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The year’s best Yankees costumes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, here’s a list of the best Yankees costumes this season.
Yes, it’s a cheap blog post gimmick, but it kind of works.

ALDS Twins Yankees BaseballRobinson Cano
as Hideki Matsui
The heart of the Yankees order was missing one of his reliable bats. They had more than enough hitters to fill the bottom third, but someone had to step into that No. 5 hole and produce behind Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. That’s where Cano came in, establishing himself as an option not only in the five hole, but maybe at three or four somewhere down the line.

Phil Hughes
as Andy Pettitte
Since Pettitte broke onto the scene in the mid-90s, the Yankees have looked for another reliable, homegrown starting pitcher without much luck. Chien-Ming Wang played that role for a while, but injuries took their toll. Now it’s Hughes turn. So far, so good.

Curtis Granderson
as Nick Swisher
Over the winter, it was Swisher who met with Kevin Long to tweak his swing and add a third dimension to his game: He always had patience and power, this season Swisher was able to hit for power as well. Mid-season, Granderson followed suit: He still has the power and speed, but down the stretch he was making more consistent contact and hitting pretty well against lefties.

Boone Logan
as Phil Coke
When Damaso Marte was hurt last season, it was Coke who stepped in and gave the Yankees a legitimate left-handed reliever, capable of facing more than one or two batters when necessarily. This year it was Logan, who rejoined the big league bullpen after the all-star break and established himself as a reliable, late-innings relievers.

Eduardo Nunez
as Brett Gardner
An underrated part of Nunez’s game is his speed. Granted, he’s not actually as dynamic a runner as Gardner, but he was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts, and that was after he led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in steals. Nunez can hit a little bit, he can play three positions, and it turns out he can run.

Marcus Thames
as Eli Manning
You remember the game, don’t you? Ninth inning. Blowout in Cleveland. Pena was already in the game at shortstop, and there was no sense risking injury to Alex Rodriguez, so Thames stepped in as the late-inning replacement at third. He made a nice backhanded stop, then made one of the worst throws across the diamond any of us has ever seen. “I threw like a quarterback,” he said that day. “I was trying to find Andre Rison on a slant or something.” You might think of it as a bad costume, but the Yankees won that game and the play was hilarious. I thought about making this one the winner!

Associated Press photo of Cano

 
 

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78 Responses to “The year’s best Yankees costumes”

  1. Wang IS Taiwan October 31st, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Very fun, Chad!

  2. murphydog October 31st, 2010 at 9:18 am

    How about Dave Eiland as Fredo from the Godfather?

  3. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Relax, Harkey is not going to be the pitching coach. The Yankees just probably wanted to make him feel good by giving him consideration………

    I don’t want Mazzone – the guy didn’t do much in Baltimore and he had 3 HOFers in Atlanta.

    Chad, good stuff, lol

  4. JCPD October 31st, 2010 at 10:12 am

    It’s amazing how many people discredit Mazzone because he had three HOFers on the Atlanta staff. While Maddux was good when he got there, I didn’t realize Smoltz and Glavine came up to the Braves as HOFers. Who gets credit for them? Neagle and Ortiz also had their best years in Atlanta I believe. That being said I don’t really want him. Rather have someone younger and more in tune with today’s players.

  5. Oscar Madison October 31st, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Betsy:

    What do you think about Cone or Mussina ?

  6. JM October 31st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Continuing The Godfather theme, Cashman as Tom Hagan, the consigliere

  7. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Good morning everyone. Happy Halloween :)

    Funny post Chad.

    I don’t really want Mazzone as pitching coach. If memory serves me correctly didn’t he say a few years back that he did not want to work in NY. Plus I agree with JCPD, rather have someone younger and more in tune with today’s players.

  8. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    They have absolutely no experience……..having knowledge about pitching doesn’t mean you know how to pass that knowledge on. No thanks.

