Thursday Night Open Thread

Guest Post: Umpire Tim McClelland Retires After 33 Years in Baseball: Tied to the Yankees Forever
Severino and Judge crack Baseball America's top 100 prospects list

It appears Derek Jeter‘s post-playing career life is now shifting to radio. Sirius XM Radio announced earlier this week that Jeter and his The Players’ Tribune website are launching a weekly nationally broadcast radio show on XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel 85. Here’s the press release. The show will air every Wednesday at 7pm ET. (The first broadcast was yesterday. Sorry I didn’t say something sooner.) The show will have rotating hosts much like the website has rotating contributors. I’m not much of a sports radio guy, but if that’s your thing, check it out.

This is your open thread for the night. Neither the Knicks nor Nets are playing because apparently a full week for the NBA All-Star break just isn’t long enough. The Rangers and Islanders are playing though, and there’s the usual slate of college hoops too. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

Shameless Self-Promotion: I answered some questions for Razzball’s Yankees season preview, so check that out. Feel free to hate on me for the Rob Refsnyder answer.

Guest Post: Umpire Tim McClelland Retires After 33 Years in Baseball: Tied to the Yankees Forever
Severino and Judge crack Baseball America's top 100 prospects list
  • Game 3

    Great. XMS giving more millions to people who don’t know how to do radio. The list gets longer.

    • Havok9120

      Or it could turn out to be a pretty good show.

      • Game 3

        The most boring buy in the history of sports hosting a show? What could go wrong??
        At least they’re not pretending it’s the ‘Jeter Channel’ like they do with other no-talent celebs (who never step foot into the building, take their millions and run). It’s just an hour.
        XMS is a terribly-run company. It’s pay radio with commercials.

        • SweetSpot

          Baba Booey to you.

  • SweetSpot

    Looking forward to “The Players Tribune’ show. I have Sirius at my desk and in my car and love sports radio. Jeter’s venture on the web and in radio will succeed in my opinion in a big way. He’s so well liked and respected that will be able to get just about anyone as a guest, host or for a feature piece. I would think these two media parts are to establish the brand and wouldn’t be surprised if producing television and movies were to come down the road.

    • Havok9120

      I mean, he’s already got a publishing company from what I remember. He’s certainly well placed to make a move in media.

  • Alkaline

    I actually really enjoy Mike’s answer on ref. I think he will be a good contributor but some on here are hyping him up to much since he’s our first solid prospect for position players in a bit. He won’t be Savior but he’ll get his chance and contribute.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Agreed. The hype he’s gotten from some fans is mostly due to MiL statistics and, like you said, the fact that the Yankees haven’t had a position prospect of his caliber so close to contributing to the ML team in a few years. Most scouts/execs seem to think he be league averageish with the possibility for more. Obviously, there’s value in that, but it’s not quite what some are expecting.

      That said, it seems some talent evaluators tend to undervalue prospects of his ilk; wasn’t a huge amateur prospect, isn’t good at an up the middle position, and has average tools across the board.

      I’m not willing to go all in on him, but at the same time, I’m not willing to say he won’t prove scouts wrong. He’s a wait and see guy, to me.

  • Jim from NJ

    Refsnyder has also been doubted and overlooked his entire baseball life. That’s motivation that you can’t teach.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m still of the belief that if you need the media doubting you to get motivated you’ve already lost.

      • Jim from NJ

        Who said anything about the media?

        • Dalek Jeter

          You’re literally commenting on media that is “doubting and overlooking” him. But it stretches beyond media, if you need outside influence to motivate you, you’ve already lost.

          • Jim from NJ

            Do you believe in added motivation?

            • Dalek Jeter

              Sure, but if you’re not already working your hardest before the added motivation, you’re probably not mentally good enough to play professionally.

              • Jim from NJ

                O i agree. But if you were already a motivated guy and went on to win MVP of the college world series and only went in the 5th round, wouldn’t you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder? I know i would

                • Wicomico Pinstripes

                  Being a CWS MOP == being a good player. If he’s using draft position as motivation it should be because he believes he was a superior player to guys drafted higher than him. Not because he was a CWS MOP and they weren’t.

                  • Jim from NJ

                    Draft position is akin to money. And also how you’re perceived by teams and scouts. I was trying to make a point to the effect of something like in football if you won a heisman and went undrafted because nfl teams scouted you and said that even though your college numbers were good, your physical tools were not good enough. That kind of thing would give you a chip on your shoulder to prove scouts and teams wrong. There are stories like that in all sports. I dont think any of it has anything to do with a player looking at a draft list and claiming superiority to other players. Its just a player knowing their worth and their drive and stubbornly saying “you were wrong about me”

          • Jim from NJ

            Also no where am i saying that teams doubting him is his only source of motivation. Only Rob knows what his motivation is. There was a good personal article written about him a few weeks ago. I suggest you read if you havent, its a good read

            • Dalek Jeter

              Was it the one Mike posted a couple seeks ago in his Friday link dump? If so, I agree, great read.

