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Closing time in the clubhouse

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Podcast on Sep 29, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Teams usually open their clubhouses to the media for a day or two after the season is over. If a team has done well, there are smiles everywhere as players celebrate their success. Sometimes you can still smell the champagne in the air.

At Yankee Stadium today, it’s like a wake.

The Stadium is being dismantled, piece by piece. The nameplates have been stripped off the lockers, the historic photos that used to line the hallways have been taken away. Even the team logos that decorated assorted spaces have been pulled down, leaving ghostly outlines in their place.

Joe Girardi held a postmortem press conference at 2 p.m., sitting at a table in a room uncomfortably cold because nobody could figure out how to turn the air conditioning off.

The Yankees, he said, plan to upgrade their rotation with experienced pitchers. He thinks Robinson Cano will be fine. He believes Andy Pettitte will return but didn’t sound hopeful about Mike Mussina. He has faith that Jorge Posada will be able to catch 120 games in 2009. He starts his throwing program Dec. 1.

Girardi said he knows his players better and doesn’t think he needs to change his coaching staff. Unlike the Mets, the Yankees have known for a while that they weren’t making the playoffs, so there is only limited chagrin at this point.

Here, you can listen yourself:

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In terms of actual news, Mariano Rivera has opted for surgery. Girardi said he didn’t have details, but the procedure is expected to be Oct. 6 and will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Hideki Matsui is at the Stadium today and said his knee surgery went well. He expects he will be ready for spring training.

Phil Hughes is off to Arizona, Chien-Ming Wang will keep throwing in Tampa.

The only players here so far today are Jose Molina, Francisco Cervelli, Humberto Sanchez and Juan Miranda.

We’re here until 4 p.m. I’ll check in later with any other news.

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67 Responses to “Closing time in the clubhouse”

  1. Matt - NYY fan in Boston September 29th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Pete, what are your thoughts on what the Yankees should do this offseason?

  2. DVAB September 29th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    GO CUBS !

  3. Weak Knees Willy September 29th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t want Pettite back. We need the Moose!! Next year should be

    Sabathia
    Wang
    Mussina
    Hughes
    Sheets

    Joba in the bullpen

  4. Rob L. September 29th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    can’t wait til next season….This winter should be an intereseting one with all those big free agent pitchers out there. If I had my drothers C.C. would be here next year.

    C.C.
    Wang
    Chamberlain
    Pettitte
    Hughes

  5. Gary September 29th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Giardi may not think changes are not needed in the coaching staff but pressure from above may say otherwise.
    That’s a wait and see situation.

  6. Joe September 29th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Pete: When do you expect to get the Cashman decision?

  7. Big Beefy September 29th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Randolph for Meacham. Or anybody but Meacham.

  8. #9 September 29th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Pete,

    Do any of the reporters at press conference believe a word of what Girardi said?

  9. #9 September 29th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    “At Yankee Stadium today, it’s like a wake.”

    Still not as bad as what’s happening on Wall Street right now.

  10. LLIME September 29th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    So the players AND the manager have lobbied for experience starters in the rotation and big rotation upgrades.

    Let’s hope Cashman listens to his players and manager this time and gets us 2 FA pitchers.

  11. Laura September 29th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Meacham has to go. I’d also like for Girardi to have a different bench coach. Someone older with some experience.

  12. Matt - NYY fan in Boston September 29th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    My rotation:
    CC/Wang/Joba/Moose or Pettitte (preferably Moose)/Hughes
    or
    CC/Wang/Joba/Burnett/Moose or Pettitte

  13. ant928 September 29th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    How about dem Giants? YAY FOOTBALL!

    In all seriousness…I knew it had to end at some point by why during the last year of the Stadium?

  14. harwood September 29th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    “In all seriousness…I knew it had to end at some point by why during the last year of the Stadium?”

    Better the last year here then the first year at the new place.

  15. Guard September 29th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    So Girardi said…

    They plan to upgrade the rotation
    Truth: They will go with the kids and not go overboard for FA starters.

