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Coming home

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Today in the Journal News on Jun 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Well, not quite home, but I’m making my way to Baltimore this morning. The Yankees are already there, and they left Canada on a high note yesterday, rallying to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in their series finale. The Yankees pitched well this series, but the offense didn’t really show up until yesterday’s eighth inning.

Today is an off day, which will be good for Alex Rodriguez and his sore groin. The notebook also has items on Jorge Posada, Marcus Thames, Joe Girardi’s ejection and Tony Pena’s bizarre pitching change.

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  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    It seems like the Yankees have been on the road the whole year; then they get stretches at home of only 6 games or so. It would be nice for them to be able to settle in for some home cooking………..

  2. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    “Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 9:42 am
    Billy D, Ravech said in short order the NL East would surpass the AL East as the premier division in baseball.”

    Well, if that’s his argument, he’s simply arguing for the sake of arguing.

  3. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Off topic:

    For those of you that might have missed it (and didn’t want to) I am reposting my Phil Hughes tribute photos. From now on 1 win = 1 hike.

    Phil. This one’s for you !

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy…..ringsLoop#

    :)

  4. RayVT June 7th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have been hearing how great the Mets are for years. How their 3B & SS were superstars and unquestionably better than Jeter & Arod. Now the Yanks have key players at 1B, 2B, CF, RF & even LF who are position players that are better than the Mets too. Add to that the Pitching of CC, AJ, AP, JL, & PH along with Joba and it isn?t even close.

    Why the Orioles would be as good or better than the Mets in the NL. Of course Toronto would be with all that young pitching and a good team defense and loads of hitting.

    No one in their right mind would think of the Mets as even close to TB, RS or Yanks. Laughable.

    The Metropolitans got old quickly, which happens with injuries or undisciplined players.

  5. Mike_Boston June 7th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    This is from over the weekend, talk about a rant. I’ve never been a Kay fan, but he’s dead on with this:
    Michael Kay spent about 4.5 minutes on 1050 ESPN radio this afternoon expressing his displeasure with my New York Post counterpart, Phil Mushnick.
    Here’s my transcript of the rant, which doesn’t do justice to Kay’s tone, which was venomous, to put it mildlly:
    “This is a quote from Phil Mushnick’s column in the Post today: ‘Now a scold: When Kay lifts a chunk from a newspaper column, repeats it almost word for word on his radio show as if it’s his original thought and he doesn’t credit the author, or at least the publication in which it appeared, that’s dishonest, a form of theft.’
    “First things first: Who the hell are you to scold me? My mother and father scolded me and they’re dead. You’re not, OK? Don’t ever scold me. You don’t have that right to be scolding me, nor do you have that gravitas. You’re nothing, OK? And what you wrote is untrue. Because of all the people that you talk to, even people at this station, I’m obsessed with giving credit. Some of my best friends in the world are newspaper writers and I always give credit.
    “If I inadvertently or unknowingly gave the same kind of thought that was in a newspaper column without crediting it, well then I apologize for that. But I want you to tell me what I did and when I did it. Because the way you write it it’s like it’s a constant thing, and that’s fraudulent on your part. Fraudulent. That is not true. And I’ve got stuff on you. You want to question ethics? I’ll bring it out, too. I’ve got plenty of things that would question your ethics and your morals and the way you do your job. And I’m going to leave it open-ended, too. How does that feel?
    “You guys have thin skins. If you think about, what are critics? Critics are parasites that live off the work of others and critique it. Do something on your own. I’d never steal a line from your column, Phil, because I know every single day exactly what you’re going to write.
    “Let’s see: You’ll rip Mike Francesa, who’s one of the most successful people in this business. You’re going to rip John Sterling, who’s one of the most popular people that does major league baseball. Oh, yeah, you also don’t like when people say, ‘Let’s break it down.’
    “And you don’t like the term ‘walk off.’ And you think that ESPN self-congratulates itself. Oh, yeah, and black uniforms. You’re a six-trick pony, baby. You write the same thing. You don’t get off your couch in your living room and you have the nerve to question my ethics and my honesty? How dare you? You have no right and you have no credibility to do it.
    “Get off your couch and cover an event! Do something that comes from your mind rather than critique other people. And look at the people that you do like. Most of the people that you think are good, you couldn’t pick them out of a lineup if you’re an average fan. Gee, I guess if you look at the people that you don’t like, they happen to be successful and popular.
    “I wish I could overtake Mike Francesa. I try to do that every single day. And you have the nerve every day to hammer that guy and John Sterling? For the last 20 years you’ve written the same column. Now you’ve gone too far when you question the fact that I steal people’s ideas, when I don’t have enough of a frame of mind to come up with my own stuff, I have to steal people’s ideas without giving them credit? I don’t do it. I’ve never done it. And you write an open-ended thing like that without giving a specific case? How dare you?
    “Don’t scold me. I’m not your son. How dare you scold me? You ever scolded me to my face I’d punch you in the face. Scold me in print? No. That’s not the way it works. I’m not going to let you get away with it. I know what I just did because I know how thin-skinned people like you are. Now you’re going to come back every single column and you’re going to rip me for something I say. Good. I like where I am.
    “Because one day when I die more people are going to be sad than happy. And when you die it’s going to be the complete opposite. Because people hate your guts in the business. Nobody respects you and then you have the nerve to take me on? Well, it’s not going to happen. The next time you rip me, I’ll rip you again, and I’ll say all the things I know about you. I’ll rip you again! So don’t you ever come after me, with my ethics and my morals and my honesty, because I am beyond reproach with that.
    “I’m obsessive with giving credit if I see something on the Internet, if I read something in the newspaper and you say I’m picking up people’s ideas? That’s a load of crap. You’re full of it. You’ve run out of things to write. Now I’m in your bull’s eye? Go for it. Bring it on. I’m ready for you. I have no respect for you. I have no respect for what you write after what you wrote today.
    “I used to think that you were a straight shooter and that you really believed what you wrote. But you just write an open-ended thing like that like I stole somebody’s idea and didn’t give credit, like I don’t have ideas of my own? Please, stop yourself. You make me sick.
    “It’s 3:57. Let’s go back to the phones.’’