  • Centaur Hips
    • Havok9120

      Nice find. That was a good read.

    • Austinmac

      Very interesting. Thanks.

    • LazerTown

      Is about what you expect though. People go on and on about so and so wasn’t a top prospect, so we should have no faith in the rankings. Top 100, averages out to 3.3 players a team, and how many dozens of other players do you have in your farm. Good prospects are a big deal if you want to make good young players.

  • The Shanesaw

    Dammit. Now I gotta buy Sirius, instead of listening to the one free channel with commercials every ten minutes. Like I have been doing for 6 months.

    • LazerTown

      Get podcasts.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m going podcast crazy lately for sure.

        Satellite radio definitely seems like yesterday’s news, at this point.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          The problem is my damn phone only has eight gigs. Hardcore History and Brian Lehrer podcasts fill it quickly.

  • IVoted4Kodos

    Kerry Wood’s curveball was dirty.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    So the Knicks have released Amare Stoudemire, shut down Carmelo, traded Prigioni in addition to Shumpert and JR Smith. I’d say they are in full tank mode in the race for Okafor.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Took ’em long enough. Those bastards won ten games. It’s like they’re trying out there!

  • HoopDreams
    • Havok9120

      Stupid propagandists.

      /Bigdan’d

    • Centaur Hips

      So O’neill and Kay want to push Flaherty out of the picture too?

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I’d listen to a podcast of that. Sure.

    Looks like my Heat are finally making some moves and trying to carve a new identity tonight.

    • Elton Cod M.T.

      As a Suns fan, it is pretty depressing, given that Dragic is our child. We also just traded the 3rd point guard who pissed him off so much. I can only hope the Heat are bad enough that the first rounders are worth something.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        2017 is protected. I wouldn’t count on the Heat tanking for too long.

    • HoopDreams

      Dude, if you guys lock up Dragic…

      • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

        I don’t know much about The NBA but what’s the big deal about Dragic?

        • HoopDreams

          Hes damn good to sum it up. He had some episode where he kept bitching about the Suns and didn’t trust their GM anymore or something

          • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

            I looked at his stats and nothing tells me he’s worth two 1st rounders and then some. Again, I don’t know much

            • HoopDreams

              Hes a good scoring PG, which is valuable. I didn’t know they traded two 1st rounders though. That is pretty bold

              • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

                2 picks and like 4 players for Dragic and Zoran

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                One protected pick in 2017 as well.

                Can’t count on Wade to be even a 3/4 time player, and you clearly need some firepower there. Perhaps Whiteside really has come out of nowhere and is the real deal.

                This franchise has never stayed down for long in the Arison/Riley era. They will reinvent and rise again.

                • HoopDreams

                  As long as Riley is manning the ship the Heat will always be competitive, even after they lost Lebron they retooled well

                  • Jorge Steinbrenner

                    Yup, just like there was a brief retooling period in between Shaq/Wade and The Big Three.

                    Still have my Shaq bobble head at the office.

                    • HoopDreams

                      I liked that Heat 05/06 team. They didn’t exactly blow you away if I remember correctly, but I liked a lot of their players from team. White chocolate Jason Williams baby

                    • Jorge Steinbrenner

                      The late 90’s teams were so much fun as well. They’re a fun franchise to root for. It’s too bad I don’t get to watch them as much as I’d like to.

                    • HoopDreams

                      A model organization, now if only the Nets could follow suit..traded a bunch of draft picks for washed up players, who are no longer even on the team. KGS stock dropped so much he got moved straight up for Theadus Young

                    • Moncada’s Codpiece

                      Also partly responsible for Jeff Van Gundy being a broom for one night.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          Slavs are basketball’s Cubans.

        • Dalek Jeter

          He sounds like an actual Game of Thrones character.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Zoran and Goran are dwarven characters from LOTR.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Tolkien may have done it first, but IMO Martin has done it better.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Yes, I love that we acquired him AND his brother. We’ve gone from “The Big Three” to an Eastern European bath house.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Oh, they will try hard.

        • HoopDreams

          The Heat are building themselves quite a core again if Whiteside keeps his game going, then Bosh, if Dragic stays. Only real worry is Wade aging, but hes still above average

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            DWade is going to fall off that cliff at some point, though.

            They’re great at reinventing themselves. You’re watching them do it again.

