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A clash over the coaches?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 02, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On Sunday and again on Monday, Joe Girardi said he did not anticipate making any changes to his coaching staff before 2009. The question seemed to surprise him.

Brian Cashman got the same question yesterday and said it was something they had to discuss during the coming organizational meetings.

That could well mean nothing happens. Cashman very rarely gives yes or no answers to anything at this time of the year. Or it could mean that the GM and the manager will be having a very serious discussion sometime soon.

Pitching coach Dave Eiland is safe. I also think the Yankees still have faith in hitting coach Kevin Long, albeit a little less than they used to.

The question will revolve around third base coach Bobby Meacham. He was one of Girardi’s choices for the staff last fall and he had a rocky first season, making a bunch of mistakes with runners. But the bigger problem – as George King of the Post wrote today – may be that Girardi leaned more on Meacham than his other coaches for advice.

One way or another, and I have written this before, the Yankees need somebody who will be more of a presence around the players.

I know some people want Willie Randolph to come back. But his ego is unlikely to allow that. He also can sit around for a year and collect his paycheck from the Mets. Paul O’Neill wants nothing to do with doing more games for YES that he already does, he’s certainly not making a six-month commitment to be away from his family.

Tino Martinez? Luis Sojo? Somebody from outside? There are a lot of possibilities.

 
 

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409 Responses to “A clash over the coaches?”

  1. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    mohawks = strange.

  2. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Here’s a name to throw out there. What about Lee Mazilli? He was the Yankee’s bench coach in 2006 and seems to me that he’s the type of guy who’s not afraid to give someone a boot when needed.

  3. geO [Mickie James Roast Beef] October 2nd, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Mazilli = SNY Analyst

    I doubt he’ll quit to be a 3rd base coach.

    Maybe Sojo would be a better option.

  4. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Sojo would be great to get back… I’d also love it if they threw a bunch of money at bowa

  5. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    the rookie just hitted his first postseason homer.

  6. Joe from Long Island October 2nd, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    As I recall, Luis Sojo already had one stint as (3B?) coach, and didn’t exactly get rave reviews. But my memory could be off on this.

    I think the suggestion of Don Baylor, made a couple of days ago, sounded pretty good. As either 3B or bench coach.

  7. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Longoria is the real deal.

  8. Joe from Long Island October 2nd, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Or throwing a lot of money at Larry Bowa, if he would leave his friend Joe. I read on a previous post that he supposedly has an “out” on his contract.

  9. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    never believed, would be seeing bunting draping the walls/confines of that ballpark.

  10. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    From what I recall Sojo started out rough but once he got some time under his belt he was pretty good.

  11. Stephen October 2nd, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Longoria and David Price…being awful for so long has its benefits.

  12. Guard October 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Harold Reynolds is an excellent analyst.

    Aside from Chip Carey and Buck Martinez, all these broadcast teams have been very good.

  13. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    And just like that Longoria already has a better post season career than Alex.

  14. Patrick Bateman October 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    If Girardi was leaning on Meacham for advice, thats even more of a reason to get rid of him.

    What great words of wisdom did he give Girardi? To sit Johnny Damon during the most important part of the season when we were trying to gain ground?

  15. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Kind of funny, ex-Yankee Vazquez pitching to ex-prospect Navarro. While the Yankees sit home and watch.

  16. SCX October 2nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Wait? What’s the story with Paul O’Neill there?

  17. Jedi Master October 2nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Bucky Dent for 3rd base coach!

  18. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I’d put Robbie Thompson back behind the scenes, prepping all the scouting reports and statistical analysis.

    I’d make Tony Pena the bench coach.

    I’d put Mitch Seone at first base.

    I’d offer Bowa a 3 year contract for $1 million a year and bring him back to coach third. He has an out in his Dodger deal at the end of this season.

    If Joe Torre could put his ego aside in his later years as Yankee manager, and put a staff together of former managers and strong personalities, Joe Girardi can do the same.

    One thing Cash has to explain to Girardi is the following:

    If you want to act like Bill Belichick, WIN like Bill Belichick.

    Also, if you look at Belichick’s staffs over the years, they were filled with talented people.

    Its not about the “act”. Its about the staff. The better the staff, the better job a manager can do.

    It takes a guy being secure in his position and his own ability to do it. Hopefully, Joe is up to the task.

    Something Joe needs to realize if he wants a long career as Yankee manager.

    Tino? I’d leave him right where he is….at Cash’s side in a growing role as an advisor.

    Tino has a good eye for talent and has been a quick study in learning the league. I think his greatest value to Cash is as a former player, not long out of the game, who can seperate guys who can play from guys who just compile numbers.

    A guy that has been in the dugout, and knows what it takes to put together guys on a championship team, can be invaluable to Cash as they discuss acquisitions.

  19. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Here’s a guy that would definitely light a fire under a Cano’s rear, if he didnt outright deck him first: Greg “Puff” Nettles.

    We can dream, cant we? lol

  20. CountryClub October 2nd, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Meacham was his sounding board?? Wow, what can Bobby meacham teach Joe Girardi? How to get called by passing a runner on the base paths?

  21. Russell NY October 2nd, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    To be fair, Brett Gardner played 42 games in 2008. His first 21 games he had a .189 batting average and his last 21 games he had a .283 batting average.

    If you look at Gardner’s minor league career, here’s what happened:

    2005 A Ball – .284 BA
    2006 A Ball – .323 BA

    2006 AA Ball – .272 BA
    2007 AA Ball – .300 BA

    2007 AAA Ball – .260 BA
    2008 AAA Ball – .296 BA

    Baseball isn’t that simple but now lets look at his MLB:

    2008 MLB Ball – .228 BA
    2009 MLB Ball – ?

    I’m comfortable thinking he could hit .270 in a season. With plus defense and his speed, that is attractive.

  22. Interested Reader October 2nd, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    “Paul O’Neill wants nothing to do with doing more games for YES, he’s certainly not making a six-month commitment to be away from his family.” Eventhough after Girardi got the job Paul said that he was going to talk to him about possibly being on the coaching staff…

  23. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    “Patrick Bateman
    October 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    If Girardi was leaning on Meacham for advice, thats even more of a reason to get rid of him.
    What great words of wisdom did he give Girardi? To sit Johnny Damon during the most important part of the season when we were trying to gain ground?”

    I don’t know Meacham, however he doesn’t strike me as a baseball coach. And we know his shortcomings at 3rd base. Hopefully, Girardi knows/likes other persons, who may be qualified and a greater benefit to him.

  24. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    SJ44,

    Forgive my ignorance, but who is Mitch Seone and what makes him qualified to coach in the majors?

  25. Chet October 2nd, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    If I am Randolph I stay away and see if 09 unfolds like 08. If it does Girardi is gone and he becomes the lead candidate for the slot.

    Also I would find a way to bring Bowa back for Cano’s sake and 3B coaching duties. Also maybe Rob Thompson is over is head as bench coach and we may need more of a pure baseball strategist to provide Girardi advice.

    Chet

    ps – I know it is 20/20 hindsight but I was pulling Donnie last year as it would have been less of a transition from Torre. He also has trememdous respect in the clubhouse. Does Girardi have that??

  26. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Drive,

    Cano’s act wouldn’t have carried on so long this year if Posada didn’t get hurt.

    Jorge would have jacked him up WAY before September, that’s for sure.

    Robbie should ask El Duque how lucky he is Jorge got hurt.

  27. Braintrust October 2nd, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Luis Sojo should be the third base coach next season. I’m surprised that Pena hasn’t gotten another Managerial position, maybe he’s sticking around to see how Girardi will do? I can even see Pena moving to bench coach next seson. Either way Meacham was never a winning ball player, and can’t coach third. Not a bad guy, just not right for us.

  28. Rodney F. October 2nd, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Willie as a bench coach would be tremendous. O’Neill is my all time favorite yankee but i dont know how good of a coach he would be, unless of course you’re talking about firing kevin long and getting O’Neill as a hitting coach. Seeing the hitting coach argue with umpires would be great.

  29. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Bucky is another good choice for the staff. He’s a very good tactician of the game.

    He and Torre didn’t get along too well. I’m not sure of his relationship with Girardi or, even if he has one.

  30. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    SJ44 –

    Do you envision Tino as a GM at some point in the future?

  31. TurnTables October 2nd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    That’s why using Tampa as a model for the Yankees is flawed. We will NEVER have the chance to acquire players like that through the draft. We can’t acquire sure-fire cornerstone players like the Rays and other small market teams can. Aside from Montero, we’ve flopped in the International market in recent years, going for B level players instead of the top guys like Inoa. Even then, these are 16 year old kids they are too far away.

    All we can get is the draft is injured pitchers with question marks like Brackman. Thats no way to build a team. You have to take a wait and see approach, can’t make any assumptions and think these guys will save our franchise. Development is fine, but some realism needs to be included. The Sox did that. Their core last year was Manny, Beckett, Schilling, Lowell, Dice-K, Drew, Ortiz, etc. and they slowly incorporated young players, didn’t rely on them. The vets won them the rings in 04 and 07.

  32. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Mitch has been with the Yankees for years. He used to play in their farm system in his playing days. He’s worked with guys in the minors and is currently doing what Robbie Thompson did last year.

    Mitch coached some first this year when Meachem was away from the team.

    If he was a basketball player, he would be known as a “gym rat”. Just a guy who has been around the game, and the Yankees, for a long time and who has a good understanding of the game.

  33. Bronx Jeers October 2nd, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Cash was saying yesterday how Gardner has always made adjustments while advancing through the minors. He seemed to be doing the same last month albeit the sample is too small to make a judgment.

    To be continued in March……..

  34. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    noticed the heckler have playoff tickets. Should’ve let him, throw out the first pitch. Loyal.

  35. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    What did Jorge do to El Duque?

    As for Thompson, he could end up in AAA if Dave Miley gets the Seatle job.

  36. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Doreen,

    I think that’s where his future lies. Tino volleyballs back and forth, trying to decide whether he wants to be on the field or in the front office.

    He loves teaching but, I think he is really enjoying the process of putting together a team.

    I expect Tino to be a guy in 4-5 years people talk about as being one of the bright young minds in the game, from a GM standpoint.

    He’s really got a good feel re: team construction. I hope he decides to stay on the front office side of things. In time, he will make a great GM, IMO.

    Who knows, perhaps he can be groomed as the successor to Cash.

  37. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Anyone else think Harold Reynolds sounds a little like Chris Rock?

  38. Weather Man October 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    The problem with giving him experienced bench coaches is that if we get off to a bad start, everybody will be calling for Girardi’s head and to make (Baylor/Pena) the manager. Girardi may feel threatened by having so much experience.

