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A great feeling

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Jun 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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When Chad Huffman got to his locker after yesterday’s game, the baseball was waiting for him. It was in a clear case on the top shelf, and the inscription was already written in ink. Three hours earlier, Huffman had hit that very same baseball to the right side of the Yankee Stadium infield. It had been thrown to first base where Geoff Blum caught it an instant after Huffman stepped on the bag for his first major league hit.

“I looked up on the jumbotron and saw my family jumping up and down,” Huffman said. “It was a great feeling… I’m going to give (the ball) to my mom so I don’t lose it.”

Two Yankees got their first major league hit last season. Ramiro Pena did it in his first at-bat. Francisco Cervelli did it in his eighth, having gone hitless in five at-bats the year before. This season, three Yankees have picked up their first big league hit.

Greg Golson
May 12
In his eighth major league at-bat — his first with the Yankees — Golson got a clean single to center field. It was the first hit of a five-run inning in Detroit. Golson went hitless in six at-bats with the Phillies in 2008 and struck out in his only at-bat with Texas in 2009.

Kevin Russo
May 21
In his third major league at-bat — his first major league start — Russo singled in the third inning against the Mets. Four innings later, his second major league hit would be a game-winning two-run double.

Chad Huffman
June 13
In his first major league at-bat — his first day on a major league roster — Huffman beat out an infield single. “I was trying to calm myself down,” he said. “Luckily I battled back with two strikes. I kind of got out in front of it and got lucky a little bit, but that’s part of it.”

Here’s Huffman talking about what must be a surreal moment in the life of a baseball player.

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106 Responses to “A great feeling”

  1. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Repost:

    Good morning 1st place Yankee fans.

    Here are the pics from my Phil tribute for victory # 9.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....hCanyon_1#

    By the way, the older looking Gentleman featured in one of the photos is a legend around here. He is 88 years young.

    Congrats to Huffman and of course to YMH. :)

  2. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Very cool. And that’s awesome his family was there to see it. :)

  3. blake June 14th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    MTU,

    No I think he went all fastballs in that AB and honestly with a 6 run lead I had no problem with it. He got the guy to hit a weak ground ball and it just found a hole. People were begging him to throw a curveball in that AB….well he did to the next guy and hung it in the wet conditioms and he hit it out of the park. It was just one of those innings…he was pretty darn good up until that point.

  4. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Not exactly a Daniel Nava moment but we’ll take it. :)

  5. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Blake-

    If he was having trouble gripping the ball then that makes a lot of sense.

    If he gives us a shutout next time out I’ll give him a super-dooper special tribute. :)

  6. blake June 14th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    MTU, who does he have next outing? Seattle?

  7. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Blake-

    The Mutts.

  8. ac1 June 14th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    So Austin Jackson is having back issues?

  9. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    “The Mutts.”

    vs. Pelfry

  10. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Billy-

    Great matchup.

  11. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Mets suck.

  12. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Bret-

    “Mets suck.”

    In an enduring sort of way.

    That’s a great matchup of 2 young studs. :)

  13. blake June 14th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Oh man Pelfrey V Hughes…sounds like a pay per view.

  14. Joe from Long Island June 14th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Good morning, all –

    Pelfrey v. Hughes will be exciting. I think it’s a sign of the influx of good, young pitching over the past couple of years, as the pendulum starts to swing back, away from sluggers to more pitching and D.

    All the more reason why I think it is more likely that Cliff Lee will end up in pinstripes for next year, moreso than a Carl Crawford (still possible, but less likely IMO).

  15. upstate kate June 14th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I am also really looking forward to seeing CC vs Doc

    I am a big fan of Crawford, but GGBG has been doing such a great job, cc no longer seems necessary.

  16. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Joe-

    “I think it’s a sign of the influx of good, young pitching over the past couple of years, as the pendulum starts to swing back, away from sluggers to more pitching and D. ”

    The sheer number of no no’s and 1 hitters this season sure seems to support your point.

    I have even wondered if the baseball has been altered to be a bit less lively so as to favor the pitcher over the hitter a bit more ?