  6. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Billy, the only thing that would make me hesitate in terms of long-term superiority of the AL East over any other division is the fact that the Yankees have a lot of questions in their minor leages. Montero will probably be the real deal and Romine has been terrific, but it’s not like the Yankees are the Rays, who have a ton of “sure thing” prospects. I suppose I could probably say the same thing for the Sox – like the Yankees, most of their better prospects are in the lower minors.

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Sorry. I should tried the link again before reposting. Let’s see if this one works.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....ringsLoop#

    :)

  8. Erin June 7th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    MTU-beautiful pictures!! :)

  9. Would you like some cheese with your whine? June 7th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    GB

    You are a disgrace to your age!

  10. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 7th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Mike_Boston-

    Kay was not too happy, was he? Ouch.

  11. ac1 June 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Billy D, Ravech said in short order the NL East would surpass the AL East as the premier division in baseball.”

    ___

    Ravech is a moron. Sure all the teams are close, HOWEVER. they are all close to .500. Four AL East Teams are well above .500. The Jays and Sox would be dominating the AL East right now. NL just has weaker competition anyway.

  12. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Erin-

    Thanks.

    Phil better not let us down. I had to work pretty hard to give him that tribute.

    Fair is fair, Right ? :)

  13. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    No such thing as “sure thing” prospects Betsy.

    They don’t really exist.

    To succeed in this game is a constant battle. Ask Jesus Montero and Mark Teixeira for example.

    Neither guy has forgotten how to hit. It just shows you how tough the game can be.

    Robinson Cano was never a “sure thing” prospect and he is one of the best players in baseball.

    Craig Hansen was a “Can’t miss” guy. Was supposed to be the Sox “closer of the future”. How did that work out?

    Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin were considered “can’t miss” guys that Detroit gave up for Miguel Cabrera. Neither guy has made it and Miller looks like a huge bust.

