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Yankees add Guzman; Kennedy to Scranton

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s a little breaking news via Chad Jennings:

The Yankees have promoted OF Freddy Guzman to the majors. RHP Anthony Claggett was DFA’d to make room for him on the 40-man roster.

Guzman has played only 37 games in the majors, none since an eight-game cameo with Texas in 2007. He was 19 of 89 in those games but stole 22 bases. The Yankees appear to be considering him for a postseason roster spot as a pinch runner. In theory, they could go with one less pitcher in the first round and keep Guzman.

Guzman started this season in the Red Sox organization and bounced around before the Yankees acquired him from Baltimore on Aug. 31.

Also, Ian Kennedy will be pitching for Scranton on Wednesday in the International League playoffs. He’s expected to start and go 3-4 innings. Good step on the road back for Ian.

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294 Responses to “Yankees add Guzman; Kennedy to Scranton”

  1. Stateman52 September 14th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hopefully Kennedy is on the way back.

  2. Mac September 14th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Good to hear Ian is progressing. Hopefully we will see him up in the majors sometime next year with another crop of young guys. I don’t know much about Guzman. But i’am guessing he is a nice defense OF Util guy.

  3. Mac Daddy September 14th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    smart move to bring in an additional OF’er…

  4. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 14th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Yankees signed Guzman only recently–he was with the Orioles at one point last year I think. Utility guy that can play anywhere, speed is a good asset of his.

  5. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Would it be Guzman on the postseason roster over GGBG?

  6. Mo September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Great no we gonna lose another pitcher with great promise in Anthony Claggett , the whole seffield trade was a bust so far.

  7. Rishi September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    The Critics (Jersey)

    as a lifelong fan of all things anti Yankee how long can MLB withstand the notion that year after year there’s only 4-5 teams that have a chance to emerge World Series champs?

    Buster Olney (1:31 PM)

    The Critics: There is a lot of talk among club executives about what they believe is a growing disparity. I think there will be a lot of discussion about find ways to tweak with the economic structure, whether it’s through the draft or the schedule or the luxury tax, before the next labor negotiations start.

  8. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Do we really need an official pinch runner? If it leads to a stunning ALCS upset over the angels or red sox I guess I shouldn’t care.

  9. Joba Joba September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    IPK gonna challenge Igawa for best minor leaguer of the year next year.

  10. Yankslaw September 14th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Guzman was not part of the 40 man before September so I don’t think he can be on postseason roster

  11. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I realize this is in the “never going to happen” category but…

    I’d love to see IPK make one start for the Yanks before the season ends

  12. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Jerkface
    September 14th, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    Do we really need an official pinch runner? If it leads to a stunning ALCS upset over the angels or red sox I guess I shouldn’t care.

    ****

    I kind of thought we already had one. GGBG is mighty fast

  13. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Guzman was not part of the 40 man before September so I don’t think he can be on postseason roster

    Players on the 60 day DL open up spots for players not on the 40 man before september 1st, same loophole that got K-rod on the angels postseason roster

  14. Joe B September 14th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    IPK to SWB – via JFK?

  15. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I kind of thought we already had one. GGBG is mighty fast

    Guzman isn’t good for much more than pinch running. Gardner will be a part of the post season roster as a true bench player.

  16. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 14th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Guzman is not taking Brett Gardner’s place. Also I don’t know about Claggett having a ton of upside/promise. The Sheffield trade was about A) getting rid of Sheffield and B) taking a chance on a few young arms. Sanchez & Claggett were whiffs, jury still out on Whelan.

  17. El duque September 14th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I will run away from everybody! Sometimes I even slide over bases!

  18. m September 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    wOO hOO! IPK on the comeback trail.

  19. Chris Detje September 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Would love to see Ian make it in the bigs next season

  20. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Sanchez isn’t a whiff yet, Humberto has been pretty good as a reliever recently.

  21. hardwired7 September 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Would it be Guzman on the postseason roster over GGBG?
    ——————

    I would think Guzman and Gardner. Speed to burn.

    Since the 4th and 5th starters won’t be needed (assuming the Yanks are in a position to choose that route), I’m guessing it would boil down to Mitre or Gaudin getting left off to make room.

  22. scott duncan September 14th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t see the need for this.

  23. upstate kate September 14th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for asking Erica-
    I am doing fine. I spent the weekend confined to the couch, which was not as much fun as the weekend went on, altho yesterday’s win helped! Today I hobbled around the block walking the dogs, and tomorrow it is back to work.

  24. NYYROC September 14th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Congrats to IPK! Good luck!

  25. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Upstate Kate-

    Very conflicting. I am glad you are well enough to go back to work, but very sorry you have to :-)

  26. m September 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    If there’s an extra spot and he’s a decent fielder, I like the potential move.

    Who knows if Damon’s back will “lock” up again? [Erica :mad: ]

    That puts Gardner in the lineup (I know, I know), and speed on the bench.

    But that’s only if we have space, which doesn’t really seem like it? Unless we dump Bruney’s ass.

  27. Azaz September 14th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    pahing jim-pir one to go on a rant about espnboston.com

  28. AlPM September 14th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Just wondering, are GreenBeret and SJ employees of the blog? They spend a lot of time on it, but is this just because they are fans?

  29. Baumer September 14th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Glad to see IPK back in action, hopefully he can continue how he started off.

  30. jennifer September 14th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Stephen September 14th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I like Michael Kay’s idea: make umpiring crews 5 members instead of 4, and rotate one of them into the press box to officially score each game.
    ********

    Why so in addition to screwing up balls and strikes safe and out they can screw up scoring too?

  31. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    m-

    I will have a pretend conversation with MPB Johnny Damon and make sure he understands:

    1) His back and legs must be working properly
    2) Mental lapses are unacceptable

  32. Dave Roberts September 14th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Pinch runners in the postseason aren’t that important.

  33. pat September 14th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Kanye was out of line last night but this tweet from Jim Baumbach from Newsday is funny:

    “Where was Kanye West when Justin Morneau won the AL MVP in 2006 instead of Derek Jeter?”
    about 2 hours ago from web

  34. m September 14th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Erica,

    That’s right, I forgot to mention brain-lock.

    Green Beret 7 part of the LoHud establishment? Snort.

  35. upstate kate September 14th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    It seems as tho Girardi has a soft spot for Bruney, like he did w/ Farnsworth. I thought I heard him say in the post game that he pulled Bruney b/c he didn’t want him to throw too many pitches so he would be available for tonight.

