Off-Topic

Figured it was best to load up a new one of these with the playoffs about to start.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Jim (Boston)
    Twins over Yankees? Hurry and ask them to take your prediction down before your inbox is flooded with “you hate my team” emails!

    Rob Neyer (12:37 PM)
    That was probably a sentimental pick. Hard to see the Twins doing a great deal against the Yankees’ lefty starters.

    In case you needed further proof that “expert picks” mean nothing.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I’m shocked Neyer chose against the Yankees for “sentimental” reasons. Shocked.

      • JohnnyC

        Sentiment was one of the foundational sabermetric categories taught to Neyer by the master, Bill James. It’s a rare quality only observed by ballplayers on teams in the Midwest…such as Kansas City, St. Louis, or Minnesota.

  • Sweet Dick Willie
    • Pat D

      Nothing but lip service.

      I’d also say that the Rangers are the second or third most unlikely team to win the World Series.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Cliff Lee wants to be on a winner. Well good, the Yankees are the very definition of a winner. They define winning. In fact if you go to the wikipedia page for “Victory” you’ll see the New York Yankees listed under “See Also”

        • Yank the Frank

          Bottom of the 1st Cliff Lee loads the bases with one out then strikes out the next two hitters. We gotta get this guy.

  • Pat D

    http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1192640

    I agree with this. If Red Sox fans want to keep acting like they’re so superior because they don’t “buy championships” and whatnot, but, my god, for the last decade the Red Sox have done nothing but emulate the Yankees in every imaginable way.

    This is just the icing on the cake.

  • Dr Van Nostrand

    http://espn.go.com/sports/socc.....rd-dispute

    that cash strapped little engine that could franchise makes another big splash

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    I think the only thing that could keep Lee in Texas is if they win it all this year.

  • Poopy Pants

    Hey,
    Did anyone here realize that you can’t make a mistake if you’re going up against a guy like Cliff Lee?
    I’ve had TBS on for about 3 minutes and heard that phrase about 12 times.

  • sleepykarl

    If (when) the Yankees win the World Series, Randy Winn will be the longest tenured player without going to the playoffs, but will have a WS ring.

    • Kevin in Princeton

      That’s really crazy.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      hahahah that’s so awesome.

  • Accent Shallow

    Roy Halladay is a strike throwing cyborg.

    I hate him so much.

  • Accent Shallow

    I really enjoyed seeing David Price fail.

    I really look forward to seeing Cliff Lee fail at some unspecified point in the near future.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Wow all but game 2 (6PM) of the NY/Twins ALDS is in prime time. While none of the the TB/TX games are in prime time at all.

    • Pat D

      Rob Neyer said this was obvious pandering to Yankees fans.

      And, of course, it is.

  • Zanath

    Looking at GameDay for the Rays-Rangers game…why is Dan Wheeler all of a sudden starting? Shields hurt or something?

    • Zanath

      Never mind, it’s fixed now. That was weird.

  • Jerome S.

    So when we all said that TB couldn’t hit, we were right weren’t we

  • Jerome S.

    Rob Neyer just tried to say that Liriano’s a better pitcher than Sabathia

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    I watched ESPN just long enought today to see Bayless say Wilson is looking like Cliff Lee Jr- I guess because he’s white and throws lefty.

    Wilson had 94 BB this year in 204 IP. Lee has 95 in his last 667.1 IP.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    White: Check
    Lefty: Check
    Similar BB ratios: No

    Still, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, you have to agree with the comparison. It’s 67% correct, way more than half.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      And I forgot they both pitch for Texas. So 2 for 3 with a walk.

  • thurdonpaul

    i have tickets for game 4, how the hell do i root for us to lose on saturday ?

    im very confused

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      I’ll be at game 3 so they better clinch :)

      • CBean

        Ditto. Also, I would never root for a Yankee loss.

    • Zanath

      Because you’ll get your money back and then you can go to an ALCS game!

      • thurdonpaul

        very good point , ty :)

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    I want a transcript of the RAB radio call of the Berkman HR.

  • Carlosologist

    The FiOS TV guide is trying to play Nostradamus with tonight’s game.

    “Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees from Yankee Stadium. The Twins snapped a drought of 11 straight playoff losses and beat the Yankees in the postseason for the first time in nine meets on Friday to stay alive.”

    • Apollo22237

      They must have figured that because we didn’t play yesterday, that means we didn’t beat Minnesota yesterday and that counts as a moral victory.

  • tom

    Oy. Just listening to Francesa (I know; I should know better) talking to Ron Darling. Francesa: that uncalled pitch to Berkman the other night was a “100% strike — not 95; 100″.

    This is how myths are born.

    • Pat D

      Well it was a strike according to Brooks, wasn’t it?

      The two pitches before it were not, of course.

      • tom

        I guess I’d say a pitch that paints the black is by definition less than 100% — it will always depend on which edge of the plate a particular umpire is favoring (and, as Berkman explained to no avail, it was the outside part that had been favored all game long). A pitch that bulls-eyes the plate is what I’d call 100.

        Naturally, the previous strikes being out of the zone weren’t even part of the discussion — rather odd, considering their whole argument was that Pavano was deeply penalized in being denied the strike because getting it called was his whole “strategy” Two things wrong with that: 1) it takes real entitlement to think you should get outside pitches on one side plus the very edge of the zone on the other; 2) it’s a rather stupid “strategy” that depends on an umpire revising his strike zone in the 7th inning.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And I’m sure they didn’t mention the called strikes to Berkman that were well off teh plate.

  • Jerome S.

    Ok ok ok, so I’m a bit nutty for looking at other Club’s blogs and stuff, but get this: Giants fans are freaking suicidal about last night’s lost. Suicidal. Which sucks, because I heard that SF is a suicide prone city. Anyway, they get pissed about a one-run loss in extra innings that merely tied the series (and guaranteed another Lincecum start) in an objectively great baseball game? Dare I say it… but they sound like our trolls!

  • Pat D

    Glad to see that the NoMaas posters still make fun of Ben, Joe and Mike.

    But I see they’ve branced into attacking tsjc now, too.

    “Joe Pawlikowski says:
    October 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    This series has been boring as hell. I am hoping for a loss so I can deliver 1500 words (plus copious graphs and screenshots) on why Posada should have swung at a 1-0 pitch in the 3rd inning. The only thing interesting has been tsjc’s relentless search for my hemmorhoids.

    Sensitive RAB guy says:
    October 10, 2010 at 12:31 am
    So tjsc is supposedly a “civil servant.” Does that mean my tax dollars are going towards him posting 342 RAB-posts/day? Just wondering.”

    Considering you can change handles so easily there, as here, I’m gonna have to suspect Rose, right?

    No matter who it is, yeesh.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      No, I doubt it’s Rose. Rose just posted political comments, despite being asked to not do so. It’s probably someone else who was banned.

      • Pat D

        He was the only person that I could think of that would have a beef with tsjc. But, truth be told, I’ve only been coming to this site for about a year, so I could be unaware of previous offenders.

    • Jerome S.

      What’s the deal with RAB and NoMaas? Is there some kind of gang-like turf war between the two?

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

        Their commenters apparently hate us. I (we) have no issue with the guys that run the site at all. Not sure if the feeling is mutual, but whatever.

        • Jerome S.

          cool stuff man, cool stuff.

  • vin

    It sucks to be Brooks Conrad. From Fangraphs:

    “Conrad’s total defensive WPA in this game comes in at a staggering -.635. That number, combined with his -.116 batting total, comes out to a total WPA of -.751. Brooks Conrad cost the Braves 75% of a postseason victory, one which would have put them one victory away from the next round of the playoffs. Conrad’s play tonight, particularly if the Braves don’t come back to win this series, will go down as one of the worst playoff performances of all time. ”

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....w-atlanta/

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

    Anyone else see the Simpson’s reference to Sabermetrics last night?

    • Jerome S.

      hellz yeah.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why the hell do I find “Pawn Stars” so interesting?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      because you’re a nerd like the rest of us.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Joba Chamberlain didn’t pitch in the ALDS because he is secretly being stretched out to start in the ALCS. I will not even attribute this to an anonymous source, I will simply state as fact.

    For CBS,

    I’m Charlie Casserly

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Aw, someone’s a wittle sensitive about his Patriots.

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        (Should have added [ducks] at the end of that comment.)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Casserly’s report was absurd. I was actually buying the argument part, but when he got into Beardgate and BieberHairGate I had to laugh. I think someone who probably doesn’t like him fed him some bad info.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Is John Sickel’s prospect book worth it for someone into prospects in general?

  • Jo3momz

    So Damon would “love” to return to NY next year. Thoughts on this?

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

      In what capacity though?

      Brett Gardner is a better option in leftfield even when not considering how much cheaper he is. Damon can’t even play much outfield anyway.

      And there does not appear to be much room for him as a DH. Jorge will definitely need some time there, and if Jesus comes up, you want him hitting when Jorge is catching for the most part, so unless Damon is willing to come back as a partial platoon player, it won’t happen.

      Also, Damon is not as good as he was in 2009, and his demands will probably be much too high. I’d say the Damon in NY idea is all but dead.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      3 years for 30m, get it done or fire Cash!1

  • Jon

    Just found this on some site from Yarkbarker.. found it pretty commical.

    -Chase Utley was really the only position player who did any damage with the bat for the Phillies. He compiled four RBI in the three games, including his Game 3 home run. He also made one of the more heads up plays of the series when he was “hit” by an Aroldis Chapman fastball, which led to a huge inning in Game 2. Now, as for his defense…

    http://network.yardbarker.com/.....ds/3400638

  • Zanath

    So who does everyone pick for game 5 tonight? It seems like most people in the MSM are on the Rays bandwagon again. I think it’s gonna be close, but I pick the Rangers to eke this out.

  • Zanath

    Hazel Mae actually listed the Rays winning % when they have 30,000+ people in the stand. I never thought I’d hear that stat.

    • Thomas

      I think ESPN.com mentioned it in their game preview post, too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    So I haven’t seen any articles saying David Price has a low baseball IQ for being slow to cover first, looking at the umpire instead of the runner, and allowing Molina to steal a base….

  • CBean

    There’s no baseball at all tonight. This makes me sad.

  • Johnny O

    From Klaw:
    In Wednesday’s night game, Yankees lefty Manny Banuelos showed a good combination of above-average stuff, command, and an easy delivery. He worked at 90-93 mph, locating the pitch to both sides of the plate, with a straight change at 79-81 with very good arm speed. His curveball has an 11/5 break and good depth, and he commanded the pitch about as well as he did the fastball, throwing it for quality strikes and putting it below the zone as needed. He throws from a 3/4-slot and the ball comes out of his hand very easily and deceptively quick. He’s 5-foot-11 but well built, certainly strong enough to be a starter; the only concern I’d have off this look was that hitters did square up his fastball when he came toward the middle of the zone, as the pitch has some downhill plane but not much lateral movement.

    • Johnny O

      This is good stuff. He can locate, has good ‘stuff’, seems like an easy, repeatable motion. That last part obviously is not great but I read this as “batters hit his mistakes” which is true for basically all pitchers. Plus it’s a hitters league and he hasn’t pitched in a few weeks. And he’s not even 20 yet. I think he’s gotta be the #2 overall prospect.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    AJ Burnett hitting 2 players in a simulated game has made the front page of the Boston Globe website sports section. Wow, talk about envy.

  • Esteban

    Hey question to the RABbis: Do you guys get more money for having more fans on FB?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    From Olney: They need to win this series in six games because if the series extends to seven games, they will have to beat Lee in Game 7, something they haven’t done in a long time.

    Last time the Yankees have faced Lee in a 7th game: Never
    Last time the Yankees have played in a 7th game: 2004
    Last time the Yankees have won a 7th game: 2003

    Umm, ok Buster.

    • Johnny O

      I’m guessing he means they haven’t beaten Lee in a long time, regardless of the situation. Game 7, game 1, August, Spring Training, home, away, etc. I don’t know the exact numbers, but bottom line is cliff lee is good, therefore we don’t want it to go 7 games.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        But even that isn’t true. Lee didn’t get tagged with the loss, but the Yankees beat the Rangers August 11th with Lee starting after getting 4 runs thru 6.1 innings off him.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          And they scored 5 runs in 7 innings off him in Game 5 of the WS just last year. That they lost the game anyway is beside the point, unless he thinks Lee was pitching to the score.

          • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

            That’s why people always say he was 2-0 in the playoffs last year, make their argument look better.

    • Salty Buggah

      Last time the Yankees have played in a 7th game: 2004

      Typo? You seem to have forgotten the violent earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions of 2004 that cancelled the MLB Playoffs that year.

      Seriously though, that’s stupid. Apparently facing Lee and starting AJ means the Yanks should just forfeit and go home. They’re DOOOOMED.

  • Pat D

    Here’s a nice article I found linked from Olney’s blog.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2.....-once.html

    I find this funny in oh so many ways considering that it dosn’t actually say anything.

    • Thomas

      I really can’t believe an actual journalist wrote the word “snookered” in an article (let alone a title).

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Is Randy Galloway a male or female?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      It’s just a collection of one sentence paragraphs that aren’t really related to each other. It’s like a devout Yankee hater from ESPN message board wrote that. In the words of Sir Charles Barkley That’s turrible.

    • sleepykarl

      To defend some Texas journalist, Randy Galloway is among the biggest jackasses I have seen. He has a drive home espn radio show that is soooo dumb. There are some decent writers and radio here, he is so far from it.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    So, you know how, if you turn OBP into a percentage you can use it in a phrase like “He gets on base about 33% of the time” if his OBP is .330? How would you construct a similar phrase for wOBA after changing it to a percentage? “He does ________ about 34% of the time” for a wOBA of .340.

    Reading how wOBA is calculated there’s probably too much to it to be able to do something like this, but if there is a way to phrase it i’d like to hear it.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      If anyone read this and resisted the urge to just post “WTF?” I thank you. I walked away thinking of this and decided this is a dumb question. Just because you can turn a decimal into a percentage doesn’t mean it lends itself to a direct word description, especially advanced stats.