  17. NYYROC June 14th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    FWIW, people have mentioned PH threw a CB to Cash for the HR. Replay shows i t was a cutter. The speed was 88 MPH, that’s cutter speed.

  18. blake June 14th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    joe,
    I agree. If Gardner continues to play anywhere close to his current level then it would be hard to justify spending significantly more money to replace him with Crawford…time will tell but Lee makes much more sense at this moment.

  19. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Joe-

    If GGBG keeps it up you are correct about cc.

    What happens with Lee kind of depends on Pettitte I think.

    A rotation of CC, AJ, CL, AP, and PH would be unreal. :)

  20. LGY June 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations to Roger on the Dutch victory!

  21. blake June 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    It may have been a cutter. I didn’t see the actual pitch…just the ball going over the fence.

  22. blake June 14th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    MTU,
    It would be unreal. I think they may go after Lee even if Andy comes back.

  23. Patrick from CT June 14th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    The Yankees are back on top.
    The starting pitching has been as good as anyone could have hoped for.
    The team is getting production from everyone.
    Life is good for the Yankees fans!

  24. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    What happens with Lee kind of depends on Pettitte I think.

    **************************
    I think they’ll go after Lee regardless of whether Andy comes back or not. JMO.

  25. NYYROC June 14th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I agree, I think Lee is the #1 target of the NYY regardless of what Andy does. Just seems like, from what I’ve read, they have wanted him for about 2 years. Cashman emphasizes pitching these days.

  26. Bronx Born June 14th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Beautiful shots MTU!

  27. pat June 14th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    The Yankees #’s w/bases loaded this year are great. 6 Grandslams have helped but overall they are just getting it done.

    http://www.baseball-reference......hives/6763

  28. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 14th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    pat -

    If I’m reading that correctly, no other team is even close. That’s amazing.

  29. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Well I guess the Yankees have to spend their money on somebody might as well be Lee. :)

    Bronx-

    Thanks. It’s my pleasure to share.

  30. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I agree, I think Lee is the #1 target of the NYY regardless of what Andy does. Just seems like, from what I’ve read, they have wanted him for about 2 years. Cashman emphasizes pitching these days.

    Nah, Lee is unnecessary once Joba steps back into the rotation.

  31. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    “Nah, Lee is unnecessary once Joba steps back into the rotation”
    ——————————————————-

    that ship has sailed.

  32. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Nah, Lee is unnecessary once Joba steps back into the rotation.

    *****************************
    Please, let’s not get into that debate again. I don’t think I can take anymore. ;)

  33. pat June 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I suppose it’s just a coincidence that days after the Government takes a hit on the Bonds case that Grand Jury evidence from the Clemens case leaks? Hmmm.

  34. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    You know it’s either a GREAT season or an AWFUL season when the forum dialogue is dominated by potential off-season moves.

    Glad it’s the former.

  35. Sal June 14th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    does anyone know how much those metal seats are on the lower concourse area ? great view

  36. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Two suggestions that you can feel free to disagree with.

    1. Trade a nothing player for the recently DFA’d Jake Fox. Send Oakland someone like Albaladejo or Igawa (and pick up the money), someone the Yankees have no use for and bring in Fox. Jake is off to a horrid start and that’s why he was designated out, but he has good power and can play all over the place. Thought here is that when Alex does come back Girardi can get him some more time at DH if he has someone better than Ramiro Pena to put in the lineup at 3b.

    2. This is not deja vu: Eduardo Nunez and a pitching prospect for David DeJesus and Robinson Tejada. With no indication that Aceves will be back any time soon the Yankees can put Tejada in the pen, slide Mitre back into long relief and dump Gaudin. DeJesus is having a terrific season (.390 OBP, .871 OPS) and would slot in wonderfully in the 2 spot allowing Swisher to hit lower in the lineup in an RBI spot.

    How’s this for an everyday lineup:
    Jeter
    DeJesus – DH
    Tex
    Alex
    Cano
    Posada
    Granderson
    Swisher
    Gardner

    On days when Tex DH’s, Swisher plays 1b and DeJesus goes to RF, or if you want to DH Alex or Derek, DeJesus can play LF and Gardner can sit.

