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The plan for Nova (sort of)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 21, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_467100The Yankees have a plan for Ivan Nova. That plan is to start him on Monday. After that, everything is a great unknown.

Very few questions can be answered fully, but here’s what is known at this point.

Will Javier Vazquez make his next start?
Girardi: I haven’t changed the rotation yet. We’re just pushing everybody back.

Will this become a six-man rotation?
Girardi: I don’t think so right now. We do have an off day and we don’t have any stretches like this the rest of the year. It might be something we have to look at but sitting here right now, it’s not what I’m assuming we’re going to do.

Will the Yankees split Vazquez and A.J. Burnett (so Cervelli can catch both of them)?
Girardi: That’s something that I will look at.

Will this impact Phil Hughes’ innings?
Girardi: I’m not really looking at that. We just feel that the guys could use an extra day. Obviously we hope that he pitches very well and he can be impactful for us, but that’s getting a little too far ahead right now.

Will Nova stick around for more than one start?
Girardi: I just met with (Brian Cashman) and then I came in here. We didn’t talk about it for a half an hour. The greatest problem would be that he pitches extremely well Monday.

 
 

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86 Responses to “The plan for Nova (sort of)”

  1. Niblick August 21st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Meanwhile, the great savior (Cliff Lee) is getting lit up like a cheap Christmas tree today by the O’s. Can’t wait for him to don pinstripes.

  2. ac1 August 21st, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    no, the greatest problem is they are insistent on continuing to throw javy out there for batting practice. if seattle can do this to him, i do not want to see what good hitting teams do.

  3. jpb173 August 21st, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t like to make fun of another team’s problems (especially when it involves players going on the DL), but I find it amusing that Carlos Delgado has already been put on the DL for the Red Sox’ top minor league team. You woulda’ thought that, with all the injuries that the Red Sox have had, they would have steered away from Delgado.

    At this point I wonder if he’ll ever play for them.

  4. Nick in SF August 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    This could be a gateway start for Nova.

  5. Carl August 21st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Josh Bell has 2 homers off of Lee. Wow.

  6. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Here’s the worst part of the Javier Vazquez situation. At this rate, we won’t even get any draft picks for him. First, is Cashman really going to take the chance and offer him arb.

    Second, even if Cash did offer him arb and he declined, who exactly is going to sign him at the cost of 2 draft picks?

  7. Carl August 21st, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    The first 2 home runs of his career.

  8. Dassit August 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    “Here’s the worst part of the Javier Vazquez situation. At this rate, we won’t even get any draft picks for him. First, is Cashman really going to take the chance and offer him arb.

    Second, even if Cash did offer him arb and he declined, who exactly is going to sign him at the cost of 2 draft picks?”

    Mets?

  9. Cashmoney August 21st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Cashmoney August 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm
    completely off the topic, Shutter island ,anyone seen it, I am trying to decide what to watch next.

    The road vs Shutter island, need a little help here .

  10. Erin August 21st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Cashmoney August 21st, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    completely off the top, Shutter island ,anyone seen it, I am trying to decide what to watch next.

    The road vs Shutter island, need a little help here fellows

    **************************************
    I haven’t seen The Road, but I loved Shutter Island. I’d go with that one. :)

  11. Cashmoney August 21st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    thanks Erin, I will go with that.

  12. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    CR9,

    Stop posting that inaccurate informaton about losing two draft picks. It’s only one draft pick and if one of the bottom 15 teams signs Javy then they don’t lose their first round pick as it’s protected by MLB rules.

  13. Orlando Ozio August 21st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    So the organizational response to having three crappy pitchers in their rotation is to add a fourth crappy pitcher. Brilliant job, fellas.

  14. CB August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Two seasons ago the Yankees lost Ivan Nova in the rule V draft to the Padres. At that time he was thought to be a guy with potential and a good arm. However, up to then his performance had been very mediocre.

    The Yankees took a chance and left him exposed – and he got taken by the Pirates. Fortuntely he was too raw to stick on a major league team and got sent back.

