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Quick, Call Kenny Williams!

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Podcast on Jun 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The White Sox tonight designated Wilson Betemit for assignment. Chicago called up Gordon Beckham. He can, you know, actually play.

Betemit was hitting .200 with three RBI in 20 games. Sadly, that makes him roughly twice as good as Angel Berroa.

Meanwhile, will the Nate McLouth deal lead to a flurry of moves? I’ve always looked at it this way: If you need to make a trade, make it in June instead of July 31. It makes more sense to get better sooner than later.

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For those interested, here are the pre-game interviews of Joe Girardi:

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and Brian Cashman:

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They talked mainly about the decision to return Chien-Ming Wang to the rotation and put Phil Hughes in the bullpen. I talked to Hughes again after the game. He’s cool with the whole idea — just as long as they still consider him a starter long term.

Nobody grows up dreaming of being a set-up man, it seems.

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50 Responses to “Quick, Call Kenny Williams!”

  1. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I thought it was a little early to trade a player like McClouth but why not make the move now, the Braves need help and the Pirates could use prospects.

  2. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 3rd, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    i would take betemit over berroa but that doesnt mean much

  3. Sea Net June 3rd, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Francessa is going to be ticked

  4. Christina - Pictures from the Scranton WB Game- Melancon and Shelley! June 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Angel Berroa. What is that?

  5. Nick in SF June 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    “…the Pirates could use prospects.”

    True, because in a couple years some other teams will need players.

  6. Bob(The Original) June 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    How awful must it be to be a Pirates fan? Running up the white flag on June 3rd and not really even getting any decent prospects in return.

  7. Laura - Stay in 1st place together, strike out alone! June 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Somewhere, Francessa is having a coronary.

  8. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 3rd, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Well Nick, not ALL of our players have 8-10 year deals so we’re going to need some MLB ready players…. why do you think Cashman invented the National League??

  9. m June 3rd, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    GB7,

    Okay. Okay. He rushed the throws. We’ll continue this conversation at a later juncture. :)

  10. no.27 June 4th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Forget Kenny Williams. The Yankees should call Kenny Powers. He could end the Joba to the bullpen debate and be the enforcer on the mound that everyone is looking for.

    Looking forward to seeing Wang pitch tomorrow. He’s been the Yankees best pitcher over the last 3 years. Teixeira’s defense at first should help Wang more than any pitcher on the team with all the groundballs that he gets.

  11. tim boat June 4th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    why have the Yankees the past few years insisted on carrying deadweight UIF’s like Berroa and Betemit while also refusing to carry a long man in the pen (til now at least with Aceves and Tomko)? Great logic!

    and to think we got swisher, who can actually play and is useful for the deadweight that is betemit.

  12. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    JoeT: you are wise beyond your years. Or at least beyond your ears.

  13. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 4th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    The Braves RELEASED Tom Glavine

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4228623

    He said he was ready to return to the big leagues but he gets a 1 million dollar bonus if he makes the big club this year coming back from surgery. Braves said it was a “performance decision” and not a business one

  14. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    pat
    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:56 pm
    Forgot a positive-

    The slugging Rangers didn’t hit a HR tonight so we don;t have to listen to more “homerdome” rants tomorrow.
    ——————————————————————————————
    You don’t think they’ll ignore Posada’s, do you?

    They don’t say a word when a guy with a .285 career batting average and 11 career homers after 5 years is hitting .370 and 7 homers (3 to the opposite field) or a utility player with 130 at bats this year and 17 career homers and a .260 average after 6 years has a .310 Batting average and 9 homers (5 to the opposite field). The only thing the “fans” and media whine about is Yankee Stadium.

    Hey, idiots….check the ball.

  15. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 4th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    This is a comment from an article on ESPN about a kid failing his 2nd drug test in the minor leagues. Yes there is less then zero credibility to it, but don’t you wish there was??

    rdiddy44 (6/3/2009 at 11:07 PM)
    Report Violation
    A buddy of mine played minor league ball for teh Red Sox in Portland OR…. Guess what?? ALL these guys use recreational drugs, get nuts and party hard. It’s called being a young stud athlete and getting paid to do it. OH, and the point I was getting at by name dropping BoSox – Paplebon and Hanley Ramirez were on the team too and did coke, drank booze, got nuts.

  16. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    The White sox called up Beckham because, hey, you know, they had another infielder go down and had an outfielder playing second base.

