Apr
22

Rainy Sunday Night Open Thread

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The Yankees and Red Sox were rained out tonight, leaving us with a baseball-less Sunday night. There is an NHL playoff game on in a little bit (Kings-Canucks), but the Knicks have already played and there’s nothing going on locally. It will be nice to relax though, Sunday night Yanks-Sox games aren’t exactly good for the nerves right before the workweek. Feel free to talk about whatever your heart desires in this open thread tonight, but here’s a discussion question just for the heck of it…

If you could change one thing about the Yankees, what would it be? Could be a player, a bullpen role, the front office, Yankee Stadium concessions, anything.

Categories : Open Thread
  • jim p

    One change? The planned $189M cap. Spend the extra keep a swisher or equivalent producer, as well as Granderson & Cano. They’ll still have a profitable operation.

    • Soviet Swag

      There won’t be enough room for Swisher in 3-5 years considering Tyler Austin and Mason Williams could be up by then

      • radnom

        Man, I once remember thinking it was going to be tough to fit IPK, Joba and Hughes all into the rotation but at least in my defense they were all just breaking into the major leagues at that point. Revisit this comment in a few years, I bet it will seem silly.

        • Plank

          Nicely put. A man can dream, though.

    • TomH

      I don’t disagree with this, although I do sometimes wonder just how profitable the Yankees really are. Is this information available somewhere?

      • Plank

        The info isn’t available publicly, but close approximations can be made. Forbes does so every year.

        It’s also important to define what you are talking about. The Steinbrenners funnel off profits from the Yankees to other companies in order to reduce their revenue sharing payment. The Yankees profit is lower than the the money the Yankees generate minus what it costs to operate them because of accounting moves made by the owners.

        • Havok9120

          Plank is convinced of this. A looooong discussion about it yeilded no proof beyond that we know they make much more from their share in YES than the team itself (something like 10M from the team and 30M from YES IIRC).

          • Plank

            There is no publicly available proof of their financial situation until their documents get leaked. If that’s the standard of proof you need to believe the Yankees make a lot of money, you are going to be waiting a long time.

            I can extrapolate what we know about the relative popularity of The Yankees compared to the rest of the league, the growth in revenue in MLB as a whole, the leaked financial documents from the Marlins, Pirates, Rays, and Angels, the new stadium, the revenue generated from RSNs, and enough information about certain aspects of the Yankees income and expenses to comfortably say they make more than 10MM dollars or 40MM (your numbers from above).

            I could say I don’t believe Vladimir Putin isn’t a billionaire since I’ve never seen his financial statements, but there is enough evidence to make reasonable assumptions since that information is unavailable.

            • Havok9120

              I was referring more to your assertion that the league lets them hide and launder vast amounts of revenue to avoid the sharing agreements. We have no evidence of this at all, nor any evidence that the League would allow it to go on if there were even a shred of evidence to be found.

              As for profitability….I don’t know. I initially agreed with your assessment, but all the research I and others have done, as well as the Yanks public statements, say that you and I are/were wrong. I’m not going to sit here and say after that that I’m right despite all evidence to the contrary without any evidence of my own beyond my own opinion and reasoning.

              • Plank

                Who said anything about laundering money? Certainly not me. I’m sure what they do to move assets around is within the law and the MLB by-laws. They have a team of lawyers to ensure they toe the line.

                I’ve never met someone who didn’t think a team owning their own RSN did it as a way in part to divert profits to themselves. Same with Legends Hospitality. Even the new stadium helps them since payments for the stadium get deducted from revenue sharing total. What makes you think this isn’t the case? I’m genuinely asking.

  • Sheepmeister

    Cut the cost of the seats behind the dugout and home plate and make a lottery for fans who actually want to watch the games to sit there.

    • MannyGeee

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  • mustang

    Anyone have ideas on what the rain out will do to the rotation plans? I’m basically asking if they are going to still skip Garcia.

