A fresh thread for the stretch drive…


  1. I’m still hanging on to my prediction that the Yanks will win 100 games. We’ve been pretty awesome this season, and that’ll look better with a series win in Boston this weekend.

    • BallsDeep says:

      How are the Phillies going to get Michael Young for an average MLB reliever and a low level prospect and Texas will eat half of his salary? HOW??? Little maddening right now. I do not look forward to seeing Easy E Nunez with a glove in his hand next year.

  2. Ooo, shiny new open thread.

  3. Mike HC says:

    I just saw Ian Kennedy pitch for the first time in over a year, and now I see why he is pitching so much better. He got much bigger and built up in general.

  4. bakekrukow412 says:

    For all who haven’t seen, this cracks me up:

  5. smurfy says:

    I was looking, but no “about us” button, top or bottom of the page. What’s the standard of your journalism ethics? Is it okay to root for a player, because you like him; because you like his agent, or his agent likes you?

    Just asking. When you expect the reader to take judgments on statistics cooked up, like WAR, FIP, UZR, where who knows what weights in the shadows…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      What do you want to know about us? Our names are on everything we post. I like players because I like them, I’ve never interacted with anyone of them, their agents, etc.

      • smurfy says:

        I’m saying you should include explicit statements of your stndards of ethics. Journalists can ethically (by tradition, I suppose) incite excitement to develop their market, but it just occurred to me a website that was influential could be subject to influence from well heeled donors, as well as from powerful interests.

        Not that I have seen anything that makes me suspicious of your honor, the analysis and opinion I have seen seems to be fair, often team-engaged in a positive way, but I think you should declare your standards.

  6. Xstar7 says:

    Probably the most interesting thing thats happened in a Marlins game all season:

  7. Just watching MLBN and they’re showing random clips on Quick Pitch like they do all the time. Ubaldo was on and said that before the game, he was told he was traded. WHY WAS HE ALLOWED TO PITCH?!

  8. Jerome S. says:

    I’m only fifteen, and I’m only going to be a junior, but apparently I’ve got to start figuring out what I’m doing someday.

    I was thinking: How awesome would it be to get a job in the Yankees FO?

    Looking at it, I bet it’s like applying for any other job.
    Since I like baseball, my dream would be to play it. But the fact remains I really suck, so that’s not happening. But I know a lot about it, and I have all of college to figure out yet – why not?

    This post is fairly self-indulgent, but I just wanted to officially state my mission. I’m doing this.

    • Xstar7 says:

      Go for it. Just do us all a favor and don’t end up like Randy Levine ;)

    • Kiersten says:

      Don’t be ridiculous, by the time you graduate college, there won’t be any more jobs.

      • bonestock94 says:

        And don’t listen to stuff like this, people will always try to find excuses to bring you down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this economy is horrible and I’m totally screwed and blah blah blah. Ignore it, just be good at what you do because employers can afford to be picky.

    • bonestock94 says:

      Seems like all the sabre writers did Econ majors. It’s tough but it’s good, you can get a lot of finance jobs with that major too. Just try to get into the best college possible and really bust your ass. Do internships junior and senior year once you’re in.

      • Gonzo says:

        I was an Econ major. If you don’t like 101, 102, or statistics, don’t do it. I loved everything Econ, so I never had an issue, but I met so many people who saw the signs and continued anyway.

        One piece of advice for an Econ major is that it might have been better to have a double major. Unless you plan on going to grad school, it’s easy for an Econ grad to get lost in the job mix. That might be why all the sabre writers are Econ guys. LOL

        Great major though. You think about the world in such a cool way.

  9. theyankeewarrior says:

    Jorge DHing vs Lester. No Gardner. Odd start to the series.

  10. Gonzo says:

    Great news day for Red Sox haters!

    “Cinco don’t set-up,” Papeldouche said. “Never.”
    The Papi crying about his missing RBI:

  11. bklyn says:

    Acebaldo gives up 5 runs in 7 innings for is cleveland debut

    Will be keeping a close eye on his starts for remainder of year

  12. Jerome S. says:

    Thank God you guys put that disclaimer in your “about” section. I was about to think that Mike’s employers also thought that Warren was a good back-of-the-rotation candidate down the stretch. I was getting my lawyers ready and everything.

  13. boogie down says:

    Braves called up Arodys… oof.

  14. Xstar7 says:

    This should settle the Blue Jays stealing signs business: http://flamingphoenixofflames......l?spref=tw

  15. Jimmy says:

    What are those triangular cutouts outside the 1st and 3rd baselines for? Best guess is that it provides a little more dirt in the path runners would take as they round 1st or third, but I can’t find anything to back that up.

  16. Gonzo says:

    Why are there two, yes two, fake Eduardo Nunez twitter people out there?

  17. Greg says:

    Tigers got Delmon Young. Interesting

  18. Bartolo's Colon says:

    Any one know who’s pitching for swb on wednesday? I’m going to see a-rod play there and it looks like both dellin and manny are lined up to pitch on wed (both pitched last friday)

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      nevermind, just saw @swbyankeesTT tweeted that manny will go wednesday and dellin will make his aaa debut thursday

  19. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Giambino hit a walk off HR against Choate. Good for him.

  20. Bartolo's Colon says:

    the hr derby doesn’t seem to have affected cano’s swing and power, could it have affected a-gon’s? i don’t think i have heard much about that

  21. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    When I grow up I want to be a U of Miami football player. Wait. What?

  22. Pat D says:

    I generally like MLBN’s Prime 9 specials.