    Cano will be fine
    Truth: Team is disgusted with him and will be traded

    Andy Pettitte will return
    Truth: Andy will retire

    Not hopeful about Mussina
    Truth: Mussina will sign 2 yr deal tomorrow

    Posada will be able to catch
    Truth: Posada will be the 1B/DH.

    Tough to believe a liar

  16. MUDDYWATERS September 29th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    harwood – Agreed.

    I don’t it was planned that way, but with so many who are aging out they didn’t have much flexibility to repair the holes.

    At least there is some hope this winter will bring some new talent in to get them back in the playoffs.

  17. CountryClub September 29th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    It’s funny; this time last year most people were saying “get rid of Moose and keep Andy”. One year later and it’s the exact opposite. I know Andy had a rough second half. But it appears that a tired shoulder was the reason. I have more confidence that he’ll bounce back than I do that Moose will stay healthy and come close to repeating his numbers this year. If the question is: Who has a better chance of winning 15 games next year? My answer would be Pettitte. And please, stay far away from Ben Sheets.

  18. #9 September 29th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Funny – I thought AJ Burnett was telling Yankee players how he’d like to play for them.

    http://www.torontosun.com/spor.....6-sun.html

    Meanwhile, sources say he has also talked with Baltimore players and told them he’d like to play for them. That may be something or the give-and-take B.S. that’s part of the game.

  19. EY September 29th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    My rotation would be:
    CC
    Wang
    Moose
    Joba
    Andy

    Hughes work out in AAA and take over Joba’s spot when Joba’s near innings limit – Joba then moves into the pen.

    Bobby Meacham has gotta go.

  20. jennifer September 29th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    So one would assume that Mussina has told Joe that he will in all likelyhood retire?

  21. Matt - NYY fan in Boston September 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Oh, and Pete, Bruce Springsteen for the Super Bowl. I take it you are looking to cover it? ;)

  22. mel September 29th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Still listening to the audio, but I couldn’t resist, #9.

    Why would you leave Toronto to go to Balimore. The Jays are better and willing to give you an extension.

  23. EY September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Also no Sheets please. His arm is going to blow up and he’ll be the second Pavano. Less so for Burnett, but he also has a history of injuries.

    They gotta sign Sabathia. Blank check. He’s going to be a rock in the rotation.

  24. Donnie 23 September 29th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Why is everyone hoping and almost expecting big ol CC to sign with us? Every indication points him not wanting to pitch for the Yankees. He will want to sign with a team on the west coast or at least stay in the NL. It would take a ridiculous amount of $ to get him as a NYY. Would you still want an overweight record breaking contract guy who never wanted to play for us in the first place? Enough with the CC, Wang, joba, pettitte, Hughes ’09 starting rotation projections. It is not happening!

  25. #9 September 29th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    “Also no Sheets please. His arm is going to blow up…”

    It all ready has.

  26. Laura September 29th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    “Why is everyone hoping and almost expecting big ol CC to sign with us?”

    Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because he’s a beast of a pitcher, who has done nothing in the second half but prove that fact?

    I don’t have my heart set on CC because I think that he wants to stay in the NL. But I can understand why many here are holding out hope that I’m wrong.

  27. Mike September 29th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Here’s a question, it took the Yankees all that effort to get Andy Pettitte back last year cause he said he wants to be with family etc etc. and now he just wants to come back for one more? is it because he wants to redeem himself after this year or does he want to play in the new stadium or something?

  28. CountryClub September 29th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Mike,

    Pettitte decided to come back rather quickly last year. He went past the deadline that was set in his contract, but it was soon after that deadline passed that he said he wanted to come back. The year before that was the winter that he took a long time to make his decision. I think both reasons you give is probably why he’s already hinting that he wants to come back.

  29. Brent September 29th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    So Girardi said…

    They plan to upgrade the rotation
    Truth: They will go with the kids and not go overboard for FA starters.

