Game 156: Win, dammit

Hey Derek, do something captainy. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Seriously, cut the crap and win a damn game already. Stop worrying about clinching a playoff spot and resting people and magic numbers and all that crap and just win. Just win, that’s it. Just a win. A good old W. Please, just freaking win. It’s the last home game of the season, give the fans a reason not to boo you off the field.

Here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Berkman, DH
Granderson, CF
Gardner, LF

And on the mound, it’s Panic movehil Hughes.

Oh good, and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game. Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, and Orel Hershiser, everyone’s favorite booth trio. Game starts a little after 8pm, and if you want to talk about tonight’s Jets game, we have a thread for that. Enjoy.

2010 Instructional League Roster

Via Josh Norris, the Yankees have officially announced their Instructional League roster for 2010. Usually finding a complete list of players that will attend is like pulling teeth, but that thankfully Josh made it nice and easy.

The Instructs roster is basically a who’s who of Yankee prospects, featuring everyone from Manny Banuelos to Bryan Mitchell to Gary Sanchez to Cito Culver to Slade Heathcott and everyone in between. I’m not sure how long it lasts, but it’s basically just a Spring Training crash course down in Tampa. There’s also an Instructional League in the Dominican each year, but good luck finding who will be there and for how long. Once Instructs are over, most players will go home until the spring, others to various winter ball leagues.

Football Open Thread

The Giants are taking on the Titans at home at 1pm ET, but the Jets don’t play until later tonight at 8:20pm. They’re in Miami to take on the Dolphins. Use this thread to talk about any and all of today’s football action, we’ll have regular old Yankee content up throughout the day as well.

Sunday Morning Links

Here are some links while we have to wait all day for the Moseley vs. Dice-K pitchers duel (good luck to ESPN selling this game).

Here’s a good read on maple bats and the potential fix to the very real problem of them breaking.  Within the piece there are several other links to good articles.  Barry Bonds being one of the first players to use maple bats might end up having a bigger impact on the game than Bonds being one of the thousands to have used PED’s.

An update on Mark Mulder and the cautionary tale of pitching . Mulder’s career is a great reason why the Yankees are cautious to lock up their young arbitration eligible pitchers early and will likely continue to do so with Hughes going forward.  Through the age of 27 Mulder already had 97 wins and seemed to be well on his way to a great, Pettitte like career. He won just 6 more the rest of his career and is now trying his hand at golf, still just 33 years old.

I think instant replay in baseball is just a matter of when, but not if at this point.  Still, the more it’s talked about, and the more awful calls that cost teams games, the quicker it will be here.  Bob Costas was recently on the Dan Patrick show and ripped Bud Selig over the lack of replay in baseball.  Here is a quick rundown of what he had to say, and here is full audio of the segment.  I certainly will celebrate the day there is a good replay plan in place in MLB.

Jon Heyman took a look at some of the question marks plaguing all of the playoff contenders.  People that focus solely on the Yankees can certainly point out their flaws, but there’s certainly no perfect team out there.  Heyman also notes that the Yankees aren’t likely to go all out for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.  While this makes sense to anyone who’s paid attention this year, many in the MSM still are fitting Crawford for pinstripes in the offseason.  I just don’t see it myself.