    That very year Nova really put it together in the minors and became one of the yankees more interesting pitching prospects. And he’s gotten better and better since.

    They came close to losing him for nothing due to 40 man roster issues.

    Some of the Yankee moves in the future may look a little strange, such as the McCallister trade or even giving up Melancon in the Berkman deal.

    Part of a what influences those moves is the problem the yankees have with the 40 man roster. They have a great deal of talent and that talent needs to be protected.

  15. Erin August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    So the Yankees are 11-0 when Alex is out of the lineup this year. Does this mean they’ll be undefeated for the next 2 weeks? ;)

  16. CompassRosy August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    And on the offense……………….no excuse not to hit this guy

    Well, he is in the top 10 in ERA among AL starters with at least 140 innings pitched. And 5th in Quality Starts. And, he did go 7 innings, giving up only one ER last time he faced the Yanks. Despite the loss, Vargas showed a bit of moxie settling down after that rough first inning. Seems like he just flat ran out of gas in the 7th (and, frankly, I think there may have been better options than Wright, but that’s another story). Anyway, Vargas was due for a bad outing and it’s not too surprising that it would come against the Yanks in NY.

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

    Chad Gaudin, a below avergae pitcher, is making Seattle’s offense look silly.

    To be fair, “making Seattle’s offense look silly” has typically not been too tough ;-)

    Congrats on the win, Yankee fans.
    Rubber game tomorrow … not looking like the best of match-ups for the M’s

  17. Dano from England August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Nick
    What’s a Vodka Gibson?

    Just got back from the Arsenal game.
    I reckon Theo (Walcott) will be having one tonight, maybe this is his year!

  18. ac1 August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    So the organizational response to having three crappy pitchers in their rotation is to add a fourth crappy pitcher. Brilliant job, fellas.
    __

    What exactly do you recommend? This isn’t Playstation.

  19. Erin August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Cashmoney-you’ll have to let me know what you think.

  20. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Crawdaddy,

    I made a mistake. BFD. Point still remains, Cashman can’t take the chance on Javier accepting arb.

  21. Cashmoney August 21st, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Erin August 21st, 2010 at 5:26 pm
    Cashmoney-you’ll have to let me know what you think.
    ===========================
    will do, i like psychological thrillers. I saw a medieval piece last night “Black Death’, it was well done , if you like thrillers. as the title suggests , it deals with some black plague intrigues in Medieval England.

  22. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    CB/SJ.

    I assume that you guys have seen both Nova and Noesi up close and personal. Depending on the addtional talent moved with one or the other and what the return is, who do you prefer to keep? My choice would be keeping Noesi.

  23. Nick in SF August 21st, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Dano, great to see you, glad you made it into the post-registration era.

    A Gibson is the same as a martini but with an onion ball instead of the olive.

    The Arsenal match was on ESPN2 here but I was otherwise disposed and couldn’t watch, my eyes bulged when I was the score. Hope all is well in the UK of GB and NI.

  24. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    “I made a mistake. BFD. Point still remains, Cashman can’t take the chance on Javier accepting arb.”

    My crystal ball doesn’t read out that far. Either way, I’ll leave it to Cashman to make the right decision, since, he has hand on the free agent pulse and I’m just a fan participating on a baseball board.

  25. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Dano

    This may be his year indeed! Did you see that blunder by Reina last week? :lol:

  26. 108 stitches August 21st, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Girardi is avoiding the Vazquez question rather deftly. If Nova shines on Monday, it makes the decision easier to DL Vazquez. Until the Yankees feel a comfort zone in 1st place, Vazquez is a risk every time he takes the ball.

  27. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Crawdaddy

    Crystal ball? Really? I am merely speculating, as everyone else on the blog does. Not attempting to predict the future.

  28. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Again, Girardi is avoiding the Javy question because the Yankee Brass probably needs to talk among themselves further about him then they need to talk to the player which they clearly haven’t done so at the moment. We’ll probably hear something either tomorrow or in Toronto.

  29. CB August 21st, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    “Just got back from the Arsenal game.
    I reckon Theo (Walcott) will be having one tonight, maybe this is his year!”