    Cano will be fine
    Truth: Team is disgusted with him and will be traded

    Andy Pettitte will return
    Truth: Andy will retire

    Not hopeful about Mussina
    Truth: Mussina will sign 2 yr deal tomorrow

    Posada will be able to catch
    Truth: Posada will be the 1B/DH.

    Tough to believe a liar

    Just because you wrote the opposite of what Girardi says doesn’t mean you’re right. Are you just not going to believe a single thing Girardi says anymore? All of those things seem about right except for the coaching situation. They’re his hand-picked coaches. Do you really expect him to say “Oh yeah, Meacham sucks and will be replaced asap”?

  30. mel September 29th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Mike,

    I think that when he had his big press conference over the winter, he specifically said that part of the reason he was coming back was because he wanted to pitch in the new stadium.

    Andy has always said, if his arm is healthy (which it is) he still wants to pitch.

    With the exception of the August/September when he had issues but didn’t shut it down, Andy’s been good. The results haven’t always been what we wanted, but Andy’s pitched deep into games with very little run support.

    He’s a warrior. I’ll take him.

  31. Brent September 29th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Here’s a question, it took the Yankees all that effort to get Andy Pettitte back last year cause he said he wants to be with family etc etc. and now he just wants to come back for one more? is it because he wants to redeem himself after this year or does he want to play in the new stadium or something?

    I think it’s a little bit of everything. Even at the beginning of this year Pettitte was hinting that it would be difficult for him to retire knowing that the new stadium was almost complete. Also, with such a depressing end to his season, I’m sure he wants to come back and end on a high note.

  32. vinny-b September 29th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I want O’Neill on the staff. He will help balance Girardi’s laidback/easy going approach.

    Paul O’Neill + Giradi = bootcamp atmosphere and a win-win for the baseball fans of new york.

  33. Say it ain't so September 29th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I think all Andy needs is a calm offseason that doesn’t involve court rooms and depositions.

    If Girardi’s coaching staff next year is identical to what it was this season, count me as someone who will be very unhappy.

    As far as the Moose, I knew he would have a bounce back year, but wow I didn’t expect this much of a bounce back year. Whatever his decision is, he’s been a class act since day one, fun to watch pitch, and always amusing in interviews.

  34. Brent September 29th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Why is everyone hoping and almost expecting big ol CC to sign with us? Every indication points him not wanting to pitch for the Yankees. He will want to sign with a team on the west coast or at least stay in the NL

    Where do you get any of this information? Has he ever come out and said he wants to stay in the NL, or go to the west coast? It’s easy for people to say “OH IT’S EASIER IN THE NL…HE MUST WANT TO STAY THERE”. I’m not trying to argue..I just really want to know if he has publicly stated where he would like to end up this off-season.

    In regards to the Brewers, they had better hope that they win it all this year (which is already going to be hard to do), because Sheets and Sabathia will likely be wearing different uniforms next year.

  35. SMS47 September 29th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Love to see Willie on the coaching staff… somewhere

  36. mel September 29th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Pete,

    Just finished listening. Thanks for the audio.

    General impressions:

    -Good questions and good answers all around.

    -Who asked Girardi if he’s learned anything his first year managing in New York?

    -Who asked if there were any medical concerns and did you guys keep a straight face?

    -He knows Cashman’s decision

  37. Brent September 29th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I want O’Neill on the staff. He will help balance Girardi’s laidback/easy going approach.

    Paul O’Neill + Giradi = bootcamp atmosphere and a win-win for the baseball fans of new york.

    O’Neill barely does 15 YES games a year. What makes you think he would want to leave his family and go back on the road 162 games per year?

  38. Laura September 29th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    “Paul O’Neill + Giradi = bootcamp atmosphere and a win-win for the baseball fans of new york.”

    Paulie has already said that he doesn’t want to be away from the family. That’s why he does so few YES games. He could change his mind, but I doubt it.

  39. TROLL BUSTER September 29th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Are you guys OK in here?

    Looks clear as far as I can tell.

