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Notes and links on a slow, slow day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I think we have an early leader for the slowest baseball news day of 2011. I used the complete inactivity to finalize the schedule for the Pinch Hitter series. I started the process by picking the submitted ideas that I felt positive would be included, but I ultimately had to trim even from that group. There were a lot of overlapping ideas, so I tried to eliminate any sort of repetition. All told, I was surprised at the number of really great suggestions.

I sent out the first wave of confirmation emails tonight, and I’ll be emailing more people in the next couple of days. Thanks again to everyone who submitted an idea. I picked some guest posts that I absolutely disagree with, but that’s kind of the point of this series: A new voice and new perspective never hurts.

As for some notes and links from today…

• Terribly sad story: The little girl killed by that crazed gunman in Arizona was the granddaughter of former Yankees manager Dallas Green.

• Very briefly a member of the Yankees organization, pitcher Shane Lindsay has signed a minor league deal with the White Sox. Brian Bruney previously signed a minor league deal with the White Sox.

• Interesting take in the Times about the Hall of Fame candidacy of Kevin Brown, who didn’t even get enough votes to stay on the ballot for a second year. The conclusion from Dan Rosenheck: “Kevin Brown isn’t an easy guy to feel sorry for. But he deserved much better than this.”

• Oops. The Matt Garza Era isn’t off to a great start for the Chicago Sun-Times.

• Looking for a big time trade, the place to look might be the NBA where the Nets are apparently on the verge of a three-team trade that will land them Carmello Anthony, Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups.

 
 

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128 Responses to “Notes and links on a slow, slow day”

  1. Dee January 9th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    “Notes and links on a slow, slow day”: at this point, we should replace the word day with “offseason”.

  2. SAS January 9th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Chad,

    As you know, we spend at least 6 months in AZ so the news of the shootings is The News here. It is sad that any 9 yr. old girl died or even the people in their 70′s of which there were several. A Federal Court Judge died, and the Congresswoman may live, but I have the feeling she will never be the same. I hope I am wrong.

    All I am trying to say is this lunatic touched many lives all of whom that family that loved them dearly.

  3. Doreen January 9th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Chad,

    I’m looking forward to the guest posts. Agree or disagree, they are a highlight during this time before pitchers and catchers report. I applaud all the brave souls who are putting themselves on the line! This is not an easy audience. :)

  4. tyanksfan36 January 9th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Austinmac

    I plan on posting pictures and videos of hitting/pitching from the games as well as if anyone wants me to watch someone in particular. I have a blog but its currently bare with just a recap of the NYY games I attended this past season. I am a really good procrastinator so ill probably update it often. Also thinking of creating a twitter just for game updates. Since I can’t afford mlb.tv this season ill probably spend more time watching the minor league team than the Major league one.

  5. Bo knows January 9th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    The question is – will Nick grace us with his unique take on the world again?

  6. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Doreen January 9th, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Chad,

    I’m looking forward to the guest posts. Agree or disagree, they are a highlight during this time before pitchers and catchers report. I applaud all the brave souls who are putting themselves on the line! This is not an easy audience.

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    If typing skills, spelling and sentence structure weren’t so important, I’d write something, but, Randy and Maine pick on me enough. No sense in giving them any extra ammo.

  7. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    found a good site on that old 1957 monterrey world series team. quite the history of baseball there.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/.....-Game.html

  8. YankeesNmore January 9th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    “Notes and links on a slow, slow day”
    ————————-///————————
    As if Brian Cashman knows any other kind?

    New GM please!

  9. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    “If typing skills, spelling and sentence structure weren’t so important, I’d write something, but, Randy and Maine pick on me enough. No sense in giving them any extra ammo.”

    plus it would take you forever doing stats in roman numerals with a hammer and chisel and then trying to figure out to scan them into the computer.

  10. Tar January 9th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    kyle

    Was that really necessary? That question was raised and answered a year ago. And if you still have a problem with it, why not go ask her. She is usually at RAB.

  11. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    tyanksfan36 January 9th, 2011 at 9:19 pm
    Austinmac

    I plan on posting pictures and videos of hitting/pitching from the games as well as if anyone wants me to watch someone in particular. I have a blog but its currently bare with just a recap of the NYY games I attended this past season. I am a really good procrastinator so ill probably update it often. Also thinking of creating a twitter just for game updates. Since I can’t afford mlb.tv this season ill probably spend more time watching the minor league team than the Major league one.