  9. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    looks like they will have a $230 mil payroll in 2011 with a slow aging team & worried about who the pitching coach is ?….the have a lot bigger decisions than that

  10. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I am posting the link to Trisha’s updated World Series chart. Anyone who picked the Rangers in 4 or 5 games has a 0 next to their name since obviously that can’t be.

    http://members.cox.net/lsdorga.....WS2010.pdf

  11. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    who moves to the full time DH position first…Arod or Jeter

  12. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    The PC decision is a darn big decision………..

  13. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    The PC decision is a darn big decision………

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    LOL

  14. Oscar Madison October 31st, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Betsy
    October 31st, 2010 at 10:28 am
    They have absolutely no experience……..having knowledge about pitching doesn’t mean you know how to pass that knowledge on. No thanks.
    ================
    I think that these two have a wealth of experience, knowing how to pitch. Although neither has expressed interest to my knowledge, both are most likely longshots for the job.

  15. Bret The Hitman October 31st, 2010 at 10:41 am

    If this next Jeter contract is 3 years, which it should be, he might be able to stick at shortstop rather than pull a Cal Ripken.

    I think Arod’s your DH in 2012 or 2013.

  16. Bret The Hitman October 31st, 2010 at 10:42 am

    So basically, I think the Yankees have 3 years to find a new shortstop and 1 or 2 years to find a 3rd baseman.

  17. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Joe, you’re LOLing at me? Now that’s worthy of an LOL………

    Oscar, I don’t care how much experience they have pitching…………they have none as PC. This is moot since they are not candidates and the Yankees wouldn’t hire them.

  18. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:49 am

    # Bret The Hitman October 31st, 2010 at 10:42 am

    So basically, I think the Yankees have 3 years to find a new shortstop and 1 or 2 years to find a 3rd baseman.
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    might be a year less to find a SS, will be tough to ask a 39 year old to play that position ….big nut to go looking for a SS & 3rd baseman around the same time

  19. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    # Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Joe, you’re LOLing at me? Now that’s worthy of an LOL………

    Oscar, I don’t care how much experience they have pitching…………they have none as PC. This is moot since they are not candidates and the Yankees wouldn’t hire them.
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    I do find myself doing that a lot to you….sorry

  20. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’m not that concerned who the pitching coach is, but wonder why some fans are so anti-Harkey. I believe he is well liked, has extensive minor-league experience and his stint in the pen should have served him well in terms of knowing the staff intimately.

    If after interviewing candidates the Yankees hire him, what would the casual fan know about his qualifications to be against the move? After paying their dues, people deserve a shot.

  21. blake October 31st, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I don’t think its time to make those decisions just yet regarding Jeter and Arod. We have to see how things play out….at the moment Jeter is the best SS they have and alex is the best 3b that they have…..I don’t think its out of the question that they both have better health and in turn better seasons next year. Actually I think Alex has another 40+ homer season or two left in the tank.

  22. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I really don’t care, Joe – I skip most of your comments, so if you are LOLing me, I’ve missed it……..oh well.

    WC, he is not qualified at all. When he took over for Eiland, he basically admitted he wasn’t into video or all the other newfangled things that PC get into. He’s a bullpen coach……..

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Betsy, he was a pitching coach for 7 years in the minors.

  24. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:56 am

    blake October 31st, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I don’t think its time to make those decisions just yet regarding Jeter and Arod. We have to see how things play out….at the moment Jeter is the best SS they have and alex is the best 3b that they have…..I don’t think its out of the question that they both have better health and in turn better seasons next year. Actually I think Alex has another 40+ homer season or two left in the tank
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    Arod will get 40 hrs again just as long he gets the AB’S….I could see him go to DH in 2012

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    He may not be hired but if he is, wouldn’t you assume that Cashman and Girardi and the rest of the organization that would approve the move would know a bit more about his qualifications than us? Especially after interviews?

  26. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    WC, ok, I stand corrected…………but I still don’t want him as the PC and I’d be shocked if he got the job.

  27. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 10:57 am

    # Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I really don’t care, Joe – I skip most of your comments, so if you are LOLing me, I’ve missed it……..oh well.

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    you serious you don’t read my stuff….

  28. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:58 am

    WC, that would mean that we can’t even debate any decisions the Yankees make……..that’s silly. No, I would disagree with them if they made that decision.

