Sunday Night Open Thread

Yankees' offense amongst expansion era elite
Austin's huge day leads SI to even huge-er win

You know what’s great about this afternoon’s win? What Ivan Nova did to the Twins is basically what the Twins wish their pitchers would do each time out. Pitch to contact and get quick outs when you can, then reach back for the strikeouts when you need them. Good stuff from the kid, who’s certainly got the flashy stats (namely wins) to make a serious run at the Rookie of the Year Award.

Anywhere, that’s a video of an outfielder turning a triple play after the ball hits him in the head (h/t Ian Casselberry), and this is your open thread. The ESPN Sunday Night game features two teams in the middle of a heated race for a playoff spot the Cardinals and Cubs, and not even the pitching matchup is interesting: Jake Westbrook vs. Rodrigo Lopez. Yuck. That what they get for slaving to big market teams and rivalries. Talk about whatever you want right here, anything goes.

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Yankees' offense amongst expansion era elite
Austin's huge day leads SI to even huge-er win
  • https://twitter.com/richardiurilli Richard Iurilli

    Here’s a GIF I made of the ball bouncing off the guy’s head:

    http://i.minus.com/ieLWGEJYr.gif

  • Cy Pettitte

    so AJ has a terrible outing, cuts his hair and dyes it blonde. Has another terrible outing and shaves it all off. If he has another bad outing does he buy a wig?

    • Will (the other one)

      Look for a piece of his scalp to be missing. You know, Indi…uhh, Native American-style.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Yawn. Looks like a good night’s sleep to finish the weekend.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    The rain has been unbelievable lately.

    • MannyGeee

      meh…i’ve seen rainier…

    • NYinTX

      What’s rain?

      • Addison

        LOL…Native New Englander and Yankee fan living in Arizona.

        Not only what’s rain..but what’s snow?

        I always think of my family and friends still living back East on Christmas when they’re freezing their ass off and I’m opening presents in shorts and a tee shirt next to my pool.

        Losers.

        • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          At least our part of the country has a sustainable water supply ;)

  • FIPster Doofus

    I kind of hate the Cubs. They get way too much national exposure for being such an awful team.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It’s better ESPN featuring the Cubs than the Yankees.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        *features

      • FIPster Doofus

        Very true.

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        Yea, so we don’t have to listen to them masturbate to how pedroia jumps up and down on second base..

        • Jimmy

          We represent, the Lollipop Guild

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • Jake

      It looks like they’re wearing diapers.

      • FIPster Doofus

        It’s funny because I thought the same thing.

      • Will (the other one)

        “Now, imagine this pitcher of iced tea is really a gallon of your feces…”

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      WHY CAN’T THE GIANTS HAVE CHEERLEADERS THAT NICE???????one??????

      • MannyGeee

        meanwhile the one in the middle has tranny-face…

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          I think it only looks that way because of the angle and quality of the photo. There’s no way the Eagles would hire a cheerleader with a face like that right? RIGHT???

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So, UFC got the Fox contract. That’s pretty huge for them and a great get for Fox.

    • Dropped Third Superstar

      Wow, that sports exploding huh?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah a friend of mine is an avid UFC fan and a cage fighter in his own right. I’m more of a casual fan, him and I had an argument regarding the best way of executing this. I told him that a SuperCard after the Super Bowl with the biggest names in the sport: Brock Lesnar, Tito Ortiz, Anderson Silva, George St. Pierre, and guys like that on a Primetime Sunday night card. Advertise like a motherfucker and get people who have never seen a UFC fight, but recognize these names, to go for the gold. He suggests using their secondary brand, Strikeforce, on the Sunday night card to go and throw the net. Sigh…

        • Dropped Third Superstar

          Thats a sick idea… I’d watch that for sure

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Naturally, my ideas are better.

        • Addison

          UFC=Jersey Shore with no chicks.

          Proven fact:

          Eighty percent of all UFC watchers get a boner during the show.

          Sorry, but the survey doesn’t specify if there’s a female in the room.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      For the UFC’s sake, I sure hope they don’t get BuckCarver to call their matches.

  • Avi

    The Yankee DH position is the weakest it’s been heading into September since Jeter became a big leaguer.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Thank God, I was starting to worry that there’d be nothing to complain about.

      • JohnnyC

        We shoulda buried them. Just sayin’

      • MannyGeee

        ‘andandandandandand…..ummmmm

        AJ SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!11!!!’

        there you go…

        • Avi

          Makes you wonder if they weren’t planning to go to Montero as the DH why didn’t they add a bat?
          This is clearly a team that has a legit chance to win a championship, You have to improve it as much as you can. I find it hard to believe they couldn’t trade for a hitter better than Posada/Chavez.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I find it hard to believe they couldn’t trade for a hitter better than Posada/Chavez.

            I find it easy to believe that the hitters better than Posada/Chavez were not available for remotely reasonable prices.