    I also am not sure if him and Bowa could co-exist, they have similar fiery personalities. Girardi might feel Bowa will undermine him. The players might get too worn out by 2 abrasive guys like that too. It worked well with Torre because he was the fire to Torre’s ice. They mixed well and Bowa was the one who was the firey guy who spoke up when needed and knew how to push the righ buttons. Players listened because they knew Torre was there in the background.

  39. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Giant crowd of 36,000 today….

  40. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    “the Yankees need somebody who will be more of a presence around the players.”

    that’s a polite way of saying that now when players look up a coach’s mlb stats they see that they are a better player than the coach ever dreamed of being.

    the yankee staff is way to generic. i’m not sure how they change that though. anyone with charisma immediately becomes a threat to girardi if they start out slow in 2009 as they probably will since cashman will still be pursuing his youth plan with youths that aren’t either ready or any good.

  41. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    It does seem that Tino is in being groomed to take the job one day.

  42. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    TurnTables: disagree. This isn’t the NFL. No matter which position you draft, you will land ++ talent if you do the homework/pay over slot.

    and as you mentioned, you have the International market, as well.

  43. darkmoonfire October 2nd, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Yeah, Pete… that Paul O’Neill thing needs more elaboration.

    Is he not coming back as a broadcaster next year?

  44. MooseCall October 2nd, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Lar-rey Bowa! Clap, Clap, clap-clap-clap!

  45. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Jorge punched out El Duque in the locker room one day.

    Got tired of El Duque shaking him off and bad mouthing him, and he beat the crap out of him one day.

    It was the last time El Duque ever gave him lip. lol

    They still had occasional flareups on the mound but, El Duque was much more respectful of him after that.

    Jorge is loco. To me, he’s loco in a good way. A way that keeps everybody on their toes.

    Every team has to have a guy like that and the Yankees really missed him this year.

    When you are injured, you don’t have the same impact in the locker room as you do when you are there everyday.

  46. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Big two out homerun.

  47. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Where’s that Tampa Bay pitching?????

  48. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Jorge going crazy in the locker room? that’s crazy. Since Jeter is the captain of the team, Posada is the Punisher of the team.

  49. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Bowa has no desire to manage again. That’s one reason why I think it would work.

    If he had a desire to manage again, like Pena does, then its dicey to put him in that role.

    Same with Willie. That’s why I can’t see Willie taking a job on the staff.

    He still has money coming from the Mets. He’s going to make sure Wilpon pays him all of it with no discounts taken because he has taken another job.

  50. CountryClub October 2nd, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Ed, you are correct. A guy like posada could never be a captain. But he is jeter’s enforcer. The two of them work very well together.

  51. t-rock October 2nd, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Tino would be an uncomfortable situation, another aspiring manager next to Girardi who is his best friend too.

    You also need to make sure he isin’t a guy who is too buddy buddy with the players either, Girardi is already on shakey ground with the players so the last thing he needs is a guy who could potentially be the players safety net to undermine Joe.

  52. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Can you imagine the White Sox advancing? Followed by the Cubs getting bounced this round? That would be hilarious.

  53. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    If I were Willie I’d want all my money too after getting treated like that by the Mets.

  54. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    FergsKU
    October 2nd, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    And just like that Longoria already has a better post season career than Alex.

    A Rod vs Minn 2004 ALDS
    19 ab, 8 hits, 3 doubles 1 homer, 5 rbi .421 ba. .476 obp,737 slug%

    He also hit .409 with a .421 obp against the Yanks in the 2003 ALCS. People do forget that ,up until Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, A Rod was a very good post season player with Seattle and the Yanks.

  55. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    O’Neill likes his life just the way it is right now.

    Girardi offered him a job on the staff last year (they are very close friends) and he declined.

    He doesn’t want to travel that much and be away from his family.

    The YES Network has asked him to do more games and he has declined. He wants to stick with his 20-25 game schedule.

  56. vtred October 2nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Why not make Hank the bench coach?

    He could provide some fire to the team

  57. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    A Rod vs Minn 2004 ALDS
    19 ab, 8 hits, 3 doubles 1 homer, 5 rbi .421 ba. .476 obp,737 slug%

    He also hit .409 with a .421 obp against the Yanks in the 2003 ALCS. People do forget that ,up until Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, A Rod was a very good post season player with Seattle and the Yanks.

    Then the wheels completely fell off…..

  58. gayle October 2nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I think it is to be expected that Girardi leaned on Meachem. remember he was one of the 2 coaches he was allowed to name and they have a prior coach/manager relationship.

    it doesn’tmake it wrong or unrelastic that he did lean on him. That is NOT to say that he should be back.

    O’Neill no issues with YES it is just that he likes to spend a lot of time at home with the kids and doesnt like to do more than a certain amount of games. Believe me YES would love to have him do more games.

    Bowa – Does he have any loyalty to Joe T or if the Yanks offered him a ton of dough is it just like players money talks and BS walks. I know he said he had a great time here and enjoyed working with the players just not sure where he stands. I was sort of surprised that the Yanks didnt even offer him an interview for manager. He certainly has the experience.But then again when he managed the Phil there were a lot of problems with his interaction with the players.

  59. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    doreen-
    the white sox might stink ,but they won’t choke. they’ve seen everything( including a world championship) from ozzie.

    i would not be surprised to see them run the table like st. louis did when no one expected them to do it.

  60. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Just put Whitey Ford on the bench with a bottle of Jack… It’d be like having Zimmer back.

  61. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    “Why not make Hank the bench coach?

    He could provide some fire to the team”

    fire? you mean like firing and re-hiring other coaches several times a series? ;)

  62. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    SJ 44 –

    do you know anything about Eric Byrnes possibly being a salary dump for the D-Backs? He is most certainly going to be the 4th OFer for them. If they resign Dunn, then Byrnes isn’t needed anymore.

  63. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I would say Javy Vazquez is good for a six spot this game.

  64. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    another home run for Longoria.

  65. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    the Rays, no longer anyone’s bee*tch.

  66. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    SJ44,

    I ususally don’t watch YES Network’s Centerstage. But last week’s interview with Posada was good. You can feel the passion in the man.

    My wife & I laughed hard when Kaye asked him if he “hated the Red Sox guts”. He didnt blink an eye before saying an emphatic “Yes!”.

    You can tell that, like Jeter, this is a man that hates to lose. He takes being a Yankee very seriously and has no patience for those that don’t play the game the “Yankee way”, as he called it.

  67. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    A Rod vs Minn 2004 ALDS
    19 ab, 8 hits, 3 doubles 1 homer, 5 rbi .421 ba. .476 obp,737 slug%

    Well Longoria already has more homeruns than Alex did that series.

  68. Clint October 2nd, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Vasquez may be the worst pitcher of any of these playoff teams.

  69. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    TurnTables: The Yankees had a verbal agreement with Inoa but he changed agents and reneged on the deal. The Yankees refused to talk with his new agent.

    They did sign Montero when he was the best player on the intl. level.

    Besides in the draft there is talent everywhere.

    Posada round 24
    Pettite: 22nd round-but did not sign. Later signed as an undrafted plyer.

    Albert Pujols: 13th round

  70. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Soriano also had a good series or two… I wouldn’t get carried away with Longoria=Reggie yet.

  71. Forntoso October 2nd, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Vasquez, picking up right where he left off in 04.

    Burhlee will save the day tomorrow though. Danks and Floyd will be tough too.

  72. vinny-b (Cashmoney, Girardi, Nardi, Pettitte, Mo = Fab 5) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    posada will have a long career in baseball, even when no longer a player.

  73. John October 2nd, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Todd Helton just hit a triple, FYI

  74. pat October 2nd, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    “Here’s a guy that would definitely light a fire under a Cano’s rear, if he didnt outright deck him first: Greg “Puff” Nettles.”

    I always wondered why Nettles stopped coaching. He loved being around the game so much as a player but only had a few short stints as a coach.

    He seems to enjoy being a spring training instructor and worked well with A-Rod prior to 2004 geting him up to speed at 3rd base.

  75. Sea Net October 2nd, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Posada will be our next manager.

  76. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I think Nettles just fell under the radar when it came time to get a coaching job.

    One thing is for sure: he’ll never work for the Royals!

  77. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Sea Net,

    His wife gave him the ok and it’s recorded on Centerstage lol

  78. X-Mann October 2nd, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Can we negotiate with Bowa even though he is under contract? Does he have to opt out before we can talk to him? Why would he opt out then unless he has a guarantee from us?

  79. miggs October 2nd, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I must say, Harold Reynolds is an excellent announcer. He provides good insight and perspective into the game, plus he actually knows what he’s talking about.

    The way he broke down Longoria’s swing on that 2nd homerun was genius. He was saying how he adjusted before the replay was even shown.

    Why did ESPN get rid of this guy again? He’s in a different league than anyone you hear announce the ESPN games. What color commentators does ESPN have? Anyone that has ever read my posts knows I cant stand Joe Morgan. Who else do they have? Steve Phillips. Ouch. Kruk? Hah.

  80. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I’m sure AZ would love to trade Byrnes and dump that contract.

    I’m equally sure the Yankees wouldn’t be interested.

    Lot of money for a limited player. Those are the kind of deals the Yankees pass on these days.

  81. Phil October 2nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Cash should do what he can to get Bowa back.

  82. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    What happened to Carlos Pena today?

  83. t-rock October 2nd, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Sadly, Curtis Granderson is a better studio analyst than Kruk or Steve Phillips.

  84. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Harold Reynolds is great. epic FAIL on ESPN there…

  85. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Nettles has had some serious health issues the past few years.

    He still comes to ST as a guest instructor.

    I think a day to day gig would be too much of a grind for him at this stage of his life.

  86. Frondirre October 2nd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Posada is a huge p*u*s*s*y. HUGE. He should give his salary back to the Yankees .

  87. Tyler October 2nd, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Harold Reynolds got dumped by ESPN because a female co-worker accused him of sexual harassment….. not sure how it ended up being settled but ESPN booted him after those charges…. I think Reynolds denied it and I’m not sure if they settled out of court or not

  88. Jeff October 2nd, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    The next manager of the Yankees will hopefully be Mattingly, who probably should’ve been here in the first place.

  89. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    The case between Harold and ESPN as settled out of court.

    Harold sued for wrongful termination and the case was settled just after depositions.

  90. Tyler October 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Jef—– Do you think Mattingly knows how to handle a pitching staff or a bulpen….. thats going to be a lot of pressure on Eiland if we got Mattingly

  91. miggs October 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Tyler I thought I heard something like that.

    I remember thinking he was the only ESPN guy that was objective when talking about the Yankees, then they got rid of him.

