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Yogi Berra will answer your questions

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

42-15518299Now this qualifies as exciting news …

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra has agreed to take questions from readers from The LoHud Yankees Blog and The Journal News.

We’ve had some great people take part in this series — Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jason Giambi, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Brian Cashman — but having Yogi on board is something I’ve been trying to arrange for a while and it’s finally going to happen.

Here is how it will work: You have until Monday at noon to e-mail your question to me at pabraham@lohud.com. Please, one question per reader. I will then select the 10 best questions and present them to Yogi. The Q&A will be on the blog next week.

Yogi, as you know, is one of the cornerstone players in franchise history. He played with Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, won 10 World Series. three MVPs and was an All-Star an amazing 15 times. So come up with a good question for him and maybe it will be selected.

Remember, it has to be e-mailed to me by noon on Monday. No questions submitted after that will be considered.

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133 Responses to “Yogi Berra will answer your questions”

  1. kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Damn it, the Tigers acquired Washburn.

  2. kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    They now might have a better 1-2-3 than the Yankees in an ALDS series.

  3. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Yogi is my favorite livng (and nonactive) player.

    I’m hoping to be able to meet him sometime this year.

  4. Giuseppe Franco July 31st, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    That’s awesome about Yogi. This is Pete’s best get yet.

    Nicely done.

  5. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I will take my chances with Sabathia-Burnett-Chamberlain/Pettitte against Verlander-Jackson-Washburn, if it comes to that in a playoff series.

  6. charlestonchew July 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Honestly, I completely understand if JP holds on to Halladay.

    Think of it this way: Tampa and Boston, while two of the best teams in baseball, are starting to decline. Tampa has a less-than-effective Kazmir, or at least he has been lately. Pitches like Sonnanstine and Shields, who were excellent a last year and the year before, are finally being exposed and figured out.

    Their offense, anchored by Longoria, isn’t nearly as strong as many others in the AL. While Zobrist, Pena, and Crawford certainly do some damage, most of their players are low HR, low RBI total guys. They have the speed to create runs but not enough pop to drive that many in – especially considering the awful Burrell signing.

    Then consider Boston’s Lowell and Ortiz falling to pieces, their lack of a SS and 3B, and the mediocre production of players like JD Drew and Ellsbury. Then look at their shoddy rotation that has 2 solid pichers and 3 huge question marks.

    It’s not crazy to think that, with a few solid additions and a re-emerging Vernon Wells / Alex Rios, that the Blue Jays can harness the production of Adam Lind, Rios, Wells, Rolen, and Overbay to contend over the next few years. Especially with Roy Halladay.

  7. sar515 July 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    PA…

    How do we email you?

  8. carl July 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Did you beat up Joba Yogi?

  9. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Um… last time I checked, didn’t we beat Verlander and Jackson?

  10. baseballfab July 31st, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    After seeing the Tigers beat the Yankees for Washburn and what the Tigers gave up, I am inclined to think the Yankees decided to chase Halladay.

  11. Giuseppe Franco July 31st, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Damn it, the Tigers acquired Washburn.

    ———–

    You do realize the Yanks are 5-1 against the Tigers this season and Verlander and Jackson pitched four of them?

    They beat Washburn this season, too.

    Calm down.

  12. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 31st, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Whoa, that’s awesome.

  13. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    sar515
    July 31st, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    PA…

    How do we email you?
    ++++

    right side of blog – About the Author
    About the author
    Peter Abraham is the Yankees beat writer for The Journal News and LoHud.com. E-mail me at pabraham@lohud.com

  14. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Check the right side of the blog page – under ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

  15. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    :)

    When will they ever learn
    When will they e-e-ver learn

    Hokie say it again. Rumors are just that.

    :D

    Oh yeah, I don’t mean the official word, which we just got. I mean all the junk, I mean discussion that preceded it!

  16. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    kill.schill(ing)
    July 31st, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    They now might have a better 1-2-3 than the Yankees in an ALDS series.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    July 18 – CC vs Verlander – Yanks win 2-1
    July 19 – Joba vs Edwin – Yanks win 2-1

  17. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Repost:

    I don’t get all the people freaking out that we’re not making a trade, as if our team is SO flawed. Sure we have issues, but a good few less than a lot of other teams. We’re in first place. Do we really need much tinkering? Clearly Cashman has a plan in place for Joba, so I’m not worried.

