Off-Topic

Because Bex asked nicely, let’s get the fifth big thread for all of your off-topic needs ready to go. We’ll load up a new one when this one starts to get too long. Relive the madness, the tears, the good times in the archives:

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

    I worked hard on this post, so I’m going to link it here. http://youcantpredictbaseball......-ever-had/

    Also, ’twas Bex that asked for this. Give credit where it’s due and all that.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I was gonna say, I’m bexy, Optimist Prime is Rebecca ;)

      Great article as ever. That’s a pretty good blog you have there by the way!

      • http://twitter.com/nebkreb Total Domination

        all you girl Yankee fans are named Rebecca – too damn confusing

    • Klemy

      Really late getting to it, but that’s a great article Rebecca.

  • Accent Shallow

    A certain poster’s defense of Melky brought me here to comment on blogger accountability — no, Ben/Joe/Mike aren’t going to be fired or ostracized by their subjects (such as sportswriters would be) if they get something wrong/outright lie (not that I think they do), but unlike certain sportswriters, they haven’t deleted posts where they were incorrect. As such, this tends to lend itself to accountability — all their old positions are available for perusal, which means any backtracking has to be reasoned.

    And too many ridiculous/unreasoned positions, and they’ll lose readers/blogger credibility — the same is true of all blogs.

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

      The best way to avoid deleting posts where you’re incorrect: don’t say flat-out stupid, batshit insane things.

      And I agree on the last line. There are dozens of Yankees blogs out there. We wouldn’t be where we are if we spouted stupid shit every day.

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

        Well, there are plenty of blogs that spout stupid shit every day.

        The difference is when you take yourself too seriously and when you’re willing to say, hey, maybe I was wrong about that.

      • Accent Shallow

        I think there’s something to be said for saying batshit insane things — Ken Rosenthal floated the idea of a Mariners/Phillies/Blue Jays trade involving Lee and Halladay before it happened as “this makes sense for everyone involved”, rather than “this is what I heard”, and boom, it happened.

        (Of course, he probably had heard some things)

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Not only that, but if Melky did win an MVP, I’m sure anyone here who ripped him (both authors and commenters) would admit they/we were wrong. As you said, they don’t delete anything, so the next time they are wrong about anything and don’t live up to it will be the first.

      In the same vein, I got into a twitter war with PeteAbe a few weeks back because he was essentially backing away from a ridiculous A-Rod bashing post and said “well it’s 14 months ago” as if because it was 14 months ago (not that long BTW) it didn’t matter that he wrote it.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And too many ridiculous/unreasoned positions, and they’ll lose readers/blogger credibility — the same is true of all blogs.

      Blogging: A True Meritocracy.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    It’s DSL Eve. I’m so excited. Melvin will dominate again (shocking, I know).

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Scary fact: Carlos Marmol has a higher K-rate than Melvin ever did

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Shaeffer Hall got promoted to Tampa today. I wonder if someone will be promote to Trenton……ahem…..cough, cough ….Adam Warren.

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

      Please promote Pat!

      (Okay, Warren is way deserving, but still!)

  • wilcymoore27

    How about a post on Joe West, the only MLB umpire with his own publicist?

    My take on West is that he should be fired. Major League baseball doesn’t need NBA-style officials/umpires whose egos get in the way of their job performance (think Joey Crawford of the NBA). A good umpire is anonymous – not noticed in the game action. West wants to be seen and noticed – a sure prescription for problems. Get rid of him!

    • Zack

      Umpires have a strong union, they can’t just fire him. What they need to do is use whatever progessive punishment system they have to fire him. That’s even if their contract has such language, and specify what they can be punished for, etc.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        The umpires do not have a strong union. Their rebellion was crushed several years ago by Seelig’s Imperial Army.

      • H.W. Plainview

        If the umpires had a strong union, I’d welcome each of them to walk out on MLB and their awesome jobs. I’d surely be willing to replace one and blow on average 3 calls a game. No loss, really.

        • Zack

          Their contrat is up in 2014, so until then, no real choice

  • H.W. Plainview

    JMO, but sitting Granderson the day after he comes back is extreme, even for Girardi. If you’re going to activate him, he should be ready to go no questions asked. I understand sitting him vs a tough lefty, but David Huff? Really?

    • Stryker

      the cliche is tired but still applies: the regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. you want your guys to be healthy for the course of the season and rather not rush a guy.

      granderson, in all likelihood, could have played today but had he re-injured himself we all would have been crying out that girardi should have sat him. works both ways.

  • ultimate913

    Am I late with this?

    http://deadspin.com/5548316/oz.....evelanders

    Ozzie Guillen signed that ball. Pretty funny.

  • Jack

    http://www.tauntr.com/content/.....cock-fight

    Probably NSFW, very sophomoric.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Priceless, that is.

  • Alex S

    Anyone catch that ass-bag who caught Rickie Weeks’ homer in Miller Park? The guy was going nuts, he had no shirt on and his buddy threw beer on him

  • Salty Buggah

    Hey Andy in Sunny Daytona,

    @BenBadler: Oh, and that Miguel Sano guy the #Twins signed? Played third base & went 2-for-4 with a HR and a 3B in his DSL debut

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Why do you want to hurt me Salty? WHY? Ganesh still loves me though.

  • rbizzler

    From ESPN-NY d-bag Wally Matthews’ live blog of today’s game:

    3:19: DiMag, er, Cervelli strikes out and once again, it’s up to Jeter

    3:15: Gardner’s infield hit gives Yankees first and third with one out, and fans greeting PH Cervelli as if he’s DiMaggio

    —–
    I mean, really? People jut love to rip Yankee fans for anything. I find it hilarious that the guy is ripping people for cheering for the team.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I don’t understand beat writers who don’t even seem to like the team. Good lord.

  • Tom Zig

    Hey Bex, what’s the link to DSIRONYYF?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      DMed to you on Twitter.

  • Tom Zig

    Where does it say in the scouting report that intentionally walking Teixeira to get to A-Rod is a good idea?

  • Tom Zig

    So if the Mets cut Ollie Perez, should the Yankees offer him a minor league deal?

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      The whole point is he wants to play in the majors. Someone will give him that. So no.

  • Carlosologist

    Ubaldo Jimenez is wrapping up a complete game shutout of the Giants, and has lowered his ERA to 0.79. Holy shit.

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication (The Commenter Formerly Known as William)

      It’s done, he now is at .78, with Coor’s field as his home ballpark.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        coors field isnt coors field since the humidor

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          It’s still a big time hitters park though, because it’s still very spacious. HR’s are clearly down (some other factors as well), but there’s a lot of green in the gaps there.

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    kanekoa texeira dfa’d by seattle…..maybe we take him back if no one else claims him….who knows he might be of use in the bp this yr

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      He should be offered back first.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        waivers first it seems

  • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Cnight_UP

    Robbie Cano has an OPS+ of 177 right now….yikes…

    • Rick in Boston

      And he’s still not leading the league.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        yeah isnt vernon wells’ like 515?

        • Rick in Boston

          Morneau is at 216. Wells is a pedestrian 158.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            Nelson Cruz is at 196, but he lost enough PAs that he doesn’t qualify for rate stats anymore

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Pettitte’s on MLB Tonight at 6 PM. If anyone cares like I do.

    • Carlosologist

      bex, Andy shaved his face grits off before you could lick them.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        http://forums.nyyfans.com/imag.....pcious.gif

        I don’t even know what I was babbling about, seriously. I think I was so giddy I mistook “grit” for like, “grits.” Like, the oatmeal-type food. WTF.

  • Carlosologist

    Remember when A-Rod was Mr. Unclutch? Yeah good times.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....ing9/10601

    Good read over at ESPN. Interesting to wonder how life would have been different for Prior and Bo had they signed with the Yankees.

    • Rick in Boston

      Bo would’ve been traded for an over the hill slugger or broken down pitcher. Prior would have been traded for David Justice and then gone onto an average career.

      I have no idea if I believe anything I just wrote, but looking at the eras they would have come up through the farm system, I have to think that their careers in pinstripes would’ve been fleeting.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Heh, you’re probably right………

        My how times have changed for the better.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Buster Olney’s column today:Javier Vazquez threw well.

    That’s it.

    If Vazquez hadn’t throw well (much better than well, BTW) Olney would have led with it and had 5 paragraphs on it.

  • E Street Shuffle

    20 bucks to whoever wants to write my essay for me.

    Its about Kafka’s Gregor Samsa and Tolstoys Ivan Ilyich being looked at through a Blaise Pascal lens. Only five pages…..someone, please.

    I just cant do it

    • Thomas

      In Blaise Pascal’s least renown work, “The Spoony Experiment” (which has become best known as the original script to the film “ET: The Porno”), he proved “The only type of person that would would not give an A+ to any paper mentioning a man’s transformation into a cockroach is a Nazi.” So, are you a Nazi?

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

      That’s a pittance. $4 a page? You must have known not a soul would jump at that.

      • Thomas

        Yeah, but if you put that money in the bank and let it set for say 20 years, then you can have like $18.57.

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t even know what any of this means. So much for 4 years of undergrad.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Can’t imagine why

      It’s times like these that I am most glad I went into science

  • ultimate913

    According to the Francesa show, Tex wont miss time and is in the lineup playing 1B today. Yay!

    • rbizzler

      And ESPN has Miranda being optioned back to SWB.

  • Carlosologist

    Edwin Jackson: The Arizona version of Javy Vazquez. Can be really good or terrible at any given time; ace-like when they have command.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    16 runs over the past 11 games by the Phil’s offense. That’s just abysmal. No major injuries either. It’s just a lot of slumps at the same time.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Gotta at least tip your hat to Jim Joyce for owning up to his mistake and answereing questions. he said, “I just cost that kid a perfect game”.

    • nesto

      Still, it’s a pretty bad call he made, and a shame Galarraga didn’t get the game. Loved how classy he was though, just smiled and finished the game. Before today I’d never heard of him, but now I’ll never forget him.

      Also, it was great to see Cabrera and Leyland helping out a teammate. Gotta love that.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    Ribbie reclaims the major league lead in average!!!!!!!!

  • ARX

    After tonight’s events, the next RAB “instant replay now!” article kinda writes itself, huh? :-(

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

      Doesn’t even need to be said. We’d be beating a dead horse.

      • ARX

        True, but said flogging would be cathartic :/

  • poster

    I cannot believe what happened in that Tigers game.

    I’m just flabbergasted. One of the most amazing things, positive or negative, I’ve ever seen happen on a baseball field.

  • wilcymoore27

    How many people out there think Commissioner Bud Selig needs to make a “Commissioner’s Decision” and overturn Jim Joyce’s blown call at the end of Galarraga’s perfect game? I do. No one will benefit more from this than Joyce himself, not even Galarraga.

    This is a decision Selig MUST make. There is no doubt whatsoever that the call was wrong – even Joyce admitted it afterward – and the blown call is the sole thing standing between Galarraga and baseball’s 21st all-time perfect game.

    In the interests of baseball – Bud, reverse Joyce’s “safe” call!

    • Rick in Boston

      Nope. It opens up a whole bag of worms. Should Selig then go back and overturn the result of the 1985 World Series? What about Mauer’s double last off-season?

      Selig should not go back and retroactively do anything. If the league starts overturning things, the umpires will just continue to make bad calls. Hopefully, this is the shove that baseball needed – we’ll probably see a much broader use of replay after the All-Star game at the earliest. No matter what, replay will probably be widely used for fouls/HBP/calls at the bases for the playoffs (baseball will never, unfortunately, move off of the umpires calling balls/strikes).

  • Rose

    Bud Selig probably won’t extend the instant replay option any further than it is. Like most Commissioners of the past, he’s an old school guy who hates change and doesn’t want to tamper with the game.

    Back in 2002 when the Yawkey Trust put the Red Sox up for sale…Bud Selig pulled a fast one out Frank McCourt who had the highest bid. Bud Selig’s argument is that he didn’t think McCourt had the money so he chose the next bid that just so happened to be his buddy John Henry. Most of the others believe it was because McCourt had plans to build a brand new ballpark on the water (a la AT&T in SF) and leave Fenway Park. Once Bud Selig heard this he knew what he had to do…so he pulled the rug out from underneath McCourt (regardless of him being the highest bidder) and made sure his close buddy John Henry got them. This is certainly illegal as the highest bid is supposed to win the bidding as always. McCourt threatened to sue and Selig promised McCourt the next team that was available…and that happened to be the Dodgers.

    I just don’t see Bud Selig opening his arms for replay. I’m sure he was entirely against the home run replay rule too. The only thing that may change his mind is if the umpires continue to make these mistakes and remain in the tabloids…and Selig is literally forced to make a decision he doesn’t want to make. Other than that, I don’t see anything happening anytime soon.

    That being said, while I feel bad for Gallaraga…I can’t help but not feel bad for Ken Griffey Jr. too who’s retirement has been overshadowed by nonsense.

    But it’s kind of a microcosm for the unfortunate nature we have as humans…where bad news, scandals, and deceit seem to entertain us more than celebrations and good intentions.

    • Rose

      No idea why more than half of my post went italics…but whatever. Just pretend it isn’t there if you’re even reading it.

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

        I used our magic powers to fix that one for you.

        • Rose

          Thank you, Ben.

    • Rick in Boston

      Rose…what does the McCourt/Selig thing have to do with the rest of your post?

      • Rose

        What’s so hard to understand about it? It has to do with “replay” and the fact that Bud Selig probably won’t do anything about it. The Selig/McCourt thing has to do with just how far Selig has gone to make sure certain “old school” elements remain in the game.

        • Rick in Boston

          It just appears in there with no lead in or follow up. It just goes from “Selig won’t do this” to a new paragraph where you tell the McCourt story.

          • Rose

            Oh well, deal with it. I’m also working right now. Sometimes I just write my thoughts down without proof reading or hiring an editor. Sorry.

            • Rick in Boston

              So are most of us Rose. I’m just trying to understand your post so I can carry on the conversation since I agree with you.

              • Rose

                I know. Sorry if I sounded defensive. Just used to people dragging the magnifying glass out for a lot of my posts and making it a point to find something wrong with it. You’ve never been a problem and I apologize for sounding defensive.

                Also sorry about it coming off as confusing…it was also not my intention. It happens sometimes though unfortunately. Hope you understand.

    • Rick in Boston

      I will say this re: Boston and a ballpark on the waterfront – never going to happen, at least in the near future. For one, Mayor Menino has been fighting to replace the 60′s architectural disaster that the current Boston City Hall is and wants to put it on a redeveloped water front with the current federal court house, the Institute for Contemporary Art, and a music pavilion.

      The bigger issue is that the public transit options for that section of the city are awful. The Silver Line bus system does stop near there, but it doesn’t have the capacity to run more often, and the MBTA is so far in debt that improving the system is a long-shot, at best.

      • Rose

        Maybe so, but McCourt had the land already purchased for where he was to put the stadium.

        • Rick in Boston

          And he still does, but the fed bought a huge chunk of it back from him for the Federal courthouse. Most of what he owns is in the Waterfront area, but not on the water. If anyone goes to the new convention center down there, you’ll most likely park in one of his lots.

          • Rose

            Yeah. When did he sell the huge chunk though, was it after he lost out on the bidding or before? You may be right about the waterfront…I may have misunderstood a few things that I’ve read. Somebody told me the story originally and made it sound like the ballpark was going to be on the water so whenever I read anything further about it…I had that in mind I guess.

            • Rick in Boston

              The Boston “Waterfront” is a bit of misnomer. It stretches from where I-93 used to be above ground to the water and stuck between the Financial District and Southie.

              The Federal Courthouse has been open since at least 2002, I believe (I used to park next to it on what became the ICA starting in ’04), so I’m going to say before. The ICA came after, so maybe it would’ve been on the water. I’m not sure how it would have fit in, though, which would have meant some re-design work around the underground subway lines that run through the area.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I don’t think MLB should overturn the call, but I hope they do.

    • Across the pond

      Anyone follow @umpjoewest on twitter? Latest post:

      “Bud Selig- If you overturn Jim Joyce call, I’m gonna start doing some really crazy shit in games. U ain’t seen nothin yet”

      Brilliant whoever it is.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m a bit split on this. Last night I didn’t really give much thought to any type of overturned call. Today I woke up and I couldn’t believe the buzz. I talked with people who know nothing about baseball and they seemed passionate about “that kid who got screwed”. The buzz around the internet is absolutely terrible as well.