    That was quite a thrashing Dano. Walcott got behind the Bolton backline at will with his pace.

    Much better match than last week with them unable to breakdown a 10 man liverpool squad.

  30. Rich in NJ August 21st, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    “The greatest problem would be that he pitches extremely well Monday.”

    Actually, the greatest problem will be if he doesn’t, because Javy is a BIIIIIIIIG problem.

  31. Tom in N.J. August 21st, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    If a top 15 protected team signs a type A free agent they give up their 2nd round pick.

  32. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    “Crystal ball? Really? I am merely speculating, as everyone else on the blog does. Not attempting to predict the future.”

    Relax Red Sox Hater. It’s all good until this offseason.

  33. Pat M. August 21st, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    CB……I’m excited to see Ivan start Monday night……Montero is not coming to The Bronx this season…….And yes the pipeline is starting to get clogged somewhat with talent…….GB. the way Laird is coming on, either Pena or Nunez could be on the move this winter, along with some other young players to free up some logjam……In four months Cliff Lee will be under the Yankee Christmas tree with a nice bow…….

  34. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    “If a top 15 protected team signs a type A free agent they give up their 2nd round pick.”

    Yep, first pick is protected, but it could be their 3rd round pick too if they sign two type A free agents.

  35. SAS August 21st, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Nick in SF and Dano,

    With my husband it is as many onions as they will serve….lol

  36. CB August 21st, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    GB7-

    I haven’t yet seen Noesi pitch. So it’s hard for me to say. But overall I do think Noesi probably would be the guy over Nova just based on his performance and what I know of him.

    Nova’s arm action worries me some. It’s on the long side. He also doesn’t hide the ball very well at all. It seems like it’s relatively easy for hitters to see the ball out of his hand.

    I hope I’m off on those two issues. But right now they do concern me.

  37. Rich in NJ August 21st, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I would rather have another WS under the tree………

  38. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    “Actually, the greatest problem will be if he doesn’t, because Javy is a BIIIIIIIIG problem.”

    I agree Rich. Some are assuming Nova can’t be any worse than Javy, but that remains to be seen.

  39. Nick in SF August 21st, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    My preference is to have three onions, but only one per drink. ;)

  40. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    CB, Noesi is the more swing and miss type of the two and Nova’s more of a ground ball type. Noesi’s only real issue will be dealing with questions about the steroid usage. Both of them know how to pitch, but, Nova gets dinged for a lot of ground ball hits.

  41. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    CB

    Arsenal played Blackpool, one of the 3 newly promoted teams – that won their first game last week!

  42. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Nice smiling pic of Nova…………..he’s got a tough chore against the Jays, but he doesn’t have to be Cy Young, just competitive. So, he’s seen as as topping out at a #3? That’s still pretty darn good……………

  43. Nick in SF August 21st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Unfortunately, three Gibsons can make the whole world look like a P.C. Richards and Son banner ad. :oops:

  44. SAS August 21st, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Nick,

    lol

  45. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Nova could definitely be worse than Javy, but we’ll never know until we try. If he fails, I still think Javy should be DL’d…………but admittedly what would our other options be? Gaudin? Mitre?

  46. Dano from England August 21st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Guys, sorry, lost in translation again – what’s an onion ball? Don’t seem to have those here in Blighty!

    CR9/CB – yeh Reina did us a favour last week, but I felt we deserved a point. Liverpool didn’t do much with the ball, as per usual.

    Sadly Chelsea looking ominous for us all…

  47. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t know much about Noesi…but he used steroids? That will go over well in the media.

  48. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Pat M. August 21st, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    CB……I’m excited to see Ivan start Monday night……Montero is not coming to The Bronx this season…….And yes the pipeline is starting to get clogged somewhat with talent…….GB. the way Laird is coming on, either Pena or Nunez could be on the move this winter, along with some other young players to free up some logjam……In four months Cliff Lee will be under the Yankee Christmas tree with a nice bow…….

