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Looking back at last year’s Top 30 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

Let’s go heavy on prospects today, shall we? This is Baseball America’s Top 30 Yankees prospects heading into this season, listed with each player’s rank at the beginning of the season and the level where he finished the season.

ph_524968No. 1 Jesus Montero
Triple-A catcher
After a rocky start to the season, Montero turned things around in the second half and could fight for a big league job in spring training. He remains one of the elite prospects in baseball, with the only significant questions being where he’ll play in the field.

No. 2 Austin Romine
Double-A catcher
Romine dropped to sixth in this year’s rankings, but I’m not sure his ceiling or expectations have fallen. He had a kind of Derek Jeter-type season, starting strong and finishing strong, with three rough months in the middle. He’s in the Arizona Fall League now, and it’s easy to forget that he hasn’t turned 22 yet. Still very highly regarded, but he was passed on Baseball America’s list by young players and injured players whose stock soared after strong seasons.

ph_527055No. 3 Arodys Vizcaino
Traded to the Braves
The big prospect in The Boone Logan Trade had a 2.74 ERA between two Class-A levels this season, but he was shutdown with an elbow injury.

No. 4 Slade Heathcott
Low-A center fielder
Got to Charleston at the start of June, and he might have lost a little ground in the prospect standings — he hit .258 with 101 strikeouts — but it’s hard to read too much into a 19-year-old’s first season of pro ball. He still in Baseball America’s Top 10 for the orgnization.

No. 5  Zach McAllister
Traded to Cleveland
This was the cost for two months of Austin Kearns. Had he stuck around, McAllister probably would have fallen out of the Top 10 after a 5.09 ERA in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was certainly overshadowed by several other upper-level pitchers.

ph_544365No. 6 Manny Banuelos
Double-A left-handed starter
After a healthy second half that took him from High-A to Double-A, Banuelos is living up to expectations. Building up his workload seems to be the next step in his development. He’s in the Arizona Fall League right now and could pitch himself to the cusp of the big leagues next season. At 19 years old, he’s the youngest of the Yankees Killer B pitching prospects.

No. 7 Gary Sanchez
Short-season catcher
He’s been compared to Montero, except with more defensive tools. That’s why he moved all the way to No. 2 on this year’s Baseball America list. There is a ton of talent, but also a long way to go.

ph_571974No. 8 J.R. Murphy
Low-A catcher
In so many ways, Murphy is “the other” catching prospect in the Yankees system. He’s only 19 years old — one year older than Sanchez — and he already held his own in Charleston. The power started to show in the second half.

No. 9 Jeremy Bleich
Injured Double-A left-handed starter
Stock took a hit because of shoulder surgery. He made only eight starts for Trenton. Hard to learn much about him from this season.

ph_457581No. 10 Andrew Brackman
Double-A right-handed starter
This season might have been the best-case scenario for Brackman, the towering right-hander who had Tommy John surgery before throwing a single professional pitch. Brackman has always been a high-end talent, but he lived up to those expectations with a healthy and much-improved second season.

No. 11 Bryan Mitchell
Short-season right-handed starter
Opened in extended spring training, then pitched in the Gulf Coast League and got up to Staten Island in September.  Still young, and Rookie Ball opponents hit .190 against him. Obvious potential. Obviously young.

No. 12 Mike Dunn
Traded to Atlanta
Another part of The Boone Logan Trade, he pitched his way to Atlanta but the Yankees might have gotten the better of the two young lefties in that trade.

ph_543377No. 13 Corban Joseph
Double-A second baseman
Terrific numbers in Tampa sparked a second-half call-up to Trenton, where Joseph struggled with his first taste of upper-level pitching. Could play second or third base. Nothing especially flashy, but he lived up to expectation and might have exceeded it with his promotion.

No. 14 Eduardo Nunez
Major League shortstop
Nunez had to prove that 2009 was not a fluke, and he did just that with a terrific Triple-A season that ended with a call-up to New York and a late spot on the postseason roster.  He hit .289 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also showed an improved glove. That combination pushed him into the Yankees Top 10.

No. 15 Mark Melancon
Traded to Houston
Sent to the Astros in the Lance Berkman deal, Melancon simply never made that final step with the Yankees. He pitched pretty well in 20 appearances for the Astros.

ph_467100No. 16 Ivan Nova
Major League right-handed starter
The Yankees always liked Nova’s potential, but he developed slowly until a strong 2009 season that landed him a spot on the 40-man. Now he’s a candidate for a spot in the back of the big league rotation. He’s the most advanced of the Yankees many upper-level pitching prospects.