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    I think of Stephen Drew like a catcher standing in front of home plate. They’re both blocking Refsnyder’s ability to produce for us. Refsnyder needs to run both of them over and knock them down. The difference is, if it’s the catcher, then Refsnyder scores. If it’s Stephen Drew, Hal and Cashman will scamper on to the field and replace him with another “veteran” to continue blocking Refsnyder.

    • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

      I don’t know if he’s being blocked. He’s not a very good defender and is young. Maybe 1 more year at AAA or half a year and maybe called up some time in July.

    • Havok9120

      Yes, because facts are no fun and we require an old narrative to beat the drum with.

  • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

    Anyone else refreshed about 20 times hoping to see something about Moncada?

    • SweetSpot

      Only 20? You’re not a fan?

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Not I. But I am him. He is me. I’m the best piece of him.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Nope.

  • HoopDreams

    Continuing the adventure through my old IPods, I went through some bizarre emo phase when I was like 12/13. My Chemical Romance, Mayday Parade, Good Charlotte. Christ

    • Dalek Jeter

      Good. Also, Good Charlotte doesn’t belong in the same breath as My Chem and Mayday Parade =P

      • HoopDreams

        Oh yeah, and Fallout boy. Before they changed. I used to love GC

        • LazerTown

          I thought it was only the ladies that were into good charlotte?

    • LazerTown

      oh man, i am losing respect for you by the day.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Don’t listen to the haters, Hoopdreams.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        Who really expects to respect a 12-year old version of anyone?

        • LazerTown

          Definitely not me, granted I will admit I am not proud of my past.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Twelve year-old me loved Bon Jovi…and Europe….and Skid Row…

          • Dalek Jeter

            Well, in 12-year-old defense you’s defense, going on 40yr old you loves Bon Jovi, Europe, and Skid Row.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Every now and then. Sure.

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            Twelve year old me didn’t give a shit about music. Not that I’m deep into following anyone now, but today I appreciate a fairly wide range of music, from classical to gangsta rap (especially after work days like today).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      MCR put out a couple of very good albums. Very much “new school,” but you could tell they listened to their share of glam rock.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I wasn’t a big fan of Three Cheers or Black Parade at the time of their release, but both grew on me in time, and I loved I Brought You My Bullets… and Danger Days.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Complete opposite. I very much liked the two albums you didn’t, and didn’t like the others.

      • HoopDreams

        Nowadays, I listen to The Killers and a variety of some Kendrik Lamar. Black Keys, etc

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Loved The Killers for a long while there. Saw them live. Good stuff. They’ve sort of run out of ideas, though.

          “Hot Fuss” and “Sam’s Town” never get old, though.

          • HoopDreams

            Hot Fuss was great

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Still is. Perfect pop.

      • dickylarue

        I didn’t really have an appreciate for MCR until I saw them live at a festival a friend of mine booked the bands for. Almost every song was an epic anthem. Love them now. Believe it or not, their videos hurt them more than helped them. It made them look annoying and depressing when their music has such depth and scope.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I thought “Black Parade” was an excellent album, almost Who-ish in its ambition. I thought the one after tried, but fell flat, and I quickly lost interest. The album that preceded it was fun, dark punk rock. There were a couple of bands of that sort that I briefly got into around that time.

  • Bigdan

    Just watching the new Yes Hot Stove. All off season press secretary Curry did everything he could to play down Shields and Scherzer and all the possible expensive vet contracts. Ten minutes into this show Curry declares Arod and Moncada as the two biggest stories of the Yankees’ spring. Has Moncada been signed already?

    The Yanks are super motivated here. They know they need some excitement. Does that mean they’ll sign him? Not sure. I still have the Yanks as 5-4 favorites but you don’t bet the farm on that. They can def be outbid. Hal puts a price on everything. But they haven’t been this outwardly motivates since. . . . . Tanaka.

    • blake

      It’s very similar to Tanaka IMO as I’ve said many times…..usually when they really want a player they get them.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Dan Plesaic and Eric Byrnes were just doing an awesome job showing how stupid the whole WS or bust mentality is. Like, obviously, as a GM, your job should be to build the best team that you can to win, but I don’t understand how you can call a team a failure if they get to the LCS and their ace lays an egg.

    • SweetSpot

      I like what Gio said when asked about the Nats feeling the pressure of being World Series favorites . . . “No. We just are going to keep our mouth’s shut and play.”

    • LazerTown

      I agree.

      In this day there are 30 teams. If you are going in with that mentality you are going to be depressed 14/15 years you don’t make the WS, and 29/30 you don’t win it. Be realistic, if you are making the WS every 5 years, and making the LCS a few more you are still doing damn good.

