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Cubs hire manager not named Joe Girardi

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Chicago Cubs have hired a manager, and it’s not the guy currently leading the Yankees.

Mike Quade, the Cubs interim manager, has been given the full-time job with a two-year deal. The Cubs were long rumored to be interested in Joe Girardi — a natural fit given his ties to the organization and the area — but they made their decision before Girardi’s season came to an end.

Three other minor notes with some connection to the Yankees.

The Braves have released Melky Cabrera. Given the disappointments of both Cabrera and Javier Vazquez, it might be time to refer to this winter’s deal with Atlanta as The Boone Logan Trade.

The Nationals would like to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang. This story has been out there for a few days. Wang was never healthy enough to pitch for the Nationals this season, but he’s been pitching in instructional ball this fall.

Yu Darvish wants to stay in Japan. Considered one of the top pitchers on the international market, Darvish was linked to various teams with plenty of speculation that he would be come to the States this winter, quite possibly with the Yankees. (thanks to MLBTradeRumors for the heads up)

 
 

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133 Responses to “Cubs hire manager not named Joe Girardi”

  1. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Andy Pettite and CC Sabathia. I think.

  2. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    How fitting would it be if AJ ended up being the savior for this season?

  3. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Why are people guessing Cliff Lee is he’s asking from the 2009 ALCS? Are these people that dumb…

  4. Bret The Hitman October 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Melky lost his head in a small bag of peanuts.

  5. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Chad

    You forgot the Yankees intend to trade for Greinke bit ;)

  6. tk October 19th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    LGY,

    You mentioned trading for Grienke in the last thread, what kind of package would you be willing to part with to get him? Would you fpair that with a different free agent signing?

  7. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Dang CC didn’t pitch in the NLCS. I forgot they were bounced first round…..

  8. Yanks78 October 19th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Grenke, DeJesus, and Soria

    Mega-deal time.

  9. Kitt6Katt October 19th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I was worried about Cano’s performance after he lost his buddy Melky. Turns out Cano was stellar but Melky suffered from losing his buddy Cano.

  10. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Greinke, DeJesus, and Soria? KC would draw 3,000 fans a game if that happened haha down from their 10,000 this year

  11. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Kitt-

    It was pretty obvious that Cano was 1,000 times more talented than Melky. That being said I thought Melky would be better than he has been. I always thought he could be a .280 15 homer 15 steal guy with good defense. He’s fallen wayyyy off of that.

  12. Carl October 19th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Someone Call Mike Francesa and say Brian Fuentes and Andy Pettitte

  13. Keith--FL October 19th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I hate to bring it up but I feel a Kevin Brown/Vazquez Game 7 2004 ALCS type performance coming tonight from Burnett and the Yankees pen….but really, really hope I am wrong…..

  14. ac1 October 19th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    melky suffered because he was in atlanta.

    i believe we would get the melky we had in ny, not the melky from atlanta.

  15. Betsy October 19th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’m surprised, but oh well.

    I’m not the biggest Girardi fan in the world.

  16. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Carl-

    Fuentes! That’s it. Who was the third?

  17. ac1 October 19th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    at the end of the day with all the yankees injuries, i would rather have melky backing up, instead of the AAA OF bunch.

  18. tampayank October 19th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    the MelkMan only delivers in the Bronx :)

  19. Yanks78 October 19th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    What was the question?

  20. jacksquat October 19th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This is the lineup I want (not GTLU):

    Gardner
    Granderson
    Cano
    Rodriguez
    Teixeira
    Swisher
    Berkman
    Posada
    Jeter

    Obviously, 0% chance of happening. Girardi would never put Jeter 9th this year, maybe ever, and putting three lefties in a row would destroy the space-time continuum.

  21. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    tk,

    I haven’t fully thought this out yet. I don’t know if I would pair it with another FA signing, because it would depend on the the pieces sent out. Waiting for the offseason to go full court press on this topic :) .

    As I sit here today, I would give up a significant package for Greinke and definitely consider Montero headlining it as painful as it would be.

    I don’t think this is the same situation as a Santana-CC deal where prospects+money or just money, because the cost differential between Greinke and Lee will be enormous.

