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.
Now that there is a post for Off-topic things… I don’t even know what to talk about…
Is it illegal to write about on-topic things in the off-topic thread?
If you can figure out what something on-topic constitutes here, be my guest. That might take you some time.
What constitutes a full Off-Topic thread anyway? 600 posts?
When it takes a long time to refresh the page, which for game threads is ~400 posts.
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…
How ’bout those Oscars, eh?
But seriously… someone explain how Avatar qualifies for/is worthy of Cinematography and Art Direction.
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
totally didn’t even know about this. sweet
I’ve always wanted to ask: what is the deal with the tiny smiley face at the way bottom of the page?
YOU CAN’T ASK THAT HERE IT’S OFF TOPIC
It’s a state secret! I’m going to be excommunicated!
So now, instead of deleting people’s off-topic posts, will you just magically move them here with the admin powers?
I prefer playing God and deleting them, but that’s just me.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
Melky Cabrera is a replacement level baseball player.
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.
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.
Yeah, it seems he is trying to mean average cause replacement level CFs are putrid.
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.
I don’t see this in the navigation bar.
me either. i just clicked the link from the thread and kept it open.
We’re aware of that. We’ll fix it soon.
Oh, ok. Thought I just wasn’t looking hard enough.
And now it’s fixed! Or at least should be on most computers.
if bedard is healthy by june/july those mariners are gonna be nasty
Agreed. That would be a nasty top 3 to run into in a 3 game series in July.
Yankees have a four game set in July at Seattle.
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.
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.
rantings = rankings or ratings (take your pick)
Boversimplification is now extinct.
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.
P/PA is on ESPN’s stats pages.
ESPN has it, on their player pages and leaderboards. You have to click on “Expanding Stats” or something like that (on the leaderboard).
Here is the link: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....order/true
Thanks you two. Now I can stop dividing pitches by PA on the FanGraphs page…
Of course that’s average; VMart only played 56 games with the Sox so dont know if its right to replace Tek’s number with VMart’s 4.28; and Drew also missed games and was replaced with Baldelli and his 3.60; but those were their top 9 regular players
“Of course that’s average”
It’s not average sorry; it’s just their top 9 total PA guys added together.
Wow that’s pretty damn good.
it’ll take four pitches every time to strike out gardner, so that’ll bump us up another .5…we can beat the sox in everything!!!
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!
I’ll see if I can find one of my explanations. Hold on a sec.
Found it. The explanation in context of a discussion. Read, and enjoy.
Very interesting. While we’ve become successful in creating an “off-topic” forum…perhaps we could have some definitions to some of the memes or other acronyms used that people may not be familiar with.
But that probably will never happen…
I’m not sure if you were joking or serious, but if you were serious…
I actually was serious…that will be cool if and when they put it up. Thanks for the link!
Heh, no worries. I just didn’t know if I was being dumb by responding seriously. It will be cool when they put it up, it’ll be like a compendium of TSJC’s greatest hits.
I posted this “off-topic” in another thread. It will probably be put to better use over here.
Here’s a question…
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Vazquez, with the Yankees current roster I’d prefer sure thing over gamble.
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.
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.
did you mean “if you are out of the local market”?
I think that’s what you mean. Thanks for the response.
Yeah, kind of an important word to miss.
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?
Wow I just noticed this on the top menu-bar. Woo!
Yea, I just saw it too.
Yeah, we had to move some stuff around to squeeze it in.
thats what she said
Bit late in the game but I believe you meant “TWSS”.
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.
Lots of snow on the Jersey Shore.
That’s the situation.
Beach shot plz.
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.
I’ve never used the program, but I know the feeling. I feel your pain.
I got it to work, but re-sizing text was a biiiiiitch.
Have you figured it out? I was considering self-publishing a Yankees season preview magazine with a sabermetric bent a few weeks ago and Scribus was the best available program to me. I had some interest from some authors and was going to put out feelers to people like the writers at TYU, RAB, IIATMS, Fack Youk, etc, but the software seemed like a pain and made it too much a hassle. I was toying with taking it up again.
Basically, every time you enter new text in a text box or whatever, you have to click “edit text” and change the font size around. It’s frustrating, but it can be done. The best thing about Scribus is that it’s free.