      I was worried about Pandora’s box being opened if the call was overturned. This is a different situation than the 1985 WS or any other blown call. An overturn to those situations would just upset the team that benefited from the call and drastically alter a lot of things. This situation is a once in a lifetime event. Changing that hit to an out doesn’t really negatively impact anyone. The change does have many positives.

      Does Donald care if he loses one hit? Do the Indians really care at the end of the day if it was a perfect game or 1-hitter? Not really, they still would lose and they themselves know that call was a mistake.

      I say screw precedent, make this once in a lifetime change Bud.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Does Donald care if he loses one hit? Do the Indians really care at the end of the day if it was a perfect game or 1-hitter? Not really, they still would lose and they themselves know that call was a mistake.

        Donald seemed distraught when he was called safe, I highly doubt he’d care. If only the pre-2010 Robinson Cano had hit that ball, it wouldn’t have been a close play (/MSM’d)

  • Pete

    I saw an article on ESPN New York today suggesting Jorge stay at DH and Cervelli stay at catcher. It got me thinking (not the actual article, but the premise) – should Jorge be the back-up catcher/primary DH from here on out (or at least until NJ is back), a-la most-likely-scenario for Jesus Montero?

    Right now, if Jorge catches (and I know he can’t right now), then that makes either Miranda or Thames the DH, or another position player while Pena or Russo gets a lineup spot. Obviously, Miranda and Thames can offer a lot more offensively than Cervelli can, but is it enough to overcome the difference between Posada and Cervelli defensively?

    People will, of course, be thinking in terms of the offensive upgrade vs. the defensive downgrade of Cervelli to Posada, straight up, but if Posada catches (versus DHing), then the offensive upgrade is only that from Cervelli to Thames, who can’t hit righties, or Miranda, who’s nothing spectacular against righties either. I do think that against a tough lefty it would be smart to try to replace cervelli’s bat with the quality-against-LHP bat of Thames, but other than that, I don’t think the difference is enough to merit sacrificing Cerve’s stellar defense with the barely passable D from Posada (no matter what Suzyn Waldman says). I’m not talking about game-calling, either. When it comes to blocking, throwing, etc, Cervelli is undeniably miles ahead of Posada at this point. I know there’s no easy way to measure catcher defense, but is it really that unlikely that the defensive difference between Cervelli and Posada is greater than the offensive difference between Cervelli and Thamanda?

    • Tampa Yankee

      Chad posted an article in which Posada admits that his days behind the plate are “dwindling” so this may be an issue sooner rather than later. In that case, hopefully Montero/Romine can provide a serviceable backup within the next two years and then one of them being the starter by 2013 at the latest as I don’t see Cervelli holding them off given Montero’s bat and Romine’s overall game.

      http://www.lohud.com/article/2.....-dwindling

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’m not talking about game-calling, either. When it comes to blocking, throwing, etc, Cervelli is undeniably miles ahead of Posada at this point.

      So glad you made that distinction, as it is huge.

      I hate to say it, but I think they just need to play the matchups as much as possible. I don’t want Jorge to be the full time DH, and I don’t want Cerve to be the full time C. I think they can make it work around 65/35, 55/45 (which way I don’t know) and make it work for the best.

  • Rose

    Regarding Jim Joyce.

    I really feel for the guy. I admire Armando Gallaraga after last night’s display. He didn’t say a word…he smiled and just took it for what it was. That spoke volumes.

    People make mistakes. He didn’t make the call out of malice…if anything it shows that he wasn’t going to let the scenario of the game affect his call…even though it was a wrong one.

    Everybody makes mistakes, we’re all human. Anybody that tells you otherwise is a liar…which is a lot worse than making innocent mistakes to some people. People are threatening his wife and children. Just despicable.

    Taking responsibility for things these days is dwindling in an age where everybody is looking for the Government or anyone else for a hand out or extra help or with anything…and Jim Joyce took full responsibility for his mistakes.

    I was mostly upset with the fact that all of this hooplah trumped Griffey’s retirement at first…but now I actually feel remorse for Jim Joyce.

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s really really easy to take responsibility for one’s actions when there are no consequences whatsoever, such as in Joyce’s case.

      • Rose

        According to you there aren’t any consequences. I’m sure Jim Joyce and I are not alone when we’d rather take a strong fine or suspension rather than have our family harrassed and threatened…let alone ourselves.

  • Chris

    This sounds like exactly the type of thing Selig would do:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5246454

    Let’s just change this play and try to sweep it under the rug instead of implementing a simple rule change that would prevent a future situation like this.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Most of these Jim Joyce articles mention the same thing, that it’s rare for an umpire to admit a mistake. Isn’t that a huuuuuuge problem? They make mistakes regularly which are clear to everyone. If they simply admitted this more often, this would go a long way to stem the hatred towards umps/calls. Players admit to mistakes, managers do, I do at my job. Why not umpires?

    • Rose

      Exactly. I agree 100%. Most umpires make a mistake, realize it in their head they made one, and then take it out on everybody else – whether it be throwing out a player or manager, scolding them, etc.

      Then again, more people now-a-days are taking less and less responsibility for things as well. It’s not entirely an umpire thing. It’s a people thing. Look at the steroids scandal. There’s only been a handful of people who came out and admitted and apologized for what they did…and a lot of those were even after long periods of time discussing it with their families, agent, attorney’s, etc. The majority of America these days doesn’t take responsibility for anything. Especially when the Government is there to “save the day” usually.

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    kanekoa claimed by royals

    • rbizzler

      He is still subject to Rule V guidelines right? Not that it would tough to stick in that bullpen.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        yes and agreed

  • rbizzler

    Anyone see this piece on Bryce Harper? Good read as it seems the kid is as good as advertised, but maybe lacks a little humility. That being said, it seems like petty jealousy has caused opponents and umps to target him.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....03114.html

    • rbizzler

      Oh, and the link is SFW.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      If I were 17 and that damn good, I would lack all humility. This kid is taking a completely unfair beating in the press. I wonder what all of these people who bash him were doing at 17. Like you said, he is being targeted, and is probably handling it better than the vast majority of 17 year olds.

      • Rick in Boston

        For me, the most important piece of his development is when he struggles for the first time.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Bill Hall is 4-5 today, hope Peter King is happy.

  • poster

    Francesa is such an asshole. This caller is killing him in debate. Good job, caller.

    He just said, “Where does it say every call has to be perfect?”

    Seriously?

    I say again: Francesa is a complete asshole.

    Right, everything in life isn’t perfect. So we shouldn’t make everything as good as we can?

    Shut your fucking mouth, Francesa. You make no fucking sense.

    Ugh. I’m pissed right now for some reason.

  • Across the pond

    I just watched the clips of Galaragga presenting the lineup card and receiving the new car.

    I cannot get over how impressed I am with this guy, I actually can’t put words to it.

    I was fuming at the incident last night but if this guy isn’t what right does anyone else have to be?

    He said he called his dad and his dad just said son I’m so proud of you. Heck I’m proud of him and I can barely spell his name never mind know him.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Galarraga is a complete class act. I was tearing up earlier when he was handing the lineup card to Joyce. What a guy. I totally adore him and I don’t even know anything about him, and he’s on a team I don’t particularly like. I’ll be rooting for him any time he pitches against a non-Yankee team.

  • Cecala

    Mike Francesa said if they implement instant replay they should just have robots play the game and umpire…

    How does this man have a talk show?

    • poster

      See two posts up.

      • Cecala

        He has no idea what hes talking about, EVER! It humors me yet pisses me off at the same time. I just want to call in and argue with him.

        • poster

          He’d cut you off and hang up on you, then bullshit around the point to make it sound as if he were right and you were wrong. Douche.

          • Cecala

            I hope that coke with the label ripped off rots his giant horse teeth.

        • radnom


          He has no idea what hes talking about, EVER! It humors me yet pisses me off at the same time. I just want to call in and argue with him.

          Uh….you realize that is exactly the type of emotion he wants to inspire?

          The most successful people ratings-wise get the easily emotional/shallow fan to agree with them yet somehow also get the other fans to still constantly obsess over everything they say at the same time. It is the best of both worlds.

          • Jose the Satirist

            The human psyche is a wonderful thing to manipulate for ratings.

    • ARX

      Because people tune in to him even when they despise him, know he’s full of shit, and know deep down they should stop listening.

      • Cecala

        I don’t normally listen to him, I saw a facebook status and figured I would tune in myself to see if he was that bad. Too bad he was THAT bad.

  • Salty Buggah

    “World Series ring, team-issued phone allegedly stolen from Staten Island Yanks coach during wild night of partying”

    http://www.silive.com/news/ind.....ssued.html

    Probably not a good thing…

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

      People in baseball cheat on their wives? Shocking!!! Who steals cell phones? This isn’t 1995.

      • Rick in Boston

        Theo probably ordered the phone stolen. He wants to eliminate all information on how to hit Casey Kelly.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          I don’t know why Theo would bother to do that. Everyone knows you can’t hit Casey Kelly.

          • Thomas

            My friends and I kidnapped Casey Kelly and tied him down. We then took baseball bats and took swings at his crotch. None of us could hit him. It is impossible.

            • poster

              Hahaha IETCVM.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    The National Spelling Bee is awesome

  • Jose the Satirist

    “vin” said last night that Griffey is a “15-20 all-time great”. I said I could name at least 25 players better than Griffey all-time. “vin” and “pat” wanted me to do it. I didn’t see that until today.

    Just to be clear it was mentioned that Griffey was a shell of his former self in his 30′s. We aren’t talking peaks here, we are talking overall career. If Griffey couldn’t maintain his production that hurts his value and separates him from the 15-20 and puts him more towards the 25-30 or so.

    Here are 25 better position players in no particular order: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, George Brett, Wade Boggs, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Matthews, Frank Robinson, Joe Morgan, Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Tris Speaker, Mel Ott, Carl Yastrzemski, Roberto Clemente, Rickey Henderson, Al Kaline.

    • Rose

      I guess it all depends on what you’re basing it on. Surprised you didn’t put DiMaggio up there too…as he was once coined “The Next DiMaggio”

      • Jose the Satirist

        Yeah, you could put DiMaggio on there too. I was just keeping to 25 players. Don’t know why he didn’t find his way into the 25.

    • pat

      I’m an actual person no need for the “”

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        suuuuuuure “pat”

  • http://twitter.com/BrienJackson Brien Jackson

    I hate youth baseball parents.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’m umpiring for the first time in almost a year tomorrow and I guarantee I’ll be feeling the same thing in about 24 hours.

      • Rick in Boston

        I almost was ejected for the first time last week for arguing balls and strikes. The umpire seemed to not believe in calling the strike zone consistantly and openly wondered by all of his games ended 20-11 or something like that.

        He’s definitely going to be working behind the plate for all of my playoff games.

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

    Jose, I was just coming here to mention the 25 position players > Griffey and mention that it would be a great guest post at M&A, though I just saw you did make a list. I agree, Griffey was an all time great, but I think he gets a little extra boost by being regarded as clean from the media. I think this overrates him, he’s great, but not top 25, and I’d be interested to see where he’d land, top 50, top 100?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Per BP/BB-Ref WAR, not that that’s perfect, he’s #37.

      http://www.baseballprojection.com/war/top500.htm

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I’m also very surprised at how (relatively) low Manny rates on that. I’m guessing the poor defense has a lot to do with it.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          That’s what bad fielding and a negative position adjustment will do.

  • rbizzler

    Eiland taking a leave from the team. No word s to why.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5253146 (safe)

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Hope he is ok

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

      I hope he didn’t lose his World Series ring too.

  • poster

    Coaching legend John Wooden dies at 99. Sad.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/b.....bit-wooden

  • http://twitter.com/BrienJackson Brien Jackson

    That Joe West can’t be relieved of his duties is an absolute travesty.

  • Tom Zig

    my ESPN insider subscription ran out. I don’t think I’ll be renewing it though. Would it be worth it?

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

      Subscribe to ESPN the magazine and you get insider access. The magazine is useless, but cheap.

  • Alex S

    Did anyone see that small blurb in the new ESPN mag? its about Brett Gardner, and his socks. He says they’re “electromagnetic or something” they’re actually made of Aqua-Titanium and they’re from Japan. Whatever happened to good ol’ American Grit?

    • Tom Zig

      Aqua titanium? wtf?

      Can they stop bullets?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m watching rugby on NBC right now. I think I have a vague idea of what’s going on.

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

    http://washington.nationals.ml.....8;c_id=was

    Apparently they don’t think he will be a good catcher? Or maybe they are trying to extend his career by playing the less demanding OF? Or they think he can climb through the Minors faster?? What do you guys think?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      It’s Boras trying to get him to the Majors faster

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Kevin Jordan pick sounds intriguing, right?

  • Rey22

    So….Stephen Strasburg…..Wow.

    • Thomas

      I was thoroughly impressed. I was most impressed with the movement of his pitches. When combined with his velocity, it allows him to get away with missing his spots as long as the pitch is still in the strike zone.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    Does anyone know when they update baseball reference each day? Is it midnight, whenever all the games are over, or what?

  • Dick Whitman

    http://content.usatoday.com/co.....ee-trade/1

    Cliff Lee for Romine and Nunez? That’s hard to say no to.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well when there’s no spot for him currently added with he’ll be a free agent making it a waste tot rade for ihm maskes it easier to say no to.

      Pass on trading, all for signing.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      No it’s not. Don’t trade for him and then just try to sign him for money instead of giving up the #2 prospect in the system and then trying to sign him for money on top of that.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    We went through a spell where the changeup was the best pitch and then the slider … more trick pitches … now you see the hard throwers being the most successful. That’s how it was when I played. Strasburg, Galarraga, Halladay, Jiminez .. all these guys are hard throwers with a great fastball. Four years ago that wasn’t really the case, guys overpowering hitters.

    One of these things is not like the others.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Top 5 in Fangraphs WAR in 2010 by velocity

      Halladay: 92.5
      Ubaldo: 96.6
      Lee: 91.1
      Liriano: 93.5
      Wainwright: 90.7

      total average: 92.88

      Top 5 in Fangraphs WAR by velocity four years ago:

      Santana: 93.1
      Webb: 88.4
      Bonderman: 93.3
      Lackey: 91.4
      Smoltz: 92.7

      total average: 91.78

      I never knew Halladay and Galarraga were power pitchers

    • Thomas

      Whoever said that clearly forgot Braden.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Joe Morgan. Who else?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    Is it possible the Rabbi’s could do a post on Hughes’ innings limit, and the plan going forward?

  • poster

    Yankees’ possible all-stars (not necessarily starters though):

    Pettite
    Hughes
    Mariano
    Jeter
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Granderson
    Gardner
    Swisher

    Our team=SICK

    • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

      It’s pathetic, but Tex still has a chance.

  • Cecala

    If anyone was watching the Hockey game, that was the most unexciting goal. I had no idea what happened, how did that even go in.

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

      The call was like, “GGGOOOAAALLL?????”

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Agreed, bush league ending. At least Philly lost though.

  • theyankeewarrior

    DH trade deadline candidate: 283/393/610 17&42

    Bats right. Has a WS ring. Makes a lot of cash. Plays for a GM who Cashman has already pulled ninja moves on to acquire our starting RFer.

    Can use the short porch with oppo power.

    Thoughts?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Eh, not too sure I want Konerko.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I still see the Angels picking up Konerko as a move to try and replace Morales.

      What does have a WS ring have to do with anything? That shouldn’t fact into trading for a hitter.

      His .424 wOBA is good for 6th best in MLB.

      • Jose the Satirist

        I just read this and it sounds like I’ve been drinking in the morning. Incoherent dribble.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Just a throw-in. He did happen to be the MVP of that World Series if I’m not mistaken.

        WS rings don’t define a player. His triple-slash lines do. His WS ring and MVP are just icing on the cake and may suggest the ability to shine in big moments.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Nitpick: He was ALCS MVP that year, not WS MVP.

  • ultimate913

    Seems like Culver has been waiting for this moment :

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

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Sounds like signing him will happpen too.

      • Rick in Boston

        Sounds like he’ll sign early enough to get some AB’s in the GCL.

