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Baseball America announces Top 10 Yankees prospects

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Baseball America was scheduled to release its Yankees Top 10 prospects today, but the schedule changed and the list will now hit the website next week. Given the Daily News report about Jesus Montero, though, today actually seems to be the perfect day for the Yankees Top 10.

The good news is, the list is already out in print editions and it’s hitting the web. I first saw it on the Trenton blog run by Josh Norris. I’ll be sure to link to Baseball America when their scouting reports go live. For now, here are the names that make up the Yankees Top 10, beginning with the guy who might be starting at catcher next season.

ph_5249681. Jesus Montero
2. Gary Sanchez
3. Dellin Betances
4. Manny Banuelos
5. Andrew Brackman
6. Austin Romine
7. Hector Noesi
8. Eduardo Nunez
9. Slade Heathcott
10. Brandon Laird

ph_476454Montero is the clear No. 1. His bat is one of the best in minor league baseball, and it should play at the Major League level regardless of his glove.

Nos. 2 through 6 are probably easy choices, though the order might change depending on the person doing the ranking. I probably would have ranked Banuelos second, but that’s extreme nitpicking.

In an organization so rich in upper-level pitching, I agree with Donnie Collins that it’s interesting — though not right or wrong — that Noesi got a Top 10 spot ahead of guys like David Phelps or Adam Warren or even Graham Stoneburner. Again, not saying I disagree, I just find it interesting that Baseball America values him at the top of that second tier of organizational pitching prospects.

Nunez proved 2009 wasn’t a fluke, and that moved him into the Top 10. Heathcott’s performance was shaky this season, but his talent kept him in the Top 10. Rounding out the list is Laird, who didn’t even crack Baseball America’s Top 30 last season. Says a lot about how far he’s climbed in the eyes of scouts and front-office types. When a player keeps hitting in the upper levels, the rest of baseball pays attention.

Those are headshots of Montero and Betances

 
 

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76 Responses to “Baseball America announces Top 10 Yankees prospects”

  1. LGY November 5th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Using an option is not the same as leaving someone unprotected.

    Hughes was optioned to the minors.

  2. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    NYYs aren’t putting an $8l-10 mil a year bench together to start the season, especially with Lee getting signed. Whatever’s is needed will be poured into a more important area…the bullpen.
    ———————————-

    Where do you get $8 – $10 mil?

    Last year the Yankees opened with Thames, Winn, Cervelli and Pena – that bench cost them what – 3 mil?

    This year’s bench will be configured much the same.

    Nunez and Cervelli make a combined 1 mil
    Thames will make at most 1 mil
    and another veteran player – Hinkse, Hairston, Hall – whomever – will come in at 1 mil to 1.5 mil

  3. tom tresh 15 November 5th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    GB7,

    Hope all is well there. On the Clyde King post. Back in the summer I watched Charleston one weekend. Rob Lyerly’s family was there. Turns out Rob was related to Clyde. I think it was his Aunt telling me she had some balls signed by Mantle.

    My point being Lyerly has some baseball genes in his blood

  4. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I have no issues with the Top 10 list – the only thing I would caution people is that when Baseball America says that Gary Sanchez has a higher ceiling than everyone, including Montero, that doesn’t mean he’s ever going to reach it.

    A few years ago they said that Christian Garcia had a higher ceiling than Phil Hughes.

  5. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Not sure that I’d be putting a first year Low a player on that list ahead of Phelps. Noesi over Nova was a good choice, though.

    Next year, or by mid year, I think Lyerly moves into the top 10. I still think that Daniel Brewer is a player to watch this coming year.

  6. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    Dassit November 5th, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    Cervelli was never left unprotected. Signed in 2003, added to the 40-man roster after the 2007 season to protect him from the Rule V draft.

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    and they’ve used two options when sending him back to the minors.
    ————————

    That’s not the same as leaving him unprotected.

  7. 108 stitches November 5th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    That list is just about right and bodes well for the future. No real surprises but would like to see Slade Heathcott have a healthy and productive year at High A Tampa.
    Any team would drool over the young Yankee pitching and catching.

  8. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    TT, Lyerly is going to be a masher this coming season. The power will be there. Only wish that his glove caches up to him. Did you get a chance to see Murphy and Deangelo Mack? Mack has tools, but, something’s missing.

  9. tom tresh 15 November 5th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    GB, I did see Murphy but not Mack.
    I enjoy watching the Charleston Club, Just wish they came to Kannapolis more often.

    The thing about Kannapolis was when NYY’s left Greensboro They could have come there but the owner opted for the White Sox because he had some ties to Charlotte

  10. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    On a slightly unrelated note:

    I’m curious if Marcos Vechionacci’s season was a fluke or him finally putting some things together.