            This is clearly a team that has a legit chance to win a championship, You have to improve it as much as you can.

            Next year’s team also has a legit chance to win a championship, and you shouldn’t trade good players from it for a small marginal upgrade from the decent platoon production you’re getting from Posada/Chavez for this year.

            • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

              Are you purposefully leaving out Andruw Jones, too?

              • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                Andruw Jones sucks. Let’s trade him for someone good like Andre Ethier.

                • mbonzo

                  Psh if you want someone good we should get Daniel Nava or Darnel McDonald.

                  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                    ORRRRRR Wily Mo Pena.

                    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                      Carl Crawford. He chases waterfalls.

              • Pat D

                Hey! I remember you!!

                Was it you who wrote that Tigers winning with other teams’ talent article on SweetSpot. If so, major kudos, if only for all the idiots in the comments whining about not understanding wOBA.

                • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

                  Get your wOBA and your other advanced stats out of my face. When did baseball become a sport for math geeks? I’ve been following the MLB since 19(insert your favorite double digit # here) and I used to think I was stat geek. You have to see these guys play everyday to get the full scoop.

                  /commenters on Bexy’s ESPN article’d

                  • Pat D

                    Yea, that was it. I made a few comments on other people’s posts, but once I saw it denigrate to that level, I ran away.

                • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

                  Was it you who wrote that Tigers winning with other teams’ talent article on SweetSpot.

                  I didn’t pick that title and it wasn’t what I was really going for in the article haha. But yeah, pretty cool :D

                  I didn’t even read the comments. I know a friend left a troll comment about not understanding wOBA that apparently got all kinds of comments though haha.

                  • Pat D

                    I think there ended up being a lot of those.

                    Congrats on making the big time! Since, a lot of people read ESPN or something. Like me.

              • Avi

                No, I like Andruw against lefties. Just would’ve liked to see them add someone to hit against righties.

                TSJC: There had to be a hitter that represented an upgrade over Posada/Chavez that they could have added without giving up the A prospects. Josh Willingham?

                I was ok with them not adding a bat cuz I figured they were just bringing up Jesus. But now that they haven’t I can’t understand it.

                • Sweet Dick Willie

                  No, I like Andruw against lefties. Just would’ve liked to see them add someone to hit against righties….Josh Willingham?

                  Fun fact # 1: Josh Willingham bats from the right side.

                  I was ok with them not adding a bat cuz I figured they were just bringing up Jesus.

                  Fun fact # 2: Jesus Montero bats from the right side.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Holy Fuck, that’s the greatest triple play I’ve ever seen.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Anyone watching the Jets/Bengals game? Plaxico Burress caught a 20 yard pass on his first play.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I think you mean the “Jets/Bungles” game. Cincy’s already in midseason form.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I don’t really care for any team. This sure as hell beats Cubs/Cards any day.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Is Cubs-Cards the most overrated “rivalry” going today? I think it is. There’s not a legacy of memorable Cubs-Cards games (regular season or playoffs), they’re not annual title competitors; they’re rarely even good at the same time.

          And I don’t just mean baseball, I mean all sports. Cubs/Cards has absolutely no sizzle for me, and I’ve even lived in the midwest around Cubs and Cards fans. I don’t think anyone actually cares about it.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I feel the same way. Cubs/Cards never gets me going. I prefer Giants/Dodgers than Cubs/Cards always.

            • Nuke LaDoosh

              Agree. I live in Chicago. The only reason Cubs Cards is a rivalry is because their fans hate the other team. That’s it.

  • MannyB ace2be

    So who does everyone think the yanks go after in free agency this winter and/or what are some crazy trades that might happen this winter. For example how crazy would it be if the angels knowing that weaver is a boras client and can’t resign him they trade him to yanks

    • JohnnyC

      Real crazy cause I don’t want him. His soft tossing won’t cut it in the AL East longterm. Plus, he’s uglier than his brother.

      • steve (different one)

        This is kindof nutty. Weaver would do just fine in the AL East, esp if he didn’t have to pitch to the Yankees.

        • mbonzo

          A flyball pitcher in the small AL East stadiums against the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Rays. No thanks when you’re giving up half your farm.

          • steve (different one)

            Oh, I wouldn’t give up half the farm for him either. Just disagree that he wouldn’t be able to pitch for the Yankees.

            • steve (different one)

              I will also concede that I don’t know enough about him to know if his personality would be a good fit. Because of his brother, I’m sure he’d be facing a fairly skeptical fanbase.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m sure they’ll be in on Wilson, Jackson and Darvish.

      • MannyGeee

        they have to be in on ANYONE who has ever thrown a baseball next season… at least sniffing around on them….

        • FIPster Doofus

          Yeah, thinking about next year’s rotation is weird. Garcia and Colon have been key this year, but I don’t really expect either back next season. Who fills their spots will be interesting.

