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Swisher sits again

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 10, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

 
 

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138 Responses to “Swisher sits again”

  1. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Jones needs to disappear.

  2. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Some people believe that catching a milestone HR ball is a taxable event and it becomes income the second you catch it.

    —————————————-
    LGY-

    Love it. LOL. My first thought would be staying alive under the crush of the hoards of people trying to “snatch” MY ball away!!!!!!!!!

  3. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    MTU-

    Maybe you can make that happen! Invite him for a hike during the AS break.

  4. RadioKev July 10th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Jones needs to disappear.
    ——-

    Indeed. Time has run out for him on this team and he hasn’t shown enough. I imagine he’ll be replaced, especially now that Nunez will be getting more work in the infield and Chavez isn’t reliable.

  5. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Hope CC stays in his groove.

  6. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 10th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    If they hadn’t sent Dickerson down, he could have played in Swisher’s place.

  7. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    randy l. July 10th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    “Perhaps lost a bit in hits #2999 and #3000, is that against one of the better and harder throwing pitchers in the game was that both came on 8 pitch at bats. #3000 came at exactly 2:00 PM, tied the game at 1-1 (equals 2) and Rivera gets save #22..”

    gb7-

    not only that, you used both sides of your brain (the intuitive and the rational) to figure that out. both sides as in “two”.

    just don’t hurt yourself teaching an old dog to do new tricks

    there are probably parts of your brain that aren’t ready for prime time

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

    Randy,

    Very true, there is not a lot of wear and tear up there. I was just remembering what Jim Kaat said…”It’ll rust out before it wears out.” I just hope that I’m not too late.

  8. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Dickerson is really scuffling right now, and he was hurt in the game last night. Look for Golson and Laird to get the call if Rodriguez goes on the DL.

  9. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    YT-

    My pleasure. I can give him the Red Sox treament.

    I’ll convince him that canyons can be a lot of fun and that water is really plentiful in the Desert.

    ;)

  10. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    GB-
    Parraz has been hitting as well as Golson. Is Golson a better option? Also can Terry Tiffee play 3rd or is Laird better defensively?

  11. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The Mops want to go out. Back after a brief word from our sponsors.

  12. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    With all these injuries, the All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough. Luckily, we have C going today.

  13. 86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I vote for Laird to replace Alex and Golson to replace the released Andruw Jones.

    Of course that changes if they can acquire Wigginton or Cuddyer. Casey Blake might also make sense, but it needs to be a RH hitter.

  14. 108 stitches July 10th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    MTUJuly 10th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Jones needs to disappear.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Jones can’t contribute what Greg Golson can. The reasoning that Jones can hit LHP hasn’t worked out.

  15. Betsy July 10th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’m still on a high after yesterday’s game – I almost wish it happened today so that’s how we could go into the ASB.

    It’s funny that now that Jeter has his 3000th hit, some mediots want him to go to the ASG. Why? Were they saying he should go to the game before, even though they knew it was inevitable that he’d get it? I always enjoy seeing Yankees interact with other stars -that’s the best part of the festivities for me – but Jeter doesn’t really owe anyone anything. It would be cool if he went, but if he doesn’t, so be it.

  16. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    repost

    yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:44 am
    GB, QFT. I expected a multi-hit game based on the way Jeter has been seeing and squaring up the ball.

    I am all for the cautious approach; Montero should stay home. Although he seemed surprised that he was even DL’d. Wish the EL All-Star game was being televised with both Dellin and Manny pitching, but it isn’t on the sched. :(

  17. Betsy July 10th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Dewey Beats Truman all over again?

    http://bizofbaseball.com/image.....00Fail.jpg

  18. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    A cheaper option to replace Andruw Jones could be Reed Johnson. Maybe we can acquire Kerry Wood again for the stretch run, allowing him to return to the Cubs after the postseason.

  19. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Unfortunately, Laird’s righty splits are pretty putrid but it may just be a small sample, as he is having a heckuva July with a ridiculous SLUG .778 with 3 triples and 4HRs.