No. 17 D.J. Mitchell
Triple-A right-handed starter
Moved into the Yankees Top 20 prospects, then got an invitation to big league camp, then pitched his way from Double-A to Triple-A. He generated better than a 2-to-1 ground out to fly out ratio in Double-A, then had a 3.57 ERA in three Triple-A starts. Overshadowed by some teammates, but he had a very nice season.

No. 18 Melky Mesa
High-A center fielder
He obviously did something right because now he’s on the 40-man roster. The MVP of the Florida State League has legitimate power and speed, but he also strikes out a ton and this year’s .260 average was actually his career-high. A complete wild card in this system.

ph_527037No. 19 Kelvin DeLeon
Short-season right fielder
Stock might have slipped through a .236 average with six home runs and 80 strikeouts. Just turned 20, so there’s plenty of room to grow, but also a long way to go.

No. 20 Jose Ramirez
Low-A right-handed starter
A good arm lurking in the lower-levels of the Yankees minor league system, he had a  3.60 ERA with 105 strikeouts in Charleston this season. For now, he exists in the shadows of the pitchers ahead of him, but he’s certainly not an unknown. He’s a legitimate prospect in his own right.

ph_572170No. 21 Graham Stoneburner
High-A right-handed starter
Leading into this season, Stoneburner was a favorite among writers and bloggers who closely follow the Yankees minor league system. He proved those believers right with a 2.41 ERA between Charleston and Tampa. He could be one of the fastest-rising stars in the organization, and there is considerable speculation that he could eventually end up in the bullpen, making ascent even faster.

No. 22 David Adams
Injured Double-A second baseman
Off to a .309 start in Trenton, Adams’ season was cut short by an ankle injury that cost him the bulk of the year and might have cost the Yankees a shot at Cliff Lee. I tend to lump Adams and Joseph together as Double-A guys able to play second or third. He seemed to be showing a lot this season, but it’s hard to make much of 39 games.

No. 23 Caleb Cotham
Cotham should have been in Charleston, but a pair of surgeries left him unable to pitch in an actual game this season. He has only eight professional innings to his name.

ph_456051No. 24. Hector Noesi
Triple-A right-handed starter
Noesi had pitched only nine games above Low A when the Yankees put him on the 40-man roster this season. That said a lot about their expectations, and Noesi lived up them with a season that catapulted him into Baseball America’s Top 10. From High-A to Double-A to Triple-A, he could be next year’s Ivan Nova.

No. 25 David Phelps
Triple-A right-handed starter
There’s a common theme among most of these back-end starting pitchers: Except the injured Cotham, they were all outstanding. This was Phelps’ second full season, and he finished it with a 3.07 ERA in 12 Triple-A outings.

ph_476589No. 26 Adam Warren
Double-A right-handed starter
Kind of like a one-year-younger version of Phelps, Warren had a 3.15 ERA in 10 Double-A starts after opening the year with a 2.22 in Tampa. The upper-level pitching depth in this system is incredible, as evidenced by the fact neither Phelps nor Warren deserved a spot among the Yankees Top 10 prospects.

No. 27 Kevin Russo
Major League utility
Russo’s value is in his ability to do a lot of things well. He served that role perfectly  as a call-up who shifted to left-field when the Yankees were searching for outfield help. Nothing flashy, but when he was getting regular at-bats, he was contributing. He could easily play that same role next season.

ph_476454No. 28 Dellin Betances
Double-A right-handed starter
This is the biggest leap of the bunch, and his jump into the Top 10 had as much to do with his health as his performance. Betances has always been a premier talent, but this year he got healthy and stayed healthy through a dominant second half. Expectations are sky
high again. He just has to stay off the disabled list this time.

No. 29 Jairo Heredia
High-A right-handed starter
Kind of like Nova in 2008 and Noesi in 2009, the Yankees have to decide whether to protect Heredia from the Rule 5 or take their chances that an unproven but talented young pitcher will sneak through. Heredia just turned 21, but he pitched just six times above Low A this season. Opponents there hit .359 against him.

No. 30 Jamie Hoffmann
Rule 5 pick sent back to Dodgers
The Yankees were clearly never planning to bring back Brian Bruney this offseason, so they traded him away for the right to draft Hoffmann. He hung around spring training for a while, but was ultimately sent back to the Dodgers. He hit .310 with eight home runs, 17 steals and 36 doubles in Triple-A.





61 Responses to “Looking back at last year’s Top 30 Yankees prospects”

  1. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:01 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.

    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.

  2. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Chad, over the next week or so, can you do a Top 30 with your reasons for the selections for 2011? It would be good to see somebody’s choice besides the folks on here. Maybe a joint project between you and Sam.