  • rbizzler

    Fantasy question (non-RAB league):

    10 team NL-only league; Carlos Lee and Ike Davis for Wainwright or Johan

    Thoughts? I would be giving up Lee and Ike and acquiring the ace.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

    I’ve been coming to RAB for a while now, but I still can’t quite figure out how to italicize, scratch out words in a sentence with a line, make bold letters, etc. Can someone help me out with this? It would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      italics are (i) (/i)

      bold is (b)(/b)

      the scratch out is (strike) (/strike)

      only instead of ( and ) use these: > and <

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

        Thanks Bexy, I appreciate it.

  • Rose

    6 years ago today the Houston Astros pitching staff collectively threw a no-hitter against the Yankees. We’re playing them tonight.

    Boy, that was pretty embarrassing…

    • Jose the Satirist

      Honestly, how long have you been waiting to post this? Also, it was 7 years ago, not 6. The pitchers they had in their bullpen then were a lot better than what they have now. They basically had three closers pitch the last 4 innings.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        I was at that game. Ugh.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      …what’s the point of this?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        The sky is falling. Obviously.

    • Thomas

      The thing I always found interesting about that is how is is “embarrassing” that it was done by six pitchers.

      However, six pitchers is one of the exact reason it is less impressive. By changing pitchers frequently, no one ever really tires. Thus, if all the pitchers are having good days (which is rare, but less rare than one pitcher being no-hitter good), it is possible to get the no-no.

      While I would have expected the Yanks to get a hit of off Saarloos or Munro (in the combined 4 innings they pitched), I would not find it all that surprising for the Astros to get 5 innings of no-hit ball split over Oswalt, Lidge, Dotel, and Wagner (at least compared to getting no-hit by Oswalt for 5 innings).

      Getting no hit by 6 pitchers is obviously bizarre, I think it is less embarrassing than getting no-hit by one pitcher or even a combination of 2.

  • Pete

    So I was on ESPN.com this morning and the front page had something about some strange new sport called SockBall or something, I think. Anyone know anything about this?

    • Jose the Satirist

      It sounds like a bastard child of Handball. There isn’t a lot of info out there.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It took me like two minutes to get this. Now that I do… well played.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Well played indeed.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Wally Matthews chat today at 1 on ESPN. Going to work my best to get a totally stupid question in there.

    • Jose the Satirist

      alex gonzalez will get a question in.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I was sure hoping so.

      • Rick in Boston

        I’ve missed alex gonzalez. He must love the wave.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      He never showed up I guess, what a disappointment.

      • Jose the Satirist

        He is a disappointment even when he shows up.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I had some good questions ready for him though! I’m going to try to get this one in the next Joe Morgan chat.

          A bunch of these stat guys continue to tell me that wins don’t matter. How can that be? Isn’t that the point to win games? Don’t you think there is something to getting your teammates to rally around you? Kevin Millwood led the league in ERA in 2005 and only had 9 wins. Cliff Lee was on the same team with a much higher ERA but had 18 wins. Same teammates, twice as many wins. Doesn’t this show that Lee was a better pitcher, and a better teammate? His teammates showed up to play when he was on the mound, but not Millwood. I think that means something.

  • Rick in Boston

    There’s some concern in Japan over Yu Darvish’s workload and potential elbow problems.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jon Heyman: “Jacoby Ellsbury deserves plaudits for trying to power through his ribcage injury. But new MRIs revealed a bigger issue, and he will miss at least another two weeks, probably more, after getting a second opinion.”

    Gee, Ellsbury wouldn’t happen to be a Boras client would he?

    • Pete

      A-Rod, meanwhile, deserves to be ripped to shreds for trying to play through his much less significant injury.

  • Carlosologist

    The locations of the next five All-Star Games:

    2011: Arizona
    2012: Kansas City
    2013: Citi
    2014: Minnesota
    2015: DC

    http://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/15972259724

  • Carlosologist

    Wow, the Red Sox have some guy named Daniel Nava playing left field. He’s a 27 year old rookie and he hit a grand slam in his very first AB.

  • poster

    U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

    TAKE THAT YOU BRITISH COMMIES!!!!!111!!

    /Wait, what?
    //Seriously big mistake by Green, good draw.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    WIth Posada catching tommorow, does Miranda get called up to replace Moeller and DH?

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

    >Strike/strike<

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

      Okay, I guess I’m a little redundant. Still can’t figure out how to cross out words, make bold letters, italics etc. I’m annoyed with myself.

      >i is this right? /i<

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

        >i/i<

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

          Still can’t get it right. Can someone help me again?

          • Carlosologist

            Tags are (replace [] with ): [b][/b] [s][/s] [i][/i]

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

              Okay let’s try this again.

              [b] Right? [/b]

              • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

                [b][/b] Right?

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  No you want to use .

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                    Ugh. Whenever I do that they cancel each other out. Use > like you used ] there and in place of [ use <

                    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

                      Maybe this is correct

                      or this?

                      hopefully one of these are right.

                    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

                      Thanks bexy, I finally got it!!! wooh!

                    • Jose the Satirist

                      For anyone still confused. It is written like below. (Please work HTML)

                      <b>Put text in here.</b> Creates bold text.

                      <strike>Put text in here.</strike> Creates text with a line through it.

                      <i>Put text in here.</i> Creates italic text.

  • http://instrumentsacrosstheworld.com Total Dominication

    Why do you guys(the Rabbi’s) always post the game summary at exactly midnight?

  • vin

    Pettitte’s WAR:
    B-R = 2.5
    FG = 1.5

    Hughes WAR:
    B-R = 1.8
    FG = 2.2

    Anyone have any idea why the numbers are so different? I can accept two different methods that would yield different numbers but still have similar results, but this is perplexing.

    • Accent Shallow

      Believe Fangraphs use FIP, and B-R uses RA.

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

      I just did a post on this. Brett Gardner and Carl Crawford have drastic differences, due to TZ vs. UZR.

      http://mystiqueandaura.com/201.....-good-for/

  • Not Tank the Frank

    MLB’s worst umpires according to an ESPN poll:

    1. CB Bucknor (37%)
    2. Joe West (35%)
    3. Angel Hernandez (22%)

    So I’m not completely blind after all! Seriously, this just confirms what I’ve seen. I actually think Hernandez is worse than West in terms of blown calls, but I don’t think the players like West very much.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5281467

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Nope, those three seem HORRIBLE. Like, I shouldn’t have to cringe when I see certain umpires for certain series but I do when I see those guys.

      Jim Joyce was voted best umpire, by the way.

  • Alex S

    EPIC…..but obviously photoshopped. I sense this could be the launch of a whole new internet meme.
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2.....iewed-24h5

  • Tom Zig

    Looking ahead at the coming weeks there is an off day in between the arizona and dodgers series that works out perfectly that the Yankees could skip Hughes’ start and then start CC on regular rest to begin the Dodgers series. Should/Will the Yankees do that?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      You would think they would have to start skipping him sometime…and now seems like the perfect opportunity. It seems like he’s hit a bit of a wall recently. It doesn’t seem like that’s what the Yankees do though. They just wait until the innings limit is about to be reached and worry about it then.

      I would —

      - skip him, keep him fresh throughout the season
      - put him in the pen once he’s at his limit (hopefully in Sept.)
      - CC, AJ, Andy, Javy in the rotation for the playoffs. DRob/Marte, Hughes, Joba, Mo in the bullpen.
      - All that + healthy lineup = repeat, see you next season

  • vin

    My pick for best name of the 2010 draft…

    Sixth round: Gauntlett Eldemire (CF – Phillies)

    I love a name that manages to tell an entire story just with its two words.

  • rbizzler

    Yankee reference in pop culture as Lady Gaga compares herself to Mo (of all people):

    Speaking with MTV News during the World Series last year, Gaga compared herself to Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera — a situation that’s even more relevant today given the reaction to her latest video, “Alejandro.”

    “I’ve actually been making a lot of Yankee analogies in my interviews lately because I get asked, ‘Do you feel pressure? How do you feel when someone says this? Or do you feel like you have to top yourself?’ ” she explained. “I say I do feel like I have to top myself. But I feel like I’m Rivera. I’m a closer.”

    Yikes, I really don’t know shit about Gaga, other than she makes music that I don’t like. And I am not sure about her calling herself ‘Mo’, but at least she know who he is and didn’t just name drop Jeet or Alex.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Heh. I’ve seen the interview where she compares herself to Mariano a bunch. I think it’s hilarious. Lady Gaga’s pretty awesome.

      There’s also the story about her going to that random Mets game in a bikini and leather jacket and yelling at people.

      • Jose the Satirist

        She sounds really classy.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Does anybody here like Lady Gaga? I just don’t understand the appeal.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I love her. I think she’s fascinating and yes, I really like most of her music. She’s very outspoken too and though I don’t agree with everything she says, it’s nice to see a pop star with at least some semblance of a brain and an opinion.

        • rbizzler

          But does she have musical talent? Clearly, she has visual art skills, but the little of her music that I have heard has left me less than meh.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I hope Giuseppe Rossi has a nice World Cup for Italy.

    AAAAWWWWWWWW Too soon?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      What about Giuseppe Franco?

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      he was there. i dont get it. did someone get injured and they brought him?

      • Rick in Boston

        He was born in the US and could have played for the US National Team, but chose to play for his parents’ home country.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        He was one of the last cuts.

        • Rick in Boston

          Wait a sec, he didn’t even make the team? Who’s the guy making the decisions? Omar Minaya?

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Nope. They took the injured player instead.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    In Heyman’s latest: One NL scout on Scott Rolen, who is batting .313 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs: “I haven’t seen him this good in years.”

    Whatever this scout is getting paid, they should double it. This type of analysis is off the charts. Rolen’s last 5 years of OPS+ before this year: 84, 126, 89, 108, 117. He’s at 154 this year. How did this scout possibly figure out that this is the best Rolen has looked in years? Does he have ESP(N)? Is he Nostradamus? Either way, I’m very impressed that someone noted that Rolen is looking the best he has in years, otherwise I never would have been able to figure that out on my own.

    • Tom Zig

      Can I be an anonymous scout? I hear it pays well

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        You can be the official anonymous scout of mystiqueandaura.com

        It will give us free reign to write things we feel, but don’t want to put our names on, ahem Buster Olney, ahem.

    • Accent Shallow

      I hate the “anonymous scout” pieces as much as the next guy, but I’d hope that this guy is talking about Rolen’s approach at the plate, how hard he’s hitting the ball, how compact his swing is, etc etc.

      Not just “Man, he’s hitting .300. This is awesome!”

  • CountryClub

    The farm system has started to get exciting lately with some promotions and the return of some high upside pitchers. Adding to the good vibes, Jennings at Lohud had this quote last night:

    Talking about late-round picks last week, Damon Oppenheimer said he’s especially high on 2009 44th-round pick Evan DeLuca.

    “You’re talking about a high school left-hander that we got real late that’s throwing 93 to 95 down here (in extended spring), with a good curveball and changeup that should move through the system pretty quick,” he said.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, Oppenheimer isn’t going to say “This kid is shit”, but a HS lefty who throws in the 90s? Yes, please.

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/noteboo.....-clubhouse

    since john kruk is saying it does this mean it won’t happen?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      It’s not an aberration; the Yankees’ Robinson Cano is for real

      So after 3000+ PA’s to start a career (so including rookie season and not yet hitting prime) a guy with a .306/.339/.480 line and 113 OPS+ as a 2b wasn’t for real, but now, with 273 more PA’s he is? Everyone has said, for years that Cano has multiple batting title potential. Of course he’s not an aberration, he’s a proven MLB hitter. Is .370 an aberration? Likely. But Cano is not, nor has anyone suggested that.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        I guess I should have nominated Cano in the most overrated prospect thread the other day. That he still gets talked up as some kind of top prospect (not pointing at John here, by the way) amazes me.

        I’ve seen Cano play a lot, and I’m not even sure he’d be a productive Triple-A player. Let’s start with his defense; it’s brutal. He has terrible footwork and simply lacks any kind of instincts around the bag. There’s no way you want him playing up the middle. He might have the raw speed to not be awful in left field, but that’s about as kind as I can be regarding his glovework. Offensively, he’s a fastball hitter. He sits dead red on every pitch and waits for a mistake. Any good breaking ball or offspeed pitch will have him out in front. He’s mostly a gap hitter, lacking the power to drive the ball consistently over the wall. To add insult to injury, he’s also a terrible baserunner.

        In his prime, I think he could hit .280/.320/.400 while playing awful defense. Yipee.

        - Dave Cameron, February 2005

        http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/.....-cano.html

        I realize Cano in the majors > Cano in the minors but it makes me laugh, what can I say?

        • Rick in Boston

          Nice find.

        • Thomas

          It is funny, but at the time Cameron had a point. When Cano came up in 2005, he was only a gap power hitter, played horrible defense, and had no plate discipline. Also he is still a lousy baserunner. Luckily he has improved tremendously and his hitting is not just fastball only (where Cameron was clearly wrong).

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            And this is why anyone who assigns grades to a draft (especially) baseball, is just guessing. Cano was thisclose to the majors and the scouting reports were not kind. Yet everyone wants to tell me what an 18 year old kid is going to become?

        • rbizzler

          Wow, looking back to that 2005 top prospect list was a bit shocking. I started seriously following the farm in 2004 (thanks Mike), and I remember being excited about a lot of those guys. Granted Cano and Hughes are borderline stars (well Cano, more than Hughes), Wang had a period of solid performance before injuries took their toll, and Melky, T-Clip, and Ramon Ramirez have all been big league contributors, so that list isn’t all that bad. Just a little brutal at the top (minus Hughes of course).

          Also, I love how the comment thread was centered around soft-tossing Colter Bean.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, there’s a difference between being a great hitter for a 2B, and a great hitter, period.

        (Not giving Kruk the click through to clarify)

  • Dick Whitman

    Boone Logan is back. I am sad.

  • vin

    Just noticed that Matsui is tearing it up this month

    .385/.448/.596/1.044

    http://www.baseball-reference......;t=b#month

    Every year he goes through a prolonged slump(s) and everyone thinks he’s done, only to have him flip the switch and turn back into Godzilla. I remember Girardi saying the past couple years that he has to keep writing his name in the lineup because he’ll catch fire without any warning, and stay hot for awhile.

    I hate the Angels, but how can you not love Hideki?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Yeah, I wasn’t so willing to say he was done. For an older player, of course there’s the possibility they just kinda fall off a cliff, but I remember he had horrible slumps last year followed by going on a ridiculous tear. Thankfully Scioscia doesn’t seem to be playing him in the field a ton, which I think might end his career for good.

      Like Hideki, do not like the constant whining about him at all (just for clarification so you don’t take offense: that’s clearly not what you’re doing here though).

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    As if we needed more proof that Nick Swisher is the greatest man alive. Story about a kid from NH, a Yankee fan (good for him) who Swisher visited when the Yankees were in Boston.

    http://unionleader.com/article.....fbb584ca04

  • RichYF

    Anyone read Dave Cameron’s article on USS Mariner? It was linked from a Fangraphs article about Lee’s trade value.

    http://www.ussmariner.com/2010.....cliff-lee/

    He makes mention of the Jesus! in the comments. Not in a good way, either. Pretty solid discussion.

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

      The guy whose preseason rankings had the Mariners as the sixth best team in MLB doesn’t like Jesus Montero? Color me skeptical.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Also they guy who said the things above about Cano in 2005. Color me skeptical.

        • Jose the Satirist

          I like that he makes strong statements once in a while. Sure they may be wrong, but at least he takes a position on something and risks being embarrassed later. Rather than some of the bullshit wishy washy positions some analysts take.

          Ex: So and so has shown flashes of brilliance at times, and glimpses of some flaws. If they start to show all 5-tools of a player, they could end up being a star.

          • rbizzler

            I respectfully disagree. I see no value in praising the ESPN-ification of sports commentary where every analyst has to have a strong opinion on something and commentators find the most minuscule detail to nitpick.

            When it comes to prospects, it behooves an analyst to temper enthusiasm and make statements as to a players potential. Minor leaguers are far from finished products and writing them off or attributing some fatal flaw to them just to have a strong opinion on something is remarkably shortsighted.

            • Jose the Satirist

              I’m not saying all the time there has to be some strong opinion. I’m just saying drifting from the pack once in a while to form a drastically different opinion on a player tells a lot about the analyst.

              I respect people more when they are wrong on a strong opinion and later on admit they were wrong. It shows ability to have opinions while still having humility.

              Axisa once said about Marte, “Give Traber a shot, and if he doesn’t workout, then go with 7 righties in the ‘pen. Giving up a potential #3-4 big league starter like Jeff Marquez for a LOOGY is the definition of insanity.”