Inserting images and text is easy, editing those things is not.
Interested in having “editor of magazine” on your resume?
Haha, of course but I don’t have time. If this was gonna happen in July/August, I’d be all over it but I frankly don’t have time.
Anyone else interested in working on layout/design for a magazine?
Does it require any skills/design talent? If not, sure, count me in.
I know the power plant explosion was felt throughout CT- anyone feel it in NY/NJ?
What power plant explosion?
Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, CT
Damn, that sucks. I had no idea.
But, yeah, I didn’t have any effects from it.
Hey look a terrible column about the Super Bowl:
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.
Yup, pretty much garbage.
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!
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.
I love crickets. Especially covered in chocolate.
What’s with figure skaters and controversy?! Recently Nancy Kerrigan’s brother was arrested for allegedly killing their father. Granted the Tamar Katz story isn’t as bloody but she is BEAUTIFUL.
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.
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.
Free, fairly flexible, looks sharp. There are plenty of others.
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.
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.
Other free themes that are flexible and serve a similar function to those above:
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.
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.
Let me take a look. Thanks.
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.
Can we look forward to reading your condescending remarks on their blog as well?
I was hoping you’d do a guest post.
The Winn signing is only for 1.1 mil guaranteed. The other 900k is in plate appearance bonuses.
Makes the deal sound much better.
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.
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.
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. This post has oaktag written all over it.
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.
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.
Shit, this dude is a genius.
No, he’s not. He’s just regurgitating old statistics.
Linear weight stats are much better.
Oh, thanks. Then never mind. That dude’s a dick.
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.
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?
Yeah, I drank the kool-aid on that one way too quickly.
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.
whaaa? mlb network is actually trying to improve its analytical capacity, rather than presume its superiority. sweet.
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?
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.
Khamenei: Iran Set to Deliver ‘Punch’ to Stun West on Anniversary
So nice of them to hit us when the East Coast can barely plow snow decently…
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.)
Rafael DePaula passed his age verification. He is officially who he says he is and from the proper space and time…..
TMac to the Knicks deal in the works
My super mushy post on why I/we love baseball:
WTF is “Buzz” on GMail?
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.
If there’s gonna be a RAB Fantasy Baseball league again you can now make leagues at Yahoo.
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:
Why would we want Pedroia?
Cano >>>>>>>>>>>>> Pedroia
And the rest of list is complete boshit insane I won’t comment. Excluding Damon and Crawford.
Because Pedroia is a short white guy with a gritbeard cares more than that lazy Dominican Cano.
just to clarify, that’s /Klapisch’d. Definitely NOT my opinion.
the real sad part is that he actually really wrote that.
“Pedroia cares more than Cano.” Un fucking believable.
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.
Good players would be good on the Yankees: film at 11.
“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.
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.
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.
They shouldnt really amaze us anymore, yet somehow they do.
You’re right. From now on I will demand of myself to only be amazed at the Royals if they do something that makes sense. In the meantime, if they trade Zack Greinke to the Mets to re-acquire Mike Jacobs, I promise to not be amazed.
But would Minaya be smart enough to approve that trade??
aaaah double post again, bexarama fail
Hey Steve, I had a full reply, which I accidentally posted below your comment, (I utterly failed in hitting the reply button), but in short I was just curious on the idea of why you think Soria could start.
DERP. didnt see this. oops. ohwell
This should be interesting…
Actually, I like the move. That’s not to say Soria shouldn’t be starting. But hey, it can’t hurt to try and get a little more value out of Farnsie.
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.
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.
And I FAIL on hitting the reply button, sorry!
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.
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.
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.
Whoah double post.
IETC. (both times )
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.
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.
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.
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.
only in kc
Yet they still won’t let Soria get a shot at starting.
Look up, you’re missing a great conversation….
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:
“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.“
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.
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.
“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.
If he gets that deal we all need to eat some humble pie.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I wonder how many games Glavine wins if Questec was implemented when he came into the league, rather than 2001.
Well that’s really stupid, what can I say?
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.
1) See both HUGHES and JOBA succeeding as starting pitchers long term?
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.
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.
