Wednesday Night Open Thread

Guess what folks: the roster on the official site has been updated with uniform numbers. The new guys have numbers! Didi Gregorius and Andrew Miller will wear Nos. 18 and 48, we knew that already, and now we know David Carpenter will wear Frankie Cervelli‘s No. 29, Nathan Eovaldi will wear David Robertson‘s No. 30, Justin Wilson will wear No. 41, and Chasen Shreve will wear No. 64. Garrett Jones will wear No. 33 with Stephen Drew switching to No. 14. Spring Training is so close guys are being assigned uniform numbers. Hooray.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks are playing and there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule, but that’s pretty much it. Talk about those games, the new uniform numbers, or anything else on your mind right here.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

After last month’s massive fire in that destroyed his New Jersey home, John Sterling is hosting a benefit later this month to help everyone else in his apartment complex who lost their homes, according to Peter Schwartz. “There are displaced families that need a little bit of help. It really is frightening to be on the street and all you have is the clothes on your back. You don’t realize that you’ve lost everything,” said Sterling. The benefit will be held on February 26th at D&D’s Bar and Restaurant in Manhattan and will be a meet and great with sportscasters, ex-Yankees, and New York Giants players. All the information is in Schwartz’s article, so check it out. It’s for a good cause.

This is your open thread for the evening. The Nets, Rangers, and Islanders are all playing and there’s some college basketball going on as well. Use this thread to talk about whatever you like tonight.

(Yes, I found a video if 18-year-old Hideki Matsui hitting a homer. You’re welcome.)

Monday Night Open Thread

According to Alex Pavlovic, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters last week that managers will not be allowed to go on the field to ask for a challenge this coming season. Apparently they will have to signal from the dugout or something. Nothing is official yet, but MLB has been looking for a way to speed up managerial challenges this offseason, and I guess this is their solution. Sounds good to me, but let’s see how it works in practice.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all playing, and there’s the usual slate of college basketball as well. Talk about those games, the apparent new procedure for managerial challenges, or anything else right here tonight.

Weekend Open Thread

Two weeks! Two weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training! It’s getting closer, folks. Also coming in two weeks: my annual top 30 prospects list and RAB’s eighth birthday. Eight years, man. Time flies. Here are the weekend links:

  • Jonah Keri released his annual list of the worst contracts in baseball. One Yankees player made the top ten and three others made the honorable mentions. I’m guessing you don’t even need to click to know who they are. Three of the five worst contracts belong to one team though, and it ain’t the Yankees.
  • David Waldstein wrote about Rob Refsnyder, but it’s not your typical puff piece. He covered Refsnyder’s upbringing — Refsnyder was born in South Korea and adopted by a family in California as an infant — and all the challenges he faced growing up, including being heckled as a college player.
  • There have been a bunch of interviews with new commissioner Rob Manfred since he officially came into power two weeks ago, and I think Bill Shaikin’s is the best. He hit Manfred with questions about growing the game, labor piece, the Athletics’ stadium situation, and more. It’s good stuff.
  • Last week, Baseball America republished a really great roundtable article on the “stats vs. scouts” debate from 2005. Two scouts and two stats guys sat down and discussed the usefulness of each other and where the game was going moving forward. It’s still really great read. Check it out.

Friday: Here is your open thread for the night. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all playing, and there’s a ton of college basketball on the schedule as well. Talk about those games, the links, or anything else right here. Have at it.

Saturday: This is your open thread again. The Rangers have already played but the Islanders, Devils, Knicks, and Nets are all in action tonight. And there’s college hoops as well. Talk about whatever’s on your mind here.

Sunday: For the last time, here’s your open thread. The Rangers are playing right now and that’s pretty much it. Have at it.

Thursday Night Open Thread

This is your open thread for the evening. The Islanders are the only local team in action tonight, and there are only two games on the college hoops schedule as well. Good night to fire up Netflix, I guess. You know how these things work, so have at it.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

According to Tim Graham, Derek Jeter explored purchasing the Buffalo Bills last year. The team eventually sold for $1.4 billion, so I assume the Cap’n was only part of a potential ownership group, but he was there looking into buying the club. Jeter’s made it no secret that he would like to own a team one day, and I guess he doesn’t necessarily mean a baseball team. With something like this, I can’t help but wonder how it would go over if A-Rod was looking into buying an NFL team in the middle of the baseball season.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The Nets and suddenly Henrik Lundqvist-less Rangers are both playing tonight, and there’s a full slate of college basketball as well. Talk about those games, Jeter trying to buy the Bills, or anything else right here.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

On this date in 1998, the Yankees named Brian Cashman their new general manager after Bob Watson stepped down. At age 30, Cashman was then the second youngest GM in history. ”I think I’m better prepared than other people for this job because my entire pro career has been with the New York Yankees. I started here right out of college. This is all I know,” said Cashman at his introductory press conference. Eighteen years, man. That’s a long time in that line of work.

This is your open thread for the night. The Knicks, Islanders, and Devils are all playing and there’s a bunch of college basketball on the schedule as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.