    In the short term I think they would be in a great position either way. In the long term I think they would be better off with Greinke given the age differential and the length of the commitment needed for Lee.

    They are both elite pitchers. With the age of this team I really like the flexibility Greinke would provide on a short term and affordable contract. Also, Greinke’s deal expires when he is 29, so the Yankees would have 2 years to see first hand if he is worth a long term investment which would eliminate some of the risk associated with all long term pitching contracts.

    I will be very, very happy if they were to sign Lee, but right now I am taking the position that I would rather pursue a trade for Greinke first.

  22. pat October 19th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Fuentes! That?s it. Who was the third?

    Darren Oliver

  23. Erica in NY October 19th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    0 Days, 5 Hours, and 34 Minutes until Game 4 of the ALCS :grin:

  24. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    The offense needs to get going. Derek needs to somehow get on base and not swinging pitches at his eye level. Tex needs to stop swing feebly over off speed stuff. Along that line, pretty much everybody this side of Cano and Granderson could use a few hits. I hope Burnett can channel all the naysayers’ negativities (me included) into positive fury against those antlers and claws clowns. Texas has outplayed us in virtually facets of the game. Let’s hope we can switch the pendulum of momentum tonight.

    In Burnett I do not trust but have no other options.

  25. Kitt6Katt October 19th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Tyler, I agree – Cano has always been more naturally talented. But so much attention was played on the Melky-Cano relationship (roommates!), I was nervous about breaking up the duo. Just was pointing out that perhaps, Melky was rising up to be closer to Cano’s level.

    Always loved Melky, especially when he caught Manny’s homer on May 6, 2006 – will never forget that game – I was there, the stadium went wild!

  26. 108 stitches October 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    If Andy returns, Lee is signed, and Greinke is traded for, there’s no room in the starting rotation for Burnett. His salary would be difficult to peddle.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Good. I want Girardi back.

    *********

    “We’ll win 3 straight and can pop champagne and enjoy the weekend beginning on Friday. Just frustrating that it won’t happen a little faster.”

    I’m with ya.

    ********

    I have no fear whatsoever about AJ having the stuff. I only hope that the big layoff doesn’t hinder him.

  28. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    pat-

    That’s right. I remember when he was a starter for the Cardinals. I can’t believe he has been around this long.

  29. Betsy October 19th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    LGY, I guess I don’t understand why you would be willing to risk an enormous package of prospects for a guy who’s had issues. Also, aside from that, you’re not concerned that he didn’t have a good year? He’s had one phenomenal year…………..that’s it.

  30. BX33 October 19th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Cashmoney

    We can always give Vazquez a start tonight or bring him in relief if AJ bombs ;)

  31. Betsy October 19th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The Yankees are going to go all out for Lee; I don’t see any way they go after Greinke…….unless they don’t get Lee and they are desperate. That would make me nervous, though, because you should never make deals out of desperation.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Erica, I saw what you said on the other thread about not waiting until we’re 5 runs down to enact our food/shower/whatever rituals and I am totally with you on this.

    In fact, because we really need to give AJ a lot of help since he hasn’t been on the mound in quite a while, I am on my way to KFC to get one of their grilled twister wraps (yum yum yum). I’ll have that for lunch and I will have some kind of chicken for dinner.

    :)

  33. pat October 19th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Tyler

    Mets in 2006.

  34. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    pat-

    I knew it was with the Mets. I was just saying how I can’t believe that Darren Oliver is still going strong today when I saw him fail as a starter so many years ago.

  35. Betsy October 19th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    http://web.sny.tv/news/article.....38;vkey=10

    I can’t disagree with the premise of the article, but it does bug me to say there is no way they can beat Lee.

  36. Carl October 19th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Darren Oliver pitched in the NLDS and NLCS with the Mets.

  37. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    trisha, I’m glad you’re here because someone tried to steal your mojo and write a song about AJ. It was nothing compared to your musical composing.

  38. blake October 19th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    LGY,

    I think it would all depend on the cost to aquire Greinke, which in prospects I’m guessing would be substantial because the Yankees wouldn’t be the only team bidding on him.

