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Deadline approaches for four players

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 11, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tomorrow is the non-tender deadline. So what is that?

Players with between 3-5 years of MLB experience are arbitration eligible. Teams can retain them by simply offering them a contract. If the player doesn’t like the offer, the sides can go to arbitration.

Arbitration is a nasty business that involves the team running down the virtues of a player they will be keeping just to save money. It creates bad feelings and most teams try to avoid it.

If a team doesn’t want to risk arbitration or simply wants to get rid of the player, they can “non-tender” him. Those players then become free agents. Boston signed David Ortiz after Minnesota non-tendered him.

The Yankees have four players to make decisions on: INF Wilson Betemit, RHP Brian Bruney, 2B Robinson Cano and RHP Chien-Ming Wang.

Betemit, Cano and Wang will be offered contracts and probably sign before they go to arbitration. Given their production, Cano and Wang will be in for major raises. The Yankees might even entertain the idea of signing them to long-term deals, which is what the Mets did with Jose Reyes and David Wright. Curiously, the Yankees never do that.

Bruney is a question mark. He throws hard but lacks command and has been oddly resistant to advice. Opponents had an .887 OPS against Bruney in the second half and he walked 12 batters in 15 innings.

He could be worth keeping if only to see if new pitching coach Dave Eiland can get through to him. But with the Yankees needing roster spots, it wouldn’t be surprise if they cut Bruney loose.

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479 Responses to “Deadline approaches for four players”

  1. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Bye bye Bruney!

  2. dadofjft December 11th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    No need to waste money there. Bruney has to be non-tendered. They’ve got a bunch more at least as good who can be paid the minimum.

  3. Phil December 11th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    I’m not sure Bruney would last long under the new Joe. He doesn’t put up with outbursts of jackassedness (if that is even a word).

    Thus far, Girardi has done a great job getting ready to manage the Yanks: traveling to the DR and the baseball academy, calling free agents, calling current players, etc. I was upset to see Donnie Baseball leave the Yankee family, but Girardi is making that emotion vanish with his preparedness. I look forward to seeing how he handles the media and the first sign of a prolonged team slump.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Just as long as they keep Cano and the Wanger!

  5. raymagnetic (SANTANA IS LEGEND) December 11th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Might be worth it to see if Eiland can straighten him out. I don’t know who they’d rather cut instead of him though so more than likely he’s a goner.

  6. rb15 December 11th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Phil, I agree – I’m very impressed with Joe G. so far. I think he’ll handle the media fine, as I remember him being somewhat of a team spokesman back when he was playing for New York.

    (PS – I think I’m getting old – I’m just getting to the age where I remember when current managers were players. 28′s only a few days away – yikes!).

  7. G. Love December 11th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I’d actually keep Bruney.

    Girardi and Eiland don’t strike me as guys who will let Bruney get away with his obstinate garbage.

    The guy has a great right arm. They should see if they can break him of his career killing flaws one more time before sending him out into the free agent waters.

    If he pulls his usual garbage, send him down to A ball and make him a catcher.

    I’d rather keep an arm like Bruney’s on the roster for one more year than a DeSalvo, Karstens or Rasner who can’t get major league hitters out with their best stuff on their best day.

    Bruney can strike out the side if he figures it out.

    And I know all the “our not major league caliber Yankee prospect are our cute puppies” people will come out and tell me why sweet honest Matty DeSalvo and the other two flotsam deserve the spot over a guy who can throw 98 and has more potential than all 3 of them.

    I’d give Bruney one more shot and let Girardi kick him around for a spring and try to get through to him. That’s what he’s known for and what he did in FLA.

  8. jessica December 11th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I know Yankees history doesn’t sign arbitration eligible players long-term deals,especially yankees have luxury taxes problems,but does it save money and nasty process since the way to do business in baseball has changed a lot?I certainly understand Yankees already spent tons of money on signing A-Rod/Mo/Posada/Pettitte this offseason and will have a lot of long/bad contracts free up next season.If I were Yankees front office,I would sign Cano and Wang long-term deals around All Star break 2008 Season when they put up another solid first half season.

  9. Anthony December 11th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    I think DeSalvo, Beam, and Pavano should all go before Bruney. Bruney was great at times in 2006 and still had flashes last season. How much will he really command in arbitration? I don’t see why we let that arm go. I don’t think Rasner should go, he was actually doing quite well before his injury in the beginning of the season and he’s a former number one pick, I still think he could be something. Karstens I would consider letting go before Rasner.

  10. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    “Karstens or Rasner who can’t get major league hitters out with their best stuff on their best day.”

    Tell that to Karstens’ 3.8 ERA in 2006, and Rasner’s low 4-s in the same time frame.

    They’re solid spot-starters.

    DeSalvo…well, if you’ve got to cut bait, he’d be near the top of my list.

  11. gayle December 11th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    I think for sure DeSalvo is the next one going. Remember he was not protected or he was let go last year and no one bit on him.

  12. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    rb15:

    I’ve got socks older than 28.

  13. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    rb: Heh. I’m 21.

  14. YankeeInMichigan December 11th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Unlike the Yankees pull of a many-for-one trade soon, they will need to cut three players from the 40-man to make room for A-Rod, Mo and Hawkins. They’ll save about a million dollars by non-tendering Bruney. DeSalvo is a good candidate. So is Beam, who made little progress last year.

    Rasner is an interesting case. He is probably the best of the “#6 men,” but he is out of options. So if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training or doesn’t fit into a permanent “swing-man” role, they’ll have to cut him anyway.

  15. pat December 11th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    A long but good read on the behind the scenes of the Mitchell Investigation.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3142651

  16. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    “rb: Heh. I’m 21.”

    I’m 27. I found out the other week that one of my old lab interns (who’s 18) has a crush on me. I own booze that is older than her.

  17. Yanksrule57 December 11th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Bruney was sent down last year to get his act together.
    Reportedly, he wasn’t happy about it. So, instead of taking to heart what some very successful major leaguers are telling him, he keeps on doing what has failed in the past. Apparently he is as big a meathead as Kyle. Too bad, because he does have a terrific arm.

  18. Lori December 11th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Oh my – nothing like this blog to make me feel old. rb – you have NO right complaining of being old at the age of 28.

    You see, people like Murphy Dog and me (besides having old socks) remember the times BEFORE the current manager was a player . . .

  19. bphill December 11th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Bruney won’t be back. never.

    If he is back then why trade for bullpen help? just have him be taught by Mo.

  20. Anthony December 11th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I think all this adds up to one thing: time for the Moose trade for minor league prospects from Philly.

  21. Yanksrule57 December 11th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Lori,

    I’m old enough to remember Horace Clarke being our everyday 2B. Ha!

  22. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    “So is Beam, who made little progress last year.”

    He’s had very good numbers in the minors the last two years, though…he doesn’t walk many, and strikes out a lot. He had a K/9 greater than 8, and a BB/9 under 2.

    Frankly…I think he was another victim of JoeT. They’d bring him up, let him sit a week, and then he’d get blown out and they’d send him away again because it was clear Joe wouldn’t use him.

    I dunno…I can’t see any reason he shouldn’t get a shot at the bullpen mix.

  23. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I GUARANTEE I have a book that’s older than any of you and probably most of you put together.

    It was printed in 1792.

  24. Yanksrule57 December 11th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Rebecca,

    What’s the title/subject?

  25. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Yanksrule: Part 9 of the Aenid.

  26. kd December 11th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    does bruney have any options left?

  27. Yanksrule57 December 11th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Rebecca,

    Sounds Like a family heirloom maybe, or was Barnes and Noble doing a blowout sale on 18th century clearance items?

  28. michael December 11th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    rebecca, i hate to be the out-do you guy, but…

    wait, i really do hate that.
    sorry, never mind.

    i run a used and rare bookstore, so i get excited when the topic comes up.

  29. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Yanks: Nothing of the sort.

    Bought it for $10 at a used book shop on Charing Cross Rd in London :-D

  30. rb15 December 11th, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Rebecca, that’s very cool. I took Greek back in high school, and we translated the Iliad. Well, part of it anyway. A very small part of it (Translating from English to Ancient Greek is no joke, guys).

  31. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    micheal: WHERE?!?!

    OMG I AM SO THERE!!

  32. michael December 11th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    my store is 20 minutes from cooperstown.

  33. Yanksrule57 December 11th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    Rebecca,

    I love browsing through old bookstores. Just flipping through a book like that is like taking a trip back in time. The illustrations, binding, paper, nothing today compares. Of course 20 years from now paper books will probably be completely obsolete so a small treasure like your book will be even more precious.

  34. rb15 December 11th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Rebecca, if you ever come to Boston, let me know – I’ll direct you to some incredible used and independent bookstores (Boston, for all its baseball-related faults, is pretty incredible for its academic/student/bookworm resources).

  35. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    michael: Dang, that’s far from me, but next time I’m near that area, I’ll go!

    Yanksrule: I know what you mean. My friend and I spent an entire evening in that store…I got four pre 1900-printed books for 20 pounds ($40)

  36. Roy Hobbs December 11th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Rebecca

    You could probably compile an entire book with just your entries on this blog. Just kidding… I like reading what you have to say.

    Wasn’t there a movie about an American woman who conducted business long-distance with a rare bookshop on Charing Cross Road?

  37. rodg12 December 11th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Neyer article on Hughes today on ESPN Insider….

    According to Phil Pepe, the Yankees’ unwillingness (so far) to deal for Johan Santana only increases the expectations for Phil Hughes.

    Nobody expects Hughes to rival Santana in the next few years as the best pitcher in the American League, but the hope is that he can come close to contributing as many wins as might be expected from Santana, and for a lot less money. Santana has won 93 games and Hughes has won only five, but Santana is seven years older than Hughes, who would have to average slightly less than 13 wins over the next seven seasons to reach 93 wins at Santana’s current age, 28.

    Over the last five seasons, Santana has averaged 16.2 wins a season, a number that certainly is attainable for Hughes.

    But put aside what Santana has done up to now. What really matters is what he does from here on, and if Hughes can come close to matching it. The Yankees are betting he can. They’re also betting he will still be winning games for them long after Santana has bid the game adios.

    I’m not sure why Pepe would reference Santana’s last five seasons, as he was a reliever for nearly half of 2003. In his four full seasons as a starter, Santana’s averaged 17 wins per season. But even that’s not exactly the right number, because if Santana had been pitching for the high-powered Yankees he’d have averaged more than 17 wins. I’m sure there’s some tool that would give us a number, but I suspect the number is close to 19 wins.

    So that is the baseline: 19 wins per season. And no, the Yankees aren’t betting Hughes can win 19 games per season. I would guess they’re hoping he can win 15 games per season for a few years: 45 wins from 2008 through 2010.

    I made a list of starting pitchers who won Sporting News Rookie of the Year Awards from 1996 through 2004 (I began with 1996 to avoid strike-shortened season and ended with 2004 so I’d have three post-award seasons of data). There are 13 of them, from Alan Benes and James Baldwin in 1996 through Dontrelle Willis in 2003.

    In the years they won the award, the pitchers averaged 13.4 wins per season. That might seem low, but many of them spent the early part of the season in the minors. Did this group average 45 wins for their next three seasons?

    Hardly. They averaged 30.4 per three seasons. But you know what they say about averages: dunk a statistician’s left foot in a bucket of boiling water and his right foot in a bucket of ice water, and he’ll tell you he’s average. Same thing here.

    Roy Oswalt averaged 16.3 wins per season, Tim Hudson 17.3, Willis 14.7. Happy happy joy joy. But those were the only three pitchers to average 15 wins per season over their next three seasons (or in Willis’s case, nearly 15).

    And then there’s the bucket of ice: Alan Benes (11 wins in the next three seasons), Jason Dickson (4!) and Rick Ankiel (2!!).

    Philip Hughes and Clay Buchholz both rank among the very best young pitchers today, and among the best in recent years. Santana will, over the next three years, be paid roughly 4,000 percent more money than either of the youngsters. But if their teams could trade them straight up for Santana, they’d do it in an East Coast Bias second. The men who run those teams are not foolish. They simply know, from hard experience, that for all the talent in those young pitchers, the odds are against them becoming stars.

  38. JGNYC December 11th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Let’s Go Yankees!!!

  39. Southern Yankee December 11th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Ok guys top this …

    I remember Snuffy Sternweiss as our second baseman!

    AND before WW II it was Joe Gordon.

    Snuff said !!!

  40. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Roy: *giggles* Why dya think I got my name all linkified?

    Rodg12: Nice bit, thanks for sharing.

  41. Scam Man of the Showdown December 11th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Keep Bruney. So what he walks alot. That can be worked on he throws hard and strong and has great velocity.

  42. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Ah yes. A trip down memory lane. We do this every now and then here at the lohud yankee nursing home blog, when we lose the signal from the cable company.

