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Monday night notes and links

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I have very few absolute rules in life, but one of them is this: If the AP has a cool picture of Yogi Berra and Don Larsen together in the Yankees dugout on Old Timers’ Day, I should find a place for it on the blog.

So, as we’re wrapping up the Yankees final off day until the all-star break, we’ll start with a picture of the catcher and pitcher together again.

Naturally, the return of Joe Torre grabbed the headlines today. Some of Torre’s history might be tainted, but in the end, I think John Harper’s column today was right on the money: Whatever your take on Torre’s book, it’s silly to ignore his place in the franchise’s history. I think it’s possible to be disappointed in the book, but still celebrate the legacy. That seems to be what the Yankees did in inviting Torre to yesterday’s event.

Anyway, here are  few more notes and links for the day. The Yankees get back on the field tomorrow against the Brewers.

• Back in Scranton, my old darts playing partner Marty Myers caught up with the one-armed military veteran who made a highlight catch at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Michael Kacer is from the Scranton area, lost his left arm in a rocket attack in Afghanastan and made a now famous leaning catch with his cap. Great story.

Here’s a really nice read about Eduardo Nunez’s role on the Yankees and his part in Sunday’s win. It’s written by one of the finest writers and reporters I know.

• Dante Bichette Jr. is getting the full Yankees experience down in Tampa. He seems to be enjoying working alongside Derek Jeter.

• Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jay Jaffe looked at the Yankees struggles against pitchers they’ve never seen. It’s not as much of a problem this year as it was last year.

River Ave. Blues looked ahead to the 40-man spots that could open when injured Yankees come off the disabled list. I tend to agree with their list. I’d put Buddy Carlyle, Kanekoa Texeira and Brian Gordon at the top of the list of guys who could be removed to open a spot, though Gordon could certainly pitch his way into sticking around as a long man.

• This one’s a few days old, but with Derek Jeter taking some swings today, it seems to apply: The Hardball Times looked at other players — like Jeter — who have experienced an extended wait while on the verge of a major milestone.

• In the final NL voting update before the all-star rosters are announced, Rickie Weeks has moved ahead of Brandon Phillips in the race for second base.

• I failed to mention it until now, but the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center reopened last week after being closed for nearly a year for extensive renovations.

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126 Responses to “Monday night notes and links”

  1. blake June 27th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Nice nod to Sam

  2. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Just like I hoped when I left earlier the Rays got a boot in the a*s.

    :)

  3. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Blake-

    Last to one to leave turns out the light.

  4. jonnycat June 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    hey guys, quick question

    looking to treat my buddy to a baseball game at the stadium, probably in about 2 weeks. probably a weeknight or sunday night. Not familiar with how to get the best prices on seats, I’m guessing not through the stadium or yankees.com. What’s the best strategy for getting good seats at a reasonable price? any good websites to go to, and how long to wait before getting them? I heard going last minute makes prices go down.

  5. Betsy June 27th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Blake, that Visa joke was a groaner – I love those. Well as Willie Mays Hays once said, Visa- I never steal home without it……

    Yankeesfem, thanks. Too bad it’s been a wasted year for DePaula.

  6. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    jc-

    stubhub.com

    The day of the game seems to work well.

  7. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Betsy-

    What’s the news on DePaula ? I didn’t hear.

    Thanks.

  8. Betsy June 27th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    MTU, no new. I thought that he was already in the Yanks’ system, but apparently he’s still having Visa problems…….. :(

  9. tyanksfan36 June 27th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    MTU

    I am going to the Rays game tomorrow, kinda sad I didnt go tonight. Excited that I get to see Price pitch but not so much that Cueto is pitching for the Reds. I swear every time I watch a Reds game, he is pitching for them.

  10. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Speaking of DSL1, Chris Cabrera actually pitched today: 2.0 IP 2H 2R 0ER 1BB 5K – Great News!

  11. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    TYF-

    Have fun. Don’t forget your “gift” for Maddon. Be sure to send him my best.

    ;)

  12. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    tyanks, enjoy! I am missing both Banuelos and CC in order to see Hughes pitch. However, after a day off to recharge, at least I’ll get to see Betances pitch on Friday.

  13. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    YF-

    That’s great. Please give us a report afterwards.

    :)

  14. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Yes, I will, MTU. I am situated about 10 rows up behind the plate in perfect position spy on the scouts’ radar guns, so I hope to have practically pitch by pitch readings throughout the game.

  15. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    *to* spy

  16. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    tyanks, I hope that Rays lose but that Price pitches well. I am a big fan.

