The guys over at my old stomping grounds just wrapped up their four-month long countdown of the Yanks’ top 30 prospects. They made life easy by linking to each player’s profile in this handy dandy wrap-up list, and also linked to oodles of other Yankee prospect links from around the Interweb. Check that shizz out.
Brian Hoch does a great job looking at Phil Hughes’ offseason and Spring Training work. Jose Molina is saying he’s got more pop on his heater, and Hughes himself is saying he’s much more comfortable this time around. The money quote from Girardi: “You watch him and he leads the groups in running. He just looks like an athlete, a thoroughbred and a leader.” Word up.
Baseball is booming. There is so much money in the game today, it’s not even funny. You can thank the bigger and more modern stadiums, the abundance of lucrative endorsements, and the historically great attendance numbers. Take a quick glance at B-Ref’s Highest Career Total & Single Season Salaries list, and you can’t help but feel some combination of jealousy, humor, disgust and confusion. $106,616,066 in career earnings for Shawn Green? How the hell did that happen? Ditto $78,860,000 for Matt Williams, $70,677,500 for Tim Salmon, and $65,743,750 for Kevin Appier.
It’s no secret that baseball is a well paying occupation, but just how well paying? You might be shocked.
Why else would he call them “the so-called ‘Big Three’? Anywho, Hoch has a great piece up at milb.com about the Yanks newfound approach to building from within. It contains a brilliant quote regarding the Proctor-Betemit deal: “Our people were right,” Cashman said. “We had Proctor in other forms. It was just that [fans] didn’t know the names yet.” Word up.
The guys over at Project Prospect posted their list of the Top 150 prospects, with seven Yankees making the cut. James at YanksBlog gives you the rundown on those guys, so I’ll just refer you to his post. I’m glad Braves lefty Jeff Locke got some love at #89, that kid’s a dynamo sleeper. I’m also glad they knocked Dan Cortes of the Royals (#126) down a peg, the guys at BA were touting him like he’s the next Felix Hernandez, despite only having one good pitch.
Update: I meant to link to this yesterday, but it slipped my mind. BA ranked the 30 farm systems based on how close their talent is to the bigs. The Yanks came in at number 2. That’s a good thing.
I know he’s not the Yanks’ manager anymore, but it’s a great interview that’s worth three minutes of your time regardless. The third winningest manager in Bombers’ history talks Mitchell Report, the pressures he felt in NY, and milking pitchers for another hitter or two.
I’ve come to grips with Girardi being the man in charge now, and I’m sure he’ll do an excellent job, but I still believe Torre’s the guy that should be managing the team. There’s things off the field that need managing too, and Joe was the master at that. Chastise me in the comments if you wish, that’s just my personal opinion.