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Right and wrong: The bench

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 24, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hard to tell the difference between the bench and the lineup these days. Francisco Cervelli and Marcus Thames have seen regular playing time most of the month, Juan Miranda is getting regular at-bats at designated hitter and Kevin Russo has been worth a look in left field. Thames has played in more games than Curtis Granderson, and Randy Winn has played in more than Nick Johnson.

Yankees Mets BaseballWhat’s gone right?

Gazoooo!
Cervelli and Jorge Posada have played in the same number of games. Posada has outstanding offensive numbers, but Cervelli still has more RBI. In his oversized helmet and bigger-than-expect role, Cervelli keeps getting big hits in big situations. The Yankees took a chance on him this winter, choosing not to sign a veteran backup catcher, and the faith has paid off and then some.

Unless he’s heading for a Hall of Fame career, Cervelli’s numbers are sure to dip at some point, but he looks like a guy who can hit and certainly catch at this level. And he made the decision easy when the Yankees might have been tempted to rush either Jesus Montero or Austin Romine after Posada’s injury.

Other bright spots: Thames’ offensive production against both righties and lefties; Thames’ walk-off home run; Russo’s first major league start; Miranda showing some power; Pena proving his defense can play anywhere.

What’s gone wrong?

Randy Winn
When everyone was healthy, Winn’s primary role was to play right field defense after Nick Swisher’s final at-bat, but occasional duty has been a tough adjustment for the longtime major league starter. Winn has come through in the clutch a few times, but for the year he’s hitting just .213 with a .295 slugging percentage. Both are ugly numbers for a corner outfielder.

If it hasn’t been Winn filling in, it’s been Thames, who’s done more than enough with the bat while continuing to struggle in the field. There will never be a better example than his walk-off home run one night, followed immediately by his game-changing error the next night.

Other problem areas: Pena isn’t expected to hit much, but you’d like to get more than a .211/.244/.237 slash line. Even that’s kind of nit-picking considering Pena’s role on this team and the fact he’s come through more than once. Ultimately, there’s not a lot to complain about on the bench.

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132 Responses to “Right and wrong: The bench”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    What bench, lol? They’re all playing every day. If Russo could adequate defensively, I like him over Pena.

    Thames is fine offensively, but his OF days need to be over. Randy Winn is probably a very nice guy, so I don’t want to kill him, but he’s not done much; I don’t know how much longer he’ll be here.

    Our bench will get a lot better when our lineup does.

  2. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I hope this series is going to culminate with “Right and wrong: The comments section”.

  3. Joe from Long Island May 24th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if both Pena and Russo are on the bench next year.

  4. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Betsy,

    When I have checked in the last couple of days, you weren’t around. Missed you.

  5. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Hi SAS!

    Yeah, I had to take break – it seems I always have to do that, lol.

    I’m not sure how much I’ll be around the next week as I’m going on vacation and I don’t know if the hotel has internet access…….probably a good thing if it doesn’t, lol.

    Ugh, the Sox are rolling……..and behind my least favorite pitcher, Buchholz.

  6. Sign Barry Bonds May 24th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I know this is going to shock a lot of people, but with Grandy coming back and Cervelli doing a decent job filling in for Jorgie, all that’s really missing is a DH.

    I’m not even going to speculate as to why Cash signed Nick Johnson, but at this point is there anyone out there who thinks Barry Bonds couldn’t put up 400 OBP and hit 20 dingers playing with the short porch, even now, at age 46 or whatever? If not Bonds, isn’t Jermaine Dye sitting at home on his couch right now? The DH situation is bad for the whole year, I think, because Nick Johnson is just a violent cough away from a season ending injury at all times.

  7. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    It might be too late for BLB… last year, though, he could have put us over the top — none of this 6-games crap!

  8. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I have to go to Cincinnatti on business for the next few days. The company is taking us to the Reds-Pirates game Wed night, and it so happens that our old friend Ross Ohlendorf is the scheduled starter.

    Reds-Pirates probably isn’t the best baseball game, but I am looking forward to seeing the ballpark. It is supposed to be a very nice stadium.

  9. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I must be an optimist. I know who I am rooting for right now

    Especially since Buchholz is an Avenger!!!

  10. Yanks76 May 24th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Please stop this right or wrong crap.

    Everything has been wrong.