    • Jose the Satirist

      It is difficult to convert wOBA into a phrase like you can with OBP by saying “he reaches base 33% of the time”. Could you say “He reaches his maximum run value 33% of the time”? That would be my best guess at trying to say it as a single statement.

    • Jerome S.

      He manufactures 33% of a run per PA.

      Bang.

      • Jose the Satirist

        I don’t think that is entirely accurate.

  • Richard Iurilli
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    On the radio this morning I heard an ad from Fox stating tomorrow night’s NLCS Game 1 is “The most anticipated matchup in playoff history.”

    We’re all looking forward to it, but come on. That’s insane.

    • sleepykarl

      Every media outlet in Texas refers to Cliff Lee as the greatest postseason pitcher in MLB history. Media loves hyperbole.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      THE most electrying match-up in sports entertainment: Theeeeee Freak versus Theeeeeeee Doc

    • Jose the Satirist

      Out of curiosity, what does everyone think was the most anticipated matchup in history?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Without looking up other matchups, off the top off my head I’d go Pedro/Clemens in 1999. That was huge (and horrible).

        • Pat D

          I remember I was attending Notre Dame at that time and ND had a home football game that day, so I was there.

          Some time in the 2nd half, they showed the score of that game and I almost passed out.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah it really can’t be much better.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Someone asked similar question on Chad Finn’s chat at the Globe and he had another great one. Clemens/Schilling Game 7.

      • Accent Shallow

        Clemens/Gooden in ’86?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay free mini report on ManBan by Law.

    In Wednesday’s night game, Yankees lefty Manny Banuelos showed a good combination of above-average stuff and command and an easy delivery. He worked at 90-93 mph, locating the pitch to both sides of the plate, with a straight change at 79-81 with very good arm speed. His curveball has an 11/5 break and good depth, and he commanded the pitch about as well as he did the fastball, throwing it for quality strikes and putting it below the zone as needed. He throws from a three-quarters slot and the ball comes out of his hand very easily and deceptively quickly. He’s 5-foot-11 but well-built, certainly strong enough to be a starter; the only concern I’d have off this look was that hitters did square up his fastball when he came toward the middle of the zone, as the pitch has some downhill plane but not much lateral movement.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....%3d5683872

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh and a top 10 list by THT.

    1. Jesus Montero / C/OF/1B / If anyone places the Yankees system a full notch above Boston’s, it’s Montero. He can make it defensively as an outfielder, which is where I’m guessing he will end up, considering the amount of young catching talent in the organization and Mark Teixeira’s firm grasp on first base.
    2. Manuel Banuelos / SP / Banuelos had a tremendous second half of the season, successfully taking his slick three-pitch mix all the way to Double-A Trenton.
    3. Dellin Betances / SP/RP / I question whether Betances’ arm will hold up as a starter, but he did produce a great bounce back year, as he didn’t make my top-10 last year. He still has so much to prove.
    4. Gary Sanchez / C / It’s hard to debut any better than Sanchez did in 2010 at age 17. He even got a taste of the New York-Penn League. A big time bat might be in the works.
    5. Andrew Brackman / SP/RP / Unranked on this list last year, Brackman appears to be fully back from Tommy John surgery, with his mechanics cleaned up, his fastball back to form, and his curveball not far behind.
    6. Austin Romine / C / Romine had another solid season, this time proving himself at Double-A Trenton. His upside is certainly limited, but Romine could be an average big league regular at catcher in the next couple of years.
    7. Cito Culver / SS / Culver has the ability to play a respectable shortstop. His offensive game doesn’t have the kind of upside I like in a first round high schooler, but he has above average bat speed and contact skills for his age.
    8. Brandon Laird / OF/3B / While there isn’t much upside, Laird has some intriguing natural pop in his bat that could become his big league calling card. Improved plate discipline would do him wonders.
    9. Adam Warren / SP / Warren is proof that a well-commanded fastball can take a pitcher far. Whether the Yankees trust him enough to join their rotation one day will be dependent on the development of his change-up and slider.
    10. Slade Heathcott / OF / I have a soft spot for Jairo Heredia, and almost put him here, but his injury history kept him away. Ivan Nova had a breakout campaign and deserves some love. But I decided on Heathcott. He certainly did not deliver in 2010, but I like his tools and time is on his side.

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m.....n-red-sox/

  • Jerome S.

    better rotation: 95 Braves or 2010 Phillies?

    I still say Braves.

    Some Phillies fan tried to tell me otherwise today on the bus. Thoughts?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Braves – three HOFers in their prime. Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, all are terrific, but only Halladay is at a Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine level so far, even if Hamels is really really good at a still relatively young age

      • Pat D

        Bill James said that the, I think it was, ’97 Braves had the best rotation possibly in the previous 60 years.

        This was in an article where he highlighted how teams that had decade best starting pitching didn’t win championships.

        And, yea, I’d take the ’95 Braves.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          ::looks at the 1997 Braves rotation::

          ::picks jaw up off the floor::

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I found this from after the 2007 WS

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ortCat=mlb

    Gene Wojciechowski should not be allowed to talk about baseball

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      -Meanwhile, Beckett is building a résumé that one day could include Cooperstown.

      -They outbid and outsmarted the Yankees on Daisuke Matsuzaka.

      -Henry had it right when he said Steinbrenner and the Yankees “can have Mars and Pluto. We’ll take Red Sox Nation.”
      They’ll take that. And more trophies.

      Lol

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        That sounds straight out of The Onion.

    • Pat D

      Gotta love when the future makes you look stupid.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    I know someone on here last year got this made into a poster:

    http://marcdavignon.com/blog/w.....5;1024.jpg

    I don’t remember the website that does it. Can anyone help me out?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So after the comeback, CC in game 4 or not? (I guess I should be asking Buster Olney since he is so aware of the inner workings of the Yankees thoughts).

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    “Gammons thinks one advantage Boston has is that they’re looking at Crawford as middle-of-the-order bat rather than as a leadoff man, and Crawford “doesn’t want to be the guy trying to steal 70 bases.”
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....rpool.html

    I don’t want to do the whole bash-Gammons thing, but does anyone see him as a 3-4-5 hitter? And if he stops running then he has a 15m salary for .800 OPS and great defense?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      If he’s going to stop running and hit in the middle of the order, I hope the Sox give him a 6 year/$100 million contract.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Yes.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Crawford isn’t patient enough nor does he hit for enough power to be a 3-4-5 hitter.

    • Jerome S.

      Christ, some people think that Carl is the reuncarnation of Rickey Henderson…

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Pete Abe just said what Gardner did last night is going to make the Yankees keep him around a long time.

    So not the whole awesome season he just had, but one infield hit? Ok Pete.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      So if he was out by a half step they wouldn’t keep him around a long time?

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      This is a bit unfair. Obviously Pete is implying that the reason they’re keeping Gardner is that he’s the type of player with the speed to beat out hits like that and it’s very useful, not because of one infiled single in one game.

      I don’t lke Pete Abe either but let’s be fair here.

  • pat

    Freddy Sez passed away.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I think I wanted to kill 95% of the kids I had today. My fucking word were they bastards today.

    • Thomas

      Just kill one and that will show the others you mean business (like the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone and Morelli), so they won’t fuck with you anymore.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I could have very easily pushed two of them out of the window today.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          They jumped, I swear.

    • first time lawng time

      What happened?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Memo to “The Office”:

    Please remember that you’re a comedy show and make me laugh more heartily than one or two little chuckles per episode. I keep giving you chance after chance, but you’re really blowing it.

    • Jerome S.

      +1

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The lineup does not have the normal holes in it, like a Mike Cameron or a J.D. Drew.

    You don’t fear A-Rod in the postseason even if he has a great regular season.

    -Michael Holley

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      I always see him on CSNNE, he’s horrible

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    NEW YORK – John Smoltz is aware of the numbers, particularly the 4.17 ERA that ranked only 17th in the majors and sixth in the American League.

    But if he had to choose one rotation to win a playoff series, Smoltz still would pick the Red Sox [team stats].

    “If they could be magically in the playoffs, they would have the best rotation in baseball,” the former All-Star pitcher turned TBS broadcaster said last night at Yankee Stadium before calling Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. “That’s the kind of staff they have. You look around at the question marks about Game 4 starters. There wouldn’t be any question marks with the Red Sox.”

    GTFO.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      hahaha whaaaaaattttttt

    • Thomas
    • Jerome S.

      asshat.
      Five aces, man…

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

      Literally facepalmed. FIVE ACES!!!!!!

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

        I found the actual article. Here are some choice excerpts:

        Smoltz said Lester, Beckett and Lackey had the potential to be “more dynamic” than his former Braves trio with Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

        “What I know about Josh, I mean, here’s a competitor that doesn’t like giving up a hit. Period,” Smoltz said.

        Also it has to be repeated:
        “That’s the kind of staff they have. You look around at the question marks about Game 4 starters. There wouldn’t be any question marks with the Red Sox.”

        I also really enjoy that the article literally does not mention Matsuzaka once.
        http://www.bostonherald.com/sp.....id=1289860

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lester, Beckett and…Lackey.
      Great, very good and very good vs great, meh and suckitude.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Cliff Lee didn’t just beat the New York Yankees, he humiliated them.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....hree101810

    This crap is getting old already. Cliff Lee is a top 5 pitcher in baseball, yet shutting out the Yankeees humiliates them? Didn’t he shut out the Rays twice? The Rays that what 90% of ESPN ‘experts’ had as their WS winners in the beginning of the posteason.

    • first time lawng time

      Yeah but, I’m pretty sure the Rays mustered more than 3 baserunners at one point and even had a rally going in game 1…

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        So having 5 base runners compared to 3 means they weren’t embarassed?

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

        Yep, those 2 extra baserunners that almost caused a rally but didn’t completely change everything. Silly us for not realizing it.

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

    How in the world did Ted Lilly get three years and $33M? Destroys the market for SP now.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Lee’s going to want like 30 million a year if Ted Lilly is getting 11.
      Greeeeat. If Greinke can be had without Jesus I think I’d rather have him. Of course he has to be willing to come here first…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      And that asshat Heyman says he could have made more on the open market. He doesn’t even tried to hide being a shill for Boras at this point. I hope it’s worth his one big scoop every year. What a clown.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Tell us how you really feel.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      They give him 33m, but they give away Carlos Santana so they can save 2m on in-season trades?

      • Yank the Frank

        I still remember Carlos at Woodstock. He was great.

  • CBean

    Did tex take the game thread down with him?

  • Kevin G.

    If Darvish gets posted this offseason, is it possible for the Yankees to get him AND Lee? I doubt it, but it would be nice. (Remember, not many people said it was possible for the Yankees to sign CC, AJ, AND Tex before the 2009 season.)

    Yeah, I know. I’m greedy.

    • Jo3momz

      Apparently Darvish is staying put in Japan. Here’s the link:

      http://www.npbtracker.com/2010.....e/#content

      • Jerome S

        He’s just saying that for business.

      • Kevin G.

        Ok, what about Grienke and Lee?

        I should stop now.

  • Jo3momz

    So Melky got released by the Braves. Javy deal looking just a bit better.

    • Yank the Frank

      Actually it looks more like a lose/lose situation.

      • Pat D

        True, but unless Vizcaino ever does anything for the Braves, you just chalk it up to a calculated risk that went bad.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Even if Vizcaino does great for the Braves I’d still call it a calculated risk that went bad.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/l.....8L9AkwRMoN

    Ohhhhh man this guy is REALLLLLLLY nuts.

    • Accent Shallow

      But her son, also a known graffiti vandal, has managed to finish writing a 700-page novel “about a ninja or something” that he’s self-publishing next month, she said.

      What an incredible sentence.

    • Thomas

      You just can’t predict baseball.

      That’s up there with the Britney Spears stalker, who thought she was sending him messages with her varying hairstyles (though I don’t think he was a Bin Laden fan).

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    yankees clubhouse remains impossible to work, unless you want exclusive with moeller, golson or pena. #nicescrubs
    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/27981808405

    Um, I think it’s called – don’t bite the hand that feeds you?. Why would any Yankee willing talk to MSM members when all they do is trash you?

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

      Heyman’s really been an asshat this whole postseason.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Heyman’s really been an asshat this whole postseason life.

        FTFY.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          I was read your back and forth with him the day after between classes, good way to kill a 3 hour break

          • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

            I always read*

  • Jerome S

    I would say that Cano’s been Mr.October this year.
    But apparently Cody Ross begs to differ.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Which Barry Bonds was better?

    2001, 2002, or 2004

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’d go 2001. As valuable as walks are (in 2002 and 2004) when you are hitting HR’s once ever 6.5 AB’s and getting an extra 100 AB’s that adds up. He wasn’t really given that opportunity in 2002 and 2004, so even if it was somewhat out of his hands, I’d say he was better in 2001.

      • Thomas

        In 2001, Bonds BABIP was only .266, while it was .330 in 2002. His career rate is .285.

        In 2002, he may have been lucky (though I am sure he hit a ton of liners and may have an xBABIP of around .330). However, I am pretty much sure that he was unlucky in 2001, which is just insane to think about.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          Shrug. BABIP doesn’t include home runes–he had a .266 BABIP but a .328 batting average. Fangraphs’ HR/FB data only goes back to 2002, but considering that from 2002-2005 he was at 27.1%, 29.6%, 29%, and 26.3%, he was almost certainly above 30% in 2001. I would tend to thing that would counteract whatever bad luck BABIP was giving him.

  • Yank the Frank

    What do you think of Dave Eiland as a pitching coach?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      I like him better than Dave Island.

      To be honest, what do you judge him by?

