Off-Topic

While you were sleeping, we published the fourth big thread for all of your off-topic needs. We’ll load up a new one when this one starts to get too long. For the archives, see below:

  • Tom Zig

    Time to crush the Orioles.

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com Hangoverologist

      I predict sweeps of the White Sox and Orioles. At the end of next week the Yanks will be sitting pretty at 21-6.

      • Tom Zig

        Tex is going to murder this week.

      • bexarama

        Shhhh you’ll jinx it!!!! /crazy person’d

        Also, TZ, I asked this in the Open Thread: when you say that I crack you up, you mean that in a good way… right o_O

        • Tom Zig

          LoL yes Bexy I meant it in a good way. You make me laugh.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    JMK: what’d you think of High Violet?

  • Rose

    Red Sox Sign Cuban Catcher Ibarra
    By Tim Dierkes [April 26 at 8:32am CST]
    The Red Sox signed Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra to a five-year Major League deal worth $4.3MM, according to Cubanballplayers.com. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe confirmed the signing with Ibarra’s agent Edwin Mejia. The deal tops that of Ibarra’s former teammate, Leslie Anderson.

    Ibarra, 22, played catcher, first base, second base, and third base in Cuba, but Cubanballplayers.com says the Sox view him as a backstop.

    Is this a significant move? Does he pan out to be anything special or just another backup backstop?

    • Jose

      He is 23 years old. I don’t think he will ever be a starting catcher in the major leagues. He’ll probably ending up moving. Some people have suggested a permanent move to 3B. He definitely has the arm, but I don’t know how well his bat will play there.
      It would be interesting to see how he fielded when he played 2B.

      Supposedly he tries to go opposite field a lot, which could be good considering he would be at Fenway and is left-handed. Here is a video of him batting with a less than positive ending: http://cubanballplayers.blogsp.....-cuba.html

      • Rose

        Thanks!

  • bexarama

    I think Javy must have eaten Joel Sherman’s children.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Wake to teh pen! He’s pissed.

    • bexarama

      it seems like every member of the Sox is seriously disgruntled this season so far

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Except J.D. Drew.

        He’s a disinterested, overpaid, non-run producting looosah.

        • Accent Shallow

          Yup, he is.

  • UpstateYank

    Alright head to head league here and I can get Price for either Uggla or Ricky Weeks. I have Carlos Pena in my DH spot so one of the two is usually on the bench. Gotta pull the trigger on that and dump Weeks don’t I?

  • bexarama

    from Pete Abe’s chat today, thanks to NYYFans which I yoinked this off of:
    [Comment From AdamAdam: ]
    Are there any other everyday catchers who are as bad as Martinez at throwing out runners? Did he show this lackluster talent in Cleveland?
    Monday April 26, 2010 1:17 Adam
    1:17 Pete Abraham: Jorge Posada. He might be worse

    Ummmm no? I know Pete Abe’s writing for an audience, but this is hilarious because he used to rip apart anyone that suggested Jorge wasn’t a very good defensive catcher (I love Posada, but his defense is lacking). And more importantly, it’s not even true!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Posada threw out 28% of baserunners……….LAST YEAR when Pete was covering the team. He’s an absolute fraud.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Here’s a list of catchers who threw out less baserunners last year than Posada.

        Carlos Ruiz
        Josh Bard
        Dioner Navarro
        Chris Iannetta
        Joe Mauer
        Jeff Mathis
        Miguel Montero
        Kurt Suzuki
        Matt Wieters
        Brian McCann
        Jarrod Saltalamacchia
        Kelly Shoppach
        A.J. Pierzynski
        Bengie Molina
        Mike Napoli
        John Baker
        Jason Kendall
        Nick Hundley
        Jason Varitek

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Fun fact–Varitek threw out the runner on 16 of 124 attempts. But I believe that includes pickoffs, of which there were an astounding 7, mostly from Lester. Removing those yields 9 out of 117. Of those, two were at third base, and three more were Carlos Pena, Cano, and Matsui.

          Jason Varitek. Not good at catching

        • Tom Zig

          Victor Martinez as well.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Yeah, I was going to add him in. That list is catchers who caught enough to qualify which apparently he didn’t.

        • Accent Shallow

          Raw SB numbers are misleading, I’d like to see number of attempts, percent thrown out, and what percent of that is attributable to the pitcher (i.e. if a runner is picked off and is tagged out on the way to second, that counts as a CS)

          I don’t expect you to go get that data, and I’m certainly not going to do it for all those catchers (lots of numbers!), but that’s just a little misleading.

          • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Yeah, I know that’s certainly not a perfect answer.

            But to say Posada is the worst catcher (or 2nd worst) in baseball at throwing out runners? Ridiculous.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    So … Ryan Howard.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      To borrow from Chad Finn of the Globe.

      Similar Batters through 29
      Richie Sexson (918)
      Cecil Fielder (893)
      Mo Vaughn (891)
      Willie McCovey (891)
      David Ortiz (890)

      This will end badly.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        McCovey’s a good sign. Aside from that–not so much.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Yeah, he can hold out hope for McCovey, but McCovey is the outlier there in terms of era.

    • Accent Shallow

      What an absurd contract. Shows you what the Phillies’ FO thinks of RBIs.

  • bexarama

    I think they just took a shot at the Marlins having no fans on MLB Network. lols.

  • WIlliam

    Howard is getting 25 mil per year!!!!!!!!!! He was already overpaid at 20 mil per. That’s alot of money for a guy who’s really just a very good one skilled player.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      And on the wrong side of 30 with a bad body type.

      So in 3 years, how much of the contract do they eat to ship him to the AL to be a DH?

      • bexarama

        Some people in Boston seem to think this is just a preclude to them getting sent Howard for Atchinson, straight up (I like just commented on M&A about this).

        • WIlliam

          Bexy, he’s black. They already have Beltre, Cameron, and Ortiz. Having a good black player would completely addle the red sox mind.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            Beltre and Ortiz? They aren’t black

            /Torii Hunter’d

            • Spaceman.Spiff

              Imposters!

      • Zack

        He even out a 10m buyout on the 23m option, bad contract

        • Zack

          got a*

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    So in light of Howard’s new contract, how much is Pujols going to cost to extend?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Eleventy billion dollars sounds about right to me.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        $Texas

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          You wagered Texas with a dollar sign. I’m speechless.

    • Rose

      On Baseball Tonight, last night, they showed stats from 2006-2009 (or 2010?) and it showed the WAR stat and had Pujols obviously at #1 over that span while Ryan Howard was still a respectable 15th. What was even more ridiculous is when they said that Pujols has played in almost TWICE as many games as Ryan Howard…and has like 300 LESS strike outs LOL

      Pujols: Games Played – 1418; Strike Outs – 584
      Howard: Games Played – 751; Strike Outs – 893

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        I think that’s comparing their careers, not the period from 2006-2009. Howard’s only been a real full-time player since 2006 (he played 88 games in 2005). Pujols has, obviously, been a full-time player since 2001. In 1418 total career games (and 6169 PAs), Pujols has struck out a total of 584 times. In 751 total career games (and 3232 PAs), Howard has struck out a total of 893 times. Wow.

  • bexarama

    Dear New York Sports Media,
    Are you really making something out of the fact that Obama didn’t mention A-Rod by name? Really? Really? Really?

    Love but not really because you suck,
    bexarama

    • larryf

      An O-bomb(a) from A-Rod!

    • Rose

      Well he’s already good friends with a bunch of radical marxists…but the country doesn’t seem to care. I don’t see why it would be a big deal to say something nice about Alex Rodriguez…

      Unfortunately, that would probably be worse in the country’s eyes.

      http://www.newsrealblog.com/20.....en-silent/ (SAFE) – When you have time I recommend you check this out.

      • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

        how did I know you would comment on a post about the Yankees meeting Obama with something like this?

        • Rose

          LOL. Don’t make up your mind before you watch it! “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist” – Usual Suspects

          Haha I’m just saying. Never make up your mind before understanding everything. I’m not a Republican, I’m not a racist, I just don’t like politicians in general. They’re all the same.

          Anyway, Go Yankees!

          • DF

            Trying. so. hard. not. to. respond. No, don’t have the willpower.

            Some video on some website interviews some guy who used to know Barack Obama 20 years ago, and he says Obama was friends with a bunch of Marxists. Therfore, Obama=Stalin. Q.E.D.

            Good enough for me.

            • Rose

              Did you watch the video? Or do you just do whatever MTV and Rolling Stone magazine tell you to do? Whatever Obama says is gospel and because he paints over his corruptness with a phony brush pretending to be concerned with the people…that’s good enough for you?

              It’s easy to just sit back and pretend that everything is going to be ok and that everybody is out for your best interest isn’t it? But what happens when you finally realize it’s the exact opposite?

              • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                Please, all of you, stop. I’m sick of the petty bickering over politics. Just drop this conversation.

                Just because this is an off-topic thread doesn’t mean you can all resort to personal attacks. If you can’t discuss these things without insulting each other, we have a problem.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being or being friends with a marxist. I wouldn’t vote for one, in all likelihood, just because I don’t think it’s an appropriate governmental format for a country of our size. But I don’t think it’s a big deal – like at all – if Barack was friends with Marxists, especially when he was in college.

        I think Churchill said something along the lines of “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”. Which is to say, all governments suck, at least a little. But young people are very exposed to the flaws of democracy, and generally unexposed to any side of marxism/communism/socialism pre-college, which is why so many college students look into alternative political formats. They recognize that their system has problems, and love to think that they’ve found the answer in another one. I think that’s pretty normal.

        While I think the media making any sort of hooplah out of Alex’s name not getting mentioned is pretty ridiculous, I think it’d be just as silly if they made a big deal about Barack being friends with marxists 20 years ago. After all, what good would a politician be if he hasn’t explored other political theories?

  • aldot

    Yankees at the White House ..
    This is the only photo I could find so far. I want to see a video!
    http://media.ny1.com/media/201.....Jersey.jpg
    (safe)

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com Hangoverologist

      Should have given him 44.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        REGGIE!! REGGIE!! REGGIE!!

      • Accent Shallow

        Reggie would have been pissed

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So is Jayston Stark going to call the Howard signing a fantastic deal for the Phillies, since the cost is less than half of what Pujols will cost?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Mike was watching SportsCenter at the time and reports that Stark was “dumbfounded.” It’s a pretty inexplicable contract. Even Phillies’ homers recognize that.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Wow. That tells you something.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com Hangoverologist

    Since Howard is locked up (albeit at the cost of the Phillies’ payroll flexiblity), can you imagine what the Cards (or someone else) will give Pujols? I think Pujols will go past A-Rod money.

    /I’m talking crazy’d

  • Accent Shallow

    Will be going to Trenton on Wednesday, if this weather lets up.

  • Zack

    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/12897971373

    “good job by #phillies to sign superstar ryan howard to a 5-year contract extension”

    I think Heyman is the only person to say that, even Philly fans dont like it.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Psh Zach only Yankee contracts are bad.

      • Zack

        The Ho Train signing will doom the Yankees for years to come

  • Tom Zig

    Did you guys change the commenting format?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Slightly. It shouldn’t look or behave too differently. But if you notice any problems, let me know via email with a screenshot.

      • Accent Shallow

        Any chance we could get slightly greater spacing between separate posts? With the alternating colors, it can be a little tough to tell where one string ends and another begins.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          This. The fact that colors now alternate between all posts and not just replies is a little confusing. More accurately, it would probably just take some getting used to with some reply fails along the way

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Jayson Werth for Ben Zobrist. Who wins?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    “Why We Feel Free to Hate A-Rod”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....uez/1.html

    [WARNING: Brain cells may die by reading this.]

    • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

      I thought it was an excellent article that made some strong points. What’s the problem?

  • Rose

    Javier Vasquez has no chance in the AL!

    At least that’s what Curt Schilling thinks…

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5137866 (SAFE)

  • Rose

    What’s with all the new text boxes and such? I was just going to comment on the change with the more boxier ones…and then it changed again.

    Suggestion, the white/gray overlap gets confusing once there are replies (that are also gray)…perhaps having the original post be white and all replies be gray…that might be better?

  • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

    my favorite comment on the Fangraphs Ryan Howard article, while they were talking about the “Similar Batters” thing.

    Person 1: This article isn’t valid because the author compared Ryan Howard to Mo Vaughn and Richie Sexson.
    Person 2: It wasn’t really the author, though. It was BB-Ref’s objective similarity scores. Who would you think is a better comparison to Howard?
    Person 1: Pujols.

    I am a big Ryan Howard fan; he seems like a very genuinely nice guy. It’s fun to see him hit 2085609860986-foot home runs and it was very nice of him to be nigh-useless in the 2009 World Series. But good God, Phillies fans are semi-delusional about him because of the dingers.

    (oh booooo I just read down the thread and it turns out “Person 1″ was supposedly being sarcastic – after they got called out by everyone there. Booooo! I’m still leaving this here because it was funny. And the user does say, in all seriousness, that Ryan Howard’s stats vs. the Cardinals are better than Pujols’ stats vs. the Phillies and this is why they are a reasonable comparison.)

    • Jack

      Do you know who else is compareable to Albert Pujols? Dustin Pedroia.

      /Gorden Edes’d

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        ietc.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Joe (LA)
    Is Ryan Howard really worth 25 mil/year?

    Joe Morgan (11:08 AM)
    Well, let’s put it this way. If Joe Mauer is worth 23 or so. A guy that hits 40 plus HRs and drives in 140 runs a year and Joe Mauer has never done that, then I would say yes. Howard produces numbers and that’s what we’ve come to in this game is about numbers. I don’t necessarily like the fact that it’s about numbers, but he produces them. It also begs to question, what is Albert Pujols worth?

    Well, he at least acknowledges that Pujols is worth more than Howard, so he’s got that going for him.

    • Jack

      Howard produces numbers and that’s what we’ve come to in this game is about numbers

      Wait, is he trying to blame the stat guys for overrating Ryan Howard?

      • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

        Joe Morgan doesn’t seem to understand WHICH numbers the “stat guys” care about. Rather unsurprisingly.

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          I had to admit that this, from a Philly site, made me laugh:
          thank goodness it’s “can’t get enough rambo week” on amc to distract me from the debate on ryan howard’s VORP above win shares + ultimate on base slugging zone.
          Just because let’s face it, VORP is indeed funny to say. VORP!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    More classic Joe Morgan:

    Nora (St. Louis)
    Who’s the best pitcher in the NL?

    Joe Morgan (11:24 AM)
    You have to start with Halladay, until last night.

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    as long as we’re talking JoeChats, whoah Joe Morgan actually making sense:

    Clay D NY [via mobile]

    What are your thoughts on A-Rod walking over the mound against Oakland?

    Joe Morgan (11:05 AM)

    I have to admit that I have been corrected, because I didn’t know that unwritten rule. I’ve seen different reports. One said that he stomped on the rubber. The other said that he walked over the mound. But I was never told or thought about the fact that you should never walk over the mound. The pitcher said that was his mound, but it could be the Yankees’ pitcher’s mound too, right? If he’s standing on the mound, I understand that. But I don’t think he was. If that’s the case, then pitcher’s shouldn’t stand in the hitter’s batting box. I find it humorous that it was a big deal other than the fact that it was A-Rod. I still think that players are jealous of him because of the money he’s made. I guarantee you that he’s not the only one that’s run over a mound this year.

    also:
    I have to say I was surprised the other day when [the Cubs] put Zambrano in the bullpen when he pitched 6 or 7 innings that day and gave up only a few runs.
    Wrong reasoning, right idea.

    Then again:
    Obviously, he has proven to me that he is going to, he’s not yet there, a great pitcher. Being blunt with you, I didn’t think he should have won the Cy Young last year. Wainwright, to me, had the best season of a pitcher last year. Lincecum went 2-3 down the stretch.
    I don’t even like Lincecum very much but wtf

  • matt damon wayans
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      Speaking of True Yankees. Anyone see this week’s SI cover?

  • Rose

    Ben,

    I don’t understand. You put up an “off-topic” tab and then get upset when off-topic conversation is made? It was talked about before without a peep when things were even more back-and-forth and probably more “loud” (so to speak). Now all of the sudden, because you don’t agree with what I have to say, you’re going to change the rules out of no where while admonishing me for following the rules at the same time?

    I just don’t get it. If you didn’t want certain things in the first place, why didn’t you make them clear from the beginning? Instead, you did the complete opposite (http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....ent-809368) and said that it WAS allowed. There was never a first, second, third, or any other warning. My first warning (for following the rules, mind you) is my final one? After re-reading your previous posts after the health care conversation, I can see that you disagree with me beyond compare and that it must have certainly played a role in your spontaneous decision to single me just now.

    I won’t post anything regarding politics in here anymore even though you clearly stated (see link above) that it was perfectly fine. I just didn’t appreciate being scolded and told I had a “final warning” for following the rules you had in place.

    I hope you understand.

    Rose

    • Rose

      You changed your post above so I apologize for writing this. Your second post was a lot more professional and appreciative.

      I wasn’t trying to make a personal attack. He has his beliefs and I have mine. It was simple back-and-forth nonsense talk. I’m sure he’s a good person…no harm was meant.

      Sorry again.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Nothing says final warning, and I didn’t ask you personally to stop talking about politics overall. We’ve asked everyone to can the personal attacks in the politics threads, and that hasn’t happened. As I said here, we’re wary of that particular thread and the tone it’s taking, and that applies to everyone, not just you. Please don’t take this the wrong way; we just want to maintain civility here while allow for a broader range of topics for discussion.

      • Rose

        I agree. But you had a previous post up there that said something different…that sounded a lot more directed towards me…with the words “final warning” among other things. But it’s not there anymore so I’ll pretend it never was.

        Thank you for making things clearer…and I will try not to personally attack anybody. Like I said above, I’m sure he’s a good person, we all have our beliefs…it was just innocent political bickering. I’ll watch it from now on.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          I just want everyone to be careful with the “you’re just parroting Fox News/CNN/MTV/Comedy Central/Liberal media/tea party” lines because it makes it sound as though everyone is accusing everyone else of no original thinking. Those are the personal attacks we should avoid.

          Does that make it clearer?

          • Rose

            Much clearer and I agree, thanks.

            • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

              Thanks for agreeing. Sorry that I wasn’t being too clear in the first instance. My original comment, subsequently edited, was too harsh, but I’m glad we could clear this up.

              And now back to your regularly scheduled fights over financial reform, health care and the wisdom of deficit spending.

              • Rose

                It happens. To be honest, I wish I had the ability to edit some of my posts because I am well aware that I can come across very unclearly or come off in a manner I wasn’t really trying to portray.

                So thank you for taking advantage of that ability haha.

                Anyway, testing out a new format with the text boxes? I saw they were different earlier and then changed again…

                • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Actually, the different text boxes were a result of a caching error. We’ll be testing out new commenting features soon, but I had to load up some new code first, and it took a few minutes to catch.

                • larryf

                  What is unclear to me Rose is whether you are male or female. If Bexarama is a female name, I can’t figure out any of this anymore…

                  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                    ::larryf’s head explodes::

                  • Rose

                    I kind of let the cat out of the bag before and told everybody I was male. I probably would have gotten a little more respect had I said female or at least left it alone haha

                    (I mean a little more respect by saying that men are clearly more resepctful to women than they are other men)

                    But yes, I am of the male persuasion.

                    • larryf

                      Ok-now I am in the loop. I’ll just think of Roseboro or Rosey Grier to help my dementia…

                    • Rose

                      Just think of Axl Rose, haha. With the same controversy…lol jk

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                    how is bexarama not an obvious girl name ;_;

                    the bex is for… well… Bex. As in a nickname for Becca/Rebecca. And the -arama is because… I dunno… creativity. It ends in an “a”!

                    • Rose

                      So there are only two girls that post frequently and they’re both named Rebecca?

                      Cool.

                    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                      There are some other female commenters as well, but they don’t go by obviously feminine handles.

                    • Rose

                      Heyyy…whatch you sayin’, Ben?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    There’s one person behind the plate at the Mets/Dodgers game right now.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The ump?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I think during the opening series I (and others) questioned what Scott Atchison was doing in the majors, and how eminently hittable he looked. So I can say I’m not stunned that he didn’t even last a month in the majors.

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      wow, yeah, I saw that. Apparently he’s also really tired because their SP has not been going very deep into games and some members of their bullpen are pooped out.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        That’s the problem with being the greatest bullpen ever. You’re so good, that the manager continues to use you.

  • Dr. Van Nostrand

    Just got a PS3 yesterday (mostly for the Show) and I have been loving it so far. Started my own road-to-the-show as a SS/LF in the Yanks system. Maybe I’ll sneak into the bigs if Jeter moves off shortstop soon.

    The thing I don’t get though is that you accumulate these training points from completing goals in the minor league games/training but I haven’t figured out where you can use these points. I could totally use some of those points in the hitting department

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Go to the training section and use them there. First, use them in conjunction with your advancement goals then stat spreading them out as needed.

  • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

    Every time I watch the Mets this year, it seems like they walk the bases loaded and get out of it.

  • Jose

    I have a suggestion for the color layouts of comments. Shouldn’t the colors alternate based on who is being replied to? I think you can visually identify who is being replied to more quickly.

    I have a picture with the current on the left and suggested on the right: http://i42.tinypic.com/1fcu95.jpg

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s the way it used to be. I’m looking to see if we can restore that through some coding. We made some upgrades to the comments that preclude the old styles for now.

      • Jose

        Gotcha. It is still very much a work in progress.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    comment format again: did you turn off the nesting limit?
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    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      aaaand nevermind. alls good.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Pete: I replied to your email telling you how to fix it.

      Clear your browser cache. Hit refresh. If that doesn’t work, then you have to send me a screenshot and tell me what operating system you’re using.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

        thanks sorry I just realized that my email address is the one i never check – sorry bout that! Err’thangs good now so no matter.

  • Tom Zig

    Trade advice:

    Shin-soo Choo

    For

    Chad Billingsly
    Brad Hawpe
    Franklin Morales

    I have Choo.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Brad Hawpe just hit the DL.

  • Kevin G.

    I don’t know if I’m in the minority here, but I don’t think the reply button should be in all caps. To me, the reply button in caps makes it look a little weird.

    • radnom

      I respectfully disagree.

      • Kevin G.

        Yeah, as I said, I think I’m in the minority here. It isn’t actually that bad now that I look at it again.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          It’s always been all caps.

          • Kevin G.

            What? I remember it being “Reply”. Maybe I’m imagining things.

            • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

              Maybe you’re right. Now, it’s lower case with a transfer to all caps on hover. How’s that?

              • Kevin G.

                I like it, but maybe you should poll the other readers to see which they prefer. It would probably matter more to those who comment more than me.

              • Tom Zig

                ooooooooo fannnnccyy.

                Looks good, Ben.

                • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                  I keep playing with it. Now it’s back to the all caps way. We’ll see.

  • radnom

    lol at the “Cougar Life” ads.

    RAB’s advertisers certainly know their demographic.

  • ARX

    Whatever you guys changed, the site is much faster now. Even the 800+ comment game thread loads lightning fast. Very nice.

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    In which I test something.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    With Ryan Howard’s deal, as well as that of Joe Mauer earlier this year, the Yankees’ ability to overspend is reversing the hometown discount. The Yankees’ financial advantages so dwarf every other team that trying to be the Yankees every decade or so, with one guy, plays right into their hands. The guy you mortgaged your whole future for, the one you were absolutely convinced that if you didn’t sign him forever your fan base would abandon you? Yeah, the Yankees have five guys like that. … The Yankees have reached the point at which their constant spending isn’t just giving them an advantage and isn’t just crippling other teams.

    Yup, the Yankees are terrible for baseball.

    • Rose

      What is this taken from?

      In a similar article, the Providence Journal talks about how the Ryan Howard signing puts the Red Sox in a very very good position to sign Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, or Albert Pujols once they become free agents…because the Yankees already have Teixeira locked up…and if Ryan Howard is $25 million a year, then those other 3 guys could be more…and the only other team besides the Red Sox that could afford them comfortably is the Mets.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        New York Magazine, I saw this snippet on CNNSI.com.

    • Jose

      I have a scenario. In 2017, the Phillies are terrible and are still paying a boatload for Howard, the Yankees will be helping pay for him through revenue sharing. Think about that, the Yankees are bad for baseball, but can help pay for the idiocy of another team.

      • Rose

        Well just recently the Yankees were apparently handing Jeffrey Loria checks personally (so to speak) and he was pocketing them and spending them on himself.

        That whole thing still has a sour taste in my mouth. John Henry and Bud Selig are too buddy-buddy for me. They swindled an idea that had Loria sell his share of the Expos to the rest of Major League Baseball and sold him the Florida Marlins and added a no interest note all because Bud and Mr. Henry wanted Mr. Henry to be able to purchase the Red Sox. Then you add in the Mitchell Commission and tweaking playoff rules the first year the Red Sox have the best record in baseball…I just don’t like those guys…

        But anyway, sorry about the tangent there haha just letting off some steam

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          how’d they tweak the playoff rules? Just wondering, I don’t remember that.

          • Rick in Boston

            I believe Rose is talking about the rule that allows wild cards to have home field if they have a better record than a division champion.

          • Rose

            It wasn’t anything MAJOR but they certainly tweaked them. The Yankees had won the division for like 9 years straight without much of anything changed. The first year the Red Sox have the best record in baseball and win the division…a new rule is put into place where they are able to choose the schedule they desire.

            Like I said, nothing major…just seemed a little odd.

            Not to mention the strange random newsflash that Paul Byrd took steroids THE DAY that he’s suppose to pitch a clinching pennant game…

            • Rick in Boston

              I think the Indians problems in the ALCS had more to do with CC being exhausted after being ridden like Secretariat down the stretch and Carmona completely coming unglued.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              I’m pretty sure that one was mandated by the TV networks

              • Rick in Boston

                Or, reason we hate Fox #3,087,001.

                • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                  So few? I figure Tim McCarver has to be good for a few million all by himself

                  • Rick in Boston

                    Mute button helps bring down my tally.

      • Rick in Boston

        Haven’t the Yankees been paying for everyone in baseball to make mistakes, already? The Rays in the late 90′s, KC and Pittsburgh for the last forever.

  • Rick in Boston

    Does anyone have DirecTV with the sports package (channels in the 600′s) AND the Extra Innings package? If so, have you noticed that unlike the past, you can watch a game on the broadcasting channel (like YES) instead of having to go to the 700′s?

    • Rose

      I don’t have it but I was considering it. What exactly do you mean? I’m not exactly following you…

      I’ve said it many times before. I’m in a part of Connecticut that is suppose to have the YES network…but it’s too expensive for the cable company to have both YES and NESN and it’s closer to Massachusetts so it keeps NESN…but since we’re “supposed” to have YES anyway…it blacks out every one of their nationally televised games regardless thinking that we have it. It’s really frustrating and ridiculous to say the least. So anyway, I’ve been looking into DirectTV…but my current apartment complex doesn’t allow satellite dishes…so I’m thinking about it for when I finally move…

      Do you like it? Affordable? Give me the scoop when you get a chance.

      Thanks.

      • Rick in Boston

        It’s worth the money – you can’t really bundle it with other services, since the bundles are your major brands (my internet is through Verizon, for example). To get any of the regional sports networks (YES, NESN, the various Fox Sports networks) you have to upgrade to a premium tier – as a college football fan, I love it.

        On top of that, you have to pay for Extra Innings to watch the non-local games. Depending on where in CT you are, you might have a problem and have to go the route I go to watch the Yankees. As a baseball fan in general, it’s great, since I can watch any of the games I want, provided I don’t run into a Fox Saturday game or a national game. Also, no matter what, if the Yankees are in Boston, I have to watch NESN or the ESPN/MLB Network feed.

        • Rose

          Is that Fox blackout restriction just for the Extra Innings and MLB TV packages? Or even local YES network feeds?

          I have only gotten NESN for the longest time and never really noticed

          • Rick in Boston

            I believe Fox’s contract allows them to select certain games on Saturdays. The games are then blacked out on the local markets. So last Saturday, for example, I was in the same boat as everyone else in America when it came to the game.

            Think of it this way – I suffer the same blackout rules with Extra Innings as those who use the web.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Jesus vs. Aroldis tonight. I wish that this match-up would never happen. They should be battery-mates. :(

    • Rick in Boston

      Maybe Jesus crushes Aroldis to a tune of 3-3, 3 HR and Aroldis demands a trade back to the Yankees?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      /mryankee’d

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I hate to say this, but I actually agree with mryankee on this one.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          To a point I do too. For 5/$30 million, sign me up. But we don’t know if Chapman would have taken the same deal from the Yankees. He’s likely to get to the majors quicker with Cinci (and have TJS sooner as long as Baker is around). If he hits FA at 27 or so and is any good, he can get his Yankees money then. Probably a much easier route he took, and a much better situation for him to develop in.

  • larryf

    Adrian Gonzalez running the bases last night; he’s ready to take on Molina and Jorge. No slow motion replay needed with these guys.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Zack Greinke is a robot created by stat-geeks/sabermatricians to once and for all destroy the notion that pitchers wins are an important stat.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      2.56 ERA so far, 0 wins. Yikes!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I think this speaks for itself

    • Rose

      Not nearly as good but still respectable…

      Kevin Millwood is 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA for the Orioles

      What makes that suck even more is that they just beat us with him pitching (although he didn’t get the win)

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Greg Maddux played at the golf course I work at today. He was talking to my boss at the entrance of the Pro Shop, when one of the members came up and asked my boss a question. After the member turned to Maddux and said that he looked familiar, and without missing a beat, Maddux said, “Hi, I’m Jeffrey Dahmer”.

    • First Time Poster

      Seriously? If so, that is fucking sweet.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Greg Maddux freaking rules

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        It’s funny because the member didn’t think anything of it. We told his wife about it 3 hours later, and who he actually was, and she couldn’t wait to go home to tell her husband whose hand he shook.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Fantastic story.

      Despite that, he still won’t be a unanimous Hall of Famer because of the mediots.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I was thinking about that the other day. I think he will be a unanimous selection. If not unanimous, then he will at least beat Tom Seaver’s record percentage.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          But he played in TEH STEROID ERA, therefore blank ballots should be submitted. I will only vote for those who played in the amphetamines/cocaine era, or the no-minorities era

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            sincerely,
            too many writers with HOF votes

        • Rick in Boston

          Seaver had 98.84% – based on 500 voters (guesstimating), Maddux would need 494.25 voters to get him to 98.85%. In other words 495 people need to vote for him. There are five morons out there.

          • Rick in Boston

            Guaranteed he won’t be getting this one:

            According to Deadspin, Lisa Olson has never voted because she doesn’t believe in voting for people she covers.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Q: What do the Iraqi’s and Lisa Olson have in common?

              A: They’ve both seen Patriot missiles up close.

              /Victor Kiam’d

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                Anyone? Bueller? I’m sure no one knows what I’m talking about seeing as it’s about the early 90’s Patriots, but a pretty interesting story to say the least. To think the Pats went from Victor Kiam to Bob Kraft is amazingly good fortune.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  That was a Scud Dud.

                  http://www.sadtrombone.com

                  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                    I’m too old (and in Massachusetts).

                    Though I still remember that joke 20 years late. I cannot phathom an owner saying the things he said. Roger Goodell would have him killed, no doubt.

                    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                      Wow. Phathom????? I fail. Fathom…..

                    • Rick in Boston

                      This. Goodell is more powerful than the President.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              If that’s true, she should be stripped of her vote. That’s ridiculous.

              • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                Actually, I’d argue it’s more ethical than most journalists and their approaches to awards/HOF voting.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I see what you’re getting at.

                • Rick in Boston

                  Has MLB outlawed the bonuses based on votes for MVP/Cy Young? As much as we rage against the HoF, nothing is worse than knowing Varitek is going to get paid because Shaunessey or Gammons thinks he’s gutsy enough to give a throw away 10th place vote to him.

                  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                    no they have not, at least I don’t think so. I think it was part of Holliday’s deal this offseason.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          I’ve been thinking about this as well. I can see him being the one guy out there that breaks Seaver’s record percentage, but as others pointed out, there are at least five total morons out there. He will not be unanimous.

    • Rose

      Awesome story. The fact that the guy didn’t know who he was reminds me of when my buddy and i were in a CVS at Cape Cod and he told this large black man that he was tall and asked “did you play basketball?”

      Low and behold it was Dr. J

      His response wasn’t nearly as cool as Greg Maddux’s though haha

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I was in an elevator at Fenway once when I was probably 8 or 9 with my friend and two old guys. One of the old guys points to the other and says, “do you want his autograph?”. We had no clue who he was but said yes. He signs a ball, and in a very readable signature we find out it’s Warren Spahn, who was there to throw out the first pitch.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          1. That’s awesome
          2. They have elevators in Fenway?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Yeah, they have electricity and running water too, as shocking as it is!

            We were in a suite, so it’s basically a private elevator for the people who have the suite tickets.

            • Rick in Boston

              At $9 a beer, they better be able to afford electricity. Are you sure about the running water, though? The last time I was there, the water looked a lot like urine.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      There is not the proper word to describe the awesome

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Did anyone else hear/see Mike and Mike talking about BP’s WARP this morning?

  • Andrew What?

    Hey Mike I got a pitching related question for ya not really related to this post, so I hope you don’t remove this comment (pretty please). A lot is getting made of last night with Hughes not throwing any change ups last night. In fact, NYYFans forum is in a panic state about that. What’s your take on it? Thanks in advance.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      In fact, NYYFans forum is in a panic state about that.

      This is shocking.

      I am not Mike, obviously, but my take is that he doesn’t really feel comfortable with it. I know it was a big part of the narrative as to that’s why he won the fifth starter spot, but let’s just say I think that’s a story and nothing more.

  • larryf

    In honor of NJ, can we have some sort of new stat; WAG/WPG (walks a game/walks per game)? He doesn’t seem to get on base much any other way…

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I just got in a random Kentucky Derby pool at work. I drew “Homeboykris”. I don’t know anything about betting, but is 50-1 good odds?

    • larryf

      Joe Torre owns 10% of that horse. 50-1 is great if you win but it is unlikely. A little better chance than the O’s making the playoffs.

      • Rick in Boston

        Torre owns part of the horse? I’m hoping it’s not a shoulder.

        • larryf

          IETC. Just google Torre Kentucky Derby….

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Do you guys prefer your readers not to run adblocking software? Or does it not really matter?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Obviously we’d prefer you to not run it. That’s money lost for us, and considering the downturn the ad market has taken recently it’s become a bit bigger of an issue.

      But I’m not going to cry if you keep it running.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        I never thought about that. Just disabled AdBlockPlus on RAB.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Personally I run Adblock plus (think that’s what it’s called) but turn it off for here and a few other sites.