  11. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I was on board with giving Bonds a look a few years ago, but I think that ship has sailed. I can’t believe that he would have any chance of making any impact at his age and 3 or 4 years removed from swinging a bat. Also, in the past, his performance was well worth the distraction/ clubhouse cancer risk. I think that balance has shifted too far to the negative now.

  12. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Betsy,

    First of all. Have a great vacation. Second of all, if you will be in the US, every flea bag dump has internet access if they don’t have beds, they have internet. Before we found a nice chain of hotels, we stayed in some pretty lousy motels. Not every chain takes dogs so we took what we could get near the highway. Our travel was not for pleasure going from NY to AZ. The idea was to get to our destination.

  13. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Doe to a lack of proper planning I am watching Big Bang Theory live right now (as in not on DVR prerecorded).

    How do people watch TV like this??

    There are so many commercials I don’t even remember the intro!

  14. RMS May 24th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    For the time being DH will be mainly split between Thames and Miranda. Maybe Cashman will see who is available later since no one knows how long Johnson will be out. And when NJ comes back how long before he gets hurt again.

  15. Haiku-man May 24th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Yank76

    Didn’t you know when the Yankees are down, everybody in sports media loves to kick them.

    Clay is inline for win#6 tonight, if the Rays don’t mount a comeback.

  16. Mark in Tampa May 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    “Maybe Cashman will see who is available later since no one knows how long Johnson will be out”

    There is no reason to count on a single AB out of Nick Johnson for the rest of this season. If they say 6-8 weeks to swing a bat is the average for that procedure, you can double that time, or more for NJ. Not only that, he is bound to break down again as he puts stress on his body to get back in hitting shape.

  17. Allan May 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Boston has a nice easy stretch coming up for them too… 4 with KC, 3 with Oakland, 3 with Baltimore, 4 with Cleveland before a 9 game homestand with NL teams

  18. kenny ct May 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    are the cardinals happy with matt holliday?

  19. Corona May 24th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Mark – so true lol

    Cannot count on anything from NJ for the rest of the year.

  20. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Erica,

    I only watch like that. Even though in AZ I don’t have to unless I am going to be out, I watch live. You sound like my husband who rarely watches anything live anymore.

  21. Joba Tips his Cap May 24th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Sux is leading TB 6-1 in TB?

    LOL. Yanks now is really like No.3. But if they can sweep Twins and Sux beats TB 2-1, actually their situation will be improved. But, are they able to sweep Twins? Or will they be swept?

  22. Jeff May 24th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    SAS,

    You going to the Yanks/DBacks games?

  23. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Erica,

    I only watch like that. Even though in AZ I don’t have to unless I am going to be out, I watch live. You sound like my husband who rarely watches anything live anymore.
    **************

    DVR changed my life!

  24. Sign Barry Bonds May 24th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Gary Sheffield experiment, take two?

  25. Count Dracula May 24th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “But, are they able to sweep Twins? Or will they be swept?”

    The latter is much more likely than the former.

  26. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Jeff,

    I have never been to a Diamondbacks game. The Yankees are playing there I think. We are in NY now.

  27. XFactor May 24th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Sheff is a hell of a lot better than anyone else we have on the bench.

    He was actually one of the Mets best offensive player last year.

    Lots of guys lying around much better than what we have – Sheff, Bonds, Dye, Piazza, etc. We desperately need some power.

  28. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    No Sheffield p l e a s e ! ! !

  29. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    How about Bernie Williams?????

  30. Count Dracula May 24th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Since 2004, we are only 11-11 vs. Twins on the road in the reg. season. We own them at home, not so much at their place.

  31. randy l. May 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    interesting that cashman didn’t think bernie could play another year for him but he thinks winn can play for him.

  32. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    SAS, oh, I believe the hotel has a computer – I’ll probably only be able to check in before and after dinner.

  33. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    The Twins are in their new stadium. Maybe that will help.

  34. SAS May 24th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Betsy,

    If you have a laptop, you just sign onto their internet system. I am a computer idiot and I could do it. Remember when I signed in from a new town every night.

  35. Joba Tips his Cap May 24th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Oh, tomorrow night’s game is on My 9. Yanks’ winning percentage on my9 is about 40%.

  36. Joe May 24th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    randy l -

    I think Cashman has proved he doesn’t exactly have a conventional thought process. His moves demonstrate that.

  37. Yankz27 May 24th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    That winning % is about 40% better than our winning percentage on ESPN (0-3).

  38. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Was that a good enough point to warrant the cheap shot feel to it,randy?

