Off-Topic

This is the big thread for all of your off-topic needs. Every once in a while we’ll load up a new one. As long as it doesn’t fill up more than, say, once a week, we’ll try to keep an archived list in this post.

719 Comments

  1. Manimal says:

    Now that there is a post for Off-topic things… I don’t even know what to talk about…

  2. AndrewYF says:

    Is it illegal to write about on-topic things in the off-topic thread?

  3. Joe LA says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I would write should the opportunity to post in an off-topic thread ever come up. Not too much came into focus, so I’ll go to an old classic:

    So, a baby seal walks into a club…

  4. Hughesus Christo says:

    How ’bout those Oscars, eh?

    But seriously… someone explain how Avatar qualifies for/is worthy of Cinematography and Art Direction.

  5. Portugal Yankees says:

    Hi guys.
    Greetings from Portugal.
    I read your blog daily. It´s part of learning a game that’s not part of our culture, but I become to love. As much as the Yankees. A few years ago I had the opportunity to watch 2 games at old Yankee Stadium (Mattingly, O´Neill, Girardi, Bernie…). As soon as I can I will go to New Yankee Stadium to watch the World Champs live. Until then I’m stuck with you guys (plus LoHud, SheFan, iYankees, ESPN America and this next season I’ll try MLB TV).
    To all Yankee Universe, may the force be with us.
    PS: Go Tex make us all even prouder

  6. pete says:

    totally didn’t even know about this. sweet

  7. Tom Zig says:

    I’ve always wanted to ask: what is the deal with the tiny smiley face at the way bottom of the page?

  8. So now, instead of deleting people’s off-topic posts, will you just magically move them here with the admin powers?

  9. ColoYank says:

    So … wow. Is this a catch-all thread? Are there certain commenters (you know who I mean) whose comments should always just be transferred here?

    Will this be up all the time? And I clicked on the link in the post, but how do I get back here at a later date?

  10. CountryClub says:

    So the Padres came out yesterday and said that they won’t be able to extend Gonzalez. Never mind that he’s under contract for 2010 & 2011 for a total of 10.25 mil. His agent said that he expects a trade.

    If he does end up going to Boston, they better pay dearly for him (in players and a contract extension).

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      As in Clay Buchholz, Casey Kelly and Lars Anderson huge. If the Red Sox get him mid season that would be scary. Hopefully they kill their future prospects as well as paying a lot of money in return.

      • AndrewYF says:

        If the Red Sox acquire Gonzalez that would be perfectly fine by me. It would mean that:

        A) They had a need for him
        B) They had to give up quite a bit of their future/trading power to get him.

  11. Moshe Mandel says:

    I suggested this in every “how to improve RAB” thread and actually implemented it on my own site, so I’m glad to see it. Of course, now I cant think of anything to post at this moment, because I think Twitter, in a way, has become RAB’s off-topic thread.

  12. Melky Cabrera is a replacement level baseball player.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      That’s entirely not true at all.

      • You’re right, I was generous.

        Career (569 games):

        wRC+ 91 / .316 wOBA

        -8.7 UZR in OF

        That’s below replacement level.

        • Moshe Mandel says:

          First, there is a difference between his career being replacement level and him being replacement level. As a player who is 25, you would expect him to be about where he was last year, which was AVG for a CF. Furthermore, you cant really use career UZR to establish replacement level, bc it is cumulative. The best you can do is use his UZR/150, and say he’s a -2.4 OF.

          And despite all that, he has never in his career been below replacement. Not once. Last year he was 16 runs above replacement. For his career he is 34 runs above replacement (3.3 WAR). Even his worst season was above replacement. I think you are off on your definition of replacement level, or are confusing it with average.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          I’m the last person you can call a Melky-backer, but there’s no way he’s replacement level. Not even close. He’s clearly better.

  13. Accent Shallow says:

    I don’t see this in the navigation bar.

  14. if bedard is healthy by june/july those mariners are gonna be nasty

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      Agreed. That would be a nasty top 3 to run into in a 3 game series in July.

    • Thomas says:

      The Mariners will be great defensively and pitching wise. I just wonder if the are going to hit. The only players on their team with an OPS+ over 100 last year are Ichiro, Gutierrez, Lopez, Garko, and Figgins (with only Ichiro breaking 110). Plus last year they gave up 52 more runs than they scored.

  15. CountryClub says:

    The defensive rantings for Charleston are up. They had a pretty good defensive outfield last year. Hopefully Almonte and Mesa can take a step up at the plate.

  16. JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura says:

    Boversimplification is now extinct.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl.....eaker-dies (SFW)

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Can anyone tell me where to find pitches hitters take per plate apperance? My google skills failed me. I saw an itneresting Red Sox post saying they were very disciplined as it took 36.07 on average to get through a Sox lineup once.

    I want to know how the 2009 Yanks fared.

  18. Rose says:

    TJSC,

    I believe I missed the whole “burrito” reference and what it means. When you get a chance, if you could explain it to me I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

    Reference:
    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-768215

  19. Rose says:

    I posted this “off-topic” in another thread. It will probably be put to better use over here.

    Here’s a question…

    IYO…what’s better?

    Giving up Melky and some prospects for Javier Vasquez (@ $12M)

    Or not giving up Melky or any prospects and signing Erik Bedard for $1.5M with only incentives carrying it up to $7.75M.

    NOTE: Erik Bedard says he will be ready to pitch for the Mariners by May. Vasquez, is a horse, and will be ready from the get-go.

    • Vazquez.

      Even putting aside the “I don’t want to pitch in New York” statements he’s made, Bedard has had his shoulder cut up too many times to be relied upon.

      • Did Bedard actually ever say those words? Did he actually ever say that he doesn’t want to pitch in NY?

        I ask because this has become kind of common knowledge but I don’t remember ever hearing or seeing him quoted like that. I know there have been rumblings from Baltimore and Seattle about certain things – Bedard’s reacting to injuries, his mental toughness, his relationship with the media – over the years, but that’s a far cry from an actual quote from him that he doesn’t want to pitch in NY in particular.

        I know this is probably something that he said, if he said it, a long time ago, so I don’t expect anyone to have a link to an article quoting him or anything, but if anyone remembers actually hearing him say something like that or seeing him quoted to that effect in a reliable media outlet, I’d love to know.

        The guy lived in Fairfield County during college and pitched in Baltimore for years, it just always seemed strange to me that he’d have such a particular aversion to NY.

        • Zack says:

          “Whether that will play in another city is difficult to know. Bedard will be a free agent after the 2009 season, and the Orioles have failed to sign their rising star to a long-term contract. Asked whether he would consider playing in New York, with one of the toughest and biggest media corps, Bedard takes a long pause before answering.

          “I don’t know,” he says.

          Why?

          “I don’t know how long I would last [in New York],” he says, with a sheepish smile. “I would probably be the same, and I don’t know if the media would embrace me or reject me. … Maybe I’ll need a clause in my contract saying I won’t have to talk to them.

          “Just kidding.”

          http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=2978076

          Not exactly “I dont want to pitch in NY” but more like his personalty just doesnt fit in NY, heck he had issues with the Seattle media his first year.

          • Thanks… Don’t get me wrong, I totally get why people think he isn’t a NY kind of personality, especially in light of that comment you just posted. I just wasn’t sure he ever really said “I won’t play in NY.” I guess that comment could reasonably be read that way.

            Then again… Plenty of guys from plenty of different places and with different temperaments have been just fine here. If the guy came to NY with a top-notch team with strong and already-entrenched media personalities and leaders and wasn’t expected to be a number 1 starter who would be one of the faces of the team, I bet he’d be fine, personality-wise. This Yankees team offers all of those things.

            (Not an endorsement of acquiring Bedard… Not in the least, really… The temperament thing just always seemed a bit overblown to me.)

            • PS: Just btw, I read Bedard’s comments in Zach’s comment above, and it sounds much more tongue-in-cheek to me than serious, it sounds to me like the guy was kidding around more than anything else. Again, though, that’s an interpretation thing, I get why people take a statement like that seriously.

    • Zack says:

      Getting Vasquez was better, barring a big injury you know what you’re getting from Vasquez; Bedard is coming off his 2nd shoulder surgery in 2 years, there’s a reason he only got 1.5m guaranteed.

    • A.D. says:

      Vazquez, with the Yankees current roster I’d prefer sure thing over gamble.

  20. CountryClub says:

    I’ve gotten conflicting answers, so maybe some of you can help.

    The people that have the Yes Network through Direct TV (and live outside of the NY market), do you get the Yankees games live? Or are they blacked out…forcing you to get the Extra Innings package?

    On their site, Direct TV says the Encore and Classic games get blacked out, but they don’t mention the actual live games.

    • Clayton says:

      If you are of the local market, the games are blacked out. So if you don’t get them on cable now, then you also won’t get them on DirecTV.

  21. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    HEY!

    i’m heading to ST for the first time…would like to take my kid around for autographs and pics and such–she love seeing the guys she sees on tv, so i’d really like to make it a good event…

    anybody have any advice on how/when/etc?

    thanks.

  22. Wow I just noticed this on the top menu-bar. Woo!

  23. bexarama says:

    Ew, MLB Network is doing “Baseball’s Seasons: 2004.” I love that program, but along with their 1995 and 2001 editions, I guess they’re going for the trifecta of “truly awful contemporary Yankee losses.” Gross. And they still haven’t done 1998. >:(

    Though I should note that the commercial says the Sox “reversed the curse.” Curses are obviously not real, but the New York Yankees: so awesome, our “curses” don’t even last a decade.

  24. Drew says:

    Lots of snow on the Jersey Shore.

    http://img682.imageshack.us/im.....g0118k.jpg

    That’s the situation.

  25. Has anyone else ever worked with the publishing program Scribus? I’m using it for a class right now and it is the most annoyingly frustrating program I’ve ever used. I cannot stand this thing.

  26. Zack says:

    I know the power plant explosion was felt throughout CT- anyone feel it in NY/NJ?

  27. bexarama says:

    Hey look a terrible column about the Super Bowl:
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....?track=rss

    Hooooly hyperbole. Dodger fans have complained about this guy for years, too.

    The New York Yankees won the World Series. Gee, that was fun.
    You are correct, that WAS fun.

  28. For those of you into ladies figure skating, you’ll likely appreciate the following video about Israeli figure skater Tamar Katz. I sing the song the country’s national anthem in the background!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1wPJ6YnUH0

    Description:
    A montage of Israeli figure skater Tamar Katz performances set to Michal Towber’s rendition of HaTikva, Israel’s national anthem. Tamar qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympic games but was prevented from participating because Israel’s internal standards were higher. Tamar was the first female figure skater to ever qualify for the Olympics and many believe Israel’s internal standards were excessive. The following video was created by her fans to show their appreciation for the talented skater.

  29. JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura says:

    This is addressed to Steve H and all others familiar with WordPress themes.

    As some of you know, Steve and I are starting a new blog, heavily sport-related, but also touching on other subjects such as news, music, rants, etc. We still don’t have a definitive idea of exactly what we’re going to do.

    First question: I was thinking that
    this theme
    and
    this theme
    make sense. The first one is a newspaper theme but I’m wondering if two guys would have enough time to really make good use of it. The second one is a “lifestyle” theme, but I’m not sure if the pages like “beauty,” “fashion,” “travel,” etc. can be changed to “baseball,” “football,” “basketball,” etc.

    They’re both similar in price and seem to lend themselves to a lot of customization options, but we’re relative novices with html and blogging, so I’m not sure that these would be appropriate if they have a high learning curve.

    Anyone with suggestions, comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      I would recommend free themes. There are a number of excellent themes that do not require financial outlay. For example, a good quasi-magazine quasi-blog theme is Swift.

      http://swiftthemes.com/

      Free, fairly flexible, looks sharp. There are plenty of others.

      • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura says:

        Looks pretty good, Moshe. I do have a strange affinity for the ‘Lifestyle’ theme and something a bit more “professional” looking, but Swift seems to have a good deal of flexibility and it’s free, which is definitely a factor. I feel torn. Some of the temp themes have everything pretty much ready to go, which might actually be a bit easier and that may be worth the $60. I’d like to be able to have a nice navigation bar up top with categories and a solid header with a very news-y feel.

        Again, you’ve been a big help thus far. It’s much appreciated.

    • Steve H says:

      Agreed that the newspaper theme would be tough to keep up with fresh changes and content, I don’t think we’d make good use of that. I’ll take a look later at the link Moshe gave (thanks!) and see if there’s anything there that jumps out.

    • Moshe Mandel says:

      Other free themes that are flexible and serve a similar function to those above:

      Arthemia
      GoodTheme
      Suffusion

      The wordpress internal theme search is helpful. Check off the “theme options” box in the search to make sure it is flexible, then select your other needs, and it will give you a good selection, for the most part.

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        TYU uses suffusion. If you look at the main suffusion page and our blog, you will see how flexible it is, in that they look entirely different.

    • Lanny says:

      Going to be a fascinating blog where you two agree with each other on everything and have lame puns at all who disagree with you. Good luck.

  30. CountryClub says:

    The Winn signing is only for 1.1 mil guaranteed. The other 900k is in plate appearance bonuses.

    Makes the deal sound much better.

  31. O Coelho says:

    A thought on Montero’s future. Consider:

    1. Many observers believe Montero will never sufficiently improve defensively behind the plate so his future lies at another position.

    2. Catcher is by far the organization’s strongest position with Romine, Cervelli, Dominican teen Gary Sanchez and 2nd round pick J.R. Murphy in addition to Montero. Posada’s eventual replacement can be found among these four prospects.

    3. The need for a strong defensive catcher who can call a good game and frame pitches is far more important than a 30-HR masher who is a butcher behind the plate, especially with the Yankees’ line-up. (Case in point: The Yanks turned 2009 around with Cervelli — not Posada — calling games.)

    4. One of the corner outfielders — Brett Gardner in left or Swisher in right — is due to have a terrible year. And Randy Winn is NOT the answer.

    5. If Montero really is closer to Ron Hassey than Rick Dempsey, why not try Montero in left field? Baseball America says he’s too slow but does that mean Giambi-slow, Matsui-slow or Sheffield-slow?

    Conclusion: If Montero really is Giambi-slow, I suggest the Yanks offer him to KC for rock-solid OF David DeJesus and their #3 or #4 pitching prospect, like RHP Tim Melville or LHP John Lamb. Or wait for Seattle to collapse and swap him for Cliff Lee in a sign-and-trade deal.

    Let’s be honest: Unless he’s Edgar Martinez out of the gate there’s no way the Yanks will make Montero the fulltime DH, especially with Posada, Jeter and A-Rod all closer to 40 than 30.