    Nunez has a ton of potential and could be a very good player, but by the time the Yankees have a need at SS Nunez will likely be gone anyway.

  37. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Please, let’s not get into that debate again. I don’t think I can take anymore.

    It isn’t a debate. It is what will happen :)

  38. Haiku-man June 14th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Does this sound eerily familiar. The Cardinals add RandY Winn to their roster going into a 6 day road trip last week.
    They ended the road trip 1-6 Larussa who clamored for Winn to be signed, is scratching his head now wondering what’s wrong with his team. Holliday is per forming like he did with the A’s.

    Watching Winn play CF and RF these last few days was pure comedy !!

    GM Mozeliak is very concerned, and he should be about his job after the Holliday contract!

  39. m June 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Why is Swisher batting 8th?

  40. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    “It isn’t a debate. It is what will happen”
    ———————————————

    - the Waterboy, 1998

  41. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    “Why is Swisher batting 8th?”
    ———————————————-

    Swisher is a poor #2 hitter. Haven’t you noticed?

  42. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    ?It isn’t a debate. It is what will happen?
    ???????????????

    - the Waterboy, 1998

    ****************************

    :lol:

  43. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The Yankees have several options with respect to a starter for next season:

    1 Lee

    2 JV

    3 In-house guy (Joba, etc.)

    4 Other

    We’ll see. Keep in mind that the Yankees are always looking ahead not 1 but several seasons at a time. ;)

  44. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    m June 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am
    Why is Swisher batting 8th?
    ——————

    It’s not a reflection of Swisher, but more a reflection of how deep the lineup would be. The only reason he’s there and not DeJesus is that putting David there would have 3 lefties in a row.

  45. m June 14th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Haven’t really noticed, but the lowest Swisher should be batting is 7th. Back to back lefties at the bottom be damned.

  46. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    MTU –

    My guess (and it’s purely a guess) for next year’s rotation:

    CC, AJ, Lee, Hughes, Nova

    I think Andy will retire and Javy will sign elsewhere (thus giving the Yankees 2 draft picks to replace the ones they’ll lose for signing Lee)

  47. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Here’s a thought.

    Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when A-Rod, Tex and Grandy all find their powerstrokes ?

    Wowza. :)

  48. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    “Haven’t really noticed, but the lowest Swisher should be batting is 7th. Back to back lefties at the bottom be damned”
    ———————————————–

    m: was just playin. Swisher is perfect at #2

  49. m June 14th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Vinny,

    Good one. I thought you were kidding at first, but played it safe. :)

  50. blake June 14th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    don’t know if Dejesus would fancy Dhing and don’t know if the Yanks would trade a high upside SS for him.

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Want a few extra things to put a smile on your face ?

    Try these.

    A 23 year old pitcher who is 9-1 and is dominating.

    A 2b who is leading the league in hitting at a paltry .370 or so clip

    A homegrown left fielder who is having a better year than Carl Crawford.

    A young catcher who is ridiculously clutch.

    Need I say more ? :)

  52. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I would be pro-Lee if the Yankees add DeJesus to their OF depth and pick up his 6 million option for 2011. In that scenario, you get top shelf pitching, develop Gardner and have a proven bat to take over LF if Gardner regresses. Even if he puts up these numbers for a full season, I think the Yankees still want more OF depth long term since our best OF prospects are so far away. With a DH rotation, DeJesus would get plenty of AB’s and plenty of spot starts in LF and RF to justify his 6 million dollar salary.

    In short, if we get DeJesus, I’ll drop Crawford in a NY minute.

    I think Eduardo Nunez + McAllister gets it done.

    With Lee projected for the rotation, the Yankees can afford to deal away redundancy in their pitching depth (Noesi, McAllister, Nova etc. etc.)

  53. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I think there could be some competition for DeJesus’ services. Hard to imagine Boston, who has been using two 4th outfielders (or a 4th and a 5th) in virtually every game this year, not getting a little involved.

  54. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    re: Dejesus – I’m not sure the Yankees are operating like that anymore.

    He’d be a pure luxury item item for a team leading the Major’s in runs scored.