  17. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    YF-

    You Da Woman !

    :)

  18. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    tyanks, how do you think Romanski will fare coming out of the pen in AA.

  19. yankeefeminista June 27th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    MTU June 27th, 2011 at 11:01 pm
    YF-

    You Da Woman !
    _____
    Thanks, MTU but I really am not until I actually shell out for my very own $800 radar gun. Being reliant on others has its risks. ;)

  20. Nick in SF June 27th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

  21. tyanksfan36 June 27th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Yankeefem

    I too am a big fan of Price so I’m looking forward to the game. When the Rays and Yankees played on my birthday he gave up 5 runs. He wasn’t sharp so I’m hoping he does better tomorrow.

    As for Romanski, I feel like he gets better as the game goes on. He uses his offspeed stuff to get strikeouts and most of the time he is using it effectively. Not sure how it will translate out of the pen but we will see. Its unfortunate they aren’t keeping him a starter though, he is really good. I’m wondering who we get to take his place.

  22. MTU June 27th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  23. m June 28th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Was it quiet on the blog today?

    Was reading about St. Louis’ 1st round pick. He spent a nice day at Busch Stadium. BP, infield practice and instruction.

    Anyway, afterwards McGwire visited with Kolton and his dad, who just happened to be McGwire’s teammate from USC.

    Thought it was interesting, considering Bichette’s relationship with Girardi.

    Mcgwire’s advice? “Have fun.” haha.

  24. hardwired7 June 28th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    So, are you experienced?

    Have you ever been experienced?

    Well, Buddy Carlyle has.

  25. yankeefeminista June 28th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Hughes: “While Thunder manager Tony Franklin estimated the 25-year-old would throw 75 pitches tomorrow, a more likely plan is for Hughes to be stretched out to 85 pitches and then 100 in what would likely be his final minor league start.”

    http://www.trentonian.com/arti.....145125.txt

  26. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 2:26 am

    An interview with Mark Newman and the state of the system and who and why certain players have been promoted. Believe what he sas or not, but maybe it will stop some of the whining about specific players such as Warren, Montero and Heathcott.

    http://nomaas.org/2011/06/oh-t.....rk-newman/

  27. RYUKINGDOM June 28th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    1956….Oh what a day. I was 10 years old and at that time World Series games were day games and on school days. I begged my mother to let me stay home that day. And I wasn’t disappointed. My excitement grew with every pitch as my MOTHER (RIP) ironed away and kept saying to me “is this good”? After all is said and done, my vote for MVP went to my Mom allowing me to witness such a great feat.

  28. ron June 28th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Yankees notes: Life’s a popularity contest

    If nothing else, the latest round of interleague play reminded the baseball world what the New York Yankees mean to the sport.I know I sound like the Yankees version of Dillon Panthers booster Buddy Garrity when I say that, but the numbers don’t lie.

    The three-game set at Wrigley Field drew 126,283 fans, a new three-game series record at the iconic park in Chicago. The Great American Ball Park — seriously, they still call it that — drew sellouts for all three games, including a full house for a weekday game after a rainout.

    The Yankees make money — and not just for themselves.

    From river & sunset.

  29. blake June 28th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    GB

    Thanks for the link to the Newman interview. A good state of the farm report. One thing that jumped out at me was how much he says Murphey has improved behind the plate
    …..I haven’t seen him play but if he became passable as a catcher then that would be somewhat of a big development because he can flat out hit.

  30. Mike Ri June 28th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Morning Everyone .. . .

    per Ny Post.. i’d take either one .. i lean more towards Garza

    Two interesting cases to watch are the Cubs? Matt Garza and the Marlins? Anibal Sanchez. Cubs brass was said to be meeting this week to decide whether to be sellers. Garza has some kinship with A.J. Burnett ? big stuff that has not translated to a big record, a tendency to wear out his welcome and (like the pre-Yankees Burnett) a strong record against the Red Sox. Garza is 9-4 against Boston, including 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two ALCS games in 2008. Will the Cubs decide to recoup the prospects they gave up for Garza and go into a complete rebuild mode?

    Sanchez is a free agent after the 2012 season, and, unlike Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco, Florida has shown no inclination to go long-term with a pitcher who has had arm problems in his past.

  31. blake June 28th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Not a big Garza guy….Id take a look at Sanchez. Garza just tries to throw 93 mph fastballs by everyone and has command issues……I don’t see him as much of an upgrade over what they have.