  20. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Betsy, the drug from yesterday’s game is still in my system. I have tons of work to do, but no motivation to do anything but luxuriate in the moment and watch baseball all day. :)

  21. MaineYankee July 10th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Maybe they can get Berkman for the OF.

  22. 108 stitches July 10th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Michael Cuddyer makes sense with his versatility. It depends on who Cashman deems as expendable in making an offer to the Twins.

    http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com....._id=150212

  23. randy l. July 10th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    “I’m liking the fact that Jeter is picking and chosing which pitches to pull. It’s something that he’s gotten away from over the last few years.”

    gb7-

    i think jeter was such a “see the ball , hit the ball” guy where he would just reacted so well to where the ball was pitched that he realey needed to look for a pitch.

    now you may be right that deciding what to do ahead of time on a pitch is something he’s doing more of . without changing any mechanics, this can really add some pop to a hitter.

    if jeter just turns on 5 balls a year and puts them in the seats. pitchers will start to become more wary of going inside and he’ll get more pitches outside where he wants them in his happy zone. right now they are pounding him in much more than they ever did.

    if the ball is going to be inside so often, deciding ahead of time (when the count allows it ) to pull is a good strategy. if the ball isn’t located inside to middle let it go.

  24. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    YankeeFem, Montero is scheduled for the All Star game, but, some question about whether his is going to be eligible because he technically doesn’t come off of the DL until the day after the game. It’s a big honor for a minor leaguer, but probably best if he skips the game.
    ___
    Please correct me if I am wrong, but IIRC, Montero is ineligible for the Futures Game because he has appeared in it twice already. As such, Yankees were going to send Romine.

  25. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    IIRC, Michael Cuddyer is an All Star this year, and the Twins are probably not hot on the idea of helping the Yankees…so price tag would be too high for the 50-150 ABs he might get.

    Not a bad pick-up if we could get him for a reasonable price though.

  26. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Bojo, yes, Montero is ineligible. Romine is playing.

  27. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I still like the idea of adding a big bat like Beltran…

  28. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Btw, Futures Game is on ESPN2 at 6PM.

  29. Eroc July 10th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    “Twins are probably not hot on the idea of helping the Yankees…so price tag would be too high for the 50-150 ABs he might get.”

    Probably a lot of teams have the same idea unless it is a straight salary dump

  30. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    YF–Thank you.

  31. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I still think the Yankees can get by on what they currently have in their system. I wuld love to see Greg Golson brought up and Andruw Jones sent to Ronald McDonald’s College to serve as Professor of Greetings and Smiles…

  32. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Off topic:

    While I was out yesterday I happened to notice this :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/WrongTurn?authkey=Gv1sRgCKi4yZjbhNGnMw#

    I think this guy made a wrong turn.

    Either that or he had an amphibious vehicle.

    :)

  33. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    BTW–if history is any indication, Jones typically has a poor second half compared to his first halves.

  34. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    A great day for Jeter and the Yankees organization as a whole.

    I hope those that have watch Jeter over his entire career appreciate the fact they have been witness to one of the games very best.

    To those of you that continue to knock AJ, please take into account yesterdays game was at least the 3rd he pitched very well in, leaving the game with the lead, only to have the BP give up that lead. AJ is pitching well enough to give the team a good chance to win most games he pitches, appreciate what this team has in terms of players, far better than most other teams for sure.

  35. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Bojo-

    Worse ?

    Curacao has nice beaches. I think Jones is homesick. He should go home for a visit. A permanent one.

    ;)

  36. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:18 am
    ____
    It’s called not liking neighbors…

    And BTW–why haven’t amphibious vehicles ever caught on? I remember them from the 1964 World’s Fair. You would think they would be big in the south with all the floods.

  37. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    There’s a difference between the IL All-Star game and the Futures Game

  38. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 11:23 am
    ____
    AJ would be undefeated if the Yankees averaged more runs per game in his starts. Of course,t he average would have to be 20.

  39. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    There’s a difference between the IL All-Star game and the Futures Game
    ____
    Aw! Thank you!