    • Havok9120

      He’s not going to pitch Friday, Nova will for him, according to Jennings. After that, Joe G says he hasn’t decided.

      • mustang

        “Joe G says he hasn’t decided.”

        CODE WORDS for they are going to wait and see how Andy plays out.

  • Josh R

    Call up Francisco Cervelli, he’s a good high-energy guy

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      I like when teams get angry at him for clapping “at their dugout.”

  • Monterowasdinero

    As a Montero fan, I have been watching Mariner games when I can. Plenty of risp failure and plenty of fundamental mistakes. Painful to watch but at least Jesus will get 5-600 abs and catch 30 or so games in low pressure situations as a 22 year old.

    • mustang

      Since going 2 for 3 on 4/14 when people were jumping on the bandwagon he is 3 for 23 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 7 SO. That also seem like a bit “Painful to watch” along with Noesi 1.1 innings of 6H, 6R, 6ER.

  • YankeesJunkie

    If I could one thing about the Yankees it would be the way the operate the bullpen. It behoove the Yankees to get relievers to go 2 or even 3 innings at a time rather than just one at a time. Obviously not the pitchers like Mo, but Robertson, Joba, Warren, and whomever comes up later on should be able to go 2-3 innings in relief such as the innings 7-9 instead of just one guy for each inning. This would allow for a six man bullpen and more flexibility on field players.

    • Steve (different one)

      I guess I don’t disagree witb this idea in theory, but the one thing you want to change is the best in baseball?

    • http://zombiecontentions.com/ fuster

      Junkie— considering that the Yankees bullpen is the best in the American League these last couple of years, perhaps Girardi’s doing rather well his use of the relievers and perhaps there aren’t too many batters in the Yankee line-up that are unproductive and require much more flexibility.

      I might like to see a shortstop that goes to his left a lot better, but other than that all the other guys hit well and field their positions well (even Swisher)

  • GardnergoesYardner

    I would have all 162 games be broadcast on YES. I hate natioanl TV broadcasts, and I always feel like the great victories on YES are more special than say, a great Sunday Night Baseball win. The Yankees should just flat out refuse to take part of FOX or ESPN broadcasts. Sure, Selig would blow a gasket, but NOBODY likes Buck or McCarver.

    • Delaware – Ralph

      I like this idea! YES does a good job.

    • Bo Knows

      that screws every yankee fan who isn’t part of the NY area from being able to watch the team. I live in NC, although you can get the YES network, the Network down here does not air the games.

      • GardnergoesYardner

        I know, it is kind of selfish. But if they are real Yankees fans, they ccan get MLB TV.

        • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

          Tim McCarver makes me wish I was deaf for three to four hours a week.

          • CJ

            Theres always Jon and Suzyn. You can mute TV or just listen to the radio they paint such a vivid picture of the game its better than HD.
            Do you remember when McCarver was a Yankees announcer? Just asking

        • BK2ATL

          That’s his point.

          I get both YES and MLB, but on YES, Yanks games are blacked out down here regardless. IF we’re lucky, they are broadcast on MLB or ESPN or TBS or Fox as the national game.

          We’re still real Yankees’ fan, even though the deck is stacked against us trying to catch a Yankees’ game on YES, outside of NYC even though we pay for the subscription.

          • GardnergoesYardner

            I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. If you get YES, why doesn’t it air the games? And is it because you get YES without games that the Yanks games would then be blacked out on MLB tv? If that’s the case, then that’s ridiculous for you guys.

            • Clayton

              If you live outside the NYC area, then YES is blacked out during Yankee games. MLB extra innings provides its own feed and channel on DirecTV.

              If the game is a “national’ game, then all games on MLB.tv are blacked out. So if you live in an area where the Yankee game is not the game your local station is showing, you can’t see the game. When Fox switched to the Humber game this weekend, I could not go to my computer and watch the Yankee game.

              MLB has the worst blackout policy of all sports.