    Prospects are just that…..prospects until they prove they can be successful at the major league level.

  14. RayVT June 7th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I thought this was interesting. In the last 13 games:

    Yankees are 9-4
    RSox are 9-4
    Toronto are 8-5
    Rays are 5-8

  15. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    “Billy, the only thing that would make me hesitate in terms of long-term superiority of the AL East over any other division is the fact that the Yankees have a lot of questions in their minor leages”

    Respectfully disagree Betsy. As much as anything, finances dictate that the Yankees and Red Sox will likely remain competitive for year’s to come. Both teams seem to be doing well with their minor league systems, which only serves to augment their financial edge. Question about the superiority of the AL East going forward really is whether Tampa and Toronto, two teams who are not strong financially, can sustain some level of competitiveness.

  16. YankeeRay June 7th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Is it time yet????

    It is time to move Tex to the 5 spot in the lineup and slide Arod and Cano up one spot.

    If anyone wants to argue this I am open for debate.

    It’s time to drop Mark “BOC” Teixeira to the 5 spot.

    BOC stands for Back of Card which I’m tired of hearing about. Change is inevitable in baseball and lineup changes are part of the game during a long season.

  17. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 9:44 am
    Betsy-

    I want a SS prospect with Pena’s glove and Nunez’s bat.

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

    Actually, Eduardo Nunez’ defense has improved a thousand fold. He’s made more errors at 2nd and 3rd than at shortstop. Only 3 errors in 49 games at shortstop. Not sure why there has been such a drastic change, whether it is better field conditions, maturity or better instruction. Whatever the cause of the improvement, it’s been huge. He doesn’t make the careless errors of the past. The footwork was a huge issue before.

  18. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Would you like some cheese with your whine? June 7th, 2010 at 9:58 am
    GB

    You are a disgrace to your age!

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

    OUCH!!!! That hurts me deeply.

    LMAO.

  19. Barry Lane June 7th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Mike,

    Thanks for the heads up on the Michael Kay thing. On a personal note, and just that, I have always found Phil Mushnick unappetizing.

    Barry

  20. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    SJ-

    “Prospects are just that…..prospects until they prove they can be successful at the major league level.”

    I’m convinced. Used to think differently. Just wasn’t being realistic enough. It’s a real gauntlet trying to get to the majors. And hype is just that “hype”.

    Your Nephew seems to be defying the odds so far. :)

  21. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Can’t move Tex Ray. That’s not the solution.

    You move him down in the order, he sees fewer pitches to hit and that isn’t going to help him get out of his slump.

    I also wouldn’t move Cano at all. He’s so locked in where he is, why mess with success?

    Its tough to do but, you have to keep him hitting third and hope he hits his way out of it for right now.

  22. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 7th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    If you just looked at teams’ records, Atlanta would be a half game ahead of the Jays and the Red Sox, who would be just a couple of games ahead of the Phillies and the Mets.

    But, of course, you can’t do that.

    If you look at the standings in both leagues, only the NL Central leaders (and there are two – the Reds and the Cardinals, tied) has a decent lead over the next bunch of teams.

    There’s a lot of competitive divisions it looks like.

    Selig is getting what he wanted, which is that most teams are competing for division or wild card, at least so far this season. Of course, after the ASB, you take another look and see what you got.

    However, the AL East is an unbelievable division. All four top teams have pitching, offense and defense. I’d put all four teams against any team in MLB in any division and would be very surprised if they weren’t on top.

  23. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    “And you don’t like the term ‘walk off.”

    I agree with is. It’s misused. The term, as coined by Dennis Eckersley, really had a negative connotation. He referred to serving up “a walk off piece” to Gibson in the ’88 series. When asked what he meant, he said, and I paraphrase slightly, “I threw the pitch, he jacked it out, and we (the A’s) walked off the field”.

  24. pat June 7th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    “Prospects are just that…..prospects until they prove they can be successful at the major league level.”