  36. Drive 4-5 September 14th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    In 2007 major league baseball was the first league in the history of American professional sports that no team had a winning percentage above .600 or below .400

    Since 2002 every Division has been represented in the World Series at least once and there has’nt been a repeat World Champion since 2000. Last year the 2007 last place Rays played in the World Series and mid market Philadelphia won it. There are weak franchises in all sports, most of them either poorly run ( Pittsburgh) or in cities that have marginal attendance even in good years ( Oakland, SF).

  37. scott duncan September 14th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    river ave blues is a great blog.

  38. bdog375 September 14th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I see no way they could add someone just for speed and defense. Gardner already fills that role nicely. Of course, one advantage if they do is more fastballs thrown to the Yanks power hitting lineup.

  39. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Everyone remembers the one guy who was safe, but they forget all the guys that got thrown out and lost the playoffs. Or the guys who actually had to, you know, get a hit to bring in the pinch runner.

    Totally overrated when we have Brett Gardner already.

  40. Joe from Long Island September 14th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Two points –

    1. Great news about IPK. Apart from how he does, his coming back from as frightening a problem (aneurysm in his arm) should be applauded by all.

    2. Re: one of Pete’s previous posts today – Quite sincerely, Pete has already given us all a tremendous prize – the prize of this blog, great insights into the Yanks, and fellow Yankee fans with whom we can celebrate and agonize over our favorite team. Great job, Pete.

  41. tom A September 14th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I thought the ps roster cut-off was Aug 31?

  42. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Isn’t Guzman a bit redundant with GGBG around, who has more experience?

  43. MRG September 14th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Congrats to IPK, his hard work is paying off, hopefully he can lead Scranton to a victory and then make it up to the show for a start, hopefully we’ll see some David Cone like production, except for a much longer time

  44. Yanks Fan In Austin September 14th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Pat: That’s a great tweet. Thanks for sharing. As for a pinch runner, Gardner is looking like nothing more than a pinch runner these days…

  45. mr. krabs September 14th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Postseason roster round 1 assuming they choose series to only need 3 starters
    Rivera
    Hughes
    Aceves
    Coke
    Marte
    Robertson(if healthy)
    Joba
    Bruney

    CC
    AJ
    Andy

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    ARod
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher
    Cabrera

    Molina
    Hairston Jr.
    Gardner
    Hinske
    Pena

  46. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I thought the ps roster cut-off was Aug 31?

    Nope plenty of ways around that

  47. upstate kate September 14th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    very nicely said, Joe from LI

  48. Yanks Fan In Austin September 14th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I second the sentiment from Joe From Long Island, that we are all winners with this blog. Congrats Peter. Hope that the paper is sharing some of the blog profits with you. If not, then maybe one of those strip clubs can throw you a free lap dance or two.

  49. jay destro September 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    i like baseball

  50. scott duncan September 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    i hate pedroia

  51. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    very nicely said, Joe from LI

    stop posting meaningless posts to try and win the grand prize.

  52. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    mr. krabs

    you forgot about Duncan, Cervelli, now Guzman, and others…not a bad call with the bullpen though thats mighty strong

  53. Drive 4-5 September 14th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Best of luck to IPK. As for Clagett, in hindsight the Yanks were lucky to get anything more than a bag of balls for him. At the time I thought the Yanks should have at least received one mlb player for Sheffield. It turns out that the rather dim hopes for Humberto Sanchez and Kevin Wheelan are fair trade for the washed up Sheffield.

  54. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Pete,
    You have a prediction on how many fantasy points Brady is going to give me tonight. Must be killing you to be at the stadium and not watching your Pats.

  55. jfio September 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    we need to sign usain bolt for pitch running

  56. Drive 4-5 September 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    the Yanks were lucky to get anything more than a bag of balls for him.

    “him” meaning Sheffield.

  57. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Mark my words, humberto will be eating a postgame spread at some point in pinstripes.

  58. Rafael September 14th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    “we need to sign usain bolt for pitch running”

    hahahahahahaha

  59. Tony September 14th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    great to see Ian back..and pitching in the playoffs too!

  60. Peter Rabbit September 14th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Wow, interesting. Could a guy come out of no where and have impact during the playoffs? That would be pretty cool.

  61. hardwired7 September 14th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    we need to sign usain bolt for pitch running

    —————

    I keep waiting for Al Davis to try to sign him.

  62. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    we need to sign usain bolt for pitch running

    I assume we will have him pitch run for Joba so that his fastball will be back to its normal velocity?

  63. Gennaro September 14th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Speed kills, so this will most likely be a positive move for the Yankees.

  64. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I estimate we are at 999,668! Gonna happen sooon!

  65. Yondo September 14th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Usain Bolt for CF, Asafa powell in Left….wait the Rays already them Upton and Crawford

  66. Angel Berroa September 14th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I’m happy for Kennedy, he’s progressed quicker than I thought.

  67. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Just wondering – Who would you all vote for biggest pleasant surprise of the year for the Yanks?

    1) Melky
    2) Pettitte
    3) Derek
    4) Hughes
    5) Cano
    6) Damon
    7) Swisher

    I think they all deserve consideration. The less obvious candidates are Jeter and Cano, but I included them because Jeter is having a career year post-prime, and Cano is bouncing back from a terrible year last year.

    I’d be interested to hear everyone’s thoughts.

  68. abernste September 14th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Terrific news on IPK. If I recall correctly, he was basically ruled out of pitching again this season at any level when he had the initial surgery. If that’s right, it means that he’s doing better than expected.

    Nice to hear.

  69. Evan NYC September 14th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Good Luck to IPK getting back in action!

  70. Mark in Tampa September 14th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    You might add Matsui to that list as well.

  71. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    The most pleasant surprise is Hughes staying healthy and showing why he was the #1 pitching prospect in baseball just a few short years ago

  72. Jonathan September 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    PINCH RUNNER? I think that is a waste of a roster spot. Melky Should start in center unless he is slumping and gardner should be the pinch runner.

  73. EricVA September 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Nice Guy,

    Considering Swisher hit .219 last year and was expected to, at most, platoon with Nady, I think he’s the most pleasant surprise. Everybody else was previously very capable of doing what they’ve done this year.

