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Pinch hitting: The Yankees Chick

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

maureen_1.jpgIt’s a slow month for baseball news. But fear not, we’ve lined up a series of guest bloggers to entertain you. Leading off is Maureen from YankeesChick.com.

The Chick has been blogging for over two years now. She’s passionate about the Yankees and baseball as a whole and loves nothing more than ranting and raving about the team and then hearing what other people have to say about said opinions. That’s generally a hearty mix of, “Right on, Chick!” and of course a big dose of, “Yer a moron, go Saaaawx!”

Here’s her post:

Hello lovely Peter Abraham friends (or perhaps a few foes, everyone is welcome)! I imagine that as diehard Yanks fans like myself – which I assume y’all are, since you’re here – the shortage of baseball news lately has been difficult to cope with and has perhaps thrown a wrench in your usual workday plan of reading baseball websites for about 4 of the 8 hours (or is that just me?).

The Yankees in particular have been very quiet on the news front; since re-signing A-Rod, Posada, Abreu, Mo, and Pettitte they haven’t done a whole lot about which to write and/or read. It is during the lean times like the these that we must keep in mind the fact that there are 29 other teams in the league, each of them with a roster full of players and news for us to peruse!

Throughout the second half of the 2007 season, I provided an (approximately) weekly overview of the goings-on of the aforementioned other 29 teams over on my blog, which I called the “Rest Of The League Round-Up”.

The idea behind those round-ups was to provide a concise update on what was going on in the non-Yanks world, team by team, and just for some added fun (and, truthfully, because for some of these teams [Nationals, anyone?] there simply wasn’t always all that much to say) I implemented a self-imposed limit of 10 words per team. If you’d like to check out the 2007 round=ups, you can read them here, but for now, let’s rock and roll with a special Off-Season Rest Of The League Round-Up!

AL EAST
Once again, I see two teams that have a chance and three that don’t. Que triste, Torobaltibay…

Boston: Want Santana just to prevent Yanks acquiring. Pitching still scary.
Toronto: Virtually un-changed roster. Good luck keeping the DL under 2,809,123,098 players.
Baltimore: You haven’t had winning season since 1997. Keep the dream alive!
Tampa Bay: Maybe taking “Devil” out of name will help you. Nice try.

AL CENTRAL
Two of you knocked the Yanks out in the last two years. Go to hell, AL Central.

Cleveland: You should’ve beat BoSox. Pitching too good.
Detroit: If beefed-up offense stays healthy, look out Cleveland.
Minnesota: In driver’s seat with Santana, but be smart: deal him.
Chicago: Ozzie Guillen will be the death of you… again.
Kansas City: Would love to see you succeed. Good farm, so someday?

AL WEST
You know rat-ville is coming out on top here, folks

Los Angeles: Hunter signing VERY wise. Extra “i” brings good luck.
Seattle: Current and former players going Clemens route after steroids scandal.
Oakland: Dear Billy Beane. Wise change in stance.
Texas: Otsuka recommended Padres as destination for Japanese players. Texas displeased.

NL EAST
Competition here in 2008!

Philadelphia: Crushing Mets = high spirits. Sidenote: Anna Benson comes with Kris.
New York: Signing veterans like you’re the old Yankees. PS: Get Santana.
Atlanta: If Mets blow it again, maybe you have chance again.
Washington: Got some good youngsters to watch! Maybe people will care.
Florida: Payroll now just under 150 bucks.

NL CENTRAL
Too many teams, too little time.

Chicago: Weren’t you trying to sell the team? What happened?
Milwaukee: I wonder if these people will hope again in 2008.
St. Louis: STILL don’t get how you won in 2006.
Houston: Berkman outspoken about trades but probs won’t be traded himself.
Cincinnati: Reds.com headline: “Reds head to 2008 with clear intentions.” Obviously.
Pittsburgh: Will spend year trying to erase memory of Bonds.

NL WEST
Used to be “forgotten division”… now home to tight race!

Arizona: Yup, it was totally the less-hideous uniforms
San Diego: I still maintain: Who needs offense with this pitching!
Colorado: Congrats on pennant. Unsure what you’ll do in 2008 though.
Los Angeles: Good boy, Torre. Keep quiet and stay loyal to your lads.
San Francisco: No chance.

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355 Responses to “Pinch hitting: The Yankees Chick”

  1. Peter Abraham January 4th, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Thanks to Maureen for serving as a guest blogger.

  2. Corey January 4th, 2008 at 1:43 am

    this chick is so hot…

  3. Ryan January 4th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Why is Anna Benson blogging?

  4. Ben January 4th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    The extra “i” will bring good luck.

  5. mike f January 4th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    welcome maureen…nice post!

  6. Paul V January 4th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Yes, the inimitable Yankees Chick. Why does she not sit behind me instead of the beer-vomiting idiots who are there, year after year, game after game?

    Anyway, I don’t buy into the by-now accepted wisdom that Boston’s pitching is so terrifying. Beckett was scary this season and he may do it again, but he may not. He’s 77-52 lifetime with an ERA closer to 4 than 3. He was dominating in the playoffs. Let’s see if he can do it two years in a row. Shilling is done. He can maybe crank it up again for a game, but not for a whole season. Dice-K may or may not work out. Remember how the Boston blogs were photoshopping him into a dress by August? And I am not sold on Buchholz yet, however the hell his name is spelled. I would take any of our big three over him.

    Yes, Santana going there scares me, but then again, Santana pitching in Fenway may not be so fearsome. I still take our Big Three any day of the week and, if one or two of them doesn’t work out, we have some depth.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Santana, but not if we have to give up Hughes and sign him for 7 years. Let’s have some faith, people. Either pray for the Mets to get Santana or let’s hope he sticks around and we get him as a FA in 09 for 4 or 5 years. Fat chance, though, with Minny knowing they have to move him now or forever lose their prospects.

    Anyway, I’m not so scared of Boston’s pitching. We owned their butts last year and will own them again.

  7. YANKEE BIAS January 4th, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Maureen,

    Maybe it’s late and I’m just really tired, but are you serious about the Hunter signing being a “wise” move for LA?

    I’m not so sure. It certainly was a “wise” move for Hunter in terms of dollars.

    Love your stuff otherwise. Keep it up!

  8. NYhunter January 4th, 2008 at 2:23 am

    DA@N! Maureen is HOT!!! looks lot better than you, Pete… :-)

    I too believe that Beckett will come back down to earth this year, but Sox’s pitching is still scary! Because I believe that after one-year adjustment, Dice-K will win 20-22 games this year, around 3.00 ERA…. guy has too many pitches, and good ones too!

  9. SAndMan January 4th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Man Yankees chick is a Hot fan….Wow why isn’t se on Yes for the Yankees.

    Anyway I think the Tigers are better in lineup hitting but there pitching past Verlander like the Yankees are not a sure thing.Hunter is way overrpriced and overvalued lucky he was a free agent in this market and Jones had a horrible season.

    Can we have Maureen on here once a week.Just like the Patriots have a day here every week.

  10. Hater January 4th, 2008 at 2:44 am

    not funny, not useful, not entertaining. Just awful. Why not just let your wife write these things Pete! She could entertain us better than this garbage.

  11. Hater January 4th, 2008 at 2:46 am

    ANY dumbass could have wrote this tripe.

    At least be hot if thats your whole gig. I’d respect that. But you’re not hot. A tic above average AT BEST.

    The quality of these guest posts are going to be amusing.

  12. Ummm.... January 4th, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Waaaayyyy too sarcastic.

    Other than that, I enjoyed the copious amount of links you insert in your postings. Probably because it’s a break from reading you.

  13. Ummm.... January 4th, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Hater, insulting anothers looks is perhaps the most unintelligent thing to say.

    Let’s not be hypocritical. Stick with the fact that the post wasn’t very good.

  14. NYhunter January 4th, 2008 at 2:59 am

    ~~ A tic above average AT BEST. ~~

    Your girl must be Jessica Alba

  15. rbizzler January 4th, 2008 at 3:05 am

    classic yankees chick. Thanks for sharing as i found your interpretations funny and fairly relevant (same as your blog). Please ignore the haters as there is room for a variety of interpretations in the yankee blogosphere.

    –rbitty

  16. iYankees January 4th, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Nice work Yankees Chick. I’m looking forward to the rest of the guest blog posts.

  17. RVA Yanks January 4th, 2008 at 3:28 am

    I love all the quick criticism from all the anonymous posters. It’s real easy to type a sentence about how you hate something, offer no evidence, and leave some quirky name. Frankly, if you’re bitching about content, offer up some of your own. You people have no spine.

  18. Ummm.... January 4th, 2008 at 4:03 am

    Anonymous poster?

    Arn’t we all anonymous?

    Some quirky name? Am I supposed to put my full name and social security # when I post? Sorry, I guess that post brought out the sarcasm in me.

    It’s called an opinion, I’m sorry you disagree with me. Evidence of my opinion IS the post, I don’t think I have to call in expert witnesses. Oops, there’s the sarcasm again. See how stupid it is?

    I simply found it uninformative and juvenile. And when I visited the blog it reeked of “HEY, I’M A CHICK, LOOK AT ME”.

    I’m not providing content because I have none to offer, I don’t OFFER my opinion. These posters due and are subject to criticism both positive and negative.

    Your unoriginal school-yard chirping (“if you don’t like it, why don’t you do better”) is mundane and useless. Borderline down-syndrome. Think about what you’re typing please. It’s like saying, if you don’t like the way the Yankees are playing, why don’t you drop everything, get the training, and become General Manager yourself? Yeah, I’ll be right on it, Steve-O. It’s not my job.

    The spineless members of society are those who can’t take criticism. Right there, you fit right in.

    Clockwork.

  19. Ummm.... January 4th, 2008 at 4:06 am

    And by due, I meant homophones suck.

  20. Skinnyhead January 4th, 2008 at 5:23 am

    *****Paul V
    January 4th, 2008 at 1:55 am
    Yes, the inimitable Yankees Chick. Why does she not sit behind me instead of the beer-vomiting idiots who are there, year after year, game after game?**************

    Because beer-vomiting idiots took over the Stadium about 10 years ago. Odds always favor you will have one sitting near you than a Yankee fan will.

  21. Yankees Chick January 4th, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Hey ‘umm…’ – of course you’re entitled to your opinion, as we all are. I am actually open to constructive criticism, so I’m curious as to what about my site reeked of “hey I’m a chick, look at me?”

    was it the 100′s of nude photos? the constant posting of all my girlish escapades? hmm…

    It is true that I am indeed a female, and I suppose a photo of a female DOES scream “hey I’m a chick”, just like the photos Pete will post of the male guest bloggers shall scream “hey I’m a dude”.