    But I just saw the one on base-stealers. They ranked Tim Raines #6 and Vince Coleman #4. Hmmm…

    Tim Raines: 808 SB, 146 CS, 84.7%
    Vince Coleman: 752 SB, 177 CS, 80.9%

    It seems that the only reason they ranked Coleman higher was because of his 3 straight 100-steal seasons. That’s great and all, but I can’t see how anyone would think Coleman was better.

    • Jerome S. says:

      You seem to have made the argument, actually. It’s like, why is Babe Ruth a better hitter than Mays/Aaron in spite of inferior stats? It relies on context. Coleman stole almost as many bases in a much shorter time period, and he sucked at getting on base. Stealing so often in so few chances probably pushed him ahead of Raines, who’s definitely the better player.

      • Pat D says:

        I actually thought how often they get on base shouldn’t have anything to do with it, but how were they simply at stealing bases. And Raines was better.

  23. Bartolo's Colon says:

    mauer’s playing rf and we are facing a triple a lineup, yanks should win 15-0, but for some reason i have a bad feeling

  24. Gonzo says:

    So the Phils are looking to lock up Hamels now too. WTF?!?!

  25. W.W.J.Montero.D says:

    Went over to the shop, and discovered that the robot ump shirt is no longer available. When did it get DFA’d?

  26. CBean says:

    my friend just told me that A-rod is scratched tonight due to a jammed thumb. Got a text from the Yankees sms program.

    • Pat D says:

      Yep, saw it on

      Jeez, between this and NY Giants players dropping like flies, I’m ready to hurt myself.

  27. Delaware - Ralph says:

    Nick Swisher is awesome! He and his wife who got married last December but did not yet take a honeymoon are finally taking one this off-season. His honeymooon spot is Afghanistan to visit the troops! Thats pretty cool. Gotta give him tons of credit.

  28. bakekrukow412 says:

    Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but fWar means it’s from fangraphs and bWar means Baseball Reference. Is this correct?

  29. Bavarian Yankee says:

    just found an interesting article about saving pitches, great read.


    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      “AJ’s suckiness is getting old, let’s revisit this again!!”

    • Tom Zig says:

      “They asked me a lot of questions. I answered them. It went well. I feel great about it. I think they have their information. Now they can report back to the commissioner”

      You would be hard pressed to come up with a statement that said less than that.

  30. Mike HC says:

    No offense to Axias as he couldn’t do anything about it and he did a great job of picking up the slack when Ben and Joe weren’t really posting that much, but, it feels like a different site with Ben and Joe back posting heavily again. I thought Ben and Joe might have been slowing down for good, nice to see I was wrong and you guys are back again. At least for now. Looking forward to getting all of the big three back posting again down the stretch and into the playoffs after a much deserved vacation for Axisa. As always, keep up the great work and following the Yanks would literally not be the same without this site.

  31. Esteban says:

    Hey Pat D, maybe AT&T won’t be taking over T-Mobile.

    • icebird753 says:

      Esteban I think AT&T will definitely take over T-Mobile. At the very least they are going to relentlessly fight the US in court, and I think they have a good case. They’ll lose what, 3 billion if they go back and don’t take over T-Mobile? It’ll definitely happen, only it’s going to be from a nasty legal battle.

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, it’s been surreal the last two days.

      My mother calls me at 8:30 Wednesday morning and says that my aunt, who works for AT&T, got a message saying AT&T was committed to bringing back 5000 call center jobs that went overseas and keeping all existing call center jobs as well. I told her it just sounded like lip service.

      Sure enough, 3 hours later, I’m on Yahoo and the first headline is the DOJ suing to block the merger.

      I go to work and there were excited messages from the VP of Tech Care touting the job story, and then all the stuff about the DOJ’s decision. Sure enough, the CEO sent a message saying they are dismayed by the ruling but to just keep doing what you’re doing at your job and all that stuff, but they are still committed to the merger.

      Here’s how I feel right now: about the same as before. I felt like I had maybe a 50/50 chance of keeping my job post-merger, but the way things have been lately, I’ve felt that chance constantly decreasing. Now, considering that for AT&T to get this merger to go through they’re probably going to have to spend millions, perhaps billions, I am almost positive that if the merger gets approved, I won’t have a job.

      The problem now is wondering what should happen if AT&T is blocked. Doesn’t sound like the government wants Verizon or Sprint trying to buy T-Mobile either, and the parent company is committed to dumping us. So who buys us then? Google? Apple? A cable company? Some venture capitalists? It’s just going to be more of the same.

      Right now, I’m just going to do my job as best I can and hope to survive. I don’t feel like looking for another job, I feel I get paid pretty well right now and that I won’t get the same starting over somewhere else.

  32. Avi says:

    No post on Montero being in the lineup tonight?

  33. Esteban says:

    Explaining WAR on BBTN? Awesome.

  34. Mike HC says:

    It is almost as if the Yanks brought up Montero just to face Lester in order to humble him a little bit. I’m half serious.

  35. UYF1950 says:

    I’m very confused. According to the Yankees win/loss record the Yankees as of Sunday morning Sept. 4th should have 25 games left to play. But no matter where I go to check there remaining schedule for September be it the Yankees site, MLB, ESPN, Yahoo, etc. they only show 24 games remaining. WHAT’S MISSING?

    • Pat D says:

      They’re missing a game at home against Tampa Bay. Either the July 8 or August 14 rainout hasn’t yet been rescheduled.