  32. blake June 28th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    The Cubbies need to break it all down and rebuild around Castro…….they have hung on for too long…….they aren’t going to win with what they have. Mets are in the same spot but I think they are actually headijin that direction.

  33. upstate kate June 28th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Garza :)

  34. pat June 28th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Joba_62 Today is another step in the right direction. Stitches and everything out later today. Keep y’all updated. Photos and details to follow :-)

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  36. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    GB’s attached article at 2:26 AM on Mark Newman’s Q&A about status of certain players in the mnors is a must read.

    I actually like Garza and wonder if he might become available when the Cubs become sellers. One drawback is he’s a flyball pitcher and the walks as Blake had mentioned. The pros outweigh the negatives BA against lefties is .236, his WHIP against them 1.14. He also has AL East and playoff experience and strikes out > 1 per inning.

    Attached his split stats:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7823/splits

  37. MTU June 28th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    GB-

    Thanks so much for that article.

    It’s really illuminating. Newman tellin’ it like it is.

    His POV is, how shall I say it, “interesting”.

    It really puts the Yankee philosophy in very high relief for everyone to see.

    To be very honest, as a fan, I can’t say I agree with all of it but what the heck do I know.

    :)

  38. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    RIP Lorenzo Charles

    I was not into college sports, so I don’t remember this personally, but his dunk to lead NC State over Houston will be remembered in upset lore forever. He was so young……….

  39. Mike Ri June 28th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I like Garza as well . . I love the fact he’s AL EAST battle tested and has decent success against the Sox. I also love his competive nature ! …. the Hr’s do scare me a bit .

  40. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Everytime someone says something that GB doesn’t like, he considers it whining……kind of odd he would choose to hang out on a board where the idea is for people to discuss and where it’s expected there will be disagreements. If he thinks it’s a worthy article., it’s undoubtedly not.

  41. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Mark Newman mentioned that he made a mistake on not seeing the value of having Tyler Clippard in the bullpen when they traded him to the Nats for Albaladejo.

    As a reliever for the Nats he’s been outstanding and someone here mentioned a few days ago that the Yankees were eyeing him for the pen. Rumor?

    Definitely need another bullpen arm. Cannot count on the return to effectiveness this year of Marte or Feliciano, and for that matter Soriano who is one recurrence of elbow pain from being shut down for the year.

    Also the current reliance on Ayala as option #1 for the 7th inning does not instill me with a lot of confidence.

  42. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Garza has given up only 7 homeruns in 84 innings, 2 each to the Reds, Rockies and Brewers, all clubs with mashers and amongst the top 5 in homers in NL

  43. Mike Ri June 28th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Garza has given up only 7 homeruns in 84 innings, 2 each to the Reds, Rockies and Brewers, all clubs with mashers and amongst the top 5 in homers in NL


    Nice research Yankee Trader ! . . im digging those numbers !

  44. Mell June 28th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    RIP Lorenzo Charles

    I was not into college sports, so I don’t remember this personally, but his dunk to lead NC State over Houston will be remembered in upset lore forever. He was so young……….

    ============================

    Very sad indeed. As a big ACC fan living in what was then the northern territory of the ACC (Metro DC) NC State’s run to the title that year was as exciting as anything I’ve seen in college hoops. Charles grabbing that errant heave and stuffing it home was the perfect way to end it.

  45. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Betsy

    Read the article attached to his post at 2:26. You’ll find it worthwhile.

  46. pat June 28th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    “If he thinks it’s a worthy article., it’s undoubtedly not.”

    Less poking with a stick and more discussion is one thing that is missing from this place lately.

  47. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Trader, I was never that crazy about Clippard, I guess mainly for the blown saves from early last year, but, he seems to have gotten over that. Not sure who I’d trade, but, perhaps A David Phelps would satify the Nats. Hate to give up a Phelps type pitcher, but, NYYs have got to move some of these kids or start losing them as Rule 5′s. Can’t keep them all. I’d need to look at how he’s done against AL teams, though. Kennedy was a tough one to let go, but, worth it for Granderson. Coke, I love the arm, but, he seems to throw the wrong pitch at the wrong time.

  48. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Mell, and it seems Charles was a great guy. I read ESPN’s article on it and someone (I’m sorry, I forget) is quoted as saying that now Valvano has someone to hug………….I thought that was a sweet way of putting it.

    It’s funny, but you kind of (at least I do) somehow assume that your sports heroes will remain forever young and are immortal

  49. Erin June 28th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Joba_62 Thanks to @delta I’m headed back to NY with my sister to see the docs and see the fellas whom I have missed being around. CANT WAIT!