              I respect Mike more because he said that. He took a strong position on an issue and then later had the ability to admit he was wrong. While still leaving that post up for ever. We all say dumb stuff sometimes, how we handle it sets us apart.

              • rbizzler

                Now that you put it that way, I mostly agree with you. I too like strong, informed opinions, but only if there is some semblance of accountability. Most people that crap all over things (prospects especially) do not go back and admit that they were wrong. At best, they act like the player’s development/situation is so dramatically different from their projections that it has to be an anomaly.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Agreed there. He could pull a Buster Olney and say that an “anonymous scout” told him those things.

      • RichYF

        Cameron’s not afraid to stick his neck out, I’ll give him that. I’m not sure how high Ramos’ stock is at the moment (he was injured for a couple months), but I think he peaked at ~#50 overall and is #1 or #2 in the Twins organization.

        I guess he values position that much. Not that one of Baker/Slowey makes that a bad package, but I’m not sure I see the return to be honest.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    http://www.democratandchronicl...../100615021

    Looks like someone is signing very, very soon.

    • rbizzler

      Yeah, I just saw that Chad linked to that on LoHud. He backed out of his Maryland commit, so it it looks like he is ready t sign ASAP. It will be a bit shocking to see a Yankee first rounder sign early and (maybe) make an appearance in SS ball.

      Between this and the emergence of Brack and Betances and Slade looking like he will stick in full season ball, there is some juice back in the system.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        All of this should be able to make the Yankees at least #29 on the Prospect lists by the Keith Law’s of the world.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Does anyone know why Kal Daniels retired? He’s a blast from the past I saw when looking up Grandy’s comparable hitters and decided to check out his B-Ref page. I’m guessing injury related, but he was a beast. Retired at 28 with a 138 OPS+. Dayyum.

    • Jose the Satirist

      He had 6 or 7 knee surgeries. They finally caught up with him.

      I’m still trying to figure out why this guy retired: http://www.baseball-reference......do01.shtml

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Look at that K/BB ratio. He knew he should just give up. He was a sabermatrician before his time.

        • Jose the Satirist

          Yeah, the peripherals aren’t great, even going to his minor league numbers. But his FIP in that short sample was a respectable 3.4, on a Senators team with above average defense. You gotta give a 23 year old lefty a few chances to prove he can’t cut it. 1964 was his best year in the minors also.

          He had a good debut then a bad second game. Although the second game looks like the defense didn’t show up, the Senators committed 4 errors in the game.

          I’d like to think he had the greatest 2 game career ever. He may have made some contributions that year on a shitty Senators pitching staff. The team was bad and had nothing to lose, who knows what the thought process was.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Maybe be became a Doctor in Chisholm, MN?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Well look at his strikeout ratios. He knew he couldn’t survive with that and his ERA was smoke and mirrors. He was a sabermatrician before his time.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Double post fail.

          • Accent Shallow

            Double post with different content in each!

            A rare achievement.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Heh. I wrote it up, hit post and have some crazy error message. So I had to re-write it and add a little more.

  • YankeeJosh

    http://twitter.com/Ian_OConnor/status/16361566894

    Well, if it’s ever proven otherwise, O’Connor can always delete that tweet.

    • Accent Shallow

      File that under “stuff I really don’t think sportswriters should be speculating on.”

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    With attention comes opinion, and Stephen Strasburg’s early career will be sliced and diced too many ways to make sense — but one take, that all those strikeouts are a sign of unnecessary pitches, has some wondering whether he’ll use his pitches for efficient outs or Ks. [The Nats] were delighted that Strasburg’s sinker was far better than they’d known and seemed to elicit a high ratio of weak groundballs. … Before his first start, Nats Manager Jim Riggleman said: “Don’t expect to see double-digit strikeouts too often. He’s going to be more of a groundball pitcher, like Ubaldo Jimenez, than a strikeout pitcher like Roger Clemens or Kerry Wood [who both fanned 20 men in a game]. It’s better to get three outs on 12 pitches than three strikeouts on 18.”

    So much fail in that.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Is that from Naked Gun 33 1/3.

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  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    With all of this AJ is stupid nonsense, I’m surprised I haven’t heard more of the “Let’s move AJ to the pen where he doesn’t need to think” that we heard with Joba.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Logical consistency was never the B-Jobbers’ strong point

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Kay said AJ should close today on his radio show, apparently.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    If this is Doc Rivers’ last game as Celtics coach, and he knows it, should he tell the players as a motivation factor? Or would it totally bomb?

    • Rick in Boston

      It’ll bomb. He’ll play Scalabrine in a key situation, then Rasheed will revert to playing like he did during the regular season and jack up a dozen 3 pointers.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Scalabrine in a key situation>>>>>>>>>>>Mr. Candace Parker in any situation.

        But yeah, I agree it’s not worth the risk, if he’s leaving, to tell them tonight.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Let’s go, Lakers. I can’t stand to see any team from Boston win (sorry, Steve. You can make as many shark jokes as you’d like).

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Ha. I’m pissed that the Celtics lost, but the one silver lining that came out of Game 7 is this:

      No one, I repeat NO ONE, can ever even try to compare Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan ever again. Any comparisons in the first place were completely invalid, but Kobe’s showing last night is the icing on the icing. I can’t believe how quickly people forget just how ridiculously great Jordan was. It wasn’t that long ago.

  • Salty Buggah

    So freakin happy that the Lakers won AND that Boston lost (I know that both things are basically one event but let me have my happiness).

    After the game, I went to go read some Celtics blog, as I enjoy Boston’s misery (I’m horrible), and a lot of people there were blaming the championship loss on Ray Allen. I mean, I understand that he was unbelievable in one game but struggled in others, but his lack of scoring in the last game did not cost them the whole freakin series. He even played great D on Kobe. I guess people come to irrational conclusions when they lose to a rival by 4 points in game 7, in which they held a 13 point lead at one point, in a series that they led 3-2.

    This is pretty much the Javy Vazquez situation again, huh? The only difference is that Ray Allen was established and was well-liked in Boston.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      As a fan of both the Celtics and Yankees, there is no comparison between Allen and Vazquez. Celtics fans want to cheer for Allen, and if he ever had hit a 3 in Boston, the roof would have blown off the place. Celtics fans love Allen and genuinely want to cheer for him and have him succeed. He sucked all series though, that needs to be said. Nobody gets any pleasure in Allen failing. There are obviously a ton of Yankee “fans” who, because they hate Javy, want him to fail so they can be proven right. That is definitely not the case with Allen.

      • Thomas

        He [Allen] sucked all series though, that needs to be said.

        While Allen certainly wasn’t at his best and overall for the series his numbers were bad, he definitely did not suck all series. He a great game 2, a solid game 5, and a good game 6.

        The Celtics simply lost that series as a team with no player doing well in all 7 games (and only Garnett doing well in 6 of the games). Rondo, Pierce, and Allen all under performed in the series. A team can’t expect a finals to win if that is the case.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Yeah, I boversimplified a bit there.

  • deuce bag poster

    That was an awful first half for the U.S.A. (vs. Slovenia). What an embarrassment.

    • deuce bag poster

      U.S.A. was fucking ROBBED. Fucking referee stealing a fucking win. Fucking GARBAGE.

  • Thomas

    The US got robbed. Just horrible, horrible officiating.

    • deuce bag poster

      No biggie. England will beat Slovenia. Or Algeria will beat England. U.S, will definitely beat Algeria.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....dXX1pqBTbM

    I’ll take Hughes ANY day over Pelfrey. I don’t know why Sherman would be confused.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I don’t know why Sherman would be confused.

      Heh.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    alex gonzalez made a few appearances in Wallace Matthews’ chat.

    Bravo alex.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Ahahahah where is it?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio....._/id/32946

        I got a question in at the end but he didn’t answer it!

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Thanks. I don’t like giving them the pageviews but hooray for alex gonzalez.

          First of all, to analyze A-Rod’s performance does not mean I hate him. I don;t.

          Yuh-huh.

        • Jose the Satirist

          Great question by you. I like that he didn’t answer yours but answered “What’s more legitimate: your career, or a $3 bill?”

  • Tom Zig
    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      That has to be satire right?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      I mean, he probably will break the save record eventually. That doesn’t mean he’s better than Mo though. Heck, Hoffman has been ahead of Mo in saves their whole careers and no one ever thought Hoffman was the better closer there

    • ROBTEN

      Here’s one arguing that Wagner is better than both Rivera and Hoffman because he’s “grittier”:

      Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman may have more saves, and they are certainly better known.

      But Wagner is better than those two.

      Why?

      Rivera or Hoffman never had to overcome obstacles dealing with handedness or size.

      http://bleacherreport.com/arti.....lly-wagner

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        His contract expires after this season, and it is likely that he will ride off quietly into the sunset with his career fulfilled.

        But we will see Wagner again, because five years from now he’ll have to make a Hall-of-Fame induction speech.

        I think Billy Wagner’s pretty good (not a HOFer but good), but that’s… not happening.

        • Jose the Satirist

          What is considered Hall of Fame worthy for relievers? The number of relievers in the Hall of Fame isn’t very big. They can do their job amazingly well and still be shunned from the hall?

          Compare Billy Wagner to two Hall of Fame relievers, Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter. You could make a case that Wagner is deserving.

          But then look at relievers who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, Sparky Lyle and Dan Quisenberry. The whole thing is very muddled.

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

            I think too many relievers are already in. They do a job that hundreds and hundreds of better pitchers could have done had they been limited enough to be moved to the pen. David Cone will never sniff the HOF. David Cone was a much better, more valuable pitcher than Bruce Sutter. Should Sutter be in the Hall because he wasn’t good enough to be a valuable starter? Or Gossage? Or Fingers?

            • Jose the Satirist

              Do you think Mariano Rivera deserves to be in the hall? He is the best reliever ever, but failed as a starter. Should he be in?

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

                I do, but it’s not quite as easy as it should be. He is, by far, the greatest player ever at his position. I think there’s room for a guy like that. However, had he had the same regular season career in KC and never made the playoffs (and show his true greatness) I don’t know if I would say he’s definitely in.

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

                  I did a post on this topic. If you disagree with me, I’d like to see a counter-post, as long as you don’t make me look too stupid.

                  http://mystiqueandaura.com/201.....operstown/

                  • Jose the Satirist

                    I may counter. Quite the contrary on making you look stupid, you have quite the argument behind you. Nice job.

                  • Accent Shallow

                    I skimmed your article, and I’m not sure that you can have a discussion of closer v. starter value without using leverage.

                    Additionally, you look at career total WAR, rather than season by season.

                    Not that I think Sutter should be in, but it’s not quite as cut/dried as you make it seem.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Poll Question: Knowing what you know now, if Alex Rios made it to the Yankees on waivers last year, would you claim him and not make the Granderson trade, or is Rios’ contract still too much money/too long for the risk that he doesn’t continue to perform at this level?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Tough call. Last year scares the crap out of me–he played in 149 games, had a sub-.200 OBP and and OPS 61 points lower than Melky’s. Curtis during his off-year at least had an OPS+ of 100. Rios’ was 81.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Mark LoMoglio, who is a MILB photographer, you had on his Facebook status that George Kontos is pitching in an EST game today.

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

    I swear to God I am not making this up, but Melvin invited me to visit the Dominican and stay at his house. Seriously.

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

      I think he wants to bless you.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        /that’s not holy water’d

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      When’s your flight?

    • deuce bag poster

      Luckiest.

      Person.

      Ever.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Oh the irony of JD Drew’s latest injury. He made a very good running catch (Ellsbury would have misplayed it, dove and maybe got it) but hurt his hammy while doing it. So Sox fans will of course kill him for getting hurt, without giving him credit for a making a catch that many RF’s wouldn’t have made.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      And now Bill Hall made an error that cost the Sox a run. Announcers said Drew would have made the play.

      Yet, I can guarantee, the Sox fans will still not appreciate Drew.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    haha Manny stole second base off Wakefield.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Any time Italy wants to remember that it’s playing New Zealand would be great.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /you can’t predict soccer’d

  • Rey22

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzfeR2oJiOE

    Uuuhhhh…anyone seen this insanely amazing catch? (Safe)

    • Rey22

      Damn, it’s fake. Nevermind.

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

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....8;did=milb

    The starting pitcher for the GCL Yankees sounds familiar.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      4.50 ERA=Bust

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

        Manny Banuelos pitching to Gary Sanchez? That’s the 2016 Game 1 battery.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Will Montero have already been banned for being too good?

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

          Check the box score now.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Me gusta.

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

              A really exciting day for a prospectaphile like me. Some huge debuts today.

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

                Probably not the greatest word choice, maybe prospectaphite would be better. haha

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

                …prospectaphile like me.

                Gary Sanchez is only 17. Someone warn the kids.

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

                  Very poorly worded, I agree.

                • Thomas

                  You know Andy, he just loves the minors.

    • Rick in Boston

      Am I the only one having issues with the scoreboard? The line at the top says 5-1 Baby Yanks, but the boxscores below show it to be 7-6 Baby AAAA Yanks.

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

    Pretty impressive Hits/Innings ratio though.

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

      Reply fail.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Better than your replying/comment ratio, that’s for sure.

  • pat

    While errbody is gonna be gaga over Sanchez, Marshall and my boy ManBan, Ima keep a lookout for Duran and Kuo. Kelvin is a true 5 tool CF and Kuo is a very sneaky little bastard over at the hot corner. Both are going to be very interesting guys to watch. Reymond Nunez too, he’s a gigantic manchild of a kid with Montero-esque power.

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

      I saw Nunez at ST, that dude is a giant. He didn’t play either day I was there though.

    • A.D.

      Gotta like Duran’s 12 triples in the DSL last year

  • Carlosologist

    I just noticed something cool about Robbie. He’s only 26 hits away from his 1000 career hit.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      he might get there by the end of the night.

  • A.D.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ate-1.html

    Gotta like Vazquez sitting at type A

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      All 5 starters and closer are Type A free agents right now. Along with the entire infield, catcher and RFer. Cfer is a Type B, and LFer is unranked but climbing quickly.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    In a stunning turn of events, many of Joe Morgan’s early answers in his chat today made some sense. Then this:

    Tito (Brooklyn)
    Joe, with the emergence of Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez, is Ryan Howard now only the 4th best hitting first baseman in the NL?
    Joe Morgan
    Are you kidding? Ryan Howard’s the only guy besides Pujols that does what a first baseman is supposed to do — he hits home runs, drives in runs, and leads his team to the World Series. Everyone took a shot at his contract — he’s been Rookie of the Year, MVP, and led his team to a World Championship and two consecutive World Series appearances. Has anybody done that other than Pujols? None of those guys have done that. I wonder why no one questions Matt Holliday’s similar contract — he’s never won an MVP award or won a World Series. His numbers were put up in Colorado, where everyone puts up big hitting numbers. He’s the second-best first baseman in the league, not fourth-best.

    Wow. Just wow.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      For what it’s worth, Howard is currently 5th in home runs among NL first basemen

      • Jose the Satirist

        He is also 8th in wOBA and 10th in WAR among NL 1B.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          but second in RBI!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Sigh.

      • rbizzler

        Do you actually expect Morgan to say something different? I mean, FJM was started and became infamous for a reason. Plus, Howard is his boy so his defense of him and his contract is not surprising. And he is right about Holliday, whose contract is equally as ridiculous as Howard’s, especially considering the Cards were bidding against themselves.

        I can’t really get worked up about Morgan anymore. I just treat him like an old fuddy duddy grampa who likes to gripe about the same things over and over again despite the fact that no one cares.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I can’t really get worked up about Morgan anymore. I just treat him like an old fuddy duddy grampa who likes to gripe about the same things over and over again despite the fact that no one cares.

          Haha, that’s how I feel about Jon Miller and Tim McCarver.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          What disappointed me today was that many of his answers made sense. That’s frustrating, I go to his chats for the unintentional comedy factor.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Speaking of Ryan Howard, this is unrelated but he does a pretty darn good Harry Kalas:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=9227421

      I still like him =/ even if I realize his contract is ridiculous and he’s very overrated because of dingers and ribbies.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        You know, it’s not really what he’s getting paid, but rather when he’s going to get it. I think critics of the critics don’t get that part.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Exactly. And, well, the Phillies’ FO has done some really questionable things over the past year or so (is this sentence grammatically correct? I’ve read it over about four times now and it just doesn’t seem right.). It seems ridiculous to say “they don’t have the benefit of the doubt” when they’re coming off back-to-back NL championships but, wellllll…

  • Dick Whitman

    wOBA as of June 22, 2010:

    Johnny Damon: .348
    Matt Holliday:.382
    Carl Crawford:.381
    Ryan Braun:.382
    Brett Gardner: .386

    Goodbye, grey matter.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Au revoir, France.