    Honestly, though… what is it?

    And judging by your sarcasm-riddled comments, I’m surprised you hated MY sarcasm-riddled posty! :)

  22. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Welcome Yankees Chick and congrats to Peter!This is another example of why this is the best place to go for my daily baseball fix. Peter has the confidence in himself to turn his blog over to its inhabitants and their varied points of view. What a breath of fresh air for anyone who has ever visited the blogs of some egocentric baseball writers. Ang it’s a great testimony to the quality of the folks who visit Peter’s blog that he can pull this off. Congrats to all!

    Now that my compliments are out of the way, I disagree that Boston’s pitching is “scary”. The Sawx are still relying on 3 40+ year olds and DiceK doesn’t scare me in the least.

    On the other hand, I do respect Totonto’s pitching. I AJ Burnett ever becomes consistent, he’ll be terrifying. If Ian Kennedy or Phil hughes were Dustin McGowan, I’d be as protective of tham as Brain Cashman is.

    The Yanks pitching does scare me, but not in a good way. Our bullpen could be downright terrible this year. I am not buying into Girardi’s confidence in Kyle Farnsworth one iota.

  23. Jim PA January 4th, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Lots of animosity and negative energy in the overnite comments. Maureen did a good job giving her opinions. That’s what Pete asked her to do, wasn’t it? Maybe we’ll see some more positive responses now that the dawn is breaking and all the creatures of the night have gone.

  24. Stephen January 4th, 2008 at 7:12 am

    “Good boy, Torre.” Good boy? I’d tone down the condescension.

  25. Will January 4th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Posting a picture does kind of scream out…hey I’m a chick (and an attractive one at that). Most male bloggers don’t seem to do that (aside from Pete!), so I am not sure why YankeeChick does. Judging by all the responses commenting on how attractive she is, I think the intention is rather clear.

    As for the content of the post, well, I don’t see anything useful in one liners about each team’s chances in 2008. I am more into thoughtful and thorough analysis, but if others enjoy this format, I can understand it.

  26. randy l. January 4th, 2008 at 7:28 am

    ” the shortage of baseball news lately has been difficult to cope with”

    there’s actually a lot of baseball going on right now. it just doesn’t hit the media. there are players all over the country , mostly in the warm weather regions of florida ,arizona,and california cranking up their workouts to get ready for the season.

    the base that is laid down now for some players is the difference between having a good year and having a bad year. arod made his 2007 happen by the work he did last winter before spring training. stats don’t just fall out of the sky. arod changed his stats by the pre spring training work that he did.

    last year at this time, kei igawa had just spent about 47 million on kei igawa. he showed up on in mid febuary with pitchers and catchers and ron guidry discovered after a few pitches that igawa hadn’t picked up a ball since his japanese season ended, igawa never got in shape during spring training. he never caught up.

    my point is everyone thinks because the yankees spend hundreds of millions of dollars on players that everything is organized and planned out. it isn’t. at this moment the yankees are probably the only team in baseball that doesn’t have a strength and conditioning coach.

    you heard me. nada. there is no one overseeing what players are doing before they arrive for spring training. the players are on their own. if nothing changes between now and when they begin spring training, they will have an assistant strength and conditioning coach(dana cavalea) who’s working on his masters degree overseeing them.

    i will say that any team that arrives in spring training out of shape has laid the base for a bad year. i’d love to see a report of what each and every yankee player is doing to be ready to begin spring training.

    the only problem with that is that the yankees themselves have no clue about that.

    and, maureen, if you want to see some of this pre spring training that takes place, i’m sure that there are probably a few fields around san diego that have players from various teams working out. for some reason i don”t think they’d object to you watching and maybe getting a few interviews.

  27. Rockin' Rich January 4th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Nice job, Mo. Good stuff.

    And to those superficial putzes who have to comment on her looks, DUH!

    (Take it from me: it’s a burden being beautiful.)

  28. Rick (Columbus) January 4th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Sorry Pete, not for me. When do you come back?
    I can take the stuff beyond baseball from you but having guest bloggers kinda looks lazy to me. just my $.02

  29. Jorge Steinbrenner January 4th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Maureen’s the best. Love your blog for a nice dose of healthy fandom. Glad yer getting some really nice exposure on here and, yes, you are gorgeous. I’m sure you’ll handle the expected trolls just fine.

    This guest blogging is going to be fun.

  30. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 8:00 am

    I just skimmed the overnight posts. What is wrong with you people? Take your meds.

    I confess to being way too Yankee-centric, so when a writer takes the time and effort to lead me by the hand painlessly and quickly to look at the other teams, he or she has done me a great service. Thank you, Yankees Chick. Nicely done.

  31. yanksrule January 4th, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Good job Yankees Chick =)

  32. randy l. January 4th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    “I don’t care if he was using Kryptonite, but if he calls Brian a liar, he has problems,” McNamee attorney Richard Emery said of Clemens.-

    this guy emery seems like a highly competent hired gun. this is looking more and more like there could be be a showdown in court.

    murpheydog-
    do you know much about this guy? his incentive is obviously clemens money if he can get a civil judgement against him. i’m assuming from what i’ve read that it’s easier to defend against a libel or defamation suit than initiate one. if this is true, isn’t it to clemens advantage to have mcnamee’s lawyers file suit against clemens because they ‘ll probably lose. this would make clemens obviously look good even though it wouldn’t necessarily prove anything.

    apologies to yankee chick for going off her topic of team snapshots, but the clemens 60 minute interview is building up steam. i think the clemens case is going to be a tipping point which way baseball is going to go on past peds use.

  33. Brian1972Ct January 4th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Things I thougth I would never read on this site:

    “Que triste, Torobaltibay”

  34. Hater January 4th, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I only brought up her looks because others were. I apologize. Nevertheless, this post was blander than leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

    Don’t give me any crap for criticizing. Thats what you do when you have your own blog and post in other blogs for the world to see. You open yourself up to criticism.

  35. Hater January 4th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Oh and you really want to make looks a non-issue? Don’t post up a cute little pic of yourself with your post!

  36. Jesse January 4th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Not impressed.

    As has been said on the Jim Rome show:

    “Have a take and don’t suck”.

    There are several bloggers on here that deliver cogent thoughtful analysis of all things Yankees as well as other teams that I often quickly scan the comments just to read their insight.

    Here’s hoping the rest of the guest bloggers bring their “A” game.

    BTW “nice pic”.

  37. C GAR January 4th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    ” Los Angeles: Hunter signing VERY wise. ”

    That had to be sarcasm right?


    example of sarcasm done right:

    that was a really good post

  38. Paolo January 4th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Hater-
    “Don’t give me any crap for criticizing. Thats what you do when you have your own blog and post in other blogs for the world to see. You open yourself up to criticism.”

    At least the link to her website works.

  39. h8r January 4th, 2008 at 9:09 am

    A completely useless post. This is a great site, Peter. Don’t bring it down with garbage like this. Seriously, would you call that interesting, intelligent or insightful in any way?

  40. Chris January 4th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Whoa! Yankees chick is hot!

  41. C GAR January 4th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I’d rather have something to laugh at then nothing at all

  42. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    jesus, cut her some slack… most of Americans today have some sort of ADD when it comes to long, in depth analysis, so this is just different take on new info. if you didnt like it, dont read it, and if you think it wasnt clever enough, go ahead and start your own little blog and try and come up with something better. you’ll find its not as easy as you may think it is.

    i thought it was a different take on some new info, and it was nicely done.

  43. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Jeez, everyone, relax. I think it’s nice to see other people’s opinions. YC, as a Yankees chick myself, I say keep it up. Ignore the trolls – let’s just say, I don’t see their little baseball blogs being featured by a major metropolitan newspaper’s beat writer. You’re doing something right.

    I have mixed feelings re: Red Sox rotation. Briefly:
    Beckett – he’ll be good, but I don’t think he’ll be as good as 07. That was his career year, and he’ll come back tp earth.
    Matsuzaka – Japanese pitchers hardly ever get better in the US over time. I think he’ll learn how to use his pitches better (and figure out that he needs to keep the ball down), but I don’t think he’ll be anything near as amazing as he was hyped to be.
    Wakefield – old, increasingly hittable. He can eat innings, though.
    Schilling – ugh. He’s a fighter, but he’s getting old. He’ll go 12-8, or something like that.
    Lester – a decent 3. He goes way too deep into counts, and he doesn’t really have a strikeout pitch. He has great location, but I think hitters will start to figure him out this year.
    Buckholz – an unknown. As we all know, a pitcher is at a huge advantage when the hitter hasn’t faced him before. This year will be pretty telling.

  44. John in Ohio January 4th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    As usual, I enjoyed the Chick’s writing style. She’d obviously be fun to attend a game with…and certainly would turn some heads. She’s beautiful, young, fun, and loves baseball in general, the Yankees in particular. What’s not to like??(Psst…Maureen…not sure about the Elvira-black hair. Oh, and the picture is posted backwards.)

  45. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    rb15

    I agree the soxs rotation doesn’t really scare me. As you said Beckett will not have the same year, and all the older pitchers are another year older and have become injury prone.

  46. Angel. January 4th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    What the heck is the matter with you people?

    Constructive criticism one thing, snark and venom disguised as constructive criticism – is another thing altogether.

  47. Grant January 4th, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Yankees Chicks rock, pure and simple. Nice entry, YC.

  48. sunny615 January 4th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Because of the lack of actual Yankee related news, these guest posts are basically going to be opinion filled banter. Whether or not you find them usefull is based on what you’re looking for. Since the Yankees don’t plan on making any splashes in the near future, either take these guest posters for what they are… opinions and entertainment and post accordingly, or just skip em. So unless Hanky Panky Steinbrenner actually buys the Twins and “trades” Santana to the Yankees for Kei Igawa’s used toilet paper, just relax and take the entertainment as it comes.

    Or don’t.

  49. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 9:39 am

    thanks jennifer – i wouldn’t say the sox rotation doesn’t scare me. it’s a good rotation. i just think that it’s not as rock-solid as people think it is, and i think the yankees can capitalize on its holes. a few bad breaks here and there, and the sox look pretty vulnerable (much like the yankees early last season – we had an incredible rotation, on paper). and, the yankees have generally had no problem hitting the red sox.

    on a completely random tangent, have the interleague schedules come out?