  40. 86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I live in Florida. Amphibious vehicles would be huge with beach goers, but they’re too expensive to manufacture for consumers. I recall reading $ 100 K +

  41. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    GB7–

    I’m sure you remember Bill Robinson, and the career he had. Do you think we are seeing a similar development curve with Greg Golson? Late to baseabl, and many tools–just takes a while to learn the game and get enough ABs?

  42. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Bojo-

    They did but in mainly in Russia. They make some of the world’s best.

    There was really neat one in one of the “Indiana Jones” flicks.

    I think it was in “Indiana Jones and the search for the Crystal skulls”.

  43. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 11:27 am
    I live in Florida. Amphibious vehicles would be huge with beach goers, but they’re too expensive to manufacture for consumers. I recall reading $ 100 K +
    ____
    I wonder if global climate change will allow them to find a bigger market and thus reach economies of scale to drive prices down.

  44. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Trader, Tiffee has played third base in Minnesota and the minors, but, not very well…around a .920 FA, and even if people think FA’s are useless, that’s still bad, I think if NY brings Laird up, then Parraz won’t get the immediate call-up. Golson gets it.

  45. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:29 am
    Bojo-

    They did but in mainly in Russia. They make some of the world’s best.

    There was really neat one in one of the “Indiana Jones” flicks.

    I think it was in “Indiana Jones and the search for the Crystal skulls”.
    ____
    Funny that I don’t recall it…Have to watch it again.

  46. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    AJ has pitched well enough to be sporting a better record. His one nemesis has been the long ball.

    Rumor has it that K-Rod was recently offered to the Yankees but the Yankees declined until closer to the deadline when they have time to evaluate their internal options and when the asking price will be lower. I personally wouldn’t want him, and now that Boras is his agent, dealing him to a team as a set-up reliever will probably require an extension.

  47. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:31 am
    _______
    I NEVER want to see K-Rod on this team.

  48. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Thanks GB for the info on the Tiffmeister.
    .
    USA just scored in the first 1:45 against Brazil in the World Cup

  49. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Golson isn’t that old. He’s 25 years old. Robinson didn’t start putting things together until his early 30s.

  50. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Bojo/86-

    Forget that. I want one of these :

    http://video.search.yahoo.com/.....flying+car

    Or a Moeller sky car.

    :)

  51. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    A-Rod supposedly in Miami seeing his own doctor.

  52. 86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Bojo —

    I think the first phase will be governmental purchases by coastal municipalities as well as those on rivers/lakes. That might spur more mass production.

    I apologize for being overly snarky yesterday

  53. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am
    Golson isn’t that old. He’s 25 years old. Robinson didn’t start putting things together until his early 30s.
    ____
    Even better….

  54. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am
    NP
    :-)

  55. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    JackCurryYES Jack Curry
    If A-Rod has surg, Yanks content w Nunez @ 3B. Also have hope Chavez can return. No interest in adding recently released plyrs 2 supplement

    JackCurryYES Jack Curry
    Strong belief is that A-Rod will have knee surgery. Yankees know knee won’t improve w/o it. Want A-Rod ready for later in year. Smarter move

  56. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    GB and Bojo-

    I don’t like K-Rod either, however I do think they need one more quality experienced reliever, and I’m not confident that Soriano will excel or stay healthy in that role. I’m not sure there are any internal options that can give the Yankees what Kerry Wood gave them at the trading deadline.

  57. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Urgent memo from Brian Cashman to all teams interested in doing buisness :

    “Good news Yankee fans. Just thought you might want to know. The much dreaded Yankee tax has been rescinded by me. Permanently.”

    :)

  58. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I do NOT want to find myself having to root for K-Rod in a Yankees uniform.

  59. Betsy July 10th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I hate to miss Alex for a month, but having the surgery is smart. That said, there’s no guarantee that the surgery goes perfectly smoothly and that he returns at close to 100%.

  60. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I wonder who comes back first, Chavez, Soriano, or a A-Rod after surgery.

  61. austinmac July 10th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Bojo,

    Golson wasn’t late to baseball. I knew him a bit as a high school player. He is a very nice young man, by the way.