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    That sounds great, TY. I hope your video skills are better than mine. Perhaps you can pick one or two players a game to do videos on and add some speed/movement info on what you see. I wish that they’d have more radio feeds with the Tampa Yanks. Other interesting kids to watch are the Tampa Baby Yanks from the Gulf Coast League. Trouble is that they start at 11:00AM-12:00PM each day, but fun to watch.

  12. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Randy, I think so. can’t remember the details, though, one of the kids from that team did end up playing shortstop in the majors. Hector Torres. He was the winning pitcher in the final ’58 LLWS. Oddly, Monterrey was barred from competing because they had some players not from Monterrey, supposedly. I could have been because the Monterrey slum kids won in both 1957 and 1958.

    Randy, I’ll ignore your snarky little remark…because I cant think of anything right now.

  13. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    what a great story of the monterrey team :

    “Angel Macias, number 8, was 5 feet and 88 pounds, a rare ambidextrous player. This day, he decided to throw only right-handed. Lew Riley, his opponent on the mound, led off for La Mesa, drilling the first pitch down the first base line. “It was just foul by an inch,” recalls Riley, who now lives in Yorba Linda, California. “That was as close as we’d come to a hit.”

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/.....-Game.html

  14. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    From the 1958 Monterrey team, the ML record of Hector Torres.

    http://www.baseball-reference......he01.shtml

  15. austinmac January 9th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Tyanks,

    That will be great. Thanks.

  16. tyanksfan36 January 9th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    GB7

    I really wanted to see the GCL Yanks when Culver was with them but when I finally had the time to get down there he had already moved up.
    I hope my video taking skills are good too. I have a canon powershot SD 750 camera that I use. I can sit really close so hopefully they come out decent. Night games might be an issue but ill worry about that another time.
    One thing I’m going to try to be ambitious about is pitching. I was thinking about sitting by the guys with radar guns and record an at bat, the speed of the pitch and outcome of each pitch. Trouble is I don’t know what pitch is thrown. I might talk to my friends pitcher husband for tips.
    Ill take recommendations too.

  17. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The first Little Leaguer to play in the Major Leagues was Joey Jay, who played for the Braves in 1953 at age 17 and won the only game for Cincinnati in the 1961 WS.

    http://www.baseball-reference......jo01.shtml

  18. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    “The Monterrey players traveled by bus to New York to see a Dodgers game and go shopping with $40 each (given to them by Macy’s). Then, they made stops in Washington, D.C. to meet President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon before going on to celebrations in Mexico City. When they finally returned to Monterrey, they were met by hundreds of thousands in the streets.”

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/.....038;page=2
    photo of casey stengel and monterrey team

  19. austinmac January 9th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The NY Times has an article on a new Comedy Channel show parodying Sportscenter. Good target.

  20. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    TY, best of luck with your cam shots. your vids and reports will be interesting and fun to review, it will be most welcome to see and read them. Culver will be in Charleston this season, so, maybe you’ll get to see him late in the summer.

  21. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/.....World.html

    video of the monterrey kids.

    i’ll bet banuelos knows all about these kids.

    it’d be quite a continuation of that story if he won a final world series game for the yankees.

  22. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Randy, I’m really surprised that the monterrey kids were allowed to accept the gifts and shopping sprees, The US organizations would throw a fit about that now. Really riduculous that they were barred from the tournament in 1959.

  23. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    banuelos was born in monterrey too.

  24. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    randy, Ramiro Pena knows about that team also. he too is from Monterrey.

  25. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    That would be a really nice article to read about the hopes, dreams and heroes of the young players in the system.

  26. tyanksfan36 January 9th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    GB7

    I think it will be a fun hobby. Ill probably try to stick to the facts of the game as I am not a very good summarizer, I’m quite wordy. I really wish more people covered them because they’re a really good team, maybe when they move to Orlando someone will pick them up.

  27. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “Really riduculous that they were barred from the tournament in 1959.”

    gb7-

    i guess it was ” if you can’t beat em , ban em.”

    i must have been about eight or nine back then and i remember them .

    they were a big deal.

    that casey stencil photo is a great baseball photo. he was old as dirt then and they were all about 11-12 years old and about 4 feet tall and 80 pounds each
    i wonder if casey knew any spanish. that would have been some conversation.