          • MannyGeee

            sleeper pick? Chris Carpenter. Book it

    • mbonzo

      Options-
      Cano
      Swisher

      Arbitration-
      Freddy Garcia

      Sign-
      CC Sabathia
      Edwin Jackson
      Eric Chavez

      Minor league deals-
      Jeremy Hermida
      Scott Kazmir

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Sign AJ Burnett 2.0, great idea! He’ll require probably like 3/37 or so, no thanks.

      • Cuso

        Ick.

        You want them to go after EdJack?

        CC has to be reworked, obviously.

        CC, Burnett, Nova, Hughes are obviously in.

        Probably too soon for Manny or Dellin. But maybe Phelps or Warren get a shot. Offer arb to Freddy probably. It’s likely hat 4 guys will compete in ST for #5 job.

        Yanks won’t be signing big-time SP until 2012 off-season when some swinging dicks become available ( Cain is a very likely target).

        • mbonzo

          Chris Carpenter or Hiroki Kuroda are in the play, but I think Edwin Jackson makes the most sense. Young guy who’s undervalued around the league and shown that his stuff is still improving. He’s got a 3.54 xFIP on a .332 BABIP. With his velocity, movement, and control he’s got the potential to be a breakout ace in his prime years. Much more potential and value than CJ Wilson and the price wouldn’t prohibit the Yankees from signing another pitcher to replace Garcia/AJ in 2013.

          Finally, I’m not gonna count on Banuelos and Betances in the rotation, plain and simple, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

          • mbonzo

            I should also mention that the Yankees said that they have interest in Jackson, but not in a mid-season trade.

      • Charles

        Please no Edwin Jackson, yes his basic peripherals look ok, but if you actually take a look at him, hes mediocre and not worth the contract he will likely command. He has a 1.44 WHIP, .332 BABIP, and he has 36% Fly Balls, and by looking at his pitch breakdown you can see he’s basically an AJ 2.0, I’d rather not spend money to have 2 AJs on the same team.

        Also why Kazmir? The guy got lit up in A ball this year in his rehab starts and his velocity was down around the 84-85 range.

    • bobtaco

      Weaver re-signed today for 5 years / 85M, so that is that…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    What would you give up to get Terrelle Pryor? I’d give up a 5th rounder.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      5th rounder at the most. I was thinking 7th rounder, but someone will be suckered in into taking him earlier.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He’s worth way more than a 7th rounder, I’d say. Sure, he’s probably never going to be even a serviceable QB, but he’s 6’5″ 232 and ran a 40 in the 4.3-4.4 range. That’s an amazing set of measurables.

        Make him a WR/TE/H-Back and give him a playbook and the bench for a year or two, let him figure it out. He can contribute as a Wildcat QB in the interim.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I was just thinking him as a QB. But he could be valuable as a Wildcat QB, although the Wildcat is starting to die. Maybe as a WR. Look at Hines Ward, he used to be a QB in college and now he’s a HOF receiver. Not saying he’ll be like him, but just saying that there has been success.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Well Tim Tebow was a first rounder and Cam Newton was 1/1 so…

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Tim Tebow sucks, Cam is a Scam. Your point?

            • Jimmy McNulty

              QBs that everyone thinks will suck in the NFL have a nasty habit of being taken with a first round pick

    • Mykey

      Well after watching this Cinci game… The Bungles should go all in: 2nd rounder. Save the 1st rounder for Luck.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        They’re too stupid of a franchise to do that.

      • Mykey

        Just to clarify, I’m not serious.

    • Pat D

      Fuck Pryor.

  • Avi

    Ubaldo:
    3.1 Innings, 3 Walks, 9 hits, 2 Homers allowed and 8 Earned runs.

    • JohnnyC

      And yet…the Indians loved his medicals. He should be their ace…after he rehabs from his inevitable surgery.

    • MannyGeee

      totally worth Montero, Banuelos, Nova, Jesus Christ and L Ron Hubbard.

      Ubaldo is not exactly lighting the world on fire in Cleveland, now is he…

      • FIPster Doofus

        Trenidad Hubbard > L. Ron Hubbard

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Felix Trinidad > Trenidad Hubbard

          • MannyGeee

            Felix the Cat>>>>>>Felix Trinidad

            • Dale Mohorcic

              Felix Unger>>>>>>Felix the Cat

      • Jorge

        I’m reading “Inside Scientology” right now and had to chuckle at this.

    • Avi

      4.88 ERA on the season. I know it’s only a few starts as an Indian so far but where are all the people who called this guy a true ace? When paying a lot for a pitcher, whether in dollars or prospects, you need to eliminate risk as much as possible. Ubaldo’s high BB rate and drop in velo represented way too much risk to pay top dollar for him(montero plus).

      • mj

        whats funny is even the rockies don’t see him as an ace yet they wanted the moon for him. Leave it to the indians to fall for that crap lol

      • mbonzo

        He was an ace going into this season, but he’s not throwing as hard this year.

