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Hughes feeling good leading into tonight’s start

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m not a big fast food guy, but there’s a Chick-Fil-A in Tampa and I quite simply cannot help myself. I would have gladly traded my chicken sandwich for four more hours of sleep, but as a consolation prize, it wasn’t bad.

It’s a nice day here in Tampa. Hot, but that’s to be expected, and it won’t matter when the Yankees step into the dome.

ph_461833Phil Hughes is literally at home here. He grew up in Southern California, but he has a place in Tampa. His past few starts have been a little uneven, but he said he’s felt good about the work that’s led into tonight’s start.

“I’m getting there,” he said. “I had a couple of really good bullpens that I was happy about. I felt like I made progress. It’s just a matter of translating that to games, but I do feel better about what I’ve been doing the last few days or so with how I’ve been feeling and trying to get back to that feeling I had early in the year.”

Hughes said he can’t explain it, but he has pitched much better on the road (2.36 ERA, no home runs) than in New York (5.21 ERA, 15 home runs). Ultimately, he said much of his success or failure comes down to arm slot. When he stays on top of the ball, he can locate it.

“I throw majority fastballs, so for me it’s just establishing that pitch and being aggressive with it,” he said. “Getting ahead in counts and putting guys away. That’s kind of been my biggest problem, I haven’t been able to put guys away lately.”

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329 Responses to “Hughes feeling good leading into tonight’s start”

  1. GayleF July 30th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Obviously not a HUGE deal but any way to find out why Hughes did not fly ahead of the team rather than fly with them last night to get in so early on his pitch day. I saw him in the congratulatory handshake line after the game and thought for sure he would have already gone to Tampa especially since he has a home there.

  2. YankeeBlue222 July 30th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    As a Southwest Florida resident myself, it’s hard to go wrong with Chick-Fil-A!

  3. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I think that Edwin Jackson is going to actually stay with the White Sox.

    With Peavy out for the year they need another arm much more than they need another slugger.

    I’ll say it again – I don’t get the love affair with Edwin Jackson.

    The only time in his career he has actually been a decent pitcher was the first half of last season. Arizona gave up too much to get him from Detroit and now the White Sox have given up too much to get him from Arizona.

  4. Frozen Rope July 30th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    still no word on if Park was DFA’d :-(

    it would make sense to do it now, get a fresh (and actually good) pitcher in the bullpen for the start of this series.

  5. NYYROC July 30th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Huuuughes!!!

  6. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    White Sox get Edwin Jackson from the Dbacks for Dan Hudson and David Holmberg. Rumor has it he’ll be flipped to the Nats for Dunn.

  7. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve never had Chick-Fil-A but I’ve heard good things.

  8. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Trisha,

    Esteemed lohud poster CB after Tex signed with the Yankees.

    —————————————–

    # CB December 23rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Lost in Tex-is

    Hat tip to you. You most definitely posted this before any of the breaking reports.

    Nicely done.

    ——————————————-

    Can you please get off Lost’s back?

  9. Yank 97 July 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Wouldn’t the Nats rather have had Dan Hudson over Edwin Jackson?

  10. sunny615 July 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Speaking of insiders – wonder what happened to Bobcat…?

  11. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    “I’ll say it again – I don’t get the love affair with Edwin Jackson.”

    Doesn’t he have a questionable work ethic? Wasn’t that why both TB and DET moved him?

  12. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Blake….Like many, I’m infacuated with Dunn’s power and his ability to get on base……His rental price is high, as I can’t imagine this being another David Justice steal……Bergman is intriging, for different reasons….He’s a better pure hitter and can play the outfield as well as 1st……The attached option could be an issue……..GB, who comfortable are you with a rook just called up to handle the pennant race heat of Agust & September ???? I think Cashman wants some expierence in that role……We’ll see…..Bottom line, Tricia’s Nationals are being sold off slowly…..It was a good trade for Rizzo and the Senators

  13. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Detroit moved him because he was making a lot of money and the D’backs were dumb enough to offer up Max Scherzer for him

    TB traded him because he was due to make a lot of money and the Rays had plenty of other young pitchers so they didn’t need him.

  14. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Laura – I wouldn’t know about Jackson’s work ethic, but 4 teams in 2 years is a red flag to me. Something’s going on there. Especially for a starting pitcher who’s had at least decent results.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    LGY – sorry I’d have to read a lot more than that to believe he has insider information.

  16. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    The W.Sox should just keep Jackson. He has an optoion for next year. If not that is a lot to give up for the 2 month rental of Dunn.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    “…..Bottom line, Tricia’s Nationals are being sold off slowly”

    It’s killing my soul.

    :(

  18. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Trisha,

    Even if he doesn’t, is he hurting anyone?

    You seem to be trying to run him off the blog and I don’t really get why…

  19. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Is it just me, or do Middle Americans seem overly sensitive to Royals rumors?

    KCRoyalman

    Won’t happen Soria already Nixed it RT @NYYrumors: #Yankees talking #Royals Soria. Prospects not Montero maybe Banuelos. @mlbtraderumors
    6 minutes ago via TweetDeck
    Reply Retweet

    B_Shoe
    Laughable RT @NYYrumors Source telling me #Yankees will take Guillen contract with Greinke. #Royals can pick Nova, McAllister, B-levels
    12 minutes ago via web

    doublestix
    shut up, @nyyrumors. Zack is not being traded for a bunch of garbage B prospects.
    15 minutes ago via web from Lincoln, NE

    KCRoyalman
    Guillen to yanks this is new RT @NYYrumors: #Royals Greinke sick of losing according to source. #Royals Guillen expects to be a #Yankee.
    23 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  20. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    “Laura – I wouldn’t know about Jackson’s work ethic, but 4 teams in 2 years is a red flag to me. Something’s going on there. Especially for a starting pitcher who’s had at least decent results.”

    I remember reading somewhere that he was a big party guy and wasn’t taking pitching seriously.

  21. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Bret-

    You are giving me a headache. I am losing the ability to differentiate fantasy from reality.

  22. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Edwin Jackson couldn’t cut it on Erica’s Avengers

  23. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    “Is it just me, or do Middle Americans seem overly sensitive to Royals rumors?”

    Are you under the impression this is clever or entertaining on any level?

  24. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Bret, I didn’t realize that people were taking your posts seriously. That’s why I made my pretzel guy comment. My bad.

  25. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Side note: I have decided to go to the beach after work.
    I think my cold needs some fresh air

  26. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    “Are you under the impression this is clever or entertaining on any level?”

    stuckey, it may be a matter of taste, but a few of us are rather enjoying Bret’s phony rumors.

  27. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    Bret-

    You are giving me a headache. I am losing the ability to differentiate fantasy from reality.

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

    Evidence has been found that Twitter induces hallucinogenic episodes.

    The studies are still in their infancy but the evidence is nevertheless compelling.

    Do not drink and Tweet.

    :lol:

  28. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hughes: “Getting ahead in counts and putting guys away. That’s kind of been my biggest problem, I haven’t been able to put guys away lately.”

    Have to give Phil credit for being so self aware, unlike Joba who just now has figured out that he’s been stinking lately.

  29. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    a few of us? count me out of that. i think it’s pretty stupid.

  30. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    “stuckey, it may be a matter of taste,”

    Indeed…

  31. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    ?Is it just me, or do Middle Americans seem overly sensitive to Royals rumors??

    Are you under the impression this is clever or entertaining on any level?
    —————————–

    I find the number of people who whine about people’s posts rather than ignore them fascinating.

  32. justinxdance27 July 30th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Erin July 30th, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    I’ve never had Chick-Fil-A but I’ve heard good things.

    You’ve definitely heard right :)

  33. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    a few of us? count me out of that. i think it?s pretty stupid.

    **********************
    Me too

  34. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Wow, I opened GTLU at 12:15 and no one has a lineup yet????

    :lol:

  35. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Jim (NJ)

    Any clue as to why the Yankees apparently believe that aquiring a DH-type is their biggest need when they are have no trouble scoring runs but have plenty of trouble pitching the 7th and 8th innings?

    Jayson Stark (1:24 PM)

    They’re the Yankees, man. They never have enough bats. They never have enough depth. They never have enough anything. And the bullpen market is brutal. They’re in on every decent arm you’ve heard is out there. But it wouldn’t shock me if they made a bullpen deal in August instead of by tomorrow. Check the costs in those August bullpen deals, compared to the July deals. Amazing how much cheaper you can get what you need after the deadline. Also, the Yankees are monitoring Kerry Wood, and he’s not going to be a July deal.

  36. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Blake….Like many, I’m infacuated with Dunn’s power and his ability to get on base……His rental price is high, as I can’t imagine this being another David Justice steal……Bergman is intriging, for different reasons….He’s a better pure hitter and can play the outfield as well as 1st……The attached option could be an issue……..GB, who comfortable are you with a rook just called up to handle the pennant race heat of Agust & September ???? I think Cashman wants some expierence in that role……We’ll see…..Bottom line, Tricia’s Nationals are being sold off slowly…..It was a good trade for Rizzo and the Senators

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

    Pat, Chad Tracy had some good numbers with Arizona for a couple of years. Even over the last couple of years when he was hurt, he put up decent numbers. Left handed power, plays all 4 corners. As far as trusting rookies in the post season, not really unless they had a full season of success during the year.

  37. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Spents sometime in the Orlado area the last few weeks. Wish the Yankees would’ve played the Rays at that time and I would’ve caught a game. Anyways I hate Chick-fil-a, but huge props to Popeye’s and Checkers. Checkers is one cool fast food restaurant. I wish there was one up North where I’m at. Can’t wait for the game tonight.

  38. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    “I find the number of people who whine about people’s posts rather than ignore them fascinating.”

    I was asking a question. I’m quite earnestly interested if Bret regards himself clever or entertaining.

    I’d find the answer, as you say, fascinating.

  39. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Doreen-I think I missed your announcement!

    SS Jeter
    RF Swisher
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    CF Granderson
    DH Miranda
    LF Gardner

    Thanks :)

  40. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    All attention, even negative attention, is good attention.

    Behold the birth of Twitter.

  41. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    edwin jackson to the whitesox for dan hudson and some other prospect

  42. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    GTLU

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Granderson CF
    Miranda DH
    Gardner LF

    If Jeter has a solid serious the Yankees are in Business.

  43. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Kerry Wood: because the panic Joba Chamberlain induces just isn’t potent enough, goshdarnit.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    LGY – nah. I question everything, not just what Lost puts out there.

    Ask the “esteemed” posters here if I haven’t at one time or another absolutely disbelieved their takes on current events. It’s in my nature to not take anything as a given until I see it with some kind of official imprimatur. I’ve just seen “sure bets” turn out to be nothing but hog wash too many times.

