Triple-A Scranton is off for the All-Star break. The International League squad beat their Pacific Coast League counterparts 7-5.
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 2 K – started at DH and batted 6th…pinch hit for in the 8th by a former Yankee top draft pick
Jim Brower: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – got the last out of the 6th

Double-A Trenton is off for the All-Star break. The AS game was cancelled after less than 2 and a half innings because of a ridiculously thick fog. All three Yankee farmhands who made the trip got into the game before they called it off.
Jeff Marquez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – started the game…8 of 14 pitches were strikes
Alan Horne: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – pitched the second…10 of 12 pitches were strikes…
Matt Carson: 0 for 0, 1 HBP – started in left field and batted ninth…when he got hit by the pitch, they played this over the stadium PA system…classic

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From the Worldwide Leader:

The Yankees have changed their traditional stance and are now willing to negotiate during the season with their star third baseman on a contract extension, MLB sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The key sticking point for the Yankees in the prospective negotiations is that Rodriguez agree not to opt out of his current contract after this season and agree to add any extension to the current contract, which expires after the 2010 season.

So lemme get this straight . . . A-Rod gets in-season contract talks, but these two guys don’t? Wow, how times have changed in Da Bronx.

The guess here is that he ends up inking a monster extension, like a 6-yr/$200M kind of monster.

Update by Ben: I wanted to make a few points here. I doubt the Yanks have said nothing about this to Rivera or Posada. Those two will re-sign with the Yanks too.

As for A-Rod, I’m thinking more along the lines of five years at $150 million or six years at $180 mil. Now, while I know many people expect A-Rod to head west, the truth is that the Angels and Giants just can’t afford that kind of deal. $30 million would be a whopping one-third of the Giants total payroll or slightly less than 30 percent of the Angels’ total payroll. I just don’t see that happening.

My guess, as like Mike, is that A-Rod negotiates with the Yanks, stays and wins one or two rings in the Bronx as Hughes and Chamberlain join a rotation with Wang. A new ballpark will see the Yanks’ finances improve even more, and they can afford this move.

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  • Rivers: A-Rod not like Reggie

    New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog posted an interview with one-time Yankee Mickey Rivers today. Rivers played center field for the 1977 World Champion team and made headlines for his bad relationship with Reggie Jackson. In the interview, which coincides with the debut of ESPN’s The Bronx is Burning, Rivers talks about Reggie and Alex Rodriguez, the latest Yankee superstar living down a tough reputation. Says Rivers when asked if A-Rod is the new Reggie:

    A-Rod don’t want to be the straw that stirs the drink. He want to be known as a fair guy who goes out and help a team to win a pennant. He’s a great guy. I work with him. Going on twenty years I’ve seen A-Rod getting better in different programs. He’s one of the hardest-working guys there.
    It’s an interesting take from someone who’s been around the game non-stop for nearly 40 years. A-Rod’s off-field reputation, it seems, is largely undeserved. Anyway, check out the interview. It’s a good read. · (3) ·

With the Yanks’ outfield a sore spot this year, a lot of commenters on this and other Yankee sites have suggested the Bombers pursue Ichiro Suzuki this winter. I’ve never been a fan of that move; Ichiro, much like Johnny Damon, would command too much money base don his past performance and not enough on what he will do. While Ichiro won’t decline as much as Damon has, old Ichiro won’t be nearly as potent as 30-year-old Ichiro.

But worry not, Yankee fans. Word has emerged, via FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal, that the Mariners are Ichiro are nearing agreement on a five-year extension that could worth $100 million. That $100 million sure makes that full-sized Hybrid Chevy SUV Ichiro won tonight as MVP of the All Star Game a real piece of junk.

This contract is exactly why I didn’t want Ichiro on the Yanks. Can you imagine Ichiro in 38 when some of his speed has left him? He’ll be a slap hitting outfielder with a much lower average and less power. He won’t be able to cover as much ground in the outfield either. All of that could be yours for just $18-$20 million a year!

In reality, the Mariners’ need to sign Ichiro transcends baseball. It is a business decision. His presence as a superstar on this team gives them unfettered access to the Japanese leagues and the Japanese media markets. As long as Ichiro remains a Mariner, the team will be in perennial contention for the latest big-name import. And as long as he stays on the team, their games will reach millions of Japanese fans across the Pacific Ocean from Seattle.

We can dream about a player of Ichiro’s caliber playing in New York, but the last thing the Yanks need is a superstar on the wrong end of his career. The Mariners need to take the risk, and they’ve saved the Yanks from making a mistake.

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Slooooooow day

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Who does this guy think he is, a former Yankee? Seriously, it’s great to see Danny battle back from all those injuries, he’s one of the classiest people on the planet. While on the topic of former Yankee prospects, might as well mention that it looks like CJ Henry may be going back to basketball. He’s the only real blemish on Damon Oppenheimer’s draft resume…

Triple-A Scranton is off until Thursday for the All-Star Break. An Albuquerque real estate agent beat out a 49-yr old and a bunch of high school kids to win the Triple-A Homerun Derby last night. I’m not joking.

Double-A Trenton is also off until Thursday for the All-Star Break.

High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston and Short Season Staten Island all have scheduled off days in observance of the MLB All-Star Game.

Rookie GCL Yanks shut out the GCL Indians 4-0. I’m going to slack off today and not post the stats, but you can check them out via the link. You aren’t missing much, except a nasty outing by Jairo Heredia.

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  • The Phil Hughes Rehab Extravaganza hits Trenton

    The Trenton Thunder have just e-mailed us saying that Phil Hughes is scheduled to start for the team in Trenton on Friday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 18. After the 18th, Hughes will probably make one start at Scranton and then join the Yankees, thus sparing us from ever having to watch Kei Igawa again. The young righthander’s return couldn’t come soon enough. · (10) ·

Monument Park comes alive as the Yankee greats don their retired numbers again.

On Saturday, Joe and I went to Old Timers’ Day. While the Yanks lost an uninspiring game in 13 innings, the Old Timers’ Day festivities were entraining. Scott Brosius and Paul O’Neill, reminders of the glory days (as Bruce sang over the loud speaker), made their Old Timers’ Day debuts. During the introductions, I snapped a full flickr photo set.

The day was filled with fond memories of Yankee past. Five of the Old Timers – Jim Leyritz, Darryl Strawberry, Homer Bush, Brosius and O’Neill – were younger than the Yanks’ starting pitcher that day. With John Sterling and Michael Kay emcee-ing, the Yankees honored the 1977 World Series team.

Mike Pagliarulo, a terrible player but fan favorite, showed up. Scott Brosius looked happy to be back. And Paul O’Neill got the biggest ovation of the day.

Bobby Murcer got a big round and looked frail compared to the other Yankees. And Reggie looked very much the part of Reggie.

So for more shots of the game and the players, click here. Good times all around.

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Grading the SWB Yankees

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It’s midseason in Triple-A too, so Van Rose of The Times Leader handed out his grades for the Triple-A Scranton Yankees. I have 2 comments:

  1. Rose was VERY generous with the grading.
  2. They must really pump up the scoreboard radar gun in Scranton, because Erik Bedard Chase Wright does not throw 95. Not in a million friggin’ years.
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