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Berkman ready and waiting to return

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 26, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Rays BaseballLooking for an immediate impact on September 1? The Yankees best bet is Lance Berkman.

It’s amazing the change Berkman experienced when he arrived in New York. In Houston, he was the last reminder of those really good teams of just a few years ago. He was the guy who played with Bagwell and Biggio. The guy who hit .385 in the World Series. The guy who drove in 100 runs six times, finished top five in MVP voting four times and became an icon of the franchise.

With the Yankees, he’s on the phantom disabled list so that Eduardo Nunez has a roster spot.

Berkman has been healthy for a while. His ankle remains heavily taped, but he could have played this week in Toronto. What’s amazing is how easily he talks about the situation. There is no bitterness, no frustration. Berkman came to New York to play his part, and for a while that meant a platoon job at designated hitter. Last week, it meant going on the 15-day disabled list for an injury that was going to take three or four days to heal.

Think that would ever have happened in Houston?

No chance, but Berkman goes about his business with no sign of frustration. He takes batting practice, chats with the guys in the clubhouse and talks about wanting to contribute in the final month so that he can feel a part of what’s happening with this team.

His Yankees experience is all of 12 games. Through the first six, he hit .091/.167/.091. Through the last six, he hit .294/.400/.529. Without him, the Yankees have not had a regular designated hitter against right-handed starters. He could make a difference, and he could make a difference pretty soon.

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113 Responses to “Berkman ready and waiting to return”

  1. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    As long as he’s completely recovered from the ankle, he’ll help the team when he’s activated.

  2. Joe from Long Island August 26th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    GF – Hi, hope you’re well.

    As I mentioned before, I lived in Chicago for 9 years, 1975-84. Days like today, especially in August, are to be cherished. Sounds like a the kind of day I would love to walk down Michigan Avenue, and that was before the Millenium Park construction. Almost makes up for the awful winters.

  3. Pat M. August 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Lance Berkman will pay big dividends down the stretch and into The October nights

  4. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    pat August 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Picturing a group of 12 year olds all wearing Ray-Bans…….

    ———

    Hey, I have a pair a Ray-Bans – for about 5 years. By far, the longest I’ve ever been able to keep a pair of sunglasses without destroying or losing them.

  5. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    pat August 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Picturing a group of 12 year olds all wearing Ray-Bans…….

    swbyankeesTT The Japanese Little League team playing in LLWS will visit PNC Field tonight. Will meet with Kei Igawa before the game. Should be fun.

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    They’ll probably wonder why the winningest pitcher in Scranton history isn’t with the big team. I wonder if Cashman has looked into posting Igawa, pump up his stats, play up his legendary status and then hold secret bids from teams in Japan. I’m sure the Yanks could get a $10,000 bid.

  6. bemikey2010 August 26th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    betsy- whats up, you look good today. i love this library, i like what they did to it.

  7. JS August 26th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    repost:

    re: Keith Law.

    As SJ has stated in the past, Law has credibility. That particular statement really rubs me the wrong way though.

    The Red Sox were ranked by him as the #2 overall farm system in ALL of baseball. #2.

    Here’s his post on them:

    2. Boston Red Sox
    The Red Sox have more players in the top 100 than the Rangers and have almost comparable depth, but they don’t have the high-end prospects to match a Smoak, a Feliz, or a Martin Perez, all of whom are high-ceiling and nearly major league-ready. Boston has stuffed its lower levels with gambles on over-slot high school kids after the first two rounds, giving the Red Sox a chance to add those high-ceiling kids even though they don’t typically have a pick among the first 20 overall.

    18. Casey Kelly
    32. Ryan Westmoreland
    53. Anthony Rizzo
    56. Lars Anderson
    86. Ryan Kalish
    91. Jose Iglesias
    98. Junichi Tazawa

    The Yankees on the other hand had 2: 10- Jesus Montero, and 96- Manny Banuelos

    What bugs me to no end, is the inconsistencies between rating criteria. Keith Law waffles behind liking high upside guys (in the draft), and Major league probable players that are in the higher levels when talking about farm systems.

