Wednesday Night Open Thread

Yankees announce 2014 Spring Training invitees
Martino: Yankees have not had contact with Fernando Rodney

Although he was only with the Yankees for a few weeks, I’ve gotta mention Lance Berkman confirmed to Richard Justice that he is retiring from baseball. After five knee surgeries and countless other physical problems, his body just can’t take it anymore. Fat Elvis retires as a .293/.406/.537 (144 wRC+) hitter with 366 homers in parts of 15 seasons, good enough to get him some Hall of Fame votes when the time comes. I don’t think he’ll ever get in though. Godspeed, Puma.

This is your open thread for the evening. The Rangers and Islanders are playing the second NHL game at Yankee Stadium tonight (7:30pm ET on NBCSN), and that’s pretty much it for local sports. Talk about anything and everything right here. Go nuts.

Yankees announce 2014 Spring Training invitees
Martino: Yankees have not had contact with Fernando Rodney
  • Stratman9652

    Man, that still stands as one of the worst strike zone I remember. The whole strike zone started mid plate and extended into the outside batters box all night.

    • Lukaszek

      Maybe it’s that the 2010 opening series in Boston brought this issue into light, but I noticed that the strike zone in general has become elephantine since 2010

      • Wicomico Pinstripes

        You’re not wrong.

        • Roadgeek Adam

          See Bill Miller’s strike zone on that one. It is no shock that the pitcher’s ERA is the 2nd lowest when Miller is behind the plate. It struck me as unusual that his was 2nd lowest, but apparently Kerwin Danley’s got the lowest ERA.

    • MB923

      Check put pitch #2. It was outside but called a strike. After 4 pitches, the count should have been 2-2 which it was, but unfortunately, 50% of the calls were wrong lol

  • The 1%

    That’s was not a great trade.

    Berkman: -0.3 bWAR
    Melancon: +2.5 bWAR (so far)

    • Mike Axisa

      I don’t think it’s an accident Melancon has been on four teams in the last four years.

    • Lukaszek

      The guy has 5.79 ERA in the AL. He’s given up two more earned runs in the AL than in the NL despite the fact that he has one hundred less IP in the AL

      • Farewell Mo

        Melancon was no great loss though pretty much anything with a pulse that walks erect could have been more useful than Puma was for those few months.

        • Wicomico Pinstripes

          He was pretty terrible but definitely worth the risk.

          Puma posted at least a 130 wRC+ in his previous ten seasons and a 163 wRC+ in the year after the trade. It was conceivable that he was having a couple of unlucky months prior to the trade. Getting a hitter of his caliber for a good not great relief prospect(and Jimmy Paredes) was worth the risk IMO, even if it was for only a couple of months. Lets remember the Yanks were coming off of a world championship and one of the best teams in the league.

          Hindsight and all.

    • Alkaline

      In hindsight, it didn’t go well. But you don’t regret or want to “redo” that trade at all. Sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

    • RetroRob

      He’s fungible.

      It didn’t work out as the Yankees wanted, but a similar situation comes up again, you do the trade again.

      If you’re worried about losing Melancon, you’re worried about he wrong thing.

  • Wheels

    Fat Elvis has left the building.

  • Grit for Brains

    I’ve always used .300/.400/.500 as a benchmark for elite….his career averages are right there for a 15 year career….

    I have not looked at it closely but I lean toward thinking Big Puma should get the nod for the Hall.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Tough call, but he’s not getting in.

      Not enough counting stats(366 HR 1905 H) for old school voters. Not good enough overall value( 55.8 career fWAR) for sabermetricians.

    • RetroRob

      He played in a very high offensive period so voters will downgrade some of his accomplishments, fair or not.

      He won’t get in.

  • Nickel

    Even though it was only four years ago, all I remember about the 2010 post-season was Tex injuring his foot in the ALCS and them having to resort to playing Berkman as their starting first-baseman.

  • dkidd

    lance berkman is a hall of famer

    got on base 3100 times with the 26th highest career OPS in history (higher than a-rod)

  • Alkaline

    “Here comes Posada!”

    – It’s still weird that we don’t hear that anymore. Andy and Mo gone now, too. Going to feel like something is off all year.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Phil Brooks has left the building.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They always come back.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        All except the Macho Man.

  • RetroRob
    • forensic

      Unfortunately, this is possibly one of the problems with putting off the surgery for awhile last year and just trying to rehab it instead.

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Berkman didn’t want anything to do with leaving the Astros and coming to NY. I’m trying to find his post game interview when he’s asked how does it feel to be a Yankee, and his vibe was, (shrugs) ‘eh, it’s ok I guess’