May
26

Down on the Farm

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Just a reminder, I’m acting as the Yanks’ Scouting Director in the 2007 Mock Draft over at John Sickels’ Minor League Ball. If you’re interested in joining the fun by helping me formulate a draft strategy and “scout” players, head over to the diary thread.   

Triple-A Scranton (6-2 loss to Indianapolis) dominated by the #1 overall pick in the 2002 draft
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Andy Phillips, Bronson Sardinha & Shelley Duncan (i.e. the 3-4-5 hitters): combined 0 for 11, 1 BB, 5 K – Sardinha walked…
Eric Duncan: 1 for 3
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 2B – 4 of his last 7 hits have gone for extra bases
Sean Henn: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Colter Bean: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HB
Edwar “Hell, even I’m better than Luis Vizcaino” Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – 40 K, .110 BAA in 21 IP this year…

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May
26

Hughes hurt again

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When it rains, it pours:

Phil Hughes rolled his left ankle while performing conditioning exercises at the Legends Field training complex on Friday, and will have an MRI performed to determine the severity of the injury.

“He was doing his agility drill and stuck a spike; [the] spike caught,” manager Joe Torre said. “They don’t think it’s anything, just rolled it a little bit. It may set him back a couple of days.”

Couple days huh? We’ll see…

(hat tip to Patrick)

Update: Sprain. Probably sets him back a week.

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  • Last 7 Days
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    I really like posting this, because you really get a feel for who’s helping the team and who’s killing us over a reasonable period of time. Check out who’s on top today. Cano: 400/423/720 Posada: 375/423/667 Jeter: 346/433/577 Damon: 333/429/417 Matsui: 296/321/519 Alex: 273/429/864 Giambi: 250/471/500 Abreu: 250/423/300 Minky: 235/316/471 So the Yanks are playing their style ball again. Sometimes, you’re going to get games like Tuesday, when you put runners on base but just can’t put it together. Fine. We can live with that. Then sometimes you get games like last night, where the pitching blows it for you. Those are the more disheartening ones. DFA Vizcaino. We’ve been saying it for weeks. · (0) ·

May
25

Down on the Farm

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I’ve been busy the past few days, hence no updates. Trust me, you missed very little.

Oh, and what you saw tonight was the real Tyler Clippard. Fastball wasn’t fooling anyone, lots of fly balls, and consequently, lots of extra base hits given up…

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Indianapolis in 10 innings) Eric Duncan rode the pine…
Kevin Reese: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 CS
Andy Phillips: 1 for 5, 2 K
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – 5 game RBI streak…
Chris Basak: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 2 K – walk-off single
Bronson Sardinha:1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chase Wright: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP
Chris “I’m WAY better than Luis Vizcaino” Britton: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jim Brower: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K – he’s been crazy good since coming on board…

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  • Memorial Day weekend
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    Memorial Day weekend is one of the lightest weekends for computer use and blog reading outside of the Christmas-to-New Years period. As the three of us are going to be either away or outside for much of the weekend, blogging will be lighter than normal. But we’ll be back on Monday night with our regular slate of 35 posts a week. In the meantime, enjoy the great weather and the long weekend. Go Yanks. · (0) ·

May
25

Suing Carl Pavano

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pavano.jpg When the news came down on Wednesday that Carl Pavano will have season-ending reconstructive surgery on his elbow, no one really blinked. After two-plus seasons of Pavano’s routine, no one was surprised that Pavano would be missing out on fulfilling the remainder of his four-year deal.

It’s hard to believe that things weren’t always like this. Following the 2004 season when Pavano hit free agency, a bidding war erupted. The Red Sox wanted him; the Tigers wanted him; the Phillies and Rangers were mildly interested. It took recruiting phone calls from the Joe Torre and Derek Jeter to lure Pavano to the Bronx. Fans and players alike acted as though it were a big coup.

Well, $39.95 million and 19 starts later, the Yanks hardly got a return on their investment. Pavano won 5 games for the Yanks. He threw 111.3 innings and had an ERA of 4.77.