Like radnom, legit third starter or better, though I expect them noth to be better than that.
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.
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.
I don’t see it, but it could happen. Maybe a 25% chance one becomes my definition of bust, a fourth starter or worse.
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.
I agree. Put Jobber in the rotation, then keep Hughes in the minors until we can use him during the stretch run.
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.
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.
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.
or maybe boras has 12 other “mystery teams” bidding on damon too?
Call me insane but I still have this weird feeling that Damon will end up on the Yankees before the year is done.
All right, you’re insane.
Happy to help.
I said “before the year is done” … not “before pitchers and catchers report”
You asked me to call you insane. Just doing what you wanted.
Not saying I’m not insane. I’m answering your comment on the off-topic post of RAB here — that’s halfway already. Just saying that thinking Damon might come back is not necessarily what proves it.
Right-o. Nothing to see here. Point taken, let’s move along.
Lohud now has a reply function. The commenters there still haven’t figured out how to use it. Christ
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
Hughes is the favorite because Joba doesn’t bend the brim of his cap.
I think they were bored at MLB Network:
Pretty funny, though
Looks like the Yanks are “serious bidders” for Adeinis Hechavarria.
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.
To be fair, 21 probably has just as good a chance of being accurate as 19.
Danny Almonte is still 12. Matt at TYU teaches at his middle school. They call him “Ponce,” though I can’t quite figure out why.
Anyone have an update about Rafael DePaula? Is he close to signing with any team ?
Still has to deal with residency issues.
No open thread for the Daytona 500? Whhaaatttt????
Don’t worry, they’ll post one for the first grand prix of the year.
This is from Sliding Into Home, but PECOTA changed their projections again:
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?)
and NO ONE in the AL Central has a winning record
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.
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)?
I think Scenario #4 is what you’re looking for, or maybe #5.
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
Theirs a rumor going around that A-Rod looks much thinner.
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”.
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!
My comparative/international education class is painfully</cite. boring.
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?
did we ever find out how old he is?
Eduardo Salcedo once fought Joe Louis for the Heavyweight Title of the World.
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. ”
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.
Well, looks like this got discussed this morning’s thread too.
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?
Could probably do it through Texas Leaguers. I’ll take a look.
“Jair Jurrjens” sounds like a brand of expensive hand cream.
What a joke, now Bob Kaplish mentions PETCOA picking the Red Sox? How many projections did they change?
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?!?!?!?!”
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.
So much for the “best shape of his life” headlines that were going to come out tomorrow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very good Dice-K article from It’s About the Money:
curling is awesome.
that is all
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.
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
You know a lot of uneducated baseball fans, your ability to know what you are talking about is very impressive.
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.
your fair share*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Markakis > Drew, though?
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.
I’d throw Swisher in there as well. Marakakis 109 OPS+ last year, Swisher 129. Swisher 3.6 WAR last year, Markakis 2.2
pretty much agree, but yeah, for me it goes Drew>Swish>Markakis
Now that Lindsay Vonn has won a gold medal, can I please stop hearing about her every 45 seconds?
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.
Don’t forget she keeps all of her ticket stubs from games in her workout binder.
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.
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.
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?
Because only two of those four are acceptable MLB outfielders?
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.
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.
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.
Heh. I really enjoyed point b.
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?
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.
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.
Javy made the 2010 Yankees WORSE!!!! And they don’t know if Granderson is clutch like Johnny!!! It’s a downgrade!!
And they don’t know if Granderson is clutch like Melky!!!
Ahahahaha, they did actually say Johnny on SNY, but now that you mention it, I’m surprised they didn’t say Melky.
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.
dammit. the ball*
I was wondering why he would be drinking instead of rehabbing.
If you signed with the Mets, wouldn’t you be drinking?
Earlier today, Kim Jones was creaming herself because John Maine said the 2010 Mets would be gritty.
but I thought the Mets were entirely Hispanic and Hispanic guys can’t be gritty!!!!
sooooo i have nothing to do this weekend. what should i do in this wonderful city of ny?
Act as a soldier of fortune and right some wrongs?
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 !!!!!
That Tiger Woods presser was just as banal and empty as we all expected it to be.
