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Predicting the roster: Version 3

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Version 1 was on March 5.

Version 2 was on March 23.

Now we’ll try again:

OPENING DAY ROSTER
Lineup
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Gardner CF

Bench
Swisher 1B-RF-LF
Molina C
Cabrera OF
Pena INF

Rotation
Sabathia
Wang
Burnett
Pettitte
Chamberlain

Bullpen
Rivera
Bruney
Marte
Veras
Ramirez
Coke
Albaladejo

Changes from the last time: Based on what Joe Girardi said on Saturday, it looks like Jonathan Albaladejo will be in the bullpen instead of a long reliever. … And while it would not surprise us if Angel Berroa is on the bench, our choice now is Ramiro Pena. He’s younger, a better pinch runner and even less expensive. Girardi’s comments indicate they really like him.

Strengths: Having Jeter lead off with Damon second makes perfect sense given Jeter’s GIDP rate. … Having Swisher on the bench will give Girardi plenty of lineup options. … Clearly GGBG will be a Hall of Famer.

Weaknesses: Not having a long reliever could be a big mistake. Joba Chamberlain will have limits and the bullpen needs somebody who can go three innings (or more) when needed. Is Albaladejo going to be that much more valuable?

Possible moves: The Yankees would need a 40-man spot to add Pena or Berroa. You could DFA somebody like Dan Giese or Humberto Sanchez. But a trade is possible, too. Juan Miranda is of little use to the Yankees. Trading Melky once seemed to make sense. But what if Gardner can’t handle the position?

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225 Responses to “Predicting the roster: Version 3”

  1. Sully Sox March 29th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I think this team works better without the ARod circus distractions.

  2. Tom in NJ March 29th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Peter, have you heard anything about the offer the Yankees have on the table for Halladay?

  3. curious March 29th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    i agree. winning a bunch of spring training games against the Pirates and the Reds means the Yankees will be fine without their best player.

  4. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    It’s tough but after seeing Pena in ST how can you send him down ? he literally does it all and fights in his ABs, you could tell since the Futures ASG that he was close to reaching this team, he fights in his ABs

    5 K’s/5 BB, 17 H in 53 ABs, He’s not going to be a superstar, and we have better options down in the minor who in the span of 1 – 2 yrs. can really push him off the radar, he fills what we need in the UTY. DFA Giese and Berroa keep Pena up.

  5. Backbench March 29th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    From the previous thread:

    “trade one of the 5 best pitchers on earth to get “pitching help”.

    well, that seems odd.”

    The context was that Toronto has had so many injuries to their staff, and now with the news that their closer is fading fast, that they will have to consider trading Doc to get the rest of the pitching they currently do not have. So apparently (my conjecture) the NYYs have pulled together a package of SPs and bull pen talent that might pry Doc out of Toronto.

  6. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 29th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “You could DFA somebody like Dan Giese or Humberto Sanchez”

    DFA Sanchez? that can’t be good, I think he will most certainly be picked up with or without his injuries.

  7. Stephen March 29th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Yeah, I heard that Halladay thing on XM this afternoon but haven’t been able to find anythig more about it.

    If I remember, the Jays want Hughes, Cano, Cabrera and Igawa. Was there someone else I’m forgetting?

    As for that potential trade, thanks but no thanks.

  8. curious March 29th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    “Not having a long reliever could be a big mistake. ”

    sure, but if this is becoming a problem, just send Albie back down and bring Aceves up.

    problem solved.

    Opening Day roster doesn’t have to be fixed for 162 games.

    unless you want to start the season with Aceves as the longman, going with Giese or Tomko isn’t the best roster management:

    1. if it’s Giese, you need to DFA someone besides Giese to get Berroa/Pena on the roster. that means giving up on a young player like Hacker or Humberto Sanchez just to have a mop up guy. seems like a waste

    2. if it’s Tomko, you need to DFA 2 players for Tomko and Berroa/Pena

    i think the smartest move is to ask Tomko to go to Scranton, DFA Giese, go without the longman AT FIRST, and put Berroa on the roster.

    when A-Rod comes back, you can get rid of Berroa.

    adding Pena now closes off another roster spot.

  9. cc March 29th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    GGBG?

  10. Manimal March 29th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Don’t forget, Coke is more than capable of tossing 2-4 innings when it is needed. Having Albie is a better option.

  11. Backbench March 29th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    “If I remember, the Jays want Hughes, Cano, Cabrera and Igawa. Was there someone else I’m forgetting?

    As for that potential trade, thanks but no thanks.”

    Stephen –

    Thanks. I didn’t hear those details.

    But you would say no thanks to that considering it would give you a starting rotation of:

    CC
    Doc
    AJ
    CMJ
    JC

    For years to come.

    Wow. Really?

  12. curious March 29th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    “The context was that Toronto has had so many injuries to their staff, and now with the news that their closer is fading fast, that they will have to consider trading Doc to get the rest of the pitching they currently do not have.”

    gotcha. i just think the phrase “pitching help” was odd, as the word “help” implies they would have a shot this year after trading Halladay.

    i could see trading Halladay as part of a massive rebuilding, but they shouldn’t limit themselves to looking for pitching.

  13. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Now I ask would you be in favor of trading

    Wang/Kennedy/Cabrera and Miranda for Doc ?

    Because I ain’t trading Cano

  14. curious March 29th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    i don’t think the Jays would do that trade.

    it’s basically Hughes and Cano for Halladay. frankly, i think they could do better than that, and i love Hughes.

  15. curious March 29th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “Wang/Kennedy/Cabrera and Miranda for Doc ”

    yes, in a heartbeat.

  16. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 29th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I thought Hill is their 2B of the future?

  17. TOS March 29th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    That’s probably about it, we’ll know soon enough. . .

    It might be a waste to have Pena up here to start the season though unless he’s going to get some AB’s at 3B. Obviously he is better served playing everyday at AAA, unless he’s going to take some of Ransom’s playing time. If not, let him go down to AAA and play everyday and let Berroa ride the bench, it’s not like he has any real future in front of him and wouldn’t be missed if they lose him when Arod comes back.

    Same thing with the bullpen, if they decide they need a long man it’s no big issue to send down one of the bottom three relievers and replace him with a long man. It’s not like this is going to be the same roster at the end of the year (or even the end of April for that matter) because injuries and ineffectiveness always happen.

    It’s a good thing the Yankees finally seem to have some depth, as realistically every team needs about 30 players or so contributing something over the course of a season.

  18. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I ain’t trading Robi. That’s non negotiable.

  19. Backbench March 29th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “Wang/Kennedy/Cabrera and Miranda for Doc ”

    To get a starting rotation of:

    CC
    Doc
    AJ
    CMJ
    JC

    For years to come. Girardi would be wearing #34.

