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A few more quick notes

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Oct 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few random items to note before I embark on the risky walk to the car here in St. Pete:

— Juan Miranda’s home run was No. 242 for the Yankees this season, matching the club record set in 2004.

— The Rays said Miranda’s ball traveled an estimated 460 feet, making it the longest at the Trop this season. Not bad for your first major league homer.

— Meaningless but great, great fact (for those of us who love baseball stats/history): Both DHs (Fernando Perez and Jose Molina) hit ninth in the batting order. According to the industrious folk at Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the third time in the DH era (post 1973) two DHs have batted ninth in the same game.

— Sabathia’s 19 wins matched his career high. (You may remember it: 2007.) They are the most for a first-year Yankee since 1979.

— Sabathia fell to 0-2 against the Rays with a 5.79 ERA in four starts this season. Of course, the Rays are a mighty 10-2 this year vs. Sabathis, Roy Halladay and Zack Greinke. Now, if not for that darn Brian Bannister…

— Good news on the Jerry Hairston front. He said his left wrist hadn’t felt this good since May, when he first fell victim to the injury. “It felt totally normal today,” a pleased Hairston said.

— Mariano Rivera wasn’t warming in the pen tonight. Girardi planned on closing the game with him, but had him throw a side session when it fell out of reach.

— No reason to fret about Melky Cabrera. He tripped over the base after grounding into a fielders choice in the fourth. You probably saw him limp, but Girardi pronounced him fit.

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28 Responses to “A few more quick notes”

  1. McGeorge Bundy October 3rd, 2009 at 12:33 am

    I can’t be the only one to have noticed the improved coverage after Pete’s departure. And Chad has not yet arrived! Josh and Sam, you guys are doing great work.

  2. Tyler October 3rd, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I agree, tremendous work. Keep it up!

  3. Andrew @ NoYoureATowel October 3rd, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I wonder what the Yankees will do Miranda. He seems like a good trade candidate. I wonder if all this playing time late in the season may be showcasing him for just that.

  4. Aura October 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 am

    what’s the word on the street regarding Joba is he off the ALDS roster? What’s the feeling among the beat writers?

  5. Giuseppe Franco October 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 am

    They wouldn’t get much for Miranda.

    One major league dinger (even if it did travel 750 ft) is not going to raise his value.

    I don’t expect him to be playing in Scranton next season. He might head to the NL where he could get some playing time with a bad team.

  6. Azaz October 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 am

    this blog isnt going to last… it was petes blog he created it

  7. Bill G October 3rd, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Has Pete jumped over to the Red Sox or was that just a rumour?

  8. GreenBeret7 October 3rd, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Manny Ramirez’ bat has really slowed down. Not many times that he’s ever struck out 4 times in one game. None that I’ve ever seen. striking out on 3 92 MPH fastballs in the middle of the plate.

  9. Nick in SF in Larkspur October 3rd, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Miranda’s not a sure thing?

    Have I erred in putting down a non-refundable deposit on 2026 Cooperstown hotel reservations?

    :(

  10. CR9 October 3rd, 2009 at 1:30 am

    “It’s hard to believe that some of these idiot trolls have enough brain power to blow their noses. Somehow, though, they’ve figured out how to change their names on a daily basis. A frontal lobotomy would do them no good, since there is no place to start.”

    Do you think you sound smart? Cool? Young?

    GB7- You need a dose of reality.

  11. Chris G October 3rd, 2009 at 1:45 am

    I agree. The blog seems better than ever. Keep up the great work!

  12. Jack O' Launcher October 3rd, 2009 at 1:48 am

    “Do you think you sound smart? Cool? Young?

    GB7- You need a dose of reality.”
    ——————————————-

    What about all three?

  13. Dr. Cox October 3rd, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Josh:

    Great stuff. I havent been around in a couple days, but I would just like to say welcome and we look forward to having you write for us.

  14. PreteFunkEra October 3rd, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Josh looks like John Cena

  15. GreenBeret7 October 3rd, 2009 at 2:54 am

    CR9
    October 3rd, 2009 at 1:30 am
    “It’s hard to believe that some of these idiot trolls have enough brain power to blow their noses. Somehow, though, they’ve figured out how to change their names on a daily basis. A frontal lobotomy would do them no good, since there is no place to start.”

    Do you think you sound smart? Cool? Young?

    GB7- You need a dose of reality.

    ————————————————————

    Reality will never come from you. If you don’t like what I say, don’t troll…don’t read.

  16. Pat M. October 3rd, 2009 at 2:56 am

    What’s a CR9……Sounds like an small commuter plane from Brazil

  17. Garrius October 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Pat M.
    October 3rd, 2009 at 2:56 am
    What’s a CR9……Sounds like an small commuter plane from Brazil

    Cristiano Ronaldo wears No 9 in soccer, and has a company called CR7 (the number he used to wear). That would be my guess.

  18. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said October 3rd, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Oh, how did Hughes pitch today? How many runs has he given up lately? Maybe he should be left off the roster because he didn’t pitch that well today. I don’t want _______ in the ALDS much less the WS. I can’t trust him. Meow.

  19. sevrox October 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 am

    That picture bears a striking resemblance to Theo Epstein…

    So folks get a thread of doubt about CC’s ability in October due to a one-game meltdown.