  50. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    re: interleague – and that’s why we have yankees.com. forget i said anything, folks.

    (what can i say, i’m still on my first cup of coffee).

  51. Russell NY January 4th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Pittsburgh: Will spend year trying to erase memory of Bonds.

    ?

  52. Jay January 4th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Nice article, but, uh, what’s with the photo? Is that actually the Ghost of the Yankees Chick? Or did someone accidentally aim a massive searchlight in her face?

  53. sunny615 January 4th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    There’s no reason to think that Beckett cannot repeat his success in 08 barring injury. It’s not like he suffered from abuse or overuse or any catastrophic injury (hamstring, shoulder or elbow) in 2007 nor was there any drop in velocity or accuracy during their playoff run. If anything, he’ll probably be the same. It would be foolish to think Beckett would have any sort of drop off (preciptous or otherwise) based soley on the premise that he exceeded everyone’s expectations (which were quite low by Yankee fans to begin with).

  54. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Russell NY, Bonds played in Pittsburgh. Not in his infamous days, but still.

  55. sunny615 January 4th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    question – why is the photo backwards (flipped horizontally?)

  56. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    sunny, I just don’t think he’ll put up the same numbers. He was pretty much awful in 06, and then he was amazing in 07. I think he’ll be somewhere in between those two in 08. 06 was his adjustment year to the AL, and 07 was the year AL hitters had to adjust to him. I think that now, in 08, everyone’s seen everyone, and Beckett, although he’ll still be one of the best, won’t be as unearthly as he was in 07.

  57. Scott January 4th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I always enjoyed reading Yankee Chick’s blog. It’s a fun read, she really gets into reporting on the Yankees, and like everyone has noticed she is a very attractive woman, making it that much more easier on the eyes.

  58. Joba the Great January 4th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Yes, Yankees Chick’s web site reeks of chick. And I, for one, thank the good Lord for it. The water out there makes horrid pizza, but it sure looks like it’s doing just fine in other areas.

  59. Ray January 4th, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Welcome Yankee Chick!!

    Well I admit I like your stuff & have you bookmarked along with Peter’s website & SWBYankees. You do a good job of putting things in perspective. I want to appologize for the testosterone fearing posters, that a woman can understand baseball better than them. You are quite knowledgeable & albeit beautiful too. I read your stuff for your insight, humor & perspective!

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for being here!

  60. Annie Savoy January 4th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    It’s not that there is no Yankee news, it’s just that the Yankee organization is not talking about two of their ‘famous Yankees’ who are in a heap of trouble. Right now the Yankees are getting plenty of press, but not the kind that helps an organization. Roger Clemens and Jim Leyritz are keeping the team in the headlines and making everyone wonder about just what kind of organization and clubhouse the Yankees have – even Joe Torre refused to comment yesterday and he was the Manager all those years.

    There’s news all right, just not the stats and records that Yankee fans love.

  61. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    “Red Sox – Want Santana just to prevent Yanks acquiring.”

    This is NOT a pro-Red Sox comment. I repeat, this is NOT a pro-Red Sox comment.

    Yankees Chick, I think your take on why boston wants Santana is simplistic and lazy. Someone who has been “blogging for two years” on the Yankees and baseball should know that decisions by baseball front offices are never so simple.

    Do you think it is possible that boston wants Santana because, oh I don’t know, he has been the best SP in baseball for the last 4-5 years?? And that acquiring him would give them the best 1-2 combo at the top of their rotation in MLB NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

    Boston wants him for the same reason the Yankees do: to give them the best chance to win. The other team not getting him is a by-product of the acquisition, not the driver of the deal.

    In fact, I would say it is a more important by-product for the Yankees to acquire him than the Red Sox… but still not the reason to get him. The primary point for the acquisition would not be to prevent the competitor from attaining him. That is simplistic thinking and reeks of homer-ism.

    Any GM operating like that would be thrown out on his/her ear.

  62. Ray January 4th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I heard somewhere that Tampa Bay Angel Rays were trying to trade Kazmir. What have you heard? I find Kazmir the most intriguing SP possibly available & would love him in penstripes even more than Santana!

  63. Hot Dude January 4th, 2008 at 10:09 am

    More pics less blogging.

  64. Ray January 4th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    PB in DC

    Well Santana to Red Sox to keep him away from the Yankees is mentioned as the main reason almost everywhere. (Even Peter Gammons!) So your comment is out of line! Actually, the Twins need the Yankees in the market for Santana to have the Red Sox in as well. I believe both teams prefer a 2009 Free Agent Santana to go after or a NL team getting him or some $$ being released by Twins to sign him.

    I think if Toronto could somehow get him it would scare the H3LL out of both the Yanks & Red Soxs but I don’t believe it will happen.

  65. Ray January 4th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Another possible location is the Tigers. That would just about solidify the Tigers as the best team in Baseball in 2008.

  66. Jeremy January 4th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    “Hunter signing VERY wise.”

    Come again?

  67. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Yeah we play the ‘stros, Pitt that is all I can think of at the moment.

  68. Drew January 4th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Good job Mo. At the very least, you’ll get some proposals and a few stalkers :D

  69. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Pete, I’m not a fan of the guest bloggers at all. The whole point of coming to this site, for me, is to get insider information due to your access.

    What Maureen posted above is nothing more than an extended comment post. Zero information.

    Not that I am a fan of hers at all after last year when she compared the treatment to Joe Torre to an abused wife.

    However, Pete, good choice to get page views by putting a picture up of a female. Guys will reply just because of her gender. You are learning more and more about marketing and blog hits every day.

  70. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    edit…of Joe Torre.

    Where is the 2008 edit button? :)

  71. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Oh, Annie. Why should the Yankees have any comment on the Leyritz situation? He hasn’t been a Yankee (or an MLB player) for years, and he played for several teams. Why is it the Yankees’ problem? It’s a sad situation, but it really has nothing to do with the Yankees.
    And Clemens – there’s not much to say about this that hasn’t already been said. It’s Clemens’ battle to fight (he’s arguably been using since 1990, well before he was a Yankee and even when he was a Red Sox). The only questions the Yankees organization should be addressing arising from the Mitchell Report is whether the Yankees front office is as blatant about acquiring known steroid users as is the Red Sox front office (see: Theo and the Gagne question, for example).

    The Mitchell Report, lest we forget, is supposed to be an indictment of all of baseball – people keep forgetting the fact that it only really serioulsy investigated two MLB teams. The Mitchell Report wasn’t a triumph for every team not the Yankees or the Mets – it was a failure for all of baseball, and all of baseball needs to address the issues it raised.

  72. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Actually, Gammons’ comments are consistent with mine. I’m only saying it is not THE reason boston wants him. It is secondary to giving your team the best chance to win by having the best starting pitching.

    I don’t care where Santana ends up as long as it is not in Boston (or Toronto, since you mentioned it).

    BTW, I love these comments about Josh Beckett regressing in 2008. What is this based on? That’s a rhetorical question, I know what it is based on: wishful thinking.

    The red sux won b/c they have something the 2007 Yankees didn’t have have and the 2008 don’t have as of yet: a true #1 ace pitcher.

    I am waiting for Cash & co to get someone to lead this rotation. Until he does that, I don’t like our chances in the AL east in 2008. Not on paper and that is all we have to go on here in January.

  73. rb15 January 4th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    PB, my feeling that Beckett won’t have as good a year isn’t based on wishful thinking. Like I said above, I think that 06 was his adjustment year, and 07 was the AL’s adjustment year. I think that 08 will fall somewhere in the middle. I know it’s not convincing when I say this, but I just have a gut feeling. Either way, we’ll just have to see. For all either of us know, he’ll break his neck in a freak occurrence at spring training.

  74. jay destro January 4th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Nice job chick!

  75. Jeff NJ January 4th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Ok this needs to be repeated, Yankees Chick is hot. No offense, but that has to be the only reason she gets to lead off.

    Yankees Chick, I visit your site occasionally. I like the idea of the video blogs, however, how to put this tastefully, I am looking for a bit more action in my web videos. Maybe move around a bit, walk around the room, put on some sexy outfit or some unsexy sports uniform.

    You got it going girl, flaunt it!

  76. saucy January 4th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    i love the rest-of-the-league round-ups… good stuff!

  77. NYPD113th January 4th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    “BTW, I love these comments about Josh Beckett regressing in 2008. What is this based on?”

    Exactly.

    Josh learned with the help of John Farrell and Curt Schilling that to succeed in the AL, especially the East, you must be more of a cerebral pitcher.

    He realized that you cannot blow everyone away with a high fastball. He started using his filthy curve more intelligently. You can directly equate this change in method to his huge disparity in HR’s allowed from 2006 to 2007.

    So for what reason do people think he’ll suddenly “come back to earth”? His stuff hasn’t tapered off.

    I believe he is more likely to improve his numbers than he is to regress.

    If you are calling for a regression because you are HOPING for it, that’s one thing, but way too many people present it as a given to actually happen.

  78. YankeeDiva January 4th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    What a group of COMPLAINERS on this site.

    Phil- its kind of hard for Pete to list insider information during the first couple weeks after a holiday during the OFF season of the sport. The Yankees have already signed most of their free agents. Santana is still just a dream right now (and is one that has been beaten to death already), Clemens and Mitchell have already been talked about enough as well. What ‘insider’ information are you expecting right now? There’s NOTHING going on. Knowing Pete the minute there is something he will post it.

    In the mean time why not allow posters to be guest bloggers? You many agree with some of their opinions and disagree with others. The fact that you don’t like Mo because she made an analogy that you don’t like is kinda of weak. I don’t agree with all of Pete’s (or posters) thoughts but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t quality or interesting post.

    To suggest that Pete only posted Mo picture to get the male posters to respond is kind of odd….considering Pete post his own picture and several others in his blogs.

  79. Juke Early January 4th, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I saw Maureen aka The Yankees Chick, do a sports vid/segment during the summer. She looks about 10 times better than the still pic up top. She’s animated & passionate about baseball, in addition to being an entertaining writer, w/a POV of a genuine, genetic NYY fan.

    AS for Stadium seating? I don’t want her behind me, I want her beside me.

  80. Gus G. January 4th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Geez people, ease up. This is a blog, not the New York Times. If you don’t like what you’re reading, go read somewhere else. Let’s not dumb down to name-calling though. It’s the middle of winter and there really isn’t any BIG news or games to cover. Just relax and have fun with it. A lot of you are acting as if Yankees Chick just spraypainted Monument Park with red paint.