  74. Greg September 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’d rather have Pena on the bench than Guzman. We already have Hairston, Hinske, and Gardner/Melky as guys on the bench who can play the OF. Currently only Hairston can play the middle infield. Pena and Hairston are both fast enough to be a PR and give the team more versatility.

  75. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Jerkface
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    very nicely said, Joe from LI

    stop posting meaningless posts to try and win the grand prize.

    ****

    Stop being a jerkface. Upstate Kate happens to be a regular poster on here

  76. dave September 14th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Pete- can you tell us how relief/bullpen pitchers watch the game?

    do they watch the same YES broadcast like we all do?

  77. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Stop being a jerkface. Upstate Kate happens to be a regular poster on here

    It was facetious, as my post berating a meaningless post was in itself meaningless, and we are all trying to win the grand prize. Especially you, who decided to make this a three way for meaningless post grandprize seekery.

  78. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I didn’t include Godzilla even though he’s definitely having a good comback year, because I don’t find it so surprising that he’s hitting at this level.

  79. DB September 14th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Coney was able to come back from the aneurism the same year, but I think I remember reading IPK’s was worse. Good for him. Can never have enough pitching.

  80. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    To me the biggest surprize on the 2009 Yankees, isn’t so much the talent of the players. Everyone knew the talent was there.

    The biggest surprise to me is how well all of the players on the team gel together. The chemistry of the team is the biggest and most pleasent surprise

  81. Sean September 14th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Why can’t Hairston or Pena or Cervelli pinch run? Is Guzman that much faster?

  82. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Totally agree that Pena would be a better bench player than another OF. We desperately need a solid backup infielder.

  83. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Meaningless post criticizing meaningless posts… Wicked double-reverse psycology. :mad:

  84. 86w183 September 14th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    With Gardner healthy this guy doesn’t make the 25-man unless there is a significant OF injury.

  85. Joey Vegas September 14th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I wonder if Kennedy is being thought of more for trade value or for a 2010 rotation spot at this point? He really had seemed to fall in terms of visibility before the injury…

  86. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Also being a regular should never excuse oneself from terrible posting. Especially when competing for an ultimate prize.

    Although my sources within Jim’s head have suggested that the obsfusciation of the true comment number by discounting deleted posts mean that he will have free reign to pick whomever he wants.

    Thus, the new game is afoot, sucking up to pete as much as possible in the next few hours.

  87. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Then again the biggest pleasant surprise would be the walk-off wins and all the pies in the face!!!!

    It woudl be so appropriate if we win the World Series on a walkoff. That would be some kind of pie!!

  88. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    jerkface-

    I don’t care about winning a prize on here. Would I reject it? No. Am I posting because of it? No. I tend to make hundreds of “meaningless” posts in a day. Every post is meaningless. At the end of the day does it make any difference what anyone says????

  89. VTYankeesFan September 14th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Just curious that they chose to DFA Claggett to make room on the roster for him. I realize that both Wang and Nady are already on the 60-day DL, but Miranda and Towers are 2 guys that really have no future and limited value to the Yankees future and they would have seemed logical before Claggett. I also wonder if recalling someone like De La Rosa or Garcia and placing them on the 60-day DL would have been an option. Claggett has seen a decent amount of success in Scranton, so I would hate to see him get lost for nothing, much like Jackson and Hacker were (though we know he likely will be picked up by Pittsburgh, since they seem to love all our young arms).

  90. Joe Monte September 14th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Is Kennedy pitching in any of the winter leagues?

  91. Rex September 14th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Nice Guy:

    Jeter would be my answer. Guys just don’t raise their game the way he did from last year to this year at his age. He obviously busted his hump, improving his fielding, adding 100 points to his OPS, and becoming the unquestioned MVP of the ’09 Yankees, IMO.

  92. 86w183 September 14th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    If we are debating pleasant surprise I’ll go along with Swisher not only for his play, but his personality and how that seems to have convinced the whole organization that it’s ok to have fun.

    The biggest disappointment to me is that Matsui has not been able to get healthy meaning his Yankees career is almost certainly in its final two months. Runnerup would be Joba’s lack of progress.

  93. Brandon W September 14th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I’d love to see IPK make it up here this season for a game. Despite his struggles last season, I still really like him and could see him making some impact next season. Glad to hear he is getting some innings in after his surgery.

  94. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    At the end of the day does it make any difference what anyone says????

    You’re completely missing the point. Take a break from posting for a bit, it has become too serious for you and I can’t have you winning the ultimate prize in that condition, it won’t be good for your health.

  95. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Rex –
    Good point, but I would still consider Hughes, who didn’t even make the team at first, or Melkman, who seemed after last year to be consigned to being a career minor leaguer.

  96. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Test

  97. 86w183 September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I would expect to see Kennedy fronting the rotation in Scranton and see what happens from there.

    No problem with DFA for Claggett. Never saw anything from him and he’s not exactly a spring chicken as a prospect.

  98. m September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    2, 3, & 4

    Although Pettitte’s not really a surprise because I had faith from that he could pitch if he was healthy.

    Jeter? Didn’t realize his “decline” was due to playing injured. (source: Gammons. Speaking of, don’t read his chat you’ll want to throw things)

    Hughes? Not really a surprise because we saw glimpeses. But he’s taking to set-up/closing like a fish to water. He’s really Mariano-like.

    If I had to choose one? I guess it’d be Hughes, and how much we’ve come to expect and get perfection from him.

  99. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Jerkface
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    At the end of the day does it make any difference what anyone says????

    You’re completely missing the point. Take a break from posting for a bit, it has become too serious for you and I can’t have you winning the ultimate prize in that condition, it won’t be good for your health.

    ****

    Well, now I am not sharing my soup bowl with you!!! LOL :cool:

  100. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Test

    This kind of meaningless posting will not be tolerated and I will protest anyone who wins with a post of less than 200 words.

  101. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Joba is definitely the biggest disappointment of the season.

  102. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Just Kidding chance of me winning anything are about the same that Edwar Ramirez wins the Cy Young. Relax.

  103. Joey Vegas September 14th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’d say Cano is the biggest pleasant surprise. Just for the fact that last year was the aberration not his previous success. He has a legit shot at a silver slugger and a gold glove. That sure would be pleasant…

  104. Keanu Reeves September 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    It’s always good to hear positive news on the IPK front. I also like the idea of having a speedster on the bench for the playoffs. Just ask Dave Roberts and the Sox about that.

  105. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    My meaningless post commenting on the meaningless post critiques was eaten by the filter. Double irony!

