Thursday Night Open Thread

Update: Ruling for A-Rod's appeal not expected this week
Mailbag: 2013 Luxury Tax, Prospects, Murphy

As expected, Marcus Thames was officially named Double-A Trenton’s hitting coach this afternoon, and that gives me a reason to post some Marcus Thames highlights. Who doesn’t like Marcus Thames highlights? He was a beast in 2010 and is just an awesome and easy to like root for guy in general. I don’t know anyone who didn’t like Marcus Thames. No one ever bothered to make a Thames highlight compilation for YouTube, so I’m stuck posted several videos. They’re all awesome though.

Here is your first official nightly open thread of 2014. Only another six weeks of these before we start getting into nightly Spring Training recaps. Can’t wait. The Islanders, Knicks, and Nets are all playing tonight, so talk about those games or anything else right here. Have at it.

Note: Sometime around noon I was messing around with some stuff and, long story short, I deleted the responses to this morning’s Masahiro Tanaka’s poll. If you voted before then, please re-enter your vote. Thanks.

Update: Ruling for A-Rod's appeal not expected this week
Mailbag: 2013 Luxury Tax, Prospects, Murphy
  • Anthony

    Anyone else not so confident NYY will sign Tanaka? I have a horrible feeling the Mariners will offer him a crazy contract that NYY won’t match.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      I don’t see the Mariners blowing NYY out of the water on this one. I won’t be shocked if the Rangers or Dodgers get Tanaka instead, but I will be shocked if Seattle signs another big money contract.

    • TWTR

      The Yankees can be just as crazy as any other team in signing bad old players. So why not be crazy with a young one who has a chance to be really good?

      • nsalem

        I think the Mariners are hellbent on getting Tanaka atany cost, If we offer him 120 they will come back and offer 150. They seem willing to bid agaiinst themselves in the same insane fashion thatthe Yankees did in acquiring A-Rod the second time around.

        • TWTR

          Well, you can always make an offer time-limited (a nice way of saying take it or leave it). We’ll see.

        • RetroRob

          You could very well be right. Maybe they had two big buckets of money — one for Cano and one for Tanaka — in which case they will probably win. Yet for a team that already has pitching and young arms, it doesn’t seem to be the best director for their resources.

          The team does have Japanese ownership and ties back to Japan. They know better than anyone the marketing opportunities and additional revenues they generated with Ichiro.

          If they’re offering $40 million more to Tanaka than the Yankees or some other team, he will be a Mariner.

    • nsalem

      I agree with you. I don’t think Seattle threw 240 million at Cano without intending to make several more high cost acquisitions at any cost.

  • Some other guy named Mike

    Nintendo still owns the Mariners. That seemed to be an enticement for lots of Japanese ballplayers….

  • Dalek Jeter


    Anybody else watching?

    • bobtaco

      I will be when it is posted to the sharing sites or when the West Coast feed is live. Looking forward to it!

      Also check out Rick and Morty on Adult Swim (Dan Harmon’s other show right now). Very funny.

  • Louie

    Wasn’t it Thames who hit a homer on the first pitch he ever saw in the big league against Randy Johnson? Or was that someone else?

  • nsalem

    Thames’ MLB AB was as a Yankee vs Randy Johnson

  • nsalem

    The bad memory of Marcus was Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS The Yankees were up 1-0 going into the game. Game 2 was scheduled for the next night though it wasn’t raining there was a two hour rain delay and the game was eventually postponed for the next afternoon. Thames drove in the Tigers foirstrun in the second. The Yankees went up 3-1 in the next inning and seemed on their way. Thames led off the 5th with a ground rule double and scored on a scarifce fly by Granderson. He led off a couple of innings later with a single and scored on a Granderson triple to left field of all places.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Ok kids, it’s time to play….., “crazy trade idea – would you do it ?!”. In this episode….., NY sends A-Rod, Texeira to Anaheim for……, Pujols, Hamilton and Kendrick. Now…., would…., you…., do…., it ?!

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Good lord no. Similar issues, but for many more years.

    • The Great Gonzo

      NOPE. Tex has a chance of adding value again (as was/is better defensively than Pujols at this point) and A Rod is MUCH MORE entertaining than Hamilton.

      Plus, Hamilton would be the 7th outfielder.

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Ok, good…., fish on the hook. Is this possibility salvageable ?! If so, tweak it. Go !

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    playing all six vids at one time is music to my ears. what an oxe of a man

  • TWTR

    The Knicks demonstrating tonight that it’s a little easier to win when your shooting guard can actually shoot.

    • Wheels

      Shumpert went off tonight.

  • Bob Buttons

    Buh-bye Killdrive.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Marcus Thames was the fucking man. I have very fond memories of that walk-off shot he hit against Papelbon.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    TJ Simers doesn’t like Marcus Thames as much as you:

    When this came out I sent Simers an email telling him in great detail what an asshat he is. Only time I’ve ever done that.

    • The Great Gonzo

      TJ Simers can eat a bag of dicks

  • nycsportzfan

    Theres a chance Johnny Cueto is a Free Agent after this season, all though, the reds have a team option of 10million on him for 2015. I’d love to get Cueto. He’s still pretty young also.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Cueto for Gardner!