Since arriving in New York, Pavano has developed a reputation as a whiner, a complainer and a selfish player. The media and his teammates have questioned his desire to play, and if he comes back from this surgery, you can bet he won’t don the Yankee uniform in 2008. When he becomes a free agent in Nov. 2008, he’ll be lucky to sign an incentive-laden deal with a second-tier team. A Minor League deal and a spring training invite could be all that awaits him.

The Yankees, on the other hand, are probably furious with him. This is money that could have spent elsewhere and on a player who wanted to perform. It is safe to say that Carl Pavano did not live up to the terms of his contract. So I think the Yankees should sue Carl Pavano.

I’m not familiar with the standard player contract for Major League Baseball, and I’m sure the contract as an injury clause in it. But it’s really easy to claim that Carl Pavano did not honor his side of the contract and is in breach.

He was paid $39.95 million to play baseball for four years. Instead, he missed all of 2005 to various maladies including a broken rib sustained in a car accident and will now miss the rest of 2007 and most, if not all, of 2008.

Of course, no team would sue a player, but it would certainly be interesting to see how such a suit would play out. And it would be great revenge just to drag Pavano’s oft-injured ass into court.

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May
25

2007 Mock Draft

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With less than 2 weeks until the big event, it’s time to get serious with our draft coverage here at RAB. With mock drafts popping up left and right (subscription required for the first link), I figured it was time we got in on the action. To help me out, I brought in blogging hall of famer DA Humber, who runs the fantastic and recently re-launched Baseball Central blog. If you aren’t checkin’ out his site everyday, you should be, cause you’re missing out on some cool shit.

The rules are simple: who do we think will go where in the first round? Enough talking, let’s get down to business.

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
DA:Â David Price, LHP, Vandy
 – Simply, the medicine the Devil Rays need. A legit frontline starter that should fly to the big league squad quickly. Dominated college and has a perfect frame and arsenal to have the Rays challenge the Twins as having the best 1-2 punch of southpaws.
Mike: Price – The D-Rays say they have 3 players in mind for the first overall pick, but you know they’re just sayin’ that to make the other teams sweat. In a familiar spot (Tampa has had the first pick twice before, and hasn’t picked lower than 10th  in the last 9 years), they go with the consensus top talent in the draft. Pretty soon they’ll have Price alongside Kazmir, Jamie Shields and Jeff Niemann, which means they’re going to be a juggernaut with that talented lineup. Watch out in 2010.

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There are just three words to describe last night: Totally Fuckin’ Awesome. Not only did we win the series, but we socked it to Schilling for the second time this season. Yeah, the sweep would have been nice, but we have another chance for that next week.

I’d like to thank Charu for graciously giving me tickets to the game. That would have been a completely different experience had I watched from home. It was, how you say, a bit rowdier than most games — hell, it was a bit rowdier than it was on Monday. I’ve personally never seen so many ejections (though I’m sure there have been).

Quick aside: did you know that Tier Reserve Section 13 is alcohol free? Neither did I. After buying a $10 Heinken, my buddy and I sat down, only to be told we had to leave the section while we drank. Why does the Stadium do this? It seemed everyone in our section wanted to drink…

There were way too many Boston fans there last night. Everywhere you looked, there was an Ortiz jersey. Hell, I even saw some chick wearing a Damon Red Sox jersey. I wonder if her friends secretly plotted to kill her during the game. That has to be considered a faux pas in Red Sox Nation.

The only thought during the first inning was “man, if they jump out to a quick lead and we don’t answer, this is going to be a looooong game.” Everywhere you looked in the stands, you’d see a “B” cap. I was sitting next to a Boston fan and his 9-year-old son — thankfully he was a reasonable one, a rarity indeed. After Matsui homered, some guys behind us — who had been heckling all game — started a “Schilling is a homo” chant. It lasted all of 30 seconds, but it was enough to get them tossed. Seriously? I know some people consider it “insensitive,” but this is America. Heckling at baseball games is part of our culture.