      He hasn’t screwed up CC/Andy, not going to blame him for AJ, and I believe they said he helped Wood
      He’s had 2 young starters to work with, one had a mediocre first year as a starter, one had a good one. You want to see how he works with Phil and his curve/overall approach, and see if he can help Joba if he’s still here next year. Even after that, that’s a 2 pitcher sample size.

      So I’d go with acceptable.

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, he was hired mostly because of his prior relationship with Hughes/Joba/Kennedy in the minors.

        Hughes just had a successful year as a starter, but his non-fastball pitches took a step backward. Kennedy was traded away (and concluded a successful year of his own), and Joba is an afterthought at this point.

        If he’s not back in 2011, I’m not shedding any tears, but I’m not going to sit here and advocate he definitely not be back.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          Well teams usually accept that 1 of 3 prospects work out no? He’s obviously not Dave Duncan, but he’s also not junk.

          And while IPK had a good year this year- that’s like saying you did good in math this year and giving no credit to last year’s math teacher.

    • Jerome S

      THE PROPHECY.

      • Yank the Frank

        I also see dead people.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    The media is starting to make me hate Michael Young.

    Yes he moved positions, but everyone fails to mention that Mr. Team-first bitched and moaned about during the offseason last year. And when you have cement feet and your employer owes you 60m, you do what they tell you to do.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Why is everyone rooting for an NL team to win the World Series? I can’t bring myself to root for the Giants. Does that old rivalry no longer mean anything to Yankee fans?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      If it hasn’t happened in 40 years it’s tough to have most Yankee fans see it as a rivalry, sorry.

    • CBean

      I’m not going to root for the Rangers after they beat us. Right now, I’m even rooting for the Phillies over them, but I actually like the Giants.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m rooting for a seven-game series. Which team wins is immaterial to me.

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

        This so much. I want an awesome, 1975/1986/1991/2001-esque seven-game series.

        • Pat D

          I never want to see a 2001-esque series again.

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

            Just in terms of how amazing the games were/that series was as a whole. Obviously I never want a series to end the way that one did ever again, for the Yankees.

    • Accent Shallow

      Well, the Yankees not putting up much of a fight in the ALCS did create a fair amount of bad feeling towards the Rangers.

      I can’t wait to see Cliff Lee fail.

    • Thomas

      I am rooting for the Giants, because I hate the claw and antler crap and I feel like if the Rangers win there is a better chance that Lee will resign with them.

      I would have rooted for the Rangers over the Phillies though.

    • Yank the Frank

      A Giant victory may mean we have a better chance of getting Lee, it may not of course. A Ranger victory may mean the Rangers will go even harder to keep Lee, but it may not of course…

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    There are other issues, of course, such as whether Nick Swisher should be viewed as a long-term right fielder, or if he should be watched closely in 2011, his walk year, to determine if — after two excellent regular seasons — two straight years of postseason failure were an anomaly or a sign that he is simply not cut out for October.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5717831

    Since the Swisher-4th-OF bandwagon crashed, I guess we should try this bandwagon instead.

    • Pat D

      I would not be surprised if Swisher was traded.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I would.

        Only positions Yankees are looking to improve are OF, C and SP.
        Catchers are never available.(Guys like Iannetta/Snyder/etc but they aren’t getting Swish in return)
        Trading Swisher for another OF doesn’t make sense for either team.
        If a team is trading a SP they want cost controlled prospects in return.
        And trading him for prospects to replace him with Crawford or Werth doesn’t make sense either.

        • Poopy Pants

          Trading Swisher to make room for Crawford makes sense to me in the long-term.
          Kabak wrote earlier this season the Yanks could already afford both Lee and Crawford for 2011.
          Getting rid of Swish’s salary would make it easier.

          They could:
          Replace Swish with Crawford,
          Replace NJ, Thames, Berkman with Montero (maybe keep Thames on the bench??)
          Replace Javy with Cliff Lee

  • Pak

    Fantasy Basketball questions:
    My roster is:
    PG: Monta Ellis
    SG: Brandon Roy
    G: Devin Harris
    SF: Kevin Durant
    PF: Rudy Gay
    F: Kevin Garnett
    C: Brook Lopez
    C: No one because Boozer and Harrington are injured
    Utility: Rodney Stuckey
    Utility: Don’t know who to start

    Bench: Evan Turner, Luol Deng, Richard Jefferson, Ron Artest
    Injured: Boozer, Al Harrington

    How’s my team? Who should i pick up for center, who should i start at the utility spots?

    HELP

    • Thomas

      Team look solid, should certainly be good with scoring. Assists, rebounds, and both percentages should be solid, too (not sure about steals and blocks). You’ll probably lose TO every week, but that happens to most good teams.

      I’d start Deng at the other Util spot, unless you really want steal then go with Artest. If you are in H2H, it won’t really matter just swap players in and out when they have off days.

      As for center, I have heard a lot of hype for Mozgov (not sure if he is legit). Who’s available at center in your league?

      • Pak

        I’m trading Artest for Haslem
        Seem like a good idea?

        • Thomas

          I wouldn’t personally, but if you feel you need more rebounds then do it.

          • Pak

            I just picked up Anderson Varajao and dropped Richard Jefferson

    • Jerome S

      Kevin Durant’s gonna have a monster season, glad you have him.

      Glad I could contribute.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    So it sounds like every piece of Andy Pettitte’s lower body exploded during his ALDS start based on the tweets coming out of Girardi’s press conference. And yet he still managed to pitch 7 great innings against the Rangers, go figure.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Francesa: Do you give a guy like Werth a premium for performing in the postseason?
    Cashman: *laughs under his breath* No. I know his agents will though.

    Smart man.

  • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

    Doing my first ever Fantasy NBA draft tonight—any draft strategy suggestions?

    I don’t particularly follow basketball and haven’t ever done a NBA fantasy team.

    • Thomas

      If possible, try and draft the player that everyone hates for no reason despite him performing well a round later than he should last. For example, people seem to refuse to draft JD Drew or Brad Hawpe (though Hawpe sucked this year) in baseball for whatever reason and went for sexier names with slightly higher ceilings but much lower realistic levels of play.

      A couple good examples might be Troy Murphy, Okafor, and Millsap.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Huge Murphy fan

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Don’t go strictly by last year numbers after the elite guys- guys go from starters to back-ups much quicker than NFL/MLB.

      And all PFs aren’t created equally. Some are ‘stretch’ that give you 3s but lack rebounds, while some are down low with more rebounds but lower FT%, etc. So you have to look at how your draft is going and how you can balance that.

  • jsbrendog (returns)

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5729471

    OH NOEZES!!!!!! panic everyone. pull a Bo

  • PhillyMatt

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

    Anyone have details about his kid, read he may be 16?

    • PhillyMatt

      Thank you, I just saw the post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....-cliff-lee

    Basically Lee’s wife didn’t like the fans in Yankees stadium. Anyone putting stock into that? I feel you can find that in any stadium.

  • Guest

    On the Cliff Lee wife getting harrased thing: Not helpful. Definitely not helpful.

    BUT, in the end, the dollars will be the dollars. If we give him enough, he will likely come.

    I’ll say this, his agent would have to an absolute idiot to not use this story as leverage to get the Yankees to pony up more dollars. Hopefully, the Yanks will, he dons the pinstripes, and Mrs. Lee will be treated like royalty around NYC for years to come.

  • Kevin G.

    Wow, those guys from the Westboro church may be coming to my school to protest a play.

    http://freehold.injersey.com/2.....alapan-hs/

    facepalm

    (Sorry if this post breaks the Rose rule. I think its fine, however.)

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

      heh, I went to a production of The Laramie Project that they were protesting. They were mostly ignored, but there was also a really nice counter-protest.

      • Pat D

        One of these days I’ll get around to buying that “God hates Fred Phelps” bumper sticker.

        • Poopy Pants

          Helping turn them into celebrities doesn’t help things. They feed off attention.

      • Poopy Pants

        The best thing anyone can do is ignore them.

    • Jerome S

      wrongness…

  • CBean

    The Yankees Official Scorer died in a house fire.
    http://www.northjersey.com/spo....._fire.html

    • first time lawng time

      Wow…everyone’s dying in Yankeeland this year.

      2009: Season of pride, tradition, and glory.

      2010: Season of iconic Yankee deaths?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Does anyone know which Yankee farmhands are becoming MiLFAs this year? I’m pretty sure Igawa is one of them, but that’s all I know.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Damnit, Igawa is signed through 11. I thought he had a 4 year deal, not 5.

    • Esteban

      How many of their wives are MILFs though?

  • Carlosologist

    Something cool I noticed: Every time one of the Lakers makes a 3-pointer, they play the chime that the Yankees have whenever a Yankee hits a homer.

    • Pat D

      You mean that doorbell chime sound?

      • Carlosologist

        Yeah that sound. It’s pretty catchy if you ask me.

  • larryf

    So do we make some sort of BIG announcement during the World Series to steal the spotlight and put it rightfully back in the Bronx where it belongs?

    • Thomas

      Yankees should buy Texas. Not just the team, the whole state.

  • Jerome S

    I have favorited Bryce Harper’s facebook profile. Not his page, his actual profile.

    /stalk’d

  • Mike HC

    I just heard that Bengie Molina gets a ring no matter what because he played for the Giants earlier in the year and the Rangers now obviously.

    Pretty cool.

    • larryf

      2 Molinas on 3 of the last 4 world series teams….impressive

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      If the Giants win the WS Bengie should run onto the field with the Giants and join the dogpile, then pose in pictures and shit.

      • Mike HC

        hahaha. definitely

  • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

    For the fantasy football heads out there:

    I’ve got Arian Foster, Steven Jackson and Jahvid Best for two RB spots and am a little thin at receiver.

    I’m comfortable keeping any combination of backs for the rest of the season. A team in my league has said he’s looking for RB help and will move Andre Johnson (HOU) if the deal is right. Can any of my backs get Johnson in a straigh 1-for-1?

    • Mike HC

      Foster and Jackson should only be done straight up. I would wait for another good game before trading Best. He will have one.

  • Accent Shallow

    Cliff Lee got rocked. I am filled with schadenfreude.

    True aces battle through when they don’t have their best stuff, not give up 7 runs in 4 2/3.

    /kidding about the “true aces” bit, but I am filled with schadenfreude. Screw that guy.

    • Yank the Frank

      I wonder if they threw condoms at his wife.

      • rbizzler

        Meh, it was in SF, so someone probably tried to pass her a spliff. I am sure she was offended anyway.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....lumn102910

    So Ron Washington is down 0-2 with the help of dumb managerial moves- and we get a cupcake piece about him and his fungo bat?

  • Esteban

    Happy Birthday Mike

  • Poopy Pants

    Anyone else have Time Warner Cable in Queens? I can’t find MLB Network in HD ever since they put Ovation HD in that spot. Is it offered on TWC anymore?

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

      Shit, I didn’t even realize it was gone. WTF? I don’t have it in HD either.

      • Poopy Pants

        Ovation non-HD is 83, so it made sense to make the HD version 783, BUT I can’t find MLBN!
        I’ve looked all over the place.
        I still have it in non-HD. I think the HD version disappeared right around when the Yanks were eliminated.

    • Poopy Pants

      Eureka! I found it! Channel 489!

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    So guys, I’ve watchd only ONE basketball game ever and that was the Duke-Butler March Madness championship (great game, BTW), but I do have some basketball loyalties due to family, specifically to Duke and to the Nets.

    With baseball season over and with me realizing I’ll go nuts with no team to root for (G-men only play once a week…not enough) I’m thinking of trying out basketball. As I said, I have a sort of quasi-royalty to the Nets because it runs in my family. But looking at thm right now I have to say that they’re boring aas shit and moving to Brooklyn won’t help that too much with another better NY team already in place.

    So, in short, I’m thinking of becoming a Knicks fan because they have Amare (a comma goes somehwere in that name but IDK where) and a very good shot at gettng Carmelo before the year is out and they MIGHT, just might, slip in as the eighth seed, making them more exciting than the Nets will be for a good long while.

    As new basketball/Knicks fan, what should I know about the sport and team that I don’t already?

    Thanks guys.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      I just looked at the scores for the first two games. It seems encouraging; they played two good teams pretty close.

    • Poopy Pants

      If you’re that bored there are other things you could do with your time: learn a language or musical instrument or volunteer (and help other people), rather than forcing yourself to root for millionaires that don’t care about you.

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        You’re as much fun as one pooping their pants

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

        You’re not very good at this trolling thing, are you?

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          Besides, I never said I was bored, just that I need a team to root for or I’ll go nuts.

        • Poopy Pants

          Why would keeping life in perspective make me a troll?

          • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

            Because that wasn’t keeping life in perspective. It was bad trolling.

    • first time lawng time

      As a Knicks fan, be prepared for a season of disappointment. Although their games so far have been close so that’s encouraging.

      And don’t criticize Gallinari. He’s really good, he just sucks right now cause he injured his wrist during pre season. Once he gets into a groove their offense will improve.

      And I reccomend going to a game at the Garden if you haven’t done so already. They’re really fun.

      Welcome to Knicks Basketball!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Congrats to Brett Gardner for winning a Fielding Bible award!

    • Not Tank the Frank

      But the Yankees don’t care about defense. Rob Neyer told me so.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Nope. Totally don’t.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Can you imagine if they trade him this offseason?
        Further proof they don’t care about defense (nevermind that his replacement would be Crawford)

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          Nah if he gets trade his replacement will be Kemp or Rasmus or some other outfielder to be named.