    There should be dancing on the streets of Dublin tonight.

    • rbizzler

      Per ESPN’s draft blog on the Yanks 5th rounder:

      Others include New York Yankees’ 5th round pick Tommy Kahnle, a right-hander out of Lynn University, who closed for Brewster Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two. Kahnle now has five punchouts in two innings.

      • rbizzler

        Whoops, reply fail.

        Question for you anyway: Isn’t there always dancing in the streets of Dublin?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          That’s a good point. But tonight will be an especially raucous night.

          • Accent Shallow

            A pint of plain is your only man!

  • rbizzler

    There must be something in the water that they serve in the pres boxes in NYC. Now, Marchand is floating the idea that ‘the Mets could be better without Beltran.’ The basis of his argument is that Beltran’s return will displace Pagan, despite the fact that the Mets could just as easily bench Francouer (who sucks) and slide Beltran/Pagan to RF.

    The stupidity plague is spreading…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I really, really don’t get the Franco-love.

      • Thomas

        Francoeur is a French name and French is the language of love. Thus, if you hate Francoeur, you hate love.

        Plus, you can spell Francoeur without heart in French.

        • deuce bag poster

          Furthermore, if hating Francouer means you hate love, then you also hate God, because God is love.

          That’s right friends: Hating Francoeur makes you xenophobic (hatred of the French,) an anti-religious bigot, AND damns you to Hell for eternity.

          You don’t hate Francoeur.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Frenchy is like that really dumb jock boyfriend we all have that we’re all kind of embarrassed about but he’s super cute and kinda sweet in a dumb way so even though he’s not right for you at all and you know nothing’s gonna come out of the whole relationship long-term you still like him.

        I mean. What?

  • Jose the Satirist

    Francesa has fallen in love with R.A. Dickey. I can’t wait to see what he says about him once the lightning in the bottle is gone and he returns to the pitcher he always has been.

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

    Related to this comment.

    The Big Prize is an excellent nickname to give your penis.

    • Accent Shallow

      Under what circumstances do you refer to your penis by nickname?

      When out with friends? “Man, I’d give that girl the Big Prize.”
      During sex?
      To your urologist? “Doc, I’m afraid I have herpes. Here, look at these blisters on the Big Prize.”

      It just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that would come up all that often.

    • Rose
  • Kevin G.
  • Jose the Satirist

    Fuck World Cup refs. The US has been cheated out of two huge goals.

    • Jose the Satirist

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

      • Across the pond

        Unreal! Totally deserved the win, robbed in the last game and battered the keeper today.

        Delighted

        • Frigidevil

          Oh yea, I was so upset over probably going home from yet another injustice. That goal was the most excited I’ve been since the Yanks won game 6

          • deuce bag poster

            Yep. Holy shit, I’m still shaking slightly.

          • Across the pond

            We only had the England game on TV so I had to watch US on the internet.

            I went to watch the last few minutes of the England game and was gutted, thought the US was out, I go back to my PC and the whole team is celebrating! It had me speechless.

      • deuce bag poster

        U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

        Un-fucking-believable. What a finish.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          +1 that was awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/BrienJackson Brien Jackson
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    In one day, two sports that almost no one cares about are making headlines.

    This tennis match seems pretty crazy.

    • Jose the Satirist

      *One sport almost no one cares about and one sport most Americans don’t care about.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Yeah, I’m thinking as an American, and what will lead SportsCenter.

        People actually care about tennis, but only the finals/stars/Americans. Heading into today, there is just about no one who cared about this tennis match. If this were Federer/Nadal or Sampras/Agassi (they still play, right?) then it would have started as big news and become epic along the way.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          On the other hand, this isn’t so much tennis as two big unbreakable servers throwing bombs at one another–I think the average volley is something like two shots after the serve, if that.

          It’s great theater–I’m not sure if it’s great tennis

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

          Not to mention that it still isn’t completed.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Strike one to Isner.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    By BB-Ref WAR and VORP, the Yankees have the #1 position player and pitcher in the AL.

    Woooooo.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Okay so I constantly forget the rules of tennis–why is this set running so long?

    • Jose the Satirist

      No tie break in the final set. They have to keep playing full games until someone wins the match by two games.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Okay, thanks. I knew there was a “win by two” process. Thanks.

  • Brian

    Cito Culver is on the GCL roster now…didn’t play today, but maybe soon.

  • C-Mac

    Uh…Carl Pavano is sporting a ‘stache? And he threw a complete game? And is kind of good? What?

    http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com.....8;c_id=min

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      He beat ROY HALLADAY in that complete game.

      I have actually seen people saying Cashman is an idiot for signing AJ Burnett and not resigning Pavano in his place. No words.

      • rbizzler

        Talking trash about Cash for not resigning Pavano is revisionism at its worst.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        No doubt these are the same people saying Cashman was an idiot for signing Pavano often and loudly over the previous four years

  • Rose

    This would have been all over the news had he been a Yankee…

    http://www.tmz.com/2010/06/23/.....rida-rape/

    Pretty unfortunate

    • Brad Toughy

      No charges? Alleged victim’s complaint not consistent with other witnesses?

      Sounds fishy to me. Another girl trying to exploit a high-profile athlete because of a drunken escapade that she regrets.

  • Pete

    Wow, I had no idea that Cano had a 4.8 UZR this year.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Some empires have lasted less time than this tennis match.

  • Pete

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    Anybody else think Curtis’s swing (not stance, just the swing itself) looks a lot like Ellsbury’s? Of course, without Ellsbury’s patience, contact ability, speed, and defense, Curtis is nowhere near the player, but i’m reminded a lot of Ellsbury’s swing

  • rbizzler

    Did anyone know that the Yanks had the guy who supplanted Trevor Hoffman in Milwaukee (and who also rocks one of the best mustaches in MLB) in their system?

    http://www.baseball-reference......html#trans (safe)

    • Thomas

      Hmmm . . . interesting.

      It looks like when he was with the Yankees he had crazy walk problems (about 6.4 BB/9 in A+ and lower). His walk rate is still high (5.1 BB/9), so his success may be short lived.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Circle me Derrick Turnbow

        /comments on JoePoz article’d

        side note–Turnbow was an All-Star in 2006. Not 2005 (1.74 ERA, 1.085 WHIP), but 2006 (6.87 ERA, 1.686 WHIP). At the break, he had a 4.74 ERA, six blown saves, and 22 walks in 38 innings. He had a non-All-Star 3.0 WAR season followed by an All-Star -2.5 effort.

        The only other Brewer on the team was Capuano, who replaced an injured player, so maybe it was a mandatory representation thing, but I find it hard to believe that there was no one better.

  • Esteban

    HAHA YES, Italy’s out!

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

      I love the fact they had a shot at the end to tie, and missed.

      http://www.sadtrombone.com

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oh Gammons.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    The Cape League has a history of players going through development pains. Todd Helton played two years and did not hit a home run. Lance Berkman hit one — an opposite-field job off a foul pole. Chase Utley as a UCLA freshman was a skinny kid, a year off not being drafted out of high school. The majority of scouts put Kevin Youkilis in as a non-prospect. Brewster manager Tom Myers was an assistant at Santa Clara when they cut a 100-something-pound freshman named Daniel Nava and made him the equipment manager who also kept Myers’ pitching charts.

    wh-what.

  • pat

    Jake Anderson the CF with a CoJo like swing and Tyler Austin, the plus hit plus power RF have both signed. WOOOOOOOOT

  • pat

    Holy shit, Laird had 2 HR 7 RBI today, including a Grand Slam and a 3 run homer. Noesi went 7 gave up 2 ER walked three and struck out TEN Erie batters.

    Filth.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

    I need fantasy help, is this a good trade to make:

    I give up: Carl Crawford
    I get: David Price, Rajai Davis and Carlos Pena

    Thoughts?

    • Across the pond

      Is Davis the odd man out now in the A’s outfield with Crisp back?

      What type of league is it?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        10-team, head-to-head league.

        • Across the pond

          Probably wouldn’t do it myself if Crisp is taking AB’s from Rajai

          I’m trying desperately to trade Price in my league too. I think he’s a few steps from the edge of a cliff.

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            Wordy word. Thanks for the advice.

  • Clayton

    If anyone wants a new Yankees BP jersey, Amazon has them on sale on their deal of the day for $39.99, including plain, Jeter, ARod, and Teix.

    As an FYI, Modells sells them for $99.99.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Culver is in the lineup for GCL

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m still so excited about Gary Sanchez. I’ve been following him since before he signed with the Yankees.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    alex gonzalez, if you’re out there, Wally Matthews has a chat starting at 1.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Great 3 questions. Absolutely hysterical. Wally Matthews agrees that tRA is a real thing.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I cannot believe how he responded to that one. I was shocked. I thought I was punking him, but based on his answer, he may have punked me back, it was that mind-bottling.

        • Jose the Satirist

          It has to be satire. Right?? Right?!?!

          “Wins are THE most important stat.”

          -Wally Matthews 06/25/2010

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Wallace, a bunch of these stat guys continue to tell me that wins don’t matter. How can that be? Isn’t that the point to win games? Don’t you think there is something to getting your teammates to rally around you? Kevin Millwood led the league in ERA in 2005 and only had 9 wins. Cliff Lee was on the same team with a much higher ERA but had 18 wins. Same teammates, twice as many wins. Doesn’t this show that Lee was a better pitcher, and a better teammate? His teammates showed up to play when he was on the mound, but not Millwood. I think that means something.

    Wallace Matthews
    (1:19 PM)
    Steve, some of my best friends are stats guys but man, are they wrong on that. Wins are THE most important stat. You can’t compare pitchers solely on the basis of ERA. Great pitchers find a way to win or find a way to keep their teams i th egame long enough so the team can find a way to win. and I do believe teammates play the field better and more alertly behind a pitcher they believe in, and generally hit better for him, too. I’m sure the stats guys ae coming up with a number for that, now, too

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Wallybaiting, FTW!!!!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Steve (Boston, MA)

        Wallace, I love your writing. Satire is my favorite. What do you think of the Cliff Lee rumors? Is there any chance the Yankees would trade for him now instead of waiting for free agency?

        Wallace Matthews
        (1:20 PM)

        Hey, Steve, glad I’m keeping you amused. I hope. I don;t think the Yankees are going anywhere near Cliff Lee until after the season. The Yankee philosphy: If you want it, buy it. Why give up prospects, too?

    • Tampa Yankee

      This was great too…

      Steve (mystiqueandaura.com)

      Wallace, I know the Yankees won the World Series last year, but I still don?t think A-Rod is a true Yankee. He?s a distraction, don?t you think? 2009 was great, but I don?t know if they can continue to win with him around, just trying to pad his stats. He doesn?t have that ?winner? gene like a Scott Brosius or Derek Fisher.
      Wallace Matthews
      (1:27 PM)

      Hey, Steve. I never quite understood what True Yankee meant, but I agree that A-Rod still sucks all the air out of the room. The recent flap with the hip injury, where he told Ramiro Pena he might have to come out of the game but not Joe Girardi, leaving the Yankees stuck with El Nino was their cleanup hitter that night, is a prime example of how he travels under his own rules. See my column today on how Joe Torre never could have co-exsted with him. Girardi is a different type and may get along better with him, but he will never truly fit in with his teammates because his personality won;t allow it.

    • deuce bag poster

      This is fucking gold. Gold.

  • pat

    Ugh, my man Chad jones, the Giants 2010 3rd round pick was just in a seris car accident. Doctors are trying to save his leg from amputaiton. SHIT.

    • Thomas

      Shit. I loved Chad Jones. While he’ll likely never play football again, I hope the doctors can help him.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Wow, I just looked at the Yanks end of the year schedule and it is brutal outside of a series in Baltimore… 3 @ TEX, 3 @ TB, 3 @ BAL, 3 vs. TB, 3 vs. BOS, 3 @ TOR, 3 @ BOS

    • Tom Zig

      Well that’s all well and good. But it won’t matter because we’ll have best record locked up before then. All those games will decide is whether we win more than 100 games or not.

  • Brandon

    Ben, is this you at around the 12 second mark or 1:11 mark? Looks like you (pretty damn fine).
    http://www.brobible.com/story/.....ovans-goal

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

      Funny you should ask. I too thought it looked like me, but it is not, sadly, me.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I spend way too much time on here. When I first saw that video, I thought it looked like you as well.

        • VO

          Make me a 4th.

  • Brandon

    Agreed, awesome site. Also, Ben, any chance you can get an open thread going today for the US game?

    • deuce bag poster

      What channel is the game on?

      • deuce bag poster

        Never mind, just found it.

  • Pete

    this might be the funniest thing i’ve ever read: http://www.theonion.com/articl.....m-o,17674/

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Gary Sanchez – Single
    Ramon Flores – Double
    Reymond Nunez – 3-run BOMB!!!
    Love the GCL team

    • pat

      muahahahaha

    • Thomas

      3-run BOMB!!!

      And BOOM goes the dynamite.

  • Jose the Satirist

    So Dustin Moseley’s opt-out date is July 1st. Is he worth bringing up and replacing anyone in the bullpen? Or is he pretty much gone?

  • Total Dominication

    Question. What is Curtis’s potnetial?
    Good 4th OF?
    Decent starting OF?
    Above average OF?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Maybe he can be half of Daniel Nava, if he’s lucky.

      (No, seriously, I have no idea.)

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I still want to know who Gammons thinks Nava is more like from his list of comparisons. I think it’s Utley……..or maybe Youkilis…….fuck, I can’t decide.

    • Thomas

      I’ve heard 4th OF. It sounds like he is a tweener, not enough speed/defense for CF and not enough power for a corner.

  • Pete

    looks like beurhle’s got a little competition for the best play gold glove:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=8289155

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

    Tommie, I’d love to hear your (undoubtedly optimistic) take on what’s going to happen with the Knicks’ offseason.

  • RobinsonKanoWinsFatality

    Has any one seen this post on ESPN New York? (I know they’re terrible but I saw Gardner’s name and got giddy.)

    Can anyone back this up?

  • Rick in Boston

    We’re just over a month away from college football camps opening up. The NCAA season opens right around Labor Day. Here’s my early Top 10:

    1) Alabama
    2) Ohio State
    3) Boise St.
    4) Oklahoma
    5) Oregon
    6) TCU
    7) Florida
    8) Florida St.
    9) Nebraska
    10) Iowa

  • Jax

    Fantasy Question: Whose the winner in this trade Albert Pujols and Stephen Strasburg for Josh Hamilton and Cliff Lee?

    This is just a 9X9 league. 10 teams. And its yearly, no keepers.

    Thanks!

  • Meat Loaf

    WHY DOES EVERYONE ASSUME THERE IS A GAPING HOLE IN OUR ROTATION FOR CLIFF LEE TO STEP RIGHT IN TO?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      a. Because we’re trading AJ Burnett/Javy Vazquez/whoever else happens to be struggling at the given time straight up for him, obviously.
      b. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT~!!!!!!!

      • Jose the Satirist

        We need to get rid of Vazquez. His 3.12 ERA and .588 OPS against in 52.0 IP since May 12th are unacceptable.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07.....038;src=me

    Parts of this article are a little, uh, facepalm-y, but Mo rules and all, so it’s worth reading. And this is RIDICULOUSLY badass:

    http://www.nytimes.com/interac.....f=magazine

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

    Dontrelle moving the bullpen. We’ll get to see TSJC’s crazy theory of using him as a LOOGY in action (without it blowing up in the Yanks’ faces).

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m using the “he isn’t pitching in the AL East” defense if the move pans out.

    • Thomas

      I bet, in his first appearance, he strikes out like 2 in a scoreless frame and BBTN claims the D-Train is back again.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      The worst bullpen in the history of bullpens is supposed to improve by adding a guy with a 2.250 WHIP and 2.25 BB:K since joining the Dbacks? Color me skeptical

  • Kevin G.