  28. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    TY, you’ll do just fine. don’t be worried about “being wordy”. Do what i do…just give the play by play and add in a few words on the hit…pitches or the difficulty of the play. It really helps to get a clearer picture of the game, and your advantage will be your pix and videos. You’ll be great at it.

  29. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    “Really riduculous that they were barred from the tournament in 1959.”

    gb7-

    i guess it was ” if you can’t beat em , ban em.”

    i must have been about eight or nine back then and i remember them .

    they were a big deal.

    that casey stencil photo is a great baseball photo. he was old as dirt then and they were all about 11-12 years old and about 4 feet tall and 80 pounds each
    i wonder if casey knew any spanish. that would have been some conversation.

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    LMAO. Spanish? Casey barely knew English.

  30. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    “Ramiro Pena knows about that team also. he too is from Monterrey.”

    that’s right.

    i forgot about that.

    wasn’t there also a poster from from there who posted on lohud a while back that told us about the players back there in monterrey.

    i’m definitely going to follow the monterrey connection more closely from now on.

  31. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Randy, there is a poster, but, not sure what part of Mexico he’s from. Was his name Jorge?

  32. austinmac January 9th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I got a cool photo as a gift. A 1932 photo of the Babe at a UT exhibition game with a male cheerleader with megaphone.

  33. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I smell a rat in this attempted deal. Seattle knew something was up and they were attempting to run a scam.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    “The team had been exploring a trade of Aardsma last month, hoping to acquire talent while possibly freeing up more budget space. But that changed when Aardsma was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his hip and underwent surgery this week.

    Zduriencik said the surgery was more extensive than first expected and that Aardsma might not be ready for opening day. The team does have one-time closer League and hard-throwing youngsters Dan Cortes and Josh Lueke in the fold, but any hopes of dealing Aardsma before the season opens are all but gone.”

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....ari08.html

  34. Bo knows January 9th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    These hip tears are prime indicators.

  35. Nick in SF January 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    “The question is – will Nick grace us with his unique take on the world again?”

    Thanks for thinking of me. Unfortunately, my proposed essay — “Yankee hats on the Mexico City metro; a study of the interlocking NY in high altitude transit” — has been rejected.

  36. Nick in SF January 9th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    There is hope, however.

    My second proposal — Yogi the Baptist visits the baby Jesus Montero — is still under consideration.

  37. MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    GB7

    The question is did Chad allow randy and Jerkface do guest spots?

    That would stir the conversation. :lol:

  38. Nick in SF January 9th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    randy has written a guest post, but it’s on a Twins blog.

  39. MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Nick in SF January 9th, 2011 at 11:11 pm
    randy has written a guest post, but it’s on a Twins blog.

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    I think he’s telling them how the Yankees do a better job spending money than the Twins.

  40. Nick in SF January 9th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    And developing championship teams.

  41. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    GB7

    The question is did Chad allow randy and Jerkface do guest spots?

    That would stir the conversation.

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    LMAO. Just reading that would make me regret ever learning to read.

  42. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    randy and I need to collaberate on an article on the evils of the sabermetric religion and worshipping King James Of Sabermetricsyvania..

  43. pat January 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    YankeesPR RT @MLB: Here’s @cgrand14 at @MLBNetwork Studio 42 – playing whiffleball http://twitpic.com/3ojubj

  44. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    ***collaborate***

  45. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    If Bill James followers were living in the puritan times, they’d be burned at the stake for worshipping the devil.

  46. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    pat, I don’t know if you ever got into whiffleball growing up, but, it was a blast. They were building a church about a block from where we used to live when I was growing up. Must have been about ’64 or [65…about the time that they were building the Astrodome and we’d go inside and play whiffleball. Complete with upper deck and all. why they put the choir in the upper deck is beyond me.

  47. MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm
    ***collaborate***

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    randy would have to spend too much time correcting your spelling to be able to add much. :lol:

  48. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    GB7 -

    I’d like to see you, or perhaps Randy, do a guest spot entitled; Then and Now.

    You could compare the great Yankees teams of the past, with the modern Yankees teams.