      • UYF1950 says:

        Thank you. You have answered my question. I see that 1 of the 2 postponed games has been rescheduled but not the other. Again, thank you. It’s been driving me crazy.

  36. boogie down says:

    Montero’s homers were 399 and 396 ft., respectively. That’s some pretty serious opposite-field power for a 21-yr-old.

  37. gc says:

    Anyone know how the Yanks are doing in the Dayn Perry “Secret Sauce” meter against the other probably playoff contenders?

    • bexarama says:

      I have no idea but wasn’t Secret Sauce proven to not work a little while ago? (Because of Rivera. No, seriously. He threw the whole thing off, apparently.)

  38. Xstar7 says:

    Interesting piece MLB Network did on Stephen Strasburg’s return. (And some excellent analysis by Al Leiter, as usual):

  39. Camilo says:

    The YES 9/11 special was very touching and almost had me in tears. Very good job to all those interviewed and involved in it.

  40. Xstar7 says:

    Utter bullshit. David Stern is as horrible a commissioner as Bud Selig, if not worse.

  41. Tom Zig says:

    Daniel Bard is now 2-8. What the hell. How does a reliever get 8 losses. That’s ridiculous.

  42. Tim (PA)
    Is Ryan Lavarnway ready to take Variteks place with Salty in the near future? Will his bat translate to the majors and is his defense ready?

    Klaw1:52 PM)
    I don’t believe he’ll be able to catch well enough to do so in the big leagues.

    OMG A negative review about a Sawx prospect!

  43. Tom Zig says:

    Fun fact: Even if the Red Sox win all their remaining games they still won’t win 100 games.

    • Tom Zig says:

      Fun fact #2:

      If the Yankees go 5-5 over their final 10 games, even if Boston went 8-0, they still wouldn’t tie the Yankees.

      The Yankees would have to go 4-6 and Boston go 8-0 for them to tie.

  44. JohnnyC says:

    Who’s a bigger joke? Gordon Edes or Peter Gammons? It’s telling that ESPN hires Edes to cover the Sox for ESPNBoston but hires thugs like Wally Matthews to cover the Yankees for ESPNNY.

  45. Pants Lendel-stros. says:

    This might be the most entertaining furious caller I’ve heard on sports talk radio ever

    Link is nfsw (due to the language).;gl=US

  46. forensic says:

    Wow, when did Brian Kenny join MLBN? That’s awesome, I’m a big fan of his. He’s into other stats too…

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      This was Brian Kenny’s first week anchoring MLBN.

      After showing the Brad Pitt / Billy Beane interview with Bob Costas, Kenny and Harold Reynolds were arguing over which type of players hold more value relative to others and Harold said that he doesn’t particularly care for players who draw a lot of walks because they don’t score. It’s like Brian Kenny never left ESPN.

  47. Tom Zig says:

    So is it fair to start labeling Kevin Youkilis as injury prone?

  48. bonestock94 says:

    This really captures Ozzie Guillen perfectly

  49. Jerome S says:

    I noticed that Ellsbury’s BAbip this year is at .340. That’s high, but not outrageously high, and for a guy with his skillset – speed, random walls in LF et. al., is it foreseeable that this is his BAbip going forward?

    • bonestock94 says:

      His career avg is .326 is 2200+ PA, so I’d probably defer to that. Hardly a big drop though. If the power is for real he’s a legit 5 tool guy.

  50. Xstar7 says:

    The 1927 Yankees just clinched the third best record in the AL East.


  51. Jerome S. says:

    Am I the only one who’s totally not buying that fWAR says Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gordon both had better seasons than Granderson?

  52. Heisenberg says:

    It would be cool if this turned out to be the “Yankees Retribution Tour 2011″

    Detroit for 2006
    Texas for 2010
    Arizona for 2001

    h/t patd (I think) for idea

  53. Jerome S says:

    Does anyone remember playing the Indians this season? I remember playing literally every other AL team but Cleveland. Was it that boring?

    • Xstar7 says:

      You don’t remember that July 4th game against the Indians where the Yankees got screwed over by AUSTIN KEARNS and SHELLEY DUNCAN?

  54. Bavarian Yankee says:

    lol, just read this: Crawford, Drew, Cameron, Lackey and Jenks earned a combined salary of 57 million in 2011 but had a combined fWAR of -3,2 :D

  55. Pants Lendelton says:

    Too Much moneyball

    I thought you’d all might find this funny.

  56. Jesus the Savior says:

    What do you guys feel about the NBA situation? Is there even going to be a season? If not I’ll be so upset because my Nets have good things going for them…

  57. Jesse says:

    What do if I do if my facebook account is unavailable? It says it’s temporarily unavailable and check back soon. The problem is it’s been like that ALL DAY. What do I do? Should I wait and check back tomorrow, or (gasp) create a new account?

  58. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    WOW RIP Al Davis…

  59. vin says:

    This made my day (from Fangraphs chat)

    Mike Newman: I haven’t received a single report on Ranaudo that saw him as more than a 3-4 starter. In essence, I heard a bunch of people saying the same thing – “Is this all 2.5 million gets these days?”

  60. Tom Zig says:

    The best comment on the Boston Herald article:

    “Much of the story seems to be the typical CYA management plant[sic] to denigrate the person they fired and justify their post-season actions (and inaction during the season). What a slimy bunch. Where else could the sordid implications re Tito’s marriage and his (nudge nudge wink wink) “drug abuse” come from? Fire him and stick a knife in his back afterwards, would not expect any less from Henry (note how the eyes have gotten even slittier — pre-nuptial plastic surgery?), Lucchino and Werner.”