    Where do I fit in? I saw Mantle play just a year before he retired – but you gotta remember that my first trip to the stadium came at an advanced age, i.e., 9 years old.

    Trust me, I’ve seen some real bad Yankee teams. Good Old CBS owned them then. Wow. Really bad. (How many of you remember team president Mike Burke?) Then there were the painful Mattingly-Winfield years, also long before most of you remember.

    As ancient as that makes me compared to the 18 year old lab interns of the world, there are longer Yankee memories around these here parts.

  43. keith December 11th, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    There’s like 8 dudes here trying to e-flirt with this girl. yikes!

  44. Jim Johnson December 11th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Rebecca, Cooperstown is only like 1.5 hours from us… I wouldn’t say that’s very far.

  45. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Iv cant help but think that first base is a big hole this year for us. Iv come up with Gonzalez or Kouzmanoff from s.d. Laroche. But one guy that we have totally left off now that we got Arod back is Crede. Yes. Joe Crede at first base. Power,great on defense. It might only cost us a Melky and a prospect.

    We then sign Camaron and play Damon in center till his suspension is up.

  46. bphill December 11th, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    sos 27, I would never trade Melky and another for Joe Crede, seriously? Joe Crede? No way.

  47. Manny Sucks December 11th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    rb15:

    I turn 28 tomorrow. I’m starting to feel old!

  48. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Keith: Which girl?

    Jim Johnson: Really?! I didn’t realise it was that close!

    Am now going to schedule a trip with my friend…

  49. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Christ guys…I can’t kill the thread every time, y’know…

  50. rodg12 December 11th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    I agree. Melky and someone else for Crede is lunacy. There’s a decent chance Crede gets non-tendered today and we could try to get him for nothing. Although, I don’t think he’s an upgrade to what we currently have at 1B. His numbers are similar (and lower in some cases) to Betemit’s.

  51. Lori December 11th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Okay MurphyDog, so you’re a little older than me. My first live Yankee game was the first year in the remodeled Yankee stadium. Great old place – I’m going to miss it.

    I remember Bucky’s home run (I called it!) and the day it rained Reggie Bars. Of course, that was before the dark days . . .

  52. rodg12 December 11th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I’ve been to a Yankees game every year of my life. My parents took me to a game before I was even 1 yr old. I’ve seen a lot happen at baseball games. The most memorable things probably being the Seagull invasion at a Milwaukee Brewers game in the early 90s (they’d fly onto the field between innings eating some bugs that were hatching on the field. A dog would be sent out to chase them away), Mike Stanley and Ruben Sierra each hit three homers in a game at the Stadium in ’95 (one of them hit one to each field, I’m thinking it’s Stanley but I can’t remember for sure). But, I’m only 24 so I’ve got nothing on some of these posters.

  53. Real World December 11th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Bruney was throwing gas in 2006. He constantly hit 96-98 with ease. Last year he seemed to be more 93-94 when I saw him. Was he hurt or something, or was it a lack of use? I think, with our shaky pen of unkowns, that it’s hard to let go of a guy like Bruney. MLB experience, power arm, and little risk.

  54. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    My first Yankee game was in ’63 and I was 9 years old. My first favorite Yankee (besides Mantle) was Joe Pepitone.

    murphydog is right about how bad the team was when Mike Burke ran it. The Yanks of the mid 60′s were dreadful.

  55. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    My first Yankee game:

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....9905310NYA

    I remember being so excited to see El Duque pitched, and then he wasn’t any good.

    It was my 13th birthday present, even though my birthday is 12 April.

  56. Yankee Jay December 11th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Pete, please save us from this dribble and put up a new post.

    As for Bruney, power arms are hard to come by, let Joe G. have a shot at teaching him to throw strikes.

  57. rb15 December 11th, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Happy birthday Manny.

    keith, I dont know if you were referring to me as one of the eight guys, but I’m a girl. (mel, I think we need to make some kind of disclaimer on this on every thread).

    I’m heading home for the night, everyone – try not to talk about anything new while I’m gone!

  58. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Drive 4-5:

    My Italian grandfather was a Yankee fan. He spoke english but only Italian things were good. My earliest memory of him is an afternoon game on tv at his apartment, (everything in plastic slip covers) with him yelling “Go Pepitone, Go Pepitone.”

  59. james December 11th, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    So the Red Sox are talking to the Twins again and still John Heyman feels their not really interested, they are playing it cool just like they played it cool at the winter meetings.

    Here is you’re question Jon,
    Going into the room to make a deal is the best way to approach the deal to run into the room pants around you’re ankles, erection in hand screaming “I’M HORNY NOW” is that how you buy things? Is that how you bought you’re house, you’re car. Should you hold you’re self upside down and shake all the loose change out? Do you have any money in the back Jon? Do you have any money in you’re wallet or did you just buy 2 hot dogs that cost you’re paycheck?

  60. JGNYC December 11th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    I heart interns

  61. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    “Pete, please save us from this dribble and put up a new post.”

    It’s drivel.

    What drivel? Debating the merits of Bruney vs DeSalvo vs Beam, etc?

  62. james December 11th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    back = bank

  63. mel December 11th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t want to ever eat a hot dog again.

  64. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    “is that how you buy things?”

    Boy, was that a classy image.

    No, but the fact that these leaks keep coming out in Minny papers is suspicious. The Twins clearly want it to be known that they’re still talking to the Sox. If the package was good enough, they’d have taken it. If the Sox and Twins were seriously dealing, this could easily have been done by now. Why isn’t it? Because the Sox aren’t in this thing to deal. If it costs them only guys they don’t need or want (Lester, Crisp et al), fine, they’ll do it. But they’re not going to give up anything they actually WANT to keep. Or they would have already.

  65. mel December 11th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    It’s permeated its way to ESPN radio updates. They say that the Twins are still trying to convince the Sox to put up Ellsbury AND Lester.

    You know, losing Santana to the Sox would sting, but Boston would feel the loss of Ellsbury. He brings value on and off the field. He’s their Jeter of the future.

  66. Paul H December 11th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    While they might be able to buy out a year or two of their free agent years with an extension in their early-arb. years, they end up spending more money because of the stupid luxury tax rule.

    The later years of those contracts would raise the average annual value (AAV) of the deal, and because the Yankees are so far beyond the luxury tax threshold, they would have to pay higher taxes on their young players if they extend them with 3-4 (or super 2) years of service time.

  67. Scooter December 11th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Rebecca -
    Are you reading the Aeneid in Latin? That brings back memories of high school Latin 4 (Arma virumque cano…)

    What’s unreal – I remember zero vocabulary, but I still know the grammar. The Jesuits will do that to you.

    Great story about your granddad, Murph. My granddad was a Pirates fan from Wilkes-Barre. He used to fight with his mother-in-law (who was a huge Yankees fan). Must have been fun in the house in 1960 (before my time).

  68. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Scooter: Good lord no! The book I have is in English…but I bought it because of the oldness (I have an interest in Greek and Roman mythology, but I prefer to read relatively modern translations–as in, within the last 100 years!)

    I took Spanish in High School and one year of college; I took a semester of Hebrew out of curiosity, but my professor wasn’t good enough for me to sign on for a second semester.

  69. Yankee Trader December 11th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Mel-How does Ellsbury bring value off the field? By selling out the stadium? Merchandise? Believe me, if the Sox get Santana in that proposed deal, and they stay healthy, unless they run into a streak of bad luck-”Midges”, this team will have all the tools necessary to repeat as champions, without Ellsbury or Lester, if they put both into the deal. Let’s pray that Santana gets traded to our crosstown rivals the Mets!

  70. james December 11th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    The Yankees don’t pay luxury tax. Teams paying off new stadiums can deduct the cost of paying for the stadium from their luxury tax. The Yankees will be paying off the new stadium for 20 years at least and basically whatever the Luxury tax bill is for a given year the Yankees will say that is what the stadium bill is for that year. It’s why the Yankees who were trying to get NYC to buy their stadium for them but are building it themselves.

  71. mel December 11th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    http://www.forbes.com/business.....intro.html

    An interesting article on team valuations. I feel for you Knicks fans. The most valuable NBA franchise, but the least proftiable.

    The article calls the Knicks the Yankees of basketball because of their payrolls, disregard for luxury tax, high valuation, etc.

  72. james December 11th, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Knicks are an unholy entity unto themselves

  73. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    *proud to be a Nets fan*

  74. mel December 11th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    I don’t want to get into it because I’m not an expert, but I suspect that Ellsbury will become the face of the franchise one day, much like Jeter has been these past years.

    Remember the number is 40x or 4000%. That’s how much Santana would command over Ellsbury, Lester, and Hughes individually.

    The Sox will try to get Santana, but they’re not giving up Ellsbury to get him.

  75. Ray December 11th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    I remember the Maz HR that beat the Yankees in the 1960 WS. Bobby Richardson was at 2B then. The Yanks were good thru Mgr Yogi’s 1964 team when things went down quickly.

    I was a fan thru the late 50′s till today and there were some bleak years there. The Yanks trio of SP’s Bouton, Downing & Stottlemyre didn’t keep the ship a float. The defense was bad too.

  76. Mr. Faded Glory December 11th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Is Jacoby Ellsbury the most overrated prospect ever? The guy wasn’t impressive at all in AAA and barely got a cup of coffee in the bigs.

  77. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    http://www.forbes.com/sportsbu....._land.html

    And this article’s more relevant to the Yankees. Click on rank. Can’t freaking believe we’re the only team that operates at a loss. Selig’s a crook, giving Georgie’s money away he’s Santa Claus. lol.

    Speaking of Selig and crooks, when’s the Mitchell report due?

  78. Ray December 11th, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t think Elsbury is that good. I believe he will not fair as well thru a full season. Never judge a player by their Aug/Sept callups says Kevin Maas!

  79. Russell W December 11th, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Does the re-signing of Craig Monroe by the Twins mean that they no longer value as highly an outfielder in a trade for Santana. It would appear they are set with their outfield now and would look to fill further holes. This certainly favors the Yankees in that Melky Cabrera wasn’t looked at in high regard by them anyway, and the Red Sox were centering their deal around Ellsbury or Crisp, while the Mets were centering their deal around Gomez and FM, all outfielders. The Yankees have the strongest starting pitcher of the 3.

  80. Russell W December 11th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    “Is Jacoby Ellsbury the most overrated prospect ever? The guy wasn’t impressive at all in AAA and barely got a cup of coffee in the bigs.”

    Steroids. Mitchell Report ;-)

  81. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Ray! You better wash your mouth out with soap, right now!

    You may be right, but Yankee fans don’t crap on Boston players. We’ve got too much class. lol.

    And the Legend of Jacoby’s already begun. The free tacos did it.

  82. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    Russell,

    On their depth chart they have Kubel, then Monroe listed as their DH. I don’t know much about Kubel, but I think he’s a light hitter so maybe Monroe is needed to add what limited power he has.

  83. gayle December 11th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    James I believe you are wrong they will pay luxary tax regardless of the new stadium. It is revue sharing where they get a break see below and it is ONE time thing. Nott th a place to get into it but how much a team plays into revenue sharing is calculated based on a bunch of things which is layed out int he Basic Agreement. It is called Performance Factor.

    (i) Triggering Events.
    AClub’s Performance Factor may be adjusted one time during
    this Agreement if: (A) the Club opens a new stadium during
    this Agreement (“New Stadium Adjustment”); The Performance Factor of a Club that is subject to a New
    Stadium Adjustment (“New Stadium Club”) will be recalculated
    by replacing the New Stadium Club’s “Performance Factor
    NDLR” (see Attachment 26) with ninety percent (90%) of
    the New Stadium Club’s Net Local Revenue (less any postseason revenue) in the Club’s first full season of operation in the new stadium. All of the Clubs’ Performance Factors shall then be recalculated using a straight pool formula. The Clubs’ adjusted Performance Factors shall be effective beginning with the Revenue Sharing Year immediately following the New Stadium Club’s first full season of operation in the new stadium. A Club that is, or will become by the 2011 Revenue Sharing Year, subject to the New Stadium Adjustment shall not be subject to the CAGR Adjustment, even if the Club triggers the CAGR Adjustment prior to triggering the New Stadium Adjustment. By way of example, but not by way of limitation, a Club with Net Local Revenue growth sufficient to trigger the
    CAGR Adjustment for the 2010 Revenue Sharing Year shall
    not be subject to the CAGR Adjustment if it has had, or will
    have, a full season of operation in a new stadium prior to the 2011 Revenue Sharing Year.

  84. LathamJoe December 11th, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Could it be that signing Monroe is their “stopgap” until they can develop a MLB-ready CFer – like Ellsbury or Jackson?

    Ps: Saw my first game at Old yankee Stadium in August 1959 – a doubleheader vs the Red Sox. My boyhood hero, “The Mick”, hit homers in both games. I saw guys like Berra, Ellie Howard, John Blanchard, Bobby Shantz, Ralph Terry and Red Sox Ted Williams (he only PH in the 2nd game)Frank Malzone, Gary Geiger and the first “Yankee Killer” – Bill Mombouquette. Now THAT’s old!