  29. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I respect your opinions Betsy but I just wonder why you feel that way. Do you have any links that might substantiate Harkey’s lack of qualifications? I think 7 years as a minor league pitching coach and then time in the pen actually working with major league pitchers is pretty substantive. He’s well liked, which is very important as well.

  30. blake October 31st, 2010 at 11:02 am

    To be honest..I don’t know enough about most of the pitching coach candidates to give an opinion. I am familiar with Mazzone because of all the years with the Braves and I really don’t think he’s a good fit for several reasons….but other than that im just trusting them to make a good decision.

  31. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    WC, I already explained why I don’t want Harkey as the PC……………we’ll just have to wait and see.

  32. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 10:58 am

    WC, that would mean that we can’t even debate any decisions the Yankees make……..that’s silly. No, I would disagree with them if they made that decision.

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

    Oh I agree with debating the decisions the Yankees make 100%, I do it often. I’m just curious what you know about Harkey to be so declarative in your opposition.

  33. Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Westcoaster are you really that legendary redfish dude ?

  34. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 11:10 am

    OK Betsy. Thanks!

  35. Doreen October 31st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’d just add just because someone has not been a pitching coach before does not mean they aren’t coach material. It’s just as likely Cone/Mussina would be good coaches as not. However, especially regarding Mussina at this time, I haven’t heard they’re looking to be pitching coaches, and I’d think the Yankees would be more likely to go with an experienced coach, simply because of their particular situation.

    As for anyone who eventually gets the job, I would think if the Yankees interview them and hire them, they will have met some kind of qualifications to the Yankees’ satisfaction.

    It also sounds like the Yankees are not in a particular hurry to hire someone, so the process will be a deliberate one. I also don’t think they need to get a pitching coach in place before they do anything else, especially since it sounds like it may be a long process – with several candidates in mind right now.

  36. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I think realistically when one look at Yankee’s payroll, Jeter, Arod and AJ will represent none equal fld value in comparison to their contract vlaue. That imbalance will likely last til some of those contracts expire. There won’t be lot of payroll flexibility unless they are influx of real talents replace either the offensive or pitching side that expensive equation. I see little changes in the next three years, the most likely replacements will come in the form of Montero, and couple minor league pitcher replacing AJ and Pettitte’s sizable contract. It’s hard to balance winning and developing young talents at the same time. To that note, fans should exercise patience when comes to young pitching and bracing the idea of not ‘winning’ as much in order to turn over the aging part of the roster. JIMO.

  37. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Articulate and well reasoned post on PC Doreen.

  38. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Doreen, I never said someone lacking experience is not PC material; I said that I personally would never hire someone as a major league PC if they didn’t have experience – let them get that in the minors.

  39. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Harkey did not do a good job in the absence of Eiland. I rather the Yanks look at better options instead. I believe his only prior experience was as a pitching coach of AAA Iowa team. I would pass him over for others who has had more experiences and success on a major league level.

  40. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I have no idea if Cone or Mussina would be good pitching coaches………..

  41. Joe from Long Island October 31st, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Good morning, all –

    Did you feel the earth shaking last night? Well, I turned on my TV a bit ago, and I can get FOX. FOX and Cablevision must have settled. What’s the old saying the Greeks had? When the gods do battle, mere mortals suffer, or something like that. Nothing like billionaires doing battle. Forget the NFL and WS, if my wife had been missing American Idol, there really would have been noise….

    I read Ken Davidoff’s column in Newsday, where he discussed the Rangers’ starting the year with Teagarden and Saltilamacchia at C, and how neither of them panned out. He then went on to discuss the Yanks’ situation at C, with Montero and Romine. While Montero keeps impressing with his bat, his skills behind the plate lag behind, and Romine isn’t exactly setting the world on fire in the AFL. Yeah, those are just a few games, but you can bet Yankees’ decision makers are watching him. They need to make fundamental decisions about who replaces Posada. And that starts with accurately assessing what you have in your system.