    Look at that list of Red Sox players, and you could have dreamed on Yankees players in a similar fashion:

    Montero, Romine, Betances, Brackman, Banuelos, etc. These are all names that should be in every top 100. Add to that, Slade Heathcott, and Gary Sanchez now. That should give the Yankees the same 7 players the Red Sox had last year. In addition, I’d argue that list of 7 has SIGNIFICANTLY more upside than the Red Sox listed 7.

    You’d think that a team with the #2 farm system overall would have been able to call up 1 impact level player this year after being ravaged by injuries? I haven’t seen that yet.

    That’s why you have to truly question the biases of some of these so-called “experts”

  8. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Pat M. August 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Lance Berkman will pay big dividends down the stretch and into The October nights

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    Makes you wonder what Long could help him fix over a spring training session, doesn’t it? I’d like to see what Long could do with Hunter Pence.

  9. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, Joe.

    Thanks. Doing great. I have made a full recovery from CIDP – in record time, no less. My neurologist is flat out amazed.

    Had my last plasmapheresis treatment last week. No more scheduled unless I have a setback and becomes necessary.

    All the rehab changed me. Got used to busting my ass and the results couldn’t be ignored. Completely changed the way I eat and I go to the gym 6 days a week. Dropped 30 lbs in the past 6 weeks.

    Not intended to pound my chest. But you’ve always asked about my progress and it is appreciated. Plus,you know exactly what plasmapheresis is which makes you the only one on this board who knows what I’m talking about.

    You’re absolutely right about Chicago weather. The winters really do suck. Can’t stand driving in the snow.

    This was the hottest summer I can remember in a very long time. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve had the air conditioner turned off in the past 3 months. Today being one of those days.

  10. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Who cares where Law or any other know-nothing ranks players or teams? There’s no b.onus points for it

  11. pat August 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    “Makes you wonder what Long could help him fix over a spring training session, doesn?t it? ”

    Wonder if they used the DL stint to work on anything?

  12. austinmac August 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I did see Hughes throw a very good change-up last night which got a swing miss on a leftie hitter. I can’t recall who it was, but it was on a 1-1 count, and the batter then took the next pitch, a fastball, for strike three. I do believe he needs to trust in it more. That will help get them off his fastball, and help him immensely. Will a few get hit? You bet, but he will get outs with it as well. I believe.

  13. rodg12 August 26th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    # Pat M. August 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Lance Berkman will pay big dividends down the stretch and into The October nights
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    Agreed Pat. It was nice to see him finally getting into a groove right before the ankle injury. I think that groove will continue when he returns.

  14. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I personally think Juan Miranda can be pretty good platoon DH if given the opportunity, which prolly won’t happen in NY.

  15. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    pat August 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    “Makes you wonder what Long could help him fix over a spring training session, doesn?t it? ”

    Wonder if they used the DL stint to work on anything?

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    Wasn’t there something earlier that they had been tinkering more with his right handed bat? Imagine the problems they could give teams with 4 switch hitting power bats in the line-up? I’d be shocked if he didn’t go to Long to talk things over. He has a lot of pride and this must be eaing at him to not do what he’s always done….hit.

  16. champ809 August 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    repost

    champ809 August 26th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Law is begrudgingly giving credit to the Yanks farm this year because as a talent evaluator he has no choice in the matter as the yanks minorleague teams @ Hi-A, AA and AAA are all in 1st place and are being led by legit prospects and not career minor leaguers or filler guys.

    Last year as Laird was destroying the AFL and leading the league in every offensive category as a 22yr old I asked him what his opinion of him was. law was in AZ watching the games at the time and his answer was that Laird in his opinion wasn’t a prospect and he’d struggle @ the AA level. He was leading the league in avg/hrs/slg and obps at the time.

    How ironic he would go on to repeat that all world leading performance @ the AA level the following season.

    I’d love to see what Law’s opinion of him now is.

  17. Doreen August 26th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I really do hope Berkman is able to make contribution to the team down the stretch. Seems like an upstanding guy that’s easy to root for.

  18. mick August 26th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Sometimes, its best to remember that instead of hyperventilating over every start, good or bad.
    ==========================
    Or as I call it “Hyper-Vent-Elating.”

    Sort of getting off on venting in a hyper fashion.

  19. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    GF,

    That’s great news!!

    Now, that you are off the DL, you can get ready for the post-season!

    Congrats on your full recovery.