  85. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    gayle,

    Thanks for the info. So the Yanks won’t know how much they save until the first year’s revenues are in? My hair hurts from trying to figure this out,

  86. Yankee Trader December 11th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    If the Yankees truly want to keep their payroll close to what it was, then they will have to trade away a 13M salary this year in order to put Santana’s 13M salary under the Christmas tree. Since many of their expensive players contracts are untradeable, like Giambi and Mussina, that leaves Damon with a limited no trade, Matsui-with a full NTC , and maybe Abreu. Then next year, when onerous contracts come off the books, Santana’s 20-25M/year salary is doable.

    James-Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s the revenue sharing burden that the Yankees get a break on with their new stadium. They still have to pay 40 cents on each dollar of 2008 payroll over, I believe it was increased to around 160M?

  87. Roy Hobbs December 11th, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Ray

    I, too, remember the Maz home run and Yogi looking up at the wall hopelessly. That was in the days when you could skip school to watch the games.

    I attended a Mantle-Ford fantasy camp in ’91 in Ft. Lauderdale with Mick, Whitey, Yogi, Moose Skowron, Johnny Blanchard, Hector Lopez, Hank Bauer, Stan Bahnsen and others. What a week!

    The decade of 65-75 was horrible for the Yanks,

  88. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    LathamJoe,

    It’s nice to know there’s someone possibly older than me here! LOL

  89. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    If we send away a big contract, we’re going to have to eat a portion of it.

    Ray,

    I apologize. I think I have you mixed up with ray (Boston Fan). If so, please disregard my comment to you.

  90. Ray December 11th, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Hey Roy Hobbs!
    The Yanks needed you! LOL! Some friends of mine played for the Yankees in the 70′s. Ken Clay & Brian Doyle. Strawberry lived down the street from me in AAA in my uncles house. The 70′s brought hope again.

  91. Ray December 11th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Mel,
    Long time reader, short time poster & even longer time Yankee fan! LOL! No problem. I have many Red Sox fans as friends/co-workers. There guys are always better than the Yanks! (TIC) Except when they play on the field.

    Yankees winnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!! The Yankees Win!!!!!!!!

  92. Yankee Jay December 11th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    whozat

    No, that is actually Yankee talk. The 20 somethings complaining about how old they are, and the 8 e-flirts, 18 century books, etc. = dribble.

  93. LathamJoe December 11th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Hey Drive 4-5:
    I guess “Southern Yankee” has us both beat – Snuffy Sternweiss??? He won the AL Batting Crown (.309) in 1945!

  94. Ray December 11th, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    I believe Moose goes to Philly for a prospect or possibly Pat Burrell.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Giambi ended up in Oakland or SF. I believe Haren could be had by someone willing to eat other contracts like Rich Harden, Eric Chavez or possibly Bubba Crosby. What do you think?

  95. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Damn, Pete needs to change the name of this site to Senior Citizens Blog.lol
    Some of you are old enough to be my grandfather and im in my 30′s.

    No wonder I cant win a Yankees history arguement in this site. You guys litterally lived it.

  96. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    S.o.S.

    LOL. And I thought I was old, having heard Santana and Peter Frampton from my crib. :)

    So, we’ve determined the youngest was 15? 19? Who’s the oldest?

  97. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Yankee Jay: It does not hurt you to broaden your horizons.

  98. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    mel-S.o.S.

    LOL. And I thought I was old, having heard Santana and Peter Frampton from my crib.

    So, we’ve determined the youngest was 15? 19? Who’s the oldest?

    Get southern Yankee to tell you his age and whala. We got a winner.

  99. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    3 Spots needed—-Rivera,Rodriguez,and Hawkins

    3 Spots vacated—-Pavano,DeSalvo,Beam or Brunney

  100. mel December 11th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Hey, UtilityMan, where’s our Cairo?!

    I almost want to keep Beam just to see his face on GameDay.

  101. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    ray-I believe Moose goes to Philly for a prospect or possibly Pat Burrell.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Giambi ended up in Oakland or SF. I believe Haren could be had by someone willing to eat other contracts like Rich Harden, Eric Chavez or possibly Bubba Crosby. What do you think?

    I agree in Mussina(if n.t.c.waived)could end up in Philly.
    Giambi makes sense to go to either destination but i dont know if Selig would allow us to eat as much as half his salary to make that move.

    Haren would cost us the same if not more than Santana. He has a resonable contract and Beane wont just give him away. So i would think 2 of the big 3 to land him. So he’s out of the picture.

    I wouldnt mind trading for Harden in the pen as an 8th inning guy. Worth the risk.

    Another name I would visit is Sheets, he was rumored to be available. Potential ace,when healthy.

  102. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Cairo should be on the team…..as the utility guy,and not no hit Chris Woodward or A-Rod buddy Nick Green.
    But if ya ask whozat he will tell ya otherwise!

  103. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    “whala”

    Voila :-)

    “I believe Haren could be had by someone willing to eat other contracts like Rich Harden, Eric Chavez or possibly Bubba Crosby. What do you think?”

    No. Billy would maybe be willing to do like the Marlins did with Beckett and take less in a deal if the other team takes, for instance, Chavez. But the Marlins still got an All-Star caliber young SS and several interesting young arms in that deal.

  104. steve ny39 December 11th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Talk about old. Snuffy Sternweiss coached me in the Journa american high school all-star game at the old Polo Grounds

  105. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    My earliest recollections of the Yankees and baseball were the World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1955 and 56, but the NY Yankee-Milwaukee Brave World Series of 1957 and 58, where both went 7 games were some of the most intense games of my lifetime. Great baseball played by great teams on TV in black and white.

  106. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Mussina to Phillies is an interesting scenario.
    Makes sense to him….closer to home.
    Makes sense to me….no more hearing excuses of why he didnt pitch a good game.

  107. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    “murphydog is right about how bad the team was when Mike Burke ran it.”
    “3 years later he(jack armstrong) went 9-3 in the 1st half and was named starting pitcher for the National League in the All Star Game”

    drive 4-5-
    i’m so old i can connect those two statements you made today and the other day. i met burke at my 1967 high baseball banquet( he was from my home town in ct.), and i caught jack armstrong in florida most of the winter before his all star year.

    you know you are getting old when you have stories for almost any random topic.
    you were right about armstrong throwing hard-high 90′s. bruce kison was asked by someone watching armstrong throw who he was , and kison said “i don’t know , but i’d like to exchange body parts”.

    you know it’s a slow baseball day when you have to go back 30- 40 years for the daily baseball fix.

  108. Yankee Jay December 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Sorry if I offended anyone.

    I come here to hear insightful fans talk about the Yankees. Call me crazy, but listening to someone complain about being 28, stating their age, or how they translated the Iliad doesn’t exactly qualify as “broadening my horizons”…lol.

    BTW, Rebecca, the girl Keith was talking about…you.

  109. whozat December 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    “Cairo should be on the team…..as the utility guy,and not no hit Chris Woodward”

    They actually have exactly the same career OPS. Though, yes, Cairo did hit better last year. Woo.

    I still think we could do better than someone who puts up an OPS in the .600s

  110. steve ny39 December 11th, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Sorry, Journal American. Need stronger bi-focs.

  111. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Wow…God bless Southern Yankee!

    Here’s a great Yankee story…

    My Dad died in ’59. Even though we live in Mass. he was an avid Yankee fan and made acquaintences with a few players such as Gil McDougald.

    A few weeks after he died, my dad’s best friend Sam took my 2 older brothers to Boston for a Yankee/Red Sox game. I guess I was considered too young to tag along.

    Sam knew the hotel the players stayed at in Boston. He and my brothers arrived at the hotel early and checked out the dining room. In those days the players often ate together.

    Sam saw Casey Stengel and approached him, explaining that these 2 boys just had lost their dad. Casey invited my brothers to come on over and made room for them.

    There sat my 2 brothers in disbelief that they were sitting at the breakfast table with Stengel,Skowron,Mantle,Berra and McDougald to name a few.

    Sam had brought a yearbook in hopes of getting some autographs. The ’59 yearbook had facsimile signitures of the players on each page. Casey passed the yearbook around and each player that was there signed it along side the fake signitures in the book.

    We still have that yearbook in a safty deposit box. It’s autographed by Skowron, Mantle, Berra,McDougald, Elston Howard, Hank Bauer and more.

    It’s stuff like this that makes you a lifelong fan like we are.

  112. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    with middle relievers getting 3yrs/15M these days and relief pitchers in general having pretty good trade value at the deadline…

    all Bruney has to do is pitch semi-decent and he’d make good trade bait later on. if he doesnt turn it around, then you dump him. if they can make the moves to keep him, considering he wont make much $$, i think it makes sense to give him one last shot.

    after all, he wasnt that bad in the first half of the year. in fact, he become one of Torre’s go to guys. maybe he tired out (physically or mentally). if he pitches well in the first half, you spin him to another team. if not, no big deal… you toss him then.

  113. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Utility man-
    Cairo=Nieves
    Great clubhouse guy but cant hit a ball with a tennis rasket. And when he does, cant hit it over the fense if the were playing in a little league park. I appreciate what he did for us in 03(i believe). But his time has come and gone.

    As far as Mussina, I agree. I hate his excuses and whining and showing up his teamates. Im counting down till the day he is traded or his contract is up.

  114. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I dont know if I’d make ANY trades with Billy Beane and the A’s. That guy always gets the best of every deal whether you realize it up front or not.

    Look at his track record. The Beane more often than not seems to win. Jeff Weaver, Mulder, etc.

  115. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    randy i.

    how fast was Armstrong when you caught him? Did you ever catch anyone faster?

  116. jorge jorge December 11th, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    what are we going to do if pettitte and clemens are on the mitchell report?

  117. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Cairo is no Wil Nieves

    He was a very nice guy,but couldnt hit the ball if it was a tee.

    Seemed to hit decent during his stint as the 1B when Minky went down.

  118. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    no way DeSalvo gets tossed

  119. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    The topic of this blog should be old mans reunion.lol

    Good point Boston Dave, Beane always seems to win in trades. If im not mistaken he got Haren in the Mulder trade.

  120. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Cairo actually did hit one over the fence this past yr,but it was caught by someone and brought back.

  121. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Yankee Jay–No offense taken…on slow days we tend to, well, wander :-D

    (no way they meant me. I don’t get hit on.)

    Drive: That is an AMAZING story. I have nothing even remotely similar.

  122. Yankee Jay December 11th, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    jorge jorge

    what are we going to do if pettitte and clemens are on the mitchell report?

    Oh no you didn’t! Andy????…please. He’s the last guy in the world that would cheat.

  123. mel December 11th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Cairo’s no Nieves. Anyway, I bet Cairo could catch in a pinch if needed. lol. Cuz he’s Utility Superman.

  124. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Cairo actually did hit one over the fence this past yr,but it was caught by someone and brought back.

    Was it on a softball field?

    He did help out when Doug was hurt. I dont think we need to go outside to find someone. Just use Gonzalez from the minors. Its not like we have players that need to be pinch hit for. We also have Betimet to fill in as well.

  125. S.o.S.27 December 11th, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Cairo could catch in a pinch if needed

    So can Nieves.lol

  126. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Nice story randy-

    I almost struck out an ex yankee in stickball.

  127. Andrea December 11th, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    I love Wilbert Nieves. You all bite your tongues!

  128. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Nah it was actually Yankee Stadium

    Betemit is suppose to be in the 1B mix.

    And Yes Cairo could catch in an emergency.

  129. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Andrea

    He is a very lovable guy.
    He was certainly a fan favorite the past 2 yrs in ST.

  130. MikeinBH December 11th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Does anybody know anymore about this supposed Matsui for Sanchez+ trade? Is this going to happen? Where the heck is Bobcat?

  131. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Bobcat is somewhere drinking beers with Dr. Acula, having a good laugh.

  132. Andrea December 11th, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Cairo’s HR was against the Mets at Yankee Stadium but was caught by Gomez in LF.

    Utility Man: I have a Wil Nieves tshirt

  133. MikeinBH December 11th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I guess Bobcat turned out to be a phony.

  134. thenextandykosco December 11th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Some forget that non-tendering Bruney on 12/12/2007, does not mean that the Yankees are permanently barred from being his employer. It means three things: First, his roster space becomes available for someone believed more likely to be more useful to the Yankees (Rodriguez, Rivera, Hawkins, or someone else?). Second, it means that his salary for 2008 will be determined by mutual agreement between Bruney and his 2008 employer and not by an arbitration panel. Third, it means that he is free to negotiate with anyone he would like to be his employer in 2008, including the Yankees.