    I think Lee will be their top priority, but can see Greinke as a backup plan if he signs elsewhere or even possibly as a second addition if Pettite retires. I just think Lee will be the priority because he costs nothing in prospects and because he’s shown himself to just be nails in big games no matter for who or where he pitches.

  39. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Good. I want Girardi back.

    ****************************
    Trisha-me too. Seems like us Girardi supporters are a rare breed around here. ;)

  40. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    The perfect person to throw the first pitch tonight would have been El Duque. Tonight was his type of game. What a clutch performer.

  41. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    For anyone interested in the K-Rod saga:

    ed_price #Mets will not pay Francisco Rodriguez his 2010 salary after he hurt thumb ($3.1 M) but his 2011 contract remains in place.

  42. tk October 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    LGY,

    It’s hard to zealously support either side without knowing what it would cost to acquire either player. However, I think I would rather give Lee a contract approaching Sabathia’s than to part with the type of package I fear KC would require for 2 years of Greinke. Age is a concern with both the current roster and Lee (on an ~6 year contract). I think the Greinke deal would work well if there was an elite hitter, in his prime, available in free agency. Since there isn’t, I’d be pretty hesitant about trading Montero for pitching. So I think I’d lean toward paying the money for Lee and using the young talent to instead land some offensive help at some point over the next year or two.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Shame – you are such a good buddy. :)

    Erin, I think the majority of the sanity crew are on board with Girardi and the glass-half-emptiers don’t want any part of him because they can manage better than he can!

    :lol:

  44. Doreen October 19th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Erin, Trisha -

    I’d like Girardi back too.

    But what I really want is for AJ to give the team a lift tonight. He and they can really use it. And I hope hope hope that the stadium crowd supports AJ tonight.

  45. ac1 October 19th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    the only way the yankees push for greinke is if lee resigns with texas.

  46. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Cashman said recently on the Francesa show that Girardi “is the right man for the job”

    I believe the Yanks want him back.

  47. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I think of all the players NOT on our team, Greinke might be the LoHud MVP for most name-drops in a given season.

  48. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:41 pm
    I think of all the players NOT on our team, Greinke might be the LoHud MVP for most name-drops in a given season.
    ———————-

    Dejesus and Soria are up there to.

  49. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Trisha-I think you hit the nail on the head! :lol:

  50. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, and Matt Kemp and Johnny Damon. Matsui will get honorable mention but thats probably only because Erica didn’t have a crush on him..

  51. AldotheApache October 19th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I was so annoyed when I first found out I was going to be traveling the last couple of days and would miss last night’s game.

    Judging by the score, it turned out I was actually spared the anguish. I don’t even want to check the box score.

    New day, new game … c’mon AJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. upstate kate October 19th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    to be fair to Erica, most of the Johnny D conversations did not involve her

  53. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I think of all the players NOT on our team, Greinke might be the LoHud MVP for most name-drops in a given season.
    ———————-

    Dejesus and Soria are up there to.

    ————————————————————————————————-

    Classic example of parsing stats.

    Take out Brett the Hitman and those numbers drop big time. :wink:

  54. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Another pitching coach other than Eiland would be nice.

  55. Yank 97 October 19th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Tyler,

    Would you take CC over Lee?

  56. West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I just heard on Francesa that they are selling dirt from the old stadium as a collectible! That is so absurd.

  57. Kitt6Katt October 19th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Heading out of the office to get up to the Bronx for tonight’s victory! Go Yankees!!!

  58. upstate kate October 19th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    wasn’t DeJesus one of Chip’s? along w/ Winn?

  59. RMS October 19th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Why would the Yankees trade for Greinke? He has emotional issues and would not be able to take the pressure of pitching in NY. Can you imagine if he pitches badly and the “fans” start to boo him? No thanks, leave him in KC.

  60. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    That is so absurd
    ——–
    the even more absurd part would be someone buying it…

  61. Tyler October 19th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Yank-

    No. CC has been very disappointing this postseason. Before the playoffs I’d say yes. Now I would say no even though the Yanks did help Lee last night but he still pitched very well.

  62. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The effectiveness of eating chicken is marginal at best.