    A switch hitter who can play a few positions and bring a little pop would be nice to have in the system if he can progress. He’s certainly still young enough (just seems old since he’s been in the system so long)

  11. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    TT, Charleston’s a great place to watch a game for a Low A league. Love that place. There’s an old guy that has season tickets in savannah that I sit and talk with. He been going to that park since the early 50s. He tells stories about Mantle playing there when NY would take the train up the Eastern seaboard before starting the season. He was going nuts when Monyero launched a couple into the pines beyond left center. He said that only Mantle had reached that spot in 60 years.

  12. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    From River Avenue Blues:

    GB7 and others familiar with our prospects.

    Do you agree with the assessments they made of the top 10?

    1.Jesus Montero, C: “may be the best all-around hitter in the minors, capable of hitting .300 with 30-plus homers annually … best-case scenario is that he develops into the second coming of Mike Piazza”
    2.Gary Sanchez, C: “has a higher ceiling than anyone in the organization, including Jesus Montero”
    3.Dellin Betances, RHP: “If Betances can build on the progress he made last season, he’ll be a frontline starter for New York … he still could wind up in the mix to eventually replace Mariano Rivera“
    4.Manny Banuelos, LHP: “has the poise to move quickly, and now he has frontline stuff”
    5.Andrew Brackman, RHP: “For some scouts, Brackman’s whole is less than the sum of his parts, earning comparisons to A.J. Burnett and Kyle Farnsworth”
    6.Austin Romine, C: “Montero has more star potential with his bat, Romine is a more well-rounded player … may become trade bait”
    7.Hector Noesi, RHP: “lacks the breaking ball to pitch near the front of a rotation, but his fastball command should allow him to be a No. 4 or 5 starter”
    8.Eduardo Nunez, SS: “Yankees see him in the Chone Figgins mold as a utility player”
    9.Slade Heathcott, CF: “physically resembles Brett Gardner and has some similarities to New York’s left fielder, but Heathcott should develop more power and has a stronger arm”
    10.Brandon Laird, 3B: “profiles as a third baseman in the Kevin Kouzmanoff mode … could become trade fodder”

  13. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    TT,

    I’ve really been surprised that the Yankees are so well liked in Charleston. great fans there. It makes it pretty easy for me to get from Savannah to Charleston. It’s a 100 mile drive, but, we usually take a friend’s boat up the coast and dock it on the river. Only about 30 miles that way. his son used to intern for GMs during the summer. His job was to chauffer GMs around, be a gofer and his biggest job was going to the airport on OTD and squire DiMaggio, Mantle and the other legends around, keeping the pests away. That is a great job to have. I’d do that for nothing…hell, I’d pay them for the job.

  14. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Trader, pretty much agree except for adding Heathcott right now. I think that I would have added Phelps instead.

  15. ansky November 5th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I got to watch all of montero’s season with the RiverDogs, along with romine and betances(great team that year) and it is a solid minors experience at the Joe. Good staff, great fun place for a ballgame.

  16. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Vineyard Yankee November 5th, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Rosy:

    Howdy, how are you today ? Without accessing your link whats up with Wetteland ?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    VY ~
    Sorry, was in a meeting….
    Wette wasn’t retained on the M’s coaching staff – he’ll be missed (IMO)

  17. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    10.Brandon Laird, 3B: “profiles as a third baseman in the Kevin Kouzmanoff mode

    Do you agree with that assessment?

  18. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    5.Andrew Brackman, RHP: “For some scouts, Brackman’s whole is less than the sum of his parts, earning comparisons to A.J. Burnett and Kyle Farnsworth”

    Meant to add this one also. Do you agree?

  19. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    No one has any thoughts for me on Chambliss?
    _____________________________________

    CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    Hi Yankee fans ~

    Question for you ?.
    What do you think of Chris Chambliss as a hitting coach? M?s just hired him?

    http://tinyurl.com/36859nv

    Obviously, it takes talent first and foremost which, aside from Ichiro, has been sorely lacking at the plate in Seattle. But, if he?s a strong teacher/leader, maybe it?s a start?

    Also, will miss Wette ?
    he was fun and kooky and his bp guys would follow him to war.

  20. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    That ’08 Charleston team had everything a team could want except for defense. Laird was on that team and Wilken De La Rosa was getting his first starts and really pitched great I thought NYY really had their next outstanding left hander. He just never stayed healthy. Jonathan Ortiz closed and was as reliable as Mariano Rivera. He just never missed. add hughes’ 2 starts there and a myth was dispelled that Pavano was dead. He actually pitched there.