    • Big Juan says:

      1. Many observers believe Montero will never sufficiently improve defensively behind the plate so his future lies at another position.

      He’s 19-years-old. Let’s give him a chance; all he needs to do is play a similar caliber of defense to Piazza.

      2. Catcher is by far the organization’s strongest position with Romine, Cervelli, Dominican teen Gary Sanchez and 2nd round pick J.R. Murphy in addition to Montero. Posada’s eventual replacement can be found among these four prospects.

      Cervelli is not Posada’s replacement. He’s a back-up catcher.

      3. The need for a strong defensive catcher who can call a good game and frame pitches is far more important than a 30-HR masher who is a butcher behind the plate, especially with the Yankees’ line-up. (Case in point: The Yanks turned 2009 around with Cervelli — not Posada — calling games.)

      All kinds of false. (Case in point: The Yanks won in ’98, ’99, ’00, and ’09 with Posada — not Cervelli/Molina/Nieves et al — behind the plate.)

      4. One of the corner outfielders — Brett Gardner in left or Swisher in right — is due to have a terrible year. And Randy Winn is NOT the answer.

      First, Gardner has never played a full season, so it’s hard to say he’s due for anything. Second, Swisher’s OPS+, the last four seasons: 125, 126, 92, 129. 2008 is the only time he’s OPS+’ed under 100. Thus, that would be the exception not the rule and he is not “due” for an awful year. Third, if you are suggesting Montero may be the answer if left if said options fail, well, I disagree quite strongly.

      5. If Montero really is closer to Ron Hassey than Rick Dempsey, why not try Montero in left field? Baseball America says he’s too slow but does that mean Giambi-slow, Matsui-slow or Sheffield-slow?

      Maybe because he’s 19-years-old and the Yankees have no reason to rush him or change his position.

      O Coelho: Why is this burrito taking so long to cook in the microwave!?!?

      Conclusion: If Montero really is Giambi-slow, I suggest the Yanks offer him to KC for rock-solid OF David DeJesus and their #3 or #4 pitching prospect, like RHP Tim Melville or LHP John Lamb. Or wait for Seattle to collapse and swap him for Cliff Lee in a sign-and-trade deal.

      Conclusion: Yes, absolutely. They should jump right on trading a young catcher, whose offensive skills have been compared to Miguel Cabrera, for a 31-year-old left fielder and a #3 or #4 pitching prospect. Your trade proposal sucks (http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....son-19809/).

      Let’s be honest: Unless he’s Edgar Martinez out of the gate there’s no way the Yanks will make Montero the fulltime DH, especially with Posada, Jeter and A-Rod all closer to 40 than 30.

      Let’s be honest. This post has oaktag written all over it.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I was with him until he suggest moving Montero for David DeJesus (!!!)

      A) If the Yankees wanted DeJesus, they could get him for a lot less than Montero
      B) If the Yankees were interested in moving Montero, they could get a better return than DeJesus!

      That said, it’s going to be one of those so-called “good problems” if Montero keeps developing and can’t play an ML-credible catcher.

  32. baravelli says:

    So, I just learned that the brother of a guy I know is some kind of eccentric baseball statistician guru who’s invented a whole family of stats I’ve never heard of. I was just wondering if anybody here had heard of/had any thoughts about a guy named Barry Codell, and his stats like BOP and BABA and BAM. You can read all about them at http://www.barrycode.com. Seems like there are some interesting ideas there, so I’m surprised that I’ve never come across them in all the sabermetrically-minded stuff I read. Has anybody? Does anybody have any opinions on the stats after looking at the website? I’d be curious. Thanks.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Shit, this dude is a genius.

      • No, he’s not. He’s just regurgitating old statistics.

        http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....d-nauseum/

        Linear weight stats are much better.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          Oh, thanks. Then never mind. That dude’s a dick.

          • BaseballFan says:

            The thing about SABR guys, is they hate anything non-SABR. Go to a SABR meeting sometime to see what I mean. Also, some of their stuff is more out in left-field than any statistician out there, such as Park Weights. As a baseball fan, I don’t pay to see what a player would do in another park if the weather was 80 degrees and sunny in another league.

            As for Codell, whether or not you like his material, his stats have one of the closest correlations to actual runs scored I’ve seen over the years. Check out the Runs Recounted study to see more.

            • Accent Shallow says:

              I don’t really see anything of value on that site — it’s a lot of information that doesn’t mean anything, such as that Runs Recounted page. Throwing up numbers without any context or explanation.

              There’s plenty of self-praise, too, and not much analysis, and what is there, isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Really? R+RBI/2 is supposed to tell me something worthwhile? He’s been doing this since 1979 and hasn’t thought to subtract HR out of that?

            • But, again, if you read the linked article you can see that it’s not really his material. It’s his regurgitation of old concepts.

  33. pete says:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=7417714

    whaaa? mlb network is actually trying to improve its analytical capacity, rather than presume its superiority. sweet.

  34. LVyankee says:

    i just read george king say some ppl think jeter should be making a-rod money!!! idk about that i dont even think a-rod should be making a-rod money…am i crazy?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I tend to agree. A-Rod’s contract is wild, incredible, absurd, unreal. 10/275? At age 32? They couldn’t have gone 8/200? 7/180? Fuck.

  35. donttradecano says:

    Khamenei: Iran Set to Deliver ‘Punch’ to Stun West on Anniversary

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0.....0000:b0:z5

  36. What’s with you guys stealing Zell’s commenting guidelines?!!! Not smart enough to write your own?!

    (Kidding. That’s straight-up BS what they did.)

  37. Rafael DePaula passed his age verification. He is officially who he says he is and from the proper space and time…..

  38. donttradecano says:

    TMac to the Knicks deal in the works

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.1752665

  39. My super mushy post on why I/we love baseball:

    http://www.theyankeeu.com/2010.....game-14901

    /self-promoting whore’d

  40. WTF is “Buzz” on GMail?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      It’s a lot like Twitter, it’s a social networking/insta-blog type thing.

      There’s an option at the bottom of the Gmail screen to turn it off, if you’re so inclined. Personally, I don’t do social networking, but I realize most people aren’t the miserable antisocial bastards that I am.

  41. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If there’s gonna be a RAB Fantasy Baseball league again you can now make leagues at Yahoo.

  42. bexarama says:

    I’ll comment on this fully in the open thread tonight (I know you all can’t wait!!!), but for now, read and marvel at the unbelievable horribleness of this article:
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/l.....o=10880521

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Why would we want Pedroia?
      Cano >>>>>>>>>>>>> Pedroia

      And the rest of list is complete boshit insane I won’t comment. Excluding Damon and Crawford.

      • bexarama says:

        Because Pedroia is a short white guy with a gritbeard cares more than that lazy Dominican Cano.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        Totally disagree. The truth is that Cano and Pedroia right now are about equal to each other. Cano MAY be perhaps a hair better when in you factor in that Pedroia plays at Fenway Park.

        Cano career average WAR: 2.7
        Cano CHONE 2010 projected WAR: 4.2

        Pedroia Career average WAR: 3.775

        Pedroia 2010 CHONE projected WAR: 4.7

        They’re very close. Like I said if you factor in that Pedroia hits much, much better at Fenway, they’re pretty much even, with Cano maybe ever so slightly better. Certainly nowhere near the huge gap you described.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Good players would be good on the Yankees: film at 11.

  43. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ned-021010

    “Johnny is a very good friend,” Dye said. “We talk all the time. It’s hard to believe guys like us aren’t signed yet.”

    My favorite quote in the article- Damon had 14m on the table and Dye had 3m on the table, they’re not signed because THEY didnt want to sign.

    • Marcus says:

      Damon has two offers on the table: Braves for $4M with some amount deferred, and Tigers for $4.5M with some amount deferred. Both one year deals.

      I would just feel really, really dumb right now, if I were Damon. And the fact is, firing Boras really doesn’t punish him, because Damon won’t likely have another shot at a big pay day anyways, unless he has a huge year, which is unlikely.

  44. Steve H says:

    The Royals continue to amaze.

    Didn’t like Kyle Farnsworth as a relief pitcher? Hang on, he might be a starting pitcher for the Royals this year. “Kyle Farnsworth is competing for a job in the rotation,” pitching coach Bob McClure revealed Wednesday. That’s right, the big right-hander will at least get a chance to show what he can do as a starter in Spring Training.

    Yet they continue to have Soria close for a 75 win team. Morons.

  45. Frank1979 says:

    Steve, while I agree with you that the Farnsworth idea is completely ridiculous since he hasn’t started a game since 2000, I have to ask, what makes you think Soria can start?

    Soria is a very good pitcher, but he’s never started a game in the majors and even in the minors he was always a reliever. In fact out of his 80 career appearances in the minors, only 5 came as a starter.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ria-001joa

    I mean, I know he’s still pretty young so maybe he could transition into being a starter, and maybe I’m missing something besides from the Royals just being a generally shitty organization, but I was just curious.

    • Frank1979 says:

      And I FAIL on hitting the reply button, sorry!

    • Steve H says:

      He throws 3-4 pitches, unlike most closers who rely on 1 or 2. He threw 3 pitches at least 12% of the time this year. By comparison, AJ threw his 3rd pitch 3.1% of the time, Soria threw his 4th pitch 5.2% of the time. I don’t fully blame the Royals, because he was obviously already in the bullpen by the time they got him, but with 3-4 good pitches, he should be tried out in the rotation. To add to that, for a team like the Royals, that truly doesn’t need an elite closer (for what 3 extra wins or so), they should try him as a starter which would bring them more value on the field, as well in a potential trade situation. If he fails, you already know he can close. He truly has a starting pitchers repertoire, and while because of his success as a closer it may seem unconventional, it would make sense to try him there. If Mo had 3-4 good pitches, he never would have ended up in the pen.

      • bexarama says:

        Mo wears 42 not for Jackie Robinson, but for the number of pitches he has. To be fair, he hasn’t busted ‘em out… yet.

      • bexarama says:

        Psht, Mo wears #42 not for Jackie Robinson, but to represent the number of pitches he has. Just to be fair, he hasn’t busted most of ‘em out… yet.

      • Frank1979 says:

        Ok cool. I had no idea Soria had 3-4 quality pitches. I was pretty much just going on the fact that he’s always been a reliever so I thought it was a completely different situation from lets say Joba or Hughes who were always starters in the minors but have been used as relievers at various times in the majors.

        I think we can all agree that the Royals defintely don’t need an elite closer, so maybe since he’s still young eenough they could try to transition him into a starter. Although I imagine since he’s never thrown more than 69 innings in a season it would take some time to build up his arm.

        • Steve H says:

          Yeah, it would definitely take a little bit of thinking outside the box. And of course the Royals typical line of thinking is “Where can we multiple 1B who don’t get on base?”, so going outside the box just might be a good thing.

          • Frank1979 says:

            Hahaha, yeah you’re right.

            Of course you could also make the case that they should start with some “inside the box” thinking like firing Dayton Moore and bringing in somebody who knows what he’s doing.

            • Steve H says:

              Matt Klaassen (GTA, Ontario)
              Farnsworth to the rotation… I have no words…

              Rob Neyer (12:08 PM)
              Give the Royals credit for zagging when everything thinks they should be zigging … What’s particularly amusing is that it’s another K.C. reliever who people think should get a chance to start. I give Farnsworth a 1-in-20 chance of starting more than 5 games in 2010.

  46. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Hey Pawlikowski, bet you’re offended by this one. This is the first (and so far only) comment from this article(http://web.yesnetwork.com/news.....038;vkey=4). The poster takes a jab at you.

    It doesn’t mean shit, just found his critique a bit interesting:

    yankee7777 wrote:

    “I agree with the choice of the 1927 Yankees as the greatest team. This has always been the consensus of baseball people. You did have a few comments from people who have no knowledge of the subject and their comments were quite silly. “The great hurlers of the game threw an insane number of pitches and innings”, – Jon Lane. This is a comment I would expect from an 8 year old. Arm injuries were less years ago because they threw more often. It is amazing how some people think baseball has it right today. They do not. Wilcy Moore, “He had nothing in the way of stuff, but for a year the league couldn’t figure him out”. – Joseph Pawlikowski .How in the world does he know that Moore had nothing in the way of stuff? I have read that he had a sinker that would make Bruce Sutters pale in comparison. Why not do a little research and get comments from people who saw the teams play and might know what they are talking about.

    Emphasis mine.

    • Considering I didn’t write that, yeah. I mean, how could anyone think that I wrote that when Steven Goldman’s name is attached to it?

      My bit was about the 3-4 combo. Which is awesome. Not just because Ruth-Gehrig in 27 was the best 3-4 combo in the history of the game, but also because I wrote that while drunk.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        Bwahaha, the comment completely fooled me. You’re right, the commenter messed up and made himself look rather stupid. I’m off to point this out on yesnetwork. Wish me luck.

  47. Zack says:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rsday.html

    “2:48pm: Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has authorized a two-year $14MM offer, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It’s hard to imagine Damon turning this kind of offer down.”

    I thought they traded Granderson/Jackson because of payroll concerns? If he gets 14m well good job Boras, Yankees are still a much better fit than Detriot, especially in that ballpark.

    • radnom says:

      If he gets that deal we all need to eat some humble pie.

      • CountryClub says:

        No we don’t. He’s getting the same money the Yanks offered him 2 months ago. yet, he’s playing for an inferior team in an inferior park (for him).

        Don’t get me wrong, good for him. But it’s not like they’re offering 2 & 22. Plus, let’s see if the Tigers deal is guaranteed for both years.

        • radnom says:

          Yeah, he could have take a similar deal two months ago.

          But how many people have been repeating how much Damon got screwed and how he would be lucky to get X amount, comparing him to Varitek last offseason? This is a huge coup for Boras right now (if true).

          • Zack says:

            If he gets 14m from another team then yes Boras deserves credit. But Damon is still getting screwed- taking him off the defending champs and favorites to win this year in a perfect ballpark for him, to Detriot.

            • radnom says:

              Perhaps.

              But if Damon can land a 2/14 deal right now (which I’m not convinced is true) then 2 months ago holding out for a better deal might have actually been a good idea if there goal was only to maximize the value of the contract. Sure, it led to some risk, but if Damon/Boras were going into this just wanted to maximize the contract then they are probably ok with turning down that offer, even if it didn’t work out.

              I’m not trying to say Damon is just as well off with the same deal from the Tigers, I’m just pointing out that this scenario is MILES away from where everyone was thinking the market was until this point.