    Leave out the plastic surgery part and the comment is gold.

    The fire him and stick a knife in his back afterwards fits the Red Sox M.O. perfectly.

  61. Xstar7 says:

    You’ve all waited patiently, and here it is, Hitler’s reaction to the Red Sox collapse:

  62. Jerome S. says:

    Remember when CC Sabathia was worth his contract?


  63. JohnnyC says:

    People saying Friedman would never leave the Rays for the Angels have a rosier picture of the Rays’ future in Tampa than their owner recently revealed. Friedman worked in the investment field before becoming GM. He certainly understands the concept of selling short.

  64. mike r says:

    Way too many ESPN articles trying to say if we re-sign CC it could turn into the Burnett signing.. Couldn’t be anymore absurd… As far as I’m concerned, yes the AJ signing has not given us the results we desired, but I won’t forget his start this year versus the Tigers or the start in Game 2 versus the Phillies in 2009. Yah AJ was 82.5 million dollars of drama, but you can’t forget the big games he won. Comparing CC to AJ is literally comparing apples to oranges… only @ ESPN…

  65. vin says:

    I compared Montero to Napoli last year. I didn’t expect people would like it, but I was surprised that some thought the comparison made no sense at all. Wonder if they still feel that way?

  66. Rainbow Connection says:

    Looks like Beltran might want to be a Yankee…

  67. Pat D says:

    Why did I read this article? Oh, yea, just to trash WallyMatt in the comments. Guess which one is mine, if you dare to even click the link.

    • Xstar7 says:

      Well done cena4life2181, well done.

      • Pat D says:

        I actually went into his chat the next day and said the same thing, albeit in nicer terms, but I did conclude my question by telling him to “get real.”

        He actually posted it and answered it. His response was lame, something like “Hey, I can dream, can’t I?” but the fact that he even posted the rather insulting question made him go up a notch.

        Granted, that still only puts him at Notch Negative 3,548, but it’s a start.

    • bexarama says:


      (capslock check)

  68. Pat D says:

    Veterans Committee ballot released:

    Hopefully Ron Santo finally gets his due. I could see voting for some of the other guys on this list, too, but because of the guys doing the voting, I have a feeling no one gets in.

  69. Greg says:

    Braves might be willing to trade Jair Jurrjens and Prado

    Braves looking for a power hitting outfileder

    If the Yankees could eat up a lot of the salary, Nick Swisher might fit the bill

  70. Craig Maduro says:

    Just have a couple of things to get off my chest since my comments didn’t post for whatever reason.

    1. Jesus Montero – If he’s traded, the only way I’d be lifted out of my depression would be if the Yankees sign Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder.

    2. John Danks – He’s good, but he was referred to as an “absolute beast” in one comment thread. He is definitely not an “absolute beast”. Even though I’m not the biggest Danks fan, I don’t resent him nearly as much as I did back when people were willing to deal Montero for him.

  71. Pat D says:

    The Giants don’t learn from their mistakes. They trade Sanchez for good ol’ Melky, thinking that Melky is going to repeat his year from last year, evidently.

    Haven’t they been making this same mistake with guys like Huff and Torres over the last couple years. Aren’t they being silly in believing that Vogelsong will be good again next year?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It’s Brian Sabean, what do you expect? Not that Sanchez is great, but I have to think someone would have topped that offer.

      • Pat D says:

        I guess I’m still remembering that he made a great trade about 15 years ago (the Matt Williams/Jeff Kent swap) and think he’s still capable of doing the same or something.

  72. forensic says:

    Terrific new show for fans of the analysis here? Clubhouse Confidential on MLBN. Weekdays, hosted by Brian Kenny, they analyze everything used advanced analytics/metrics and those kinds of things. They just went through an analysis of Pujols’ free agency and trends using only OBP, SLG, WAR, BB%, and FB%.

    I’m taping it everyday now and I think most peole here would love the show, just saying…

  73. I suggest all of you with living relatives do something to record their memories in an age when technology makes it so easy.

    In preparation for Veteran’s day, blog post about my grandfather who passed in May.

  74. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Quick someone be mad that BJ Upton is ranked ahead of Swisher!

  75. Xstar7 says:

    Joe Paterno got FIRED. So much for retiring after the season.

  76. This is a commenting test.

  77. Craig Maduro says:

    This is meant to be taken with a grain of salt, but what if a team signed a relief pitcher such as Papelbon or Soriano – guys with past starting experience – to a relief pitcher type deal (3-4 years, 10-12 per) and converted him into a starter? Definitely more of a PS3 maneuver where you can ignore all of the potentially negative factors but it just came to mind as a way to get a starting pitcher on the cheap.

  78. Xstar7 says:

    Ugh, now the Players Union is filing an anti-trust case against the NBA. Why couldn’t they accept the league’s 50-50 offer? I want my basketball, goddammit.

    • Pat D says:

      Because it’s hard to be forced into a 7% paycut or else we’ll cut your pay 10% instead ultimatum?

      • Xstar7 says:

        Okay, I was unaware that the previous CBA gave the players 57% of all basketball related income. I’m almost sure that the hardline deal the owners proposed that caused this fiasco was probably in retaliation for the recent trend of players “jumping” to bigger markets. It should be in both sides’ best interests, though, to get the NBA season back on track because neither side is making money as of now (especially the poor players who live off of their salaries) and I was really looking forward to having a competitive basketball team in the New York area for the first time since the 90′s (the Nets don’t count).