    Justin Bieber is going to have a world tour, and we get to decide where he goes.
    Vote for North Korea. It is currently ranked 3rd.
    Feel free to vote for any other horrible place.

    Vote here: http://tweeter.faxo.com/Justin.....World_Tour

  • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

    Here´s an interesting idea – Andre Ethier is eligible for FA after 2012. So are Matt Kemp, James Loney, Russell Martin, and Chad Billingsley. The Dodgers have their hands tied in the divorce case, and there might not be enough money to keep all of the members of their core. I would think they would try to keep Billingsley and someone else. If Ethier continues to play at a 2-3 WAR pace, would the Yanks consider him? He´ll be 30 at the time his next deal is signed.

    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia

      He also has career OPS+ of 125 (!) and has posted OPS+ of 132 in back-to-back seasons.

    • Rose

      His best friend Dustin Pedroia will probably try to heavily recruit him to the Sox…

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

    I don’t know much about their talent but looking at this list, signing Rougned Odor, Elvis Sanchez, Geronimo Franzua (and he’s a LHP), and Luis Abad (depending on how it’s pronounced) just for their names would be nice.

    I guess Esteilon Peguero is unique and wouldn’t be bad either.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m a little surprised that Elvis Sanchez is only at 15. He has tremendous power. Although, he may not stay at 3B for much longer. Video of him hitting: http://vimeo.com/5270029

      I really like Javier Pimentel at 32 as a sleeper. I think the Yankees still have a good shot at swooping in and signing him. Maybe they won’t spend quite as much on any single player this year.

      Heredia is an interesting case at number 2. He is a 6’4″ RHP who potentially has 4 pitches. Oh, and he is only 15 years old. His 16th birthday is within 45 days of the July 2nd IFA signing start, so he is an exception. Very interesting case for such a young kid. I doubt the Yankees sign him though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Irish Spring soap smells vaguely like Froot Loops.

  • whozat

    Where did Tyler Clippard get 93-94 mph heat???

  • poster on a different computer

    What’s the deal with Andy on the All-Star team? Will he replace CC?

    Also, we HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO make sure Swisher gets in over Youkilis. I don’t care if Youkilis deserves it more, he’s a smug Red Sock jerk-ass and Swisher is cool.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s pretty much all but confirmed Andy’s going to be the guy named in CC’s place, which makes me very happy indeed (even if Weaver and Liriano should seriously be there).

      http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....t-for-now/

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Adrian Beltre’s BABIP is .373. He clearly has benefitted from playing in Fenway, but there’s no way he sustains that all year. His career BABIP is .294.

    • ROBTEN

      Given how much Fenway helps some players, it’s surprising to see that he’s actually been an even better hitter away from Fenway (.371/.404/.629/1.033/BABIP .387) than at home (.318/.359/.482/.841/BABIP .361) and that, overall, his BABIP is going up each month (.380/.381/.391).

      As you point out, it seems like someone is likely due for a sharp regression.

      /On a side note, in MLB 10 Beltré once beat me three consecutive games on three walk off home runs, two of them pinch hit home runs. After the first two games, I even walked him when he came up to PH once again in the ninth, figuring that there must be some kind of glitch. When he came up to bat again in extra innings and I decided to pitch to him, thinking that any glitch might be tied to his pinch hitting…nope, another home run. Apparently, someone at Sony really likes Beltré.

      • poster on a different computer

        In the playoffs in an MLB game from 03′ I was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I was facing the Yankees in the ALCS. The best player of both teams? Nick Johnson. He hit like 450 with 3 HR’s and slugged like well over a thousand. I won the series in seven games though. Mo blew the game seven save.

        It was odd being happy about that.

  • Tom Zig

    Tex’s UZR this year is -3.6

    Yeesh

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Having a specific DH position in the All-Star game is so stupid. While I don’t care about All-Star teams and I don’t get why fans get worked up about snubs, to have Big Papi go, simply as a hitter, while Youk stays home is pretty crazy. Shouldn’t the DH role, for the All-Star game, be opened up to all hitters?

    • Tom Zig

      It is for the NL.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I think it should be for the AL as well. In general it’s not an issue, but there aren’t many great DH’s in the AL this year, but there are plenty of other qualified, better hitters (who would also bring some positional flexibility). I think they should have the DH every year, and it shouldn’t be voted on by the fans, but should be a “final vote” type of situation, where you take the best hitters left off the team, and vote them on as a DH. Vlad and Papi are having good years, but made it by default as they are the only two true DH’s who have any type of All-Star batting line.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So Omar Infante should probably come up with an injury right before the All-Star game, no?

  • Accent Shallow

    When the Yankees acquired A-Rod, why did they move him to 3B, rather than 2B? It’s not like the Yankees had a worthwhile second basemen until Cano came up, and Cano wasn’t exactly a big time prospect.

    • Rick in Boston

      Possibly it’s because the DP turn on the 2B side is difficult to learn in the short time frame they had. Also, fungible talent is easier to find at 2B then it is to find at 3B.

  • Rose

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....nald070510

    I mean cmon. Where were all these concerns and ass kissing articles when the Yankees lost nearly everyone not too long ago?

    Brett Gardner is making the same amount as those guys and he’s hitting .314/.396/.427 (.823) in 295 PA. Phil Hughes is making the same as those guys and he’s 10-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in nearly 100 IP.

    But Darnell McDonald and Daniel Nava are the difference makers…

    • rbizzler

      Yeah, the media seems to love the Sox as the ‘little engine that could’ storyline, but those two guys deserve a little glory after sticking it out and sacrificing a lot to make the show. That being said, I hope their decline is swift and that they enjoyed their time in the bigs.

      I do agree that GGBG is not getting anywhere near the MSM love he would get if he wasn’t a Yankee. Hopefully, he continues his success and, if that happens, I am sure the hyperbole will follow.

  • rbizzler

    Neyer linked to this today and I found it enjoyable (especially the two comments). I have always respected Rob and like that he is always pushing for people to try and further their understanding of the game, but he loves to link to the most asinine Yankee bloggers out there. See the link below:

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/12....._conundrum (safe)

    Also, he needs to get off the Bradenia issue. That horse is dead, my friend.

  • Rose

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp (SAFE)

    Why? First of all, why wasn’t Andy Pettitte already on the All Star team to begin with? I believe it had something to do with him pitching too close to the game (like Cahill who’s pitching today against the Yanks). How was he not already on the team? And why would Girardi add his 38 year old pitcher who’s in a groove right now?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      First of all, why wasn’t Andy Pettitte already on the All Star team to begin with? I believe it had something to do with him pitching too close to the game (like Cahill who’s pitching today against the Yanks). How was he not already on the team?

      Andy wasn’t officially on the team, but Girardi named CC, who is slated to pitch Sunday. Pitchers who pitch the Sunday before the game can’t pitch in the ASG and have to be replaced. Then, Girardi all but outright said Andy was going to be his replacement for CC. It was his way of getting more of his guys in the game, I think.

      And why would Girardi add his 38 year old pitcher who’s in a groove right now?

      The 38-year-old Pettitte was added to the team Monday because he was next in line in voting by AL players. The players select five starters and three relievers and Pettitte was sixth on that list.

      And I’d rather see the 38-year-old than the guy on innings limits.

      • Rose

        True. The article I read said that Pettitte was added to be either Cahill’s or Buchholz’ replacement I believe. Not entirely sure though.

        As for seeing the 38 year old over the guy with innings limits – I clearly agree. So with CC and Hughes being voted on…neither of them are pitching? I’m perfectly fine with that!

        Besides, aren’t you the big Pettitte fan? It’ll give you incentive to watch even more haha. I was pretty surprised that Pettitte has only been on only 2 other All Star teams…and how far apart each of them are. 1995 (i think?), 2001, and now 2010. Pretty random haha

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          I don’t mean this in a rude way but did you read the articles about it? Buchholz was chosen by the players on their ballot. He now can’t go to the ASG because he’s hurt. The next SP on the players’ ballot gets to go in his place, and that was Pettitte.

          Cahill pitches Sunday, so he can’t pitch in the ASG. He was chosen by Girardi, so I think he gets to choose who goes in his place.

          CC can’t pitch in the game because he pitches Sunday. Jered Weaver’s already been named as his replacement, only he pitches Sunday too so he needs a replacement as well haha. Hughes might pitch in the game. There isn’t anything stopping him from doing so. Who knows if Girardi actually puts him in the game outside of a 2008 OMG THIS GAME WON’T END situation though.

          Besides, aren’t you the big Pettitte fan?

          You could say that.

  • Rose

    Since Phil Hughes skipped his start due to the “innings limits” rules…he’s thrown 11.2 IP while giving up 11 earned runs and 4 home runs to Toronto and Seattle (neith of which are good offensive clubs).

    Innings limits are stupid, IMO. Skipping starts due to the ever growing fear in the amount of pitches or innings thrown over the long haul is a nice gesture…but when it messes with a pitcher’s mechanics, I strongly believe that it could be even worse.

    But this has been discussed already…just saw that stat of Hughes though and thought I’d comment on it.

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

      For what it’s worth, he wasn’t pitching particularly well in the starts beforehand either. And as Pettitte and Vazquez have shown this year, skipping starts really isn’t as big a deal as people make it out to be. Most pitchers skip a start or get some extra rest over the course of a 162-game season.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I met Ryan Dempster last week and he agrees with you. He said skipping starts like that is likely to just throw him out of rhythm. So far it has.

      • Rose

        Most pitchers (current and past) agree with me. But when a team has invested a lot of time and money scouting you and has plans for your future – I guess you just have to do what they say…even if it does ironically do more damage to you than good (which is possible).

  • Tampa Yankee

    So here are the “brilliant” trade proposals the Rays fans and radio heads have thrown out there in their desire to get rid of BJ Upton:

    Trade proposal #1:
    Rays send Upton and Wade Davis to LA and get Manny + LA picking up most of his remaining salary.

    Trade proposal #2:
    Rays send Upton and Davis to Seattle and get Cliff Lee

    I have my own opinions (mostly that they are both retarded and won’t happen for various reasons) but I’d like to see what you all thought?

    • Rose

      Those are two entirely different trades right there haha. If I’m a Rays fan, I clearly like the 2nd one but Seattle doesn’t need an OF. Not sure why they would do the first one either. They have prospect Desmond Jennings waiting in the wings and he’s said to be ready as well. Cliff Lee could be a guy they sign or extend while Manny probably wouldn’t be at all.

      I heard a rumor about Upton to Washington for Dunn, prospects, and cash…which would kind of make sense but who knows.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        There is no way the Rays could afford a Cliff Lee extension. If they do acquire him (or Manny), it is for the playoff push only.

      • Tampa Yankee

        Of course Rays fans want these trades since they favor them but there are 2 sides to the trades. Like you said Seattle doesn’t need a CF and since they can get 2 draft picks for Lee in the offseason, they need something in return that would be equal or better that those picks (Davis and BJ are not).

  • Church of the Perpetually Outraged

    Re: Swisher over Youkilis, courtesy of a friend

    Hope you had a terrific Fourth of July – and I hope you’ll afford me what the Senate calls a “point of personal privilege”. All 3 million of you in the johnkerry.com community have done incredible work these last seven years on some of the biggest fights of our lives. This isn’t one of them. But it’s not small potatoes either if you’re a Red Sox fan. (If you’re a Yankees fan, read no further).

    Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox is an All Star in anyone’ s book. He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played, he hustles, he has a great bat and a glove to match, and he brings with it the kind of intensity we respected for years in guys like Trot Nixon. Youk deserves to be in the All-Star game – while the team has grinded it out in spite of injury after injury, he’s been a rock. But now he needs to win a fan vote to make it to Anaheim next week.

    You can vote for him by clicking here

    The stakes are also just a little personal: in the fan voting, currently Nick Swisher of the Yankees is in first place. Swisher’s having a fine year, but Youk is better in just about every category, batting average, slugging, homeruns, everything and he plays Gold Glove defense to boot. Please don’t let anyone say that Swisher beat Youkilis because Sox fans have gone a little soft after ’04 and ’07. Let’s show we’re still the most ravenous fans in baseball.

    Please vote Youkilis in.

    Thanks,
    JK

    Really?
    (ps Fuck Boston)

    • Rose

      Yeah I read that. Let’s all trust John Kerry guys…after all…he never lies about anything. Especially his military service record lol

      • rbizzler

        Alert! Alert! Rose has been swiftboated!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’m surprised he didn’t mention Manny Ortiz in there.

      • rbizzler

        Wasn’t it Manny Ortez? I thought he rolled out the double fail on that one.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Heh, your right.

  • Rose

    Did you guys see the video of the Rangers game last night when the guy fell 30 ft from the 2nd deck to the field level seats?

    Pretty gut wrenching. Really hope he’s ok. Immediate indications state that he was moving and responding but a fall like that onto seats and/or concrete can have some quiet-yet-serious results.

    • rbizzler

      Supposedly, the dude and all of the people he fell on are doing well. I agree that is some scary stuff though.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So the internet is telling me that Casey Kelly is 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in AA. Much like Switch-hitterGate with Granderson, the internet is lying right? Has to be.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Apparently he’s been pitching left-handed this whole time.

    • Jose the Satirist

      As a shortstop he was hitting .300/.400/.500 last time I checked.

  • poster on a different computer

    How do you think All Star game voting will be affected with the Swisher injury?

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

      What Swisher injury?

      • poster on a different computer

        Whoa, bad typo. I meant Youkilis injury. Yeesh, got to be careful what I type.

        • JohnnyC

          Supposedly Youkilis is playing tonight.

  • Total Dominication

    Swish retakes the lead!!!!!

  • JohnnyC

    Speaking of Youkilis, he’s another of Francesa’s man-crushes. Arroyo, McLouth, Youkilis, and Joe Torre.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Whenever I see him interviewing Pettitte, he’s more smitten than I would be. It’s amusing.

  • Tom Zig

    2011 Yankees DH:

    ……

    ………

    …………

    ……………

    David Ortiz

    • JohnnyC

      If we had signed Ortiz in 2003 instead of the Boy Genius, just think how much more incendiary George Mitchell’s report would have been toward the Yankees and PED use. It would have given Mitchell the perfect cover to just wrap the whole steroids issue around the Yankees — which is undoubtedly the real mission statement of the report when Selig initiated it.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Kevin Goldstein had this to say about Dellin Betances:

    Few pitchers in the minors are generating the kind of buzz that Betances is, as a finally healthy version of the high-ceiling arm is showing “massively improved mechanics: according to one scout while touching 98 mph. The numbers speak for themselves: 34 innings, 13 hits, 2 runs, 6 walks, 39 strikeouts.

    No subscription required for that, thankfully.

    • JohnnyC

      All my digits are crossed, hoping this kid stays healthy. His ceiling is through the roof. Would love to see Betances, Brackman, and Hughes in the same rotation.

  • rbizzler
  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Well worth the ~10 minutes if you’ve got it:

    http://deadspin.com/5582406/

  • Drew

    Dan Gilbert deserves to own a bottom of the basement NBA team that ends up losing money. You reap what you sew.

    What a classless ass… You’d think a guy his age, in his tax bracket, would show a bit more class.

    Also, if Lebron “Gave up, check the film,” why the F would you want so desperately to re-sign the guy? It just doesn’t add up, ass. I hope he enjoyed the ticket and merchandising sales while he had it, it will never be seen again in C-land.

    Your team sucks to an amazing degree, so you draft the top talent in decades and you assume the rights of that player for the next 20 years? Not how it works, chief.

    • Zack

      I don’t agree with his letter. But he did derserve more than a phone call at 9:01 from a Lebron “advisor” to tell him he’s not re-signing.

      Gilbert did everything Lebron asked. He re-signed/overpaid guys to keep Lebron happy (Varajao, Gibson, West). He traded for guys (some overpaid) to keep Lebron happy (Shaq, Jamison, Williams).
      He hired his friends to work for the Cavaliers. He tried to trade for Amar’e but Phoenix wouldn’t trade him, not Gilbert’s fault. He got Jamison instead, and EVERYONE said he was the ‘shooting big’ that Lebron needs to stretch the floor against Orlando.

      He never said no to acquiring or keeping a guy. While his letter was over the top, the last 7 years he did everything Lebron asked. You’re with your hometown team for 7 years after being drafted, the owner deserves a phone call (if not a meeting) from YOU to tell him your plans (Don’t give a crap if that messes up his hour special).