  62. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:34 am
    Bojo/86-

    Forget that. I want one of these :
    _____________________
    Forget that…I want one of these
    http://sexywomenblogs.com/biki.....n-Boat.jpg

  63. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    austinmac July 10th, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Bojo,

    Golson wasn’t late to baseball. I knew him a bit as a high school player. He is a very nice young man, by the way.
    ____
    I have always heard exceptional things about his character.

    I thought he started baseball in high school…read that somewhere…which is very late to start.

    I’ll see if I can find source.

  64. luis July 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    YT,

    I think that the set up role is already set ( Drob), Wade has been a great pick up, i don’t think they need another expensive reliever with a lot of character flaws… Not with what you have already, even with soriano and joba out.

  65. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Irony is …

    constantly railing against the overuse of stats for ruining the beauty of the game …

    and then wondering about the tax implications of one of the greatest moments in Yankees history.

  66. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Bojo-

    You just don’t get it do you ?

    In order to get one of those you need one of what I showed you.

    Do I have to teach you everything ?

    ;)

  67. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Trader, I’m not much of a fan of Rodriguez, either, but, if he’s available for just money and a 2nd tier minor leauger or two, not a problem. I’d prefer Adams, but, he’ll cost more and better prospects and not so much money.

    Other than the theatrics, Rodriguez and Robertson are pretty similar in they tend to make things a little too exciting with the walks.

  68. luis July 10th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Bojo, MTU,

    Sorry to cut in, but what Boo just posted is exactly what i need!!!

  69. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    If the Yankees don’t go internally to replace Jones and play 3rd while A-Rod is out for 2-3 weeks, they could look at cheaper options that are probably available now, if they want to keep Nunez in a reserve role.

    OF’er Reed Johnson of the Cubs
    Jeff Keppinger of the Astros-he however played mostly 2nd this year
    Omar Infante of the Marlins who has experience at every position except catcher

  70. matt1766 July 10th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I hate to miss Alex for a month, but having the surgery is smart. That said, there’s no guarantee that the surgery goes perfectly smoothly and that he returns at close to 100%.

    ___________________________________________________

    This surgery is a piece of cake. Its arthroscopic and very easy to do. I have it done 3 times and i was back doing stuff in 3 weeks and I am fat and old.

  71. Yogi Mantle July 10th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I am not a fan of K-Rod, I really enjoy when he blows a save or a game. Seeing him in pinstripes would be horrible for me. I can understand some interest in him, and with the holes in the bullpen he would be a nice pick up. I’m so torn about this possible move.

    Mets fans won’t be very sad to see him go either.

    I don’t think an extension would be required as Boras could probably work out a good deal for him in the off season for a number of years. Getting an extension would limit the contract for him over what Boras would think he could get.

    Overall, I’d rather do without him and watch him being on the losing side, but can see that he could help the Yankees for the close of this season.

  72. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 10:57 am
    Betsy, the drug from yesterday’s game is still in my system. I have tons of work to do, but no motivation to do anything but luxuriate in the moment and watch baseball all day.
    /

    Hear, hear, YF.

    How about that Kalamazoo Kid, huh?

  73. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Golson was a top pick by Phillie (1st round, #21 in ’04) and traded to Texas for another top pick in John Mayberry 1st round #19 in ’05).

  74. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am
    ________
    LOL!

  75. austinmac July 10th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Betsy, their no no reason to fear AROD wouldn’t be perfectly healthy after return from knee surgery. I had the surgery, and I can’t even remember which knee it was. It will take from 4-6 weeks I believe before he is back on the field.

  76. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    JAP-

    A lollapalooza from kalamzooza.

    :)

  77. 108 stitches July 10th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Few will disagree that Andruw Jones can’t stay on the roster through the pennant push and the heavy road schedule of August and September.

  78. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    kalamazooza. sorry.

  79. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Luis-

    In order to make sure the bullpen gets enough rest, especially with all the make-up games the Yankees have and few days off after the AS break, I think it’s too much to ask of DRob and Mo to do it every night in a close game. I’m not sold on Ayala or Wade as the 6th and/or 7th inning guy.