  79. Tom Zig says:

    Marlins offer Pujols 9 years? Wow.

  80. Esteban says:

    Anyone out there with enough computer skills to create an add-on/extension for either firefox or chrome that would show Youtube videos/ pictures in line as well as allowing you to ignore certain users posts and show recent activity? I frequently visit another site where some users created one for each browser and it’s awesome to have.

  81. Greg says:

    Great picture tweeted by Joe Maddon from the meetings

    2 things.

    Buck seems happy and Girardi seems nonplussed

  82. Pat D says:

    So Tim McCarver won the Ford Frick Award.

    I’m torn on this. On one hand, he’s been doing the job so long and is so recognizable, that he probably deserved the award several years ago.

    On the other hand, I just absolutely hate him and think he’s terrible now.

  83. am i seeing this right? miami gives mark buehrle 4 years and 58 mill?
    MARK BUEHRLE?!?!?!?!?!

  84. Tampa Yankee says:

    The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with rookie pitcher Matt Moore on a guaranteed five-year, $14 million contract… The deal includes multiple club options and could extend to eight years for a guaranteed $37.5 million and buy out two years of Moore’s free agency.


  85. Doug says:

    Can I ask why there is a Goldman Sachs ad in the RAB banner?

  86. Tom Zig says:

    Ohhh interesting, I now can get email updates if someone replies to me!

  87. Joe R says:

    Red Sox trade Weiland and Lowrie for Melancon. Guess they think his Houston stint will carry over back to the East instead of his stint in NY.

    • Tom Zig says:

      should of kept…………

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Yeah, is it just me or is that entirely too much to give up for an unproven, nondescript middle reliever? I mean, he’s really a closer in title only, IMO. An up-the-middle player with upside remaining (who could potentially start) and a back of the rotation starting pitcher?

      Ben Cherington. This could be an interesting few years.

      • Tom Zig says:

        A back of the rotation starting pitcher when they desperately need pitching, to boot.

        2012 Boston Red Sox:

        Buchholz (probably)

        Beckett is never healthy for an entire season.
        Buchholz just had structural damage in his back
        Aceves, while I love what he did for us, also has had health issues.

        Although who am I to criticize, not like the Yankees rotation is much better.

        Here’s hoping for Darvish.

  88. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Per MLB Trade Rumors:

    “•The Yankees seem to like Hiroki Kuroda more than the other free agent pitchers, according to Heyman.”

    If they don’t get Darvish, I’m fine with that decision.

  89. jsbrendog says:

    so does goldman sachs own rab now? haha what’s with the gs banner?

  90. 28 this year says:

    Holy crap, Mat Latos was just traded (mlbtr). Dang, thats crazy.

  91. Kevin G. says:

    Hopefully, cutting payroll and letting the younger player play in the coming years will tun out like it did in the late 90s with these players taking over the roles of the older players:

    Mason Williams-Bernie Williams
    Mariano Rivera-Mariano Rivera


  92. JohnnyC says:

    Why do I find it unsurprising that only the Mets would need to stipulate to one of their players that if they kill themselves trying to climb Everest they’d automatically void their contract? It’s like Alderson is daring Dickey in order to lower their payroll.

  93. FIPster Doofus says:

    Cano’s the most overrated player in the sport per Dave Cameron. He’s worse than ESPN in terms of being “fair and balanced” toward the Yankees.

  94. The Manchine says:

    Any chance Edwin would be interested in 3/$36ish deal? Madson/Boras just signed a 1yr deal. If Jackson lights it up, he could be due for a big deal at 31. Maybe a 5yr deal with opt out after 2??

    I really think(hope) Edwin could retain the lessons he got from Dave Duncan and pair them with Rothchild’s(sp?) plus being able to pick the mind’s of CC & Mo and turn himself into a true 1A.

  95. mt says:

    Kobe is playing like a beast – consecutive drops of 40+. Maybe that “controversial” knee procedure will help Arod.

    I cannot belive he is playing like that with his bad wrist.

  96. Tom Zig says:

    If the Rangers don’t sign Darvish, is Darvish an Int’l Free Agent next year or does he have to get posted again?

  97. Esteban says:

    Ha why is Joe showing up in People I May Know on Linkedin?


    If you care about your country you will watch this video in it’s entirety:

  99. The Manchine says:

    Rick Ankiel for DH?

  100. Greg says:

    Yankees are having serious talks with Bill Hall.

  101. Cy Pineda says:

    Great hometown article on “Rookie Davis”. Young man is 18 years old, just got his driver’s license and throwing 95 mph… really fun & interesting piece.

  102. Tom Zig says:

    Jim Hendry hired as special assistant to Brian Cashman

  103. Dick Whitman says:


  104. Tom Zig says:

    Someone on twitter asked Keith Law it would be too favorable of a comparison to say that Yoenis Cespedes looks/feels/seems like Justin Upton.

    I have no words.

  105. Monterowasdinero says:

    Just opened up the new SI with Lin on the cover to see a great photo of Montero in the cage in Arizona. Page 20.

    Me gusta.

  106. Tyrone Sharpton says:;c_id=mlb New York wanted to trade Burnett for Abreu but Burnett used his no trade clause

  107. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Okajima just failed his physical. NOW WE’RE GONNA SUX THIS YEAR!!!!

  108. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Will be in NY for the Home Openner and considering going, but gotta wait to see how the weather is before I buy tickets, as I don’t live in the area and probably wouldn’t be able to make it to the make-up game (leaving NY on Saturday). Never been to a Home Openner. Hope the weather is good and we can go. Made the suggestion to my wife and she was all for it! Hooray!!

