Wednesday Night Open Thread

Happy Birthday, Mariano Rivera. He turns 48 today. Time flies, man. Rivera is so very clearly the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history — Trevor Hoffman, the only other man with 600+ saves, allowed 38 more runs than Mo in 194.1 fewer innings in his career — and he will be Hall of Fame eligible for the first time next winter. He’ll get in on the first ballot. No doubt about it. Rivera was my favorite Yankee of the dynasty years and I’m pretty sure I will never be as confident in another closer as I was in Mo. There have been lots of one-year Riveras. I don’t think we’ll ever see someone do what he did for nearly two decades though. The longevity is what separates Mo from everyone else.

Anyway, here is an open thread for the evening. The Knicks and Nets are playing and there’s a bunch of college basketball on as well. That’s about it. Talk about anything other than politics and religion here.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

The Yankees have added another name to their managerial candidates list. Multiple reports today indicate Carlos Beltran will interview for the job tomorrow. Beltran has said he wants to manage, plus he knows the organization and many players with the team from his time in pinstripes, which I can’t imagine will hurt his chances. If nothing else, I doubt communication will be a concern here. Beltran and Alex Rodriguez co-managers. Let’s do it.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The (hockey) Rangers and Islanders are both playing, and there’s a bunch of college hoops on the schedule as well. Talk about those games, Beltran as a managerial candidate, or anything that isn’t religion or politics here. Have at it.

Monday Night Open Thread

At long last, the hot stove is showing signs of life. The Rangers signed Doug Fister over the weekend and the Mariners re-signed Hisashi Iwakuma to a minor league deal earlier today. That’s better than nothing. I don’t think Giancarlo Stanton or Shohei Ohtani are holding things up either. I think this offseason has been slow because the free agent class stinks and no one wants to trade prospects. Whatever. Things’ll pick up eventually.

Here is an open thread for the night. Texans vs. Ravens is the Monday Night Football Game, plus the Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all in action. And there’s some college basketball on as well. Talk about anything and everything here. Just not religion or politics.

Thanksgiving Weekend Open Thread

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I’ve got some family obligations the next few days, so unless the Yankees make some news — I don’t expect that to happen, but you never know — posting is going to pretty light around here through the weekend.

I’ve got one link to pass along and it’s kinda old, but I wasn’t able to read it until this week, and it’s really great. Ben Lindbergh wrote about the Salina Stockade, the worst pro baseball team in the country this season. The ragtag independent league team, which featured former Yankees farmhands Daniel Aldrich and Sam Agnew-Wieland, went 18-82 this year. The story about how they got there is pretty amazing. Make sure you check it out.

Otherwise use this open thread to talk about anything and everything the next few days, as long as it’s not religion or politics. Get that outta here. Enjoy Thanksgiving, folks.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Earlier today Hall of Famer Joe Morgan sent a letter to the Hall of Fame voting body imploring them not to vote players connected to performance-enhancing drugs into the Hall of Fame. Two problems with that. One, there are already players who used PEDs in the Hall of Fame. Players used to pop amphetamines (“greenies”) like Skittles. And two, we can’t just erase the parts of history we don’t like. I watched the crap out of baseball during the so-called Steroid Era and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Those memories are real. Maybe as soon as Morgan provides a list of players who took PEDs — with evidence, of course — the voting body will consider listening to him.

Anyway, here is an open thread for the evening. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are in action, but there is a bunch of college basketball on the schedule, so that’s good. Talk about anything here other than religion or politics.

Monday Night Open Thread

Earlier today, the BBWAA announced the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Andruw Jones are the notable first time eligible players. And I guess Omar Vizquel too. He’s going to get into Cooperstown despite being a career .272/.336/.352 (82 OPS+) hitter, isn’t he? Anyway, the notable ex-Yankees on the ballot are Roger Clemens, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina, and Gary Sheffield. I hope Moose gets in this year.

Here is an open thread for the night. Falcons vs. Seahawks is the Monday Night Football game, plus the Knicks and Devils are playing. And there’s a bunch of college basketball on as well. Religion and politics are off-limits here. Talk about anything else.

Weekend Open Thread

Another slow day at the ol’ hot stove office. You’ll have to forgive me for not getting excited about that Ryon Healy-for-Emilio Pagan blockbuster the other day. I’m still waiting for something interesting to happen this winter. Maybe next week. Here are two links to check out:

Friday: Here’s an open thread for the night. The (hockey) Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are all in action, plus there’s college basketball on as well. Talk about those game or anything that isn’t religion or politics right here.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. There is a baseball game on today! The Arizona Fall League Championship Game will be played at 3pm ET on MLB Network and (here’s the stream). The Scottsdale Scorpions did not make the Championship Game, so no Yankees prospects are playing alas. The Islanders and Devils are both playing, plus there’s a bunch of college football and basketball on as well. Have at it.

Sunday: Once again, this is the open thread. The (hockey) Rangers, Islanders, and Nets are all playing, plus there’s college hoops and all the day’s NFL action. Talk about whatever here.