  80. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    luis July 10th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    … what Boo just posted is exactly what i need!!!

    —————–

    You two need a moment alone?

  81. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    It seems my memory works correctly from time to time:

    Greg Golson Scouting Report
    http://www.yankeesdaily.com/post/12585

    Before he was drafted, the Phillies wanted him for a wile and researched him extensively. Marti Wolever, the team’s director of scouting said he was ranked as an 80 runner, the highest possible score. Wolever said the Phillies were impressed with Greg Golson’s athleticism first, his above- average arm, and polished skills as a hitter.

    The raw skills were always there, but Golson started out playing basketball in high school. When his coach named him the captain of the baseball team in his sophomore year, his interest increased much more to be a baseball player.

    At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, his body type has been compared to Ricky Henderson. He’s been clocked from home-to-first at 3.8 seconds from the right side.

    When the Texas Rangers made the deal for Greg Golson in 2008, they did so due to his Gold Glove caliber defense in center-field. He offers huge speed, arm strength and range in center field. He has a laser arm with outstanding accuracy and gets good reads on fly balls. His arm rates a 70 on a 20-80 scouting scale. He can also make up for mistakes because of his speed. Because of his speed and range, he can play any three outfield positions.

    Even though his power has declined some, he has the type of speed that can stretch an single into a double and a double into a triple.

    He shortened his swing and developed a slap type of swing and uses a contact-first approach in order to get base to take advantage of his speed.

  82. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    MTU spending too much time in the sun.

  83. Laura - I Bleed Blue July 10th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    “This surgery is a piece of cake. Its arthroscopic and very easy to do. I have it done 3 times and i was back doing stuff in 3 weeks and I am fat and old.”

    Exactly. This isn’t Tommy John surgery. Alex will be fine.

  84. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    YT-

    No faith in Soriano’s healthy return ?

  85. luis July 10th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Aldo,

    With the girl in the yatch i certainly need a moment alone!!!, LOL

  86. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What’s the word Al.

    How’s tricks ?

  87. Betsy July 10th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Austin, I don’t ever compare what how “regular” people react to surgery to athletes. I’m sure he’ll be able to walk and do things that everyone else does, but you really don’t know if he’ll be 100% able to play the game – or that he’ll get his power back. That’s what I’m talking about, not whether or not he can walk down the street without a limp.

    4-6 weeks is a long time…………

  88. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    If Chipper Jones can be back in 2-3 weeks with his chronically bad knees, if this is indeed a small tear, A-Rod should be back in the same amount of time, even if he has to DH for a while.Only a complication, lke infection, would hold him back. This is a 15-20 minute procedure in the hands of an experienced orthopedist.

  89. Betsy July 10th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Also, no surgery is a piece of cake – anytime you go under a knife, it’s an issue. I remember when Mo had some “minor” surgery a few years ago during the off-season – sure it was minor, but surgery is still surgery. I’m not going to spend any time worrying about it, but nor am I going to assume everything will be hunky dory. We’re just going to have to wait and see.

  90. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Laura-

    While Alex is out maybe you could “cop a feel “.

    I’m available too just in case you’re desperate.

    :)

  91. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    MTU -

    I think Soriano is displeased with his role, and how he was being used by Girardi early on, thus his, I don’t care if I pitch or not attitude. He’s happy collecting his pay check, while enjoying the sun in Tampa.

  92. 86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    bring your own flotation devices eh?

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    In defense of Andruw Jones, for a guy with a longish swing to begin with he really hasn’t been in there enough to bring any measure of sharpness to his PAs. He worked a nice BB yesterday after Price was gifted a high and outside “strike” to put Jones in a hole.

    I am a fan of Golson, so I wouldn’t mind at all seeing that swap (major defensive upgrade too. That sounds so strange though. Jones was just about the best center fielder I’ve ever seen. He’s still not as bad defensively as made out to be here, but it’s like two different guys when you compare young Andruw to old Andruw).

