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Shelley not coming back to Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Shelley Duncan was outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but that doesn’t mean he’ll end up there.

The first time a player clears waivers and is sent outright to the minor leagues, he has no choice but to accept the assignment. The second time, he has the right to refuse the assignment. Duncan was outrighted off the 40-man last winter and went to Triple-A. If Duncan clears this time, he will refuse the assignment.

“I’ll wait and see,” Duncan said. “I might clear on Monday or something, and if do, then I’ll become a free agent.”

The Yankees were clearly never sold on Duncan. He toiled in Tampa and Trenton too long, and his chances of being an impact player in this organization were slim. Duncan, though, has done all he can to prove himself and earn a chance at some big league at-bats.

I keep thinking of Garrett Jones, who I watched rake in the International League for years without getting a shot with the Twins. Then the Pirates picked him up and he became a Rookie of the Year candidate. I have no idea whether Duncan can do something similar, but I know he put up Triple-A numbers as good as or better than Jones. He just wasn’t a match for the Yankees organization.





48 Responses to “Shelley not coming back to Yankees”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus November 20th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wish him the best wherever he goes.

  2. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Dodgers/Jays talk…….

  3. Nick in SF in Larkspur November 20th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    And meanwhile they can’t pry Igawa out of Scranton… it’s a rough business.

  4. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Gossip from NESPN:

  5. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I won’t miss Duncan….he’s a AAAA player at best.

  6. CR9 November 20th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    More Gossip from NESPN

    And the first comment on the comments section is hilarious!

    jfk5611 (11/20/2009 at 1:36 PM) Report Violation Wow, Peter’s bitter tears sustain me. I think he might have mentioned more Red Sox prospects in this article that prospects he knows from all other organization. I still remember the days when he was promoting Sun Woo Kim and Roberto Petagine as the next can’t miss player for the Sawx. I will look back on this article with great amusement in 2014 when Stolmy Pimentel is bagging my groceries.

  7. jennifer November 20th, 2009 at 11:23 pm


    I wonder if someone had to edit Gammons statements so he said they instead of we. :P

  8. jennifer November 20th, 2009 at 11:24 pm


    That is hilarious!

  9. CR9 November 20th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Just got home from seeing the Twilight movie.

    First, it followed the book rather closely, but the movie was not very good. Maybe that’s because there were times I could barely understand a word being said.

    Second, there were 2 points during the movie which made the perfect opening for a David Ortiz joke.

    My favorite was when the girl says to the wolf, “You know anabolic steroids are not good for you.”

    It took all my effort to restrain from yelling “They were good for David Ortiz.”

    But I had my Yankees championship stuff on and did not want make Yankees fans seem like idiots.

  10. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Jen, I’ve always liked Gammons – he’s a good guy and he’s not anti-Yankee at all like most sports writers. He did say that the Sox could be in a transition period for the next couple of years………until their next big run starts in 2012 (I guess with Kelly and co.), so he’s not exactly drinking the kool aid here.

  11. JoeyA November 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    What I find funny is that ESPN even needs an ESPN Boston. Isn’t that what regular ESPN is anyway? As if Gammons would have not written this article if there was no ESPN Boston.

    Please show me a piece where Gammons has displayed a knowledge for a different farm system in the same way he shows knowledge/hope in the Sox farm system.

  12. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    God bless, Shelley wherever he ends up. He was around before they started caring about the farm again.

  13. CR9 November 20th, 2009 at 11:36 pm


    Right on. There was no need for ESPNBoston.

    The only knowledge Gammons has of the Red Sox farm system is in the biblical sense.

  14. jennifer November 20th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Not sure if this was discussed yet.

    Total insanity! People can be such jerks! this is the video of the fight in the stands at a hockey game.

  15. Todd November 20th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Always remember……ESPN=Exclusive Sox Patriots Network..

  16. mike eff November 20th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    November 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm
    I won’t miss Duncan….he’s a AAAA player at best.