    In any event, Bret is right. This is soft entertainment, people are here to have fun, and there really is no need for me or anyone else to come crashing down and treating the information that people put out as if their being on the money is a matter of life or death.

    Definitely my bad.

  45. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ken_Rosenthal

    Berkman could be in play for #Yankees under right circumstances. Tight with Pettitte. Likely waive no-trade for NYY. Depends on price. #MLB
    1 minute ago via web
    Retweeted by you and 2 others

  46. UnKnown July 30th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I like the line up I posted but I can see Girardi going with a lineup that consists of Gardner leading off and maybe moving Swisher way down in the order to break up the lefties.

  47. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    berkman… good god. IS IT SUNDAY YET?

    so tired of the lies.

  48. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    you should be banned for passing on rosenthal rumors.

  49. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    GTLU:

    Jeter – SS
    Swisher – RF
    Tex – 1b
    Alex – 3b
    Cano – 2b
    Posada – DH
    Granderson – CF
    Cervelli – C
    Gardner – LF

  50. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    “All attention, even negative attention, is good attention.

    Behold the birth of Twitter.”

    I don’t understand if this is an admission or commentary.

  51. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    While I am not in any way suggesting Edwin Jackson is in their league, Tex, Cliff Lee and CC were also on 3 teams in 3 years.

    Doreen
    I didn’t see your GTLU, I need to think about it for a few minutes…last one before your vacation, right?

  52. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    stuckey – clearly he has lost his mind. why he thinks anyone would believe a rumor from an unconfirmed twitter account is beyond me.

  53. justinxdance27 July 30th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    SS Jeter
    RF Swisher
    1B Tex
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    CF Granderson
    DH Miranda
    LF GGBG

  54. Ed July 30th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Ken Rosenthal’s twitter:

    Berkman could be in play for #Yankees under right circumstances. Tight with Pettitte. Likely waive no-trade for NYY. Depends on price. #MLB
    3 minutes ago via web

  55. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Wouldn’t mind getting Berkman if the Yankees can’t get Dunn.

    Would be more enthused if the Astros would also include Matt Lindstrom

  56. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    For those at their limit…..

    1 Day, 4 Hours, and 17 Minutes until the Trade Deadline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    “Berkman could be in play for #Yankees under right circumstances. Tight with Pettitte. Likely waive no-trade for NYY. Depends on price. #MLB”

    How is this nonsense any different from what Bret is posting? The Yankees aren’t interested in Berkman. What for? Last I checked, we have a 1B, who is better than Berkman. Swisher can play 1B and so can Miranda. Is he supposed to be our DH? Don’t we need that spot open for Posada and the other aging players? Shouldn’t we be focusing on bullpen help instead?

    These writers are making up this stuff because it’s their job. If Bret wants to poke fun at it, I don’t see what’s wrong with that. If you don’t find it funny, skip his posts.

  58. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Anybody see a pattern: Jeter, Arod, Hughes, Sado et. al….all live in Florida….hmmm wonder if the prohibitive NY state income tax etc has something to do with it? The rich avoiding their fair share.

  59. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Laura,

    This is life or death here.

    GET SERIOUS now!

    :lol:

  60. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    upstate kate -

    I’m going to go back and check to make sure the announcement “took,” because it’s odd that no one saw it. (I posted and then ran out on an errand – got my tire fixed.)

    Lineups can be submitted until 3:30 or until an official one is posted so you have time. :)

    Yes, last one before vacation.

  61. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    i think i’ll check out chick-fil-a after that Sunday game… oh .. wait… that’s not going to work. hahahaha (only funny if you live in the south)

  62. Le Pettitte Prince July 30th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve always been rather unimpressed by Chick-Fil-A. I’d rank it under Chipotle in terms of fast-food satisfaction.

  63. stuck in Chicago July 30th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    @ UnKnown,

    There’s a Checkers in Paterson, NJ, but I can’t remember seeing one anywhere else in the northeast.

  64. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    “Anybody see a pattern: Jeter, Arod, Hughes, Sado et. al….all live in Florida….hmmm wonder if the prohibitive NY state income tax etc has something to do with it? The rich avoiding their fair share.”

    Dude, you are way off base. These guys live in Florida because the weather is nice 90% of the time. Most tennis players live there as well.

  65. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Chick-fil-a is on the West Coast as well.

    I think it started there.

    Bojangles on the other hand…

  66. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Jeter
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Ca-yes
    Posada
    Swisher
    Grandy
    Cervelli
    Gardner

  67. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Granderson CF
    Marcus “I’ll never play 3rd again” Thames DH
    GGBG LF

    Thansk Doreen!

  68. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    “Is he supposed to be our DH? Don’t we need that spot open for Posada and the other aging players?”

    Laura, all the position players are going to play their positions in the postseason, including Posada. Assuming relative health, and all the off-days, it’s all hands on deck and manning their stations for the 11-19 postseason games necessary.

    It makes a certain amount of sense the Yanks could be looking for DH options FOR the postseason.

  69. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Berkman would probably depend on how much money the Stros would throw in.

    He is like Matsui though struggling vs LHP this year so that is an issue.

    Wouldn’t be a bad option at DH if Dunn doesn’t work out depending on the prospects and how much the Yanks will have to pay him.

    He has a $2 million buyout for next year, so keep that in mind if finances come up.

  70. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    “There’s a Checkers in Paterson, NJ, but I can’t remember seeing one anywhere else in the northeast.”

    There used to be a Checkers near me here in Chicago, but it closed down. I haven’t seen another one in IL either.

  71. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Bret,

    I support your endeavor. I was the fake Hank Steinbrenner Twitter “Hankstein” last year until Hank and the Yankees shut me down. At one point I had almost 2 thousand followers. I tried to petition Twitter to let me re-open it and I would clearly state I wasn’t Hank, but they wouldn’t let me do it.

    My version of Hank liked making “Wang” jokes, was really into Adam Lambert and liked to stay at the Stadium Motor Inn whenever he was in town.

    I think it was fairly accurate. I think it hit a little too close to home for Hank.

  72. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I have never been to Chick-fil-a but if I am ever south again, I will definitely go there.

    I hear nothing but great things

  73. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    “It makes a certain amount of sense the Yanks could be looking for DH options FOR the postseason.”

    Perhaps, but I’d rather pick up an arm than some aging 1B/DH guy.

  74. Noreaster July 30th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Doreen:

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1b
    ARod 3b
    Robbie 2b
    Jorge DH
    Granderson CF
    Cervelli C
    Gardner LF

  75. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I think there’s a Checkers in the Bronx in Co-op city. I’ve seen it from the highway driving past it.

  76. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    GTLU:
    SS Jeet
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B Mr 600
    2B Robbie
    C Po
    CF Grandy
    DH Miranda
    LF GGBG

    going w/ the somewhat standard line up
    thanks and have a great vacation Doreen :)

  77. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    Bret,

    I support your endeavor. I was the fake Hank Steinbrenner Twitter “Hankstein” last year until Hank and the Yankees shut me down. At one point I had almost 2 thousand followers. I tried to petition Twitter to let me re-open it and I would clearly state I wasn’t Hank, but they wouldn’t let me do it.

    My version of Hank liked making “Wang” jokes, was really into Adam Lambert and liked to stay at the Stadium Motor Inn whenever he was in town.

    I think it was fairly accurate. I think it hit a little too close to home for Hank.

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

    ROFLMAO!!!

    :lol:

  78. champ809 July 30th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    GTLU- Tampa Takeout

    Jeter SS
    Grandy CF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Jorge C
    Swish RF
    JuanGoneinTampa DH
    Gardy LF

    Young Master Hughes Returns….7ip/ 3hits/ 9 ks and his 13th W……

  79. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    “There’s a Checkers in Paterson, NJ, but I can’t remember seeing one anywhere else in the northeast.”

    There are 20 within a 45 mile radius of my NJ zipcode.

    Google is our friend.. :-)

  80. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    i think the whole closing on sundays thing is silly but what do i know.

    i think the fastfood is all the same other than five guys / in-out-burger and if you don’t eat red meat you are missing out there as well.

    so do we really need anything but a 7th inning / 8th inning (cheap) guy or lefty??? i’m still thinking yanks will make a minor move before 4pm saturday, that’s all

  81. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    ?Is he supposed to be our DH? Don’t we need that spot open for Posada and the other aging players??

    Laura, all the position players are going to play their positions in the postseason, including Posada. Assuming relative health, and all the off-days, it?s all hands on deck and manning their stations for the 11-19 postseason games necessary.

    It makes a certain amount of sense the Yanks could be looking for DH options FOR the postseason.
    ————————-

    Again you make the assumption that Jorge can regularly catch during the post season. That seems as unlikely as the Rangers counting on Vlad to be a regular RF in the playoffs.

  82. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I did go back and check. My post didn’t “take.” I apologize. I had wanted to make sure I opened the game before I went out, but I didn’t check to make sure the post went through, and of course it did not. I don’t know why; I posted it the same exact way I’ve done 74 times before!! :)

  83. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    G. Love,

    Bret isn’t much for answering direct, honest questions, so maybe you will.

    The point of such an endeavor is what?

  84. igotid88 July 30th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I remember a few years ago there were people promoting Checkers in Times Square. Giving out free chicken sandwiches and fries. It was good.

  85. bisonthrow July 30th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    SS JETE
    RF SWISH
    1B TEX
    3B AROD
    2B ROBBIE
    DH JORGE
    CF GRANDERSON
    C FRISCO
    LF GARDNER

  86. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    There is a checkers in Washington DC, too (used to drive by on our way back to school many, many years ago)

  87. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Craig (Lindsay, ON)

    I understand that the Royals are not trading Soria, but why would anybody want him anyway. If you have a limited no-trade and you choose the Yankees as one team to block out of a possible 6 what does that say about your desire to win and ability to handle pressure and the big scene. That raises red flags for me. Why anybody would decline the opportunity to play for a team that not only gives you the best chance to play for a World Series every year but also pay you the most is insane!

    Jayson Stark (1:49 PM)

    I hear what you’re saying. But consider a couple of things: 1) New York isn’t for everybody. I know that’s a shocker, but it’s true. And 2) even if you don’t feel that way, it’s always good business to put the Yankees on your no-trade list, because they’re the team most likely to throw a few bucks your way to change your mind. So don’t read too much into any contract clause, OK? If you’ve watched Soria pitch, do you really get the feeling he’s afraid to face any hitter or any lineup? I sure don’t. But the Royals aren’t trading him to the Yankees or anyone else. His contract is way too favorable to the club for too many years.