Speaking of which:
Holy shit, what a moron Brit Hume is.
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.
I missed Tiger’s press conference but… um… wow.
That’s the best thing Bill Kristol has ever said toward the bottom, though.
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.
Oh, Gammo, you got off to such a good start on MLB Network, but…:
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.
i just bet a coworker $20 that johnson/granderson would outhomer damon/matsui
i feel the 20 dollars is as good as mine
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
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.
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.
Based on the comments here, most feel that he “probably will” be good instead “can” be good.
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
Every update with him gets funnier and funnier.
No way Detriot is offering 2yrs/14m like it was reported they were earlier.
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.
Yeah I just read that too. I’d love for the Tigers to just say, “no.” I mean, any leverage they had with Det-Chi seems to be nonexistent now.
I’m still confident Drayton Moore will step in and offer 15m
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.
YES plays the same ten-fifteen games or so alllllll the time. And does Spring Training mean there will be new Yankees on Deck?!!
Yankees’ Magazine is on right now and Swish is showing off his Lego collection.
Sinc Cone is gone they need a new host, I pick Swisher
The advertisements are pretty disgusting.
On this site?
It’s been said before, unless you’re willing to pay to make up the difference in money, you shouldnt complain.
Demanding that they be removed is different then just complaining about it.
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.”
Haha. It’s a cover-all-possibles, TSA-styled mandate.
What about stink bombs? I’m sure someone dirty like Ryan Franklin tosses them around like it’s a game of Mario Party.
i blame gilbert arenas…….
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
I read the first addresses as “Mystique and Laura”, which if would be pretty incredible, assuming she’s not a stripper.
hmmmm..this intrigues me.
Juan as in me? (tries to think of someone else with Juan in their handle…)
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:
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.
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:
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.
that was one of the orders i considered. I definitely feel that granderson and jeets both belong in the 5-6 area
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.
I had a dream Andrew Brackman was suddenly injured and required twenty-seven weeks of rehab.
I had a dream that Mike Scioscia was doing suicide squeeze drills with Matsui on third.
your dream was better.
totally random, but any Pat Metheny fans on the blog?
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?
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)
I feel stupid for asking this but, who is the catcher in the background? Jorge Posada or Jesus Montero… Cervelli?
and wow did Phil Coke really let him himself go…
thank God for those no facial hair/long hair rules the Yankees have huh?
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.
Damnit, it didn’t post at first and now it does. FAIL. (Can you RABbis use you special powers and delete the 2nd one?)
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.
Looks that way.
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.
Uhh, did Chan Ho Park just sign with the Yankees? All of these Asian people are saying so on Twitter. Here’s an example”
“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.”
Isnt that what he does with the Joba stuff?
I know it’s Heyman but el. oh. el:
Who the heck bats leadoff, Frenchy?
Is anything Heyman posts really safe?
I’m with ya, Dubs.
what were people here’s fave defensive plays from last year (yankees only)?
off the top of my head, these are my top 3:
not exactly sure why that last one’s my favorite, but I freakin love watching it
Which has the added benefit of being hilarious
That’s what you get for bunting on 2-0.
Fixed that for you.
ZZOMgZeesus guys! Did you hear, YES added @JackCurry1!!!1!
Aaron Boone retires.
Thank you for the most important HR of your life!
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
Steroids are a wonder drug too.
The issue with any substance is abuse.
true but can one actually abuse HGH? I have yet to hear of a negative side effect…
…..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.
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.
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.
Has anyone seen Jayson Werth this year?
Dude looks like Alf.
The gritbeard is awesome. My Mo, if I could, I would grow one out.
I was literally making horrified noises at the television when they showed him on Hot Stove earlier. OH MY GOD.
Why horrified? Personally, I like the grizzly adams look.
link by chance?
Werth grit-beard article where he also deflects talk of his contract status for next year (obviously pertinent to the long-term LF situation for the Yanks).
that is a very well kept beard.
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
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.
LoHud people are stupid
dandelions are yellow
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.
you know that ken kaniff sketch from eminem show i think it was? where icp is fellating him? yeah well that is boras and heyman
At what point does he say, “Scott, seriously I can’t write that, it’s been proven false over and over.”
when boras dies/retires
More snow!? ha wtf
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. )
Jason Bay says “no to you, Gammons”:
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.”
