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A few off day notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

No decisions were made today. Freddy Garcia pitched pretty well, but the Yankees made it clear that he didn’t need to show them anything today. They know what he has, and six solid innings against upper level minor leaguers wasn’t going to sway their decisions.

In fact, Brian Cashman said he spent most of his time at the complex watching the Yankees minor leaguers. He wasn’t there strictly to see Garcia.

“I don’t have a scheduled meeting,” Cashman said. “But clearly we’re going to have to make decisions on this sooner than later. We have to set the roles so we can properly prepare these guys come Thursday of next week.”

A few other minor notes from the general manager.

• One week before Opening Day, Cashman said teams have begun actively checking with one another to find out what spare parts might fit other situations. Specifically, Cashman said he’s gotten some calls about his extra pitchers.

“It’s been very quiet for the most part,” Cashman said. “But now obviously, tis the season where teams are trying to fill out their rosters, make their decisions, make sure that whatever they have, that there aren’t any better opportunities available outside their camps. There are conversations now. Everybody’s just picking the phone up and checking in with each other, myself included.”

• There might be something to read into the fact that Gustavo Molina caught today instead of Jesus Montero. Cashman said it was Joe Girardi’s decision to send Molina, and he indicated that the veteran is still very much in contention for the backup catcher role. “He was brought in not to be an organizational catcher,” Cashman said. “He was brought in to be an insurance policy, much like a (Ronnie) Belliard, much like some of those other guys. He’s also competing for the spot too.”

• Cashman wouldn’t say what exactly he’s looking for in the rotation competition. “I think it depends on who you ask,” he said. “It’s not beneficial for me to answer what’s important to me. I’m the general manager, and I don’t necessarily want to participate in staking out my preferences publicly.”

• Cashman said he had not spoken to the Yankees training staff today, but as far as he knew, there was no drastic change with Curtis Granderson.

• Similar story for Nick Swisher. The fact Cashman had not heard anything about Swisher today made him believe Swisher’s foot is fine. “No one has told me otherwise,” Cashman said.

• Alan Horne was one of the first players I saw at the complex today. I get asked about him a lot, so here’s the latest: He’s throwing off a full mound and hopes to be ready to pitch early this season (though he probably won’t break camp). Turns out, during his most recent shoulder surgery, doctors finally found a large hook-shaped bone spur that had been literally ripping through parts of his shoulder. It was kind of buried, so no one found it until now, but it might have been the cause of many of his problems. He said he feels great. I haven’t heard him this optimistic in at least two years.

• Probably doesn’t mean much, but the Yankees new Cuban shortstop, Yadil Mujica, crushed a late-inning home run to right. It’s one swing on a fairly windy day, but it did standout a little bit.

• I don’t have a pitching line or anything, but Hector Noesi started the Double-A game so that Garcia could start today’s Triple-A game.

 
 

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256 Responses to “A few off day notes”

  1. Erin March 24th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Similar story for Nick Swisher. The fact Cashman had not heard anything about Swisher today made him believe Swisher?s foot is fine. ?No one has told me otherwise,? Cashman said.

    **********************
    Of course Swisher’s fine-he’s at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! ;)

  2. jonathan p March 24th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    i for one say that bartolo should be the choice, with freddy in the wings and mitre sent to the scrap heap. I honestly feel that the only reason sergio is on the team is b/c girardi feels bad for what happened in florida

  3. Erin March 24th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Cashman had nothing to say about Showalter’s comments about Jeter.

    eboland11 Larry Rothschild on Colon: “From what I’ve seen, he can help a major league team, without a doubt.”

    cgrand14 A belated happy 23rd birthday to Dellin Betances! His birthday was yesterday.

    Ledger_Yankees Igawa says his family is OK but the radiation threat is still a huge concern.

  4. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Fantastic news on Horne. Thanks for following up. I just hope Christian Garcia has as much luck.

  5. E . R . California March 24th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Which Yankee got injured today ?

    :(

  6. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    E . R . California March 24th, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    Which Yankee got injured today ?
    _________________
    Apparently Clay Buckholes took a real beating and must have arm troubles based on results…oh wait, he isn’t a Yankee. Nevermind.

  7. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    C.B. 6 ERs in 4 IP…..11 hits. :(

  8. Crawdaddy March 24th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Bojo,

    Garcia is not with the Yankee organization any longer.

  9. UnKnown March 24th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    That’s all its going to take to win the Cy Young this year huh? To get your brains beat in like Clay did?

    I never knew MLB pitching was so watered down. YIKES!! haha

  10. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Crawdaddy March 24th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    ______________
    I know. I just hope he does well. It would be a shame to see a talented young man like that not be able to pursue his dream.

  11. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Buck’s comments are making National headlines….Not so much on Derek, but more so about Theo……I’m starting to look at The O’s as an over 76.5…. Minimum value though

  12. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Big grand pappy 0-3 with 3 Ks. :(

  13. West Coast Yankee Fan March 24th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    E . R . California – the only injury I am aware of is to Clay Butthole’s neck today from turning to watch his garbage leave the ballpark. Read it and weep douche bag.

    4 – IP
    11 – Hits
    11 – Runs
    4 – Home Runs

  14. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Clay Butthole
    __________
    Nice–have to give you credit when due.

  15. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Buck spoke the truth.

  16. UnKnown March 24th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    It is going to be so sweet how bad the Sux are going to be again this year. Especially after all the hype.

    Nothing but paper champs year in and year out. Losers.

  17. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I still love Buck. I remember the News once published a story about the lessons he learned from his Dad, and his resulting rules for life. It is worthy of a book unto itself. A good man.

  18. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Really, there was nothing wrong with Buck’s comments.

    I still think C could be a short-term weakness, but that’s because of Martin, not Montero.

  19. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Buck is being quite the motivator here, no?

  20. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    Really, there was nothing wrong with Buck’s comments.

    I still think C could be a short-term weakness, but that’s because of Martin, not Montero.
    ____________
    What is it that worries you about Marin? I like what I see so far.

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan March 24th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This should effectively put an end to the King Felix speculation; not that it ever realistically existed.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/s.....u-jest/rss

  22. EA March 24th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I think Buck just threw the Jeter comments in there, so it would look like he was bashing “both” AL powerhouses, but his main point that he wanted to get out was about Theo, but he didn’t want to bash him singularly because it might look bad. Thus he “bashed” both sides. He still has love for the Yankees.

  23. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    BoJo

    All we hear is that Montero hasn’t hit in ST so his job is in jeopardy. If that’s the case, what has Montero shown offensively? Nothing.

  24. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Edit: Martin shown

  25. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I remember a Buck story from the 90s which should give everyone insight into what he is doing.

    Before he managed, the Yankee players used to stand around teams like the As and watch Canseco and McGwire take BP. They would joke around and be friendly. everyone liked the players on the team…because they were always losing.

    Buck stopped that immediately. No playing around. No getting intimidated by the other team. Position team to be hated because they play to win.

    He changed the losing culture in less than a year…and will do so again in Baltimore. Don’t underestimate Buck.