    I wonder if he was set up.

  92. FergsKU October 2nd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Harold Reynolds got dumped by ESPN because a female co-worker accused him of sexual harassment….. not sure how it ended up being settled but ESPN booted him after those charges…. I think Reynolds denied it and I’m not sure if they settled out of court or not

    Seems like ESPN held a double standard with Reynolds. There are tons of stories on the internet (Deadspin) about the frat house atmosphere there.

  93. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I will never forgive Eric Byrnes for stupidly pushing Jason Varitek rather than touch home plate in Game 3 of the 2004 ALDS. Oakland led the the series 2- 0 and Byrnes would have scored the tying run in the 6th inning. All the idiot had to do was touch home plate,but he went after Varitek instead. Varitek then tagged him with the ball.That play started the Boston’s comeback and they came back to win the series. The rest is history.

    A pox on Eric Byrnes.

  94. gayle October 2nd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    That Harold Reynoldsis already on board for the MLB Network gives me great hope that the channel will actually be decent

  95. jonathan c. October 2nd, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I see a lot of people asking for Sojo as the 3B coach, but he was pretty bad when he used to do it. Plus, isn’t he a pretty popular guy amongst the younger kids he coaches?

    It would be great to get Bowa back. This is one of those small but important areas where the Yankees should use their money where most teams can’t.

  96. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    “Tyler
    October 2nd, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    Harold Reynolds got dumped by ESPN because a female co-worker accused him of sexual harassment….. not sure how it ended up being settled but ESPN booted him after those charges…. I think Reynolds denied it and I’m not sure if they settled out of court or not”

    the old sexual harassment/Anita Hill trick.

    speaking of Anita Hill, wonder if she ever made any porn vids.

  97. Tyler October 2nd, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I don’t think it was ever proven if Reynolds did what she accused so at the time I remember thinking it was a little bit premature to fire him…. he seems like a good guy at least on camera

  98. t-rock October 2nd, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Vasquez is so bad that the Rays are swinging at everything he throws because they think they can hit it. Thats why he has 6 Ks in 3.1 innings

  99. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Ideal Yankee bench

    Ryan Freel-2b,3b,cf,lf,rf.
    Casey Blake, or, Eric Hinske-1b, rf, 3b.
    Jose Molina-c
    Cody Ransom-inf.

  100. John October 2nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Every game that Torre wins in the playoffs makes us look worse and worse.

  101. paulie October 2nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Tim Raines gets my vote as the 3b coach

  102. Whitey Fraud October 2nd, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Bobby Meacham should be sent back to Columbus.

    Or put on the Columbia Space Shuttle.

    Either way, he needs to be gone.

  103. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Longoria is the greatest hitter in post-season history.

    He’s Josh Beckett with a bat.

  104. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    What Torre does in LA has nothing to do with the Yankees.

    I really don’t see how the Yankees get Bowa at this point. Unless he doesn’t like the west coast. Because he’s having a pretty successful season with Torre, and he must like working with Torre, because he went with him. I wouldn’t get my hopes up in that direction.

  105. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    From mlbtraderumors.com:

    “Angels owner Arte Moreno seems willing to stretch payroll past $124MM for the right players. The Angels’ postseason performance will be a big factor.”

    Does that fit Lackey (option), Vlad, Tex and CC? I don’t think so.

    If we end up with the guy they don’t get, (Tex or CC) I think it is tolerable. Especially if Peavy is a possibility.

  106. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    sj44-
    i agree nettles doesn’t look like he’d want a permanent coaching job. i’ve been 5 lockers down from nettles in a locker room and i can tell you he’s no kiss ass with management . because of that i don’t see him in the present locker room.

    spring training is a whole different animal and he’s a valuable addition there.

  107. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    i’m looking forward to the MLB network. i can see that as my default tv station, when nothing else is on…

    i like football, but i think the last time i watched the NFL network was whenever they last broadcasted a live game.

    i’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat as me…

  108. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    “Every game that Torre wins in the playoffs makes us look worse and worse.”

    No it doesn’t.

  109. Pokey October 2nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Peavy is not an answer. He won’t be able to handle the NY atmosphere.

  110. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    “I will never forgive Eric Byrnes for stupidly pushing Jason Varitek rather than touch home plate in Game 3 of the 2004 ALDS.”

    Blech, I had ALCS tickets too. You know, for the Yankees-A’s games in Yankee Stadium West.

  111. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    “Peavy is not an answer. He won’t be able to handle the NY atmosphere.”

    your basing that on what exactly?

  112. pat October 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    “Every game that Torre wins in the playoffs makes us look worse and worse.”

    Why? He was great while he was here but both parties obviously thought it was time to move on. You only look bad if you knew you were making the wrong decision, for the wrong reason but you made it anyhow.

  113. Dave D October 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Basically, if the Angels get eliminated in the 1st round, Moreno is going to go on a spending frenzy. He isin’t going to watch his team get embarrassed by Boston again. This was supposed to be their year, they won 100 games, they owned BOS in the regular season, they traded for Tex, K-Rod had a historic year, etc. He will not stand for another 1st round flop especially since he is printing money and can spend as much as he wants.

    Similarly, if the Cubs flop in the 1st round, they arnet going to just accept it. They too have the resources to go all out. Sabathia did list Chicago as his favorite road city too.

    This postseason will have a huge impact on the FA market as well. Some of these big teams will not hesitate to go for it all this winter if they flop.

  114. jk October 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Fire the 3rd base coach! This is a George move from the old days. I hope Cashman is not going to waste too much time with moves like these.

  115. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Nick: lot of yankee fans in SanFran?

  116. JJ October 2nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    for bench coach how about Tom Kelly from the twins.

  117. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    TKinDC: it’s gonna cost alot if they resign krod, pickup Lackey and Vlad.

  118. murphydog October 2nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    SJ:

    Here we are counting the days again. So, I’ll offer a baseball story, of sorts, to help pass the time (true story):

    My wife’s aunt and uncle are up in The Bronx from Puerto Rico and are staying with my mother-in-law for a couple of weeks. They are from Manati, same town as Beltran. The Uncle is a huge baseball fan and it’s always interesting to get his take on the game. Pick any player in the majors with a latino surname and the Uncle will tell you if the player is Puerto Rican. (Needless to say, there is a lot of pride involved when that player is Puerto Rican).

    So, he and I get into a baseball conversation with me speaking my broken Spanish and he speaking his broken English and my wife translating the rest. At one point, we started talking about how much the Yankees missed Po this season, when the Uncle swears to me, having nothing to do with anything, that Jorge Posada and Mike Lowell are both Cuban by blood and that they are “only” Puerto Rican in the sense that they were born in PR.

    I was about to ask my wife’s Uncle how Puerto Rican someone has to be in order to be “truly” Puerto Rican, when my mother-in-law puts a hand over her heart and does a loud “Dios Mio!” Po is her favorite Yankee. Now that she thinks he is “really” Cuban, it’s like a death in the family.

    I’m glad I’m Irish. We let anybody be Irish if they want to be.

    How long ’til Pitchers and Catchers?

  119. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Krod is probably as good as gone. Vlad will have his option picked up and Teixeria is the wild card on whether or not they retain him, but they will obviously have the money to do so.

  120. bigjf October 2nd, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t think they should call on Willie or Maz at this point or anyone else who could be construed as a potential replacement for Girardi as manager. Tony Pena isn’t viewed as that kind of threat, but it’s dicey at this point. I’m not thrilled with Meacham either at this point, but I think Rob Thompson needs to be called into question as well, since he’s on the bench and directly in Girardi’s ear during games. Maybe he’s not the problem, I’m not aware, but I would think he should be discussed as well.

    I do think they did a great job handling the bullpen and keeping regular players rested. Some of the calls during the game could be called into question, but that’s the case with any and every coaching staff. Meacham could get axed, but then again he could be much better next season, assuming he understands he’s in hot water.

  121. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    “I’m glad I’m Irish. We let anybody be Irish if they want to be. ”

    Never has a truer statement been spoken on these boards, lol

  122. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    There are lots of Yankee fans in the Bay Area and there have been lots of games in Oakland where they’ve taken over the stadium.

  123. Mr. Ed October 2nd, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Why on earth would Larry Bowa come back to the Yanks? He left with Torre and Donnie and now they’re in the playoffs. He probably thinks the Yanks shafted Torre, and again, he left. He’s not coming back…

  124. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Posada’s father is cuban and his mother is Dominican

  125. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    “TKinDC: it’s gonna cost alot if they resign krod, pickup Lackey and Vlad.”

    I would suspect they are done with K-Rod (please Mets, blow big bucks on him!)

  126. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Loved your story, murphydog.

  127. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Mr. Ed,

    Larry Bowa has said this year that he wanted to rejoin the Yankees this season but they never offered to bring him back.

  128. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    When is Longoria a free agent??!! :lol:

    He’s pretty good.

  129. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Evan Longoria is a monster

  130. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Ignorant yankee fan statement of the day:

    Think Tampa would take Kennedy, Shelley Duncan, Betemit and Robertson for Longoria?

  131. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Next year’s all star game>>>>>>>>Longoria to Arod…move over!

  132. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    So I guess Evan Longoria is clutch?

  133. murphydog October 2nd, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Patrick:

    “Posada’s father is cuban and his mother is Dominican”

    Thanks, Patrick. I was thinking about passing that info along to clear things up, but I have a feeling that if I share that with the extended family I may have to call 911 for my mother-in-law.

  134. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Next year’s all star game>>>>>>>>Longoria to Arod…move over!

    Quite possible, but lets not get to far ahead of ourselves, its an odd year, you know what that means!!!!

  135. Mr. Ed October 2nd, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Ah, thanks Patrick. Although that seems like another indication that he isn’t coming back.

  136. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    October 2nd, 2008 at 4:17 pm
    Next year’s all star game>>>>>>>>Longoria to Arod…move over

    yup

  137. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Who are we cheering for in this series? You know, in case the Red Sox escape the Angels.

  138. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    True Standing ONeill

    Arod seems to have his monster years every other year on the odd year. What is up with that?

  139. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Tampa Bay

    and don’t sleep on them to take the Sox out

  140. StandingO'Neill October 2nd, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    True Standing ONeill

    Arod seems to have his monster years every other year on the odd year. What is up with that?

    No idea, lol. Although I’m sure 99% of the league would kill to have hte numbers he puts up during even years…except some yankee fans, lol.

  141. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    TK,

    I can understand them passing on K-rod, but are the Angels really prepared to go with Arrondondo?

    He doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time yet.

  142. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Mel,

    I think the Sox would have a much easier time with the White Sox than the Rays, so I guess that is your tip to cheer for the Rays! lol

  143. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    mel: the Rays.