    Remember that a number of other free agents will go on the market tomorrow when they are non-tendered by other teams, meaning that the market price for a Bruney may go down after tomorrow as other substitutes come on the market. If Bruney can get an offer of a major league contract from another team, I would expect him to take it. But, if not, he may have to take the best minor league contract he can get, at least until some team can clear space on the 40-man roster at the end of spring training. Let’s assume, arguendo, that Bruney has the hidden irreplaceable qualities that Girardi and Eiland would be able to bring out if they only had time to work with him. (Actually, I thought that Eiland was the pitching coach at Scranton when Bruney was optioned to Scranton in 2007). There is nothing to prevent the Yankees and Bruney from resuming their relationship if they so mutually desire on 12/13/2007, or after, by minor league contract, or otherwise.

  135. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    I still think bobcat was legit. Am I crazy? lol

  136. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    THANK YOU Andrea

    I could not remember who the player was,but I do remember the catch.

  137. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    drive 4-5
    great story about your dad and your brothers.

    armstrong was probably 96-97ish, but that was really fast back in 1990. jack was an unusual character. he was in the reds organization and he didn’t know who pete rose was. he had never followed baseball and i heard that he took up the game in his junior year in high school.

    one day, tony cloninger, the pitching coach, showed jack how to throw a split fingered fastball. the first two times he threw it , the bottom fell out of it bouncing in the dirt in front of me. jack looked at cloninger and said”i can’t throw that pitch, it breaks too much.”
    jack was a natural, but it’s an understatement to say he wasn’t a student of the game. nope- no one faster.

  138. MikeinBH December 11th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Nah, Bobcat has to be a phony. Notice he has not shown his face on here since Yanks pulled out of the Santana trade talks. He turned out to be wrong and bolted.

  139. Andrea December 11th, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    UtilityMan: anytime. :)

  140. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    I’m hoping that Bobcat was legit…because if not, it means the fat majority of us are really gullible.

    I mean, I know I am, but that’s supposed to just be me.

  141. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I though Bobcat was legit but when he never responded to Peter, I kind of think he may have played us. He could show up again though.

  142. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    randy l.

    Jack Armstrong is is still a character to thhis day. He’s now a anti steroid zealot.

    In case you missed the Daily News article about Armstong the other day this is worth checking out.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....g_to_.html

  143. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Maybe Bobcat is trying to figure out if the Yanks can still get Santanna,before the Twins accept Ellsbury,Lowrie,and 2 other minor leaguers for Johan.

  144. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Uh. Guys.

    Thursday could be interesting.

    “According to Daily News sources, the report is believed to contain 60-80 names of current and former players and is based in large part on information Mitchell received from former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski.”

  145. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    drive 4-5
    Thanks for sharing that great family story.
    Bobcat was/is the real deal, insider info with a Yankee bias.

  146. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Listened to M and MD on WFAN driving home this evening, the rumor 40-70 names, no current or past Red Sox. Won’t past the smell test in my house.

  147. Nick in SF December 11th, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    This was probably discussed on a thread yesterday, but I missed it so I’m going to say it again… Gagne: $10 million. From the Brewers. Insane.

  148. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Rebecca,

    I think we should all be prepared doe some surprising names. I recently attended a talk where the princial speakers were Bob Costas and Fay Vincent. Vincent said that if the names of all users between the late 90′s and now were to come out, it would be about 300 players. He doesnt expect all the names to come out,but he wishes they would.

  149. pat December 11th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    I heard Mike and Dog too and they didn’t say there were no past or curent sox. Only said IF there aren’t, people would question Mitchell’s involvement and Mitchell knows the report has to be above reproach so they don’t think he’ll spare the Sox if eveidence points that way.

  150. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    how I typed the word “doe” instead of “for” is beyond me! lol

  151. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    drive 4-5
    you had a homer moment.

  152. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Drive: Easy. Your left hand was left of where it should have been.

  153. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Drive 4-5

    I see how ya did that.LOL

  154. Joe from Long Island December 11th, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Murphydog, drive 4-5, and others –
    You sound like you have some great memories.

    I started rooting for the Yankees in 1965 (of course), when I was 10 years old. My father, an old Brooklyn Dodger fan (we lived in Brooklyn), was probably mortified, but didn’t say anything. I remember him taking my brother and me to a Bat Day doubleheader on a Sunday in August at the Stadium. The gnats were out in force that weekend, and the city was spraying the Stadium. Still, the gnats came. I remember my father smoking cigars to create smoke to keep them away, while my brother and I admired our bats (Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone models).

    I still have the bat (the Mantle one, of course).

    As I remember, they won that doubleheader (KC, I think).

    I’ve been a fan ever since.

  155. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks Pat, I stand corrected. Had poor reception driving with my parked on the radio.

  156. Blargh December 11th, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    And Aaron Cook gets 3 years, 30 million extension from the Rockies, with a 11 million mutual option for 2012
    So how does that compare to recent contracts for starters?

  157. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Your welcome ThatWasMe

    My brothers beam about it to this day everytime the subject comes up. They especially still can’t believe they sat across the table from Mickey Mantle. And everyone of the players were as nice as could be to them.

  158. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Re: Mitchell Report

    I wasn’t aware that Mitchell is a Red Sox….

    “Tapping Mitchell, a Red Sox director, to lead the investigation furthered suspicions around baseball that the Red Sox might be treated more favorably in his report than the other clubs. That issue came to the forefront when word leaked just before the pivotal Game 6 of October’s ALCS between Cleveland and Boston, won by the Red Sox, that Indians pitcher Paul Byrd had purchased human growth hormone.”

    So, don’t count on seeing any present day Sox on the list. What a joke.

  159. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Did anyone read the article by Howard Bryant on ESPN.com about the Mitchell investigation. There was some excellent insight (I know, surprising coming for ESPN) specifically in the conflict of interest that Mitchell has investigating steroid usage while still being employed by the Red Sox.

    Here is the link if anyone wants to check it out…..
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3142651

  160. Humphrey Bogus December 11th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    There’s Bobcat wannabes out there right now in the planning stages of the next big proposed deal.

  161. UtilityMan December 11th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Gee I hope my favorite Miguel Cairo isnt on that list!!!
    I might have to start liking A.Gonzalez instead.

  162. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    good timing on the post Steve :)

  163. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    The Bobcat thing reminds me of the movie Being There (Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and many others). In that movie, Chance the Gardner is a simple man sheltered from the world for decades, who can only speak in tv advert slogans and aphorisms as the boob tube is his touchstone for reality. By “chance” (get it?) he is in an accident which brings him into contact with rich and powerful people who mistake his name for Chauncey Gardner (not “Chance the Gardener”) and mistake his simple pronouncements for wisdom.

    For example, he says offhandedly “there will be growth in the Spring” and it is taken as an important insight into the economy, when all he really meant was that the grass and trees would come back in the spring. (There’s another funny one where he says “I like to watch” meaning the tv, which Shirley MacLaine misinterprets in an interesting way).

    Bobcat’s statements were kind of like Chauncey Gardener’s pronouncements, for example, “You read what you are supposed to read” and “Impatience is expensive.” Yet I still think there may have been some truth to the whole Bobcat thing. If I was duped, oh well….

  164. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    i’m not wishing bad fortune on anyone…unless they play for the Red Sox of course lol….but wouldn’t it be interesting if Johan Santana’s name came up? We would have been working ourselves up in a frenzy for nothing!

    Seriously though, let’s hope there are no Yankees besides Giambi on this list. It’s the last thing we need.

  165. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    I did a blog entry on Mitchell’s allegiance here:

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....thing.html

    (for those who are interested)

  166. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Boston Dave

    Did you also read the part where George Mitchell was at a Yankees Red Sox game with his kid wearing a Red Sox hat and asking for autographs from Red Sox players? Boy you can really count on the credibility of that guy.

  167. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    You’re a true yankee fan, son of a Dodger Fan, 1963 the Dodgers with Koufax and Drysdale swept us in 4 and then in 1964 we lost to the Cards and Bob Gibson (another I wished was a Yankee) in 7. Then came CBS, It was a tough period for all Yankees fans.

  168. SJ44 December 11th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Jack Armstrong lives near me. His son is going to Clemson on a baseball scholarship. He could turn pro if he is drafted high enough after the ’08 season. But, right now, he is Clemson bound.

    He’s a real good guy and knows a lot about PED’s. He also looks like he can still play. He’s in great shape.

    Another HS (not the one his son goes to) in Jupiter, FL (Jupiter Christian) was rife with steroid use among its wrestling and football programs.

    In fact, one of the doctors from that now defunct Florida Pharmacy (who was supplying a lot of MLB players) was the guy supplying the kids at the school with PED’s.

    Armstrong was one of the whistleblowers in the case.

    I don’t think bobcat was a phony. He had too much info (info I know to be true) to be a phony.

    One thing folks have to realize when it comes to information. When you work in or around the financial firms around MLB (and other sports), you are required to sign NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements) pledging not to divulge information pertinent to business goings on in the industry.

    Bobcat was smart to get info up to, but not crossing, the line.

    Its why he always said he is not in the “story breaking” business.

    I suspect one of two things happened. One, someone “ratted him out” to his supervisors, thus curtailing his posting.

    Or, he got to the point where he couldn’t answer any of the poster’s questions anymore without violating his PDA.

    Its why its never a very good idea to ask too many questions on a blog when/if you receive information.

    You read it, determine in your own mind whether its legit or not, and move on.

    Pushing folks too hard for more info, just causes them to go away.

    Hopefully, bobcat returns and is like any other poster in the blog and enjoys the give and take that is here each day.

    As someone who is in the business, I enjoyed his posts and found them to be interesting and informative. However, I was also hoping he wouldn’t go too far because posting isn’t worth putting your job in peril.

  169. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Find it hard to believe that the Red Sox would escape this scandal.

  170. Doreen December 11th, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I wish I had heard the name of the reporter, but on Charlie Wilson’s show on XM this afternoon, they were discussing the Mitchelll report and talked about how it is a good possibility that it will include a reference to institutional failure. What that means is that the blame is spread around; responsibility for PEDs is shared by players, management, the players association – everyone.

    Another interesting thing the reporter said was that he recalls speaking to someone in management (I don’t know what level) about a particular player and whether he had anything to do with steroids; the person in management said the player didn’t care enough to use steroids. So there was in some instances probably a real push for players to use.

    While I was listening to this interview, I thought how much has the nature of the free agent market contributed to both the temptation and the actual proactive decision to use steroids?

  171. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    murphydog,

    What a great analogy!

    “You read what you are supposed to read” and “Impatience is expensive.” You can just hear Chauncey Gardener say that.

  172. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    ThatWasMe

    Believe me, they will escape with their hands clean and their @sses cleaner.

  173. ThatWasMe December 11th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Steve
    I hope you’re wrong but believe you’re probably not.

  174. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Joe from Long Island:

    Nice memory. Dad, bro, cigars and baseball.

    I used to go to Giant football games at Yankee Stadium with my dad a lot more often than we got to baseball games. (He had Giant season tickets). The Giants were bad too for a very very long time. The cigar in your story reminded me that the smell I will always associate with Yankee Stadium from those days was cigars, beer and, believe it or not, Aramis cologne because one of my dad’s football friends always had that stuff on. It’s funny what we remember.

  175. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Right guys, taken bets on when the names start getting leaked…

    Remember, Harry Potter Seven was leaked, in its entirety, on the internet over a WEEK before official release…

  176. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Can you imagine the uproar in baseball if they elected someone like Randy Levine to run the steroid investigation? I just wonder why everyone just accept’s Mitchell. If it were me and I was a player implicated in the report, even if I was guilty, I would sue the crap out of MLB, Mitchell and the Red Sox just for good measure since they are his employers. People cannot allow this sham of an “investigation” to delude them into believing what his report has to say will be anything but propaganda.

  177. jk December 11th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    From the ESPN article…a culture of steroid abuse in Boston…….

    While much of the emphasis regarding steroid use has focused on West Coast teams such as Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, three players who admitted to using steroids — Canseco, Jeremy Giambi and Paxton Crawford — spent time with the Red Sox. Another, the former American League MVP Mo Vaughn, admitted that in 1998 he used Pro-HGH, an oral form of human growth hormone. In 2000, Boston police found steroids and syringes in a car owned by shortstop Manny Alexander that had been loaned to the team batboy.

  178. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Rebecca:

    If names were going to be leaked we would have heard them already. The report is released Thursday and we are already almost through Tuesday. It is a bit late for leaks.

  179. Doreen December 11th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Another thought I have is that I am not in favor of naming names in this report. It smells too much like a witch hunt in that naming the names will not accomplish much of anything. Will it improve the testing? No. Will it undo what’s been done? No. It will cause shame and embarrassment, though, and a lot of players will be booed by a bunch of hypocrits who were only too happy to cheer each and every juiced-up homerun.