    • Yank the Frank

      How difficult can it be to field bibles? It’s not like they’re round…

  • Thomas

    Sweet CougarLife now has commercials.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded (safe)

    • Thomas

      At about 15s in when it goes “At CougarLife.com,” it sounds sort of like “You take your car to work/I’ll take my board/and when your out of gas/I’m still afloat” portion of Surf Wax America by Weezer, IMO.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    They got a poll of the greatest Yankees. My selections:
    1.Babe Ruth
    2.Mickey Mantle
    3.Lou Gehrig
    4.Yogi Berra
    5.Mariano Rivera
    6.Joe DiMaggio
    7.Bill Dickey
    8.Derek Jeter
    9.Whitey Ford
    10.Alex Rodriguez
    11.Thurman Munson
    12.Andy Pettitte
    13.Jorge Posada
    14.Roger Maris
    15.Don Mattingly
    16.Ron Guidry
    17.Reggie Jackson
    18.Bernie Williams
    19.Phil Rizzuto
    20.Elston Howard

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnatio.....listId=396

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

      1. Andy Pettitte
      2-20. who cares.

      (Yes, I’m kidding.)

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        You’re doing it wrong. Your list should be.

        1. Andy Pettitte
        2. Andy Pettitte
        3. Andy Pettitte
        4. Andy Pettitte
        5. Andy Pettitte
        6. Andy Pettitte
        7. Andy Pettitte
        8. Andy Pettitte
        9. Andy Pettitte
        10. Andy Pettitte
        11. Andy Pettitte
        12. Andy Pettitte
        13. Andy Pettitte
        14. Andy Pettitte
        15. Andy Pettitte
        16. Andy Pettitte
        17. Andy Pettitte
        18. Andy Pettitte
        19. Andy Pettitte
        20. Andy Pettitte

        • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

          I wonder… was Babe Ruth ever a babe magnet? You wouldn’t think so, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

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

            supposedly he missed part of the 19…25? season with a VD.

          • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

            Babe Ruth was a MAJOR babe magnet.

            Read “The Big Bam” for info.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    What kind of package would it take to land Colby Rasmus?

    What about Kemp?

    Of the two, I see Kemp as being the most likely to be traded. Ned Colletti ripped him in public. He fits the good young outfielder who had a down year and possibly needs a change of scenery. Couple that with the McCourts trying to cut payroll. I think we may have a fit here.

    Rasmus is probably the better player but I don’t think Mozeliak will let TLR’s grudge against Rasmus cloud their judgment. I think Rasmus will cost too much.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’d imagine Hughes+ for Rasmus. However, with the Yankees’ dearth of starting pitching, dealing Hughes obviously isn’t a palatable option.

      Kemp’s value is harder to assess because he was close to worthless this past season (0.4 fWAR).

    • Thomas

      Gardner and Joba or a killer B for Kemp? Does that sound fair and appealing? I’d do it as a Yankee and I could see the Dodgers doing it since they are likely to dump Kemp (though I think they can get better offers).

      • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

        I’d think if the Yankees were to trade Joba or Gardner in a deal it will be for a starting pitcher. I think that the Yankees are comfortable going forward with an outfield of Gardner-Granderson-Swisher.

        Using Gardner and Joba in a deal for a SP if the Yankees are interested in Carl Crawford might make sense.

  • larryf

    Rookie catcher comes up in May and leads team to world series championship. 2 years in a row!

    /Montero’d

    • Thomas

      3 years in a row.

      /Francisco Cervelli’d

      • larryf

        not bad except Frankie didn’t play in the 2009 WS although he did help us get there.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Girardi’s binder is stoopid. I heard Terry Francona has memorized everyones stats about everything, because he’s a fucking genius and doesn’t need a moronic binder.

    • JohnnyC

      Didn’t Francona graduate from Harvard like Theo? I believe he was a rocket science major.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Hal says Cash has his budget.

    And that they want Mo & Jeter back.

    And that they needs to hit the FA market.

    And that they will hit the trade market.

    LOL. Lets go baby.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Has Charley Casserly reported yet that the Vikings cut Moss because he insulted Favre’s gray hair?

    • Thomas

      When I first heard that Moss had been cut from the Pats, I joked to my friends, ” He probably made fun of Brady’s hair.” Then, within 10 seconds, Casserly’s report came on saying that was the reason he was cut.

  • Accent Shallow

    Cliff Lee, post-season deity, is dead. 6.94 WS ERA. I am so filled with schadenfreude I have to take a dump.

    God, that was satisfying.

    http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1197322

    http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1254474

  • Tony Micelli

    After yesterday’s elections I saw this commercial and it’s pretty scary.

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

    Of course the gov’t soon banned the commercial from airing for some reason.

    • Thomas

      The government didn’t ban it. According to the video’s description, major TV networks, including ABC, A&E, and the History channel have refused to air it, which is entirely within their rights. Additionally, three networks listed in the description are all owned by Disney, so if those are the only stations refusing to play the ad, then in fact it is only one company not playing the advertisement.

  • Avi

    Baseball America’s top 10 Yankee prospects (released today):
    1. Jesus Montero
    2. Gary Sanchez
    3. Dellin Betances
    4. Manny Banuelos
    5. Andrew Brackman
    6. Austin Romine
    7. Hector Noesi
    8. Eduardo Nunez
    9. Slade Heathcott
    10. Brandon Laird

    • YankeesJunkie

      Surprised that Sanchez is so high and that Nunez is on the list at all, he is pretty terrible. If the Yanks could somehow unload Laird and Nunez as valuable prospects to another team that would be great because they don’t have much future with the Yankees. I look for a guy like Brett Marshall to make a big jump next year at A-Ball as he gets further away from TJ surgery.

      • Avi

        They’re looking at overall “ceiling” with Sanchez which they say is higher than Montero’s.
        I’m surprised that people don’t realize how good Nunez is. Where so used to having Jeter at SS that we forget what kinda offensive numbers shortstops usually put up.
        Nunez is a good defender with a CANNON for an arm. If he got 500 AB’s I’d be surprised if he didn’t steal 40 bags.
        So if he hit .280 with 40 steals he’d be an above average ML SS.
        I like Marshall too.

        • JohnnyC

          “So if he hit .280 with 40 steals he’d be an above average ML SS.”

          He’d be Elvis Andrus!

          • Avi

            Ha! yes.
            Elivis Ahhhndroos that is

        • CountryClub

          .280 is probably asking a bit too much from him. They should trade him while his value is apparently high.

          Laird is a different story. If he can play all 4 corners and he can hit with power, he has some real value for the Yanks.

    • CountryClub

      It’s good to see 3 non pitchers/catchers on there. They could have easily had Murphy and Phelps in the top 10.

      • Avi

        Adam Warren too. The Yankees have about seventeen players in their system that are likely to have Major league careers ahead of them.
        Their #12-15 (phelps, warren, Marshall) prospects are better than most teams 6th best guy.

  • JohnnyC

    The details of the Mets’ new ticket plan for 2011 are hilarious. For one of the packages, you can get a one on one fielding lesson from your favorite Mets player. For another package, you can have a bullpen session with friendly supervision from the Mets coaching staff.

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

      is this like a David Cone bullpen session?

      /obligatory

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      If you’re lucky you get to play 2B

    • Poopy Pants

      Wow. What a bunch of assholes! How DARE they offer more things for the money!

  • RobC

    the American Veterans Center is having ther annual conference in DC this Thurs-Sat.
    On Fri night there is a presentation “Basbeall Heroes of WWII” to include Yogi Berra, Bob Feller, Jerry Coleman, Lou Brissie, and John Miles
    info at
    http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/

  • Church of the Perpetually Outraged

    Ok fess up, which one of you sent this in today:

    Mike (NYC)
    The Yankees need a young centerfielder. Would the Angels trade Mike Trout for Austin Romine and Pat Venditte

    Klaw (1:42 PM)
    Best. Question. Ever.

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

      I don’t remember seeing your username before but I adore it.

      • Church of the Perpetually Outraged

        Thanks, I rarely post, if ever, as living in NC keeps me from seeing 95% of the games. So I just live vicariously through you guys and gals.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Heyman says Takahashi wants 3 years at 4-5m. Maybe that will “excite” the fanbase enough.

  • Not Tank the Frank
    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      77.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        83. Can’t believe I missed Sheffield.

        • Pat D

          I also got 83. And what’s great about it, is that I read this comment before trying, and I forget Sheffield, too!

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

      I got 84. Missed Tony Batista, Javy Lopez, and freaking Tex.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I missed Jim Edmonds somehow and that cost me a few. I just couldn’t get it in my head who was hitting those HRs for the Cardinals at the beginning of the decade. Oh…and Shawn Green. Gotta love the steroid era.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      To echo one of the commenters on that, how the hell did 5% miss Bonds? It says “Giants–73″

  • Tampa Yankee

    So the Blue Jays trade for Olivo for just cash then decline his option. If he turns down arb, the Jays could have up to 8 of the first 50 picks in next year’s draft. They could easily load up quickly with the talent in that draft.

    (h/t MLBTR http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....olivo.html)

    • JohnnyC

      They would have to sign those 8 picks as well. With American dollars.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    There are birds in my air conditioner.

    • Carlosologist

      During the summer, birds apparently fought each other to the death and the corpses fell on top of my air conditioner.

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

        this sounds unappetizing

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          You must think I’m a crazy person because I’ve said this so many times.

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

            I’ll only think you’re crazy if you start going on about exploding oil rigs and Stephen Hawking again.

            • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Get me sex, woman, por fa vor! Possession

              • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

                Stephen Hawking! EXPLODES

  • missing baseball

    My love of the Knicks was nearly on par with my love of the Yanks about 10 years ago, but I quit them completely when Van Gundy left and they brought in Marbury, Iseah, etc. I’m trying to jump back in and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good Kincks blog?

  • Pat D

    Oh, and since this is an open thread, I’ll say this. If anyone wants to go see Due Date, you can skip it. Now if you like Todd Phillips’ other movies, I’m sure you’ll like this, but it’s uneven at best. A few funny parts, Robert Downey Jr. was good, but it’s way too reliant on extremely unrealistic situations. And Zach Galifianakis is extremely annoying. His character is like Homestar Runner in that he’s completely oblivious to how off-putting he is, but not in a harmless way like Homestar Runner. I also don’t understand why anyone thinks he’s all that funny or talented. I think I could probably play his part in this movie.

    Second, let me use this forum to remind everyone of proper movie etiquette. First of all, SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t go to a movie to hear you and your shit, I’m there to hear the movie. So couple of middle aged women sitting 1 row behind and 7 seats to the left of me: if I can hear what you’re saying clearer than what the actors are saying, YOU’RE TOO FUCKING LOUD!!!!! Second, just because the seat right in front of you is unoccupied, that doesn’t mean you put your leg through the space and use the arm rest as a leg rest. And you shut the fuck up too, because you were a fucking idiot.

    OK, rant over. So next time a friend of mine wants to go see a movie, and it’s the opening weekend of said movie, I’m gonna say, “No, not this week. Let’s go see something that opened two weeks ago.” When I saw The Social Network yesterday, I didn’t have to put up with any obnoxious assholes just because the theater was less crowded and so I could sit in a seat relatively far away from anyone else.

    Yes, I hate people.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      let it all out, man. let it all out.

    • Carlosologist

      Tell us how you really feel, Pat.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        I think that he’s expressing his unsatisfied childhood needs. I think his mother hit him. tsk tsk.

        • Pat D

          Uhhhhh…………no and no.

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

      This is why my girlfriend hates to go to the movies. The etiquette in movie theaters is horrendously bad these days.

      • Pat D

        It must also be the reason I don’t go as often anymore. I’ve been usign the excuse of not wanting to go alone, but I’ve done that plenty of times.

        I do have a new rule for myself going forward. Do not go see any movie on its opening weekend, unless it’s the first show of the day. This rule does not apply to family movies, which shall always be restricted on opening weekend.

        Of course, I waited until the 3rd week that Toy Story 3 was out before I saw it, and the theater was still packed. So I guess I still won’t see any of the Harry Potter movies in the theater.

  • Kevin G.

    * Off-Topic Thread #7 (Austin 25, 2010 – October 6, 2010

    Uh…

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    “People will suffer” – lovely headline on ESPN.com about the Cowboys. They make it sound like Jerry Jones is going to go on a killing spree. That picture of Wade Phillips doesn’t help either.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Paul DePodesta, JP Ricciardi, Sam Alderson.

    Nice work, Mets.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      *Sandy Alderson

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Could they be…moving in the right direction? Wow.

      • Thomas

        Agreed great first steps.

        • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

          It’s so cute! Who’s a widdle baseball fwanchise? You are! You are!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    And Bud Selig did something stupid. Again.

  • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

    Can you guys give me your opinion on Willy Aybar? I think he could be a good option off the bench.

    • http://www.twitter.com/astrophunq Dax J.

      Not that the bench is priority #1 right now, I’m just saying he could be a good addition once we clear out the Cliff Lee drama.

    • FIPster Doofus

      If Thames signs elsewhere, maybe. Aybar has had good success against lefties in the past (.381 wOBA in 2009, .347 in ’08, .368 in ’06), so he might be a suitable replacement for Thames. However, Aybar was horrid last season, even against lefties, and has consistently been an offensive black hole vs. RHPs.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    What specific combinations of mushrooms do I have to do in order to understand UZR and Robbie’s is negative?

    • Esteban

      Just know that 0 is average, which might be quite good depending on the quality of the other fielders. A slightly negative UZR doesn’t mean a fielder is “bad”

      • YankeesJunkie

        Yeah, but just from looks Robbie seems to have great range and makes a lot of plays from second base. I have had a hard time really getting into defensive metrics because I don’t think they have found one that really nails it on the head.

  • All Star Carl

    Jorge to have the same Knee Surgery as CC.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11.....0bats.html

  • Esteban

    Ha! A friend of mine said he would rather have a statue as a fielder that never made mistakes over a fielder with great range but made ~20 errors.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Executives think Yanks offer arb to Jeter? I hope so.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    My goodness, the Yankee hate on ESPN has reached epic proportions of late. From losing in the ALCS, the Gold Gloves, Jeter’s contract, to Cliff Lee, it’s just been unbearable over there. I haven’t seen it this bad since 2008 when they missed the playoffs. Or perhaps 2007 when the Red Sox won the World Series. They were far more concerned over trashing the Yankees over at ESPN than they were at praising the Red Sox; though they’re still pretty good at that too.