  81. ArodFan2 January 4th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Horrible post.

  82. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") & dammit SAVE HUGHES !!! January 4th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    well I’m not going to argue w/ Yankee Chicks pic, I mean relax people it’s called blogging and plug in’ (info)

    but her point of the Tori Hunter deal price-wise it’s a disaster but piece-wise is an intelligent move, we saw in the playoffs how the LAA had one feared slugger who was on his own now they add one more and defense to the OF he’s still over paid but are better than they were yesterday.

  83. bodhisattva January 4th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Hey PB in DC,

    Maybe Yankee fans aren’t convinced about Beckett because we have hit him hard ever since he came to Boston. Yanks as a team batted .304 against him in ’06 and .303 in ’07, barely any difference from Yankee perspective, he was as hittable as ever.

    I like our chances to reclaim Division very much, because head-to-head has meaning in whether you win the East or not. Last season, we had an injury-ravaged beginning (went 1-5 in first six against Boston) but after that we dominated them (not a coincidence that we got healthy thereafter). We 9 of last 12 vs. them when healthy. Why wouldn’t we be confident?

  84. Bill Porter January 4th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Gus G. Nicely done.

  85. Clay Bucholz stole my laptop (aka Joe) January 4th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I like the Yankees Chick, and not just because she’s attractive, and not because she’s got an adorable little midwestern-californian twang when she speaks (those things are just bonuses).

    I like her because she’s a die hard Yankee fan (like most of us)and she provides interesting commentary throughout the year. In addition, some of her stuff is very funny (ie: her recent video on garish Yankee-related Christmas gifts).

    It’s a slow time, so Pete’s just letting some bloggers pinch hit. Everything is subjective, but not liking what someone wrote doesn’t mean you should be rude.

  86. Jorge (México) January 4th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Congrats, Pete and Maureen. A great idea having these pinch hitter bloggers. It will be funny.

  87. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    and for those who think the thoughts are simplisitic and lack depth… isnt that the point? she intro’d it as a way to go around the league in 10 words or less, right?

  88. saucy January 4th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Maybe Yankee fans aren’t convinced about Beckett because we have hit him hard ever since he came to Boston. Yanks as a team batted .304 against him in ‘06 and .303 in ‘07, barely any difference from Yankee perspective, he was as hittable as ever.

    the yankees should make an instructional video “how to hit beckett” and distribute it throughout the league…

  89. sharp shooter January 4th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    yawn!

  90. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    bodhisattva,

    You’re changing the conversation. If you’d like to talk about the Yankees vs Beckett, then I will and I will agree with you. They’ve hit him hard. I’m not afraid of Beckett shutting down our lineup… very few pitchers could.

    We were talking about Beckett’s overall year in 2007 and asking on what basis do people on this board expect him to perform worse in 2008.

    As for the head-to-head record and when the games were won in the season, yes I agree that the yanks fared much better when they were healthy. But, if you’re trying to set the proper context for the head-to-head results in 2007, then I think it is important to note that the sux weren’t healthy for many of the last 6 or so games they had with us. The two teams almost never met last year at a time when both teams were healthy and playing well. I wanted that to happen in the ALCS. Anyhow, in much of late July, august and september: Schilling was out, okijima had about 6-8 weeks of awful performance from wear-and-tear etc, and, most importantly, manny actually hurt himself in the first 2-3 innings of the first game of a series the yanks swept from boston (i believe we swept that series, might have been 3 of 4) and, as we know, boston’s lineup is highly dependent on their two big bats (plus Lowell in 07, I guess).

    None of that really matters b/c in terms of the race for the AL east crown, you gained a half-game or a game or so from head-to-head… same as most of the last 3-4 years and I suspect it will be the same for 2008 as well.

    Besides, how did winning 9 of 12 vs them work out for us last year??? They still won the WS and the yanks didn’t have the arms to get out of the first round. Period.

    I did not and would not say that I don’t like the Yankees chances head-to-head with the sox. I think it is always going to be close b/w the two teams. I’m looking at the 162 game grind and thinking we don’t have the pitching to get the job done… as of yet. I love the young guys and they might be able to do it… but on paper the rotation is a big question mark IMO.

  91. saucy January 4th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    good posts, turntwo. personally, i’d probably skip the post altogether if there were a paragraph or two on each team.

    i have to say, i wasn’t a huge fan of the guest blogger idea at first. but this seems like it will be fun. looking forward to the next one…

  92. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    TurnTwo, you’re right in that she covered alot of ground in a small # of words… but where’s the value-added in that??

    Also, if you’re going to summarize an entire season or off season of a team with one point/sentence, then shouldn’t you choose the biggest point/subject of that team and shouldn’t your comment about that point/subject be accurate or relevant?

    Brievity is fine and good, but as a means to an end, no?

  93. Drew January 4th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    ” Maybe Yankee fans aren’t convinced about Beckett because we have hit him hard ever since he came to Boston. Yanks as a team batted .304 against him in ‘06 and .303 in ‘07, barely any difference from Yankee perspective, he was as hittable as ever.

    the yankees should make an instructional video “how to hit beckett” and distribute it throughout the league…”

    Other teams can’t put a lineup out like the Yankees do.

  94. J-Dawg January 4th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I also enjoyed the round-up of all of the other teams as it provides info and predictions about some teams who tend to get lost in the shuffle at times.

    The NL Central seems to interest me a bit for some reason. I think that the team to watch in that division will be the Cincinnati Reds, and not just because Dusty Baker is around. The Cubs will probably win the division, but I can see the Reds making some extra noise, now that they have Francisco Cordero as their closer. Cordero stabilizes the 9th inning for them and gives them a MUCH better option at closer than David Weathers. Having a solid closer can take you a long way, plus it gives them an extra bonus that they got him from a division rival.

    I predict that the Reds will improve their win total by double digits and finish in the Top 3 in the NL Central. A bold prediction, yes, but I feel like making risky predictions. :)

  95. ET90210 January 4th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Reds in top-3 of division? Very bold! ;)

    Great Q&A with Rox writer Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News here. He makes some 2008 predictions and comments on Mitchell Report. Had no idea he was a Hall of Famer…

    http://mlbfleecefactor.com/200.....tain-news/

  96. Derek Jeter for President January 4th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    So when I first heard about this guest blogger thing I wasnt thinking it was going to be that great, but I was proven wrong on that.

  97. sunny615 January 4th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    rb15
    January 4th, 2008 at 9:56 am
    sunny, I just don’t think he’ll put up the same numbers. He was pretty much awful in 06, and then he was amazing in 07. I think he’ll be somewhere in between those two in 08. 06 was his adjustment year to the AL, and 07 was the year AL hitters had to adjust to him. I think that now, in 08, everyone’s seen everyone, and Beckett, although he’ll still be one of the best, won’t be as unearthly as he was in 07.
    ————

    I would have to disagree. In 07 he changed his approach to pitching using more offspeed pitches to keep hitters off balance rather than try to muscle the ball past the hitter like he did in 06. That approach won’t change nor will hitters adapt better just because they’ve seen more of him. If anything, he’ll probably still be able to keep hitters off balance in 08 as easily as he did in 07. I’m no Beckett lover, but good pitchers also adjust to good hitters, it’s not just Beckett staying the same and the hitters adjusting. I would be surprised if he didn’t win 18 or more games in 08. In the same way John Santana has been dominant for years, Beckett too, will probably be able to keep up his solid performances (barring injury). Wang, also, was a 19 game winner two years in a row, not because he’s got 4 plus pitches, but because he keeps hitters honest and working hard to get the ball off the ground. (a great offense helps too). Good pitchers (like Beckett, Wang and Santana) are good because they pitch, not throw. And unless Beckett suddenly gets stupid, he’ll be another Cy Young contender in 08.

    Ironically, both Theo and Cash didn’t want Beckett because of his shoulder/arm issues. It was Theo’s replacements that got Beckett for Boston.

  98. NYPD113th January 4th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    “Maybe Yankee fans aren’t convinced about Beckett because we have hit him hard ever since he came to Boston. Yanks as a team batted .304 against him in ‘06 and .303 in ‘07, barely any difference from Yankee perspective, he was as hittable as ever.”

    – At least you are looking at the big picture, GEEZ!

    Look outside the Yankee box. If you are basing your opinion about a player solelly on their performance against the NY Yankees, that’s silly.

    I’m sure I can find a pitcher whom had great success against NY last year, yet I hardly doubt you’d be confident the Yanks could hit him come next season.

    You can have your success against Josh in the regular season, just as long as he does his thing in October.

  99. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    the links are cool, I’ll say that.

    Man, the Tigers offense is scary. They’re not missing anything w/ power, speed and guys who hit for average in there.

    How will Miguel Cabrera perform in the AL?? The guy’s a young version of manny ramirez with the bat. Does he spend any time DHing or at first this year??

  100. Hoosier Yankee January 4th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Randy I, excellent post, very insightful and a great point. Why don’t the Yanks have a strength and conditioning coach? Damon, Igawa and Cano came in out of shape or overweight last year. How did each fair the first half of the season? Igawa never got it going, Damon was injured and only mediocre, Cano never lifted off until Jun-Jul.

    Perhaps the Yanks are worried that have a strenght coach will lead to more steroid allegations, or that they pay these guys enough $$ so they should hire their own coaches to tailor the workouts to themselves.

    It doesn’t always work out, Pavano worked with a “renown” strength coach and he still got injured.

    Not scared about any Boston pitcher except Beckett. He may not win 20 again but he will win at least 18. Dice-K, like another blogger mentioned will be just another Japanese pitcher in the Major Leagues. Okay stuff, locates well, but will never win 20 games or a Cy Young. The rest are old or untried. Who knows what Bucholz will do?

  101. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    The Angels to win it all. :lol:

  102. Wolf In Pinstripes January 4th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Anybody who frequents her blog often knows that Yankee Chick’s content is never lacking. She runs a great blog that keeps me in stitches with her great sense of humor, and her love for baseball is more than obvious. Great sardonic wit.

    As saucy pointed out, a full paragraph on each team could make for some tedious reading, no matter who it was doing the writing.

    Nice “roundup”, YC – keep up the great work over on your blog.

  103. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    isnt the means to the end really to bring up discussion about what was just posted? so isnt what she has done, which was a small 10 word summary about a team, and then leave it open for you to comment on, whether you agree with it or not, and why? civil, fun, and intelligent conversation, not blasting her because you personally think it wasnt creative, or you thought it was stupid.

  104. JL January 4th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Well apparently many people woke up with a broomstick up an orifice. That would make me cranky too! So I guess I understand.