    I think a general statement as to the severity and depth of the problem with an admission of guilt by all the peripheral parties who were too financially invested to put a stop to the problem a long time ago would go further in helping to fix the problem. There needs to be better testing with money invested in research to detect HGH, and there needs to be a zero tolerance policy going forward.

  180. Joe from Long Island December 11th, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Murph – Yes, it is funny what we remember. I don’t know why I remember that DH and Bat Day, but I do.

    When I went to grad school in Chicago (U of C), I went to a lot of White Sox games, back when Bill Veeck owned the team. Before one game, they let the fans onto the field, so I went down with my friends. I was surprised to find that the outfield was pretty crummy, with divots, bald spots and the like. When I told my father that, he said “What do you expect, Yankee Stadium?!”

    Well, this past summer, I went on a tour of the Stadium with my wife’s Adelphi Univ. alumni group. As part of the tour, we were allowed to walk on the field from the Yanks’ dugout to the bullpen and Monument Park. I made a point to check out the field, and sure enough, it was like a pool table, with very tight grass.

    I thought of my father.

  181. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Rebecca,

    Good blog post on Mitchell….. except you were off on your odds (20:1) :)

  182. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    drive 4-5
    thanks for the link. armstrong was always an intense character, and it was obvious he was a fitness fanatic. he did play with canseco and juan gonzalez in’ 94 with texas so he was around steroid users, but i don’t know about the wisdom of an ex player getting so revved up about the issue of peds.

    i think peds were a systemic problem from the commissioner’s office on downward. owners and managements looked the other way. i wish that baseball would move forward with testing in place and not look back for scapegoats. the mitchell report is going to be big news , but what will it accomplish?

    some players will be caught in the net, but for those who are caught it is so random that it seems pointless.

  183. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    I think Buddha and Punk, of I Love NY II fame, are gonna be on the Mitchell list also!!

  184. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Steve: Aye, I guess so, but the ability to have kept it under wraps thus far is beyond surprising…

    Boston Dave: You know, there’s a reason I’m not a bookmaker, and on the rare occasion I do bet–usually with my brother over the Super Bowl–I have a horrible record!

  185. Nick in SF December 11th, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Did Rebecca just say that Harry Potter is going to be named in the Mitchell Report? This goes deeper than I thought.

  186. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    LOL

    No wonder Harry Potter’s voice is so high pitched. Maybe that is where magical powers come from. Everyone always refers to Big Papi being clutch as magic. Maybe there were on to something. :)

  187. pat December 11th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Anyone watching the Best Commercials of Sportscenter on ESPN? There have been some pretty good ones. Clemens did alot of them when he was with the Sox that I forgot about.

  188. Drive 4-5 December 11th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Doreen,

    I’m with you. I would hope that there’s an airtight case behind every name mentioned. Otherwise, it really is just a witch hunt.

    I think everyone is in agreement that we want the steroid era to be over. Maybe Fay Vincent is right in saying “sunlight is the best antiseptic”. We’re about to find out if he’s right or wrong.

  189. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    sj44-
    now that you mention armstrong getting involved because of his son playing in an area where high school steroids are a serious problem, it makes more sense for armstrong to be so outspoken.

    i think everything possible should be done to discourage steroids especially with high school athletes, but i just don’t know how looking backward helps what’s happening now because peds were so widespread in mlb.

  190. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    murphydog
    December 11th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Trust me, I’ve seen some real bad Yankee teams. Good Old CBS owned them then. Wow. Really bad. (How many of you remember team president Mike Burke?) Then there were the painful Mattingly-Winfield years, also long before most of you remember.

    ____________________________________________________
    Ah, Yes. Michael Burke. The perfect choice by CBS to run the Yankees of those days. He was, after all, the former President and GM of Ringling Brothers-Barnum And Bailey Circus. In all fairness, Burke was a big time war hero in WWII. He was one of Wild Bill Donovan’s closest aides in the OSS. He also recruited a backup catcher and baseball eccentric, Moe Berg to spy in Germany and earlier in Japan. It was Berg’s photos that were used on the Tokyo bombing raid by Jimmy Doolittle.

  191. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    I don’t know what the Mitchell Report will contain and I am anxious to read it myself and not just rely on some sportswriter’s hype or deadline driven oversimplifications. Not knowing what the report will say, as of right now I prefer it to having the players appear one by one in Washington, D.C. and answer under oath the question “Do you now or have you ever used PEDs?” As bad as naming names in a report could be, that other scenario would really smack of a witch hunt.

    I do cringe at the fact that Mitchell has a monetary connection to the Sox, raised here on this blog by our own Rebecca. Yet Mitchell does have a fairly unimpeachable record of achievement, including helping to broker a (so far) lasting peace in Northern Ireland. I’m hoping that Mitchell recognizes the appearance of conflict even if it never becomes actual and tailors his report to the future more than the past, striving for a lasting peace between the fans and MLB.

    For the future, high on my list is seeing MLBPA get in front of this HGH thing. Why can’t MLBPA help pay for research needed to develop a reliable HGH test? Why not assess all players a certain amount and present that sum to a research university?)

    MLBPA also needs to be aggressive on doping instead of playing defense and stop being the Doubting Thomas on all current HGH tests. They want to be MLB’s partner in the money and other aspects of the game, but they get shaky when it comes to HGH and taking a strong stand on PEDs. That needs to change.

  192. mitchell report December 11th, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    arod
    clemens
    sammy sosa
    miguel tejada
    pudge
    maglio ordonez
    mike piazza

    thats whats being rumored so far, i guess we will wait and see if its for real

  193. Doreen December 11th, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    murph -

    I agree. I don’t understand why the MLBPA doesn’t see how taking a strong initiative on research and testing actually is more supportive of the players it represents than their current stance.

    Will the report be pubicly available to read?

  194. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    GB7:

    Wow. Nice intel on Burke, Berg and Doolittle.

  195. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    Nick: LMAO!

    That would certainly explain a lot! And I quite imagine Hagrid as his supplier…

  196. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Doreen:

    I expect the report will be public. One of the major reasons it was done I thought was to restore public confidence in the game. Keeping it confidential would only make the whole issue 100 times worse.

  197. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    “Maybe Fay Vincent is right in saying “sunlight is the best antiseptic”. We’re about to find out if he’s right or wrong.”

    if players were using peds under his watch as commissioner, and he knew about it, how is he blameless? how could he not know about it? steroid use was common knowledge in those days.

    vincent was basically an entertainment lawyer who rose to his level of incompetence as baseball commissioner. why he thinks he’s a baseball authority is beyond me.

  198. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Rebecca:

    Given the recent information about Professor Dumbledore, do you think he was the one injecting Harry? :)

  199. giambi's sweat stain December 11th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    wouldn’t surprise me if red sox were listed, but none of them were part of the 2004 team or current team.

  200. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Steve: Depends what Harry was being injected with.

    Anyway, “I imagine Dumblydore’s a bottom…

  201. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    FWIW, the full quote, part of which was used by Fay Vincent, is one well known to, and well used by, lawyers:

    “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
    Justice Louis Brandeis, Other People’s Money, and How the Bankers Use It, 1933.

  202. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Is it possible….

    that the Yankees are waiting on the ARod deal until they see if he’s on the Mitchell Report?

    I wouldn’t think so but maybe?

  203. Steve December 11th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Rebecca

    LOL, Perhaps Dumbledore’s magic wand?

  204. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    giambi sweat – no doubt

  205. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    randy 1:

    Regarding Fay Vincent, have you ever met an attorney who did not think he or she was an authority on everything? And I say that with all due respect for my brothers and sisters in the second oldest profession.

  206. SAndMan December 11th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Boston Dave-

    I’m Guessing that’s why there hasn’t been any major deals official yet even from the winter meetings.

  207. Joe from Long Island December 11th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    murphydog – You are absolutely correct!

  208. Ed FL December 11th, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    SJ44,Bobcat, if I recall correctly, received an emailfrom Peter. We don’t know what happened between the two of them. After that email conversation, Bobcat apologized to Pete and practically disapeared from this bog. Unfortunalely

  209. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Doreen:

    In part of a larger post, today’s date, AP indicates the Mitchell report will be made public:

    “Baseball officials have said for several weeks that management would be able to examine the report on performance-enhancing drugs a few days before it is made public to make sure it does not contain any confidential information that if released would violate the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners.”

  210. Mitchell Report December 11th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    what current/former yankees do you think are on the report?

    Giambi – obviously
    Clemens – i think there is a fair chance he will be named
    Arod – i dont believe he will be on it..
    Farnsworth – hmm.. wouldnt surprise me

  211. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Ed FL –

    Bobcat posted after the Pete email. He seemed to disappear after the Winter Meetings.

  212. Doreen December 11th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    thanks, murphydog

  213. pat December 11th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    An interesting question I heard today:

    Because of steroids, players like Bonds and McGwire might not get into the HOF. What would the reaction be if the report comes out and it names a player who has recently been elected into the Hall? Radomski gave Mitchell names of players going back to 1995. I haven’t looked to see who has gotten in since 2000 but the possibility could exist.

  214. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Ed FL:

    I think what Pete Abe did was ask Bobcat – - in an off the blog e-mail – - to identify himself. Pete then commented on the blog something to the effect that he was just trying to find out who the insider was since he appeared to be breaking news, not just opinion, and that he would have kept his identity confidential as he would with any journalistic source. Pete left it open for Bobcat to post anytime.

  215. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    murphydog-

    you’re going to be to one of the go to people on the blog when the mitchell report comes out. i’m guessing that there are at least a dozen attorneys on the blog so the discussion should be interesting to say the least.

    i do agree what you said about the the players association being more involved. they should be the ones who protect their players who don’t use from the unfair competition of the ones who do.

  216. SAndMan December 11th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Jorge Posada maybe on it.I mean a .277 hitting at age 34 and 35 finally hitting over .300 as a catcher..And Ortiz.Maybe it’s not just Manny who makes him hit good.

  217. Mitchell Report December 11th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    i wouldnt be one bit surprised to see guys like

    torii hunter
    Craig Monroe
    Piazza
    Clemens
    Hafner
    Morneau
    jermaine dye
    blalock
    chavez
    crede

    ortiz? ahh perhaps.. id guess him more then manny.. manny has always been solid..
    thats why i dont think arod will be on it either..

    it will be interesting to see what pitchers.

    obviously we had
    rincon a few years back
    i think clemens
    percival
    lidge

    im really interested to find out

  218. yankee21 December 11th, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Anyone else think it strange that the trade front has been mysteriously quiet since the winter meetings, and even during the meetings aside from DET/FLA trade, very little movement between teams.

    What are the odds the clubs were given the names on the Mitchell report before hand?

  219. Ranting Guy December 11th, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve been speculating all along every team had someone doing PED’s. Some teams more than others perhaps, but if there are a fair proportion of Red Sox players mentioned it won’t appear as biased as some people think it could.

    Just for example, I seriously doubt most of the ’98 Yanks roster would get named while none of the ’98 Red Sox players get named. Mitchell would have to be an utter idiot to try pulling something like that.

    Giambi is a lock to be in there while he was in Oakland and probably also as a Yank, at least in the beginning of his time here. At least he didn’t start out doing it here he just sort of brought it with him. Hopefully we find he kept it to himself.

    The report probably won’t have 100% of the names of the guys who were doing PED’s either, so there’ll be a little bit of a gray zone to consider when judging it too. Some will probably be surprising (who’d have guessed Byrd?) but some will be just as obvious as Canseco.

    Regardless of who’s in it I would hope the sources of names gets considered, and how legit any evidence is on each player mentioned, before any penalties are slapped on them. Even the obvious ones are entitled to due process I guess.

  220. Phil December 11th, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    To further what SJ posted…my brother is currently a freshman on a baseball scholarship at a mid-level Division I school in the Northeast. Playing on various summer teams, he has seen some awful cases of parents pushing their kids to use performance-enhancing drugs.

    While in high school in Northern VA, he had steroids offered to him numerous times. In addition, the school’s football coaches were fired for pushing the kids to take steroids and HGH.

  221. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    murphydog
    December 11th, 2007 at 8:41 pm
    GB7:

    Wow. Nice intel on Burke, Berg and Doolittle
    _____________________________________________________
    Thanks, Berg was a space cadet, but interesting. He would have made a couple of books worth of study for psychiatrist. Paranoia doesn’t begin to describe Moe Berg. Burke had an amazing life. They made a movie about him and one of his operations, back in the late forties. The movie had Gary Cooper in the starring role. It was called “Cloak and Dagger”. Good movie.

  222. mel December 11th, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Wouldn’t it be fun if we knew how many list guys there are on each team? That would be a great “blog parlor” game, trying to fill in the blanks.

  223. Phil December 11th, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    That late `90′s Indians teams with Albert Belle, Thome, etc. was all roided up, including Manny.

  224. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    I wouldn’t get my hopes up about seeing any Red Sox on that list. Just a hunch.