  18. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Also July 1 – Pettitte vs Washburn – Yanks win 4 – 2

  19. Stultus Magnus July 31st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    No more Washburn to Tigers “breaking” posts please.

  20. Johnny D. July 31st, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Fill us in on trade rumors, Pete!

  21. Nick in SF in Ocean City, MD July 31st, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    All they’re doing is re-arranging the deck chairs. Washburn here, Washburn there, bring it on.

  22. G. Love July 31st, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Breaking News!!! Mariners get French!

  23. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Trisha what do you expect people to want to talk about on trade deadline day? I’m sorry that you would prefer to beat discussions about PEDs and David Ortiz and the 2004-2007 Red Sox into the ground, but I think it is at least easier to read and more entertaining to banter about potential trades, whether they be realistic or not. Plus the trade deadline is today, meaning all this talk subsides after today, whereas you can hypothetically talk about steroids in baseball or whatever else that doesn’t involve trades for the remaining 2 months of the season as much as you’d like.

  24. roger(live from amsterdam) July 31st, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    How many times did the Tigers acquire Washburn…??pfff

  25. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    RT @danport Marlins close to Nick Johnson acquisition, per Peter Gammons. #mlbtrades

  26. saucY July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    this is awesome! great job Pete.

    but i wish i had a question. and i’m not just going to make one up for the hell of it. Yogi deserves better :)

  27. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    ESPN’s Peter Gammons reports that the Marlins “appear to be moving closer” to a Nick Johnson trade.

  28. Laura - Release the list!!! July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    The Washburn deal confirms what I have suspected all along. These teams want the Yankees to pay through the nose for their guys, but are willing to take scrubs from everyone else. It’s the price you pay for being the best and the richest franchise in the world.

  29. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    The Mariners rejected offers from six different teams for young pitcher Felix Hernandez, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark and Peter Gammons. GM Jack Zduriencik admitted he listened, but didn’t find anything even worth discussing.

    Hernandez, just 23 years old, has a 2.79 ERA in 145.3 innings this year. He’s under team control through 2011, but has yet to sign a long-term contract.

  30. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! I KNOW HE WAS TRADED TO DETROIT SHUT UP ALREADY! July 31st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Breaking News !!!

    I’M AWESOME!!! :)

  31. kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Um, do you remember a certain ALDS series in 2006?

    The Yankees regular season record against the team they played was 5-2.

    Team’s performance against opponents in the regular season has very little correlation with their performance in the post-season when you can arrange rotations and rest bullpens.

    Verlander beat the Yankees once this year and Edwin Jackson pitched 6 innings of shut out ball against the Yankees on 4/29 and 7 innings of 2 run ball the second outing.

    Also, anyone recall the performance of the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS?

  32. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I stilll HATE that Girardi didn’t bring in Mo. HATE IT. It made o sense to bring him in with a four run lead (yesterday) when he could’ve easily used Hughes or Coke but not today with the game on the line. THAT was the save situation Joe. And that’s the reason we lost. Anyway, at the point where Coke was brought in they only needed one more out so he could have gone another inning anyway.

    Joe G never brings in Mo during tie games on the road and it drives me crazy.

  33. Stateman52 July 31st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Cashman has a bigger fish than Washburn that he is set to land. Stay tuned.

  34. saucY July 31st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    rebecca, it looks like you’re speaking twitter language

    what does “RT”, @ (i think this just goes before a username, but not sure) and # mean?

  35. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Anthony Murillo
    July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    ESPN’s Peter Gammons reports that the Marlins “appear to be moving closer” to a Nick Johnson trade.

    The Mariners rejected offers from six different teams for young pitcher Felix Hernandez, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark and Peter Gammons. GM Jack Zduriencik admitted he listened, but didn’t find anything even worth discussing.

    Hernandez, just 23 years old, has a 2.79 ERA in 145.3 innings this year. He’s under team control through 2011, but has yet to sign a long-term contract.
    ++++++++++++++
    tell me again why this I should care?