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

    Pat, just my opinion, but, I think the yanks move Pena as filler for a trade and Laird gets a lot of corner outfield play between now and the end of ST. If Brad Suttle or Rob Lyerly were further along, I think the Yanks would consider trading Laird in the right deal, but, certainly not now this year.

  49. CB August 21st, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    CR9-

    Thanks. I meant to write Blackpool and was multitasking. I watched the match. Blackpool looked like a newly promoted squad.

    Man U’s financial situation continues to grow very concerning. The interest rates the Glazer’s have to pay to the hedge funds they borrowed money from went up yet again because they failed to make a payment. That interest rate is now up to 16.25%. It’s like they bought part of the club with a credit card.

  50. SAS August 21st, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    September is not going to be easy for the Bombers with 7 games left with the Rays and 3 or 6 with the Sox. Resting guys like Jeter is going to be tough at least until Arod is back and hitting well.

  51. CB August 21st, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    “Liverpool didn’t do much with the ball, as per usual.”

    Dano-

    Can you explain the fascination with Joe Cole? I really don’t understand it. At all. The idea that he’s going to be some difference making playmaker in the center of the pitch behind Torres seems wildly misguided.

    Liverpool really plays unattractively.

  52. Nick in SF August 21st, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    As shown:

    http://www.cocktailhour.tv/wp-.....on0021.jpg

  53. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Betsy, that was about 3 years ago.

  54. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Still too bad GB, but oh well……..what can you tell me about him?

  55. Crawdaddy August 21st, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I thought he took the performance enhancers during his TJS rehab, if so it was probably HGH similar to when Pettitte took them.

  56. BIG AL August 21st, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    This will be a very big test for Nova. The Blue Jays are a power hitting team, and playing well at this time. If Nova pitches well, he’ll get a 2nd start. After that, who knows.

  57. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    CB

    LOL! The whole situation with Man United and their finances are laughable. Im not bashing the Glazers, like the UK’ers do. However, they have been offered a significant amount of money to sell the team – on more than one occasion – and they continue refusing.

    Again, more mismanagement by one of the greatest organizations in the world.

    Im not sure if you’ve heard about the Yankees’ interest in purchasing Tottenham. First, Bill Simmons is a faux fan of the Spurs. Second, the money it takes to succeed in football is enormous – something I would not want the Yankees to commit to. We obviously know that the Yankees can build and expand and probably make boatloads of money in the long run, however, I wouldnt want the actual Yankees team to be hampered in the short run.

  58. Rich in NJ August 21st, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    “As shown:

    http://www.cocktailhour.tv/wp-…..on0021.jpg”

    That picture is making me thirsty.

  59. CR9 August 21st, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Dano

    Chelsea does look ominous. However, they struggled mightily in the preseason, and their two 6-0 victories came at home against West Brom – a newly promoted team, and at Wigan – the same Wigan team that lost to newly promoted Blackpool.

    If they remain ominous, I will be hoping for injuries to slow them down.

  60. UnKnown August 21st, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    the great UnKnown – thats the type of comments I like from Chad.

  61. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Betsy, he has outstanding control and hits 94-95 MPH and stays around 91-93 MPH. Two fastballs and a nasty curve. No slider that I know of. he has a change-up but it’s sort of a work in progress. It gets hit because of location. Still working on it. Most importantly, he’s a horse as far as eating innings.

  62. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    GB, thanks! Seems like another in a long line of interesting Yankee pitching prospects……….It’s going to be painful to part with some of these guys.

  63. Ace August 21st, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Too bad Tor traded Halladay or they’d be right in this

  64. Dano from England August 21st, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    CR9 – Yankees buying Sp*rs, NOOOOOOOO!!!

    Trust me when I tell you Sp*rs (true gooners can’t even type the word out) are not a Yankee type organisation – massive chip on their shoulders, huge complex about the much more successful and ‘historied’ Arsenal, over-inflated sense of their own worth – doesn’t that sound like another franchise??!

    Nick – ahhh, that drink looks great.