    Don’t have much time as the Mets blogs are filthy with Phillie fans.

    Keep safe and don’t bother trolling the Sox during their series. No one reads those blogs anyway.

  40. Laura September 29th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    “I just really want to know if he has publicly stated where he would like to end up this off-season.”

    It’s been reported in the media that he’s been saying this stuff to friends of his. The fact that he’s building a house in LA is another reason people are saying that he wants to pitch on the Left Coast. But CC has yet to publicly make a statement as to what his true intentions are. It’s all guess work at this point.

    My guess is that, like any normal red blooded American, once the Yankees back the Brinks truck up to his garage, he’ll be in pinstripes.

  41. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Pettitte came back 12/12/07, one day before A-Rod resigned. Pettitte’s plan to come back “might” have been due to the fact that the Yankees were in negotiations for Santana, and had they gotten him, the 16M offer might have been pulled, since the deadline had passed. Certainly his decision to take the offer, dampened any enthusiasm the Yankees had for Santana, and then it became the hope that he would go to the NL or stay in Minnesota. This plus the enormous money they had already tied up in Posada, Pettitte and A-Rod as well as Rivera signing a week after Pettitte, factored into the decision not to go after Santana.

    It will be interesting, with the financial crisis the way it is, how many FA’s will be offered contracts and for what $$’s!!

  42. SJ44 September 29th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    The one thing we do know is that he has stopped going forward with construction of his home in Orange County until he knows where he is going to play next year.

    Other than that, nobody knows what he is going to do.

  43. mel September 29th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    How do you stop building a house? What phase was it in? Planning, permitting, slab, framing? It must’ve been in the very early stages because you don’t just stop construction.

  44. G. Love September 29th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I don’t think Girardi earned the right to be confident about his picks on the coaching staff.

    Watching the Cano/Melky regression, seeing the young pitchers all struggle and in some cases fail miserably…this staff was not as advertised as far as teaching young players.

    I expect a head or two to roll there just to appease the blood thirsty and to let Girardi know he better not have a repeat next season.

    As for Pettitte, as a properly slotted 4-5 starter next year, he’s a steal folks. If they even mention him in the top 3 starters for the team next year, we’re in deep trouble.

    I think Mussina is gone. I think he floating that 3 year extension to chase 300 idea out there almost daring a team to make him come back.

    If the Yankees gave Mussina 2 years, I’d be upset unless that 2nd year was an option year w/a buyout.

    Ideally our top 3 next season is CC, Wang, AJ OR Wang, AJ and someone we haven’t even considered yet who may become available.

    I do not like the idea of Derek Lowe here. Another ex Boston star looking to cash in on the rivalry is not what we need in the locker room.

  45. #9 September 29th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    “How do you stop building a house?”

    Simple: Sub-prime mortgages.

  46. SJ44 September 29th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Mel,

    He hadn’t started construction yet. Its just an open lot right now.

    He was going to start construction in June but decided to hold off for now.

    Fans get more caught up in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry stuff than the players do. Players go with the flow and there aren’t these life and death relationships between most of the guys on the two teams.

    Yes, Arod and Varitek aren’t buddies. However, everybody on the Yankees like Big Papi and everybody on both teams hate Schilling! lol

  47. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    As far as Sabathia, is concerned rumor has it that plans for building the house are on hold according to SJ44.

    Dodgers might resign Manny and Furcal, leaving them with no money for CC. Already have good pitching staff.

    Angels might resign Teixera and F-Rod for big bucks and not be willing to take on another very expensive starter, their strong point.

    He probably wouldn’t mind going to Giants, but Zito’s contract would need unloaded and Giants really need offense.

    Oakland’s out as well as Seattle, I would imagine, would be out.

    So the Yankees signing him might not be out of the question, even in an ongoing financial crisis. As for hitting they can offer him the DH spot once a week!!!!!!!!