    Brussels sprouts and beets are the way to go.

  63. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    upstate kate – Thats true, she didn’t really bring him up. It would mostly be someone lamenting the fact that Johnny was no longer on our team, followed by people telling them to shut it, followed by a bunch of good-natured hissing.

  64. Bring in the Goose October 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Do you think Brandon Steiner yells at the TV, like we do, when Tex flails away at curves in the dirt?

    As a fan, sure.

    But as a businessman, seeing these Yankees flounder at the plate has to hurt him at the register. He needs game heroes – big homeruns, game-changing plays, dives into the stands. Not 0-16 efforts by the 1-4 guys.

    Authentic dirt or not.

  65. Doreen October 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Bronx Jeers -

    Ha! I just put my beets in the oven!!!!! I kid you not. :)

    Roasted beets, brussels sprouts and carrots tonight. With pork chops.

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    KittKat – YOU ARE GOING TO WITNESS A SWEET WIN!!!

    Shame, I was just thinking that my Andy song didn’t hurt because he pitched well. Maybe I can come up with an AJ song too! I will try my hand at one as soon as I get back from shopping.

    :)

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Pork chops – yum.

  68. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    The effectiveness of eating chicken is marginal at best.

    Brussels sprouts and beets are the way to go.

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

    LOL

    If that’s the case, I won’t be able to help out. ;)

  69. Captain Clutch October 19th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Forget about Bernie I think the Yanks should have Kate Hudson throw out the 1st pitch. Being down 2-1 is all Arod’s fault for breaking up with her. Bring the good luck charm back to the stadium tonight!!!

  70. Tom in N.J. October 19th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Dumping Gardner was in fashion once too.

  71. Doreen October 19th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Trisha -

    “The other white meat.” ha ha

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    By the way I watched the game last night downstairs in my house. It is the first time I have ever done that (and the last!)

    :(

    Sorry.

  73. upstate kate October 19th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    hmmm…I am doing pork chops cooked w/ apples…maybe some hard cider if we have any left…and more of that leftover cheesecake!

  74. West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Brett Gardner‘s has hit .232 since the All Star break.

  75. Bret The Hitman October 19th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Take out Bret the Hitman and those numbers drop big time.

    ***********

    As long as you all “take out Bret The Hitman” someplace nice, I don’t think he’d mind.

  76. Tom in N.J. October 19th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I have a pork butt in the crockpot.

  77. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    “LGY, I guess I don’t understand why you would be willing to risk an enormous package of prospects for a guy who’s had issues. Also, aside from that, you’re not concerned that he didn’t have a good year? He’s had one phenomenal year…………..that’s it.”

    —————————————-

    I may be sensitive to this topic, but I absolutely refuse to speculate on Greinke’s disorder when I am not in the least bit qualified to do so and I don’t know Greinke personally at all. I hate when people say Greinke cannot handle NY.

    I am strictly talking about Greinke as a baseball player and what I would be willing to deal to acquire that baseball. Anything further would be irresponsible on my part.

    In terms of Greinke’s year, ERA while part of how I evaluate him is not the only thing to look at. For example his FIP was 3.34, xFIP 3.76, and he pitched 220 innings.

    Aside from the numbers, I think Greinke is incredibly talented and has the ability to be even the best pitcher in baseball as he showed in 2009. He is only 26 years old (27 in a couple days). Entering his prime, still developing, and great things ahead for him IMO.

  78. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    “Why would the Yankees trade for Greinke? He has emotional issues and would not be able to take the pressure of pitching in NY. Can you imagine if he pitches badly and the “fans” start to boo him? No thanks, leave him in KC.”

    ——————————-

    Can you fax me Greinke’s medical records.

    I am at the forefront of this trade for Greinke thing, so I would like to take a look at them.

  79. Bret The Hitman October 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Greinke, Soria, DeJesus.

    There.

    Just trying to pad my stats.

  80. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Doreen,

    I’d be very happy if I was eating that for dinner tonight. I also like mashed sweet potatoes/yams with pork chops.

    Erin,

    Sometimes you just gotta take one for the team. :wink:

  81. Yank 97 October 19th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    “No. CC has been very disappointing this postseason. Before the playoffs I’d say yes. Now I would say no even though the Yanks did help Lee last night but he still pitched very well.”