    My vote is no. :(

  39. Yankz27 May 24th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    *ESPN Sunday Night

  40. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    SAS, nope won’t have a laptop. That’s ok – I spend too much time on the computer as is, so this semi-break will be nice.

  41. MTU(aka GBURL) May 24th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Whatever we do or don’t do against The Twinkies the easy stretch is coming, and one of our better players should be back any day now.

    Those things have got to help get us going in the right direction again.

  42. Billy D May 24th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    “Oh, tomorrow night’s game is on My 9. Yanks’ winning percentage on my9 is about 40%.”

    Yankees winning percentage the last 15 games is .333, so at 40% things are looking up.

  43. KT May 24th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Nice outing for laptop tonight – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 K

    Wave Davis gave up 5 runs

  44. ac1 May 24th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    every year people count the yankees out and every year they eat crow. as of this morning, yankees still had the 2nd best record in baseball. Even with all the losses. Who cares if boston is playing well now. We know they will collapse in august. Tampa is good but certainly not as good as they have been playing. And we know toronto will not hold up. It is frustrating, but not a lost cause. This weekend Granderson, maybe in another 1-2 weeks, posada may be able to come back, and once POsada is back, we will roll.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Yuck, Buchholz….that’s impressive. Thanks a lot, Rays

  46. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:14 pm
    Yuck, Buchholz….that’s impressive. Thanks a lot, Rays
    *************

    Buchholz is an Avenger.

    We’ll catch the Rays

  47. PHO May 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Everytime Buchholz or Pelfrey win a game, it eats a little bit of my soul.

  48. ac1 May 24th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    who care if boston wins. I dont know about you but i would rather have the sox bring tampa back to the pack than have tampa move further ahead. i wont actively cheer for boston, but i wont care if they bring tampa back to earth either.

  49. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Everytime Buchholz wins a game, it eats a little bit of my hard drive.

  50. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I would rather have the Rays win because I detest the Sox, but that has nothing to do with my Buchholz comment.

  51. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Every time Buchholz pitches well, an Angel earns his wings………….

  52. Zolio May 24th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Justin Masterson is now 0-5 this year

    Has lost his last 11 decisions dating back to last year.

    We face him Friday. Naturally, he will break his slump then.

  53. John May 24th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I’d rather Boston fade out of the picture and deal with Tampa head-on rather than turning this into a highly contested 3-team race again.

    Just adds one more headache for us to contend with on our way to the playoffs. Of course, this isin’t unexpected. I don’t think anyone thought Boston was going to fall out of the picture totally. But they have played a lot better than I expected them too during this ‘tough’ stretch for them.

  54. Wave Your Hat May 24th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    So we gained a half game on the Rays, and the Sox gained a half game on us. The optimists are happy and the pessimists are worried. I’m rooting for the Rays tomorrow to the extent I care about such things, which isn’t much.

  55. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    4 team race maybe? Don’t see Toronto fading this year.

  56. Guard May 24th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Rooting for the Rays as well.

    At this point it doesn’t mean much though. Boston is clearly back in the picture – we lost our cushion to them this week.

  57. Bret the Hitman May 24th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I’m rooting for a Sox sweep. A 3 team race is good for baseball. We are the best and Tampa needs to be brought back down to Earth.

  58. Sal BK May 24th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Francessa said we will get fat on the bad teams next week and by then, Toronto would have faded and we will beat them up.

  59. V Torch May 24th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Will Miranda outproduce Damon’s projected stat-line of 12 HRs and 9 stolen bases?

    If so, we are in good shape at DH and can use our chips for something we need more.

  60. Corona May 24th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    # Zolio May 24th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Justin Masterson is now 0-5 this year

    Has lost his last 11 decisions dating back to last year.

    We face him Friday. Naturally, he will break his slump then.

    lol so true

  61. Pat M. May 24th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Nick in SF……Do you think the moderators will do the piece on the Comments ( right / wrong ) and site names and examples ……I have Orlando tonight

  62. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I’d rather the Rays win, but give the state of the Yankees, what’s the difference? The Yankees have to get their ship in order first. I knew the Sox were going to be trouble. They have a terrific offense (let’s not pretend otherwise) and their pitching is shaping up; Buchholz is pitching like an ace right now.

  63. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Pat M, I wish, but no, I think it is strictly about the Yanks…. anyway, comments of my own could show up on both sides of the ledger… :?

