contract with the plan that the Yanks will offer him arbitration and then let him walk recouping a couple of picks next year.

    • The Real JobaWockeeZ

      I hope not. No one but Mo really lived out a multi year contract as a relief pitcher. He’s had injury problems and is a flyball pitcher in Yankee Stadium.

  • Matt

    I’m trying to keep my faith in Cashman after his miserable offseason during which we’ve seen the Red Sox and Philles blow by the Yankees but if either Sergio Mitre or Freddy Garcia is in the starting rotation opening day, Cashman should be lynched.

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

      Just remember, it’s not how you start the season…

      • Chris

        What makes you think the cost of a quality starting pitcher is going to be less during the season? If anything, the price may go up and the Yankees may find themselves in a more desperate situation if the 4th and 5th starters pitch lousy.

        • I Voted 4 Kodos

          The cost of making a trade midseason is typically less than the preseason cost.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            And more importantly, there might be actual quality pitchers available midseason, unlike now, when there really aren’t.

          • Chris

            We’ll see what the price for starting pitching is when the Yankees are 8 games behind the Sox at the All star break, Burnett is going into the tank again and the 4th and 5th starters are struggling. Cashman is setting himself up to be trading from a position of weakness and desperation, not strength.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              In other words, everything that will go wrong will continue to go wrong and everything that could go right will also go wrong

        • Mark L.

          Agreed, teams are applying their finishing touches in January and February and no one wants to concede they won’t contend in April or May. The Yankees are 100% screwed if June 1st rolls around and the White Sox, Astros, Cards…etc. are within 5 games of 1st place.

      • Mark L.

        Patience is a virtue but you can’t be totally blind to your enemies closing in around you. In tough times, sometimes you need to pay a premium in terms of talent or dollars.

        What’s the point of having 8 potentially valuable arms in the upper minors if the FO is only going to have room for 2 of them in the next 3-4 years?

        • I Voted 4 Kodos

          What exactly would you like to see the Yankees do? What moves should they have made using those arms?

          • Mark L.

            I’m not the one getting paid seven figures to create viable solutions to vexing problems. Cashman has more information than any of us and he’s apparently content to sit on his hands for the next few months.

            • I Voted 4 Kodos

              So you have no answers. How do you know he’s content to sit on his hands? If there’s nothing available at an acceptable price, what is he supposed to do? Overpay just to appease some whiny and unrealistic fans?

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                I don’t see why we don’t just pry Lester away from the Red Sox and get Felix. It can’t be that hard, God.

            • Avi

              There were only two pitchers to be had this off-season: Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke. You could argue that the Yankees misread the market on Lee and should have offered him more money, as his contract with Philly is better than what they were offering him. And you could also argue (as I have) that they should have been aggressive in trading for a premier pitching talent like Greinke despite the SAD/NY concern. But you can’t go nuts about either one. They offered Lee the second biggest contract ever for a pitcher and the SAD is a risk with Greinke, or at the very least an unknown.
              The best course of action right now is to do exactly what they’re doing: and that is to wait. If Pettitte comes back their rotation is better than last year’s as Nova will out pitch Vazquez even if he’s blindfolded. I don’t even want to see a deal for like a Carmona (one of the better options out there). I’d rather keep the rotation spot open and fill it with an elite guy if and when he become available; as Cliff Lee was supposed to do.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Good to see people aren’t taking this too seriously or anything

    • Dion James

      Cashman is too stubborn to fix this situation, he can’t buy his way out of this mess.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Isn’t stubbornness a good thing here? It’s better to stand pat and wait for your options to develop than to just go out and sign or trade for the first guy available.

      • Matt

        Agreed. Cashman has never been too good at evaluating pitchers. The one thing he was good at was signing them to huge contracts until this year.

        • The Real JobaWockeeZ

          And how has he failed at evaluating them? I agree it’s definitely not his strong suit but that’s going overboard.

