Open Thread: From football back to baseball


That photo of Yankee Stadium comes courtesy of Ryan Ruocco, who works for YES and ESPN Radio, among other outlets. As you can see, the process of converting the field back to baseball is now underway since the Pinstripe Bowl has been played. Baseball is still a few weeks away, but it’s slowly drawing closer and the Stadium is being prepped. Yay.

Anyways, here is the open thread for the night. Both the Devils and Islanders are in action, plus the GoDaddy.com Bowl (Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio)) is on ESPN if that’s your thing. The thread is yours, teach it as you see fit.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Whooo, baseball is in the air!

    Also, go Seahawks!

  2. LGY says:

    How DID they go about removing the snow? I’d like to see something in regards to that.

  3. Steve H says:

    the GoDaddy.com Bowl (Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio)) is on ESPN if that’s your thing.

    I haven’t paid much attention to college football in years, but didn’t almost all of the bowl games use to come prior to New Years day, then the big ones on New Years, then maybe one or two after? The GoDaddy.com Bowl featuring Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) sounds like satire on January 6th sounds like satire.

  4. Does anyone know if the team is doing anything about the hard warning track that Berkman and Tex complained about while the field is ripped up?

  5. Sean C says:

    A very good friend of mine is going to the Prince concert at MSG tonight. One could say that I am purple with envy.

  6. mustang says:

    Just a question but would sign Andy and Soriano make up for Lee?

    Andy 15+ Soriano 8 (3 years 24)= 23 that’s 1 million less then what Lee averages a year on his new contract and remember the next free agent class is very weak food for thought.

    • CS Yankee says:

      For 2011, I would bet not…

      However, 4 total years costing $40M$ would be a better bet than 7 total years costing 160M$.

      Lee for another year or three would be worth 30M$ per, but highly unlikely that he would produce 160M$ of value.

      The Johan’s & Zito’s type contracts rarely play out well…now the Doc deal that Philly got was a steal, I would have given Joba & Montero up in a heartbeat for that guy (if that trade rumor was true).

  7. bexarama says:

    Every time I think Bleacher Report’s badness can’t be exaggerated it proves me wrong on that. Geez.

  8. Just wanna go on record that I’m totally with Joe on wishing for the long-man to be Mark Prior. I’m expecting zero innings, but it would be the shit if Prior could lock down a spot.

  9. Craig says:

    Looks like Pavano can be shit upon in Minnesota for the next two years….

  10. ZZ says:

    This may sound really strange coming from me, but the Yankees should give Joba a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation Spring Training.

    Even if the Yankees have doubts or actually don’t believe Joba can handle being a starter long term or handle a starter’s workload in season, they don’t have the luxury at this point of bypassing that opportunity to find out. With a strong starting staff and farm system rich with pitchers as an organization you can make the type of decisions the Yankees have made with Joba. With Cliff Lee in the fold for 7 years and the farm system still probably a year away from the big impact pitchers being ready to contribute, you have the luxury to keep Joba in the bullpen if you feel he is best suited to excel in that role.

    Right now though the Yankees do not have that luxury. Even if Andy returns, if Joba could give them just 120 innings of quality pitching that would be a huge help. If he steps up and excels as a starter then that is just fantastic.

    Right now, at minimum, it doesn’t make much sense to not tell Joba to come to camp as a starter, work with Rotschild, see what kind of shape he is in, evaluate his mechanics, and see if he is back to throwing the ball downhill again like he showed in flashes towards the end of 2010.

    Baseball is a game of adjustments. It is time for the Yankee FO to make an adjustment given the starting staff.

  11. Accent Shallow says:

    Posting this here, apropos of nothing.

    “Women sense my power, and they seek the life essence.”

  12. AJ says:

    True or false. Andy could ask for $18-$20MM for one year to come back and have a good chance of getting it.

    • AJ says:

      Andy you diabolical…

    • Rob (Not the Bad) says:

      I don’t know if the Yankees would go up to the $20 million range, but I can certainly see a $16-18 million contract. It’s one year, so limited fiscal exposure. I guess if Andy wants 17 or 18, he starts by asking for 20.

      • AJ says:

        I think if Jack Morris is getting HOF consideration then one more year from Andy and a possible 6 rings should put him in the conversation as well.

        • AJ says:

          Oh yeah, so my point was yes I think he’ll come back for one more and ask for about $20MM and settle for around what you said, $18MM.

  13. AndrewYF says:

    And so it begins. Casey Kelly is now a ‘B’ instead of a ‘B+’ prospect in John Sickels’ eyes.

    Amazing how the shine wears off a prospect once they aren’t affiliated with the best player development system ever to exist.

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