  36. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “I don’t get all the people freaking out that we’re not making a trade, as if our team is SO flawed. Sure we have issues, but a good few less than a lot of other teams. We’re in first place. Do we really need much tinkering? Clearly Cashman has a plan in place for Joba, so I’m not worried.”

    Wait, I think it’s because posters just can’t believe or accept that they don’t have the best insight or information and so buy into all of the hooey put on this forum. They spend hours reading the latest RUMORS dumped here by “those in the know” and so twist themselves into pretzels believing that something is going to happen.

    I actually think it’s amazing that people who otherwise sound pretty intelligent kept pulled into it. It’s one thing to play “let’s pretend we run the organization; wouldn’t it be fun if this happened?” It’s quite another to continue to quote reporters and believe they are onto something.

    How many times do you have to get burned before you apply caution?

    I have always said that the only thing I believe is what I read as any team’s official announcement. The REALITY of trade talk is typically kept close to the vest.

  37. Laura - Release the list!!! July 31st, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    My White Sox friends have been ragging on me all morning about how we let DeWayne .185 Wise beat us. One was quick to point out how ridiculous it was for Coke to be down 2-0 to a guy who is batting below the Mendoza line. We better win these next three or I won’t hear the end of it.

  38. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    kill.schill(ing)-What’s your point? Of course they CAN beat us. But OUR point is that we can beat them too.

    Playoffs are way to unpredictable; I’m not even going to try.

  39. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    What is the point of freaking out about the 2009 ALDS and how the Yankees will match up with the Tigers when we are just about to start August?! Furthermore it’s not even about the regular season record, it’s about the fact that there is no reason to be down about the “projected pitching matchups” in this ultra-hypothetical situation, because the Yankees will have as good a top 3 of starters as anyone in the AL this year.

  40. Swing Batter Batter July 31st, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Cashman has said time and again deals can and will be made after the deadline.

    I’m fully o.k. with no move today. Only the top-level guys (who the Yanks aren’t trading for anyway) won’t clear waivers.

    I’ve spent way too much time bashing Cashman. I’ve learned my lesson — the man knows what he’s doing.

    Remember when George and the rest of the world we’re screaming for the top of their lungs, “How could you let the Red Sox sign Ortiz for nothing?”

    Cashman is no fool.

  41. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops July 31st, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Yogi!

    Awesome job, Pete!

  42. Swing Batter Batter July 31st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    **from the top of their lungs…

    my kindgom for an edit button.

  43. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Sunny,

    Don’t really care if you care. News wasn’t posted for you…

    Interesting that as much as 6 teams were discussing King Felix. Maybe the Yankees were one of them?

  44. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I said before the bottom of the ninth started that Mo should’ve been brought in. That was the save situation. I know every manager would do it, but I still hate it.

  45. m July 31st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Feinsand on espnews now.

  46. Wave Your Hat July 31st, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    “The Washburn deal confirms what I have suspected all along. These teams want the Yankees to pay through the nose for their guys, but are willing to take scrubs from everyone else. It’s the price you pay for being the best and the richest franchise in the world.”

    Laura, there is an alternative to the “they all hate us” theory. It’s possible the Yanks didn’t offer their top prospects, and the M’s didn’t like the rest.

    We have no starting pitcher in the high minors to compete with French. (That’s why we had better get one today.)

  47. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Andrew I already responded to your question. It’s one thing to have fun with it. It’s another to get yourself bent out of shape over rumors. That’s pure stupid and anyone who has been around the game for more than two seasons should know this. (Not talking about you)

  48. Steve B July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    “Also, anyone recall the performance of the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 2006 ALDS?”

    I do. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless inning in relief of a very medicore Justin Verlander.

  49. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Everyone here probably has MLBTR up and open in another window – copying and pasting their info over here does no one any favors as they’re probably already reading by the time you hit CTRL-C. If you want to DISCUSS the trade – I’m sure people will have opinions, but can we all please stop the MLBTR regurgitation? Thanks.

  50. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Twitter language, a primer:

    RT means ‘retweet’. You put that in front of another’s username when you are re-tweeting what they said.

    #yankees and similar are hash tags meant to make the entry searchable.

  51. Steve B July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    * mediocre

  52. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Haha the mariners rejected trades from 6 other teams for King Felix. Why am I not surprised?