  3. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:07 pm


    Good evening. Did you say Brackman was in the pen, or am I making that up? If he’s in the pen, do you see him starting at the big club?

  4. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:10 pm


    You saying my choices aren’t good enough? Oh wait… I haven’t made any, never mind. :smile: How are you tonight?

  5. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:14 pm


    Where would you slot Lyerly and Brewer ?

  6. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    GB….That’s what the Sporting News so great, you were able to read all these great writers from across the country who wrote every week about their ballclubs……Joe Falls I remember so well…..Back then, I couldn’t wait until the Sporting News arrived in my mailbox during the winter months….It was our only source of baseball back then…Then Street & Smith in February

  7. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    afternoon, KPB. No, it’s only my opinion to put Brackman in the pen. NYY has a lot of really fine young starters, but are short on bullpenners.

  8. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    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…..


    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. Yeah and smith and streets was a must, as well as Who’s Who In Baseball every year.

  9. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:20 pm


    Thought of you today while “sweeping” the house. How’s it going buddy?

  10. GreenBeret7 November 5th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    MTU, hard to make Lyerly above #25 until at least next year because he’s still at Low A ball until next year. Brewer at maybe #17 to #20. I just really like his bat, versatility and speed/power potential.

  11. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:24 pm


    “Thought of you today while “sweeping” the house.”

    Hey, at least you weren’t on the bowl.

    I’m still crazy after all these years.

    You ? Cleanin’ up the hut after your trip ?

  12. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:25 pm


    I know you’re high on both so I was curious. thanks.


  13. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    GB…..I’m starting to feel old ……..I’d have to say considering your occupation and location back then, I’m surprised that there was only a 2 month delay……Yanks should just extend Derek’s contract for 3 more years and move on…..I do think think with all the media coverage it gets gone my next week…….

  14. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:30 pm


    still crazy after all these years.
    You ought to make a song about that. I bet it’d be popular. :smile:

    Cleanin’ up the hut after your trip ?
    Yup. It’s amazing how dirt and dust can pile up, even with no one home.

  15. YankFanCA November 5th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Separate topic: A lot of folks here question whether the Giants can repeat. That’s fair and all well and good. However, consider this from SI:

    While each of their 4 superb young starters exceeded career highs for innings, they combined to go 22-8 with a 2.02 ERA after Aug. 29, including the postseason.

    Not one Yankees starter even had a better second half of the season than they did the first. And even though the Giants’ offense is nowhere near as solid as the Yanks’, I would argue that Lincecum and Cain would be #1 and #2 in the Yankees’ rotation. Bumgarner and Sanchez would be #4 and #5.

  16. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:32 pm


    Meant to ask you. How old is your nephew ?

  17. Pat M. November 5th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    YankFanCa……Remember thsi post…..I say the Giants are a 50-50 shot to make the playoffs next October……That can change depending on what the Padres do with Bell and Gonzo

  18. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I knoow this has nothing to do with baseball but I just signed up for my last 4 classes in college and I’m ecstatic. The good thing is I’m taking monday and thursday night classes so by the time I get out of class and get to the minor league game, the gates will be open so I won’t have to pay.

  19. YankFanCA November 5th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    And a valuable post it is. It allows you to state you’re correct whether the Giants do or do not make the playoffs. Way to go out on a limb.

  20. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:38 pm


    17 and can be hard headed. 99.9% of the time he’s a good kid. Oddly enough I’m the only one that hasn’t had any trouble with him.

  21. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:40 pm


    Congrats! Is it the last 4, ever or for this semester?

  22. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:42 pm


    That’s the age of rebellion. It’s natural. At least he likes fishing. He can’t be all bad.

    Except that he doesn’t have a problem with you.


  23. blake November 5th, 2010 at 6:43 pm


    Que pasa mi amigo

  24. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 6:47 pm


    Except that he doesn’t have a problem with you.
    Money and fear can work wonders. He seeks money, and when I hesitate, he fears I won’t give it to him. :smile:

  25. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:48 pm


    I see the berlitz Spanish lessons are paying off.

    Manana esta mi cumpleanos.

    Tengo mucho anos. Pero, tengo Suenos que muy bueno.

    Y Tu ?

    I studied from the same book.


  26. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm


    It must be a Cajun thing. :)

  27. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm


    Its my last 4 actual classes. In the summer I will take one short online class and then in the fall I begin a semester long internship. I’m really looking forward to not sitting in a college class anymore.

  28. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:51 pm


    And we got our sweet revenge on “Glasses” in Tampa.