  50. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Pat, maybe so, but he complains all the time about other people whining, which is ironic. Anyway, enough said about that.

    YT, I’d probably end up disagreeing with everything Newman said, lol.

  51. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    GB-

    Do you agree that the #1 need at the moment is another bullpen arm. Currently the only ones I don’t have to hold my breath for are RO and MO, then it becomes OH NO, especially in the latter months when the bullpen arms can get overworked.

  52. Mell June 28th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Garza and Sanchez are both pretty interesting and likely what will represent the high end of what will be available in terms of starting pitching. I’d be fine with either, but I’d wait and see how things look with Colon and Hughes before pulling the trigger. If those guys have it going on, a Garza/Sanchez type, which will involve significant prospect costs, wouldn’t seem worth it.

  53. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Trader, I’d say that another solid bullpen arm and a replacement for Jones would be the only real priorities right now. I’d bring Montero up in August, unless something changes beforehand, either with Martin, Cervelli or Montero. I’d start cutting throats before trading him, though.

  54. blake June 28th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Ill echo Mell’s post about Lorenzo. RIP.

    Trader,

    What would Garza cost though…..they gave up quite a bit to get him so I don’t see them giving him away cheaply a few months later. The fly ball rate scares me in YS and just the way he pitches……if he were a salary dump guy or something then Id be interested but I think they’ll want a good bit for him as he’s cost controlled through 2013……if Im the Cubs I keep him and trade Zambrano and Dempster.

  55. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    and I was right. Rich will hate this comment from Newman:

    MN: Our thoughts are that we’re in an ‘all-hands on deck’ scenario. Our mission is to win games in New York. Our secondary mission is to develop championship-caliber players in our farm system. In the ideal situation, Noesi would be a starter in Scranton right now and be continuing his development. However, we have to return to that priority of winning in New York. In that regard, we are doing what we have to do at this moment. It may not be what any of us like to do, but it’s what we have to do.
    **********

    It’s probably best not to get attached to any prospect because if the Yankees want to win continuously, then they are just going to keep going after aging veterans with huge contracts. Noesi has hardly pitched here, so to say that it’s all hands on deck is silly. I think it’s safe to say that Cashman developed the farm to use primarily as trading chips not to build at team.

  56. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Betsy-

    “YT, I’d probably end up disagreeing with everything Newman said, lol.”
    ————————————————
    No you won’t.:)

    Personally I love GB’s sense of humor and think he’s an asset[will that get thru?] to this excellent Yankee blog site.

  57. Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    YT, it was a good interview (though I hate that site – it’s the most disgustingly vulgar place), but I can’t say that it made me feel good about the organization’s philosophy. I mean, of course it’s fantastic that their mission statement is to win, but I just think we’re going to keep seeing older players and bad contracts. And again, Gordon over Noesi epitomizes that philosophy.

  58. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    The fact that Noesi hasn’t pitched a lot says much about the job the rotation is doing and the quality of the other bullpenners. Sending him down is a two-edged sword. The send him down and suddenly he’s needed because of short innings start and you’ve lost him for 10 days and worn out the bullpen trying to cover the innings. Noesi has had one bad game….same as Pendleton. Pendleton did a pretty damned good job while here. It surprised a lot of people. He’s nothing special, but, like Ayala has done the job that he’s asked to do.

  59. pat June 28th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Good summary of Torre/Yankee situation past and present, IMO

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news.....39849.html

  60. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Blake-

    I agree and don’t think Garza will be available as the Cubs would like to unload players like Zambrano, Soriano, Pena and maybe Dempster and Fukudome.

    I hope Montero would not be included in any deals, UNLESS, they are getting back a young stud pitcher or hitter in return for including him in a package- and Garza or Sanchez are not ones he should be traded for.

  61. pat June 28th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    “….but he complains all the time about other people whining, which is ironic. ”

    More or less ironic than complaining about someone complaining?

  62. Mell June 28th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    if Im the Cubs I keep him and trade Zambrano and Dempster.

    =============================

    Which is going to be the Cubs problem. They’re a seller who arguably have nothing particularly good to sell.

    Guys like Garza, Marmol, and Marshall are probably ones the Cubs see as part of their future. At the same time though, they are probably about the only guys on that team that anyone wants. Some might settle for Wood or Grabow for pen help and maybe Pena, Ramirez or Fukudome for the offensively desperate, but none of those guys would really bring you much of anything, IMO.