  26. Melk Man March 24th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Heyman hasn’t tweeted anything in almost 24 hours. Not even about what he ate for breakfast!

    I hope he’s OK…

  27. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    BoJo

    All we hear is that Montero hasn’t hit in ST so his job is in jeopardy. If that’s the case, what has Montero shown offensively? Nothing.
    ________________
    He’s been a base stealing terror in BP? Does that count?

  28. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Bojo -

    It’s obvious what Buck is doing. Thing is, you need the talent to back it up. Baltimore has some talent, does it have enough?

  29. tyanksfan36 March 24th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    So apparently 2 of my SP’s are battling injuries. My Ace tommy hunter just left his game early with a groin strain.

  30. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Doreen–

    I like some of their young arms…they could surprise…Matusz is a future ace…Buck may have just enough to make a stir…and don’t forget, MacPhail is a very good GM who might turn some of their players into more young prospects at TD time.

  31. Niblick March 24th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Martin hasn’t hit for two years. He hasn’t hit in spring training. Why should he be expected to hit in the regular season?

  32. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Niblick March 24th, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    Martin hasn’t hit for two years. He hasn’t hit in spring training. Why should he be expected to hit in the regular season?
    _____________
    Best shape of life ring a bell? Does that count?

  33. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Bucky Showalter is an outstanding and posses an incredible high baseball IQ…….I just wonder why he hasn’t been sitting in a GM’s chair for the past few years…….He’ll wring out every ounce of talent out of his ballclub this summer……Who’s his pitching coach ???? And I agree with EA’s take on Buck’s reasoning behind those quotes

  34. G. Love March 24th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I agree about the Buck. The Jeter knock about diving away from the plate to get strikes called balls is part of Jeter’s game and even he gets called on it by the umpires in games and then Jeter cracks a smile.

    The Theo dig spoke volumes to me. Buck was working as a broadcaster for awhile there at ESPN and had to digest the constant Theo overpraise.

    The fact is, SD happily handed Gonzalez to Boston to the point of gushing how well he’s going to do there and then he overbid on Crawford and it’s all because he’s a genius? BS. I’m glad Buck called him out.

    It’s a disgrace that SD, the team that made the most profit according to that Forbes survey, gave away their best player who is now willing to take a discount to play in Boston below what Tex’s contract was. All the talk in SD is how they couldn’t give him Tex’s contract so they had to deal him. Well, he’s not getting Tex’s contract. He’s getting less. SD is a joke of an organization. They had the money to sign this guy and still build their club to be better.

    If Boston struggles like I think they will, I cannot wait to see the faces on ESPN and the caterwauling in print by all the fools who have claimed they are going to set records and destroy the league.

    I have more faith in our rotation than I do in theirs. As for their improved bullpen, let’s see it actually function first. Outside of Bard and Papelbum, it’s filled with non-tenders.

  35. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Frankly, the Yankee offense can afford to carry Martin at C if he brings Gold Glove defense. And stolen bases, homers, or RBIs are gravy. (Just don’t tell Colon about the gravy, ok?)

  36. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    “He’s been a base stealing terror in BP? Does that count?”

    He’d make a great backup catcher.

  37. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Pat–

    Good point about Buck being GM material. His personality must rub people the wrong way or something. Any guesses?

  38. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “Frankly, the Yankee offense can afford to carry Martin at C if he brings Gold Glove defense. And stolen bases, homers, or RBIs are gravy. (Just don’t tell Colon about the gravy, ok?)”

    BoJO

    I think you can make a similar argument that if Montero hits, they can afford to carry his defense.

    I’m not as confident about the Yankees’ offense as some. I think there are a lot questions marks that remain unanswered.

  39. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    GLove–

    It boggles the mind that any player would give Boston a discount after seeing how they treat their players…(and how Jeter got treated too). Lowelly, Wakey, Ortizy, Martinezy, and Mannyy all were treated like dirt.

  40. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Rich–

    Fair point about Monty’s offense. I think they would be a good pair. The gold glove could catch when other teams have rabbits, and Monty could catch on days were offense is needed from every spot.

  41. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    BoJo…..As I mentioned yesterday, I think Baltimore will be a .500 club outside the AL East….Their Inter League schedule isn’t to overwhelming, although they do have to face Atlanta , Cincy….Cards, Pirates and The Senators ( 6 games ) are not their equal

  42. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Rich, I feel that way about the offense as well……..I just feel it’s also an all or nothing type, which is why, except for 2009, they’ve gone ICE cold in the playoffs. They either score a zillion runs or they don’t; it’s a good offense, but their tendency to not move runners over or get the man in from 3rd with less than 2 outs is annoying.

    I’m just not a Buck fan -and taking jabs at Jeter is totally unnnecessary. This is how he wants to motivate his team? It’s so artifical – and it’s almost like a football coach using the “us against them” mentality. This isn’t football, Buck.

  43. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    If I were an opposing manager it would annoy me that Jeter does that as well…..but its part of his game, he’s always done it.

  44. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Bojo -

    they really do have some nice players there. If anyone can have them jump the hurdle, it would be Buck.

    Not that I want another AL East team in serious contention. But the Orioles are supposed to be a better team than they’ve been in the recent past. What would be good is if the Orioles can gain a little, but also that the Rays go back to what they were. ;)

  45. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Pat M–Any clur though why Buck hasn’t been hired as a GM…I totally agree his baseball IQ is off the chart.

  46. Crawdaddy March 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Rich,

    Until Montero actually hits ML pitching, he’s a question mark too.

  47. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    **clue**

  48. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    That said, I like Martin and I think he’s going to prove to be a valuable pick up.

    Did Gonzelz grow up in Boston? I wonder why he feels such an affinity for the place…..(not that it’s not a great city, but why would that be the only place he wanted to go)

  49. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I can’t believe the greatest player in history would sign for less than Teixera…..I smell a conspiracy.

  50. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Doreen–I just want those teams to beat up on Boston as much as possible. I still like our chances against them.

  51. Niblick March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Bojo: he broke a hip and ended his season last year. Are you were saying he was out of shape before that?

  52. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Madden did the same thing with the Rays as Buck is doing with the Orioles, though. It does work if the talent is there. Sometimes you have young players who are a bit intimidated playing certain teams (maybe not consciously) and if you can take a little bit of that away, or try to, it certainly couldn’t hurt.

  53. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    S/b–I still like our chances head-to-head against anybody, and don’t want teams like Sox to pull away because they beat up on lesser teams.

  54. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Bojo -

    That is the bottom line. Beat Boston. (And the Rays, too.)

  55. Crawdaddy March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    AGon grew up in the San Diego area which makes his trade from that team even more questionable.

  56. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    G. Love…..Remember The Pads fell 1 game short of the World Champion SF Giants last season……That dismal losing streak down the stretch killed them….They have a good young ballclub, and Buddy Black is an outstanding skipper…But in the end could they have received more elsewhere ????

  57. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    So if my Jair Jurrjens goes on the DL, should I pick our friend Bartolo Colon?

