Thursday Night Open Thread


The GM Meetings are over and the Yankees, unsurprisingly, did not make any moves this week. No one did, really. Marlon Byrd signed with the Phillies and Nick Punto signed with the Athletics, that’s about it. New York did reportedly meet with a bunch of agents though, and they’ve been connected to pretty much every big name on the market so far. That’s not a surprise with Hal Steinbrenner supposedly taking on a more active role in the decision-making process. Owners aren’t exactly known for making small moves, they go big game hunting.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the night. The Colts and Titans are the Thursday NFL Game plus the Knicks and Islanders are playing. College basketball, too. Talk about any and all of that right here. Go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread
  • Frank

    someone…made an aaron small highlight reel?

    • forensic

      10-0! 10-0!

      Pay no attention to that 2006 stat line, though.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        What Marlins bullpen?

        • forensic

          Huh? I may have missed some joke here, but he was with the Marlins in 2004, not 2006.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Just got contacted for my first med school interview today. Pretty exciting stuff, though I’ll probably be a nervous wreck by the time it rolls around.

    Also, I need a new frigin’ handle.

    • Travis L.

      Congrats on Med School!! You need to find a handle that’s doctor related, or medical field related anyway.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Thanks a lot dude, and maybe haha.

        • forensic

          Handles based on your career aren’t so bad, just try to make it something better than just some random word, even though it’ll at least be unique. :-)

          • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

            Forensic sounds much cooler than physician haha.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Awesome! Knock ‘em dead.

      There’s always a new handle to be found. I’m sure the off-season will give you something.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Thanks a lot, RT

    • Havok9120

      Always harder to find one in the offseason.

      You can always mock the Red Sox in some way.

  • forensic

    I’m pretty glad awards week is over now. For the most part, I like Brian Kenny and his offseason show, but his holier than thou act and obvious bias’ get pretty old around this time (and during his HOF talk). His double-standards can also get pretty annoying. He cut-off and blew off a Detroit Free Press journalist for using an analogy during their MVP talk, but said nothing when Dave Cameron did the same thing.

    • Tom

      He does that a fair amount.

      When he’s on his crusade against bunting he usually takes out the generic run expectancy tables and explains why it is dumb (especially when it is a perceived “old school” manager). When he sees a Joe Maddon bunt he says “well you have to consider the platoon effect, the hitter on deck, pitcher on the mound, etc” and doesn’t even mention the run expectancy.

      It’s a good show but the GM perception bias really kicks in sometimes when he starts analyzing signed contracts (Amaro or Sabean – let me find why this move is bad or not so great, Friedman or Theo/Hoyer – this must be good).

      I think he’s at his best when he’s analyzing guys before they are signed and trying to figure out what they might be worth or what the risk factors are.

  • Travis L.

    Just left this in the question box as well, but do the Yankees have the pieces to acquire James Shields from the Royals? Would the Royals even make that deal? Imagine a rotation of CC Sabathia, James Shields, Matt Garza, Scott Kazmir and Ivan Nova….wow….its unrealistic, but hilarious. The old TB rotation with CC and Nova.

    • forensic

      I don’t believe the Yankees would be even close in the bidding of what it would take to get him. And I don’t believe the Royals would want to deal him anyway (though anyone is available if the return is large enough).

      • Travis L.

        I didn’t think the Royals would either. I’m just trying to think of outside the box ways the Yankees can get their 400 innings if Tanaka is out of the picture (which is still possible). Its not as though the free agent market is ripe with choices. I’m not big on Gallardo, but he would probably be available.

        • forensic

          I actually wouldn’t really have a problem kicking the tires on a Gallardo trade. He’s pretty cheap, if he recovers back to his level of the last few years, with two more years and a team option left on the deal and will still be just 28 next season.

          I know there were certainly red flags to be concerned about this year, with his velocity dropping about a mph each of the last two years (from what I can tell), but it’s not like someone with his ability would be available if there weren’t some red flags no matter what.

          Also, after his DL stint last year, he was pretty damn good again for the last 50 innings of the season. I don’t know what the velocity numbers were after that point, compared to before the DL, but there was certainly improvement overall.

          If nothing else, I’d be pretty interested in seeing a Scouting the Trade Market post on him if Mike is so inclined (though I haven’t thought of submitting it to him until just now when you mentioned him), since I’m just looking at mostly basic stuff at this point.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I love me some BGJS, but I don’t think we have the pieces unless KC REALLY likes someone in our system.

      I’d LOVE to have him in pinstripes. One of my non-Yankee faves.