  20. Joe March 29th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I’d be willing to trade Gardner for Halladay. It would be tough, but for a player like Halladay, I think I’d do it.

  21. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Pretty sure that the Red Sox could offer a better package. Do the Jays hate us more than the Sox?

  22. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Backbench,

    What a great concept. Girardi upgrading his jersey each year.

  23. Brett March 29th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Can someone explain to me how Phil Coke is not a long reliever?

  24. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Brett,

    Because he’s going to be our setup guy.

  25. Backbench March 29th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    m

    In the same discussion, mention was made of Peavy OK’ing a trade to Boston and that the teams are working on it.

    The Padres’ new management denied anything was afoot.

  26. TheFactor March 29th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Little shot Pena makes the team. We are a win now team and the kid has never hit more than double A pitching. if he has a bright future, why rush him and overwhelm him. What if he does not pan out? We will be scouring for a guy of Berrora’s ilk.

    Keep berrora let the kid develop. If he continues to rake in scranton, give him a shot.

    Let’s not go gaga quite yet. Gardner looked great last spring, and it wasn’t easy at first for him in the bigs.

  27. RDG March 29th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I would trade anything except Cano, Montero, and Joba for Halladay

    Hughes, Wang, Brackman, A-Jax, Melancon, Heredia, etc.

  28. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I would put my seal of approval on that trade. We’ve seen what real hitters can do to Peavy.

    And they would kick the Yankees out of the league if we got our hot little hands on Halladay.

  29. Huh? March 29th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Where’d the Halladay talk come from? What are the Yankees going to do, go with Berroa at 2B, convert Pettitte into an expensive long reliever?

    Sorry, the Cano+Hughes+ for Halladay rumor seems baseless, IMO.

    Maybe next offseason, but I don’t see the Blue Jays trading within the division.

    Besides, the Yankees need to concentrate on getting some solid positional talent in the minors. Besides AJax and Montero, we have nothing.

  30. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Mel.

    I can’t imagine the Jays woud trade Doc within the Div. It would be tough enough for Riccardi to trade him but to do so within the AL East would be a creer nightmare IMO.

    -dennis

  31. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    “career”

  32. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    dennis,

    Then we should all be praying for a Peavy-Halladay swap!

  33. Montclair March 29th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Jays will never trade him to NY or BOS. Even if they were willing to, Boston has far more ML-ready top chips than we do.

    Doc has a very affordable contact. Every team, namely the small market ones with great farms, will be after him and will have much more to offer than we do and the Jays will be more open to dealing with other teams.

  34. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I would never give up Joba. He has the potential to be even better than Halladay.
    To get Halladay I’d give Hughes, Kennedy, AJax,Romine Montero…anybody who is not absolutely vital (and I mean vital) to the Yankees and their future, I’d give to get Halladay. As well as boatloads of cash. He’s that great.

  35. m March 29th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I would trade Joba for Doc.

  36. Craw March 29th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Pena will get the bat knocked out of his hand at the ML level

    His defense might be good, but is it worth the drop off? I mean, how may balls are going to be hit to him that Ransom won’t get to?

    Seems like a waste of time– bring the proven hitter, Berroa.

  37. Backbench March 29th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    For those interested, a useful blog site discussing MLB FO machinations.

    http://www.insidethemajors.com/

    Regarding the NYYs trading for Doc, does another team have as much pitching (SP and BP) to trade? That is apparently what Toronto is desperate for.

  38. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Mel.

    If god/prayer is interested in MLB then we have much bigger issues!!

    Have you enjoyed the tourney at all?

    -dennis

  39. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    m-Never! Joba has been brilliant so far for the Yanks! He has the potential (and I’m not saying it’ll happen, just that the potential is there)to go to the HOF! Plus he’s young! No way Joba should be traded!

  40. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Different question: If Moose goes to the HOF, will he go as a Yankee or an Oriole?

  41. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I would trade Joba for Doc in a heartbeat. I would trade Lester for Doc as long as he could be signed to a longer deal.

    -dennis

  42. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    dennis-Listen, I love Doc. But you’re talking about young phenom pitcher with boatloads of potential just about ready to reach their primes as opposed to a great pitcher that’s in the middle of his career. Why trade someone who may end up being better longer for someone who you won’t even have for as long?
    I’d trade almost anybody else, though.

  43. Someone Else March 29th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    “I would trade Joba for Doc in a heartbeat. I would trade Lester for Doc as long as he could be signed to a longer deal.

    -dennis”

    Totally disagreed.

    If you trade for Halladay, you’re not getting his age 26-32 seasons. You’re getting his age 33-34 seasons, and an extension could get you his age 35-38 seasons.

    I’d much rather have Joba or Lester as they develop than the probable downswing of Halladay’s career.

  44. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    dennis-Actually, if you want to deal Lester, be my guest. Toronto still wouldn’t compete for years to come and the Sox will have a great starter but for a shorter timespan.

  45. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “To get Halladay I’d give Hughes, Kennedy, AJax,Romine Montero…anybody who is not absolutely vital (and I mean vital) to the Yankees and their future, I’d give to get Halladay. As well as boatloads of cash. He’s that great.”

    You’re kidding right?

    Halladay is awesome but he’s not young anymore. You might be paying for past performance and even if he’s great for another couple of years is that worth your top 3 position prospects and 2 of your top young pitchers?

    Not for me. I pass. How many times have we seen the big name come here and be disappointed? You need some youth to mix in, all veteran stars hasn’t worked so well for us lately.

    Maybe 2 or 3 years ago I’d give up 2-3 of our top prospects for Halladay. But its not 2004 its 2009. Presently that’s a little too expensive.

  46. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    TEXVP.

    I always listen. I think Joba has a few more years to prove himself. I brought Lester in the discussion as you could say the same thing about him even though his resume his a little longer. Doc is a top 3 three pitcher in MLB. He is a proven commodity. Joba is not. Lester is not. JMO.

    -dennis

  47. Bronx Baseball Daily March 29th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I’d be willing to bet that they leave it up to moose to decide. I hope he goes in as a Yankee if that’s the case.

  48. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    miggs-Nope, no joke. Halladay is as dominant as I’ve ever seen. Getting him would make the Yanks almost unbeatable. That’s three potential aces, counting Joba one day.

  49. PAT M. March 29th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    This whole Doc trade for the entire top shelf of Yankee blue chip prospects is insane….April 1st is still a few days away…..

  50. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    dennis-Fair enough, but I have to disagree.

  51. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Pat M-Just think of the rotation though! I salivate at the thought of it.