  109. the Other Steve S. says:

    Just did a GIS on Meredith Marakovits. She’ll do.

  110. Anchen says:

    Arodys Vizcaino just had tommy john surgery :/;c_id=atl

    Sucks for him, I generally like and want former yankees prospects to do well, but maybe makes the decision to trade him for javy a little less bitter. Not a lot, but a bit?

  111. JoeyA says:

    Hey Mike,

    Any report or post upcoming on Tex?

    Despite all the discussion regarding his swing coming into 2012 season, we havent had any in depth analysis of differences between this ST and last year’s plate approach from the left side, unless i missed it, which is very possible.

    Anyway, what major changes has he made? Does he look better from the left side? Has there been tangible results from the changed approach? Inquiring minds need to know!

  112. Rainbow Connection says:

    Colon continues to tear it up.

  113. Kevin G. says:

    These Off-Topic threads have really slowed down.

  114. Jeff says:

    A-Rod likes Miami!

    “A-Rod was so thrilled by Marlins Park that he held a news conference at the stadium to let everyone know just how thrilled he is. He grew up in nearby West Kendall and keeps his offseason home in Miami.”

  115. Mike HC says:

    With the deal Cain just got, who can even afford Hamels? Hamels might break CC’s and Lee’s deal.

  116. TriGen says:

    I just won the RAB bracket challenge, only 10pt difference, close one.

  117. the Other Steve S. says:

    The gauntlet has been thrown down. Kentucky wins the National Title in basketball, the Yankees must win the World Series to maintain tradition.

  118. Needed Pitching says:

    Kontos for Stewart.


    Get Craig Tatum for nothing and then give up potentially useful bullpen diff for essentially the same player with a different name.

  119. Mike HC says:

    Are you guys not accepting donations anymore, or am I just too stupid to find it on the website?

  120. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

    That Lysol ad is hideous. Those types of ads made me stop going to nomaas completely.
    It’s extremely annoying to scroll around a page trying to find the source of the audio that is covering up the music or podcast I’m trying to listen to.

    • baravelli says:

      Hear hear. I can never understand why advertising people don’t see that ads like that, that foist themselves upon people over and over, create an active animosity towards the brand. In any case, however, I would like to move to strongly urge RAB to do something to get rid of it, and other ads that make unbidden noise, as they create a very strong disincentive to visit the site.

  121. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So Johnny Damon signed with the Indians…he’s officially become the Vinny Testeverde of baseball. Wow, wish him the best…still love him for the double steal. Always will. Hope he gets to the Hall someday.

    • forensic says:

      What do you mean vinny testaverde??? It’s always been his dream to play in Cleveland and he hoped all along to be able to sign with them…

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Can we give that shitty joke up? Look when free agents are desperate their agents do weird things to get them signed. He was productive as a Yankee and he’s got an honest shot at 3000, which is cool.

        As to Vinny Testaverde…well he was always good, but not great, and stuck around for forever and played for everyone. Kinda like Damon.

        • forensic says:

          What does boras doing

        • forensic says:

          Damn iPad, anyway,

          What does boras doing or saying things this year have to do with Damon using the same pitiful lines every time he’s gone to one of his thousand new teams over the course of his career? He’s even more fake than most other athletes, which is really saying something.

  122. Tom Zig says:

    Raul Ibanez always looks surprised when he hits the ball.

  123. Gonzo says:

    Why does it bother me when a person in the sports writing business says that Verlander’s season last year was one of the top 10 best ever pitching seasons?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It probably wasn’t even top ten in the 2000s. Randy Johnson alone has like, four seasons ahead of Verlander this century.

      • Tom Zig says:

        Randy Johnson in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004

        Pedro Martinez in 2000, 2002, and 2003 was just insane.

        Curt Schilling in 2001 and 2002

        Im sure there are more. But that’s 9 in just in the 2000s.

  124. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Any chance tonight’s game gets played? What is the weather doing in the NE?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      It’s supposed to start pouring this afternoon and keep going until the morning, so I doubt they play. I’m sure ESPN will delay the announcement of the postponement as long as humanly possible.

  125. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Well, now that I’ve found the Off-Topic thread…any idea when we’ll get MRI results back on Pineda? Today? Tomorrow?

    • Havok9120 says:

      O, HAI!

      I just now found this thread after some bored poking around the webpage, and wish I had an an accurate answer for you. Unfortunately, I don’t even know when the appointment is scheduled for, soooooo…yeah.

    • Gonzo says:

      I think Mike has a Pineda update ready to go. He’s just waiting for the news. It’s like when Sinatra died every news outlet had something ready to go. Not that I’m comparing it to an obituary.

  126. Havok9120 says:

    Matsui to the Rays.

    O NOES!

  127. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

    Hey Ben,

    Can we get a sanctimonious post about how Delmon Young is evil and should have his livelihood taken away (no jury needed, right?) because there’s a rumor that he might possibly have said something anti-semetic?
    I’m looking forward to your venom, just like with the ‘rumors’ about Ronan Tynan that you reported as stone cold facts. ‘Journalism’, right?


  128. Tom Zig says:

    Why would you wear Red Sox gear to Yankee Stadium when the Red Sox aren’t there?

    Aside from that, I’m generally against New York fans doing this kind of shit, makes the rest of us look bad.

  129. forensic says:

    I’m not a huge hockey guy, but I would watch more if I could and I’ve been taping and watching all the Rangers games so far.