    Whatever happened to SJ44? Good to see GB7 keeping folks in their place. I miss Pete Abe’s cutting sarcasm – he was the ultimate actor covering the Yanks while being a Sox fan. Admirable trait.

  20. Smacketh Downeth October 3rd, 2009 at 6:16 am

    @sevrox: Sam said a day or two ago that he had heard from SJ44 and that he’s not leaving this board or anything like that, but that he’s just really busy [playoffs!] and will be back when he can.

    Random trolls no one has ever heard of challenging GB7. [I am hearing "This town ain't big enough for the two of us, Stranger" and other showdown convo...] Well, that’s just fine, skippy, but know who you’re dealing with. GB is a crabby ol’ cuss, and ya know what? He’s earned it. Trolls and pi$$ants make a lot of us crabby, actually. Now you know….

  21. PittsburghYankeeFan October 3rd, 2009 at 6:55 am

    A few notes:

    Joe Maddon and the Rays are incredibly, and breathtakingly, bush league in throwing at Texiera. I am shocked that the umps and the league did not do more. Those clowns in TB will be going home in 48 hours to golf, so I don’t really care about them. Maddon takes all the blame on this one.

    How will the Yankees retaliate? My hope? Yankees wait until the 8th or 9th inning of the last game, and then Girardi rips into Maddon from the bench. In the postgame, the “discussion” continues. You can’t suspend anyone for arguing with each other, can you?

    I am shocked that nobody in MLB has made a statement on this. What happened was that a team intentionally tried to injure a star player on a playoff bound team 6 days before the start of the playoffs. And MLB just sits on their collective tuchas?

    If they get away with it, that will be the MO going forward for September. You suck as a club, are going nowhere, and have an axe to grind? Just throw at ARod, Tex, etc when you play them in a a meaningless game. Who cares if you get suspended? The other team can’t do anything, since they can’t risk suspension or a fight right before the postseason.

    If Tex gets thrown at today or Sunday, if I were Girardi I would take the team off the field until the umps sort it all out. It is their responsibility to control the game.

    Tex? Let him hit home run number 40 in the 9th at the Trop, and do a Manny like pose for a minute before circling the bases. Let the entire team come out on the field and celebrate with a lot of noise. Hopefully Pena would be in the dugout. Let Maddon come out and try to argue it with Girardi.

    I am still shocked 10 hours later how incredible what happened to Tex was. I think the Yankees are too. I’m sure it affected CC tonight, not being able to retaliate. That likely contributed to the poor play.

  22. crawdaddy October 3rd, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Just a little overstatement as to what happened last night with Tex.

  23. PittssburghYankeeFan October 3rd, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Crawdaddy

    Did you see the game? See the replay of the pitch? Hear Cone’s commentary on it?

    Joe Maddon basically had his team throw at a one of a playoff bound team’s best players, with intent to injure.

    Is it a coincidence that the throw was at Texeiera, in the first inning, at the wrist from a team in which their HR leading first baseman is out for the season from a broken wrist thrown by the Yankees?

    Sorry, but there are just too many coincidences to ignore. I think the plan on the Yankees (wisely) is to downplay it and ignore it. Do you think with the way the Yankee clubhouse is this season that this was not a topic of discussion?

    This is not over, not by a long shot. I’m just curious to see how it plays out. It doesn’t seem like it, but this is a big test of Girardi’s leadership skills.

  24. GoodRiddance October 3rd, 2009 at 7:40 am

    “I can’t be the only one to have noticed the improved coverage after Pete’s departure. And Chad has not yet arrived! Josh and Sam, you guys are doing great work.”

    Could not agree more. And no more insulting/condescending attitude.

    Good riddance.

  25. Giuseppe Franco October 3rd, 2009 at 8:13 am

    How do you aim for the wrists?

    The ball was thrown much closer to his chin and shoulder than his hands/wrists.

  26. Fondo Motz October 3rd, 2009 at 8:32 am

    This is no time of the season for the Yanks to be getting into wristicuffs

  27. jpb1973 October 3rd, 2009 at 8:45 am

    This is no time of the season for the Yanks to be getting into wristicuffs

    ————————————————–

    I agree!!! There’s no sense in getting anyone injured in a fight. However, I think that Yankee fans in Florida can show the Rays management what they think by staying away from the the ballpark. If we can hit them where it hurts (in the pocketbook) then it will hurt the owner and then eventually the players.

    The Rays players, in general and Price, in particular have to realize that baseball is in the enetrtainment business…its not war. Winning and losing doesn’t always impact gate receipts. The Rays won the American League pennat last year and are struggling to draw 20,000 fans per game this year. They need to do more things to make fans want to come out to the ballpark…and throwing at a guy like Teixeira doesn’t do that.

    Hopefully, all Yankee fans will stop attending Rays home games and let that action be a message to the Rays organization. Starve the owner…Starve the organization…starve the bush league Rays players.

  28. Yankee-Fan October 3rd, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Josh i really like you, and with all the respect to Sam, i think Josh is better, he uses easier words which allows me to read quicker and i think better grammer as well.

    (meanwhile you both are probably better reporters then Pete, but Pete had his special humor, which is irreplaceable).

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