  20. CR9 August 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I disagree. If Houston had stuck Berkmania on the DL for the same 3-4 day injury, Berkman would not have made any bones about it. He loves Houston; his only MLB home.

    However, glad to see what a professional he is, and I agree with Pat, Berkmania will bring the MLB playoff teams to their knees this October – if the Yankees are fortunate enough to make it there.

  21. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Afternoon, Mac. Hughes made one mistake last night. He didn’t kidnap Wells and tie him up in a locker. Wells had no business hitting that fastball up and away like he did. Pat Tabler was shocked, mostly because he thought it was a good pitch, but, also because Wells is a low ball hitter.

  22. CR9 August 26th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    GF

    Congrats as well on your full recovery. As opposed to your neurologist, I am not amazed – you obviously have the fighting desire of the team you root for!

  23. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Much appreciated, SJ. Hope all is well with Tony. We’re all pulling for him.

    I seem to recall he’s going to the AFL, correct? I’m sure he can’t wait to get back out there.

  24. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    champ809 August 26th, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    repost

    champ809 August 26th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Law is begrudgingly giving credit to the Yanks farm this year because as a talent evaluator he has no choice in the matter as the yanks minorleague teams @ Hi-A, AA and AAA are all in 1st place and are being led by legit prospects and not career minor leaguers or filler guys.

    Last year as Laird was destroying the AFL and leading the league in every offensive category as a 22yr old I asked him what his opinion of him was. law was in AZ watching the games at the time and his answer was that Laird in his opinion wasn’t a prospect and he’d struggle @ the AA level. He was leading the league in avg/hrs/slg and obps at the time.

    How ironic he would go on to repeat that all world leading performance @ the AA level the following season.

    I’d love to see what Law’s opinion of him now is.
    ———————————————-
    ultimately , it’s the player’s performance that determines his future. Meritocracy is nice , but aint nothing if you can hit / pitch in the ML.
    Laird will have to prove himself in the ML soon or later, anyone’s opinion that has zero impact in player development timeline (see law, you , me ) is just that, opinions.

  25. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks, CR9. I appreciate that.

  26. mick August 26th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    44 August 26th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I have nothing against prospects or young players. Pat M and I have been touting Brackman all season on here and months before Frankie Pilliere’s scouting report on him, for example.

    My issue is when folks overhype them or oversell guys that aren’t that good.

    As in, most of the guys in the Red Sox farm system and with believing the Yankees can solve their “issues” right now by calling up a not ready for primetime kid like Montero.
    ====================================================
    Isn’t this a case of fans believing the RS or Yankee hype?
    It seems like the RS are mirroring our organizational approach to hype.
    I guess they know “smart” when they see it.
    Yankee wannabes that they are.

  27. PagsandRags August 26th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    The Yankees could certainly use another bat in this lineup. Getting A-Rod and Berkman back are going to be huge because the Yanks will score enough runs to outlast some of these bad pitching outings that they have been getting. They almost have no shot in games Pena, Nunez and Cervelli are starting in when AJ or Vazquez have been pitching.

  28. upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    GF
    good to hear how well you are doing…the silver lining in all you went thru

    and I know what plasmapheresis is…I was a med lab tech several careers ago!

  29. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats on the rebound, GF. If you ever need a live-in nurse, I can recommend one for you. Strong hands, only eats her weight….every meal. She’s kind. What kind, I can’t say, but, with her around, you’ll never worry about being mugged.

  30. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    He’s doing great GF.

    He’s doing so well, they may activate him next week for the last week, and possibly the post-season. If they make it.

    We will know if he gets cleared next week.

    He is playing in the AFL this Fall. Most likely with Mesa but, we won’t know for sure for another few weeks.

    Looking forward to him getting some of the AB’s he lost from the season.

  31. Joe from Long Island August 26th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    GF – that’s great news. Rough way to go on a diet, though, ;)

    Got to run around a bit now, just wanted to get back to you. A full recovery for an adult, with that diagnosis, is pretty special. Congrats.

    Got to run, later.

  32. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I wonder if the Yanks will possibly take a look at Raphael Soriano of the rays this off season, if the price is not too prohibitive. He is just as good as Soria and could possibly step in for Mo if something happens to him.