  106. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “At the end of the day does it make any difference what anyone says????”

    Erica is correct. Joba profoundly reminded us earlier this year when he said –
    “the sun will still come up at the end of the day”.

  107. jeff September 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I still say if Acevas is healthy he’s the #4 starter for the playoffs (that’s only 2 starts unless you go 7 in the ALCS) and you go back to the unhittable Joba + Hughes + Rivera 7-8-9. If we stay midge free we win the series!

  108. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I don’t want your soup anyways. But I would be open to sharing the t-shirt. I’ll use the right side.

  109. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    “At the end of the day does it make any difference what anyone says????”

    Erica is correct. Joba profoundly reminded us earlier this year when he said –
    “the sun will still come up at the end of the day”.

    ****

    Is this the part where we all join hands and sing “The Sun Will Come out Tomorrow”

  110. Max September 14th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    glad to see IPK working his way back.

  111. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe we can bring Cone back from the booth to be our #3 or #4 starter in the post-season. A little magic from the old glory years…

  112. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Jerkface

    “I will protest anyone who wins with a post of less than 200 words.”

    and may i ask just where will that protesting get you? cause i know where it wont get you…it wont get you enjoying a bowl of soup form a free promotion that Peter had laying around haha

  113. rodg12 September 14th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Interesting move on Guzman. Guy has speed to burn. Not sure we need another pinch runner though. Gardner, Pena, Hairston all seem to fit that bill well. I guess his speed is an upgrade over Pena/Hairston’s though. So, there’s that.

  114. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Jerkface
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    I don’t want your soup anyways. But I would be open to sharing the t-shirt. I’ll use the right side.

    ****

    Umm.. that’s awfully umm.. kind of you

  115. Rex September 14th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    “I wonder if Kennedy is being thought of more for trade value or for a 2010 rotation spot at this point?”

    Tough question to answer. No indication he’s good enough to be in the Yankees ’10 rotation. At the same time, he’s going to have prove he can pitch post-injury to establish any real trade value. I’d guess he’s in SWB again to start ’10, with a call-up maybe later in the year. When they inevitably need a 6th starter or pen help.

  116. Andrew September 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    If Guzman can play a strong outfield he could also be used as a late inning defensive replacement. They don’t need power off the bench in the first two rounds, they need a pinch runner if Gardner is already in the game and possibly corner outfielders for the ninth inning. Aside from that the bench players won’t see any action.

  117. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I”d say 75% of the posts in this thread are meaningless …..

  118. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    and may i ask just where will that protesting get you? cause i know where it wont get you…it wont get you enjoying a bowl of soup form a free promotion that Peter had laying around haha

    On the contrar , I’ll be the one enjoying the soup as it is wrenched from the lackluster hands of another meaningless poster.

    I have a fool proof system to beat this contest.

    Guess what it is.

  119. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    But don’t worry at under 999,700 we are no where close to winning just yet!

  120. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I am hoping whatever the prize post says, it will somehow rewrite American History.

  121. VTYankeesFan September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    The other thing that DFA’ing Claggett does is take him away from Scranton, when they are 3 wins away from the IL title for the 2nd year in a row. Claggett was a huge part of the pitching staff and was likely the number one righty out of the pen at this point, since all the top guys are in NY. I know that the Yankees are most interested in winning in NY, but they could have waited to make this move in a week and had the same affect in NY, while also letting Scranton go for the title, couldn’t they have?

  122. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I can’t see any team trading anything significant for IPK. He hasn’t proven himself and is coming off a serious operation.

  123. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Umm.. that’s awfully umm.. kind of you

    Next to handsomeness, kindness is my greatest attribute. Its a bit of a curse really, but it is my cross to bare.

  124. Roher September 14th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t get why they’re bothering with Guzman. They have Gardner.

  125. MB September 14th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I know nothing of this guy. Do we not already have a pinch runner type in B Gard?

  126. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    This is without a doubt the best Existentialist Yankee blog in the business!

  127. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I’m also exceptionally humble, and modest.

  128. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Jeter’s Edge – Pete, we need registered names and an edit button!
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    I”d say 75% of the posts in this thread are meaningless …..

    ***

    Dude, 100% of comments are meaningless. Is Cashman taking notes in his office saying “Gee, Andrew thinks Guzman can play a strong outfield and can be a defensive replacement. We should try that”.

    Comments are for the entertainment purposes of fans. If it makes you happy to post, there is the meaning

  129. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Jeter’s Edge -
    I don’t see the comments here as being any more meaningless than usual.

  130. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I want the prizes did I win cmon

  131. Bryan September 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Winner Winner chicken dinner!!!

  132. Stephen September 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Good for IPK. Hope he gets a shot up at the big club for an inning or two.

  133. m September 14th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Jinx :mad:

    Rick (Hartford)

    Hi Peter — who would be your pick to win the WS right now?

    Peter Gammons (2:30 PM)

    At 2:28 on September 14, I would say Yankees beating the Cardinals in 7, which probably means the Rangers will beat the Giants in 6.

  134. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Jerkface-

    I will take note of all of your wonderful attributes the next time i feel like sharing my t-shirt. However, I am not sure how much meaning there would be in that

  135. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I hope the winning post isn’t some kind of annoying personal attack against someone.

  136. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Erica, you are correct! I concede!

    Jerkface, give it a rest for a minute. We are nowhere near the 1,000,000 post mark.

  137. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Half of what we say is meaningless, but we say it just to reach, Julia.

  138. Jeff in Canada September 14th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    “Oh my goodness gracious!”

  139. Rishi September 14th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    m- I read the first couple question in the Peter Gammons chat and had to bail – all red sox all the time…yuck

  140. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Dude, 100% of comments are meaningless. Is Cashman taking notes in his office saying “Gee, Andrew thinks Guzman can play a strong outfield and can be a defensive replacement. We should try that”.

    No of course Cashman would not take Andrew’s advice, but I have it on good authority he has a word document entitled ‘jerkface.docx’ and it includes all of my greatest wisdoms. Sometimes he consults this document before making game breaking trades or promotions.

    I orchestrated Jerry Hairston Jr’s arrival in the bronx, thus damning Andy pettitte’s perfect game, and keeping the natural order of things right so that the next perfecto will be carried out by none other than Jober B. Chambermaid.

  141. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “it is my cross to bare”

    Hey, cover up that cross, this is still a family site.