  144. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Haha murph..

    I also just read on wikipedia that Mike Lowell’s father is Cuban but that he’s of German and Irish descent.

  145. R-Tek October 2nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    White Sox will NEVER beat the Sox.

    Their all-or-nothing lineup will get no hit by Beckett, Dice-K, and Lester.

    The likes of Vasquez, Burhlee, Floyd, and Danks won’t get outs in Fenway Park against a lineup with gamer after gamer.

    Atleast Tampa has good pitching so they stand a chance.

    Neither will beat Boston though. They just have to much mystique and gamers. Angels were their only obstacle.

  146. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    thanks for sharing the story murphydog. i wonder what the feeling would be like in a bar, in puerto rico, watching Jorge or Lowell step up to bat in the WBC…

  147. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    ray,

    Tampa Bay certainly look like world beaters, huh?

    And which NL team would give you guys fits? You know, so we can pray.

  148. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I still think the Angels will beat out the Sox..

  149. murphydog October 2nd, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Doreen:

    It was a funny moment, the kind of thing that you can’t make up, especially with my mother-in-law’s timing and melodrama. She remains upset over her “loss.”

  150. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    “Next year’s all star game>>>>>>>>Longoria to Arod…move over!”

    wrong ray –

    You see, next year is an odd-numbered year. This obviously means that A-Rod will win the MVP! :)

  151. CashBum October 2nd, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    “Next year’s all star game>>>>>>>>Longoria to Arod…move over!”

    Lets not compare Longoria to Arod please

  152. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Great stuff murph!! lol

    You and Nick in SF have to come around more this off-season.

    Besides the fun baseball talk, we could you guys sense of humor!

  153. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    “He doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time yet.”

    mel –

    The flip side is that K-Rod is looking for Mariano money over 5 years or so. When you factor in what happened to Thigpen after he set the save record as well as K-Rod’s loss of velocity they would be fools to sign him.

    Speaking of fools, the Mets need a closer! :)

  154. CashBum October 2nd, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    “You see, next year is an odd-numbered year. This obviously means that A-Rod will win the MVP! :)

    PLease dont jinx it

  155. Harry October 2nd, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I think we can safely say that Girardi was a bad choice as manager.

  156. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Tampa really needs a new stadium. Autumn, and they are playing indoors in florida.

  157. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    whoops – didn’t see Standing O’s post – didn’t mean to poach. Great minds think alike?

  158. ray (sox fan) October 2nd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    mel
    October 2nd, 2008 at 4:25 pm
    ray,

    “Tampa Bay certainly look like world beaters, huh?

    And which NL team would give you guys fits? You know, so we can pray.”

    The only weakness right now with Tampa Bay might be (and I only say might be) their pitching.

    Kazmir has not been nearly effective in the last part of the season and I think Percival is out right now.

    I haven’t even thought about NL opponents. If the Sox aren’t in the WS I would cheer for the Cubs.

    It would seem strange to see a Sox/Dodgers WS, with Torre there and all the ex Sox including Manny, Nomar, and Derrick Lowe.

  159. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    murphydog -

    I can picture it! (Sometimes I watch Spanish language soaps when I can’t sleep.)

    It’s serious business, which particular Latin nation a person is from!

  160. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    “Tampa really needs a new stadium. Autumn, and they are playing indoors in florida.”

    Doesnt it rain every day in florida?

  161. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Right, Harry, after your first year on the job when you struggle, we’ll all say that hiing you as a whatever you do was a mistake…

  162. CashBum October 2nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    “I think we can safely say that Girardi was a bad choice as manager.”

    He did win 89 games with almost no rotation, no offense, and he builded a bullpen

  163. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    “Great stuff murph!! lol

    You and Nick in SF have to come around more this off-season.

    Besides the fun baseball talk, we could you guys sense of humor!”

    Not to mention, it would help the guys:gals ratio. :)

  164. Rockin' Rich October 2nd, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    @Patrick:

    Mike Lowell consider himself Cuban.

    He even stayed out for a day in protest of the Elian thing along with other Cuban Marlins a few years back.

  165. murphydog October 2nd, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    saucY:

    “i wonder what the feeling would be like in a bar, in puerto rico, watching Jorge or Lowell step up to bat in the WBC…”

    It’s complicated stuff, I can tell you, from seeing it on the inside. There are innumerable divisions and differences that are invisible to most Anglos (like me, the pink guy at the table who’s not sure what acapuria is). My wife’s Uncle is not an ignorant guy by any means – he’s successful and educated – but not surprisingly he sees things differently than I do.

  166. CashBum October 2nd, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    i say 50% of these people are bandwagon fans

  167. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    There you go Rebecca bringing logic into the “Girardi was a bad choice” debate.

    Ironically, Girardi won more games this season than the Yankees did (87) the last year they won the World Series in 2000.

  168. Rockin' Rich October 2nd, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    @harwood “Doesn’t it rain every day in florida?”

    Not exactly, but often enough to f#@k things up.

  169. Trophy Hound October 2nd, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Taking advice from Meacham is like taking advice from Mike Pagliarulo…who..actually…advised the Yanks to sign Kei Igawa.

    Well, at least there seems to be some consistency in seeking out the counsel of fools.

  170. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Cervelli recovered just fine, thank you

  171. Vader October 2nd, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    What happened to the days when the Rays, aka Devil Rays, would leave a kid like Longoria in the minors, so his arbitration clock would not start? I miss those days.

  172. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I remember hearing the word “Anglo” in reference to, well, white Americans like me, years ago. My sister’s sister-in-law is from Puerto Rico and she just used the word in casual conversation and I was really nonplussed at the time. Especially since I’m of Italian/Hungarian descent and never thought of my self as plain white.

    It was eye-opening in its way, in that I learned everyone makes generalizations about everyone else. And it’s not always comfortable when you’re the subject of the generalization.

  173. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    “i say 50% of these people are bandwagon fans”

    yeah. and i’d say about 5% are lifelong fans…

  174. steve October 2nd, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    who is clayton richard? he has 5 Ks in 1.2 innings

  175. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    D’OH!

    http://www.wjno.com/cc-common/.....le=4338967

    Leaked: Homer To Vote For Obama

  176. Peter Rabbit October 2nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Off topic but still important.

    Heads up guys, the deadline to vote is tomorrow for many states.

    In New York, you have to be registered 25 days before Election day. But some days require 30 days. So please get on this before you find yourself without any voting power November 5th.

    Even if you don’t care about voting, think of a family member or friend that might care and pass along the info.

    http://www.elections.state.ny.us/

  177. SJ44 October 2nd, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t know if they are “bandwagon fans”, per se.

    They just make the same mistakes some people in the Yankee Heirarchy make. They believe whatever their payroll is should guarantee them the playoffs and playoff success.

    Unfortunately for them, that’s not how it works. Once the game starts, payroll plays no role in hitting, pitching and catching the ball.

    It’s why a season like this is good every once in awhile.

    It humbles EVERYBODY and gets folks to begin to pull on the same rope again.

    Notice in Cashman’s PC when talked about how important it is for EVERYBODY to be in the same page in order to fix this thing.

  178. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    why didn’t we get this Cuban Missile (A Ramirez)?

  179. Vader October 2nd, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    SJ,

    The main thing is that it humbles the ballplayers.

  180. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Interesting things at the mlb playoff blog @ espn

    *Edwin Jackson led the teams in wins, but Sonnestine was chosen over him for the ALDS roster

    *Percival is not on the roster and the Rays will depend on Wheeler and BallFour

    *Lots of skepticism re: Beckett’s injury. Talk of it being a cover for something else as an oblique would take 4-6 weeks to recover from.

    *Pena scratched his eye Wednesday, explaining why he was pulled from the game.

  181. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    SJ: Logic? Me? In the same sentence?

    Come off it. I’m too busy writing a post comparing Coke to Joba. Logic isn’t something I understand.

  182. vtred October 2nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Rays are such a talented team. A rotation of Price-Kazmir-Shields-Garza. Plus plenty of pitching in the minors like Hellickson, Niemenn, Mcgee, Davis, that they can use to spin for a Houston Street type closer and some position help.

    They will be tough, they are the team that Us and the Sox will be competing with. Cashman needs to remember that when putting next years team together. Forget about only Boston, there is a team better than Boston in our own division so we have an even higher hill to climb to make the postseason in the next few years.

  183. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    wtf? Orlando?

  184. VIGGY October 2nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I WOULD GIVE THE NL COMEBACK PLAYER TO CANTU

  185. Vader October 2nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Rebecca,

    I thought you liked Coke and X

  186. pat October 2nd, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    *Lots of skepticism re: Beckett’s injury. Talk of it being a cover for something else as an oblique would take 4-6 weeks to recover from.

    I wondered about him recovering from an oblique in a week. When Abreu had an oblique injury last year, one of the Yankee announcers said the recovery from a broken bone is usually shorter and more certain than an oblique.

  187. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    What is up with Orlando Cabrera? He’s a darn good player but a flat out punk. Good for Balfour striking him out.

  188. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    white sox blew their chance

  189. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    tampa bay rays: We don’t need playoff experience

  190. murphydog October 2nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Doreen:

    “It was eye-opening in its way, in that I learned everyone makes generalizations about everyone else. And it’s not always comfortable when you’re the subject of the generalization.”

    Amen. It’s always valuable to see and be seen through another’s eyes.

  191. gayle October 2nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Wow tempers are going to flaire in this series. Cabrerra kicking the dirt, Balfour pointing at hime when he struck him out. And I think I saw Ozzie coming out after the out.

  192. Brandon (THE METS BULLPEN IS GANSTA !)..."Keep Manny away !" October 2nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Balfour just fingered Orlando Cabrera ala Hulk Hogan ..how professional was that

  193. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    does anyone know the history of Balfour and Cabrera? that’s a must know now.

  194. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    “What is up with Orlando Cabrera?”

    Hate him. Haven’t forgot him sliding into Cairo, in the 04 playoffs.

  195. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    “Rays are such a talented team. A rotation of Price-Kazmir-Shields-Garza. Plus plenty of pitching in the minors like Hellickson, Niemenn, Mcgee, Davis, that they can use to spin for a Houston Street type closer and some position help.”

    The D’Rays won a TON of one-run games. You could read that as ‘they are gritty and have character’ or ‘that isn’t going to happen again’.

    I agree that they have a ton of talent and more on the way. Price is going to be a pure ACE imo. It is a great story.

  196. saucY October 2nd, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    he can point after a strikeout

    just no fist pumping!

  197. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Remember Cabrera’s commentes last year about Yankee fans not being as well behaved as Boston fans? I guess he never had a fan take a swing at him while going for ball or run out on the field to steal his cap. He says and does stuff that is really off the wall.An easy guy to root against.