    A blog is not about super structured writing. It’s supposed to be about opinions, being as colorful as you want, and tailored to perfectly fit the blogger’s style. So that’s what Yankees chick did. Just enjoy it. Peter also expresses his opinion and we always let him know how wrong he is…lol joking. Seriously though, not everything has to be the Iowa caucus. Just enjoy the lighthearted entry. Sheesh, do we need to take you to comic school and make you develop a sense of humor?

  105. mel January 4th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Aloha, Maureen. Nice job on the post. You did what you were supposed to do: open the dialogue here. Unfortunately there’s a few boneheads talking. I’m sure you have a thick skin, otherwise you wouldn’t still have your blog after 2 years.

    Whether it’s Pete or Maureen it’s inappropriate to make “personal” comments about someone. Although I’m sure Pete wouldn’t mind be called “hot” once in awhile. Keep it up, Yankees Chick. We all know that the “chicks” here are hot, anyway.

  106. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    randy 1:

    Emery is the real thing. Midtown office, NYS Governor Eliot Spitzer was at the opening of his new/renovated offices earlier this year, etc. Lots of high profile cases. Lupica sucked up to him in a recent column. (Does that mean Emery talks with Lupica informally, is an off the record or background source for Mikey? Just a question).

    Anyway, the key words are “If” and “Liar.”

    Clemens has said that McNamee did not inject him with PEDs, only B12 and lidocaine. So far I don’t think Clemens has called McNamee a “liar” and not using that magic word may make a big difference.

    You can say defamatory things, but there are consequences. Generally speaking, defamatory speech is actionable if damage to reputation can be shown, and the damaging statement proven untrue. In that case the speaker can be forced to compensate the subject. Calling someone a “liar” can be defamatory because it suggests that the person about whom it is said is in the habit of lying, is untrustworthy, loathsome, etc.

    My analysis is that Roger has merely made a public statement refuting charges leveled against him by McNamee, calling the charges untrue, but not going so far as to characterize McNamee as a liar. IMO, merely disagreeing with or responding to someone else’s previous statement on the record is protected speech under the 1st Amendment and is not defamation. That’s why Emery is being careful, I think, to remind everyone not to call McNamee a liar. And that is why Roger has not called McNamee a liar.

    Could McNamee sue Roger even if he doesn’t call him a liar? As the old timers like to say “Of course you can sue, but can you recover?”

    When your client has a few skeletons in his closet, you have at least two considerations. One is McNamee’s sketchy reputation right now, even before Roger says anything to defame Brian. In other words, how credible and sympathetic a witness/victim would McNamee be after a thorough cross examination by Rusty Hardin? (My money’s on Hardin).

    The second issue is how do you show that any statement made by Roger has incrementally damaged McNamee’s already less than stellar reputation further. Moreover, what’s the price of slipping from say, mere “louse” to “lying louse?” in the opinion of the community? (Not that I’m calling anyone names, mind you. I’m just hypothesizing). I mean, is Mitchell going to testify for McNamee and say what a great guy he was before he was defamed – hypothetically – by Roger? Answer: No. This all assumes of course that Roger can’t prove whatever he says about McNamee is true, because truth is an absolute defense to defamation.

    Remember, however, that I’m not a 1st Amendment expert – - I’m just a simple country lawyer with time to kill until the house closing market gets better (wink) – - so heed my analysis at your own risk.

  107. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    turntwo, I haven’t said one personal thing about YC. Not a single comment directed at her personally.

    I called her “round up” comment on the entire red sox season/off-season that read “Boston: Want Santana just to prevent Yanks acquiring.” lazy and simplistic… and inaccurate.

    Are we allow to disagree on this board, or not?

    I’d rather hear her take on the 2008 Yanks and their ace-less pitching staff…

  108. Artie A January 4th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Welcome Yankees Chick…nice post and agree with your thinking here.

  109. whozat January 4th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    “So for what reason do people think he’ll suddenly “come back to earth”? His stuff hasn’t tapered off.”

    Because players are who the back of their baseball card says they are. He’ll probably regress to his mean somewhat, meaning that he’ll probably add some walks, drop a few strikeouts. The guy had a career year and, while he’ll probably have a very good year next year, there’s certainly a solid likelihood it won’t be amazing. Could he bang off another Cy Young caliber season? Yep. Will he have an ERA of 5 again? Probably not. Almost certainly not. Could he have an ERA in the high 3′s? Yep. Which, of course, is still very good. But a regression from last season.

    Matsuzaka, in my opinion, is what we’ve seen. He throws LOTS of pitches in not that many innings and is behind lots of hitters. Patient teams can own him. I’m starting to think that the Japanese leagues in general are not that patient. We see guys with gaudy control numbers over there come here and walk a gajillion hitters. Either it’s that they have trouble adjusting to the ball and mound and pitching outside and the strike-zone in MLB, or it’s that Japan has a lot of free-swingers. Given that we’ve seen it in several guys, I’m thinking it’s the latter. I mean, Igawa didn’t walk many guys in Japan either.

  110. Wolf In Pinstripes January 4th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I think the NL Central has become the most fun to discuss over the last few years because it seems like there is a “fresh face” each year. Last year it was the Brewers. This year it’s the Reds with the addition of Baker at the helm and Cordero in the ‘pen.

    The irony is that each of these clubs makes one or two moves that improve them each year, but none of them ever really pushes away head and shoulders above the rest.

    The Cubs would be my favorite, but they still seem to be a move ro two away from being a clear-cut favorite. Right now I would say that Milwaukee should be a favorite going into the season. They’ve got a good mix of pitching, hitting, and youth. The Cardinals are on a huge slide, IMO (the just signed Matt Clement???). I would have ranked them closer to the bottom of that heap. Houston is a team that could either end up being really dangerous or have everybody wondering what other division they moved to – they’re like the Blue Jays of the National League. And I’m STILL trying to figure out the Pirates. They have got plenty of young talent that should at the very least keep them from dwelling in the cellar at the end of every year.

  111. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Oh Loria, why are you still an owner?

  112. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    sure, you can disagree with the statement, but to call it lazy and simplisitic… not needed. if you think iots inaccurate, then good, explain why… thats the type of discussion that should be here. not to call someone’s blog post lazy and simplistic.

  113. Wolf In Pinstripes January 4th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    mel said : “We all know that the “chicks” here are hot, anyway.”

    Exactly. Why state the obvious, ya know? ;)

  114. whozat January 4th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    “Dice-K, like another blogger mentioned will be just another Japanese pitcher in the Major Leagues. Okay stuff, locates well, but will never win 20 games or a Cy Young.”

    Where are people getting this idea that Matsuzaka locates well? Is there some news outlet or reporter that’s been saying this? His location was not good this season at all…he had a BB/9 near 4, and was always in deep counts. I watched a fair number of bosox games, living in VT as I do, and the guy frequently threw 120 pitches in about six innings. Which I also think will be interesting to see…how that affects him over the next few years. BP has this idea of Pitcher Abuse Points, and he racked up a LOT last year with less rest than he’s used to.

  115. Tony Womack Should Be Our Left Fielder Again January 4th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    You should have let our blog post something, Pete. We had some funny stuff that was 40 times better than this and would have people rolling in laughter.

  116. Travis G. January 4th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    to y’all who have asked why Maureen would put a pic of herself here, it’s actually because Pete asked us to (if we have one). And you seriously need to relax. If you don’t like what someone’s writing, you can stop. Very simple.

  117. NYPD113th January 4th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    “The guy had a career year”

    - “The guy” is 27 years old and coming off his best year.

    I don’t think it’s crazy to think he’s yet to have his “career year”.

  118. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I listed several reasons why I disagreed with her. I did not direct any harsh words at her personally. I direct “lazy and simple” to her comment, and I stand by it.

    turntwo, who are you to determine what’s need and not needed? You should post your opinions and thoughts and I’ll post mine, as I did before. If anything, you’re getting personal here, not me.

    If you read my comment earlier and think I’m too harsh or attacking her, then it probably says more about you than it does about me.

    Just relax, state your opinion and have a good time… it is January for heaven sake.

    As for the whole Beckett thing, I’m not saying he’s going to win 20 games and contend for the Cy young, I’m ask folks to tell me why I should feel confident he won’t be an ace-level pitcher for the sux next year… something we don’t have as of yet… Wang is a strong 2 SP, IMO. Maybe someday (maybe someday soon) one of the three young kids will be an ace, but in 2008?

  119. Relaunch January 4th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I am praying the other blogs/posts are better than this one.

  120. mel January 4th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    PB in DC:

    I’ll “pinch hit”

    Yankees: There’s a power struggle in the Château du Yanquí between the lord and his younger brother, who is aligned with the inhouse wizard. The lord wants to spend all of the gold AND send their best squire to aquire the knight in shining armor. While they all agree that the knight would lead them to the Holy Grail, the lord’s main motivation seems to be keeping the prized knight from their neighbors, Château du Saux Rouge.

  121. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 4th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    What the hell is with all the haters?

    Maureen–I disagree with your take on Kansas City, but I like the post as a whole.

    You know better than I do how it can suck sometimes being a female doing a (traditionally) guy’s thing and trying to get past the @$#@$#@$ sex-minded asshats.

  122. RangerRob January 4th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I think Pete is hotter

  123. sd yankee fan January 4th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Kind of odd but over on mlb.com it says Royals signed Hideo
    Nomo to a minor league deal.

  124. mel January 4th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    RangerRob,

    See, now that’s refreshing! Mildly disturbing, unless your name is Roberta, but refreshing.

  125. Wolf In Pinstripes January 4th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    LOL…well done, mel. That’s a different spin on things.

  126. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Ah, Yankees Chick. No good deed goes unpunished.

    To all the goofballs out there crapping on YC and whose mommies still cook them dinner and do their laundry:

    When a woman is homely, you want her to put a bag over her head. But when she is attractive, you same jerks need her to keep her opinions to herself. Aw, hell, I’m sorry for being mean. You guys are probably just cranky ’cause you need to get your backs waxed.

  127. J-Dawg January 4th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Yankees Chick- Don’t worry about the haters, I think that you did a very good job.

  128. Taylor January 4th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Forget those fools, my girl YankeeChic is a hotty for sure. Hey now!