  58. West Coast Yankee Fan March 24th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Melk Man March 24th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Heyman hasn’t tweeted anything in almost 24 hours. Not even about what he ate for breakfast! I hope he’s OK.

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

    I’ll give him a call and find out. Thanks for the concern!

  59. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Niblick March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    Bojo: he broke a hip and ended his season last year. Are you were saying he was out of shape before that?
    ____________
    the rumor was that he was enjoying the night life a little too much the last tow seasons, and was also getting burned out by playing so much….couldn’t burn the candle at both ends, and his performance suffered.

    Apparently, he is getting serious about his career and will re-focus on baseball this year. We’ll see.

  60. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Doreen

    YES!

  61. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    BoJo…….I think Buck’s issues are his Alpha personality….He’s a micro mgr type guy….

  62. West Coast Yankee Fan March 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Crawdaddy March 24th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    AGon grew up in the San Diego area which makes his trade from that team even more questionable.

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

    What was questionable about that? The Padres couldn’t pay him. If someone offered me $154 million dollars to live in Gary, Indiana I’d be on my way to the airport.

  63. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Betsy

    I’m optimistic but not confident.

    I don’t subscribe to the all or nothing view though.

    I just want to see that some of the aging players bounce back, as well as seeing Granderson, and to a lesser extent Swisher, fully integrate Long’s instruction.

  64. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    “…But in the end could they have received more elsewhere”

    Probably not but you could argue they would have been better off keeping him and making another run at the playoffs this year as opposed to trading him for a good but not home run package. The Padre f
    ans may have preferred that anyway….

  65. David in Cal March 24th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    It’s possible that the ability to trade Mitre might affect the decision about which pitchers to keep. If the Yanks don’t keep Colon or Garcia on the ML squad, they get nothing back. Howver, if they keep Colon and Garcia, they can trade Mitre and get something in return (although not much.)

  66. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    “I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay (Rays) payroll,” Showalter told the magazine. “You got Carl Crawford because you paid more than anyone else, and that’s what makes you smarter? That’s why I like whipping their butt. It’s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?’”

    he also took a shot at Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, talking about how he “screamed” at Jeter at Yankee Stadium.

    “Our guys are thinking, ‘Wow, he’s screaming at Derek Jeter.’ Well, he’s always jumping back from balls just off the plate,” he said. “I know how many calls that team gets, and yes, he ticks me off.”

  67. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    We thought we’d bested the Sox for a long time by getting Tex, but it turns out that it ended up “ok” for them…………of course, we got Tex for just $$$ AND won a WS

  68. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm
    BoJo…….I think Buck’s issues are his Alpha personality….He’s a micro mgr type guy…
    ___________
    I wonder what type Branch Rickey was…

  69. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Doreen….Look to The Angels for an arm….

  70. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Trade Mitre to Towers for somebody.

  71. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I think Buck is great and hope that he will be employed by the Yankees again at some point.

  72. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    David in Cal March 24th, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    It’s possible that the ability to trade Mitre might affect the decision about which pitchers to keep. If the Yanks don’t keep Colon or Garcia on the ML squad, they get nothing back. Howver, if they keep Colon and Garcia, they can trade Mitre and get something in return (although not much.)
    ____________
    I keep suggesting–trade Mitre and R Sanchez for a player to be named later, and then get back Mitre as that player if and when needed. I’m sure Towers would work with Cashman.

  73. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    “I wonder what type Branch Rickey was…”

    Type N (as in Nostradamus)

  74. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Martin has come to camp claiming to be in the best shape of his life for there straight years.

  75. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Rich, I fully believe in Grandy, though let’s see how he is after he returns. He’s a dynamic player when at his best who could make a big difference. I think Jeter will be fine, but we do have to see it – and I want to see Tex as well. I do think Alex will be huge and Cano as well…….In any case, whether it’s a good or great offense, that won’t be the problem this year; if we have any problems, it will be with the rotation.

  76. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    “I wonder what type Branch Rickey was…”

    Type N (as in Nostradamus)
    ______________
    Pretty sick that Yankees could have had Willie and Aaron if their FO wasn’t so short sighted.

  77. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Three*

  78. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    LGY March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    Martin has come to camp claiming to be in the best shape of his life for there straight years.
    ____________
    WOW! There’s a guy dedicated to continuous improvement!

  79. stuckey99 March 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Some of you people are going to be shocked what Pujols and Fielder sign for next year…

  80. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Buck was a control freak – it’s why he does very well at rebuilding a team. He’s a good guy, but I don’t like control freaks.

  81. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    The only thing I’d like to see with this offense is a different/better/whatever approach against junkballers and first-timers. That’s it.

  82. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    stuckey99 March 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    Some of you people are going to be shocked what Pujols and Fielder sign for next year…
    ____________
    I have been assuming American currency. Are you suggesting they will take Euro-dollars?

  83. G. Love March 24th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Pat M.,

    I don’t think Gonzalez was ever really put on the open market. I always feel like it was Boston or bust. You never really heard about any deals that came close. Supposedly the Mariners made a bid for him, but that only surfaced a week or so ago. In all of these trades you always hear ad nauseum about who was offered. It either means no other teams wanted Gonzalez or they were locked in on sending him to Boston because Hoyer wanted Casey Kelly that badly.

    I also think the Padres sent out a lot of “he wants Tex money or more” in the media which could have discouraged a few teams thinking 154 million wasn’t going to get him to sign long term. Only once he got to Boston did we hear he was willing to make less than the Texeira/Howard market for 1b set several years ago.

    That said, I’m glad they got their guy. I can’t wait to beat them with all their little biscuits healthy and polished up for the season.

    And I love how Anthony Ranaudo has now stepped into Casey Kelly’s gigantic shoes in the media. They’ll have him, Iglesias and Bowden traded for Hanley Ramirez by the all star break.

  84. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    “Buck was a control freak – it’s why he does very well at rebuilding a team. He’s a good guy, but I don’t like control freaks.”

    Maybe I missed it, but I never read that Stick couldn’t work with him.

  85. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Pat M -

    Thanks. :)

    I think the only one available is one that I’m not sure anyone would want…unless one thinks he can turn things around?

    I have a few in mind, problem being partially the teams they are on.

  86. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    Buck was a control freak – it’s why he does very well at rebuilding a team. He’s a good guy, but I don’t like control freaks.
    ____________
    Buck just sent me an e-mail to order you to stop criticizing him.

  87. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Rich, I fully believe in Grandy, though let’s see how he is after he returns. He’s a dynamic player when at his best who could make a big difference. I think Jeter will be fine, but we do have to see it – and I want to see Tex as well. I do think Alex will be huge and Cano as well…….In any case, whether it’s a good or great offense, that won’t be the problem this year; if we have any problems, it will be with the rotation.
    __

    Betsy

    You sound quite confident…

    NTTAWWT

  88. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    The only thing I’d like to see with this offense is a different/better/whatever approach against junkballers and first-timers. That’s it.
    __________
    Yep…Jo-Jo Reyes got the benefit of that again last night. Strangest thing, isn’t it?