  198. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Vader: I do.

    But I’m comparing him to Joba right now. Which, of course, doesn’t seem plausible.

  199. COL 88 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Why is the reliever’s name “Ball Four”?

  200. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    “It humbles EVERYBODY and gets folks to begin to pull on the same rope again”

    i don’t really see humility in cashman. i see him blaming everyone but himself. hank did this. hal that. if only all those other people in the organization would just get out of his way everything would be fine.

    right now it’s all perception what people think about cashman. his value could be argued until the cows come home this winter, but next year’s record will tell the story. i haven’t seen anything from him so far that isn’t just talk.

    maybe it makes other people all warm and fuzzy inside. i have a slightly different reaction.

    maybe his new plan is to talk other teams into submission with his feisty new attitude.

  201. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    randy – We get it. You hate Cashman.

  202. huh? October 2nd, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Cashman could trade for Babe Ruth and randy would be extolling the virtues of ‘No No Nanette’.

  203. steve October 2nd, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    cashman MUST win next year.

    it would be the beginning of his 4th year in power. he has $88 million coming off the books, moving into a new stadium, coming off a non-playoff year.

    how proactively he attacks the offseason will determine how good we will be for the rest of his tenure. this team has a lot of work to do, he shouldn’t be blinded that they played well when the games didn’t count.

  204. jax gmen October 2nd, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    cashbum needs to sign manny and sheets!!!

  205. Brandon (THE METS BULLPEN IS GANSTA !)..."Keep Manny away !" October 2nd, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I love how GI Joe does his interviews w/ his kids in the background, part of me thinks he waves at them to make noise while he’s talking to Mike on purpose. :lol:

  206. Todd Drew October 2nd, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    “It’s always valuable to see and be seen through another’s eyes.”

    Murphydog,
    That is the truest sentence ever written. Your voice has been missed around here.

  207. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    source: mlbtraderumors

    Olney heard the Yankees’ 2009 payroll will be in the $180MM range, down $29MM or so from this year.

  208. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    “Olney heard the Yankees’ 2009 payroll will be in the $180MM range, down $29MM or so from this year”

    Good. No Tex.

  209. Tank October 2nd, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Glad Joe stressing the important of defense.

    Enough using 1B as the 2nd DH and using the OF for over the hill players who can’t field

  210. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    pauly –

    Cashman will be more active in the trade market than exploring the free agents.

  211. Dave D October 2nd, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    So Olney heard what our payroll will be before the off-season even starts? Now he is a psychic?

  212. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    So Olney heard what our payroll will be before the off-season even starts? Now he is a psychic?

    no one would take Olney serious if he provides some serious proof.

  213. Joey's Poodle October 2nd, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I seem to be the only one who found it strange and possibly revealing that the statements on both sides (Steinbrenner and Cashman) set the goal for next year as ‘getting back in the playoffs’. After years of bluster about how any season in which the Yankees don’t win the WS is a failure, this seemed like a conspicuous change of tone and an admission of lowered standards.

    Incidentally, I am not saying I ever agreed with the theory that anything short of a WS represents a failed season. For myself, the goal I would set for the Yankees would be to win about a quarter of all the WS ever played. That is not unrealistic given their history.

    What I am saying is that it represents a striking change from everything we have heard for years and years from this organization. All their official statements are vetted in advance and these were no doubt carefully crafted in advance to be in agreement.

  214. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Ed: Yes. Hopefully he will get creative. He will do well.

  215. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    ” We get it. You hate Cashman.”

    no, i hate losing.

    you don’t hate losing?

  216. Brandon (THE METS BULLPEN IS GANSTA !)..."Keep Manny away !" October 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    cashbum needs to sign manny and sheets!!!

    If he does that he deserves to get drop kicked in the jewels :evil:

  217. AJ YANKS October 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Kind of premature to speculate on the payroll… if we don’t get CC, that will make a HUGE difference. It’s not like if we miss out on him, we’re going to allot that money towards Dempster and Jon Garland. All pitchers are not created equally. Similarly, what will Pettite and Mussina come back for? Will they even come back? What if we sign Burnett and Lowe instead of CC and Burnett? What if we sign Tex and trade Matsui?

    Way too many variables to make a concrete assessment.

  218. Drive 4-5 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    “maybe his new plan is to talk other teams into submission with his feisty new attitude.”

    Too funny :)

    I’m not a big Cash fan but I’m still glad he came back. I wasnt looking forward to the circus that would have accompanied his leaving.

    Everytime I look at Cashman I hear a voice in my head scream “and you saw WHAT in Kei Igawa???”

    And then when that voice shuts up another chimes in ” Ian Kennedy handed a rotation spot on a silver plater???”

    Then voice #2 zips it and I hear a whisper ” how can you lose not ONE, but TWO of our top 3 picks???”. LOL

    But I do think (or at least want very badly to believe ) that he is intelligent and will learn from his mistakes. I’m willing to let bygones be bygones and wish him good luck.

  219. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    “Olney heard the Yankees’ 2009 payroll will be in the $180MM range, down $29MM or so from this year. ”

    That is light – no way that we are going to cut $29M from this year’s number.

  220. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Harold got his ‘Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison’ simile backwards. For those of you scoring at home.

  221. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Cashman did also say that it’s not enough to get to the playoffs, that they want to be “the last man standing.” I took that to mean World Champions.

  222. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Everytime I look at Cashman I hear a voice in my head scream “and you saw WHAT in Kei Igawa???”

    speaking of Igawa, I would seriously be shocked if Cashman managed to find a suitor for Igawa.

  223. Gary October 2nd, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Don Baylor is a good baseball man and would be valuable As Girardi’s bench coach.
    Rob Thomson could coach 3rd base or be assigned major league scouting duties.
    Tino should begin his apprenticeship with Cashman as a taslent evaluator.

  224. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    He also said getting to the first round and being done is not much better than not getting there at all. So I don’t think you need to worry that their ultimate goal is any different. They want to win the WS.

  225. Tank October 2nd, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Harold Reynolds is a great analyst.

  226. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    from Baseball America Q&A with John Challis

    Manolo, Puerto Rico: Please pick me!! True or False: Brett gardner is a future starting CF for the Yankees or elsewhere

    Jim Callis: (2:46 PM ET ) No. Fourth outfielder.

    Bob (New York): Hey Jim, How do you project Austin Jackson? Average Player or Above Average…Don’t think he will be a star.

    Jim Callis: (2:36 PM ET ) Solid average regular. I like him but I don’t think he’ll be a star either.

  227. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    “Harold got his ‘Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison’ simile backwards. For those of you scoring at home.”

    Is that an E-11? (play-by-play guy must come before analyst)

  228. pauly October 2nd, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    “randy l
    no, i hate losing.
    you don’t hate losing?”

    I would rather lose, with kids and have a youth system. Rather, then winning via mercenaires.

  229. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve come home to such great joy. The Rays are winning.

    :)

  230. Y26 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Cashman wants to build a team like the Red Sox, Rays, and Cubs who can go deep into October. Not a team like the White Sox who is good enough to slug their way there but will bow out unceremoniously in 4 games to a good team in the 1st round.

  231. G. Love October 2nd, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Randy L — Right there with you. I’ve always felt that Cashman had people in the press (just like George used to) who make sure to cover his arse when things go wrong.

    In one breath he wants credit for the early dynasty years, but doesn’t want credit for any year before the last 3.

    That doesn’t strike anyone else as odd?

    As for the coaching situation, I know how we, as fans, want a little old timer’s day in the coaching choices, but the truth is they need solid baseball people in those roles — not just ex Yankees.

    Zim, Bowa and Pena weren’t ex Yankees (at least I think) and they all proved to be great coaches here.

    I’m afraid of Girardi’s ego not allowing a strong presence to come in, but frankly, Girardi didn’t prove to be much of an enforcer or teacher this season and I think he would benefit from having more experience next to him.

    Willie is not the right fit. The day Willie becomes bench coach or 3b coach is the day Joe Girardi is officially on manager death watch.

    The best idea is to find someone who was a smart successful player and would hold some respect in the locker room.

    Get me a Tim Raines or Andre Dawson type — guys who were great players and good leaders or a former manager who has no immediate aspirations (like Manuel did) to get the managers job.

    Bobby Meacham isn’t any of those.

  232. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Nick in SF =

    Messed up simile noted here, too.

    Yesterday they and the “understudy” instead of the “understatement.”

    I may just keep a score card!

  233. Wilson October 2nd, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Ralphie,

    Sounds about right. Gardner is probably destined to be a good 4th OF and Jackson isin’t projected to be a star. He has 5 tools but none of them are great. Someone projected yesterday Melky with more gap power, that is a good comparison. He is not a Cameron Maybin/Dexter Fowler type prospect. Jackson is extremely overrated in these parts due to our lack of position prospects.

  234. Vader October 2nd, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Well Rebecca, than that might be sign that maybe, you are on coke and X…Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    With that said, I would have to temper your thoughts on Coke, hopefully he turns out to be a valuable lefty out of the pen, one that can go an inning or two and face lefties and righties.

  235. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    “speaking of Igawa, I would seriously be shocked if Cashman managed to find a suitor for Igawa.”

    Nationals?

  236. G. Love October 2nd, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    You can find a suitor for Igawa.

    Offer him to SF straight up for Zito and his contract and they’ll take him.

  237. raymagnetic October 2nd, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Randy,

    The season ended a week ago. There aren’t any moves that Cashman can make right now even if he wanted to so there’s no way you will see anything different from him. But I’m sure you know this already anyway.

  238. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    “October 2nd, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    “speaking of Igawa, I would seriously be shocked if Cashman managed to find a suitor for Igawa.”

    Nationals?”

    LMAO – Good old Jim ‘Cold Pizza’ Bowden, GM Village idiot!

  239. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    harwood –

    he would get bombed in the NL east.

  240. Meaningless Stats October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Tabata is better than Jackson. Younger, more speed, better arm, better hitter with a much better understanding of the K-zone.

    Jackson doesn’t have 20 HR power or 30 SB speed. Not a great defender, as good as Gardner probably. Not much of an arm. Will strikeout 100 times a year.

    He has the looks of a frustrating player who will slump a lot. He hit 5 of his 9 HRs all in one week this year in May and did nothing in the month of August. Accumulated all of his SBs early in the year. His production comes in bunches.

  241. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    “Cameron Maybin”

    Didn’t I see his face on the side of a milk carton? He’s disappeared.

  242. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Y26, when did winning the first game of a division playoff equate to going deep into October? Christ…at least wait for game two.