    You’d also create the issues of 1.) one of two everyday players (and capable outfielders) having to assume the DH role; 2.) who plays at all during inter-league and hopefully World Series play); 3.) having a very expensive and unhappy bench player if Posada winds up having to DH more frequently than currently projected; 4.) and a slight manpower problem IF Johnson ever comes back.

    I get the fantasy of being that deep given they don’t have a solid DH right now, but it seems like a stretch, and a wholly unnecessary one at that.

  55. ANSKY June 14th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Classic first major league hit was Marcus Thames. The first pitch we saw in the big leagues was from Randy Johnson, he hit it for a HR in the old Yankee Stadium. That was way back when Thames was with the Yankees (1st time ’round) and Johnson hadn’t yet become a Yankee.

  56. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Get me JJ Putz and a 1st class DH and I’m a happy camper.

  57. JCPD..... June 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:01 am
    Want a few extra things to put a smile on your face ?

    Try these.

    A 23 year old pitcher who is 9-1 and is dominating.

    A 2b who is leading the league in hitting at a paltry .370 or so clip

    A homegrown left fielder who is having a better year than Carl Crawford.

    A young catcher who is ridiculously clutch.

    Need I say more ?

    Yes, say more, you never have anything to say!!!! :-) By the way, did you get the baseball link I sent to you at your alternate e-mail?

  58. upstate kate June 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    MTU
    the start of a new core 4?

  59. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    JCPD-

    I did not. Please resend. And in the interest of peace in the world I will try my best to contain myself. :)

  60. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    “I think Eduardo Nunez + McAllister gets it done. ”

    Spending time in the KC front office, are we?

    I have to admit I get a kick outta the aspect fanboy-ism where fans create their own trades and assumes other teams are thinking exactly as they do.

  61. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Kate-

    More like the “Fantastic Four”.

    Each with a special “power”. :)

  62. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Billy D,

    KC needs a shortstop. Boston doesn’t have one to deal. We have Nunez. Having DeJesus bolsters the lineup in 2010 and 2011, keeps him from Boston and adds a long term insurance policy that allows the Yankees to safely ride Gardner beyond 2010. Having DeJesus makes Crawford irrelevant and narrows the focus on Lee. Also having DeJesus gives us a number 2 hitter, high contact guy. He’s not a streaky hitter at all.

    Think about this, in fact.

    DeJesus has been consistently good in a consistently bad lineup throughout his career.

    What can he do surrounded by the best hitters in the best lineup in baseball in a park that favors lefties?

    It’s exciting to think about.

    As for the playoffs…

    High contact bats profile well in short series where a ball put in play can make all the difference in the outcome of a game. He could be a real asset and unsung hero out there. He makes so much contact, he can consistently hit good pitching, playoff caliber pitching.

  63. GreenBeret7 June 14th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Here’s another suggestion. Can it with the idiotic trade ideas. Why in the world would the Yankees give up a really good young middle infielder that would replace Pena next year for a 2-3 month rental who would have no real position with the Yankees?

  64. BIG AL June 14th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Could be wrong, but, right now I would not count on either A-Rod or Tex getting back the power stroke they had last year. I think if Girardi knew the answer he’d help turn them around. With A-Rod it could be physical, and with Tex, who knows. From the playoffs, througfh this season, Tex is about a .200 hitter. That’s a very long dry spell. I think the Yanks need a power bat, and I’ll say it again, they should go after Paul Konerko.

  65. m June 14th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Um. Hate to burst the bubble. But Nick Johnson will likely reappear at some point. And Girardi will stubbornly put him in the 2-spot.

  66. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    DeJesus is a good player but after thinking about it and talking about it on the blog I don’t think the Yankees will pursue him.

    They aren’t going to move Swish off RF and Dejesus isn’t going to DH. Plus, he’s a left-handed hitter which doesn’t exactly fit the bill for what this team needs.

    I think the Yanks will pick up a reliever if they can find a good deal, if not that’s fine because the need isn’t that strong. They will most definitely get a Jerry Hairston type of player to become the utility infielder because Ramiro Pena is not good. Finally, I think Cash will get another outfield bat like Austin Kearns.