          • Matt

            Other than CC, name a few pitchers he’s traded for or signed as free agents that have worked out well.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

              How come Cashman never gets any credit for Aaron Small

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

                Or Chacon.

                • I Voted 4 Kodos

                  Damn you.

              • I Voted 4 Kodos

                Ditto Chacon.

                • Avi

                  Chacon and Small LOL! That’s how far you have to dig to find a decent Cashman pitching move. Classic!

            • Avi

              Wow some anti-Cashman comments on RAB.
              God bless you folks!

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, like when he didn’t sign CMW to a long term extension or trade his young starters for Johan Santana…

          • Matt

            I guess you think he did a good job last year trading Ajax, Kennedy and Coke for Granderson or Baseball America top 50 pitcher Arodys Viscaino and Mike Dunn for that pile of dung Javy Vasquez last year?

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Yes, I do. The Granderson trade was a good one for the Yankees. Granderson is better than Jackson in the short term (and probably the long term) and is very affordable. Phil Coke is a LOOGY at best, as is Mike Dunn, though I guess his stuff gives him a little more upside, but not much (esp. considering his control issues). Kennedy I liked a lot but had no place on the Yankees as they were put together, and trading Vizcaino hurt, but you ALWAYS trade the guy who has yet to play full season ball (who had injury issues this season) for the solid veteran guy. It may not have worked out too well, but that’s a trade you ALWAYS make.

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

                This.

              • Carl

                You must be crazy. Ajax had a higher WAR than Grandy last year at a fraction of the cost and figures to improve while Grandy has peaked. Kennedy would probably be the number 3 starter on the Yankees right now and Viscaino would be the number 1 or at worst number 2 ranked starter in the farms for the Yankees. Those 2 trades SUCKED.

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

                  Jackson was 3.8 WAR, Granderson 3.6. Only one of those two missed a month with a groin injury.

                  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                    Points to Axisa for concision.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  Jackson had 3.8 fWAR in 675 PAs. Granderson had 3.6 in 528. Doing a rough calculation, that’s .0068 WAR/PA for Granderson. Giving him 675 PAs would’ve (theoretically) given Granderson 4.6023 fWAR.

                  As I said, I liked Ian Kennedy a lot and think he could’ve contributed last year, but that wasn’t a given and there wasn’t really much room for him in the rotation or in the bullpen. It would’ve been nice to have him around when guys got hurt, but the step up to him from the other guys isn’t as big as you’re making it seem.

                  And, yes, ViZcaino would be very highly ranked but the fact remains that before 2010, he’d never pitched in a full season league. He’s a total crapshoot and is AT LEAST three years away from contributing. I would make that trade EVERY time.

                  • Chris

                    And Jackson made what, $500K compared to $10 million for Granderson?

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

                      $5.5M that crippled the payroll and kept them from taking on the contracts of Kerry Wood and Lance Berkman at the deadline. Wait, what?

                  • Chris

                    Cashman traded for Javy when his value was completely inflated after a career year in the NL. He should have NEVER included a premium prospect regardless of his level.

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

                      He gave up two spare parts and a pitching prospect that a) hadn’t even pitched in a full season league yet, and b) already hurt his elbow. Trade didn’t work out, but that’s life. Move on.

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      Again: Vizcaino had not pitched in a full season league before 2010. He was essentially all upside at that point. That’s not bad, but he had proven VERY little. Trading a guy like pre-2010 Vizcaino for a guy like Javy is a good idea.

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      On those spare parts: for the better part of the season, there was a TYU commenter KILLING Cashman for trading Mike Dunn.

                    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                      Fact: Mike Dunn has walked 22 batters in 23 big league innings.

                    • Chris

                      Hey Axisa, Cashman should have made Lee an offer early on with 72 hours to make a decision. That way he could have made a move for Crawford which would have weakened the Red Sox and allowed the Yankees to use Granderson as a trade chip for a starter, either now or during the season. Instead, he allowed himself to become Cliff Lee’s bitch and essentially jeopardized the entire season.