Hahah, a civilized F U Gammons.
Well he is Canadian.
Lol @ ESPN. This is the second time they’ve gotten goosed by Stern’s guys.
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:
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.
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.
What’s the point of it? I have no clue.
I know it came from the song, I just have no clue what its relationship to sports is.
It sounds cool. I don’t know I would imagine it has no relation to sports, but I like the Day-O chant as it has become a Sound of Yankee Stadium™.
I’ve always loved that cheer for precisely that reason – because it’s so completely irrelevant to a baseball game. I think it’s funny that something so incredibly random (a) was ever done at a game and (b) became a mainstay-cheer. That’s one of the few PA-induced cheers I pretty much always participate in.
This just in to ESPN Headlines;
“Jeter wants to remain a Yankee.”
Haha, saw that earlier tonight when I was going for a fantasy draft and laughed out loud.
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.
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.
Yeah, that was pretty fuckin ridiculous. Omar is a damn fool.
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.
When did he say this rubbish? Link?
the MT curse??
Also, heh, I didn’t read that article, but I read the article where he went out to dinner to celebrate the PECOTA projections of the Red Sox winning the AL East.
Not the biggest deadspin fan out there but i did enjoy this takedown of ed wade and his prehistoric ways.
“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.”
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?
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.
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?
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.
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…
Lol….looking forward to it!
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.
Wow, is it me, or do Vazquez and Montero look quite similar?
Montero has a bit of a chubbier face, but other than that…
“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.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
If Rolle can play, BB will take him.
It is clear that he can play, but whether he has qualities that BB looks for in a player is another matter entirely.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
Thabeet to the D-League: least surprising basketball move ever.
So after he bounces around for a few years and becomes a free agent, Isiah is going to sign him to a 5 year/$75 million deal right?
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.
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.
Has this stopped being funny and become sad yet? It has to be close…..brutal.
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.
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.
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.
K-Rod ACTUALLY had pink eye? I thought that was a joke. The Mets are like a parody of themselves at this point.
Not a big hockey guy but USA is owning Finland in the semifinal like the Yankees owned baseball. Exciting hockey.
I totally forgot that was on.
HOLY CRAP! 6-0?!
Now I’m mad that I forgot this was on, haha.
Now that the game is essentially over, you can turn it on and watch the last 50 minutes of guys skating around trying not to get hurt.
“Do you believe in blowouts? YEESSSS”
Bernie on BBTN
Lance Berkman: HOF?
I didn’t realize he’s only been in the league for 11 seasons but he’s put up some incredible numbers. Damn.
Keep checking back at M&A, I’ll have my take on Berkman and others.
Yikes. I’d rather see something along the lines of The Illustrated Man, personally.
I always knew that Hinske was Yakuza. That picture confirms it.
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.
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)
Christian Garcia and Carl Pavano look alike.
That explains A LOT.
Barry Bonds had more times on base (376) than at bats (373) in 2004.
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.
Gammons can’t help the drooling.
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?!”)
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.
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…)
Roy Halladay will pitch the Phillies’ exhibition home opener against the Yankees on Thursday.
That’s kind of funny.
Celtics lost to the Nets, even with Pierce that’s bad
The Celtics should never, ever play another game for the rest of the season, tear down the whole franchise, and build from scratch.
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?
You call Doc Brown, go back in time and trade Ray Allen at the deadline.
I’m going to grab a drink….
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.
What are the new additions?
Could be worth a post:
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.
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.
“I don’t think Joba has the intellectual capacity to go through a lineup three times.”
If you’r going to question someone’s mental capacity, maybe you should put your name down next to it.
Starting pitchers are always really intelligent guys and not white trashy at all, ever.
His non-bulldog mentality allows him to overcome that and stay in the rotation….
Does anyone have a pic of the 2009 championship ring?
I don’t think they’ve even been made yet.
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.
Sox are better off without Youk, his 24+1 attitude needing the right size pants and demoralizing a poor clubhouse attendant doesnt equal chemistry and championship.
his grit more than makes up for that
plus the beard is worth +2 wins all by itself.