              • Zack says:

                Well I think we need to wait to see if its actually 14m, at 2pm it was 4m with 2 deferred, how that got to 14m in an hour is crazy to me.

                IMO whether he gets 4m or 14m, it wasnt successful for Damon because this was the best possible situation for him, if he ends up anywhere else then he loses out.

                • radnom says:

                  Yeah. Like I said yesterday I find it really hard to believe, but the 14m rumor has done nothing but pick up traction since then. Its just insane how much more it is than every other supposed offer.

  48. bexarama says:

    So on MLB Network they’re talking about Glavine’s career highlights, and John Heyman chose, as a career highlight for Glavine, that game that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs on the last day of 2007 when he gave up like seven runs while getting one out. Uhhh what?

    • bexarama says:

      Oh, and apparently it was a career highlight because “every New Yorker appreciated the fact that he wasn’t upset about it” or something like that. Uhh… I can’t tell you how many Mets fan friends I have that are 100% convinced he signed with the Mets merely for the purpose of screwing them over like that.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I wonder how many games Glavine wins if Questec was implemented when he came into the league, rather than 2001.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Well that’s really stupid, what can I say?

  49. RKelly39 says:

    I have an open-thread comment/question/etc.

    Do you — fellow RAB readers:

    1) See both HUGHES and JOBA succeeding as starting pitchers long term?

    1a) If so, what defines success?

    1b) Big jump: Will either/both ever place in the top 3 in cy young voting for the Yankees or another team?

    B) Do you see one or both ending in the bullpen long term?

    C) Do you see one or both ending up as (relative) busts?

    (Keeping in mind that they have already done better than most pitchers who get called up to the big leagues — busts *relative* to their hype.)

    Thanks very much everybody,

    The Fake Roberto Kelly

    PS, running out of watchable basketball to carry me through the offseason.

    PSS, Let’s go yankees.

    • radnom says:


      1) See both HUGHES and JOBA succeeding as starting pitchers long term?

      Yes.

      1a) If so, what defines success?

      Legit 3rd starter or better


      1b) Big jump: Will either/both ever place in the top 3 in cy young voting for the Yankees or another team?

      Hmmm…no. Hughes finishes fourth one season though.


      B) Do you see one or both ending in the bullpen long term?

      Do I think it will happen? No. Is it possible? Certainly. I would give it about a 30% chance.


      C) Do you see one or both ending up as (relative) busts?

      I would say ending up in the bullpen would count as a relative bust, so while I don’t think it will happen there is certainly a decent chance.

      • RKelly39 says:

        thanks for the reply, rad!

        I don’t even have a guess anymore — only to say it’s not often that two pitchers with that amount of hype in the same system turn out to be excellent starters. Also, pitching young in the New York spotlight is really tough.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      1) See both HUGHES and JOBA succeeding as starting pitchers long term?

      Yes.

      1a) If so, what defines success?

      Like radnom, legit third starter or better, though I expect them noth to be better than that.

      1b) Big jump: Will either/both ever place in the top 3 in cy young voting for the Yankees or another team?

      Just a completely random prediction, but I say yes. I can see a guy like Joba, if and when he puts it all together, winning the Cy Young. Hughes too, though obviously it’s far too much to hope for both. I’d be thrilled if one places that high.

      B) Do you see one or both ending in the bullpen long term?

      I see it as highly doubtful, maybe a 20% chance one of them fails completely (worse than a fifth starter=”completely”) and moves to the ‘pen.

      C) Do you see one or both ending up as (relative) busts?

      I don’t see it, but it could happen. Maybe a 25% chance one becomes my definition of bust, a fourth starter or worse.

      • RKelly39 says:

        Thanks for the reply, Rocky!!

        Yeah, man, I hear that optimism. And I hope so. As an organization we’ve invested so much into these guys — you’d have to think there was something to it. For that reason I have to agree with my friend “Frank1979″ who wants to see Hughes start the season in the minors. These kids are getting older and I want to see them start every 5th day one way or another.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          I agree. Put Jobber in the rotation, then keep Hughes in the minors until we can use him during the stretch run.

  50. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/ne.....;type=lgns

    Potentially Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine, and J.R. Giddens for Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler- that means Rondo, Butler, Pierce, Jamison, KG, Perkins, and Rasheed as your top 7? that’s crazy if that happens.

    Atleast in MLB when a team rebuilds they get top prospects in return for their players not just salary relief.

    • Steve H says:

      I’m literally crossing my fingers hoping this happens. Even better, there would be a chance that the Wizards buy out Allen, allowing him to resign with the Celtics after 30 days. They have no use for him other than his contract, in fact if he helps them win games, it hurts their draft position.

  51. radnom says:

    So apparently “nothing is imminent” between the Tigers and Damon. And it is still between Detroit and Chicago.

    This just doesn’t make sense. Either the Tiger’s offer is much less than reported, or the White Sox’s much more.

  52. pete says:

    Lohud now has a reply function. The commenters there still haven’t figured out how to use it. Christ

  53. Zack says:

    Ken Davidoff said on WFAN this morning that Hughes is the favorite for the 5th spot because we all saw the difference in Joba in his starts comapred to the bullpen, including body language.

    And Hughes’ numbers as a reliever arent much better than him as a starter? I love how people just give their opinion on Joba, and just because they say something they think it’s a valid reason

  54. bexarama says:

    I think they were bored at MLB Network:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=7417714

    Pretty funny, though

  55. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Looks like the Yanks are “serious bidders” for Adeinis Hechavarria.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....CcBA6XHaiO

    • Drew says:

      I wouldn’t put much stock into that. They can’t even get his age right?

      “The Yankees have been on him for a while,” said a scout who saw the 21-year-old shortstop work out recently in the Dominican Republic. “Two weeks ago, about 50 scouts watched him work out and the Yankees were there. They also have seen him in smaller workouts.”

      By all accounts he’s 19, not 21.

  56. Praveen says:

    Anyone have an update about Rafael DePaula? Is he close to signing with any team ?

  57. No open thread for the Daytona 500? Whhaaatttt????

  58. bexarama says:

    This is from Sliding Into Home, but PECOTA changed their projections again:
    http://slidingintohome.blogspo.....ously.html

    This time, the Yankees are scoring fewer runs and coming in second to Boston in the division. It’s that damn Marcus Thames, isn’t it?! (Also, no team in the NL winning 90 games?)

    • bexarama says:

      and NO ONE in the AL Central has a winning record

    • Zack says:

      Do they usually have this many changes?

      Not that I take most projections seriously, but it’s kind of a joke that they keep changing it.

      • bexarama says:

        I don’t know, I wasn’t following PECOTA and the other projection systems this time last year because I was in college and really busy. But these latest projections honestly seem like the screwiest of all. I KNOW the AL East is ridiculous, but I can’t see there only being three 90-win teams in all of baseball, and all three of them being in one division.

        I think the Angels got worse, but I don’t think they got THAT MUCH worse. And I think if the Mets are healthy, they really should crack .500. They seriously don’t have a bad offense, and it’s the NL.

        As a side note, what would baseball even do if there were three teams in the division with an 80-82 record and they were all tied for first (and wouldn’t qualify for the WC)?

        • Zack says:

          http://www.mlb.com/news/press_.....8;c_id=mlb

          I think Scenario #4 is what you’re looking for, or maybe #5.

          • bexarama says:

            Yeah, it’s situation #4. Thanks. :)

            The more I look at those projections the more I go o_O There’s only a 23-game difference between the best record in baseball and the worst (the Blue Jays?! I know they got worse by losing Halladay and they play in the AL East, but seriously? If the NL Central is gonna be THAT weak next year, every team should beat up on them). Like, here’s the difference between the best record in baseball and the worst…

            2001: 54 games
            2002: 48 games
            2003: 58 games
            2004: 54 games (Arizona lost 111 games?!)
            2005: 44 games
            2006: 36 games
            2007: 30 games
            2008: 41 games
            2009: 44 games

            So… yeah.

  59. Praveen says:

    Theirs a rumor going around that A-Rod looks much thinner.

  60. Brent says:

    I thought he was a genius in 09.. Making EXCELLENT moves.. In this offseason we got rid of the MVP Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, Xavier Nady, and Jerry Hairston Jr. I agree that signing Curtis Granderson was legendary. But to sign players like Randy Winn, Nick Johnson, Jamie Hoffman, and Greg Golson is f’n ridiculous and this man should be fired for making such retarded moves.

    This is an actual quote from a Facebook group entitled “Fire Brian Cashman”.

    • bexarama says:

      I’m almost impressed that people posting to that group know we got Jamie Hoffmann and Greg Golson and aren’t just whining “WHY DIDN’T WE GET HOLLIDAY AND HALLADAY?!?!!?!?” And they didn’t even mention Damon!

  61. My comparative/international education class is painfully</cite. boring.

  62. Praveen says:

    Via Jorge Aranguré Twitter ” Expect a bunch of teams to be interested in Eduardo Salcedo if he is in fact cleared on Wednesday.” http://tinyurl.com/ydmp3fm

    Think the Yankees will have interest in him?

  63. Salty Buggah says:

    In trying to explain that Granderson won’t move to LF, Rob Neyer drops this in there:

    “It’s pretty obvious that the organization doesn’t care about defense. ”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....bably-wont

    The Yanks don’t build their teams around defense alone but they put a significant amount of emphasis on it (Just look at why we didn’t resign Damon). I think Neyer is wrong here.

  64. Hey ZZ says:

    Joe, regarding your post on Joba’s stuff from this morning. Did Joba’s stuff get worse in the second half of the season or was it consistent? Is there anyway to even look this up?

  65. bexarama says:

    “Jair Jurrjens” sounds like a brand of expensive hand cream.

  66. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....-nl-021510

    What a joke, now Bob Kaplish mentions PETCOA picking the Red Sox? How many projections did they change?

    • bexarama says:

      The Yankees will finish a close second with 93 wins.

      That will come as a shock to Yankee officials, who think that by adding Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez they’ve created the perfect machine to defend their title.

      Yes, I’m sure Cashman’s all like “OH SH-T WHY EVEN BOTHER TO PLAY THE GAMES NOW?!?!?!?!”

  67. bexarama says:

    Dice-K is supposedly hurt again; according to the Boston media he hurt himself because he was trying sooooo hard to be in good shape for the season.

    • Zack says:

      So much for the “best shape of his life” headlines that were going to come out tomorrow

      • bexarama says:

        At least they still have the legendary depth going for them. Oh, wait.

        It’s weird, you talk to some Red Sox fans and they HATE HATE HATE HATE Dice-K. They think he’s just about the worst pitcher ever. And then you talk to others and they think he’s better than CC and Lester (they’d never say he was better than their precious Joshie, though). It’s bizarre.

        • Zack says:

          Yeah strange how the fanbase is kind of split on him. They actually booed him off the mound last year. I dont think I’ve ever seen that in the last 5 years, Buchholz or Beckett can get knocked out in the 4th and they give them a standing-o.

          • bexarama says:

            To be fair, I’d guess a good amount of the Yankee fanbase is like this about, I dunno, AJ or Joba. There’s just absolutely no middle ground for Dice-K.

          • Steve H says:

            Dice-K is so ridiculously frustrating to watch, which is what grinds Sox fans’ gears. The pitch counts, the nibbling to #8 hitters, his demanor on the mound. I seriously have friends who are Sox fans that usually won’t watch the games when Dice-K pitches, it’s that painful.

            • bexarama says:

              I really don’t like watching Yankees/Sox games when Dice-K is pitching. I KNOW I’m gonna go through about 50 kinds of abject agony anyway, and then I have to deal with things like him walking more guys than AJ does on a bad day and for some reason nobody being able to hit him. Remember that game that was CC vs. Dice-K, and at one point, the Yankees loaded the bases with nobody out for A-Rod, Matsui, and Swisher, and NOBODY SCORED???? That kind of crap absolutely kills me.

    • bexarama says:

      Very good Dice-K article from It’s About the Money:
      http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....ars-makes/ (safe)

  68. curling is awesome.

    that is all

  69. Steve H says:

    Keith Law on WEEI (in Boston) explaining how useless RBI as a stat is. Good stuff. Unfortunately it’s the Dale and Holley show, which is basically the milk and cookies hour, so they won’t question him on it much. I’d love to see him destroy the afternoon nitwits with logic.

    • bexarama says:

      I don’t know how Ryan Howard didn’t win the MVP in 2008 and 2009. I mean Pujols is good and all, but Ryan is better. Ryan had the most RBIs in all of baseball. RBIs win games.

      /this one Philly fan I was talking to’d

      • Steve H says:

        You know a lot of uneducated baseball fans, your ability to know what you are talking about is very impressive.

        • bexarama says:

          Heh, thanks. To be fair, it’s mostly just the really dumb pink-hatted Red Sox fans I know from college, that one Philly fan I talked to who I “met” on a message board that doesn’t have anything to do with baseball, and my mom who, while not a moron about baseball overall, thinks WINS are the only stat that matter for pitchers. And my dad is just sort of clueless about sports.

          Plus, reading Yankee forums/blogs, let’s face it, you’ll find your fair of dumb Yankee fans too.

        • While at an orientation for my internship, I saw a guy reading FanGraphs on his laptop, so I obviously struck up a conversation with him. It was so nice to be able to talk baseball with someone while discussing wOBA and +/- X runs defensively, and WAR without the other person’s eyes being glazed over.

  70. Steve H says:

    Heh. One of the hosts on WEEI is saying that “guys know how to drive in runs”, so Wade Boggs is a better hitter than Reggie Jackson, but Jackson drives in more runs. I texted them “Reggie Jackson knocked in 16% of all baserunners in his career, Boggs knocked in 15%. RBI are all about opportunity.”

    They read the text right away, and he says it helped prove his point because jackson hit in the .260′s and Boggs hit in the .320′s, yet Jackson was still more productive.

    Unreal.

    • Steve H says:

      Though to be fair, the other host, Dale Arnold, who was on the anti-RBI bangwagon to start was still surprised by my text, and continued to argue the anti-RBI bangwagon.

  71. CountryClub says:

    Posnanski:

    American League East

    Best players, by position:
    No. 1 starter: CC Sabathia, Yankees
    No. 2 starter: Josh Beckett, Boston
    No. 3 starter: John Lackey, Boston
    Closer: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
    Catcher: Victor Martinez, Boston
    First base: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
    Second base: Dustin Pedroia, Boston
    Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
    Third base: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
    Right field: Nick Markakis, Baltimore
    Center field: Adam Jones, Baltimore
    Left field: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay

    Best pitcher in the division: Sabathia. Edges Boston’s Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.