  129. Pat January 4th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    somehow I’m not suprised that she went first lol

  130. mel January 4th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Wolf,

    Exactly. How many different ways can you say the same damn thing? That’s why I come here. There is nothing in the mainstream news. What “news” they have is rumors made up by some guy in Minnesota named LaVelle. At least here we can argue about 6-man rotations and learn about slander and libel. Now that’s hot. ;)

  131. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    mel, first, I enjoyed that greatly. Second, I agree with your point. I even wrote as much, granted less eloquently, in an earlier post:

    “In fact, I would say it is a more important by-product for the Yankees to acquire him than the Red Sox… but still not the reason to get him. The primary point for the acquisition would not be to prevent the competitor from attaining him…”

    My objection is to the characterization of getting Santana just to prevent the other team from getting him… that is missing the forest for the trees, IMO. It is a good by-product, but the real prize is having a true #1 ace on the mound for us every five days… whether we’re in tampa bay, or chicago or cleveland or at the Stadium.

    Alas, I remember fondly a happier time here in Château du Yanquí… when it was more about the Holy Grail… and less about Château du Saux Rouge.

  132. Pat January 4th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    “Yer a moron, go Saaaawx!” by the way, you used the letter “R” by mistake

  133. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Pete, take a look at the comments. Over half are about the guest blogger’s looks. Nice work to get more blog hits and comments! (Of course, no matter what the female looks like, you’ll always get posts by guys.)

    But you can’t tell me the guest blogger met any of the criteria you posted prior to guest blogger submissions, can you?

    SJ44 or Bobcat would be good choices. Not an unfunny, self-promotional post with zero information in it.

  134. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    You’re right on Phil regarding the part of your comment that says the post has “zero information in it.”

    That is it, in a nutshell. It has no new/insider information in it. Nothing personal against her, not from me.

  135. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    havent the pirates had like 12 years already to get over bonds?

  136. Eddie Layton January 4th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I don’t understand why everybody saying the Sox starting pitching is so good. Yes, Beckett is excellent. But after that there are plenty of question marks. Dice-K had a decent year, but so what? Schilling couldn’t win 10 games last year and he’s in his 40s. Their young guys look pretty good, but not as promising as the Hughes and Chamberlain. And then what? Wakefield? Please. Sox pitching will be very mediocre in 2008.

  137. mel January 4th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Guys, guys, guys. I see your concerns, but as far as we know, SJ44 and Bobcat don’t have established Yankee blogs. And we can’t blame Maureen for not having news/insider information when Pete doesn’t have any himself. You guys are wanting to shoot the messenger. It’s not her fault (or Pete’s) that there’s no message to be sent. Until Johan gets moved or 2/15, there will be very little Yankee “news”.

    Now if you guys want to debate something, tell me why Alex is so hot to get Mike Cameron (per the NY Times) even though he’s got a pending suspension? Not judging “Mr. Clean”, but just curious if there’s any subtance amongst the static.

  138. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    yankees chick – nice to see you but i have to say this was rather weak and didnt have near the zing that your excellent gift guide had. c’mon girl i know you got better stuff than this.

  139. PB in DC January 4th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    mel, first, I enjoyed that greatly. Second, I agree with your point. I even wrote as much, granted less eloquently, in an earlier post:

    “In fact, I would say it is a more important by-product for the Yankees to acquire him than the Red Sox… but still not the reason to get him. The primary point for the acquisition would not be to prevent the competitor from attaining him…”

    My objection is to the characterization of getting Santana just to prevent the other team from getting him… that is missing the forest for the trees, IMO. It is a good by-product, but the real prize is having a true #1 ace on the mound for us every five days… whether we’re in tampa bay, or chicago or cleveland or at the Stadium.

    Alas, I remember fondly a happier time here in Château du Yanquí… when it was more about the Holy Grail… and less about Château du Saux Rouge.

  140. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Isn’t SJ44 still busy with his writeup on the Yankees farm system?

  141. Yanksrule57 January 4th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Haiku-like team views
    From Hotty Yankees Chickee
    Makes Cold Winter warm

  142. Jack H. January 4th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I didn’t realize the Chick wasn’t going to take her roundup of other teams so lightly. Instead of making a lame joke about Tampa Bay, she should point out that not only do they have the top farm system in baseball for the second year in a row, they’re also improving their ML squad.

    They now boast a rotation of Kazmir, Shields, and Garza with a lot more young, capable help on the way. Upton is wildly dynamic (and killed the Yanks this year), Pena an all-star, etc. This is an improving team that the Yanks have to face 19 times a season and could actually not be a joke for the first time in their history. But instead the Chick will keep treating them as a joke out of laziness.

  143. mel January 4th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Blargh,

    I remember something to that effect. Will it be published someplace? I seem to recall him saying he’s writing it for Pete?

    Is the guest blogging a weekly thing or daily thing for the month?

  144. pat January 4th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    If Melky is gone, I don’t mind the Cameron idea if he can be had for reasonible money on a short term deal. Cameron is a good outfielder, can handle NY and having another right handed bat couldn’t hurt. Think if him as the OF equivalent of Latroy Hawkins.

    Damon can handle CF for 25 days without hurting the team defensively. Given their track record, by 25 days into the season, Giambi, Matsui or Damon will be nursing some nagging injury and Cameron could then step in.

  145. Sub Par January 4th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Maybe it’s becuase Yankees Chick does not know much about baseball, only things she reads on other websites. She was probably the girl that copied all her reports out of the encyclopedia or had others do her homework for for “favors”
    P.S. Your “humor” is not funny it just shows your insecurities and how your are not confident about who you are or what you are writing about.
    You have big time potential, but maybe you should start writing about things you actually know about.

  146. mel January 4th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I’m sure that Yankee Chick would like to see other people’s Round the League capsules. Who’s willing to step up and post their own? There’s a fountain of knowledge here. Why not share?

  147. Wolf In Pinstripes January 4th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Guys, Pete made it clear when he announced the guest blogging idea that it was a way to keep conversation going on the blog during a slow time regarding baseball news. If he hadn’t gone this route, then people would probably be complaining about reading about Springsteen and The Pats on a Yankees blog. It was also a very generous offer to give exposure to his posters that have blogs/sites of their own – and I think it’s fair to say that those of us who are taking part in it are extremely appreciative of the gesture.

    We’re not all “insiders”. In fact, very few that post on blogs are. I’m sure that many people that share “info” are simply restating what they have read through their pinstripesplus memberships or some other source anyway. Not that it isn’t appreciated by any means – but if there is no hot news out there, there’s no hot news. If we were all insiders with the scoop, we’d probably be making a living off of it the way Pete, Kepner, Feinsand, etc. do. It’s going to be largely op-ed stuff, and a fan that is blogging shouldn’t be expected to come up with something Pete would have otherwise.

    You’ve got a full month of this coming up. Try to be nice and be supportive of the people that are working hard to keep us entertained and inclined towards discussion during an otherwise dead period for baseball.

  148. Chag January 4th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Yankees chick, nice job stepping up to the plate. With that said, nothing new was really said about anything. Bottom line up front, it’s a tough task filling in for Pete.

  149. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    First off everybody that isnt blind can see that Yankee Chick is attractive. Does it need to be stated 100x like your on a date show.

    Yankee Chick had big shoes to fill putting her comments on here. Being as iv stated before that this,i believe, is the all-stars of bloggers site. With the most Yankee fenes and most knowledgeable fans out there. So unless its information that people dont know or original. It would be hard to please all, no matter who the guest is. Even Pete gets critisized occationally. What people have to get over is that Pete is our inside man and others dont have the INN like he does. So folks ease up on her,she’s one of us.

    Yankee Chick-next time write about top 5 favorite movies,actors,athletes or 80′s flicks and you will have them eating out of the palm of your hand.

    whozat-Matsuzaka, in my opinion, is what we’ve seen. He throws LOTS of pitches in not that many innings and is behind lots of hitters. Patient teams can own him. I’m starting to think that the Japanese leagues in general are not that patient

    I agree with your post and will like to add that with Japanese odd delivery. Odds are that they regress every year being that m.l.b. hitters have seen him a few more times and adapted.

  150. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    its not like Cameron got busted for PEDs… he got busted for amphetimines, so he basically had a little too much coffee.

    at this point, I could see why both sides would settle on a 1 year deal, should Melky be dealt in a Johan deal. Cameron got lost in the shuffle of the big name FA CF’s this offseason, and obviously the Yankees would prob desire a defensive upgrade in CF from Johnny Damon.

    a one year deal would give Cameron a year to build his stock back up and be the best CF on the market come the 2008 offseason, and he would buy the Yankees another year development for CFs like Brett Gardner and Austin Jackson, who could be ready for action in the Bronx for 2009.

    of course, if Melky isnt traded, no need for Cameron at this point.

    it would make sense that Alex would push for Cameron, being as though they were prob teammates in Seattle when ARod first came up, right?

  151. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks, Wolf. well said.

  152. Yanksrule57 January 4th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    mel,h

    Ok, let me start with the AL East:

    Baltimore: Will stink for the 11th straight year

    Totonto: Mediocrity personified, will struggle to reach .500

    Tampa Bay: Still 1 year and two pitchers (1 SP, 1 RP) away from being truly scary, set team record with 75 wins.

    New York: Young pitching better than conventional wisdom, will win division by two games over:

    Boston: WS hangover. Team is in funk for two months and wins only 90 games. They lose out to Cleveland for WC.

  153. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    mel
    January 4th, 2008 at 12:50 pm
    I’m sure that Yankee Chick would like to see other people’s Round the League capsules. Who’s willing to step up and post their own? There’s a fountain of knowledge here. Why not share?

    The way Yankee Chick is being bashed today. Id be surprised if the other guests havnt cancel on Peters invitation already.

  154. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I can’t belieive how rude some people are being here. And most of the names I don’t even recognize. I’d like to read what they think of each team. Put up or shut up.

  155. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    S.o.S.27

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Pete just puts an end to it. Although he shouldn’t let the idiots win. So I hope he doesn’t.

  156. mel January 4th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Yanksrule,

    Nice. You’ve just demonstrated that this wasn’t meant to be a fact-driven post. It’s opinion-based.

    S.o.S.,

    I meant that if the people here don’t like Maureen’s content because there’s not enough facts or info, then post their own capsules. I’m curious to know what they think. (o.k. that was putting it nicely).

  157. Yanksrule57 January 4th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Jennifer,

    Great points! Also some are, as usual, using fake names. Takes a lot of courage to hide behind an anonymous blog post, heh? I for one think it is inovative and refreshing to have other bloggers on. It also speaks highly of Pete in that he is trying to keep the blog fresh during the winter doldrums.

  158. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    TurnTwo

    I agree on signing Camaron for 1 year. I assume that he hasnt signed yet because he is aware of Melky possibly being traded. He would bridge the gap much better than having Damon get hurt out there 20 games into the season.