  33. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Why do people feel the need to bag on kids like Nunez? He’s done everything they’ve asked of him in limited play. Jesus…he’s played in 7 games and has 20 at bats. He’s done well. 2 runs scored and 3 RBI on 5 hits. Seems about as productive as it gets. Perhaps giving him a little more time would be wise.

  34. Doreen August 26th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    GF -

    Glad you’re recovered. And good for you that you’re sticking with that regimen!

  35. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Soriano’s going to close for somebody. NYY has a better chance with Benoit.

  36. CB August 26th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    GF-

    We’re all very happy for you and relieved things are going to well. It’s great to hear how you’ve been able to turn things around through hard work.

    And of course we’re happy you’re back talking yankee baseball!

  37. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    LOL, GB. That’s one area where I got really lucky – nurses.

    Well, not that kind of lucky, unfortunately, but most were young and attractive – and so were the nurse’s assistants.

    That said, if I ever need someone to carry me around in her teeth like a lion with her cubs, I’ll be sure to let you know.

  38. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:45 pm
    Soriano’s going to close for somebody. NYY has a better chance with Benoit.
    ————————
    i take him too, wood or benoit, depends if yankee retains wood. Benoit’s stuff looks filthy this year.

  39. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks all (CB, Doreen, Kate, etc. etc.). The kind words are much appreciated.

    This postseason I’ll actually be able to watch the Yanks at home instead of my hospital bed.

  40. CR9 August 26th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    CB

    Did you catch the Champions League Draw today? Inter swept the UEFA awards.

    Im not sure about the travel distances, but aside from that, Barca have an easy road to the last 16. Real Madrid is with AC Milan and Ajax, so that could be a tough group.

    Man U got stuck with Valencia, but 2 of the teams are easy traveling distance, Spain and Scotland (Rangers). The third team is from Turkey – not sure how far Turkey is from England.

  41. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    # upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    GF
    good to hear how well you are doing…the silver lining in all you went thru

    and I know what plasmapheresis is…I was a med lab tech several careers ago!

    ————

    That’s pretty impressive. Most people, even medical professionals, don’t have any idea what plasmapheresis is.

  42. rodg12 August 26th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    GF -

    Great news!! Congrats on the prognosis!! Sounds like your ability to change your behaviors had a lot to do with it as well.

  43. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    SJ,

    Pittsburgh is being affiliated with the Mesa Solar sox. There are two Mesa teams. Their manager will be Casey Kopitzke, who manages the Peoria Chiefs for the Cubs.

  44. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    My error. There is only 1 Mesa team. two Peoria, AZ teams

  45. rodg12 August 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    # GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Why do people feel the need to bag on kids like Nunez? He’s done everything they’ve asked of him in limited play. Jesus…he’s played in 7 games and has 20 at bats. He’s done well. 2 runs scored and 3 RBI on 5 hits. Seems about as productive as it gets. Perhaps giving him a little more time would be wise.
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    I’ve been pretty pleased with Nunez as well, GB. Only thing I’ll say though is that I’m not sure about his swing. Doesn’t use his legs hardly at all. Kinda slashes at it.

  46. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    GF, you’ve assumed incorrectly that she has teeth. You’re more likely to end up with gum marks.

  47. CB August 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    CR9-

    I saw the draw. Barca was fortunate, though trips to Russia aren’t something you want to do. Otherwise than it’s favorable draw.

    Man U’s is as well (though trips to Turkey can be difficult). The key thing for Man U is that Valencia is only a shell of the team they were last season due to the sales of Villa and Silva. They are falling apart as a club, much of which is related to debt they can’t pay off from trying to build a new stadium.

  48. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    rodg12 August 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    # GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Why do people feel the need to bag on kids like Nunez? He’s done everything they’ve asked of him in limited play. Jesus…he’s played in 7 games and has 20 at bats. He’s done well. 2 runs scored and 3 RBI on 5 hits. Seems about as productive as it gets. Perhaps giving him a little more time would be wise.
    ————————————–
    I’ve been pretty pleased with Nunez as well, GB. Only thing I’ll say though is that I’m not sure about his swing. Doesn’t use his legs hardly at all. Kinda slashes at it.

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    Rodg, you got it. That’s his swing. Somewhat like austin Jackson….a little more power, not quite that much speed, but, he can run.