    And the really good (lucky?) ones get to prove over and over again for 10-20 years that they should stay at the major league level. :wink:

    Unless you are an NFL team looking for a franchise QB, you take best available in the draft. If they are good and don’t fit your depth chart, they’ll bring something in a trade that will.

  25. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 7th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    In fact, it looks like, just looking at the standings, that Baltimore and maybe Arizona are the only two teams that won’t be jumping out of the cellar any time soon.

  26. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 June 7th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I thought Andy and Javier pitched well. AJ was another story, even he depicted himself as choking. Who here thought that Javier would be the only pitcher to pullout a win this weekend?
    I thought Andy was a for sure winner, but the bats were silent.

    Tampa and Toronto play next, it can only help the Yankees.

  27. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    MTU,

    He’s not even close yet. That’s how tough it is.

    Being an A Ball All Star, while nice, means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    Once you go to AA, the challenge increases.

    Its a very, very tough business to make it in. Take a similar amount of skill and mental toughness to ride out the tough times.

    That’s why so few make it.

    Over 1500 players will get drafted and/or IFA contracts this year and less than 2% of them will ever see any extensive major league time.

    That’s how tough it is.

  28. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    GB-

    Good morning.

    Hope all continues well in the Antebellum South, and the Mint Julep’s are as tasty as ever.

    Good to hear abot Nunez. Maybe we have our guy then. He still has type to continue to improve. :)

  29. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    “Your Nephew seems to be defying the odds so far.”

    Saw that he was plunked in the gazoo helmet the other night. How’d he end up?

  30. Sal June 7th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    very glad we won the game. the umpiring has been terrible. that strike zone was ridiculous. not having Michael Kay call a series, priceless !!

  31. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    “time” not “type”. Duh.

  32. Tom in N.J. June 7th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Here’s a top 50 prospect list from 2006.

    If you’re named on of the top 3 prospects in all of baseball for any given season you’d be a “sure thing” right?

    So I guess Delmon Young, Jeremy Hermida, and Brandon Wood are all on the cusp of superstardom, right?

    http://www.minorleaguebaseball.....?content=1

  33. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 7th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Are there supplementary picks or sandwich picks or whatever they’re called, in the first round? Meaning, if the Yankees have the last pick of the first round, it’s not necessarily the 30th pick, right?

  34. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I don’t normally read much of what Gammons says, but, the subject some interest.

    Here’s a particularly interesting part for SJ.

    “Last June, the Pirates were second-guessed for taking Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez with the fourth pick, because the gurus didn’t rate Sanchez as a prime draftee. Sanchez now is hitting .318 in the Florida State League. He catches like a Molina. Then, general manager Neal Huntington went above slot in later rounds to sign six high school arms, so if Sanchez is a .250 average/20 homer, Gold Glove receiver (i.e., an All-Star) and three arms make it, then it will have been a great Draft for a team that has been one of the biggest investors the past two years in the Draft and the international market.”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  35. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Billy,

    He’s ok. Seeing the doctor today to see if he can get cleared to play again.

    The helmet saved him. You take a 96 MPH fastball just above the temple and only come out of it with a headache, you are livin’ lucky.

    The new helmet, while not attractive, definitely did its job.

  36. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “Are there supplementary picks or sandwich picks or whatever they’re called, in the first round? Meaning, if the Yankees have the last pick of the first round, it’s not necessarily the 30th pick, right?”

    Sandwich picks come after the Yankees pick. There may some comp picks for failure to sign a 1st rounder the year prior (this is how the Yankees got Heathcott). Not sure if there anre any this year.

  37. upstate kate June 7th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Yankee Ray
    not an expert by any means, but my 2 cents:
    I have been opposed to the idea of flip flopping Robbie and Tex, as has been suggested before, but your idea still has Robbie protecting Alex. Maybe it takes some of the pressure off Tex. Might be worth a try, altho Girardi seemed adamant that he was not moving Tex.

  38. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    SJ, that’s true. I guess my point was that the Yankees have some nice prospects, but they all have questions attached to them. I suppose that’s true for all but the super stud prospects, though. I’m just hoping we can develop a few good young players so we don’t have to go the FA route again (primarily, that is).