    I still think we should trade Igawa to San Diego and prospect for Kouzmanoff. Switch him to first base. They have a young third baseman waiting in the wings.

  159. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    If I were Yankees Chick, I would strongly consider retaining Richard Emery.

  160. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Instead of a guest blog from someone that has little knowledge…how about profiles of lesser known Yankess or members of the Yankees organization: Eiland or some of the scouts or Oppenheimer?

    Pete has access to those folks…or can get access to those folks. Instead we get a non-entertaining, non-informative post with no research to back it up.

    Pete, this guest blog does not meet the criteria you set out when you announced this idea.

  161. Jimmy January 4th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, there sure a lot of people that agree that Yankees Chick is not very good, but hey, who is? These are blogs people! They are written by attention starved people. We have all wanted a little spotlight on ourselves at one point or another. Yannkees Chick got to make a big move stepping into this arena. So I’m starting the “Slow Clap” Who is with me?

  162. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah why haven’t we heard anything about Igawa being traded? Cut your loses at this point.

    A funny note, I have a Yankee calender and at the bottom they have a question,

    Name two Yankees that had last names begining with I. Well there are actually 3 if you include Igawa, which they didn’t. Goes to show you the manufacturers of the calender forgot he was on the Yankees. :lol:

  163. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge:

    “I can’t belieive how rude some people are being here. And most of the names I don’t even recognize.”

    The answer I think is that a lot of angry, pimple-faced adolescent boys are still home on Christmas Break and are bored. (Their parents probably blocked the adult sites so they have nothing else to do).

  164. mel January 4th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Jimmy,

    That was cold, man. Keep going, Maureen. I heard Kim Jones got her start by guest blogging.

    _____________________________________________

    Seriously, Maureen, do you get the “You look like Christina Applegate” questions?

  165. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    murphydog

    I think you hit the nail on the head.

  166. Phil January 4th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    No, Kimberly Jones got her start by getting a journalism degree from Penn State and an MS in sports science.

  167. Chag January 4th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Jennifer- The answer is Kei Igawa, Pete Incaviglia, and Hideki Irabu (a.k.a Fat Toad).

  168. Alejandro January 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    this yankees chick is FIRE …and funny hahaaaa

  169. Yanksrule57 January 4th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Pete Incaviglia was a Yankee? I must have been on deployment because I don’t remember that at all.

  170. Chuck January 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Chick did fine. She is a blogger and this is what you expect from a blogger. I have visited her blog occasionally and she is often entertaining.

    Most importantly:

    Any Guest Blogger IS MUCH BETTER THAN Pete’s Patriot and Springsteen babble.

  171. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    OOOOO I KNOW ONE OF THEM!!!!!
    oh, dammit, fat toad doesnt have an i

  172. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Chag, but they only asked for 2 and the answers they gave were Pete Incaviglia and Irabu. :lol: They forgot Kei.

  173. murphydog January 4th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Phil:

    “Pete, this guest blog does not meet the criteria you set out when you announced this idea.”

    Hey, Bozo… It’s Pete’s blog. Doesn’t he get to make the call on what to publish? In addition, this blog is provided FREE OF CHARGE last I checked; you’re not exactly a paying customer. And son, based on the childish crap you’ve written, you are in no position to judge anyone’s work. Why don’t you and your fellow first graders stop wailing for the teacher to come back because you don’t like the substitute. Go visit ESPN if this isn’t up to your exacting standards.

  174. Chag January 4th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Jennifer, got it, Kei who? :-)

  175. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Not much movement (that would get media attention anyway) going on, ’tis a dead period

    Matt Clement got a 1 year deal with the Cardinals, with club option for 2009

    Hmm, the Royals signed Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor-league contract; hope he does well
    In general, I actually kinda hope the Royals do well, since Mr. Glass is putting some money in and trying to win (unlike that Loria guy…)
    And I do like Trey Hillman as their manager

  176. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    the reason there hasnt been any talk of trading igawa is because the yankees already have plenty of bags of balls.

  177. saucy January 4th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    “No, Kimberly Jones got her start by getting a journalism degree from Penn State and an MS in sports science.”

    ummm, lighted up dude…

  178. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Blargh

    You missed one, Nomo signed a minor league deal with the Royals.

  179. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    a.l. east
    1.Yankees-Wang will be healthy and the big 3 will surprise alot of people.

    2.Red Sox-Ortiz wont hold up,Lowell wont repeat his 07,Manny will take a couple months off while playing.

    3.Rays-Good young pitching,good hitting.

    4.Jays-best 5 starters,cant stat healthy and offense will decline.

    5.Orioles-Good pitching,horrendous hitting.

    a.l. central
    1.Detroit-Best offense in baseball

    2.Cleveland-dynamic duo + good offense

    3.Minny-Dynamic duo,no offense

    4.K.C.-Yes will finally be out of the cellar. They will compete with more additions than last year.

    5.White Sox-Cabrera good pickup,Not enough pitching

    a.l west

    Seattle-Have good young players with one more year experience.

    Anaheim-Better offense,but not by much

    Texas-better than a AA squad

    AA-Oakland-nuff said

    AAA N.L. WHO CARES

  180. TurnTwo January 4th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    SOS, i think that with the pitching depth in the system, you can definately move Igawa to SD. I was praying something got worked out when it was reported they claimed him last season.

    Kouzmanoff was a player the Yankees were targeting in the Sheffield trade if they moved him to Cleveland, but at this point i dont see Headley ready to take over full time just yet, and the Padres cant afford to trade any offense away w/o a replacement ready to go.

    he wouldnt be a bad target, though. i still think the Padres are a perfect match for Hideki Matsui, as they have Scott Hairston currently penciled in for LF next year, which would clear the payroll for a Johan deal.

  181. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Hmm, so he did. I hope that Nomo does well too then.

  182. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Turn Two,
    I thought of Hideki going there but what could we get for him and would they want us to eat some of his salary?

    Giambi to the Angels for Matthews would be something i would visit. They need more power and we can use Matthews in center and shift Melky to left with Damon. Hideki as a d.h.

  183. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    We would have to eat 75% of Jasons salary. He is owed something like 22 million with the buy out for 2009.

  184. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    trade igawa?
    what exactly does anyone expect to get for a guy who makes $10M/year and cant get out of the 4th inning? talk about selling low!
    send him to trenton and see if he can learn to pitch below the shoulders. there is no market for the guy and since the yanks are stuck with his contract for 3 more years there is time to try to get him to find the strike zone.

  185. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    i miss

    He makes 4 milion a year, you can’t include the posting fee.

  186. Dr. Cox January 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Im thinking about starting my own blog. Im about to be a candidate for my Masters of Sports Administration and trying to crack into the business.

  187. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge
    January 4th, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    We would have to eat 75% of Jasons salary. He is owed something like 22 million with the buy out for 2009.

    We would be taking on Matthews contract which i believe is still owed 3 years on it.

    i miss paulie too
    January 4th, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    trade igawa?
    what exactly does anyone expect to get for a guy who makes $10M/year and cant get out of the 4th inning?

    I believe we signed him for 4 years 20 million. Hes a lefty,young,strikeouts are high.Would be pitching in the n.l. and is cheap at 5 mil per year.

  188. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks Jennifer, 5 years 4 million per year.

  189. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    jennifer, i stand corrected but it doesnt change the point

  190. keith January 4th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    igawa makes 4million a year. people just come on here and spout BS.

  191. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    …wouldn’t Giambi’s confession to a grand jury piss off Moreno? He already was miffed at Matthews receiving shipments. I have doubts on whether or not Moreno would allow Giambi coming to his team.

  192. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge January 4th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    What is Matthews owed? You think we could trade Jason without including money? Also by getting Matthews you are potentially blocking Tabata et al.

  193. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    According to Cot’s Contracts, Matthews is owed 42 million for the next 4 years (9 mil in ’08, 10 mil in ’09, 11 mil in ’10, and 12 mil in ’11)

  194. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    i think the yanks should tell Moose that his only place on this team is in long relief but if he’ll waive his no trade clause they can move him to the mets or philly where he’d be a #3 starter in a much easier league and division. both those teams are desparate for SP and might get into a (admittedly lower-level) bidding war for him

  195. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, just noticed other aspects about Matthews’s contract:
    $0.5M assignment bonus if traded
    full no-trade clause, 2007-09
    limited no-trade clause, 2010-11 (may block deals to 4 clubs)

  196. Greg January 4th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Ther’s an
    oriented public who’s magnetic force does pull, but away from the
    potential of the individual, against the grain…, the flow is getting
    stronger with smaller increments of time and eddies of new ideas are
    increasingly hard to find, you need all that the other has, it is your
    right to seize the day, but in all your acquisitions you will soone be
    swept away, against the grain…, there’s a common consensus and a
    uncomfortable cheer, a reverberating chorus that anyone can hear, it
    sings “leve your cares behind you, just grab tenaciously”, this
    lulling sense of purpose will destroy us rapidly, against the grain…

  197. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 4th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Some of you guys are digusting me. I won’t name names, but I am entirely disappointed in a lot of you.

    If you all think it’s so easy, you should try it.

    Pete’s been at this for over a couple of decades, so it’s no wonder he’s got inside information.

    Seriously, though, if you think you can do it, you should try it.

  198. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    rebecca,
    this is the big apple girl, Yankees Chic is a big girl, she doesnt need you crying for her. if you think a bunch of yankee fans are going to hold back thier opinions just to be nice, you should check out the “Podunk sisters of mercy’ blog

  199. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    i miss paulie too
    January 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm
    i think the yanks should tell Moose that his only place on this team is in long relief but if he’ll waive his no trade clause they can move him to the mets or philly where he’d be a #3 starter in a much easier league and division. both those teams are desparate for SP and might get into a (admittedly lower-level) bidding war for him

    I mentioned this a couple months ago(philly) and i completely agree. I dont see why Yankees and Mussina wouldnt do this. All hes doing right now is blocking IPK from getting his well deserved start in the bigs. Plus his attitude (me first,blaming others) wont be missed.

  200. yanks61 January 4th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    As a daily reader, infrequent poster, I’d just like to say, ‘when you’ve got it, flaunt it!Well done, YC. You’re a lovely lady and your comments are fun.

    Obviously this was not meant to be a guest visit from the Sporting News, ESPN or whatever. It’s suppose to be a different, fun thing to do and I think Pete has come up with a great idea. Anyone who takes it too seriously needs to get a reality check next time they stop by the service station, or just switch channels.