  243. Bronx Jeers October 2nd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    “Cashman could trade for Babe Ruth and randy would be extolling the virtues of ‘No No Nanette’.

    That was pretty funny.

  244. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    You can find a suitor for Igawa.

    Offer him to SF straight up for Zito and his contract and they’ll take him.

    G Love – I wonder if Brian Seban would be dumb enough to do that.

  245. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    “or a former manager who has no immediate aspirations (like Manuel did) to get the managers job”

    Bob Brenly?

  246. Wave Your Hat October 2nd, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    A short logical exercise:

    If the Yanks were to cut $29M from their payroll to start the 2009 season, that roster would not, on paper and barring some fabulous rip-off trade, be able to compete with the Rays and the Red Sox in the AL East.

    The Yanks will not open the season with a roster that they do not feel has a better than even odds shot to make the playoffs.

    Thus, the Yanks will not cut $29M from their payoll. To the extent that was said, I believe it is just a negotiating position for possible FA signings.

  247. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    “Jackson isin’t projected to be a star. He has 5 tools but none of them are great. Someone projected yesterday Melky with more gap power, that is a good comparison. He is not a Cameron Maybin/Dexter Fowler type prospect. Jackson is extremely overrated in these parts due to our lack of position prospects”

    i know what your saying but a lot of people (not saying you) seem to think that a players abilities are locked in at a certain level. I feel that a player determines his own destiny and they can increase their “prospect level”..perfect example we have just seen is phil coke..he was not seen as a guy who could make a difference in mlb but he looks to have good stuff now..jackson’s (or any other prospect) potential ceiling is not etched in stone

  248. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    “Offer him to SF straight up for Zito and his contract and they’ll take him”

    The Giants would then use Zito’s money to sign CC.

  249. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    TK, how are you feeling about Vandy hosting Auburn and getting 4.5 points? Is this the week the dream season really takes hold?

    And what about Maryland giving 13.5 at Virginia?

  250. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Wondering if lack of Troy Percival is going to have any permanent effects.

  251. Brandon (THE METS BULLPEN IS GANSTA !)..."Keep Manny away !" October 2nd, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Didn’t I see his face on the side of a milk carton? He’s disappeared.

    Really ? He was last scene at Shea digging the knife through the heart.

  252. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    “I would rather lose, with kids and have a youth system. Rather, then winning via mercenaires.”

    yeah i hate those mercenaries like sabathia who are out there just trying to corrupt us.

  253. Brandon (THE METS BULLPEN IS GANSTA !)..."Keep Manny away !" October 2nd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Really ? He was last seen at Shea digging the knife through the heart. *

  254. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    “Not a great defender, as good as Gardner probably”

    based on what we have seen at the mlb level…there are few who can get to and catch the ball better than gardy…not saying hes perfect but he hasnt shown anything negative in that regard

  255. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Come on Dan Wheeler!

  256. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    raymagnetic-

    washington fired almost all of it’s coaches. there are always things to do.

  257. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Wilson, Jackson will in all likelyhood, far outdistance anything Cabrera did in either of his two seasons. He may or may not be a star/superstar, but, like with other players, it will depend on how much drive to succeed he has. From what I’ve seen of him, he has plenty of that.

  258. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I wouldn’t mind signing Chad Cordero to be our set up man. The Nationals are planning to non-tender him anyway. Let Melancon and Cox be fully seasoned in the minors till midseason.

    Proof

  259. Wilson October 2nd, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Ralph, no doubt. Jackson has the tools to turn himself into an elite prospect if he wants. He can also overachieve. He just hasn’t showed those tools yet. I do think playing in that Trenton park hurt him.

    If nothing else, he will be a solid major leaguer but can expand that ceiling.

  260. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    I saw Auburn win 3-2 vs Ole Miss – their offense is bad and Vandy’s D has been pretty good. I’d take Vandy and the pts.

    The Terps? I don’t like that game as much. They’ll win, but I don’t think they will cover.

    Now if you want my Gold Star Lock of the Century, press 2!

    (this is for entertainment purposes only, I trust)

  261. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Ugh. And this is what I mean. I fear only that the Rays don’t have Percival available. I don’t think Dan Wheeler finds a way to get the job done on a regular basis.

  262. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Tampa, home of home runs you can’t see.

  263. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    “Really ? He was last seen at Shea digging the knife through the heart. *”

    Which of his 32 ABs in the MLB this year was your favorite?

  264. Bronx Jeers October 2nd, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    i think Gardner made the “catch” of the year for the Yanks.

    The last Fri. game vs Baltimore. Robbed Luke Scott over the CF wall. i think he’ll be great defensively.

  265. Tank October 2nd, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Why don’t they just make Price the closer? He can play the K-Rod/Wainwright role. He has better stuff than any of these middling relievers like Wheeleer or Bradford.

  266. Clint October 2nd, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Why didn’t we sign Alexi Ramirez and use him in the OF?

    He was a Cuban defector.

  267. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    TK: the same Ole Miss team that went on to upset Florida in Gainesville? You never know which team is going to show up. Maybe the Ole Miss kids were riding a wave of pride after Oxford hosted the first Presidential debate. I sure hope that’s not it, though, because Cal is playing Arizona St. on Saturday!

    I will be rooting for Maryland all the way. Obviously, the more they win, the less worse our loss to them looks.

  268. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Nick –

    I had the correct score, wrong institute of higher learning from the great state of Mississippi in the post above. My apologies.

  269. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Nice job Dan!

    Tank maybe because Wheeler has been doing it and they don’t want to mess with things at this point in time?

  270. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    CONGRATS RAYS!!!!!

    First postseason game ever.

    GOOD ON YA RAYS.

    I said a long time ago that if the Yanks couldn’t be there, the Rays were my team of choice.

    What a great moment for these kids.

    :)

  271. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Postseason Win #1 for the Rays

  272. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Longoria is da man.

    Two homers in first two AB.

  273. Oddessy October 2nd, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Pretty good atmosphere at the Trop, I’m impressed. Especially for a 2 PM game on a weekday

  274. Patrick October 2nd, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Evan Longoria is a stud.. 3 for 3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB

  275. Tim N. October 2nd, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Don Baylor.

    Now.

    I mean, advice from Bobby Meacham? What’s he gonna say, don’t follow the runner when the catcher has the ball?

  276. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    ED: Chad Cordero tore his labrum. Thats why he’s going to br non tendered.

    Labrum tears are career enders.
    link: http://www.slate.com/id/2100895/

  277. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I absolutely hate the Rays. I hope they lose in the most painful way possible.

  278. X-Mann October 2nd, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    If we miss out on CC, then make up for it by signing Manny AND Lowe

  279. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Mississippi is a great state? They don’t say that in Alabama!

    Due to a romance with an Anniston girl, I was forced to declare myself a Crimson Tide supporter and Auburn disliker. So go Vandy.

  280. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Tom –

    thanks for the info.

  281. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Nick in SF
    October 2nd, 2008 at 5:55 pm
    Mississippi is a great state? They don’t say that in Alabama!

    Due to a romance with an Anniston girl, I was forced to declare myself a Crimson Tide supporter and Auburn disliker. So go Vandy.

    ___________________________________________________

    Great job, Nick….dating Jennifer aniston is always worthy of admiration.

  282. ZMAN7777 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    The Yankees are going to need someone in the ’09 outfield who can play above average defense. This should open the door for Gardner. With Damon and Nady presumably at the corner spots, the team very much needs a good centerfielder.

  283. Tom October 2nd, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Ed. When i read Joba may have hurt his labrum. I remembered that article and almost cried.

  284. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    ***dating Jennifer Anniston***

  285. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Nick –

    I’ve been in Mississippi twice – driving to and from New Orleans. The bait shops have a wonderful selection! :)

    I’m sure you were happy to see the Terps beat up on ranked Clemson last weekend. Ralph is devouring this schedule.

    Is there a line on the debate tonight?

  286. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    GB: she left me pretty rudely for Brad Pitt. To my credit, I wouldn’t take her back later.

  287. Tyler October 2nd, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Trisha—- you do remember the Rays starting the brawl with the Yankees in spring training and injuring Cervelli in a meaningless game in the 9th inning right? I almost hate the Rays as much as the Red Sox after that garbage in spring training

  288. Jennifer Anniston October 2nd, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve never even been to San Francisco. Couldn’t even place it on a map.

  289. Joe Monte October 2nd, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    If the Mets had to move Wright / Reyes, move one of them for Ervin Santana, Wood & Juan Rivera & prospect.

  290. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Nick in SF
    October 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 pm
    GB: she left me pretty rudely for Brad Pitt. To my credit, I wouldn’t take her back later.

    _____________________________________________________

    Good for you, Nick. To quote Shapiro in “Stalag 17″: “Animal, if she don’t want you, she don’t get nothin’.”

    Go after the younger sister. That’ll teach her.

  291. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Vader: This is late but–

    I agree, I think Coke will end up as a solid if not spectacular lefty out of the bullpen.

    That said, what he’s done in September warrants an exteneded loo come April.

  292. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    TK: yes, I was happy. Maryland is only one spot out of the top 25, so a win this week should get them in.

    I’ve also been to Mississippi twice, also driving through both times. I enjoyed the Elvis-themed McDonalds in Tupelo. I guess your trip to New Orleans wasn’t to see Vandy in the Sugar Bowl?

    Debate: I’m taking the Gov. and the points.

  293. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Tyler, the reason I have no problem with the Rays is that unlike a seasoned team that would probably have known full well what they were doing, comparatively you had a bunch of rooks who were looking to impress the manager and find a way to make the team. I have always had a soft spot for them, especially because I saw all the potential they had there but still had to watch them take abuse and be treated like the scourge of the league. As usual knee jerk fans did nothing more than went bottom line and looked at their record but never bothered realizing that one season they had something like 66 blown saves by the bullpen. They had such good SP and as we know one heck of a quick offense and a lot of great D. But nobody ever get them credit for those things.

    I’m thrilled for them for what they have achieved this season and based on where they’ve come from, nothing would please me more than to see them end up on the top of the heap.

  294. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    “I guess your trip to New Orleans wasn’t to see Vandy in the Sugar Bowl?”

    Right event, sadly I saw my Longhorns lose to the Hokies – at least that is what people tell me I saw.

  295. rover October 2nd, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    So its settled then, Brosious replaces Meachem at third base. Well he is another Yankee!

  296. LLIME October 2nd, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    So wait

    Cabrera was upset that Ball Four didn’t throw him a 1st pitch strike?

  297. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Cabrera was upset that Ball Four didn’t throw him a 1st pitch strike?

    Yep.

  298. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot you claim twelve teams. It does improve the odds!