  88. stuck in Chicago July 30th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    stuckey,

    Knew I should have Googled as soon as I posted that. I haven’t lived in Northern NJ since 1994, but I go back and visit my grandmother as often as possible. I always pass the afore-mentioned Checkers. My not having seen one otherwise, however, is still valid. :-)

  89. champ809 July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Berkman is owed about $5mil for the rest of this season w/option for next season @ $15mil with a $2mil buyout..

    really can’t play much OF anymore as his knees are banged up and he had surgery on his right knee this past offseason..

    I was liking Berkman in the offseason as a replacement for Matsui so I think Lance would be a very good get.

  90. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    75% of the comments in here are either total BS or meaningless blather and I readily admit that my comments mostly fall into that majority.

    But BS and drivel are harmless. At worst they can be boring and at best you may have a chuckle.

    But mean-spirited attacks aimed at strangers? Petty and boorish. IMO they show more about the person who wrote them than the person they’re directed at.

  91. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    G. Love,

    You are a genius!

    You have quite a knack for entertainment.

    I bet your friends say you could do stand-up comedy.

  92. WithRuthianlikeStrengthTheHerovanquishedHisFoes July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Just saw a free screening of The Other Guys last night. Movie was hilarious. However, the scene were Jeter was dressed as a bum was CUT!!!! I remember seeing the picture posted here last year. I was very disappointed.

  93. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Chip,

    If any of these games were significant or it was the postseason Posada would be playing.

    You are reading way too far into the Yankees resting their 38 year old catcher when they have an 8 game cushion to make the playoffs.

    They have no real compelling reason to push Posada.

  94. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    stuckey,

    It was just fun. I did the fake Hank thing because it made me laugh. I’m glad they shut it down though because it got addictive. I was constantly thinking of things Hank would say and posting them.

    What Bret’s doing is actually funny to me since he’s exposing and mocking how ridiculous the baseball media is at this time of year with these stupid rumors.

    I think Rosenthal is taking some of Bret’s tweets and posting them as actual news.

  95. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    The Yankees should go one of two ways with their lineup:

    1. Bring in a DH – Dunn, Guillen, Berkman – so that when Jorge does miss time there is less of a drop in the offense

    2. Bring in a C – Chris Snyder would be my first option – and move Jorge to a more full-time DH role.

    And, of course, relief help would be nice too.

  96. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    soria’s no trade-clause is the smartest clause ever. the teams (supposedly) on it are all the big market teams. they are there as chips to for a trade-sign/extension. i didn’t check but i believe he’s a boras guy. this isn’t mike hampton and ny’s “poor schools” (so he goes to colorado and his kids are in the district next to columbine).

  97. Kitt6Katt July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    There are chick-fil-a’s in New Jersey (Lawrenceville and Cherry Hill come to mind) and there are Checkers on Long Island!

  98. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    “Again you make the assumption that Jorge can regularly catch during the post season. That seems as unlikely as the Rangers counting on Vlad to be a regular RF in the playoffs.”

    I don’t understand what criteria you’re basing your speculative conclusions on.

    We do both agree that the threshold for Jorge Posada playing catcher in the regular season is vastly different that it would be for the postseason, don’t we?

    Yankees enjoy a fairly substantial cushion to make the postseason, they have the luxury of being very delicate with Posada and the criteria for him being “able” to catch is very low.

    What might keep him at DH and even on the bench now will likely not be the same criteria that dictates how and when we plays in the PS, with off days after every 2 games and longer breaks in-between series.

    We do agree on that logic, yes?

  99. Apple byte July 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    If indeed Cashman is with the team in St. Pete and has a deal in mind requiring the thoughts or approval of Hal Steinbrenner, he’s only got a quick ride over a bridge to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa to meet up with the young “Boss”.

  100. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    GB, I remember when Tracy came up with the LA Dodgers….I just had a brain cramp….He’d be an upgrade to what’s in the dugout now

  101. Fran the original July 30th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Doreen,

    Have a wonderful vacation.
    Here is my line-up

    Derek SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Robbie 2B
    Jorge C
    Granderson CF
    Miranda DH
    Gardner LF

    Thanks :)

  102. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    It was just fun. I did the fake Hank thing because it made me laugh. I’m glad they shut it down though because it got addictive. I was constantly thinking of things Hank would say and posting them.
    *********

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  103. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Edwin Jackson ( our boy GB ) has been moved to the White Sox

  104. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Important question:

    When does the 10 day registration period thing end and the prizes get given out?

  105. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    “Dude, you are way off base. These guys live in Florida because the weather is nice 90% of the time. Most tennis players live there as well.”

    Dudette, Jeter saved 18.9 million (during his 10 year contract) by living in Florida rather than establish residence in NY. The weather is just the icing on the cake.

  106. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I’m not against getting Berkman provided we don’t give up too much. Maybe a pennant race and short RF porch wakes his bat up.

  107. Kelvin July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Erica, Chad told me something like august 2nd if I remember correctly.

  108. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    LGY July 30th, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    Chip,

    If any of these games were significant or it was the postseason Posada would be playing.

    You are reading way too far into the Yankees resting their 38 year old catcher when they have an 8 game cushion to make the playoffs.

    They have no real compelling reason to push Posada.
    ———————

    With 2 months left in the season and only a 2 game lead – every game is significant.

    You can put on the blinders all you want but over the last three seasons Jorge’s body has shown it cannot be trusted to hold up to catching on a daily basis.

    He’s right now in the same class as Vlad and Matsui – good hitters who can no longer play the field regularly.

  109. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    All of this talk about Berkman and Dunn just brings home the fact that the Nick Johnson signing was one of the worst during Cashman’s tenure. How Cash thought this guy would stay healthy is beyond me. If they had kept either Damon or Matsui, this might not have been an issue. In the end, they may end up paying more money to NJ’s replacement than they would have to either of those guys.

  110. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Kelvin July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Erica, Chad told me something like august 2nd if I remember correctly.
    **********

    Thank you!

  111. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    “Dudette, Jeter saved 18.9 million (during his 10 year contract) by living in Florida rather than establish residence in NY. The weather is just the icing on the cake.”

    I’ll tell you what – the next time I see him, I’ll ask him and that will settle our difference of opinion. :P

  112. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Laura,

    You’re spot on with the Nick Johnson signing. I think Cash’s thought was DH’ing him would keep him healthy, but I think a lot of his injuries happen while he at bat and not playing defense.

    It was a bad signing and I do want to see us get a veteran bat to DH because I also think we can’t count on Jorge 100% to be physically ready to catch or DH. He’s banged up. It’s not an attack at him. It’s a fact.

  113. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    “”#

    All of this talk about Berkman and Dunn just brings home the fact that the Nick Johnson signing was one of the worst during Cashman’s tenure. How Cash thought this guy would stay healthy is beyond me. If they had kept either Damon or Matsui, this might not have been an issue. In the end, they may end up paying more money to NJ’s replacement than they would have to either of those guys.””\

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    The NJ signing was the second worst signing ever by Cash. It just doesn’t make sense.

  114. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    G. Love,

    My question about his form of social/media commentary/parody is that it’s common, which pretty much defeats its purpose.

    There are 10.00′s of “fake” Twitter accounts (maybe more), all (IMO) deluding themselves thinking they are engaging in wry critique.

    I think when the thing being parodied is itself ripe for parody, then we’ve reached a snake eating it’s own tail impasse.

    Anyone who can type can register an account, post a link and get a literal handful of the hundreds millions of people on the web to give them some attention.

    Anyone…

    Which again leads to me question the point of it.

  115. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    Important question:

    When does the 10 day registration period thing end and the prizes get given out
    ================

    I’ve been wondering the same thing :)

  116. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    ?Again you make the assumption that Jorge can regularly catch during the post season. That seems as unlikely as the Rangers counting on Vlad to be a regular RF in the playoffs.?

    I don?t understand what criteria you?re basing your speculative conclusions on.

    We do both agree that the threshold for Jorge Posada playing catcher in the regular season is vastly different that it would be for the postseason, don?t we?

    Yankees enjoy a fairly substantial cushion to make the postseason, they have the luxury of being very delicate with Posada and the criteria for him being ?able? to catch is very low.

    What might keep him at DH and even on the bench now will likely not be the same criteria that dictates how and when we plays in the PS, with off days after every 2 games and longer breaks in-between series.

    We do agree on that logic, yes?
    ———————–

    The breaks that you are talking about have been reduced thanks to the complaints over last year’s post season.

  117. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    “Jorge Posada said he could have played today, even Joe Girardi said “there’s no doubt” he could have started Posada.”

    From yesterday

  118. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    “”I’ll tell you what – the next time I see him, I’ll ask him and that will settle our difference of opinion.””

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

    Get an invite for us for the November wedding :) Just a Rocky theory, but “women weaken legs”. Maybe Minka is the cause of Jete’s stat brown out?

  119. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Also, how do you explain a foul ball off Jorge’s foot as an age related injury?

    You should go back and read CB’s post on this issue and parallels to Joe Mauer from last night during the game Chip.

  120. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    GB, I remember when Tracy came up with the LA Dodgers….I just had a brain cramp….He’d be an upgrade to what’s in the dugout now

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

    Yeah, this is the Chad Tracy that was drafted by Arizona. Had two 20+ homer seasons in ’05 and ’06. Injuries derailed him for a few years. I can see him having a few good years playing in that park. Pretty much like a left handed version of Nady.

  121. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    ?Dude, you are way off base. These guys live in Florida because the weather is nice 90% of the time. Most tennis players live there as well.?

    Dudette, Jeter saved 18.9 million (during his 10 year contract) by living in Florida rather than establish residence in NY. The weather is just the icing on the cake.
    **************

    I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn’t get their hands in Jeter’s pockets somehow.

  122. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Which again leads to me question the point of it.

    It can be funny? Not everyone is going to attract a following because they won’t be funny? OldHossRadbourn, CyborgHanson48, TimMcCarver, Grrmpy, YesMichaelKay.

    They post funny things. Who cares if there happens to be bunch of other twitter accounts? There are certainly a lot of stand up and improv comedians in the world. Doesn’t make the good ones any less funny.

    Take the stick out, or is it stuckey?

  123. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    “It was a bad signing and I do want to see us get a veteran bat to DH because I also think we can’t count on Jorge 100% to be physically ready to catch or DH. He’s banged up. It’s not an attack at him. It’s a fact.”

    I see your point. I’d actually rather get another bullpen guy. I think that the rest of the guys can carry the offense. We need someone to replace Park and/or Gaudin.

  124. G. Love July 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    stuckey,

    You make a valid point. I don’t dispute it.