    Mel, as usual, comes up with a great idea at 12:50!

    Yanks Rule57 (12:59) and S.o.S (1:37), kudos to you both for the capsule roundups and Wolf in Pinstripes – Bravo, well said (12:53.) Murphydog also continues to provide the necessary legal cover with his jury summations and biting comments on the silliness of people who take all this stuff too seriously. Happily, Murphydog, you are not constrained by a leash!

  201. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Yankee chick has it going on. Did you know that you can comment on her picture as well. Eat your heart out Peter.

  202. JR Smith January 4th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

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  203. whoisthedogg January 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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    Why all the hate guys… seriously. Can any of you do better? I wish I had enough motivation to blog my opinions. Man seriously it blows my mind how negative people can really be. For those of you who are hating on a woman because she is “allowed” to post… WOW!! I didn’t realize that Doc Brown and Marty McFly created a flux capacitor big enough to bring the whole world back to November 5, 1955. I must say today I will look down my nose at a select few posters here… if you need to hate start with the person who stares back at you everyday you look in the mirror.

    Again, don’t let it get to you YankeesChick… much love!

  204. Dee January 4th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks Yankees Chick. Ignore the haters and their utter unsportsman-like conduct. Most of us appreciate you taking the time to keep us informed and entertained around here.

  205. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I’d like to keep Mussina around for two reasons:
    1. Innings caps on Hughes and Joba; I’d like a 6th starter in there to allow for creativity.
    2. Getting rid of ‘surplus’ starting pitching is like asking for Murphy’s Law to kick us again

  206. saucy January 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    The answer I think is that a lot of angry, pimple-faced adolescent boys are still home on Christmas Break and are bored. (Their parents probably blocked the adult sites so they have nothing else to do).

    BTW, post of the day right there… LOL

  207. i miss paulie too January 4th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    a guy like mussina doesnt help the yanks as far as innings caps, or in long relief, b/c he has never been able to do anything except start every 5th day. hes been worthless out of the pen and on short or long rest.
    im not one to trade starting pitching and i dont think the yankees have a surplus, its just that mussina isnt good enough for the yanks rotation, and likely wont be usefull as a spot starter or reliever

  208. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

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    January 4th, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    I’d like to keep Mussina around for two reasons:
    1. Innings caps on Hughes and Joba; I’d like a 6th starter in there to allow for creativity.
    2. Getting rid of ’surplus’ starting pitching is like asking for Murphy’s Law to kick us again

    I would agree with you if it wasnt for the 87 mile an hour batting practice fastball that he now offers up. I would prefer to bring up Horne and have him be in a 6 man rotation.

    Yanks61-thanks for the props.

  209. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I’m hesitant about bringing Horne up to the majors this season (or early this season)
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but he hasn’t pitched at AAA level yet has he?

  210. S.o.S.27 January 4th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Blargh,
    From what I here his stuff is electric. At par with our 3. I guess bringing the 3 up earlier than expected sort of spoils you. I believe he can make the jump from aa if what they say about him is true. If not, we still have Karstens.

  211. Blargh January 4th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Hmm, fair enough, he does have the potential
    Still, I prefer to stick to natural progression of one level at a time. Of course, should Horne head up to AAA and kick ass there, a late season call-up would be fine by me :)

  212. JJNJ January 4th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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  214. Drive 4-5 January 4th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Wow. I just got home from work and read some of the comments people made about our guest blogger. All I can say is that a lot of you ought to be very ashamed of yourselves.

    YankeesChick, on behalf of those of us who aren’t trolls, let me say I appreciate your effort and hope you do it again sometime.

    Peter, if you are polling ( not that you have to) I’m totally in favor of having guest bloggers. I’m looking forward to the next guest.

  215. Joba the Great January 4th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Especially if they’re hot. Just something right about hot chicks discussing baseball intelligently. God Bless America.

  216. JK in MT January 4th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks to links on this site, I have been checking out Yankeeschick.com for several months now. She is always interesting and worth a read. Thanks for the change in pace.

  217. Gillian January 4th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for guest blogging! That post was a great reminder that theres other teams– I’ve only been paying attention to our division!

  218. Steve January 4th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, people are really mobilized against Yankee Chick. I dont have anything bad to say really about her post except that I would have rather read her opinions on the Yankees then the rest of the league. But to be honest just knowing that there is a reasonably attractive female Yankee fan out there makes that post worthwhile.

  219. Yankees Chick January 4th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Folks…

    Thank you for the love from some of you :) I appreciate those of you that realize the intention of this post: a change of pace, some sarcasm, perhaps a laugh or two (not three though, that would be ridiculous).

    To those of you who keep commenting on my appearance: Pete asked for pictures of EVERY blogger. When there is a male guest, you guys can all terrorize him, too. I don’t care whether people think I’m attractive or not – that’s what I look like, so deal with it. If it makes you feel any better, rest assured that I most certainly do not find myself attractive, so I’m with you guys!

    As for all this “she doesn’t know anything” business… really? Would a person really dedicate this much time into making a blog (well, sidenote: it IS true that I have no life) if he/she knew “nothing”? I never said I have “breaking news” or some sort of “insider information”; that is not the purpose of my blog and never has been (and never will be until Big Stein wises up and hires me, but that might be a while). What I do is ramble away on things I find interesting or amusing. Yes, a far cry from what Pete does, but that’s why he is a reporter and I just have a blog for fun :)

    Anyway, that’s enough out of me.

  220. Ron Mexico January 4th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    If she is really so attractive, why does her pic look like it a 25 year old Polaroid?

  221. joltin joe January 4th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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  222. mg January 4th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Well aside from being poorly written and uninformed, I guess it’s not the worst post ever. Still, being cute is no substitute for having something interesting to say. Lets hope your next guest have something better for us. I’m all for humor but half of the teams she had NOTHING real to say about. Come on, with everything that Tampa has done for instance this off season, is talking about the Devil in the name really all she’s got? I won’t even touch the Hunter comment.

  223. 89 January 4th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    YankeesChick — perfect response…

    I was about to post in your defense, but you did just fine yourself.

    Some of these people are just ridiculous with their criticism.

    I hope you take very little offense, and keep doing what you do.

  224. Pete January 4th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Love reading your posts Maureen, I check out your blog almost daily. Good to see you on Peter’s blog as well, I read his daily as well. Keep up the good work and maybe I’ll run into you at Yankees Stadium sometime.

  225. Dave January 4th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Hey Pete,

    I think its a great idea to give some other yankee bloggers the time and space to have thier voices heard. As for Maureen, I love you girl! You and Pete are the only two bloggers who ive emailed AND gotten responses from regarding my questions and comments towards the yanks. Theres no doubt every person has a different take on how they want to represent thier blog – and I like how both you and Pete handle yours! Every morning I get to work and the first thing I do is (like most of us) scroll down my favorites list to get info on the yanks. Topping them off is Lohud Journal News, Waswatching, Yankees chick, and river ave blues. As Maureen would say “Keep on rockin the Bloggity”

    oh yeah and for the record nobody here should complain about the yankees chick… has anyone ever read the garbage that comes from the redsox chick?? UGHHHH Maureen is way better!.. not to mention she knows which team to root for ;)

  226. Jim from LI January 4th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Maureen (AKA Yankee Chick),congrats. Your quest blog was very good, as is your own blog.We’re lucky to have such things to read, thanks for sharing your insights. I also think the whole “guest” idea is just great! Hopefully the “haters” don’t discourage anyone!

  227. Mets Guy January 4th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Great post, as always! I think most of the guys here are just jealous and frustrated. What’s wrong with an attractive woman who knows her stuff about baseball? Stop hating, and get a life.

  228. RVA Yanks January 4th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Ummm… -

    All I was saying is if you want to make some criticism, at least put in there some reason WHY (that thing called constructive criticism) than a quick one-line post because otherwise, what good does it do to anyone? The writer gets some input sure, but it’s useless to them without some reason why and you look like a clown. Hell, I wasn’t even talking about you anyways since you just stated that it had too much sarcasm for your tastes. My, my, aren’t you the defensive one.

    Down syndrome? What? I thought you were just saying in your post above that about how making fun of someone’s looks was immature, or wait, was that sarcasm too?

    Oops, you’re a hypocrite.

  229. Dee January 4th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, some people here are seriously rude. I don’t know much about Yankees Chick, except that she obviously loves the Yankees, took the initiative to start a blog, devotes time to maintain it, and is now spending time to help Pete out around here. She didn’t hit your mother in the gut or anything, so why such nastiness??

    Hey Pete, I appreciate you’ve done a great job sanctioning offensive language on this blog, but I really think sometimes immature and completely uncalled-for personal attacks on other posters (and now guest blogger) are just as unpleasant. Some people are obviously abusing their freedom of speech and anonymity, at times making this site less enjoyable as it should be. I don’t really have a solution, just sayin…

  230. Evil Empire January 4th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    wow yankeeschick is hot. is there a redsoxchick that wants to agree to mud wrestle? of course all money generated would go towards charity, i bet a lot of people would actually pay to see it too. and the chartity could be save phil hughes, or buy a-rod a new boat. but seriously, im going to start going to yankeeschick blog

  231. Evil Empire January 4th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    sidenote, i didnt read all the other comments but after reading the comment before mine it seems as there is hostility on the blog or towards what yankeeschick wrote. i think some people on here are too uptight. what YC wrote was funny, and mostly true. good post. and hell im sure she did it for free so its cool of her to help another blog out

  232. gianthinker January 4th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Besides knowing your sh#t chick you’re also a hottie. Good to see you hear. I regularly check in with you but I have to say you need to start doing more video posts like you use to on your site. Otherwise great job. –gianthinker

  233. iRyanM January 5th, 2008 at 4:10 am

    I think I am going to add an i to the beginning of my name. See if it brings the Yankees good luck. GOOOOO iYANKEES!!!!

  234. BernBabyBern January 6th, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Hey, Yankees Chick:

    Nice job as the “leadoff hitter” for the guest bloggers.

    And to everyone else, a tip: Check out YC’s actual blog. It’s a entertaining , funny read. Good stuff.

    I don’t understand how Peter is getting “lazy” by allowing some space to guest bloggers. It’s not like he’s taking a month off, folks. He’s posting stuff, too. He’s just tossing some other voices into the mix. Check out some of these other blogs. Some of them, like YC’s, are actually pretty good.

    Finally, I wonder if the rest of the guest bloggers will have such in-depth discussions in the comments about how “hot” they are.

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