  • Dropped Third Superstar

    since the deadline….
    Nova< Hughes<Ubaldo<Shit on the floor<AJ

    • steve (different one)

      I’d flip “Shit on the floor” and Ubaldo. He’s been garbage.

    • Jake

      I think your arrows are backwards.

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        Yea… im a dumb ass lol

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Wait, isn’t it supposed to be…
      Nova>Hughes>Ubaldo>Shit on he floor>A.J ?

      Or were you being sarcastic?

      • MannyGeee

        Basic 3rd grade math>Dropped Third Superstar

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        No sarcasm, just a brain fart.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      No, no, no, no, no. You see, it looks like this:

      Josh Beckett+ Jon Lester+ Eric Bedard+ John Lackey+ Tim Wakefield> Shit on the floor> Dead Man> Ivan Nova> Phil Hughes> Ubaldo Jimenez> A. J Burnett.

      /ESPN’d

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        Grit in Pedroia’s Pinky toe > any Yankee ever

        /ESPN’d

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Grit in David Ortiz > Any Yankee ever, yet black guys can’t be gritty.

          /ESPN’d

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So, the SWB game got suspended. They’ll finish that game up tomorrow, and after that game is completed they play their regular scheduled game. I heard Freddy Garcia was supposed to pitch tomorrow, and it is also Manny Banuelos’ turn to pitch. Can Freddy Garcia pitch in the resumption of the suspended game and then Manny pitch the regular game?

  • JD

    What was that I heard about Nova not being in the same class as other pitchers vying for ROY. Crickets …

    • MannyGeee

      Well, that would be about Nova not having True Prospect Status(TM).

      I am glad he came to play this season, now all the ledge jumpers can take the “Yankees can’t grow pitching from within” arguement and shove it up their asses. their collective asses.

  • Bronx Byte

    Any chance the Yankees traveling secretary didn’t have a plane ticket for Burnett and left him in Minnesota ?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’m sure if George Constanza was assistant to the traveling secretary he’d find a way to get that done.

      • Crime Dog

        Bravo

    • Crime Dog

      Or the assistant to the traveling secretary, George Costanza

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

    Why is it yellow outside?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      God missed.

      • Mykey

        Trying to piss on Philly?

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Too bad he didn’t hit Boston.

  • Captain Beatty

    Playoff rotation-

    CC
    Hughes
    Nova
    Bartolo

    If Bartolo tires down the stretch Freddy is #5. Noesi makes the playoff bullpen and is next in line for an emergency start. AJ Burnett is left off the postseason roster.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’ve had this for the last two weeks…
      CC
      Nova
      Hughes
      Garcia

      Then, Colon to the bullpen because he’s starting to wear down. Burnett off the postseason roster. That gives you seven other relievers. Thus it’d probably be Mo, Robertson, Soriano, Logan, Wade, Ayala, and Noesi.

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        I think they go with 11 pitchers and leave Noesi off too.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Probably, but to have that extra bat off the bench. It’s be cool to have Montero and Posada on the roster.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        RIGHT NOW, this is what I’m thinking…

        If we play AL central winner:
        CC
        Nova
        Colon/Garcia
        Hughes
        CC

        If we play TEX:
        CC
        Garcia
        Nova
        Hughes
        CC

        and the ALCS:
        CC
        Nova
        Garcia
        CC on 3 days rest
        Colon
        Nova
        CC

        Bullpen: Mo DRob, Soriano, Logan, Wade, Noesi/Ayala
        Bench: Chavez, Jones, Nunie, Posada, Golson/Dickerson with Chavez/Jones/Posada DHing.

        • Kiersten

          The only time CC should get more than 3 days’ rest during this postseason is if we sweep a series and have a bunch of days off in between.

          With the drop off being so huge to the next guys, you gotta get your money’s worth out of CC.

    • Dropped Third Superstar

      Gees alot of faith in hughes for a few good starts? But i guess he is our best option if Bartolo starts flopping.

      • Mykey

        It’s been 5 in a row now for Hughes. Usually a good sign.

        • Dropped Third Superstar

          Nope A.J is our Number 2 starter. Thats what he is he for.

          /Cash’d

          • Dropped Third Superstar

            here*

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Does anyone really want Darvish? He’ll cost a lot more than Matsuzaka, but the NPB imports tend to be shells of their former selves when they get to the bigs. Matsui was their best import and he went from perennial MVP, basically Albert Pujols, to merely a good player. Matsuzaka’s numbers in Japan were awesome, and he was fairly underwhelming in his major league career. I’m not sure I want to drop 130M on Darvish.

    • Dropped Third Superstar

      Darvish = Matsuzaka 2.0

      I bet a smaller market team like the O’s or Nat’s get him. Don’t see the Yanks or Bosox getting involved.