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

                      Right, because putting a 72 hour time limit on a major life decision is a great way to lure a free agent.

                      And if you sign Crawford and try to trade Granderson, every other team knows you have to move Granderson and his value instantly drops.

                      What’s left on the complaint list, Rafael Soriano? Bobby Jenks?

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      When in doubt, change the subject.

                    • Chris

                      Axisa, the Red Sox blog writer probably sounded like you when they traded a young prospect named Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson.

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      Harsh baseball truth: sometimes trades don’t work out. It happens.

                    • Chris

                      Nah, if Soriano was a type B free agent, I’d say go for it but with a deep draft I think you gotta hold onto that number 1 pick now especially when your only gonna get about 70 innings and 2 WAR out of Soriano. Jenks would have been nice but I heard he preferred Boston because he could get a chance to close.

                  • Avi

                    Matt on the Vazquez trade:
                    “I would make that trade EVERY time”
                    It amazes me how bright baseball people like him say things to this effect, considering the following:
                    – Vazquez was due to make $11.5M
                    – He isn’t consistent year to year (he had poor seasons in ’06 and ’08)
                    – 2004!!!

                • I Voted 4 Kodos

                  Austin Jackson 2010 BABIP: .396

                  Austin Jackson’s 2010 K/BB: 170 – 47

                  That’s not a recipe for success going forward, especially considering he doesn’t have much power.

                  Kennedy put up a 4.33 FIP in the NL West. There’s little chance he could match that in the AL East.

                • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                  I’m guessing you would have been screaming for Ajax’s head when he had one home run and 88 strikeouts at the Break.

                • pete

                  In terms of abilities, A-Jax may not have peaked yet, but I doubt he ever goes well beyond that season of his last year, due to the INSANE amount of good luck he had. He strikes out a ton, doesn’t walk much, and has zero power. Granderson, meanwhile, is a better defender, more patient, and has loads of power. I’ll take granderson over jackson 40958850283 times out of 10

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

              Without getting into specific deals, if you think every deal a GM makes is going to be a good one, you’re expectations are too high. Name me a better GM than Cashman and I’ll make a list of bad moves they have made.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                I honestly think the Rays’ current FO is smarter/better/however you want to say it than the Yankees’ and even they’ve made their share of mistakes (Burrell, not drafting Posey…).

              • Slappy White

                Theo doesnt make bad moves…….right ?

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                  MASTERSTROKE ’11

                • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                  cough Lugo cough

                • I Voted 4 Kodos

                  Remember when he grabbed Brad Penny and John Smoltz off the scrap heap and they led the Sox to World Series Glory? That was fun.

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

                    Damn you this time.

                    • I Voted 4 Kodos

                      All tied up now!

                  • Slappy White

                    The sad thing is, if we pick up Garcia along with Prior its a kinda similar move. Without the Gammons over-hype

                    • Gonzo

                      How much did Smoltz and Penny make that year? How much would you be on the hook for Garcia and Prior? Not the same moves.

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

                  “Smoltz and Penny never happened. Smoltz and Penny never happened. Smoltz and Penny never happened. Smoltz and Penny never happened. Smoltz and Penny never happened. Smoltz and Penny never happened.”

                  /Gammons’d

                  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                    I could see them winning more games than CC and AJ

                    /Pearlman’d
                    //obligatory’d

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

                      Just kidding!!!

                      /September Pearlman’d

                    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

                      ::edits original predictions post to make them accurate in retrospect::

                      /Pearlman’d

                    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

                      (is really, really unnecessary defensive whenever anyone, anywhere, points this out)

                      /super Pearlman’d

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        So you would like to spend a lot of money to buy……. Carl Pavano? Or trade Montero? The rotation situation is far from optimal but so are the alternatives.