    Randy might want to compare how the Yankees developed pitchers that won so many championships in the 50′s, to todays sad lot, lol.

  49. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I wonder if Rothschild could do any work on Kazmir to fix him. He might be worth a gamble. See if the Angels would like to unload about half of the $14.5 mil owed him over the next year for maybe a DJ Mitchell or Ryan Pope.

  50. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:38 pm
    GB7 -

    I’d like to see you, or perhaps Randy, do a guest spot entitled; Then and Now.

    You could compare the great Yankees teams of the past, with the modern Yankees teams.

    Randy might want to compare how the Yankees developed pitchers that won so many championships in the 50?s, to todays sad lot, lol.

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    Randy has too much “then” in him to do much good. Nobody wants to hear his tales of watching the Bedrock Boulders playing when he was a kid.

  51. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    i have the best idea yet.

    similar to chad carrying on the tradition of guest writers here, the yankees should start a tradition of letting some of us at lohud be the collective yankee gm for the month of january ( since cashman appears to be sleeping anyway it would be a good time to start the tradition).

    how much trouble could we cause ? nothing would get done because we’d never agree on anything.

    i’d be trying to trade the whole yankee pitching staff for the twins staff and jerkface would be trying to rig the yankee statistical analysis computer so it would “prove” jeter should hit ninth.

  52. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    GB7 -

    orry, I forgot how old Randy was, and his stories as a kid were written with a feather dipped in ink, or so I’m told.

    The Bedrock Boulders, they were a heavy hitting team as I recall.

  53. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm
    GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm
    ***collaborate***

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    randy would have to spend too much time correcting your spelling to be able to add much.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    He’s got plenty of time to work on it. They don’t have many activites for him at “The Home”. I feel like I’d be helping him out, giving something to do while he’s listening to his arteries harden.

  54. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    randy l. -

    So, what would the difference be, the not getting anything done part.

  55. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Oh, that’s the noise that wakes me at night, I always thought it was the wood floors creaking, but it’s the arteries.

  56. MaineYankee January 9th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Big Al

    Yes and Fred and Barney were their #3 and #4 hitters.

  57. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Maine -

    Babe Sr. and Lou Sr. I imagine.

  58. BIG AL January 9th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    GB7 -

    I think Randy feel asleep at the keyboard, I hope someone passes by and shakes him before he falls.

  59. GreenBeret7 January 9th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Randy was in the stands, selling Rock-A-Cola and Bedrock Dino-dogs and Pat M. was running the bookie operations from the stands

  60. randy l. January 9th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    “I think Randy feel asleep at the keyboard, I hope someone passes by and shakes him before he falls.”

    i’m not sleeping. i’m on amazon trying to send some of those exploding golfballs to gb7.

  61. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    randy l. -

    That won’t work, GB never hits the ball any way, a waste. Better off sending him an exploding pizza.

  62. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Exploding golf balls? Orville said that my drives were explosive enough. He said that I was the bomb.

    Either that, or that I was a bum.

  63. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    OK guys, I’m calling it a night.

    Now I hope I can sleep with the thought of GB’s balls exploding, LMAO.

  64. CB January 10th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    randy,

    This is a bit peripheral to the topic of talent development in baseball but take a look at this article. It’s an interesting model, though in a different sport (soccer).

    This is a brief description of what is arguably one of the greatest talent development organizational infrastructures developed by any team in professional sports. The results produced have been remarkable:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01.....ref=global

  65. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    “That won’t work, GB never hits the ball any way,”

    he hits them. he’s just directionally challenged.

    it turns out with gb7 that the ability to spell is on the same part of his brain as is the ability to aim a golf ball .

  66. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I might not be able to spell or hit a golf ball straight, but, I can hit anything with my blunderbuss.

  67. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    cb -

    this reminds me a bit of the IMG academies in bradenton ,fla except that it’s owned by one team.

    it’s definitely an interesting model of development and obviously successful.

    the one thing that was funny though is how do you have only one ice hockey player ?

  68. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Do you guys remener Ewing Kauffman’s Baseball Acadamy? That was a program well ahead of it’s time, but, it was a great progam to getting kids out of the crime of the streets and educate them as well as teaching baseball, mainly to minorites. Frank White and UL Washington were two of those kids.