    CB – don’t really get it with Joe Cole either – the English have long hankered after a ball-playing midfielder, since they rarely find a way to integrate them successfully into the national side (Gascoigne maybe the nearest to it, but they failed with Hoddle, Le Tissier, and many others). And Joe Cole is portrayed in the media as that type of player. Not sure I buy it, myself.

  65. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    It all depends on the return, Betsy. I’d rather they were traded off to fill team/organizational needs than lose them in the Rule 5, and many are in that area…..move ‘em or lose ‘em.

  66. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Me too, GB – what exactly is the point of the Rule 5 draft? Why should teams get to scavenge from other teams? It sucks.

  67. Pat M. August 21st, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    GB……Laird has always had the hit rep, but this is a break out & eye opnning season for him…..Stock has jumped…..I too wish he’d get some outfield work and become a more complete package……..3rd base is going to be an issue in a few years, sooener than we expected I fear….

  68. Joe from Long Island August 21st, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Back from the game – a lot of positives, as Chad outlined previously. And one big negative – Vaz.

    It surprised all of us in my section when Mo came on in the 8th, but it was crystal clear that Joe was not going to let this game get away. Not with his stated goal of getting back to winning series.

    He had a short hook for Vaz, and thank goodness Gaudin did so well. He is auditioning for a spot on the post season roster as a long man, possibly Vaz’ spot. And, if Nova pitches well, I’d even venture to guess that Vaz goes to the DL with an arm issue. Nova is auditioning for a spot on the 2011 roster.

    I don’t think they’re going to go with 13 pitchers and one fewer position player for too long. Alex will be back Labor Day weekend, to enter the home stretch.

    Great day at the Stadium. Got a Yankee win, and a 9th inning confrontation between two future HOFers. Even got out of the parking garage in record time. Who could ask for anything more.

  69. SAS August 21st, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Just heard the forecast for tomorrow. It is supposed to rain hard tomorrow. Monday no better. They might get a game in early

  70. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 August 21st, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    http://princeofny.blogspot.com.....grates.htm This is from a Mets fan. I agree with everything he says about Derek…

  71. SAS August 21st, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Joe from LI,

    Glad you enjoyed the game. I would love to get to the new Stadium. With the walking problems I have, it may not happen.

  72. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    Me too, GB – what exactly is the point of the Rule 5 draft? Why should teams get to scavenge from other teams? It sucks.

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

    It was a rule put in to protect the players from getting buried in the deep organizations like the olk yankees and Cardinals system, Betsy. NYYs had players like Ellie Howard, Johnny blanchard, Marvelous Marv Throneberry for years but no place for thenm to play. Actually, the heart of that rule goes back to when the Indians buried Tommy Henrich in their system for protection back in the mid 30s. He filed a lawsuit and won and was granted free agency. The yankees signed him and he had an outstanding career. HOFer probably, but he started late.

  73. Erin August 21st, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Joe from LI-glad to hear you had a good time at the game! :)

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 21st, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    ”Credit when it’s due, Gaudin was the star of the game”

    Gaudin has an ERA of 3.18. In his last 7 starts he had goose eggs in 5 of them and 1 ER in 2 of them. The ridiculousness that abounds on this forum when a Yankee player is less than perfect is astonishing. And it’s not just from the knee-jerking panickers. There are a few regulars here that help lead the charge! Did you notice how many posters were ready to s-can Gaudin the other night? And here’s the best part. They didn’t have a clue that he had done so well in his last 7 starts.

    And that’s it in a nutshell. When a Yankee player has a less-than-stellar game, these people actually go into some kind of stupor and make up thing on the spot. Their stories don’t have to approximate reality. If the save it with enough indignation and with enough of a vengeance, I guess they start to believe it and others just take their lead!

    :)

    “People are panicking too much about this rotation.”

    What don’t people here panic about?

    Let me see if I can list the players in the last few weeks alone who were finished or should be banished.

    Sergio Mitre (despite the fact that he has been really good in games for the Yankees. His sin was having a less-than-perfect outing one night recently)

    Chad Gaudin

    Derek Jeter

    Nick Swisher

    CURTIS GRANDERSON – I believe there were three or four or us max who pleaded for clemency. The rest listed their trade preferences or discussed how to get rid of him.

    poor Ramon Pena, who has done nothing but play a very good field and get hits when we’ve needed him to. I think his sin was not to get a timely hit one night.