              • blooper

                You can go to your computer and watch any game, for free. But I’m not sure if it’s entirely legal.

                • jayd808

                  You can’t watch “any game for free” on your computer. I live in Boston so any game broadcast by NESN is blackedout. If FOX is doing the broadcast I can see the game on TV, if not, I wait to see it the next day. I do get John and Suzyn, what I describe to others as a “developed taste.”

            • BK2ATL

              On YES Network, all Yankees’ games are blacked out here in GA. I’m assuming the same in NC. We get all other YES broadcasts, including the post-game Yankees’ shows.

              We can only see the Yankees on nationally-broadcast games on MLB, ESPN, Fox and TNT, when they are in that networks’ game.

              Yeah, it’s ridiculous, to say the least.

            • Bo Knows

              Other than say TimeWarner are assholes (I don’t know if they had a role in YES being this way or not), I honestly wish I knew how to answer you because I have no idea why its this way

              • BK2ATL

                I don’t have Time Warner, never had. So can’t speak to that. I’ve had Directv and now AT&T U-Verse. The common denominator in this here in GA is YES Network.

      • Gone Phishin’

        Directv…..I moved from NYC to Delaware of all places and got Directv not only for the Yankees and the MLB extra innings but for the crack that is the Red Zone Channel and the ability to watch the Giants

    • Jesse

      I like that idea as well, and I’d also add, though, of course it’ll never happen, that Michael Kay or a color analyst contribute in the playoffs instead of the Buck’s, McCarver’s, and Ernie Johnson’s of the world. So for example if the Yankees are playing the Tigers in the playoffs Michael Kay can do the play-by-play with the Tiger color guy or vice versa instead of hearing the national announcers.

      • GardnergoesYardner

        Totally agree with that. The main portion of people who are watching the Yankees-Tigers playoff series are Yankees and Tigers fans, and I don’t think anyone would object if your scenario became reality. It would be interesting getting both perspectives on the two teams in the same booths.

        Why can’t Kay at least join Sterling and Waldman in the booth for the playoffs? The Kay-Sterling combo was the best, and it would be neat to have a mini revival of that.

        • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

          That combo did produce Mr. November… Oh wait.. That was the guy in the stands..

    • http://twitter.com/nebkreb Nebkreb

      Yankees have absolutely no control on that. MLB has a contract with Fox and ESPN for Saturday afternoon and Sunday night games respectively. (ESPN also gets some random Wednesday night, Monday night games too IIRC.) Yankees, as part of the MLB, have to follow. MLB has absolutely no reason to stop these national broadcasts: increases range of viewers and most importantly brings in a TON of money.

    • YankeeDave

      By living just outside the YES coverage, I too must subscribe to MLB Extra Innings to get *all* Yankee games. FOX is the worst with Buck and McCarver, but what really sucks is watching a Yankees home game on the other team’s feed! (Jerry Remy on NESN anyone?). Better than nothing, but here is the best solution: If you have the DVR and also have At Bat on your smart phone, listen to the radio broadcast on the smart phone (I know, Suzyn …), then pause the TV feed for about 15-20 seconds to get the 2 in sync. With a little practice, anyone can do this, give it a try.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Change one thing…I would have created an Opt Out clause for the Yankees after this season on the ARod contract…then bring him back to finish his career with a more team friendly contract, then we wouldn’t be worried about the $189 Million Cap.

  • Chrisis

    I’d have signed Pujols.

    Boom, toomuchmoneyball.

  • Rey22

    I would have pushed harder and conceded better prospects a couple of years ago for Dan Haren when the Diamondbacks were shopping him. He would have made our rotation very solid and a CC-Haren 1-2 punch would be fantastic. And I say that without the hindsight of what Joba has become, I still would have traded him and others for Haren when he still had the potential to be a really good starter

    • Steve (different one)

      Joba AND Nova. and “2 prospects”.

      don’t disagree, i think they should have gone harder after Haren, but let’s not dismiss the fact that a good, young, cheap starter was at least rumored to be involved.