  69. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    ***remember***

  70. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    “I might not be able to spell or hit a golf ball straight, but, I can hit anything with my blunderbuss.”

    precisely why i keep my distance from someone who lives in an area that has rivers named the little pee dee river and the big pee dee river .

  71. Nick in SF January 10th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    And another riveting Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl slips into the books.

  72. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    “Do you guys remener Ewing Kauffman’s Baseball Acadamy?”

    on a serious note, yes i know the physical place well. it was the orioles minor league facility in sarasota for a really long time and the mlb team was there for a while too. the facility is at a park called twin lakes .

    i think there are still oriole minor league activities going on there.

    as the kauffman baseball academy back in the day it must have been quite the place. it was a well designed facility even for a major league team.

    one funny thing that happened in there to me was lenny the guy who ran the place got a call from the thunder bay whiskey cats one day when neil allen and i were walking by his office getting ready to throw on one of the mounds . i had lenny tell them they could have neil allen if they took me as the catcher.

    lenny negotiated the deal, but i was ticked off for a week when neil refused to go there. i thought it would be a great rehab place for him. plus i wanted a thunder bay whiskey cat hat.

  73. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 12:24 am
    “I might not be able to spell or hit a golf ball straight, but, I can hit anything with my blunderbuss.”

    precisely why i keep my distance from someone who lives in an area that has rivers named the little pee dee river and the big pee dee river .

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    Never go swimming or fishing in brown water rivers. Georgia and the Carolinas are full of them. Little and Big Pee Dee Rivers got their names honestly. The Piss and Dump Rivers.

  74. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    lenny negotiated the deal, but i was ticked off for a week when neil refused to go there. i thought it would be a great rehab place for him. plus i wanted a thunder bay whiskey cat hat.

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    LMAO. You gotta love the names and logos of minor league baseball teams, like the Lansing Lugnuts. Love minor League baseball in general.

  75. tyanksfan36 January 10th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Hey GB7

    Do you know anything about Taylor Grote? I think he was in charleston and trenton in 2010. Is he just a guy who goes wherever there is a need or was he supposed to be good and it didn’t work out?

  76. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    TY, grote was hurt a lot last year, but, he he can hit…not much power. runs pretty well, good corner outfielder. Kind of a Colin Curtis type

  77. tyanksfan36 January 10th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    GB7

    I see. I think he was drafted in 2008 and has never played in Tampa. Thought that was interesting but I guess there weren’t many openings with Kruml, Rye, Almonte and Mesa in the OF.

  78. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Grote was just trying to get some bats in and was called up to Trenton when Justin Christian was promoted to Scranton. He’ll most likely be in Tampa this year.

  79. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Melky Mesa will be an interesting watch this year. He’s very much a Curtis Granderson type of player. Whether he can become that type in the majors depends on his ability to cut dowm on the strikeouts. Big power, bigger speed and a great glove and arm in center field.

  80. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 1:27 am

    gb7-

    the funny thing was i was totally serious in trying to talk neil into going there to the thunder bay whiskeycats. lenny was a comical guy who had been around major league baseball for a while and he knew neil wouldn’t go there because he had been a mlb star , but i didn’t so lenny kept egging me on for a week telling me they called again. i was driving neil crazy, but to no avail.

    i did get to catch him a month or so later in a simulated game against an orioles minor league team. neil was throwing so well that the orioles asked him not to sign with anyone else while he was working out there. finally the orioles gm flew down to watch neil and they set up the simulated game. neil told me before the “game” that he was going to get $400,000 if they signed him and he was going to give me 10%. so to both of us it was a big deal. more to him of course. everything was going well for about 5 innings when neil got ticked off at a kid who had gotten the one hit off him and was a real hot dog . he reared back for a little extra and snapped a tendon and that was the last pro pitch he ever threw.

    see, if he would have listened to me he would have been pitching for the thunder bay whisky cats and wouldn’t have blown out his arm. well maybe not, but i would have gotten that hat.

  81. randy l. January 10th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    thunder bay whiskey jacks that is.

  82. GreenBeret7 January 10th, 2011 at 1:49 am

    That’s a funny story, Randy. always thought that Allen could have been a good swingman when he was in baseball. He was like Mendoza for NYYs. He could do it all well in any role. not bad. 7 complete games and 6 of them are shutouts. Closing, starting…That was his problem, i guess. He was good in any of them and that was his value. Probably what finally did him in, though…like Mendoza.