  52. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    ‘To get Halladay I’d give Hughes, Kennedy, AJax,Romine Montero…anybody who is not absolutely vital (and I mean vital) to the Yankees and their future, I’d give to get Halladay. As well as boatloads of cash. He’s that great.’

    Part of me wants to slap you for putting Jesus and Jackson on that list.

  53. Tom in NJ March 29th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Why sell the farm for one player?

  54. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Someoneelse.

    How do you know that Joba is a proven MLB starter? He has not pitched a full season? He is an amazing talent with a tremendous arm. Lester could take a step back after winning 17 games. I do see your point though re: age and peak years. We just do not know the peak years of Joba and Lester at this point.

    -dennis

  55. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Bronx Baseball Daily-I hope he goes in as a Yank. But he did play longer as an Oriole.

  56. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I think you’re being a little shortsighted here.

    You’re going to basically give up all the blue chippers for a few good/great years of Doc Halladay?

    The staff is dominant as it is. I don’t see the need.

    No matter which way I look at it I cannot possibly understand the logic in a move like that.

  57. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Tom in NJ-Because the player is the single most dominant I’ve seen. And Dennis-You’re right, Joba and Lester are unknowns. But because of their youth they have more potential than Halladay right now.

  58. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Pat M.

    Great point. The Yanks already IMO have the best rotation in the AL. I think we need some regular season games to start!!

    -dennis

  59. tampa yankee March 29th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    brandon,

    you are 2 funny.no montero or ajax.i would possibly trade wang,kennedy,cabrera and or miranda

  60. dan l March 29th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Just 2 more things to do which are dumping Veras and platooning Damon. Girardi is getting there and hopefully continues on the path to become a solid manager.

  61. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 29th, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    Teixeiramvp
    March 29th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
    I would never give up Joba. He has the potential to be even better.
    To get Halladay I’d give Hughes, Kennedy, AJax,Romine Montero…anybody who is not absolutely vital (and I mean vital) to the Yankees and their future, I’d give to get Halladay. As well as boatloads of cash. He’s that great.
    ——————————————————————————————
    You’d better make this one good. Exactly how is Jackson, Montero and Romine not vital to the Yankees’ future? I’d even think twice about including Hughes, who is what Halliday was 10 years ago.

  62. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    TexMVP.

    I just like the discussion. Fact is, Toronto will never trade Doc within the division IMO.

    -dennis

  63. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    miggs-The pitching staff is dominant as it is. But with Halladay our lineup would basically never need to produce runs. 2 runs, game over. Every game. Imagine that. We would just smash everybody. Like real esate and location, baseball is all about pitching. And if we get one championship out of it, it’s worth it.

  64. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    “Tom in NJ-Because the player is the single most dominant I’ve seen.”

    Really? Halladay?

    Have you ever watched Pedro Martinez pitch? Clemens? Randy Johnson?

    I could probably name 20 pitchers in the last 10-15 years more dominant than Halladay.

  65. LathamJoe March 29th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Berroa should be DFA’d unless some infield experience is needed at the AAA level. Throughout his career, He has a horrible OBP and his fielding skills have definitely regressed. I watched him at 2B in 3 Spring Training games and he was terrible defensively. Not a good utility option. Washed up, I would say.

  66. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    ‘You’d better make this one good. Exactly how is Jackson, Montero and Romine not vital to the Yankees’ future? I’d even think twice about including Hughes, who is what Halliday was 10 years ago.’

    Hence why I wanted to slap someone.

  67. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    GB7.

    Hope you are well. Great day here in SAV. I am regretting get into it with Trisha however I am a weak man with Nick Nolte type self control..

    Hope you had a good weekend.

    -dennis

  68. PAT M. March 29th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Texeriamvp….In about two maybe three years from now several of the players will be rising legimate rising stars while Doc will have maybe hit his wall…Plus the 20 million a season he’ll want as an extention….No way….Dennis is right we need to get the season started….

  69. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Plus last I checked Roy is a FA after this season so why are we…you know sometimes you too can be a GM.

  70. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    miggs-He just won 20 games with a bad team. Pedro is one of the best pitchers ever. Clemens juiced, but he was dominant. But yes, I put Halladay up there with them.

  71. Phil March 29th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Some of you folks really don’t seem to notice how long Berroa as absolutely sucked at hitting a field for.

  72. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Brandon-That’s true. If we wait the season out, we won’t even need to trade prospects. And we’ll have a rotation spot open.

  73. yankeeguy March 29th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    gotta go with miggs here. prime era Pedro, Randy, Roger, Maddux and even Schilling >> Halladay

    but Halladay IS one of the 5 best in baseball TODAY.

  74. Tom in NJ March 29th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Halladay is a very good pitcher. But, to say he’s the best you’ve ever seen is pure hyberbole. To give up Montero, who looks like he’s going to be a beast and a half, Jackson, the CF’er of the future, Hughes, who will still be very good, and two other prospect in Austin Romaine and Ian Kennedy, is a bit much.

  75. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    “Just 2 more things to do which are dumping Veras and platooning Damon. Girardi is getting there and hopefully continues on the path to become a solid manager.”

    Is there a full moon tonight?

    Excuse me while I chuckle as I type this. Who exactly would you like to platoon Damon with? I can’t wait to hear that one. Damon is one of the best hitters in the lineup and vital to the team’s success. Do you want to give Melky his ABs against lefties? Yes because Melky is a switch hitter!

    And dumping Veras will no doubt prove Girardi is on the path to becoming a solid manager. Because Girardi has autonomy on roster decisions and it makes sense to get rid of a quality reliever with plus stuff. Let’s DFA him.

  76. yankeeguy March 29th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    “Some of you folks really don’t seem to notice how long Berroa as absolutely sucked at hitting a field for.”

    no, we’ve noticed.

    we’re just smart enough to realize that he’ll only be around for 6 weeks, so you don’t add a guy to your 40 man that you can’t remove for 6 weeks.

  77. Marty March 29th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I really do not like that fact that Robertson is left off the roster. Albaladejo showed me absolutely nothing compared to Robertson last year. As for Berroa, that won’t last.

  78. Tom in NJ March 29th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    He’s a FA after 2010, Brandon:

    Roy Halladay rhp
    3 years/$40M (2008-10)

    3 year/$40M (2008-10)

    per cots.

  79. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 29th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    this is what happens when arod isnt around being an idiot, you people get bored and get into silly conversations about trading everyone that has any value in the farm system for one player.

    sheesh, i agree with pat, april fools is not today my friends.