      • Mykey

        Not sure what “Matsuzaka 2.0″ means, so forgive me if this is what you mean, but Darvish has much better numbers than Matsuzaka. He’s got some scary pitches.

        • Dropped Third Superstar

          Really whats his velo? and out pitch? I dont know to much about the guy

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            If you don’t know too much about the guy, why should we listen to you when you proclaim he’s Matsuzaka 2.0?

            • Jorge

              Darvish/Matusaka < ShitOnTheFloor < AJ

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I’d say the Nats more than the Os. Probably a team that’s “on the cusp” or wants to expand on a growing fan base. My guess on suitors would be Texas, Washington, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

    • a.hinds

      what about ichiro? he’s a first ballot hall of famer

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, I looked at Ichiro’s advanced stats and he racked up 52 career WAR so far, so yeah he’s easily the best. Ichiro’s skill set translated better than any other NPB import bat.

    • nick

      darvish is younger and better than Dice- k

      • Jimmy McNulty

        He’s younger, but is he better than Dice-K? Remember the 2006 WBC? Matsuzaka looked filthy there, BP’s PECOTA projected like a 3.86 ERA in Fenway park, lower than Jake Peavy and several other good pitchers.

        Darvish will be 26 when he’s posted, same age as Matsuzaka, his ERA’s are lower than Dice-Ks and he’s pitching fewer innings. From the Japanese stats of Dice-K their K-rates look similar. Of course there’s league context, defense, and other things to take into account when comparing stats. He does appear to have an edge, but Matsuzaka’s been pretty bad. Well below league average throughout his career, although he’s been plagued with injuries (perhaps from throwing too many innings, something that Darvish has NOT suffered from), he still hasn’t been all that good even when healthy. That being said, for the type of money that will be spent on Darvish being better than Matsuzaka isn’t good enough. Better than Matsuzaka is a league average three starter…is that really what you want out of a pitcher that’ll take at least a 40M dollar posting fee?

    • Avi

      Totally agree with Jimmy. I wouldn’t touch Darvish. You can’t put any stock in Japanese league stats. Matsui was their BABE RUTH. Matsuzaka’s hype was AT LEAST equal to Darvish’s. I cringe every time I hear his name mentioned with the Yanks.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I haven’t looked into the Darvish situation enough to have an informed opinion on whether I want him in pinstripes or not, but I do highly doubt it’ll take $130M to get it done.

      I mean, someone correct me if I’m totally off-base here, but aren’t we looking at maybe half that? Why in the world would anyone give him $130M?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Matzuzaka got a 51M posting fee and a 52M contract. 103M all together, inflation, and the increased hype for Darvish not to mention that a lot of people think he’s better than Darvish. So I think 130M all together would be perfectly

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Yeah, but everyone’s seen how that Matsuzaka situation worked out in the end. I don’t know, put me down as one person who will be surprised if the bidding + contract gets into that neighborhood.

          • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Not to mention… Just saying “inflation” doesn’t necessarily get you there. A-Rod signed a contract in 2001 that’s still bigger than any contract signed by any player not named A-Rod.

            There’s big hype for Darvish, but it’s no bigger than the hype was for Matsuzaka. I think this $130M figure is way heavy, but whatever. Agree to disagree.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Another point I’d like to add: Darvish is being marketed as WAY, WAY better than Matsuzaka. I recall reading somewhere that his posting fee might hit 60M. The history and NPB legacy of Matsuzaka is already being rewritten, and Matsuzaka is basically being portrayed as merely a good starter and Darvish as their equivalent of Roy Halladay. One big Dice-K problem was his injuries, he was injured in Japan and threw a shit load of innings. Darvish hasn’t been injured and is throwing fewer innings than Matsuzaka did. It’s a blind option and if there’s a team that wants to bring in a Japanese fanbase, I’m sure they’ll bid pretty pretty high.

              • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                “The history and NPB legacy of Matsuzaka is already being rewritten, and Matsuzaka is basically being portrayed as merely a good starter and Darvish as their equivalent of Roy Halladay.”

                But re-writing history about Matsuzaka’s hype is totally irrelevant. What matters is the perception at the time Matsuzaka came stateside, and at that time, he was billed as the Japanese Cy Young.

                When Matsuzaka was posted, the hype was every bit as fevered, if not moreso, than it is right now regarding Darvish.

                Only time will tell on the Darvish posting/contract, we’ll see. I’m interested to see how it turns out, maybe I’m totally off on this.

        • whozat

          You also have to factor in that Matsuzaka and Igawa have probably made teams gunshy about the hype. Kuroda’s enough of a success story that I’m sure teams will still be interested.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Not that I’m anti-Darvish, but if the Yankees are going to throw huge money at a pitcher this winter, CJ Wilson would be the safer option. Of course, he also has some accompanying negatives (age, control, short track record).

      • Alibaba

        Better to wait one more year. More premier FA starting pitchers means more opportunity to sign one.