    For the record, I don’t have a personal twitter feed as it seemed stupid to me talk about myself in that forum. That said, it was fun and a diversion for me when I was pretending to be Hank. It made people laugh. At one point I had a lot of the beat writers, Pete included, following me because they thought it was funny.

    I think Bret’s just having a laugh and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    Do I think Twitter is a valuable tool in our universe? No. I think it’s dumb. But when you’re bored or procrastinating (like I am right now), it’s harmless.

  125. Rumors R Us July 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I was the phony Buster Olney Twitter at last year’s trade deadline.

    I tried putting out speculation that for the Red Sox to get Halladay, it would take Lester, knowing the Sox would never make such a deal.

    I then reported that the PED user from the Oakland A’s as claimed by Canseco was not Rickey Henderson, but Dennis Eckersley.

    It was then reported on various websites, followed by MLB Trade Rumors reporting it to be a fake Buster Olney account, followed by retractions of the Eckersley rumor.

  126. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    “I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn’t get their hands in Jeter’s pockets somehow.”

    They did last year. They sued him and he paid a fine or some kind of settlement. It’s hard being a millionaire. :P

  127. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    ?Again you make the assumption that Jorge can regularly catch during the post season. That seems as unlikely as the Rangers counting on Vlad to be a regular RF in the playoffs.?

    I don?t understand what criteria you?re basing your speculative conclusions on.

    We do both agree that the threshold for Jorge Posada playing catcher in the regular season is vastly different that it would be for the postseason, don?t we?

    Yankees enjoy a fairly substantial cushion to make the postseason, they have the luxury of being very delicate with Posada and the criteria for him being ?able? to catch is very low.

    What might keep him at DH and even on the bench now will likely not be the same criteria that dictates how and when we plays in the PS, with off days after every 2 games and longer breaks in-between series.

    We do agree on that logic, yes?
    ————————————–

    Oh, and as for the “luxury of being delicate with Posada” no, we don’t agree. Because I’m not stupid enough to write off the Red Sox.

    If you’re willing to sit here and say “eh, we’ll make the post season, the division isn’t that important” well then you’re a bloody fool.

    There is a reason that the last two months of the season are called the “home stretch” it is when teams make the final push for not only making the playoffs but also for playoff positioning. Doing that with one of your strongest bats in and out of the lineup is considerably less than desireable.

    And if the Yankees were to go out and bring in a guy like Snyder and DH Posada for the remainder of the season then wouldn’t you agree that the odds are good he will be fresher going into the post season than if he was catching in August and September?

  128. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    “Do I think Twitter is a valuable tool in our universe? No. I think it’s dumb. But when you’re bored or procrastinating (like I am right now), it’s harmless.”

    I got an account the other day just to follow NYYRumors. I don’t need one for myself. There is absolutely nothing going on in my life that needs to be reported on on a daily basis. Shouldn’t I be upset about that? LOL!

  129. Rumors R Us July 30th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    In order to get the phony Buster Olney Twitter out there, I simply posted it on here a couple days before the deadline, and all the Lohudites did my job for me. Thanks.

  130. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    Edwin Jackson ( our boy GB ) has been moved to the White Sox

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

    always liked Jackson and that big arm of his. I think that with a real pitching coach, even at the “ancient age” of 27, he can get it all under control and become what he should be. Randy Johnson was nearly 30 when he figured it out.

  131. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    GB…..Great piece in this weeks Sports Illustrated on Stan The Man Musial……He hade 1815 hits on the road as well as at home……..Chad Tracy did play for the Dodgers right ??? or am I losing it or what’s left of it ( my mind ) ??????

  132. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve never found the appeal of dry british humor, I mean, there certainly are a lot of them don’t you think? Brits are everywhere these days, nasty business.

  133. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    ?I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn’t get their hands in Jeter’s pockets somehow.?

    They did last year. They sued him and he paid a fine or some kind of settlement. It?s hard being a millionaire.
    *************

    From my understanding- even though I live and work in an office in NY-
    If my firm sends me to a client in NJ and I work there for a week. I could technically owe money to the state of NJ at the end of the year.

    So I have a very hard time believe that NY doesn’t get money from Jeter

  134. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Rumors R Us July 30th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    I was the phony Buster Olney Twitter at last year’s trade deadline.

    I tried putting out speculation that for the Red Sox to get Halladay, it would take Lester, knowing the Sox would never make such a deal.

    I then reported that the PED user from the Oakland A’s as claimed by Canseco was not Rickey Henderson, but Dennis Eckersley.

    It was then reported on various websites, followed by MLB Trade Rumors reporting it to be a fake Buster Olney account, followed by retractions of the Eckersley rumor.

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

    Dang.

    You and G. Love have set the bar high for me, too high I presume.

    Bronx Jeers is rooting for me to get a cease and desist order from Randy Levine.

    It’s just my rookie season so…maybe give me a year!

  135. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    Also, how do you explain a foul ball off Jorge?s foot as an age related injury?

    You should go back and read CB?s post on this issue and parallels to Joe Mauer from last night during the game Chip.
    ——————————–

    The age related part of that is that in his younger days he may have been quicker to recover.

    I truly don’t get why some of you get so defensive over this issue. He’s 38 and playing the most physically demanding spot on the field; moving him to DH for the last two months of the season let’s him stay in the lineup and take some of the wear and tear off his body so he’s fresh for the playoffs.

    I’m not talking about taking him out to the field and shooting him like a lame horse.

  136. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    All of this talk about Berkman and Dunn just brings home the fact that the Nick Johnson signing was one of the worst during Cashman’s tenure. How Cash thought this guy would stay healthy is beyond me. If they had kept either Damon or Matsui, this might not have been an issue. In the end, they may end up paying more money to NJ’s replacement than they would have to either of those guys.
    *******

    Give the lady the prize – she’s the winner!!!

    I will add to your last sentence this…In the end, they may end up paying more money to NJ’s replacement than they would have to either of those guys or feel the loss come playoff time when Thames, Miranda or some other scrub sees more playing time than they should.

  137. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    All of this talk about Berkman and Dunn just brings home the fact that the Nick Johnson signing was one of the worst during Cashman?s tenure. How Cash thought this guy would stay healthy is beyond me. If they had kept either Damon or Matsui, this might not have been an issue. In the end, they may end up paying more money to NJ?s replacement than they would have to either of those guys.
    *************

    Which really makes all of that offseason talk about not wanting to go slightly “overbudget’ to meet Damon’s demands even more ridiculous in retrospect

  138. pat July 30th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    “I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn?t get their hands in Jeter?s pockets somehow.”

    They tax him for what he earns on the days he plays in NY but not on his whole salary.

    The FL state tax loophole for athletes has been used forever.

  139. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    GB…..Great piece in this weeks Sports Illustrated on Stan The Man Musial……He hade 1815 hits on the road as well as at home……..Chad Tracy did play for the Dodgers right ??? or am I losing it or what’s left of it ( my mind ) ??????

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

    The Tracy that I’m referring to signed and played with Arizona until last year and the signed with the Cubs this past winter, so, the Cubs would be paying all but, $100,000 if he was brought up now. Pretty cheap left handed power and emergency glove.

  140. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    They weren’t going to keep Matsui unless he waited out Damon; Damon turned down the Yankees. Do we have to rehash this over and over and over again?

    Johnson was not first choice; it was risky healthwise, but I can see the reasoning in the taking the gamble. Fewer opportunities for most people to get hurt if they’re not playing the field; his biggest injuries came during defense.

    Whatever.

  141. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    “Which really makes all of that offseason talk about not wanting to go slightly “overbudget’ to meet Damon’s demands even more ridiculous in retrospect”

    ——————————

    Why would the Yankees bid against themselves though?

    They offered him more money than any other team.

    Bidding against themselves would set a bad precedent and cost them much more in the long run especially since they were dealing with Scott Boras.

  142. Erin July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    RiverAveBlues Definitely. RT: @BobKlap: #Yankees definitely out on Dunn

  143. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The Yanks have a chance of finding their bullpen guys in Scranton. They aren’t going to find a hitter there. Improving DH/OF/infield backup are hopefully Cashman’s priorities right now.

  144. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Pat, I’ll have to pull up the piece on Musial. Lord, could that guy hit. He was as good as Ted williams as far as I’m concerned.r

  145. IDCWYT July 30th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    ?I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn?t get their hands in Jeter?s pockets somehow.?

    They tax him for what he earns on the days he plays in NY but not on his whole salary.

    The FL state tax loophole for athletes has been used forever.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    As does every other State he plays in.

  146. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    GB….I’ve always felt the same way about Edwin from the 1st time I saw him at the age of 19 @ Dodger Stadium…..

  147. SJ44 July 30th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    The funny part of all this is when you read a guy like Rosenthal saying, “Yankees are interested in Berkman at the right price”.

    What does that mean?

    You could say that about ANY player.

    I haven’t talked to Brian Cashman recently but, I dare say he would be interested in Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, and others “at the right price”.

    That’s where Twitter is a waste of time. It really doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know if you put two seconds of thought into a particular subject.

  148. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    If Toronto just signed Mike Jacobs, they may be getting ready to move Lyle Overbay. I assume it’s only for a minor league piece of small value.

  149. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    pat July 30th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    ?I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn?t get their hands in Jeter?s pockets somehow.?

    They tax him for what he earns on the days he plays in NY but not on his whole salary.

    The FL state tax loophole for athletes has been used forever.
    *************

    Thats what I figured-
    But NY could also probably argue that his residence for home games could qualify him for part year status and be applicable for proration. Not just on the income “earned” in NY

  150. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    The best part about the Hideki Matsui nostalgia is that Cashman would be getting killed on this board for resigning an old DH with bad knees because of the season Matsui is having.

    You really can’t win with the fans when you are a GM.

  151. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    ?Which really makes all of that offseason talk about not wanting to go slightly “overbudget’ to meet Damon’s demands even more ridiculous in retrospect?

    ??????????

    Why would the Yankees bid against themselves though?

    They offered him more money than any other team.

    Bidding against themselves would set a bad precedent and cost them much more in the long run especially since they were dealing with Scott Boras.
    ******************

    Is “because I wanted them to” an acceptable answer?

  152. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    GB….I’ve always felt the same way about Edwin from the 1st time I saw him at the age of 19 @ Dodger Stadium…..

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

    I think a guy like Don Cooper could really help jackson fulfill what was expected of him.

  153. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Is “because I wanted them to” an acceptable answer?