  • Salty Buggah

    From Sherman: “Late yesterday morning, however, the Mariners expressed concern about Adams, a Double-A second baseman currently on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain. The Mariners asked the Yankees to substitute Single-A right-hander Adam Warren. The Yankees agreed. But Seattle then came back and also asked for touted shortstop prospect Eduardo Nunez.”

    First of all, that’s awesome that Adam Warren got some love in these trade talks. Second, is Nunez really that legit? The Yanks must love him if they weren’t willing to trade him with Montero for Cliff Lee. (That’s a good thing, right? Or are they perhaps overvaluing him?) Also, I think this might help Nunez trade value just a bit.

    Kinda funny that in a way, Nunez and/or Adams, two prospects that aren’t that highly rated by most prospect gurus, were the ones who stopped the Yanks from acquiring Cliff Lee (though it’s necessarily not a bad thing if you’re attached to Jesus as I am, and I know several are)

    • Salty Buggah

      Ugh. Excuse all of my stupid errors.

    • radnom

      I don’t think it is so much that those guys stoppped the deal. What it clearly looks like is that the Mariners agreed to take Montero and not much else.
      Then they asked for a little more. Then a little more.
      Obviously the Yankees had to say “final offer” at some point to get this thing done.

      • Salty Buggah

        Good point. Also, it could have been that they used the Yanks unethically to pry Smoak away from Texas, as Texas was reluctant to include him in the trade at first but he’s one the M’s really wanted.

    • Accent Shallow

      Confirm/deny: Jesus is my Homeboy t-shirts will be made soon after Montero makes his MLB debut.

  • ROBTEN

    As a result of JMK’s post on Jeter I noticed another difference — the first was SO % — between Fangraphs and B-Ref: how fly balls/liners are recorded.

    For instance, on Fangraphs Jeter has 47 AB/14 Flyball hits and 52 AB/37 Line Drive Hits. However, on B-Ref, it’s 47/17 FBs and 53/34 LDs.

    Another example, ARod is 91/24 FB and 45/37 LD on Fangraphs and 85/20 FB and 49/39 on B-Ref; Cano is 104/28 FB and 56/42 LD on Fangraphs and 99/23 FB and 60/46 LD on B-Ref.

    I also checked to see if it’s a discrepancy in recorded games, but other stats imply that all of the recording is up-to-date on both sites.

    B-Ref uses Retrosheet and, although it doesn’t say specifically, Fangraphs also lists Retrosheet at the bottom of the page.

    So, does anyone know why the two sites would have different information? Is Fangraphs using a source besides Retrosheet? If so, does anyone know why?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I think FG uses Baseball Info. Solutions.

      • ROBTEN

        Belated thanks.

        It’s a bit frustrating that the two sites diverge not only on things like WAR, but on small points like what counts as a line drive over what is a fly ball. However, they’re both free so I’m not going to complain. Well, I guess I am technically complaining, since I indicated my frustration, so I will say that it would be nice if things like fly ball/line drive information lined up on both since it impacts the calculation of other stats.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Who in the hell is the color guy for the FOX game right now? Most annoying voice ever.

  • Zack

    Mike Pelfrey has given up 33 hits in his last 12.2 IP. Plus 8 Walks.

    /damn

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Regression is a cruel bitch.

      • JohnnyC

        His peripherals are bordering on bad now. More hits than innings, only 5+ K/9, less than 1.6 K/BB…I think the league has caught up to the “new” Pelfrey.

        • Accent Shallow

          Hey, if Wang could do it . . .

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    So Melvin just asked me if I knew of any single ladies for him (to date).

    Ladies…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      My sister is single.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        Is she pretty? Does she speak Spanish? These are his prerequisites:

        a) American
        b) Speak spanish
        c) I think she’s pretty.

        I swear I am not making this up.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Haha, she does not speak Spanish in the least.

          • radnom

            Also, she looks like a horse.

            • Accent Shallow

              Hilarious.

              Apologies to Miss Imbrogno, who I’m sure is lovely.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Kevin Millar just called Dustin Pedroia a “former batting champion” on MLBN.

    • Jose the Satirist

      He led the league in hits in 2008. Maybe that is what he meant?

  • JohnnyC

    More evidence that John Kruk is clueless. He just picked Robinson Cano to win the Home Run Derby tonight.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan (Formerly JobaJr)

      I just saw that too. I love how he said the Yanks are struggling lately as well.

      Kruk Logic + Yankees 8 wins out of last 10 = You suck.

      • Tom Zig

        fun fact:

        The Yankees have lost 2 games in July. Both involved a Joba blown save.

    • Jose the Satirist

      You have to be joking. This can’t be real.

    • Brandon

      I thought he was joking, I’m still hoping he is.

  • CountryClub

    Great story by Verducci on Sheppard:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So A-Rod didn’t get into the game last night with Girardi managing, and said all of the right things and sounded happy for the other guys. That’s good, and hopefully this complete non-story will go away quickly. Hypothetically, if the conversation went as follows, can you imagine the backlash?

    It’s the All-Star Game. He can do what he wants,” A-Rod said Tuesday night. “He does whatever he wants. If I wasn’t expecting to play, I wouldn’t have come up here.”

    “If he wants to get upset, he can get upset,” Girardi said. “Whatever he wants to do, he can do. It’s America. That wasn’t the most important thing tonight.”

    “A-Rod was the guy who was going to do whatever we needed,” Girardi said, according to the NY Post. “If A-Rod doesn’t understand that, I’m surprised and disappointed. It isn’t that tough a thing. I explained his role to him before the game.

    Those are exact quotes from a prior situation, with the names changed. Had that been A-Rod he would be absolutely vilified today in the national press and especially in New York. Instead it was Albert Pujols, who can do no wrong.

    • Tom Zig

      Albert Pujols pops Andro in front of reporters who then applaud and bow their heads and pray for his blessing.

  • Frank

    Love the commemerative patch for Bob Sheppard.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

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

    Atlanta sold very low on Escobar, I think. But it’s clear they’re trying to win this year, so that’s understandable, I guess.

    • A.D.

      I really don’t get this move for the Braves, which means that off the field issues are likely in play

    • Rose

      What’s weird is that all the reactions are saying that the Braves won this trade. I guess the two prospects they got in addition to A-Gon were pretty decent as well. I just think that Bobby Cox and company had enough of Yunel and it was now or never.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The Yankees won as many titles in Steinbrenner’s years as the Red Sox have in their 110 year history.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Yes, but since the Curse of Mark Teixeira we have only won 1 World Championship.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    How can one of the worst teams in baseball not find room for a guy with a .931 OPS in over 1000 AAA PA’s? Cash should steal Kila Ka’aihue from the Royals. There’s our LHB.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      What would you trade for him?

      • Steve H

        Knowing Drayton Moore?

        Juan Miranda. Or sign Brian Bruney then trade him.

        • Tom Zig

          Drayton Moore? Did the owners of the Astros and the Royals GM fuse into one super baseball executive?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            If they did, it sure wouldn’t be a super executive…..

            Though considering how both teams are run, they may be one in the same.

            Just this offseason:
            Astros sign Brandon Lyon to 3/$15 mil
            Royals sign Kyle Farnsworh to 2/$9.25 mil

            Coincidence?

    • Salty Buggah

      I sense a post coming together over at M&A, mostly because there hasn’t been one since July 9th, when there were still 175 days remaining until the end of the year. Now there are only 169 remaining.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        There’s a post coming, but it’s not at M&A.

  • Rose

    CNNSI had a poll for most overrated players in baseball. Joba Chamberlain was #1…but who exactly is overrating him? I thik the general consensus is that he stinks right now. I certainly don’t understand Nick Swisher being on there. How is he overrated at all? He was traded for pancakes and was suppose to be the 4th outfielder when he came over…then exceeded expectations beyond belief and is doing well and was just voted on as a last member to the All Star team. How is that being overrated exactly?

    Joba? Sure. I guess. If people are still actually saying he’s great and amazing…I guess it makes sense…but who the hell is doing that?

    • Rose

      Couldn’t find the actual results (saw them on PSA) but here’s something referencing them.

      http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....87V9vw58zM

      And I guess this site is saying it was ESPN who did it now. Doesn’t really matter I guess.

  • Tom Zig

    2011 Eighth Inning Guy:

    ……

    ………

    …………

    ……………

    ………………

    …………………

    Waitttt forrr itttt:

    Jonathan Papelbon

    sounds of heads exploding

    • Jose the Satirist

      (thinks)

      Nah.

      • Tom Zig

        I can see Boston cutting bait with him. But I wasn’t serious with the Yanks signing him.

        a) he’d want too much money
        b) he is Jonathan Papelbon for crying out loud.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Totally agreed with all of this. Plus he’s the type that simply isn’t going to want to be an eighth inning guy, let’s face it.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Heh, over on the ESPN baseball page right now there is Bustoner Olney with Keith Law right below him.

    Olney’s headline is “Escobar deal helped cement Braves”
    Law’s headline is “Braves benefit was on minor league side”

    Olney says that the trade makes the Braves the favorite in the AL East. I think I’ll go with Klaw on this one.

  • Tom Zig

    I’m disappointed with Steve for not baiting Wallace Matthews more.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I tried a few more, that was the only one I got in.

      Personaly, I’m disappointed in alex gonzalez for not being there. Wally loves alex.

      • Jose the Satirist

        He rescheduled. He had it for Friday and moved it up a day. His chats are so sporadic.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Yeah, I remember you saying the other day you were looking forward to his Friday chat, I just happened to notice right before noon that it had been moved to day.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Wow. In a recession and with a lockout looming, the Golden State Warriors just got bought for $450 million, the highest price ever paid for an NBA team.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Just a reminder to tune into WFAN now to hear TYU’s Steve S on the Beningo and Roberts show!

    Let’s go Steve!

    • Jose the Satirist

      Haha. It turned into a dating show.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Question to those not in the Fairfield County/NY Metro Area:

    How do you say the name of the following town? Darien.

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

      If you’re talking about the town in CT, isn’t it Dare-ee-en?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yes, I am. Now, I hear everyone from outside of this area pronounce it like you did or “Dairy-in.” I’ve always pronounced it, as have those from the area, as “Dairy-anne (like the name).”

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

          I’m from NYC and pronounce it that way. I think that’s because my parents have a house in Western Massachusetts, and I’ve heard the dialect and the name of that town pronounced that way for most of my life.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Got it; thanks for indulging me.

          • Rose

            Which town in Western Mass?

            • Rose

              I’m not going to stalk you. I’m just curious because that’s where I grew up.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                He’ll tell you as soon as he gets back from filing the restraining order.

                • Rose

                  hahah probably

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

                Great Barrington.

        • jsbrendog (returns)

          yeah, growing up right outside of danbury i always called it dairy anne

          • Rick in Boston

            Missed this, but growing up in Wilton, it was dairy anne as well.

  • a fan

    Quick question for you guys-I’ll be attending Old Timer’s Day this Saturday. How early am I allowed at the ballpark?

    Thanks.

  • Rose

    Check out this horrible article. Doesn’t help that it’s written by the strangest name in history either. Muhammad Cohen. A Muslim first name and Jewish last name. Quite odd.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm.....r-baseball (SAFE)

    It’s pretty brutal to say the least.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Rebecca did a great job killing this one over at PBP.

      http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....bout-1776/

      • Rose

        Great responses by Rebecca.

        My one nitpick is that the other George didn’t solely create the 2008 economic disaster. The government (both conservative and liberal) have been contributing to the demise for decades. Other George did have everything to do with Iraq though. Although LBJ says hello.

        United States Killed
        Iraq War: 4,400
        Vietnam: 60,000

        But they both were entirely unnecessary.

        • Rose

          Disclaimer: I never supported and still do not support anything either George Bush has done. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat either. In fact, I think the two-party system (as well as the lack of State term-limits) is the reason the country is going in the direction it’s in.

          The media doesn’t help either.

    • Accent Shallow

      Sometimes this sort of thing is called for, such as, say, Hunter S. Thompson’s obituary of Richard Nixon. Dying is not a noble act, and doesn’t make a bad person into a good one.

      That said, I don’t think Steinbrenner deserves nearly that level of vitriol.

  • Zack

    corey (colorado)
    Hey Keith, what’s your take on the 2011 all star game?

    Klaw (1:06 PM)
    If a runner steals a base, will the cops charge on the field and ask to see his papers?

    I laughed.

  • Carlosologist

    Ben, I think it may be time for a new thread. It’s taking a long time for my computer to load this one.

    • Tom Zig

      I think you need a new computer. A new thread wouldn’t hurt but it loads fine at work and I’m running Windows 2000.

      Yes people still use Windows 2000.

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        ietc

  • jsbrendog (returns)
    • Zack

      “His 1997 ascension from newly drafted minor leaguer to season saver was a blessing in the short term”

      12 year old Joba to the rescue.

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        he had a solid fastball, almost as good as that id in rookie of the year

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          How were his grunting and farting skills though?

    • Accent Shallow

      Watch, Joba doesn’t play a deciding role in any of these games.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So Chad Finn of the Globe took some twitter heat the other day for saying that he’s glad the Boss got to see the Sox win two titles. I’ve read Finn for probably 10 years and didn’t have a problem with what he wrote as I don’t think there was any malicious intent. I did however, get a little payback in his chat today:


    [Comment From Steve]
    I’m glad Tom Yawkey lived to see black players in baseball.
    Friday July 16, 2010

    Chad Finn:
    Very, very well-played, Steve. You’re just lucky I didn’t use my “these things happen in threes” line after Girardi’s performance in the All-Star game.

    • Tom Zig

      golf clap

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So Penny wants to come back…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      You’ll have to expand. Most of the readers here are probably too young to know who you are talking about. That just tells you how ridiculously bad of an idea it is.

      Talk about a derailed career. That dude was a superstar in the making and just got crushed by injuries (and losing Shaq).

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Raise your hand if you had a reversible Penny jersey?

        /raises hand
        /also had a Nick Van Exel

        • Rose

          Raise your hand if you had numerous pairs of Penny Hardaway sneakers…

          I did have a Chris Webber jersey though. Golden State Warriors. I think I still have it somewhere…

  • Meat Loaf

    Rest in peace James Gammon (Lou, the manager, from Major League)

  • Pete

    So according to this: http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....8;pitch=FA Strasburg has had one start this season in which he threw a four seamer under 95 mph.

  • Tom Zig

    So I went back to the very first RAB post and saw that the first comment is really the 4th comment according to the URL. What happened to 1, 2, and 3? And do any of the first commenters still come by here?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Most likely they were test comments that were removed. I believe Mondesi and pat were here from the beginning and are still around.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I’ve been reading since at or near the beginning, but I think it took me a little while to start commenting. There are definitely people around here who have been commenting since Day-1, though – I think there are even people who commented at the RABbis’ old internet homes prior to RAB.

        • Tom Zig

          what were their old internet homes?

          • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I don’t remember off the top of my head, but Mike was here: http://ingeorgewetrust.blogspot.com/ , and I think there was some RABbi involvement at MVN.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Heh. Kovalchuk got a 17 year deal?

    A-Rod looks like a steal now.

    • Rose

      Yeah. He’ll be 44 when it ends. $100 million.

      I mean Roenick didn’t even make it to 40.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Except nobody actually expects Kovulchuk to play until he’s 44, nor does the success or failure of the contract hinge on whether he plays that long. Look at the contract terms:

        http://www.nj.com/devils/index.....mbers.html

        The deal is super-long to make the cap-hit manageable. The Devs get to pay Kovy his money while only taking a $6M cap-hit, that’s the point.

        • poster on a different computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          I’m happy about it, as a Devils fan.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Not anymore.

            • poster on another computer

              I have no idea WTF is going to happen.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                I bet they fight it and win. The Devils are getting hosed. There’s a loophole in the CBA and they (among others) are taking advantage of it within the rules. Until the loophole is closed, the NHL shouldn’t be able to do anything about it.

                Personally, if I’m the Devils I sign him to a 22 year contract just to piss off the NHL.

  • Tom Zig

    via LoHud:

    Jon Weber suspended 100 games for third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

    He also suddenly retired last Thursday.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Slacking at work. Took a shot at next year’s opening day roster. This payroll is about a 5M increase from 2010. Remember, this is just the $$ owed to the 25 man roster. Igawa, Brackman etc. are not included.

    If they want Cliff Lee (as I assume they do) they will have to ante up.