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    A short, nice read on John Smoltz idea of bouncing Joba back forth from the rotation and the bullpen. Thought it might be off some inspiration for one of you to write about or if not just for everyone to read.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....;FEEDNAME=

  • Tampa Yankee

    This continues to be a big topic here, especially since they are discussing moving the team to Tampa but these attendance figures for the Rays continue to be pathetic (from ESPN Box Score):

    Tuesday’s game vs the A’s – 10,825 (30.0% full) – % is based on regular season capacity. For last night’s game – 10,691 (29.7% full) – % is based on regular season capacity.

    This is one of the best teams in baseball and they can’t draw 11K? WTF?!

    • Rose

      This continues to be a big topic here, especially since they are discussing moving the team to Tampa

      Moving what team to Tampa?

      • Tampa Yankee

        The Rays… moving them from St. Pete (where the current Stadium is) to Tampa.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          It’s the only that franchise can survive. Blow up that stadium and blame it on a “faulty wire”.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            It’s the only WAY that franchise can survive. (Moving to Tampa)

            • Tampa Yankee

              Exactly. I moved down here form NY in 2000 and frankly it’s been the same arguments… the stadium sucks and it’s in a shitty location.

              There is no easy way to get to Pinellas form Hillsborough. It’s a 45 minute+ drive for me and I live in an area with relatively easy access to the interstates/express ways.

              A recent study also showed that more companies in Hills. have reason tix than Pinellas companies (20 to 11).

              It also doesn’t help that the Tampa Bay area has some of the most bangwagon fans around as well as some of the stupidest fans/sports radio hosts around.

              Such a shame…

  • H.W. Plainview

    Gregg Doyel, pathetic failure.

  • Rose

    Montero’s line looks kind of stinky thus far…

    Season (17 games): .246/.319/.400, 6 R, 9 RBI, 7 BB, 13 K
    Defense: 15 SB allowed, 1 CS, 2 PB, 2 E

    Nothing to write home about…

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      IMO, this is a trollish arguments made based upon small samples while ignoring the fact that he’s 20 and playing in AAA.

      Mark Teixeira isn’t hitting. Ergo, he sucks.

      • Rose

        Nothing really trollish about it. But that’s the problem with having the Off-Topic thread I guess. I had asked a previous question about Cervelli being the 3rd catcher next year and went to look at how Montero was doing…saw he wasn’t doing that well…but realized it wasn’t really relevant to the previous topic or any others…so instead, staying true to the rules, I just posted it in the off-topic thread which unfortunately made it look like I was seeking out to diminish his value or something.

        Carlos Santana’s line seems to be where I thought Montero’s would be that’s all. I’m sure he’ll come around. Tex needs to also.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          When you’re at the point in the season where going 5 for 5 would result in a .050 increase in batting average, it’s generally pretty useless to look at a triple slash line. Doing so makes it seem as though you’re trying to slam Montero for what amounts to a bad 67 at bats.

          • Rose

            I suppose you’re right. On the other hand, had he been mashing the ball in the same amount of at-bats there would be a good chance that a thread or at least a lot more conversation would be present.

            Either way, I get your point…wasn’t trying to start anything…just saw his line and other similar minor league catching prospects after talking about Cervelli so I posted it.

            My bad.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Carlos Santana’s line seems to be where I thought Montero’s would be that’s all.

          I’m a little late to this party, but I feel this is worth noting:

          Jesus Montero’s DOB: 11/28/1989
          Carlos Santana’s DOB: 4/8/1986

          Jesus Montero’s pre-2010 G/PA: 257/1071
          Carlos Santana’s pre-2010 G/PA: 469/1925

          • Rose

            I agree. I thought he might be like Jason Heyward but at Catcher…

            Jason Heyward’s DOB: 8/9/1989
            Jason Heyward’s pre-2010 G/PA: 238/1003

            Then again, I guess that’s part of the reason Heyward was always ranked higher than Montero…

            • Rick in Boston

              You’re also forgetting to add in a positional differences. An OF corner is much easier to play than C. I wonder who was the last C to spend their age 20 season at AAA.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                Especially a catcher who is obviously still learning the craft and has an atypical catcher’s body.

  • Dirty Pena

    To whoever dropped David Freese in the Premier League: thank you.

  • Hangoverologist

    Is anybody going to see the Ozzie Guillen reality show? This thing looks fucking awesome from the clip they are showing on MLB Tonight.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I’m totally watching it when it premieres in like….. two and a half months

  • Accent Shallow

    Saw the Thunder yesterday and seeing the Yankees tomorrow.

    <3 cheap tickets <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I have a new friend on Facebook everybody………Mr……..wait for it………wait for it……………wait for it………..

    MELVIN CROUSSETT

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-860505

      There was a certain Mystique and Aura (.com) about my foresight there, huh?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        ..and if I could have contacted you at 1 a.m. to tell you the glorious news, I would have. haha

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Melvin sensed you were down and out, and you thought you had failed in your quest. So what does he do? Pays you a (semi)personal visit.

          Omnipresence FTW!

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I think he’s trying to give Rebecca a very personal visit, knowhatimean? *nudge nudge* *wink wink*

            (just kidding Rebecca)

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Melvin is talking to me.

    I am not exaggerating, using hyperbole or any other figure of speech.

    • Tom Zig

      Did you tell him he has a cult following in America and a facebook group about him?

      I bet he’d be impressed, honored and weirded out all at the same time.

  • ROBTEN

    I posted a version of this in the Canó thread earlier in the day, but right when it died so I hope it is OK to re-post it here. I’m interested in the difference between how Fangraphs and B-R.com calculate K% for hitters.

    **

    I just noticed that Canó is listed as having an 11.6% SO rate on baseball-reference.com, while Fangraphs’ K rate is at 13%. I realized that Fangraphs calculates K% in terms of at-bats, while baseball-reference.com’s SO% is calculated in terms of plate appearances.

    My initial thought would be that the more accurate number would be b-r.com’s, since it includes all PAs (walks, sacrifices, etc.), whereas Fangraphs’ SO/AB ratio doesn’t account for PAs that don’t result in an AB. In other words, it seems to give us a better sense of just how often a player strikes out when they come to the plate.

    If so, then Canó’s 11.6%, while higher than the past two years, would actually be more in line with his career SO rate (11.1% on b-r) than Fangraphs’ 13% (compared to career 11.8%) would seem, and that this would be a result of his increased BB% (which doesn’t factor in the number of ABs, thus Fangraph’s higher percentage compared to b-r.com).

    In other words, as long as he can keep up his increased BB%, b-r.com would suggest that the current increase in SO% is virtually canceled out.

    But, does this make sense? Is there a reason why one calculation is better than the other? Is there something else that I am missing?

    • Rose

      Personally, I would think Baseball-Reference’s version makes a lot more sense. It would give you a much clearer understanding of a player’s actual strike out percentage is. Going strictly by AB doesn’t really make sense to me. It basically doesn’t give him credit for not striking out when he walks or hits a sacrifice fly…which is not accurate.

      As to why Fangraphs does it the other way? I have no idea…

  • vin

    Came across this box score from July 4, 1995:

    http://www.baseball-reference......7040.shtml

    Mo to teh 8th!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Frank Thomas had to screw up everything.

  • http://www.pinstripepalace.blogspot.com Brien Jackson

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read about baseball.

    http://www.cbssports.com/colum.....-extension

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      You should check out Gregg Doyel Twitter feed too. It’s just as mind-numbingly stupid.

      • http://www.pinstripepalace.blogspot.com Brien Jackson

        I think I prefer having no idea who he was. I mean that literally, as I was reading him bashing Keith Law, the only thing I could think was “who the fuck is Greg Doyel?” Someone who isn’t aware that Toronto was a pretty decent team last decade apparently.

        I’m worried about the new baseline this is going to set for inane A-Rod commentary though. The contradictions in that paragraph about A-Rod and Werth may very well threaten the fabric of the space-time continuom.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Not only that, but I would think working for Toronto would give Law a good basis to speak about bad contracts

  • Bill in Boston

    who is pitching for scranton tonight (april 30)? thanks

    • Bill in Boston

      nevermind found it.. looks to be Dustin Moseley for those thinking of going

      • Rick in Boston

        I thought Moseley was out.

        • Bill in Boston

          maybe. read it in the recap of last night’s game on the scranton site.. decided not to go anyway

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I know it’s ridiculously stupid, but I bet Cano gets some GG votes this year because Tex said he’s the best defensive 2B in baseball (and because he’s crushing the ball).

    • Zack

      Or he could just crush the ball and play no defense

      /palmeiro-style

      • Zack

        and win the GG*

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    aaron (NEW YORK)
    I assume Jake Peavy will rebound, but by how much? Is he just an average pitcher who looked great in the weakest division of the weaker league in the a huge ballpark for 5 years?

    Jayson Stark (1:08 PM)
    Seems as if I answer this question every week. I still see a guy with excellent stuff who just hasn’t commanded it at all so far. He was so good when he came back at the end of last year, it’s way too simplistic to just blame changing leagues and ballparks.

    So he discredits this year’s SSS, but uses last years Smaller SS to make his point? Wow.

    • Zack

      In 641.2 IP away from PETCO, his ERA is 3.89 and his FIP is 4.27.

      Obviously he’s not as bad as he’s been this year, but he’s not an ace/#1 guy.

  • Stryker

    holy crap tanner scheppers (rangers’ 2009 draftee) promoted to triple A after only 11 innings. granted this guy has great stuff and polish, but geeeez.

    • Zack

      He did dominate AA though: 11 IP, 3 hits, 19 K, 0 BB (yes-ZERO)

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The Red Sox are honoring Nomar pregame next Wednesday. They have truly jumped the shark. 6 years ago the same owners/GM/manager, etc. bashed this guy on his way out of town, and now they honor him and want to profess their love for him? Wow.

    • Pat D

      Time heals all wounds.

      It’s not like the Sox ended up suffering for it.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Time Money heals all wounds.

        • Pat D

          Hmmm. Not really sure how Boston makes money off this that they wouldn’t already otherwise.

          And Nomah’s working for ESPN and surely he made enough money in his career that he doesn’t need a payday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    http://vimeo.com/7209340

    The next big thing for the July 2nd signing period. I give you……..Vicmal DeLaCruz.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    AA (Atown)
    I’m a Dodger fan. By not signing a 1 Starter in the offseason I knew they wouldn’t get to the Series, but I had no idea they would start off this bad irrespective of a shaky staff. Can I pin it all on the MCcourts drama or do the players and Torre have to take some blame as well? They are brutal right now.

    Jerry Crasnick (4:38 PM)
    AA, All the signs were there. Their starting pitching was thin, and Manny Ramirez’s head is never in the right place in the last year of his contract. Now we’ve got the Matt Kemp-Ned Colletti soap opera. I don’t care what Frank McCourt says: All the divorce talk and the spillover from that situation set a bad tone around the team’s camp in spring training, and you have to wonder when or if they’ll recover.

    Revisionist history FTW. Manny Ramirez has been in a contract year 2x in his life.

    2000: .351/.457/.697 186 OPS+, 44 HR and 165 RBI

    2008: .332/.430/.601 165 OPS+, 37 HR and 121 RBI
    BOS: .299/.398/.529 136 OPS+
    LAD: .396/.489/.743 221 OPS+

    I don’t know where his head was, but his bat was obliterating pitchers.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      My favorite is that Manny quit on the Sox. July ’08 for Manny:

      .347/.473/.587/1.060

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        And played in 22 of 24 games.

      • Pat D

        Didn’t he sit out some games, particularly against the Yankees, with questionable at best injuries, though? That’s what I seem to remember.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          I think the idea came out of that one at-bat against Mariano where he struck out looking on three pitches.

  • Pat D

    As much as I hate ESPN New York, I figured this article might be of interest to those of us who remember the dysfunctional 80′s teams.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5149683

    That’s right: Ed Whitson talks about his time with the Yankees! (just not Billy Martin)

  • Zack

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....-GM-043010

    In fact, when I asked Amaro in a follow-up e-mail how he views RBIs – a statistic often downplayed by sabermetricians – he responded with a reply that is sure to send the numbers crowd into spasms of rage.

    “The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business; however, I choose to ignore their opinions,” Amaro said.

    Man he’s such a moron.

    • Dela G

      i aint gonna hate, the man has the ring

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        …as an assistant GM.

    • Accent Shallow

      If I were a Met fan, I’d be ecstatic. You can run a good team with just scouting inputs, but the Phillies don’t seem to be making great decisions — too many years on Ibanez, Polanco, letting Lee go for mediocre prospects (and to resign Blanton), and then throwing this money at Howard?

      Downhill turn may be coming.

      (Of course, it’ll be in a couple years)

  • Rey22

    So, I’m unsure on who should play SS for my unspectacular fantasy team. I got Ian Desmond and Alcides Escobar. Who do you guys think is a safer bet going forward?

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    I need help. So I have firefox, and it used to save entry fields (such as the ones on here) when I closed it, but now it doesn’t. What do I do about that? It’s mildly annoying to retype the info every time.

  • Zack

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5148731

    “Kids today aren’t afraid because they don’t take responsibility for their mistakes anymore,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I see that in the game every single day.”

    Taking responsibility- like testing positive for cocaine and claim you only tried it once?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He should take responsibility for his hairstyle too. That’s an offense worse than coke in my book.

  • Pat D

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5153932

    Gotta love when your agent tries to alienate the fan base after 1 start.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    I need fantasy help, would you do this trade:
    Jorge and Howie Kendrick for Gerald Laird, Jeff Keppinger and Ellsbury

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yes.

  • Tom Zig

    Trevor Hoffman is ruining my fantasy team and he isn’t even on it.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      aha how does that work?

      • Tom Zig

        Ryan Doumit is on the other fantasy team. He has 2 HRs. 2 Runs 5 RBIs and 8 TBs just off of Hoffman.

        Oh and in week 1, I was winning the week by 1 HR. Pujols (on the other fantasy team) hits a HR off Hoffman to tie the game and tie the week.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Week one — Sunday night. All of our respective players had already finished. There was but one player still left. His name was Matt Holliday. I had been up by the slightest of margins in average, obp, rbi. The tiniest bit possible. Fractions, man. All I needed to clear those three categories and win by a significant margin that week was for Matt Holliday to NOT hit a home run in the last at bat of the game.

      Off who, you might ask? Trevor Hoffman. That man has destroyed owners (and I don’t mean the ones that own him in their leagues).

      I fucking hate him.

      • Tom Zig

        Can he just retire already?

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          I think they’re just putting him out there til he gets his 600 saves.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena aka The Smug Jackass Who Makes Negative Predictions About His Team and Comes to Brag When He’s Right

    Testing..

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena aka The Smug Jackass Who Makes Negative Predictions About His Team and Comes to Brag When He’s Right

      Brilliant! Didn’t think you could make a name that long.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Just a warning: This probably isn’t a good idea.

  • Tom Zig

    Ryan Doumit is on the other fantasy team. He has 2 HRs. 2 Runs 5 RBIs and 8 TBs just off of Hoffman.

    • Tom Zig

      reply fail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Here is an interesting video of a Yankee intrasquad game in the D.R. It is (current Charleston ace)Jose Ramirez vs. (future phenom) Reymond Nunez.

    Also, at the 1:42 mark, who is that in the white shirt charting pitches, you ask? The one and only, “Asesino de los Sueños” Melvin Croussett.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

  • Across the pond

    wow. all out of words at this stage.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Random….

  • danny

    andd the red sox just got swept by the orioles……
    AHAHAHAHAHAH!!

    • Jose

      I’m confused, I was told the Orioles always lay down and die against the Red Sox.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I’m pretty sure I whined about this so I shall give the Birds credit for what they have done against Boston this year. Good job, Os! Hopefully you got all your winning out of the way before this upcoming series against the Yankees.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    From the Boston Herald, talking about the red Sox woes.

    A clear divide is opening between the veterans of the team’s World Series and playoff runs and the new players who were acquired to bolster the club this winter. Marco Scutaro seems like the only truly assimilated player of the bunch. It’s not hard to read between the lines.

    HAHAHA. Never change Boston. You’re precious.

    http://bostonherald.com/sports.....position=0

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I just read that, and thought this was kind of a rude thing to say on Pedroia’s part: “Everyone thought Baltimore was three easy wins…” Yeah, I don’t think you say that to the media about another team.

      Also, I had to laugh at the line about Ellsbury being out “killing them.” OH NO NOT ELLSBURY!!!! (I know, playing two probably replacement-level-at-best players in the outfield hurts. But Cameron’s injury is much worse for the team than Ellsbury’s because he’s the much better player.)

      • Rose

        Even when Mike Cameron comes back, is he really going to change that? As for Jacoby Ellsbury, his return certainly would help. At the same time, Marco Scutaro has a .356 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot this year, virtually identical to Ellsbury’s .355 last season.

        http://www.boston.com/sports/c.....ep_it.html

        Not according to Tony Massarotti…

        • Rose

          Sorry, forgot the part that comes before the Cameron statement.

          The Sox have won two of those games and lost three, a record that places equal blame on run production and run prevention.

    • Accent Shallow

      As much as I wish this were unique to Boston, we read the same crap up until the end of 2009.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        How is Marco Scutaro “assimilated”? What the hell does this even mean in this context? Does he grow better facial hair? Does he whine and pout whenever he makes an out? I’m trying to “read between the lines” as the author suggests, but I’m not sure I can assimilate his meaning.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Does he have pine tar on his helmet? Maybe that’s it.

    • Rose

      They have to constantly keep people interested there.

      Anybody who’s not physically inside Fenway for one of the games…is more concerned with the Bruins or Celtics at the moment. They’re not watching at the moment.