  • http://jdbilingualsafety.blog.com/ ChristIsKing

    Any fans who do NOT want them to sign Moncada? I’m kinda on the fence

    • LazerTown

      How would you be on the fence?

      This isn’t Scherzer who was a win now move, on a subpar team. This is a great young player that could actually help for many years.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Part of me doesn’t, just for the reaction it’d get on here, but I want them to for the most part.

    • bernbabybern

      He doesn’t count against the luxury tax so if he is a bust it’s just money. And there will likely be a draft for these guys soon so it wouldn’t be able to affect future potential purchases of this type.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There’s not really much of an argument to be made for not making the effort, unless MiLB signing bonuses are something you truly care about.

      • Farewell Mo and Jeet

        The only people who could make a case to not sign Moncada are Hal, Hank and Jennifer’s children worrying about their inheritance.

    • blake

      Have you seen the underarmor picture?

  • Bigdan

    Gotta love Jack. Just listening again, he points out that Moncada is just 19 and even though his signing would be exciting Yankee fans need to be patient because he’ll need a couple years in the minors. Jack priming the pump hahaha!

    • LazerTown

      Your an interesting specimen.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece
      • Pete22

        He looks healthier than the real Baghdad Bob who is terminally ill in the UAE. Of course, his lies turned out to be no bigger than the claims of WMD that got us into Iraq on behalf of Big Oil.

        The art of propaganda is one of the great tools of business, religion, and politics and MLB is just a mix of all 3

        • Havok9120

          Oh, God.

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            Yeah, I’m not bothering to touch that. I think “hubris” has to be in there somewhere.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Wow.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Preach on, Brother Bad Pete22!

    • SweetSpot

      What he was doing, was his job as a host and a reporter. Not every fan is as involved in the day to day goings on as RAB folks are and he was informing fans just tuning in to the first Yankees YES report from spring training, that signing Moncada would not be like a typical free agent who would play for the Yankees right away. He let people know that he would need seasoning in the minors. That’s all that was nothing more.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        You mean there are people that don’t talk about baseball on your average February evening? What the shit?

        • SweetSpot

          Hard to believe I know.

  • http://cnn.com/ Magic Rat

    Hope for CC? He avoided microfracture afterall. Of course we don’t know how Ziegler will hold up yet…………..

    Brad Ziegler (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

    Recovering from microfracture knee surgery, Ziegler said earlier this month that he expected to be ready at some point in April, but now it appears he won’t miss any time at all. The side-arming reliever will be one of the main setup men for Addison Reed this season.

  • dkidd

    mike,

    i hate on you for the rob refsnyder answer

    dkidd

  • Captain Clutch

    On the hot stove show I thought it was really telling that Jack Curry didn’t say anything about the yanks and Moncada. He always gives his opinion on players and months ago he always said on the show that the yanks weren’t involved with Scherzer or Shields. So the fact that he didn’t say anything about the yankees interest or negotiating tells you that the yanks are all in and he was told not to say anything. That doesn’t mean that they won’t be out bid but it’s obvious that they are very motivated.

    • Pete22

      It could just be the difference between willing to say the Yankees are out on doing the same old thing (spending big on veterans in their declining years) , which to many fans is smart ( popular), and not wanting to say the Yankees are out on signing a young amateur with less money which the same fans would think is dumb (not popular). One casts the Yankees in a good light, and the other in a bad light. Talks about the good, stays quiet about the bad.

      Of course, it could be just as you said and they are all in. I really have no idea. My hunch is the Yankees will offer just enough to be outbid like they did with Cano. However, I didnt think they would grab Tanaka or Ellsbury , so my track record is not 100%

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Or it means that a highly rated minor leaguer is a highly rated minor leaguer.

  • HoopDreams

    I heart Parks and Recreation

    • LazerTown

      Used to like, but I can’t take commercials.

  • blake

    @BaseballAmerica: Going to get a little confusing, we included Yoan Moncada in the MLB Network list. Isn’t in list going up at BA because he hasn’t signed yet

    So we will see where he will actually rank if they get him.

    Severino is #36 on BA list

  • blake

    @Ken_Rosenthal: MLB expected to announce pace of play rules changes tomorrow, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Three key points will be included:

    • MB923

      You beat me, but I just posted above what 3 rules are.

  • Moncada’s Codpiece
  • MB923

    Per Ken Rosenthal, MLB rule changes to take effect this year

    1- Managers must challenge replays from the dugout

    2- Batters must keep 1 foot in the box unless an established exception occurs

    3- Play resumes once broadcast returns from commercial break.