  142. Nice Guy September 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    No, not the Cardinals! I want it to be the Dodgers so Torre can get his rightfully deserved standing ovation from the crowd at Yankee Stadium when he comes out to make a pitching change.

  143. Bryan September 14th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Burnett is shaky

  144. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Jerkface, give it a rest for a minute. We are nowhere near the 1,000,000 post mark.

    You can’t trick me. I have done many sabermetric analyseses on the number of comments and I’ve come to some startling conclusions regarding what the TRUE number of comments is at right now.

  145. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Jerkface is cool

  146. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    “Hey, cover up that cross, this is still a family site.”

    Sure. last night in the 4th quarter when the Packers were driving you were yelling “Skin to win!”

  147. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    That might be a meaningless post

  148. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    That might be a meaningless post

  149. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Next year’s pitching staff is going to be an interesting story as it unfolds… just as it is every year…

  150. WangFan88 September 14th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Best of luck to Ian Kennedy! I think he has real potential to be a contributor on the 2010 team.

  151. Steve September 14th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    are we there yet?

  152. cor shep September 14th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    hopefully Guzman can steal bases like Gardner off the bench. go yanks!

  153. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    By the way, on the subject of Cone and aneurysms, I had the good fortune to attend Cone’s first game back from the aneurysm in Oakland in 1996. He went either 5 or 6 no-hit innings before Mr. Torre pulled him due to the pitch count.

  154. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Pete.. and everyone..

    I won’t multi-post. But, sometimes comments “get lost” because there is a new thread, and people begin focussing on the new thread, and look less often at the “old threads”.

    I just posted a comment under an “old thread” because it was related to the original posting by Pete. I hope people will “go back there” and read my comment and post their thoughts on the matter.

    It is a long “insightful” (:-)) comment regarding umpires and umpiring, and professional management in that area.

    My comment is under “Today in The Journal News” at 1:23pm.

    Thanks.

    Pete- is it OK for me to do this “refer back” in this way?

  155. Bill September 14th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Man, Kennedy is really moving along quickly. Good for him.

  156. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    can we get a real discussion going on this thread instead of a focus on how none of these comments mean anyhting in the greater scope of opinion? I have a poll question that I’d love to hear back form the regulars of this site:

    How many of you think Prince Fielder could accutally get dealt to the Red Sox like ESPN.com is rumoring?

    My vote is this is all media hearsay and its to stirr up controversy and attention before the playoffs push. Am I just being hopeful that a beast like Fielder doesn’t get picked up by the Sox??

  157. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Unknown, you will never win because someone who is not known cannot have a soup cup mailed to them and you will continue to eat cold, stringy soup straight from the can, friendless and alone.

    Unless you invite me over and in my great magnanimosity I will give one of the shirts off my back and allow you to drink deeply from my yankee’s brand soup cup, and also allow you to tag your luggage so it is never lost.

  158. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Annoucement-

    From this point on, I will make sure all of my comments are filled with meaning.

    Thank you

  159. jeff September 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    “Maybe we can bring Cone back from the booth to be our #3 or #4 starter in the post-season. A little magic from the old glory years…”

    I bet if you put Cone in there NOW he could get a big out for you still… just on pitching guile.

    of course I wanted them to activate Bernie last year for the last game in the stadium too.

    Wouldn’t that be great to see though?>>

  160. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Pete- is it OK for me to do this “refer back” in this way?

    I feel like this should be against the rules, and your post should be stricken from the record (should it be the winning post)

  161. Tomer September 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I think that at this point we have to just go with what we have had for this entire season, our proven players if you will. calling a guy up at this stage, especially with no MLB experience, is fine but not on the playoff roster. I dont see why we need to make changes when everything has gone well so far

  162. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL September 14th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Nick in SF, Coney went 7 no-hit innings back in ’96 and hit his 85 pitch count. Had it not been his first game back and the strict pitch count, he probably would’ve had the no hitter because the Athletic’s were completely fooled by him that day

  163. jeff September 14th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    “Winner Winner chicken dinner!!!”

    Bryan is going all Johnnie Selvie on the blog…

    I’ll give a prize to anyone who can find out where he is about now. Hint: Not teaching High School English!

  164. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    sorry for the typos im posting as my boss paces behind me so its erratic and unpolished

  165. Steve September 14th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Why are you worrying about Fielder right now? It’s 2009 and the Yanks are cruising to the playoffs with the best record in baseball. Let this season and post season play out and then you have all winter to fret over what moves the Red Sox do or don’t make.

  166. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    My last comment and then it’s back to work for me.

    Angel Berroa is so old, he was born when the dead sea was still sick.

  167. jmeisner88 September 14th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, that Guzman guy has stolen 443 bases in the minors. Couldn’t hurt to have a player like that on the postseason roster.

  168. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Ramey!!!!

    Where have you been?? Welcome back!!!!

    And where is my Yankee Snoopy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  169. Potch September 14th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    DT – Now that’s just funny right there!

  170. Dennis D. September 14th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I’m saaaaaiiiling awaaaaaay. Set an open course for the virgin sea.

  171. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, that Guzman guy has stolen 443 bases in the minors. Couldn’t hurt to have a player like that on the postseason roster.

    Minor league bases are only 60 feet apart.

  172. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    DT, I don’t like to use foul language. The closest thing to that I said last night was “Arghghggh, Hester!”

  173. Bill September 14th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I feel like the Stadium is really going to be hopping tonight. Real playoff atmosphere. Let’s hope Joba can deliver some decent innings.

  174. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Dennis D.
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    I’m saaaaaiiiling awaaaaaay. Set an open course for the virgin sea.

    ****

    LOL.. I actually laughed out loud on this.

    And I say that in a way that is filled with meaningful laughter

  175. Loren Crispell September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I can see it now…Guzman pinch runs and steals second with the Yanks and Sox tied in game seven….and the Captain knocks him in for the AL Pennant and Pie.

  176. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “You can’t trick me. I have done many sabermetric analyseses on the number of comments and I’ve come to some startling conclusions regarding what the TRUE number of comments is at right now.”

    lol Then let us know!!!!! We could all team up and share the soup can!

  177. Steve September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hello…Rock 107….am I the 1,000,000th caller?

  178. Rishi September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    oh, Erica – and I was just about to post another “ignore” comment…

    It’s nice to see all the new posting faces, though

  179. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Erica-

    Oh, I’ve been here and there! You pretty much know where I’ve been stationed these days! And in case you are wondering, the lucky day is tomorrow that I’ll be doing what I’m supposed to!