  21. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    CompassRosy-

    Dug this up about Chambliss, but can’t remember if he was highly regarded as a hitting coach.

    Chambliss was also a hitting coach with the Yankees, and has the distinction of being one of two men who have worn a Yankee uniform (player or coach) during each of the Yankees’ last six World Series Championship seasons prior to 2009 (1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000) — the other is former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph. He was also the hitting coach for the New York Mets.

  22. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Speaking of prospects, should be fun to see the rising stars as the east meets the west tomorrow…

    http://tinyurl.com/2udwtoj

  23. Jerkface November 5th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Cervelli was signed in 03 but only in the organization since 05, he never had to be protected from the rule 5, and while players who are ‘Optioned’ can technically be picked up, there is a gentleman’s agreement not to do it because it’d ruin it for everybody.

    Just a weird ill informed way to make a point.

  24. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks, YT.

    ‘t will be interesting as the M’s turnover a new leaf … once again ;)

    off to another meeting…

  25. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Laird/Kouzmanoff? Maybe, though Laird has more power and better average. actually, Laird’s minor league numbers mirror Graig Nettles first years as does his fielding.

    http://www.baseball-reference......ttle001gra

    As far as brackman? He really blossomed when they put him in the pen. Quit allowing homers, fastball improved and he didn’t walk anyone. I always thought he could be Rich Goassage. Pure intimidation.

  26. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    GB7-

    I’d take another Graig Nettles, my favorite fielding 3rd baseman AFTER Clete Boyer.

    Ryan Duren as alltime Yankee intimidator!

    Thanks for your feedback as it’s always interesting.

  27. hardwired7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    there are no better words to hear when describing a power-hitting prospect than: “he barrels it up.”

    that’s the one consistent phrase that scouts and sports writers seem to use describing Montero at the plate — along with the words ‘uncanny ability’.

    he obviously has the right combination of approach, swing and eye-hand ability to be successful, and being monster-sized doesn’t hurt.

  28. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Maybe Chambliss can bring the full talents of Franklin Gutierrez around, he’ll earn his pay. getting Branyon’s swing only slightly better will help, too. Chambliss was a fine hitting instructor. smart baseball man.

  29. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Rich “Goassage”

    BTW- How did his last neme get by the censors? Go *** Age.

  30. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Trader, I’d never say that a player is another…..but, thought the comparisons in numbers were amazingly similar and worth noting.

  31. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    Rich “Goassage”

    BTW- How did his last neme get by the censors? Go *** Age.

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    Probably because my lack of errors in the rest of the post sent the computers into shock and couldn’t respond.

  32. hornblower November 5th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Brackman would be large coming out of the pen for a year a la Phil Hughes.
    I saw Banuelos pitch this year. He will be fine but at 20 he needs more time.
    Betances could be the best. His biggest weakness is his fielding. He is in Arizona working on it but not pitching.

  33. kd November 5th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    could brackman be in the yankee pen by june?

  34. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Montero on the roster, if it happens, is all about getting his bat into the lineup and allowing Jorge to “mentor” him for the year behind the plate. Whether or not Jorge will be happy to do that, I’m not sure–he has been prickly about losing playing time in the past. It also prevents the need to go after Werth or Crawford because you have a cheaper, cost controlled alternative who may be as good with the bat. Which in the end means it’s all about freeing up money to give to Cliffy.

  35. Jerkface November 5th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Brackman is the right sort to go to the pen as his first taste, because of his control issues.

  36. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Ryan Duran? That guy even scared the fans behind the backstop. The fact that he threw hard, had vision problems an was one of Mantle’s drinking buddies couldn’t have made it a comfortable at bat. I imagine a lot of headaches came up suddenly. The scariest of all before Gossage, though had to be Rick Radatz.

    Strangely, I couldn’t get Radatz’ first name in past the censors.

  37. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Posada said last year that 2010 would be his last year as a full time catcher and he was ready to DH and had no problems with it..

  38. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Also, if Montero makes the squad and produces, Romine or Sanchez will more quickly become trade bait for an in-season move next year for a siginifcant player.

  39. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    GB-

    Hadn’t realized he said that. Even more reason to bring Jesus up now.

  40. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Brackman has beaten the control issues. 39 walks in 140 innings. He’s also beaten the home run bug.

  41. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I think that Posada’s shoulder and knees have been aching for a couple of years and he knew that the time was coming. That’s why I think that 2011 is his last year. He’s pretty beaten up.

  42. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I think with Laird his best comperable would be Eric Hinske – at the very least that’s how he’s going to have to play if he wants to crack the Yankees.