  80. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Pure hyperbole, Tom? I don’t know. The man is a complete game monster. With some pitchers, ever hope you could get to the seventh and just try your luck with the ‘pen? Well with Halladay, you’re stuck with him. I remember him shutting out the Yanks on two hits. Great pitching performance.

  81. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009-One player, yes, but one really great player. Anyway, I’m willing to be patient enough to wait for the season to end before we sign him.
    Not to mention I just want the season to start. It’s gonna be a great one!

  82. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 29th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    GB7.

    Hope you are well. Great day here in SAV. I am regretting get into it with Trisha however I am a weak man with Nick Nolte type self control..

    Hope you had a good weekend.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    Evening, Dennis. Thank you. yes…I’m doing just fine. Hope all is well in your home. You guys must be getting ready to head north in about 4 weeks, aren’t you?

    Don’t know what to tell you about, Trisha, other than avoid conversations with here. Not often you become acquainted with somebody on a sports board that spends more time trying to convince everyone that she knows more than anybody else about everything. I learned to avoid her like the plague. It’s not worth the effort.

  83. Phil March 29th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    the Yanks can make room on their 40 for Pena and probably will by releasing Giese and trading Miranda and Stephen Jackson for younger players. They also still might trade Melky. There’ll be room on the 40.

  84. Teixeiramvp March 29th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Really? Trisha was always firendly with me, and I didn’t always agree with her. She just defends her opinion.

  85. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve watched Halladay kill the Yankees for years too. I understand.

    Calling him a “complete game monster” is pretty funny. I like that one. I also am starting to understand that you REALLY REALLY love Roy Halladay.

    I think he’s great too. But he’ll be 32 in May and I guess really I don’t think the ’09 team needs him. It especially doesn’t need to give away all its top prospects for the guy. That’s for sure.

  86. miggs March 29th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve watched Halladay kill the Yankees for years too. I understand.

    Calling him a “complete game monster” is pretty funny. I like that one. I also am starting to understand that you REALLY REALLY love Roy Halladay.

    I think he’s great too. But he’ll be 32 in May and I guess really I don’t think the ’09 team needs him. It especially doesn’t need to give away all its top prospects for the guy. That’s for sure.

  87. Patrick Bateman March 29th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    DFA Sanchez? He hasn’t even pitched in the system for a full year yet.

    Miranda has no use and was always projected to be a platoon/bench player at best.

  88. Someone Else March 29th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    “Someoneelse.

    How do you know that Joba is a proven MLB starter? He has not pitched a full season? He is an amazing talent with a tremendous arm. Lester could take a step back after winning 17 games. I do see your point though re: age and peak years. We just do not know the peak years of Joba and Lester at this point.

    -dennis”

    I didn’t say he’s proven. Lester’s further along, and other than hitters adjusting a little, I think he is what he is (an excellent #2 pitcher, a la Pettitte in the late 90s).

    Joba’s not there yet, but he’s a potential #1 (Clemens/Pedro/Randy Johnson) talent.

    Hughes is where Halladay was 10 years ago. Miles of talent, but hasn’t put it together at the major league level yet. Still very young.

    My problem with a Halladay (and the reason I don’t drool over trading for him): I’m also a Cardinals’ fan. Two words: Chris Carpenter.

  89. pat March 29th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    NY Magazine feature by Wil Leitch on your 2009 NY Yankees

    http://nymag.com/news/sports/55674/

  90. Someone Else March 29th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Bah, post went through before I was done. Anyhoo, Halladay’s starting to get into those years where sure-fire HOF worthy #1 aces start their down trend. Don’t buy high.

  91. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    If the docs can show that sanchez isn’t healthy enough to pitch, they could backdate a 60 DL. Something’s wrong because he hasn’t pitched, yet.

  92. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    GB7.

    Yes, We are leaving for Maine the first week of May. We will miss Sav but the summer and fall on a Maine island is great for Amy and I. I have to travel for work out of Portland but Amy loves the island and the ocean so it is well worth it.

    I have posted here for well over a year and the only time my blood gets a tad warm is when she posts. We got into it after the Lester no hitter as she stated she could not be happy for the guy. That said it all. I may root against the Yanks but I still respect them. I like Posada, Jeter, Matsui and Wang and others.

    -dennis

  93. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 29th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    “the Yanks can make room on their 40 for Pena and probably will by releasing Giese and trading Miranda and **Stephen Jackson** for younger players.”

    who is Stephen Jackson? its STEVEN.

  94. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Someone else.

    OK, I see your point.

    Chris Carpenter. I root hard for him as he is from Manchester, NH. He seems to be a really,really good dude who I have had the pleasure of meeting at a benefit. I could not have been more impressed with his presence and humility and most important his gererosity to the benefit/charity.

    -dennis

  95. yankeeguy March 29th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    “I really do not like that fact that Robertson is left off the roster. Albaladejo showed me absolutely nothing compared to Robertson last year. ”

    so, if Albaladejo struggles, they’ll swap places.

    i can’t imagine why anyone would be upset over this. Robertson had an era over 5 last year. he could use a little more time in AAA.

  96. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 29th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    “Robertson had an era over 5 last year. he could use a little more time in AAA.”

    hmm no, he was overused. therefore, he was exposed to the league.

  97. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 29th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “Reporters usually have to chase players to get them to talk. With Nick Swisher, the opposite is happening: He’s chasing reporters.”

    ====================================
    Thanks for the link pat.

    I’m forming a mental image of Nick chasing Pete around. It’s pretty amusing.

  98. Every Day Phil Coke March 29th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I agree Pete, Pena has been impressive. But what’s the point of having him sit on the bench in the majors? Remember, Ranson is expected to get most of the at bats a third base. Pena won’t pinch run, because then it would leave you without a backup 2b,ss, 3b. Melky will be the pinch runner, if one is used. I think the Yankees will take Berroa, and Pena can play every day in the minors.

    The Yankees are not trading “the farm” for Halladay. Besides the fact that the Yankees don’t need another starter, everything Cashman has been doing for the past 3 years now with the farm system is to build it up. He’s not going to throw that all away when the Yankees pitching should be in great shape. If Cashman needs another starter, there will be starters for rent come July 30 who will come alot cheaper than Montero+Jackson+ Hughes or whatever else rediculous has been suggested.

  99. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
    GB7.

    Yes, We are leaving for Maine the first week of May. We will miss Sav but the summer and fall on a Maine island is great for Amy and I. I have to travel for work out of Portland but Amy loves the island and the ocean so it is well worth it.

    I have posted here for well over a year and the only time my blood gets a tad warm is when she posts. We got into it after the Lester no hitter as she stated she could not be happy for the guy. That said it all. I may root against the Yanks but I still respect them. I like Posada, Jeter, Matsui and Wang and others.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    That’s great for you guys? Do you head back this way after Labor Day or Thanksgiving? Not sure I’d care to deal with the snow.