    Cano is an interesting case; I don’t recall hearing about him when he was in the minors – he’s someone who appears to hit major lieague hitting pitching better than minor league pitching. I read that’s not that surprising among young players as major leaguers throw more strikes.

  39. pat June 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Doreen

    Someone will correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the sandwichpicks happen between rounds so the Yankees would have the 30th pick.

  40. Tom in N.J. June 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Doreen, the Yankees have the 32nd pick because the Rangers and Rays each get an extra pick because they didn’t sign their first round picks last season.

  41. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    “So I guess Delmon Young, Jeremy Hermida, and Brandon Wood are all on the cusp of superstardom, right?”

    While 1-3 have been anywhere from less than ordinary to abject failures, you got to give to #’s 4-10. Those guys all ended up being pretty good ballplayers.

  42. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Doreen, that doesn’t work because the Braves are playing in a weaker division and a much weaker league while all the teams in the AL East have to face each other (that by itself will keep their records down).

  43. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Good news, SJ. Hope it works out for him.

    FSL allstar game must be cool for him. You think he sees AA later in the summer?

  44. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Gammons is a big fan of my nephew.

    When he was playing in the Cape a few years ago, he came up to me and was very complimentary toward him and has been very supportive since that time.

    The guy knows everybody in the game. While he certainly wears his Red Sox fandom on his sleeve, he knows the game, and probably logs more time watching prospects live than many of the “gurus” who rate them on the internet.

    The guy is always at games in the Cape and minor league games throughout the summer.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I read that article over the weekend and thought it was one of Gammons’ worst efforts, but that was a nice shout out to Tony.

  46. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    We will get to see wether or not another “can’t miss” prospect in the real deal this week when the Marlins bring up Stanton.

    It’s debut time.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    That said, I really like Gammons. He’s no Yankee hater as some portray him to be and he seems like a wonderful guy.

    I’m glad Tony’s doing ok, SJ. They should probably make those helmets mandatory in MLB, but that will never happen; I’m surprised that more pitchers haven’t been seriously hurt, to be honest.

  48. RayVT June 7th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    While I don’t care for M Kay, I don’t know of anyone who would call him a plagurist! A jerk, opinionated, jealous, or even vindictive but not a thief!

    If I were the New York Post counterpart, Phil Mushnick I would be looking over my shoulder for sure as I don’t think M Kay will let this drop! M Kay is hard to deal with when someone says something true about him, but a lie, wow!

  49. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:11 am
    GB-

    Good morning.

    Hope all continues well in the Antebellum South, and the Mint Julep’s are as tasty as ever.

    Good to hear abot Nunez. Maybe we have our guy then. He still has type to continue to improve

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

    Morning, MTU. It’s been a struggle down here, trying to bring these rebels back into the Union. They’re a stubborn lot, but, I’ve been able to recruit two young Yankee fans.

    Nunez has been outstanding so far. For the first couple of seasons, he’d best be used as an 8 or 9 hitter. Lots of speed and a great contact hitter. Not much on walking, but he doesn’t strike out. 12 walks, 29 strikeouts. Not much power, but, he’s still young and really thin.

  50. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Doreen, FYI – I know you were saying you “can’t do that” – didn’t meant to imply otherwise. I was just adding on to what you were saying (with regards to team records).

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Unfortunately, what MLB can’t protect a Pitcher against is the line drive back up the middle.

    Too many guys have been grievously injured by that as well. :(

  52. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    “We will get to see wether or not another “can’t miss” prospect in the real deal this week when the Marlins bring up Stanton.”

    This will be interesting. Supposedly improved his plate discipline, but we’ll see what the big leagues say about that. So far as “can’t miss” types, Heyward in Atlanta has seen his share of struggles, but he’s the same age as Montero and is posting a .900+ OPS and is on pace to walk 100 times. Sometimes the prospect cognoscenti get it right.

  53. YankeeRay June 7th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:08 am
    Can?t move Tex Ray. That?s not the solution.