  89. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    # LGY March 24th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Martin has come to camp claiming to be in the best shape of his life for there straight years.
    —————————————
    I read that a while back and I think a player on the Dodgers said it

  90. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    BoJo…….From all accounts Rickey was one you didn’t cross nor trust…..Face just read a great book on Rickey……..Angels at 82.5 might be the best pick on the board….OVERS

  91. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    GLove–Apparently the SD GM was too chicken to risk trading to any team where he didn’t know the prospects….he may not have trusted his scouts. But in trading to the Red Sox, he may have bought in to all the hype that surrounds their prospects. We’ll see.

  92. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Blake-

    Is “somebody” any good ?

    :)

  93. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    two games I look foward to seeing tonight

    Bruins-Canadiens..

    UConn- SD.St

  94. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Pat M–I think I heard that too. Apparently he would get players to sign contracts but not sign them himself, and then tear up the contract at end of ST if player didn’t make team. I beleive that was him I heard doing that. Pretty low…

  95. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    MTU,

    Yea “somebody” is projectable ;)

  96. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Pat

    How is the over unders coming along? Any you are particularly struggling with?

  97. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Rich, I meant as a manager- of course, that was a long time ago and so I don’t have any specific details. Maybe control freak is too strong, but he seemed at the time to me to be awfully buttoned up – I don’t think he allowed for much fun in the locker. Then again, he brought a much needed sense of professionalism back there and I know he loved being a Yankees.

  98. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Blake-

    I KNOW he’s better than “anybody”.

    ;)

  99. stuckey99 March 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    “I have been assuming American currency. Are you suggesting they will take Euro-dollars?”

    Mark Teixeira has the 6th highest annual average salary in the game.

    If anyone thought THREE first baseman were ALL going to break into the top 6 in the same offseason, despite the fact the the biggest spending team already has one already, their expectations are off, to put it as kindly as I’m capable.

    The guy just coming off shoulder surgery is going to take himself off the market for a little less instead of trying to find his money when Fielder and Pujols will be too.

    Seems like an astute decision to me.

  100. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Bojo, if I don’t, what’s he going to do? Have Player X rip me to shreds? LOL

  101. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The guy I am going to hate seeing Boston acquire is Jose Reyes. Add him to that stable of greyhounds and they are going to be scary.

  102. stuckey99 March 24th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Buck doesn’t allow his players to wear there hat backwards… ever.

    I offer that without commentary.

  103. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Rich, NTT what? I need a confused smiley, lol

  104. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Stuckey–

    I agree with your analysis…and if you are saying Pujols and Fielder will be taking less than expected, I think one of them will. But Washington and Chicago may be this year’s fools.

  105. RayVT March 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Buck reminds me of Billy Martin only Buck is better with pitchers. Both recognize talent & turn teams around quickly. Both grate on you after a while as well. I think he does well in Balt.

    I like his moxy! I hope he beats Beantown every time they play them!

  106. blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t see the Sox going after Reyes…..they have Iglesias who will be ready next year and Reyes will get a big deal if he has a good season.

  107. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Who is more of micro-manager type Buck or Bobby V. ?

  108. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    stuckey99 March 24th, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    Buck doesn’t allow his players to wear there hat backwards… ever.

    I offer that without commentary.
    _________
    He has also absolutely forbidden wearing jocks outside the pants. I offer that without “supporting” link or commentary.

  109. Rich in NJ March 24th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Betsy

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    /Seinfeld

  110. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    MTU March 24th, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    Who is more of micro-manager type Buck or Bobby V. ?
    ________
    Good question! Separated at birth? Both are highly intelligent and run the team with iron fist. I think Buck has a little less personality though.

  111. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    lets go Boston !!!!

  112. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    blake March 24th, 2011 at 5:54 pm
    I don’t see the Sox going after Reyes…..they have Iglesias who will be ready next year and Reyes will get a big deal if he has a good season.
    _____________
    Blake–Igy doesn’t have Reyesy’s offense….I could see a swap

  113. GreenBeret7 March 24th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    Buck is being quite the motivator here, no?

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

    That could very well backfire on Showalter, too.

    Not sure many owners like having an employee what to do, no matter how smart the employee is. It’s been a problem with him for 20 years.

  114. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    Bojo, if I don’t, what’s he going to do? Have Player X rip me to shreds? LOL
    __________________
    Buck just e-mailed a picture of him giving you an angry look….ordered me to forward it to you.

  115. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Bojo,

    Is Boston willing to pass the Yanks in payroll? That’s where they are headed if they keep signing big contracts…..I don’t think they are especially when they have a guy for the league minimum.

  116. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Rich, oh, lol……… You mean in Granderson? Yes I am – I believed he would have an outstanding post-season and he did. He’s one of my favorites.

    Well Bojo, if you’re reduced to being Buck’s message boy, I don’t know what to tell you :)

  117. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Blakey (yes, in honor of Joey, I will commence using the Yankee nicknaming convention)–

    IIRC, they have a lot of money coming off the books next year.

    –Bojoey

  118. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    LGY…..The lines have shifted since you left for your vacation…..You might want to go back to Vehas Watch and see some of the revisions…….That being said, I’m still looking to place 1500.00 on the best 5 teams and then the last 500.00 throughout the rest of the clubs……Yanks 90.5 ( over )…Boston 94.5 ( unders )….Angels 82.5 ( over )…are locks so far….I might go with a big 6 teams if that comes about within the next week…..Oakland has moved up to 83.5 and the uncertainity over Bailey comes into play, but they still have Fuentes …..Phils dropped from 97 to 95.5…..Check out the lines again and let me know……

  119. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    Rich, oh, lol……… You mean in Granderson? Yes I am – I believed he would have an outstanding post-season and he did. He’s one of my favorites.

    Well Bojo, if you’re reduced to being Buck’s message boy, I don’t know what to tell you
    ______________
    Betsy-y

    It’s certainly not anything one volunteers for.

  120. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    “IIRC, they have a lot of money coming off the books next year.”

    which they’ll have to re-sign or replace no?

  121. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I wouldn’t think so, Boj-y

  122. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Mets under 77 & Brewers ( my fav) over 85.5

  123. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    [Comment From JESUSJESUS: ]
    Couple questions: How many PAs do I see this year in the bigs? Does my bat play anywhere else on the diamond long term? What’s the % chance I get dealt for a major upgrade to the rotation?
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:09 JESUS
    12:11

    Frankie Piliere:
    I think 350-400 PA. Your bat plays anywhere on the diamond but the body doesn’t. It could at first base but that’s sort of taken right now. I think there’s a 20-30% chance of getting dealt. Has to be the perfect pitcher though.

    [Comment From TheHughesUnitTheHughesUnit: ]
    Who would you take right now to be the Yankees backup catcher, Romine or Montero?
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:13 TheHughesUnit
    12:13

    Frankie Piliere:
    Montero. I just don’t see Romine being ready with the bat at all yet.