    ——————————-

    I checked with the judges and we will take that answer :)

  154. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Jeter-SS
    Swisher-RF
    Tex-1B
    ARod-3B
    Cano-2B
    Posada-C
    Granderson-CF
    Miranda-DH
    Gardner-LF

  155. tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    “I’m not a big fast food guy, but there’s a Chick-Fil-A in Tampa and I quite simply cannot help myself. I would have gladly traded my chicken sandwich for four more hours of sleep, but as a consolation prize, it wasn’t bad.”

    I think it may be my favorite Southern fast food chain. Did you get the Fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich? yummmmmmm the worst is that they are closed on Sundays(started by a traditional Georgia family) and that’s when I usually crave it the most :)

  156. Nick in SF July 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The State of New York has tried to tax me for wearing my Yankee cap in San Francisco (but not in Santa Fe).

    Wait a second… why am I posting this? What is the point of it all? Sad times.

  157. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    1. Erica – NYS came after the Captain a few years ago, saying his residence was really NY. They finally reached a settlement on the dollars. Newspaper consensus was that NY was making a public example of Jeter.

    2. So, Toronto signed Mike Jacobs? Maybe Overbay will be going someplace – let’s see, LH bat? Maybe NYY? Let’s start a rumor!

  158. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    2. So, Toronto signed Mike Jacobs? Maybe Overbay will be going someplace – let’s see, LH bat? Maybe NYY? Let’s start a rumor!

    minor league depth because they got rid of wallace

  159. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    G. Love,

    Let me be clear. If people want to communicate and make jokes via Twitter, I’m cool.

    It’s when people do it intending to “fool” people into thinking it’s real or treating it seriously is when the self-importance meter redlines for me.

  160. Chip July 30th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    If Toronto just signed Mike Jacobs, they may be getting ready to move Lyle Overbay. I assume it?s only for a minor league piece of small value.
    ——————————–

    Overbay has a no trade clause

  161. YankeeBlue222 July 30th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    I think it may be my favorite Southern fast food chain. Did you get the Fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich? yummmmmmm the worst is that they are closed on Sundays(started by a traditional Georgia family) and that’s when I usually crave it the most
    _____________________________

    Yes! As a Fort Myers resident who goes to Tampa quite a bit, I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve wanted Chick-Fil-A on my drive back home and then realized it was a Sunday :(

  162. MystiqueAura July 30th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Berkman to the Yanks??

  163. Warning Track Power July 30th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Looking forward to this series.
    As long as we are not swept, things will be just fine on Sunday night.

    The games won’t be easy. Will take excellent play to beat the rays on the road.

    Let’s do this!!!

  164. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The following people have submitted lineups for GTLU so far. If your name is missing, let me know.

    Erin
    Unknown
    Chip
    justinxdance27
    igotid88
    Erica
    noreaster
    upstate kate
    champ809
    bisonthrow
    Fran (the original)
    Warning Track Power

  165. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Let me be clear. If people want to communicate and make jokes via Twitter, I’m cool.

    You sure? You were railing against parody earlier.

  166. MystiqueAura July 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    ( speculation on WFAN now, no done deal)

  167. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    jerkface – don’t be logical. Let’s start a wild, totally unsubstantiated rumor – those are the best kind. If Bret can do it, why not everyone? :)

  168. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    you mean the cliff lee that we already beat in the playoffs and has a career 4.7 era against us
    ********

    If by “we” you mean the yankees, then they have never beaten cliff lee in the playoffs, including when he pitched with cleveland if I’m not mistaken. As for the 4.7 era i’m not sure you’d want to include the 2002 – 2005 years as the cliff lee then (when the yankees had success off of him) isn’t the same cliff lee now. But I do give you credit for thinking positively that the yankees could have success off of him in a 5 game series.

  169. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    pat July 30th, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    ?I am not a state and local taxation expert, but I would be shocked if New York didn?t get their hands in Jeter?s pockets somehow.?

    They tax him for what he earns on the days he plays in NY but not on his whole salary.

    The FL state tax loophole for athletes has been used forever.
    *************

    Thats what I figured-
    But NY could also probably argue that his residence for home games could qualify him for part year status and be applicable for proration. Not just on the income “earned” in NY

    ======================================================

    Most people think that someone’s salary is their main source of income…but for the rich, thats not necesarily so. In the case of a New York based MLB player, his salary is fully taxable in NYS. But…things like investment income are taxed in the state he resides. For many rich people investment income is huge and by declaring residency in Fla they can avoid state income tax on that part of their income.

  170. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Let’s start a wild, totally unsubstantiated rumor

    I already had my fun on wild unsubstantiated rumors when I nearly convinced Jon Heyman that I had the real leaked steroid list with the 103 names on it.

  171. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    “The best part about the Hideki Matsui nostalgia is that Cashman would be getting killed on this board for resigning an old DH with bad knees because of the season Matsui is having. ‘

    Not from me. Honestly, LGY – can you at least admit that Matsui probably would have helped us more this season than Johnson has?

  172. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    want no part of bergman… can’t hit lefties and is too old…

  173. tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    also a warning about Checkers, their fries are amazing but I question ‘the cleanliness’ of most of their locations …just the way they serve you I wouldn’t be surprised if they fail a few health inspections. Chick-Fil-A on the other hand is always quick and organized…just seems like a cleaner run establishment

  174. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    “Do we have to rehash this over and over and over again?’

    As long as Nick Johnson is sitting on the bench collecting dust and knitting a scarf and the Yankees are out there looking for a DH, yes we do. :P

  175. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    i (i, as in me… myself) am really over this blogs (the lohud yankees blog) obsession of calling out the “we” “us” nonsense. get over yourself (you, as in… you).

  176. Don Vito A. Bellamo July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Berkman, Matsui or Dunn….???…who will it be ?

  177. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    “also a warning about Checkers, their fries are amazing but I question ‘the cleanliness’ of most of their locations ‘

    Oh, make no mistake. Clean and Checkers are two words that do not belong in the same sentence. Every time I went there, I knew that I was taking a gamble. But those fries made it seem worth it. :)

  178. Joe from Long Island July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I already had my fun on wild unsubstantiated rumors when I nearly convinced Jon Heyman that I had the real leaked steroid list with the 103 names on it.

    Was that you? I’m impressed.

  179. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I hope that everyone here is preparing themselves for the probable outcome that the Yankees might not make any deal at all at the trade deadline. If I remember correctly, last year a lot of folks on the blog went nuts when the only deal at the trade deadline was for Jerry Hairston Jr. The blog degenerated into whining for about 2 weeks. Lets hope it doesn’t do so this time.

  180. LGY July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Laura,

    Of course he would have helped us more than NJ. I know you wouldn’t be complaining if we had him.

    My comment was more a general one about Cashman not being able to win because there would be a different segment of posters complaining about resigning him.

    I also like to push your buttons a bit when you bring up Matsui ;) Don’t tell stuckey though because I may have to explain to him the grand purpose behind that though :)

  181. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    laura – don’t believe for a second that those athletes have their residence declared in florida for any reason other than taxes. hell, jeter got audited by the IRS and had to prove that he spent time in his house in florida. it’s the same reason that wade/bosh/lebron mess went down in miami and not NY, they each earn almost an extra $12mil just by being in florida.

  182. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    “The best part about the Hideki Matsui nostalgia is that Cashman would be getting killed on this board for resigning an old DH with bad knees because of the season Matsui is having. ‘

    Not from me. Honestly, LGY – can you at least admit that Matsui probably would have helped us more this season than Johnson has?
    ***********************

    The dead bloated body of Babe Ruth would have helped us more than Nick Johnson this year (with his dead bloated body :-)). It hurts me to even see him on the bench while on the DL taking up space for some other player who has contributed more this year. This guy is the epitome of a loser (just ahead of Bobby Meachem).

  183. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “i (i, as in me… myself) am really over this blogs (the lohud yankees blog) obsession of calling out the “we” “us” nonsense. get over yourself (you, as in… you).”

    Okay, I’ve got a degree from a very reputable college and even I don’t understand this. LOL!

  184. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “Oh, and as for the “luxury of being delicate with Posada” no, we don’t agree. Because I’m not stupid enough to write off the Red Sox.”

    Not stupid enough?

    Are you smart enough to have done the math, or ARE you stupid enough to make such a claim NOT having done it?

    “If you’re willing to sit here and say “eh, we’ll make the post season, the division isn’t that important” well then you’re a bloody fool.”

    When did I ever imply that?

    “There is a reason that the last two months of the season are called the “home stretch””

    Yes, because it’s the last leg of the season.

    “And if the Yankees were to go out and bring in a guy like Snyder and DH Posada for the remainder of the season then wouldn’t you agree that the odds are good he will be fresher going into the post season than if he was catching in August and September?”

    I believe you’ve lost track of the argument.

    I have no position on getting a guy like Synder.

    I’m confident the Yankees will be as fine the last 2 months of the season as they have been the first 4 months of the season with the personnel and limitations they have. And equally confident unless a major injury re/occurs, Posada will catch everyday in the PS.

    If they are able to upgrade Cervelli in a good deal. That’s fine.

    If they are able to get a DH upgrade in a good deal. That’s fine.

    if they do neither, that’s fine.

    The amusing part of you being fixated on this issue and now calling people who disagree with you defensive if two-fold.

    1.) The actual season’s results favor the non-panicked position.

    2.) If you’re a Yankee fan, you should WANT be to be right.

    You seem quite interested in being correct about the Yankees being in trouble if they don’t “fix” the catching situation, which I have a hard time relating too.

  185. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    “I also like to push your buttons a bit when you bring up Matsui ;) Don’t tell stuckey though because I may have to explain to him the grand purpose behind that though :)”

    LGY, you are so mean to me. Keep it up. :)

  186. mick July 30th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    What’s the point of Twitter? Speed? Certainly not accuracy. Why do people feel the urgency to broadcast their every thought to the world? Is it an ego trip? Something a high schooler might like but not an adult. I guess it’s the computer world we live in…

  187. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Here’s a little note on Gary Sanchez that you might enjoy from a site called “Call To The Pen”.

    “Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Rookie)—Sanchez has missed the last few days with an injury suffered while running out a ground ball, but he could miss two full seasons at his age and still be a coveted prospect.

    We’re talking about a 17-year-old catcher who’s not only already playing US ball, but is hitting .378/.455/.692 in the GCL as one of the league’s youngest players. A catcher is doing this, mind you.

    Jesus Montero’s defensive issues may scare Yankees fans when they hear about a hitting machine who plays “catcher,” but while Sanchez isn’t a tremendous defender right now, scouts believe he has the athleticism and arm strength to be solid behind the plate in time—Montero never had that benefit of the doubt.