      Once they’re eliminated or the playoffs are over with…you’ll hear a lot more barking…also because a lot more games will have been played too.

  • Frank D.

    Ok so Im being offered J.Werth for Jose Guillen and C.McGhee. I think I should do it, shouldn’t I?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Absolutely.

  • Rose

    Derek Jeter’s WAR – 0.7
    Johnny Damon’s WAR – 1.2

    I’m guessing the main differences are in defense (-2.3 UZR for Jeter and 3.2 for Damon) and OBP (.367 for Jeter and .420 for Damon)?

    Anything else?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Teh double steal!!!!

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Are we still obsessing about comparative stats after 24 games? Big effing deal.

      • Rose

        Obsessing? No. But you’re certainly still getting angry over them haha.

        Sorry. I just read an article on MLBTR about the coming up free agents and their WARs and at first I was pretty surprised…but then started realizing some things I guess.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Well, every other day, you’re highlighting some early-season “deficiency” to — as far as I can tell — stir up trouble. That’s the very definition of trolling. As numerous people have said, you can’t make a valid comparison based upon 15 percent of the season.

          • Rose

            No. But in the same breath you can’t make an assumption that Jeter’s UZR is going to stay at a positive 6.2 either…or that his OBP is going to continually stay around or above .400

            He’s had several bad UZR seasons including one having the exact UZR rating he has right now (-2.3 in 2003) which is actually one of his better ones over the years.

            Not to mention his GB% this year is 71.3% right now. While his LD% is significantly lower. It’s a large margin too. 67 ground balls, 16 fly balls, and 11 line drives. He already has 7 infield hits in less than a month for the season (he averaged around 25 the past 3 years).

            Seems like the line drives he used to hit may now be puttering on the grass…

            His BA is still great (.333) but using context clues it may be in for a rude awakening.

          • Rose

            And as I’ve stated several times in the past. I’m not “trolling”. Just because somebody has a different opinion or asks a question that may smudge the rose-colored glasses for a moment or two, doesn’t mean that they’re doing it to get a rise out of people or because they are trolling.

            Sometimes people just have a different perspective or need a change of pace from the “every day is beautiful!” conversations that usually are painted all over the threads. That’s all.

            • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

              Have you read through recent threads? No one’s saying everything is beautiful. But it seems to us as though you’re either trying to draw conclusions from fewer than 100 PAs/25 games or you’re leaving every thread open-ended as though you’re trying to stir up some sort of faux-debate over the benefits of Jeter and Damon or Jesus Montero’s worth or whatever. As one of the people who run this site, I’m simply expressing the fact that we’re growing weary of that approach.

              • Rose

                This is ironic because you’re claiming I’m a troll because I’m presenting factual information and conversation about baseball on a baseball site…but it’s not worthy enough because it’s in less than a certain amount of at bats…BUT…

                You’re growing sick of what you’re creating in your head. You’re jumping to conclusions and assuming that I have some motive in which I don’t and that you clearly don’t have any proof of.

                Irony indeed.

                • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Then what exactly are you trying to do? What’s your point?

                  • Rose

                    My point was literally asking if the OBP and UZR were the ONLY reasons that Johnny Damon had a higher WAR than Jeter or was I missing anything?

                    It was a genuine question that you sabatoged for no reason. If anything what you did was kind of trollish in a way.

                    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                      I think Ben’s saying it seems like a pretty obvious question that doesn’t need much discussion. Damon’s got a higher wOBA and higher UZR, which is outweighing the (slightly) negative position adjustment. This is going to sound dickish, but I don’t mean it to: you probably could’ve come to this conclusion when you looked at each player’s page on FG when you were looking up their WAR totals so far.

                    • Rose

                      Not everybody is fully savvy in all of these new statistics though. I mean it’s easy for an owner and writer of a baseball blog to scold people assuming they all know as much as they do but that’s not always the case. I know the jist of them…but a lot of the details I’m still not sure on.

                      Fact of the matter is…he assumed I was doing something that I wasn’t. That’s what I was most upset about. He was belittling my post because it lacked statistics that mattered…while at the same time making up his own assumptions about me and my “motives” based on merely his own opinion.

                      And people always claim that I have some sort of “complex”. I don’t. Sometimes it’s just things like this.

                      Again, if I have to apologize for Ben’s misunderstanding, I will. My intentions certaianly weren’t to confuse anybody or get them riled up for no reason. Sometimes i just wish others would apologize for once. Ben actually did last time…but twice in a row could be quite the tall order haha.

                    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                      After a year of the same old shit, your “it’s not me, it’s everyone else” explanations don’t hold much water.

                    • Rose

                      Joe,

                      Maybe it doesn’t hold any water because of the bias against me? I just asked a genuinely normal question inside a thread titled “Off-Topic” that was actually still related to baseball…and your sidekick (just like everybody else) overreacted, became extremely angry for no reason at all, and antagonized the situation yet again.

                      I mean…at what point do you guys look in the mirror and take any responsibility?? Is it ever??

                    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                      Rose, I do not have a bias against you. That said, you post these “look at how badly Yankee Player X is doing in a very small sample size! Cause for concern?” things quite a bit. It’s extremely noticeable. I don’t think this place is full of sunshine and rainbows. There’s not crazy mega-critical stuff, but I think the analysis is pretty balanced.

                      I don’t know what “responsibility” people really need to take.

                    • V

                      Man, you really have serious issues.

                    • Rose

                      Bex,

                      Please look above. Where did I show any cause for concern whatsoever? Can you please show me? Can anybody?

                      And “V”, I have issues because you can’t understand logic and reasoning? This whole time I talk about how I’ve gotten jumped on for things I didn’t do…then one of the writers blatantly in front of everyone ambushes a perfectly normal post without any reason at all…except for a weak assumption that didn’t make any sense…everybody sees it…but I have issues.

                      I’m confused…sometimes I think they force the majority of you to drink the koolaid in here or something. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt but it gets a bit ridiculous after a while…

  • forensicnucchem

    VERY Off-Topic: Anyone have any insight as to why BR.com refuses to include Thames in the Pitcher vs. Batter numbers involving the Yankees? As someone who religiously checks these numbers for some reason, it really gets to me…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Not sure why. If you’re just looking for this year, here it is on yahoo.

      http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/pl.....avHcWFCLcF

      You can also check career on there as well.

      • forensicnucchem

        Yeah, I actually get it from Thames’ BR page going backwards. It’s just annoying to have to go through that just for his numbers instead of having them together with everyone else’s.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    ATTN: Rose:

    I know the jist of them…but a lot of the details I’m still not sure on.

    A point of clarification: the gist of WAR is combining the run values of WAR and UZR to make wins. If you get that, you’ll basically get WAR. I think that’s what I was assuming about your reference to WAR and I apologize if that was too presumptuous.

    • Rose

      No, thanks for clearing that up.

      It really was a genuine question on my behalf. I don’t understand why Ben overreacted and became extremely angry over it.

      I mean I basically knew most of the things included in WAR, I was just wondering if I were missing anything in regards to the difference with Jeter and Damon.

  • sleepykarl

    Am I the only one who keeps sliding more and more towards hoping the Yankees stay away from Crawford? I realize that Crawford and Gardner are by no means equal talent, if Gardner keeps playing well and turns out a decent year, is the gap in talent worth an extra 4/$48(I have no clue what his market will be, just a guess with Chone’s deal as a base) and a 1st round draft pick? I’d be slightly concerned with Crawford as I have seen it pointed out that guys who play on turf loose their legs quicker than those on natural fields (and that’s Crawford’s key) and the lack of need to add offense (8/9 All-Star types seems fine). Just seems like Gardner at his salary and retaining the 1st rounder keeps looking like a better idea everyday.

    • Rose

      What about “Edge” aka Jayson Werth?

      It’s only been 25 games out of 162…I’ll make an assessment of Brett Gardner once 2010 comes to an end.

      Carl Crawford has years and years of success. Brett Gardner has bits and pieces.

      Although, I do share your concern with the turf.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I’ll make an assessment of Brett Gardner once 2010 comes to an end.

        This is the key. I hope that Gardner shows that he is a legitimate starting OF (even as a #9 hitter) in the majors. If he proves this, you can slide him back to CF and sign Cliff Lee (potentially) instead of Crawford. Having Gardner be a starter helps create payroll flexibility which this team desperately needs.

        • Rose

          What do you think Cliff Lee is going to ask for though? 2007 he was hurt pretty badly…and didn’t he start off hurt this year too for a little bit?

          He’ll be 32 next year…so maybe he’ll be asking for Beckett’s deal?

          I believe Beckett’s deal is the same thing as Lackey’s only a year less…and the reason he took a year less is becase he doesn’t have all the injury clauses that Lackey has. I believe Lackey’s contract is that if he gets injured for a certain length of time…they only have to pay him the league minimum. Beckett didn’t want this at all so he agreed to not have it and take a year less. From what I hear anyway.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            I think Lee will ask for 5/$100 million, or something around that. I’d much rather give him that than Crawford 4/$70.

            Lee>>>>>>>>>Beckett>Lackey.

            Lee truly is one of the best 5-10 pitchers in baseball, and will likely age well as he doesn’t rely on velocity. As you can tell, I’m pretty bullish on Lee.

            • Rose

              I just can’t figure out how the Indians didn’t really do all that much when they had CC and Lee for all that time. Especially when they had Travis Hafner actually contributing, Victor Martinez, Sizemore, etc.

              Yeah they made it 3-1 against the Red Sox in the 2007 ALCS but you would think a team that stacked would have had an easier trip…and been there more than just once.

              Makes you appreciate the Twins a little more…wondering how they sneak in there year after year…haha

              • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                Lee was (insert that picture of the old guy holding his nose that you use way too much) in 2007.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                Yeah, the one year the Indians were truly good in 2007 was the year Lee was injured/ineffective. If that was the 2008/2009 Cliff Lee, there’s no way they lose that series to the Sox, and then go on ton win it all.

              • Rose

                Yup. Agreed. The one good thing that came out of that series was when I went to Game 2 at Fenway (step mom got tickets from work) and the Indians broke a record by being the first team to score 7 runs in extra innings.

                Unfortunately, the celebration was short lived haha

              • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                Lee had a very nice 2005, but the Indians finished 2 games behind the Sox for the wild card. In 2006, he was ok, 2007 he was terrible, and he put it all together and has been a beast since 2008

                The first half of CC’s career he was a solid pitcher, but he didn’t emerge as a monster until 2006 (107 ERA+, 1.317 WHIP from 2000-2005 and 141 ERA+, 1.138 WHIP since)

      • Sleepykarl

        I definately agree on waiting till the year is over, I’m just saying that I am really warming up to Gardner being a solid option, not he has established himself as a solid option already. The fact he has performed this well for a month just seems promising (of course not as a .350/425/.440 guy, but definately very servicable).

  • Tampa Yankee

    I love the fact that the Phillies security tasered the douche bag teenager for running on the field

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb,238457 (safe)

    • Zack

      Good
      +1

    • Thomas

      Apparently he asked his father if he could run on the field and his suggested no.

      Imagine what would have happened if he had run on the mound and touched the rubber.

  • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....or_bo.html

    Trading Vasquez to the Mets and plugging Meat Tre in the rotation.?
    And the Yanks wont skip a beat?
    No mention of any prospects the Mets would send.
    Where do they come up with such ingenious ideas

    • Rose

      Vazquez did well in the NL and is continuing to struggle in the AL (a la Curt Schilling)

      The Mets desperately need pitching.

      Wala – Yankees need to trade Vazquez to the Mets

      For who? Doesn’t matter because it will never happen haha

      • Zack

        “is continuing to struggle in the AL (a la Curt Schilling”

        1st year in BOS: 150 ERA+, 3.11 FIP
        2nd year in BOS: 80 ERA+, 3.63 FIP
        3rd year in BOS: 120 ERA+, 3.59 FIP
        4th year in BOS: 123 ERA+, 4.21 FIP

        Oh, and he was 37, 38, 39 and 40. So I dont see where he struggled in the AL.

        • Rose

          Don’t know why I used “a la” there…it was done incorrectly. What I meant was “according” to Curt Schilling. I was just typing fast and put “a la” without thinking for whatever reason.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Struggle is a relative term, but here are his last years in the NL:

          2003: 159 ERA+, 2.66 FIP
          2002: 142 ERA+, 2.40 FIP
          2001: 157 ERA+, 3.11 FIP

          Career NL–132 ERA+, 1.107 WHIP
          Career AL–117 ERA+, 1.239 WHIP

          Granted the guy is the all-time leader in K/BB–he is going to have some very nice looking FIPs

      • Grammar Gestapo

        Wala – Yankees need to trade Vazquez to the Mets

        Wala? It took me a good three minutes to realize you meant “voila.” That pretty much made my morning.

        • Rose

          Yeah, had this been my MGMT 7060 paper that’s due next week…I would have paid more attention…but since it’s not even close…I type it like most people type “bologna”…baloney.

          “voila” and “caio” don’t look good…so I spell it “wala” and “chow”

          • keithr

            ciao?^^

            • Rose

              No.

    • Sleepykarl

      “The easy answer to all of this is Vazquez. It makes all the sense in the world for both the Mets and Yankees. If only someone could convince Cashman of that.”

      Sometimes I would love to sit down with a columnist and attempt to understand the thought process they go through that makes them confident enough to end
      with a smug line.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        It’s the utter lack of any accountability

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I FJM’d this. It will go up on TYU @ 11 AM tomorrow.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Dunn against ATL or Pena against SEA tonight?

    • Rose

      Pitching match-up wise I’d go with Dunn because Kawakami doesn’t even have a win yet…but then again he could be due.

      Vargas has pitched decent and could be due for a loss.

      Pena has a .200/.286/.500 (.786) line against LHP

      Dunn, on the other hand, has pounded RHP to the tune of .292/.424/.625 (1.049)

      I’d probably lean towards Dunn…

  • Rose

    These are some pretty great baseball quotes…

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ent.1.html

    I certainly recommend taking a peek at them…

    So many Yankee quotes.

    “Owning the Yankees is like owning the Mona Lisa…” – George Steinbrenner

    • Jose

      My favorite: “The evil empire extends its tentacles even into Latin America.”

      Poor Lucchino. He should’ve known not to compete with the Yankees when it comes to signing a free agent.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    just wondering, why do people consider UZR the best defensive metric? Clearly, it’s way, way better than, like, fielding percentage, but there are other advanced defensive metrics out there. Is it because it’s so readily available compared to Plus-Minus or Total Zone?

    • Thomas

      I don’t know if people consider it best; most use UZR though, because it is freely available on fangraphs. I wouldn’t be surprised if total zone usage picks up now that it is available on B-Ref. I’d never use Dewan’s system since I have no idea where to find it.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I feel like I would really like Total Zone if I could… like… sort it, by year and by position. That’s one really good thing with UZR; it does that which helps provide context.

    • Jose

      I’ve wondered this as well. I like to use many different numbers. I think the issue is availability. Try finding plus-minus efficiently, it isn’t easy. Fangraphs is shaping what statistics people use in a big way. Which is the best stat?

      Take Mike Cameron in CF in 2007 as a comparison of systems:
      Rtot: 6.0
      UZR: -14.1
      DRS: 5
      +/-: +1
      RZR: .894

      Was he good that year defensively? Three metrics have him as being just a bit above a neutral fielder that year. UZR has him being a massive defensive liability. He made plays in his zone at a decent enough rate. Which do you put the most weight in?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Joe Morgan (11:02 AM)

    Ryan Howard’s $125 million contract has generated more than Joe Mauer’s 180 million and Matt Halladay’s contract. It should be mentioned that of the three, only Ryan Howard has a rookie of the year award, MVP award and a world championship to his credit. I’m a little confused at why he has generated such negative comments.

    Joe Morgan=alex gonzalez?

    • Jose

      I love how you focused on his typo rather than how batshit insane the rest of what he said is. You must have become immune to him.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I actually focused on the whole thing but pointed that out because that was his opening statement, not even an answer to a question. He truly is pulling the wool over all of our eyes, he cannot be serious at this point, can he?

        • Thomas

          Maybe Joe Morgan doesn’t really exist anymore. In actuality, it is just Ken Tremendous doing these chats and providing voice over work for a CGI during Sunday Night Baseball.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Does anyone else remember the Married With Children episode when Joe Morgan was on it, and he was the smart former baseball player? IIRC, Piazza and Winfield were the “dumb ones” and Morgan was the smart voice of reason.

            • Rick in Boston

              It was during the 1994 season when Al protested the cancellation of the world series by starting the nudie bar league.

        • Jose

          Haha, gotcha. Maybe he started off with that in order to set the bar high for insane ideas. I admire his ability to outdo himself every chat.

          Someone should ask him if Greinke is any good this year. 2.27 ERA, 6 GS, 1 CG, 39.2 IP, 4.71 K/BB, 0.983 WHIP, 183 ERA+. His record? 0-3. I’m hoping he continues to lose games while pitching amazing. He can help bash the myth of the importance of W-L.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Scott Linebrink, on May 1st pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 4 runs. His WPA was -0.474. He got the win. He is 1-0 on the season,

            Therefore, Linebrink>>>>>>Greinke

            Sincerely,

            Joe Morgan

    • Zack

      Howard’s contract is closer to Vernon Wells than Joe Mauer

  • V
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I don’t know who Seth Everett is and what he’s doing at ESPN-NY, but he had a chat today….…….and made a lot of sense. My head is on the verge of exploding.

    http://espn.go.com/newyork/cha.....th-everett

    • Zack

      Yeah, a media member who’s actually rational about Javy.
      Dont agree with his opinion on the taser-issue but whatever.