  48. Betsy September 29th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Joe is truly clueless if he thinks that changes don’t need to be made to his staff. I’m quite disturbed that he is putting personal relationships ahead of his own team. Whomever is the GM, that person must fire Meachem and reassign Thompson somewhere……disgraceful.

  49. 108 stitches September 29th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Tino should be in the coaching mix somewhere. His winning attitude deserves a chance.

  50. Gus G. September 29th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    To the people saying that O’Neill wouldnt want to be a coach for the Yankees… I can’t remember when or where I saw this (think it was Kim Jones at Old Timers Day). He was asked if he could see himself as a coach for the Yankees down the road and he said yes. Not sure if I’d like to have O’Neill as a coach though… what are his credentials besides being Paul O’Neill? I know many people feel that’s good enough, but color me crazy… I’d need more than that. I still hold out hope that Bowa comes back. I know, I know.

  51. G. Love September 29th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    SJ — I don’t mean Lowe getting caught up in the rivalry.

    I meant, he knows that there is serious money to be made in the AL East.

    By saying he misses the big game atmosphere and he won a championship in the AL East with Boston, he’s pitching himself to the Yankees and trying to establish why he is worth the extra money the Yankees can shower him with.

    It’s all marketing, I just hope the Yankees don’t buy into it and try to sell that to us as fans.

    I don’t think Lowe is a scrub or anything, but I know he had his issues with partying in Boston and staying focused.

    He’s done well in LA, but LA is very different from NY and Boston.

    I just feel like I’d rather see us try someone else than pursue him.

  52. Fredo Corleone September 29th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    “Joe is truly clueless if he thinks that changes don’t need to be made to his staff”

    Yankees didn’t lose games because of the coaching staff.

  53. bodhisattva September 29th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    One thing perhaps overlooked in Girardi’s first season is the emotional pain he must have been in, knowing his father is slipping out of this world. Since this is an extremely raw feeling for me, and for friends of mine who have lost a treasured parent even years ago, I can’t dismiss this as perhaps a mitigating factor in this, his first season. It’s hard enough to work through a parent’s illness when you just have to deal with the everyday – I don’t even go into my office anymore because fortunately, my employers understand that I am nearly incapable of the small talk and pleasantries one has to exchange in the company of colleagues. I’m lucky I can work at home. Imagine having to deal with people who are supposed to be neutral but who might have an agenda, and who don’t care about you as a person. If Girardi was testy, it may be a part of his nature under pressure. But he also may have been dealing with facing the demise of his father, who is far, far away.

  54. SJ44 September 29th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Betsy,

    He’s not going to make public any coaching decisions in a day after news conference. Especially since he has no idea who is GM will be yet.

    Certain things have to take place before the staff is addressed.

    Like knowing who the GM will be next year.

  55. pat September 29th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    IMO, it’s too soon for guys to be coaching guys they played with and are buddies with. That was my only objection to Girardi. It can’t be easy to make the transformation for all parties involved to be the guy in charge when some players still see you as one of the guys.

  56. SJ44 September 29th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    G Love,

    He’s going to make big money this off-season either way. The Mets will be in on him, Boras is his agent, and there is a big need in the game these days for guys who can take the ball every 5 days and give you 13-15 wins.

    I know that sounds like the bar for pitching has been lowered around the game. It has to a certain degreee.

    In these days of pitch counts, young pitchers taking longer than expected to flourish (which is just not a Yankee problem. Its an industry wide problem), guys like Lowe get big money.

    Carlos Silva, a guy with less cred than Lowe, got 48 million for 4 years. I think Lowe is probably good for 14-16 million a year for 3 years if the market doesn’t blow up due to the economy.

    Would I take him on the Yankees? Depends how other moves shake out.

    He wouldn’t be my first or second choice though.

  57. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    G.Love

    As far as Pettitte is concerned, there should be no rush to resign him, waiting to see how our starting rotation shapes up. He clearly proved he doesn’t have 200 innings in him any more, and how many pitchers do we want going 5 or 6 innings, allowing 1-2 baserunners an inning and reaching 100 pitches by the 5th inning?