      • Rey22

        Agreed, but even though Nova has been very good for us, and is cheap and improving, we can only wish he becomes half the pitcher Haren is. It’s not particularly close. Plus Haren was signed to a very reasonable contract when he was traded.

        • Steve (different one)

          Agree, Haren is the balls.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    $1 beers, they don’t have to be good, just cheap.

    • Esteban

      PBR?

      • Pasqua

        Isn’t PBR sold at the stadium as a “retro” beer, allowing them to actually charge MORE than a Bud, etc.? $10, if I remember correctly. Ridiculous.

        • Esteban

          Really? I guess I’ve never sought out PBR at Yankee Stadium, but everywhere else PBR goes for like $1/can. Absurd.

    • Pasqua

      Schlitts!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        NO SCHLITZ MALT LICKA?! YOU AIN’T REPRESENTIN! YOU AIN’T KEEPING IT REEEEEEEAAAAL!

        Best line of a bad movie.

  • SamWalt

    I would tone down the blaring music at the stadium. Let the damn game breathe a little!

    • TomH

      I’ll second the point about the “music,” but it’s a lost cause I’m afraid. Although scientists have yet to notice it, a mutation occurred some 20-25 years ago, permitting greater tolerance of loudness, especially in so-called “music,” loud to the point of being acoustic terrorism. Scientists haven’t noticed this because so many of them were affected by this mutation and think acoustic terrorism is merely normality. (Keep the change, scientists!)

      It’s not just stadiums, either. Restaurants too.

      • toad

        +1

  • Dino Velvet

    convince ARod to retire.

  • Jimmy Jazz

    I would lock John Sterling in a dungeon and never let him get anywhere close to a broadcast microphone again.

  • Esteban

    Agree. I’ve been to a couple games where the PA system went out for a few innings, and I enjoyed it much more.

    • Esteban

      Was supposed to be a reply to SamWalt

  • Dino Velvet

    I would make Kenny, Cone, and Paulie the permanent announcers and Heidi Watney the clubhouse reporter.

    • Mykey

      Ah yes! That’s the best booth!

  • Dino Velvet

    make Jonah Hill the GM.

  • Dino Velvet

    Disco Wednesdays: pull over unis with large lapels and oscar gamble wigs.

    mandatory mustaches.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Bill Veeck approves of this idea.

  • Bo Knows

    Jose Campos struggled today with his worst start of the year

    he gave up 2!!! runs, and it took him 88 pitches to get through 6 innings on 8 hits and 1 walk.

    • YankeesJunkie

      BUST!

    • JScott

      He’s bored.

    • Jesse

      Yankees just keep losing this trade :(

  • Sal

    I’d trade this Jeter guy while he’s still hot. Sell high. He’s never going to be anything lmao. One thing hummm OK I’d CLONE Jeter .

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I would make them better at evaluating pitching.

    • Bo Knows

      the problem isn’t evaluating, its properly developing them

  • David

    I agree with the above posters who suggest getting rid of the goofy noises between pitches. Let’s also so away with the ushers checking tickets at the entrance to every section. Sneaking down during the later innings was one of my favorite things about going to games at Old Yankee Stadium.

    • David

      *DO away

  • Soviet Swag

    So…….yeah i’m debating whether or not the Giants should trade up for T-Rich or not. Bradshaw’s foot is schitty, and they have no real backup.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I don’t think trading the 7 or 8 picks the Giants have will be enough to move from 32 to like 5….

      There are three really good RBs that are gonna be available anyways. David Wilson and Lamar Miller are burners while Doug Martin is a 3 down back that has no weakness to his game.

      I prefer Maritn but all three are really good RB prospects. Only way we get TRich is if he somehow falls to the mid teens and we trade up from there.