        • FIPster Doofus

          I tend to agree. Cole Hamels in a Yankees uniform, please.

  • nick

    Sorry cubies but your better off getting fielder jerseys

  • Bronx Byte

    Yes sir Captain Beatty, I agree with your playoff rotation 1000%.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As far as playoff implications go, what a shitty SNB game.

    Two teams dreadfully out of the playoff race as what they got stuck with. Oh well.

  • Alibaba

    Nova and Hughes’ outings are making AJ the odd man out. I hope Girardi will have the guts to take him out of rotation. When the former two had to respond, they did. AJ could not, so far this season.

  • Ivan

    I am going make my bold prediction for the NFL season:

    The Detroit Lions will win the NFC division and will even win a playoff game.

    • Captain Beatty

      How do they get past Green Bay? The Packers team that was loaded last year on offense has now added the injured Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley back as well as the addition of 2nd round draft pick Randall Cobb. All pro TE, 5 WRs deep, best QB in the game, solid RB tandem. Returning one of the best defenses from last season. Stafford can’t stay healthy and they will not beat Green Bay for the division.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I don’t think Ivan ever said the Lions would “get past Green Bay” or “win the division”.

        Just that they’d get a playoff spot (presumably as a wildcard) and win a playoff game (which likely wouldn’t be against the Packers who probably are getting a first round bye).

  • Dropped Third Superstar

    Anyone think trading Montero if a good starter becomes available and signing prince to a 4-6 year deal to be a DH is a good Idea?

    My buddy was talking about it, told him he was crazy, what do you guys think?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Prince will require a mammoth contract, you’ll pay for part of his decline, fat sluggers are a bit more prone to falling off a cliff than athletic sluggers (i.e. Mo Vaughn, Prince’s dad), and there’s zero chance you can gain any positional value by giving him starts at a non-DH position (i.e. catcher).

      With Hughes/Nova/Noesi/Warren/Banuelos/Betances/etc., plus Wilson/Jackson/Darvish available this winter and a bumper crop of pitchers scheduled to be available next one, yes. swapping 20-year-old, dirt-cheap, occasionally compared to Frank Thomas possible catcher Jesus Montero for a #2 starter and 27 year old really good but soon to be paid 20M plus per Prince Fielder is a bad idea.

  • Esteban

    Have missed most of the LLWS, but this Mexico-Japan game has been fun.

    • Pat D

      I root against everyone in the LLWS now.

      After seeing that kid admire his home run a few weeks ago, and remembering that one New York team that was doing nothing but chest-thumping and pounding a few years ago, I’d just like to slap the shit out of these fucking kids.

      I can’t understand how their coaches tolerate this shit. Any kid I ever played baseball with tried to pull that, they’d be running for entire practices on end.

      • Dropped Third Superstar

        Kid on my varsity team last year didn’t hustle out a ground ball and was given suicides till he pewked, my coach honestly would have killed us if we admired a homerun.

        • Pat D

          When I was the older kid on the levels I played, I’d police stuff myself since there was usually multiple things happening in practices.

          I told the story a few weeks ago of one kid who liked to hot dog running the bases when we did situations and scrimmages. I ran him over in the outfield one day when we where shagging fly balls and he never pulled that shit again.

          • Dropped Third Superstar

            I was at a tee ball game earlier this year for my cousin and he hit one over the fence they set up for a home run. He did the bob gibson fist pump and slide into home, greatest tee ball moment ever.

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        Our coaches won’t do anything but the other players on the team would beat the shit out of him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Weaver gets a 5yr/85m extension, scratch that one off the list.

    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyma.....6374348800
    http://twitter.com/#!/SI_JonHe.....4027326464

    • FIPster Doofus

      Doesn’t $17 million per seem low for him?

      • ultimate913

        Probably ends up being 20+ for the last 2 years with the first 3 sub 20.

    • mbonzo

      I can hear the collective Ughs.

    • Pat D

      What an idiot! He’s getting 2.5 million more than Burnett and Lackey, when he’s younger and better?!?

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

        Long term security > a few extra million

  • ultimate913

    #angels have signed jered weaver to extension. press conf tuesday, team announces

    weaver got 85M for 5 yrs. #angels

    That leaves Hamels, Greinke annndddd ??????

    • mbonzo

      Cain, Danks, Liriano, amongst some very good pitchers who can become #1/#2s.

      • nycsportzfan

        isn’t Haren a possible FA After 2012 as well?

        • FIPster Doofus

          The Angels have a club option for 2013.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Cain is not a number one or two in the AL East in YS3. Danks was never a 1 or 2. Greinke unfortunately will be passed. Hamels is a must get.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Danks was never a two? I strongly disagree with that.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            He had one year in 2008. That’s pretty much it though.

            • FIPster Doofus

              Danks is durable and basically good for 200 innings, an ERA in the high threes and three-plus fWAR every year. He’d be a competent complement to Sabathia or any other legit ace.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Career tERA: 4.64
                Career xFIP: 4.13
                Career SIERA: 3.70
                Career ERA: 3.95

                Skill wise he’s much closer to league average than number two.