    If it were the Levine Report I wouldn’t expect any Yankee names.

  225. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Boston Dave: I know I’m late, but that wouldn’t surprise me, re: Arod’s deal not final till after the report comes out

  226. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I imagine it’ll be at least one guy on every team, especially AL, so as to avoid bias allegations.

  227. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Rebecca – Today has not been your day. How many threads does this make that you have paralyzed/killed? LOL

  228. mel December 11th, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    The big question is who plays Selig, Mitchell, and Schilling the Whistleblower in the tv movie. I’m suspecting Schilling plays himself. “I can prove I’ve never done steroids, this is a beer-belly.”

  229. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    randy1:

    I appreciate the props, but once the Mitchell Report is out I’m not sure if it’s really a lawyer’s game anymore. My gut tells me we can all make rational deductions about the finished product with or without a J.D.

    True, guessing at why it’s written a certain way, why some things were left out and others put in might be easier for a lawyer to tease out. But most of my predicting had to do with understanding criminal investigations, rules regarding immunity, grand jury secrecy, and how all that intersected with, and thus either impeded or (much less often) helped Mitchell’s efforts.

    The report itself is not a product of law enforcement so I am less sure what to expect. But I’m really, really hoping there is a preliminary statement within the Report defining its Scope and Methodology because that will clear up a lot of issues. IMO a failure to set forth those two things could seriously damage the value and credibility of the report.

  230. thenextandykosco December 11th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Poor Darrell Rasner! I expect that when his Yankeeography is done it will be reported that, on the day he was born, 1/13/1981, the obstetrician left the delivery room immediately following the birth, and, as an excuse to keep his golf date, hollered, “He’s out of options! He’s out of options!”

    Every offseason, fans use “He’s out of options!” as an argument for whatever they have already decided should be done with a player contract. Sometimes the argument is used to justify keeping a player on the 25-man roster; sometimes the argument is used to justify disposing of the major league contract to leave room for another. Where the factual assertion “He’s out of options!” happens to be true, one can readily agree that the fact is deserving of consideration. Where the assertion affects a $390,000 minimum 2008 major league contract (big money to most of us), a proper respect for the player and team involved and for competing players or competing teams requires that we not recklessly report factual information. We do our favorite teams and players no honor by reporting as fact those things we do not know.

    For some reason, ever since Rasner was waived by the Nationals, people have been reporting that he is out of options. The frustrating thing for me is that no one ever cites any authority for the bare assertion that Rasner or any other player is out of options. Already this offseason, Chad Jennings, in his blog, and YankeeInMichigan, in this thread, have stated that they think that Rasner is out of options.

    I believe that Rasner is not out of options. Here is my reasoning: Rasner first appeared on a major league 40-man roster on 11/10/2004 when his minor league contract was purchased from AA Harrisburg by the Expos/Nationals in preparation for the 2004 Rule 5 draft. Since the 2004 championship season was already over on 11/10/2004, 2004 was not an option year.

    The Nationals optioned Rasner to Harrisburg for most of the 2005 season (He made 26 starts and 1 relief appearance at Harrisburg in 2005.) Thus, 2005 used up one of Rasner’s usual three option years.

    It is my understanding that the Nationals wanted to make room on their 40-man roster for someone else in February 2006, and they asked waivers on Rasner. His major league contract was awarded to the Yankees on their waiver claim on 2/10/2006. The Yankees optioned Rasner to the minors during spring training 2006. He pitched for Columbus from the start of the season until being recalled on 5/31/2006. Thus, another option was used up in 2006, and one would have thought that the last option year would be 2007.

    Here is where it really starts to get interesting. Remember that, in 2007, a Rasner option was not used at the end of spring training because Rasner was not optioned to the minors at the end of spring training 2007. Instead, he went north with the Yankees and was on their 25-man roster from the start of the season on 4/2/2007 until 4/20/2007 when he was optioned by the Yankees to SWB. He stayed on optional assignment at AAA until he was recalled on 5/5/2007, a span of 15 days on optional assignment. He was never again put on optional assignment during 2007. He was on the major league active 25-man roster from recall on 5/5/2007 until he went on the 60-day DL on 5/20/2007. He stayed on the 60-day DL for the rest of the championship season. The minor league appearances he made in August and September were on injury rehab assignment from the major league 60-day DL and do not constitute optional assignment to the minor leagues. Thus, Rasner’s active duty time, for purposes of the option rule, for 2007 consists of approximately 33 days in the major leagues (18 days in April and 15 days in May) and 15 days on optional assignment to the minor leagues.

    Under Article XIX(E) of the currently effective Collective Bargaining Agreement, “If a Player is optionally assigned for a total of less than 20 days in one championship season, such optional assignment(s) shall not count as an optional assignment in connection with the limitation upon optional assignments provided for in Major League Rule 11(c).” Thus, there was no option used in 2007, and Rasner should be optionable in 2008. Curiously, even though Rasner’s active duty in the major leagues, for purposes of the option rules, for 2007 consists of only approximately 33 days, he accrues a full season of 172 days of credited service time (for purposes of arbitration, no-trade rules, right to demand a trade, and free agency, etc. purposes) because Article XXI(B) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement provides “If a Player is optionally assigned for a total of less than 20 days in one championship season, the Player shall be credited with Major League service during the period of such optional assignment(s).” Time on the major league DL, including the minor league rehab assignments while on the major league DL count as service time for purposes of arbitration, no-trade rules, right to demand a trade, and free agency purposes).

    My source for the transaction dates has been the transactions diary at the Nationals and Yankees official websites at http://www.mlb.com. Obviously, my source for Article XIX of the Collective Bargaining Agreement is the CBA itself. Certain statistics on Rasner come from the Baseball America Super Register (a print publication).

    I have no particular affinity for Rasner, and I certainly have no personal or business relationship with him. I just think that he and other players similarly situated are done an injustice when their contract statuses are misconstrued. I could understand or make arguments for and against keeping him or dropping him from any particular roster, but I would not use the lack of options as an argument for or against Rasner this year.

    In part, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Baseball Writers Association of America get the obtuseness, and the resulting public skepticism, they ask for. I have never understood why those organizations do not find it in their common interest to hire Elias or Howe or whomever they choose to hire, to compile, maintain, and publish as a part of official roster information in a publicly available central database, major league service time and option status for each player. In a competitive public marketplace, transparency of information enhances the reputation for integrity.

  231. Tommy December 11th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    Murphydog:

    Why bother reading the report at all.
    According to the bloggers here, Mitchell has absolutely no credibility.

    Can’t believe people still harp on the Red Sox connection.

  232. ET90210 December 11th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Totally off topic, but totally worth it! Check it out…

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....a-heisman/

  233. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Tommy – It is not just bloggers. If you have time and really want to, read this article from ESPN.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=3142651

  234. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    I wonder if they homeschooled together.

    And for a more natural beauty, here’s Colt Brennan’s girlfriend.

    http://starbulletin.com/2007/03/08/news/artb3x.jpg

  235. Tommy December 11th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Mike, the snark I was attempting goes back to an argument that took place here in early November.
    Murphydog knows what I was alluding to.

    But thanks.

  236. YankeeDiva December 11th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Why bother reading the report at all.
    According to the bloggers here, Mitchell has absolutely no credibility.

    Can’t believe people still harp on the Red Sox connection.

    Well it does bring into question the objectivity of the report when its done by someone that has a stake in the results or is close to those that do no?

  237. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Tommy:

    You have to give the devil his due. It was shortsighted of Selig to choose Mitchell owing to his obvious connection to the Sox and the Commissioner’s Office. It was a choice made, IMO, to appease and quiet a then stirring Congress by selecting one of their own. I can see why some say that this report needed to be bulletproof and that choosing Mitchell was tantamount to building in doubt to a process that was supposed to dispel doubt.

    At the same time, however, there was no way to do this investigation much differently even if Mitchell were not connected with it. Mitchell had no subpoena power, he was competing with various US Attorney Office and local prosecutors as well as IRS CID for access to witnesses and evidence (and lost every time as far as I can tell), he could not compel testimony in exchange for immunity from prosecution and he had no MLB sanctions for failure to cooperate with his investigation. Let’s see if the report notes these limitations on the investigation, and whether it states its methodology and scope.

    The Mitchell Report is going to be important reading, for what it says as much as what it fails to say.

  238. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    I saw that Tebow’s gf pic awhile ago, she’s quite impressive and a couple of nice *coughs* eyes :)

  239. YankeeDiva December 11th, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Is it possible….

    that the Yankees are waiting on the ARod deal until they see if he’s on the Mitchell Report?

    I wouldn’t think so but maybe?

    I thought the teams were already notified of who was on the report. If they were waiting until that came out why did they go through all the extra approvals his contract required if they aren’t sure if he’s on the list or not?

  240. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I still would take Brennan as the better QB, that Washington game he showed me he wasn’t all hype, I mean look at Micheal Vick a great scrambler but quetionable long tosser, if I were looking for the next franchise QB Colten Brennan hands down.

  241. Ranting Guy December 11th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    With all the hubbub on the report it won’t be a Sox propoganda thing. There were players from every team and the report will include many of the names. Still many will be left out because they or their associates somehow avoided scrutiny, or they had more loyal associates than the rest. Not because they played in Boston.

    If something like that were to happen Mitchell’s professional credibility would be shot. He may be a fan, but I seriously doubt he’s going to put something out that’d be biased like a 12-yr old fan (of any team) or even Peter Gammons would write.

    We’re all curious … two more days.

  242. murphydog December 11th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Mike R:

    Excellent article. Well worth the time, lays it all out.

  243. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    YankeeDiva -

    were the teams notified? I think MLB just got the report today. Did you hear that teams got it prior to MLB offices?

  244. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    Ranting Guy December 11th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    With all the hubbub on the report it won’t be a Sox propoganda thing. There were players from every team and the report will include many of the names. Still many will be left out because they or their associates somehow avoided scrutiny, or they had more loyal associates than the rest. Not because they played in Boston.

    If something like that were to happen Mitchell’s professional credibility would be shot. He may be a fan, but I seriously doubt he’s going to put something out that’d be biased like a 12-yr old fan (of any team) or even Peter Gammons would write.

    We’re all curious … two more days.

    This isn’t about him being “a fan”. He is a high ranking Red Sock official. The guy is on the Red Sox payroll. Literally. The only measure that MLB took to avoid a conflict of interest was agree that the Red Sox would not pay him during the investigation. They payed him before and will start again now that the report is turned in.

  245. Tommy December 11th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Murphydog:

    We’ve all had this discussion 6 weeks ago.
    I never said that Selig was entirley correct in choosing Mitchell.
    I am simply challenging the absurd notion that George Mitchell, yes that George Mitchell, will deliberately deliver a less than objective report based solely on his Red SOx connecton.
    That implication has been made by many here on the blog.

  246. em3 December 11th, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Ha…love the Brennan and Tebow pics. That Mitchell Report Draft is better, though. Hilarious…

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....ort-draft/

  247. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Mike R. I doubt he would put his reputation on the line like that, I do believe some Red Sox will be on this list I always had in my mind in question guys like Manny and Mike Lowell since he had injuries in his past then all the sudden develops some pop in his swing

  248. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    if there is enough people here we can have our own Mitchell Report Draft who’s down w/ this :)

  249. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Brandon – Count me in.

  250. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Brandon,

    It is not unreasonable to consider some bias on Mitchell’s part.

    Do you think there is any proof for most of the players on the list? Not likely.

    Therefore, Mitchell has to take hearsay and scattered facts to base his ‘educated guesses’ as to who took PEDs.

    It is entirely possible that he’ll have some bias, maybe that he isnt conscious of, when putting together the info and making the list. Instead of ’rounding up’ and adding the Red Sox player, he may ’round down’ and not.

    I cant say one way or the other… just that its VERY concerning that Selig wouldnt at least include mutliple parties in the investigation rather than one person, to avoid the controversy.

  251. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    YankeeDiva,

    People were trying to argue that Mitchell has no real connection to the Red Sox. Being a director and listed under Larry Lucchino on the mlb site seems real to me.

    Of course there’s nothing to suggest so far that Senator Mitchell is not fair or impartial.

  252. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I’m up for it, so what year are we starting at? 1987??

  253. randy l. December 11th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    murpheydog-
    the players and the owners theoretically are in an equal partnership in baseball. the problem with one side doing an investigative report on the other is it gives power to the one doing the investigating. at the least, an independent third party should do it.

    i think one purpose of the mitchell report is to put the players in general in their place, even the ones who have never used a ped. that’s one major reason why i wish that the players union would have policed their own problem.

    mccain really annoys me. when he takes his first random drug test when he votes in congress i’ll maybe pay attention when he takes a holier than thou attitude towards baseball players being tested. i guess what congress does isn’t as important as baseball.