    Perhaps I shouldn’t say speed, not as refined a base stealer.

  49. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    GF,

    I am not sure why you went through rehab but I am glad you are doing well now :)

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

    The Mets lead MLB in sac flies

    The Yankees need to hire their bench coach this offseason. He obviously never forgets to give the sac fly sign.

  50. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    even with Mo’s impeccable control, I wonder at what point , will Mo’s FB no longer be dominate or effective. Can mo pitches at 88 and still be lights out? in short , when is the end near? Will a sudden dip in velo effective ends mo’s dominance. what’s the in house option , Robertson or joba?To that end, I think NY’s purported heavy interest in Soria this year is an indication of such legitimate concerns.

    that said, Mo is the least of the yankee’s concern at this point.

  51. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    The funniest post on here this year was when one of the crazed in a game thread ripped a player and Girardi for “not giving him the SF sign”.

    Still cracks me up when I think about it.

    GB,

    I saw that. Casey is a good baseball guy and that will be a good situation for him if it all works out.

  52. Howe Farr August 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I hope Mo gets a two year contract so he can pass Hoffman and be the all time saves leader, and then he becomes bullpen coach for the yanks thus elevating that position as one of the most important positions.

  53. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    SJ, just tell him to watch out for a guy named MTU. always has two little dust bunnies on a chain with him. They’re too small to bite but they’ll shread shoestring in a heartbeat.

  54. upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    GF
    actually I thought that was more of a treatment for auto immune type stuff…unless G-B is considered auto immune

  55. SAS August 26th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    GF,

    I know I am late in the game to tell you how happy to hear you are well now.

    We haven’t chatted much, but I remember the day you returned and everyone was thrilled. I don’t even know what you went through, but it sounds pretty serious which make your recovery all the more special.

  56. RayVT August 26th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Keith Law has his biases much like everyone. If you know the biases then it is much easier to take. LOL! I read Keith Law for the other teams! (Not RSox or Yanks!) If a Yankee is on Law’s list then that guy must really be a “Hot Prospect”!

    SJ, GB, Chad, CB & others give us updates on the Yankee Prospects. IMO, the Yankees are loaded and what is more important as someone pointed out earlier is that the Yanks are dedicated on building a strong MiLB foundation!

    The pitchers & catchers in the Yanks MiLB are loaded! It appears that SS soon will be and some of the top OF prospects are making their way up the ladder too (Mesa)!

    The Yankees are strong & the future looks really bright!

  57. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    GF
    actually I thought that was more of a treatment for auto immune type stuff…***unless G-B*** is considered auto immune

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    I’m immune to anything except work. Though, too much pizza and beer has a strange reaction on me.

  58. theREALkevin August 26th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    hard to believe that everyone in keith law’s family is a Yankee fan!

    excited for Berkman to come back so he can get some ABs against righties…

  59. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    # GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    GF, you’ve assumed incorrectly that she has teeth. You’re more likely to end up with gum marks.

    ————-

    LOL. You’ve made this woman into a cartoon character. Not that it isn’t funny or anything.

  60. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    It is pretty amazing how much high end talent the Yankees now have in their system. After Montero, it is actually difficult to rank 2-10, because there are so many deserving players.

    Anyone want to try their hand at ranking the current Top 10 Prospects?

  61. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    The What If Game

    Let’s say that Girardi does leave to take the Cub job at the end of the year. Not bloody likely, but go with it.

    Who replaces him here?

    My Top 5:
    Tony Pena
    Donnie Ballgame
    Willie Randolph
    Trey Hillman
    and the darkest of dark horses
    Lou Pinella.

  62. upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    GB
    haha, I wondered if you would catch that!
    wait til MTU sees how you are talking about his precious pups…he will send them to come pee on your foot :)

  63. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    LGY – Current top ten Yankee prospects? Or in baseball overall?

  64. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    GF, if you don’t want her, I’ll just get her a space in hold baggage and ship her off to Randy. He likes a challenge. Of course, at his advanced age, I could be arrested for attempted murder.

  65. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Chip,

    Top ten Yankees.

  66. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have never seen Mesa play . But his power numbers are quite impressive in FSL for a CF.
    can anyone opine whether or not he is a legit CF defensively?