                • FIPster Doofus

                  Gotta factor in his ability to stay healthy and eat up innings. He’s at worst a No. 3, IMO. Burnett’s 2009 numbers are essentially what I’d take from a No. 2 in the rotation. Not spectacular, but decent and durable. Thirty-plus starts, 200ish innings. That’s Danks.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Shaun Marcum could be a good under-the-radar type guy as a #2 or #3 starter. Proven in the AL East and a free agent in 2013.

      • Jorge

        I’ve always liked Marcum. I’d be game for that if I were the Yanks.

  • Dropped Third Superstar

    Cain, and or Hamels would look great in pin stripes.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Matt Cain has a career 7.44 K/9 in the NL West along with a career 3.23 BB/9. I like those numbers when it was Hiroki Kuroda for one year but Cain is going to be overbid by someone. He’s a flyball guy and since he’ll play not only in Yankee Stadium but the bandboxes of Fenway, Arlington, Camden Yards and the Rogers Center his HR rate will go up. If we equalize his HR rate to league average he’s a 4.00 ERA pitcher which is league average.

      No thank you.

      • nsalem
        • JobaWockeeZ

          http://www.baseball-reference......6110.shtml

          Using your logic this guy is an ace among aces. He’s better than Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia and Jon lester combined.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            http://www.baseball-reference......2008.shtml

            This guy is a Hall of Famer due to this game. Give him 90 million dollars.

            http://www.baseball-reference......8060.shtml

            Based on that game I PRAY that the Yankees get rid of him. DFA please.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Sorry first link should showcase this stud.

          • nsalem

            That’s an ignorant response. Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Please tell me your first reply was sarcastic. Because that would clear this whole thing up because I didn’t think you were the one to rely on using one game.

              • nsalem

                I’m not being sarcastic and every additional comment you are making is getting progressively sillier, childish and irrelevant. What does CC and Aj have to do with this. You mentioned that because he is a fly ball pitcher he would get hammered in the bandboxes of the AL such as Boston and Texas. I pointed out that he pitched a great game at Fenway nothing more or less. He has pitched 4 games in Philly and given up 7 HR, but he has pitched well at Coors and has 3 starts at Turner without yielding a Home Run. His road numbers are pretty close to his home numbers so I think your assumption that he would be a bad fit in the AL East has no validity whatsoever. You make things worse when you rant in a jibberish manner when someone disagrees with you. Cain pitched 21 scoreless innings over his 3 playoff start last year. Personally I think that is meaningful statistic and would love to see him in a Yankee uniform. It is this combined with his body of work over the last 6 years is why I consider him to be a bona fide number 2 starter. I never suggested he is in the class of Sabathia and Lee. You said that to defend a meaningless point. It is my subjective opinion and feel free to disagree with it. i just think all of your responses were superficial and stupid.

                • Mykey

                  This was an awesome response.

                • Dropped Third Superstar

                  Best response to an ignorant commenter ever.

              • nsalem

                also in his home start against the Rangers two years ago he gave up 3 hits in 8 innings and he has had over 30 starts every year since 2006.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Hamels. The Phillies probably won’t be able to extend him with all those contracts they have, and he is pitching very well in a band box park, so you can’t really say he won’t do well in YS3.

  • Captain Beatty

    You can’t add a 2nd wildcard team and tell the Yankees or Red Sox(Or the Braves for that matter) that they have to win a 1 game playoff against a vastly inferior opponent.

    Going up against James Shields in one game winner take all just isn’t fair if the top 2 teams finish 10+ games ahead of the Rays. If MLB does this they need to put in a clause where if the top WC team is a certain # of games ahead of the 2nd WC team there is no playoff chance for the 2nd WC team.

    • Pat D

      I’ve been saying this for months.

      Either you keep the divisions as is, add a 2nd wild card team, and have those two teams play a best of 3, OR, you just scrap the divisions and balance the schedules. That’s the only way a one-game playoff between wild card teams can be fair.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    What are the odds that Manny Banuelos AND Dellin Betances start games for the Yankees at any point next season?

    • Pat D

      70%

    • JobaWockeeZ

      50 percent ish. If they aren’t traded then they both will get a cup of coffee at the least.

  • iloveyoubartolo

    Good deal for the Angels. The obvious comparison is with Beckett, not Hernandez/Verlander.

  • Greg

    Why is Bobby V going off on Starlin Castro?

    • Jim S

      Because the game is dull, the rivalry is overblown, and he has nothing interesting to talk about.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....-young-mvp

    If the Tigers manage to hold on to win the American League Central for the first time in franchise history, Verlander should win the [MVP] award. If he doesn’t, it’s because he’s playing for Detroit.