  83. theREALkevin January 10th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    i played against taylor grote some. i can tell you he was born with one testicle (unnecessary to mention but i didn’t like him for a lot of reasons) and that his strikeout numbers are really really high so far in the minors. i’m sure they would want a lot more power for someone who strikes out a ton, but he improved some in 2010 although it was a pretty small sample. he seems to have a decent hitter’s eye but hopefully he can work on putting the ball in play more and if he does that the average will surely go up. cuz who knows if the power will develop. we’ll see. don’t know anything about his swing mechanics or anything nowadays. they thought he was sort of toolsy coming out of HS though.

  84. Nick in SF January 10th, 2011 at 3:30 am

    It has been rumored, probably incorrectly, that Hitler was also a monorchid. Unnessessary to mention but I didn’t like him for a lot of reasons.

  85. Chuck58 January 10th, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Randy, GB, the guy you are talking about is indeed named Jorge`.
    He hails from Merida, down in the Yucatan Peninsula.

  86. Chuck58 January 10th, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Good morning, Morning Yankee People :-)

  87. Doreen January 10th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Good morning, morning people.

  88. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Good morning all.

  89. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Doreen -
    When’s the big day?

  90. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    MTU -

    Are you up yet?

  91. Doreen January 10th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Hi Big Al -

    Not for 2 to 3 weeks, they tell me. They’re waiting for a shipment, and then they have to swap inventory with another dealer.

    I guess I’m “high maintenance.” ;)

  92. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Doreen -

    High maintenance? I don’t think so, let’s just say you’ve earned it. I hope you are very happy with the VW, from all I’ve read, it’s a very good vehicle.

  93. Gary January 10th, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Well it’s the start of a new week so lets hope there is some news this week. Heading for 76 today in SW Florida.

  94. upstate kate January 10th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    good morning early birds!!

  95. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Doreen -

    It’s been a very strange year, weather wise, here in NC. Last winter was the coldest on record, followed by the hottest summer on record, then the coldest December on record, and now we’re getting more snow than ever before. It’s snowing now, and overnight they’re calling for a major ice storm. I could have stayed up north for this kind of weather.

  96. Doreen January 10th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Big Al -

    I sure hope so, too! I’ve never put so much time and research into a car. LOL

    Gary -

    76? Nice. :)

  97. Gary January 10th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Kate, there actually are several birds out on the Lake behind me this morning. Looks cold in NY this morning.

  98. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Big Al

    I want to thank you for taking the snow this winter instead of sending it north.

    We had about 7in. when that Nor’ester came through, but that’s about it.

    I can see alot of bare ground out in the fields.

  99. upstate kate January 10th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    It is 10 degrees Gary, so cold but not atypical. We got a few more inches of snow over the weekend, but nothing to complain about.

  100. Doreen January 10th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I heard Charlotte was getting snow, Big Al. Ugh!

    We’re getting it tomorrow, but one kind of expects it here. It’s interesting to me how in this area of the country people seem surprised by either cold/hot weather. I don’t love the cold, but it IS winter, after all. What else should one expect?

    My husband is supposed to fly to Cleveland tomorrow, returning Wednesday. He’s probably going to try to reschedule the meeting. No sense getting stuck if you can avoid it.

  101. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Maine -

    Our storm is headed your way. NY/NJ will get about 12″ from this storm, perhaps you’re missing it so much, we can do a snow dance for you, and send you a major snow fall, lol.

  102. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Doreen -

    We’re north of Charlotte, and this storm was not expected to start until tonight, but, it started about 6 AM. Can’t keep it from coming down, but sure wish it would stay where it belongs, up north, mostly in Maine!

  103. Gary January 10th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I sure don’t miss those winters anymore. We get a few cool days in the winters, but generally it makes it to the 70′s each day. I have a friend in Murphy, NC and they have gotten alot of cooler weather this winter, my son in Norfolk says the same.

    Kate 10 degrees, Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I’d have to get out the mummy bag or something.

  104. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I understand the landscape in Utah looks nice with snow, gives MTU a different look to photograph.