  254. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    we’ll start from 96′ to make it fair..each poster has a top 10 list..ready ?

  255. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Brandon: I’m down!

  256. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    READY ? ….

  257. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Brandon,

    Good to hear nice words about Brennan.

    I’m sure that players on the list know they’re on it. They were probably asked to talk to the senator, though most probably declined to do so.

    Once again, Jason comes up smelling like roses. The good thing about the report is that it will show the breadth of the problem and that the sport can’t be hypocritical about targeting individuals (ahem, Bonds). The stink of steroids will be less as bigger names are revealed.

  258. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    w/ the first pick of the Mitchell Report Draft I choose

    CF Andrew Jones

  259. gayle December 11th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I would imagine that Mitchell will have some kind of threshold in terms of naming specific players. He will not go on hearsay as I believe that opens the report and MLB to too much threat of legal action. I am sure that whatever the threshold is it will be announced by Mitchell when the report is released.

  260. Tommy December 11th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Roger Clemens

  261. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    The only Red Sox`names likely to appear will be Manny Alexander, Jeremy Giambi and Jose Canseco(before becoming Sox players), Paxton Crawford (flake and minor player) and Mo Vaughn (after leaving the Red Sox). If Clemens shows up, it will only be after he left the Red Sox.

  262. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    Mike R. , Rebecca, Gayle, GB7, Buddy, we’re waiting for your picks I can’t pick my 2nd rd. pick until you guys do

  263. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Jose Canseco

  264. YankeeDiva December 11th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    YankeeDiva -

    were the teams notified? I think MLB just got the report today. Did you hear that teams got it prior to MLB offices?

    I don’t know for sure I was asking a question, I thought someone in the 1,000 announcements that teams were going to be notified in advance regarding players on the list.

  265. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    With the ____ pick I choose:

    Ivan Rodriguez. I have a thing for catchers.

  266. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens

  267. YankeeDiva December 11th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    somewhere not someone

  268. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Jose Guillen

  269. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez

  270. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Not in any particular order:

    Dante Bichette
    Juan “Gone” Gonzalez
    Todd Hundley
    Howard Johnson
    Albert Belle
    Jay Buhner
    Greg Vaughn
    Richard Hidalgo
    Tony Batista
    Luis Gonzalez

  271. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez
    Mel – OF Jose Guillen

  272. metsfan December 11th, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    non-tender wang, please

  273. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Buddy Biancalana one pick per round ;)

  274. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Damn looks like I screwed it up, ok, well here’s my 10 picks.

  275. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    Dante Bichette

  276. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    gayle,

    dont you think most of it will be hearsay? i doubt they have hard evidence on 80 players. i could be wrong… but i would imagine much of the evidence is based on the testimony of that Mets dugout dude with or without any real proof. I dunno…

  277. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez
    Mel – OF Jose Guillen
    Buddy – OF Dante Bichette

  278. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    I’ll go against the grain and take David Ortiz.

  279. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez
    Mel – OF Jose Guillen
    Buddy – OF Dante Bichette
    B.Dave – 1B/DH David Ortiz

  280. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Let me know when the second round starts

  281. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    1st pick. Todd Helton

  282. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    GB7

    Great pick on Manny Alexander.

  283. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    If someone’s never done steroids, has no scrip, receipts, or positive tests and is named in the report don’t they have a case to sue MLB for libel? That’s a pretty big can of worms.

  284. Mark McCray December 11th, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    You guys want to hear something really ridiculous???? Sports Time Ohio (the cheap Indians version of the YES Network) is running a week of programming dubbed “Spank the Yankees” week. They can’t be serious…..right?!?

  285. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez
    Mel – OF Jose Guillen
    Buddy – OF Dante Bichette
    B.Dave – 1B/DH David Ortiz
    GB7 – 1B Todd Helton

    2nd Rd. begins at 10:51 P.M.

  286. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Buddy, there will be no surprises coming from the Red Sox, My second pick is Chuck Knoblauch

  287. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Giambi spoke with the Senator, is he in or out?

  288. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    mel – good point.

    i wonder how it will be worded. i cant see how the report can flat out claim that each player listed used PEDs without that being a possibility.

  289. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    This hurts but gotta go with LF: Johnny Damon

  290. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    December 11th, 2007 at 10:48 pm
    Buddy, there will be no surprises coming from the Red Sox, My second pick is Chuck Knoblauch

    if he’s still on the board :)

  291. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Brandon – 2nd Round in reverse order?

  292. Jax December 11th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Damon- His name was on a “false” Internet rumor a couple of years ago. It maybe some credence to it.
    Giambi- We all know about him.
    Posada- Sorry but he wouldn’t surprise me. I’m on the fence.
    Arod- I don’t think so.
    Jeter- Hell no!
    Rivera- Hell no!
    Cano- Don’t think so
    Abreu- I have no idea.
    Melky- You’re kidding right? lol no way
    Pettitte- His name has been out there before so it would not surprise me. Plus he’s buddies with Clemens.
    Wang- Nope
    Joba- He was in HS in 2003
    Hughes- Heck no
    Kennedy- Heck no

    I don’t think there’s going to be any surprise on the Yankees. Someone mentioned Farnsworth he is built, very muscular. The Yankees I pick are Pettitte,Damon,Posada?,Farnsworth.

  293. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    sure why not and then vice versa

  294. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    With my 2nd pick I take:

    Albert Pujols.

    (come on, it’s obvious)

  295. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    No way, Mike R.

    I take Guillermo Mota, formerly of the METS!

  296. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    GB7-

    Manny Alexander refresher:

    On June 30, 2000, during a traffic stop, police discovered steroids and syringes in a Mercedes-Benz owned by Alexander that had been loaned to team bat boy Carlos Cowart. Cowart was arrested for driving without a license and previous charges of driving without a license and failing to stop for police. After an investigation, police decided not to pursue steroid possession charges against Alexander after his lawyers provided evidence that at least five people had access to the vehicle.

  297. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    December 11th, 2007 at 10:47 pm
    1st rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CF Andrew Jones
    Tommy – SP Roger Clemens
    Mike R. – OF Jose Canseco
    Rebecca – C Ivan Rodriguez
    Mel – OF Jose Guillen
    Buddy – OF Dante Bichette
    B.Dave – 1B/DH David Ortiz
    GB7 – 1B Todd Helton
    Gus G. – OF Johnny Damon

    2nd Rd. begins at 10:51 P.M.

  298. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    My worry with the report is that it will conveniently state A-Rod’s name in passing and the media will run with it. Headlines like “A-Rod named by Mitchell” will be the norm.

  299. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Jax,

    One obvious candidate, but they got rid of him before the report came out is Tyler Clippard. *giggles*

    Just kidding Mrs. Clippard.

  300. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Gus G. your the clock for your 2nd rd. pick :D

  301. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Knoblauch

  302. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Ok cool…

    2B, Todd Walker

  303. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Brandon-

    Do we win the prize you got from Rebecca if we have the most accurate names?

  304. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. –
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch

  305. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Adrian Beltre

  306. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Yep. Buddy, that’s why the players with Red Soc connections that have already been outed will be the only ones named.

  307. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2b Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre

    BUDDY YOUR PICK

  308. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Juan Gone!

  309. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Guillermo Mota

  310. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    The winner gets Rebecca. Unless Rebecca wins, then the lucky girl gets me.

  311. mel December 11th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Lag and Spam Filter.

    Brandon, here’s my second round pick.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ent-225040

  312. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Booyah!

  313. rodg12 December 11th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I’d really like to see some player get named erroneously and sue somebody’s a$$ for libel. Make an even bigger mess of a VERY poorly handled situation.

  314. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2B Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre
    Buddy – OF Juan Gonzalez
    Mel – (no Mota he admitted )

    Mel your pick :D

  315. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    O_O;;; Dude. I AM NOT A PRIZE.

    Anyway.

    Albert Pujols. Put him on the board.

  316. Boston Dave December 11th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    gotta get to bed…. nite everyone

  317. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2B Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre
    Buddy – OF Juan Gonzalez
    Mel – SP Carl Pavano

    REBECCA IS ON THE CLOCK

  318. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2B Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre
    Buddy – OF Juan Gonzalez
    Mel – SP Carl Pavano
    Rebecca – UTY Albert Pujols

  319. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    You’re right, Rebecca. That was a sexist remark. You’re no prize.

  320. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Just a gift from the gods.

  321. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Mike R. your on the clock :)

  322. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    O.K. I’ll take Carl Pavano. Maybe he took enough HGH to help him heal and make him look 5 years younger.

    Would we be able to void the contract.

  323. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Mr. Gary Matthews Jr

  324. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Is Rebecca blushing?

  325. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Mr. Gary Matthews Jr

    no already admitteds :)

  326. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    GB: It’s okay. It’s amazing though, I’m one of the most tomboyish people you’ll meet (except for the part where I love Tudor gowns), and still because I’m female…. o_O;;;

  327. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    3rd round pick. Frank Thomas the Michelin Man.

  328. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Paul Byrd

  329. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Paul Byrd is another already admitted, your on thin ice Mike R. :D

  330. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Not a problem, Rebecca. What guy wouldn’t want a tomboy with a Yankee fetish and a sense of humor….dressed in a tudor gown?

  331. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Tommy get your pick ready or I’m skipping

  332. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Jim Thome

  333. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Ha! Thin ice… you sound like my father about 20 years ago.

  334. ET2012 December 11th, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    How about Igawa, do you think he is on the Mitchell Report??

  335. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Fukudome is a Cubbie:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7554498

  336. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2B Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre
    Buddy – OF Juan Gonzalez
    Mel – SP Carl Pavano
    Rebecca – UTY Albert Pujols
    Mike R. – 1B Jim Thome

    Tommy your pick :)

  337. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    3rd Round: Pedro Martinez. Again, don’t tell me he wasn’t using…

  338. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    2nd rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 2B Todd Walker
    GB7 – 2B/LF Chuck Knoblauch
    B.Dave – 3B Adrian Beltre
    Buddy – OF Juan Gonzalez
    Mel – SP Carl Pavano
    Rebecca – UTY Albert Pujols
    Mike R. – 1B Jim Thome
    Tommy – -
    Brandon – SP Bartolo Colon

    3rd Rd. begins at 11:18 P.M.

  339. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Clown Hair? lol. That’s how come his bush is so bushy.

  340. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    mel—My jaw just dropped large enough that you could stick a watermelon in my mouth.

  341. dadofjft December 11th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Someone needs to pick Chad Curtis.

  342. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    2 more rounds to go this is getting exciting :)

    after the 2 rds. 5 picks go on closing OT RD. in addition to your 5 rounders
    (this is by choice ofcourse)

  343. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    5 picks is my limit. I have to sleep in a little while.

  344. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    I put my 3rd pick in at 11:07, unless you want it to be a sandwich pick.

  345. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    I choose Eric Gagne

    Mike R. because Tommy has seemed to have left us your pick please

  346. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Come on. It was a joke. It’s a boring night and just having some fun, Pete.

  347. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    I will choose Miguel Tejada.

  348. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. –

    Rebecca your pick

  349. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada

    Rebecca your pick

  350. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    oooohh, GB7, did you get scolded?

  351. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Brandon: Pedro Martinez

  352. LathamJoe December 11th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    It was virtually “common knowledge” that Nomar Garciaparra was juicing back in 2003 before being traded by the Red Sox. If his name does not appear in the Report, there is definitely “something rotten in Boston’.

    Bernie Williams?

  353. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca –
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man

    Buddy your pick

  354. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Evidently, Mel. My next choice was going to be Pete. Guess somebody didn’t appreciate getting outed.

  355. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca – SP Pedro Martinez
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man

  356. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I think I missed something…

  357. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Mel it’s Big Brother

  358. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Brady Anderson

  359. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Caqn’t be Brady Anderson. Everyone knows that his strength came from his sideburns.

  360. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    slowly people are bowing out :D

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca – SP Pedro Martinez
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man
    Buddy –
    B.Dave –

    GB7 your pick

  361. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca – SP Pedro Martinez
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man
    Buddy – OF/1B Brady Anderson

    GB7 your pick

  362. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Jim Edmonds

  363. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Buddy,

    I think you’re right. Lot’s of lag and spam filtering tonight. Senator Mitchell doesn’t want any info leaking out.

  364. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    GB: Did Pete yell at you or something? Cos I totally can’t find it.

  365. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca – SP Pedro Martinez
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man
    Buddy – OF/1B Brady Anderson
    B.Dave –
    GB7 – OF Jim Edmonds

    good choice ! if Gus G. is here select your choice if not GB7 get Rd. 4 started off immediately

  366. Aaron Boone December 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Brett Boone

  367. Pav December 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    say NO to GIulIanI

  368. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Sticking with the Walkers… LARRY WALKER

  369. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    people were always trying to out Brady Anderson on different list

  370. Pav December 11th, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    say NO to GIulIanI .

  371. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Milton Bradley, too much rage.