    On another note, BJ Upton made a play in CF yesterday that left me awestruck. He simply floated across into the gap to make the most effortless catch. You’d see other guys with range tearing up the carpet to get to that ball & make that play, but it was Upton’s no sweat, glide across, so brilliant in its easiness as to go nearly undetected, that left you breathless. That is one special outfielder.

  94. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    YankeeFem, the biigest issue with Laird is that it usually takes him about a month to start hitting after a promotion. When he starts hitting, the hits, homers and RBIs come in large bunches. It’s been like that since the beginning. Huge power and his defense has been really solid this year…and starting to get outfield play. Really cut down on the strikeouts this year. Can’t say that he has a fast bat, more slider speed, but he hits the ball everywhere.

  95. luis July 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    YT,

    The thing is, we’ve been spoiled in the recent past, but i see your point. In my case i do think Wade not Ayala can do the job. Probably what we need more is an aceves type reliever.

  96. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Al-

    Pretty expensive lump of coal I’d say.

    :(

  97. austinmac July 10th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Betsy,

    Trust me, he will be as good as he ever was in his knee. I played a lot of tennis after with no problems. That said, 4-6 weeks is a long time without him, and I do think they need a bat. Of course, I thought they needed one before he got hurt.

  98. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t think an extension would be required as Boras could probably work out a good deal for him in the off season for a number of years. Getting an extension would limit the contract for him over what Boras would think he could get.

    ———————————-

    I don’t see how. Unless another equally overpriced player is involved.

    A team that wants him may offer something like 2/20 if he waives the vesting option, but Boras won’t buy a deal like that over 1/14.5 (3 guaranteed). And if any offer goes higher than the 2/20 area, then he’s getting into the Mo strata … which ain’t gonna happen.

    The price will be too high … unless the Mets eat a good chunk, and that sort of defeats the purpose of dumping him.

  99. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    MTU-

    Rafael Soriano is one episode of recurring elbow soreness/pain/inflamation, upon his return, of being shut down for the year.

    Even if Feliciano comes back, any recurrence for him is probably season ending shoulder surgery, which would cause him to miss most of next season too.

    Don’t know the latest on Marte.

  100. 86w183 July 10th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    gotta run, enjoy the game all

  101. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    MTU -

    “How’s tricks”, Man, are you dating yourself.

    OK here, just making our plans for our trip north, can’t wait. I saw a news show where people were still skiing in Utah, in shorts. Saw your pictures for Jeter, very nice.

  102. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Feliciano isn’t coming back. He was recently shut down again.

    They need to give Noesi is bigger role. He’s probably better than Wade if given enough patience.

  103. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Aldo -

    K-Rod said he would waive his $17.5 M bonus money, if he got an extension from the team he was traded to, and only then.

  104. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 11:59 am
    ___________
    Agreed on BJ Upton. He is my second favorite acquisition candidate behind Bryce Harper (1)…either would look great in RF, as would Matt Kemp (3) and Justin Upton (4).

  105. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    YM, I hit enter too soon :-)

    s/b “I don’t see how, WITHOUT AN EXTENSION.”

  106. JM July 10th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Bernie Williams’ message for Jeter:

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com.....-you-jeet/

  107. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    How typical of Maddon. He’s asked about Jeter and turns it into how well his team handled it and played dispite the distraction.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Hey MTU, those were some nice tribute pix.

    That butterfly was the most poignant for me, if you know that aphorism about the caterpillar & the butterfly. Pretty apt, I would say.

    Even the sunset offers some resonance. Looking forward to this being the slowest moving of setting suns, but we can also remind ourselves that the setting sun often gives us the most beauty & brilliance the sky has to offer.

  109. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Looks as if we could have all chiefs, and no Indians in our BP, and nothing gets done right.

  110. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    ***despite***

  111. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Al-

    Good thing I didn’t say, “What’s the rumpus ?”, or “What’s up Daddy-O ? ”

    Enjoy SWB. Should be fun.

    Yeah. They really made a killing at resorts like Snowbird. Broke the record I think for the longest time open.

    Utah women look pretty nice skiing in shorts don’t they ?