  17. Matty June 4th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Considering Tom Gordon made nearly 30 million dollars since 2001, I wouldn’t mind dreaming of being a set up man.

  18. Phill June 4th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Am I the only one who’s pissed that so-called Yankee fans booed A-Rod? Get a grip!

  19. m June 4th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    What an terrible way to sever a longterm relationship. Shame on the Braves. Performance related? I heard he just threw 6 shutout innings. Someone’s nose is growing.

  20. Giuseppe Franco June 4th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I hope Pettitte doesn’t try to be a hero and continue pitching with his achy back.

    A healthy Pettitte throwing 6-7 IP will help this team a lot more than an unhealthy Pettitte struggling through 5 IP.

    That’s why they have six starters. No need for Pettitte to push it if he’s not feeling up to par.

  21. yankeefan June 4th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Does this mean they’re 100% sure Andy is ok and will continue to let him pitch?
    Since we have Hughes right now, we can afford to be cautious with Andy and let Hughes start over him until they’re sure he’s 100%.
    This is best for both Pettitte and Hughes!

  22. Giuseppe Franco June 4th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Phill June 4th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Am I the only one who’s pissed that so-called Yankee fans booed A-Rod? Get a grip!

    ———————-

    They are the same idiots that booed him in 2006 after he won the MVP Award and the same people who booed Mo and Teixeira in April.

    Yankee fans are not among the brightest in the sport – that’s for sure.

  23. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Anybody know what injury Dellin Betances went down with? He’s been on the DL since his crappy start May 21 and I still hadn’t heard what it was exactly.

    I’m guessing due to the stealth and his injury history that Dellin has an elbow issue but if anyone has any info. please pass it along.

    Thanks in advance.

    - Riddler

  24. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I’m not concerned about Pettitte. He has a certain routine that he goes through between starts and he hasn’t be able to do them. He’ll be just fine. If the offense besides Posada shows up, tonight would have been a victory. They weren’t going to shut down Texas completely, again.

  25. pat June 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    GB

    You took my positive and turned it into a whine.

    I will not be used that way. :wink:

  26. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    The Riddler
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:25 am
    Anybody know what injury Dellin Betances went down with? He’s been on the DL since his crappy start May 21 and I still hadn’t heard what it was exactly.

    I’m guessing due to the stealth and his injury history that Dellin has an elbow issue but if anyone has any info. please pass it along.

    Thanks in advance.

    – Riddler

    ————————————————————

    Slight forearm soreness and will be pitching again within a week to ten days. He’s just started throwing on the side in the last day or two.

  27. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    pat
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:28 am
    GB

    You took my positive and turned it into a whine.

    I will not be used that way.

    ————————————————————

    I’m just used to doing that with water.

    That was a cheap joke, but, I felt the need to be cheap.

  28. brent June 4th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    When will people stop drinking the Arod koolaid,the guys nothing w/o his juice.

  29. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    GB:

    Thank you much for the info. and even better that it’s good news. I’m a little skeptical that Betances will be able to avoid elbow surgery at some point in his career, but I obviously pray that won’t happen. He is and has been one of my personal fav. prospects since the Yankees drafted him in the 8th round in ’06.

  30. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    “When will people stop drinking the ORTIZ koolaid,the guys nothing w/o his juice.”

    *Fixed.

  31. Phill June 4th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Amen, Giuseppe Franco. We need to start enjoying this team!

  32. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! June 4th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Anyone with Wang predictions?

    I’ll be impressed if he goes 5 innings…it’s odd in a way to start him against a power hitting lineup like the Rangers, isn’t it?

    What do you guys think?

  33. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    The Riddler
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:34 am
    GB:

    Thank you much for the info. and even better that it’s good news. I’m a little skeptical that Betances will be able to avoid elbow surgery at some point in his career, but I obviously pray that won’t happen. He is and has been one of my personal fav. prospects since the Yankees drafted him in the 8th round in ‘06.

    ————————————————————

    Not a problem. It was just a soreness and nobody seemed to be concerned. He’s young and they just wanted to keep it in check. On the good side, the Charleston kids are all healthy and pitching like crazy….especially Banuelos, Marshall and Noesi.

  34. Tucker June 4th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    You pay those prices for Stadium tickets, you buy the right to boo anyone. Especially the highest-paid player in the history of the game.

  35. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 4th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I think Wang goes 6 strong, right around the 80 pitches…. Yankees win and take the series!!