    I am assuming JESUS will begin the season at AAA and Juan/Jorge will platoon at DH to save $ and give Alex etc. a chance to DH when they need to. Bench players are cheap and mostly from Scranton. I took a shot in the dark with Austin Kearns. He seems like a low-risk option as a 4th OF. He can ever play LF against tough lefties and move Gardner to CF so Granderson can sit.

    I gave Joba 2M in arbitration and Hughes 4M. If you think that’s low, keep in mind that I over-estimated other player’s salaries (Eduardo etc will not be getting 500k). So that may help balance things out.

    Here we go….

    2011 New York Yankees 25-Man Roster TOTAL = $211.45M

    Rotation:
    CC Sabathia 23M
    Cliff Lee 20M (5/100)
    AJ Burnett 16.5M
    Andy Pettitte 12M
    Phil Hughes 4M

    Bullpen:
    Mariano Rivera 15M
    Joba Chamberlain 2M
    Damaso Marte 4M
    David Robertson .5M
    Alfredo Aceves .5M
    Jonathan Albaladejo .5M
    Sergio Mitre 1M

    Lineup:
    Derek Jeter 15M (3/45)
    Robinson Cano 10M
    Mark Teixeria 22.5M
    Alex Rodriguez 31M
    Nick Swisher 9.1M
    Curtis Granderson 8.25M
    Jorge Posada 13.1M
    Juan Miranda .5M
    Brett Gardner .5M

    Bench:
    Eduardo Nunez .5M
    Francisco Cervelli .5M
    Jorge Vazquez .5M
    Austin Kearns 1M

    Thoughts?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Tex is making $23.125M next season. Sabathia is making $24.29M. Arod is making $32M.

      So that is an additional $2.9M on your proposed 25 man roster cost.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Yes, I went with their annual average per season so…

        CC is 7/161 which is 23 per season.

        Tex is 8-180 so I went with 22.5.

        That is what the luxury tax is based on (I believe)

        But I didn’t do that with Alex, Granderson, Swisher etc. I should have been consistent. There are so many ways of determining what a team’s actual payroll is.

        Either way, I think this is a solid idea of where their final number will be (+/- a few M).

        The biggest ? is what DJ will demand.

        • Tom Zig

          DJ- 4/80

  • Zack

    “Richie Cunningham (upstate ny)
    Mr. Morgan, what did you think of last Tuesday’s all-star game? (It didn’t seem one of the better ones, and the ratings sure indicated that.) Thanks / rgds.

    Joe Morgan (11:11 AM)
    If you’re a National Leaguer, it was one of the better ones. I’m not sure why the ratings were so low, but I’m not a fan of the rule where if a pitcher pitches on Sunday, he can’t pitch in the ASG. We had a great matchup to start, but we didn’t have the Sabathias of the world pitching, or Jered Weaver pitching as a hometown hero. You have to find a way to let the best pitchers pitch and the best players play. I’m not sure we’re doing that right now.”

    So the Yankees should have skipped CC on Sunday so he could pitch in the All-Star game? Or put him on the team but have it be a dead roster spot? Or pitch him 2 days after he just made a start?

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      So the Yankees should have skipped CC on Sunday so he could pitch in the All-Star game? Or put him on the team but have it be a dead roster spot? Or pitch him 2 days after he just made a start?

      Yes, but I can’t say until they try it whether it might work or not. If you’re a fan of the game you want to see the Sabathias face the Pujols, but it doesn’t always work out that way because the fans sometimes vote for their favorite player rather than the better player and maybe a player is traded before the game and ends up in the other league, like Cliff Lee. Although Cano certainly deserves to be there since he’ll probably win a batting title someday. But Pedroia does too and that’s where the difficulty for Girardi comes in. I don’t know whether there is a way for baseball to make sure the best players play, but maybe they need to think about giving the manager more options even though it really should be up to the fans. Although it might not pan out that way. We’ll have to see.

      Sincerely,
      Joe Morgan

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Thanks for the headache. That was spot on.

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          Hey, man, you don’t talk to the Morgan. You listen to him. The man’s enlarged my mind. He’s a poet warrior in the classic sense. I mean sometimes he’ll… uh… well, you’ll say “hello” to him, right? And he’ll just walk right by you. He won’t even notice you. And suddenly he’ll grab you, and he’ll throw you in a corner, and he’ll say, “Do you know that ‘if’ is the middle word in life? If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you”… I mean I’m… no, I can’t… I’m a little man, I’m a little man, he’s… he’s a great man! I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across floors of silent seas…

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Sorry Devils fans, but I can’t help but laugh at your no-deal with Kovalchuk.

    Although I’m still putting my money on a deal between the two.

  • The Rocket

    Does anyone here think Alex Anthopoulos is overrated as a GM? He’s asking the world for his players who just happen to be having years way beyond their career norms.

    There is no way in hell I trade Montero or Iglesias for Downs, but that’s what he wants.

    (Also Jays fans are a little crazy, they hear that the Rockies are interested in Bautista and ask for Matzek, Stewart or Fowler for him. They want Porcello for Marcum, etc)

    • Zack

      You cant really make that judgement right now, do you honestly believe he thinks he’ll get Montero for Downs? No, he expects to get negotiated down.

      Now if he holds Downs past the deadline because Yankees wouldnt put Downs in the deal, then yes you can criticize him. But Downs is a Type A FA I believe, so the package offered has to be better than that.

      • Zack

        wouldnt put Montero in the deal*

  • nathan

    A priceless comment over at Joel Sherman’s blog:

    http://www.nypost.com/f/listco.....ymir3LAtYK

    Big Stein

    07/21/2010 2:03 PM

    Totally dead spot on. Girardi must go.

    Ray

    07/21/2010 9:10 AM

    Brian Cash-man is committed to NOT helping the Yankees and is prepared to throw away the 2010 season just as he did in 2008! His offseason was TERRIBLE!
    We need a real GM to take care of the Yankee needs. Park looked great last night giving up a HR to Matsui (WHO MIDGET MAN LET GO!) while Cashman’s version of a DH is AAA player Miranda who can’t hit the ball out of the infield…we already have that guy in Jeter.
    Its too bad that Cash-man has no clue. We need a real GM if 2010 means anything. I wonder if dementia has set in and Cash-man has forgotten we play in the AL East?

    • Tom Zig

      the comments over there are worse than ESPN

      • nathan

        true that.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I’ve said it a million times: if the 2010 version of Matsui (so far, a rebound in the second half isn’t beyond him) was on the team, the same people whining and crying about letting him go would be whining and crying about how Cashman was a sentimental fool who let back a player who was done.

      • nathan

        very true. same goes with Damon.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Just saw the highlights–what the hell was Charlie Manuel thinking? Bases loaded in the seventh of a tie game and you don’t send up a pinch hitter for the pitcher? Wow.

    • Tom Zig

      Weren’t there two outs as well? Even a single unless it’s an infield single or it lands right in front of an outfield scores at least 2 runs, especially with Rollins on 2nd. A double likely clears the bases (although Ruiz was on first so maybe not). Manuel still had Schneider (not likely to use as he is the only other catcher on the bench), Gload, Valdez, Ibanez, and Dobbs on the bench. All of them are better hitters than Joe Blanton. Not only that but Manuel sends Blanton out for the 8th after having already giving St. Louis the lead in the 7th. He then proceeds to give up 2 more runs before being taken out of the game. Jose Contreras eventually allows an inherited runner to score on a sac-fly.

      What a debacle.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Per Stark, Blanton’s ERA after the 6th is 17.18. I don’t know how big a sample size that is but O_O

        If the Phillies get Utley back earlyish and he’s on a bit of a hot streak, I can see them as the Wild Card. If not, I’m not sure they’re making the playoffs. That’s a bit crazy to think about.

  • Tom Zig

    LOL @ ESPN NY Poll

    “How would you describe your interest in A-Rod’s pursuit of 600 homers?”

    “High: It’s history baby”

    “Moderate: It’s taking him forever”

    “Low: Just tell us something about Jeter, please”

  • boogie down

    A bankruptcy judge just ruled that the Texas Rangers’ purchase auction won’t be delayed ’til Sept. 30th as the team’s creditors were hoping. In fact, it will take place in just under two weeks, on August 4th. As far as a I know, this will preclude some potential bidders from gathering the necessary capital (via an investment group) to bid on the team. Also, and perhaps more importantly, Mark Cuban has been allowed to bid on the team. I think that Cuban, more so than the Nolan Ryan-Chuck Greenberg group, poses the biggest potential threat to us when it comes to signing Cliff Lee. However, I know that the Ryan-Greenberg group, which had been endorsed by MLB, had placed a $575M bid during the original auction process last year. Perhaps they also have the financial wherewithal to sign Lee this coming offseason. Either way, this news has made me just a bit anxious, though I’m still confident we’ll land Mr. Lee.

  • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

    Some good quotes from Maddon in an article about using more advanced stats this year:

    “There’s so much ready information now that was not available a couple years ago — and even if it was, I don’t know if everyone wanted to read it or understand it or try it,” Maddon said. “The fact that I get so much good stuff from upstairs, it permits me to look at these things and feel somewhat confident about doing them.

    “All these things matter, if you’re willing to use them. Some people are going to scoff at that. We mock what we don’t understand, so I don’t worry about stuff like that. I really believe all these things can be utilized, and numbers can actually give you a mental picture of what you need to do physically to make an adjustment.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I now love Joe Maddon.

      • poster on another computer

        Let’s not get crazy now.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Re: the Phillies (from above)

    Jimmy Rollins has one run scored since July 8
    Jayson Werth has 3 RBI in the past 25 games

    I know those stats are seriously limited but YIKES

    On the other hand, Hamels has the 11th-best ERA in the NL. Wouldn’t have expected that.

    (Can you tell I’m watching the Phils/Cards game with the Phillies feed?)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That Rollins has only scored once since July 8th tells us two things: 1. Rollins likely isn’t getting on base and 2. the guys behind him are not hitting.

      From July 9th to now, Rollins has a .244 OBP. Ouch. He also has zero XBH in that time frame. But…they have an A.L. style offense!!

      As for Hamels, I’ve always loved that dude. If he could just chill with the homers, he could be an elite pitcher.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Rollins since he got off the DL for good on June 22: .181/.263/.276/.539… eeeeeeek.

        Hamels was ridiculously dominant today, if you saw it. Struck out the first five batters of the game, allowed only one hit, faced the minimum. And he got removed after eight. He really easily could have gone nine. Of course, the Phillies scored no runs at all so he got a ND. Game’s still going on.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Wow. A 12 inning 1 hitter.

          YCPB.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So the ‘Stros say they’ll need to be blown away for Myers. What are they thinking? Honestly, are they ready to compete in the next year or two? I don’t think so, right? I don’t get the point of asking the world for this guy.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I don’t get the point of asking the world for this guy.

      Name me 3 organizations worse than the Astros that have their financial wherewithal.

      They are just extremely poorly run.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      Well, the easy answer is that it’s the Astros and they think that they’re in contention every year.

      I think that they are looking at it like this: he’s still relatively young (going on 30) and is putting up good numbers and so perhaps they could convince some team, as they are now claiming, that he could anchor a rotation going forward. He’s also a significantly cheaper alternative to Oswalt, as he’s due only around $1 million (and as the Fangraphs article below states, he’s probably worth only one less win than Oswalt going forward).

      The problem is that he has a mutual option, so, if I understand it correctly, he could decline if the team tries to pick up the option and become a free agent, in which case you’re probably overpaying for a pure rental of a third or fourth tier starter whose having a career year.

      In addition, I’m not sure whether the terms of his mutual option would mean that you’d have to pay the buyout at that point as well,which means he’s could actually cost you $3 million ($1 million, plus the $2 million buyout). It’s still not a lot, but more than the $1 million he’s owed for this year.

      There’s an article about trading Myers on Fangraph, but it doesn’t really talk about the mutual option, so I could be wrong on the buyout. I’m also not sure if he’ll be able to pitch his way into B status as the article suggests, so you might not even get draft picks out of it if he does decline the option.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....rade-chip/

    • Rose

      He shouldn’t even be on their team still (at all) according to their policy. They got rid of Julio Luge for a domestic dispute and even made a point to openly talk about their decision to the public – but then acquire Brett Myers no problem.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Josh Johnson is unfairly good.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    So Sean O Sullivan was just dealt from the Angels to the Royals, and since he pitched against us Tuesday, we can expect to see him pitch against us again on Sunday? I’m proud to say I’ve never seen that before.

  • Tom Zig

    God Dammit Mariners can’t you do anything right?

  • Rose

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....nd-defeat/

    This is an interesting article. Talks about how the Yankees have only had 15 one-run games this season. Most teams have well over 20 thus far. Last season the Yankees had 103 wins and 38 one-run games. In fact, every time the Yankees had broken 100 wins in the past decade, they averaged 37.4 one-run games. They are certainly on pace for well below this average at the moment.

    My question is…does the lack of one-run games played this year – and the fact that it’s well below the average for the past decade – have a negative effect come playofff time? A positive one? Or no effect at all?

    The terrible bullpen (sans Mo) accompanied with the lack of one-run games certainly seems like a very good thing during the year because (seemingly) they’re not in there when the game is as close. But the playoffs certainly have their share of very close games including the fair share of one-run games.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    But the guess here is that the Red Sox will keep Ortiz for a couple of reasons.

    Reason No. 1: The nightmare scenario that Ortiz would sign with the Yankees, for less than what the Red Sox would have paid him, and with a big ol’ angry chip on his shoulder; there is the possibility that Ortiz would hit a bunch of home runs into the short porch at Yankee Stadium.

    Reason No. 2: The nightmare scenario that Ortiz would sign with the Tampa Bay Rays, for less than what the Red Sox would have paid him, and with a big ol’ angry chip on his shoulder; there is the possibility that Ortiz would hit a bunch of home runs in the Trop.

    If Ortiz goes to a division rival of the Red Sox and comes back to hammer Boston, that would be a big, big problem. And the guess here is that the Red Sox will invest in Ortiz for at least one more year to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    That is as un-Theo a thing to do as I can imagine. There is zero chance Theo picks up that option simply to keep Ortiz from the Rays or Yankees.

    Heard this: Buster Olney is an idiot.

    • JohnnyC

      Especially knowing what Theo knows about Papi’s “resurgence” this season. Beyond that, he’s smart enough to know that adding Papi to either the Yankees or Rays wouldn’t be the difference maker vis-a-vis the Red Sox. He’s already correctly identified the areas where the Red Sox need to upgrade: pitching and defense. The Red Sox will always have enough offense to compete just because of Fenway.

    • Rose

      Sometimes you can tell these writers don’t even believe the shit they’re writing down but need a story by a certain time and just put some nonsense together to meet the quota.

      • rbizzler

        I agree. Buster cops out all of the time with his ‘Heard This’ tag he puts on ridiculous rumor mongering. The fact that he doesn’t have to attach him opinion on the pure speculation gives him an easy out if someone wanted to hold him accountable. Being that accountability does not actually exists in sports journalism, he should just keep spouting ridiculous nonsense.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          The old “anonymous scout” trick.

  • Pete

    Anybody else think that the Yanks should take a look at what Sanchez can do at 3B, LF, and RF at some point? Not saying he can’t make it as a catcher, but I think they ought to try to get whatever positional flexibility they can out of all of their MiL position players

  • Rose

    On this date ten years ago, a 36-year-old Barry Larkin signed a three-year contract extension with the Reds worth $27MM. This came a day after Larkin invoked his ten-and-five rights to block a trade to the Mets, who agreed to send then-top prospect Alex Escobar and two others to Cincinnati. New York dealt Melvin Mora and three other players to Baltimore for Mike Bordick five days later, filling their shortstop hole. Larkin, the first 30-30 shortstop in baseball history, hit just .257/.328/.372 during the life of the extension.

    Weren’t the Mets in the World Series that year (against the Yankees)? Why would you prevent yourself from going to the best team in your league? Although, I like players who stay on the same team through out their careers…that may have had something to do with it. More of a legacy. Who knows what it could have been though.

    • Rose

      Woops, that was from MLBTR by the way. Forgot to add that.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Larkin already got his WS Ring with the Reds in 1990.

    • Accent Shallow

      Why would you prevent yourself from going to the best team in your league?

      Well, could you imagine Jeter allowing himself to be traded? He already had a ring, he wanted to cement his legacy.

  • xyzyx

    test

    :shock: