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A few Tuesday night notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Over the weekend, The Associated Press moved a cool story about a 106-year-old Yankees fan living in Florida. Mark Didtler — our trusted AP man covering the team with the beat writers down here in Tampa — went with Billy Connors to meet her, and he wrote the piece.

New York vice president Billy Connors heard about Graham through a friend. On Friday night, he brought her a number of Yankees’ items, including an autographed photo of a favorite player, shortstop Derek Jeter. She was invited to watch a spring training game from a suite at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Her high regard for Jeter is shared with that of another Yankees great, Lou Gehrig, whose farewell speech on July 4, 1939 she witnessed in person.

“He was a nice fellow,” Graham said.

Check out the full story here. And here are a few more links at the end of this unusual day in Tampa.

• If you haven’t seen it, make sure you check out the Bob Klapisch story about Jorge Posada’s health, and the impact of a career behind the plate.

• I also really liked Ken Davidoff’s take on Alex Rodriguez, and the opportunity for him to develop into a true leader during this time of Yankees transition.

Ben Shpigel did a nice job profiling Gustavo Molina, a veteran minor league catcher in a clubhouse full of catching prospects.

Here’s a rather interesting story about Zack Greinke. Seems he doesn’t like to talk to anyone, media or teammates. I can only imagine how this interview would have played in New York.

• Former Yankees prospect Zach McAllister is looking for a new opportunity with the Indians, and he’s sharing a clubhouse with Austin Kearns, for whom he was traded last season.

• Another former Yankees pitcher Brett Tomko has landed with the Rangers, looking to get himself back in the big league mix.

Associated Press photo of Robinson Cano because, random notes deserve a random picture

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135 Responses to “A few Tuesday night notes and links”

  1. Crawdaddy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Greinke wasn’t a fit for the Yankees.

  2. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I remember Greinke calling out his teammates at one point last year because he was not getting a great deal of run support – or something like that. I never wanted him because he was too great of a risk………

    Alex, IMO, is already a leader. He took Cano and Cabrera under his wings and I think youngsters sort of gravitate to him. His talk with Cano about reaching for greatness tells me how much Alex cares about his teammates……..

  3. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Greinke also wasn’t available to the Yankees at a reasonable price.

  4. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Chad–

    Various forums in KC and a few articles have put forward the idea that Zack has a form of autism (I forget the actual term), and avoids eye contact and socializing. However, it does not affect his performance on the mound where he is able to focus and perform like an idiot-savant. THAT is the more interesting tale…

  5. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I think that sounds more like social phobia or some other type of anxiety disorder.

  6. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I think the term was Aspergers

  7. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Source: http://www.baseballmusings.com/archives/014201.php

  8. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    second source:
    http://www.redszone.com/forums.....hp?t=45209

  9. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    That said, despite the article, I doubt he’s a bad kid – actually he seems rather self-aware. He knows what can set him off and he tries to avoid those situations.

    Rich, if he were available, you could make the argument he was worth the risk. I wouldn’t have done it under any circumstances, but the fact that he could only have been had for a king’s ransom put any notion of Greinke out of most fans’ heads.

  10. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    If Zack Greinke hits free agency, I would love the Yankees to sign him.

  11. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Betsy

    As with anyone, it depends on the cost.

  12. Erica in NY February 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Ummm.. yeah the Yankees would have been a GREAT fit for Greinke

    Sometimes things really work out for the better

    (And I made it home safe. Going to watch Glee before I pass out. Good night all!)

  13. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I think Greinke could succeed here. You can’t find a better support system than the current Yankee veteran players.

  14. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Alex Rodriguez would have been able to be a leader to Greinke as he also has aspergers.

  15. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Rich, not with Greinke………he’d have had to have been available at a pauper’s price forme to take a risk.

    Hi Erica!

  16. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Betsy

    I’d much rather have Greinke than Liriano or Carmona, and I would pay more for him.

  17. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Rich–

    I totally agree. I think he would love the competitive atmosphere….the guy thrives on competition…check out his all-star appearances to see that.

  18. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Alex Rodriguez would have been able to be a leader to Greinke as he also has aspergers.
    ______________
    I did not know that…thanks for the info.

  19. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Rich, I didn’t want the former and I definitely have no interest in the latter. Greinke is gone and done with, so that’s moot anyway

  20. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Adam Jones recognizing that when the Baltimore Orioles play games next season they will be the Baltimore Orioles and thus return to suckage:

    I’ll leave you with this quote from center field Adam Jones, when asked about Showalter’s influence over the last two months and how he’s been running this camp:

    “We’re going to go out there and play the games,” Jones said. “All he’s going to do is write the lineup. We have to take it upon ourselves as players to get the job done. He can’t play anymore, (Willie) Randolph can’t play anymore, (Wayne) Kirby can’t play anymore. They’ve had their careers. It’s up to us. It’s not up to them.”

  21. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Who said Grienke has Asperger’s and when did anyone say (besides Jerkface tonight) that Alex has it? Even so, I’m glad the kid is not here.

  22. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    The shame is that the Yankees apparently assumed he had a social anxiety disorder and wouldn’t thrive in NYC. They made that assumption without having a medical exam on him to determine if indeed his has aspergers–which is very treatable.

  23. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t think the O’s will suck…………..

  24. BoJo February 22nd, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    etsy–Check the sources I provided and read the comments….including the links on aspergers.

  25. tyanksfan36 February 22nd, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    that definitely sounds like Greinke has apergers. I would know too because me and Tom Cruise read the same books so we are pretty much experts on everything.

  26. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Betsy

    He’ll be a FA in two years, and if the Brewers fall out of contention next season, they could move him.

    Now, I expect the Killer Bs to be Yankees by then, probably mooting the need, but you never know if an idiot like Hank has any power.

  27. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Zach Greinke shows many of the symptoms of having a high functioning social disorder, under which Aspergers can fall. It is the chic diagnosis for parents who wish their kid to be special.

    Alex Rodriguez also has it as evidenced by his savant-like knowledge of baseball, including remembering the speed and type of all pitches thrown in a baseball game, this inability to function like a realistic human being in social situations, and his robotic answers to postgame questions that suggests years of coaching to overcome his crippling social anxiety, as well as his obsession with muscular, older, blonde women.

  28. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I don’t think the O’s will suck…………..

    How many games are they going to win?

  29. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    What shame? It’s obvious that Greinke would not have thrived here – I’m not sure why it’s necessary to try and fit a square peg in a round hole. He said himself he didn’t want to play in any big city – yet for some reason no one takes him at his word that he’d be better off in some smaller midwestern city.

  30. Bronx Jeers February 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I heard Hank had an assburger for lunch today.

  31. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Kate Hudson is muscular?

  32. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I have no idea Jerkface, but while I don’t think they are going to win a lot, I do not think they will be a walkover. I mean, I don’t think any team should go into a series with them and assume it’s 3 blowouts.

  33. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    ” It’s obvious that Greinke would not have thrived here ”

    No, it’s not.

  34. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Rich (I was about to call you Zach, lol), we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it. I’m on my knees again (after getting off them after the completion of the trade) praying that Hal can shut his brother up.

  35. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Rich, then it’s obvious to me – it’s my opinion and we can just agree to disagree. It’s not a particularly interesting topic to me anyway.

  36. tyanksfan36 February 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    So it turns out it was a 16 year old that shot and killed the police officer in St. Pete. Freaking ridiculous.

  37. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    but while I don’t think they are going to win a lot, I do not think they will be a walkover. I mean, I don’t think any team should go into a series with them and assume it’s 3 blowouts.

    If they lose, they lose, and they suck. Perhaps they will be the best team to ever lose 90 games. I said they will suck, not get walked over. They aren’t going to be near. 500, they aren’t finishing higher than 4th in the division. They won’t go to the playoffs. They will have 1-2 All-stars. Sucksville for them.

  38. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Kate Hudson is muscular?

    Outlier. Look at the prostitutes/strippers/madonna/cam diaz

  39. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    If you say so, Jerkface – I don’t have a dog in this show. I hope they suck badly……….

  40. LGY February 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Bojo,

    A few random people on the internet say it and one of the sources being wikipedia and now Greinke as Aspergers?

    Come on dude.

  41. Jackson February 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Having experience in the field, I wouldn’t be quick to place a diagnosis on Grienke.

  42. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Greinke probably just has a normal social disorder and not aspergers, aspies can be outgoing they just don’t understand that no one cares about why Mew is the best pokemon.

  43. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    If you say so, Jerkface – I don’t have a dog in this show. I hope they suck badly……….

    Just saying, if you are going to disagree with a point you should probably back it up with better than “they’re going to lose a lot ,just not like badly.”

  44. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Rich, also – are you assuming the killer B’s (I’m starting to hate that nickname) are going to have immediate success, mooting the need for any additional SP?

  45. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Ok, Jerkface, I think they will be over .500……. They’re pitching has potential and that’s the most important thing.

  46. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 22nd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Jerkface says:
    February 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    I don’t think the O’s will suck…………..

    How many games are they going to win?

    ——–

    Swag – 85.

  47. JCPD February 22nd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    tyanksfan36 February 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    So it turns out it was a 16 year old that shot and killed the police officer in St. Pete. Freaking ridiculous.

    ———————————————————————–

    Don’t know the details, but having family and close friends that are on the force…….. lock the SOB up, throw away the key and let the parents deal with the fact that they did a crappy job of raising their child.

  48. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    They won 66 games in 2010, thats an impressive turn around. But I don’t buy it, they haven’t been above .500 since 97 and ain’t gonna start next year.

  49. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I will personally worship an Adam Jones bobblehead as a false idol if the Orioles win 85 games.

  50. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Betsy

    I’m assuming that patience, if shown, will pay off by next season.

  51. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Rich, I’m not sure what that means. I don’t expect either Betances or Banuelos to make the team next year and even if one of them does, I just have a hard time predicting their going to be great right off the bat.

  52. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    they’re, not their – oy

  53. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Betsy

    Who said great? There aren’t many great pitchers in MLB. Why even speak in those terms about young pitchers?

    Anyway, I guess we disagree again.

  54. SAS February 22nd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    The syndrome you are talking about is Aspberger’s, first diagnosed in 1994. From what I know of it, and my son has it, it is a high functioning form of Autism. My son is unable to work all together, at least so far and he will be 40 this summer. He is also hearing impaired…however, he has his MBA and is brilliant.

    If you were to meet him, depending on the situation, you might not even know there was a problem. Greinke could easily have Aspberger’s Syndrome. In that case, pitching in NY should not be a problem because social issues are the same everywhere.

  55. SAS February 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I also wanted to say the conversation on here this afternoon was terrific. I loved it, but it was hours later that I read it.

  56. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    The Yankees are praying (I assume) that Phil improves and that Nova shows he can handle the job……it’s enough with signing FA pitchers already. I know most say AJ is the key to the season, but IMO, Phil is the key almost to the next few years. It’s vital that the team can count on him as a steady (if not better ) contributor given that there is so much uncertainty behind him (and youth as well)

  57. 4 NYY February 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Won’t bet who winds up where, but I sure think the A L east will be tougher than

    ever, unless injuries destroy a team or teams. And again, the best in MLB.

  58. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Rich, I don’t think we’re even on the same page given I don’t think we’re arguing the same things……….which is fine; I’m too lazy to go back and review the comments we both made, lol

  59. 4 NYY February 22nd, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    # Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Rich, I’m not sure what that means. I don’t expect either Betances or Banuelos to make the team next year and even if one of them does, I just have a hard time predicting their going to be great right off the bat.
    —————————————————————————————-

    Banuelos is pretty much smooth as “mantequilla.”

  60. KPB February 22nd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Rich, also – are you assuming the killer B’s (I’m starting to hate that nickname)
    ——————

    I agree, the first time I heard it used was with the Astros. I hope the Yanks don’t start having seasons like the Astros.

  61. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I’m still sad that no one cares about Mauer using the latest in designer knee-lubricant to improve the motion in his knee in an effort to shave micro-seconds off his ‘pop-time’.

  62. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    The first time it was heard was on Staten Island, and I’m always up to honouring the Wu.

  63. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Hi KPB!