        • Matt

          There’s nothing Cashman can do but wait at this point but he put himself in this situation. If he would have given up Joba, he could have had Dan Haren and if he had included that piece of crap Eduardo Nunez, he could have had Cliff Lee last summer and things would be much different right now

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Or, Lee still could’ve left and the Yankees would be without Lee and Montero.

            I agree on the Haren thing, especially considering the recent stance on Joba, but there’s arguments against that.

            • Matt

              I don’t think you could get a bag of balls for Joba right now. Keith Law thinks he’ll never be the same pitcher after he injured his shoulder.

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

                Then why do you think he could have gotten Haren for Joba this season? Nothing has changed with Joba’s shoulder since. You can’t have it both ways.

                • Carl

                  Reportedly, if the Yankees would have included Joba in the deal, they could have gotten Haren last year. I think Cashman is crazy for not pulling the trigger if that was true become what the hell is Joba now, a middle reliever you can’t really trust?

                  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                    I agree, that was a trade he should’ve done. However, I can see arguments against it.

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

                    That’s what Joba was then too. You can’t claim he could have gotten Haren, then claim you can’t get a bag of balls for him now when nothing has changed.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                What does that have to do with what I said?

        • Slappy White

          Hi Bex…Just as long as we’re not serious about this Freddie Garcia thing. I cant watch our guys throwing 84 MPH fastballs

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

            Hello Slappy!

            I agree, I’d rather have freaking Nova or something than Freddy Garcia.

    • I Voted 4 Kodos

      DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

      Seriously, this team was 3 wins from the World Series last year. Even if they do nothing, they’re a good team, plus they’ll have the money to make a significant move during the season if someone comes available.

      • mbonzo

        2 wins from the WS

        • I Voted 4 Kodos

          Brain fart.

    • China Joe

      If I wanted to murder people for my team, I’d be a soccer fan.

  • Joe(sit)ragman

    I am new to you guys and your metrics, but i visit here several times a day to get your insights on the Yankee world.

    Question—Are their any metrics or any stats regarding hitters vs. starters rather than all pitchers and maybe vs. top of rotation vs. bottom?

    it seems to me those would be important.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      For the first part, baseball-reference has them. Here is Mark Teixeira’s platoon splits this year, LH and RH starter are included in that.

      As for top vs. bottom of the rotation, I don’t think there is a way to get that all at once (for one thing, rotation order is not exactly standardized from one club to the next), but you can click “vs. pitcher” to find out any player’s stats against certain pitchers (or any pitcher’s vs. certain hitters)

      • Joe(sit)ragman

        thanks for the lead, will see what I find.

  • Slappy White

    I think the thing that has frustrated me the most this offseason is that I expected a “Plan B” and in reality , I dont think there ever was one.

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

    Has anybody yet considered the out-of-this-world possibility that like all other franchises, it’s ok for the Yankees to have a gap year?

    • Slappy White

      Not once

    • Craig

      With their resources, if they are even a little smart they shouldn’t have to have a gap year.

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

      If you ain’t first, you’re last.

    • Chris

      Gap year, what the hell? Maybe if your introducing a bunch of young players into the mix which the Yankees are not this year.

    • Esteban

      NEVER!!!

      But actually, when the payroll is as high as it is, it’s hard explaining how a gap year is necessary.

    • Carl

      If I wanted to suffer through a “gap year” I would have been a Mets fan.

      • Slappy White

        It would then be more like a “Gap Decade”

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Fact: from 2001-present, the Mets are 20 games under .500. That includes three seasons of 88+ wins, including one season (2006) where they won 97 games and were one base hit from the World Series.

    • Reggie C.

      I’m sorry, but this is a terrible year to have a “gap” year.

      There are no other major contracts coming off the books after 2011 aside from the possibility of CC opting out of his deal. There are no major starters hitting free agency after 2011 aside from the potential CC opt-out or the strong likelihood that the Cards decide to not pick up Carpenter’s option. Carpenter would be 38 at that point.