    Kearns is a decent fielder, he can play LF or RF and a little CF in a pinch. He used to have decent power and it looks as if he’s regained that power this year. His average and OBP will go down because he’s been very lucky thus far but I think he’d be a good pickup despite that. He isn’t going to play every day but you could have him DH, play some LF/RF, pinch hit, etc.

  67. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Plus, Swisher could hit behind Cano or Posada and protect them in the lineup. DeJesus is a better baserunner and table setter in the 2 hole than Swish and equally good OBP

  68. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    “Get me JJ Putz and a 1st class DH and I’m a happy camper.”

    I think Posada isn’t going to catch more tha 3-4 times a week, which will make him your 1st class DH about half the time. I don’t think they are going to dig to deep to find anything 1st class beyond that. Maybe Kearns or someone like that who can really hit lefties.

  69. the umps are a joke June 14th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I was surprised that Huffman wasn’t called out on that play at 1st.

    It’s such a crap shoot w/the umps these days.

  70. JCPD..... June 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    MTU-

    No need to contain yourself!!!! Check your e-mail at beyond…….

  71. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Big Al-

    Let’s just see what the second half brings. I see the rear view mirror for the competition.

    The Yankees are playing like this and they haven’t even hit their stride yet.

    Surrender is allowed. Otherwise, we just conquer mercilessly.

    And why spill all that blood for nothing ? :)

  72. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Dejesus isn’t going to DH
    *******
    He wouldn’t be strictly a DH. He’d play some LF and RF too. He can’t refuse a trade so it doesn’t matter where he wants to play.

  73. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Brett:

    KC’s needs go well beyond SS. They need a ton. I don’t think they are going to get a whole lot for DeJesus, who while a pretty good hitter, doesn’t offer a great deal of power or speed. His career OPS is 108. That’s a little bit above average, which is a pretty fair description of DeJesus. I don’t think 3 months of DeJesus fetches the Royals anything close to Nunez.

  74. m June 14th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Why the call for Putz? I seriously don’t even know if and where he’s pitching. Talk about a ghost.

    Joba’s adjusting to the role, no need for Putz.

  75. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Bret,

    I’m not saying he would refuse to DH, I’m saying that playing him at DH is a waste. He’s a good fielder and his bat doesn’t really translate to being a DH. He’s playing way over his head right now, I don’t see that continuing.

  76. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Blake -

    I think DeJesus has done some DHing this year and has been fine with it. Not everyone whines like #20 about being asked to DH.

    Brett -

    I’m with you, I know Crawford is the sexy name, but take a look at the numbers:
    Crawford: 29 yrs
    .295 BA, .335 OBP, 104 OPS+

    DeJesus: 30 yrs
    .288 BA, .360 OBP, 108 OPS+

    The only offensive area where Crawford has the obvious edge is in stolen bases which would be neutralized playing for the Yankees because, as we saw with Gardner batting 2nd, you don’t steal when Tex or Alex are at the plate.

    Also the big number is the contract. DeJesus has this year and next (assuming his option is picked up) at very reasonable money, on the other hand Crawford is going to be a top level FA this year and will probably want at least a 5 year deal at $15 mil per.

    Stuckey -

    I wouldn’t consider him a pure luxury item. I think the Yankees are a smart enough organization to know that you can’t count on guys like Cervelli, Huffman, and Russo to provide steady offense if they’re asked to play everyday – we’ve already seen some regression from Cervelli and Ramiro Pena has been awful at the plate.

    If the Yankees trade for DeJesus it won’t be happening this week and so inter-league will be done, as for the World Series lineup – you ride the hot hand. Remember, the Yankees weren’t terribly hurt by benching Matsui (and even Posada) in the World Series last year. As for Nick Johnson coming back – again, worry about that if it happens. Best case scenario the Yankees have a deep bench going into the stretch, worst case, Gardner’s thumb actus up again and DeJesus becomes the everyday LF.

  77. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) June 14th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    “Plus, Swisher could hit behind Cano or Posada and protect them in the lineup. DeJesus is a better baserunner and table setter in the 2 hole than Swish and equally good OBP”
    ——————————————————————-

    well mama’s wronnnng again…

  78. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    m,

    Putz is pitching extremely well for the White Sox this season. He’d be a phenomenal addition to the bullpen if he doesn’t cost much. If the Sox demand too much it’s easy to pass on him because the bullpen has been pretty good of late.