  67. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    GB
    haha, I wondered if you would catch that!
    wait til MTU sees how you are talking about his precious pups…he will send them to come pee on your foot

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    kate, nothing gets past my steel trap mind…..especially if there’s a cheap laugh in it.

  68. SAS August 26th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think and I hope Girardi won’t leave, but Lou Pinella will be 67 years old in December. I believe this retirement is for keeps. Surely, he doesn’t need the money or the headaches that go along managing a team.

    Tony Pena is the only name I like on your list.

  69. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    1. Montero.
    2. Romine.
    3. Brackman.
    4. Betances.
    5. Banuelos.
    6. Sanchez.
    7. Heathcott.
    8. Warren.
    9. Ramirez.
    10. Phelps.

    I don’t count guys on the Parent club now. If Nunez was still in AAA, I would have him 6th and move everybody down a notch.

  70. Giuseppe Franco August 26th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    # upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    GF
    actually I thought that was more of a treatment for auto immune type stuff…unless G-B is considered auto immune

    ———–

    It is indeed a treatment for autoimmune diseases. I was originally diagnosed with Guillain-Barré back in mid October of 2009.

    But, as it turned out, I was misdiagnosed and it was changed to CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) in February of 2010.

    After recovering to the point where I could actually stand up without help and walk with a walker, I regressed very quickly to the point where my body was roughly 90% paralyzed and almost died.

    CIDP is essentially the chronic version of Guillain-Barré. GB is acute. Thankfully, it should never get that bad again even if I do have a setback because I’m now on medication to control it and I know exactly what treatment turned things around for me (plasmapheresis).

  71. Carl August 26th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    # Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    even with Mo’s impeccable control, I wonder at what point , will Mo’s FB no longer be dominate or effective. Can mo pitches at 88 and still be lights out? in short , when is the end near? Will a sudden dip in velo effective ends mo’s dominance. what’s the in house option , Robertson or joba?To that end, I think NY’s purported heavy interest in Soria this year is an indication of such legitimate concerns.

    that said, Mo is the least of the yankee’s concern at this point.

    Pitch at 88 and be effective? Did you watch him last year? In the postseason some nights he wasn’t sniffing 90 mph.

  72. Carl August 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=7112893

    Mo pitching at 89 mph

  73. Abe Peterham August 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hopeful berkman comes to DH on fire when he’s back.
    That’s probably the one key we’ve missed this year.
    Anyone know what production we’ve had from DH compared to yrs past??

  74. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    LGY -

    My guesses (in no real order)

    Montero
    Nunez
    Betances
    Banuelos
    Brackman
    Phelps
    Romine
    Heathcott

    Just outside the top 10
    Murphy
    Laird
    Stoneburner
    Warren
    Noesi

  75. upstate kate August 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    thanks for the explanation GF…I never heard of CIDP…scary stuff…glad you have recovered so well

  76. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    One guy getting a bit overlooked, possibly because he’s at Charleston and is 23 would be Rob Lyerly. He works at playing 3rd base, but, it’s a struggle and not a lot better than that at 1st base. One thing that he can do is hit. Good size at 6’2″ and 200 pounds, to the power will come around. A lot of line drive gap power. Sort of a younger version of what Ron Blomberg was. The difference being that Lyerly runs fairly well. Also, a much needed left handed bat.

  77. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    for some reason I lost the ability to count to 10….

    Montero
    Nunez
    Betances
    Banuelos
    Brackman
    Phelps
    Romine
    Heathcott
    Warren
    Murphy

    Sanchez and Murphy though could be flipped either way.

    Laird, Noesi, Stoneburner are just on the outside looking in.

  78. Howe Farr August 26th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    sj, to some of us, these are just names on list. In the past we have seen names on list like for example Pat Kelly, Domingo Jean, Eric Milton, etc…why should we be excited about those names?

  79. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Milton could have been a solid pitcher if he ever could have stayed healthy.

  80. Howe Farr August 26th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    you can add the can’t miss Marty Janzen to that list!

  81. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Milton was a solid pitcher despite not being able to stay healthy.

  82. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Chip

    In no real order?

    Since when do you not have an opinion on something? :)

  83. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Carl August 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play……id=7112893

    Mo pitching at 89 mph
    ———————
    looks good in that outing ! sure, i can show you clips of Jamie Moyer being effective at 80 for an entire game. I was talking about through the course of a season whether or not he can maintain the same dominance.

