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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 15, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira is building a case for MVP. He delivered the Yankees another win last night with a home run in the ninth inning.

Hideki Matsui’s comeback season at the plate as been a plus for the Yankees.

There also was a Yankees notebook with a story on Joba starting tomorrow and an update on A-Rod. For reasons unclear, it wasn’t on our web site. So drive to Westchester and buy a paper.

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17 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. hokiehill August 15th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Buy a paper!? Nonsense!

    All kidding aside, thanks for the Wang update. I always feel bad when guys get hurt and go to the land of the forgotten. Good work Wang!

  2. minnesota yankee fan August 15th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Mark has been a great addition to the Yankees. Dare I say that he should be hitting clean-up?

  3. Juke Early August 15th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Hey hokiehill—does that mean there’s another serious NYY fan in the NRV! ?( or a grad living somewhere else )

  4. 86w183 August 15th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    If the season ended right now I can’t even guess who else would be the MVP. Tex has been a tremendous addition and especially satisfying for those of us who lobbied strongly for him throughout the off-season.

    Damon, Matsui and Pettite are sure creating some difficult decisions for the front office this off-season aren’t they? Pettite may want another deal just like the one he has, but at the rate he’s going he’s earned more guaranteed $$$

    I think the addition of Swisher has allowed the Yanks to get Johnny and Hideki more frequent rest. That’s made a world of difference in their productivity. Neither will make the $ 13 Million he is making this year no matter what.

    Can Mitre go six innings? If he can’t do it against this lineup in this ballpark be probably never will.

    Is anyone else convinced the Yanks, Tigers and Angels will win divisions and the Sawx will take the wildcard?

  5. Fran (the original) and OPPC member August 15th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Mark Teixeira is certainly the most valuable player on the best team in baseball right now IMO.

  6. SamVa August 15th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Tex with his 30th Bomb, the Yankees 30 games above 500..
    Coincidence? I think not.
    I was hoping that would be a headline somewhere,
    c’mon Pete.

  7. BJ August 15th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I would but I live in Missouri. Go Yanks! Thanks for the coverage Pete.

  8. grafxkid August 15th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I gotta say from the other thread that Mark’s little hop/skip when he hit the homerun last night reminded me of Tino hitting that bomb in the ’01 world series, was it? game 4 i believe. tino hit that blast and did the ole hop/skip. We are certainly on a roll this year. murderer’s row, anyone?

  9. Betsy August 15th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I was exhausted last night, so I went to sleep before the game ended. Boy, was I happy when I saw the score on the ESPN news ticker. What a great job by Yankees pitching – Andy, another terrific performance…..10 ks? wow! I don’t know who came in after him, but I will check out othe game thread immediately. I know that Phil came in to pitch……..I’ve no doubt about his quality as a starter, even though he will experience ups and downs next year. I hope people will be patient with him.

    What a terrific win – I don’t even want to bother with wondering “what if the Sox had lost”. Winning close games on the road is one sign of a good team – man, this is a good team.

    Tex has been remarkable………..it’s way too early to think MVP, but he is a deserving candidate.

  10. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Betsy-
    The Sox should have lost. The Texas manager left his closer out there to give up 6 runs in the ninth. That team will not get a playoff berth.

    IMO, Teixeira for MVP, gold gloves to him, Cano, and Jeter, with possibility of infield sweep with A-Rod getting one also.

  11. Noreaster August 15th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Nice win last night. Great start to the road trip. I couldn’t do 2 nights in a row, but I think I’ll fire up for tonight and watch the game on MLB.

  12. Betsy August 15th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Yankee Trader, the fact is – the Sox didn’t lose. They will win the wild card and will be a very, very tough out in the playoffs. I think their 1-2 punch is lockdown, more so than anyone else’s. That said, I’m not thinking about that now……

  13. MaineYankee August 15th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Betsy
    August 15th, 2009 at 9:58 am
    Yankee Trader, the fact is – the Sox didn’t lose. They will win the wild card and will be a very, very tough out in the playoffs. I think their 1-2 punch is lockdown, more so than anyone else’s. That said, I’m not thinking about that now……

    ——————————————————

    Don’t get caught up in the RS hype. They aren’t close to being the same team of the past few years. They have many flaws. This Yankee team is becoming very special, enjoy it.

    Just trying to help you stay positive. :lol:

  14. Bret the Hitman August 15th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    86,

    Because of the Wang situation, I think the Yankees are most likely to bring back Pettitte out of the 3 you mentioned. The likes of Hughes, Joba, Aceves, Kennedy look like they still can’t be fully trusted with multiple rotation spots. Having Pettitte around on a year-to-year basis allows them great flexibility to develop the young arms to the fullest extent without blocking anyone in the long-term.

    Matsui is a DH. I doubt he will return since he has no position and is a high injury risk.

    I’m most curious to see what happens with Damon. He is the toughest to read of the 3 you mentioned. If they offered him arbitration, he might take a 1 year deal but I suspect he has earned a lucrative multi-year deal on the open market.

    I guess it depends on how bad he wants to remain a Yankee.

    The good news is the Yankees aren’t desperately dependent on Johnny Damon. If he leaves for more money, as he did with Boston, the Yankees will still have Melky, Gardner, Swisher and Austin Jackson. Because of OF depth, the Yankees have more leverage with him than his production might indicate.

    If Damon wants a multiyear deal he’s as good as gone. I doubt the Yankees will want to block an outfield spot with Crawford so close to free agency.

    With Arod and Posada on the roster, I think it’s smart to keep the DH spot open long term and even short term starting next season.

    Tough call.

  15. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 15th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Nice article on Matsui. Good quotes from Jeter-san too.

    It’s amazing that Jeter can give a good sound byte on others but he never wants to talk about himself.
    Mr. “I’m fine”, “I’m good”, “Don’t jinx me”… .lol.

  16. eric August 15th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    ? Regarding stubhub. Does anyone have any tips for buying yank tics on stubhub? Is it better to wait couple hours before the game to purchase them?

  17. tennore August 15th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Good comments re: next seasons possibilities. The Yanks may have a lot of one year deals next year. I think what happens over the next month makes a huge difference. A lot of these players may not find multi-year deals to their liking as the economy is stagnant and the fact that the Yankees have young players almost ready to go but not quite and that they can keep the championship window open next year by bringing back Pettite and maybe Damon. I was hoping with the mini-resurgence Matsui would be back for another year but it makes sense to keep the DH open for Rodriguez/Posada/maybe Damon. What are the possibilities of re-signing Nady on a prove-he’s-healthy one year deal?

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