    I rarely comment here but it’s remarks like these which make me say I wouldn’t miss you if you were gone.

  17. Phil November 20th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    That Gammons article is priceless.

  18. Betsy November 20th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Eff you, Mike…….It’s posts like yours that make me glad you don’t post very often. Get over it – are you Shelley Duncan’s other brother?

  19. mike eff November 20th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    no miss betsy-I’m not related to shelley duncan. I’m a yankee fan that appreciated his enthusiasm and his joy of the game even if he didn’t have the same level of talent as most on the roster.

  20. Rich in NJ November 20th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “And finally, Gammons says the team believes they will not be the high bidder for Aroldis Chapman, but they made a strong case for Boston as the place he’d want to be.”

    Given the loyalty that the RS show to their players (Pedro, Damon, Manny), who wouldn’t want to play there???

  21. CR9 November 21st, 2009 at 12:00 am

    This article is unbelievable.|main|dl1|link4|

    Re: Duncan

    He did have a bit of pop off the bench, like the poor man’s or bum’s Eric Hinske. Remember that 3 run homer in the bottom of the 9th a couple years ago to tie the game and we lost in extra innings anyway.

    I would not mind having him on our team, to stick out as the pitcher to drill people. He could drill the batter, and then charge batter’s box! LOL

  22. Betsy November 21st, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Well, who cares, Mike Eff? I didn’t say anything bad about Duncan, I just said I wouldn’t miss him……stop being so freaking sensitive.

  23. Christina: Pictures from the Yankees Parade November 21st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Good luck to Shelley. He may not have put up the same level that the Yankees had expected but he always put his heart and all into the game of baseball. Can’t fault a guy for that. Hopefully he ends up on a team that will play him in some role.

  24. CR9 November 21st, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Rich in NJ

    You will not hear any of the Boston media outlets, namely ESPN, mentioning that. They would not want to dissuade free agents.

  25. Amol November 21st, 2009 at 12:07 am

    It’s really too bad that Duncan didn’t get more of a chance in ’07 and ’08. I really think he would have done well as a lefty-killer who would sub for Abreu/Giambi/Mientkiewicz. Of course once the Yankees acquired switch hitters for right field and first base, his chance was gone, so it’s good for him that he’s moving on.

  26. Bronx Jeers November 21st, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Gotta love Shelley.

    I got a chance to see him in person when they were in Seattle.

    A gentle giant.

    If he was a lefty? Maybe his fortunes on this team would be different.

  27. aado November 21st, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Best of luck to Shelley. Hope to see him at the Stadium in another Major League uni very shortly!

  28. Rich in NJ November 21st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    For the S-Dunc fans out there:


  29. JRod November 21st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Just read this article and learned that a team must have empty spots on the 40-man roster to make a selection during the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft:;c_id=mlb

    I guess this is why the Yanks are at 39 to keep their options open. If this holds true, the Mets will have the first pick if they choose to use it. Of course, they will probably draft a future superstar and trade him for cash. Just like when the Cubs selected Josh Hamilton and sold him to the Reds. Or when the Marlins drafted Johan Santana in the Rule 5 and traded him to Minnesota.

  30. FanSince'48 November 21st, 2009 at 12:27 am

    CR9 – I was at that game. Worst part is that Mo blew it in the 10th. Gods do make mistakes…although rarely.

    But my concern is: with Farns and Dunc gone, whose gonna fight?

  31. Dark Dante November 21st, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I’m a yankee fan that appreciated his enthusiasm and his joy of the game even if he didn’t have the same level of talent as most on the roster.
    Amen. All the best to Shelley Duncan. You could tell he truly loved being a Yankee but just was too one dimensional to stay up at the majors for any length of time. Maybe he does well elsewhere…

  32. GreenBeret7 November 21st, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Duncan’s a good guy and loves baseball. All that aside, except for 1 one week period three years ago, he’s been close to useless. The only thing that he’s shown is that he can’t hit breaking pitches or good fastballs. If he gets a mediocre fastball, he might hit it. He’s of little to no use to the Yankees and definately not worth the 40th spot on a ML roster for NYY. NYY can’t afford to carry a teddy bear.