  29. blake November 5th, 2010 at 6:53 pm


    Cool….Feliz cumplianos!

  30. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 6:55 pm


    Gracias Sr. Dentista.


  31. CompassRosy November 5th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    MTU November 5th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    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.

  32. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 7:08 pm


    Thanks for your Take.

  33. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I was flipping through my phone pictures and found 2 pictures of the 2 best perks I got from the Tampa Yankees game this season.(ill post them in separate comments since it seems to only let me do one link at a time)

    and MTU

    Yes, it was great to see the Rays not make it past the ALDS with all their sh*t talking and thinking they were better than us because they won one more game. Hopefully the Yanks can dominate them next season especially on my birthday when I will be at the Trop hopefully sitting right by the Yankees dugout with my birthday sign.

  34. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 7:13 pm


    I don’t think you have to worry. ;)

  35. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    This is the second one. Manny Banuelos’ autograph. I also have Betances autograph but his is also on the lineup card at the very bottom.

  36. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:15 pm


    The Yankees game on my birthday was pretty awful this season. If I recall, it was the night that Jason Kubel hit a Grand Slam off of Mariano Rivera. Not good times.

  37. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 7:18 pm


    What i meant was that I don’t think you have to worry about the Rays, in general, next year.

    IMO, they’ll be weaker not stronger.

    Lee might be pitching on your birthday next year. ; )

  38. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 7:18 pm


    Since it will be your birthday, the Yanks will win. How can they not if you bring a sign? I’m glad they didn’t advance either because of their swollen heads. They were really starting to grate on my nerves. And good luck on the internship.

  39. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks KPB im glad because once they lost I didnt have to hear about them anymore which is always a good thing.

    and MTU, that would be great if Lee pitched on my birthday. This year I saw Vazquez, Sabathia and Nova. They were 2-1 in the games I went to so im sure they will do as well if not better next season.

  40. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 7:23 pm


    It must be a Cajun thing. :)

    You say this as if it’s a bad thing. Remember what you said, the only one can’t go down for the count. Unless it’s Dracula, in which case I crap myself and pass out. :smile:

  41. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 7:24 pm


    Next year the Yankees will make Maddon choke on his Geritol in the dugout.


  42. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    This year I saw Vazquez, Sabathia and Nova.

    Like they say, two out of three ain’t bad.

  43. yanksfan7788 November 5th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    so jeter is getting married this week….nice

  44. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:30 pm


    surprisingly the one game they lost was the one Sabathia started. It was the Lance Berkman at first base fiasco. That is why I was always against him getting any starts at 1st base regardless of how many years he played there or how good he has always been. Once youve been subject to that firsthand(we had seats right above 1st base) you dont ever want to relive that again.

    The other games I went to were the best. The first was when Cano hit the tie-breaking homer off Soriano in the top of the 9th and the last was the one that Posada hit the pinch hit ti breaking home run off the batters eye restaurant and Golson threw out Crawford at 3rd to end the game. It couldnt have asked for more from them.

  45. 108 stitches November 5th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Gone are the days when the Spink family of St. Louis owned and published The Sporting News which then was exclusively a baseball tabloid publication and loaded with information from the major leagues and complete box scores right down to the lowest classifications of the minor leagues.
    Featured articles by the above mentioned columnists were a must read.
    When the family sold the publication to (I believe the Scripps-Howard chain) it got cheapened with reduced features and adding other professional sports. That’s when I cancelled my subscription.
    Today you can read it in less than 15 minutes whereas when I was a kid it would take nearly a week to absorb the wealth of information it offered.

  46. MTU November 5th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Later gang.

  47. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 7:41 pm


    Sounds like you have a lot of fun. I envy you, because where I live there are no teams. If I was there I’d take lots of pictures and try to get as many autos as I could.

  48. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 7:48 pm


    I am lucky that I live where I do. I thank my grandparents for that and my parents for not moving. I am a second generation Floridian and both my parents were born in Tampa. I just really discovered the Tampa Yankees this season, Wish I had gone last season when Romine and Montero were both down here. Id love to have their autographs.
    I do try to take lots of pictures. I think this coming season I am going to do what I see this older guy doing. He takes pictures of the guys when they are playing, prints them out and then has them sign their pictures. The best thing about seeing the Tampa Yankees is I get to see how talented our lower level farm system is before everyone else does.

    If not for the Rays being in the AL East and playing the Yankees here a lot, Id say you could have them ;)

  49. Stoneburner November 5th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Could someone give me their impressions of Kahnle and Mullee – in particular – do you see them as future bright spots in the pen – sort of like David Robertson – though with bigger arms. Thanks.