    Yeah I agree…. Lee is unbeatable in the postseason. Putting up Gibson-type numbers, not walking anyone, striking out double-digits, and pitching deep into every game. CC has had mixed results in the playoffs.

    I think what separates him from CC is the superior command. You’ll never see Lee having an inning like CC did in the 1st inning vs. TEX or that 6th inning vs. Minny where he just completely lost the plate. Lee is just a machine in that regard.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    “The effectiveness of eating chicken is marginal at best.”

    Oh really? Well I’ll have you know Mr. Smarty Pants that Fran and I “singlehandedly” brought home last year’s world series with the consistency of our menu. Nobody said the Yankees were going to sweep each series by the way/.

    And it’s not enough to eat the chicken, you have to believe! So it’s perfectly fine for anyone to abandon the chicken. Just believe. In the meantime several of us will continue with chicken – and believing.

    And if it’s any comfort, I have enough belief in this 5’2 body to power a nuclear plant!

    :)

  83. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    trisha – I fully support the creation of a song for AJ. I don’t know why, but right now I’m imagining him as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz singing something along the lines of “If I only had a channnge(up)”

  84. upstate kate October 19th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    oh thanks Jeers, you reminded me I have some squash cooked w/ butter and real maple syrup left over.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Shame, but it has to be a positive song. If I do a song that takes shots at him, it will lower his confidence even more! It has to be a victory song!

  86. 108 stitches October 19th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The Rangers scouting reports on Burnett must have been the easiest of all. Just sit on his fastball and when he attempts one of his erratic curveballs with a runner on 3rd base, just wait for a wild pitch to the backstop for a gift run.

  87. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Brett Gardner‘s has hit .232 since the All Star break.

    ———————————-

    He was affected by a hand injury yet still got on base at a .366 clip. For Gardner that is really what matters. Getting on base. He is not going to be driving in runs or anything.

    Also when we are talking about only a couple of months worth of games a bad slide here or there can really bring down your numbers.

    I am going to to have to credit a poster named Chris on RAB for this breakdown:

    “Jul 16, 2010 to Jul 30, 2010: .222/.417/.306/.722
    Jul 31, 2010 to Aug 10, 2010: .069/.069/.103/.172
    Aug 11, 2010 to Oct 3, 2010: .268/.400/.384/.784″

    Something was going on with Gardner those 10 days that really killed his numbers in the second half.

    For most of the season Gardner got on base at an incredible rate which is a huge asset to this team.

  88. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Hmmm.. what about a reworking of Elton John’s “The B*tch is Back”? Before you all jump to conclusions, I think that would be a very positive song for him. It would be my personal at-bat song if I were ever to bat for the Yankees (my friends and I are bored easily), so I see it as motivational.

  89. Tom in N.J. October 19th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Here’s Greinke quote about the Yankees:

    “[The environment] had a lot to do with [signing the extension], for sure,” said Greinke. “Now, maybe New York would bother me, but I don’t think anywhere else would bother me anymore. Even though I’m in Kansas City, I’ve gotten used to it a lot more. New York, I still might have trouble in New York. I probably would. But I think almost everyone does.”

    Some have used this as “proof” he doesn’t want to go to the Yankees…

  90. Darrin October 19th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Yankee Trivia Time:

    This is only the 3rd time in team history that the Yankees have trailed 2-1 after 3 games of the ALCS. The two previous times (1977 and 1998) they went on to win the Series.

    Not that it means anything.

  91. Chambliss October 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I will be back later. I am going to church to pray for a few hours that the good AJ shows up tonight. If the Rangers lead 5-0 after the first inning I may have to shut the TV off for the night.

  92. RSM October 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    “The Boone Logan Trade”
    I love it!

  93. upstate kate October 19th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Shame
    it could be the “pitch” is back :)

    Darrin
    I like that trivia

  94. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Is Gardner still hurt ?

  95. Darrin October 19th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    How about a reworking of “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”?