    [Comment From TheHughesUnitTheHughesUnit: ]
    Which Yankees prospects do you think is overrated the most?
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:37 TheHughesUnit
    12:38

    Frankie Piliere:
    This is going to sound like more of a knock than it is but it’s Romine. He gets mentioned all the time with Montero and Gary Sanchez. He’s not those guys. Good prospect but those guys have special upside. I don’t see that with Romine.

    [Comment From teddyteddy: ]
    just curious how do you rate mariano rivera cutter? he just making guys looked stupid? 12 pitches 2, k’s he done this st
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:40 teddy
    12:41

    Frankie Piliere:
    Basically it’s the standard if you are grading other cutters. It’s scary with him, his cutter almost looks better now than ever. There’s something to be said for getting smarter with all that experience.

  124. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Blakey–

    Good question…Obviously they don’t have much talent coming up as cheap replacements…

    Let me see if I can recall who might be coming off books

    Ortizy
    Drewy
    Cammy
    Variteky
    Wakey
    Papelbumy
    Diceyky??
    Scuteroey??

    That’s a lot of room to maneuver…correct me where I am wrong…but I think they should be able to replace those players for A LOT less Euros.

  125. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Blake, I stayed up until 3 am a few days ago watching Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus……..still a classic, lol

  126. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Frankie does another good job…he really is a great plus to the Internet fan world.

  127. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Bojo,

    who is going to replace them? Iglesias will replace Scutero, who is replacing Ortiz or will they re-sign him?, who will replace Drew? Will they sign another starter to replace Dice K? (they have nothing really close in the minors), Will they add to the pen after Papsmear leaves? Will they re-sign V-Tek….etc. Unless they are replacing all of that from within then they are going to have to turn around and spend as soon as the money comes off.

  128. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Betsy,

    yes it is ;)

  129. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    With Greinke’s injury and Marcum having some shoulder problems, looking more and more likely that it is best to go with the under on the Brew Crew.

  130. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Betsy-y

    Is that the one where the giant shark leaps in the air and eats an airplane? I think I saw a Youtube clip and have been meaning to DL the movie.

  131. Melk Man March 24th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Frankie is awesome. Even though he’s a Yankees fan, he is always objective.

  132. Giuseppe Franco March 24th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I like Showalter as much as the next guy but the Orioles have been a bad organization for more than decade.

    Tons of bad decisions everywhere and their player development, especially in regards to pitching, has been non-existent.

    Showalter may be a good baseball man but he can’t perform miracles. The O’s will remain a cellar dweller until they can pitch.

  133. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    blake….$ line on the Duke Arizona game has moved to 480.00……BYU / Florida St dropped to 2.5

  134. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm
    Bojo,

    who is going to replace them? Iglesias will replace Scutero, who is replacing Ortiz or will they re-sign him?, who will replace Drew? Will they sign another starter to replace Dice K? (they have nothing really close in the minors), Will they add to the pen after Papsmear leaves? Will they re-sign V-Tek….etc. Unless they are replacing all of that from within then they are going to have to turn around and spend as soon as the money comes off.
    _________
    Good question–

    Let’s hazard some guesses

    Ortizy–can sign a DH for about $5M (Matsuiy, Vlady, Jorgey, etc)
    Drewy–tougher one…good defense and who can scream like a little girl when they scrap their knee? Hmmm…could get DeJesus for about $7M
    Cammy–Big deal
    Variteky–Good riddance
    Wakey–See above
    Papelbumy–Bardy
    Diceyky??–Tough call…who will give them the absolute least return on investment….hmmm…Acey?
    Scuteroey??–Reyesy

  135. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    [Comment From teddyteddy: ]
    whose better sabathia or lester?
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:48 teddy
    12:49

    Frankie Piliere:
    On his best day I think I’d take Lester. Day to day I still might take CC but I like Lester’s most dominant day over CC’s. By that logic I’ll say Lester.

    [Comment From First Time PosterFirst Time Poster: ]
    Which DH has the best year? What do you think Posada can do with the stick not playing behind the dish?
    Thursday March 24, 2011 12:39 First Time Poster
    12:39

    Frankie Piliere:
    I think Ortiz will be pretty good this year. I think Posada struggles. I think being a DH will play a role in it but I mainly think this is the year we see serious decline from him offensively. Can’t fight father time.

  136. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Boj-y yes – that shark showed incredible leaping ability, lol. It’s also the movie where the shark chomped down on the Golden Gate Bridge, lol.

  137. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Wrong, Frankie, lol

  138. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Pat M,

    who is favored in the FSU game? That Duke game is hard to bet with the current line….

  139. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Tampa Bay at only 83.5?

    Definitely over. Might want that to be one of your top picks Pat.

  140. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Pat M. -

    Did you get the points you wanted?

  141. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    # LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    With Greinke’s injury and Marcum having some shoulder problems, looking more and more likely that it is best to go with the under on the Brew Crew.
    —————————————————————————————
    Greinke has a rib problem expected to miss two starts….Marcum with shoulder tightness will be ready to start season……

  142. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    And the final Jeopardy question in our Jeopardy Challenge of the Champions comes under the Category of Sports:

    Often ignored and overlooked by the extremely lesser informed, the phrase “Oh, no, 7 in a row!” refers to what seemingly insignificant 2011 Spring Training event that indeed ended up portending the stunning demise of a team in Major League Baseball?

    You have 30 seconds to answer the question.

  143. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Bojo,

    You never know how things are going to play out this season. Money coming off the books is only good though if you have young talent to replace it….otherwise you just have to turn around and spend again. I’m not sure the Sox do and I think they’ll need pitching help after this season, both in the rotation and bullpen.

  144. joeman March 24th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    my picks for final 8

    BYU
    Wis
    SD.ST
    Ari
    NC
    Ohio St
    Kan
    VCU

  145. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    “The O’s will remain a cellar dweller until they can pitch.”

    They can pitch. If you don’t believe me, wait and watch.

    :)

  146. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Betsy-y

    Are you aware that there is a sequel to the Megashark movie called “Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus” made in 2010?

  147. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    “Greinke has a rib problem expected to miss two starts….Marcum with shoulder tightness will be ready to start season……”

    ————————-

    Greinke: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......e-thought/

    Marcum: Never good to have shoulder tightness heading into the season. Would bet he lands on the DL at some point in the near future.

  148. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    “Buck’s comments are making National headlines….Not so much on Derek, but more so about Theo……I’m starting to look at The O’s as an over 76.5″

    YOU GO BUCK!

    :)

    Chocolate may be on its way after all!

    The faith of a mustard seed can move mountains and the managing of a Showalter can turn a team around.

  149. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    Bojo,

    You never know how things are going to play out this season. Money coming off the books is only good though if you have young talent to replace it….otherwise you just have to turn around and spend again. I’m not sure the Sox do and I think they’ll need pitching help after this season, both in the rotation and bullpen.
    ____________
    Gives you a good warm feeling about our GM, doesn’t it?

  150. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    “Are you aware that there is a sequel to the Megashark movie called “Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus” made in 2010?”

    wow, I must see this.

  151. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Trishay–Boston surely COULD NOT have lost 7 in a row, could they?