    • blake

      They should have cut the manager challenges thing out all togetber IMO

      • LazerTown

        It’s not like there is all that many.

        • blake

          Well as long as they are cutting out the stalling they do…..walk out and pretend to argue so that they can watch the replay in the clubhouse 50 times to decide whether to challenge or not

    • Pete22

      Is 3 a change?

      So now the umpire waits 30 seconds w/o the manager to distract us?

      • Dalek Jeter

        There’s usually like a 30 second in between from coming back from commercial and play resuming. Not a huge difference, but you’re knocking like 10 minutes of the broadcast if they actually do it.

    • LazerTown

      3 is their attempt to get us to watch the commercials.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Totally okay with all of these. Especially the manager challenging thing, so much time was wasted waiting for bench coaches to get the thumbs up. Now, they should pass a rule that if the manager leaves the dugout for any reason other than to change the pitcher or prevent a brawl during the inning it’s an automatic ejection.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece
      • MB923

        I assume there is 1…or 2…or all 3, that you don’t like? lol

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          I don’t care that much. Would be nice to see if it works. I imagine it’ll piss off some folks used to their neverending routines.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Poor Sansa. I still was annoyed by her at this point, but she’s really grown on me.

    • Centaur Hips

      Good. Should speed up the game without interfering with it. Pitch clocks wouldn’t have worked.

    • Deep Thoughts

      CUT OUT GOD BLESS AMERICA ALREADY. We stood up and put our hats on our hearts for the National Anthem. That checks the patriotism box without requiring Kate Smith ear assault.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        OMG COSIGN

      • Dalek Jeter

        Agreed.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        It served its purpose, but there’s no need for it on your random May evening.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Cosign. Memorial Day? 4th of July? Sure. Tuesday, August 17th? No need.

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            This. And this is from someone that can actually enjoy the Kate Smith version from time to time.

    • Havok9120

      I didn’t think they’d implement the second one so quickly. I approve.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I think I’d prefer a pitch clock, but this is a step in the right direction.

        • Centaur Hips

          Don’t see how it would help. Pitchers would just step off. Keeping batters in the box solves half the problem at least.

          • Dalek Jeter

            I just think it’s a bit unfair for the hitters. It’s probably so uncomfortable standing in there against a Beckett (before he retired), or a Buckholz, or Lackey…a dude that will have you in your stance for well over a minute before delivering.

            • Moncada’s Codpiece

              Rule change 4: Allow batters to charge the mound if the pitcher doesn’t get on with it already.

              • Centaur Hips

                Charging the mound takes up to much time. Just throw the bat at them Machado style.

            • Centaur Hips

              You can still call for time and move a bit. Just can’t step out.

        • Havok9120

          I assume it will happen in time, but I honestly think the average batter is more to blame than the average pitcher, so I’m glad they did this.

  • Centaur Hips
    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      I don’t see a scalpel in his elbow. Fashman cailed.

  • Bigdan

    Possible Yankee MVP the next five years: Marcus Thames.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      I bet Jack Curry will never report THIS.

    • SweetSpot

      You forgot to credit Rob Refsnyder. On YES Hot Stove today there was an interview with Refsnyder and Meredith M. asked him asked him about tweaks he made to his swing and he was effusive in his praise for Marcus Thames — said he was going to be a great asset and hitting coach in the future. It was not an original thought.

      • Bigdan

        You got about 33% of that concept which is excellent for you. But not as good as Arod’s first exam grade in Marketing hahaha! He got a 44.

        Refs said that not only did he help him out but he recommends Thames to anyone else who needs help. According to Refs, Marcus can fix anyone’s swing.

        Baseball is a copycat enterprise like most things. And if players think somebody has the secret sauce they’ll come runnin. Other players will see what impact Thames had on Refs breakout season last year and react accordingly. Much of the Yanks future for the rest of this decade will depend on some of their young hitters who are going to running through Trenton and Scranton the next few years. Judge, Bird, Cave, Ford, Austin, Flores, Payton, etc, etc. Maybe even Moncada. If Thames is as gifted as Refs suggests, he could have an enormous impact on much of the next wave of Yankee young talent. Hence my reference to MVP.

        You see that’s a ‘A’ answer. Smackdown completed.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          Oh, shit. Bigdan used the term “smackdown.” I think we have awakened something.

        • SweetSpot

          The only smackdown that occurred here was of you. You again posted something out of the blue after seeing someone say the exact same thing on YES five minutes before as if it was your original thought. You then proceeded to spout lengthy amounts of gibberish here to detract from being exposed. Done.

  • Centaur Hips
    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      First question, “WTF is a Twitter?”