      Cashman looks like he’s standing pat. Fine. But the man better be reminded that the price to acquire talent for the Yankees will always be high. Cashman simply doesn’t want to bleed anymore to improve the ball club in the long run.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      As I’ve been saying: can’t wait until we win 95+ games and the World Series anyway, and everyone pretends we were the favorites and they were on the bandwagon all along.

      /completely unnecessary and unwarranted bravado’d

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

        I’m just throwing this out there, I would hate to have a gap year.

      • Slappy White

        Cant wait to see Mitch Williams pick us fourth in the Division

        /God bless Joe Carter’d

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Just feel the need to share that I was at Boomer’s perfect game at 12 w/ my dad and five year old sister, who was 5 and was there solely to get the free Beanie Baby. It was incredible, especially because we never went to Sunday games when I was a kid and I still never really do, so one of the only Sunday afternoon games I’ve ever gone to at the Stadium turned out to be a perfect game. Even though Wells was kind of a dick and screwed the Yankees in the ’03 Series, I will always have a major soft spot in my heart for him because of that experience.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    I’m comparing Pettitte, Mussina, and Hershiser on Fangraphs. I can’t find the WAR comparisons, but Pettitte, according to some graphs, seems worthy of the HOF if Hershiser is in it. Discuss the comparisons, if you want. Here are the charts

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      Derp. I could have SWORN Hershiser was in the HOF. I was sure I’ve heard announcers on ESPN say so during games.

      • Slappy White

        NEVER trust ESPN for factual information

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Not only is Hershiser not in the HOF, he dropped off after getting 4.4% of the vote on his second ballot.

        • http://www.or.ly JM

          So……. No Pettitte OR Mussina HOF. Which isn’t a BAD thing, because I think that eventually being in the HOF will be for the great players, and not the amazing players like it should be.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

            I don’t think Pettitte should get in. He might get in using the Jack Morris precedent.

            Mussina is in a different conversation entirely. He was way better than Pettitte, Morris, or Hershiser. He should be in, and I think he will be eventually, even if he needs to use the circuitous Blyleven route.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              Only Pettitte >>> Morris >:(

              Neither deserves to be in the HOF, but Andy is a much better pitcher than Jack Morris. I think I’m pretty objective about Andy being in the HOF but every time someone compares him to Morris my heart cracks a little.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Mussina should be in the HOF when his time comes.

  • OldYanksFan

    “At the meetings the Yanks learned the full extent of what Kansas City would need to complete a deal [for Zack Greinke]. The Royals wanted catcher Jesus Montero, shortstop Eduardo Nunez and either Dellin Betances or Manuel Banuelos. The sides did not get further than that in discussions, but the Royals also said tjeu would need a fourth piece, another pitcher. Kansas City liked the Triple A-level arms such as Hector Noesi, Ivan Nova, Adam Warren and David Phelps.”

    Wow! Jesus, Nunez, Betances/ManBam and Noesi/Nova.
    I want Greinke, but that’s too much to pay.

    h/t: http://www.theyankeeu.com/

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      I want Greinke, but that’s too much to pay.

      Especially considering what they ended up taking. Geez.

    • Tank the Frank

      I pull the trigger if it’s Betances instead of ManBam. I do it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Someone make an idea for an article come into my head. I’ve got LITERALLY nothing. Goddammit.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      Mark Buehrle and Jack Morris?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Hmm, not bad.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          That suggestion came out of a twitter conversation that I’m not sure if you are following or not. You may want to talk to Moshe about this, because it seems like he is planning on doing it.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Yep; I took that comment above and did something on the idea of a gap year.

    • Dan

      How about an article about how lucky the Yankees are that they didn’t sign Cliff Lee because he’s starting to decline and would be lousy be the end of his contract. You know, a typical Yankee homer we didn’t need him anyway article.

    • mbonzo

      Sergio Mitre’s crazy splits as a starter and reliever.