    I’m not a Red Sox for anything the team does, but, there are players past and present that I enjoyed watching. Ted Williams, Tony Conilgliaro, Luis Tiant and Freddie Lynn. I met Tiant a couple of years ago when became the baseball coach for Savannah School Of Art and Design. At the same time, Cazzie Russell was head coach of the basketball team. Only took them about 3 years to get a top notch system going.

  100. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Add to than Jon Lester, unless it’s against the Yanks or clinches anything for Boston. Until then, I enjoy watching him. a lot of class, a lot of guts and determination.

  101. Sully Sox March 29th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    how about trading ARod and pitching prospects for Roy Halladay

  102. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    GB7.

    Thanks for asking.

    We come back the week after Thanksgiving. We host the holiday on the island and then drive back the first week in Dec with our dog Samantha. This is such a great city to come back to…

    I would guess that at some level you were happy for Lester. Red Sox or not to have anyone fight back from cancer and do that is very cool. In fact most posters here at Lohud that night were very cool about how good they felt for him as cancer has touched just about most of our lives.

    It is the same way I feel when I see Joba’s dad in the wheel chair and to see how far that guy is come. Do I want I to see him beat the Sox? NO. However I respect him and feel good for his Dad when he has success.

    -dennis

  103. Mo March 29th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Come on Sully sox why would the blue jays or any team want arod? you forgot we are stuck with him for another 9 years.

    any twitter tweeters here? follow me and I’ll follow back http://www.twitter.com/sportsinyiddish.

  104. PAT M. March 29th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    GB 7, You’re in Savannah ?? When I was there last month, as always I stay at the Hampton Inn right across from the River walk….I you like oysters, there’s a bar not far from the big candy store that serves all you can eat for 20.00 or so…It’s certainly not a 5 star bar in fact in borders a dump of a joint….Maybe it’s half way between the Hampton and the Hilton on the river….I always forget the name of the place, as I get to wobble my way out of the place…………..Berroa goes north with the big club as does Melky……

  105. Sully Sox March 29th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Who’s the better picture: CC or Roy Halladay ???

    I’d take Doc.

  106. Boston Dave March 29th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    “Where’d the Halladay talk come from?”

    Seriously. Nobody is reporting this that I can see. It sounds like another ridiculous rumor. The Jays aren’t trading him within the division anyway.

  107. pat March 29th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    “I’d take Doc.”

    CC is much more photogenic. :wink:

  108. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 29th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Pat M.

    Is it “Bernies”?? Does that ring a bell?

    -dennis

  109. Brandon ( I Love Me Some Me), Clyde on Mike Taylor: "Round and round I go, where I stop nobody knows..." March 29th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    For the future ?

    CC Sabathia, BTW Lori Rubensen learn spanish please, that’s the oldest trick in the book.

  110. Betsy March 29th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I clicked on the link and clicked off as soon as I saw the title. If I want to read articles trashing the Yankees, I’ll go to ESPN, not NY Mag.

  111. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 29th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Who’s the better picture: CC or Roy Halladay ???

    ========================

    CC.
    Come on now-look at that smile. :)

    http://blogs.mycentraljersey.c.....03/cc2.jpg

  112. Boston Dave March 29th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    “Even without a World Series championship since 2000—2000! It really has been that long!”

    from the NyMag article.

    I always wonder if it’s an insult or a compliment when people say the Yankees haven’t won in 8 seasons. I understand it’s meant to be an insult but…

    is there another team in sports that you’d ever even say that about?

  113. PreteFunkEra March 29th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Is there a credible link anywhere for this halladay stuff? I can’t find one.

  114. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 29th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    SA,

    but Halladay is more of an imdaiting picture, look:

    http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/bas.....lladay.jpg

    :D

  115. Betsy March 29th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Ok, I couldn’t help going back and checking out the article – oy vey.

    The guy’s comment on Tex: he doesn’t dazzle with his charm. WTH? He wasn’t paid to dazzle with charm, but by all accounts he’s been friendly, open, professional and hard-working. Problem?

    Jeter may be declining, but to say that he’s a barely average player at this point? That’s going overboard..

    I knew any article titled Boomball was not going to be a positive one…I’m tired of the constant bashing this team takes by the media and you know if they do well, there will be more articles about how much $$$ they’ve spent. Whatever – I just want the season to start already.

  116. GreenBeret7 March 29th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:29 pm
    GB7.

    Thanks for asking.

    We come back the week after Thanksgiving. We host the holiday on the island and then drive back the first week in Dec with our dog Samantha. This is such a great city to come back to…

    I would guess that at some level you were happy for Lester. Red Sox or not to have anyone fight back from cancer and do that is very cool. In fact most posters here at Lohud that night were very cool about how good they felt for him as cancer has touched just about most of our lives.

    It is the same way I feel when I see Joba’s dad in the wheel chair and to see how far that guy is come. Do I want I to see him beat the Sox? NO. However I respect him and feel good for his Dad when he has success.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    I mistakeny typed Savannah School Of Art And Design, but, meant Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD).

    As far as Lester goes, I’ll pull for anybody that can come back fighting from what he has. I’ve been fighting the same thing for almost 3 years, and just finished my sessions a couple of months ago, after a setback. So far, so good, though. 4 years and 10 months to go. The good thing is, I’m back to being my same sweet, kind, lovable self.

  117. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 29th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    lol Ed.

    Look at this picture: that glove is scared it’s gonna be eaten.
    :P

    http://blogs.mycentraljersey.c.....02/cc5.jpg

  118. Boston Dave March 29th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Betsy,

    the NYMag article pretty much goes one by one through the team and unnecessarily insults each of them.

    “Tino Martinez looms around, devouring the free clubhouse food.”

    “C C Sabathia is in the grand tradition of lovable baseball lugs like John Kruk, Rich Garces, Babe Ruth, and David Wells: He’s fat.”

    Some of it may be true, but it’s just insult after insult with nothing meaningful.

  119. PAT M. March 29th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Dennis, I really don’t know the name of the place….Fairly big, dimly lite, borderline dive……It’s on the River walk…….The first time I was there was the night A-Rod signed with Texas….I couldn’t hear the audio due to the loud music, but I ate mass quanities of oysters….I’ve been there 5-6 times, and yet I never remember it’s name…..

  120. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 29th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been fighting the same thing for almost 3 years, and just finished my sessions a couple of months ago, after a setback. So far, so good, though. 4 years and 10 months to go.

    =======================

    You take care of yourself GB7. Best wishes and keep fighting.