    • LazerTown

      Will it be all that different?
      They will review them anyways, so it’s just any old question.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        So nobody will ask if he’d rather get punched in the dick by Kung Fat Panda or Ortiz? A sad day.

      • Centaur Hips

        All they will have to choose from is:

        “Why is Arod in the lineup”

        “Why didn’t we sign Moncada yet?

        Who is going to be the closer?”

        “Arod for Ryan Howard?”

        “What’s your nickname for ___”

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          “Nava or JBJ to be your top?”

          • Centaur Hips

            “Why aren’t you in the fetal position yet now that Jeter’s leadership is gone?”

    • HoopDreams

      I remember Adam Warren did one of those twitter Q&As and he got gangbanged by trolls, it was pretty hilarious. Some guy kept asking if UNC girls put out for the baseball team (Where Warren played)

    • Dalek Jeter

      Lazertown’s right, it’s not gonna be a true AMA, everything’s gonna be moderated.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      How many BGT accounts can be set up for this?

      • Centaur Hips

        Infinite.

  • blake

    Moncada #10 on BA list

    • Dalek Jeter

      Yankees: *Sign him*

      Every Major Publication: *Drops him to bottom half of top 50* “He has issues X, Y, and Z…Yankees spend money too much”

      • blake

        Probably …..Darling said he looked like a beefed up Roberto Alomar to him

      • radnom

        Dodgers: *Sign him*

        RAB Commentors: *Drops him to bottom half of top 50* “He has issues X, Y, and Z…Dodgers spend money too much”

        You know its true.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          Are we reading the same RAB comment threads?

  • HoopDreams
  • Moncada’s Codpiece

    I’ve finally given in to the dark side and joined a social media site. LinkedIn, here I come….

    Will I always feel this dirty?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I have a fully functioning LinkedIn page, and I’m not sure why sometimes. It’s only purpose is to check out people I’ve interviewed without FB stalking.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        Yeah, that’s the point. I figure we’re far enough into this that it appears more weird to not have a page.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Some people actually update their feeds on there and, every now and then, someone endorses me for something.

          Going through the “people you may know” on there is often a traumatic exposure to former co-workers whose faces you really never wanted to see again.

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            I’ll burn those bridges when the time is right.

    • Tony Wilson

      I guess I’m the last person left then.

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        Still resisting the Facebooks…but I don’t think I’ll be able to hold out that much longer. Too much far flung family pressure.

        • Tony Wilson

          Lol, what about taking selfies?

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            No. I enjoy photography, but the lens is always pointed the other way.

            • Moncada’s Codpiece

              Which reminds me, some years back, I was in City Hall Park at dusk and I took a picture of City Hall through one of the fountain…falls…or whatever an individual spout of water would be called. Somewhat cool since I interned there in ’04. Used to have it as a desktop background.

            • Tony Wilson

              I hate them and I have to deal with it from my 16 and 11 year old daughters.

              • Moncada’s Codpiece

                I feel yer pain. Said one of the rare people in a generation that’s all about that.

              • HoopDreams

                I hear ya on that, I have two younger sisters, 17 and 16 who are the same way.

                • Tony Wilson

                  Extremely irritating, what gets me is when my daughters show me pictures of their friends showing what meals they order at restaurants.

          • HoopDreams
            • Tony Wilson

              WOW, lol.

        • cashmoney

          I don’t have any of that… I do have is a few good friends I can count on, good enough.

          • Tony Wilson

            Absolutely

      • http://www.google.com/ Tanuki Tanaka

        I still don’t use social media seriously. None of them have my actual information.

        • Tony Wilson

          I have held out, I value my privacy and don’t have a need for social media. The people that need to get in touch with me know how to do so. Lol

          • http://www.google.com/ Tanuki Tanaka

            Yell your name while playing guitar in a field of roses?

            • Tony Wilson

              Lol

    • Pkyankfan69

      I work in sales, helps to be on LinkedIn… Plus when I’m cold calling LinkedIn is a great way to figure out who the purchasing/procurement manager is at different business when I’m in the dark.

    • Pete22

      Congratulations, you have signed your life over to the CIA and various intelligence agencies, not that they did not have access to it before. They started this up before Facebook and Twitter, but you might as well do them now too now that you opened the door and threw away the key. LOL

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        I want to crawl inside your mind, but I feel like I will want to go back in time and murder Kafka when he was an infant because of it.

      • Havok9120

        He’s going for the record tonight, folks.

  • Tony Wilson

    Cleveland and Miami in the 1st round of NBA playoffs, Cleveland in 5.