  63. upstate kate June 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    a day game followed by a day off followed by a night game is waaaaayyyy too long w/o baseball

  64. ac1 June 28th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I like Garza as well . . I love the fact he’s AL EAST battle tested and has decent success against the Sox. I also love his competive nature ! …. the Hr’s do scare me a bit .

    ___

    Only concern with this would be that AJ Burnett was also AL East tested. How the Sox seem to bludgeon him everytime they face.

  65. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The Cubs have to be willing to take nothing in return to unload some of those contracts. Right now, Pena might be the only player that can get much for. Garza is movable, but, is cheap enough to keep. 5 homers in 7 games, still plays stellar defense and cheap. Soriano, Zambrano and Ramirez have some really long or ugly contracts.

  66. blake June 28th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Mell,

    Agreed….which is why they probably should just ride out the bad contracts if they can’t trade them. I wouldn’t trade your younger assets just because they are all anyone would want…….try to trade the older expensive guys and if nobody bites then just wait it out. That’s what the cubs should do anyway.

    Im wondering what happens if the courts side with Mcourt (which I don’t believe they will) ……mlb wont allow a firesell if they are in control…..but what if Mcourt is allowed to stay in control. That whole thing is such a mess.

  67. Mell June 28th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Right now, Pena might be the only player that can get much for.

    ==============================

    Maybe Seattle ought to get on the phone w/ Cubs and ask about Pena. Another nice pitching effort wasted last night.

  68. ac1 June 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Maybe Seattle ought to get on the phone w/ Cubs and ask about Pena. Another nice pitching effort wasted last night.

    ___

    Doesn’t the great Justin Smoak play first for Seattle now?
    No place for Pena.

  69. Benny Blanco June 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I batted 256. in Apr,

    259 in may

    229 in june…

    who am I?

    Obviously I’m bored at work today. lol

  70. Erin June 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    New Post: Is Sergio Mitre this year?s Chad Gaudin?

    :arrow:

  71. Mell June 28th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Doesn’t the great Justin Smoak play first for Seattle now?
    No place for Pena.
    =======================

    When you’re DH job is being manned by Adam Kennedy, Jack Cust, Mike Carp, etc, there’s a place for Pena.

  72. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I just think we’re going to keep seeing older players and bad contracts.
    ———————————————————–

    Betsy

    The current threshold for luxury tax is 178M applied at this years end and paid next January. The Yankees are assessed at 40% over that limit. Who knows if it will be in place or if there will be an agreement on a salary cap, which big market teams like the Red Sox, Phillies and Yankees will certainly oppose.

    My point is, Cashman has been very careful in trying to maintain the salary structure, I beleive until the above issue is resolved. Of course he was overuled with the Soriano signing so who knows??

    Yankees valued at 1.7 billion in March 2011 by Forbes Magazine.

    Recent opening day salaries for Yankees:
    2011: $207,047,964

    2010: $213,359,389

    2009: $201,449,189

    2008: $209,081,577

  73. Against All Odds June 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    # Betsy June 28th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    and I was right. Rich will hate this comment from Newman:

    MN: Our thoughts are that we’re in an ‘all-hands on deck’ scenario. Our mission is to win games in New York. Our secondary mission is to develop championship-caliber players in our farm system. In the ideal situation, Noesi would be a starter in Scranton right now and be continuing his development. However, we have to return to that priority of winning in New York. In that regard, we are doing what we have to do at this moment. It may not be what any of us like to do, but it’s what we have to do.
    **********

    It’s probably best not to get attached to any prospect because if the Yankees want to win continuously, then they are just going to keep going after aging veterans with huge contracts. Noesi has hardly pitched here, so to say that it’s all hands on deck is silly. I think it’s safe to say that Cashman developed the farm to use primarily as trading chips not to build at team.

    ———————————–

    That’s what i seems like. Obviously not every kid is going to make it with the big club but it feels like prospects get 1 or 2 opportunities to make an impact and if they stumble then the hand wringing begins.

  74. GreenBeret7 June 28th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    If I were Oakland, I’d take a run at Pena with the promise tomove those fences in by next season, since it can’t be done this year. Imagine that bat in Baltimore in place of Lee.

  75. franks July 6th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    As a lifelong New Yorker & huge Yankee fan(formerly a Brooklyn Dodger fan until they betrayed new york), I was extremely upset & disappointed when the roll call was announced at Old Timers day of all baseball people who have passed in the past year, that Duke Snider’s name was omitted, hard to fathom how the name of one of the most prestigious & popular New York baseball players name was left off the list!

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