  64. JAP May 24th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    LOL, look what the Sawx got back for Masterson…just another sad job of Gammons (as CR9 would say) stink licking their players and building them up when they truly have no value.

  65. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.1945751

    Cashman does not believe Mark Teixeira is a .209 hitter. He does not expect Derek Jeter to finish with a .320 on-base percentage. And he doesn’t foresee CC Sabathia continuing to give up homers at this rate. This team is filled with veterans whom he believes will find their way.
    “Our team has hit a spell here that tests your mettle, and that’s what you experience every year,” Cashman said. “You just got to find a way to fight through it until things start going back on line.”
    Last season, the Yankees lost seven of nine in May and nine of 13 in June, two tough stretches that were easily forgotten when they took off on a second-half surge en route to their 27th world championship.
    “I don’t look back and say we did it last year so it’s OK,” Cashman said. Instead, he looks at the individual struggles and trusts that what is happening to each of his players right now represents a fluke, not a troubling theme.
    The players agree with him, of course. “There’s a lot of frustration because we know we’re capable of doing a lot more,” Alex Rodriguez said after striking out with two men on to end Sunday night’s game. Added Teixeira, “We expect more of ourselves.”
    Many players said yesterday’s day off was a perfectly timed getaway, and Joe Girardi agreed. “We’ve had some long games, some emotional games,” he said Sunday night, “so I think the off day comes at a good time.”
    The Yankees have lost five of six and 10 of 15, but when they return to action Tuesday night in Minnesota, they will kick off a stretch in which 13 of their next 19 games come against teams with losing records. And Cashman thinks the injury pendulum soon might swing in their favor, beginning with Curtis Granderson.
    Out since May 1 with a groin injury, Granderson went 3-for-5 in his third rehab game yesterday. “If everything goes perfect,” Cashman said, “we’ll have him here by Friday.”
    The Yankees are 51/2 games behind the Rays. “It’s a problem,” Cashman said, “but it’s not something you can’t overcome. It’s a long way to go and we can go one of two ways. We can catapult ourselves above everybody else or we can bury ourselves. But we control our own destiny . . . because if we play good baseball for a large part of the season, I like our chances.”

  66. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Also in the article, Cash says that he expects Po to be out until mid-June…………ick.

  67. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Also in the article, Cash says that he expects Po to be out until mid-June…………ick.

    That would be about a month.

  68. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Carl, oh that’s right, lol…………it just seems so long since Po has really played that I was hoping we were making progress. This is going to be a long 3 weeks or so without him…………

  69. Nick in SF May 24th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    “Cashman does not believe Mark Teixeira is a .209 hitter.”

    Get out of the 209, Tex!

  70. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Carl, oh that’s right, lol…………it just seems so long since Po has really played that I was hoping we were making progress. This is going to be a long 3 weeks or so without him…………

    He probably broke his foot walking down the stairs. Happened to me before :(

  71. JAP May 24th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    LET’S GO MAGIC!!! THE BEGIN OF AN EPIC COLLAPSE FOR ANOTHER BOSTON TEAM :)

  72. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 24th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Good night Yankee people!

  73. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    All Cash can do is just have faith in Tex, Jeter, Alex, etc… If they aren’t good, there’s nothing he can do to fix it.

  74. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 24th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Ouch, Carl……….sorry about that. As klutzy as I am, I’ve yet to break anything (knock on wood).

  75. JAP May 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    What a sick bunch of morons blowing the game. Unreal

  76. SMK May 24th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.

  77. JAP May 24th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    LET THE COMEBACK BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!! LET’S GO MAGIC!!! woooohoooo

  78. pistol pete May 24th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Cashman as the prophet, give me a break. His off season started with signing Johnson who was coming off a year where he needed 2 cortizone injections to get through last season from his previously surgically repaired wrist, brilliant, there goes a regular spot. We need to fix the DH/OF position, we can’t win without production there. Last year Matsui had 28 HRs and an ops over 850. Gardner has been brilliant but is starting to suffer from over exposure especially in the 2 hole. Go get Ichiro, he’s got 2 1/2 yrs left at about 16m per year. He fixes the 2 hole problem, the outfield weakness, and could give Joe flexibility in the dh/of position. Seattle’s going nowhere, Ichiro is 36, and makes a lot of money. Furthermore they’ll lose Lee next year and be worse. He’d be our best defensive outfielder, highest batting avg. and really lengthen the lineup. The Yanks need an energy infusion, this team looks dead, old, lethargic. Go get Ichiro and get another ring.