    It’s not even that ………I can’t explain it. I like them a lot (well, Banuelos and Betances really), but I’m playing a wait and see game. I don’t really think they should get nicknames until they establish themselves in the big leagues. I have no problem if anyone else wants to call them that, but I’m promising now that I will never call them that. It also implies to me that I should be more attached to them than to other players and I also promised myself that I would never get attached to another prospect. I like Banuelos best, but that’s as far as I’ll go.

  64. KPB February 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Jerkface

    What is the Wu?

  65. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Jerkface says:
    February 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    I will personally worship an Adam Jones bobblehead as a false idol if the Orioles win 85 games.

    ———

    I’m now an Orioles fan. When they’re not playing the Yankees.

  66. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    There has never been a time when a 5 team division were all over .500 , and I couldn’t find any instances of even a 4 team division all being over .500. The closest is the 2005 NL east. Which had 5 teams at .500 or better, but no team over 90, and 3 teams under 84.

  67. KPB February 22nd, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Hello Betsy!

    I grew up in the area where the coverage was Astros. I’ve got nothing against them or the term Killer B’s. What I meant was I hope the cross over in the name doesn’t translate to on field outcome (I don’t think it will.) And definitely no bee sounds when one of them comes in to the game.

  68. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    The Wu is of course the Wu-Tang Clan aka the Wu-Tang Killa Bees from the humble lands of Shaolin.

  69. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    KPB, you’re referring to Bagwell, Biggio and…………..I forget; not Beltran, right? They all had rather good careers, so I’m not sure what the issue would be if any of our kids turned out as well.

  70. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Jerkface says:
    February 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm
    There has never been a time when a 5 team division were all over .500 , and I couldn’t find any instances of even a 4 team division all being over .500. The closest is the 2005 NL east. Which had 5 teams at .500 or better, but no team over 90, and 3 teams under 84.

    ——–

    That IS a problem. Tampa will just have to cooperate and sink to below .500.

  71. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Brad, Berkman, Biggio, Bagwell, Beltran, Blum

  72. 36nj36 February 22nd, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    BoJo says:
    February 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm
    The shame is that the Yankees apparently assumed he had a social anxiety disorder and wouldn’t thrive in NYC. They made that assumption without having a medical exam on him to determine if indeed his has aspergers–which is very treatable.

    Let me preface this by saying that I am a licensed mental health clinician, and I’ve worked extensively with individuals diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and other disorders on the Autism Spectrum.

    Aspergers is not a medical condition, thus there is no medical exam to diagnose it. It must be diagnosed clinically, and even then can often be misdiagnosed. Furthermore, to imply that there is an easy treatment suggests that there is some magic pill or surgery that will “cure” it, which is patently untrue.

    Truth is, people with this disorder are unable to understand and interact in social encounters with the same level of “instinctiveness” that most people can. There is no true treatment, per se, that will ever “cure” this. People can simply learn how to deal with it by memorizing things like the meanings of facial expressions and responding in a way that they have learned is socially acceptable. If Greinke does indeed have Aspergers, the issue would be more to do with the fact that fans in this media market (or really any) don’t care enough or lack the patience to empathize with him, and he would be eaten alive.

  73. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    That IS a problem. Tampa will just have to cooperate and sink to below .500.

    That’d be swell, trouble is the Rays actually have good young pitching, the Orioles have tears and shame.

  74. KPB February 22nd, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Jerkface

    Thanks. That’s one of the questions, that after being answered, you fill silly for asking. Haven’t thought of them in a while, so once you added the whole name I felt like, Duh. :smile:

  75. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    The Yankees probably didn’t trade for Greinke because it would have cost Montero+ and he wasn’t worth it.

  76. Jerkface February 22nd, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Not because he had super-AIDS.

  77. m February 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Sure. Greinke could have thrived or even gotten by in NY. All they would have to do is insulate him from the media throngs. Excuse him from the mundane things ball players do like chat with visitors to the clubhouse because that would take away his prep time. The would have to keep Swisher away from him because he surely would irritate Greinke.

    It would take some effort, but it definitely was possible.

  78. Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    M, they’d have had to have kept him in a plastic bubble, I think

  79. m February 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Then all he would need is some oxygen. Can’t be killing off the young stud!

  80. SAS February 23rd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    36nj36,

    Thanks for your professional style of diagnosing this syndrome. Being diagnosed with it was both a relief and in my case sadness too, but it explained so much.

  81. Rich in NJ February 23rd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    “I agree, the first time I heard it used was with the Astros. I hope the Yanks don’t start having seasons like the Astros. ”

    It was first used by Dolphins in the ’80s.

  82. KPB February 23rd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Betsy February 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    KPB, you’re referring to Bagwell, Biggio and…………..I forget; not Beltran, right? They all had rather good careers, so I’m not sure what the issue would be if any of our kids turned out as well.
    —————————
    Berkman was the other of the original B’s. I’m not referring as individuals (I would be delighted if “ours” had careers like them), but as a team. Rolling along doing well, then things not going so well and finishing out of it.

  83. Rich in NJ February 23rd, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Like any nickname, it’s short-hand and saves time.

  84. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Jerkface says:
    February 22, 2011 at 11:53 pm
    That IS a problem. Tampa will just have to cooperate and sink to below .500.

    That’d be swell, trouble is the Rays actually have good young pitching, the Orioles have tears and shame.

    ——–

    Tears and shame? That’s messed up, Jf.

    I forget who, but someone here posted the W-L, ERA for Orioles starters, B.S and A.S (before and after Showalter) and the differences were eye-popping.

    Who knows? I’d rather see the Orioles win 85 than Tampa.

  85. KPB February 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Rich in NJ

    Have no idea when it was first used, just when I first heard it.

  86. m February 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I’m definitely not laughing at any condition Greinke may or may not have. I’m just applying literary license to words that came out if his own mouth.

  87. rb from LI February 23rd, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I don’t think Beltran was ever one of the Astros’ Killer Bees. He was only there for half a season and the nickname was around before he got there.

  88. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 am

    “If I lived in Kansas City, I probably wouldn’t go to a lot of games, but I’d definitely go to that one.” — on a pitching matchup where Greinke was facing Daisuke Matsuzaka the second or third game of the year.

    “No. Anyone can sign one player.” — when asked if signing Gil Meche to a $55 million deal showed him that the Royals were willing to go out and get free agents to make this team better.

    “Well, Davies thinks he’s good at everything but he’s not really good at anything. He thinks he’s good at golf. He thinks he’s good at ping-pong. He thinks he’s good at basketball. He thinks he’s good at tennis. And probably everything else he thinks he’s good at. He thinks he’s good at cards. But he really is very average at all of them.” — when asked if he knew any surprising facts about his teammates

    “Not really. I don’t talk to many people and we didn’t have any good pitchers.”
    when asked if he went to other pitchers for advice his rookie year

    Famously there is an anecdote about how one of the royals batters was in a funk, so Greinke said he wanted to show him something in the film room to help him out. They go back there and Greinke hits the video button and its a loop of Greinke hitting a HR in interleague (he is a good hitting pitcher that doesnt get a chance to hit often), and he says, “Just in case you forgot what a home run looks like.”

    Greinke is funny.

  89. ericns1 February 23rd, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Scary re the story on Posada – my Mom has dementia and it is a terrible thing to watch

  90. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 am

    I don’t think Beltran was ever one of the Astros’ Killer Bees. He was only there for half a season and the nickname was around before he got there.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/.....2790951805

    You got a B, you’re a killer B

  91. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I forget who, but someone here posted the W-L, ERA for Orioles starters, B.S and A.S (before and after Showalter) and the differences were eye-popping.

    I don’t buy it. Second half performance is not an indicator of future success. If showalter is so magic why did their relievers performance stay the same?

  92. m February 23rd, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Didn’t the players respond to Trembley? And then they took off the interim tag? He lasted how long?

  93. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Why did their hitters get WORSE? Is Showalter a pitching guru? Shouldn’t he be motivating anyone?

    Matusz, Guthrie, Millwood, and Bergman had good second halves. Arrieta and Tillman got worse. Millwoods not even on the team anymore, and we’ll see if Guthrie throws a 2 ERA next year.

  94. rb from LI February 23rd, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Marketing, gotta love it. The nickname was probably coined in 2000 at which point Berkman, Bagwell and Biggio were all with the team. Beltran got there in 2004. I suppose it would be more correct then to say that he was not one of the “original” Killer Bs. :?

  95. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 am

    The Orioles were above .500 for a glorious two months under Trembly, then sank like a rock. They then played close to .500 ball (2 games under) in the first half of 08 and then sank like a rock.

    My predictions for the Orioles? Sinking in a rock-like manner.

  96. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:24 am

    There is really no reason why Showalter should have turned down the job, if he succeeds he is branded a hero, if he fails it is all the crappy orioles’ players faults. Just like Mazzone failed and got off due to the crappy orioles pitchers.

  97. m February 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am

    How do you guys see the division ending up standings wise?

    Don’t forget the Yankees are underdogs. :?

  98. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am

    BA OBP SLG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
    .276 .334 .503 145 539 66 149 34 2 28 87 47 109

    ZIPs projections for jesus montero

  99. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:32 am

    http://www.baseballthinkfactor.....k_yankees/

    From here. Also predicts AJ to bounce back, and Hughes to only pitch 147 innings.

  100. m February 23rd, 2011 at 12:32 am

    That many at-bats?

  101. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:41 am

    If he hits like the 5th best player on the team he can have all the ABs he wants.

  102. Jerkface February 23rd, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I’m more interested in the rate lines. Second system to project him for a .500 slugging I think.

  103. jacksquat February 23rd, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Greinke was diagnosed with SAD (social anxiety disorder) and depression, not asperger’s.

  104. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 23rd, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Let me the first to say today, good morning, morning people!

    Ok, later. I’m going to sleep.

  105. Gary February 23rd, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Morning anyone. I caught this Girardi comment

    We won 95 games last year and swept though that first round, won the first game (of the ALCS) and then didn’t play well against Texas. What you want to attribute that to? There are a lot of reasons: We didn’t necessarily hit, and we didn’t necessarily pitch. That’s a bad combination when you get into a series. Our guys are working hard, and we know what our goal is.

    I don’t know what the meaning of the word is is. Neccessarily?? I think Joe we didn’t hit and we didn’t pitch. It’s always word games.

    As far as the comment from Hank on Mansions I think he knew exactly what he was saying and exactly where he was directing it, but alas it’s over.

  106. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Good morning, morning people!

    :)

    Yesterday I bought myself my first Fantasy Baseball magazine, Beckett’s 2011 Draft Guide. My husband said it brought him back to 1985, when he was in a fantasy league. I think I sparked his interest. So I may be getting some help!!! :)

    I just like having something I can thumb through – the computer is great, lots of info, but I always feel like I need to print stuff out. I know the info in the magazine is static, but I can mark it up.

    *****

    So, I’m shopping for a new multi-function printer (print, copy, scan, fax) and it’s SOOOO confusing. Right now I’m leaning toward a Canon Pixma MX882. I had liked the Epson Artisan 835, but it has a compatibility issue scanning in Mac’s OS X 10.6, which is what I have. If I can research and see whether there is a “fix” for the issue, that MFP might still be in the running. I’m kind of reluctant to go with HP, because the HP I have now didn’t work with the iMac. Perhaps the newer HPs would match better, but I don’t know. MacLife really liked the Canon Pixma MG8120, but it doesn’t have a fax. Their second pick was the Epson I mentioned.

    The reviews are confusing. For every person who says they love whatever printer I’m researching, there’s another person saying it’s the worst printer ever! I don’t know whether it’s because people don’t know how to set up their printers, or whether people don’t use all the features on their AiOs.

    Our current HP is an AiO and it was working fine until recently. it’s making some noises, and the fax isn’t working. Plus I couldn’t pair it with my new computer.

    *****

    Erica -

    I hope you got home okay last night. Is there any way you can do phase 2 at home? Or do you need the office facilities? Or do they just frown on working from home after hours?????

  107. upstate kate February 23rd, 2011 at 7:09 am

    good morning!!
    another am w/ temps below zero, but the sun is bright, the birds are singing and there is a spring like feel in the air…let the games begin!!