I started to think “why were Pedroia’s pants in Youk’s locker?” and then I got all kinds of awful awful thoughts.
::gouges out eyes::
When did Boston sign Pedroia’s brother?
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.
“The man under investigation, Dr. Tony Galea, is charged in Canada with conspiring to smuggle HGH and the drug Actovegin into America as well as conspiracy to smuggle prohibited goods into Canada and unlawfully selling Actovegin. In other words, not the kind of guy you want to be associated with in any way.
The only obvious link between Rodriguez and Galea is that the chiropractor that helped Rodriguez rehab his hip last year is an associate of Galea’s. That chiropractor, Mark Lindsay, has also been connected to BALCO.”
That summary is from this link, the first link is the original report.
Oh ok, thanks dude.
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..
Jets are going to release Thomas Jones, so says the four-letter.
What does he have left?
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.
i’m in. keeper league? or too hard if its the third league?
I just took a look at the setting for the league Mike set up and I’d probably use the identical settings. He mentioned trying to make it a keeper league.
I’d join the third league.
I am in for a third league.
I am sure there is more than enough support as the second league filled up right quick.
If I build it, will they come?
Bud Selig was on Mike and Mike, pretty much downplayed the Galea/Reyes/A-Rod situation, has to be a good sign.
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)….
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?
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)
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).
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.
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.
I know it’s a few days later, but here’s a pretty good analysis of the article:
http://fackyouk.blogspot.com/2.....-from.html (safe, though the blog IS named Fack Youk)
I don’t think he’ll repeat his 2009. I do think it was lame of the writer to bring up the playoff performances, etc.
Moyer and Smoltz are 23rd and 28th best in BB/9 among active pitchers
Anybody else notice that Melky looks pretty thick? He definitely looks like he gained some weight this offseason.
Muscle or fat?
Haven’t really seen many pictures of him.
I probably shouldn’t venture a guess, I just saw him on the broadcast of the Braves-Mets game.
Yeah he does. Especially compared to last Spring when he and Robbie came into camp slimmed down.
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.
Wait ’til you see Melky’s chin-strap.
Heh I saw..
I’m ready to see Heyward’s AB. He got a hit the first time up but I missed it.
I’m guessing that Drew JIMP’d at the site of Melky. hahaha
I miss that crazy little Dominican, too.
I’m guessing that Drew JIMP’d
Dude… why was Drew wearing your pants?
Scratch that, I don’t want to know.
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”
Hey, thanks. I just saw this, I hadn’t checked out the off-topic thread for a while. No worries, and I appreciate the apology. I really didn’t mean it in a jerky way, I just didn’t know if you were aware that there’s an active off-topic thread for stuff like that.
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.
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!
I thought their main guys were mostly a AAA team
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Flip a coin, but probably go with Tex due to the switch hitting (and obvious lack of splits.)
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
Evan Longoria/David Wright
Jose Reyes/JJ Hardy/Yunel Escobar
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Why does everyone like jimenez over Cain?
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.
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.
I would go with either:
A) Mauer, Pedroia, Longoria, Wright
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.
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).
Yea so I’m in a hostel in Rio de Janeiro and I still came to this site. Is that sad?
YES. GET OUTSIDE.
Send me some Cachaca! And be quick about it.
Tate or Heathcott(sp)?
Jim Callis (3:01 PM)
Tate is the obvious answer, but my gut says Heathcott.
So why then is Tate ranked #53 in their top 100, but Slade Heathcott doesn’t make it?
I fucking hate Baseball America.
“Jesus Montero could wind up being one of the most over-valued prospects ever”
I wrote about this today.
All the scouts say that the bat is so good that it doesn’t matter. Here’s hoping.
I’ve been playing for about 10 minutes, but The Show ’10 is awesomely awesome.
Any news on 2k10? Heard it stinks bad…
One of the guys over at BBD reviewed it and loved it.
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
Anything goes here, man. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
It’s like international waters in here.
/waits for The Simpsons reference.
Here, we re-broadcast Major League Baseball with implied oral consent
Anyone know when Montero is going to make his spring training debut ?
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?
Then I just let the other 29 seconds tick away, no explanation necessary.
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.