    • HoopDreams

      Sorry, I gotta pull for Miami in that one. Just for the internet explosion

      • Tony Wilson

        Lol, just for the internet explosion!! I think the move to get Dragic was very good but it won’t be competitive.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Hopefully, we get past the 8th seed by the time the playoffs come around.

  • cashmoney

    Just saw the star war trailer, when they first zoom in on the black stormtrooper in the desert, I thought was spaceball 2…do you feel the moncada in the force?

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      This seems like a question for the Codpiece.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Between Hines and the Codpiece, I feel like we’re raising our animated GIF game to a new level here.

  • Tony Wilson

    Very simple and direct question, will Ellsbury lead off for the Yanks this year? (Hopefully)

    • LazerTown

      Why wouldn’t he?

      They can go Ells-Gardner, or reverse, they don’t have to deal with #2 slot.

      • Bigdan

        Refs would be a nice No. 2 hitter. But alas. . . .

      • Tony Wilson

        Girardi had him batting 3rd a lot last year when he should be leading off.

        • Havok9120

          Well, there was the complications of Jeter existing, Beltran, Tex and McCann being hurt and/or ineffective, and Gardner playing injured (and thus becoming ever-more ineffective at the plate).

          In other words, I understood what was going on last season when they did that. Be pretty bad if they try it again, though.

          • Moncada’s Codpiece

            In other words, he was pretty much their best hitter for much of the season. Hopefully he won’t have to be miscast as a third hitter this year.

          • Tony Wilson

            Hopefully not, I think with his hitting ability and base stealing prowess the offense will benefit greatlywith him leading off and Gardner and Beltran behind him.

        • LazerTown

          Well Jeter was stuck in the #2 slot. Either him or Gardner was going to be the #3.

        • Game 3

          According to Mike, batting order makes no difference.

    • Havok9120

      I hope so, but I won’t be all that upset if they put him in the 2-hole and let Gardy lead off.

      As long as they don’t do something like put Gardner batting 9th, which I liked back when the lineup was better, but now seems counterproductive.

      • ScottinSJ

        This team can’t afford to have Gardner hitting 9th. I think Ellsbury will swipe a lot more bases than Gardner, so even more reason to have Ellsbury lead off.

        • Havok9120

          I agree on both points. Plus Gardner will likely hit for more power, even if his power surge from last year doesn’t return to quite that extent.

        • I am Brett Godner

          Godner sees a lot of pitches too so the better base steeler (it hurts admitting that) gets more opportunity too. Plus Els tends to steel earlier in the count so Godner can drive him in or get him to 3rd if he does steel.

          Els is still a poor mans Godner.

      • LazerTown

        Maybe Gardner isn’t one of the top 3 hitters in the lineup, but I can’t really see him being pushed farther down than that. Speed is especially going to be important at the top,

        • Havok9120

          The theory of the second leadoff man in the 9-hole, the desire to split up the lefties, etc etc etc.

          I agree with you, and Scott, for the record. I also wouldn’t be stunned to see them try him down there sometimes.

          • LazerTown

            Meh, I buy the theory that I want my best hitters to get the most AB. If you got 3 speed/obp guys do that first 3. I think people try and be too fancy sometimes. Majority of the time players don’t get on base.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          Not top three but cleanup hitter definitely.

    • Pete22

      He is a better base stealer than Gardner, so yeah, I cant imagine Girardi using him anywhere else

    • SweetSpot

      Yes barring injury.

  • Centaur Hips

    https://twitter.com/BMcCarthy32/status/565048103921668096

    I love watching this. And 1:38 is like that moment of doubt before you succeed in life.

    • LazerTown

      And people call baseball boring?!?!

      • Centaur Hips

        I know. Good minute and a half of just watching him prepare.

        • Moncada’s Codpiece

          I remember some guy getting a one stroke penalty for not taking his next shot in time because he was insisting that the ball was very slowly rolling into the cup. I think it turned out he was right, somehow.

          Anyway, boring as shit. Even with the shot clock.

          Caveat, some golf video games are fun to play.

    • SweetSpot

      Best golf shot ever. 2.3 million views.

      • LazerTown

        95% of them fell asleep in the first 30 seconds.

        • SweetSpot

          On that shot? Nah. :)

  • LazerTown

    Feels like Christmas Eve. Tomorrow our fancy new prospect lists.

    • LazerTown

      Seems Kim is going to hop in every post.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Any Archer fans…does Malory’s demeanor seem different? Jessica Walter’s (her voice actor) voice and delivery just seem so much calmer. It’s weird.

  • Bunuelo

    Upstate NY is horrible, -22 degrees celsius right now, this is just torture

  • bernbabybern

    The 19th and 20th strikeout pitches, so nasty.

