Apparently, Adam Loewen’s broken elbow and the overall crappy play of the Orioles was due to Leo Mazzone. He was let go today as the Orioles’ pitching coach. It sure is tempting to imagine him in the Bronx.
This one comes from Tuesday. Don’t know how we missed it. Peter Gammons reports that the Yanks have already had talks regarding Johan Santana (subscription required). The conversation was based around Chien-Ming Wang. Gammons reports no conclusions, but if I’m the Twins GM, the first letter of my response would have started with “F,” and the second word would have been “off.”
Everyone has said it, even the man himself: Brian Cashman is going to have the toughest off-season of his career, and easily the most daunting off-season of any other GM in baseball. He has to choose a direction in which to take the New York Yankees. As you’ll soon see, it won’t be an easy decision, and much of it will be out of his hands.
Essentially, there are two paths he could take: keep the veteran core and let the youngsters work their ways into the lineup, or gut the team and start over — or at least to the extent that’s possible. The problems with these paths are clear. He doesn’t have much control over the former. If Steinbrenner gets his way, Torre is gone, which may preclude our veteran troika of Mo, Po, and Pettitte from returning. The logical thing to do then would be to choose the latter path. However, George wants a ring, and that path is not conducive to victory in 2008. If George doesn’t understand this, it would probably cost Cashman his job.
(Official prediction: Cashman convinces George that if he wants to contend for a ring in ’08, he has to bring Torre back. The Boss acquiesces, and we bring back the troika. A-Rod, of course, is a complete wild card in either scenario.)
Let’s take a journey down each path to see what lies ahead. True, we won’t be able to get a vivid image of the landscape, but we can at least formulate an idea of what 2008 will be like. As always, please leave your takes in the comments. This is just a starting point.
From the Boston Globe:
“To say we’re no longer underdogs seems to be going too far,” says club president Larry Lucchino, tempering annual expectations. “We’re in the division where Goliath resides.”
Ah yes, those poor unfortunate underdog Red Sox. How they manage to survive in today’s game with a $160,000,000 payroll is beyond comprehension. Sorry to burst your bubble Larry, but the cutsy little “oh poor us, we can’t compete with the big bad Yankees” schtick go old like, 4 years ago. Grow up, you’re starting to sound like an 8-yr old girl.
(hat tip to Pinto)
I have to say, HWB was alot more exciting last year, when Joba, IPK, Jeff Marquez, Mike Dunn and pre-injury Chris Garcia & Mark Melancon were doing their thing.
HWB Honolulu (8-7 win over Oahu)
Ajax: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP – on base 13 times in his last 7 games
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – 0 for 21…I’ve give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to “pressing”
Anthony Claggett: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 7-1 GB/FB – the only thing that’s really holding him back is the lack of strikeouts (only 77 K in 117+ IP this year)
JP’s got your AzFL update; how ridiculous has his coverage been? Just awesome.
Eric Werdekemper will be replacing Ross Ohlendorf on the Peoria Javelinas roster. He was already in the dugout for todays game. He doesn’t have the ceiling of Olhendorf but he’s always posted good numbers since he was drafted in the 46th round of the 2005 draft. He was recently honored as the 2007 FSL Most Valuable Pitcher
Roger Clemens today joined the growing litany of folks expressing their support for Joe Torre. In an interview during which he expressed at least a passing interest in playing in 2007 — DO NOT WANT — Clemens also said that Torre should be the one to close the old Yankee Stadium and open the new one. This guy sure has a lot of supporters, and I hear that, as Torre is one of the city’s most prominent Catholics, the Pope wants to issue a papal bull in support of Torre.
In more interesting Joe Torre news, the Yankees braintrust has delayed the meeting about Torre’s (and Alex Rodriguez’s) future to next week. The group will meet in Tampa on either Monday night or Tuesday morning. Clearly, Torre won’t attend the meeting, but ESPN reports that King George, his sons and their aides — whoever they are — will be in attendance.
Right now, the Yanks are pretty much jerking Torre around. A week ago, a maybe-lucid, maybe-senile George Steinbrenner — Tyler Kepner’s piece at the Bats blog on this topic is fantastic — issued his favorite “win or else” ultimatum. Since then, we’ve heard nothing but silence, and the Yanks will wait until at least a week after they were eliminated to deterine Torre’s fate. It’s possible Joe could grow so sick of this crap that he simply holds a press conference to announce his resignation. Somehow, though, I doubt it.
When all is said and done, I bet Torre’s back in pinstripes next year. A delay of this length means that those who aren’t George are lobbying the Boss on behalf of Torre. Or they’re waiting it out until Steinbrenner simply forgets about this ultimatum. That wouldn’t surprise me either.