  108. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:24 am

    good morning. its freakin freezing out!

    i think that greinke article shows that he was not a fit for new york. what he said was soft-peddaled by the reporter, basically making excuses for the guy all the way through, but he would have been torn to shreds if he had said that to any of the NY beat reporters. basically anybody who talks to him is wasting his time.

    i feel bad for him having social anxiety disorder but he really needs the crash davis course on media relations.

  109. tyanksfan36 February 23rd, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I think I’m going to be totally unprepared for the fantasy draft. Oh well. Ill just wing it.

  110. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Y’s Guy -

    He probably could pitch in NY; but the maintenance would be too high. As long as he was successful (winning), I’m sure everything would go smoothly. But if he had a losing streak of any kind, good will and understanding are the first to go in NY. :?

  111. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Tyanks,

    When in doubt just pick Yankees.

  112. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 am

    tyanks, i really wouldnt worry about the draft too much. the way espn has it set up, even if you dont touch your keyboard, you’re going to end up with a decent team. the players come up in a pretty good order so if you just go with the next guy on the board, you wont be killing yourself.

    it used to be that if you did that you’d end up with every injured player on the board but they move them down to reflect what thier people think represents a reasonable spot for them. for instance, miguel cabrera was coming up as the #3 player last week, now after the dwi thing he’s coming up at #14 or so to reflect the uncertainty about what they are going to do with him. im sure if they announce he’ll be out for a certain period, then he will move down or up if he’s not going to miss time.

    just relax and enjoy yourself. and find a player or 3 who you like to root for!

  113. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 7:57 am

    i have to disagree about greinke. from that reading, i dont think he could pitch in ny. he says basically that every time someone asks for an autograph, every time a reporter asks a question and every time a teammate talks to him, it takes him away from his game preparation. so basically here he would be distracted from his game preparation every day over and over here in ny. with that mindset, i really dont think he’d be able to function here at all. and you would have to worry all the time that a 3 game slide could get the fans on him and then you have ed whitson, the remake.

    good call by cashman to stay out of that one.

  114. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Ys Guy -

    But that’s why I said it would be a high maintenance situation. He’d basically have to be shielded from all those distractions. And if the were successful in doing that – he could pitch. But I don’t think it could be workable ultimately. I didn’t want Cashman to trade for Greinke.

  115. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I know a guy that played with the Royals last year….he said Greinke was a very strange customer off the field but he didn’t think it affected him on the field. He said he would have really struggled with the NY media but that between the lines he thinks he would have been ok….

  116. Bronx Jeers February 23rd, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Anxiety disorder aside, he sounds like a jerk.

  117. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    blake -

    That’s what I was trying to say.

    Unfortunately, playing in NY is also about once you cross those foul lines. :?

  118. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I don’t believe in any of these silly predictions -but if I did and I cared, I’d think “wow, those projections not only think Phil won’t be that good, but that he’s either going to be hurt or sent to the minors”

  119. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I would have been willing to roll the dice with the anxiety stuff because 1) I think he still could have pitched well 2) the committment wasn’t longterm 3) I think he would have had trade value even if it didn’t work out……..I would have traded for him but not for what the Royals we’re reportedly asking…..

  120. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    in KC he is probably not recognized that much in his off field life and even when he is, they are midwesterners and not likely to get in his face.

    i could see the reaction here when he doesnt sign autographs over dinner or gets mad b/c someone on the street wants to take his picture. bad scene. new yorkerrs arent missourians. some guy who knows he has a social disorder is likely to try to start something with him just to get in the papers.

    i just cant see how they could have kept a lid on him here. just read what that limp noodle of a reporter wrote about his grating and selfish answers, making excuses for him. that is NOT gonna happen here. he would be torn up before the first exhibition game if he tried that stuff here.

    you’ve gotta wonder if kc ever approached him about how to deflect the media, he didnt even try, in fact he was throwing bombs (but the reporter kept putting them out for him).

  121. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:20 am

    phil is on the dreaded verducci list this year (so is nova), so whoever did those predictions likely buys into that.

    i dont see phil breaking down from overuse, he’s a stud, he’s in great shape and he’s very careful about what he does.