  79. Carl May 24th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    pistol pete

    What in the hell did you just type?

  80. youk May 24th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    JAP May 24th, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    ‘What a sick bunch of morons blowing the game. Unreal”
    ——————————————————————-

    So tell me how well the Knicks are doing this year in the playoffs? Or in recent history as far as that goes??

  81. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 24th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Andrew Marchand (ESPN) as Joe if he will say anything to Cerevelli, about his lack of hustle.

    Joe s aid, “None of your business, We handle stuff in the clubhouse.” smack!!

  82. Frank & Beans May 24th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    A friend close to the empire has told me that the Yankees have inquired on Hanley Ramirez? I almost fell off my chair! I had to post that it was my duty as a Yankee fan!

    Winn must go.

  83. Joba Tips his Cap May 24th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    wow, what a game for Magic!

  84. Corona May 24th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Can the Magic do it?

    Bruins already blew the 3-0 lead.

    Can the sports god be so kind to us as to have the same thing happen to another Boston sports team 2 weeks later?

  85. John May 24th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hanley Ramirez would be a bad influence on Joba.

  86. Joba Tips his Cap May 25th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Celtics have to win game 5, otherwise all pressure will be on them.

  87. Joba Tips his Cap May 25th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    this is the best playoff game so far in this season.
    Both teams REALLY wanna win, fight to death.

  88. ray (sox fan) May 25th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Hanley Ramirez is considered one of the best in the game. They certainly wouldn’t give him away. He would cost dearly.

    Are you guys prepared to give up someone like Phil Hughes, etc. because that is what it would take.

  89. Frank & Beans May 25th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    The person that told me that about Ramirez, he indicated that no one asked Jeter. Why would they if he is taking ur spot.

  90. who cares sux fan May 25th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    sux fan

    How would you know what the Yankees would need to give up?

  91. Frank & Beans May 25th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I dont want Ramirez, I want Tampa bays CC

  92. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Toronto beating LAA 5-0 top of the 7th. Seems like the Cardinals wore them out this weekend!

  93. GreenBeret7 May 25th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    who cares sux fan May 25th, 2010 at 12:07 am
    sux fan

    How would you know what the Yankees would need to give up?

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Go be an ass someplace else.
    Ray’s contributed more to this board than you ever have to humanity. Of course, that’s always the case with oxygen stealers like you.

  94. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Angels pitcher Bobby Caaaevah is bad really bad.

  95. Frank & Beans May 25th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Im saying my friend is never wrong. Why would the Yanks go after ramirez if they were going to resign jeter…

  96. pistol pete May 25th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Anyone not interested in H rameriz is an idiot. He’s one of the best players in the game and would give the Yankees a SS for the next 5 years. Jeter could go to LF or DH and take the physical pressure off him as he ages. I’m sure they’d want a lot. How about Joba/Gardner/and Montero.

  97. ray (sox fan) May 25th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    GB, I don’t care what Randy says about you, you are a good guy! :)

  98. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Angels can’t hit LHP, (EXCEPT CC.) Brett Cecil is killing them.

  99. m May 25th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    No way the Yankees don’t re-sign Jeter. Your friend may be right that the Yankees inquired about Ramirez, but the Yankees won’t let Jeter get his 3000 hits in another uni. One may not have anything to do with the other. Especially with how much Jeter runs out to LF on those pop-ups. :?

  100. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Mike Scioscia must be crazy, Cassevah just gave up 4 hr in the 7th and he’s back out in the 8th.

  101. Bret the Hitman May 25th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    The Yankees only inquired about Hanley because they probably figure they can fit him in somewhere besides SS if the Marlins demands are reasonable enough for the Yankees to realistically pursue.

    Heck, this team doesn’t have a DH.

  102. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Matsui is batting .224, 5 HR, 22 RBI Angels being shut out by Jays through 8.

  103. GreenBeret7 May 25th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    ray (sox fan) May 25th, 2010 at 12:26 am
    GB, I don’t care what Randy says about you, you are a good guy!

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    LMAO. Nobody cares what Randy says. We always ignore that old geezer, Ray.

  104. Jerkface May 25th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    No way the Yankees don’t re-sign Jeter. Your friend may be right that the Yankees inquired about Ramirez, but the Yankees won’t let Jeter get his 3000 hits in another uni. One may not have anything to do with the other. Especially with how much Jeter runs out to LF on those pop-ups.