  84. Howe Farr August 26th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Domingo Jean got flipped for Xavier Hernandez, Milton for Knoblauch and Kelly for memories

  85. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Howe Farr -

    I agree with you that all these kids have to prove that they’re more than good minor leaguers.

    Add Brien Taylor to your list too…

    But the thing is that if you can augment your roster from within that means you can spend more on the upper eschellon free agents.

    For example the Yankees can possibly have a rotation of Lee, Sabathia, Andy and Burnett, because they have Hughes making no money in the fifth starter spot and a bench and pen filled with kids who don’t cost anything either.

  86. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    LGY August 26th, 2010 at 3:34 pm
    Chip

    In no real order?

    Since when do you not have an opinion on something?
    —————-

    Nice!

    I know the kids are good, but I don’t follow the minors close enough to know if Betances is better than Banuelos…

    the only thing I know for sure is that Montero is the best of the bunch.

  87. Howe Farr August 26th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Sam Millitelo, Gerald “Ice” Williams….i guess my question has to do with how has the yankee minor league improved or remained the same in the past 10-15 years….

  88. Cashman needs to go August 26th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    No Ivan Nova on anybody’s list?

  89. Pat M. August 26th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’m surprised that SJ didn’t incude Laird to his Top 10…..That being said I suspect he’ll crack that list by mid 2011

  90. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    All prospects are just names.

    That said, you look at tools and guys like Montero, Brackman, Betances and Banuelos have off the chart tools for their positions.

    The kind of tools all star players possess.

    Romine is a kid who is just solid in every way. The look of a 10 year ML catcher.

    Gary Sanchez is the most talented 17 year old catcher I’ve seen at that age.

    If he stays healthy and keeps improving, he could end up being better than everybody on the list. Still a long way to go though.

    Not saying they will all become all stars.

    I’m saying those guys possess the tools all star players possess.

    That’s exciting for any organization to have.

    For a team like the Yankees? Its especially impressive, given where the organization was just five years ago.

  91. Chip August 26th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Howe Farr:

    Robbie Cano
    Brett Gardner
    Melky Cabrera
    Francisco Cervelli
    Phil Hughes
    David Robertson
    Alfredo Aceves
    Joba Chamberlain
    Ramiro Pena

    all key contributors to last year’s championship

    Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutchen got Damaso Marte (and Xavier Nady)

    Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke got Curtis Granderson

  92. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    steve howe and steve farr, two pretty good relievers.

  93. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Pat M

    The hit tool is there to crack the Top 10. Not sure about the rest of his game. Have to see him again to know for sure.

    Looking forward to seeing him in the AFL this Fall to see if he can play corner OF.

    That could be his quickest ticket to the majors if the hit tool continues at its current pace.

  94. tom tresh 15 August 26th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    One guy getting a bit overlooked, possibly because he’s at Charleston and is 23 would be Rob Lyerly. He works at playing 3rd base, but, it’s a struggle and not a lot better than that at 1st base. One thing that he can do is hit. Good size at 6?2? and 200 pounds, to the power will come around. A lot of line drive gap power. Sort of a younger version of what Ron Blomberg was. The difference being that Lyerly runs fairly well. Also, a much needed left handed bat.
    ******************************************************************************
    Gotta feel good for him. Grew up near here. Just hoping he can continue to progress

  95. Cashmoney August 26th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    @SJ , your opinion on Melky Mesa?

  96. tyanksfan36 August 26th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Chip. In the short time I was able to follow betances and banuelos in tampa I would have to say that Betances is better.

  97. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Old for high A Ball so, I have to see what he does in AA next year to know if he has a future.

  98. Pat M. August 26th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    SJ….Hoping that we can pull of a few Tony games in Arizona……I want to see him play & get his sig on a ball…..

  99. sevrox August 26th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    SJ – I’m curious, how’d you come to be a Yankee fan?

    Me, born in the Bronx in ’61. Even in the military and overseas in the ’80′s, my uncle would mail me video of many games of that high offense/horrid pitching phase in the history of the vaunted franchise – in the ol’ Sony Betamax format, no less.