      • Soviet Swag

        Remember the Julio Jones trade? All the falcons traded were 2 first rounders a second rounder and a fourth rounder to move up to the 6th spot, which is where the giants should trade for him. (Assuming he falls to the Rams)

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Mid twenties is different from thirty two on the value chart. But yes we could use next year’s first rounder but Reese would have a heart attack giving up two first rounders.

          I like Richardson a lot but I don’t think it’ll happen.

      • Reggie C.

        Are You a fan of the premier Giants fans website: bigblueview.com

        There are some sick amateur draft posters who’ve been discussing the Gmen pick 24/7. Its almost too much info.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          As in BBI? Yeah he’s basically giving me all the info I know.

          • Reggie C.

            Hahaha. BBI is one of those “sick” draftniks for sure. I dont particularly agree with BBi’s love of some players, but the site is a daily must read for Giants fans.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Yeah everyone wants Alshon Jeffrey despite the rest of the NFL being skeptical. Plus if we get him we lose Cruz.

              • Reggie C.

                Jeffrey just screams bust on a Mike Williams (USC) level. There’s no way a day 1 selection should be spent on such a wildcard.

                Honestly, if Kendall Wright slipped to #32, he’s a “safer” pick but also fits BPA. Can’t ignore what Wright did on gameday. Wright isn’t any larger than Manningham, and doesn’t lack any explosion.

                I’m a fan of Doug Martin too. Either way, i hope that #32 pick gives ELI a nice weapon.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  We have Kendall Wright, his name is Jerell Jernigan. Actually JJ12 had the faster combine. Wright is probably faster but I don’t like having another undersized WR.

                  I don’t want a WR at all. But I do agree that offense should be the first pick. It’s been neglected for too long.

                  • JobaWockeeZ

                    And by faster I mean better than his combine of a 4.61 and around the same speed as JJ12 who’s a high 4.3 guy.

                    • Reggie C.

                      Meh.

                      Many great WRs dont go over 5’11. Cruz isn’t a tall guy. Steve Smith (CAR) and Wes Welker are “short” as well. Wright’s game tape is second only to Blackmon in this year’s draft. I just got a big man crush on Wright.

  • DM

    I’d go back in time to this past off-season and trade Betances for a legit AAA outfield prospect.

    • Soviet Swag

      Domonic Brown? Anyone?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Phillies are trending to be a gloried SF Giants, last thing they need is an inconsistent starting pitching prospect.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It may have actually been a few days since someone tried to trade for him on here.

    • BK2ATL

      But in your time machine, you forgot to Betances’ MLB showing and his control issues, which mitigated his value. No one was giving up a legit AAA outfield prospect for him.

      • DM

        I disagree and no one forgot his control issues — although I wouldn’t judge his 2.2 MLB innings too harshly as an indicator. Context is king. If someone has a surplus or a shortage in an area, you could’ve matched up before he exposed himself further in AAA.

        • Steve (different one)

          Who has a “surplus” of major league ready stud OFers? And why would they trade them for a guy almost every prospect “expert” has said over and over will likely wind up in the bullpen?

          Stranger things have happened, but it just doesn’t pass the sniff test to me.

          • DM

            I don’t know — and I didn’t say “stud”. I was just defending the concept. I dont actually have a time machine either. But I don’t think Betances ruined his trade value last year with his brief stint in AAA and more brief stint in the bigs. If a team needed a live arm and had a stocked big league OF — or an OF with some untradeable contracts, they might give up the AAA prospect who doesn’t fit their scheme. The concept is no different than the Kontos trade (not talent wise). The Yankees have a lot of RH relievers, but they needed catching depth. Value is contextual. If the Yankees had a spotty bullpen, Kontos might be more valuable to them — but they dont. Being covered at catcher was worth what most here called an over-pay.

      • http://none Bernard

        I agree big time. Betances really sucks. I don’t believe that he’ll ever make the major leagues. He has no control whatsoever. So far this year he has issued 17 walks in 17.1 innings, allowed 40 base runners [if you count the 3 that got on base via errors]and his only reaction is to try and throw harder. You know, you can’t teach common sense. You either have it or you don’t.