    If Jeter keeps it up, hopefully its a 1 year deal for him to get 3,000 and go in peace.

  105. Bret the Hitman May 25th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Jerkface,

    Jeter will hit .300 this year.

    He’ll get no less than 4 years.

  106. J. Henry Waugh - God Does Not Play Dice, But I Do May 25th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I understand we’re about to acquire Damon Rutherford.

  107. Pat M. May 25th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Some thing Hanley ends up in the outfield due to his ever growing size

  108. SAS May 25th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Derek will retire as a Yankee!!!

  109. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 25th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Jays shutout the Angels 6-0, Matsui is batting 7th.

  110. SAS May 25th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    As will Mo, Pettitte, and Posada

  111. John May 25th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Our DH is in Detroit currently

  112. BBYanks May 25th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    SAS -
    Jeter will retire as a Yankee!!!
    ———————————–

    Agree, just hope that both Jeter and the Yankees agree on the date he should retire.

  113. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....ncern.html

    But Cashman won’t relent to the army of second-guessers, insisting “Johnny would’ve never signed with us for $8 million for one year [his current contract with Detroit]. He was beyond our price point. I tell people all the time, Johnny Damon was never a choice for us.”

  114. Jerkface May 25th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Jeter will hit .300 this year.

    He’ll get no less than 4 years.

    That will be a mistake.

  115. SAS May 25th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Jerkface,

    I agree with you. 4 years is too long. I would offer 2 yrs firm with an option, but truthfully I don’t think he will play passed that time. He has put off marriage and family so that he can devote himself to his job. I think he will opt out before he HAS to retire. Just my opinion. I think dealing with Posada will be harder. I think you offer Mo 2 yrs., but I think he too will retire. Obviously, Pettitte will retire.

  116. igotid88 May 25th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Last week was a bad one. Now we will start winning again.

  117. Rich in NJ May 25th, 2010 at 2:37 am

    It’s absurd to pretend that we know what Jeter or Mo will get at this point in time.

    If they don’t have good years (for them), they likely are going to get less money and less years than they would if they had performed like this did last season.

    Otherwise, the Yankees would have signed them before this season.

    Note: I am not saying Jeter or Mo won’t have good years (I’m not Nostradamus, so I have no idea), only that if they don’t, it will have an effect on their respective contracts.

    btw, AVG is not nearly important as OPS.

  118. MTS May 25th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    SAS says:
    May 25, 2010 at 2:09 am
    Jerkface,

    I agree with you. 4 years is too long. I would offer 2 yrs firm with an option, but truthfully I don’t think he will play passed that time. He has put off marriage and family so that he can devote himself to his job. I
    ________________
    jeter put off marriage and family because he was a man-whore.

  119. Pat M. May 25th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    2 years with a club option for both

  120. Nick in SF May 25th, 2010 at 3:22 am

    3 years with a Jeter option to become Supreme Ruler.

  121. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 25th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Very interesting article by Marc Carig in today’s Star Ledger about AJ and acupuncture. Interesting to note that he asked Cashman if the Yankees had anything like that (acupuncture) and Cashman said to him that if it was part of his routine, the Yankees would get it, and they did.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....t_cre.html

  122. Sign Barry Bonds May 25th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    According to this article, Jeter is the 4th best player in baseball. I love DJ as much as the next guy, but that’s absurd.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/ml.....ayers-list

  123. GreenBeret7 May 25th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    It’s not as absurd as wanting to sign Barry Bonds to a player’s contract.

  124. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    “According to this article, Jeter is the 4th best player in baseball. I love DJ as much as the next guy, but that’s absurd.”

    I’d assume this is based on career merits rather than a quarter of the 2010 season.

  125. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 25th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    That was a nice article, but Carig doesn’t know anything about bulldogs; if he did, he would never have used “nasty” to describe them.

  126. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 25th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Betsy -

    Do you think he meant “pitbull?”

    I just looked up the traits of a bulldog, and interestingly, I think they do describe AJ, but not the way Carig meant it. There was no “nasty” in there at all!!! Stubborn and headstrong, but I don’t think that’s what he meant. :)

  127. Sign Barry Bonds May 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Billy D –

    It’s supposed to refer to right now. If it was career merits, Mauer could not be nearly so high.

    GreenBeret7 –

    I think DJ 4th is more absurd than signing Barry Bonds. That’s why I wrote that.

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