  53. Stultus Magnus July 31st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    roger(live from amsterdam)

    Did you hear?!? DeCaster traded for 4 tulip bulbs which were then accidentally eaten by Shelley Duncan!

  54. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! I KNOW HE WAS TRADED TO DETROIT SHUT UP ALREADY! July 31st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    “tell me again why this I should care?”

    B/c it means we weren’t one of the teams asking about King Felix, otherwise he’d be in pinstripes already.

  55. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 31st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Mariners listened, rejected on Felix http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....andez.html

  56. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Nick Cafardo on ESPN news, saying the Sox will try and make one last push for Halladay.

  57. roger(live from amsterdam) July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    hahaha

  58. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Frankly I’m surprised people even tried to go after Hernandez. They’d have to give up their firstborn sons to get him.

  59. sunny615 July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Highly doubtful. And King Felix is going nowhere. The bounty on Felix would be three teams’ entire farm system put together. Thanks for nothing.

  60. BD 2.0 July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I’m not arguing that Washburn is an elite pitcher or someone who will consistently give you a 2.60 ERA…

    but for the price the Tigers paid, I think it’s an absolute steal.

    as CB said, it’s a buyers market.

  61. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    “We have no starting pitcher in the high minors to compete with French. (That’s why we had better get one today.)”

    I’d take McAllister over french in a second. He’s not quite as advanced but his ceiling is much higher. And frankly, he could be pitching in AAA right now.

    That being said, if the Yankees had traded McAllister for Washburn I’d be livid.

  62. CC is My Boy July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Cashman will make some sort of move to add to teh roster he adds a player every deadline and right now its just to quite for the yanks u hear absolutly nothin right now something has to be happenin even if its small

  63. Awais July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    can i have the link to the Derek jeter interview?

  64. Laura - Release the list!!! July 31st, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    “Laura, there is an alternative to the “they all hate us” theory. It’s possible the Yanks didn’t offer their top prospects, and the M’s didn’t like the rest.”

    True, but I like they “they all hate us” theory better. It gives me something to whine about. :P

  65. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah Trisha, definitely agree on the silliness in getting too worked up over trade rumors and actual trades that go down since they are all bigtime uncertainties. Trade talk is just unavoidable on the baseball Internet in late July, and it’s up to everyone to form their own opinions in the end–but I would definitely prefer a day full of trade rumors and crazy dramatics freaking out over trade reports, to talking about steroids anymore, so I say bring on the over-reactions today.

  66. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    roger,

    I’ll trade you Jarrod Washburn for some kush

  67. betsy July 31st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Yanks can not let Doc go to the Sox…

  68. Wave Your Hat July 31st, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Patrick-

    But French is in the majors today, and McAllister is at least a year away.

    I didn’t realize you were that Patick. Since we usually agree, I hope I didn’t insult any of your posts while you were semi-incognito!

  69. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    “Yeah Trisha, definitely agree on the silliness in getting too worked up over trade rumors and actual trades that go down since they are all bigtime uncertainties. Trade talk is just unavoidable on the baseball Internet in late July, and it’s up to everyone to form their own opinions in the end–but I would definitely prefer a day full of trade rumors and crazy dramatics freaking out over trade reports, to talking about steroids anymore, so I say bring on the over-reactions today.”

    I’m with ya. I learned the value of trade rumors when I used to post on the NY Times when they had baseball forums and the forum would be rife with trade rumors that eminated from sports reporters but that never ever ever happened. I decided then and there not to pay much attention to what was floated and I haven’t been disappointed. :)

  70. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! I KNOW HE WAS TRADED TO DETROIT SHUT UP ALREADY! July 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “Yanks can not let Doc go to the Sox…”

    are they offering Lester w/ Bucholz and Bard?

  71. Wave Your Hat July 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “True, but I like they “they all hate us” theory better. It gives me something to whine about.”

    Whining can be very therapeutic. Some people miss this and bottle up all their whining inside, which can’t be good for them. :)

  72. The Curious Case of Joba Chamberlain July 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Laura the Tigers gave up a very good prospect for Washburn.