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

          Betances has already pitched in the big leagues.

          • http://none Bernard

            I stand corrected. You got me on a technicality!

        • http://none Bernard

          BTW, Betances is averaging 2.4 base runners per inning. Are you kidding me???!!!! How old is this guy already?

          • whozat

            24. Most pitchers haven’t cracked the bigs at that age.

            I also love how you’re turning his control issues into some kind of mental/moral failing.

            What’s more likely? That a 6’8″ person has some trouble repeating his motion, or that he has a “common sense” problem?

            • Plank

              To be fair, he’s awfully black, so he is bound to have makeup issues in the minds of scouts. He will make up for it with raw athleticism, as long as he can harness it, they say.

              • http://www.twitter.com/WashngtonYankee Alex C.

                Betances is not black, he’s hispanic. A New Yorker born to Dominican parents, like A-Rod.

                • Plank

                  There are no black people in the Dominican Republic? That’s news to me. Anyway, I was just making a joke highlighting how race affects perceptions of baseball players.

                  • jjyank

                    True. White players are gritty, black players are athletic, and they’re describing the same thing really.

                    Latinos are just lazy though.

                    /Salty’d

                • Havok9120

                  You have an awfully narrow definition of black, considering the ethnic origins of much of the Caribbean population.

        • BK2ATL

          I never said he “sucks.” More like, he’s got legit control issues. According to Keith Law, apparently Banuelos does as well now. That’s not very good news for us.

          The rope is getting shorter as other pitchers progress (Mitchell, Phelps, Warren, and now Campos down the line). He needs to figure it out quickly and become more consistent with his control and command.

  • ADG

    Swap our pitching development program with the Rays

  • Brian S.

    Let’s trade Freddy for Bartolo.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Put Freddy against the Mariners on a nightly basis and he’ll give you the same results as Bart is now.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Uh…don’t think so.

      • radnom

        Could not disagree more. Bart is clearly pitching a lot better.

        At the point Garcia was signed though, the Yankees desperately needed decent inninng and Colon was much more of a gamble. The Yankees needed some insurance in case they wiffed on Pineda and Kuroda later in the offseason.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Yeah but at least we get to watch Bart play with the stop watch.

  • http://none Bernard

    One change? Get rid of Eppley. And the sooner the better. Then bring up Dewayne Wise, just like Tyrone Sharpton suggested a week or more ago.

    • Steve (different one)

      The guy is gone once Gardner comes back. I mean, it’s not like these are bad ideas, but you have ONE wish! Aim a little higher…

    • Jesse

      The Yanks could use the extra pitching in Texas, especially with Hughes going Wednesday.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You could have literally said “magically make *any player* a Yankee” and you pick Cody F’ing Eppley?

  • Reggie C.

    What would i do …

    Trade Hughes and Mitch Hilligoss for JOHAN Santana …

    Just kidding.

    Its such a big question, but i would’ve pursued a prospect for prospect swap along the lines of Montero for Shelby Miller.

    • Mike R.

      Shelby Miller came into camp out of shape, throwing 89 mph.

  • CJ

    does anyone else have a problem with the fact that Yankee stadium cost $1.5 billion when every other stadium built outside of NY cost around $500 million? Three times more expensive. Even Citi Field was $900 million, far less than Yankees but much more than other cities, NYC markup included. What gives?

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Who should I pick up as closer with Sergio Santos on the DL for my fantasy team?

    My choices are Henry Rodriguez, Chris Perez, Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney

    • GardnergoesYardner

      I’d pick Perez because I’d never trust Rodney with anything, and out of the other three, Perez is on the team most likely to win, and thus give him save opps.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I was leaning towards Rodney because the Rays obviously win a lot and he’s been pitching well but I know what you mean.

    • BK2ATL

      Johnson already has 7 saves. No brainer.