That wasn’t the last ejection, though. A 20-something Red Sox fan was throwing peanuts in our section, and was promptly shown the door. He tried to play tough guy when the female usher told him to get up, proving that — I don’t know what he was proving. The entire time, I was just hoping that one of the cops would mace him. Now that would have been hilarious.

By the time Mientkiewicz homered in the fourth (man, was that a shot or what?), the tourists were getting kind of restless. And why wouldn’t they? Their “ace” just gave up a bomb to a guy for whom we named a new low in batting standards (a .150 batting average will always be known, at least to me, as the Mientkiewicz Line). Their team was down 6-0, so all they had to reach for was “nine and a half games!” Yeah. You keep saying that, Sox fans. Makes you sound real secure.

The most entertaining portion of the night, by far, was the sixth inning (I believe it was the sixth, but I have a horrible concept of time). A roar came from the upper deck near right field. A young-looking woman was throwing her hands in the air, trying to pump up the crowd, while two cops tried to drag her out. I can only assume that she flashed the crowd. About four seconds later, I saw the first of about 10 beer cups go flying. Now there were six or seven cops on the scene, dragging people out left and right. Some dude actually threw a beer (and didn’t come close to hitting anyone), and turned around to see two cops standing right there. He was wearing a beige hat, but I really hope that it had a red “B” on it.

That was all the excitement we got until the 8th, when Kyle Farnsworth proved that he’s just not going to make it around these parts. Seriously, a home run to Coco Crisp? On the second pitch you threw? I’ve been trying to defend Farnsworth, but it’s impossible now. Nothing you can say can mitigate his season — his whole Yankee tenure, even. As commenter John pointed out, let’s see if we can get Carlos Ruiz or Rod Barajas from the Phillies for him. Straight up. No cash involved.

We all got a little scared in the ninth when Mo allowed a leadoff double to Whiffy Mo Pena (I still like Automatic-K better, but the masses have spoken). But then he came back to strikeout the next three batters to end the game. Lugo really didn’t like the call on his, but he’s a .230 hitter, so he should have other things to worry about. What’s crazy is that Mo struck out Crisp — who had led off the previous inning — to end the game. Just shows you how terrible Farnsworth is.

As for best moment of the game, you all know. Seeing Derek Jeter pass Joe D. on the all-time Yanks hit list was quite the event. When the crowd rose to its feet and chanted “De-rek Je-ter, clap, clap, clap clap clap,” it seemed like there wasn’t a Boston fan in the house. And that’s the way it should be.

So now comes another off-day, followed by an always-tough series against the Angels. I’d say two out of three would be nice, but we’re going to have to sweep a few series at some point.

* Just wanted to point out that the nickname “Whiffy Mo Pena” is courtesy of my pal Pfisty. He has also introduced such nicknames as: Carol Pavano (even though it was a slam dunk), Blower-san (Igawa, named aptly after Cashman said he’s “not a blower”), Senor Hustle (one guess as to who that is), and Cairomack (because Cairo is just Tony Womack without the speed). Props to reader Mg for “Farnsworthless” (that one dated back to early last year).

Last 7 Days
Damon: 360/448/440
Jeter: 357/455/607
Cano: 357/379/679
Posada: 333/400/593
Matsui: 300/323/567
Alex: 280/419/680
Minky: 267/389/600
Abreu: 217/333/261
Giambi: 077/333/308

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  • Yanks in must-win situation?
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    When Curt Schilling faces Andy Pettitte tonight, the Yanks will be in a dire situation. They are 20-24, 10.5 games behind the league-leading Red Sox. After two solid wins, they looked listless and lost against Julian Tavarez, a sub-par starting pitcher. So now I have to wonder: Is tonight a must-win game for the Yanks? If the Yanks lose tonight, the go into a weekend series against the Angels 11.5 games out of first and five games under .500. They are now also 7 games behind the Wild Card-leading Tigers. So what do you think, RAB readers? Is this a must-win game for the Yanks? Does King George erupt if the Yanks don’t pull this one out? · (7) ·