  73. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    To think we’ll go through this Halladay nonsesne AGAIN THIS offseason and if he’s not moved by that time, then the next trade deadline…and if he’s not moved by that time, then we have to go through his free agency!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  74. SJ44 July 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Washburn is a flyball pitcher and Comerica Park is more flyball friendly than Yankee Stadium.

    Don’t over value a guy having a good year in the final year of his deal.

    He’s not better than Andy or Joba, who would be likely Game 3 starters for the Yankees

  75. kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I didn’t think Verlander was mediocre that day, Steve B. I remember him reaching in the high 90′s with his fastball. His command was erratic because the Tigers hadn’t pitched him in 12 days because he was suffering from a tired arm.

    Sorry, my people, but a playoff rotation of Sabathia-Burnett-Pettite-Mitre is a prescription for another one and done post-season.

    Let’s hope Pete is right and the Yankees are stretching Hughes to replace Joba in the rotation after he reaches his innings limit.

  76. m July 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Actually, espnews is having a trade deadline show, started at 12:00 EST. Looks like a roundup of all the beat writers.

    Give us a heads up, Pete, if you’re going to be on.

  77. YankeePankee July 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I’d like to thank everyone for making Yogi’s appearance on the blog necessary.
    But no one goes on the blog site. It’s too crowded.

  78. Swing Batter Batter July 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    As much as it pains me to say this, Boston’s ring from 2004 is pretty damn sweet:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07......html?_r=1

  79. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    “Laura the Tigers gave up a very good prospect for Washburn.”

    Did they? If they did, there must be a third guy in the deal that nobody knows about that isn’t French or Robles.

  80. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    WYH,

    No you never insulted me.

    I put on “the Prospect Hugger” because when the news about Halladay being available first popped up I thought it was silly that everyone who didn’t want to trade for him was labeled a “prospect hugger” as some kind of insult.

    When the deadline passes and Cashman hasn’t traded any of the key prospects my protection will no longer be needed and my initial opinion will be vindicated :)

    About French, yes he’s in the majors but I wouldn’t say McAllister is that far away. I’d consider both guys to be prospects in the higher levels of the minors. McAllister is on the DL becuase of an innings limit but he could be pitching in AAA right now.

    French is a 5 starter, he’s nothing special.

  81. nettles July 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Speaking of Yogi…

    Read Allan Barra’s bio of him. I’ve just gotten into it and it’s a great read.

  82. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    No such thing as a prescription for one and done postseason. It’s about who’s the hottest team come playoff time.

  83. Mrs. Kekich July 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    “Feinsand on espnews now.”

    Lookalike: Jeff Garlin of Curb Your Enthusiasm

  84. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! I KNOW HE WAS TRADED TO DETROIT SHUT UP ALREADY! July 31st, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    John Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal and FOX Sports say the Tigers may not be done after getting Jarrod Washburn – they “have remained in contact with the Orioles about outfielder Luke Scott.” The Tigers technically still have the prospects to pull it off, though the Orioles are asking a lot. Scott is under team control through 2012, and he’s hitting .275/.356/.528 on the season.

  85. Wave Your Hat July 31st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “He’s not better than Andy or Joba, who would be likely Game 3 starters for the Yankees”

    But is he better than Mitre?

    And he could be a third starter in the playoffs, leaving Joba and Hughes to bulk up the playoff bullpen, which would make for a ferocious pen.

    But, I’m not too disappointed the Yanks didn’t get him.

  86. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “Yanks can not let Doc go to the Sox…”

    Or what, the world will end Betsy? Let me say this. The Yankees are not in charge of what the Red Sox do or who the Red Sox are willing to give up. The Yankees ARE in charge of what they are willing to give up and for figuring out how the future of their organization will be impacted by whatever moves they make. Are you willing to see Phil Hughes moved just to keep the Red Sox from getting Halladay? How about Joba AND Hughes? I know I personally wouldn’t be too impressed to see either of those guys moved (though of course I would adjust) :)

    Just my opinion. Maybe the majority of people think the opposite in terms of the Sox getting Halladay.

  87. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “Sorry, my people, but a playoff rotation of Sabathia-Burnett-Pettite-Mitre is a prescription for another one and done post-season.”

    Are you forgetting that Joba Chamberlain is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees? He is not going to be pitching in the bullpen in October (if they get there) considering how he has looked as a starter in his career, when right. I’ll worry about a one-and-done postseason when and if the Yankees get there.