    As for the Yankee snoopy, he’s all safe and snug with me…He looks pretty awesome with his #1 MetLife Jersey on. You should be jealous…

  180. Chris September 14th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Guzman is basically our Joey Gathright. No big move either way.

  181. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Then let us know!!!!! We could all team up and share the soup can!

    I am not about to divulge my competitive advantage to you lot.

  182. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    OK real close now. I”m guessing around 999,900!!

  183. Steve September 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Can Guzman jump over a car though?

  184. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Rishi
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    oh, Erica – and I was just about to post another “ignore” comment…

    It’s nice to see all the new posting faces, though

    ****

    It’s cool Rishi. Jerkface means no harm. He was instead employing an unusual strategy to try to get inside my t-shirt

  185. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    The winning post should be:

    Tino is GOD!

    Tino > Giambi

  186. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Roll Call Time.

  187. Bob September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    We need to put a string of wins together. win the next umpteen games in a row, get scorchin hot again.

  188. Uncle Ellsworth September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Half of what I say is meaningless
    But I say it just to reach you,
    Erica

  189. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Surprising… virtually no posts on Jeter today…

  190. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Ramey-

    So umm.. when are you sending him to me?

  191. NYY626 September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    pat
    September 14th, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    Kanye was out of line last night but this tweet from Jim Baumbach from Newsday is funny:

    “Where was Kanye West when Justin Morneau won the AL MVP in 2006 instead of Derek Jeter?”
    ___________________________________________________________
    Haha this made me chuckle at my desk.

  192. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    It’s cool Rishi. Jerkface means no harm. He was instead employing an unusual strategy to try to get inside my t-shirt

    Maybe I am already there.

  193. Rishi September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    Rishi
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    oh, Erica – and I was just about to post another “ignore” comment…

    It’s nice to see all the new posting faces, though

    ****

    It’s cool Rishi. Jerkface means no harm. He was instead employing an unusual strategy to try to get inside my t-shirt
    ——–

    as long as it’s all good :)

  194. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    Half of what I say is meaningless
    But I say it just to reach you,
    Erica

    *****

    Awww- thanks Uncle E. And it works!! You are without a doubt, one of my favorite posters on here

  195. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    “Why are you worrying about Fielder right now? It’s 2009 and the Yanks are cruising to the playoffs with the best record in baseball.”

    Thats exaclty why I brought up such a trade now STEVE. I have nothing to worry about with the current state of the pinstripes and in a desperate move to talk about anything other than why posts on websites such as this are useless I wanted to bring up a very real possiblity, however far off in the distant future it may be. Fielder is an absolute beast and he would help the Theo Gay-stein’s master plan of moving Youkilis to third and having a steady hard-hitting 1B. I think Cecil would disown Prince if he ever donned the Red of the Boston Roid Sox

  196. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Gutty, Gritty, Freddy Guzman doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  197. Bronx Jeers September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    What happened to GTLU?

  198. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    The Sheffield comments got me wondering…

    Does anyone ever do consistent, thorough post-trade analysis? I know it is sometimes done a little bit.

  199. Matt September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Let’s hope Joba get’s his act together soon. AJ too for that matter.

  200. Jeremy September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thank God For the Yankees! I am (unfortunately) a Bills fan, so thank god for the Yankees. It’s gonna be another tough November – February for me.

  201. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Actually, the winning post should be about baseball genius. Therefore it should be:

    Jobber to the Pen!!!!!!!!

  202. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Surprising… virtually no posts on Jeter today…

    Sports Guy, what more can be said of Jeter? He is forging his own destiny now in the hall of yankee greats. He will be a Captain that presided over one of the great yankee dynasties, and one of the greatest yankee failures, and of the great rise of the Hughsian era.

    He will fade into twilight, naught but a fading image in the soup of time and our souls, and also there is sentiment there as well.

  203. NYY626 September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    These threads are a lot shorter without GTLU :(

  204. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Jerkface-

    No, you are not :-)

    (okay, I can’t even pretend there is meaning in that comment)

  205. Uncle Ellsworth September 14th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    Half of what I say is meaningless
    But I say it just to reach you,
    Erica

    *****

    Awww- thanks Uncle E. And it works!! You are without a doubt, one of my favorite posters on here

    Thanks – you know this is a Beatles song, right?
    Julia

  206. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Seriously though, lets hope Jobber has a strong start today. He NEEDS IT!

  207. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Jeter Best Player Ever

  208. TexasJeff September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Good for Mr. Kennedy. He has had a really tough couple of years. A lot of guys we would never hear from again. This kid has shown some resolve. I am starting to believe that he will be in the rotation within 3-4 years.

  209. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    GTLU is back to its regularly scheduled September hiatus.

    I was considering doing it today in honor of the millionth post but with people crawling out of the woodwork, I was scared.

    However, the GOOD news is that I have decided to move ahead with GTLU postseason edition!!! YAY!!!!!

  210. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, I just walked by Ellsworth Street in San Mateo, California. I thought of you.

  211. BigSix September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    So which is it – short ALDS or long ALDS?

    Who do you really want pitching a potential Game 5?

    Pettitte or Burnett?

  212. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    People do post-trade analysis all the time, they are called blogs. I suspect you are meaningless posting to try and win the prize.

  213. Unknown September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Need it want it hope to get it

  214. Steve September 14th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    BG#11, from what I understand Prince has already disowned his father.

  215. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Uncle E-

    I sing this song of love for Uncle E :-)

  216. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Definitely over 999,900!!!!!!!!

  217. YankeesJTJ September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Glad to see Kennedy coming backup the ladder. Hope to see him back with the Yanks next year

  218. Rex September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Does anyone ever do consistent, thorough post-trade analysis? I know it is sometimes done a little bit.”

    Noted scout, Frank Costanza had some interesting analysis on the Buhner trade.

  219. Burn baby Bern September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I doubt Cecil fielder has anything to say about his son, they don’t even talk anymore!

  220. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    So which is it – short ALDS or long ALDS?

    Who do you really want pitching a potential Game 5?

    Pettitte or Burnett?

    Burnett, he has the best chance to completely dominate but to be honest I feel like we will never need more than 4 starts in the ALDS and more than 5 in the ALCS.

    This yankees team is going to demolish the postseason.