    Is 20 games too early to anoint Sanchez the next great Yankee superstar? Of course. But his scouting reports have been glowing, and his numbers are way advanced for his age and position.There’s no question that Sanchez is a major player to watch in coming years.”

    http://calltothepen.com/2010/0.....-and-more/

  188. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:41 pm
    Let’s start a wild, totally unsubstantiated rumor

    I already had my fun on wild unsubstantiated rumors when I nearly convinced Jon Heyman that I had the real leaked steroid list with the 103 names on it.

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

    Nice, I am surrounded by mischief makers.

    :lol:

  189. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Laura -

    Sigh. :lol:

  190. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Why do people feel the urgency to broadcast their every thought to the world? Is it an ego trip? Something a high schooler might like but not an adult. I guess it’s the computer world we live in…

    Friends can keep up on what their friends are doing, its easy to organize a meetup if you tweet something that everyone else follows.

    For news it allows rapid posting of information from a phone. Its like an RSS feed of BS.

    It has its inaccuracies but it also has its uses.

  191. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    All I know is that every day I work in a different state (which is 4 of 5 working days) I pay taxes in that state since that’s where the income was earned.

    It’s one of the many reasons I pay someone smarter than me to do my taxes every year – I end up having to file in anywhere from 2-6 states

  192. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    “Sigh.”

    Doreen, the truth sucks sometimes, doesn’t it? :wink:

  193. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Laura -

    I think the person you quoted doesn’t like when people say “we” as if they were actually employed by the NY Yankees.

    (It’s a pet peeve of mine, too, but I’ve given up on it. :lol: )

  194. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Just curious as to the percentage of people on this forum that have full-time jobs. Take retirees out of the calculation (and I’d expect the retiree population to be rather small).

    Some folks are on here night and day. I’m going to say that the fully employed percentage is roughly 60%. I hope I’m being pessimistic.

  195. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    SI_JonHeyman

    #yankees, 1 team with $, getting lots of calls. eventually theyll get someone (tho not dunn — theyre out of that)
    5 minutes ago via web

  196. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    rishi – something about the way the CBA is written must allow them to declare their income in their state of residence. maybe because the mlb is nationwide? anyone know how that works?

  197. mick July 30th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Some folks are on here night and day. I’m going to say that the fully employed percentage is roughly 60%. I hope I’m being pessimistic.
    ————————————————–
    Some people do this at work.

  198. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Laura -

    Yeah. :(

    Nick Johnson wouldn’t have been my first choice. I think the Yankees focused on the right one of the two (Damon vs. Matsui) because of Damon could play the outfield. I wish things had gone differently all around, but once it was a done deal, all you’re left to do is hope NJ didn’t get hurt. Sigh. So much for that. :(

    However, the team as a whole is doing very well, even though they’re not perfectly perfect, and in my opinion, the games that have been lost have been lost in the bullpen. Aceves was (is) the bigger loss over NJ.

  199. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    mick — I don’t disagree; I myself am at work. However, some are on all day, everyday. No way they can have jobs that allow and afford so much down time.

  200. mick July 30th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Funny how young people in college in the 60′s and 70′s railed against the the threat of computers taking over. Of course they weren’t a reality back then but there was a fear. Now that they have, most have embraced them but I wonder if the world is a better place because of the dependence on them.

  201. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    doreen – i know its technically incorrect to do… but i like to take ownership of my fan-dom. :) i just don’t see why its necessary for someone to point it out every time it’s said, i certainly didn’t type it by accident. i don’t think too highly of “cashman needs to go” and his opinions anyway, so it’s just annoying to be called out by the grammar police.

  202. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    Just curious as to the percentage of people on this forum that have full-time jobs. Take retirees out of the calculation (and I’d expect the retiree population to be rather small).

    Some folks are on here night and day. I’m going to say that the fully employed percentage is roughly 60%. I hope I’m being pessimistic
    ********

    Great comment. I was actually thinking the other day to ask the bloggers on here what their dream job would be, considering that since they are on this blog so often during the day that their current job must not be their dream job. Mine would be having the same gig as Mike Francessa, having people ask me for my opinions about sports even though I may not know anything about it (just like Mikey F ;-))

  203. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    “You sure? You were railing against parody earlier.”

    I’m am, I was railing against parody in context of Bret’s strutting over how he managed to get 3 of his 12 followers from the midwest all riled up.

    Context is a good thing Jerkface. You should occasionally consider it.

  204. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    “Some people do this at work.”

    I’m off today; that’s why I’m on. I post while at work, but not that much.

  205. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    “Berkman has hit .287 at home this year with a .512 slugging percentage. But away from Minute Maid Park, Berkman was hitting .194 with a .343 slugging percentage. In addition, the switch-hitting Berkman has batted just .188 vs. lefties this year with one homer in 64 at-bats.”

  206. PJH90 July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Hughes needs to command his fastball, use his curve more and his cutter less.

    His fastball often misses the target by feet, which obviously is not good.

    His curve is very good, but he needs to use it to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball.

    The cutter has help him get some easy outs, but I would bet that at least 75% of his home runs against are on cutters.

    If he makes these adjustments, he will be back where he was in April and May.

  207. 86w183 July 30th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I agree Twitter is techno-narcissism, nothing more.

    Blog posting, however is pure genius!

  208. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    ID – I think it’s the same for them…they get per diems etc.

    not to get too complex, but once the government knows I’m in another state for more than a year, I have to either move to that state or go compensatory (complicated tax thing…that’s all I know).

    they are employees of the NY Yankees in NY (or FLA), not employees of the MLB…I can’t imagine the law changes, but the earlier comment about interest income makes a lot of sense. I pay NY tax on that.

  209. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The dead bloated body of Babe Ruth would have helped us more than Nick Johnson this year (with his dead bloated body :-) ). It hurts me to even see him on the bench while on the DL taking up space for some other player who has contributed more this year. This guy is the epitome of a loser (just ahead of Bobby Meachem).
    =======================
    Esp. with that mustache, thank god somebody made him shave it…

  210. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    but I wonder if the world is a better place because of the dependence on them.

    Emphatic yes.

  211. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Twitter definitely has it’s positive uses. But like everything else in life, it can be misused/abused.

    I think it’s interesting in respect. I thought it might be good to have a twitter account and for my daughter to have one, so I could keep tabs on her, or so she could reach me. She doesn’t have one; I have one so I can get the lineups. And if you’re a newshound, you can keep up with the world’s headlines.

    But as I think about it, why do I need to keep such suffocatingly close tabs? And why isn’t a phone call, text message or email enough???? Not to mention posting on a facebook wall.

    It’s overkill, definitely.

  212. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’m am, I was railing against parody in context of Bret’s strutting over how he managed to get 3 of his 12 followers from the midwest all riled up.

    Context is a good thing Jerkface. You should occasionally consider it.

    No, you specifically said that the ease of access to someone creating a fake twitter defeated the purpose of it. It wasn’t specific to Bret the Hitman and his 3 followers.

  213. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    “However, the team as a whole is doing very well, even though they’re not perfectly perfect, and in my opinion, the games that have been lost have been lost in the bullpen. Aceves was (is) the bigger loss over NJ.”

    Probably. I’m just annoyed that we have to hear about them looking for a DH when they could have had one with Damon or Matsui. I know that I should be over that by now, but it still bothers me.

  214. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Most people think that someone?s salary is their main source of income?but for the rich, thats not necesarily so. In the case of a New York based MLB player, his salary is fully taxable in NYS. But?things like investment income are taxed in the state he resides. For many rich people investment income is huge and by declaring residency in Fla they can avoid state income tax on that part of their income.
    ****************

    I know that.
    I am a CPA (just not particualrly specialized in taxation). But for a few months of the year I can’t avoid doing very rich people’s tax returns

  215. Erica in NY July 30th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Okay.. going to the beach. Bye everyone!

  216. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hmm. Dream Job. Sports talk is cool, but to have to engage the general public every day is not for me. The IQ of many callers is closer to that of the early hominids.

  217. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    “In addition, the switch-hitting Berkman has batted just .188 vs. lefties this year with one homer in 64 at-bats.””

    Yeah, let’s get this guy. Then he and Granderson can compete for the “Who Can’t Hit Lefites” award. :P

  218. Kelvin July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I’m pretty sure they are paid by the location of the franchise, however when they declare residency somewhere other then that state they abide by that states tax rules as well.

    No tax there, but still I’m sure Jeter is taxed by NYS. Maybe SJ can help us with that question, I live in NJ and work in NY, I’m taxed by both states could be different for them though.

  219. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    doreen – i know its technically incorrect to do… but i like to take ownership of my fan-dom. i just don’t see why its necessary for someone to point it out every time it’s said, i certainly didn’t type it by accident. i don’t think too highly of “cashman needs to go” and his opinions anyway, so it’s just annoying to be called out by the grammar police.

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

    ID – my apologies for upsetting you – i’m not hung up if you use “we” to include yourself as part of the yankees – heck about 70% of the people on here do it – i just wasn’t sure if “we” meant the yankees because i was making a point that the yankees had never beaten cliff lee in the playoffs. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    doreen – i know its technically incorrect to do… but i like to take ownership of my fan-dom. i just don’t see why its necessary for someone to point it out every time it’s said, i certainly didn’t type it by accident. i don’t think too highly of “cashman needs to go” and his opinions anyway, so it’s just annoying to be called out by the grammar police.

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

    ID – my apologies for upsetting you – i’m not hung up if you use “we” to include yourself as part of the yankees – heck about 70% of the people on here do it – i just wasn’t sure if “we” meant the yankees because i was making a point that the yankees had never beaten cliff lee in the playoffs. Plus whats the saying about people and opinions…..

  220. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Have fun, Erica!

  221. Bret The Hitman July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I have 16 followers, Jerkface.

    Far more action on the non-followers with hate tweets against my tweets.

  222. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Berkman from June 1 on: .259 .385 .465 .850

    July 1 on: .233 .404 .521 .925

  223. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    But as I think about it, why do I need to keep such suffocatingly close tabs? And why isn’t a phone call, text message or email enough???? Not to mention posting on a facebook wall.

    It’s overkill, definitely.
    ==============
    Doreen
    It’s amazing we have made it this far. :)
    How did we ever live without a computer?

  224. tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    “# Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    laura – don’t believe for a second that those athletes have their residence declared in florida for any reason other than taxes. hell, jeter got audited by the IRS and had to prove that he spent time in his house in florida. it’s the same reason that wade/bosh/lebron mess went down in miami and not NY, they each earn almost an extra $12mil just by being in florida.