  79. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    “I think the Yanks need a power bat”

    There league-leading run total (despite having played fewer games and fewer home games than most teams) suggests otherwise.

  80. The Philly Phitins June 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Hello Yankees fans, time is getting close for the showdown in the Bronx.

    Halladay vs CC when the Yankees get the beatdown!!

    Doc is hyped up for this game, he says it’s like riding a bike, you never forget.

    Phillies must beat CC and they will, he has a butt kicking coming, for showboating in the WS, and stealing our title.

    Philly in the house, Go Phitins!!

  81. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Chip,

    The difference is, Crawford can stay healthy, steals more bases and is in a different league defensively.

  82. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    “Why the call for Putz? I seriously don’t even know if and where he’s pitching. Talk about a ghost.”

    Power arms in the bullpen never hurt, m.

    Putz is pitching for the White Sox and doing a pretty decent job of it. He’s actually pitched a little better than Joba has. 2.49 ERA, 28 K’s and for walks in 21+ innings. .92 WHIP. He’d be a nice add.

  83. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    More like the ?Fantastic Four?.

    Each with a special ?power”

    *****************

    I LOVE this!! :)

  84. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    m-

    Because we could use the additional experience since AA is likely to be a question mark for the rest of the season.

    Putz has been doing an exceptional job so far this season and the price just could be right.

    I say we do it.

  85. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Speaking of players refusing to DH…

    If Jorge has any designs on staying with this club after next year he had better warm up to the idea. I think that Cashman is fully prepared to let him walk assuming the progression of Montero and/or Romine and that decision will only get easier for Brian if Jorge continues to be a jerk when he’s asked to DH.

    Patrick -

    I think DeJesus at DH would be akin to Damon at DH. Not a prototypical slugger, but he’s a player who would fill a need in the lineup, you just don’t have a position for him in the field. I think though that Girardi would find enough opportunities to keep him in the field too…

    As I said, you can DH Swisher from time to time, or play him at 1b and let Tex get a half day off, or give Gardner a day off here or there.

  86. Jerkface June 14th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    For a great contact hitter Dejesus certainly strikes out 80 times a year. He also does poorly against power pitchers. He does best against non-strikeout guys. Aka guys he won’t be facing in the playoffs. Lets not make him out to be some kind of super guy.

  87. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Patrick,

    You play DeJesus in LF vs. tough lefties and PR Gardner late in those games. Or you put Gardner in CF against tough lefties and DeJesus in LF. You use Granderson as a PH in those games. You play DeJesus in RF in away games where RF is bigger than in YS. You DH Swisher in those games. When Swisher is the RF and Posada needs to DH, you PH DeJesus and put him in RF as a late inning defensive replacement for Swish.

    But realistically, most of DeJesus AB’s would come from DH.

    You DH DeJesus whenever Posada can catch.

    However, it seems Posada will play through pain and do anything in his power to catch as often as possible.

    Plenty of AB’s for DeJesus and opportunities to start in LF/RF and enter games late as a PH/defensive sub.

  88. m June 14th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Patrick, seriously, thanks. Guess I don’t hear his name b/c he’s so bad.

    1st place and tops in offense and people still feel the lineup needs to be fixed. The only things that need fixing are Alex’s hip and Tex’s swing.

  89. Billy D June 14th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    for walks?

    I’m a dumbass.

    Putz has 28 K’s and FOUR walks.

  90. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Erin-

    Phil brings electricity.

    GGBG is wind.

    Cano is Stone.

    And Cervelli is Stretch.

    Works for me. :)

  91. upstate kate June 14th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    does Robbie have ninja power?

  92. Chip June 14th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Patrick…

    Regarding Health: DeJesus has played in more games each year than Crawford over the last 3 years.

    Regarding Stolen Bases: As I said, I don’t discount that but I think that we’ve seen that even very good basestealers are reluctant to swipe 2nd with Tex or Alex at the dish, also given Crawford’s age and the likely length of his contract I think we’ll see a regression in his speed.