I’m going to answer my own question:
Hughes can wait til 2011
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.
“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)
PeteAb? Isn’t that an oxymoron?!
HAHAHAHA its funny cause he’s fat.
So, how many obnoxious comments do you need to post in one thread to earn a ban? 10? 20? 50?
I say just wait and see how many Jake puts up in the Bernie thread.
Heh. I just went back in and he was replying to stuff over an hour old.
And what’s wrong with that Steve H?
When do single game tickets go on sale?
ANSWER ME DAMNIT!
I don’t really think they ever go on sale, you usually have to pay full price. If I see any coupons I’ll keep you in mind, though.
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.
wtf? i’m gonna GUESS the latter*
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.
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.
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).
For a visual representation of FAIL, check out
This one is a thousand times worse.
Dude just draws awful, unfunny comics.
So…that Bernie thread was intense.
Any thread that invokes Derek Bell and Operation Shutdown is bound to be entertaining.
is there some way, on Baseball Reference, to list Total Zone by position by year?
Hmmm…I don’t get it. Maybe one day I will.
Playing the MLB 2K10 demo on PS3. Wow, this game sucks.
Hey whaddya know. Buchholz is growing Douche Hair under his chin. Shocker.
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.
“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!!
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?
two-way Red Sox prospect
The two way should be dropped at this point.
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.
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.
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
(Capital letter is important)
Saw this ad on RAB:
First of all, that’s not the same person. Secondly, “anicent”? Seriously? At least spell right to make it somewhat credible.
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.
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.
I would agree that keeping Cano is the best option. He has a high BAA and could easily drive in 100 runs if his hittin with RISP goes up.
Cano. Don’t hesistate.
Nice writeup by JoePos about Soria.
Not sure if serious.
Aside from citing Goose and proclaiming Joba to be a middling starter with no control, I thought it was a good read.
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.
Joe Nathan has a torn elbow ligament, shut down for a few weeks and then re-evaluate it. Damn.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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??
We’re looking into it and will get back to you when we know something. You guys know me.
What site are you playing on? He’s only DH eligible on ESPN.
Yahoo. He’s 1B eligible every single year for no reason.
prepare to have your mind blown:
now the question of the day: is this video real or fake?
i say real.
Worst porno EVER.
But seriously, I’d say it’s real. Fucked up stuff.
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…
can I ask where the “source: the internet” thing is from?
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..
hahaha i commented on this in the open thread for tonight. refreshed the page and it was totally different! makes the page look bulky to me. kinda wish there was another place to put it (like at the bottom or side). oh well, i love RAB regardless.
We know there are some meshing issues, but right now, for reasons that we’ll explain later, we had to do it. It’s a work in progress, and it’s not that many more pixels wider than the old YES bar was. This is, admittedly, more intrusive. But just know we’re aware and will be working to make it mesh better with the site overall.
Ha fughettaboutit. I was just messin with ya. You could have a monkey doin a chicken up there and JMK would still come everyday.
As long as it’s rendering ok. Now everyone seems to say it is.
Yeah it looks good now.
Not sure what I have to do with this but…thanks?
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…
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.
He had ligament surgery (same one Mo had back in the day), NOT TJ surgery.
He should be ready to go fairly soon, I’d bet. Maybe by Opening Day.
He actually had both procedures done. He now has 2 ulnar ligaments in his elbow. Seriously.
You’re right, my bad. I thought I read somewhere that he had TJ. I haven’t heard anything about him for a while, he’s sort of disappeared off the radar.
Nomar Garciaparra to announce his retirement today…
It’s a shame steroids hindered his longevity.
Cost him his shot at the Hall.
He sure had a great peak.
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.
a. Yeah, Nomar peak was probably better than Jeter peak.
b. This story rules, especially the part about Boomer. Bahahhaha
The only thing that would make the story even better is if the Six lost in ’04 and their WS drought continued.
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…
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.
I actually like that Nomahhh is joining ESPN. Now, hopefully, there will be many epic Nomahhhhh vs. Aaron Boone fights. I can’t wait!!!
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
And you know Nomar is anti-OBP. He’ll be talking about batting average and RBI, guaranteed.
so he’ll be like 95% of the other baseball analysts on TV? (weeps)
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.