  121. Boston Dave March 29th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    “Rodriguez will be 34 in July and, as convincingly argued by Über–stat genius Nate Silver in Baseball Prospectus, is clearly on the downward slope of his career. (Silver projects that A-Rod will hit a pitiful four home runs in 2017, a season in which the Yankees will pay him $20 million—a calculation he made before A-Rod’s injury.) ”

    4 home runs in an entire season? please.

  122. Betsy March 29th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    And one more thing – the writer made a snarky comment about how Phil and Ian were sent down to AAA this year (implying that Cashman’s youth movement has been a failure…….

  123. Nick in SF March 29th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “hmm no, he was overused. therefore, he was exposed to the league.”

    Look at the bright side, Ed, where Robertson is going, he won’t be overused by Girardi or exposed to the league. ;)

  124. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    BD, I didn’t see that about CC. You know, last year I made comments about CC myself (which I don’t want to repeat here) and I feel badly about them now. He’s not fat, he’s just a big guy, but even if he WERE fat – who cares? A loveable lug? Does CC have a brain or is he being paid to be a teddy bear?

    Tino looms around because he actually works for the organization, lol. I don’t know who Will Litsch is, but he’s not a sportswriter and he probably has no clue who any of these players are.

    I eagerly await SI’s trash job on CC (and, by extension, the Yanks) this week.

  125. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    PAT M.
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:30 pm
    GB 7, You’re in Savannah ?? When I was there last month, as always I stay at the Hampton Inn right across from the River walk….I you like oysters, there’s a bar not far from the big candy store that serves all you can eat for 20.00 or so…It’s certainly not a 5 star bar in fact in borders a dump of a joint….Maybe it’s half way between the Hampton and the Hilton on the river….I always forget the name of the place, as I get to wobble my way out of the place…………..Berroa goes north with the big club as does Melky……

    ————————————————————

    Hey, PAT M, how are things going? Yeah, I’ve been here for 25 years, when I wasn’t out of country or moved to another installation. The candy shoppe you’re talking about is Riverstreet Sweets. They’ve got the greatest fudge and salt water taffy anywhere. It could be Bernie’s, but, there are a ton of them. The best food though, is The Chart House on Riverstreet.

  126. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 30th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    SA and Nick, :D

  127. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    LOL BD. ooh, Nate Silver predicts……Let’s not play any baseball from now until 2018. Whatever Silver says will be, will be. What a clown this writer is…..

  128. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:56 pm
    I’ve been fighting the same thing for almost 3 years, and just finished my sessions a couple of months ago, after a setback. So far, so good, though. 4 years and 10 months to go.

    ===================

    You take care of yourself GB7. Best wishes and keep fighting.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks, S.A. I’m doing fine. The doctors said I could go back to being nasty and crotchety in 10 months.

  129. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I went to RiverStreet sweets in Charleston last March – cool store. I adore pralines, so I bought a bunch and took advantage of their free samples…..yummy!

  130. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Pat M.

    Man, you really narrowed things down with that description…We live just a few blocks from there and you just described every other place! I bet you swayed out of there with a to go cup though! :)

    -dennis

  131. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 30th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    GB, I hope you feel better too.

  132. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 30th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Thanks, S.A. I’m doing fine. The doctors said I could go back to being nasty and crotchety in 10 months.

    ======================

    Thank goodness! :lol:

  133. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    GB7.

    Thanks for sharing re: cancer. Hopefully, “this too shall pass”…

    -dennis

  134. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    PAT M, here’s the main restaurants on those 2 blocks.

    http://www.riverstreetsavannah.....ages_id=33

  135. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:09 am
    GB7.

    Thanks for sharing re: cancer. Hopefully, “this too shall pass”…

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    Thanks Dennis. All is growing just fine now. I’ll be hating the Red sox for years.

  136. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    All is ***going***

  137. John_Halfz March 30th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Ramiro Pena full season

    .208/.246/.299

  138. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the kind words, Ed.

  139. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    GB7.

    Whatever keeps you young!! LOL. Great line.

    -dennis

  140. Phil March 30th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Pena will hit better than that. Outside of a bad July he had a pretty good year at the plate in an oppressive park and league last year.

  141. PAT M. March 30th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    GB7, I think it’s Bernie’s…I’ve always been there at night, and it’s more of a bar inside than a nice resturant……I think Savannah is one of America’s best kept secret cities…….I love that town, but I’ve always been there in the winter…The summers are quite different I suspect….I have on occasion played golf at Hilton Head in June and it was real steamy…..Keep kicking tail GB…

  142. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    GB, you sure haven’t lost your sense of humor, lol. I wish you all the best….you’re a strong person and I admire you.

    I don’t know how anyone can not be happy for what Jon Lester has accomplished. Normally I would never root for a Sox to get a no-hitter (I would for someone on another team…..well, not the Mets), but that was truly a feel good story. Baseball is just a sport -he was fighting for his life.

  143. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:17 am
    GB7.

    Whatever keeps you young!! LOL. Great line.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    It’s keep most of the world going for years.

    I was watching MLB tonight on Prime Nine. It was about baseball injuries, and I saw the Tony C. hit, again. I’ve seen that thing a hundred times, and I get sick to my stomach every time. That guy had the world on a string. Talent, looks and a beginning of a singing career. What a tragedy for that family. He came back twice from the beaning, though the second time wasn’t so good. After the heart attack, he faught a great fight for a long time. That was/is one Hell of a family.

  144. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    PAT M.
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    GB7, I think it’s Bernie’s…I’ve always been there at night, and it’s more of a bar inside than a nice resturant……I think Savannah is one of America’s best kept secret cities…….I love that town, but I’ve always been there in the winter…The summers are quite different I suspect….I have on occasion played golf at Hilton Head in June and it was real steamy…..Keep kicking tail GB…

    ————————————————————

    Night time is the best time to be on Riverstreet, and the daytime runs a close second.

  145. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Betsy
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:25 am
    GB, you sure haven’t lost your sense of humor, lol. I wish you all the best….you’re a strong person and I admire you.

    I don’t know how anyone can not be happy for what Jon Lester has accomplished. Normally I would never root for a Sox to get a no-hitter (I would for someone on another team…..well, not the Mets), but that was truly a feel good story. Baseball is just a sport -he was fighting for his life.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you for the kind thoughts and words, Betsy. Always nice to see.

    The stories like Jon Lester’s and Mike Lowell’s among others are much better feel-goods than a Josh Hamilton. He did that to himself. These guys didn’t ask for this.

    I’m happy for Hamilton being able to clean up his life. It takes guts to admit that you can’t trust yourself enough to stay away from the drugs without a bodyguard/keeper. I don’t consider himself a hero, though.