  88. SJ44 July 31st, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Great get Pete. Yogi will be a very entertaining Q&A.

    Well done.

  89. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    “He’s not better than Andy or Joba, who would be likely Game 3 starters for the Yankees”

    Yeah that’s basically it. The Yanks need 3, max 4 starters in the playoffs. They already have those guys on the roster. If they acquire a pitcher now it will be for depth, to fill the 5th starter role or to spell Joba when he is skipped.

    Washburn doesn’t really fit that role and I’m glad Cash didn’t give up anything of value for him.

    Brian Bannister on the other hand would be a good acquisition. If the Royals are willing to deal him, that is.

  90. pat July 31st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Heyman: #washburn was hoping for yankees. but being a wisconsin native, he shouldnt mind the midwest.
    9 minutes ago from web

  91. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Trish, disagree.

    If Boston is close to getting Halladay (which doesnt sound like they ar) Yankees have to step in, make a mindblowing offer, and put him in pinstripes

  92. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    “No such thing as a prescription for one and done postseason. It’s about who’s the hottest team come playoff time.”

    Once again a BINGO. You’re really cooking with gas today, Wait.

    :)

  93. saucY July 31st, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    thanks rebecca :)

  94. m July 31st, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    pat,

    Aww. That’s kind of sweet. I’m sure the Tigers will be glad to hear that little tidbit!

  95. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Newsflash Anthony, once the Phillies got Cliff Lee all chances of Halladay being traded went out the window. He’ll be in Toronto until next summer most likely.

  96. Peri July 31st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Pete-

    Awesome job getting Yogi!!

    Sunny I read your comment about MLBTR and literally laughed because thats exactly what I have on my screen right now.

    I’m sorry- but Washburn did seem to want to come here. Detroits package to them doesn’t seem like something we could not match. With the chance to keep Washburn for a reasonable salary, and with Wang possibly never going to pitch in MLB again- isn’t this something we should have pulled the trigger on. I know we really just need a 5 hole starter at this point but gettign a guy like Washburn would really put this team over the top. I would feel comfortable beating any team head to head with him on our side as it fills the one real gap that we have. Just looking at WS matchups now- the dodgers, the phillies, the cardinals… all those teams would be a hell of a matchup against us right now. With a guy like Washburn I would give us the edge hands down. Right now it’s pretty close. Not to mention the rest of the AL teams we would possibly have to go through.

  97. roger(live from amsterdam) July 31st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    patrick
    I will take that deal

  98. pat July 31st, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    m

    At the risk of offending someone- I’ve seen Detroit, they understand.

  99. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates are “probably, but not necessarily,” done dealing. The writers suggest the Bucs will listen on pitchers Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, and Matt Capps, but are not shopping them.

  100. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    No.

    I have said before that if the Sox get Halladay we’re in trouble. But if you make bad trades just to block out other teams, you’re making a HUGE mistake. Remember, we’re the richest team and we have if not the best some of the best prospects in the game. We should have the leverage. So we shouldn’t have to give up Hughes AND Joba (I’d still give up one of the 2) or Montero.

    Get Zach Duke.

  101. Bill from NJ July 31st, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Zach Duke.. cmon Cash — make it happen.

  102. Andrew July 31st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    “According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates are “probably, but not necessarily,” done dealing. The writers suggest the Bucs will listen on pitchers Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, and Matt Capps, but are not shopping them.”

    And Brandon posts calling for Duke to the Yankees in 5…4…3…

  103. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Patrick,

    That’s why I said “doesn’t sound like the are”. I’m just saying, IF Bawston is close to trading them…Yankees got to step in and trade the bunch of maybies.

  104. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    New thread so Pete can make us all happy. Trade deadline thread.

  105. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo via Twitter: “I’m hearing odds of Padres dealing Gonzalez are very low at this point.” Bonus: Mayo’s Twitter background has a Magic Eye effect.

  106. Johnny D. July 31st, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    The Pirates seem to have a good team. Or at least they did until they traded everyone. Why do they stink?

  107. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Very funny roger.