    Best player in the division: I have Alex Rodriguez just a notch ahead of Teixeira, but they’re really pretty close. There are great players everywhere in this division: New York’s Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and Crawford, Boston’s Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Toronto’s, um, well, Jesse Barfield? Actually, even in rebuilding Toronto, Adam Lind looks like an offensive star in the making.

    And the predictions:

    1. New York: 103-59
    Comment: Loaded. And loaded. And on top of that: Loaded. Take last year’s team — maybe the best team of the decade — and add Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez. Did I say loaded?

    2. Boston: 98-64
    Comment: Also loaded… I think the Red Sox have slightly better pitching than the Yankees and their defense should be awfully good. But the Yankees offense seems a notch better…. OK, I have to take a moment to talk about Jacoby Ellsbury’s defense. You probably know that last year he was voted as the Defensive Player of the Year by the fans on MLB.com. And you probably know that last year the advanced stats suggested that Ellsbury was, er, let’s call it overrated. He scored minus-15 on the Dewan plus-minus. His Ultimate Zone Rating was minus-18.6.

    Whenever you have such a wide gap between what you see and what the numbers record, there will be skirmishes, disagreements and complaints, and the Internet was littered with people who either mocked Ellsbury’s grand defensive reputation or, much more likely, mocked the convoluted statistics that seemed to besmirch that reputation. Take your UZR and shove it!

    And that’s fine. Except for this: The Red Sox went out this offseason and signed 37-year-old Mike Cameron. And the plan seems to be this: Put him in center field and move Ellsbury out. So, apparently, the Red Sox believe the defensive stats might have had a point.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....z0fpBlDDAN
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    • bexarama says:

      Awesome. :D

      Markakis > Drew, though?

      • CountryClub says:

        At the start of the article he said that he had his own player ratings system and he gave some examples of where certain people fit. I guess Markakis rates higher. Without pulling up their numbers, I could see Markakis/Drew going either way.

    • pete says:

      pretty much agree, but yeah, for me it goes Drew>Swish>Markakis

  72. Now that Lindsay Vonn has won a gold medal, can I please stop hearing about her every 45 seconds?

    • bexarama says:

      Heh. I’ve barely been watching the Olympics and I’m super tired of hearing about Hannah Kearney and how she’s a die-hard Red Sox fan and wears an Ellsbury t-shirt while working out.

  73. pete says:

    when will people stop fawning over the Mariners? I’m not saying they haven’t upgraded their team. Their roster is legitimately much stronger than it was a year ago. The team is certainly way better than it was in ’08. But how much better can people reasonably expect it to be than it’s ridiculously overachieving 2009 counterpart? In terms of true talent, it’s better, but in terms of results, i’d be very surprised to see significant improvement.

    • bexarama says:

      The only person who pointed out that they really overachieved last year and way overperformed their Pythag, and that while they definitely had an awesome 1-2, they still had pretty much absolutely no offense, so he wouldn’t be surprised if they were actually kind of a disappointment last year was – gulp – Peter Gammons.

      The Mariners fawning kind of stopped when they signed Bradley, though.

  74. Rose says:

    Why do the White Sox want Johnny Damon…I don’t get it. They have Carlos Quentin, Andruw Jones, Alex Rios, Podsednik again I think…do they need Johnny Damon?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Because only two of those four are acceptable MLB outfielders?

    • bexarama says:

      Scotty Pods went to the Royals in their never-ending quest to sign every mediocre-at-best (and usually much, much worse) outfielder in all of baseball.

  75. Zack says:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4918467

    I love how last year giving an injury prone pitcher 80m was a bad move and would be outproduced by Penny or Smoltz. But giving an injury prone pitcher 80m this year means its the best offseason signing.

    • bexarama says:

      we’ll get to discover whether Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez can turn themselves into the Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling of their generation.

      a. I love how no one ever mentions that pretty much the same Diamondbacks team made it back to the playoffs the next year, and got swept out of the NLDS
      b. Naaaah, Cliff and Felix aren’t big enough assholes.

      • Steve H says:

        Heh. I really enjoyed point b.

        • bexarama says:

          I still remember Curt saying something like “I got to sit there and enjoy it while their [as in the Yankees', obviously] so-called dynasty ended…”

          Uh, Curt. Not only is that a total asshole thing to say – and you’d better send Mariano Rivera flowers because, without his two most infamous blown saves, the way people perceive you would be very, very different – they won four times in five years and three years in a row. What else could you call it?

    • bexarama says:

      Also, I’m pretty sure the “most improved” label every year goes to:
      1. Red Sox
      2. some other team that did something
      3. some other team that did something else

      At least they mentioned that the Red Sox – gasp!!! – spent money and didn’t just get Lackey by recruiting him out of the goodness of their hearts.

      • Zack says:

        I love that Red Sox improved their rotation and defense so that makes them closer to the Yankees; but the Yankees improve their defense (LF, CF, healthy 3B) and rotation yet they’re worse than last year.

  76. bexarama says:

    Kelvim Escobar is supposedly so hurt he can’t even grip the bar. I know he was an injury risk going in but truly, there is some sort of Greek tragedy going on out there in Queens.

  77. Earlier today, Kim Jones was creaming herself because John Maine said the 2010 Mets would be gritty.

  78. sooooo i have nothing to do this weekend. what should i do in this wonderful city of ny?

  79. Praveen says:

    So last year the Red Sox where supposed to win because of their historic pitching Depth!!!11

    Now the Red Sox are going to win because JOhn Lackey is their 3rd Starter !!!!!

    /Espn’d

  80. That Tiger Woods presser was just as banal and empty as we all expected it to be.

      • rbizzler says:

        Wow, Hume’s comments are self-serving on so many levels. So Hume sees Tiger’s situation as an opportunity to recruit a new Christian soldier in the neon-con war against rational thought and behavior. Further, Hume posits himself as a expert on religion when he passes judgment on Tiger’s Buddhist beliefs and upbringing, while offering up the ignorant notion that he somehow knows what is best for a man that he presumably has not met, or at the very least does not know very well.

        Just unbelievably transparent, ignorant and arrogant.

      • bexarama says:

        I missed Tiger’s press conference but… um… wow.

        That’s the best thing Bill Kristol has ever said toward the bottom, though.

  81. Zack says:

    Anyone listen to Tiger Woods? Apologized and took blame, did best he could IMO.
    And he’s right about his kids, he’s fair game but the paparazzi shouldnt be following his kid back and forth to school and stuff.

  82. bexarama says:

    Oh, Gammo, you got off to such a good start on MLB Network, but…:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    I’m sorry, the guy is a good analyst – I think he’s fair about the Yankees in general – but he cannot be objective about the Red Sox. He just turns into a little ten-year-old in the stands cheering for Pedroia or something. After the Jays turned down Boston’s five-for-one offer for Roy Halladay on July 29, Buchholz actually won as many games (six) as Halladay. Oh dear. In this division, with the two highest payrolls and three of what the PECOTA and other analytical experts feel are the best teams in the sport, the self-developed young pitchers may end up being a major factor in who wins 90, who wins 95 and who wins 100 games in 2010, all with touted two-way Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly standing in the shadows.

  83. i just bet a coworker $20 that johnson/granderson would outhomer damon/matsui

    i feel the 20 dollars is as good as mine

    • Zack says:

      I like the deal, and if Scoscia puts Matsui in the OF then you’re a lock to get that $20.

      My guess is 35 for Granderson and 17 for NJ =52
      And 16 for JD and 25 for Matsui = 40

  84. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....er-morgan/

    That’s right. I’m not the only one who said Brett Gardner can be the next Nyjer Morgan and 5 WAR CF on the Yankees.

    • Emphasis on the can. Not will. Can.

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Uh, I think many of us said Gardy COULD be a pretty good player next year, even JMK, who hates him. Most of us agree that he has some flaws that could be exposed with full-time play so it’s not that likely. But we all know he CAN be good.

        You’re kinda making it sound like the people are RAB don’t know anything.

  85. Doug says:

    Apparently the White Sox just pulled their $6M offer to Johnny Damon as it “became clear it wasn’t going to be good enough”.

    Amazing that he’s still holding out for more than that

    • Zack says:

      Every update with him gets funnier and funnier.

      No way Detriot is offering 2yrs/14m like it was reported they were earlier.

    • Zack says:

      3:41pm: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears that Scott Boras wants two things from the Tigers. First, he’s asking them to remove all deferred money from the one-year $7MM deal they have offered. Second, he wants the Tigers to add a second year (Twitter links).

      Boras is funny.

  86. The 7/1/04 game is on; Murcer and Kaat are calling the game with Kay. Man, I miss that booth.

    Side note: this game is on way too much. YES needs to have more original programming.

  87. Evan NYC says:

    The advertisements are pretty disgusting.

  88. Zack says:

    Titled “Major League Baseball’s Weapon-Free Workplace Policy,” it says MLB “shall prohibit the possession or use of deadly weapons in any facility or venue owned, operated, or controlled by it.” Included are “firearms, explosives, daggers, metal knuckles, switchblade knives, and knives having blades exceeding 5 inches.”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

    Explosives? really?

  89. Hey guys, Steve H and I were wondering if some of the solid, regular commenters here would like to guest post or even team up with us on M&A.

    Drew, Bexy, Jose, Juan, Congressman, TSJC, Andy, TYU guys, Zack, ROBTEN, Doug Chu, Brendog, Jamal, pete, Salty and others that may be interested (these were just the names that instantly came to mind. I can’t remember everybody), let me know if it sounds like something you’d be up for, whether it be a one-time guest post, or something more frequent.

    mystiqueandaura28@yahoo.com OR jameskleimann@yahoo.com

  90. pete says:

    So I’ve been thinking a lot about the lineup, and while it will never happen (nor does it need to – there is almost no chance whatsoever that the yankees aren’t the top offense in the league, pretty much regardless of their lineup, IMO), I think the ultimate lineup would be pretty radically different from what is generally accepted as (and most likely to be) the lineup. Here’s what I have:

    Johnson
    Rodriguez
    Teixeira
    Granderson
    Jeter
    Cano
    Posada
    Swisher
    Gardner

    I love Johnson’s OBP and P/PA at the top of the lineup, especially right in front of Rodriguez, whose line-drive/fly ball style of hitting and solid speed should reduce the risk of double plays, plus getting A-Rod 700+ PA per season would be excellent. For me, where to put Teix, Granderson, and Swisher was the hardest part – i initially put Swish third and Tex fourth because of Swish’s excellent OBP and IsoP, but I felt in the end that Teixeira’s elite power would be best served right behind the two best OBP guys on the team in Johnson and A-Rod, who isn’t going to hit a HR every time up there.

    Then, conventional wisdom would suggest that Swish and his high OBP and IsoP would be best served behind them. But I realized that, with a decent bounceback year and Yankee Stadium, Granderson’s power is likely to be right up there with swisher’s, and his OBP shouldn’t be far behind. Furthermore, Swisher in front of Jeter (whom I feel strongly should hit fifth, which I’ll explain in a second) would create a lot of double plays, and granderson’s speed would reduce that risk.

    Jeter in the 5 spot is, in my opinion, the key to this lineup. Not only would his ability to crank out base hits help the yankees, who will probably have a lot of guys on second or third in front of him with A-Rod/Tex/Grandy hitting 2-3-4, but also having Jeter’s 25-30 SB (with 85-90% success rates) ability and good baserunning skills in front of the tandem of Cano/Posada/Swisher, who have less HR power than Tex or A-Rod, would be optimized in this position. Jeter has a very good ability to get on base, and him on 2nd in front of Cano (i’m expecting something of a RISP bounceback, obviously) would also generate a lot of runs.

    Posada/Swisher I don’t think needs a ton of explanation – solid power/good OBP in front of good power/good OBP.

    Gardner/LF should bat 9th because, well, the worst hitter should pretty much always hit 9th.

    Thoughts?

    • Christos says:

      Very Interesting

    • Evilest Empire says:

      If you’re willing to go against, for lack of a better word, the “tradition” of batting your two best hitters 3rd and 4th (which I’m all for), a solid lineup is something like this:

      1. Johnson
      2. Teix
      3. Swisher
      4. ARod
      5. Granderson
      6. Jeter
      7. Cano
      8. Posada
      9. Gardner

      NoMaas and many others have their own take on it, but I’m abiding by the same general concept that your best hitters go #2 and #4, the #1 guy has high OBP, the #3 guy is big on ISOP and light on groundballs, etc. Cano gets to hit behind guys with solid speed which is also fun.

      http://nomaas.org/2010/02/batting-order-for-geeks/

      • pete says:

        that was one of the orders i considered. I definitely feel that granderson and jeets both belong in the 5-6 area

    • Big Juan says:

      Gardner/LF should bat 9th because, well, the worst hitter should pretty much always hit 9th.

      Maybe, but there’s another school of thought that says your worst hitter should be your 8th hitter. This is why LaRussa has been known to bat the pitcher 8th from time to time. Here, I’d rather have Swisher and his great OBP in the 9th hole to get on base for the top of the order.

      JMHO.

  91. AndrewYF says:

    I had a dream Andrew Brackman was suddenly injured and required twenty-seven weeks of rehab.

  92. pete says:

    totally random, but any Pat Metheny fans on the blog?

  93. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Any college Baseball fans out there? I’m going to see Stanford and Rice today. I’ve heard Brett Mooneyham’s name a bunch and read good things, he’s supposed to be pitching today. Any under the radar types to watch on either team?

  94. this video/song needs to be seen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3f4xU_FfQ (I dont think its safe for our ears. that said its awesome)

  95. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20100.....lkw113.jpg

    I feel stupid for asking this but, who is the catcher in the background? Jorge Posada or Jesus Montero… Cervelli?

  96. Salty Buggah says:

    Uhh, did Chan Ho Park just sign with the Yankees? All of these Asian people are saying so on Twitter.

    http://twitter.com/#search?q=chan%20ho%20park (and someone just TwitPic’d it http://twitpic.com/14oo8r )

    I can’t find anything on MLBTR or Google and I’ve been searching for like an hour now.

    If this is true, I guess it’s pretty cool assuming it’s not too expensive. If it’s a MiLB deal, that’s even better.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Damnit, it didn’t post at first and now it does. FAIL. (Can you RABbis use you special powers and delete the 2nd one?)

    • bexarama says:

      I wouldn’t hate this move but if true, uhhh why do we need to do this? Is it a PARK TO TEH 6TH!!!! thing? You can never really have enough bullpen arms, I guess. He did quite well in the bullpen for the Phillies last year, but that was in the NL East (and he was very good in the World Series, albeit in a 3.1 inning sample size, which is so small it barely counts). We’ll see.