  372. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    4th Round pick… Troy Glaus

  373. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    No, Rebecca. I entered that name twice and it was filtered out or booted out before it ever got on the board.

  374. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – CL Eric Gagne
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – SS Miguel Tejada
    Rebecca – SP Pedro Martinez
    Mel – 1B/DH Frank Thomas aka The Michelin Man
    Buddy – OF/1B Brady Anderson
    B.Dave –
    GB7 – OF Jim Edmonds
    Gus G. OF Larry Walker

    GB7 your 1st pick of the 4th rd. please we have 1 final rd. to go after this lets get it over with

  375. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    How ’bout some Philly Chz– Lenny Dykstra & Pete “Inky” Incaviglia

  376. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    4th round pick is…Mike Sweeney, KC

  377. Kill-Schill(ing) December 11th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Anyone think Corey Patterson might be a decent option for CF if The Melkman Goeth?

    God, Natalie Dormer is smoking hot!!!!!!!1

  378. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    4th Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. –
    GB7 – 1B Mike Sweeney
    B.Dave–

    Buddy your next , Gus G. Glaus is an admitted can’t use him

  379. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    GB-

    What name did you try to type?

  380. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Vladimir Guerrerro.

  381. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Brandon-

    Lenny Dykstra

  382. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Ah, didn’t know that… see how good I am at picking ‘em!

    my 4th rounder…Chipper Jones

  383. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Rebecca-

    Vlad doesn’t juice, c’mon!

  384. Kill-Schill(ing) December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    I take many performance enhancing drugs. I hope to be on the list.

  385. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    4th Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. –
    GB7 – 1B Mike Sweeney
    B.Dave–
    Buddy – HOF Lenny Dykstra (don’t know why but.. )

    Mel followed by Rebecca your picks

  386. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Rebecca, I entered our “Fearful Leader”, P.A.

  387. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Buddy: But do you see how big he is?!?!

  388. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    4th Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 3B Larry Jones
    GB7 – 1B Mike Sweeney
    B.Dave–
    Buddy – HOF Lenny Dykstra (don’t know why but.. )

  389. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Brandon-

    You kidding, you don’t think Lenny juiced at the end of his career?

  390. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    “Slammin’” Sammy Sosa

  391. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Milton “That’s Not ‘Roid Rage, That’s My Personality” Bradley

  392. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Corey Patterson would be decent. He doesn’t hit much but he does hit lefties.

  393. pat December 11th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Per the new agent, Pavano is 11 days shy of 10 years of Major League service which would fully vest him for a pension. That’s why he is reluctant to accept a minor league deal immediately. That must be the “option” he was referring to on his quote from earlier today.

  394. Gus G. December 11th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Haha, Larry…. where’s Balky?

  395. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    I am way, way confused.

  396. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Milton “It’s Not ‘Roid Rage” Bradley

  397. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    4th Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Gus G. – 3B Larry Jones
    GB7 – 1B Mike Sweeney
    B.Dave–
    Buddy – HOF Lenny Dykstra (don’t know why but.. )
    Mel – OF Milton “That’s Not ‘Roid Rage, That’s My Personality” Bradley

    Rebecca – RF Vladamir “no gloves no love” Guerrero
    Mike R. – RF Sammy “I donk speak eh’ english” Sosa
    Tommy –
    Brandon – C Paul “come on you know that roid” Laduca

  398. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Then Pavano isn’t thinking clearly, Pat. At the end of spring training, NYY can just add him to the 60 Day DL and it removes him from the 40 man roster and he gets his 10 days.

  399. Kill-Schill(ing) December 11th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I’m a witch and Commie too. I wonder if my name will appear in the Mitchell report.

  400. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    I choose for my last pick 1B Carlos Delgado

  401. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    3rd Rd. in Mitchell Draft

    Brandon –
    Tommy – -
    Mike R. – OF Sammy Sosa
    Rebecca – OF Vlad Guerrero
    Mel – Milton “I got issues” Bradley
    Buddy – Lenny Dykstra
    B.Dave –
    GB7 – 1B Mike Sweeney
    Gus G. 3B Larry Jones

  402. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    ooops Corey Patterson actually only hit lefties last year .301 He has hit .242 in his career against them and .264 against righties.

  403. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Kosuke Fukudome Signs With Cubs

  404. Mike R. December 11th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    With my final pick…I select…Luis Gonzalez.

    And with that I bid you Adieu.

    Adieu. To you. And you and you and you…

    Good Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!!

  405. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Mike R. replace your 4th Rd. since you picked Sosa twice

    Mike R. Rd. 5 your last pick

  406. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    GB7,

    The spam filter’s been eating up my posts all night (thus the double posting).

    Or did you get an e-mail?

  407. Kill-Schill(ing) December 11th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    Above average defensive outfielder too, James, I think. And a formidable force on the bases. Corey can flat-out run.

  408. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez

    Rebecca your last choice :)

  409. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    The Cubs spend a lot of money for a team that’s on the market to be sold. Usually those teams hold a fire sale.

  410. Buddy Biancalana December 11th, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Rebecca

    Vlad has so much talent, no way he juiced, no need for it. I would be totally blown away if he did.

  411. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    No, Mel. I posted PA’s name twice with the idea of selecting him as a possible name on the list, since he got stronger as the winter meetings went on. They both were disallowed.

  412. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Last pick: Magglio Ordonez.

  413. mel December 11th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Placido Polanco. Something’s wrong with the shape of his head.

  414. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca –

    MEL YOUR LAST PICK :)

  415. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 11th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    GB: HAH! He’s on to you…

  416. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 11th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca – RF Magglio Ordonez
    Mel – 2B Placido Polanco

    Buddy your pick

  417. james December 11th, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Placido Polanco not a cheater, he just isn’t human

  418. GreenBeret7 December 11th, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Well, his head has swelled and he has put on some weight, Rebecca.

  419. Buddy Biancalana December 12th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Greg Vaughn

  420. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca – RF Magglio Ordonez
    Mel – 2B Placido Polanco
    Buddy –
    B.Dave –-

    GB7 your last pick :D

  421. mel December 12th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Rebecca,

    At first I thought Pete scolded GB7 for his joke @ you.

    BTW, how was that watermelon? Now everytime you see Colon you’ll be thinking of clowns…

  422. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Rusty Greer, Texas

  423. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca – RF Magglio Ordonez
    Mel – 2B Placido Polanco
    Buddy – ? Greg Vaughn

  424. james December 12th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    GreenBeret7 yeah did you read Pete complain about having to walk around the Opry hotel. Jeez Pete have a salad man.

  425. mel December 12th, 2007 at 12:02 am

    james,

    Is it my imagination or are Placido’s temples really bulbous? I mean, is that from gum chewing or what?

  426. james December 12th, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Bigger head Placido Polanco or Kevin Mench?

  427. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca – RF Magglio Ordonez
    Mel – 2B Placido Polanco
    Buddy – OF Greg Vaughn
    GB7 – OF Rusty Greer

    if Gus G. is here please enter your last pick if not the Mitchell Report Draft is now over :) Thursday we will see the results

  428. Buddy Biancalana December 12th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Vaughn was an outfielder

  429. james December 12th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Placido Polanco looks like one of the aliens from the original Star Trek that created the Illusions for Captain Pike.

  430. Gus G. December 12th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Round 5: What can SP Kevin Brown do for you?

  431. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    wow Fukudome gets 12 million per year ? that is ridiculous :?

  432. Josh December 12th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Has anyone said Brady Anderson yet? Or Brian Roberts?

  433. james December 12th, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Placido Polanco http://members.aol.com/nflpntrs/cage-talosian.jpg

  434. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:05 am

    5th and final Rd. of the Mitchell Draft

    Brandon – 1B Carlos Delgado
    Tommy–
    Mike R. – OF Luis “lucky hit” Gonzalez
    Rebecca – RF Magglio Ordonez
    Mel – 2B Placido Polanco
    Buddy – OF Greg Vaughn
    GB7 – OF Rusty Greer
    Gus G. SP Kevin Brown

    DRAFT IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER

  435. mel December 12th, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Supplemental draft coming in now…

    Thanks, for the fun exercise/parlor game.

    Going back to my real life now.

  436. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    I still say that the Twins missed out on a multi-million dollar public relations tie-in by not signing Fukudome and not have him advertizing the new stadium. Imagine the slogans. It would be on everyone’s lips.

  437. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    no problem MEL we needed something to get pass tonight

    UPDATE, 12-11-07 at 10:43pm: MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat says the deal is for four years and $48MM.

    I mean a slap ball hitter getting 12M per year..?

  438. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    *
    **delete the “not” from not having him**

  439. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:09 am

    :wonders what Carl Crawford will get when he becomes a free agent:

  440. Gus G. December 12th, 2007 at 12:10 am

    goodnight all… may visions of mitchelldrops dance in your heads.

  441. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Now. there’s a name you could have some fun with….Carrie Muskrat. Wonder if she has hairy arms, legs and back?

  442. J-Dawg December 12th, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Hello, everyone. I am disappointed that I missed the draft, sounds like it was a lot of fun. Since Fukudome is now a Cub, it’s really too bad that Harry Caray is gone. Harry really would have had some fun trying to pronounce THAT name.

    Another thought- if Fukudome would have signed with the Yankees, what would John Sterling have called a Fukudome home run? We already have A-Bombs, would John have formed another kind of bomb with the first letter of Fukudome? :)

  443. myrtlebeachfan December 12th, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Who is the number 1 overall pick, Curt Schilling?

  444. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    Crawford will just shake hands with Hank Steibrenner and say, “Howdy, partner.”

  445. GreenBeret7 December 12th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    “It’s an F-Bomb by F-Dome”.

  446. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:15 am

    J-Dawg something in me just thinks Sterling would call him K-Fu* on the air :lol:

  447. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Cubs would have been better off paying Aaron Rowand that money

  448. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:23 am

    off topic but I found this hilarious

    “I’m excited to be part of a team that’s young and has a chance to win this division,” Lo Duca said Tuesday after passing a physical to make the deal official. “The NL East is wide open.”

    Asked what his reasons were for choosing the Nationals, Lo Duca said they “wanted me more,” and that he wanted to stay in the National League. Then he paused before adding with a smile: “getting to play the Mets 18 times.”

  449. J-Dawg December 12th, 2007 at 12:34 am

    All right, I’ll be serious now. It is good to see the free-agent signings and moves finally getting in gear. It will be interesting to see where the rest of the chips fall with free agents such as Aaron Rowand and possible trade targets like Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and others.

    Brandon- Sounds like Paul has an axe to grind. That’s a lot like what Luis Gonzalez said last year when he signed with the Dodgers. He wanted to face the D-Backs quite a bit. You use whatever you can for extra motivation.

  450. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 12th, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Right folks, I’m outtie.

    Rest easy and see you all mañana!

  451. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Midnight Wednesday marks baseball’s non-tender deadline. That’s when teams must choose whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. If they don’t offer a contract, the player is non-tendered and becomes a free agent.

    Ben Broussard
    Emil Brown
    Brian Bruney
    Kiko Calero
    Neal Cotts
    Joe Crede
    Brendan Donnelly
    Morgan Ensberg
    Johnny Estrada
    Mark Hendrickson
    Reed Johnson
    Jason Lane
    Felipe Lopez
    Kevin Mench
    Miguel Olivo
    Scott Podsednik
    Mark Prior
    Horacio Ramirez
    Juan Rincon
    Jae Seo
    Cory Sullivan
    Josh Towers
    Claudio Vargas
    Matt Wise

    out of this list I’d say I want Horacio to make him a BP guy or Neal Cotts, I don’t like Wise gets too nervous and breaks down

  452. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 12th, 2007 at 12:44 am

    buenas noche Rebecca ;)

  453. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 12th, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Brandon: Where’d you get the list? If Cano and Wang aren’t on it, I guess it means the Yanks reached some sort of agreement?

    Okay, for real now, g’nite.

  454. garfunk December 12th, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Interesting list. But Horacio Ramirez is a terrible terrible pitcher. I’d rather have 10 Kyle farnsworths than one of him. I’d rather have Kei Igawa than that dude. Why in the heck did the Mariners ever give up Rafael Soriano for a pitcher that can’t get anybody out?

  455. RedSoxRooter December 12th, 2007 at 2:04 am

    Nice post, Pete. Is there a strong reason NOT to franchise Wang at this point? The price ain’t comin’ down on his kind of poise and consistent and challenging stuff at such a young age… pay some more now, pay alot less later.

  456. Juke Early December 12th, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Did somebody mention Aeneas? Holy Cow! That’s a real HOMER. . ..

  457. gianthinker December 12th, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Let Bruney go. We caught magic in a bottle with him when he first brought him in but now he’s too inconsistent and too hard headed. If he doesnt want to work on his craft we dont need him.

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