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

      post-2007 WS was the worst, as you said every article was more about trashing the Yankees than praising the Red Sox. And it’s funny, because I don’t really think of them so much as hating the Yankees, they just adore the Red Sox… but it was kind of the opposite after that series.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    25 years 75 million for Jeter?
    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....jeter.html
    ok.

  • first time lawng time

    Joe Morgan out of ESPN next year. And possibly Miller, too.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Litttleee lateee there buddy

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I may have some sources saying Girarid isn’t re-signing, stay tuned for details

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

          I know everyone said he’s signing with the Red Sox but I dunno, guys, I’m getting this feeling Teixeira’s going to the Yankees…

  • Ghost of Scott Brosius

    Dave Cameron continues to insist that Montero isn’t viable AT ALL at catcher and that his only future with the Yankees is as a trade chip. Am I the only one who thinks he’s just bitter because his Mariners decided to take Smoak instead? I mean, we know there are bad reports on Montero’s catching, but he just dismisses him as completely hopeless.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      I think he’s miserable because he lives in Seattle.
      You would be too.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        He lives in NC

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

      Meh, he was tearing Montero apart before the trade, he just doesn’t like him as a prospect. He didn’t like Cano either. I’m not trying to say Cameron’s an idiot or anything, I’m sure he’s generally pretty good at evaluating prospects, but we all have our biases and we’re all not always right.

      (Nevar forget
      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1281993)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        #6org

        /Obligatory’d

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius

        Wow….that was epically bad. I definitely think there is a propensity to knock Yankee prospects…if Montero was in the Royals or Rangers system, he’d be raved about endlessly. To be fair, Cano was never much of a prospect, he’s a clear late bloomer. But Montero’s numbers are off the charts- and when you consider age and league, they’re incredible. It seems that everyone harps on his flaws to distract from the fact that the Yankees might have a cheap homegrown superstar on their hands. It’s almost like an elaborate plot to persuade us that he’s not good so Cash will trade him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    One thing working in Detroit’s favor is that they have fellow Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera and Armando Galarraga on their roster. Of course, none of this will matter if they don’t make the right offer [to Victor Martinez].

    http://www.rotoworld.com/conte.....38;id=3393

    So it works in their favor, unless it doesn’t.

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

      Matsui is totally going to the Mariners to be with Ichiro!!!

      • CBean

        It reminds me of some comments during the last game at Fenway. They were talking about how the Red Sox thought that having both Dice-K and Okajima on the same team would be great because they would both be friends because clearly all Japanese people are friends with each other. Imagine their surprise when it turned out that they didn’t actually like each other very much.

        Oh Red Sox. Your race fail is epic.

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

          Yep, I remember that. And during the last game of the 2009 WS Buck and McCarver had a pretty long discussion about how Matsui would obviously either resign with the Yankees or go to the Mariners just to be with Ichiro. Only, it was like, less racially enlightened than that. o_O I mean… I get that maybe you can feel more comfortable around people from your country, but by all reports Matsui and Ichiro don’t get along, like, at all. Yeah.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    One of the things that annoys me about twitter is when guys write their entires articles on it. Do I need 15 tweets from Adam Ruben about the Beltran conference call?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Buster Olney is the king of this (I don’t follow Rubin). Someone needs to explain the whole point of twitter to these guys. Buster doesn’t even shorten his links so the link usually uses up most of the 140 characters.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Yeah he’s the master. They do it to that extreme, then there are other guys who’s only tweet involves “New Article [link]” only.

  • Dick Whitman

    Now that Feinsand is the new Chairman of the NY Chapter of the BBWAA, does anyone know his stance on Blyleven? I’d ask him, but he gets pissy quickly if you don’t agree with him.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’d bet he’s against Bert for the Hall. He seems to love W/L record.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    “Jeff [Francoeur] is a winning-type baseball player who brings a lot of energy.”

    -Dayton Moore

    Man, I can’t wait for the epic Posnanski post that will follow the in-light-of-that-quote-inevitable Francoeur signing from KC.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Comments like this will always have me questioning if the Royals are ever going to be good again with Moore as their GM.

      I know he put together a great farm system, but would anyone be shocked if he (a) traded players away for .300 OBP players or guys with nice ERAs but 5 K/9 numbers or (b) not let them get ML ABs to develop like Gordon and Ki’lah’a’ha’a’h

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Yankees should look to trade them Nunez. He puts up a .310 OBP with the best of them.

        • Thomas

          I was thinking that, but the Royals already have Betancourt who is worse in OBP and defense while costing more money, so it probably won’t happen.

          Maybe they’ll go for Juan Miranda another no defense and clearly flawed hitting firstbaseman.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yankees prepared to give more years than other teams for Lee…

    I’d rather give him more money but meh…And Yanks are unlikely to get a FA catcher because they want the young catchers to have a chance.

    Since Cervelli proved that he’s nothing more than a back up so this bodes well with Lee and Montero.

    • Accent Shallow

      Did any prospect follower expect to see Cervelli as a quality MLB starter? I don’t think he ever will be, but he’s young.

      I think he can be a top backup, with time.

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

    2.44 ERA, .175/.215/.281/.496 against, 0.792 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 7.50 K/BB

    Those are Pedro’s numbers in 2000.

    IN LOSSES.

    :: head explodes ::

    (it was only 6 games but O_______O)

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yankees interested in Jorge De La Rosa. Great strikeout rate but horrendous walk rate. I’d take a flier on him but not as a backup plan to Lee or Pettitte.

    • Thomas

      I’d take him on a flier, but he’ll probably find a much better (likely multi-year) deal somewhere. For example, Ben Sheets got $10M last season from the A’s and he is just as injury prone and didn’t pitch the season before. No way the Yankees should give De La Rosa nearly that much.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I’d take him for 1/10m. I just dont want him for years 3-4 of a 4yr/40m deal

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Shocked the NFL lasted a whole 20 days without an arrest.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....mlb-season

    Lol Yankees finishing in 3rd place. It’s not really predictions but a Yankee hating article. Descriptions are saying how much the Yankees suck.

    Just a quick laugh for this Firday.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      What a brutal “article”

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

      But the Rays, without Carlos Pena, Carl Crawford, and possibly one of their frontline pitchers, will finish second…

      Bahahahahahahaha

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

      lmao @ the title

      Also, I love how the Yankees are always omg so old but the Red Sox are a sprightly young team who still have the wisdom of Mariano Rivera.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      This was, umm, “Horrendously Retarded.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Re: Mark Teixeira:

    “I think I’d probably be playing within a week or two, I’m not sure exactly, we’re probably at three and a half weeks now, I think they said six to eight weeks at first, I’d probably be back sooner.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5793641

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com matt damon wayans

    http://imgur.com/LAJRs.jpg

    Casey Kelly, Number One with a Bullet

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      how nice of you to be listening to “teach my how to dougie” while researching baseball prospects.

      • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com matt damon wayans

        all my bitches love it though

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    We need food. Subway or pizza? Quick, damnit!

  • MyNameIsNed

    So I made the mistake of stumbling over to Pinstripe Alley this morning and I saw a post one of the authors made regarding the lineup for 2011. Can you believe that they wanted to get an OF and move Swish to the bench??????

    Yet another reason I try to avoid that site……..

    • bexarama

      I rarely go to Pinstripe Alley but when I do, the posts are generally okay. It’s just the comments that are absolutely insane. There was one post from right after the ALCS that was like, here’s what we can do for 2011, don’t panic/scream about trading everyone. And the comments were all panicking and screaming about trading everyone.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Speaking of awesome Pinstripe Alley posts…

        http://www.pinstripealley.com/.....onal-stats

        Nothing like a healthy dose of willful ignorance. If you don’t like or use sabermetrics as a fan, I can disagree with you but that’s ultimately a matter of opinion. If you purposely ignore them as an analyst, then you are an idiot, and it cheapens your work.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    I’m not one to believe in curses, but the Portland Trailblazers are cursed.
    Roy is what 26 and already has bone-on-bone knee?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, Greg Oden is definitely old enough to have picked up a curse from a mummy in Ancient Egypt.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Sox claim a Buchholz off waivers.

    What’s with the Red Sox and going for players that have names in common?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Any chance this Vick guy can play a good OF and run the bases the way he runs down field.

    Vick for OF 2011

    • Mickey Scheister

      Or short-stop, ether or.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      He was drafted IIRC, despite not playing since 8th grade or something like that.

      • Mickey Scheister

        If this whole football thing doesn’t work out he would be a great option for a high ceiling, high salary player.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    Justin Upton is on the market. Red Sox are supposedly in on the talks.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Never going to happen, but should:
    Offer Jeter a low contract (3/20) with ridiculous incentives for finishing the season over .280, .290, .300, .310 etc.

    eh? EH?!

    • Thomas

      I’d wish the Yankees could do it, but you can’t give performance incentives. The only performance incentives allowed are based on appearances (e.g. PAs, ABs, games, IPs).

      The only other performance incentives are A-Rod’s home run incentives that are for career milestones, which were expected to get revenue bonuses from extra time on national TV. The media/fans will not care whether Derek Jeter hits .290 or .300.

      They could offer it based on gold gloves, MVP votes, silver slugger, etc., but those are usually only for an extra $50-$100k.

  • FIPster Doofus

    The Marlins are about to trade Dan Uggla for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn. What a shitty franchise.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Going by fWAR, Dunn and Infante provided 2.8 fWAR total. Uggla did that by himself in about two months last season. He’s topped or equaled that mark in 4 of 5 seasons.

      In short, crappy deal for the Marlins.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Not to mention Infante had a career year and Dunn is more likely to be an AAAA reliver with his control

      • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

        In short, crappy shitty deal for the Marlins.

        Fixed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

          Crappy =/= shitty?

    • vin

      They need to be contracted. It’s not like Infante is young and has multiple years of team control left. Perplexing move… especially within the division.

      The Mets must be happy though… maybe they can finish in 3rd place this year.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com matt damon wayans

    Cashman: Okay, I am willing to give up David Robertson, Romulo Sanchez and Mark Melancon for Josh Johnson

    Beinfast: I thought you traded Melancon to the Astros.

    Cashman: Final offer.

    Beinfast: Done.

    • vin

      We could even throw in Humberto Sanchez to sweeten the deal.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Christian Garcia too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    The Marlins should be contracted from the league. They are a horribly run franchise. What MLB should do is move the rays to that new stadium in Miami that is being built so whatever fans that show up don’t have to sit in Tropicana.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Nightengale suggested Logan Morrison and Ricky Nolasco is enough for Justin Upton.

    If that’s the case like Gardner and one of the killer Bs plus Joba should be enough.

  • Thomas

    Holy smokes. Benoit just got 3 years and $16.5M with an additional $1M in incentives per year from the Tigers.

    I think Detroit will regret this big time.

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Yikes.
      But that team basically carried about 50m in dead contracts this year and last year, so hey whats 5m/year to them

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    From MLBTR

    The White Sox are willing to discuss Gavin Floyd.
    “4.08 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, and career-best 49.9% groundball rate in 2010″


    He’d be a great alternative if the Yankees don’t land Lee. Would Laird/Adams, Warren be a good starting point? Too much, too little?

    • Thomas

      I think that is way too low.

      They are offering up a solid pitcher (sub 4 ERA) only making $5M and $7M for the next two years with $9.5M team option in 2012. He is definitely worth either Gardner or one killer B as the center piece, but then again with Kenny Towers who knows what he will be traded for.

      • Thomas

        Sorry that is a sub 4 FIP and xFIP. His ERA was just above 4.

    • vin

      They just would’ve been better off not trading for Edwin Jackson. The kid they dealt, Daniel Hudson, dominated for the DBacks.

      In 11 starts in AZ, Hudson (23 years old) had a 1.69 ERA, 79.2 IP, .841 WHIP, 5.8 h/9, 0.8 hr/9, 1.8 bb/9, 7.9 k/9.

      That’s after climbing 5 levels in ’09 – went from Low A, all the way to the big leagues.

      With Peavy, Danks and Buerhle, the Sox had enough front-end pitching to get to the playoffs. I don’t get their need for Edwin Jackson… but Kenny Williams alwasy leaves me dumbfounded.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    The Average Bear Market: Finally, Scott Boras is out there marketing Kevin Millwood — who is coming off a horrendous year (4-16, 5.10) — as a great buy for teams that play in a big pitchers’ park. But when Rumblings asked one scout which park would be a good fit for Millwood, his immediate quip was: “Jellystone.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....ings101117

    Ha.

  • Captain Jack

    Greinke, TJU, Floyd, Uggla, and Fielder may all move in the same offseason…wow, I can’t think of a more interesting offseason for trades.

    • Thomas

      Also Adrian Gonzalez.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Plops.

    /gammons’d

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Ron (Bronx, NY)
    Ok, I’m a longtime Yankee fan, that’s out of the way, but even though Garcia had some incredible numbers let’s remember he pitched in a no pressure place. CC must win the award based on win-loss, pressure everytime he took the mound, and his other numbers.

    Klaw (1:38 PM)
    And Ron wins the chat. BTW, is “Garcia” suppposed to be Hernandez? Or did you use Garcia as a generic term for a Latino player?

    Ron gives Yankee fans a bad name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Javy has 6 teams interested in him. Is it still to risky to offer him arb? The signing team will no longer give up a 1st round pick because he is a Type B and Javy might want to get out of NY or sign a multi year deal.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      He’s not getting a multi year deal. The worst GM ever wouldn’t even do that. And he might hate NY, but I don’t think any player has got a pay cut in arbitration; I believe a guy walks away from 10m for 2-4m when I see it.

  • Avi

    Venezuelan reporter Alexander Mendoza tweets that Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Cy Young.
    According to Mendoza, King Felix is already celebrating the win with his family. Assuming the BBWAA website is functional, we should know for sure in a little under 20 minutes.