  43. Wave Your Hat November 5th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Brackman did walk 30 in 80 innings at Trenton, although he did keep the ball in the park. Trenton is a pitcher’s park however.

  44. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    GB-

    I agree–there is no way he will be getting another contract from the Yankees, so I also believe it to be Jorge’s last year. Hopefully he gets some big hits and goes out a winner, because he deserves it. The Yankees have been lucky to have a bat of his caliber at C for so may years, his defensive lapses aside. And no one can ever question his desire to win.

  45. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 November 5th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20.....ith-derek/

    A great article on derek. Oh and apparently jeter and tino used to battle eachother playing connect 4. Awesome :)

  46. Eroc November 5th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Something has to be done about the AL East. There are way too many smart guys in the room.

    Did you see what the Blue Jays did yesterday? They traded a PTBNL to Colorado for catcher Miguel Olivo then almost immediately declined his option and paid his $500,000 buyout.

    Their plan is to apparently offer him arbitration, which he will decline, then take the supplemental first-round draft choice as compensation as Olivo will be a Type B free agent.

    Basically, the Blue Jays are paying $500,000 a draft pick that will probably fall in the No. 45 range.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....buy_a.html

  47. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Romine might go in a trade, but, not sanchez. Murphy is also a catcher, but, there’s “talk” about a position switch or at least multiple positions.

  48. Wave Your Hat November 5th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Laird lost his bat in Scranton, though, going .246/.268/.344/.612 in 127 PAs. He needs more time in AAA so he can show something.

  49. 108 stitches November 5th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Chamberlain has to know he’ll be dangled as trade bait during the winter meetings in December. This could open the bullpen door for Andrew Brackman if he impresses in spring training.

  50. BIG AL November 5th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    GB7 -

    I saw Gossage pitch in The Legends game, between the Yankees & Red Sox old timers, in SWB in 2008. Goose pitched all 6 innings, and threw at a steady 88 MPH. This guy is still in great shape. I got his game worn jersy, signed by Goose, quite a thrill.

  51. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    GB…..It’s real seldom nowadays that Mike Lupica writes a decent to good column about the Bombers….However he delivers a good one in today’s Daily News……

  52. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Pat-

    Another Arod bashing is a decent column? Lupica will always have a problem with the Yankees spending habits. Even if his points about Jeter are correct.

  53. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    To further expand on my comment, Lupica was a guest on Kay’s radio show yesterday. He basically said that he believed Hank’s desire to throw money at A-rod screwed up Cashman’s long-term plan to get the Yankees younger and more cost controlled.

  54. Carl November 5th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    # TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    To further expand on my comment, Lupica was a guest on Kay’s radio show yesterday. He basically said that he believed Hank’s desire to throw money at A-rod screwed up Cashman’s long-term plan to get the Yankees younger and more cost controlled.

    But Cashman went out and threw money at CC/Tex/AJ and wants Cliff Lee.

    That doesn’t say cost controlled to me.

  55. I Like Inge November 5th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    That A-Rod contract killed them in 2009, especially in October.

  56. I Like Inge November 5th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Lupica was probably in a coma in 2009 or writing one of his lame books.

  57. Carl November 5th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    If Cashman wanted to get younger and be cost controlled,

    AJax would have been in center.

    Kennedy, Joba, and Hughes would have been in the rotation.

  58. Joe from Long Island November 5th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Why does anyone care what Mike Lupica thinks? Personally, I’m capable of independent thought.

  59. Chip November 5th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Romine could also be moved out from behind the plate to the mound – he was a pitcher with a fastball in the mid 90s when drafted.

  60. TheStraw November 5th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I was just pointing out that no column he writes about the Yankees can be “decent”, as Pat M claimed today’s was. Lupica is an insufferable jealous troll who envies anyone with money or success.

    On top of that, his writing style is like that of a ninth-grader.

  61. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    GB…It’s a good read, that’s all I’m saying…..Man tough neighborhood…

  62. Wave Your Hat November 5th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Whaddayamean it’s a tough neighborhood? :;

  63. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Straw….Also what he conveyed yesterday about Alex’s contract is right, and further more, before Alex’s post season heroics in 09, there were very few here who supported # 13…..In fact you could have counted them on both hands…….I know this to be true because I got my tail handed to me for sticking with him……Much like it was with Phillip Hughes before it became fashionable to desire his baseball card as it is currently here now……..Besides I sent the Lupica thing to GB with the anticipation of this crap……Next time you decide to piss up an elevator shaft let me know so I can get out of the way…….Honestly

  64. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Pat, I hadn’t read it. I’ll pull it up on your say-so. There isn’t many of the NY writers that i ever bother with unless somebody that I respect suggests it. If Randy had made the suggestion, I’d run away. Just can’t trust a guy that goes trick-or-treating that was born in the 1940′s…BCE. Thanks for the head up, Bud.