  152. Patrick March 24th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    They can pitch. If you don’t believe me, wait and watch.

    —-

    I’m sure they can. I can pitch too. Can I pitch well? Debatable. The same goes for the Orioles

  153. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    But Ortiz CAN fight father time?

    I’m sorry. But Ortiz is getting just as old as Posada.

    And Ortiz has been getting off to slow starts. He’s starting slow this spring. Does he get the benefit of the doubt that he’s going to bounce out of it? Why?

    And Why doesn’t Posada get any plus offensively for not having the wear-and-tear from behind the plate? I’m sorry, I think Posada has had a great attitude with this positional change for him; I think he is going to find his DH “routine” and I think he is set to have a very good year. Posada is a fighter and a grinder and he will do well.

  154. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    “Gives you a good warm feeling about our GM, doesn’t it?”

    Yes, the Yankees are actually set up to decrease payroll over the next few years if they so choose….they won’t but they could and still compete. The players that will be coming off (except Swisher) can be replaced from within (Posada, the rotation, bullpen etc). This will not only keep them young, it will allow them to potentially make a big play for an expensive Free Agent to trade target and still keep their payroll within reason.

  155. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I am going to suggest that as a sign of unity and support for our Joey Girardi, that on opening day, we all call each other and Chadey by the nicknames Joey would use. Bring good luck to the boys!

  156. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Personally I think this is the year that Papi gets off to a slow start and doesn’t turn it around.

  157. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    blake -

    If you want to bet on AZ, you can get 9 1/2 pts. Not enough?

    I took Duke, giving 8 1/2 yesterday.

    I think BYU is a good bet tonight. Fla. is 2 pt. fav.

  158. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Boston I think is the toughest bet in the AL East.

    The past few years two teams have won 95+ in the East. I could definitely see both Yanks and Boston being over 95.

    For the AL East,

    Yankees definitely over, Tampa definitely over, Baltimore definitely under.

    Toronto is a little tough. Going back and forth on that. Boston I am really not sure. My hatred for them is saying under, but I think there is a really good chance there are 2 95 win teams in the East.

    Personally, I wouldn’t put Boston in my top big money picks Pat, but I am probably in the minority on that.

  159. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Boj-y, they did? They’ve not aired it yet on SciFi………I’m sure the shark would win, lol

  160. Patrick March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Personally I think this is the year that Papi gets off to a slow start and doesn’t turn it around.

    For the sake of my fantasy team, I hope not!

  161. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    “That could very well backfire on Showalter, too.

    Not sure many owners like having an employee what to do, no matter how smart the employee is. It’s been a problem with him for 20 years.”

    How I wish I could be around for a long conversation on this one, but as usual my hit and run life precludes it.

    Andy MacPhail is absolutely in love with what Buck has accomplished so far. And why wouldn’t he be? If he can act as a buffer between Buck and Angelos, this just might work out.

    I hail Buck and everything he wants to say and do. That team has been beaten to a pulp. Why not let them crow a bit? Go for it I say.

  162. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I want the Orioles to be a decent team again, but I’m not rooting for them. I can’t root for any team in the AL (especially in the east), except the Yankees, of course.

  163. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Big AL,

    I think Duke wins but it’s tough to give that many points. If I HAD to bet on it I’d give the points and take Duke but that’s tough…..I think FSU wins and covers. I think BYU gets beat.

  164. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    Boj-y, they did? They’ve not aired it yet on SciFi………I’m sure the shark would win, lol
    ___________
    I suspect Sharky has a 3 picture deal with a percentage of merchandise. You just know that as a shark, he has a legal degree and wouldn’t settle for less.

  165. E . R . California March 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Hehe .

  166. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    If the Croc is half croc and half dinosaur, the head must be a croc’s head and not a dinosaur’s head -otherwise, the crocosaurus could never survive, lol.

    There really was a megaladon shark – 50-60 ft long, lol. I’d pay to see that critter

  167. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    blake……I booked BYU + 3 the day the line came out, it’s now 2 1/2…..Big Al, I just phoned in Arizona + 9 and l put a Benji on the money line to win 480.00 as well…..I also played Butler + 5 and San Diego State – 2……

  168. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Trisha -

    The problem is they beat themselves to that self-same pulp. No one did it to them; they did it to themselves. Great that they are finally climbing out of it, but they put themselves in that position.

    I do remember the O’s of the late 60s and early 70s and they were a great team. And I hate seeing great teams fall so far (like the Pirates). But most of them can look in the mirror to see why.

  169. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    “I’m sure they can. I can pitch too. Can I pitch well? Debatable. The same goes for the Orioles”

    Sad that you really don’t know anything about the Orioles pitching. Well not sad, actually. I’m sure they don’t give a rat what you think of it!

    And since I also don’t care whether you end up with egg on your face over this one, all I’ll tell you is you’re in for a surprise.

  170. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Well, as the song goes, the shark does have pretty teeth and he loves to show his pearly whites.

    Oh, and the shark also took down a tanker…………..he was kind of hungry.

  171. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    http://img25.imageshack.us/img.....osterq.jpg

  172. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I think Duke, Florida, Uconn, and FSU march on tonight.

  173. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    “Trishay–Boston surely COULD NOT have lost 7 in a row, could they?”

    WE HAVE A NEW JEOPARDY CHAMPION!!!!!

  174. Red Lobster March 24th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Showalter will be fired within a year.

  175. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My bad, FSU doesn’t play tonight…..Butler wins.

  176. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    LGY….BoSox pitching staff is a serious concern to win 95 games, no ???

  177. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    “Trishay–Boston surely COULD NOT have lost 7 in a row, could they?”

    WE HAVE A NEW JEOPARDY CHAMPION!!!!!
    _________
    I even phrased it as a question!

  178. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Jaleel White is in that movie – I never saw the show, but wasn’t he on Family Matters?

    Here you go, lol – great stuff

  179. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    blake -

    Call me crazy, but, I think BYU is the safest bet tonight. But, I’ve been wrong before, let’s just see how it shakes out.

    Pat M. said last night he wanted 9 – 9 1/2 pts going against Duke, I wonder if he took that bet, now that he got the pts he was looking for.

  180. Nick in SF March 24th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    What moved UCONN from +1 last night to -1 right now?

    (Money did, but why?)

  181. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Oops

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY4hnBOjDdg

  182. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Al,

    I think he said he did.

  183. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    “The problem is they beat themselves to that self-same pulp. No one did it to them; they did it to themselves. Great that they are finally climbing out of it, but they put themselves in that position. ”

    I’m not saying anyone did it to them Doreen. They did it to themselves, albeit unwittingly, by having the wrong team management. It happens. When you have a pitcher like Brian Matusz with a losing record, something is dramatically wrong.

    The Rays languished for a long time before they finally put it together. They had some superb players, and they had some really good pitching. But their pen was terrible and they didn’t have the success they should have.

    I’m looking forward to the team seeing the daylight they haven’t seen for a long time and their fans being treated to the same.

    It’s only right after all.