  299. ZMAN7777 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    “I’m thrilled for them for what they have achieved this season and based on where they’ve come from, nothing would please me more than to see them end up on the top of the heap.”

    Ummm, would a Yankees World Championship pale by comparison? Apparently so. How about winning the lottery? Curing cancer?

  300. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Brewers out swinging today.

  301. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    “Oh yeah, I forgot you claim twelve teams. It does improve the odds!”

    Vandy hardly counts! Our last bowl game was ’83.

    1883!

  302. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Okay, let me put that in a baseball context.

    Nothing in this postseason as configured would please me more than to see them end up on the top of the heap/

    :)

  303. Tyler October 2nd, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Trisha—– Yeah same here… I’ve always seen them as a sleeping giants if they could just get a bulpen and a few pieces in the rotation (Shields and Garza filled that) and a few clutch hitters (Longoria)…. I still dont think them though…. Madden irks me alot and just that whole fanbase and those players especially guys like Gomes and Iwamura

  304. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I’m still debating whether Ryan Braun looks more like Criss Angel or David Blaine. I’m leaning towards a lucid, healthy David Blaine.

  305. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Ouch Myers.

    Very ouch.

  306. John October 2nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Adam Schien is right… FAs dont want to play for the Yankees anymore because they don’t like Girardi and the aura and mystique is gone.

  307. ZMAN7777 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you, Trisha. Much more reasonable. I would prefer that Tampa Bay beats Boston. After that, I don’t care much.

  308. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    mel: Lucid, healthy David Blaine?

    You can use these three words in the same sentence?

  309. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    There’s that IBB to load the bases that fails most of the time.

  310. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    mel –

    Your line about Ryan Howard looking like Kate Moss when he stood next to Prince had me LMAO yesterday! :)

  311. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Tyler, I hear what you’re saying, honestly I do. But I guess I have always felt so sad for them that to see them get feisty, and an earned feisty (great spring training, great season) makes me feel good for them. I think that what you are seeing from Maddon and some of his guys is the sense of entitlement you finally feel when you find yourself hanging out with the big kids. That was something they had never known. Maybe they are just mimicking (or think they are) what they’ve seen the big boys do – well some of them anyway.

  312. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    “Vandy hardly counts! Our last bowl game was ‘83. 1883!”

    That was a great game, though. President Arthur conducted the coin flip.

  313. ZMAN7777 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    “FAs dont want to play for the Yankees anymore because they don’t like Girardi and the aura and mystique is gone.”

    Oh please, spare us this aura and mystique drivel. The Yankees won because of their talent and drive. This aura and mystique stuff is crap.

  314. E-Rod October 2nd, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Talk about letting a team off the hook.

    Myers was ready to make it 6-0, he had nothing.

    Now watch him settle in and throw 6 shutout innings.

  315. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    TK,

    Haha, I was going to say “black Kate Moss”, but that would be copyright infringement. It’s in some song. Prize to the winner who doesn’t look it up.

    Actually, I thought about it afterwards, Howard endorses Subway. They need to get Fielder to endorse something, too.

  316. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Chester Arthur?

    The one with the funny side burns?

  317. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    “Adam Schien is right… FAs dont want to play for the Yankees anymore because they don’t like Girardi and the aura and mystique is gone.”

    Really. So Burnett making it obvious that he wants to come to the Yankees is an optical illusion?

    They don’t like Girardi????

    Where is Adam Schien getting this? Information being beamed in from another stratosphere?

  318. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and save Robbie Cano! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Big CC time

  319. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    “They need to get Fielder to endorse something, too.”

    Crisco? :)

  320. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    “The one with the funny side burns?”

    Van Buren had great ‘chops!

  321. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    And who is Adam Schein?

  322. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Staying to write the story October 2nd, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    FLY HAWAIIAN FLY!

  323. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    There’s our future CF taking it to our future ace.

  324. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Not to mention a certain school founder -

    http://blawgletter.typepad.com.....erbilt.jpg

  325. E-Rod October 2nd, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    trisha – He is the guy on SNY’s Loudmouths show with Carlin.

  326. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    ZMANN, well while it would really please me, if they didn’t win the world series they still would have to feel mightily validated. So yeah, long as they beat the Sux it’s been a successful season.

    :)

    After all, we only know one team that considers anything less than winning the world series a failure.

  327. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and save Robbie Cano! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Adam Schein is a screaming buffoon

  328. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    E-Rod, I’ve never watched that show.

  329. AP October 2nd, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Forget Kemp, forget Peavy or Kotchman…. get me victorino

    Kennedy, Sanchez, Veras, and Miranda for Victorino.

    They get a serviceable starter, 2 power BP arms, one which could be a closer in Sanchez and Miranda to replace Howard if they trade him or he can be a power bat off the bench.

  330. Alfred E. Kennedy October 2nd, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Yes AP, I’m sure the Phillies are just dying to get their hands on Alfred and some C level prospect.

  331. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I had to get up REAL early today to go to an appointment. I feel like I’ve been kicked by a mule since I stayed up late to watch the games last night.

    So therefore I didn’t even see Milwaukee score a run!

    I want to watch CC though. Hope I stay awake through it. And then I’ll want to watch hoping the Cubs even the score.

  332. Bronx Jeers October 2nd, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Maybe the Angels will finally beat the Sox in the ALDS when they have CC going for them.

    Sigh…

  333. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Im a little late to the party. How about Miguel Cairo for third base coach?

    mel,
    Who are these future players your talking about? Melky and Rasner?

  334. ariel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    A month ago or so Michael Kay related a conversation he had with Larry Bowa. They mainly discussed Cano but Kay said Bowa told him that “he would love to come back to New York”..LA is too low key for him . So it may be there if the Yankees want to pull the trigger. As to two “fiery” guys, contrary to what I had always thought about Girardi, he certainly didn’t appear to be “fiery” this season…actually, was a little too laid back especially regarding the players. It took him long enough to deal with Cano’s malaise, and I question whether he ever directly dealt with the defensive indifferences that were apparent at a number of positions during the year. In that respect, on Francesa’s show today, he did state that the team would have to get younger and more “athletic” next year. I suspect the latter term is a euphemism for hustle and ‘going for it” on defense given this past season’s often embarassing performances.

  335. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    SoS,

    Yes. Although, if we can’t get them I’ll take Victorino and CC.

    Cairo would be my first choice, Bowa if Cairo’s not ready to hang up the spikes. :)

  336. Fran October 2nd, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I thought Adam Schein does mostly football. He is on the Jets post game show on SNY and all he does there is yell at Ray Lucas.

  337. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    If we can’t get Victorino, maybe we can get Colt Brennan or Timmy Chang.

  338. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Ariel,
    Would Girardi want a Bowa who actually could threaten his job if he has a slow first half of the season.

    I do think that the less ex teammates of Girardi is on the team. The more he will let loose and show more fire. I dont think he wants to do it with the veterans on the team. Also wanting to be Torre-esk for them. Just my oppinion on the matter.

  339. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Nick in SF
    October 2nd, 2008 at 6:40 pm
    If we can’t get Victorino, maybe we can get Colt Brennan or Timmy Chang.

    _____________________________________________________
    Or, even Tommy Chong

  340. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and save Robbie Cano! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Hank for 3rd base coach?
    That would be..um..fun?

    What’s going on here big CC? All tied up at 1

  341. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    SoS27, Bowa has stated more than a few times this year, that he has no desire to manage, because it wouldn’t leave enough time for him to do what he really loves….teach.

  342. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Nick,

    I’d rather try to get Kurt Suzuki or one of the Kaaihue brothers. :)

    The Gatorade Hawaii player of the year is a kid named Jeeter Ishida. No connection to our Jeter. That’s his real middle name.

  343. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Jeeter Ishida: the extra E is for enigma.

  344. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Walk the pitcher?

    I don’t want CC anymore.

  345. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    mel in BOLD. WOW AND NICE!! TitleJust noticed it. Congrats on the call up. Hopefully you will still have time to talk about nothing here with me.

    BTW. The name sounds a little erotic. Do people need a credit card to read?

    Are we after Victorino?

  346. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Nick,

    I don’t know, I think it’s just so people don’t say Jet-er.

    Great AB by Brett Meyers. These Philly fans are great. I think Philly fans get a bad rap. They’ve been very patient waiting for a title for their city.

  347. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    “Bowa has stated more than a few times this year, that he has no desire to manage, because it wouldn’t leave enough time for him to do what he really loves….teach.”

    Then what the hell. Bowa come on down!! Cairo will have to settle as bench coach.

  348. Ed - looking forward to 2009 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I think CC pitching on a short rest 4 times in a row is getting to him.

  349. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Sabathia just got cheaper. Win win.

  350. TKinDC October 2nd, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Did Brian Cashman just save some money?

  351. Doreen October 2nd, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    oh my

  352. PAT M October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Sabathia hung # 2 …..Fatigue has set in…

  353. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    CC…nono

  354. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    SoS,

    Stop it. It’s a shout-out to the girl Yankee fans. Of which there are plenty.

    Nope, Victorino’s only on my radar. But he goes all out and is the kind of player that people are always talking about here. Big heart, hustles.

    I feel bad for CC, he should never have been put in this situation.

    Did you guys see Victorino give the ‘shaka’ when he rounded third? So cool.

  355. Zach October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Wow

  356. Trevor October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Perhaps all these starts on 3 days rest is catching up on Sabathia?

  357. #9 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    CC’s stock just went down faster than Lehman Brothers.

  358. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and save Robbie Cano! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    That wasn’t good CC

  359. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Any pitcher who pitchers 4 games in a row on 3 days rest deserves a pass tonight.

  360. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    I guess 500+ innings in two years does hurt. This will be the second year that he hasnt come through in the playoffs. Who’s jumping of the wagon?

  361. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Oh, and Victorino is clutch. He’s always hitting walk offs.

  362. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    seriously…does a bad playoff performance really hurt someone in contract negotiations with a new team?..if so, to what degree

  363. Nick in SF October 2nd, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    CC clearly can’t pitch to NL lineups with their shifty pitchers and exotic hitters.

    The AL is waiting, CC. Come home.

  364. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    “seriously…does a bad playoff performance really hurt someone in contract negotiations with a new team?..if so, to what degree”

    Not sure. But i know a GREAT playoff performance gets you Beltron money.

  365. S.A.-Looking forward to 2009 and save Robbie Cano! October 2nd, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    CC must be exhausted. :(

    We still lust for you CC!

  366. #9 October 2nd, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    “Or, even Tommy Chong”

    A little off topic but if you want to rent a good flick on Netflix – check out “AKA Tommy Chong” – it’s Tommy vs U.S. Government.