    Given that, why does it sound like the analysts keep saying it’s a good thing that Ovechkin is getting less playing time? Isn’t he one of the best players in the league? Why not get him as much time as you can?

    Also as an aside, why does it not look like the Rangers were the best team in the conference? Are they just not playing well now or is this just the nature of the beast where they’re not quite at their best, or am I just an amateur?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They overachieved this year but are still really good. They just play a pretty boring brand of hockey, not much skill or many spectacular plays. Defense-first and puck possession. They wait for the other team to make mistakes to the extreme.

  130. Slu says:

    Hey, is it possible to get an ignore feature? There are some relatively new posters that repeat the same bullshit over and over and it is making it difficult to read some threads.

  131. Jack says:

    My buddy just showed me this today, don’t know if you guys have seen it yet.

  132. Standard 10 team mixed league, Bryan LaHair, Jason Kipnis and Ricky Romero for Sean Rodriguez, Luke Scott and CC Sabathia. Who wins? My love of Sabathia and hatred of Luke Scott is clouding my mind.

  133. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Thinking of changing my name to “Lexington Steele’s Bigger Brother”. Too childish? Will people get it? Offensive? (no worse than Peter North I guess.)

  134. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    River Dogs will get the game in this afternoon, the sun is out and rain should hold off but the Wind is insane here now (effect of Tropical Storm to SE). I’m not at the Joe yet so don’t know if this wind is blowing in or out but if it’s blowing out…

  135. Gonzo says:

    Next great idea. If Drabek tears his UCL a third time, sign him on the condition that he can’t get it fixed. Then find the guy that taught RA Dickey the knuckleball and boom!

  136. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    NY Post, so take with grain of salt but direct quotes of Kevin Long on Melky Cabrera …”he has totally gotten committed to his career, he doesn’t drink, his personal trainer is with him all the time. When you go all in and have talent, this is what happens-and it is evident he has talent.”

    Sounds to me that he is implying that Melky 1. Drank too much in his Yankee days, and 2. Was clearly not All-In then.

    “If Melky had committed himself to the Yankees as he does now, he’d still be a Yankee…and he would say the same thing. He made himself tradeable then.”.


  137. Kevin G. says:

    I know this may be a little stupid, but do Alex Rodriguez and Bryce Harper become free agents the same year (assuming Harper doesn’t sign any extension with Boras)? Because that would work perfectly.

    And I know, this is why everybody hates Yankee fans

  138. Kramerica Industries says:

    Testing, a 1, 2, testing.


  139. JohnnyC says:

    Mets fans outraged that the guy they didn’t bother to vote for got snubbed for the ASG. Funny, nobody cares when deserving Yankees get snubbed.

  140. forensic says:

    Greinke asked about the egregious breach of etiquette by Carlos Zambrano running over the mound after making an out:

    “He ran on the mound? Like, I don’t know where that Braden-guy thought anything was wrong with that. I think people do it all the time. I don’t understand the problem with doing that.”

    And this was even after a pseudo-HBP battle between the two. It’s awesome that even when Braden is invisible to the baseball universe, he can ba bashed by someone who has nothing to even do with the situation.

  141. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Mason Williams just got promoted to Tampa!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      Hahah, I thought I was breaking news when I saw this on Mason’s Twitter this morning, but just read last night’s DOTF and there it was, broken last night. All this tech, and I’m still 12 hours behind.

  142. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Penn State athletes responding to the sanctions:

  143. Havok9120 says:

    Did we break the website? Is anyone else getting database errors all over the place?

  144. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I’ve recently come across an absolute treasure. An incredible piece of baseball history. A complete radio broadcast of a Yankees-Tigers game from 1934. Enjoy.

  145. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    The U.S. basketball team should be ashamed of itself. This should have been a 20 point win. a ONE point difference over three quarters? Only a SEVEN point win??? They should be ashamed.

    And they have the BALLS to compare themselves to the Dream Team.

  146. forensic says:

    I haven’t bothered keeping track of the NFL during the offseason for awhile, but anyway I DVR’d the Giants game against the Jaguars.

    I had no idea that the refs were holding out, but let me just say, WOW are these replacements terrible. I’ve only watched one half of the first game, but they seem to miss a ton of calls on both sides and even when the end call is correct they go about it the wrong way so no one knows what the hell is going on.

    It’s amazing to say, but please come back regular refs!

  147. Joe R says:

    Melky Cabrera, owner of the NL’s second-highest batting average and the All-Star Game MVP, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.

    • Mike HC says:

      So surprising he would test positive after working out with ARod and immediately becoming a superstar. Just one of those mysteries of life.

  148. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I fucking hate Ian O’connor. Even more than before now.

  149. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    strike (test, duh)

  150. SuBDivisions says:

    Hey Lost iphone 4s at Yankee Stadium last night vs Toronto, LF Field Level seats.. If anyone find it, contact 516-242-9894.. Its a black iphone in a Han Solo case. Thanks people.

  151. Zack D says:

    What is undeniable, according to scouts and other baseball people who have closely followed his starts, is that Strasburg was beginning to struggle physically…… His mechanics had subtly changed, so that he appeared to be overthrowing in order to maintain his signature velocity. At times, he was falling toward first base at the end of his delivery. Scouts saw it. The Nationals saw it.;_ylv=3

    Did reporters ask Johnson about his health 5 times per post game conference? Get some NY media down to DC asap!

  152. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Wow. For once, a dude from Yahoo totally nailed it. This new wildcard system sucks, and for the exact reasons he gives.