  122. Betsy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Verducci also said that he and Price are at the edge of that list because of their age and builds

    We’ll see if the innings last year hurt Phil – he wouldn’t be the first youngish pitcher to feel the effects of a heavy workload.

  123. pat February 23rd, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Good morning.

    Hearing Greinke might have issues in NY was different than “hearing” words come out of Greinke’s own mouth that sound like he would have issues in NY.

    Could it be done, sure. Would it requie so much prep that it was exhausting to others around him, possibly.

    Randy Johnson was like Greinke-lite and that proved not to be a good union with the media and people of NY.

  124. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    i think phil wore down more than he wants to admit, but wearing down isnt the problem, he will get used to the workload. the verducci list is all about injury and i dont see phil as an injury risk. he might have gotten tired but nobody suggested any kind of injury at all.

    he’s a big boy and he’s going to be great this year.

  125. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Doreen-

    The client is only about 15 minutes from the office. Its kind of a combination of all 3. I use the time in the office to get caught up on things cause I work quick there due to better equipment. I need the extra hours. I could work from home, but it wouldn’t be as convenient.

    Phase 2 is very temporary though. I start work on another client next week. Then it will be a combination of working long days in the office and staying at a client site with a few hours from home a day or two a week.

    I won’t be doing this back and forth nonsense for much longer

    And I didn’t mean to stay as late as I did last night but I was really annoyed with one of my people and I knew if I didn’t finish what I was doing I would have gotten angry again today

  126. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    pat -

    Yes. High Maintenance. :)

  127. upstate kate February 23rd, 2011 at 8:28 am

    It doesn’t sound like it would be a good fit. Look at the media circus around Hank’s mansion comments, the “fat” Yankees, popcorn-gate, etc. Like it or not, the Yankees are often in the news.

  128. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    can i just say how much i HATED having the a-hole quitter johnson wearing the pinstripes!

    you always have to put up with players you dont particularly like, but what johnson did in seatlle was totally unacceptable to me and i never forgave him for it. nor will i in the future.

    when you see players demand a trade and then want to control where they go and ask for extra money to do the trade they are demainding (are you listening m. young & ‘melo?) it goes back to johnson basically quitting on the M’s to get his way.

    to me he is a quitter and nothing he did on the field could ever overcome that for me.

  129. SAS February 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Good morning, morning contingent.

    At the end of a blog and late, I stated how much I enjoyed the discussion yesterday afternoon that some of you were part of…thank you.
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    ———————————————-

    TYanks,

    I will be winging the fantasy draft too because I haven’t the remotest idea what I am doing. I think you will do just fine because you knowledge of today’s players is far broader than mine. We shall see. Good luck to both of us…sounds like we need it…Doreen too….lol

  130. Fran the original February 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Good morning.

    I like Greinke but I think NY may have been too much for him. In NY the press is all over on and off the field. It would be hard for him to maintain a low profile.

  131. Doreen February 23rd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Erica -

    At least it sounds like it’ll get better.

    And then it’ll be April. Right? ;)

    (My husband has been known to be the one to “close the office.” He says he can get more work done when no one’s around. And there are limitation on working from home, though not nearly as many as in the past.

  132. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Doreen-

    I really try hard not to close the office. I don’t like being there alone. My buddy that usually stays with me left early last night. Oh well.

    But your husband is right. When everyone else leaves and I can finally focus, its my most productive time of day

  133. blake February 23rd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Like him or not…the Randy Johnson that was with the Yankees would help their rotation right now…..especially as the #3 instead of the #1. Greinke would have as well if the price had been right……the price was the reason for not trading for him in addition to the anxiety issues. If they would have done a done not involving the top guys then he’d be in NY right now IMO…..

  134. Erica in NY February 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    :arrow:

  135. Ys Guy February 23rd, 2011 at 8:51 am

    i disagree, i dont think greinke could have performed here, i think it would have been a total meltdown and he would have had to be traded at below market.

    there are thousands of former pitchers who could help this team if they were thier former selves, including some who have been to prison or are known drunks or wife beaters. that still doesnt change my mind about randy johnson.

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