  105. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Big Al

    I’m not greedy. You can keep it. :lol:

  106. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Back in a bit, the pups want to go for a walk.

  107. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Gary

    I can add layers to keep warm.

    You can’t take off enough layers in the summer to stay cool. :lol:

  108. Gary January 10th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Maine, AC is such a way of life here that you just crank it up. Your right though it can be hot here in the summer.

  109. pat January 10th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    “I guess I?m ?high maintenance.? ”

    Better that you are than the car is. :wink:

    GB

    We were very into whiffleball. My mom wouldn’t let us paint a strikezone on the back of the house but agreed to let us put one up with black electrician’s tape.

    Bases were a maple, a dogwood and a clothesline, anything passed the “itchyball” tree was a HR and anything hit over the hedge into the nighbors yard was an out.

    For winter ball, the field moved inside. The panelling in my parents basement still shows signs of our offensive achievements. :wink:

  110. upstate kate January 10th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I am not a winter person, but my husband is, and at this point we will be here until we retire, so I just try to make the best of it!
    We had 50 degree weather for a few days over New Years, so that was a nice break.

  111. Gary January 10th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Well starting the week with the normal questions

    Will Andy decide anything?

    Will the Yanks make any moves?

    If the post front porch interview is any indication I say no news this week from Andy land. As far as the Yanks who knows, but if there have been any serious talks on going you would have to think they net out soon. One wonders if the Yanks may have moved on to the focus now on ST and the start of the season.

  112. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Gary -

    I think we may be able to deal with the White Sox, but not until they’re sure Peavy is OK, most likely by May.

  113. Doreen January 10th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    pat -

    Good point!

  114. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Gary

    I tend to be an optimist so I think the Yankees aren’t done adding to this team.

    Even if the pieces were in place there is no baseball till ST.

    Plenty of time to get something done.

    It’s kind of like waiting for Christmas morning when you was a kid.

    Of course some here still act like kids but I won’t mention any names, right MTU. :lol:

  115. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Maine -

    You should not pick on MTU, you know people like him lack the ability to defend themselves.

  116. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Pat

    Sometimes the maintenance on the car is easier to deal with. :lol:

    j/k :lol:

  117. upstate kate January 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    yeah, I am w/ you MY…I keep thinking some move that none of us expected will happen…at least that is what I hope.

  118. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Big Al

    I’m just trying to get the shot in first.

  119. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    kate -

    I prefer to be an optimist, I lose less sleep that way.

  120. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Maine -

    You’d have to shake his lazy bones out of bed first. He took that hike to NV yesterday, and the poor boy may be resting up. After all, at his age, it takes longer to re-charge the old batteries, lol.

  121. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    All you get from worrying what the team will look like in April is gray hairs.

  122. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Maine -

    Were you the one talking about burning cow pies for energy? I don’t think I’d want to live too close to that power plant.

    Ever wonder where all those hikers in Uthah go, when on those very long hikes. The colors out there may not be from nature alone, just thinking. Got to remind MTU, not to pollute, if you brought it in, you bring it out. Just a dumb thought that goes through a warped mind.

  123. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    ** Utah **

  124. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Got enough gray without worrying about the Yankees, who I believe will be just fine.

    After we play 162 games in 2011 is the time to evaluate the team, and the season you had. Some folks here are upset, because they think the season is lost already, their bad.

  125. BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Later folks.

  126. MaineYankee January 10th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    BIG AL January 10th, 2011 at 8:21 am
    Got enough gray without worrying about the Yankees, who I believe will be just fine.

    After we play 162 games in 2011 is the time to evaluate the team, and the season you had. Some folks here are upset, because they think the season is lost already, their bad
    —————————————————————————–

    It’s hard to enjoy the season if you go into it thinking you have no chance.

    I’ve followed sports long enough to know “you can’t predict baseball.”

  127. YsGuy January 10th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    i’ve got an idea. someone sneak into mark teixeira’s house and flip all his calendars ahead a month, meanwhile a bunch of us will go down to tampa and dress up as yankees and we can start his ST now, send him up to NY in March and then by may, he’ll think its late june and start raking.

  128. YsGuy January 10th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    one thing im noticing lately, the cashman haters seem to get up a bit later than the people who are more relaxed and positive about the Yankees.


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