  146. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    GB7.

    Amazing athletic family. That beaning was before my time but I have seen and read a ton about it. Billy C was a talent as well at least early on from what I have read and seen.

    On a side note, I read some posts early on today about AJ getting knocked around this afternoon. It simply does not matter. The fact he walked off the mound with a healthy arm today is all that is important. He will lead the Yanks in wins this year IMO. His stuff is amazing. In fact better than CC’s in MO.

    -dennis

  147. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am
    GB7.

    Amazing athletic family. That beaning was before my time but I have seen and read a ton about it. Billy C was a talent as well at least early on from what I have read and seen.

    On a side note, I read some posts early on today about AJ getting knocked around this afternoon. It simply does not matter. The fact he walked off the mound with a healthy arm today is all that is important. He will lead the Yanks in wins this year IMO. His stuff is amazing. In fact better than CC’s in MO.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    From all that I’ve read about Tony and Billy, they were closer than twins. It seems like all of the fight and love of the game went out of Billy when Tony was hit. Almost like he gave up on baseball.

  148. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    GB, I agree with you. I rooted for Doc Gooden and Strawberry – I still liked them even though they had their problems and I’m sure Hamilton is not a bad person either. Heroes they are not, though.

    I saw that Prime 9 eppy when it first aired – it was rather depressing. I only know Tony Conigliario because of what happened to him – I am too young to have seen him play – but what a tragic life he had. He died young, didn’t he?

  149. myrtlebeachfan March 30th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I just have a quick statement to make.

    For the love of god, PLEASE stop acting like AJ is a better pitcher than CMW.

    He isn’t. period.

    CMW is a better pitcher and has done nothing but proved each year he’s played. He is our #2 and there’s no doubt about it at all.

    So stop filling out all of your “expert” rotations with AJ ahead of CMW. It won’t be that way. If it is, Girardi just looks like a tool.

  150. Nick in SF March 30th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    GB7: Let me join those who wish you continued good health.

    dennis: Sorry you had to be lumped in with me in the diatribe in the previous thread. Bet you didn’t think that having friendly chats with someone would expose you to juvenile homophobic taunts like that, huh? Unfortunately, that’s a small fraction of the company we keep here. I hope that’s the last of it.

  151. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am
    GB7.

    Amazing athletic family. That beaning was before my time but I have seen and read a ton about it. Billy C was a talent as well at least early on from what I have read and seen.

    On a side note, I read some posts early on today about AJ getting knocked around this afternoon. It simply does not matter. The fact he walked off the mound with a healthy arm today is all that is important. He will lead the Yanks in wins this year IMO. His stuff is amazing. In fact better than CC’s in MO.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, he took a beating, but until his last game, Sabathia and Burnett weren’t striking anybody out. It was like they were working on other things. There are a lot of the top pitchers that have been getting knocked around, and, I can only assume for the same reasons.

  152. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    NickSf.

    That was stunning. I simply can not imagine that thought process. I know that is not the norm. I have posted here for a year and a half and there are only a few that are not reasonable. I love the rivalry, I love baseball, however I respect people more than both of those…

    -the puck

    (I pressed and took the celts and the over, karma was on my side …)

  153. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Betsy
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:43 am
    GB, I agree with you. I rooted for Doc Gooden and Strawberry – I still liked them even though they had their problems and I’m sure Hamilton is not a bad person either. Heroes they are not, though.

    I saw that Prime 9 eppy when it first aired – it was rather depressing. I only know Tony Conigliario because of what happened to him – I am too young to have seen him play – but what a tragic life he had. He died young, didn’t he?

    ————————————————————

    Yeah he was only 37 when he had a massive heart attack, but, he lived another 8 years, though he was basically in a coma the entire time. 100 home runs by age of 22. He would have been one of the tops in homers in his career. Had he not had suffered a broken wrist in his rookie year, I’d guess he would have had 40 in ’64 instead of 24 in 110 games. What a beautiful swing.

  154. Ninja Burglar March 30th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Doesn’t putting arod on the DL open up the roster spot for Berroa or Pena?

  155. PAT M. March 30th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Well GB, being that you offer only two options, I’llstick to the night option….Very funny old boy….

  156. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Nick in SF
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:44 am
    GB7: Let me join those who wish you continued good health.

    dennis: Sorry you had to be lumped in with me in the diatribe in the previous thread. Bet you didn’t think that having friendly chats with someone would expose you to juvenile homophobic taunts like that, huh? Unfortunately, that’s a small fraction of the company we keep here. I hope that’s the last of it.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the kind words and thoughts, Nick. Much appreciated.

  157. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    AJ apparently had some mechanical issues today and he said he was completely out of whack. However, they figured out what was wrong and it’s not a concern. He’s gotten a lot of ground ball outs in his starts, so maybe he’s throwing more 2-seamers? The guy that does the blog for NJ.com (Marc Carig, I think?) wrote an article on AJ today stating how unusual it was that in trying to emulate Doc Halladay by being more efficient, AJ has actually K’d more people than he did before. I guess that comes down to the fact that the guy still has nasty stuff – I’m sure he will get his usual complement of strike outs this year. I do like the efficiency he’s shown, though – save wear and tear on the arm.

  158. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 30th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    GB7.

    Bucholtz had a .047 era this spring. The best on the staff with 18 innings or more. Why? He was trying to impress and get folks out. The others? Working on their stuff, mechanics, arm slot, etc. Health and stamina are what proven MLB starters are looking for in ST IMO.

    We need a month of regular season games before the board is sane again.

    -the girlfriend as per Trisha…

  159. Betsy March 30th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Heart attack at 37? Wow – and to die at 45? That’s unbearably sad. I didn’t know he had a brother who played baseball as well…..

  160. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    PAT M.
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:59 am
    Well GB, being that you offer only two options, I’llstick to the night option….Very funny old boy….

    ————————————————————

    Always a pleasure to pass on our southern hospitality. The good thing about daylight is you make fewer errors in visual pleasures. The good thing about daylight is never going home with a 10 and waking up with a two.

  161. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    dennis-costanza(sox fan)
    March 30th, 2009 at 1:00 am
    GB7.

    Bucholtz had a .047 era this spring. The best on the staff with 18 innings or more. Why? He was trying to impress and get folks out. The others? Working on their stuff, mechanics, arm slot, etc. Health and stamina are what proven MLB starters are looking for in ST IMO.

    We need a month of regular season games before the board is sane again.

    -the girlfriend as per Trisha…

    ————————————————————

    Yep…I’ll wait until the end of May before deciding who has it figured out and who’s losing it. Like Cano last year. According most people in the media and on these boards, he was bad all year because of an April of .151. He hit .297 the rest of the year….and that included a 4 week stretch in August with a hand injury. I have no idea why he had such a bad start, but, it’s happened before.