    This is a key moment in the team’s future. If they sign John Buck, for example, we know how they’re thinking. But, they can’t do that first off, because everyone will know what that signals, and lessen the trade value of Romine. That’s why I think that if they do decide to sign a C to a multiyear deal, it will be after they’ve already dealt Romine. Not that that’s what I think or hope they’ll do, just thinking about how they have to decide and orchestrate.

  42. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Doreen,

    Good post. As we know, it all comes down to the pitching. So I am sure the Yankees will do their due diligence and make the choice that they think will work.

    By the way, any Joe Girardi sightings today?

  43. Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Anybody got a donut ?

  44. Crawdaddy October 31st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    AFL stats mean very little in evaluating prospects.

  45. Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:24 am

    AJ likes apple fritters.

  46. RhapsodyInBlue October 31st, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Ruby Tuesday

    Are you supposed to be funny?

    You’re a jerk, your posts are not clever your comments are stupid.

    Go over onto BDC with the rest of your drunken brethren.

  47. Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Where did the coaster go ?

  48. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 11:28 am

    The Yankee could simply promote Romine who had good start in AA before tailing off at the end of a long season. Of course you package him for better values if it benefits the Yanks. The big question in my mind is whether there are DHs out there who can outproduce Posada and are less expensive than acquiring a regular catcher in terms of dollars or years.

    That’s why I think Branyan is an attractive option at DH.

  49. David in Cal October 31st, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Pitching coach isn’t the most important off season decision, but it’s the most urgent. Possible free agent signings like Lee aren’t going away, but coaches are being signed. The Yanks need to find the right person and sign him before someone else does.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It’s not just Posada Cashmoney. A-Rod and Jeter are going to get more and more time at DH.

  51. Doreen October 31st, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Fran -

    None that I’m aware of.

    :)

    Betsy -

    You’re right that just because someone can pitch doesn’t necessarily mean that they can coach; but it also doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t. That’s all I’m saying.

    Anyway, with so many youngsters in the system that may or may not be a part of the rotation in the coming season, I would imagine the Yankees will go with someone with a little experience under their belts.

  52. Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Big Papi likes PB&J. You guys too ?

  53. Roger October 31st, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Nick Cafardo talks about Montero getting traded.What could we expect to get in return?

  54. Doreen October 31st, 2010 at 11:37 am

    David in Cal -

    Yeah, it’s true – there are other teams looking for pitching coaches as well. I guess it depends on who each team is interested in – might be some overlap. Still, I think if I guy is available, he can interview with more than one team, no?

    I think they’d just have to let their interest be known so someone doesn’t sign with someone else before the know the Yankees are interested as well (that’s IF they are interested in the Yankees in return).

  55. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 11:41 am

    WC. I can see Arod getting some DH times. The key is getting the proper offensive production out of the DH spot. If you do, you can simply rest whomever that needs the rest. As for Jeter, his number in general ly would have made him a poor DH. if he needs a day off he will get a full day off.

  56. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Nick Cafardo talks about Montero getting traded.What could we expect to get in return
    *******************************
    Roger,

    I think it depends on the Yankees needs. If the Yankees do not sign Cliff Lee I see them using Montero in a deal to land a top of the rotation starter.

  57. Bx is Burning October 31st, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Ruby Tuesday October 31st, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Big Papi likes PB&J. You guys too ?

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    Ortiz likes tossed salad. Ruby obliges.

  58. joeman October 31st, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Don’t see Jeter asking for less than he’s making now & the same goes for Mo & Andy

  59. Roger October 31st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I think it depends on the Yankees needs. If the Yankees do not sign Cliff Lee I see them using Montero in a deal to land a top of the rotation starter.

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    And if they do..?maybe trade for Choo?

  60. Betsy October 31st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Doreen, I agree………but I’m not inclined to give inexperienced people their first job at the big league level. That’s really my point – Coney and Moose and other former pitchers might be brilliant at communicating their knowledge to others, but let them get their feet wet in the minors.

  61. raymagnetic October 31st, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Remember when the Yankees hired Don Mattingly as their hitting coach when he had absolutely zero experience as as a hitting coach?

