Tuesday Night Open Thread

Staff Notes: Harkey, Long, Cavalea, Wakamatsu
Thoughts prior to the start of the World Series

Someone sent me this video and I thought it was pretty neat. It’s the final out of the last five World Series — three strikeouts, a fly ball to left, and a ground ball to second base. I’m sure you remember the ground ball to second. Five different pitchers too, even though one team (the Giants) won two titles in the span of three years. Kinda cool.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. There is no baseball — the World Series starts tomorrow — and no football, but the Islanders and Devils are both playing. Seems like a good night to chip away at the Netflix queue, eh? Anything goes here, talk about whatever. Enjoy.

Staff Notes: Harkey, Long, Cavalea, Wakamatsu
Thoughts prior to the start of the World Series
  • RetroRob

    The Dodgers just fired Trey Hillman, Mattingly’s bench coach and friend, so that is going to make an already tense situation more tense. Hmmm, Cano is a big fan of Long’s. Perhaps if he signs with the Dodgers he’ll have his hitting coach there, too.

  • Darren

    Holy crap, Tim Lincecum just re-upped with the Giants for 2 years/$35mm. I think Phil Hughes just popped a boner.

    • forensic

      Yeah, that’s seems like a massive overpay for him.

      • Michael Allen

        Or perhaps, an indication as to how the Giants feel this year’s pitching class with fare in free agency.

        In my opinion an overpay, yes. But, this is an extension. He was not on the open market. This year’s class of free agent pitcher’s is modest at best. I predicted two years and twenty four million total on MLBTR’s contract crowdsourcing. The “real years” had Lincecum at three years and nearly fourty million total.

        Baseball is a weird game.

      • RetroRob

        Well Barry Zito’s $17M AAV contract just kicked off the books, so maybe they needed another bad contract to replace it?

        Seriously, though, this could be an indication of the market to some degree, but he is also a fan favorite and a home-grown Giant. Just as the Yankees did with Derek Jeter (and they could have locked up Jeter for less), the Giants may have decided to overpay to lock him up before he became a free agent. He also was making $22M this past year.

        But, yeah, still seems like too much.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I saw Derek Jeter at Toscanova in the CC mall today. He looked very fit.

    • Michael Allen

      Dale Mohorcic… The next strength and conditioning coach?

  • forensic

    and no football

    The Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Arkansas State clash of the titans doesn’t do it for you?

  • The Thumb

    San Francisco’s run last year was awesome.

  • Ryan

    I wonder if Paul O’Neil would accept the Yankees hitting coach position? I’m not a fan of K Long.

  • mustang

    “The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero”

    Bad and good news.

    Good- They probably wouldn’t be going after Cano now.

    Bad- I would of like to see the Yankees get Guerrero as a back-up for Jeter or A-Rod maybe even Cano if he walks.

    It’s not heart break and if the contract details being report are true I can see why the Yankees would be turn off.
    “Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times….. adds that the contract contains a clause that prevents the Dodgers from sending Guerrero to the minor leagues without his consent after the first year of the contract”

    But damn when is this organization going to start thinking a bit outside the box?

    • nycsportzfan

      I think Tanaka is are guy.

      • mustang

        Reply below

  • mustang

    Why not both?

    Guerrero got 4 years 28 million that’s not exactly breaking the bank. With a 41 year old SS that barely played last season, an old 3rd basement who is probably facing a long suspension, an unsigned 2nd basement and nothing even close to MLB in minors it would seem like wise investment.

    • MannyGeee

      Banking an awful lot on two pretty unknown commodities in Tanaka and Guererro and calling it ‘not breaking the bank’.

      When they become Cespedes and Darvish elsewhere, Cashman didnt think outside of the box to get them. When the Yankees go and get these dudes and they go all Igawa on us… well, Cashman failed.

      You know the drill

      • mustang

        My issue with Igawa was that the Yankees had another solid option in Ted Lilly. They chose the saving of the luxury tax and the rest is bad history.
        With Guererro there aren’t many other option maybe Stephen Drew if he doesn’t get a qualifying offer.
        To me taking a risk on young unknown commodities that play positions that they have a need for, have no minor league depth in and are hard to find makes perfect sense.