  • pete

    Yankee fans’ collective pessimism is boring. Don’t be boring.

  • toad

    Fat guys make great pitchers. See also, Ruth, G., Lolich, M., and Sabathia, C.

  • sleepykarl

    Man, it sounds like half this fanbase is hoping for failure to get some gratification for their incessant complaining about the roster in December. There is plenty of time to make tweaks and deals left in the offseason. I like how every knee jerk complaint is what to do if all facets of the team are bad, if that happens then they would have needed more than one SP. Also, think about the possibility that maybe, just maybe AJ could rebound to decent and some of the young guys hold up a back end spot.
    For the Joba complainers;
    Joba- 9.67K/9 2.76BB/9 2.98 FIP 3.34xFIP 1.4WAR
    Daniel Bard(someone everyone respects)
    9.16K/9 3.62BB/9 3.37FIP 3.59xFIP 1.5WAR(in 3.1 more innings)
    Big differences; BABIP .342vs.225; LOB 66.6%(no seriously it is)vs86%

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

      One more thing on the Joba vs. Bard comp.

      DOB:
      Bard 6/25/1985
      Joba 9/23/1985

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Man, it sounds like half this fanbase is hoping for failure to get some gratification for their incessant complaining about the roster in December.

      I’m pretty sure there’s a decent portion of the fanbase (not really the people here) who get moderately pleased when moves they don’t like don’t work out at all. They’d almost rather be right about their fervent belief that Cashman’s an idiot or what have you than see the Yankees win.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Bard also pitched in higher leverage (and therefore more valuable) innings so it’s not exactly a fair comparison. People undersell Joba because for awhile it seemed like he’d blow up in every big spot. And say what you want about confirmation bias, but it’s close to the truth. BABIP or not, he didn’t get the job done when he was handed the 8th inning.

      • Sleepykarl

        Isn’t that weighed into WAR? 1.4 vs 1.5 that Joba could have easily made up in the 3.1 inning edge Bard had.

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

          Yeah, leverage index is figured into WAR. A 0.1 WAR difference is nothing, could easily be made up in 3.1 IP. Hell, Joba might have been at 1.6 WAR with the same number of innings.

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

      I really don’t get the Bard hype, sure the man throws gas but he is very wild. When he versed the Yanks he got a lot of help from the batters swinging out of the zone. His velocity plays a big part in that but in 2-3 years when his velocity starts to dip he wont be as effective

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

        I want to see how he does against LHB this year. Couldn’t get them out in 2009 (aided by a .354 BABIP) but dominated them in 2010 (aided by a .162 BABIP). It will be interesting to see where his true ability vs. LHB will fall. If he can’t get them out consistently, does he ever become a great closer?

  • OMG Bagels!

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life boy….oh nevermind.

  • Granderslam

    I admit, I’ve been really dwelling in the Yankee rotation lately, but today I really started becoming fond of the idea of breaking in some young talent. I still wish the Yankees make a serious move of course, but I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what Nova/Phelps/Noesi/Brackman might be able to do at the ML level. In the AL East it’s a huge risk….we will see what happens, It could be really interesting in a good way. Who knows. As long as Mitre isn’t an option.

    • Gonzo

      For some odd reason I am starting to come to this line of thinking. I have been having sleeping problems of late, so maybe this is just the seeting in of insanity.

      Wouldn’t it be cool to get a sub 4.50 FIP out of a Nova or Noesi? That would be pretty cool and also be good trade bait. Of course that’s not likely, but it’s cool to hang some hope on a big risk. Is this what other teams’ fans feel like?

  • candyforstalin

    for the love of god, go see somewhere.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ron Blomberg:

    The Boomer before Boomer.

  • Monteroisdinero

    How did Wells get that nickname?

    Binger (as in beer binge) would have been more appropriate.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I love seeing Boomer buy bleacher seats and sitting out with the fans during games. I wish John Rocker did that.