    • Andrew says:

      Looks that way.
      http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb
      I like the move. Pretty good bargain at 1.2 million. After losing a few arms in the bullpen he good prove to be a very valuable set up guy.

  97. Salty Buggah says:

    Uhh, did Chan Ho Park just sign with the Yankees? All of these Asian people are saying so on Twitter. Here’s an example”

    http://twitter.com/NY_SANG/statuses/9465595833

    I can’t find anything on MLBTR or Google and I’ve been searching for like an hour now.

    If this is true, I guess it’s pretty cool assuming it’s not too expensive. If it’s a MiLB deal, that’s even better.

  98. Zack says:

    “I hate echoing what everyone else says just because after a while anything repeated over and over kind of sounds like indisputable fact, even if it is nonsense.”
    -Joel Sherman
    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....VuG5skxY7J

    Isnt that what he does with the Joba stuff?

  99. bexarama says:

    I know it’s Heyman but el. oh. el:
    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/9484710281 (safe)

    Who the heck bats leadoff, Frenchy?

  100. pete says:

    Random poll:

    what were people here’s fave defensive plays from last year (yankees only)?

    off the top of my head, these are my top 3:

    3. http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....id=6518465
    2. http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy
    1. http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    not exactly sure why that last one’s my favorite, but I freakin love watching it

  101. H.W. Plainview says:

    ZZOMgZeesus guys! Did you hear, YES added @JackCurry1!!!1!

  102. bexarama says:

    Aaron Boone retires.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4938385

    Thank you for the most important HR of your life!

  103. pete says:

    question: why the fuss about HGH? is there honestly anything wrong with it? all i’ve heard about it is that it is some kind of miracle drug, and yet people put it right up there with steroids as being some kind of devil’s booze

    • Drew says:

      Steroids are a wonder drug too.
      The issue with any substance is abuse.

      • pete says:

        true but can one actually abuse HGH? I have yet to hear of a negative side effect…

        • radnom says:

          …..when properly regulated by a doctor.

          Human chemistry is complicated. Its been refined over millions of years. We don’t really understand it. Too much of anything (even naturally occurring substances, such as HGH) will have negative effects.

  104. Mike HC says:

    I didn’t even know there was an off topic thread. How can I be on RAB for like an hour + a day on average and not realize this? nuts.

  105. Big Juan says:

    I just wanted to note that there’s an ad on RAB sometimes that features an attractive blonde in a yellow shirt. I think the add has something to do with a diet.

    The same picture of the same blonde girl has appeared on pornhub multiple times in an ad for male enhancement.

    This seemed noteworthy.

  106. Drew says:

    Has anyone seen Jayson Werth this year?

    Dude looks like Alf.

  107. so according to mlbtr gaudin and mitre’s contracts are NOT guaranteed and they can be cut in ST and the Yanks only have to pay 30-45 days worth…

    this is very very veyr interesting and changes some things now?

    well, saw it on mlbtr but its actually from lohud

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....andidates/

  108. rbizzler says:

    Ahoy,

    Not Yankee news, but check out this blurb about Heyward’s first BP session for the Braves this spring. He is going to be a beast.

    http://tinyurl.com/ycsx84x

  109. JGS says:

    LoHud people are stupid

  110. Steve H says:

    Oh the scab that keeps getting picked.

    Could Heyman possibly be a bigger Boras stooge? This latest gem:

    Johnny Damon’s no-trade clause with the Tigers doesn’t mean he can’t be traded, only that he can dictate where he can be traded to. So if the Yankees come calling at mid-year, he’s pretty likely to accept. However, that doesn’t mean they will, either. They didn’t act very anxious to sign him when they had the chance.

  111. Drew says:

    More snow!? ha wtf

    • bexarama says:

      IT NEVER ENDS

      This after the sleet/rain/whatever that fell yesterday that sort of washed away all the old snow. Sigh.

      (I like that picture your name links to, BTW. ;) )

  112. bexarama says:

    Jason Bay says “no to you, Gammons”:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z0gTobrCrA

    Bay was particularly angered by Gammons’ suggestion that he never wanted to leave Boston and that the Mets were the last team he’d ever want to play for.

    “Peter Gammons’ Beirut comment didn’t really sit well with me because I never talked to Peter Gammons,” he said. “It would be one thing if it was portrayed as an opinion, but he portrayed it like he had some sort of inside scoop and I didn’t think that was fair.”

  113. Lol @ ESPN. This is the second time they’ve gotten goosed by Stern’s guys.

  114. Levi says:

    Hey guys, I recently got an idea to create a new fantasy league that uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR) to evaluate players. This is kind of challenging, but my post over at Pinstripe Alley details it better:
    http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....all-league

    If you’re interested in either the pick a team, get 5 keepers, or the traditional draft, drop your email address over there or reply to this and I’ll invite you. We’ve got tons of spots open.

  115. Can someone please explain the “Day-O” chant to me? It seems totally pointless. And while I somewhat get it, playing “Charge” at a baseball game seems dumb…no one’s advancing on the field and there’s nothing at which to charge.

  116. Drew says:

    Breaking News:

    This just in to ESPN Headlines;

    “Jeter wants to remain a Yankee.”

  117. Rose says:

    Still real mad about this one. Can’t believe the Red Sox got away with murder on this…seems like they always get away with these kinds of things.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....d-sox.html

    They give up 2 bad prospects for 15 very good appearances of Billy Wagner…AND now get the 20th and 57th draft picks in next years draft.

  118. Hey ZZ says:

    Does John Henry cry about the payroll every time he talks to the media?

    “I don’t think we can comment on what their ceiling may or may not be,” Henry said. “We just have to do what we’ve done since we arrived here and that is try and build revenues, maximize revenues and try as best we can to compete with them financially. But we’ll never be able to do that.”

    “People tend to clump us together, but there’s a wide gulf financially between the two teams, and that’s going to continue,” he said.

  119. rbizzler says:

    Not the biggest deadspin fan out there but i did enjoy this takedown of ed wade and his prehistoric ways.

    http://deadspin.com/5478470/ho.....of-ed-wade

  120. theyankeewarrior says:

    “The team’s numbers showed Jacoby Ellsbury as an above-average center fielder in 2009. Epstein implied that he doesn’t put any stock in Ellsbury’s UZR.”
    ~MLBTR

    So Theo is basically throwing UZR out the door? I wonder if this is just a confidence booster for Jacoby or some kind of media manipulation to keep the “Jacoby Ellsbury will be an elite CF” argument alive.

    I’m not the biggest fan of UZR. I’ve criticized it a lot in the past, but what kind of data do the Sox have that Theo thinks is better? Scouting notes?

    • bexarama says:

      a. I think a lot of GMs and front offices have their own weird stats they use, but…
      b. Theo is clearly one of the most sabermetrically-inclined GMs out there. I’d bet good money he puts a decent amount of faith in UZR. But what’s he gonna say, “Jacoby sucks at defense” to the media? Plus, they supposedly moved Cameron to center.

      • Steve H says:

        This. He certainly didn’t want to knock Tacoby, and he’s certainly not going to release the teams numbers, so he doesn’t need to back up his claim.

        Bexy, are you interested doing a guest post (or posts) over at mystiqueandaura.com?

        • bexarama says:

          Steve – I saw the post above where you had the e-mail address to send stuff to and if I ever see a tremendously dumb article that I feel like busting out the full FJM treatment on, I will definitely e-mail it there.

          • bexarama says:

            Please note that if Verducci writes another article like this if the Yankees lose the first game to the Sox (not that the Yankees are losing any games this year pssssht), I expect that’ll be the article I will start with. Holy crap, Verducci…

    • rbizzler says:

      Most progressive org’s use pitching, defensive and offensive metrics that have been developed and maintained in-house. Obviously, teams are tight-lipped about these because they are proprietary information and they want to protect those resources. Most of these metrics are said to be more advanced than what is available to the average fan via fangraphs, Dewan, BP, etc.

      My parsing of Theo’s comments about Jacoby and his UZR is that a) they have an in-house defensive metric that they trust more than UZR and b) he is more than likely manipulating the truth a bit about Ellsbury’s D to minimize the notion that he has been ‘demoted’ to LF.

  121. Rey22 says:

    Wow, is it me, or do Vazquez and Montero look quite similar?

    Montero has a bit of a chubbier face, but other than that…

    http://tiny.cc/1pBug (Montero)

    http://tiny.cc/L4D5V (Javy)

    Both safe

  122. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/ne.....;type=lgns

    “one member of the staff asked Rolle what it felt like to desert his team this season.”

    “For instance, when Rolle pledged his college fraternity (Kappa Alpha PSI), 30 teammates not involved in the frat showed up to cheer him on at probate, when new members are revealed. The night before his Rhodes interview, dozens of them sent text messages to encourage him and one even called him the night before to pepper him with questions that might be asked.”

    Love the NFL, lets draft QBs who arent QBs, guys who get DUIs a week before Bowl Games, guys who get suspended, guys who are involved in academic scandals and illegal payments, etc. But yeah lets question THIS guy.

    • Steve H says:

      I hope it’s not too early, but I would love to see the Patriots draft him. He can always become a doctor, he has a short window to become an NFL player and is smart enough to know what it will take as far as work and preparation. If he plays 8-10 years, he can begin his new life. He’s the kind of guy I want on a team, and influencing his teammates.

      • Zack says:

        Pats have a ton of picks in this draft dont they?
        Do you want to see them do their usual trade back for value and future picks, or package some for an impact guy in the draft (or a proven guy)?

        • Steve H says:

          I don’t want them to trade back, this is supposed to be a loaded draft, so a lot of 1st round talent should fall to the 2nd round where they have three picks. They nailed it in the 2nd round last year, considering only 50% of 1st rounders pan out, they probably hit on at least 3 of 4 of their 2nd rounders last year. I wouldn’t mind them trading up, but they do have several needs to fill so I’d like them to just sit where they are (with some minor moves) and use the 4 picks to rebuild depth on the fly.

          • rbizzler says:

            Too bad the Pats don’t value that same values in a player that you do (for reference see the Ted Johnson saga).

            Your beloved BB is as ruthless as they come, which means that I don’t see Rolle with a ‘flying elvis’ on his helmet any time soon.

            • Steve H says:

              If Rolle can play, BB will take him.

              • rbizzler says:

                It is clear that he can play, but whether he has qualities that BB looks for in a player is another matter entirely.

                • Steve H says:

                  I don’t know how clear it is, some people have him graded as a 5th/6th round pick, even before he took a year off.

                • rbizzler says:

                  Yet, there is still talk of him going in the second round. Just goes to show you how much of a crapshoot the draft is. For as good as the Pats have been in judging talent in the past, they miss on their fair share of guys as well.

                  Ugh, who is going no. 1 overall? Suh, Bradford, or trade down?

                  I always vote for trading down from the no. 1 spot being that you can get quality and quantity without tying up as much cash in one player (especially a d-lineman).

                • Steve H says:

                  I’d guess Suh, but Adam Schefter swears it’s Bradford, and Schefter really knows his stuff. But yeah, if I had the #1 pick, the last thing I’d want to do is take it.

                • Zack says:

                  There’s alot of reports now that McCoy is above Suh on team’s lists. But this always happens, the #1 in December gets picked apart for a few months and someone jumps up.

                  But yes I trade the #1 pick; investment is way too large, plus Rams are a bad team and need picks to rebuild.

  123. Steve H says:

    The use of twitter is jumping the shark.

    @GordonEdes The brass watches Kelly http://twitpic.com/15g2tp about an hour ago
    @GordonEdes Casey Kelly http://twitpic.com/15g1db about an hour ago
    @GordonEdes Jose Iglesias flares one to right off Kelly about an hour ago
    @GordonEdes Theo checking out Casey Kelly throwing BP about an hour ago

    Seriously, we need to know that Theo watches his pitchers?

  124. Thabeet to the D-League: least surprising basketball move ever.

  125. Hey ZZ says:

    Is there anywhere to look up how many times a respective position in the Yankees batting order came up with RISP last year?

    For example, how many times the number 6 hitter came up with a RISP, but not a particular player.

  126. Zack says:

    Ed Coleman on WFAN: I say Krod and I said, “man that looks like pink-eye.” KRod said, “They said it wasnt, just gave me some drops.” The next day they send him home with pink-eye.

    Ha

    • Steve H says:

      Has this stopped being funny and become sad yet? It has to be close…..brutal.

      • Zack says:

        The funniest part is that he wasnt even pointing it out. They just asked how KRod was doing and he said they sent him home for a few days and told that story. And it was just a normal convo and not just bashing the Mets and the 2 hosts were like- wait, what??? repeat that.

        But yes, it’s moving from funny to sad. And really “funny” is probably the wrong word when you talk about injuries like concussions and just messing up other injuries that can hurt a player long-term.

        • Steve H says:

          Yeah, the funny part is the incompetency of the Mets (in general), not the actual injuries. Though pink eye is pretty funny, and extremely contagious. So with the tiny chance that he had it (and of course he did), shouldn’t they have just sent him to a Dr. and kept him away from the players. Was the closer missing a day or two of camp going to screw up their season? I really wish he hadn’t gotten checked out and had spread it to the entire team.

          • Zack says:

            Yeah, if you cant take proper precautions with pink eye- wtf are the players suppose to think if they want their elbow/knee/etc checked out? It went from just injuries, to mis-steps, to funny, and now to sad/pathetic over the last year or two.

    • bexarama says:

      K-Rod ACTUALLY had pink eye? I thought that was a joke. The Mets are like a parody of themselves at this point. :(

  127. Salty Buggah says:

    Not a big hockey guy but USA is owning Finland in the semifinal like the Yankees owned baseball. Exciting hockey.

  128. Drew says:

    Bernie on BBTN

  129. Lance Berkman: HOF?

  130. Can the MSM please stop perpetuating the myth that David Wright had a bad season last year? Sure, the power wasn’t there but he still batted .307 and OBP’d .390.

    • Zack says:

      Maybe it wasnt “bad” but 10 HR from your 3B is disappointing. And his K% went from 19% up to 26.2% and had a BABIP of .394; there’s no chance he repeats that BABIP.

      Not to mention his UZR went from 4.9 and 3.4 the previous 2 seasons to -10.4 last year. (Obviously a 1 year sample size)

  131. Barry Bonds had more times on base (376) than at bats (373) in 2004.

    /head explodes

  132. Tank the Frank says:

    Peter Gammons on NESN right now talking to Daniel Bard. I swear he looks as if he’s talking to the love of his life. It’s truly a sickening sight.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      Gammons can’t help the drooling.