    :)

  184. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Pat M. -

    The odds just went to 10 over Duke, time to double down.

  185. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    “LGY….BoSox pitching staff is a serious concern to win 95 games, no ???”

    ——————

    The Sox have question marks, but other than the Yankees those two teams don’t have any real competition in the AL IMO.

    I don’t know, while I really want to say Boston sucks and they won’t win 95, the normal thing lately has been to have two 95 game winners in the East and I don’t see the Rays winning 95.

  186. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Wow…that’s Academy Award material!

  187. Giuseppe Franco March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    “The O’s will remain a cellar dweller until they can pitch.”

    They can pitch. If you don’t believe me, wait and watch.

    ————-

    Their problem is that every other team in their own division has a lot better pitching than they do.

    And at least three of them (Yanks, RS, and Jays) are also going to score more runs than the Orioles.

    It’s tough to gain any ground in that division when it’s obvious they have a lot of ground to make up before they can be the second worst team in the AL East.

  188. BJK March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    But Ortiz CAN fight father time?

    I’m sorry. But Ortiz is getting just as old as Posada.

    ————————————————————————–

    Ortiz is 35 (officially). Posada turns 40 in August. That’s a big difference.

  189. Patrick March 24th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    trisha,

    I know plenty about their pitching and yes they have a high upside but I don’t think all of them will be stars right away. Most of that upside is due to young guys like Matusz, Britton, Tillman, Arrieta. Tons of talent, but I doubt they will be that good this year.

    Not to mention, the Orioles have had especially bad luck when it comes to prospects in recent years. None of them have really broken out so I’m not going to gush about their young pitchers until the Orioles prove they can develop them properly.

  190. BD (Boston Dave) March 24th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Boston improved their bullpen a bit as well.

    I’d put them at around 95 wins but spring training predictions don’t carry much weight.

  191. Nick in SF March 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    The fish rots from the head down?

    This one is pretty rotten:

    http://baltimore.sportsthenand.....ngelos.jpg

  192. GreenBeret7 March 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Doreen, with Posada no longer catching, not only will he hit, but he’ll release the emergecy brake and steal 20 bases in 20 attempts. Sado got wheels.

  193. LGY March 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Trisha predicts the same thing for every almost every crappy team every year.

    Who cares?

  194. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    “I even phrased it as a question!”

    :D

    You rock, bojo boy! You rock.

    I now have to go to Bible Study (trying to find ways to devote time to things I should). I would really rather love to stay here and discuss the Orioles new life and the Jays great stable of young pitchers (always happy for my AL East rivals, except of course for the joke of the league, the Suxers) but I know it is safe for you to speak for me in my absence. I totally trust every direction you take, Mr. Brilliant!

    :)

    Keep ‘em honest and give no quarter to anything about the Sux – not that I even had to tell you that.

    Catch you later.

  195. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Just curious.

    I understand that Garcia or Colon might be willing to work out of the pen in order to make the team.

    My question is, “Is there any evidence to support the idea that they would be able to handle it ?”

    i.e. experience working out of the pen.

    Answer:

    I don’t believe either man has much experience working out of the pen.

    We don’t really KNOW how they would handle it or adapt to it.

    We do know that Mitre can.

    Keep all 3. Mitre has a “tired shoulder”, and a “strained oblique”, right ?

    I think he should be DL’ed while we find out.

    ;)

  196. Red Lobster March 24th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Pride, Power and Pinstripes is on now FYI

  197. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wow–the shark actually does have a merchandising deal!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  198. Nick in SF March 24th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Shades of savvy moves to come?

    http://cache.deadspin.com/asse.....ossosa.jpg

  199. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Let’s hope we see some more exciting NCAAB tonight.

    Go Duke & BYU, daddy needs a new, well just say it be good to win.

  200. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Al-

    I don’t follow basketball but I’ll pull for BYU just because they’re from my home state.

    :)

  201. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    LOL that was hilarious

  202. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    MTU -

    That sounds like a very good idea. I think it’s hard for a SP to go to the BP, when they’re not accustomed to the routine.

  203. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    “The fish rots from the head down?

    This one is pretty rotten:”

    Lots of people said the same about the Boss.

    Can’t spend any more time so can’t answer to any more posts, disgruntled (LGY) or otherwise!

    Ciao now.

  204. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    “None of them have really broken out so I’m not going to gush about their young pitchers until the Orioles prove they can develop them properly.”

    Patrick – fair enough. I’m seriously thinking this year is going to be big for their pitchers. Only time will tell of course.

  205. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    MTU -

    I do not like the NBA, for many reasons, but, college ball is much more fun to follow and enjoy.

  206. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I turned that off as soon as I heard Paul say “I agree with Kenny; I don’t think you can expect Phil to get off to that kind of start, so if he struggles and AJ struggles, you’re down to CC”. Sorry – not interested in that kind of negativity.

  207. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Al-

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the Yankees discussions.

    I think they would be interesting, instructive, surprising, and humorous.

    Did I miss anything ?

    :)

  208. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Bye Trishay–enjoy the class!

  209. blake March 24th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    MTU,

    You kinda are…..Im sure Cashman consults what you write on Lohud before making any decision.

  210. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    MTU -

    I think its all BS, they know who the SP and BP pitchers are for awhile, just have not said.

    Its like asking, why is Belliard still in camp, he has no chance to make AAA, no less the Yankees.

    For a guy that wanted a ML job, he came into camp in such poor shape, he’s a joke of what he once was.

  211. Giuseppe Franco March 24th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    # Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I turned that off as soon as I heard Paul say “I agree with Kenny; I don’t think you can expect Phil to get off to that kind of start, so if he struggles and AJ struggles, you’re down to CC”. Sorry – not interested in that kind of negativity.

    ————

    I must say, I do find that comment very ironic coming from you. You are the queen of negativity here.

  212. AZ88 March 24th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    ““I agree with Kenny; I don’t think you can expect Phil to get off to that kind of start,”

    That was in response to Kenny saying Hughes struggled in the 2nd half and playoffs and got the most run support in baseball, and needs to get some confidence back by getting off to a good start. Flash said you can’t expect 18 wins again and he has to incorporate his changeup this year.

  213. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Blake-

    You’re too kind.

    Cash wouldn’t piss on my grave.

    Maybe SJ, CB, Pat M., or GB.

    But me ?

    That’s too funny. I might be able to help him out with his rapelling though.

    :)

  214. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    The Phillies will be needing a 2B real soon, Belliard can slip in there and add to their age and non-power output, lol.

  215. MaineYankee March 24th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    MTU

    I wasn’t ignoring you yesterday morning. I had to leave before I could respond.

    I then got a boatload of viruses last night.

    I finally got it cleaned up so I’m back at it.

    My truck did well in the snow so now I find out how good it is in mud. :lol:

  216. Yanks78 March 24th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    “The Phillies will be needing a 2B real soon, Belliard can slip in there and add to their age and non-power output, lol.”

    They already got Castillo to fit that description

    LOL

  217. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    The Phillies will be needing a 2B real soon, Belliard can slip in there and add to their age and non-power output, lol.
    ——————–

    Too late…former Mets 2B Castillo signed with them.