    I don’t think it’s just about Taxes. There are positives and negatives to every place. And Jeter really does spend most of his time in Tampa, he’s seen around all the time..specifically at Starbucks locations :)…I remember that tax case and I said to myself there are lots of people that can vouche that he really spends a lot of time here. Ofcourse all rich athletes are on their private jets to getaways everywhere during the offseason so their ‘home life’ is different from most of ours

  225. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Irreverent Discourse -

    I gave up on it, because I realized two things: most important, who cares what I think? and secondly, it’s really harmless.

    :)

    ——–

    YanksFanCA

    I ended up being a stay at home mom. Most of my friends have gone back to work. Because of the situation with my kids, it’s most practical for me to be home and we are blessed in that I can do so. This blog is my watercooler. And a great respite between boring household chores and errands.

  226. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    have a good time Erica :)

  227. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Stay-at-home mom deserves hazard pay. Apart from being a male, I could never be a stay-at-home. No way do I have that degree of patience. Plus, it’s a 16-hour-per-day+ position.

  228. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Maybe Cash will talk to NJ and ask him for 50% off his 2010 rate for 2011? Another 50% of nothing.

  229. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I wish I could be a stay at home dad. Sounds like the best and laziest position ever.

  230. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Jerkface — be careful what you wish for! It must be unrelenting.

  231. Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    The value of a Mom staying at home needs to be taxed. Let’s get Blahblah on this.

  232. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    If the Yankees were to just make one move I’d like them to get an arm in the bullpen. Can never have too much pitching and I am confident in the starting rotation/offense.

  233. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    “No, you specifically said that the ease of access to someone creating a fake twitter defeated the purpose of it. It wasn’t specific to Bret the Hitman and his 3 followers.”

    “There are 10.00’s of “fake” Twitter accounts (maybe more), all (IMO) deluding themselves thinking they are engaging in wry critique.”

    “I think when the thing being parodied is itself ripe for parody, then we’ve reached a snake eating it’s own tail impasse.”

    “Wry critique” quite obviously doesn’t refer to people using Twitter to engage others IN on the joke. It specifically refers to anyone bothering to care to understand it people creating accounts intending to fool other, thereby exposing the warts of the medium, the claim Bret made.

    Got any more straws to grasp?

  234. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I am going to have to concur on the staying home idea, sanz the “dad” part because I dont want kids.

    Stay at home bachelor maybe?

  235. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Truth…..Bullpen and then a LH Hitter

  236. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Stuckey you perpetually argue with everyone on this blog. You should make an agreement to agree at least once a day.

  237. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Pat M…

    Why a lefty hitter? It seems like the bottom half of our line can get a little lefty heavy.

    I am going to respectfully disagree and see a RH hitter. Unless the lefty we bring in has good splits against lefties and righties.

  238. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Truth — kids are great. Watching them develop is really awesome. But it’s 24 x 7. We settled on one. I hear two+ is infinitely tougher.

  239. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Current pen arms:Mo,Joba, Robertson,Marte(soon enough),Gaudin, Mosely,Park,Logan, hopefully Aceves soon and Mitre.

    Hopefully by mixing and matching and possibly putting Hughes there for the playoffs and series we will have enough. Who is out there that won’t cost us a prospect?

  240. Wave Your Hat July 30th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    My vote is a RH hitter (or Dunn), then the pen. And we need a utility infielder too.

  241. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    melkmanisinhotlanta -

    I’ve had various part-time jobs over the years; it ends up being cost ineffective in terms of our taxes. But, I’ve often mused over what I would get paid for the services I provide. Driving, alone, don’t get me started. :lol:

  242. Dassit July 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Rangers stay busy. They just acquired Christian Guzman from the Nats.

  243. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    . But, I’ve often mused over what I would get paid for the services I provide.
    ================================================
    Doreen,
    Doesn’t your husband pay you?

  244. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    YanksFaninCA -

    I love both my daughters, but we sometimes joke that if daughter #2 came before daughter #1, there’d have been no daughter #1!

    My friends who have 3 (or more) kids, say at some point it’s no more difficult. I don’t know if I believe them.

  245. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    The Truth,

    I quite admittedly tend to respond to and engage those that I disagree with.

    I DO like debate. No doubt.

    The appeal of agreeing on a community forum is lost on me.

    Perhaps that’s a character flaw, but I find the exercise of looking for people who agree with me dull.

  246. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    If the Yankees were to just make one move I’d like them to get an arm in the bullpen. Can never have too much pitching and I am confident in the starting rotation/offense.

    —————————————————————————————————

    Truth,

    I know how you feel but consider the possibility that if the Yankees make the playoffs (a high probablity right now) they will add a very good arm for the bullpen…Phil Hughes. Last year the Yanks went through the playoffs with 3 starting pitchers. This year they may decide to go through the playoffs with 4 starters (CC, AJ, Andy and Vazquez). In that case Phil Hughes will be moved to the pen.

    Also, don’t discount the possibilty that Damaso Marte may be back for the playoffs.

  247. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think a utility infielder is a pressing need. Someone for the pen would be great, but not a must-have. Just dump Park, call up Alba, and keep the Fat Toad away from inning 8.

  248. Yogi Mantle July 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Dassit, it seems they are team doing all kinds of adds and it isn’t costing them much. How is it that the other teams are saying they don’t like it that they are paying for that team and yet keep giving them deals where THEY are paying for these players?

    If they are going up for auction, by the time the new owners come in there won’t be much left of value in the team.

  249. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    mick -

    Do you mean as in an “allowance” ????

  250. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Perhaps that’s a character flaw

    One among many :>

  251. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    “and keep the Fat Toad away from inning 8.”

    Irabu is making a comeback???

  252. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    mick — I don’t disagree; I myself am at work. However, some are on all day, everyday. No way they can have jobs that allow and afford so much down time.

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

    So? What’s the problem with some of us being on here every day? Some of us don’t have to work for a living. Some of us are independently poor.

  253. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    “The appeal of agreeing on a community forum is lost on me.”

    I agree.

  254. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    YankFanCA-

    I have a ton of respect for you and anyone that is raising kids in this day in and age; it is just not for me. I personally think its really, really hard to properly raise a child in today’s atmosphere.

  255. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    The Fat Toad is back?!!?
    I must have missed that tweet.

  256. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    “One among many :>”

    For certain…

  257. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The appeal of perpetually arguing with people is lost on me, so to each their own I guess.

  258. upstate kate July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I worked PT when my son was young and it was absolutely wonderful. A perfect mix of kid time and adult time. However, we only have one (not really by choice) and he has always been easy from babyhood to young adulthood.

    Doreen
    we are glad you are home and you have time for GTLU!!

  259. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    The Rangers acquired infielder Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for prospects
    ————

    Why don’t the Rangers just trade for a whole new team??? This is a joke for a team with no money. Ace pitcher, catcher, and 2 infielders..

  260. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    A Berkman rental seems like a good idea to me. Veteran player. Great talent.

    His numbers are down this year, but he has a career OPS+ of 145 according to baseball reference.com.

    At age 34 he may be past his prime, but he is hardly over the hill, even by baseball standards.

  261. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I’d also like to see Albaladejo get a shot.

  262. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    It’s one thing to argue with people, another to get on one’s nerves.

  263. Pat M. July 30th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Thruth, when the club is back to full dtrenght, they seem waek from the LH side DH or whne the WS starts, as a PH hitter…..I’m fine with Thames, not all that secure with Curtis or Miranda……However, not at the cost other clubs are asking

  264. jacksquat July 30th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Berkman is hitting .261/.395/.479 vs righthanded pitching. That’s not bad at all. Terrible vs lhp, but that’s what Thames is for.

    Posada will catch every game in the postseason if he is not seriously injured. A lot of the games he gets off or DH’s he could play and would catch if it were the postseason.

  265. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Berkman sees a lot of pitches, would fit in well batting 7th or 8th.

  266. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Truth — you are absolutely right; it’s very tough. But a lot of hard things are worth the effort. I think of career minor leaguers who finally get a cup of coffee in the majors. It’s a really tough slog, but then the taste of the coffee is that much sweeter.

  267. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    joelsherman1 #Yankees are definitely in for Lance Berkman, considering him seriously

  268. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    melkmanisinhotlanta -

    I’ve had various part-time jobs over the years; it ends up being cost ineffective in terms of our taxes. But, I’ve often mused over what I would get paid for the services I provide. Driving, alone, don’t get me started.

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

    a few years ago, somebody figured out exactly what a mother and wife’s )or domestic engineer) salary was and it took into account licensed limousine service, full time cook, full time baby sitter, house keeping services, teacher, nursing service, laundry service and “companionship” for the husband, etc. It came to more than $300,000 a year.

  269. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    YankFanCA-

    haha great analogy.

    I think part of my reluctance stems from the fact that I have worked very hard to get where I am at and want to enjoy success for a while.

  270. mick July 30th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    An allowance? Doreen, no fringe benefits?

  271. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Uggh. Berkman is on a serious down slope.

  272. YankFanCA July 30th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Can’t blame you, Truth. It’s all about choices, sacrifices, opportunity costs, etc.

  273. Giuseppe Franco July 30th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Color me unimpressed with Lance Berkman. Pass.

    But I’m assuming that rumor has about as much truth to it as all the other guys linked to the Yanks.

  274. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    “At age 34 he may be past his prime, but he is hardly over the hill, even by baseball standards.”

    Pretty close. Bad body for a 34 year old. Can still get on base on though, and has a little thump.

  275. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    YanksFaninCA -

    I love both my daughters, but we sometimes joke that if daughter #2 came before daughter #1, there’d have been no daughter #1!

    My friends who have 3 (or more) kids, say at some point it’s no more difficult. I don’t know if I believe them.
    **********************

    Doreen I have to agree with you – i have 2 boys and if son #2 (3 years old) were born before son #1 (4 and a half) we’d probably have only 1..

    as for it getting easier with #3 and more…i have a theory – i think the work and responsibility is the same – but i think the worrying tends to stop or lessen (since having 3 or more means you’ve been at it for quite awhile) and parents will allow #3 (4 or 5) to do things that they would have freaked out when they had only 1 or 2 … so climbing on the kitchen table for #3 doesn’t have the same “end of the world” consequences that it would if #1 or 2 had done it – since now experience kicks in and parents understand better that its what kids do….i know being a third child that i got away with a hell of alot more things than my 2 older siblings did..

  276. ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Why is Cash men settling for 3rd tier guys like Bergmann?

    Go out and get Dunn or Fielder….

  277. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    upstate kate -

    Thanks. :)

  278. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Maybe the short porch will excite Berkman. He has a full no trade so the Astros will probably have limited options of where he will accept a trade. His friendship with Andy will definitely help. I would like the Astros to throw Myers in the deal.