    Defense – no doubt, Crawford is better. But I don’t think that justifies the difference in years and money.

  93. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    upstate kate June 14th, 2010 at 11:28 am
    does Robbie have ninja power?

    *************************
    Always. :D

  94. m June 14th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Because the white sox are so bad!

  95. MTU (aka GBURL) June 14th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Kate-

    Cano has every power imaginable. He’s about to go Supernova ! :)

  96. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    “Defense – no doubt, Crawford is better. But I don’t think that justifies the difference in years and money.”

    Which is a ridiculous premise considering you already have a guy in LF just as capable as DeJesus making $500-600k next year.

  97. RayVT June 14th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I think the CWS have won 6 out of 7 or so games & may be climbing back into contention. They may not be trading anyone.

  98. Patrick June 14th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    m,

    Putz had had one bad season – 2009. Other than that he’s been one of the best relievers in the major leagues. In 2006-2007 he was arguably the best closer in the AL.

    Bret,

    First of all, Dejesus is playing over his head this year. It will be like Nady 2.0 – he has great numbers right now but they will fall off. Secondly, Posada will be the DH probably 2-3 times a week. You don’t spend the money and prospects it will take to get Dejesus and then bench him half the time.

    Gardner doesn’t need to sit against tough lefties.

    Swisher is an all-star this year, I can’t move him from RF unless it’s a day like yesterday where he needs a rest.

  99. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Chip,

    I’m with you on this:

    Crawford: 29 yrs
    .295 BA, .335 OBP, 104 OPS+

    DeJesus: 30 yrs
    .288 BA, .360 OBP, 108 OPS+

    If they get DeJesus they can really focus on Cliff Lee.

    I’ll get off Crawford’s jock if they trade for DeJesus.

    He is a GG LF, a solid RF and a consistently good hitter in a consistently bad lineup who, as you said, DH’d some this year and would be like a Johnny Damon DH with more versatility but slightly less power but you never know with YS and the short RF porch. DeJesus being a lefty could thrive.

  100. stuckey June 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    “You play DeJesus in LF vs. tough lefties and PR Gardner late in those games.”

    Brett Garnder and his .371 OBP against lefties says “whassup”.

    David Dejesus and his .364 OBP against lefties says “why are you looking at me?”

  101. Erin June 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    New Post: Taking care of business

    :arrow:

  102. RayVT June 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    The Philly Phitins June 14th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    LOL! Did you get time off for lunch at kindergarten today? The Phils sure are due to play better as they have stunk the past few weeks. What happened in Boston? Massacre?

  103. m June 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Patrick,
    Meant to say sox not putz are bad.

    No major changes need to be made. And certainly not a contingency trade or signing to deal with ggbg regression. If he regressed I think we need to get a LF with more power than cc.

  104. Bret the Hitman June 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Patrick,

    It’s not fair to compare a player with a clean bill of health to one with a history of injuries.

    I can see you’re souring on DeJesus.

    He’s playing above his career line but not by much.

    He is doing it in a bad lineup though.

    I think his numbers would improve if he is hitting behind Jeter and in front of Tex, Alex, Cano.

    He’s never had that kind of protection.

    He will cost a top ss prospect but the Yankees don’t need anything more than Pena backing up Jeter. There will be a bidding war for DeJesus because his 6 mil option for 2011 is attractive. He’s a bargain at that price. We’ve had bench players making 5 million in the past.

  105. Wave Your Hat June 14th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Before the season is over the Yanks will reach whatever stage of acceptance they need to be at and realize that they will have to platoon Granderson, especially in the playoffs.

    I would prefer they hold their fire on a trade until they can find a RH OF with some power. Despite our current lack of a bench there’s no crisis right now.

  106. The Philly Phitins June 14th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Roy Halladay a true Ace, 8-4 on the season .196 Era a few complete games, MLB’s 20th perfect game all-time. He allows 1-2 runs. His win/loss record is misleading. There’s only 1 game he completely lost. the other 3 were lack of run support.

    CC has won only against the O’s 6-3 4.01 Era (cough) Ace of the Yankees

    Hey CC the Phillies aren’t the 0′s the only team you manage to beat.

    Go Phitins!

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