  • YankeeDave

    I wish someone would reopen Ball Park Lanes, it has been closed since mid 2010 and was the best place to meet before and after games. Not too crowded, informal, and you always got quick service. I like Billy’s and Yankee Tavern, and Stan’s is a landmark, but wish the bowling alley was still going.

    • Steve (different one)

      Yeah, what happened with that place? Good call.

  • radnom

    Any idea who is pitching the third game of the TX series? Trying to figure out if I want to go to that one or the Kuroda/Darvish game. It has to be Hughes until they announce otherwise, yes?

  • CJ

    One change: Treat Cashman the way George treated Billy Martin. Constant phone calls demanding explanations and constant updates followed by unprofessional shouting and name calling. Firing? Maybe. Cashman would probably quit first

    • Dino Velvet

      “Cashman would probably quit first”
      ———————————

      either that or punch out a marshmellow salesman, after breakin his arm fighting with a starting pitcher in a hotel lobby.

  • Plank

    I would get rid of the media blackout and have all games available to all on TV and the internet. The advertising model worked for the first 50 years of baseball on TV, it could still work if they let it.

    • Plank

      Oh, and minor league games more readily available. I wanna see the low minors.

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I would add Miguel Cabrera.
    Uncreative, I know, but it’d be really, really awesome.

  • Steve (different one)

    So, the Sox are “temporarily” moving Bard back to the bullpen. That is some awesome management right there.

    • Plank

      Nice. Moving on of their few league average starters into the bullpen and replacing him in the rotation with an inferior pitcher will certainly right the ship.

      • pat

        They’re skipping his turn in the rotation and making him available in the rotation until his spot comes up again. I don’t think it’s a permanent move.

        • Steve (different one)

          That is what they say, and you may be right. I guess we’ll see what happens after he saves a few games and the rest of the bullpen continues to suck donkey balls.

          • whozat

            This.

            It’s “temporary” until he has a easy save, and then the media will start crowing about how they finally did something “right”, and Bobby will be so happy to have fans stop booing him for a day that he’ll be there for good.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      So it’s 2008-2009 Joba for the other team. I dig it.

      • Steve (different one)

        Yes, except the Yanks gave Joba 43 starts. Bard has had 2. I don’t believe the Yanks made the right decision, but it wasn’t a knee jerk reaction to a handful of bullpen blowups in April.

    • toad

      To understand the Sox’ moves you have to realize that they are in panic mode, and have been since the collapse last year.

      You don’t hire Valentine otherwise. Their moves are reminiscent of George Steinbrenner at his worst.

      • Havok9120

        You’re either over reacting, or forgetting what “The Boss at his worst” means. They’re nowhere CLOSE to that yet. Like, they’re on a different planet.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hiring Valentine made sense. It’s just gone about as bad as it possibly could have.

        I also agree with Havok. There is very little resembling the Bronx Zoo here.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Didn’t Valentine want Bard in the bullpen, but Aceves in the rotation? On one hand, at least the manager’s getting what he wants his team to look like.

      On the other hand, way to commit to your young phenom there.

  • DGeezy

    K-Rod has been hurting my fantasy team by not getting Holds and racking up L ‘s and BS ‘s. Stay with him or drop him for Rafael Soriano?

    • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      At this point, I’d take Soriano over K-Rod. You have to bet on him staying healthy for a full season, though.

  • Kevin

    Develop better pitching and give them time instead of expecting them to be perfect right out of the gate.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Change one thing? The emotional side of me says “bring Montero back.” The practical side of me agreed with those who went the food route. I’d be less corporate with the food choices with the stadium and go the route they’re going with Parm and make the stadium an even better representation of the best NYC has to offer than Citifield is.

    Anything else I could have thought of (i.e. take back the Soriano signing, given Hughes/Joba a different development arc) either really doesn’t matter all that much or just seems completely impossible. If we were talking magic here, I’d just drop Montero back off at the stadium without negating the trade.