  100. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Laird’s defense at third is an issue, only because of consistancy. Much like Cano was on defense in the past, he’d play sparling defense and then accumulate errors in bunches, and then go on another errorless streak. With his hitting, that too goes in streaks. He generally has 2 ice cold streaks a year. Generally in mid to late May and again in August. He’s in one right now. They last about 2 and a half to 3 weeks. Then, he goes on those streaks where he hits everyone and everything. One thing that’s good is that he hits right handers and left handers equally well.

  101. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    As far as Nova is concerned, he’s ok. IMO, he doesn’t possess any of the upside of the other pitchers on my list.

    I do however, think he can pitch as a back end rotation guy in the majors and if he pitches well in NY, could be a valuable trade piece this winter.

    A year from now, if they remain healthy, Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos will blow away Nova in terms of prospect value to the Yankees.

    In other words, I think Nova is a tradeable commodity. Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos will be untouchable guys if they continue to improve and stay healthy over the next 12 months.

  102. Tank August 26th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    My favorite Bill Madden line:

    As far as the Yankee-Red Sox draft scorecard is concerned, Buchholz and Lester have begun to establish themselves in the Red Sox rotation, Pedroia was the ’07 Rookie of the Year, Ellsbury is looking like a five-tool fixture in center field, Lowrie has shown himself to be a good hitter who can play three infield positions and Bard is expected to be a weapon (a la Chamberlain) in their bullpen before the year’s out, while the Yankees are still waiting for Hughes, Kennedy and Chamberlain and have zero near-term impact position players in their system.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z0xkCPpaQ8

  103. Nev. Yankee August 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    SJ44 Gary Sanchez is the most talented 17 year old catcher I’ve seen at that age.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    Haven’t seen him , but have seen Bryce Harper several times and saw him throw a runner out at 2nd. on a wild pitch from his knees. Awesome arm. Threw 96 mph on mound.
    Has all the tools to succeed, we’ll see. Very hungry player.

  104. SJ44 August 26th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Pat M,

    That would be fun.

    My mother was a huge Yankee fan and my father had a restaurant that a lot of Yankee players frequented in the off-season in the 50′s and 60′s.

    Being a Yankee fan was as natural to me as breathing given that background.

  105. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    This is my uneducated educated attempt ;)

    1. Montero
    2. Brackmonster
    3. Romine
    4. Banuelos
    5. Bentances
    6. Sanchez
    7. Nunez
    8. Heathcott
    9. Noesi
    10. Laird

    A little unorthodox but I Have Brackmonster ahead of Romine because I value pitching more. Banuelos ahead of Bentances because being a lefty especially with the Yankees is a plus. Have Laird in there well because I am a fan of him :)

  106. Cashman needs to go August 26th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Being a Yankee fan was as natural to me as breathing given that background

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

    Yeah but where do you stand on breathing versus winning (George’s 2 most important things)

  107. m August 26th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....ings100826

    Interesting stuff. I didn’t see the leaked financials, or hear much about it.

    Stark also touches on Damon costing himself millions by blocking a trade to Boston because he could’ve been a hero, blah, blah. Is Stark crazy? We all know who and what Johnny is by now. He doesn’t need a failed (or successful) stretch run by the Sox to establish his market.

  108. LGY August 26th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Also Bentances has had a little trouble staying healthy so that is another reason I have Banuelos ahead of him.

  109. CountryClub August 26th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I was listening to the Fan earlier today and Francessa brought up an interesting scheduling quirk. The Yanks play 5 straight day games starting next Thursday.

  110. YankFanCA August 26th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Berkman is shot. I’ll take Kearns over him. By putting him on the DL, the Yankees obviously realize his current value to the team.

  111. tyanksfan36 August 26th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    SJ44, I like Mesa he is a sporadic hitter though, lately he has been in a slump. He has an odd batting stance as well, bat over his head and he leans over the plate, but he hits home runs so it must be working out for him. I am worried about corban up in AA. He is batting below 200 up there but down here in the FSL he was tops in a lot of categories. Hopefully he can get himself straightened up

  112. joeman August 26th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    check out the LL game

  113. KPOcala August 26th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Regarding playoff rosters. Does a player have to be on the 40 man roster by 9/1, or is it the 25 man team (excluding injuries)? I’m having a brain cramp…..

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