  96. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I still might have trouble in New York. I probably would. But I think almost everyone does.”
    ————–
    He is right though. Anyone who is from KC or middle of America would have an adjustment period in NYC. The concrete jungle will eat you up, that, or Starbucks.

  97. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Kate – :lol:

    That’s pretty cool!

    Okay, I had been thinking of writing something to Grease is the Word. AJ’s The Man

    I will leave it to you guys to decide which you want me to use. The pitch is back is great, I must admit. Maybe because he hasn’t pitched in a while he needs two songs! I’ll try to do both.

    :)

    Time to eat the early chicken. I’d go for pork chops tonight and chicken – hey I could get that chinese dish that has pork, chicken and shrimp!!! I’m doing it.

  98. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Starbucks is out of control in NYC!

  99. Trevor October 19th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Cervelli in the lineup.

  100. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Lot’s of pork on the menu tonight.

    If AJ pulls this off I’d say we found a culinary match for him.

    Off topic but does anybody know why there is religious ban on pork? It’s actually from an obscure passage in the Old Testament. Something about a cloven hoofed animal that does not eat it’s own cud. Camels and rabbits are also banned.

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Darrin, the only thing I want to stay away from is heart-rending melodies. That’s why I went with something more upbeat.

    Okay later y’all.

  102. Chase October 19th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Cervelli is catching..

  103. SJ44 October 19th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Reason why I would take Lee over Greinke is threefold:

    1. He’s a better pitcher.
    2. He only costs money and not prospects. This is especially important given their current catching situation. They now need Montero more than trading him.
    3. Lee is a proven playoff commodity.

    Greinke’s personal issues don’t play into it at all.

  104. Vandelay Industries October 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Cervelli is starting tonight

  105. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    “Cervelli in the lineup.”

    Works for me. At this point any bromide can help with the temporary ills!

  106. YankeeBlue222 October 19th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Why is everyone so gung-ho on Greinke? Do you realize he has anxiety issues? NYC is NOT the place for that. Read some of the articles on it. At one point, it was real bad.

    You think AJ is a headcase? Just imagine what he’d be like pitching in front of 40,000 fans each start compared to 10,000. Not to mention the pressures and scrutiny that come with being a pitcher in NY.

    I hate the notion of some Yankees fans that think they are “entitled” to buy or trade for top pitchers “just because.” If the Royals wanted to trade Greinke, they might as well contract the rest of their team.

  107. ConcernedCitizen October 19th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Cervelli is in the line up. Oh goodie.

  108. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Tom.

    This is the other “proof.”

    He told this to a group of NY reporters

    “I don’t want to pitch for New York in the playoffs,” he told the people there. “I want to pitch for Kansas City in the playoffs.”

  109. Bryan October 19th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Cervelli in the line-up what a joke

    Too bad the Cubs filled their manager spot already

  110. SJ44 October 19th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I don’t have a problem with Cervelli in the lineup tonight because Jorge is swinging the bat horribly right now.

    If he was swinging it better, it would be an issue.

    Since he’s not, it isn’t a big deal to me.

  111. Bring in the Goose October 19th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    GTLU just got cleaved in half.

    Question now is who’s DHing.

  112. jacksquat October 19th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    AJ already has a song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJjjDo5RQnU

    They should play this when he’s warming up, ha ha. :mrgreen:

  113. Chase October 19th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I hate AJ Burnett.

  114. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Joelsherman1 If Posada were hitting this is tougher call, but without his bat then Girardi went for comfort of Burnett, so Cervelli Cs #Yankees

  115. LGY October 19th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    SJ,

    All sound reasons and certainly why I would very happy with whatever they do.

    For me I am just trying to think through if losing the prospects is worth saving money.

  116. pat October 19th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    “Some have used this as ?proof? he doesn?t want to go to the Yankees?”

    The Yankees aren’t the problem. The media and fans are. :wink:

  117. Erin October 19th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    New Post: Cervelli gets the start in Game 4

    :arrow:

  118. Tom in N.J. October 19th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    It sounds more like a guy who’s just reaffirming his loyalties to the Royals..

  119. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    If Posada is DHing that would be a major mistake IMO. Unless I’ve been misinterpreting the basic fundamentals of baseball for years now, I always thought your DH was supposed to hit the ball.