  218. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Al-

    They better get their rabbitt’s foot out. They damn near lost Oswalt the other day.

    Their Karma appears to be bad.

  219. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    MY-

    Mud can be worse than snow.

    Use your tractor.

    ;)

  220. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    BoJo -

    They’ll be needing Belliard to B/U Castillo, and then who knows what/who comes after them.

  221. West Coast Yankee Fan March 24th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Castillo is not the Phillies second baseman. He was signed to a minor league contract. Wilson Valdez is expected to be the opening day second baseman and Castillo is competing for a roster spot with Michael Martinez, Josh Barfield, Pete Orr and Delwyn Young.

  222. Nick in SF March 24th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “Lots of people said the same about the Boss.”

    And some of the negative things they said about Big Stein were accurate, but what does that have to do with Peter Angelos?

    More importantly, why has UCONN moved to +1.5???

  223. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Blake-

    Sorry. or you.

    :)

  224. BoJo March 24th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Big Ally—

    It’s a real shame about Chasey and his knees. If ever a ballplayer reminded me of Jetey, Utley-y was the guy. Hard nosed, clutch….should have been a HOF career if he hadn’t been stalled by the Philliesys.

  225. blake March 24th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    MtU,

    Don’t sell yourself short

  226. Red Lobster March 24th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    “Castillo is competing for a roster spot with Michael Martinez, Josh Barfield, Pete Orr and Delwyn Young.

    lol

  227. BIG AL March 24th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Catch ya’ll later, Mrs. made 2 big racks of BBW ribs, I’m fixing to put a hurt on them right now. Later.

  228. blake March 24th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Actually Randy is probably Cashmans favorite poster :)

  229. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Blake-

    Don’t have too. 5′ 8″.

    Not exactly Brackman, and Betances territory.

    Ever wonder what it’s like to constantly have to bend to get thru doorways, or to have clouds hangin’ round your head all the time ?

    Must be a real pain.

    :)

  230. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Al-

    Don’t go. I want some of those ribs.

  231. MaineYankee March 24th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    blake

    I have often wondered if randy was really Cashman. :lol:

    If he’s around that is sure to get a response. :lol:

  232. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I have often wondered if CB was Cash ?

    CB/BC ?

    He’s certainly smart enough.

    ;)

  233. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Only reason I don’t think he is is that he doesn’t speak in riddles like Cash.

    :)

  234. m March 24th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Phil had a first half for the ages. And he had a lot if run support. But not all that run support came when he was in the game.

    Anyway, stay healthy, don’t burn out the bullpen, keep your team in the game. Phil,of course has much higher standards. ;)

  235. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    m-

    Phil is a stud.

    And with that new pitch.

    Whew !

    :)

  236. tyanksfan36 March 24th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The girl next to me in class is browsing the Yankees MLB shop.

  237. Ghost of Steinbrenner March 24th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I live in Sarasota FL and have season tickets to the Orioles (on the visiting dugout side :) Anyway, the Orioles are going to score runs this year and have a very capable defense. The only question is their pitching but the team is really ready for this season. They will finish above the Jays for sure and maybe the Rays. Also as Buck so eloquently stated the Birds will give fits to our Yanks and the Red Sox!

  238. J. Alfred Prufrock March 24th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The underestimation of Posada is puzzling. He’ll have fun this yr making people sound stupid.

  239. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    A few items from Rumors-r-us:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....olina.html

    Potential surprises ?

    No word on where Mitre fits though.

  240. Doreen March 24th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    So I was just checking out an Angels blog on the Orange Country Register, and here is their “User Agreement:”

    Reader Comments
    Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreement.
    Keep it civil and stay on topic.
    No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks.
    People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.

    I just found it interesting.

  241. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    LOL GF – those comments from Pauly were extremelly negative. All I’ve ever said was that I think the Sox are better. Did I ever say the team was going to suck? No.

  242. GreenBeret7 March 24th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Nothing negative about O’Neill said. To think that any pitcher outside if a 26 year old Koufax will start 11-2 two years in a row is dreaming. All he was saying was that Hughes needed toeven out his halves. The one part that I don’t agree with is this run support crap. Hughes still needed to pitch his behind off when he was in the game. More than 30% of the runs the Yanks scored in his games came after he left the game.

  243. Fran the original March 24th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    MTU,

    Just read what you posted. It would seem that Mitre’s spot on the roster depends on Colon. I think Garcia will be on as either the #5 starter or long man.

    Girardi the other day expressed concern about Colon’s weight and his ability to hold up.

  244. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    GB, that’s not what I found negative…………not the Phil part. Obviously I don’t expect him to pitch like that early on – but hey if he does, that’s great. I thought his entire comment was negative – I mean, yeah if Phil and AJ struggle then you’re depending on CC alone. However, we can say that about any team. What happens if Lester and Buchholz struggle? What happens if Price and whomever struggle? My comment had absolutely nothing to do with Phil…….

  245. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Fran-

    I have been advocating keeping all 3 (doubt they will).

    What I really found a little surprising was the idea that the Yanks might go with Molina.

  246. mick March 24th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    The queen of negativity, lol.

  247. Betsy March 24th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    As to wins, who’s to say how many wins any pitcher will have? A lot of it is based on run support.

  248. Fran the original March 24th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    MTU,

    Yeah, keeping all 3 is a good idea. You can never have enough pitching, and if Colon can’t hold up, you still have alternatives.

    As for Molina as the back-up, it does seem more and more like that is the way the Yanks will go. Kind of surprising, but maybe it will be better for Montero’s development if he catches every day at Scranton, rather than sits on the bench in NY.

  249. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Fran-

    If Molina gets the nod a person could have made a lot of money betting on it.

    A real longshot.

    I think they can still go with Jesus. Let him learn at the ML level.

    I don’t think his ego could be that fragile ( At least I hope not), and he would have some great instructors all around him.

    Whenever they bring him up it would be reasonable to assume an adjustment period. So why not now ?

    My 2 cents.

  250. E . R . California March 24th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    ” Madonna and Alex Rodriguez’s Foundation for Malawi Girls’ School Collapses “

  251. Tom in N.J. March 24th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Phil only had one win where he gave up more than 3 runs.

  252. MaineYankee March 24th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    MTU

    You realize 2 cents isn’t worth what it once was.

  253. Pat M. March 24th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    A Couple of things to watch for this season that will translate into the Bombers success….Joba’s ability to continue the improved curve pattern that he displayed in mid August and throughout September…..Ivan Nova being able to consistency pitch through the 6th inning….And Hughes knocking off at least .50 run off of last season’s era…..If the club gets that type of contribution AJ Burnett can feel a little less stressed about being the linchpin to the club’s fortunes…….

  254. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    What do you think Maine regarding the 4/5 starters and the BU catcher ?

    Who do you like ?

    Haven’t heard you chime in on it.

  255. MTU March 24th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    New thread ==>

  256. blake March 24th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Uconn opening it up a little.


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