      Then I love the 2nd to last question someone asked about what max player the Nets are targeting during FA, and he didnt even respond ha.

  • Guest

    What’s with all of the Yankee stories today focusing only on the injury situation and how old the Yanks are? First, all of the injuries except Curtis’ are minor. Second, they Yanks just aren’t old any more. Yes, they have a few key players who are old–Jeter, Posada, Mo, Pettite, and A-Rod. But outside of that group, every other player of consequence is either young or in his prime. That’s just not an old team.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    R. Romero, C. Hamels, J. Garcia, and R. Harden have combined to throw 27 IP with 32 K for my opponent in just two days.

  • http://i.imgur.com/yGYvi.jpg SmoothLipsCano

    So Mike, I picked up the Kila Monster based on your recommendation on fangraphs. How soon can I expect to start him in my weekly format league?

  • Rose

    These are the last 2 updates on MLBTR:

    Astros Release Max Sapp
    By Mike Axisa [May 4 at 7:12pm CST]

    White Sox Acquire Buck Coats
    By Mike Axisa [May 4 at 9:07pm CST]

    Nice names…maybe if I had a cool name I could pitch in the majors…

    I guess I’ll just have to stick with the birth name I was given.

    Sincerely,
    Angus MacGyver

    • Tubby

      I remember when Sapp and Coats took on Power and Glory on the undercard of SummerSlam ’91. I still can’t understand how the ref missed the blatant interference from Reverend Slick. That match should have been the defining moment of Paul Roma’s career.

      • Rose

        hahaha

        Was that the same Summerslam that had “Canadian Strong Man” Dino Bravo take on Hercules in a “Steal Chain Tug-o-War” Match?

        If I remember correctly, “Rugged” Ronny Garvin came out and stomped everybody until Rick “The Model” sprayed him with his arrogance cologne and Papa Shango and Kamala came out and put voodoo hexes on each other.

        The good ol’ days…

  • Rose

    It’s all over everything but I just wanted to pay my respects to Ernie Harwell…

    I wasn’t a Tigers fan…I wasn’t around for the years before it. But I had family in Michigan and remember listening to him when I was little from time to time.

    And how can you know appreciate the class that this guy had. His final speech before leaving in 2002 is just great:

    “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. I’m not leaving, folks. I’ll still be with you, living my life in Michigan — my home state — surrounded by family and friends, and rather than goodbye, please allow me to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your family. Thank you for taking me with you to that cottage up north, to the beach, the picnic, your work place and your backyard. Thank you for sneaking your transistor under the pillow as you grew up loving the Tigers. Now, I might have been a small part of your life. But you’ve been a very large part of mine. And it’s my privilege and honor to share with you the greatest game of all,”

    Brings a tear to my eye. Well said, Ernie. May you rest in peace. God certainly did award you with a great journey in life…only to continue in whatever happens next.

    • larryf

      I lived in Ann Arbor for a few years and Ernie was a pleasure to listen to. Very balanced and not overly partial. I loved when balls were hit into the stands how he would make up a name and a location for the fan who caught the ball. “Caught by Bob from Kalamazoo”. A true gentleman of life and the game…

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Just a couple of things I hate about espnnewyork.

    1. Lebron free agency countdown clock. It makes NYC look desperate.
    2. A link on espnnewyork to Goron Edes’ column. Who gives a damn?
    3-5. Ian O’Connor, Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews. Order soesn’t matter.
    6. A-Rod’s countdown clock to 600. He’s 15 away, easy on the clock.

    Things I like..

    1. Brooklyn Brewery ads.
    2. Rob Parker. He always seems ok to me.

    /end rant

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I don’t know if Seth Everett is usually good, but his chat yesterday was very level headed and unbecoming of a ESPN-NY writer.

      http://espn.go.com/newyork/cha.....th-everett

    • poster

      Actually, I see nothing wrong with any of those things except for the three writers and the link to the Edes column.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jim (Vermont)
    Vasquez and Montero for Kemp. Reasonable? Possible?

    Jerry Crasnick (12:16 PM)
    Jim, This is a real trade proposal, I take it? I can’t see the Dodgers going for that one. Matt Kemp is one of their franchise faces. Javier Vazquez turns 34 and he’s having a terrible season, and a lot of people think Montero is a DH. It doesn’t work for LA.

    Thoughts?

    • Zack

      Trading for Javy would improve their rotation, but then they’re giving away their best offensive player. And if they dont have the money to resign Javy then they might not even offer him arbitration.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Trade advice:

    I give: Jorge Cantu/Derek Lee
    I get: Tommy Hanson

    Yes? No?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I wouldn’t do it, starting pitching is usually a lot easier to come by on waivers. You could find 85% of Hanson on waivers, not the other guys.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        The thing is, I’m really heavy at 1B qualifiers (aside from those two I have Morales and Prado) and I don’t have many starters (Carp, Baker, Harden, Zito, A.J. Braden, Neimann, with Anderson and Bedard on the DL).

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I think you’d be better off trying to make a 2 for 1 trade to get a more elite pitcher instead of a guy like Hanson though. I wouldn’t try to fill a need and lose a trade, it’s too early for that.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Paul (Boston)
    Is there any second basemen better than Dustin Pedroia right now in baseball, offensively and defensively combined?
    Jerry Crasnick (12:43 PM)
    Paul, I think you could make a strong case for both Chase Utley and Robinson Cano.

    Smith (Boston)
    How Overrated is Jesus Montero? He been horrendous in AAA.
    Jim Callis (2:02 PM)
    Montero and Ackley are both off to surprisingly poor starts. But I think those are just flukes–I’m not worrying about either guy. Still love them both.

    So who gets the moron of the day award from Boston in ESPN.com chats today?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Paul wins. Even if you ignore Cano’s ridiculous start to this season (back in March, the two were looked at about evenly), Utley still blows Pedroia out of the water and has for years

    • Rose

      Definitely Paul. But I’m not all that surprised by his comments. A large portion of Red Sox fans don’t know much outside of their team (and sometimes the Yankees because they make it a point to watch those games). Kinsler might even be better than Pedroia…but he’s injured all of the time so that significantly decreases his value.

      Smith seems to be just jumping the gun…which a lot of people do. Paul plain and simply is delusional.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Nah–Kinsler has injury issues and an even more ridiculous home/road split than Pedroia. He hits .249/.319/.410/.729 away from Arlington

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Kinsler also isn’t as good defensively as Pedroia.

          But Utley > every other 2B by such a wide margin (yes, including Cano. At least right now.), which is of course what makes Paul’s statement super silly.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    The Cardinals’ starters haven’t allowed a HR in 21 games (142.2 innings)! I don’t know who they’ve been playing but my goodness.

    • Rose

      Penny gave up 2 last night :(

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        heh, I was going to say, I jinxed them (DISCLAIMER: I am well aware jinxes, hexes, and curses do not exist). Penny is an ass though, so good.

        • Rose

          I like that disclaimer part…I just always assumed nobody believed in them but when I jokingly put something like that down…I was very surprised to see how many people came back immediately telling me something I already knew lol

          BTW: Ghosts don’t exist either lol

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Braden is a dick.

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....uez/#cntnt

    I know it’s looked down upon if there was someone that had to get hurt in this game I’d wish it to be him. He belongs on the Sox.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’m really glad Braden is still doing a lot of gum flapping. It’s actually making A-Rod look good……for once. At this point everyone is just laughing at Braden continue to yap.

    • Rose

      He’s realized his weak attempt at fame through overreacting didn’t work initially so he has to continue in order to make his original nonsense worth anything to himself…

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    http://www.fannation.com/truth.....mlb?page=2

    The Twins increased their AL Central lead to 3.5 games with a series sweep, but they’re squandering chances to run away with the division.

    Have I been in a coma? I thought it was May 6th, but since they Twins are squandering their chances to wrap up the division, what the hell else did I miss?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      what the – what? Is there any team that’s “running away with” their division? And I love how that article blames the Twins’ woes on their supposed inability to hit with the bases loaded. I know, I know, run differential and stuff, but a win is a win. They don’t award you extra points at the end of the year if you won a game 8-3 instead of 4-3.

      And oh look, Lackey’s crying about something again.

    • Zack

      Wait, how did Twins win any games after losing Joe Nathan?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H
    • A.D.

      Ensberg right on point.

  • http://i.imgur.com/yGYvi.jpg SmoothLipsCano

    I could also use some trade advice por favor:

    I give: Josh Johnson
    I get: Aaron Hill + Brian Matusz

    Yay? Nay? May?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      If you think Hill can repeat his 2009 I’d do as he carries a lot of positional value. Matusz will likely have some struggles, but has looked good so far. Johnson is just a stud, if you have another top flight pitcher I’d definitely do it, if you have a big dropoff from Johnson to your second best pitcher it might be worth holding off.

      • http://www.boingboing.net/BPtshirt.jpg SmoothLipsCano

        Yeah, whether Hill can repeat his 2009 was the big question for me as well. I should have probably given my depth for my 2B and SP spots as well.

        2B: Pedroia and Uggla

        SP: Cliff Lee
        Johnson
        Jered Weaver
        Jonathan Sanchez
        Roy Oswalt
        Hughes (most satisfying waver wire pickup EVER)
        Jair Jurrjens
        Ian Kennedy (for his 2 start week)
        Brett Cecil (also for the 2 start week, but I might keep him around especially with Jurrjens hitting the DL)

        I do feel that it is easier to find a pitcher on the waiver wire than a good hitter (ESPECIALLY at 2B), the only thing that’s holding me up is if Hill will be able to replicate last year’s numbers.

        • Rose

          With Pedroia and Uggla, Hill becomes entirely unnecessary. And Johnson is certainly more valuable for you right now than Matusz.

          • Thomas

            Unless you’re in a league where you can use 3 2b men, I agree with Rose. Hill is completely unnecessary.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Agreed. My answer got eaten I guess, but after Lee and Johnson it’s shaky (with upside). I’d keep Johnson to keep a strong top two SP.

              • http://www.boingboing.net/BPtshirt.jpg SmoothLipsCano

                Thanks! I agree that I don’t need 3 2b men, my line of thinking was to have Hill replace Uggla and use the latter as trade bait in my league. Though after sitting on it Johnson is way too high a price to pay for Hill. You guys are the best.

  • Jose

    How are the Rays 12-1 on the road? They sure started the season on the right foot at away games.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Pretty easy schedule on the road so far, but 12-1 is 12-1 no matter who they’re facing. They are winning their average road game by almost 5 runs per game. Last year they only averaged about 5 runs a game. They’re great, but certainly due for some regression. Shockingly enough, they were terrible on the road last year, below .400.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        They’re great, but certainly due for some regression.

        There was a recent article on Fangraphs that said that with RISP, the Rays’ OPS is unbelievably high. It’s not sustainable, and that’s where your regression is gonna come.

        The Rays are definitely an excellent team this year, though. I saw someone comparing them to the 2009 Blue Jays and they’re nothing like them.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I saw someone comparing them to the 2009 Blue Jays and they’re nothing like them.

          They both play in the AL East. In domes. So there’s that.

          • Jose

            You’ve convinced me.

  • BklynJT

    Dallas Braden possesses the characteristics of a ___________________.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

      Jackass.

      But did anybody read this:
      http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5170739

      HE’s making a complete ass out of himself. I thought this was done and over with.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        we don’t need much talking in the 209 but I’m gonna keep talking.

        - Dallas Braden.

        • Jack

          To be fair, he wasn’t actually in the 209 during the interview.

      • Jack

        “But I think you’re right, we don’t do much talking in the 209.”

        Do people actually think it’s still cool to refer to their area code?

        • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

          It’s a unwritten rule! I read it! (bad sarcasm)

    • Jammy Jammers

      ginger.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Gibson.

      /Mccarver’d

  • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

    Kershaw for Hughes? Yay or nay?

    • Thomas

      Kershaw, in both real life and fantasy.

  • Jack

    http://www.theonion.com/articl.....inx,17393/

    “1991: Sports Illustrated begins a long period of creative and journalistic decline just weeks after featuring a picture of itself on the cover”

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Wow. Starlin Castro just got called up by the Cubs. To think, last year I was watching him play in Daytona thinking, “Wow. This guy can’t play shortstop to save his life”.

    Apparently my scouting career will never happen. :(

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      How drunk were you though?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Good point.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So when does Dallas Braden rip John Lackey for showing up his fielders, which he has done many times in his career? That’s an unwritten rule I’ve actually heard of.

    • Frigidevil

      Don’t you love how he wants to be all up in the spotlight, A-rod denies his request, yet he keeps beating the hell out of that horse? Gotta love the persistence.

      My favorite part:”He’s an individualistic player,…He plays for the name on the back of the jersey, not the front. I don’t know if he’s noticed, but he doesn’t have a name on the back over there so he should play for the name on the front.”

      Hooray for baseless accusations that turn to mumbled incoherence!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I guarantee you his teammates have to be pissed at him right now. I’m wondering why nobody has told him to shut his yap, but if some A’s player gets 95 MPH heater to the back, it’s on Braden and they know it.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Or 98. Didn’t even know CC could throw that hard

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        “He plays for the name on the back of the jersey”

        It took a whole roll of paper towels to sop up that irony.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Lou Merloni wants the Sox to put Buchholz in the pen to solidify it. I implore the Red Sox to do so.

    • Jose

      I support this idea. I would also suggest they trade prospects for middle relievers. The more volatile the better.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Casey Kelly for Scott Linebrink.

        Sold.

    • Zack

      Are you going to listen for 3 hours tomorrow on “The Baseball Show” and watch him defend every single player? I dont think he’s criticized any one of them since he joined the media.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Listeing now.

        You’re completely right. The best is his defense of BFF Nomar.

        • Zack

          He still says Nomar loves Boston and never wanted to leave, he’s taking that to his grave.

          Glad the other guys mentioned Beckett might be getting a pass in the town. Could you imagine the Yankees so called ace had a 5.96 ERA against the Sox? I mean if our 4/5 starter had that the media would be running them out of town.

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            oooh ooh what’d they say about Beckett exactly?

            • Zack

              They were just talking and said how another talk show host pointed out that Beckett has basically gotten a pass in the town because of 2007, and they just agreed with that point

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Great post on a subject we’ve discussed a million times here.

    http://www.walkoffwalk.com/201.....ers-s.html

    And of course, I just finished reading a Cano piece on ESPN that mentioned Larry Bowa, lackadasicalness, laziness, etc.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    There’s a pretty good argument about who’s the better player, Gardner or Ellsbury.

    For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons.

    Seriously.

  • Jose

    Barry Zito has given up 1 hit in 42.1 IP on a curveball. His curveball in the very early going is a 5.94 wCB/C. It isn’t like he doesn’t throw it very often either, he throws it 21.7% of the time. Too bad his xFIP is 4.06, so as soon as those flyballs turn to HR, his 1.49 ERA is going to sky rocket.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      But Jon Heyman says he’s going to be right in the thick of the Cy Young race. Am I supposed to believe statistics, or Jon Heyman? I, channeling Jon Heyman, believe Zito will improve as the season goes on and challenge Bob Gibson’s 1.12 ERA.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      xFIP assumes a HR/FB of 10.6%, and Zito has had 8.5% for his whole career of 2000+ innings (and only one season of more than 9.6%). It obviously won’t stay at 0.0, but xFIP is always going to underrate him

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    John Flaherty just said that the reason the Red Sox have been so poor defensively and pitching-wise is……… Jason Varitek isn’t catching.

    Wow.

  • Jack
  • Jack

    http://tinyurl.com/32q87u4 (Safe)

    Natinals = Walgreens

    • vin

      The best one is Larry David and the soccer coach – 2nd to last.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    this. is just. awesome.:

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....r_him.html

    “He’s a clown,” CC Sabathia said of Braden. “Guy says he’s from the 209, what the [bleep] is that? That’s where I’m from and I don’t know what he’s talking about. Two-oh-nine. He needs to just calm down – put that in the paper. That’s just tired.”

    “I don’t know why he keeps bringing it up,” said Derek Jeter. “Go ask him, because I have no idea why he’s talking about it again.”

    I forget where I read it but there was another article that said the league pretty harshly scolded Braden/the As after this and said that if he tried to start anything with him the next time they play or any time after, he’ll be pretty harshly punished for it. Good.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

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

      something surprisingly decent from the NYPost. A-Rod’s respect for the game shines through his work ethic. Exactly. Finally some of the MSM is turning around. Hopefully the national media follows suit. I can’t even fathom how people still see A-Rod as more in the wrong than Braden, who threw a friggin hissy fit and then wouldn’t let it go. It’s pathetic, but the fact that there are sympathizers out there is even more pathetic.

      If he had had a problem with it, he should have kept quiet, found Alex after the game, and talked to him about it. He has been unbelievably childish from the start.

      • Zack

        It’s really just proof that whenever an issue with ARod comes up, people are going to take the other side.

        For every Gossage or McCarver that someone interviews that have heard about this non-unwritten rule, John Smoltz goes on the radio and basically laughs at the question and has no clue what they’re talking about. Yet only the 2 guys who oppose ARod get any mention from the media/fans.

        And again, it’s all about sales and views. Journalists know a story about ARod being right or good doesnt do anything, a story ripping ARod sells.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        As much as Dallas Braden should shut up, I want him to continue to talk about this every week. It just makes A-Rod look better and better by not responding.

  • vin

    Not only are the Astros the worst team in baseball this season… they’ve already played more home games than any other team (20). They’ve only played 9 road games.