  36. vin June 4th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    The Yanks would be smart to not have a close game tomorrow – Wilson and Francisco are very nasty.

  37. Phill June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Giddy-up!…

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=6209

  38. vin June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    “Am I the only one who’s pissed that so-called Yankee fans booed A-Rod? Get a grip!”

    People who boo outcomes in baseball only prove that they know nothing about the game. Wanna boo? Boo a guy for not hustling, or for making a little league mistake. Don’t boo him for doing something that you wouldn’t be able to do any better.

  39. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Interesting quote from Cash:

    “People have reached out and called about our starters, seeing if there’s an opportunity here to pry them away, if we were somehow of the mind-set that this is too much for us to handle,” Cashman said. “I’ve just responded, ‘We’re going to embrace this and take it where it goes.’ ”
    ——–

    I am curious which pitcher teams would call about? CC, AJ not going anywhere. Joba teams should know untouchable. I guess Hughes or even Pettitte for the NL(Phillies)? I wonder what a team would even offer for Hughes….lol

  40. pat June 4th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Tucker

    All these years and suddenly I find out I haven’t been getting my moneys worth by not booing.

    Are people who paid $2500 for their tickets supposed to boo louder than those in the $5 bleacher obstructed view seats?

  41. vin June 4th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I don’t care how many times Swisher strikes out, or how many times he throws to the wrong base… he’s still better than Betemit + Marquez.

  42. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    vin
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:50 am
    I don’t care how many times Swisher strikes out, or how many times he throws to the wrong base… he’s still better than Betemit + Marquez.

    ————————————————————

    The Marquez de Sade (Jeff) has been brutally bad this year.

  43. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    “Not a problem. It was just a soreness and nobody seemed to be concerned. He’s young and they just wanted to keep it in check. On the good side, the Charleston kids are all healthy and pitching like crazy….especially Banuelos, Marshall and Noesi.”

    GB. Yeah, I’m sure it is minor soreness at this point, but I’m just weary that he will ultimately require TJ. I really hope it never comes to that but he’s had forearm stiffness each year since he went pro.

    And RE: the Charleston kids, I really would love to get a look at Banuelos, Marshall and Brackman. Lot of talent obviously and Noesi – who is trying to put a PED suspension behind him – has been surprisingly dominant since moving to the rotation.

    Banuelos is just incredibly mature. I’ve heard he’s already touching 93-94 mph. As an 18 year-old lefty that is premium talent. Not to mention his pitchability, mound presence, confidence, secondary stuff and an overall “beyond his years” quality.

  44. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    “The Marquez de Sade (Jeff) has been brutally bad this year.”

    Yeah he has. It’s too bad b/c he’s a great kid. I’ve met him before when he was in Trenton..

  45. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    I’m sure that somewhere along the line, Betances will end up with Tommy John Surgery. He’s a big kid with long arms and legs and he’s not compact or smooth at all. He’s had arm/shoulder issues for his three years….nothing serious, seperately, but, all added together, it possibly will be.

  46. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Yup. It’d be great if he avoided it, but the sad truth of the matter is that he may actually be best-served longterm if he does ultimately get the surgery.

  47. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    His first year was shoulder tendonitis, and his first time with the forearm issue, he was shut down for 5 weeks. This time it was only about 3 weeks when he starts pitching. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was sent to Dr. andrews or Dr. Jobe to get this checked and fixed. Otherwise, it could keep reoccurring and really stunt his growth.

    Banuelos is a fun kid to watch. If he’s healthy, I’d say within three years, he’s in NY.

    Marshall is another 19 year old that’s doing pretty well against older competition.

    The last of the rotation is David Phelps, and he has the goods. He should move fast after coming out of Notre Dame.

  48. The Riddler June 4th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Hey you’re preaching to the choir with Banuelos and Marshall. And yes, I remember well the shoulder soreness Betances had last year and the extensive elbow issues while he was at Staten Island.

  49. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    “Nobody grows up dreaming of being a set-up man, it seems.”

    Gosh darn it Pete, you are so smart. As a Joba to the pen proponent, I finally see the light. Why would I want him to be a setup man his whole career. Oh wait. Nobody does, and yet you can’t seem to grasp that fact. Jeez.

  50. kph June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Joba: an incredible set up man who likes it, is starting.

    Hughes: a (soon to be) incredible starting pitcher who likes it, is now a set up man.

    Girardi: Genius.

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