Do you think Nomar rocks his ’04 championship ring?
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.
Players do get rings for winning league championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Remy is a good guy but Don Orsillo brings my piss to a boil…Eckersley is pretty hilarious…
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?
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
Joba strikes out A-Jax. Nice!
Texy hits a HR off of Coke. Heh.
I did see A-Jax drop a bomb yesterday against the Nats.
Haha, love it.
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
Too many relief pitchers, IMO.
Kinda stinks for a ten team league IMO
on the Nomar retirement:
(language NSFW but it’s just written)
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
If you keep this panicking up, you’re going to have to switch back to “Axl”.
LOL I’m not panicking…just pointing out what’s happening haha
Why do you care when the manager basically said that the stats don’t count? (at least through now)
Thats Girardi being his ultra positive self.
You really think they’re thrilled with these two so far?
Joe never said they were.
They do when you’re “competing” for a rotation spot though…
As LaTroy Hawkins so eloquently put it: “Spring Training don’t mean shit.”
It does when you’re “competing” for a rotation spot…
Spring Training don’t mean shit.
People win jobs out of ST, I don’t think you(or LaTroy) can say it doesn’t mean shit. It very much does mean shit, depending on the team’s circumstances.
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.
The Brack Attack is coming up!
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?
I vote for making a new one. Maybe you could archive this one? (though I dunno how much space, etc. it takes up)
Agreed on new thread, unless it takes up too much space.
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.
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.
Here`s a thought:
Posada and Joba for Mauer…..??????
That’s a hell of a thought. Cash is probably too busy twiddling his thumbs to pull this one off though!!
Make em throw in Liriano.
Nathan is injured, how about him as a throw in where the Twins pay the remaining salary.
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.
mryankee mryankee mryankee
You are a braver man than me.
I’m simply trying to draw his totally off-topic posts into the off-topic thread, and as the urban legend goes, say his name 3x and he shows up.
Brian Giles retired.
For the record, Brian Giles > Jim Rice.
Brian Giles > Jim Rice in every single way possible, except the one that truly counts: teh fear.
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
Manny Ramirez has been in the LCS 8 times in his 16 year career(full seasons). What’s that about clubhouse chemistry again?
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?
(hint, the answer is ‘not a lot, either way’)
Interesting write on Joba so far. I know it’s early…but it still has some points here and there…
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…
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.
True, but Jon Lester was brought up entirely different. He wasn’t bounced back and forth like Joba either…
What does that have to do with comparing their similar starting numbers for their pre-year 24 seasons?
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
Johan Santana and Roy Halladay were both bounced around too.
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
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.
I agree and really hope so.
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?
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.
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):
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.
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….
reyes out 2-8 weeks
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.
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.
If one of Bay, Wright or Johan goes down, they would be in serious trouble. As if they aren’t already..
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.
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)?
aaaand rereading that more closely, NoMaas kinda made my argument for me.
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.
Nice for a 12 team league. You don’t have a backup C though, you don’t need it but I usually keep one.
BOOO to rain outs.
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)
this might be the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8YM_Y2GtWA
one musician, no computerized instruments, no overdubs. unreal
although the vid is now fucking up at 54 seconds which is reallly annoying
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.
Dice-K will probably miss the start of the season.
Sorry I linked to Edes… ew.
Anyway, the depth… it is legendary.
That’s a shame.
the Red Sox thread on NYYFans is a scaaary place, but someone wrote this there, and I laughed:
Little known fact:
Daisuke Matsuzaka, translated into English means “He who makes Pavano look strong like dragon.”
There it is again, in that article:
…Matsuzaka had come to camp in the best condition since he signed with the Red Sox…
Everybody’s always in the best condition of their lives in Spring Training. How nice. And how clichéd.
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.
Are you using IE? It works fine for me in Ff and Chrome. that said, we’re going to swap this sucker out with a fresh one sometime this weekend.
I find it’s always incredibly slow to load, no matter how large or small the thread, in IE, but it’s fine in Firefox.
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.
Yeah, I just read that on espn.com. That condition sounds terrifying as the bleeding on the brain has potential to be fatal.
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