  279. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Go out and get Dunn or Fielder….

    How do you propose we get them?

  280. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil.

  281. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Cashman Needs to Go -

    I agree with your theory. :)

  282. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil.

    Its a 2 mil buyout.

  283. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    One reason that the Yankees will not make too big a splash at the trade deadline is because spots on the 40 man roster (and 25 man roster) are too valuable to add many more guys.

    Currently Chad Moeller is not on the 40 man roster and probably will need to be added so that the Yankees can have 3 catchers after rosters expand in September.

    Also, the Yankees will need to protect a large number of minor leaguers from the rule 5 draft this offseason. I don’t think they want to get stuck with having too many residual players from trade deadline deals.

  284. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil

    The Astros would obviously have to include money in the deal.

  285. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I personally don’t want Berkman. I wouldn’t be up in arms about it if we got him, but I personally think we would be fine with out him and don’t need him.

  286. jacksquat July 30th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    ZMAN July 30th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    Why is Cash men settling for 3rd tier guys like Bergmann?

    Go out and get Dunn or Fielder….

    Because (presumably) Berkman will not cost top prospects like the others.

  287. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Jerkface,

    I did mean total cost is 7.

    Remaining salary is approx 4.5 – 5 mil.

  288. Bill D July 30th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    “Its a 2 mil buyout”

    Think he’s talking about that and the remaining third of his salary for ’10.

  289. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Why is Cash men settling for 3rd tier guys like Bergmann?

    Go out and get Dunn or Fielder….

    ————————————————————————————–

    I suspect that the asking price (in players and money) is quite high for Dunn and Fielder. The Yankees may not want to get fleeced for either of those guys.

  290. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I did mean total cost is 7.

    Remaining salary is approx 4.5 – 5 mil.

    Ah ok, I don’t think its a big deal. Astros will probably have to kick in some salary. If they kicked in salary on Oswalt and got like nothing in return I’m sure they’ll kick in for the yankees.

  291. Cashman needs to go July 30th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    jacksquat July 30th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    Berkman is hitting .261/.395/.479 vs righthanded pitching. That’s not bad at all. Terrible vs lhp, but that’s what Thames is for
    **********

    I’m sure a couple of weeks with kevin long and he’ll fix that right up ;-)

  292. Irreverent Discourse July 30th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    why is anyone up in arms over what the rangers are doing, they are spending $0. there’s no upper management so they are tearing the farm apart… they might have half a chance of putting on a show this year (my guess is probably not), and then they’ll fade away for the next 5+ years.

  293. stuckey99 July 30th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    “The appeal of perpetually arguing with people is lost on me, so to each their own I guess.”

    Truth, I think the appeal is that one day, perhaps decades from now, someone will actually respond, “you know, I never thought of it that way, i think you’re right. I change my mind.”

    The elusive quality of it is kind of like a chinese puzzle I suppose.

  294. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil

    —————————————————————————————————

    Its possible that in order to get Berkman to waive his no trade clause the Yankees might have to agree to pick up the 2011 option. That means they would have to carry him on the roster all winter long…which would reduce their ability to protect a minor leaguer from the Rule 5 draft.

  295. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    The latest from Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

    •Executives from other teams had no idea the Astros were willing to take on $11MM of Roy Oswalt’s remaining $23.5MM.

  296. pat July 30th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    My friends who have 3 (or more) kids, say at some point it’s no more difficult. I don’t know if I believe them.
    **********************

    Going from 2 to 3 was much more challenging than going from 3 to 4 for me.

  297. jacksquat July 30th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil

    —————————————————————————————————

    Its possible that in order to get Berkman to waive his no trade clause the Yankees might have to agree to pick up the 2011 option. That means they would have to carry him on the roster all winter long…which would reduce their ability to protect a minor leaguer from the Rule 5 draft.

    He’d be going from the almost last place Astros to the first place, postseason near lock Yankees. I don’t think he’d require that as it would be unreasonable.

  298. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    stuckey-

    Haha very true. I will give you credit that you at least argue coherently.

  299. tampayank July 30th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Rangers are all in

  300. m July 30th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I have too many kids to join in on this conversation. :(

  301. GreenBeret7 July 30th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    pat July 30th, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    My friends who have 3 (or more) kids, say at some point it’s no more difficult. I don’t know if I believe them.
    **********************

    Going from 2 to 3 was much more challenging than going from 3 to 4 for me.

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

    Going from zero to one is no picnic.

  302. BernieGoesBoom July 30th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Why is Cash men settling for 3rd tier guys like Bergmann?

    Go out and get Dunn or Fielder….

    ?????????????????????????????

    The offense is fine without those guys and they would be consideralby more expensive in terms of prospects. Especially Fielder. Berkman could be had for much less and the Astros would presumably kick in money. The move would just serve as another switch hitting veteran option for Girardi at DH with some time at 1b and possibly even a few games in LF.

  303. Doreen July 30th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Last call for GTLU.

  304. Jerkface July 30th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I have too many kids to join in on this conversation.

    Define too many?

  305. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Going from zero to one is no picnic.

    Now that’s the truth.

  306. jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    Berkman for 2 months and the 2011 buyout costs nearly 7 mil

    —————————————————————————————————

    Its possible that in order to get Berkman to waive his no trade clause the Yankees might have to agree to pick up the 2011 option. That means they would have to carry him on the roster all winter long…which would reduce their ability to protect a minor leaguer from the Rule 5 draft.

    He’d be going from the almost last place Astros to the first place, postseason near lock Yankees. I don’t think he’d require that as it would be unreasonable.

    ======================================================

    If you remember, Jake Peavy did exactly that a year ago by turning down a trade to the White Sox…before he acceted a trade at a later date. We don’t know what motivates some players…security (that is, one more guaranteed season at a top salary) may be more important than wanting to win.

  307. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    “why is anyone up in arms over what the rangers are doing, they are spending $0.”
    ————–

    The “Rangers” are paying the $1.6m left on Cantu’s contract also $2m on Lee’s contract.

  308. jacksquat July 30th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    jpb173 July 30th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    If you remember, Jake Peavy did exactly that a year ago by turning down a trade to the White Sox…before he acceted a trade at a later date. We don’t know what motivates some players…security (that is, one more guaranteed season at a top salary) may be more important than wanting to win.

    Well he has no security now because the Astros are definitely going to buy him out for the 2 mil. And no other team would excercise the option to get him. So he can stay where he is or go to a contender. The only thing I can think of that might stop him is he likes his home location.

  309. Bronx Jeers July 30th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    No one’s going to pick up that option certainly and not the Yanks. They don’t need him that bad if at all.

    He’s had great production over the life of this contract. 14.5 per for 5 years/ with a 15 mil option on the 6th yr and a 2 mil buyout.

    I don’t know too much about him but it seems like that contract worked out great for both sides.

    I see that contract and then I think about Giambi’s. Mind boggling.

  310. raymagnetic July 30th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    If the Rangers sucked I don’t think anyone would care that they’re spending OPM.

  311. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    aren’t you glad we keep buying players for the Rangers (follow the money…)

  312. m July 30th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    sorry, jerkface. posting from mobile, lots of static…

  313. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    i wish mlb would buy players for the padres who need more help financially, oh wait, they aren’t for sale.

  314. JM July 30th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta July 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    ?Dude, you are way off base. These guys live in Florida because the weather is nice 90% of the time. Most tennis players live there as well.?

    Dudette, Jeter saved 18.9 million (during his 10 year contract) by living in Florida rather than establish residence in NY. The weather is just the icing on the cake.

    ______________________________

    Indeed…..It is not just athletes who take advantage of the lack of state income tax. My aunt and uncle live in a retirement community down there; many residents own homes up north but stay in Fla. at least six months and a day to establish residency.

  315. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Jerkface and Stuckey arguing, I can’t help but think of Sybil. :D

    I am not sure if that is an insult or compliment.

  316. Tar July 30th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    BTW

    Got to run, you can yell at me later.

  317. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Luke Scott would be a better option than Berkman, whose knees are probably little better than Matsuis’. Younger, cheaper, hitting lefties and righties well. The only downside is he’s with the Orioles.

  318. jskwrite July 30th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    jeter trains at that sports institute 10 miles away from where he lives plus it’s a lot warmer there in winter than NYC (duh). not getting into the quasi-political “tax” issue on this site.

  319. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    benshpigel #yankees v rays: jeter, swish, tex, a-rod, cano, posada, granderson, curtis (dh), gardner (lf), hughes sp
    2 minutes ago via TinyTwitter

  320. Rishi July 30th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    :arrow:

  321. THE TRUTH July 30th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I would definitely be in favor of Luke Scott. Seems like the Orioles are totally against trading with us though. Still would prefer a righty bat but I think Scott could help this team.

  322. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I would rather have Berkman for mediocre prospects than I would give up good prospects for someone like Dunn or Downs. The Yankees have $$. They can afford to spend $7 mil or whatever it is on a rental.

    If the Astros ate a lot of Oswalt’s contract it would seem likely that they would eat a portion of Berkman’s.

  323. pat July 30th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    According to Sherman-

    The Yankees philosophy right now is this: They have some money to spend. Almost every other team in the majors doesn’t. So they are telling organizations hungry to move high-priced players to call and make their best offer. Translation: We can take some of your money headaches, but if we do we are not going to give up much in prospects.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....bUs1h6L2YI

  324. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Talk with Senator Kerry who is keeping his boat in RI to avoid taxes that he is now going to pony up to avoid a complete PR disaster.

  325. yankee15 July 30th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I think having a switch hitter, like Berkman, coming off the bench, would be a nice piece to have. A package deal with Myers would be nice.
    BTW, I have 2 kids, and it’s just right.

  326. champ809 July 30th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    the Rangers are not tearing down the farm Irrev in any way.

    They have a tremendous system and have only traded Smoak away as far as their top tier talent.

    They still have Holland, Schepp,Perez and Engel Beltre @ the upper levels a year or less away and still have depth in the system as well as some high ceiling kids at the A levels.

    That said they are definitely aggressively going for it this year as well they should because they are a legit WS contender

  327. Chambliss July 30th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Scott has a great bat if the Yankees could get him, but I have read several times that Baltimore will not trade with New York.

  328. Captain Clutch July 30th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Joel Sherman says the Yanks have money to spend. They are telling teams they will pay money towards a players contract instead of giving up good prospects. They are talking about Berkman and Lily.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....bUs1h6L2YI

  329. Yankee Trader July 30th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    pat-

    Read the Sherman article on Berkman. The Astros could wait until August, put him on waivers, and just dump the remaining $$$ on that team without getting any lower level prospects or paying any money.

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