  • Avi

    Nolan Ryan told Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal that the Yanks will outbid Texas for Cliff Lee.

    http://twitter.com/BrianCostaW.....5024499712

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Avi has twitter?

      • Avi

        Yeah. Sounds like the Rangers might be preparing their fan base for Lee to leave.
        The president of a team doesn’t make a comment like that to the Wall Street Journal unless this is the case I think.

    • Avi

      Also looks like Adam Dunn is about to sign with Detroit. I know He doesn’t fit the Yanks current roster but I’d LOVE to see that guy hit in Yankee stadium.
      The tigers could become a real playoff factor here. Benoit and now Dunn, Two very solid additions.

      • Avi

        Here’s the source on Dunn.
        http://www.mlive.com/tigers/in.....ous_t.html

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I wish there was room for Dunn.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          Yeah same here.

          • Avi

            Looks like he’s gonna get four years at about $40M. I think that’s a bargain for his kinda production. I wish the Yanks would sign him, Let him DH with Posada and back up at 1B and the OF corners this year and be the full time DH next year when Posada’s contract is up.
            If Posada can’t catch (and in 2012 he certainly won’t be able to) there’s no comparison between him and Dunn as a hitter.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    David (New York)

    Dusty Baker lost by 1 point and you didn’t have him on your ballot at all. I’m not saying he deserved to be on your ballot one way or the other, but even a third place vote gets him a tie. A second place vote wins it for him. You swung the vote for Black.

    Klaw (1:16 PM)

    Except I wasn’t the only writer to omit Baker. I actually asked Mike Leake to fill out my ballot for me but he couldn’t lift his arm to pick up the pen

    Law brought his A-game today

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      He really did. Definitely some good stuff in there today.

      • Avi

        Wow. Great stuff. I love the way he answered that question.

  • Thames Time

    How hard would it be for the Yankees to get Andrew McCutchen? Impossible or very impossible?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Slightly impossible. The Pirates aren’t going to trade the face of their franchise.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Why would the Pirates trade him?
      He’s good, cheap, and under control for 4(?) years.

      • Thames Time

        Why would the D-Backs trade Upton?

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          McCutchen isn’t arb-eligible until 2013 (per Cots). If the Pirates can’t hold on to him, then they shouldn’t be allowed to have a team.

          Atleast the Dbacks have the excuse that they have new management/philosophy and Upton is owed 50m over the next 5 years.

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

            It’s after 2012. The Cot’s service time isn’t updated for 2010.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama
  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Evan Roberts (WFan) said that the D’Backs would probably ask for Davis, Pagan, and Pelfrey for Upton, and then him & his partner said that was too much to give up….then I laughed and laughed and laughed.

    • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

      A Mets fan friend of mine said Angel Pagan is almost as good as Justin Upton. LOL

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I know every fanbase overrates their players, but listening to fans talk about Tejada, Thole, Pagan as being the ‘core’ for the future is just sad.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          To be fair, most Mets fans I know hate Tejada haha.

          • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

            Well SSS issue on my side, coming from the limited number of Mets fans I know and the little talk radio I listen to.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Anybody like Max Scherzer of the Tigers? I was impressed with his stuff against us. Can we swing a deal with the Tigers again-this time for pitching?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I like him a lot but I don’t know why Detroit would want to trade him.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        You mean signing Benoit, going after Dunn, and wanting to spend the remaining 50m aren’t signs that they want to build?

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Drayton McClane is selling the Astros.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I have $2 in quarters and some Chapstick and post-its. LET’S DO IT!

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        I’ll donate that stack of quarters I save for laundry. I think there is about $10 in there.

  • rbizzler
  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Only one end zone will be used for offense Saturday at Wrigley Field for the Illinois-Northwestern game because of safety concerns, the Big Ten announced Friday.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chic.....id=5824661

    You can’t be serious.

    • rbizzler

      Have you seen the pics of the end zone in question? It is pretty damn close to the brick wall. Even with some padding, it is best to avoid the possibility of catastrophic injury. The plans seems a bit quirky, but the players will be safe(r) and everyone still gets to enjoy the game in a unique environment.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I’m not criticizing it for protecting the players; I’m criticizing them ignoring the measurements of the field to just make money.

        • rbizzler

          Oh, I agree. you would have thought that they would have figured that out in advance.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Alby released, signs with a Japanese team.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I just saw a George Springer reference in the chat. UConn, mother fuckers!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      UConn? Booooooooo!

      I have 5-6 friends at Cuse!

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Well they suck.

  • tampaRob

    Larry Rothschild is our new pitching coach

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

      You have a source for this, or are you just making it up?

    • pat

      Prove it.

    • Thomas

      Mr. Rothschild and the Cubs might have a problem with this.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/chic.....id=5674072 (safe)

    • pat

      SHit it’s true.

      • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

        LoHud confirmed it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    I want to buy the Astros.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Harold Reynolds just suggested that the Mets, Mariners, and Pirates all “dangle” David Wright, Ichiro Suzuki, and Andrew McCutchen.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      lol

      Reynolds has been on fire this past week with some crazy ideas!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Reynolds has been on fire this past week since MLB Network began with some crazy ideas!

        But, yeah, that made me LOL. Especially considering he suggested they do it for JUSTIN UPTON. Why in the world would the Diamondbacks want a straight-up Ichiro-for-Upton trade?

  • Sleepykarl

    Anyone think Andy LaRoche or Delwyn Young might be a good idea to take a flyer on for a utl role?

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    I can’t find it anywhere, and Joe & Mike didn’t mention it in yesterday’s radio show, but did the Yankees offer Jeter arb?

    They had to, right?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      They haven’t yet, but the deadline is November 23.

      I doubt any team has yet, you don’t lose anything. If someone goes and signs Jason Frasor today then Jays get the two draft picks without having to offer or not offer arbitration.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Thanks.

        So I’m guessing they will, because it will only give them more leverage.

        If he declines, what team will offer > 3/$45 AND give up a first round pick in the deepest draft in years?

        If he accepts (which I believe the chances are as close to zero as you can get), I’m sure the Yanks would love him on a one year deal, even at $20+ million.

        So if there’s a downside to offering him arb, I’m missing it.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          The only downside to arbitration would be if the Lee-budget was blown because Jeter asked for ~35m and the arbitrators gave it to him based on:
          (1) the player’s contribution to the club in terms of performance and leadership;
          (2) the club’s record and its attendance;
          (3) any and all of the player’s “special accomplishments,” including All-Star game appearances, awards won, and postseason performance;
          (4) the salaries of comparable players in the player’s service-time class and, for players with less than five years of service, the class one year ahead of him.

          http://www.suite101.com/conten.....z15qZKFB4X

          But that’s worst-case scenario, and makes the assumption that they have a hard budget.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            But, the way I understand it, the only way Jeter would get such an award would be if the Yankees submitted a ridiculously low ball bid, like $5 mil.

            Jeter earned $21 mil in 2010, so if the Yanks sumitted an offer of $22 mil and Jeter submitted $35 mil, I find it hard to believe an arbiter would award Jeter the bid, if for no other reason that it is about 60% higher than the next closest MLB player’s salary.

            My (not so) bold prediction: they’re offering him arbitration.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Ooops! Forgot about Alex’s salary.

              Still, IMO it’s moot, because there is virtually no chance Jeter would accept arbitration.

              • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

                Agreed; it’d be a win for the Yankees. Even if Jeter got 30m, they could still pay Lee.

            • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

              I don’t think anyone knows how the arbitrator(s) would rule if it’s $20m-$30m offers, because they’re allowed to go beyond stats, and talk about accomplishments.

              Only the 11th captain in team history, leadoff hitter for the game’s best offense; club is a playoff team every year, they have the highest attendance in the game; he’s won AS, GG, SS, Yankee All-Time hits leader, tied as Yankee All-Time leadoff HR leader, most posteason hits, ABs, and runs ever.

              Are all those legit reasons for 30m? No, but the arbitrators aren’t sabermetric, and not always baseball people either. And while the Yankees have 30 minutes for rebuttal – are they going to stand up there and tell Jeter to his face that the GG doesn’t matter because of his UZR?

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Going to Boston dressed in Yankees attire. See you in Hell.

    • Rick in Boston

      Welcome to my life.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

      Mine too.

  • Pat D

    So my parents were on the way back from Baltimore listening to the Penn State broadcast. Apparently their broadcaster said that Jeter signed the contract.

    Of course I knew this was bullshit, but I still came here to make sure. Sure enough, it’s bullshit.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

    So I’m going through my blogroll and I see on an A’s site that one guy suggests the A’s trade for A-Rod.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      If they want to take on the rest of his salary, be my guest. I love ARod and all, but being rid of that contract would be better.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Anderson, Bailey Carter/Taylor, and 3 signed GET OF MY MOUND T-Shirts… is my final offer.

  • Jimmy

    I’ve been searching for a site that records promotions/demotions etc. for given players. Baseball America has a great column by Matt Eddy for Minor League transactions, but only records signings, DL activity, picking up or outrighting players nothing in there about when for example Dellin Betances was promoted from Rookie ball to Charleston in 2008 (don’t particularly care for this answer, its a general example).

    The minor league main websites have some data going back to early 2009, but no further.

    Does anyone here know whether such a resource exists?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Getting a new phone today…BlackBerry or Droid?

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Droid. I have one, it is awesome.

  • bonestock94

    “Derek’s significance to the team is much more than just stats. And yet, the Yankees’ negotiating strategy remains baffling. They continue to argue their points in the press and refuse to acknowledge Derek’s total contribution to their franchise.”

    Jeter’s agent. I guess negotiations are as ugly as the media has been saying.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      You expect things to get a little ugly when one side is (supposively) asking for a 5-6 year contract for a 36 year old declining SS.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    Ignoring team needs (but current contracts included) do you give up a bigger trade package for Justin Upton or Adrian Gonzalez?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      Justin, no question. Adrian’s salary will hit Teixeira levels after next season.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Agree completely. I figured that was the obvious answer but I read this in the Globe today:

        A National League scout was asked a simple question: If you had only so many trade chips to use in the pursuit of a hitter, would you use them for Justin Upton or Adrian Gonzalez?

        Without hesitation, the scout said, “Gonzo. He’s a much better hitter.’’

        Considering contracts, age, positions and money, how can the answer not be Upton, especially when you can probably move him back to CF, therefore adding even more value. Upton+$10 million 1B is unquestionably better than Gonzalez+$1 million CF/RF.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          While Adrian has had a much better career so far, you’re doing that whole double-pay thing; give up top prospects, and pay the guy the market-rate. That alone makes me pick Upton.

  • Teh Compensation Pick

    I did not recall until looking just now that Dan Haren actually pitched quite well after his trade to the LAA.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      He did, although he was lucky with the BABIP and HR/FB – but he was unlucky the first half so that all balances out.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m still annoyed that he didn’t end up a Yankee.

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    Just so you all know, I have not disappeared, I’m just hibernating until the season starts again.

    Now you can all stop you’re wailing and crying at my extended absence, since you know I will return.

    (Coughs)

    Right. Ego fed. Carry on.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      You would.

      #$&@#ing deuce bag

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      cool story, bro.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Why does it feel like the Yankees won the World Series even when they didn’t?

    Is it just me?

    • Monteroisdinero

      cause San Fran is so far away and Texas’s best pitcher will soon be on our team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Looking ahead to the 2012 FA class, there appears to be literally no body of interest unless you count CJ Wilson, Josh Willingham, Jeff Francis, and maybe Grady Sizemore gets bought out.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      Of interest to the Yankees? Not particularly.

      There are plenty of interesting names though–Fielder, Adrian, Reyes, Jose Bautista, Buehrle, CJ Wilson.

      Plus, it’s big year for closers–Heath Bell, Broxton, Papelbon, Fuentes, Capps, Matt Thornton if Jenks gets non-tendered this year

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I got into a brief Twitter argument with Heyman and didn’t end up blocked. I’m disappointed in myself.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Weak.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I let you down.

        #harikari

  • Thomas

    Tigers sign Victor Martinez for 4 years $50M. The Red Sox will likely get the 19th pick in the draft.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Wow. Now I’m really curious about that rumored 3/$48M offer from the White Sox.

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      If Theo let him go for the sole purpose of the best available draft pick, bad move. Obviously, a draft pick in this upcoming draft is a great thing to have, but in the end that draft pick could very well bust. Sure, VMart has his faults, but the Sox lose a great amount of fire power this season. Also, with their lose of firepower and the most of the Rays roster becoming free agents, this could be a prime opportunity for the Blue Jays to compete, even though they are not necessarily ready to go for it all.

      It seems like the Red Sox are a middle-of-the-pack team continuously building for the future, and only compete for a WS when they see it as a possibility. They’re no longer the feared powerhouse they were long ago, yet they are still a dangerous team

      • Thomas

        It is definitely a big loss for the team.

        I highly doubt Theo let him go for the pick. First the pick may be a bust and likely will be worse than Martinez. Second, the Orioles offered Martinez 4 years and $48M, so if they upped their offer a little they could have gotten him. If this happened the Sox would have gotten the O’s second pick (their first rounder is protected). Theo really had no idea which pick he was getting.

        • http://wwewewew.com Bryan L

          But aren’t the first 14 picks of the draft protected?

          • http://wwewewew.com Bryan L

            Disregard that. I missed your statement.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      So who catches for Boston next year? Saltalamacchia?

      Martinez’s 122 OPS+ in 2010 represents a career low for a full season. That’s a legitimate middle of the order bat. Salty’s career OPS+ is 82.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      MLBTR said they’re signing him as their DH and back-up catcher.

      Am I crazy to prefer Dunn over Vmart as DH?