    They’re excruciatingly bad.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So Tom Verducci is declaring that the Rays “are for real.”

    How is this news? Just about everyone determined that the Rays were a top 5 team in baseball long before they got off to a great start.

    • Alex S

      it’s as if it’s 2008

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      I’d rather a writer be late but right than early but obviously wrong…*cough*…heyman…*cough*

  • 28 this year

    I want to see the fat Sanchez we got in the majors right now use his 99-100 mph fastball to drill Youkilis in the hands or elbow or somewhere where it isn’t as dangerous as the head but could injure him. I don’t ever want to wish injury upon others but the Red Sox are asking for it. And if Sanchez gets suspended, he isn’t an important cog in the rotation or bullpen yet so not a big deal.

  • Jack

    Fun Fact: Last night’s game made Tex’s OPS+ go up 30 points.

    Yay SSS.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    Nine of the top 18 starters (by ERA) in the AL (and 9 of the top 39 in MLB) pitch for the Yankees or the Rays. The Yankees have four starters with ERA’s under 3.05 (CC’s being the highest at 3.04, Hughes’s being the lowest (and 2nd lowest in the league) at 1.69). All five starters for the Rays are under 3.2 (Davis is the highest at 3.18, Price the lowest at 1.91). None of the following teams have a single starter with a better ERA than the yanks’ fourth best starter:

    Boston ( :) )
    Baltimore
    Detroit
    Oakland
    Florida
    Pittsburgh
    Milwaukee
    Arizona

    Of those teams, only Milwaukee has a starter with an ERA better than the Rays’s fifth (!!!!) best starter. The dominance of these two teams is unreal. Complain about parity all you want, we’re 21-8, 7 (I think) games up on the $170mil-payrolled Red Sox, and in second place in our own division.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Fun fact. Phil Hughes is 2 years younger than Clay Buchholz.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      oooh that is a fun fact!

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    It’s obviously still quite early but ooooops:
    http://www.nesn.com/2009/12/wi.....-2010.html

  • ROBTEN

    The post on Where are they now? Yankees offseason targets got me thinking some more about BABIP and so I decided to try out Hardball Times’s quick xBABIP (expected BABIP) calculator to see if it pointed to just how “lucky” some hitters might be. But, I’d like to know if I’m looking at this correctly.

    Since Damon was mentioned in the post, I ran it on him first:

    His BABIP this season is .356, which is well above his career average of .308. However, according to the calculator, his xBABIP is .322.

    Does this mean that he’s been lucky thus far, but not as lucky as it first seems (comparing .356 to the expected .322 as opposed to the career line .308). Or, does it mean that he’s actually been even luckier than it seems (since his BABIP is not only roughly 50 points higher than his career rate, but 30 points higher than what one might expect)?

    In other words, is it correct to say that if Damon continues to hit at his current pace, there will likely be a regression, but not as great because it would still be above his career averages? But, that there also exists the possibility, based upon his career BABIP, that he’d regress even farther?

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Sounds like a good guest post for you at M&A

      Personally I’m not fully in grasp of xBABIP, so I’m not sure which way you’d read that. I’d guess it’s means he’s been lucky, but not as lucky as simply looking at career BABIP vs. season BABIP. If a hitter truly changed his approach at the plate, you’d want to use his xBABIP as it would likely more more accurate than looking at his past BABIP, as if he did major changes to his swing (Cal Ripken for example), his previous BABIP’s might be stale data.

      • ROBTEN

        In a few days I’ll have much more time to look into it and I’ll try to write a post about it.

        The few articles I read seemed to use xBABIP as an in-season guide to contrast with BABIP, rather that simply against career BABIP. So, I think that you’re right that it might tell us about a different approach at the plate for a particular season. For instance, if Damon can keep up his current projections, it might point to it being a “lucky” season; that is, essentially luck that is sustainable over a season, rather than just a streak of short-term luck.

        I found a few interesting things in running the numbers, but I’ll hold on to them for now, to see if I can come up with a post.

  • A.D.

    Posada back in the linup at DH, Thames in to mash the lefties…unfortunately at LF

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      At least it’s Fenway though. Less room to screw up out there.

  • matt damon wayans

    MLBTR is reporting that the Yankees have signed 17-year old Venezuelan catcher Rainiero Coa.

    The New York Yankees, employing the teenaged Venezuelan catchers of the world.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Coa is the Real Thing.

      /Madmen’d

  • Bob Stone

    There is a great interview taking place on WFAN/YES. Mike Francesa is talking to Bill Madden about his new book – “Steinbrenner – The Last Lion of Baseball”.

  • Zack

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....qus_thread

    If that’s true then just wow. ARod might have murdered baseball history, but doubt the dude ever fell asleep during a game.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Was juuuuust gonna post this. Obligatory #6org joke. It really is terribly sad to see his career end like this, though…

      Who’s more likely to remain on his respective team through the end of the year, David Ortiz or Ken Griffey Jr.? I’m gonna have to go with Ortiz by a landslide.

      • Zack

        David Ortiz for sure, Sox have 12m in him so they have to keep him as long as possible.
        Seattle only has 2m invested in Griffey, and somehow I doubt he’s bringing thousands of people to every homegame just to watch him PH or “DH”, the novelty gets old after a while.

        You’re a defensive-first team in the AL, use the DH to your freaking advantage and put a good offensive player there so you can hide his defense.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      At least he has a World Serie ring…….wait a sec….(checking facts an figures again)….nevermind. At least he was a “Clean Player”*.

      *Because he said so and no ballplayer has ever lied about taking PEDs.

  • Doug

    lohud reporting that montero was benched the past 2 games for not running out a groundball on friday. will be back in tonite.

  • ROBTEN

    I have a “Stubhub” question. I am looking to go to one of the games in Minnesota in two weeks. Do tickets tend to drop on the day of the game? Or, am I better off buying tickets now?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Yeah, there should be tickets available on the day of the game, but you might want to buy them just a few days beforehand to be safe.

      • ROBTEN

        Thanks. I’ll probably buy them in advance. I was just hoping that the prices might go down the day of the game.

  • ROBTEN

    Keith Hernandez falls asleep during Mets game (SFW).

    Because calling an extra inning game is, like, you know, hard and stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Dellin Betances mad a rehab start yesterday in EST. He struck out 4 in 2 innings. He was sitting in the 92-93 mph range.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......e.html.php

    Beckett strains his back taking BP right after they announce they are skipping his next start? I smell a phantom DL trip

    • Zack

      Such a bulldog

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Cnight_UP

    Sherman reporting Miranda getting called up…

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Cnight_UP

    Joelsherman1

    #Yankees are calling up Juan Miranda, feeling LH bat is needed with Johnson and Granderson on DL

  • Rose

    Ken Griffey Jr. may be forced into retirement or be released if he chooses the Tom Glavine route…

    Pretty awesome career for a guy who was injured all fo the time. Thus bringing us to the discussion…

    If both men were healthy…who is the better player (in their respective eras):

    Ken Griffey Jr. or Mickey Mantle?

  • Rose

    Wow. This isn’t the first time but it won’t let me post anything about Mantle…

    • Rose

      I was only able to put his last name…if I try to type his full name (this happened in the past too) it won’t let me post it…nothing comes up…

      • Jose

        Same here. Apparently M ickey Mantle triggers the word filter.

        • Rose

          Any idea why?

          Any of the powers that be know the answer to this? Kind of weird…

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Not sure, looking into it.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Graham Stoneburner got promoted to Tampa.

  • JohnnyC

    Anybody in the Detroit area? Chad Jennings said it was pouring about 2 hours ago and the forecast was for rain all day long.

    • Jose

      Radar has some minor rain showers from 5 pm until about 8 pm. They should be able to get the game in. There is even a chance that they won’t even need any type of rain delay.

  • Tom Zig
  • Tom Zig

    There’s been a lot of talk on ESPN Radio about whether LT should be removed from the Hall of Fame if convicted. I understand the argument for doing so, but I agree with the other side.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      If you’re a hall of famer, you’re a hall of famer. These questions just prove that it’s a bullshit popularity contest and not solely based on a man’s performance on the field. I don’t care if a guy goes crazy and kills people, if he rushes for 17,000 yards, or makes 2000 tackles in his career, he’s a hall of famer.

    • Thomas

      If they did that, it probably be the dumbest thing in the history of the NFL. He is the best defensive player in NFL history and arguably the best player in the sports history. They have no right to kick him out of the HOF for doing something unrelated to the sport, while he was no longer employed by the league.

      It be like if you were a great employee, so your company gave you a bonus. You retire and 15 years later, you are arrested for a serious crime. Does the company have any right to come back and ask you for the bonus back? Hell no, it is your bonus you got through years of hard work, which benefited the company.

      If they took him out of the hall, it would just make the NFL HOF a bigger joke than it already is (coughcoughTerryBradshawcough).

    • radnom


      I understand the argument for doing so, but I agree with the other side.

      Can you make the argument for doing so? I haven’t really been following the story and can’t imagine what it is.

      • Tom Zig

        I don’t remember it verbatim, but it had to deal with him having poor character and the like. The show host then pointed out Ty Cobb. The host was in favor of NOT removing LT from the hall.

  • Hangoverologist

    The game has been rained out.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    the Ken Griffey Jr. post made me think of it but it would have been OT to talk about it there, and it’s an idea I’ve been contemplating: do you consider the 2001 Mariners one of baseball’s all-time great teams? (yeah I know Griffey wasn’t on that team, I just think of him as Mr. Mariner)

    • Tom Zig

      based upon regular season only? Sure. They did win 116 games after all.

      Probably top 3 in terms of greatest teams to not have won the WS.

    • Rose

      You certainly have to put them up there…they currently hold the regular season record for wins…but they fizzled out in the playoffs. And this wasn’t your AL West you’ve seen lately where one team dominated the division…what’s amazing is Oakland won 102 games and came in second place! Anaheim and Texas were both mediocre but the A’s were pretty great too.

      It all depends on what you’re looking at…just regular season record? all around record including playoffs? offensive records broken? pitching staff? etc.

      The 1998 Yankees going 125-50 overall, IMO, will be very very hard to top ever again.

    • Thomas

      I think the are one of baseball’s greatest. They won 116 games (with a 109 win Pythag).

      However, my big knock against them (in addition to not winning the WS) is the players weren’t that good. They had 4 regulars (100+ games, 3 with 120+) with sub 100 OPS+ seasons. They had 2 starters with 28+ starts with sub 100 ERA+.

      Also, they got career years from players that overall weren’t that good in McClemore and Stan Javier. Plus career highs from guys that were good, but not nearly as good as they played, in Cameron (surpassed his career OPS+ by about 10, only had one other 120+ year), Boone (surpassed his career high OPS+ by 10), and Freddy Garcia (surpassed his career high ERA+ by 10).

      Most other great teams have players with career years and some weaker players, but not like this. The 2001 Mariners are in my opinion somewhat of a fluke team. If I gave you a roster of those players today (or in 2000), you probably would not expect them to play as one of the greatest teams ever, but they did.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        The 1906 Cubs and their .763 winning percentage had three regulars with subpar OPS+ values–Slagle (84), Tinker (77), and Evers (89). Their 3B’s OPS+ was 49 (!) points higher than his career average.

        As for the pitchers, Brown’s ERA+ was 114 points higher than his career ERA+, though that speaks more to the absurdity of a 1.04 ERA than anything else–his career ERA+ is 139 (side note–why did I think Gibson’s 1.12 in 1968 was the modern era record? It’s certainly the post-deadball record, but 1906 was the modern era), Pfiester outperformed his career ERA+ by 46, Reulbach by 36, Lundgren by 7, Taylor by 17, and Overall by 18

  • A.D.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....on-go.html

    Per the post on Alex Gordon, why not to the Yankees, not sure what they’d have to do in terms of prospects, but they could allow Gordon to work with Kevin Long to try and straighten out his swing. Figure if he gets sorted out can be the primary DH, and be a back-up 1B/3B (maybe learn LF?) eventually taking over 3B as A-Rod gets older.

    • Rose

      Two 3B’s with history of bad hips = ehhh

      Certainly, it depends on the price of course though.

      • A.D.

        Then it’s like having one healthy 3B no?

        Yeah it all comes down to price, the speculation is that one is going to get a big discount, since the Royals have killed Gordon’s stock, and it’s Dayton Moore. So perhaps something of a pitching prospect + someone like Kevin Russo.

        • Rose

          I could deal with that.

  • Doug

    golson and not miranda called up for aceves

  • Jose

    What is the deal with B.J. Upton? He had such a breakout year offensively in 2007, but ever since then has been steadily declining offensively. His BA, OBP, OPS, and wRC+ have gone down every year since 2007. In 2007 he posted a 136 OPS+, since then in 1395 PA he has a 93 OPS+.

    It is still early in his career, since he came up into the majors at only 19 years old, and is still only 25. He has played great defense since moving to the outfield. But what happened to him offensively? He shows flashes of his abilities like he did in the 2008 ALDS and 2008 ALCS. So much talent in the kid, will he ever approach his 2007 output again?

  • Zack

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....id=9976478

    So if Cashman “failed” with NJ and Javy, did he “win” with avoiding DeRosa? Or is revisionist history only used to bash people?

    • Tom Zig

      only used to bash people.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      not necessarily only to bash people, but it is usually only used for actual moves, and not non-moves

      see also Santana, Johan

      • Zack

        In 2007 people said Cashman failed by keeping Hughes, who was sucking, while Johan was having a great year. And that was a non-move.

        • Zack

          2008

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Good Lord bring me robot umps

    I love seeing the Red Sox lose as much as the next guy, but this is ridiculous

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      hmm…link fail

      take 2

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oh my Mo.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        good lord, sweet lord

      • Hangoverologist

        My God, that’s terrible.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Whoever is on WFAN right now just said that the Mauer extension will prevent the Twins from resigning Torii Hunter.

    • vin

      That caller has been on hold since 2006.

      • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

        It was the host, not a caller.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/?p=24596

    More brilliance from Mike Silva. Wow, Joba *really* gets a bad rep

    • Zack

      I wonder what his articles said when Hughes failed in 2008. I’ll guess that it was “because he had a big head, felt entitled, cost the Yankees their season, and all that other BS.”

      But now he’s having success so now it gives him another chance to shit on Joba.

      • Rose

        The thing I don’t get is how Joba throws 98+ mph then gets hurt for a little bit and hasn’t thrown that ever again.

        Zumaya on the other hand…throws 101 mph…gets hurt even worse and pitches only 87 innings over the past 3 years…and he comes back this season and he’s throwing 101 mph no problem again…

        I don’t get it…

        • Zack

          Bodies react to injuries differently, some guys keep velocity their whole career, some guys have a more consistant motion, some guys use their lower half correctly. People can pick whatever reason they want, nobody is ever going to know the real reason.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I’ve read that blog before. He REALLY hates Joba, for no reason. Yeah, Joba is definitely one of those players that, were he on another team, I can understand why people wouldn’t like him. But this whole “he’s just this slovenly fat kid who doesn’t try and has celebrations worse than Papelbon’s and Valverde’s combined on the mound after every out” narrative is utter bullshit.

      Also, Javy was brought in to be the #2? News to me. (I do think if he pitches up to what I know he can do, he’ll be a #2. However, it would bring me great personal joy if the Yankees staff, minus Javy, keeps doing what they did in April.)

      However Hughes is no Chamberlain, he more interested in learning his craft than pumping fists. It’s not just raw emotion that makes Hughes a good pitcher, but he has poise and intelligence. You want to root for Phil Hughes because, unlike Joba, he doesn’t need all sorts of special rules and conditions to be successful. No excuses just pitching.
      Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Yeah, how dare the Yankees want to protect a young starting pitcher. I mean you can just find those anywhere amirite? And did he really imply Joba isn’t, like, TRYING to pitch? AAARGGHHH.

      • TheLastClown

        It’s so regrettable, this narrative, the whole situation in general.

        Hughes was drafted out of HS, and had a pro cup of coffee in ’04, and pitched two full years in the minors before being called up in ’07. He had all of ’05 & ’06 to be molded from the raw talent into a “Yankee pitcher.”

        Joba dominated at Nebraska, and probably developed some, if not bad habits, then at least some that the Yankee’s developmental staff would not have intended. That pitcher was good enough to slay the minor leagues, but never got much time to develop. How could he? He rocketed to AAA, then they converted him short-order into a reliever, and was so dominant it required a biblical plague to slow him down. Where in this process could anyone have reasonably expected him to develop composure or poise? He had a big, intense Job to do, and he did it big-ly & intensely!

        I just think it’s unfair that he’s weighed against Hughes, as if some context-less intrinsic quality defines starter v. reliever. Not realizing that Hughes has a leg up developmentally prevents people from seeing that we could be just a year away from having both of these guys in the rotation, performing like Hughes is now.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Well said.

          Except I have a bit of issue with this: we could be just a year away from having both of these guys in the rotation, performing like Hughes is now.

          Holy hell I would love that, but that’s asking A LOT.

  • Rose

    Does anybody know who’s pitching Monday night against the Red Sox? Going to the game with my gf, kind of curious.

    I have a feeling it might be Vazquez against Dice K?

    • TheLastClown

      It would be Beckett, I think, as he was skipped last time, wasn’t he?

      • Rose

        Yeah I think so…Beckett Vs. Vazquez

        Yeesh…

        • TheLastClown

          You didn’t like what you saw out of Javy in the day-cap yesterday?

          • vin

            Or from Beckett last week?

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Nope, Beckett has back spasms and is skipping an additional start. Plus, with his skipped day against Toronto, I think he was missing the Yankee series anyway.

  • Thomas

    It’s no Mariah Carey or Mayor of Cincinnati, but damn this is bad:

    http://tinyurl.com/2dbkgc6 (safe)

    • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

      “That why I’m a gymnast.”

      Loved that answer. Good stuff.

      • Thomas

        I’ve just always wondered how the person that throws a horrible first pitch always leaves smiling, waving their hand, and generally happy. If I threw a pitch like Shawn Johnson, I’d be so damn embarrassed (and it isn’t like I was even a decent baseball and expect to do well, I suck).

        • Zack

          Well that’s because you’re a baseball fan. If you’re a gymnast and haven’t thrown a ball in the last 10 year, yeah you make a bad throw you’re going to laugh at yourself.

          • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

            This. If I threw a first pitch like that I’d probably be humiliated. but if I walked onto a basketball court and tried to take a shot but threw it ten feet over the net or it bounced in front, I’d probably laugh at myself.

          • Thomas

            I do suck. I am just saying with a bad throw (one bouncer, in the batter’s box, etc) I’d laugh and smile, etc.

            However, with a throw like Johnson, I’d feel really humiliated, because it was so bad. I’d either be really pissed or probably collapse with laughter on just how much I suck, but I wouldn’t smile and wave to everyone.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Who wants to move to Iowa with me? http://bit.ly/bWXg5l

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    Mickey. This is a spam filter test.

    • Thomas

      I tried to write “Ahhhh. I see you slipped us a M ickey,” but it must have gotten eaten in the filter.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        I don’t understand why the filter is picking that up. That was the test. Apparently, it doesn’t catch it on my comments.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Problem solved. Mickey had been placed on our commenting blacklist for some reason. It’s since been removed.

          • ROBTEN

            Mickey put himself on the blacklist, to keep Fear Williams from finding him.

            Expect “Rickey,” “Joe,” “Bobby,” “Melky,” “Roberto,” “Bubba,” “Mickey” (the other one), “Earle,” and “Johnny” to just as suddenly and mysteriously to join him.

  • Rose

    Royals Fire Trey Hillman
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [May 13 at 4:07pm CST]

    The Royals fired manager Trey Hillman, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan (via Twitter). Former Brewers manager Ned Yost will take over the club. The 12-23 Royals already trail the first place Twins by 10.5 games in the AL Central. Hillman was in the last year of a three-year contract that he signed after the 2007 season. Hillman led the Royals to a 152-207 record in two-plus seasons.

    Royals GM Dayton Moore said earlier in the week that the Royals were not close to making any moves and praised Hillman for doing a “terrific job.” Hillman says he believes in the Royals; he told Passan that “it will work” in Kansas City (Twitter link).

    Yost, 55, led the Brewers to a 457-502 record when he managed them from 2003-08.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hilarious “anonymous scout” bit in this Jayson Stark article

    “So the Yankees are going to have two frontline catchers. But they’re Romine and [Francisco] Cervelli.”

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Anyone have any tips on parking near the stadium on a Sunday? I know it’s easier to train it but that’s not an option. I was on baseball-parking.com but I’m not sure how legit it is and if me getting there early would be an issue. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Zack

    http://sports.yahoo.com/fantas.....asy,240938

    “In Salty’s last game, Tuesday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, 12 of his throws back to the pitcher landed either short of the mound or in center field. He had five errant throws in the first inning alone.”

    I dont want to laugh at the guy, but how the hell does a throw back to the pitcher land in the outfield?

  • Jack II

    MLB.tv

    Great invention, or greatest invention?

    • Rose

      Not that good with all the blackouts. Remove those and it very well could be…

  • ultimate913

    According to the lineup over at mlb.com, Swisher is playing RF and batting 2nd. That has to be a mistake, right?

  • Tom Zig

    If the cortisone shot doesn’t work, Nick Johnson may require surgery, via espn.com.

    :(

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Anyone ever seen something like this (http://bit.ly/9OSRcb) before? I’m guessing it’s some Chinese knockoff, no?

  • ultimate913

    So I saw some video of Lebron and his free agency on ESPN. Mentioning that Cleveland hasn’t won a title. Cool. Then they go on to mention how some teams attempt to buy championships. While showing a video of the Yanks winning the WS last year, and the guy goes something along the lines of “most have failed, but some *insert yanks winning video here* have succeeded.

    Wow, ESPN. Wow. Are you ****ing serious?

    • Rose

      Anti-Yankee propaganda sells. Teams are supposed to “buy” championships (one way or another) essentially. It’s called investing in your business or product. Name me a company that doesn’t invest money into their business to be successful and I’ll name you something that doesn’t exist.

      Just like an article said on the best teams in baseball…the Mets have access to the same resources as the Yankees but spend their money like drunken sailors.

      Red Sox realize that they’re going to sell out and make millions regardless of where they are…as long as they somewhat compete…so the owners plan accordingly.

  • Rose

    RIP Ronnie James Dio :(

    I guess he was down too long in the midnight sea…

    • Rose

      Reuters.com

      “Horns at half mast. Such a huge loss,” said Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist with metal group Anthrax, which toured with Dio’s band in 2004.

      Ian recalled that Dio was also a huge fan of the New York Yankees baseball team, and that he updated the singer with the latest scores while he was performing on stage.

    • Thomas

      I hadn’t this yet. Tragic.

      I feel it is only right to post this article http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....t-offense/ (safe)

      He truly was a rainbow in the dark

    • TheLastClown’s Amazing Technicolor Poopy Pants

      Off to chase those Rainbows in the Dark…

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Looks like J-Duch is done for the year

    • Rose

      Sounds about right. I have him on one of my fantasy teams so naturally this would follow suit…

  • JJ

    Would Heyward and Sandoval for Lincecum be a good trade in fantasy?

  • rbizzler

    That is tough one as usually the manager getting the best player in a fantasy trade comes out on top but between Panda and Heyward one of you is getting @200 games of production while the other gets Timmy for 25 starts.

    • rbizzler

      Sorry for the reply fail JJ.

      • JJ

        Well, thing is I have Zimmerman at 3rd, Pujols at 1st and Morales tying up my Util spot. My pitching needs some help and i want to put a good package together that could get lincecum over to my team. The team with lincecum has a mediocre offense and figgins at 3rd. Now what do you think? (thanks for the reply ps)

        • rbizzler

          If you can spare the offense, then do the deal (it sounds like you can).

          • JJ

            Thanks, this is actually my first fantasy… Here is my team, let me know if you would make the deal

            C – Weiters
            1st – Pujols
            2nd – Zobrist
            3rd Zimmerman
            SS – Reyes
            OF – Crawford
            OF – McCutchen
            OF – Heyward
            Bn – Sandoval
            DL – Granderson

            SP – Greinke
            SP – J. Johnson
            SP – Liriano
            SP – Zito
            SP – Peavy
            SP – Strasburg
            RP – Soria
            RP – R. Soriano

            Thoughts?

            • JJ

              and Util – Morales

              my bad

              • Rose

                I’d do it. Heyward gets random off days so they can start bums like Hinske and while Sandoval is nasty and is in a funk right now…he’ll certainly get hot at some point soon…you have enough to grab Lincecum BUT…it all has to do with the point system you have too.

                I do have a feeling that Sandoval is going to go on a ridiculous tear around the all star break though (maybe after?) so it’s up to you. You can use that extra spot to pick up the next Marlon Byrd for now lol

                Your starters seem pretty good right now already though.

  • Stryker

    nick johnson out until july :(

  • Guest

    Holy wow @ tonight’s lineup:

    Derek Jeter SS
    Brett Gardner CF
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Alex Rodriguez DH
    Robinson Cano 2B
    Francisco Cervelli C
    Marcus Thames RF
    Randy Winn LF
    Ramiro Pena 3B

    RHP Phil Hughes

    No Posada, No Swisher, No Miranda. Wow. That might be the single worst hitting team we can field.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m starting to wonder why the hell Miranda is here if he’s not going to DH against RHP.

      • Guest

        So very this.

      • TheLastClown’s Amazing Technicolor Poopy Pants

        But Thames is 1-3 against the gyroball.

        He pwns Dice-K!

    • WIlliam

      Just came here to post this. Why is Pena in instead of Posada? In other news, that’s still better then the Sox lineup. This lineup we’re fielding is quite the vote of confidence in Phil.

      • TheLastClown’s Amazing Technicolor Poopy Pants

        Minus Thames in LF, it’s a pretty great defensive alignment.

        Hughes needs the best possible defense behind him so his dominance can be complete.

        • WIlliam

          I think Posada bat + Arod defense + Arod’s bat>>>>>>>>>>>>>>t>>>Ramiro Pena’s bat + Ramiro Pena Defense + Arod’s bat

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....h-knowing/

    It’s beginning to look a lot like IFA Time…..everywherrrrre I go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Player from Venezuela that the Yankees seem to be interested in:

      3. Roughned Odor, SS: Odor has the ability to stick at shortstop, and scouts love his bat. He’s expected to be a plus average hitter. The rumor is he is one of the top targets on the Yankees’ radar screen.

      I’m sure all the papers in New York are drooling over potential headlines with this kid.

      • Accent Shallow

        This has to be a joke, right? Right?

  • Meat Loaf

    A friend’s facebook status update:

    “Great weekend at camp. Went garage sale-ing and made money when my husband bought a 1948 Joe Dimaggio baseball card (that they guy who sold it had no idea what it was worth) that he took to a sports shop today and found out it is worth $3,000. Thank God for people who don’t know what they are selling in their garage sale. It is sitting safely in a safety deposit box now for a rainy day.”

    • Rose

      Ridiculous. That’s kind of like this lady. Found a 139 year old baseball card in her basement or something and tried to sell it for $10 on ebay lol

  • http://www.thenovablog.com Jamie

    Does anyone know the name of the ticket-site that measures current and past ticket prices and projects the “best time to buy” tickets for sporting events? I remember seeing it I thought on one of the 10123012 Yankees Blogs I read (thought I saw it here but can’t find it in the archives) but I can’t find it anywhere.

    I remember seeing it in an article that also mentioned fansnap.com but I can’t find it anywhere.

    Anyone willing to help a brotha out?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    baseball-reference added Rally’s WAR

    sweet

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So lost in the shuffle of everything else about last nights game is the horrible decision that led to the the runner (Cano IIRC) being thrown out at home for the 1st out of the inning. That is completely inexcusable. They had Dice-K on the ropes, they were either walking or hitting the ball hard. That was simply bad baseball. Imagine the shape of the Sox pen had they not given Dice-K that out and they kept hitting. Dice-K obviously was able to make some adjustments mid inning and settled down after that.

  • Thomas

    When watching the game yesterday, I saw a person in the crowd who looked similar to Ben. Just wonder if anyone else saw this person/if it actually was Ben.

    I was watching the ESPN broadcast and I believe it was in the 8th during the Jeter at-bat.

  • rbizzler

    Two things: One, Pete Abe (in his chat today) predicted a brawl tonight if Beckett hits the wrong guy, and two, Pap’s trot last night was the slowest of the season so far.

    http://wezen-ball.com/site/tater-trot-tracker/

  • poster

    Right now, I’m watching Francesa and simultaneously losing brain cells.

    Coincidence? Nothing proven but right now the results point to NO.

    • JohnnyC

      NO?

      • Thomas

        He must be losing the brain cell at a very rapid pace.

        • JohnnyC

          Speaking of losing brain cells, Gammons on with Francesa now.

      • Devil In A Blue Cap

        He’s saying that it’s not a coincidence that watching Francesa leads to losing brain cells.

        At least I think so…

        • poster

          You got it.

          Listening to callers talk about A-Rod is causing large chunks of my brain to die off.

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    Now I know that watching games at bars is just asking for stupid, poorly-informed commentary, but I can’t help but gently correct (or attempt to correct) blatantly misguided thinking.

    Last night, it was trying to explain why seven game series are not true representations of baseball talent, why pitcher wins are stupid, and why Javy Vasquez shouldn’t be traded (seriously, the guy wanted Javy traded and Sergio Mitre in the rotation). I also had to defend J.D. Drew to a Sox fan.

    Sometimes these conversations make me lose faith in humanity.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Sox fans’ hatred of JD Drew is just weird to me. It’s nearly as stupid as Yankee fans who hated A-Rod as a player, only they won a World Series the year he got there and he had a few pretty big moments along the way to that win.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Literally they are picking on Drew right now on WEEI.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Why would they even do that after last night…? He got a big, big hit and was the only outfielder that could, you know, field. I don’t get it

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Nope. And of course he always gets crap for his injuries, but everybody’s favorite Tacoby has been out a full month with what was described as a day to day injury. I can’t imagine what they’d be saying if it were Drew.

            • Rose

              I can’t stand this…everybody I talk to (who’s a Sox fan) is like “Well once we get our catalyst back (Ellsbury), we’ll be much better.” They hate JD Drew and feel that Cameron is more often injured Coco Crisp 2.0.

              I’ll never understand it.

  • Daniel

    So the Rays did what was to be expected with a quick 2 game sweep of the Indians, boosting their record to 28-11.

    Yeah, they might just be better than the Red Sox, which not many people would’ve said before the season. Now, it would be really nice to see the Yanks finish off Boston tonight, and enter that series right there in the standings.

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Tampa might be (probably is) better than the Sox, but their pitching is just absolutely freakish. You’ve got 9 of their 11 major pitchers outperforming their FIP, and 7 of those 9 by more than one run. One or two have periphs in line with performance, but Andy Sonnanstine, Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are crazy overperforming, and will crash to Earth.

      Point is: no real need to worry about the standings in May unless the team is double-digits back. The Yanks will take over first (*knock on wood*) soon enough.

      • Accent Shallow

        Andy Sonnanstine, Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann

        So you have dreck, promising prospect, and somewhere between the two.

        I’d bet on Davis continuing to pitch well, but I’d be skeptical on the other two.

  • poster

    Mickey Mantle was CHEATED by steroids! CHEATED! Greenies didn’t exist back then!

    Oh, wait…

    • Rose

      Where did this come from? Just spontaneously getting something completely random off your chest?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Mike Francesa, I believe.

        • poster

          Yep.

      • Thomas

        Maybe he was just checking if he still could post anything with Mickey Mantle in it. jk

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Thanks to @leokitty for this on Twitter. Vladdy’s home/away splits, 2010:
    http://bit.ly/a7gk2b

    (makes horrified screaming noises)

    • Jose the Satirist

      Meh. Call me when he has at least 150 PA on the road.

    • Thomas

      While Vlad’s IsoP is certainly being helped by playing in Arlington, his BABIP on the road and at home are way off his usual marks. Vlad’s BABIP on the road is only .263 and is .394 at home. The last two years, his BABIP has been about .310 and about .330 away from Los Anahiemgeles of Earth. I would expect for both values to move toward those numbers, making him a more respectable player on the road.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Uh oh, get ready for more A-Rod controversy. As he crossed the plate in the 9th last night, he supposedly spit his gum at Victor Martinez………

    • Rose

      Can’t find this anywhere. Source?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        They were talking about it on WEEI. It probably (hopefully) won’t turn into anything, but who knows. Someone had DVR’d the game and rewatched it several times and said A-Rod did spit his gum at V-Mart.

        • rbizzler

          This would be the lamest controversy ever.

          That being said, I would not be surprised to see The Defenders Of The Game get on their high horses once again.

  • Zack

    I love when you go to the NFL page on Yahoo, and the very first headline is “Doctor who treated A-Rod charged” – ha, you know because the doctor was actually arrested on his way to treat an NFL player in DC.

    • Thomas

      Just go to show you A-Rod > entire NFL.

  • Rose

    Always wondered and I wouldn’t even know where to look…

    But whenever they show clips of Hank Aaron breaking Ruth’s record on tv…you see those 2 hippies, who presumably jumped onto the field, running around the bases with him seemingly untouched. While it may not have been AS big of a deal back then…I would assume they were still arrested? I haven’t seen it in a while but I remember there being a whole bunch of people out on the field after that…just never heard about what happened after that…

    Not sure if anybody knows…I was just curious.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’m not sure if they were arrested, but the worst part about it is that Aaaron had been getting death threats.

      Can you imagine getting death threats if you broke the record, then as you are breaking the record, fans are coming at you on the field? Another reason why I am pro-Taser.

      • Rose

        Yeah that must have been something else. They say he had his obituary written just in case too.

        I’m also pro-taser. If you don’t jump over and run on the field – you don’t get tased. Seems pretty simple to me.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Does anybody know where I can go to find out how many pitches a certain player takes per at-bat? I checked Baseball reference but couldn’t find it. Thanks, any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Believe it or not ESPN has it. You can see league leaders as well as individual players. Scroll down to misc. batting.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?playerId=6481

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        Hell yeah. Thanks man, just what I was looking for.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    This is kind of a follow up from the Rays thread about anyone outpitching anyone for a given night.

    Randy Johnson once pitched 9 innings, gave up 1 run, had 14k’s and was outpitched by Jose Jimenez. In his next start he went 8 innings, gave up 2 runs with 17k’s and was outpitched by Ron Villone. For his next start he when 8 innings, gave up 1 run and had 12 k’s while being outpitched by Jose Jimenez. Finally, he went 7 innings, 2 runs (only 1 earned) with 11k’s and was outpitched by Tim Hudson.

    He went 0-4. Does anyone still think pitchers W/L record matters?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Those stats are RIDICULOUS. Are they from 2004, when the Diamondbacks were beyond awful?

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        1999

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Jimenez didn’t just outpitch Johnson that first time, he threw a no-hitter.

  • rbizzler

    Non-RAB league fantasy question: In an NL-only league would you trade the underwhelming Carlos Lee for the underwhelming Aramis Ramirez?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I probably would depending on the rest of your roster. 3B carries so much more value than OF.

      • rbizzler

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.

        Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Cnight_UP

    Mohler just called up, johnson to 60 day dl…

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Fun fact. JD Drew, who is irrationally hated in Boston, often due to his low RBI total, is leading the Sox in RBI at the moment.

    • Jose the Satirist

      A 2-3-4 of some combination of Pedroia, Youk, and Drew wouldn’t be bad at all offensively. V-Mart needs to pick it up soon if that offense really wants to get going.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        V-Mart needs to pick it up soon if that offense really wants to get going.

        Unfortunately for V-Mart, he doesn’t get to face the Yankees bullpen again for a while.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Their offense has been quite good. It’s, yup, you guessed it, their pitching that’s been mostly abysmal.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          And defense.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jason Heyward has forced the Reds to make 2 errors today which directly led to 3 runs being scored. Jason Heyward is so ridiculously clutch he can force errors. He has that 9th sense that only the greatest hitters to ever play the game have had. We’ve seen great young players before, and we’ve seen players make adjustments as they gain experience. Heyward has figured out that if he is going to not get a base hit, the next best thing to do is force the other team to make an error.

    Sincerely,

    Buster Olney

    • Jose the Satirist

      How many RBIs and HR does he have though? That pretty much sums up how much a player is worth.

      Sincerely,

      Joe Morgan

  • Jose the Satirist

    What do people think of Floyd Landis accusing Lance Armstrong of doping? Is anyone surprised and/or care?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Unless cancer/chemo does wonders for you (maybe it does, Jon Lester threw harder after cancer than before) I would be stunned if Lance wasn’t doping in some way, shape or form. He was a middle of the pack rider for a while, then all of the sudden he’s the best of all time.

      The baseball equivalent would be something like Marcus Thames becoming Barry Bonds at the age of 33. Walks like a duck, talks like a duck…….

      So no, not surprised, don’t really care either.

  • Jose the Satirist
    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I was just gonna come here and say, um, so. That Reds/Braves game.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jeremy Bonderman with the no-hitter, but no shutout, thru 3

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The Minnesota Vikings quarterback told the Golden Eagles on Thursday morning that if they can make it back to the College World Series for the second straight year, he will return for one more season in the NFL.

    I pay no attention to college baseball, but I will now root wholeheartedly against Southern Miss.

    • poster

      Never got the Brett Favre hate. He’s a good player and when he’s on he’s fun to watch. He had an excellent season last year. I really don’t give a shit howlong it takes him to make a decision in the offseason. That’s his problem, not mine. I hope he keeps playing because he’s good and fun to watch.

      • Zack

        “and when he’s on he’s fun to watch.”

        And when he’s off throwing balls up for grans it’s fun to watch too.
        Seriously, who DIDN’T see that INT coming against the Saints?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        I agree. I think Favre is the man and I’m not even a Packers/Vikings fan. He plays through pain and, as you said, is fun as hell to watch when he’s on.

        The whole reason he “can’t make a decision” is so he doesn’t have to go through training camp. If I was 40 and knew I could still play I’d probably do the same thing.

        Plus, as a Giants fan, it would be hypocritical to hate on Favre when Strahan did pretty much the same thing prior to the 18-1 season.

  • Accent Shallow

    Can we can the messing with the Yankees’ uniform bit that they’ve been doing the past few years? It was bad enough I had to watch Phil Hughes smack Texas around looking like Fred Durst, but this is just crap.

    http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....12.3603142

    This never would have happened if the Boss was still alive.

    • Carlosologist

      …The Boss is still kicking.

      • Accent Shallow

        I know.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      This never would have happened if the Boss was still alive.

      /Simmmons’d

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I actually like the white top with the blue brim, it looks kind of old school. The flag in the NY on the other hand, is terrible.

  • Jack
  • Zack

    http://www.azcentral.com/sport.....-webb.html

    For right-hander Brandon Webb, a trip this week to a physical therapist in Birmingham, Ala., helped reinforce what he needs to do to get back on a mound: Change his arm slot.

    “I just have to,” Webb said. “I have to retrain. Even though I’m almost 10 months out of surgery and I’ve been throwing for five months, I’ve been almost wasting my time throwing bad.”

    So much for getting back soon and rebuilding value

    • Thomas

      As the owner of Brandon Webb in the RAB Premier League, all I have to say is “ASS! This diarrhea from my dick!”

  • Stryker

    no chat today :(

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jason Varitek, to me, has risen above even when he was an All-Star hitting 30 homeruns per year.

    Jason Varitek is the best thing to ever happen to Victor Martinez.

    Victor Martinez’ throwing has improved greatly.

    For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons

    In all seriousness, he just said all of these things on the radio (I paraphrased as best I could). Umm, Peter, Varitek has never hit more than 25 HR’s in a season, and has only cleared 20 3x.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      V-mart’s CS% is up to 17%, which is much better than before. Still stinky, but better than he did last year.

      Of course, in one of his actual AS years, Varitek had a .218/.299/.354/.653 line at the break and finished the season with a Herculean OPS+ of 73

  • JohnnyC

    Speaking of the Red Sox, does anyone think Ortiz is back or has he just adjusted his approach to take advantage of the few offspeed pitches thrown his way? I still think he’s tardy on the hard stuff, especially up and in. Suffice it to say, you shouldn’t be speeding up his bat by throwing sliders or cutters down and in. Hard up and in, soft down and away. He’s toast.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I think his steroid dealer thinks the baseball season doesn’t start until May.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Top of the ninth in Philly tonight, bases loaded with two out, 5-1 Phillies. Ortiz steps up as a pinch hitter. He’s the tying run. DEEEEEEEP fly ball —

      Caught on the warning track by Victorino. Too bad so sad, Papi.

  • Carlosologist

    Lol, check out this ESPN article. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5205652

    It’s on interleague play, and there’s going to be a Sox-Dodgers series. The author of the article says that Manny quit on the Sox, necessitating the trade.

    Manny in July of 08: .347/.473/.587

    If that’s giving up on your team, what’s trying hard for it?

    • Zack

      Right, and which knee did he need the MRI done on? Remind me because Manny forgot.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I’d take that whole story with a grain of salt. That was generated and leaked by the Sox because they were expecting to trade him and wanted to turn the fans against Manny, as they do with all of their stars on the way out. Seriously, if that story is 100% true, why on earth would that get out?

        The Sox were losing games that month and needed a scapegoat. Manny was producing, his teammates weren’t.

        • Zack

          And I take that theory with a grain of salt. Why leak before a trade- why would they do that prior to a trade and lose leverage with other teams?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      But he only played in 92% of his teams games. Oh wait, that’s not quitting either.

    • Accent Shallow

      The story was that he was ducking RHP’s with big fastballs, like Joba, King Felix, etc.

      /too lazy to check if this was true

  • Zack

    Tim McCarver on PTI: “Getting JP Howell back will help the best team in baseball”

    I love how he stays on top of his baseball news. It’s not like it’s his job or anything.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thank Mo for IcyHot.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Maybe I’m just a total dork, but I found Walken reading The Raven totally appropriate:

    http://tinyurl.com/yrymxw (safe)

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    I don’t read comments sections on most other blogs, but Comment #4 on this post is just awesome

    • Zack

      Seriously, stop trying to reinvent the wheel.
      LaRussa did that against the Mets in the 20 inning game too. Sent Ludwick with 0 outs with Pujols at bat in the bottom of the 19th, of course Pujols followed the CS with a double.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        LaRussa did that against the Mets in the 20 inning game too. Sent Ludwick with 0 outs with Pujols at bat in the bottom of the 19th with the pitcher’s spot due up next.

        even if he is safe there, that just takes the bat out of Pujols’ hands

        • Zack

          While stealing infront of Pujols is stupid regardless who is running, LaRussa is sending a guy who has a 51.6% success rate.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • Carlosologist

    I cannot wait until the Rays come back to earth. Until then, there will pieces like this that just keep on fellating them.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/l.....o=11222938

  • ARX

    Greinke and Halladay got torched today…too bad for the rest of my fantasy league :D

    • Zack

      Obviously Doc cant pitch against the Sox. Stupid Cashman.

      • Alex S

        wouldn’t it be the opposite? Cashman making the right move

        • Zack

          Yeah, didnt finish typing my thought.

          But you can bet if Yankees were the team barely above .500 it would be about how Cashman failed by not getting Doc. Or if Hughes struggled from the start.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    wish this wasn’t so small (TWSS), but oh hey I’ve only been looking for this GIF for YEARS:
    http://i49.tinypic.com/25r1gmt.jpg

    Also, instead of O:Sing people, perhaps we should show them this:
    http://i46.tinypic.com/2e5jz0x.jpg

    • Alex S

      what is that first GIF? Also good idea on the second

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        In the 2005 NLCS, when Pujols hit his hilariously huge go-ahead home run off of Lidge in Game 5, they showed Pettitte in the dugout mouthing “OH… MY… GOSH.” It was hysterical because everyone was thinking that (also because he didn’t go MY GOD).

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Also hysterical because it was the opposing team that hit it and he couldn’t contain his reaction.

        • Tom Zig

          oh you mean this one?

          http://tinyurl.com/LidgeOwned?

          • Tom Zig
            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              The mlb.com article says the home run only went 412. I think that is a gross underestimate

              • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                I found this in one of the wrap-ups:

                After such a devestating loss, is there anything Lidge’s teammates can say to ease the pain of his most costly blown save?

                AAARGH SERIOUSLY???

              • Tom Zig
            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              this is a “God why have you forsaken me” face:

              http://i48.tinypic.com/35kr9tu.jpg

  • Jose the Satirist

    Simply unacceptable. This is a reaction you rarely even see at a Little League game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q12o3VjX87U

  • JohnnyC

    Boy, you can’t mistake where Mike “alleged Yankees fan” Francesa’s bread is buttered. He’s all alglow about the Mets wonderful weekend. Now that YES is established as the most-watched regional sports network in the natrion, can’t we ditch this blowhard’s 5 hour commercial for WFAN already?

    • Zack

      Everything he says, he says to get ratings, just like every other person on TV/radio or writer.

  • eric

    I’m in a fantasy bind and could use any help i could get… I need trade an outfielder for a starting pitcher. I have Carl Crawford, Andrew McCutchen, Vernon Wells and Jason Heyward (and Granderson coming off the DL on thursday hopefully). Any ideas for trades would be greatly appreciated! Also I was offerered Chris Carpenter for Carl Crawford… would you guys do that?

  • Rose

    Interesting Question:
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....jeter.html

    Free Agent Stock Watch: Derek Jeter
    By Tim Dierkes [May 25, 2010 at 10:11am CST]
    Last September, SI’s Jon Heyman guessed the Yankees would eventually re-sign Derek Jeter for at least $60MM over three years. Bob Klapisch of FOX Sports wondered if the shortstop would ask for $100MM over four. As recently as March, Heyman talked to two rival executives who believed Jeter would seek six years.

    We haven’t seen those kinds of contract estimates lately. Noting Jeter’s reduced range to his left, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote on May 6th that the length of Jeter’s next contract “is one of the toughest issues in the history of the organization.” More recently, Sherman wondered if the prices for Jeter and Mariano Rivera will come down as they fail to match their 2009 seasons.

    Jeter is currently hitting .276/.320/.396 in 206 plate appearances this season. It’d easily be the worst offensive season of his career, though he still has plenty of time to right the ship. He had two similar offensive months to start the ’08 season, but regained his form in June.

    Here’s a hypothetical situation. Say the Astros had drafted Jeter first overall in 1992 instead of Phil Nevin. Jeter has the same legendary career in Houston, but still reaches free agency after the 2010 season. With Jeter’s game potentially slipping, the Astros decide to part ways. The Yankees need a shortstop. What’s their contract offer? I’m thinking three years, $30MM at most. Even three years might be a reach for a 36-year-old player.

    Back to reality: Jeter is the face of the Yankees, and an extension seems a near-certainty. Based on Heyman’s September guess, Jeter’s premium could be in the range of $10MM annually, plus an extra year or two.

    I personally think if Tim’s scenario had occurred, 3/$30M is still way too high for a 36 year old SS. Not a chance that would happen. But what would be a normal offering? A similar 2/$14M they offered Damon this year? 2/$20M because he would be playing a position full time (unlike Damon)…

    What do you think? And what do you think he’ll get in our real life scenario as well…

    • Zack

      Yeah the 2/14m range would probably be right- if he still had the posteason resume.

      http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....or-Yankees
      “For some crazy, counter-intuitive reason, the Yankees are going to make Derek Jeter wait for the contract extension we all see coming…..
      So we’ve come up with a reasonable compromise, effective immediately: Cancel the 2010 pay-out and give Jeter four more years for $100 million — exactly $25 million per.”

      But too bad they didnt take Bob Kaplish’s advice and give him 100m in Spring Training, that was clearly the right thing to do.

  • http://161ststreet.wordpress.com/ Chris A

    Does anyone know if Chien-Ming Wang received a World Series ring? I was just thinking about him and how great he was when he was healthy and I was wondering if the Yankees gave him a ring.

    • Thomas

      Yes, he got one. Everyone who was on the 25 man/active roster over the course of last season (whether they appeared in a game or not).

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Steven Jackson is very thankful for this

    • Tom Zig

      Speaking of Wanger. Anyone have any updates on his condition?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        The Nationals still say he’s set for a July 1 season debut. We’ll see what he has left in the tank. Anything they can get from him is a bonus at this point.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Anyone else see this?

    That answer on the stats question is one of the better ones I’ve ever heard from a player

  • Rose

    This is pretty disgusting and unfortunate.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5218267 (SAFE)

    • Rose

      “Man pleads guilty of vomiting on fans”

  • Rich M.

    Chad Gaudin is back. Any hope its Boone Logan going down?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    http://content.usatoday.com/co.....-buehrle/1

    Joe West being an idiot again. Hawk Harrelson was destroying him on the call. Calling him a flat out joke.

    • Carlosologist
      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I didn’t thinkI could like Ozzie anymore.

        • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          hawk harrelson’s rant and ozzie’s rant were awesome.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Very quietly, Alex Rios is having a beastly season so far.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      so is vernon wells….could it be that ricciardi was right and these guys are finally becoming monsters?

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        edit: becomnig monsters again?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Could be, I’m more bullish on Rios though. Even when the bat slows, he carries a ton of value with his D. Wells not so much (and the contract is significantly worse).

          Before I give any credit to Riccardi, I want to see B.J. Ryan be lights out again.

          • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            ::waits::

            we could be here awhile….btu again in his defense wasn’t ryan a heavily sought after closer that wouldve signed somewhere else for big money as well? similar to a pavano type thing?

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Yes and no. Ryan was very heavily sought after, but giving any closer a 5 year deal is a terrible idea, especially for a team that truly wasn’t going to contend.

              Someone else may have given him a similar deal, but I don’t think that justifies it.

  • theyankeewarrior

    What do you all think about Adam LaRoche as a replacement for Johnson at the deadline? He could be our full-time DH and back up Tex at 1B. He only makes 6M, so we would have to pay half of that, and he has a mutual option that we can turn down next season if need be.

    We might match up well with Arizona because many of our pitching prospects seem to be non-AL East type guys like McAllister etc.

    Anyone want to guess what it would take to land him?

    • Carlosologist

      Depends. If the Arizona pen is still a squad of arsons, they might want a reliever and a prospect to boot.

      • Carlosologist

        I think Gaudin (if he’s still around and league average) and perhaps Z-Mac (the Arizona rotation is as thin as their air).

  • Carlosologist

    Ubaldo Jimenez:

    0.99 ERA
    2.71 FIP

    Dayum.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Ubaldo on the road:

      0.62 ERA, 2.58 FIP, 0.854 WHIP

      ::head explodes::

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        515 era+

        ::spontaneously combusts::

  • Zack

    http://www.bringingheat.com/20.....ning.html/

    “He [Alex Anthopoulos] made a move that no one really talked about this off-season. Ironically, it was not a player he signed.

    He hired sabermetrics expert Tom Tango as a consultant….He came up with the statistic known as FIP”

    So why is the following guy his hitting coach?

    “I think on-base percentage is an overrated stat,” Murphy said flatly. “Those guys getting on base, most of them aren’t getting them in. Give me somebody who drives them in after that. I need guys who can drive the ball.”
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....runs052610

  • forensicnucchem

    Ok RABbi’s, twice in the last two days Microsoft has automatically directed me away from this site saying it’s unsafe to be on. Please tell me you’re not stealing my personal and financial information…

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Microsoft? You’re using Internet Explorer?

      • forensicnucchem

        Yup. It’s never happened before until these last couple days.

        • Tom Zig

          I know people who use Internet explorer and insist on using it over Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. I still cannot figure out why.

          • Jose

            It could be a habit from what they use at work. Some companies have web applications that they use that only work on IE.

            In defense of IE, it has gotten a lot better over the last few versions. Some people have even suggested that IE8 may be more secure than Firefox 3.6.x IE is by no means great in my opinion, but it no longer deserves some of the dirt that has been flung at it in the last couple of years.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Time for a new thread? This one is taking foooooorever to load ;_;

    Also, thank you Richard Iurilli, some awesomeness from last night:
    http://img576.imageshack.us/im.....psmall.gif
    Nnnngh.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Is it for others? Not for me. I can load up a new one anyway.