  62. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 11:58 am

    What about Ron Guidry? Wasn’t he hired with no prior experience?

  63. raymagnetic October 31st, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Jeter will probably get a lesser contract with performance incentives as he moves up the hits chart.

    A bonus when he gets 3000 and then another bonus when and if he sets the AL hits record.

  64. AldotheApache October 31st, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Joeman, it’s not just a function of what a player wants … It’s what the market bears. Jeter would be lucky to get $10-12MM elsewhere, and even that much would from a team that values his leadership and experience. The Yankees will certainly pay him OVER market value, as well they should.

    On another note, Cashmoney, neither Posada nor ARod nor Jeter will see significant time at DH. Cashman has strongly implied as much, iirc
    Implied as much, iirc.

  65. AldotheApache October 31st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Sorry about the typo – damn iPhone.

  66. Giuseppe Franco October 31st, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Joe Girardi had only one year of managerial experience before he was hired to be the Yankee manager.

    That’s not exactly a ton of experience, either – especially when you compare the two markets in NY and Florida.

  67. Doreen October 31st, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Guidry used to serve as a special instructor at spring training didn’t he? So maybe he got his feet wet that way.

    Mariano Rivera, it seems, is a bit of a coach even now with the guys in the bullpen.

    I think there are different ways to show your abilities as a coach without necessarily having to serve time in the minor leagues.

    I think guys that it looks like are getting a shot out of nowhere, if you dig deeper, you learn they had an affinity for coaching, teaching, while they were players.

  68. AldotheApache October 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Ray and Fran, good points about Guidry and Mattingly. But bear in mind that at the time, the Yankees did not have $350MM invested in 2 pitchers. I think they’re look fr some good ole fashioned Return on Investment, which is a big reason why Eiland is unemployed today.

  69. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Cshmoney – it’s almost a certainty that A-Rod, Jeter and Posada who will be 36, 37 and 40 years of age respectively in 2011 will get significant playing time at DH.

    In 2009 they counted for 47 games at DH. If that increased modestly to just 54, that would be a third of the total games played, significant by any reasonable definition.

  70. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    sp – accounted for

  71. Fran the original October 31st, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    AldotheApache,

    I do agree with you. It is all about the pitching and I think the Yankees will be very careful about who they trust with the pitching staff. When Eiland took over, it was because he had worked with Joba and Phil in AAA and that was a big need for the Yanks at that time.

  72. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    WC, it’s almost certain they will need rest. But if you have a DH in place who can outproduce Posada and Jeter. Why play them?

  73. AldotheApache October 31st, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    It’s a good thing that cashman and not the nutjobs on this blog decide the composition of the team.

  74. AldotheApache October 31st, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Cashmoney, cashman is already on record basically saying the same thing as you about the DH job.

  75. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Cashmoney, I personally am not a fan of the rotating DH. I think in the AL it’s a huge advantage to slot an outstanding hitter in the DH spot on a full time basis without losing a position bat. (i.e. when A-Rod was at DH you got Peña’s terrible bat in the lineup)

    Unfortunately, having to accommodate aging icons with long-term contracts, the Yankees don’t seem to have a choice.

  76. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Cashman has not gone on the record regarding the DH in 2011.

    From Pete Caldera on Friday:

    “Though Jorge Posada is largely viewed as the primary DH for next season, Cashman will discuss that position with ownership first.

    “I certainly have my personal preference,” he said, without divulging it”.

  77. Cashmoney October 31st, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Aldo, I must have missed cashman’s hint somewhere.

    WC, you can accommodate aging stars by giving the rest they need on the bench if you have a reliable force in the DH spot. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive IMO, but rather accommodating to each other.

  78. West Coast Yankee Fan October 31st, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    You’re right Cashmoney, the sharing situation can work. It’s just not my personal preference for the reason I gave earlier. When you DH A-Rod and Posada for example, you are stuck with their replacement’s sub-par bats in the lineup.

    By the way, Cashman’s position does not exist publicly, as evidenced by his quote that Pete Caldera reported on Friday.


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