  221. scooter10 September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I like the Guzman move. Precisely the type of bench player that can win you a late-inning playoff game. Here’s how I see the position players starting out for the ALDS.

    SS – Jeter
    LF – Damon
    1B – Teixeira
    3B – Rodriguez
    DH – Matsui
    C – Posada
    2B – Cano
    RF – Swisher
    CF – Cabrera

    Bench
    C – Molina
    IF – Hairston
    OF – Gardner
    OF – Guzman
    OF – Hinske (if the Yankees go with 11 pitchers)

    I think in the ALDS without having to pinch-hit for pitchers that Guzman gives you more than Hinske. He’s a better baserunner and fielder. If they Yankees decide to go with 11 pitchers, then I would think Hinske gets the spot as he has IF/OF versatility.

  222. randy l. September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    “…the Yanks are cruising to the playoffs with the best record in baseball.”

    they are not the hottest team in baseball though and in he playoffs it’s the hottest team that wins.

    until burnett pitches one lights out game i’m not feeling as good about the yankees chances as i was before he went into his funk.

    best record in baseball means nothing once the playoffs start.

  223. Kei Igawa September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    BrokenGlass
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    How does someone do that “well” in the minors and never really make it in the big leagues?

    —————————-

    Crazy ain’t it?

  224. Mike September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I guess you can never have too many specialist guys for a post season series. With the short 5 game series i doubt they’d need the extra pitcher anyway.

    Hasn’t Cashman earned some fan trust with his handling of the roster?

  225. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Should be past 1 million by now.. no more chance to be a winner

  226. Tom Hagen September 14th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Its good to see Kennedy getting healthy. Want to see him do well either with us or somewhere else…except Boston.

  227. Evan D. September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    How many innings does Joba go tonight? Are we at 4 yet?

  228. Bill September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe Guzman can be our Dave Roberts.

  229. Zach Lawrence September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Wouldn’t Gardner serve as a viable pinch runner, considering he won’t start most of the games anyway. I really don’t think it’d be worth it to give two roster spots to Pinch Runners. Thoughts?

  230. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Erica-

    I think I may hold onto snoopy for ransom. I’ve gotta think of a REALLY good way for you to pry him from my grasps

  231. Burn baby Bern September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Kennedy would be a great fifth starter, but Ithink bringing pettitte back for one more year, and easing Kennedy into the rotation from the pen as Hughes reaches his limit is the way to go

  232. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    If my Sabermetric calculations are accurate, there is still a way to go

  233. Phranchise the starter September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Guzman can’t be on the postseason roster, the players have to be on the 40 man by august 31st, which guzman was not. you should know this, peteabe

  234. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    IGAWA FACT: Spent all of his free time in the rookie dorm playing RC cars. His manager told him to go outside and have a life, so he took up RC Helicopter instead.

  235. Laura September 14th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Jeter needs to say to Joba whatever it was that he said to him during his last start. Except, he needs to say it before the game starts.

  236. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I have it on good authority that the horse has disowned Wade Boggs.

  237. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “Everyone remembers the one guy who was safe, but they forget all the guys that got thrown out and lost the playoffs. Or the guys who actually had to, you know, get a hit to bring in the pinch runner”.

    Babe Ruth actually made the last out of the World Series trying to steal second base.

  238. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Dearest Ramey-

    Do not make me play the “You owe me one” card :grin:

  239. Matt September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Looking forward to Kennedy’s return. Never hurts to have too much pitching. Well, maybe it does…see Red Sox of Spring Training 2009.

  240. pat September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “Speaking to Randy Karraker, Bob Ramsey and D’Marco Farr on the “Fast Lane” show on WXOS (101.1 FM), Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt indicated that the team already has approached Albert Pujols about a contract extension. “Albert has two years left but we’ve also had conversations with him and his representative, and they know that we want Albert to finish his career as a Cardinal,” DeWitt said. “He’s just really had a remarkable career and he’s only 29 so he’s got a lot of baseball left over the next number of years and we want to make sure it’s in a Cardinal uniform. I know that’s what he wants also and he also wants to have a good club around him and I understand that and that’s our desire as well and I know Matt (Holliday) feels the same way. There is a business side of playing the game and players need to focus on that but in the end they want to win, and they want to be in good situations and we have a great situation.”

    per St. Louis Post Dispatch

  241. dadofjft September 14th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Please, God, do not let Erica or Jerkface win this prize. (And when I say God, of course I mean Pete.)

    Really, the only winner I could accept is Jim Pir-one. Otherwise I will know this is just another part of the vast ESPN-Red Sox conspiracy.

  242. Mike in WPB September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    With Hairston, the ultimate utility guy, they have plenty of room to mess around with the roster and be covered in the event of a short term injury.

  243. Bill September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I also don’t get why people are excited about having Joba back in the bullpen for the first round. His toughest inning is his first inning.

  244. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Rex…

    “Does anyone ever do consistent, thorough post-trade analysis? I know it is sometimes done a little bit.”
    —-
    Noted scout, Frank Costanza had some interesting analysis on the Buhner trade.
    —-
    Rex- Thanks for your response.. Where/how do I find out about Costanza?

  245. Yankee fan stuck in the heart of "The Nation" September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Isn’t it comforting to know that the Yanks have such great talent in the Minor Leagues? Seeing them compete for titles each year has me very optomistic for the future!!

  246. Peter Abraham September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Guzman can be on the roster. You have to be in the organization by 9-1. You can then replace somebody on the DL, such as Nady or Wang.

  247. Rex September 14th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “Wow, that Guzman guy has stolen 443 bases in the minors”

    He can be Flash Davis in a Bull Durham sequel.

  248. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Don’t try and stop the yankees, Chairman Bill DeWitt, we will have your pujols.

  249. Mike in WPB September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    The best you could hope for from Joba is 4 innings.

  250. NYY626 September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    However, the GOOD news is that I have decided to move ahead with GTLU postseason edition!!! YAY!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Erica, I think you are going to be bombarded with 50 of the same submissions :)

  251. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    How does someone do that “well” in the minors and never really make it in the big leagues?

    “Crash Davis Syndrome”

  252. ANSKY September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Guzman instead of an extra pitcher would be a good move. ALDS being a shorter series, you have to go in attack mode with the offense and create any opportunities whenever you can. There’s one less game you can lose. Wouldn’t rule it out for ALCS or WS either.

    On a side note, you gotta love Kanye West for his special ‘inadvertent’ brand of humor. Takes coconuts, baby.