  367. Mike R October 2nd, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    CC reverts to playoff form…2 years in a row he gets blown up in the playoffs. Couple that with the almost 600 innings he’s pitched in the past 2 years, and he seems like a mistake waiting to happen.

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great pitcher, but is he really worth the money and the years?

  368. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    “Im a little late to the party. How about Miguel Cairo for third base coach?”

    no, it would be to tempting for cashman to add him to his latest first base platoon for 2009 if someone got hurt.

  369. no.27 October 2nd, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    How much negative impact could a 3rd base coach possibly have? I know Bowa did a great job with Cano, but you can’t blame Meachem for that. If Giradi is OK with replacing him, that’s fine, but he needs to be comfortable with his coaches. I’ve always thought coaches get too much credit and too much blame, but that’s just me.

  370. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    ralphie I don’t think so, especially under these circumstances.

  371. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Its simple fatigue. Cleveland overworked him the same way and he didnt have it in the post. We’ll treat you right CC.

  372. #9 October 2nd, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    “seriously…does a bad playoff performance really hurt someone in contract negotiations with a new team?..if so, to what degree”

    Can’t say – but a great performance sure does e.g. Carlos Beltran.

  373. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I’d love to see Bowa back with the Ys.

  374. randy l October 2nd, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    “A little off topic but if you want to rent a good flick on Netflix – check out “AKA Tommy Chong” – it’s Tommy vs U.S. Government.”

    i hope it has a better ending than “AKA randy l.”- that’s randy vs us. government on april 15th of each year.

  375. mel October 2nd, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Like I said, if you sign CC, you don’t even use him before the all-star break. We saw the horrid results in the beginning of this season.

    His innings are like dog-years or something.

  376. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    “no, it would be to tempting for cashman to add him to his latest first base platoon for 2009 if someone got hurt.”

    Your right randy. Cashman did say he wanted a real first baseman. That would be too tempting. Well thats another name out of the running. Harder to choose a third base coach than it is to choose a U.S. president.

  377. RalphieD October 2nd, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    today notwithstanding, i wonder how a CC in pinstripes would really be. CC seems like the type of guy who would tear girardi’s head off if he decided to pull him early. Would girardi have a separate standard for CC since he likes to go so deep in games. Of course im not talking about abusing him like the brewers have done at certain times but he does seem to like going deep into games. Sometimes too deep..(yea that might sound weird)

  378. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    #9
    “Can’t say – but a great performance sure does e.g. Carlos Beltran.”

    mine
    “Not sure. But i know a GREAT playoff performance gets you Beltron money.”

    What the hell #9? I have copy rights.

  379. GreenBeret7 October 2nd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Sabathia goes 8-9 innings in most cases because the two teams he’s been on usually have bad bullpens and he’s better than what they have to back him up.

  380. Tank October 2nd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    How could CC let Brett Myers have that kind of AB against him? You knew a big inning was forthcoming after that.

    Myers was 3/62 as a hitter BTW, last time I checked

  381. John October 2nd, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Guys, give CC a pass. He is pitching against a tough lineup in a small ballpark.

    If he was pitching in Shea or Dodgers stadium tonight, he would have a no hitter.

  382. dan 771 October 2nd, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    that AB from the pitcher myers is better than any AB A-rod has had in the postseason in the last 3 years.

  383. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I feel bad for CC. It would be so cool if his teammates could pick him up.

    Maybe the Brewers are just overmatched? I really don’t follow the NL too closely during the season.

  384. PAT M October 2nd, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Regardless of being overworked , tired legs, mental fatigue,,,,,CC has electricity in that left arm

  385. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Dont feel bad. I dont want him getting a ring with the Brewers. Keep him hungry.

  386. Jonathon October 2nd, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    So CC is leaving the ball up in the zone…

    Usually a sign of a tired pitcher…perhaps throwing 240 innings in the regulars season is about the limit to what a guy can throw…

    Another year, another post-season struggle for CC…are you sure this is the guy the Yanks should be throwing money to in the off-season.

  387. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    “Dont feel bad. I dont want him getting a ring with the Brewers. Keep him hungry.”

    I dont think he’s missed a meal in his life.

  388. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I say go the cheaper route. Forget C.C. and go get someone that will cost less than a mil per year. Best of all a proven winner in the playoffs. Yes thats right. No other than THE DUKE.

  389. Sea Net October 2nd, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    trisha – Phillies lineup is like the Red Sox. Just grinder and gamers, one after another. They are a tough, gritty team. If their pitching holds up and Lidge gets outs, they will be a tough out the rest of the way. This year they have pitching to match the hitting.

    Brewers exhausted so much energy just to get here, it doesn’t shock me they are coming out this flat. You could see this coming. They are not built for a short series at all– they have a boom or bust offense, terrible defense, no relief pitching, and one starting pitcher. Only so much CC can do, its not healthy for him go 4 starts in a row on short rest.

  390. X-Mann October 2nd, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Don’t want CC.

    Sign people who are proven big game pitchers like Lowe and Garland.

    We need to stop going for the big fish and go for the value guys who can win big games.

  391. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    To go back to a discussion from last night, some people (probably Sux trolls) were saying that if the Sux won the WS this year they would be called a dynasty. Really? Three times in 5 years makes a DYNASTY?

    How about 4 wins in 6 years, with 3 of those wins coming three years in a row and all with division clinches, with an additional two world series appearances in the next three years? You want to start talking dynasty, you better approximate those numbers and that positioning.

    My opinion.

  392. E-Rod October 2nd, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    CC at 72 pitches through 3. Suvem isin’t going to his pen until maybe the 7th, a tired CC gives him a better chance than Gagne or Mota.

  393. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    “Brewers exhausted so much energy just to get here, it doesn’t shock me they are coming out this flat. You could see this coming. They are not built for a short series at all– they have a boom or bust offense, terrible defense, no relief pitching, and one starting pitcher. Only so much CC can do, its not healthy for him go 4 starts in a row on short rest.”

    Sea-net, right on the money.

  394. vtred October 2nd, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Game was over in the 1st inning when Hart into that DP. Myers was imploding and couldn’t find the plate. That had 6 run 1st all over it. You knew when they only got 1 it would doom them— we’ve seen that time and time again, you cannot leave runs out there in the postseason. Winning teams capitalize on that. The Phillies did.

  395. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Trish,
    I hate to disagree with you. But if they win this year. I would have to consider them a dynasty. Its not easy winning 3 in 5 years these days.

  396. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Lowe should be a go. Innings eater. Competes. Could maybe help Wang on making his sinker that much better. We still need another ACE/2nd starter. Lowe is a 3/4 in my book.

  397. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    S.O.S. I would never consider any 3-time winner a dynasty. I would say that a 3-time winner would certainly be considered on their way though.

    It won’t be a problem though since the Sux won’t be winning the WS.

    :)

  398. Trevor October 2nd, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Next pitch Sabathia throws will be as a Yankee.

  399. harwood October 2nd, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    “To go back to a discussion from last night, some people (probably Sux trolls) were saying that if the Sux won the WS this year they would be called a dynasty. Really? Three times in 5 years makes a DYNASTY?”

    How many players do they even have from 04 still? Varitek, Ortiz. Wakefield, and Francona. Anyone else really? 2 in a row would be a start even though its a WC season for them. But I wouldnt call it a dynasty. That implies some sort of good overall team. They havent had that. They are just a strong organization that has had some decent moves in the biggest bs ball park in the game.

  400. vtred October 2nd, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Brett Myers has seen more pitches in his first 2 ABs than any other player in the postseason has. CC just can’t put him away.

  401. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Anyway, S.O.S., in fairness I should get to choose the point at which the Sux could be considered a dynasty. After all, I more than have the credentials to do so. First of all, I have a thorough disgust with, I mean familiarity with the Sux. I have been able to observe their longstanding mediocrity and accidental lucky seasons and I have been able to do so up close and with GREAT objectivity. Who better to decide when a team is a dynasty than someone who knows it will never happen? I mean at least you know you will get total objectivity with me where someone who is more faint of heart may be tempted to annoint too quickly.

    You have to have impeccably high standards to be able to accurately crown a dynasty. I assure you that nothing less than six world series appearances in eight years, with at least four of the six bringing world series wins, would be acceptable in my estimation…

    If you do vote for me to be dynasty decider, I promise to bring integrity and objectivity to the role. I won’t let you down, and I certainly won’t let any challenge to the Yankees as king of the dynasties be taken lightly.

    Thank you!

    :)

  402. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! October 2nd, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    “How many players do they even have from 04 still? Varitek, Ortiz. Wakefield, and Francona. Anyone else really? 2 in a row would be a start even though its a WC season for them. But I wouldnt call it a dynasty. That implies some sort of good overall team. They havent had that. They are just a strong organization that has had some decent moves in the biggest bs ball park in the game.”

    BadabadabadabadaBINGO!

    Biggest BS ball park in the game.

    :D

  403. S.o.S.27(How many lifelines do each get?) October 2nd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Trish,
    You convinced me!! You got my vote. Have a good night. Any other baseball game that doesnt involve the Yanks isnt baseball.

  404. Alfred E. Kennedy October 2nd, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Red Sox = 2000-2003 Devils, the top organization in the sport, but not a dynasty.

    1999-2007 Spurs = Dynasty
    2000-2003 Lakers = Dynasty
    1996-2000 Yankees = Dynasty
    2001-2004 Patriots = Dynasty

    All those teams had the same core for all their titles. There was too much turnover in the franchise to link the 04 and 06 titles.

    Beckett, Matsuzaka, Papelbon, Pedroia, Youkallis, Lowell, Drew, Okijima, Delcarmen, Lester, Crisp, Ellsbury, Lugo etc. were not on the 04 staff. And now Manny and Schilling, 2 of the legends of October and key parts in both titles are now gone and not apart of this 2008 team.

    They are just the best organization in the sport with the best decision makers and players. Not a dynasty though.

  405. OldYanksFan October 2nd, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Alfred… shouldn’t the Celtics be in there somewhere? Bird, Parish, McHale, Ainge?

  406. Marc W October 2nd, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Sojo Third Base Coach = GREAT MOVE

  407. Fredo Corleone October 2nd, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    “I will never forgive Eric Byrnes for stupidly pushing Jason Varitek rather than touch home plate in Game 3 of the 2004 ALDS.”

    Wrong year. Byrnes failing to touch home plate was in 2003. Boston beat the Angels in the ’04 ALDS

  408. John in Ohio October 2nd, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Could Yogi do one year as a bench coach?

    Maybe with a cell phone?

  409. Bronx Jeers October 3rd, 2008 at 11:24 am

    http://www.nypost.com/photos/g.....hoto03.htm


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