    I really hate Bud as commissioner. He sucks.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      As far as awful commissioners go I think Goodell’s on top of the list as of now. THREE primetime games decided by shitty calls within a week.

    • Marcus says:

      I think all commissioners suck. They have served their purpose. Why the owners just don’t hire a PR specialist, Labor Atty and Conduct/Good of Game person baffles my mind. Also, why do they make so much money? I’m not entirely sure what it is they do.

  153. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Holy fucking shit is Oakland incredible.

    Now we need to win to get the number 1 seed, assuming they hold on.

  154. Bavarian Yankee says:

    did anybody else have an unlucky fantasy season?

    I played in 9 money leagues, finished 4th twice, 3rd twice and 2nd 5 times. I lost the championship in two of those leagues on the very last day. At least I made some nice profit.

    I have to say that I put a TON of time into preparing for each fantasy season, so not winning at least 1 league stinks.

  155. Nigel Incubator-Jones says:

    Just listening to the CIN/SF game while having Game Day up. I wonder if this stuff will get lost, but Latos threw 2 strikes to Crawford. Both were called balls (The SF radio guys also thought they were strikes). From 0-2 to 2-0. Next pitch is down the middle and hit for a triple.

    Of course you can’t say what would happen, but the inning could have ended much differently if the pitches were called correctly.

    Robot-umps now!

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Have to say Robot-umps would take some of the most memorable moments away

      e.g. Don Denkinger, Jeffrey Maier, Jim Joyce, etc.

      However, something like the NFL where you get maybe a few challenges per game, and if you challenge wrong you can’t pinch hit or pinch run that inning.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Have to say Robot-umps would take some of the most memorable moments things that didn’t happen except in the umpire’s mind away.

        This is a good thing. I came to watch a real baseball game, not the umpire’s imaginary one.

  156. Bavarian Yankee says:

    just testing how to use youtube videos in a post


  157. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Baseball America has offered the Yanks 2012 Draft Report Card as free content.
    Here it is…

  158. Cris Pengiucci says:

    I hope Ortiz falls off a cliff (production-wise, not literally) now that he’s signed his new 2-year deal with the BoSox. Either that, or they find he’s been using PEDs. :-0

  159. Bavarian Yankee says:

    I knew some Americans are pretty crazy but this!?!

    really? I mean come on, that is ridiculous!!!

  160. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Are the rSox going after Joe Mauer? Thought I just heard Mike Barnicle say that on Morning Joe.

  161. Ralph Melish says:

    So Mike Piazza denies taking steroids and denies being gay according to his new autobiography. In both cases, far from it, faaaaarrrr from it.

  162. Tom Zig says:

    Wow this off topic thread has been open for almost 2 full years.

  163. Bavarian Yankee says:

    maaaaan, public fantasy leagues are such a pain in the ass. In one of my leagues one dude just traded Kemp, King Felix, Kinsler, Y. Molina, Hanley and Nathan for Freese, de Aza, Miley, Lincecum, Madson and Crisp. Of course I was the only one that vetoed the trade -_-

  164. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    Francesa is a fucking idiot.

    He keeps asking “What pitchers, what seasons were as dominant as Koufax’s five years?”

    When somebody pointed out Pedro he practically laughed at them.

    Really, Mike? Let’s review:

    Best ERA of their career:

    Pedro, 1.74, 2000
    Koufax, 1.73, 1966

    Number of runs scored in their respective leagues those years:

    2000 AL-11995

    1966 NL-6624

    I mean, come on. That’s nuts.

    But forget that. Let’s compare the ERA+ of their top five years, so it’s scaled to league average pitching.

    Pedro’s: 219, 243, 291, 202, 211

    Koufax’s: 143, 159, 186, 160, 190

    My hair is a bird, Francesa. A FUCKING BIRD. Your argument is invalid.;dur=1455

  165. McLovin says:

    So sad what happened in Boston today.

  166. Angelo says:

    I’ve never done this on RAB before, but I’m going to ask a fantasy related question.

    I have a trade on the table in a 40 roster spots deep Rotisserie OBP league. There are barely any interesting hitting options on the board. It’s a tough league.

    I’m being offered Pujols for my Kubel and Trumbo.

    I feel like I’d have to make the trade since Kubel just sits on my bench, but should I be more worried about Pujols’ foot problem? Apparently he’s dealt with plantar fasciitis in 2004, 2005, and 2006, so am I just being stupid?

    I should do the trade right? I don’t know. Help please.

    • Bob Buttons says:

      Depends on how many keepers. If it’s all keepers, screw that. Trumbo will be much more valuable down the road. However, for this season, I wouldn’t bet my money on either one to be better. It really is just your call on whether Trumbo would out-produce Pujols (and more about how you would need a 3B vs need for 1B.

  167. Betty Lizard says:

    What the hell. Seems like a good day to see if I can embed a YouTube video:


  168. Betty Lizard says:

    Can’t figure out what’s wrong. Shall seek help.


  169. Betty Lizard says:

    I think the WordPress help lies like a rug . . .


  170. Pinkie Pie says:

    Prime example of how social media sites turn people into self-righteous, egotistical assholes. Of course this guy was already an asshole.

  171. Troll Monger says:

    Do the Yankees lose this game?YesNo free polls 

  172. pop says:

    How often does Cano get the infield shift? In 50% of plate appearances? 75%? 25%? I see it often but I can’t watch all of the games so I really couldn’t say…

  173. joe says:

    Sanchez just got bumped up to AA