    • bexarama says:

      Well he is untouchable.

      (If anyone else gets that ad for MLB 2K10, is it wrong that my first thought was “Wait, why is Longoria batting ninth?!”)

      • JM says:

        I can’t wait for MLB 10: The Show. I’m probably going to get both 2K10 and MLB 10, like last year, but I still want MLB The Show more, because it just goes so in depth that it is DELICIOUS.

        • JM says:

          Reply Fail. This still kinda fits in, but I’m reposting it as its own post. (BTW, only 2K10 would have to bribe with $1,000,000 to get more people to buy its game…)

  133. Dave says:

    Roy Halladay will pitch the Phillies’ exhibition home opener against the Yankees on Thursday.

    That’s kind of funny.

  134. Zack says:

    Celtics lost to the Nets, even with Pierce that’s bad

    • JM says:

      The Celtics should never, ever play another game for the rest of the season, tear down the whole franchise, and build from scratch.

      • Zack says:

        While I’m sure that’s sarcasm, that is a decision they have to make.

        KG is under contract for 2 more seasons, and he’s not getting healthier. Ray is a FA after this season. PP has a player option for next season.

        1) Do you resign Ray and make a push for the next 2 years (Giving PP an extension).
        2.) Do you let PP and Ray walk and try to sign Melo next offseason?
        3.) Do you resign Ray, and do a sign-and-trade with Lebron/Wade/Joe Johnson for Paul Pierce?

    • Zack says:

      even without*

  135. JM says:

    As posted above: I can’t wait for MLB 10: The Show. I’m probably going to get both 2K10 and MLB 10, like last year, but I still want MLB The Show more, because it just goes so in depth that it is DELICIOUS.

  136. Hughesus Christo says:

    Could be worth a post:
    http://www.baseballprospectus......ed/?p=1523

    Huge discussion about PECOTA being “broken” and needing Nate Silver to take a break from his burgeoning blogging/publishing/tv/radio empire to save the day. I’m not a BP subscriber, but the bits and pieces of the data I see there scream “screwed up” to me.

  137. bexarama says:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ski/100228

    I know it’s “Scout X,” but it’s a really bad article and I blame Gene W. because he’s written many a terrible article in the past (check the archives for his articles during the World Series, YIKES).

    The Phillies are good! The Yankees are good! CC is a good pitcher! Roy Halladay is a good pitcher! Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are good pitchers! A-Rod is a phony (what is this, Catcher in the Rye?) but a good player! Albert Pujols is awesome! Joba is too dumb to start (!?!)!

    Cain can really pitch, man. Lincecum, he’s a freak. He weighs 160 or so pounds. He’s a max-effort guy with a bad delivery. Don’t get me wrong — he punched out 261 guys last year and he might pitch forever. But it’s just that Cain pitches with such ease. He won 14 games last year with a 2.89 ERA. Lincecum won 15 with a 2.48. See what I’m saying?
    I… actually have no idea what you’re saying.

  138. Brooks says:

    Does anyone have a pic of the 2009 championship ring?

  139. JGS says:

    From PeteAbe–

    After a few writers got done interviewing Kevin Youkilis today, he reached into his locker to grab his uniform pants.

    What he found were the pants belonging to Dustin Pedroia.

    “What is this?” Youkilis yelled to the clubhouse attendants. “I am not wearing children’s pants today.”

    Unfortunately, Pedroia was not there to hear it.

    heh

  140. kunaldo says:

    Did anyone else hear on Boomer and Carton about Arod being involved with Jose Reyes’ Canadian doctor? I’ve read about reyes’ connection w/ him, but not about Arod. Carton kept mentioning Reyes, Tiger, and Arod, and it seemed as though he heard it somewhere and wasn’t just speculating. I’m hoping it’s just hearsay, b/c I would hate for Arod to be involved in another PED scandal/controversy/whatever.

  141. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Tomorrow’s field trip for the Yankees may get rained out. I was thinking they would have a putt-putt tournament. But now, I think they head back to the pool hall or they go to a Dave and Busters for skee ball..

  142. Mike Axisa says:

    Jets are going to release Thomas Jones, so says the four-letter.

  143. Big Juan says:

    If people didn’t make it into the first two RAB leagues, I’d be more than willing to commish a league for other people that are looking to play.

    I’d rather do it on ESPN, but if Yahoo is what the official website of RAB Fantasy Baseball, I can handle that.

  144. Steve H says:

    Bud Selig was on Mike and Mike, pretty much downplayed the Galea/Reyes/A-Rod situation, has to be a good sign.

  145. Rose says:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....azq_1.html (SAFE)

    Pretty interesting article about Javy and his choice to use his curveball more last season (which Fangraphs just so happens to think was one of the best in 2009)….

  146. bexarama says:

    MLB Network’s “By the Numbers” segment is so silly. They rarely go into higher-level-type things and the stats they throw around are often totally without context. Last night’s edition showed the leaders in walks among active pitchers. On the list: Tim Wakefield, Jamie Moyer, John Smoltz, Andy Pettitte, among others. Uhhh is it not really obvious that all of those guys have walked as many guys as they have not because they particularly lack control but because they’ve pitched for like fifteen-plus years?

    • bexarama says:

      Also hey look, a terrible article about Javy.

      “‘For me, maybe I was in the minority, but I was never a huge Vazquez fan,’ one executive from an American League East team said. … ‘I always thought he was a No. 4 starter.”
      Does he realize that, right now, he IS our #4 starter? (wouldn’t surprise me if he was in fact the #2 in quality by the end of the year)

      • radnom says:

        And do you realize that you linked to a fantasy baseball article whose point is to dispute Javy’s ranking as the 14th best overall starting fantasy pitcher?
        Sure, the references to 2004 were unnecessary, but all his other points were valid and that quote backed up the overall premise of the article (which I, and any other reasonable baseball fan should agree with — Javy is due for a dip in fantasy performance in 2010).

        • bexarama says:

          For the record, I’ve never played fantasy baseball, so I don’t know about value in those leagues. I just thought it was extremely dismissive. And, again, the #4 starter thing, the clutch stuff, the talking about how bad he’s been in a SSS in the playoffs.

          I don’t disagree that he’s more than likely not going to repeat his 2009.

          • radnom says:

            I’m not a fantasy baseball expert either, but I think you are not giving the guy enough credit. He listed a lot of good reasons why Javy is unlikely to repeat his 2009 numbers, but still ranked him 24 out of all starting pitchers — which certainly isn’t calling him a 4th starter. Also, that quote from an “AL executive” is from 2004, not referring to Javy on the Yankees this year.

    • JGS says:

      Moyer and Smoltz are 23rd and 28th best in BB/9 among active pitchers

  147. Anybody else notice that Melky looks pretty thick? He definitely looks like he gained some weight this offseason.

  148. Drew says:

    Heh I thought this guy pitching for the Braves looked familiar but I couldn’t place him. It was Mike Dunn. Thank Mo the Yankees have rules against facial hair.

  149. Sean says:

    I would like to take this time to apologize to my main man Mondesi, for taking your comment too personally. My bad bro, midterms got me in a cranky mood.

    In the words of Mark Teixiera I would like to continue with the “light-hearted atmosphere”

  150. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Did anyone see the lineup the Mets through out for their first Spring Game? I feel bad for the people who paid money hoping to see the Mets play any of their top players.

    • bexarama says:

      Heh, I did. I think SNY said that they originally planned to play Reyes and Wright, among other guys, but they were afraid of them getting hurt because it rained earlier, so they ran out pretty much strictly the Triple-A team. Prevention and recovery!

  151. JGS says:

    “it’s hard enough being a Royals fan. April showers bring May flowers and May flowers bring mathematical elimination day to Kansas City. You gotta have hope in February and March.”

    Joe Posnanski = awesome

  152. Kyle says:

    Would anyone like to join a competitive yahoo fantasy basebal league? I need two teams to fill the 10 team league. Draft is this Saturday.

    20$ will be collected for the winners pool before the first game of the season.

    If you are interested please contact carney.kyle.e@gmail.com

    Thanks

  153. Zack says:

    So MLBTR says that Adrian Gonzalez is looking for Tex-like money, so my question is if Adrian and Tex were both FA at the same time and same age, who would you pick for that price?

    Both regarded as good defenders; Tex wins in OBP/SLG/OPS, but Adrian plays in PETCO so if you just look at his away numbers they are more similar to Tex, and imagne him in YS. But Gonzalez struggles against LHP (OPS .744 compared to .926 against RHP), while Tex’s OPS only differs by .012

  154. Stryker says:

    since it IS fantasy season after all, i need some advice:

    i inherited a keeper league team (from someone that is a huge mets fan) that currently looks like this:

    Joe Mauer/Matt Weiters
    Joey Votto/Daniel Murphy
    Dustin Pedroia
    Evan Longoria/David Wright
    Jose Reyes/JJ Hardy/Yunel Escobar

    Andre Either
    Milton Bradley
    J.D. Drew
    Nick Swisher

    Scott Baker
    Matt Cain
    Ubaldo Jimenez
    Mike Pelfrey
    Gavin Floyd
    Chris Young
    Edinson Volquez
    Heath Bell
    Bobby Jenks
    JP Howell

    NOW: i have to keep 4 of those guys. it’s also a 12 team league. who would you keep?

    in my initial look over, i would keep mauer, pedroia, longoria, jimenez. BUT. i’m concerned that, being a 12 team league there will be slim pickins for shortstop, outfield, and quality starting pitching.

    thoughts?

    • Rose says:

      There will always be a good amount of OF available. Especially if it’s a good league and they think the same way. I’d most certainly keep Matt Cain somehow.

    • Thomas says:

      You have to keep Mauer and Longoria.

      I think the other two would have to come from Wright, Reyes, Pedroia, Jimenez, and Cain. I don’t think any of your pitchers are that great that you’d really need to keep them (including Jimenez). I think the same could be said about Pedroia. Assuming they bounce back Wright and Reyes are 1st or 2nd round picks, so I’d take them and probably trade Wright to fill another void.

      • Rose says:

        Pedroia didn’t seem too great last year…could have been fatigue after busting his ass the 2 previous years…which makes sense because he’s so small

        • bexarama says:

          110 OPS+, 118 wRC+. Not amazing, but he’s one of the better 2B out there and, if I understand fantasy baseball decently, there’s not a lot of quality 2B available.

    • radnom says:

      If it were me I would keep Reyes over Pedroia. Reyes will probably provide more value and whoever you replace Pedroia with will probably be better than your potential replacement SS.

      You’re worried about outfield but the guys you have right now are nothing to write home about anyway, I wouldn’t keep any of them over Mauer, Reyes, Longoria or Jimenez.

      • Rose says:

        Why does everyone like jimenez over Cain?

        • radnom says:

          I thought about Cain, but I mentioned Jimenez only because he had already picked him. Now that you mention it, I would probably lean towards Cain, but I only think he should hang on to one of the two and I don’t think its a big deal which one.

          • Thomas says:

            I’d still think I might take Wright over Cain and trade Wright for a starting pitcher (or another player), because I think Wright’s trade value is greater than Cain’s value.

    • Big Juan says:

      I would go with either:

      A) Mauer, Pedroia, Longoria, Wright

      or

      B) Mauer, Reyes, Longoria, Wright

      Here’s my rational: Mauer is somewhat obvious — premium bat at a shallow offensive position. Pedroia vs. Reyes is somewhat of a toss up for me. Both provide above average value for their respective positions. However, gun to my head, I might go with Reyes. It’s a bit of a gamble, but if he comes back playing like he did before, Reyes>>>>>>average SS and Pedroia>>>average 2B, IMO.

      Finally, it may seem odd to keep two third basemen, but there’s two reasons I’d do this:

      1) Assuming your league has a corner IF spot, you can stash one of them there.

      2) Third base is a relatively shallow position. By having possibly the top two 3B on your roster, you put yourself in an excellent position to trade for other assets you may need down the road.

      As far as using one of your keeper spots on a pitcher, I just wouldn’t do it. But if you made me do it, it’d only be with Lincecum or King Felix. There’s just too much good starting pitching available to waste on of your keeper spots. I guarantee you that not all of the top SP’s are kept, meaning they’ll be back in the draft pool again this year.

      • Big Juan says:

        One final thought about Reyes: while I do think he can provide excellent value if healthy, he may not be worth the keeper because everyone is so scared of his health.

        In other words, by keeping Pedroia and letting Reyes go back into the draft pool, you may be able to get him again in the 4th round or so (though ESPN has his average draft position at 38, or the end of the 3rd round).

  155. Esteban in rainy Rio De Janeiro says:

    Yea so I’m in a hostel in Rio de Janeiro and I still came to this site. Is that sad?

  156. Steve H says:

    Matthew (Chicago)
    Tate or Heathcott(sp)?

    Jim Callis (3:01 PM)
    Tate is the obvious answer, but my gut says Heathcott.

    I like.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      So why then is Tate ranked #53 in their top 100, but Slade Heathcott doesn’t make it?

      I fucking hate Baseball America.

  157. Rose says:

    “Jesus Montero could wind up being one of the most over-valued prospects ever”

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....e-position

  158. I’ve been playing for about 10 minutes, but The Show ’10 is awesomely awesome.

  159. Steve H says:

    Not trying to be a dick or open a can of worms, but is the off-topic thread a little more “loosey goosey©*” with regards to meme’s, jokes, etc?

    *Need to credit A-Rod, that money hungry S.O.B will sue me for $10 if he sees this

  160. Praveen says:

    Anyone know when Montero is going to make his spring training debut ?

  161. Sean says:

    I got a little game for all y’all

    Girardi has a gun to his head and he needs to decide who wins the 5th starter spot before his head gets blown off, so he calls you to make the final decision…but his phone card only has 30 seconds on it, so you cant say much…who do you choose?

    Ready…set…go!

    • Steve H says:

      Joba.

      Then I just let the other 29 seconds tick away, no explanation necessary.

    • radnom says:

      Assuming I’m the one he calls with this decision, I would most likely be second in command in this hypothetical situation. In this case, I stall and don’t give an answer — resulting in Girardi’s death and my rise to the Yankee manager position on a throne of blood.

      I then make Joba my fifth starter.

    • Sean says:

      I’m going to answer my own question:

      Joba

      Hughes can wait til 2011

  162. Drew says:

    Grit went up a notch in my book tonight.

    When asked about Melky being traded away;

    I was disappointed because Melky had been here for a few years, he came up with the organization…I don’t want to say that we were really, really close, but we got pretty close over the last two years and he was a big part of what we did last year.
    -Via No Maas’ interview

    It may seem minor, but some kind words towards my boy goes a long way in my book.