    Glad you enjoyed the small Jeter tribute. Wish I could have done better.

  112. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    If Alex does have surgery, I wonder if the use of Platelet Rich Plasma would significantly shorten his recovery. Sort of entering new territory with this procedure.

  113. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    BoJo -

    NO to BJ, yes to JU or Kemp.

  114. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Aldo -

    K-Rod said he would waive his $17.5 M bonus money, if he got an extension from the team he was traded to, and only then.

    ——————————–

    Al, yeah, I know. Didn’t read my own post before hitting enter. I wasn’t clear.

    I meant, I don’t see how an extension can happen.

    Long, long fun night last night, and caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet.

    Maybe bloody marys … ?

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    JM July 10th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    Bernie Williams’ message for Jeter:

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com…..-you-jeet/
    ///

    Great stuff, JM. Let’s post the contents:

    Bernie: This one’s for you, Jeet
    Before taking the stage on Saturday night in Phoenix, Ariz., where he is participating in several Major League Baseball All-Star events, Bernie Williams passed on the following message to Derek Jeter.

    STATEMENT FROM FORMER YANKEE BERNIE WILLIAMS REGARDING DEREK JETER’S 3,000TH HIT:

    “Congratulations, Jeet, on No. 3,000. I wish I could have been at the Stadium today, but I was certainly glued to the TV in my hotel room in Arizona. In true Jeter fashion, you did not limp into the 3,000 hit club, but absolutely blew the doors off of it. I celebrate with you, your family and friends, all your teammates through the years, the Yankee organization, and baseball fans around the world. While the home run for number 3,000 is what everyone will remember from this day…knowing you…you probably are more satisfied with that eighth inning single up the middle that won the game. I was privileged to have the best seat in the house to see the majority of those 3,000 hits, and so many of your greatest moments, and while today is yet another one of those moments to add to your amazing career in pinstripes, I know there is still a lot more to come. Just exhale, enjoy it, and know what an honor it was to be your teammate for so many years. Tonight, my last song is dedicated to you my friend. “

  116. matt1766 July 10th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Also, no surgery is a piece of cake – anytime you go under a knife, it’s an issue. I remember when Mo had some “minor” surgery a few years ago during the off-season – sure it was minor, but surgery is still surgery. I’m not going to spend any time worrying about it, but nor am I going to assume everything will be hunky dory. We’re just going to have to wait and see.

    _________________________________________

    he doesnt go under a knife at all they dont open him up. Its arthroscopic. its a small hole the put into the knee a cut away the bad part with a laser. It is one of the easiest procedures around. They dont even do it to most adults.

  117. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    JAP-

    My pleasure.

    No tribute I could give would ever be worthy of Jeter’s acccomplishment. It stands alone. Perfect.

    And yes, I’m tuned into your other points as well.

    :)

  118. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Just think of all the players we could sign for the stretch run if we didn’t have these slugs on the payroll;

    Soriano, Feliciano, Marte.

    And we needed Mitre for what reason?

  119. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    From MLBTR’s-

    Heath Bell’s name has been near the top of this season’s list of trade candidates for months, and in this week’s Sunday Baseball Notes, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe adds a new potential suitor to the mix. According to Cafardo’s source, the Rays are interested in the Padres’ closer, but will have to determine over the next couple weeks whether they have “enough firepower” to go all out to catch the Red Sox and Yankees. Here are a few other highlights from Cafardo:

    The Yankees, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Phillies are a few other teams monitoring Bell

  120. BoJo July 10th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    BoJo -

    NO to BJ, yes to JU or Kemp.
    ____________
    I think BJ is going to put it all together someday and be the best of the bunch…except for Harper…JMO.

  121. Mike_Boston July 10th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    That’s an awesome quote by Bernie, such a class act.

    Don’t mean to nitpick but what kind of hotel has the baseball package?

    “but I was certainly glued to the TV in my hotel room in Arizona.” Maybe he uses slingbox?