      • Accent Shallow

        A little. V-Mart can play catcher, even if you don’t want him to do so on a regular basis. V-Mart is probably also a better 1B. Additionally, Dunn’s type of player seems to fall off a cliff quickly.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Sox just looking to clear space for Francisco (rhymes with Petrocelli) Cervelli.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Aubrey Huff signs with SF for 2 years/22 million

    • Accent Shallow

      Sounds like a lot to pay for someone who could easily be replacement level.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Cashman: Jeter should test the market if he doesn’t like our offer. Story up soon on ESPN New York

    http://twitter.com/wallacematt.....0597512192

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Avi

    Ken Davidoff: Andy Pettitte is leaning toward a 2011 return to the #Yankees, according to an industry source.

    http://twitter.com/KenDavidoff.....5112932352

  • CBean

    My (Red Sox fan) boss is being gross and talking about Papelbon replacing Mo as the Yankees closer. This is a mean thing to do when I’m stuck at work helping him out. Mean boss!

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      ::imagines Papelbon in pinstripes::

      ::vomits::

      • Thomas

        Don’t worry. After every save he’d take off the uniform and run around in his jock to celebrate, so most of the time he wouldn’t actually be in a Yankees uniform.

        • CBean

          That image only adds to the urge to vomit.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Kevin Millwood was a positive fWAR player in 2010?

    So, like, I could do this, right?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      So was Wang in 2009. fWAR doesn’t care how much runs you actually allow, only what your FIP was.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        Millwood had 4.86 FIP. He was terrible and his peripherals were terrible. Why am I not yet employed by a MLB organization, when clearly I could also be positive fWAR.

      • Accent Shallow

        fWAR doesn’t care how much runs you actually allow, only what your FIP was.

        Which is a good reason to ignore it entirely. A pitcher’s job is to prevent runs, not to post a good FIP.

        (Yes, a good FIP is a great way to prevent runs, but seven straight ringing line drives that are caught are still seven outs, even if such luck is unlikely to be repeatable)

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          It’s a good reason to not base your entire evaluation of a pitcher on it. FIP does tell you what happened on the field, it just leaves out a lot. Strikeout, walk, and home run rates are important and FIP correlates with future ERA better than current ERA does. However, since a job is to prevent runs (and more importantly, how those runs are prevented doesn’t matter), that’s why I like bWAR better for evaluating how a pitcher did. In terms of “is this pitcher likely to be able to repeat his crappy (or good) performance”, fWAR is good.

          I think some people take fWAR too far, but that’s not a reason to ignore it entirely.

          • Accent Shallow

            There’s also some problems with rWAR: rWAR adjusts for quality of defense as per TotalZone, but fails to take into account a pitcher’s BABIP. So a pitcher with a BABIP of .270 could get a boost in “value” from rWAR, even though that BABIP is low enough to be unlikely to improve even with a better defense.

            A good example of this is John Danks.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

              I’m not familiar with rWAR, but I’d argue that BABIP doesn’t matter to how much a person was worth, only how likely they are to continue to be worth that much. It doesn’t matter how you get the outs. 167.2 innings of sub-3 ERA is valuable, ridiculously unsustainable peripherals or not (that’s Dice-K 2008)

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S
    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Look at the jump in HRs, from 4 to 17. Must be the juice

  • Monteroisdinero

    If Jeter gets bitter and doesn’t resign, would it make sense to spend the money on Crawford? He plays left, Gardy moves to right and Swish DH’s. And yes, Nunez starts the season at short. Is this appealing to anyone? Carl could put up some #’s in Yankee Stadium. What a speedy outfield that would be and Nunez would just need to be adequate which I think he could be.

    • Poopy Pants

      Imagine the media zoo if:
      A-Rod to SS, Teix to 3B, Swish to 1B. OF: Gardner, Grandy, Crawford, C/DH: Montero, Posada

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        they’d have to name A-Rod Captain for it to really be a media shitstorm

      • jramey

        Tex was moved from 3b for a reason..

        If we had to, this wouldn’t be bad though. Might be scary defense…

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          And it still might be better than the 2005 team defensively. They were just that bad.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      And yes, Nunez starts the season at short. Is this appealing to anyone?

      no

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    I just realized why the D-Backs sucked.
    -They built a team that had low BA’s but high home run totals, despite playing in an infinitely large park.
    -Despite playing in a pitchers park, their pitchers sucked.

    Practically a recipe for failure, right?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      You could probably leave it at “their pitchers sucked”

      • FIPster Doofus

        Yep. Relative to the NL, their offense wasn’t all that bad. The D-Backs were middle of the pick/slightly below average or respectable in all the important categories: runs (eighth), home runs (third), OBP (seventh), SLG (fourth), wOBA (sixth), wRC+ (ninth).

        Meanwhile, they had the second-worst team ERA and a historically bad bullpen.

        • FIPster Doofus

          *middle of the pack, not pick

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            middle of the pick

            This is the precise time when NFL announcers talk about how much fun Brett Favre is having out there.

            • FIPster Doofus

              ietc

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    6 years for a SS that turns 37 next year, oh yeah can’t wait to people try to defend that one.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      1. He’s the Captain.
      2. He’s Derek Jeter. Again, he’s Derek Jeter!
      3. He’s the Babe Ruth of the modern Yankees.
      4. The Yankees print money, pay him what he wants for as long as he wants.
      5. Teh flip throw!
      6. He’s clutch.
      7. He deserves more than AJ.
      8. He’s the ultimate team player.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        You win

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    From Neyer:
    More to the point, the Red Sox understand a simple truth about free agents in their 30s: They’re a great way to look foolish. If you make a list of the 100 worst moves in the last 30 years, you’re going to find a few trades and a bumper crop of contracts given to free agents in their 30s.

    Does Rob not realize that the vast majority of free agents are in their 30′s or very close to it? Of course more bad contracts are given to guys in their 30′s. By the time arbitration years are up (if they haven’t been bought out and extended) guys aren’t hitting the market at 24-28.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      I heard that Fenway contains a fountain of youth.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Why is AJ the benchmark for every Jon Heyman tweet? Talk about an obsession.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      he loves to talk about how AJ Burnett isn’t a “winner” yet somehow Jon Garland is…

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Yeah I caught your tweets back and forth. He’s a “winner”, Mike points out their similar Winning %, and then he says he doesn’t use numbers.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          Haha yeah he says he doesn’t believe numbers define a person. But yet calling someone consistent means they put up similar numbers year in and year out, and calling someone a winner means they win more games than they lose, which is also a number. So in actuality he was using numbers to define a person.

          • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

            Yeah, basing an opinion on numbers is using numbers.

  • theyankeewarrior

    George Sherrill

  • Mike HC

    Anybody else excited to see who got the weekend writing job/s. I don’t know who applied (I didn’t), but I am definitely curious to see who the RAB three went with, ha. Good luck to all who applied.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Ditto to all of this. (I didn’t apply either.)

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    Does anyone else here have the 41 game season ticket plan? I got a letter from the Yankees the other day regarding their plans for next year and noticed that they are cutting the postseason options for a number of their plans. In the case of the 41 game plan, they are dropping us from 11 postseason games (ie, all of them) to 6, and they choose which 6. This sucks, and calls for a strongly worded letter.

    This is no way to treat your customers, Yankees–just wondering how many others were affected by this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Any SABR person want to work out my advanced stats for my softball team?

    My triple slash was
    J. Cecala .324/.425/.471/.896

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      well presumably we’d need to know what kind of run-scoring/pitching environment you are in to know your OPS+, wRC+, etc. ;P

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      What kind of advanced stats? Just the slash line won’t be enough without the PAs and a breakdown of how many of each kind of hit (plus walks).

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I have MLBN’s Prime 9 Shortstops on in the background and they have Cal Ripken Jr. as #3 and A-Rod as #2. No one is a bigger A-Rod fan than I am but that is insanity.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      Percentage of games where he played short:

      Ripken: 76.7
      A-rod: 55.2
      Jeter: 99.1

    • Pat D

      I think that one is a little old now, but it clearly needs to be revised or taken off the air.

      Ripken probably should be high on that list, though. He was a shortstop the majority of his career, after all. The list of truly great shortstops is really short.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Yeah, it’s from pre-2009. When talking about Jeter (who is too low at #7, he should be over Ozzie Smith, all bat no glove >>>>> all glove very little bat, and Ernie Banks, at least) they say something like “How many shortstops have four rings?” Heh.

        I agree Ripken should be high on the list, that wasn’t my issue. My issue was actually that A-Rod was over Ripken. As good as A-Rod is/was, that’s insane. I think you can make a case that A-Rod should be on the countdown as a SS – I mean, there have been so few great shortstops – but not at #2. That’s too high.

        • Thomas

          Fact: Ernie Banks played more games at 1B than a SS.

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          If only ARod can hit 2 more HRs as a SS to break the all time HRs as SS record.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      I’m guessing Wagner was the easy #1, right?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    You can’t sneak anything past Buster Oleny can you” From today’s notes column:

    Some Rays will accept or reject arbitration this week.

    That’s great stuff right there. Who else is providing such analysis like that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      At least one free agent will sign a contract this offseason

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    http://fullcount.weei.com/spor.....-guerrier/

    Sox interested in Guerrier. Hmmmm, type A free agent not offered arbitration. Only thing is, he doesn’t strike many guys out. He has a 5.9 K/9 rate for his career and was at 5.3 last year.

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      In addition to not missing bats, the Yankees have hit five home runs off him in 18.2 innings for his career. Go right ahead, Theo

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/443.....t_id=87937

    (SFW, news report)

    Kid drinks 3 FourLokos and commits suicide.

    They said that’s equal to 18 beers and 6 cups of coffee.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      http://healthland.time.com/201.....use-death/

      Article from Time Magazine regarding the same incident.

    • Esteban

      Let’s ban everything that could be harmful in some way! The populace can not be trusted to be responsible for itself!

      • Esteban

        And all that bullshit about “made even more dangerous to underage drinkers by its colorfully enticing packaging and overly sweet flavor” is ridiculous. I don’t think teenagers drink alcohol because of the colors on the packaging.

        • Chris

          I don’t think teenagers drink alcohol because of the colors on the packaging.

          Then why do companies advertise?

          It does work, and it does make a difference.

          • Esteban

            Think about when you were a teenager/underage. Did you choose alcohol for the colors or because it was alcohol.
            I’ve had 4loko before, and it certainly wasn’t because of the colors or the taste.

            • radnom

              There have been drinks like this around for year, but 4loko is special – and thats why teenagers/underage kids flocked to it and how it became so notorious.

              You’re right, its not the color or the taste. Its the price. You can get WASTED on 4lokos ridiculously cheap. And they are certainly more appealing than “hobo drinks”. I completely understand why it so popular with the young crowd.

              • Esteban

                So your problem is with the price? Also, 4Loko’s being banned because people who are barred from purchasing anyway like it? How does that make any sense?
                Banning 4Loko is not gonna stop teenagers form underage drinking. Maybe we should just re-institute prohibition, so that way underage kids will never be harmed by alcohol!

                • radnom

                  Where did I say any of that? I was just stating why I think it became so popular, since I agreed with you that it wasn’t the color or the taste.

                  I certainly don’t support banning anything but more specifically I never insinuated that I did in my original post.

                  • Esteban

                    I apologize then. I mistakenly thought you were in favor of the ban. Sorry.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    What’s Ivan Nova’s highest ceiling at this point? a number 5 starter, or a number 3? It can’t be much higher, right?

  • Mike R

    Apparently the Rangers are interested in signing Pettitte. I understand it’s close to his home in Deer Park, but Andy did said if he comes back it would only be to New York.. Man would it piss me off to see Pettitte goto the Rangers regardless if we land Lee or not.

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

      It’s not even that close – it’s like 250 miles away. But yes, agreed. Not that I really think Pettitte would go there. I won’t freak out until I hear about Andy having mutual interest in the Rangers. No, really >_>

      (rocks self back and forth in chair, weeps)

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        I know you mapquested directions from Andy’s house to the ballpark in Arlington.

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

          It was in an article >:(

          • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

            It’s okay, I’m not too far away from Cashman’s house in Greenwich, CT… I google mapped his house… oops.

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            You can’t fool me Bexy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Tulo is about to sign a $10 year extension. I LOVE THIS. Now all they need to do is lock up Ubaldo and I’ll be very happy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Hello RAB, I look at my computer clock and see that it is 1:58 am on a Tuesday morning. I just need a little time to vent y’know? Well, okay… here goes…

    I’ve been working on a psychology research paper since 11:30 am on Monday… 10 full pages… as a college freshman that shit is completely new to me. Cranking 5 pages out of my ass is a piece of cake, but 10 was a challenge. All is going well, especially for a psychology paper, which essentially is a giant mindfuck of a subject, yet it is interesting in the harshest of ways.

    Here is where I got super pissed, RAB. I decided to take a small break from my paper, it’s already 8:00 pm and due to my easy and slow pace I’ve done a good 7 pages with several breaks in between. Safari, my web browser, was open and had 3 windows of 6 to 8 tabs each. I decided to create a 4th window, a separate window from my dozens of sources for my research paper. I went to the Rangers-Penguins game feed in one tab, and was pretty pissed to see Crosby slewfoot Callahan on his ass, and Callahan to get the penalty for so-called interference. The other tab had MLBTR open, this was prior to the 9:36 post about Tulo’s extension I see above me. Well anyway, MLBTR has a stupid flash plugin script bug, for some reason it still isn’t fixed and coincidently crashed my web browser… 12+ websites of research material GONE…. they were not bookmarked, I had not yet cited them in my essay, and because my web browser crashed they were undocumented in the browsing history. I was hella pissed, but I’m good now that it”s all finished.

    TL;DR – mlbtr bug bent me over and screwed me sideways.

    • Monteroisdinero

      But Bexy argued with me at 3:15 AM! I only found out at 6:00 AM when I got up to go to work. You young whippersnappers always get the last word of the night in but I get the first word in after dawn breaks. I don’t mind battling with a 4’11″ blonde female Yankee fan. I rather enjoy it.

      And she loves show tunes. What a gal.

    • radnom

      What browser do you use? Depending on what caused the crash if you had been using Chrome (or Firefox I believe) it is possible you could have recovered those tabs.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Jon Heyman is currently on the 98.5 Sports Hub Expert Hotline.