  163. Zack says:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....for_1.html

    “The move for Boof was no goof”

    Great title PeteAb. An article on Boof Bonser? Really?

    And I saw him on TV the other night talking about Casey Kelly, do you think he would even give a Yankee prospect 2 seconds if the kid didnt even break 90mph? (Not saying Casey is a prospect but come on, he’d dismiss him so fast because its only 88-90mph)

  164. So, how many obnoxious comments do you need to post in one thread to earn a ban? 10? 20? 50?

  165. theyankeewarrior says:

    When do single game tickets go on sale?

  166. bexarama says:

    So are the Phillies gonna be smart and bat Shane Victorino leadoff or are they gonna keep Rollins at the top of the lineup? I’m gonna be the latter.

    • bexarama says:

      wtf? i’m gonna GUESS the latter*

    • Frank1979 says:

      Yeah they should move Rollins down in the order, although in fairness to him that .296 on base percentage seems like it could be an outlier. The past five years he’s on-based usually in the .330-.340 range, not that those numbers are great or anything…I’m just saying he’s probably due for a rebound.

    • As soon as the Red Sox realize they should bat Pedroia first and Drew second…so never.

      • Zack says:

        I know the lineup is usually left to the manager, but I mean Theo is signing certain guys for a reason (OBP, OPS). Drew got his most ABs last season in the 6th hole, while Ortiz was in the 4/5 spot.

        • bexarama says:

          During the playoffs, JD batted EIGHTH. Whaaaaa

          Of course, he ended up being pretty much the only Sox player with a non-embarrassing OPS in that series (granted, in a three-game sample size).

  167. So…that Bernie thread was intense.

  168. bexarama says:

    is there some way, on Baseball Reference, to list Total Zone by position by year?

  169. Oswegowind (MASONfYKS) says:

    Hmmm…I don’t get it. Maybe one day I will.

  170. Drew says:

    Playing the MLB 2K10 demo on PS3. Wow, this game sucks.

  171. Drew says:

    Hey whaddya know. Buchholz is growing Douche Hair under his chin. Shocker.

    • bexarama says:

      but don’t forget he came to camp with a “chiseled addition” of a dozen pounds!

      Hughes is 8-9 with a 5.22 ERA as a starter in his career, and in his seven starts in 2009 — after being called into the rotation to replace the injured Wang — he gave up six homers, which actually may be understandable in the Bronx launching pad.
      Jab at Yankee Stadium aside, uh, Pete, there was one point where Buch gave up six home runs in TWO STARTS.

      • Zack says:

        “In this division, with the two highest payrolls and three of what the PECOTA and other analytical experts feel are the best teams in the sport, the self-developed young pitchers may end up being a major factor in who wins 90, who wins 95 and who wins 100 games in 2010, all with touted two-way Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly standing in the shadows.”

        OMGz Casey Kelley is in the SHADOWS!!!!1!!

        • bexarama says:

          Yeah, that cracked me up.

          With Buchholz, the arm has always been there from his second big league start, when he no-hit the Orioles.
          Buchholz’s big league ERA since he no-hit the Orioles: 5.19

          Also, nine out of his last ten starts weren’t QS. Seven out of ten were. The Red Sox won nine of the last ten games he started, including games where he gave up 7 runs in 4.2 innings to the White Sox, and 6 runs in 3 innings to Cleveland. Don’t get me wrong, I think Buch’ll be a quality starter in the future, but Gammo, can you not, like, lie?

        • A.D. says:

          two-way Red Sox prospect

          The two way should be dropped at this point.

  172. Zack says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ine-030510

    I feel bad for Bay, yes he’s a streaky hitter and horrible defender but not only did the Sox question him in private, they then leaked it to the media and Gammons to shit on him some more in public and he’s basically going to have to deal with it for the next 4 years and anytime he struggles its going to be about his knees.

    • A.D. says:

      The fact that Lackey agreed to the deal only strengthened Gill’s credibility and presented Bay with a choice: Either cave in to the Sox’s terms or play elsewhere in 2010.

      Actually it wouldn’t strengthen Gill’s credibility, if Lackey was worried about being injured he wouldn’t have agreed to that deal, and instead looked for a deal without the strings attached.

  173. YankeesJunkie says:

    So I decided to create a fantasy baseball league through Yahoo and looking for people to join. It is a 20 team league and you guys should check it out and hopefully join if you are serious about it.

    League ID: 411990
    Password: Yankees28

    (Capital letter is important)

  174. Salty Buggah says:

    Saw this ad on RAB:

    http://i46.tinypic.com/sq4nbp.jpg

    First of all, that’s not the same person. Secondly, “anicent”? Seriously? At least spell right to make it somewhat credible.

  175. First, I’ve been up since about 445 because I can’t breathe through my damn nose. Second, I just tried to put a shirt on while the hanger was still present. It is not going to be a good day.

  176. Colombo says:

    Hey all, need a rather quick opinion re: fantasy keepers. I’m allowed two, and I know my first is going to be giving up my fifth round pick to keep Mauer. I’m stuck on my final keeper. It is down to:

    J. Werth (13th round)

    R. Cano (8th round)
    A. Wainwright (10th rd.)

    Right now, I’m leaning towards Cano simply for positional scarcity. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.

      • Drew says:

        Aside from citing Goose and proclaiming Joba to be a middling starter with no control, I thought it was a good read.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Poor Joe, I can feel him getting more bitter as time goes by. Or at least his writing about the Royals is getting much more cynical.

      As for the Joba thing, I’m willing to let it go. Joba had a full season as a starter, and he was unimpressive compared to his past performance. Maybe he’ll put it together. Maybe he won’t. NO way to find out except wait a few years.

  177. Zack says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

    Joe Nathan has a torn elbow ligament, shut down for a few weeks and then re-evaluate it. Damn.

  178. Rose says:

    Everybody do themselves a favor and watch former Democratic House Representative Eric Massa on Glenn Beck tonight. It’s going to be very informative and will hopefully open up a lot of eyes!

    http://www.foxnews.com/glennbeck/

    • Meh, I’m by no means a liberal, but Beck is a caricature who will obfusticate the important issues and pander to the lowest common denominator. Not worth it.

      I’d rather read the Times and other more objective sources.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I really don’t want to discuss politics on this blog — chances are, at least one poster whose opinion I respect when it comes to baseball holds ludicrous, non-tenable political positions, and someone who doesn’t really get baseball is very insightful on politics.

      So please, take it to FiveThirtyEight or something.

    • Rose says:

      Good thing you two didn’t watch. It was a complete waste of time. Typical politician saying one thing then being asked about it face-to-face and then lots of back pedaling.

      I don’t agree with Glenn Beck on everything…but I do agree with his philosophy on various things like that everybody should earn what they have and not be handed things for free, the value of the dollar diminishing and the government spending more money that we don’t have, etc. I by no means feel that we’re all going to die very soon and “economic crisis survival planting seeds” are necessary right now.

      Glenn Beck gets misconstrued as somebody who’s “crazy”, cynical, mind-twisting, etc. mainly because he doesn’t speak like a puppet-mouthed politician sugar coating things. But again, I don’t agree with everything he says. But he makes A LOT of great points.

      His “Oprah is a Fraud” speech was incredible.

      • Glenn Beck gets misconstrued as somebody who’s “crazy”, cynical, mind-twisting, etc. mainly because he doesn’t speak like a puppet-mouthed politician sugar coating things.

        I don’t watch Beck, and I don’t watch any cable news stations, but I don’t think it’s the manner in which Beck speaks that irritates people. Rather, it’s what he says and how he makes his arguments.

  179. Rose says:

    Fantasy Baseball Question:

    How come David Ortiz is perennially eligible at 1B but really almost never plays…and other “Util” guys aren’t given the same treatment??

  180. Stryker says:

    prepare to have your mind blown:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nah3nMStXV4 (SFW)

    now the question of the day: is this video real or fake?

    i say real.

  181. Johnny Damon AKA Benedict Arnold says:

    Anyone have an idea of what the AAA rotation and bullpen should look like this year?

    Starting Candidates: McAllister, Nova, Igawa, Pope, De La Rosa, Mitre?, Gaudin?

    Bullpen Candidates: Logan, Sanit, Whelan, Duff, both Sanchez’s, Albie, Wordekemper, Moseley, Segovia, Ring, Van Benschoten, Melancon

    Thats a lot of pitchers…

  182. bexarama says:

    can I ask where the “source: the internet” thing is from?

  183. Drew says:

    The new YES Header is fancy and all but it doesn’t exactly mesh well with RAB’s header graphic. What’s the deal! I payed good money for thi.. Hmm..

  184. Cecala says:

    I am not sure if the site was always like this, but with the new banner it makes the text field seem thinner than what it once was. The smiley on the bottom seems offset as well. It is probably to keep the RAB logo and the yes logo the same pixels.

    It doesn’t look bad just once in a while the script will mess up and the text will bleed through causing another refresh. I liked the old style better, but it will probably be fine when I forgot the old style in a few days…

  185. Jimmy says:

    Is Dellin Betances expected to pitch at all this year? LoHud reported (~2/24) he would begin throwing off of a half-mound some time last week. Seems very early for TJ.

  186. Rose says:

    Nomar Garciaparra to announce his retirement today…

    It’s a shame steroids hindered his longevity.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ement.html

    • Jose says:

      He sure had a great peak.

      • bexarama says:

        NOMAH’S BETTAH!!!!

      • rbizzler says:

        That he did.

        I was an undergrad at UMASS from ’95-’99 and I had many debates about the merits of Nomah v. Jeet. Thinking back on it, my arguments were pretty sad relying on RW (rings won) and intangibles as, during that era, Nomar was clearly the superior offensive player.

        Too bad all of the juice ruined his durability and shortened his career.

        Although, he did provide me with a great comedic moment as after his trade to the Cubs I was in Chicago and out at some bar/club with one of my girl’s friends and some of the Cubs were in the VIP section with us (the girl had connections). I look over and saw Big Z with a cocktail in front of him (which I found odd because he was pitching the next day…) and sitting next to him rocking his Von Dutch trucker cap was Nomar himself. This after the Boston smear campaign was in full force painting him as a bad teammate who was whipped and spent all of him time in the clubhouse on his cell with Mia. I fired off a few drunken emails to my friends when we got home and they were all pissed because they thought he selfishly forced his way our of Boston and now was acting like a good guy in Chicago.

        BTW, as we were leaving the bar after last call a guy wearing the largest Hawaiian shirt I have ever seen was just walking into the establishment. Who was it? None other than Boomer Wells, who was in town with the Padres at the time.

        Good times.

        • bexarama says:

          a. Yeah, Nomar peak was probably better than Jeter peak.
          b. This story rules, especially the part about Boomer. Bahahhaha

          • rbizzler says:

            The only thing that would make the story even better is if the Six lost in ’04 and their WS drought continued.

            Alas…

  187. Rose says:

    R.I.P. Corey Haim

    December 23, 1971 – March 10, 2010

    He was known for such classic 80′s movies as “The Lost Boys”, “Lucas”, and “License To Drive”.

    Corey Haim will be missed. But at least we still have Corey Feldman…

  188. rbizzler says:

    So Nomah is retiring and getting a gig on NESPN and Ian O’Connor has signed on to be one of the main writers for the soon-to-be-launched ESPN New York.

    Great, the Sox get another Boston cheerleader and we get a B-Jobber with questionable journalism ethics.

    Par for the course, I suppose.

    • bexarama says:

      I actually like that Nomahhh is joining ESPN. Now, hopefully, there will be many epic Nomahhhhh vs. Aaron Boone fights. I can’t wait!!!

      • rbizzler says:

        I am going to hold you to that comment after Nomah starts making Krukian comments on how the Sox have no weaknesses and that the Yanks are an overpaid collection of misfits.

        You will rue the day…..j/k

        • Steve H says:

          And you know Nomar is anti-OBP. He’ll be talking about batting average and RBI, guaranteed.

        • bexarama says:

          Nomar is a lot more likable than Kruk. And it could be worse; you KNOW ESPN is gunning to get Millar or Dave Roberts (who I’ve actually heard do commentary on NESN. NESN has great, great commentary guys, but he is TERRRRRRRIBLE).

          I just can’t wait for Nomar to burst out crying when he sees Aaron. That’ll be awesome.

          • rbizzler says:

            Do you think Nomar rocks his ’04 championship ring?

            • bexarama says:

              Nah. Millar would, though. Nomahhh was never one of the Sox I minded.

              Do they really give out rings for winning (just) the pennant? I know they were talking about that on the Phillies’ broadcast when they played the Yankees. Because Aaron should wear that from 2003, if he does indeed have one. And he should subtly hold it in front of Nomar. Heh.

              • rbizzler says:

                Players do get rings for winning league championships.

                http://wsrings.stadiumpage.com/ (safe)

                If you click on an individual championship ring you can see the runner-up ring as well.

                I am sure that Millar wears his as he was actually in the mix when they won. My assumption is that the Boston FO gave Nomar a ring b/c they were very generous with rings after they won in ’04. Plus, he was actually a significant part of the team that year so I would assume that he got a ring.

                • bexarama says:

                  Wow, how did I not know that page existed? I LOVE WS rings. Thanks a lot.

                  My assumption is that the Boston FO gave Nomar a ring b/c they were very generous with rings after they won in ‘04.
                  No kidding. I think I have a ring from Boston in 2004 (IIRC in an interview he gave on MLB Network, Nomar mentioned getting a ring). Doesn’t Gammons have one? Heh.

                • rbizzler says:

                  I can’t take credit for finding that page as Axisa linked to it before.

                  I do have a fondness for that particular brand of bling, despite how gaudy they are.

                  I am a big fan of the Phillies ring from ’08.

                • bexarama says:

                  Other than the various Yankee rings ;) the Phillies’ 2008 ring was my favorite.

                  OMG the 2004 Sox’s rings have Greatest Comeback In History on them. DYING OF LAUGHTER.

          • Rose says:

            Jerry Remy is a good guy but Don Orsillo brings my piss to a boil…Eckersley is pretty hilarious…

            • bexarama says:

              Love Remy, Orsillo rules when he’s not going on about “Red Sox Nation” (though I highly recommend listening to his “for the Red Sox, this hurts” comment over and over and over again in the scoreless 15-inning game), Eckersley is totally hilarious.

              I have no problem with Orsillo doing TBS stuff during the playoffs, either. Just… maybe they should have gotten an Angels broadcaster too, you know?