  122. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Mike -

    I’ll put your head shot on my butterfly bush, lol.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    MTU July 10th, 2011 at 11:51 am
    JAP-

    A lollapalooza from kalamzooza.
    ///

    Wild, wild day out at the ballpark. I wish I could have gone back today, because there’s going to be an afterglow and C’s in a just dominating stretch, but I think I used up all my bullets yesterday. The players, though, will take it into today. We play inspired today and close this first half out with a bang!

  124. JM July 10th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks JAP….I should have posted it that way.

    Really enjoying reading all the tributes to Jete from teammates, former teammates as well as other players around the league.

  125. AldotheApache July 10th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Mitre being here is a head scratcher.

  126. randy l. July 10th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    “This surgery is a piece of cake. Its arthroscopic and very easy to do. I have it done 3 times and i was back doing stuff in 3 weeks and I am fat and old.”

    screw surgery. i had a big balloon sticking out of the back of my knee two weeks ago. i googled it and found out it was a “baker’s cyst”. i saw andru jones had that happen to the back of his knee when he got his surgery similar to arod’s.

    i figured i would either break it totally or fix it and i did a bunch of russian pistols and got the knee going again and inflammation and pain went away over the next week.

    i’m obviously the opposite of an expert on knees however i do know that a bad knees will shut down your whole body if you let it. it’s like when the body recognizes theres a problem in the knee it shuts down all the nerves to everything else and nothing works right. not the hammy, the calf, or the quad. if rehab is the route, painful exercise is the only way to keep the whole knee from shutting down.

    i think he should probably get the surgery.

  127. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    YT-

    If they are gonna go after Bell I’d rather they go after Adams instead.

    I don’t think they get either. Too much moolah and too many prospects.

    ;)

  128. GreenBeret7 July 10th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Looks like Jason Kendall’s career is over. He’s retorn his rotator cuff tendons.

    “•Jason Kendall, who hasn’t played this year as he recovers from shoulder surgery, has re-torn two rotator cuff tendons. Kendall will undergo additional surgery, possibly ending his career. Royals manager Ned Yost on the procedure: “That takes him out of the picture for this year and out of the picture for next year…. I think it’s more a quality-of-life surgery so he can have function in his shoulder.”

  129. BIG AL July 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    BoJo -

    I think Harper has great upside, but, he’s still a prospect, just moved to AA ball. Until he does it big at the ML level, he’s still just a prospect. He’s doing well now, but again, so has several other “can’t miss” prospects done well at his level. I’ve watched him play when his team came to Greensboro, NC, and he was heads above many others, which was expected.

  130. tyanksfan36 July 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Bojo

    I read on Pinstripes Plus about a pitcher in our lower minors that said he had platelet rich plasma injected in the offseason because of persistent pain in his arm when pitching. Apparently its something the Yankees are doing.

  131. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the Bernie quotes. The tribute wasn’t complete without them. :)

  132. luis July 10th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    GB,

    Poor guy, something similar happened to me

  133. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    YES is replaying interviews right now. Great interview with Alex about Jeter–just replayed on YES. Very heartfelt. Damon’s now.

  134. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    JAP-

    Let’s hope so.

    Want the series win. Especially like to send Maddon home unhappy.

    That’s an added bonus.

    CC has had the Mojo workin’. For sure.

    :)

  135. MTU July 10th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    New thread ==>

  136. yankeefeminista July 10th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    tyanks, saw that. Varce was hitting 95 out of the pen. I wonder if he gets a bump after the injections take effect.

  137. J. Alfred Prufrock July 10th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    JM July 10th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    Thanks JAP….I should have posted it that way.

    Really enjoying reading all the tributes to Jete from teammates, former teammates as well as other players around the league.
    ///

    Me, too, JM. If anybody doubted it, Jete is well respected by his peers & well loved by his teammates. Thanks again for posting. Like YF said, wouldn’t be complete without hearing from Bernie.

  138. Yankee Trader July 10th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    MTU-

    Adams owed remainder of 2.535M. If they take on Ryan Ludwick’s remainder of his 6.775M “maybe” the cost in prospects will be less.

    Just a thought to get shutdown reliever, who mows down lefties and righties.


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