  120. UnKnown October 19th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    cervelli is catching via mlb network. Hope Posada doesnt became a headache over it

  121. Chambliss October 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    OK-so the Yankees are going to cater who a pitcher who is not pitching well at all. Makes perfect sense to me.

    Cervelli seems like a nice kid, but he should not be starting a playoff game to keep a headcase like AJ happy.

  122. Bronx Jeers October 19th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Oh really? Well I’ll have you know Mr. Smarty Pants that Fran and I “singlehandedly” brought home last year’s world series with the consistency of our menu. Nobody said the Yankees were going to sweep each series by the way/.

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

    What’s chicken’s contract status next season? Is it an option year and if so, what’s the buyout amount?

    Bottom line? Chicken better start producing and producing quick. I got pork down here in triple-A and it’s itching for a chance to prove it’s worth on the big stage.

  123. Shame Spencer October 19th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Also – Good luck with the songs trisha. I know whatever you decide on they’ll be great.

  124. West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Angel Hernandez is behind the plate tonight. Someone get CR9 his nitro.

  125. GreenBeret7 October 19th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Greinke was signed to a long term contract extension with a limited no trade contract. The problem is that he can demand a trade after 1 year and his contract is up after 2012. With zero guarantees that he could be resigned, no way to you trade a bundle of young talent for 1 year, especially given that his ERA jumped by 2 runs, strikeouts dropped by 60, hits jumped by 50. Hardly inspiring.

  126. GreenBeret7 October 19th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    He also allowed nearly 50 more earned runs over 2009.

  127. West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    One can try to spin the statistics on Brett Gardner’s second half any way the like. The reality is that he has steadily regressed.

    July – .221/.375

    August – .244/.363

    September/October – .231/.351

    Post-season – .222/.286

  128. West Coast Yankee Fan October 19th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    sic – anyway they like

  129. Cashmoney October 19th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Eiland comes to me,
    speaking words of wisdom, let it fly AJ.
    And in my hour of darkness Eiland is standing right in front of me,
    Padding my bum with purpose, Let it fly AJ.

    Let it be, let it fly, let it fly, let it fly.
    Whisper words of soft love, let it fly.
    please pad my bum hard Eiland, Let me fly!

    And when the broken hearted Yankee people living in the world agree,
    there will be an answer, let it fly.
    For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see me shine,
    there will be an answer. let it fly

    By Eiland Record
    Artists- the crackatles

  130. Cashman needs to go October 19th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    SJ44 October 19th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    I don’t have a problem with Cervelli in the lineup tonight because Jorge is swinging the bat horribly right now.

    If he was swinging it better, it would be an issue.

    Since he’s not, it isn’t a big deal to me.

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

    I totally agree but if Posada is swinging the bat horribly (he did get 1 of the 2 hits last night) what will you say about :

    Mark Teixeira – batting .167 in 2010 playoffs
    Alex Rodriguez – .208 in 2010 playoffs
    Nick Swisher – .217
    Brett Gardner – .222

    all 4 are much worse than posada’s .238

  131. ConcernedCitizen October 19th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Just got to the stadium and was immediately interviewed by ABC and NBC. Said that AJ was due for a good start and the bats will wake up tonight. They better not embarass me on national tv :)

  132. BIG AL October 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I do realize Grienke pitchers for KC, but, his numbers overall are not that impressive, so as to be willing to give up your top prospects.

    W-L 60-67, ERA 3.82, IP 1108, Hits 1121, SO 931, H/9 9.1, WHIP 1.264

    I think he’d be a fair to good pitcher with the Yankees, but not higher than a #4 starter. Me, I don’t give up my top prospects for Grienke, IMO.

  133. BIG AL October 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I do realize Grienke pitchers for KC, but, his numbers overall are not that impressive, so as to be willing to give up your top prospects.

    W-L 60-67, ERA 3.82, IP 1108, Hits 1121, SO 931, H/9 9.1, WHIP 1.264

    I think he’d be a fair to good pitcher with the Yankees, but not higher than a #4 starter. Me, I don’t give up my top prospects for Grienke, IMO.


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