  65. blake November 5th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Looyca was on Kays show for an hour yesterday. Kay asked him what he thought of the YES broadcasts and his quote was ” you know, I really don’t watch many baseball games”…..it was funny stuff.

  66. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Where’s Murphydog when you need him ?

    Nothing quite like his Loopyca rants. They should be syndicated.

    Personally, I could care less what he or any of he talking heads have to say.

    Maybe, if they tried to act more like Jack Webb than Jerry Springer.

    That ain’t happening.

  67. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Maybe Chambliss can bring the full talents of Franklin Gutierrez around, he?ll earn his pay. getting Branyon?s swing only slightly better will help, too. Chambliss was a fine hitting instructor. smart baseball man.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    GB ~

    Yeah, after a semi-breakout season in 09, Guti sort of dropped off the map last year offensively. Due to his back, don’t know if Branyan will be back.

    But, hopefully Chambliss can make some progress with the likes of Moore, Smoak and Saunders. Based on his AFL peformance thus far, doesn’t seem like Ackley needs a whole lotta coaching ;) but, obviously there will be a HUGE adjustment from AAA to the bigs.

    Speaking of Ackley, can’t wait to watch the Rising Stars game tomorrow!

  68. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    MTU…..You should have read the guys I grew up reading who covered the NYC sports scene….Young, Gene Ward, Jimmy Breslin, Red Smith, Phil Pepe, even Howard Cosell……Lupica is quite mellow compared to those guys….I had to omit Young’s first nems due to cenorship restrictions here….

  69. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Rosy-

    I’m just curious.

    What is the mood of Seattle fans towards Jack Z’s turning down Montero, etc. for Lee ?

    Did they think that was a smart move ?

  70. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Pat M-

    Then you really must have had a strong stomach and/or a really good sense of humor, or both.

  71. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Pat M., thanks for the notice on the article. Not bad by his standards except for yammering on about money. he was pretty complimentary about Hughes….much more than some of the crap said on here. The only thing that he and every other whining media type fails to remember is that the Yankees spent as much money over the years keeping their own players as buying others because of their talent levels. Nothing ever mentioned about the early years when the Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Giants and Rangers were spending more on FAs and other salaries than the Yankees.

  72. BIG AL November 5th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Crazy blog – When you try and post with the old, now past, NY sports writers first name D. Young, it gets blocked.

    Pat M. -

    D. Young was a customer of my business in NJ, and he was quite a guy, always looking under every rock for a new story line.

    I managed sand lot ball for 21 years, and when I was looking to get some good press for one of my players, to get them into college, or a look by some scouts, I’d feed him some good, but true info, and he’d print. I think he knew what I was doing, but was OK with it.

  73. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Pat M., that list of “writers” left off some of the worst…Henry Hecht and Jimmy Cannon.

    Some of the best were guys like Joe Falls in Detroit, Furman Bisher in atlanta and Jerome holtzman in Chicago.

    Fortunately, NY hasn’t produced a Dave Egan of Boston, yet, but those you named came close.

  74. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    GB…I’m glad that you filled in the blanks for me….I remember the days when The Sporting News was the only baseball you could get in the offseason…..All the great writers from across the country would write about their ballclubs, which exposed you to some great sports writers…….Joe Falls was great…..

  75. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Pat M.,

    Loved Joe Falls writing. A Tiger through and through, but really fair…as fair as any local writer could be towards the other teams.

    another couple of great writer was Jim Murray and shirley Povich.

    Yeah, I was an addicted reader of the sporting news. A lot of years, though, I only got the 2 month old issues. The postman could never locate our camps.

  76. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    MTU November 5th, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    Rosy-

    I?m just curious.

    What is the mood of Seattle fans towards Jack Z?s turning down Montero, etc. for Lee ?

    Did they think that was a smart move ?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    MTU ~
    Well, I can’t speak for all M’s fans and I’m sure, as with anything, opinions varied. In the circles I hang, most seemed willing to trust Jack’s judgement with his history of talent evaluation.

    From the sounds of things around here lately, the talk of Montero being up in 2011, we might be able to “compare” sooner rather than later. Granted, Smoak in Seattle and Montero in NY isn’t exactly apples to apples ;-) And, in any event, the more apt comparison will be between the players the M’s gave up to get Lee vs. those who they ended up with when they traded him.


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