    I’m assuming you are in the Netherlands and not California, New York, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, South Africa or Canada? (Yeah that’s right, I just wikipedia’d every city/town named Amsterdam)

    I was in Amsterdam 2 months ago, it’s a lot of fun there. Beautiful city, not so great weather.

  108. trisha - OPPC lifetime member whose new BFF is Rajai Davis July 31st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “If Boston is close to getting Halladay (which doesnt sound like they ar) Yankees have to step in, make a mindblowing offer, and put him in pinstripes”

    Anthony, I absolutely respect your opinion and on this one we can just agree to disagree.

    I’m confident in the Yankees no matter where Doc is. If I had to guess though my guess would be the same as yours in terms of Doc being moved.

  109. kill.schill(ing) July 31st, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “Are you forgetting that Joba Chamberlain is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees?”

    Is your rhetorical question intended to be facetious?

    Perhaps you haven’t read much about the inning limit, the year after effect, Cashman’s commitment to it implications, and its consequence for the Yankees’ rotation through the end of September and into October.

  110. Anthony Murillo July 31st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Trisha,

    I resepct your opinion as well but if Halladay were to go to Bawston, they’d be a pretty darn hard team to defeat wouldn’t ya say? Halladay/Becekett/Lester is the best 1-2-3 in all of baseball.

    My only concern is that Bawston gets better and the Yankees stay as is; something I think is the wrong choice.

  111. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 31st, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    killschill-My guess is that they’ll skip a few starts with Joba so that he’s still starting come playoff time.

  112. Swing Batter Batter July 31st, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Anyone who thinks Joba wouldn’t start in the playoffs is loco.

  113. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 31st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    kill.schill,

    No use wasting time thinking about Joba’s innings limit.

    There is so much misinformation and speculation out there we can’t really come to any meaningful conclusions. The only people that know what’s going to happen with Joba are the Yankees.

    I’d bet they aren’t even tracking his innings but rather his pitches. Number of pitches, number of pitches thrown under stress, number of pitches thrown over 100 in an outing, etc.

    He will meet his “innings limit” or whatever limit and be the #3 starter in the playoffs. How the Yankees get from point A to point B is up to them but I’m pretty confident they’ll make it happen.

  114. RS July 31st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I hope the Yankees didn’t get Washburn because the M’s didn’t want any of their “touchable” prospects. I mean, the Yanks don’t have many starting pitching prospects outside of Hughes and Joba (Kennedy’s on the DL) and that’s what the M’s ultimately got. Maybe it just wasn’t a good fit.

    However, I do think Washburn would have been a great get. Plus him in for Mitre and the Yankees have the best rotation in baseball.

  115. roger(live from amsterdam) July 31st, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    haha yes I’m from the netherlands.You should have come here in the summer.Much better weather!But you didn’t take any kush with you to the US?Why not?!haha

  116. sar515 July 31st, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    sunny615…

    Thanks for the info.

    Maybe we’re related??? 515 -615?

    Thanks again.

  117. tommy h July 31st, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    sox got vmart per usa today

  118. tommy h July 31st, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    will Cash counter?

  119. Ed H. July 31st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Pete,

    Thanks for getting Yogi to do the Q&A. He’s my favorite player all time.

  120. Awais July 31st, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Before I got into Baseball…i met yogi at the mall..and had no idea who he was.

  121. Awais July 31st, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    martinz = RED SOX..Boo

  122. Sally July 31st, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hi!!
    That’s a great get!! I came up with the question I sent you after I was in chat with Mark Teixeira,I would’ve loved what Mark Teixeira’s superstitions or rituals he did before each game was too but it was too late so knowing what Mr. Berra would do is just as good,if not better!!

  123. ed1 July 31st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Is the story true that when Dale was young, and your wife had called for a cleaning company to do the venetian blinds, that he came to you in the den while you were watching a game and told you that there was someone at the door for the venetian blinds and you told him, “Go to my wallet on my dresser and give him a couple dollars?”

  124. Chip July 31st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Anyone know who Cashman gave up for Hairston?

  125. Chip July 31st, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    By the way – Michael Kay is reporting that Shelley Duncan is in Chicago and could be added to the roster tonight.

  126. Chip July 31st, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Halladay might be an Angel – I think I’m going to be ill.

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