  • Pipes

    I would have them still playing at the old stadium – really miss that place and am not really into the new one

  • Plank

    Multiple announcing crews would be an awesome advancement. Instead of going after broad demographics, they could specialize. They could have a saber crew on one audio feed, a dinosaur feed on another, etc.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      …..with actual dinosaurs? That’d be surreal.

      • Plank

        Every few seconds, there would be the sound of a velociraptor. The audience would be dumbfounded, then realize it was just Raul Ibanez warming up.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I keep on picturing the Dinobots from 80′s Transformers cartoons doing play-by-play.

          “ME GRIMLOCK SEE ROTHSCHILD COME OUT DUGOUT.”

    • Plank

      A comedy feed would be good for blowouts, too.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We could take a page out of wrestling ten years ago and have someone be put through the Spanish Announce Table every night.

  • adsf

    Do YSIII all over again. The new place lacks the atmosphere of the old stadium and I can’t stand seeing all the empty seats in our crowd these days. It’s upsetting that CitiField is the nicest ballpark in the city, though built at half the cost.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Matter of opinion.

      I like the food selection at Citifield. The rest makes it feel like it was actually modeled after Keyspan Park while celebrating the illustrious history of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

      • adsf

        I don’t disagree with your assessment, but I will say that Citi (and other similarly designed stadia like New Busch in St. Louis) are more charming, for lack of a better word. The abundance of concrete in YSIII evokes Soviet-style blandness.

  • Havok9120

    Bill Hall confirmed today that he asked to be released because of the AAA full season road-trip. Just thought that that was interesting.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      That would be terrible for a real adult.

  • Anything?

    Soriano to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp and cash.

    • Plank

      That’s unrealistic. Soriano plus cash and prospects to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp, now that’s reasonable.

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    I wish they would have allowed blacks on their team a little earlier. It kinda took too long.

  • http://zombiecontentions.com/ fuster

    If I could change one thing—- I would have signed Jose Reyes and let Jeter and Rodriquez share the DH/3B/SS duties with him.

    The more I see of Nunez in the infield the more he looks like a corner outfielder.

  • Will

    I wish they’d traded Hughes instead of Burnett this past offseason. And I was saying this ever since the Burnett trade was made, not just b/c of early season results for both pitchers.

    • Plank

      I was a big proponent of trading Hughes this offseason, too. The Yankees seem to want to stick with him through thick and thin. I really don’t get it. He’s not cheap anymore. If he was in another organization, it’s possible he would have made his ML debut last year or this year. He’s 26 years old this year. The Yankees seemed to hurt his development by bringing him up so early, but at this point, it’s on him. He’s just not the prospect everyone thought.

  • Jared

    Slash the fancam, promos and music by about 90% at the stadium. That tawdry crap is suitable for a Division 3 college hockey game, not the greatest sports franchise in the world playing the greatest sport ever invented. It’s as if they feel that the game is not enough to occupy the peons in the seats, so they need to pump out endless distraction to keep the drooling dolts from leaving. They are treating their fans with contempt. I don’t go to the game to watch spastic, simian fools mugging with endless surprise that yes, they’re actually on the jumbotron. There is something really weird about it, this frantic need to display to others how good of a time you are having. We know that going to Yankee Stadium for a game is a good time. I don’t need any herd confirmation of that.

    • Plank

      I do not want to sit next to you at a game.

    • Havok9120

      Iknorite? Its like they think that baseball is an entertainment venue or something.

  • jayd808

    I’d take whatever Big Poppy is drinking to avoid the shift and put Teixeira on it. From what I’ve seen he appears to line the ball to the left or right of the 2nd baseman playing deep. Why has the shift so affected Teixeira?

  • bill

    One change? Never go to the new yankee stadium. Nothing will ever beat the old one and no matter what anyone says the New Yankee Stadium will never give the home field advantage like the one that Ruth Built did