    Does. Not. Compute.

  • rbizzler

    So, Cash is going to repel down the side of a 22 story building on Sunday.

    Seriously.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5866872 (safe)

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      So, Cash is going to rappel down the side of a 22 story building on Sunday dressed as an elf.

      Seriously.

      To any RAB readers in the Stamford area–pix please

      • rbizzler

        Yeah, my apologies for leaving out that significant factoid. I am sure the local media will be all over it.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I’m in Greenwich; I’ll see if I can make it over.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    It needs to stay true to itself, or at least whatever of itself remains, whatever part hasn’t been cannibalized by a god that’s colored green.

    I love you, Jeff Passan.

    http://tinyurl.com/2dhxmja

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I love you, Jeff Passan.

      This is a good article and I know what you’re saying but I vomited in my mouth a little at those words. :’(

      • FIPster Doofus

        Agreed. I can’t stand Jeff Passan.

  • Adam

    Eep, anyone see the news that Ace broke his clavicle riding a bicycle in Mexico?

    • Pat D

      He brok his clavicus…majorus.

      /Strong Bad’d

      • Pat D

        Broke obviously, not brok.

    • theyankeewarrior

      Yes, what a fucking idiot. I’m sorry. I have no patience for athletes who hurt themselves doing stupid things.

      Doesn’t he have a bad back? Why is he riding a bicycle? This is 2010. There are stationary bikes in weight rooms. He’s a pitcher. Not a cyclist.

      And how fast was he going that he could break a clavicle? I’ll say it again: what a fucking idiot.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Michael Felger and Tony Mazz just theorized that doubles are the same as triples because you knock in everyone who’s on base with a double. They said 45 doubles and 5 triples is the same as 30 doubles and 20 triples. I’m not kidding.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      haha interesting.

      Although which player would you rather have?

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Bobby Jenks is likely to be non-tendered. Do the Yanks pursue him? He strikes out a ton of batters but does walk a few too many. He could be worth taking on.

    • Oliver Queen

      Not a huge fan. I think other teams can offer him better opportunities and will offer more money.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Always thought he was overrated, but it’s hard not to like him after looking at his numbers.
        His FB averaged 95 over the last 2 years, he’s only had a bad FIP once (2009), and he has a career 54.3 GB% and that was 58.3% and 57.6% in 2 out of the last 3 years.

        *I know he had a questionable attitude in the past and he’s probably overweight, but I’d take him for 1 year.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Pedroia the new Yogi:

    ” I’m pretty much 99.9% healed. That’s as close to 100% as we’re going to get.”

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Pedroia the new Yogi:

      SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    Selig’s expanded WC (I’ll call it the ObamaCard to scare people) will inevitably lead to an ugly World Series between someone 110-52 and a team that’s 85-77. No one would watch, and the horror would be staggering.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Wish we could eliminate the NL Central. That gave us a 83 win v 95 win WS

  • Monteroisdinero

    Yanks make new offer to Jeter at 4:27 PM (AP).

  • FIPster Doofus

    Adam Dunn to the White Sox – four years, $56 mill.

    That’s probably overpayment, but Dunn should thrive at homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field.

  • Joey

    Alright people, need some help. Finally broke down and made a twitter account to follow some news and whatever, need suggestions who to follow. Got the obvious (Mike, Joe, Ben, Yankees, KLaw, other nonbaseball interest). Suggestions? TIA

  • jsbrendog (returns)

    anyone going to stamford to see cahsman repel sunday? I am.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Wait, Wang was non-tendered? But I was told Cashman blew it last year when he didn’t re-sign him

    • FIPster Doofus

      This comes after I DFA’d him in MLB: The Show yesterday. Tough week for Wang.

  • Thomas

    Ron Santo died. That’s sad.

    • Pat D

      Indeed it is.

      Watch him get elected to the HOF on next year’s Veterans Committee ballot. While it will be nice for his family, the man himself won’t be able to enjoy it and considering how many times he was snubbed, to me it would feel like a backhanded compliment.

      RIP, Ron.

    • FIPster Doofus

      R.I.P.

      As Pat said, it’s a shame he’ll have to be elected to the Hall posthumously. He deserved better.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    from an article on the biggest Winter Meeting deals:

    The Yankees didn’t repeat… Considering their myriad pitching problems and injuries, the Yanks certainly could have used Kennedy, who won nine times in 32 starts for a D-backs team that lost 97 games.

    NINE WINS!

    Could the Yankees have used Kennedy? Sure, I guess. He’s a better 6th starter than most other teams have. Is the reason the Yankees didn’t repeat because they didn’t have Ian Kennedy? Um, no.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      It’s obvious they lost in the playoffs because they didn’t have IPK, not because CC & Hughes sucked against Texas.

      And don’t forget Jerry Hairston Jr., he could have PH for ARod in a big spot and won the entire series with his grit alone.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      It sounds like an argument that the Yankees could have used the depth of Kennedy to help them make the playoffs. Problem with that is that they actually did make the playoffs, without him. And if the argument is that Kennedy would have put the Yankees over the top, vs. both the Ragners and the Giants, then I just don’t know what to say.

    • Poopy Pants

      I agree. The Yanks didn’t win b/c CC and Hughes ate shit.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Eh, CC wasn’t great but the Yankees won all of his starts. I think it’s just easier to say the pitching and hitting wasn’t there at the same time in the ALCS. And Ian Kennedy probably wouldn’t have helped the pitching there, at all.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Sox trying to start a fire with AGonz rumors again… once again, it will probably go down to Casey Kelly, Iglesias, etc and Theo will balk, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they get him this time. The only thing I find strange is that it would only involve prospects.

    • Joe R

      Its official pending physical. AGon to Boston. Casey Kelly is going

  • mbonzo

    Someone on MLBTR suggested that with AGon to the Red Sox, the Yankees have no choice but to get Crawford to compete. So he suggested the Yankees trade Curtis Granderson for Derek Lowe. I haven’t stopped laughing.

    • http://fmylife.com Bryan L

      Can we go get Barry Zito while we’re at it?

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Bring back Alfonso Soriano!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Normally I like Keith Law, but wut?:

    While there’s alot to like about the makeup of right-hander Casey Kelly, Law points out that he is also a great defensive pitcher. His fielding is so strong in fact that Law writes that “it’s like having an extra infielder on the diamond.”

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I laughed when I saw that. That’s Peter Gammons-esque.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Snap-shot of Casey Kelly on the mound last year:
      http://tinypic.com/r/vnl2ck/7

    • Pat D

      The part in quotations is the only thing that Law actually said. The little summation before the quote sounds utterly ridiculous, since it makes you think that what Law says will ocntradict the first point or something.

      I mean, the quote isn’t really stupid, he’s saying he’s a great defensive player. The way that it is presented is what is really bad about this.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        There is nothing wrong with saying he’s a very good fielding pitcher. Heck, I’d expect that, he’s a converted IF. I think saying it’s like having an extra infielder is really dumb, though. Not killing KLaw – I normally think he’s very good and we all say dumb things.

  • Pat D

    Olney with a blog post today about the Jeter contract. He uses phrases like “turning point in the relationship,” but because of a link to a Ben Shpigel article, the headline refers to the “end of innocence” between the Yankees and Jeter.

    Can’t we ever just cut out the hyperbole in this story? Must it always be reduced to some kind of lyrical, literary melodramatic love story?

    And of course then there’s the link to the Lupica article which is prefeaced by saying that Jeter deserved better from the Yankees. Needless to say, I didn’t even click on that link.

    • Poopy Pants

      “Can’t we ever just cut out the hyperbole in this story? Must it always be reduced to some kind of lyrical, literary melodramatic love story?”

      But it’s cool to pretend that Mo, Montero and Jeter are superhuman and gods? You can’t have it both ways. I say fans and media should stop all of the douchiness. It’s just a game.

      • Esteban

        Silly comments on a fan blog are clearly not the same as the columns of a sportswriter.

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

    But, soft! what light through yonder PC monitor breaks?
    It is the Bronx, and Derek is the sun.
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious Reds Sox,
    Who are already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou her shortstop art far more fair than she:
    Be not her shortstop, since she is envious;
    Her vestal wall is but sick and green
    And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
    It is my captain, O, it is my love!
    O, that she knew she were!
    She speaks yet she says she wants 100 million: what of that?
    Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
    I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
    Two of the fairest Steinbrenners in all the heaven,
    Having some business, do entreat her eyes
    To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
    What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
    The brightness of her ass cheek would shame those stars,
    As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
    Would through the airy region stream so bright
    That birds would sing and think it were not night.
    See, how she falls over his ass to get that ball upon her hand!
    O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
    That I might touch that ball!

    But I can’t because my range !#$@

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      /Shakespeare’d

  • Esteban

    I really hate those Pomplamoose Hyundai commercials. Your music sucks hipsters.

    • Esteban

      And now Honda has Vampire Weekend in its commercials? I like Vampire Weekend, but damn car companies, stop trying to out indie/hipster eachother.

  • Gonzo

    Werth to Nationals!!!
    Awesom news! Drives up the price on Crawford for the Red Sox!!!

    • All Star Carl

      Crawford isn’t going to the Sox.

      • Gonzo

        I also believe that he’s going to the Angels, but I wouldn’t count the Sox out. In either case, Crawford’s price might go up to go to a rival because of this.

    • FIPster Doofus

      This day has gone swimmingly.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      7 years!

      • Gonzo

        Crawford is going to want 8 years firm now! Excellent.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          He’ll be in LA for sure, if Sox had 6 year limit on Adrian, no way they will go 7-8 for Crawford.

          • Gonzo

            I love it. The Sox are going to be left with no one to dance with at the end of the night. They are going to have to go for broke and trade everything for Upton.

          • FIPster Doofus

            The big question: If the Sox don’t trade for Gonzalez and Werth and Crawford sign elsewhere, what do they do? Re-sign Beltre? That’s not good enough.

            I’m loving this.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Offseason fail for the Sox. Great day.

  • Rey22

    Wow, Werth to the Nationals. That kinda came out of absolutely nowhere.

  • pete

    Ok so my roommate is cool and everything, but he is the loudest eater in the fucking universe. I’m currently listening to music pretty loudly on headphones, and the mighty crunch of the apple he’s attacking is rather forcibly permeating the originally lovely sounds of The National. Pete is mad.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Well, props on your musical taste. The National are amazing.

      • pete

        very very much agreed.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    WEEI.com’s Alex Speier hears from a source that Adrian Gonzalez has wanted to play for the Red Sox for a “really long time.”
    -From MLBTR

    It’s almost like the media is easy to predict:

    Zack says:
    December 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    …But I’m sure we’ll hear the story lines about as a young boy growing up in San Diego, he always loved and admired the Red Sox organization and his dad always had dreams about his boy playing at Fenway.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1375202

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      I love how playing for the Red Sox was apparently his ~second dream~ uh-huh.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Wait, you don’t remember that heavy Red Sox following in San Deigo in the early 90s?

        I think his baseball dream order goes like this:

        1st Dream – Play for hometown Padres
        2nd Dream – Play for team that gives me 160m
        ~End of List~

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Stayed home sick today…but I still have about 13 pages of work to do.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And now it’s more than that because I have to design TWO mini lessons for eight areas, not just one for each.

      #explode

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        Worst.Sick.Day.Ever.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, and I still have to drive to class to hand in a take home final. This is going to be a looong day and a late night. Oh well.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      What do you teach?

      I imagine that grading papers has to be the worst part of teaching, especially grading essays.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Harold Reynolds said the Red Sox had the best team in 2010

    what

    • Thomas

      He obviously learned from his little coach that said “Winning isn’t everything.”

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Is it sad that I’m not even shocked by that comment?

    • FIPster Doofus

      The legend of the 2010 Red Sox will never die. Definitely the best team that didn’t win a championship in sports history.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5890574

    Interesting trade. If the Jays get Zach Greinke, I’ll just… I mean… fuck. Just change the name of the AL East to the FML League.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      I swear, every team in the division will be above .500. The O’s might have a decent shot to make it over .500.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

        Is that even statistically possible? I guess, but it would mean that a few teams would end up being .350 teams for the east to shit on them all year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Gonzalez looks good in that Red Sox cap.

  • BklynJT

    It’s hard for me to tell, but do you think that some of the opposite field homeruns that A-Gon “woulda hit” in Fenway vs Petco based on distance would actually just be doubles because of the height of the green monsters. From all the opposite field hr highlights that I’ve seen for A-Gon, not many of them look like they had the clearance

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      That would be an interesting stat. Height of Clearance = hrHOC. But how that would be measured is beyond me.

  • Thomas

    Great question on the ESPN winter meeting page:

    From Rob:
    Could the Sox end up trading Ellsbury and say Darnell McDonald for Justin Upton?

    Chris Sprow’s response
    Unless Theo Epstein was holding a light sabre to Kevin Towers’ neck, no. In seriousness: Sox just moved three prospects they like for A-Gon, so unlikely they’d part with more this week.

  • Mike R

    Glad to finally see a signing, albeit not Cliff Lee. I could careless if we signed Cliff Lee or not, granted he is a great pitcher. The thing that annoyed me the most about the situation is that we missed out on other pieces because Lee took his sweet ass time. Nevertheless there is nothing we can do about it, that’s how the free agent process works. That being said, I’d love for Pettitte to come back and give us one more year. There’s no way Burnett replicates his putrid 2010 season and either way we still have a good staff. I doubt the Yankees will make a movie this off season, I bet they wait until July to even go after Greinke. The best, yet probably the most improbable solution to sour the taste in all of our mouths is if the Yankees somehow pulled off some type of Blockbuster trade to bring in King Felix. That would definitely make us all feel a little bit better, but it’s hard to expect that will happen. I wouldn’t even try to get Greinke because you know the Royals and their worthless owner GLASS is going to expect everything and more, let the Rangers give him that.