    A.) If Verlander deserves the MVP, and he doesn’t, he’ll deserve it whether the Tigers win or not. He doesn’t deserve it, though, he’s not Jose Bautista.
    B.) If the Tigers win the Central, we all know who the real MVP should be: A tie between Eminem and the Chrysler 300. Because of that awesome commercial, bro, it’s totally what propelled the Motor City Kitties to greatness.

    In 1990, when Cecil Fielder became just the second player in 25 years to hit 50 dingers, he finished second in MVP balloting, with thinking being he didn’t win because he didn’t play for a team above .500.

    One possible reason Fielder finished second in the MVP balloting in 1990: The Tigers weren’t good. (It’s a dumb reason, but it’s eminently possible; baseball awards voters are notoriously dumb.)

    A better possible reason: Fielder put up a .277/.377/.592 (.969), .417 wOBA, 165 wRC+ in 673 PA with average defense at 1B and DH for the Tigers.

    The actual winner, Rickey Henderson, put up a .325/.439/.577 (1.016), .467 wOBA, 204 wRC+ in 594 PA with good defense at LF for the Athletics.

    Henderson wins on both bWAR (10.0 to 6.7) and fWAR (10.5 to 6.8).

    Did Fielder get fewer votes than he should have because the Tigers didn’t win enough games? Probably. Was he robbed and the deserving winner? Fuck no.

    The following year the Tigers finished 84-78, battled for the East division title until the final weeks and ended the year in second. But Fielder lost to Cal Ripken Jr., who led Baltimore to a sixth-place finish.

    Fielder, 1991: .261/.347/.513 (.860), .375 wOBA, 132 wRC+, 3.4 bWAR, 4.3 fWAR, played the two easiest positions on the field
    Ripken, 1991: .323/.374/.566 (.940), .407 wOBA, 156 wRC+, 11.0 bWAR, 11.1 fWAR, played the hardest position on the field

    With all due respect, your sister’s a whore.

    I hope that kind of voting nonsense doesn’t happen to Verlander because he, and my city, deserve better.

    Cecil Fielder finished second in the MVP balloting in 1990 and 1991 despite not being the second best player in the league either time. He was actually far worse than the second best player. Those second place finishes were a gift, not a curse.

    And Jack Morris and his mustache will probably get into the Hall of Fame on the strength of that ’84 Tigers title (despite only being the third best pitcher on that team).

    You already got one federal bailout, Detroit. Stop being greedy.

    • Pat D

      Yea, Morris will get in before Trammell or Whitaker, both of whom probably never get in.

      I liked Morris, but Trammell and Whitaker are more deserving of HOF.

    • Brian S.

      Rickey Henderson had that season before Bsr was part of fWAR too huh?

    • Avi

      MVP should be for the most valuable player OVERALL. It’s an INDIVIDUAL award. We have awards for most valuable teams. They’re called the STANDINGS!

    • nsalem

      The 50 Home Run Club Birds Of A Feather

      Greg Vaughn .345/.482/.827
      Cecil Fielder .337/.470/.907
      George Foster .338/.480/,818

      gone, sort of forgotten but much better than Kingman. Back in the late 80;s there were only about a dozen or so members of the 500 HR club. I remember the fear in baseball was that KIngman would hang on a couple of years reach 500 and receive free pass to The Hall of Fame.

    • Crime Dog

      FJM style, I like

  • nsalem

    Jimmy Rollins was the last switch hitter in the NL to win the MVP award. Anyone know the last switch hitter to win in the American League?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Vida Blue, a switch hitting pitcher for the Oakland A’s before the DH era, in 1971.

      • nsalem

        Correct. He was also sold to the Yankees at the trading deadline in 1977. Unfortunately the sale was voided by the commissioner. He had a great fastball and though he never had a year like his first full year in 1971 he was still an all star type pitcher for most of his career. He was a flamboyant character who would have probably been quite popular in New York.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          Not a hall of famer, but had some great seasons with the Athletics. His career starting tailing off after his first year with the Giants.

    • Pat D

      Wow. Couldn’t believe that.

      • Pat D

        And if you don’t count Blue, then you go back to Mickey in 1962.

  • MikeD

    Okay, that video is crazy. That has to be the only time in the history of pro baseball that a triple play started with the ball bouncing off the CFers head.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Don’t know where else to put this, but: watching plays of the week on MLBN while falling asleep, and I have no idea what they are doing with Greg Amsinger(?)’s wardrobe. I usually don’t care about stuff like this but he looks like a fucking slob. The sports jacket he has on looks about a size to small and has never seen the business end of an iron. The shirt clashes horribly with said jacket and the top two or three buttons are undone, and jeans FUCKING SKINNY JEANS(!!!). It’s almost like they went into a wardrobe closet, turned off all the lights and went with the first three articles of clothing they found. As I said I usually don’t care about when people wear but when you work at the same place as Mich Williams and he has a better idea on what looking like a professional means, you have a problem.