    You move him down in the order, he sees fewer pitches to hit and that isn?t going to help him get out of his slump.

    I also wouldn?t move Cano at all. He?s so locked in where he is, why mess with success?

    Its tough to do but, you have to keep him hitting third and hope he hits his way out of it for right now.

    ——-

    SJ, that really isn’t a move of Cano as he still stays in the Arod protector role. He hit once in the cleanup spot and hit a GS which I know is only a 1 day sample and that is not what I’m banking on.
    My theory is that you put your best 2 hitters in the 3 and 4 holes and Tex doesn’t fit into that role now or maybe even ever again as Cano has stepped up his game.

    Your theory of hoping he hits his way out of it to me is a stretch. Hope is not a strategy.
    To keep doing the same thing over and over agian and hoping for different results is the definition of insanity.
    Joe needs to not worry about the Tex (BOC) ego and maybe a switch will relax him a bit. Who cares about what pitches he sees in the 5 hole as in the 3 hole he isn’t hitting anything right now or for the whole season for that matter.
    You need to earn your way into the middle of the lineup and Arod and Cano have done that.
    Batting 5th is not a punishment but it gets your 2 best hitters into better RBI spots when we are not scoring a lot of runs.
    BOC will still get plenty of RBI chances in the 5 spot and Posada will protect him just as good as he is protecting Cano right now.
    Let the debate continue.

  54. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Billy,

    That’s the hope. I’m hoping he can spend at least two months in AA this year.

    That would put him on track to begin next season in AAA.

  55. blake June 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    The only change I might consider with Tex would be to maybe flip he and Alex for a few games..that way its not a “demotion”, but merely a shakeup with the lineup.

    Little things like that can sometimes jumpstart a guy and he would still have plenty of protection with Cano behind him.

  56. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    GB-

    “I’ve been able to recruit two young Yankee fans.”

    Not all prospects make it but “The Twins” are certainly the real deal. :)

  57. SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Its not about placating Tex’s ego. He doesn’t have an ego that creates negative tension.

    When you are in a slump, so much of it is mental.

    A manager has to strike that fine balance of doing what’s right for the team and balancing the mental state of the player, especially an important player like Tex, so he doesn’t lose the guy.

    Right now, the Yankees lead the league in runs scored. While the offense has scuffled at times, and Tex has certainly struggled, it hasn’t hurt the overall team in a big way, given their place in the standings.

    Its why I wouldn’t mess with it right now. I’d give it until the AS Break.

    If by that time he is still struggling, then you have to look at alternatives.

  58. Bronx Jeers June 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’d say it’s only a matter of time before MLB makes that helmet required equipment.

    It makes no sense not to.

    Why wait till you get a concussion to utilize it ? Duh.

  59. Billy D June 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    “That’s the hope. I’m hoping he can spend at least two months in AA this year.

    That would put him on track to begin next season in AAA.”

    Nice. I remember somebody (Fangraphs maybe?) writing earlier this year, he’d be good to go as a big league catcher after 200 or so minor league games. Appears he is on his way.

  60. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    YRay-

    I have to agree with you on this one. I’ve been there for a while.

    The additional at bats do not seem to be helping at this point but less
    pressure to perform might. ;)

  61. upstate kate June 7th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    SJ
    glad to hear your nephew is doing so well…what a nice compliment, to be compared to a Molina!

  62. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    SJ-

    Which Molina ?

    Yadier, Bengie, or Jose ? There’s a vast difference even though the last name is the same. ;)

  63. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am
    GB-

    “I’ve been able to recruit two young Yankee fans.”

    Not all prospects make it but “The Twins” are certainly the real deal.

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

    Well, these are the small twins , but, they are definately miracles. (Twins FSL team are the Ft Myers Miracles). Trust me, these kids are real. Never saw two babies that full of it in my life. If it was gold that they were dumping, I’d buy all of the blog regs lifetime season tickets.

  64. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 7th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Thanks everyone for answering my question on the draft. :)

    Betsy -

    I got my DVD and I’m waiting for some solitary time to watch it. :) (In other words, when the kids aren’t around.)