  • SweetSpot

    This is my final take on Moncada before he signs. In my opinion, based on everything I have read and seen, he is a potential franchise player, a Bryce Harper, etc. Players of that kind do not come around often and if they do, rarely is it that a team is in a position to sign them at such an early age. At 19 years old I do not think you can overestimate his value. Even giving him two full years in the minors, that would put him in the Bronx at 21-22 years of age, likely at second base although I am convinced as others are that he could easily play an outfield position. He has stated publicly he wants a team to spend his career with and that could mean ten to fifteen all-star years. How do you overvalue that.

    Given my belief in the pro-evaluations and the Yankees strong interest given that they have had him in for two workouts, unless there was a serious red flag of some sort I believe they need to go all out and sign him. If you have come this far, there is no excuse tif you are the Yankees to come up $5 to $10 million short in the bidding and lose him. If you are prepared to spend $30 million, spend $40 million if you have to beat another offer. If the Dodgers final offer is $40 million, bid $45 million. This is where the Yankees wealth should come into play and make a difference. On 19 year old potential franchise players, as opposed to 30 plus year old free agents.

    One can make the case that all Moncada has going for him right now is potential and that other highly touted young players have flamed out and crashed. That’s true, it’s possible. But if you were ever going to take a shot on someone, Moncada is that guy. If the Yankee evaluators still agree on the talent after the two workouts, I hope the front office signs the check. Here’s the point – if he is a failure, the Yankees are one of the few teams that can fade that loss without it having a serious effect on the organization.

    If the Yankees truly prefer one or two of the other Cuban ballplayers that are available; that’s fine. But if Moncada grades out as expected as the best option out there and the Yankees lose out based on being unwilling to match another team’s bid, I for one will be very disappointed. For the first time I will seriously question whether Hal Steinbrenner’s will to win long-term is truly a guiding principle of his ownership.

    • Preston

      Hyperbole is a bad way to argue for anything. BA just said tonight that they would rank Moncada 10th. That means that there are currently 9 better prospects than him in baseball. Of those prospects 8 were drafted since 2012, so it seems that multiple prospects as good or better than Moncada come around every year. That doesn’t fit my description of “rarely”. Now the fact that we can sign him, instead of having to hope he falls to us in the draft is certainly a positive. But let’s not pretend that talent like that doesn’t fall in the draft. Because while Correa was first overall, Bryant and Buxton were both 2nd overall, and Lindor and Russell were drafted higher than the Yankees usually get to pick at 8th and 11th, Giolito was taken where they draft this season at 16th, Seager was 18th, Joey Gallo was 39th and Joc Pederson was taken all the way in the 11th round. And of course we all know where Mike Trout was taken. Signing Moncada is probably a good idea. But just because he’s going to get paid more than other prospects doesn’t mean he’s the best prospect ever, or even among them. Nobody is writing this article about him http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/bryce-harper-best-prospect-ever/ so let’s keep the Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez comparisons to a minimum. He’s a toolsy prospect. He’d move our minor league system up the rankings significantly. But it’s a little early to be talking about his 10-15 all-star years in MLB. First he has to hit enough to get to AA and above average MLB player for six years of team control would be a great outcome. Of course first we have to sign him.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Excellent and timely reality check but I’m still going to post the Debbie Downer photo.

      • SweetSpot

        Sorry could not disagree more. I’ve watched numerous pros on MLB TV compare Moncada to Bryce Harper and many said if he was in a domestic draft he would go number one through five. It’s obviously not hyperbole. If it were so many teams would not be lined up willing to throw a lot of money at him. And the Hal checkbook is every bit as large as the other teams you mentioned. And I said nothing about a Ken Griffey comparison you’re making that up out of whole cloth. Of course there’s a risk, as there is with every player. The Yankees can afford to take that risk in my opinion. Using BA rankings is hardly an argument.

      • blake

        The point is though that the majority of those players were players the Yankees never can get…..there are exceptions yes….but getting one of those is luck. A Carlos correa or Buxton the Yanks never get…..here is a chance to get a talent like that……

        So while I don’t necessarily agree with the absolutism in Sweetspots post…..the general theme I do agree with…..this is a unique opportunity…..they have the money….and they really should sign him. No team is going no to write a blank check…..the Yankees just need to write the biggest one

        • Austinmac

          Completely agree. Finishing second is pointless. We need a young potential star and this is the best chance to get one they will have for at least two years, if not much longer. Just win.

    • Squats F9er

      “For the first time I will seriously question whether Hal Steinbrenner’s
      will to win long-term is truly a guiding principle of his ownership.” I hope it doesn’t come to that but if it does, I’ll believe it when I see it.