  50. SAS November 5th, 2010 at 7:55 pm


    Congrats on your last 4 courses…maybe handwriting should be one of them…lol

  51. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    MlbTV predictions:

    Lee -Yankees 5/125M
    Werth-RedSox 5/70M
    Crawford-Giants 7/145M
    Beltre-Angels 3/40M
    Konerko-Diamondbacks 3/37M

    Greinke to Cardinals for Rasmus and PTBNL
    Jacoby Ellsbury Lars Anderson for Adrian Gonzalez
    Papelbon to Phillies for Polanco and prospect

    Jeter signs for 5 years at $1.00/year + 100% profit of all Jeter memoribilia sold! :)

  52. Stoneburner November 5th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    lol at the trade for Gonzales – Sox will need to trade much more than that

  53. Brian November 5th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    # 108 stitches November 5th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Gone are the days when the Spink family of St. Louis owned and published The Sporting News which then was exclusively a baseball tabloid publication and loaded with information from the major leagues and complete box scores right down to the lowest classifications of the minor leagues.
    Featured articles by the above mentioned columnists were a must read.
    When the family sold the publication to (I believe the Scripps-Howard chain) it got cheapened with reduced features and adding other professional sports. That’s when I cancelled my subscription.
    Today you can read it in less than 15 minutes whereas when I was a kid it would take nearly a week to absorb the wealth of information it offered.


    I was such a nerd, I used to read the paragraph or so they used to print above the box scores from each game that week. Only way to really learn what players were doing what.

    I also recall how they used to deliver it in the mail, this big, heavy stock paper, folded along a north/south axis, so it was this big narrow thing in the mailbox with a really hard crease down the center. Later on they changed to a soft east/west fold which I’m sure made handling it easier for delivery. It sure did for reading it.

    Years later, after I had been married and my children grown, I came across an offer for a free subscription to it. I had not taken it in decades. Well, after a few issues of the magazine format I canceled it, even though it was free.

    Now I like to read Baseball Digest. All features, and lots of stuff about old time players as well as the current ones. Unfortunately, they must be hitting hard times because a couple of years ago they decreased the number of issues they print each year. But it’s still fun to read, although nothing like the old Sporting News, where it was a challenge to get one completed before the next one arrived.

  54. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 8:06 pm


    Thanks, and I agree about handwriting. I am in a fifth grade class for my one day a week internship and I have to mark answers wrong because I cant read what the kids have written. and they’re in fifth grade! its crazy. Spelling is my pet peeve so ill probably focus on that more.

  55. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 8:08 pm


    If not for the Rays being in the AL East and playing the Yankees here a lot, Id say you could have them ;)
    Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll just stick to watching the Yanks on TV. Lot less sickness this way. :smile: Romine and Montero, along with Brackman I’ll be getting their autos soon. Since I can’t go to games, I purchase Yankees cards instead. I think the old guy is on the right track. I would value an autographed photo that I took more than what I’m doing now. Not only do you get the auto, but you get the memories that go along with it.

  56. KPB November 5th, 2010 at 8:10 pm


    Hello. How are you tonight? :smile:

  57. 108 stitches November 5th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Agree Brian. This was long before computers and other sources and it was a thrill to follow a player from Class D all the way to the big leagues with the complete box scores providing all you needed to know.
    Even the offseason was loaded with features about the season to come, what players were doing at home, and full spring training reports.

  58. tyanksfan36 November 5th, 2010 at 8:16 pm


    Yes, its hard to enjoy a game when everyone is cheering for the other team and when bandwagon fans try to tell you “their” team is better than yours.

    I have the 2008 and 2009 Tampa Yankees card sets. I dont know why I never bought the 2010 card set but Ill probably buy it next season. I like the idea of getting an autograph on a picture I took too because I know its really authentic and personal.

  59. Jerkface November 5th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Jacoby Ellsbury and Lars Anderson still have value?????

  60. Rich in NJ November 5th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    To their families, maybe…

  61. Lost November 5th, 2010 at 9:43 pm


    As I said yesterday, the yanks are going to give jeter a “Yankee Bonus!” look at it anyway you want, but they can afford it, he means a lot to the franchise and he has acted with the as much integrity and class than anybody..

    Don’t be surprised if the deal is done before the weekend.


    All Hal was saying was, “If you’re thinking Arod money, then you need to be realistic”. Who hasn’t been more of a “team player” then Derek?

    I’ll say it one more time in case it was missed last night.. Jete saying, “as long as I hit at the top of the line-up” was not a demand, it was a normal confident response and where he is comfortable.

    Yanks aren’t going to get hurt, both sides will be happy..

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