    Javy Vasquez

    Joba Chamberlain (whose sin was to give up a homer to none other than Miguel Cabrera). Otherwise he had definitely been getting the job done.

    Dustin Moesley

    Brett Gardner

    The entire Yankee offense, which was mediocre, too old, not trying, not looking good, nowhere as good as last year’s, was never going to hit again, wasn’t good enough to get us into the playoffs, yada yada yada.

    As of today, most of the abovelisted have been accepted back into the fold, temporarily I am sure, until one of them messes up next. Then the panic and accusations will start anew.

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

    G-C, I’m not worried about the Yankee rotation. The Yankees know how to make substitutions where necessary, use long relievers to help (read Mitre and Gaudin), and I too believe that AJ will step up his game and go on a roll.

    People like us will continue to “know” that things will work out and be worked out. So we will never get worked up into a lather because we basically know better.

    I wish it were contagious.

  75. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    GB, thanks for that info. Wow, that’s pretty interesting…………it still stinks for the teams that have to basically give their prospects away for nothing, esp. for teams that are loaded and have a lot of players to protect. However, I can understand given what you said why the rule came into effect; I’m sorry it came too late for Heinrich in terms of the HOF

  76. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Pat M. August 21st, 2010 at 6:11 pm
    GB……Laird has always had the hit rep, but this is a break out & eye opnning season for him…..Stock has jumped…..I too wish he’d get some outfield work and become a more complete package……..3rd base is going to be an issue in a few years, sooener than we expected I fear….

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

    Not often that you see a young player with 100 RBI, close to 30 homers and a high average and pretty decent glove in the minors all year. I can see him for the next couple of years playing the Hector Lopez (from our youth) role

  77. GreenBeret7 August 21st, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Betsy, the team that loses a player gets $50,000, but, that player has to stay on the 25 man roster all season. If he doesn’t, the original losing team pays $25,000 to get him back, much like the yankees got Nova back.

  78. RhapsodyInBlue August 21st, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Joe from LI you brought us good luck.

  79. Pat M. August 21st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    >>>>>>

  80. Betsy August 21st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    GB, Yanks may have gotten very lucky with Nova………..

  81. Purenyyankee August 21st, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Girardi: I haven’t changed the rotation yet. We’re just pushing everybody back.

    Can he really be stupid enough to start this LOSER, JV in Chicago on Friday????

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 21st, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    My post preface for the

    And while I’m not happy that Arod is out, I’m not worried that the team will fall apart without him. We don’t want to be Sux south. There is no reason in God’s green earth to take chances with any player’s health. We don’t need to and hopefully we won’t. The Yankees are a well-stocked organization.

    And let me say this about Ramon Pena. The kid can flash some leather. He hasn’t been hitting well this season (he hasn’t been hitting and I didn’t mean to imply that he has gotten timely hits. The point is that he is a really good defensive player and if his offense is the difference between the Yankees winning and losing then you might as well give up the season.) The Yankees have a well-stocked offense. They don’t need to rely on Pena for that.

    People were convinced that the offense was gone for good. They came out of their slump and turned things around.

    A marathon, not a sprint.

  83. Niblick August 21st, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Trisha, you mean appearances, not starts. Luckily for the Yanks, Gaudin hasn’t had 7 starts.

  84. Erin August 21st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    New Post: The Captain’s advice to the rookie

    :arrow:

  85. BIG AL August 21st, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Henrich batted left and threw left. Throughout much of his career he claimed to have been born in 1916, saying later that this was to make up for the three years that he lost by playing softball instead of baseball. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1934, but was ruled a free agent in April 1937 after he and his father wrote to Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who decided that the Indians had illegally concealed him in their farm system.
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    GB is a walking BB encyclopedia. I would never have guessed a player had been granted FA before Curt Flood was granted FA by the courts.

  86. jesusmonterofordh August 21st, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    so a giants player can’t block the punter


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