  162. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Betsy
    March 30th, 2009 at 1:02 am
    Heart attack at 37? Wow – and to die at 45? That’s unbearably sad. I didn’t know he had a brother who played baseball as well…..

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Billy would have been a solid player and hitter, but, he more or less just gave up after Tony regained his eyesight and lost it again two years later.

  163. Nick in SF March 30th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    m: if you’re out there, here’s a snip from Tyler Kepner on Gardner falling apart at the end of last season:

    “In his final 15 games last September, Gardner hit .306 with a .346 on-base percentage, though he walked only twice.

    “He was patient, he saw a lot of pitches, hit a lot of hard line drives,” Girardi said. “He was productive for us the last three weeks of last season, and he just carried it over.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  164. Al from BK March 30th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I would do Hughes, Kennedy, Betances and Romine for Halladay. Seriously how could anyone beat Halladay, CC, Wang, Burnett and Joba in a row thats disgusting to even get that opportunity for 3 years with those guys together it would be incredible dynasty or bust with that rotation.

  165. GreenBeret7 March 30th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    It will be interesting to see what the Mariners are going to do with 4 utility infielders, Chris Burke, Chris Woodward, Ronny Cededo and Reegie Corona. They traded for two of them and signed one as a FA. Corona was a Rule 5 pick from the Yanks. Would like to see NYY get him back. He’s 21 years old and his offensive and defensive numbers are about the same as The Nunez boys (Luis and Eduardo) and Ramiro Pena’s.

  166. Mrs. Kekich March 30th, 2009 at 2:30 am

    anyone see the special in the Daily News on the new Stadium in the Sunday paper? Not bad but they conveniently left out ticket prices or the obstructed view seats in the bleachers.

  167. Tom March 30th, 2009 at 6:25 am

    I spoke to two scouts last night that have covered the Yankees both this spring and last season. Here are their reads:

    Pena should make the team. He is their best shortstop.

    Jeters lack of range puts him in the bottom third of shortstops in baseball. He should have taken the bull by the horn and moved to center field.

    Hughes looked great and should have been the fifth starter.

    Joba, velocity is way down and there may be more to the shoulder problem than the Yanks are letting on.

    Gardner is not a first division centerfielder, his lack of arm, thank god he has great speed to make up for his bad routes to the ball. Big questions on if he can hit. With him in the line up worst defensive outfield in the game.

    Melkey not the same player as last year seems to have matured. Big mistake in trading him. Still projects him as a 280 hitter with 20 home runs and a right fielder.

    Both scouts think that if the Yanks stumble out of the gate they will let Joe go. Bowa is still the man if he wants the job.

  168. Someone Else March 30th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Re: Joba velocity. I’m not worried. You don’t throw all caution to the wind and throw 100 in spring training games (and don’t expect him to go over 96 all that often when starting). His velocity has slowly climbed by the start.

  169. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 30th, 2009 at 7:11 am

    um, i definately wouldnt go as far as saying we have the worst definsive outfield in the game thats for sure.

  170. Doreen March 30th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Tom -

    I go back and forth on Pena going north with the team. It is so exciting to have a young player make such an impact during ST and on that level – you want him on the team. But, he’s not going to get the playing time as a utility guy that he should get to continue his development. I would hope that 6 weeks wouldn’t stunt that development, still it’s better to play every game than parts of some or even parts of most. But the most interesting thing is that even if the scouts are way down on Derek Jeter, and even if Pena is the better shortstop at this point, Pena is not replacing Derek Jeter. Jeter is going to play. So Pena making the team has nothing to do with how good or not good a SS Derek Jeter may or may not be.

    I won’t worry about Joba’s velocity. In fact, I don’t care if he never hits 100 mph on the radar gun again, or 98 or 99 or 97. He needs to be more efficient when he pitches, which he will learn. And he needs to use the extra speed judiciously.

    I’m a fan of Melky. Gardner worked his tail of this spring and definitely earned the nod, at least for the time being. But I am more comfortable with Melky’s spring, because I think it’s a more authentic performance. I am waiting for Gardner to fall back to earth, hitting wise, though I don’t wish him to – hey, if he’s going to be the starter, I’d much rather he stay on the course he’s set for himself this spring (okay, not .400, but, .290?). I’d always heard that Melky took poor routes to balls – not seeing a lot of games in person, it’s difficult for me to see that. I assumed Gardner was better in that department. Now I’m finding out he takes just as poor routes, but does so a little faster, and with not as good a throwing arm. Okay. But he is a little demon on the basepaths, so he’s surely worth a shot just for the change of pace (no pun intended) if nothing else.

    I doubt Bowa comes back to manage the Yankees, but I know nothing! :lol: Seriously, I had read/heard that he much prefers being a coach to managing right now. Although, who knows? Do you turn down a chance to manage the NY Yankees? And if Girardi gets canned, that means the team is in really sorry shape, so I doubt Bowa would want to jump into that kind of a situation.

    My husband read this morning that the Yankees are favorites (I guess in Vegas) to win the whole shebang. Oy. I’d rather fly under the radar. ;)

  171. Pel March 30th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    >He should have taken the bull by the horn and moved to center field.

    …aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand their opinions instantly become invalid.

  172. Pel March 30th, 2009 at 7:38 am

    >Gardner is not a first division centerfielder, his lack of arm,
    >thank god he has great speed to make up for his bad routes to the ball.

    Hey, you know what…in a flash of genius I’ll suggest Jeter play CF.

    Is this even real?

  173. VT Yankeefan March 30th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    How can we go year after year without a long reliever? Both Torre and Girardi seem to forget by spring how much the lack of one hurt them the previous year.

  174. Rishi March 30th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....09-season/

  175. Tom March 30th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    The thinking on Jeter is that he should follow Robin Yount out to center field. When I watched Jeter this spring I saw a player that has almost no range to his left. That is not a knock on Jeter it is just the fact that he is getting older.

    When I saw both Pena and Nunez play is saw them make plays that a lot of major league shortstops can’t make.

    Joba, needs the velocity and arm action for both his fastball and slider and change ups to be effective. When I saws Joba pitch he had a hard time hitting 91 and 92 mph on the guns. He sat at around 88 mph. I along with others thought that the way he was throwing there might be something still wrong with that shoulder.

  176. David March 30th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I’m a Gardner fan, but when is the last time the Yankees had a CF who batted 9th?

  177. Aaron March 30th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Melky batted ninth last year.

  178. Zac March 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    GGBG= ?? Brett Gardner?

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