    Plu he claims all he has is rotator cuff tendinitis which should heal with time—–which in his 36 yo body might just re-occur.

    If we’re lucky enough to sign Sabathia, and you don’t want Pettitte for 12-16M, but want another lefty, whose young, there’s Oliver Perez, who can pitch in NY, but tends to walk too many, or Scott Olsen of the Marlins who has potential and had a row with management this year, or Randy Wolf whose arm is stronger and strikes out batters, or my favorite Kuo, of the Dodgers.

  58. bodhisattva September 29th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    In all seriousness…I knew it had to end at some point by why during the last year of the Stadium?

    Because it sort of makes a kind of synchronistic sense. Think of this: it must be annoying for some current Yankee players to have the team’s ridiculously successful history thrown in their faces everyday. This edition, and the last several years, have not been able to live up to it. On top of that, there’s the stupidity of the so-called mission statement ridiculing anything short of winning the whole thing. Really, the Yankees shouldn’t have to explicate such a goal; all teams are trying to win a championship, at some point or another.

    What Cashman has done is thumb his nose at the platitudes and the dinosaur template of trying to create a team of free agent All-Stars at the expense of developing a real system. That’s not what produced the 96-2000 run. It was the abandonment of what produced that run that has cost the Yankees, in their zeal to replicate that success.

    Cashman acknowledged that something fundamental was broken, and he put in place what had been neglected for years. In doing so, his efforts may not only produce a championship, but perhaps a run of them.

    So maybe it’s important that these new Yankees have their new digs, and a place to create their own place in Yankee history.

    I am loathe to call that new park Yankee Stadium, however. I’m also glad it doesn’t have some bozo corporate name. I will reference it as ‘New Yankee Stadium.’

  59. Donnie 23 September 29th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Brent,

    Of course CC has not publicly stated anything like that. Why would he? That would be stupid for him as a free agent trying to maximize his appeal and demand to all teams interested in signing him. Like other high profile FA’s, CC and his agent have a game plan and probably will execute it well. However, there are people in baseball who know CC personally (whether it be close friends or ex teammates, coaches, or members of the media) and know about his desires. CC may have express his feelings about pitching for a particular team that he likes or dislikes. Why is that hard to believe? So to answer your question, no CC has not “publicly stated” that does not want to pitch for the Yankees. But, if you can read between the lines, I think CC does not want to pitch here. I hope I am wrong, but right now it’s all wishful thinking.

  60. Ariel September 29th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    It’s unlikely Paulie could sit still as a coach. I could see him consider serving an apprenticeship as a bench coach to an “experienced” manager but certainly not here and now.

    Girardi’s response to his coaching staff demonstrates his intractable nature when it is abundantly clear at least one move is order. He will have to be directed to make the change.

  61. Ariel September 29th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    CC is a gentleman of the highest order. I question whether he would even want to come here the potential dollars nothwithstanding. It would be a shocker but I would not rule out CC remaining in Milwaukee with a big “new hometown” discount if they progress in the playoffs.

  62. Reacher September 29th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Omar will make the big move for Frankie R…..an absolute necessity. Highly unlikely anything beyond that, certainly no CC for the Mets. Tex is probably set in LA; Manny, it’s open tho the positives from Donnie Baseball, St. Joe and members of the community, including the press, may force McCourt to be a real player.

    As I’ve said before, don’t be surprised if Manny is wearing pinstripes next year though admittedly a longshot.

  63. Reacher September 29th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    The sleeper deal is Chris Davis of Texas.

  64. Reacher September 29th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I should add, young arms for Davis. Nolan Ryan appears to be calling the shots and is crying out for young arms (which the Yankees have) and might well be willing to part with for a budding out of position slugger who hits for the average since hitting is what Nolan has plenty of. This assumes some FA mound acquisitions by Cash or his successor.

  65. rover September 29th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Depressing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. kelly September 30th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    My rotation:
    Wang/cc/Joba/Pettitte /Hughes

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