  65. upstate kate June 7th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    GB
    glad your are enjoying your twins, and bringing them up the proper way! Is Killer back home with you yet?

  66. YankeeRay June 7th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    SJ44 June 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am
    Its not about placating Tex?s ego. He doesn?t have an ego that creates negative tension.

    When you are in a slump, so much of it is mental.

    A manager has to strike that fine balance of doing what?s right for the team and balancing the mental state of the player, especially an important player like Tex, so he doesn?t lose the guy.

    Right now, the Yankees lead the league in runs scored. While the offense has scuffled at times, and Tex has certainly struggled, it hasn?t hurt the overall team in a big way, given their place in the standings.

    Its why I wouldn?t mess with it right now. I?d give it until the AS Break.

    If by that time he is still struggling, then you have to look at alternatives.

    ——-

    I agree with part of this. It is mental and a move might make him think a little bit about it instead of continuing on like nothing is wrong and that everything is ok. There has to be some accountability here and pointing to the Back Of a Baseball Card is not accountability.
    I didn’t say to do this in April as we knwo he gets off to a slow start every year and the fans give him that. But it is now June 7th and why wait until the ASG.
    Before yesterdays win we were in danger of dropping into a 3 way tie for 2nd or 4th if you look at it that way.
    Why wait until we fall behind the Jays and Sox.
    Make a tweak now while we are still ahead and maybe it ignites the whole lineup?
    Waiting until things hit rock bottom or we are behind will look like a panic move when in reality it is a strategic lineup change to make the team better.
    BOC has hit in the 5 hole before so I don’t think we lose him.
    JMO

  67. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) June 7th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Doreen, goody! If you tell me when you are going to watch it, I will watch it at the same time and we can have a little discussion, lol. It’s really very interesting…….I wonder what Erik Larsen is going to write about now; he always finds such interesting subjects!

  68. MaineYankee June 7th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    GB7

    I’ll take mine front row behind the Yankee dugout.

  69. MaineYankee June 7th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    kate

    ray took killer to Alaska with him. He needed a sled dog.

  70. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    GB-

    “If it was gold that they were dumping, I’d buy all of the blog regs lifetime season tickets.”

    Well I want to help because obiously I would benefit.

    Have you try “Alchemy” ?

    They can turn Lead into Gold so why not *#*# into gold ? :)

  71. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    upstate kate June 7th, 2010 at 10:44 am
    GB
    glad your are enjoying your twins, and bringing them up the proper way! Is Killer back home with you yet?

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

    Kate, I believe that a strong Yankee upbringing will help bring peace to the world and it’s my solemn duty to help the world.

    Yeah, “Killer’s home, now. He came dragging in about a week ago. He brought his girlfriend with him. She’s a real dog.

    Seriously, yeah, “Killer’s” home, but, he just lays around by the playpen. I have one folded up in the living room with the kids blankets on them. He just lays there, looking at the playpen, and actually seems to sigh. Apparently, the kids miss him, too. I have a decision to make about that.

  72. MTU (aka GBURL) June 7th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    GB-

    “I have a decision to make about that.”

    I would wait till you are stronger and are able to consume more beer and pizza if I were you.

    You want to be at your best after all. :)

  73. GreenBeret7 June 7th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    MaineYankee June 7th, 2010 at 10:47 am
    GB7

    I’ll take mine front row behind the Yankee dugout.

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

    I said “IF it were gold.” Trust me….that ain’t gold. About all I’d get for that is tickets to Fenway. They’d never know the difference.

  74. pat June 7th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    “I have a decision to make about that.”

    Think long and hard about having twins just to keep Killer happy. :wink:

  75. upstate kate June 7th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    that is a tough decision GB. Would your granddaughter take Killer full time? And would you still get to see him often? That is so sweet that he has such a bond w/ the twins.

  76. Erin June 7th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    New Post: Pitching matchups in Baltimore

  77. Erica in NY June 7th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    new thread :arrow:

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