  33. vey November 21st, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Cards are looking for an outfielder,Holliday might not be back
    with his daddy’s team.

  34. Bill G November 21st, 2009 at 2:03 am

    i always was a big Duncan fan… gonna miss him!

  35. Matt DiBari November 21st, 2009 at 2:25 am

    He really has no future outside of bench player (and I think Garret Jones will probably come crashing back to earth next year.) People who spend nine (Duncan) or eleven (Jones) years in the minors rarely do it because the organization is just blind to their greatness

  36. E-gawa November 21st, 2009 at 2:26 am

    #28 jersey is all free for Girardi’s taking now. Rough way to get it though!

  37. vinny-b (lock up Girardi and let Jeter wait) November 21st, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I won’t miss Duncan….he’s a AAAA player at best

    kinda a mean thing to say. But then again, i like Shelley Duncan

  38. vinny-b (lock up Girardi and let Jeter wait) November 21st, 2009 at 6:33 am

    “i always was a big Duncan fan… gonna miss him!”

    of Shelley Duncan the person, me too. And especially when playing the Tampa Rays

  39. Mike D November 21st, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Rather have Duncan starting then Gardner or Melky. If they had Duncan in left and Damon in center I bet they would have won 107 games.

  40. crawdaddy November 21st, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Looks like two more ESPN executives are out of their jobs for having an in-office affair. In the article it mentions that this affair was an open secret at ESPN, but something changed. IMO, what changed was that open secret was no longer localized at ESPN offices and became news on the internet and in newspapers which alerted Disney top executives as well as their legal department about this affair. In short, once the top suits of any corporation are made aware of a potential problem like this, they’re going to cut their losses to limit their potential liability. Already that young woman that got involved with Phillips is claiming sexual harassment so more of that illicit affair will be coming too if a lawsuit if filed.

  41. PittsburghYankeeFan November 21st, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Here’s some blasphemy for a Saturday morning.

    Go on

    Look up Whitey Ford.
    Then go look up Andy Pettite.

    With the exception of ERA, tell me how their careers are not comparable. One is HOF. The other?

    Please look up the stats before flaming, thank you.

  42. Boogie Down- Hot Stove November 21st, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Good luck Shelley.

  43. Bill Porter November 21st, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Good luck to Shelly. That enthusiasm he brings to the park is a wonderful thing. I hope he’s able to catch on somewhere and have a productive MLB career. I think he can stick somewhere and play . . . His leaving does greatly reduce the opportunity for a freak forearm related dugout injury so I do see that as a positive.

  44. Kevin November 21st, 2009 at 11:04 am

    “Mike D
    November 21st, 2009 at 7:27 am
    Rather have Duncan starting then Gardner or Melky. If they had Duncan in left and Damon in center I bet they would have won 107 games.”
    Actually, we would have won 99, because Melky had 4 walk off hits.

    Besides that, this proposition of yours is moronic.

  45. Noreaster November 21st, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Gammons has lost his fastball, but back in the 70′s he was a must read for all baseball fans and one of the only sources of information during the off season.

  46. Kevin Page November 21st, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    There are alot of players in the MLB who I would say are not as good or useful as Shelly Duncan.

    Hopefully he gets a chance somewhere to contribute and make some decent $$$ before his career is over.

  47. HeavyHitter November 21st, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I’d hate to be a second baseman trying to turn a double play with Shelley bearing down on me. Here’s hoping you have a long career, Shelley.

  48. Jimitre November 23rd, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Got to see the Dunc here in RI this summer. Hit two HRs against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The guy’s a monster. Glad I got to see him in a Yanks uniform (albeit it was Scranton) at least once. Let’s hope he finds a home in the NL so we can still root for him.

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