              • Rose says:

                Orsillo used to announce my local AHL team for years…he was obnoxious…and he lived above this bar in the city as well. I just can’t stand him yelling and screaming when a sox player makes a routine pop fly

  189. Tank the Frank says:

    Joba strikes out A-Jax. Nice!

  190. bexarama says:

    Texy hits a HR off of Coke. Heh.

  191. ernesto says:

    Anyone care to analyze/give me an opinion of my yahoo fantasy team? First time doing this. It was 10-team league.

    C: Victor Martinez
    1B: Ryan Howard
    2B: Placido Polanco
    3B: Chone Figgins
    SS: Truy Tulowitzki

    OF: Shane Victorino
    OF: Manny Ramirez
    OF: Michael Cuddyer

    Util: Jeff Francoeur
    Util: Juan Rivera

    BN: Nick Swisher
    BN: Scott Sizemore
    BN: Miguel Tejada
    BN: Scott Rolen

    SP: Johan Santana
    SP: Cliff Lee
    RP: Jonathan Papelbon (It was a tough decision to draft him…)
    RP: Joakim Soria

    P: Phil Hughes
    P: Scott Kazmir
    P: Alfredo Aceves
    P: David Robertson
    BN: David Price

  192. bexarama says:

    on the Nomar retirement:
    http://boston.barstoolsports.c.....balls-huh/
    (language NSFW but it’s just written)

  193. Rose says:

    3/10/10

    Chamberlain – 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR = http://www.heyculligan.com/holding%20nose.jpg

    Seems like I’m putting something like this everyday. The starters are looking BAD. Joba looks AWFUL.

    I know it’s only spring training but they still look pretty stinky

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

      If you keep this panicking up, you’re going to have to switch back to “Axl”. :)

    • Accent Shallow says:

      As LaTroy Hawkins so eloquently put it: “Spring Training don’t mean shit.”

    • Drew says:

      It’s not just that it’s ST. It’s two starts into ST. Now that Joba’s going to be throwing around 60+ pitches he will be evaluated a bit more seriously.

      But again, it’s not just about stats. It’s about how he looks, how he’s spotting the fastball and mixing in the slider and curve. He’s still going to be working on his changeup and stuff so his stats may be inflated a bit.

  194. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    The Brack Attack is coming up!

  195. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, this thread is getting full. What do you think we should do with it? Delete the first 300 or so comments, or just scrap it and create a completely new thread?

    • bexarama says:

      I vote for making a new one. Maybe you could archive this one? (though I dunno how much space, etc. it takes up)

    • Rose says:

      If it’s possible you could separate them by dates. Perhaps after once clicking on the “Off-Topic” tab above…there would be a list of dates to choose from with each containing it’s respective thread.

    • radnom says:

      Is it possible to make the next thread in the opposite direction?
      Having older comments at the top, newer comments on bottom makes sense for the regular threads but I think the opposite is true here.

  196. Portugal Yankees says:

    Here`s a thought:

    Posada and Joba for Mauer…..??????

  197. rbizzler says:

    Watching the Mess..er Mets on mlb network and the SNY announcers were just touting range over errors and fielding percentage in evaluating team/player defense.

    Progress!

  198. Steve H says:

    mryankee mryankee mryankee

  199. H.W. Plainview says:

    Brian Giles retired.

    For the record, Brian Giles > Jim Rice.

  200. bexarama says:

    apparently, Jason Bay got roundly booed by Red Sox fans at the Sox/Mets ST game (OMG 1986 WS REMATCH FOR THE AGES!!!!!). So how long until there’s a press conference when Jason Bay said he “always wanted” to retire as a member of the Red Sox?
    /obvious and lame joke’d

  201. Steve H says:

    Manny Ramirez has been in the LCS 8 times in his 16 year career(full seasons). What’s that about clubhouse chemistry again?

    • radnom says:

      Ooooh look I can play too.

      Manny Ramirez has been in the LCS 8 times in his 16 year career(full seasons). What’s that about good leftfield defense again?

  202. Rose says:

    Interesting write on Joba so far. I know it’s early…but it still has some points here and there…

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....RVbMQ5K8eP

    Actually just this is what I agree with…

    Chamberlain is correct: Two outings into spring training isn’t time to panic. Chamberlain’s body of work — since walking off a Texas mound with a shoulder problem on Aug. 4, 2008, that forced him to miss a month — has been pedestrian. In 42 games (31 starts), Chamberlain is 9-6 with a 4.59 ERA and has given up 178 hits in 168 2?3 innings, walked 79 and fanned 147. That’s too many hits and not an acceptable walk-to-strikeout ratio.

    What’s scarier is that while he threw harder in the pen last year…it wasn’t close to what he had thrown in the pen in 2007…

    • Steve H says:

      Jon Lester’s first 27 games (26 starts) before turning 24.
      4.68 ERA, 144 innings, 152 hits, 74 walks, 110 strikeouts.

      Jon Lester’s spring training stats as a 24 year old (as Joba this year).
      6.00 ERA, 12 innings.

      Jon Lester as a 24 year old (as Joba this year)
      3.21 ERA, 210.1 innings, 202 hits, 66 walks, 152 strikeouts.

      • Rose says:

        True, but Jon Lester was brought up entirely different. He wasn’t bounced back and forth like Joba either…

        • Drew says:

          What does that have to do with comparing their similar starting numbers for their pre-year 24 seasons?

          • Rose says:

            Well something took off a lot of velocity from Joba’s pitches. I believe Lester’s pitches have been quite consistent or at least not gone down like Joba’s has

            • Drew says:

              Two different issues.

              Steve brought up a similarity in numbers. You bring up a mechanical or health flaw that has caused an inconsistency in velocity.
              We know Joba’s velocity hasn’t been consistent. That wasn’t the point.

              • Rose says:

                I was thinking that the diminished velocity could have been caused by the bouncing around. Just because you weren’t thinking that doesn’t make it wrong.

                • Drew says:

                  I never said anything was “wrong.”

                  Again, what does velocity have to do with a similarity in numbers b/w two young starters in the AL East?

                • Rose says:

                  It MAY have further effects on his performance where it wasn’t a factor for Jon Lester. This really isn’t a big deal here. I’m not panicking I just posted something I saw that was true about Joba…that is all.

        • Steve H says:

          Johan Santana and Roy Halladay were both bounced around too.

          • Rose says:

            True. I’m not panicking…just realized what he said in that paragraph was kind of true. Especially when you look at the diminished velocity as well

            • Steve H says:

              I actually didn’t read the article and just read the snippet you posted, and there may be more to it, but focusing only on Joba’s stats, ie: hit total and unacceptable BB/K ratio is shortsighted.

              I am not concerned at all with Joba’s stats, nor am I concerned with diminished velocity from when he was in the bullpen. That is to be expected, much like Hughes increased fastball velocity while in the pen was expected. If starting April 15th he’s throwing 90-91 in regular season starts, I’ll be concerned. I think taking the training wheels off him will allow him to be less perfect with his pitches (and pitch/innings counts) and allow him to get back to just pitching.

  203. vtbando says:

    Hey all you Saber-freaks – sorry to interupt your thread, butI’m wondering if one (or more of you) would care to help out a fellow Yankees die-hard. I have a confused friend who insists that Jose Reyes is hands down better than Derek Jeter. Obviously, Jeter has the rings and the leadership and the experience, but I’m looking for a more in depth argument than that. Anyone up for building a case to add some more misery to a fan of our crosstown rival?

    • Tampa Yankee says:

      I’m no saber-freak but one obvious one to use is OPS+. Reyes has never had an OPS+ over 118,
      Jeter’s career OPS+ is 121.

      • bexarama says:

        wRC+ is a little more saber-based. Jeter’s career wRC+ is 131, with his two best years being 160 (1999) and 145 (2006). His two worst full years were 110 (2008, when he was hurt by a HBP a good chunk of the year) and 113 (1996, his rookie year).

        Reyes’ career wRC+ is 111. It’s thrown off by the fact that he’s only been a full-time player since 2005, but basically, his career wRC+ is the same as a bad Derek Jeter year.

        And WAR by year, Jeter/Reyes (since 2005 only):
        05: 4.6/2.0
        06: 6.3/5.5
        07: 3.7/5.1
        08: 3.7/5.9
        09: 7.4/0.7
        total: 25.7/19.2
        Keep in mind that one of WAR’s flaws is possibly overrating defense, and Jeter was an awful defender in 2005-2007 (UZRs of -14.3, -6.8, and -15.3). Reyes, in that time, posted UZRs of -3.2, 2.8, and 7.5. Jeter’s still better.

        Jeter also seems healthier, despite being older.

    • Hey, I’m not a sabermetrician by any means, but Jeter’s been much more valuable a player than Reyes. The numbers bear it out.

      OPS+ is certainly valuable, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. I’d say for offense, go with wOBA or wRC+. Because speed is a big part of Reyes’s game, it’s fair to use wRC+, which measures how many runs are measured. Jeter’s career wOBA is .375. Reyes’ is .342. For wRC+, Jeter has a career average of 131, 20 points higher than Reyes’ line at 111. Bear in mind that stat takes his steals and speed into consideration.

      Defensively, metrics aren’t terribly advanced right now. Still, they do a decent job of setting the scene if there’s enough data to analyze. For this section, we’d use UZR, which takes into account range, throwing, errors. It’s a fairly effective measurement for non-catchers or 1B players. Jeter’s career UZR/150 since 2002 is -4.6. He’s yet to show he’s a positive asset at the position defensively ’til 2009, where he posted a UZR of 6.6. Jeter’s strong suit is not defense. Reyes, on the other hand, since 2003, has posted a UZR/150 of 1.8 at SS, which is fairly good. It’s not amazing, but it’s better than Jeter.

      Now, I think the best way to rate the overall performance from 2003-2009 is WAR, which stands for “Wins Above Replacement”. It takes the value of the player in terms of hitting, fielding and running and quantifies how many runs they are over some average bench warmer would be. A better explanation of the stat is here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....#winvalues

      Anyway, from 2003-2009, Jose Reyes’ WAR is 21.4
      From 2003-2009, Jeter’s WAR has been 34.8

      Obviously, part of the reason is Jeter’s stayed healthy. You can’t produce if you’re not on the field. Still, Jeter’s fantastic offense at SS eclipses Reyes’ more well-rounded abilities. It’s like you going to dinner with your wife and grabbing the most incredible Kobe beef steak, a decent side of garlic mashed potatoes and a nice desert. Your wife, meanwhile, has a good, not great duck, some very good side dishes and an incredible desert. Guess what—the guy with the Kobe wins because that dish alone was so much more valuable than whatever the missus had combined.

      Definitely check out Fangraphs.com for some good stuff about sabermetrics. Here at RAB you can look up on the menu bar up top and click “Guide to Stats” for an explanation of a few things.

      Hope this helped a bit.

      • vtbando says:

        Thanks guys,

        I really appreciate the detailed responses. I guess if you’re a Mets fan, you have to cling to something, no matter how irrational that belief may be….

  204. Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

    IT BEGINS!!!!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4985880

    reyes out 2-8 weeks

    • Drew says:

      heh

      All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has been told to rest and refrain from athletic activity for two to eight weeks until his thyroid levels normalize, another blow to the New York Mets before Opening Day.

      One thing I don’t understand is where the 2-8 came from, but I digress.. Beltran, Reyes, Kelvim, who’s next!?

      Find out tomorrow on Days of our Lives Mets.

      • bexarama says:

        so, for at least part of the year, the Mets’ lineup will include:
        - the pitcher
        - Omir Santos/Rod Barajas
        - Jeff Francoeur
        - Alex Cora
        - Luis Castillo (at least he can get on base, though)
        - Angel Pagan/GMJ
        - no Reyes
        - no Beltran

        That’s just… yeesh.

        • Drew says:

          If one of Bay, Wright or Johan goes down, they would be in serious trouble. As if they aren’t already..

          • Templeton "Brendog" Peck says:

            i said it to a bunch of met friends but ill say it here, the mets could very wlel finish last in the division if marquis is himself, and lannan and stamen take a step forward and wang comes back by june-ish.

    • bexarama says:

      the “STEROIDS” thing is hilarious because… well, I’m not gonna say anything because I don’t want to fling accusations at players. But basically, what evidence does Mr. Moralizer have that proves the Phillies’ infield is totally clean (as well as the other three/four – depending if you’re counting catcher or not – on the Yankees)?

  205. Thomas says:

    Just drafted a fantasy team in a standard 5×5 roto and 12 team league. I had the 3rd pick. Any thoughts?

    C – Posada
    1B – Morneau
    2B – Cano
    3B – Chipper Jones
    SS – Hanley Ramirez
    OF – Sizemore
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Bruce
    Util – Berkman
    Util – Quentin
    Bench – Rajai Davis
    Bench – Alex Gordon
    Bench – Travis Snider

    SP – Felix Hernandez
    SP – Josh Johnson
    RP – Soria
    RP – Ryan Franklin
    P – Aardsma
    P – Madson
    P – Kershaw
    P – Garza
    Bench – David Price
    Bench – Scherzer

    I am thinking about dropping Madson for either Joba or Matt Capps.

  206. Drew says:

    BOOO to rain outs.

  207. bexarama says:

    from LoHud, yay:
    Good news for those of you who are statistically inclined, Girardi said he really likes advanced statistics, including some of the newer defensive stats. “I look at it all the time,” he said. “I’m a numbers guy so I look at numbers all the time.”

    I’m so happy Girardi thinks the game should be played on a spreadsheet just like the rest of us. (sniff)

  208. pete says:

    this might be the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8YM_Y2GtWA

  209. Drew says:

    Downloaded The Show demo on the PS3 a little while ago. First game I could only play for a couple minutes. Led off the game with a Granderson HR. He’s hitting leadoff for whatever reason.

    Next game. I was able to play a whole game. Led off the game with a Grandy HR again. Then, 1-1, top of the ninth, no outs, grandy leads off the inning with a HR. He went 3-4 in that game, btw the go ahead homer was against a lefty.

    It’s amazing how The Show shits on 2K10, not even comparable.

  210. bexarama says:

    Dice-K will probably miss the start of the season.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/bost.....id=4992283
    Sorry I linked to Edes… ew.

    Anyway, the depth… it is legendary.

  211. Andy (different one) in chilly NYC says:

    Argh! Is it just me, or is this page agonizingly slow to show the text you’re writing for everyone? It just took a full minute before that text I just typed showed up in the textbox.

    If it’s not just me, perhaps it’s time to archive this post.

  212. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Ryan Westmoreland has a hole in his brain? Man, I hope he’s alright. I may dislike the Red Sox, but I would never, ever wish something like this on someone…maybe Bin Laden,,,,but not a baseball player.