  253. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Galdurnit, Pete just took the 1 millionth comment

  254. Loren Crispell September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Any word on when a suspension might (or hopefully might not) be handed down to Girardi or A-Rod?

  255. Ed - slacking in class now September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Gardner & Guzman as pinch runners in the playoffs? it does make sense though, one could pinch run for Matsui, while the other pinch runs for Posada late in the game.

  256. LJ s September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The Yankees are going to need some legit speed off the bench this postseason. It’s extremely helpful and I hope they utilize it.

  257. mick September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    does anybody know what time it is?

  258. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    When speaking of the yankees I like to use the ‘Royal We’

  259. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    YIKES, Pete’s post is the winner i bet!!!!

  260. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I was unaware of Cecils ridiculous gambling problems and how he pushed that off onto his family. I just read a terrible article about how Prince once was served right before a triple A game for his fathers sins. Sad Story, maybe he’ll want to get in a Red Sox uniform more since his Dads a train wreck.

  261. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I’m guessing less than 30 posts till the winner BTW.

  262. Eights September 14th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    ‘How does someone do that “well” in the minors and never really make it in the big leagues?’

    Some guys might not be able to handle the pressure in the big leagues, as well as the fact that the talent in the big leagues is far superior to that in the minors.

  263. Uncle Ellsworth September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I’d like to take this time to Nominate Erica for rookie of the year. Who will second?

  264. Erica - always OPPC September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    NYY626
    September 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    However, the GOOD news is that I have decided to move ahead with GTLU postseason edition!!! YAY!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Erica, I think you are going to be bombarded with 50 of the same submissions
    ****

    You are probably right, but I am willing to give it a shot

  265. Jerkface September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    While I guess Guzman could theoretically be playing for a chance at the postseason roster, I think in the end he will be a non-factor. The biggest postseason factor will once again be Alex Rodriguez, and no matter how many home runs he hits if the pitching stinks it is probably his fault.

  266. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Pete- I was unaware of the ability to replace someone on the DL liek Wang/Nady thats an interesting move considering it allows Girardi to play that option like a game of chess and postiion people like Guzman there for potential usefulness

  267. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Yanks/Dodgers world series! Jeter vs Torre! It will come true and i can’t wait!

  268. BigSix September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    What’s the point of having Gardner AND Guzman?

  269. mick September 14th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    My question is: Does Lackey and Weaver trump CC and Burnett/Andy.

    Sorry to say I think most of you know the answer.

  270. Bronx Jeers September 14th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    What do you think will have more meaning ?

    LoHud’s millionth comment or…

    Jeter 2,722 hit ?

  271. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Erica,

    Whats the difference between reg. season GTLU game and postseason GTLU game?

  272. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    And hopefully we sweep the Angles the rest of the year. We need to show them we can beat them!

  273. Guy Incognito September 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Mike, but at the same time they need to ensure coverage for most fathomable scenarios. You don’t want Hinske at third or Swisher at first in the late innings of a postseason game.

  274. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL September 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Truuuuue Erica, you could certainly play the “you owe me card” a few times :)

  275. BG#11 September 14th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I tihkn Carsten Charles and Andy Pettitte would be a stronger 1-2 right now than CC and “Burn-Out” Burnett..Burnett is too streaky and right now we’re in the bottom of a terrible spell by AJ

  276. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Does anyone else wish Maddog would join Mike again? Mike is sooo boring without him and Maddog always made things interestingly funny!

  277. BigSix September 14th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    GTMP –

    Guess the Millionth Poster

  278. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Anyone else wishing for a Yanks v Red Sox ALCS??? I want to pummel them! We need to take back what is rightfully ours directly from them!

  279. DT - OPPC member September 14th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    ok one more…
    Angel B. and the lost Pete Abe interview.

    Pete A. – “Angel, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. What is the best thing about being an octogenarian and playing for the Yankees?”

    Angel Berroa – ” no peer-pressure”

  280. MaineYankee September 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    They want Guzman so late in a game with 1 out and a man on 2nd they can replace Damon. :lol:

  281. Jeter's Edge - Pete, we need registered names and an edit button! September 14th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This has been a ton of fun actually. Waiting for the 1,000,000 post to drop all day while at work. Makes the day go by so fast. Just like this blog usually does!

    Thanks Pete!

  282. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I think Andy is the #2 starter right now.
    AJ’s inconsistency kills him!

  283. BigSix September 14th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    How’s Guzman’s glove – would he replace somebody in the field after pinch-running or be replaced himself by Gardner then?

  284. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 14th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Is the coast clear yet? Personally, I’ve always felt that reading this blog was its own reward. ;)

  285. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I think the blogging system is getting backed up!!

    I made 2 comments just 2-3 minutes apart, but the 2nd one showed up 11 minutes later.

  286. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    BG#11-

    Looks like you and I just posted pretty much the same thought…

  287. Sports Geek September 14th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Looks like posting has slowed down… Must be most folks are either exhausted by this.. OR.. they believe that 1 million has already been reached… OR.. the system is bogged down again.

  288. Merman Thumson September 14th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I still think Humberto Sanchez and Ian Kennedy
    have potential to contribute on the big league level, I haven’t written them off yet.

    On a side note, I saw the MLB channel’s wired last night where guys on the field have their interactions recorded. What a good show, it would be even more gooder if they didn’t edit it so much to keep the nicey nice fluff in.

  289. Bryan September 14th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    hopefully Joba pitches well tonight

  290. jeff September 14th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I’d rather have Ramiro Pena on the bench than Hinske. Remember, you have a great lefty PH off the bench in the WS road games in Matsui. Hairston is fine, Pena is another speed guy who can really handle the glove.

  291. The Damon-ator September 14th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    was Clagget one of those gems Cashman got in the Sheffield trade along with the other bust Humberto Sanchez?

    another one of Cashman’s brainiac moves. for every swisher trade there is 3 of these. tell me – who’d the Yankees get when they traded Mike Lowell?

  292. The Damon-ator September 14th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    wasn’t Sanchez outrighted or DFA’d and he cleared and made it back to Scranton? NOBODY WANTED HIM. that says something right there.

  293. joeysdadjoe September 14th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I guess you could do Guzman,Gardner,Melky l-r for defense too.

  294. toughlove September 14th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    IPK will be pitching in the instructional league and then in Arizona Fall League. He needs innings.

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