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Yankees at the break: Outfield corners

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 13, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher each started the season with horrible numbers. Gardner lost his grip on the leadoff spot by the end of April, and Swisher sat for two days so that he could get his swing together. Lately, they’ve both been back to last year’s level of production.

First half
As recently as May 25, Swisher was hitting just .208 with just two home runs. He was frustrated and it was beginning to show. Since then, he’s hit .302/.420/.566 with eight homers and the same over-the-top attitude that made him a fan favorite. Gardner was hitting .188 with a .273 on-base percentage at the end of April, but in the past two and a half months he’s hit .292 with a .374 on-base. He’s also become a much more dangerous and effective base stealer. He’s been streaky, but he’s also been productive, and he’s played his usual Gold Glove caliber defense.

Second half
Unless the Yankees decide to replace Andruw Jones on the bench, they really have no need for an outfield upgrade. Gardner’s not a typical corner outfielder, but he’s been effective with his unusual approach at the plate and his game-changing speed on the bases. Swisher has regained last year’s form and is once again one of the Yankees most dangerous and versatile hitters. Where they best fit in the lineup might be a legitimate question, but whether to play them regularly shouldn’t be.

The minors
Justin Maxwell was crushing the baseball in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and might have hit his way onto the big league roster if not for a season-ending injury. With Maxwell on the DL, Jordan Parraz as been the top corner outfielder in Triple-A, and Tampa left fielder Ziolo Almonte has been the best corner outfielder in the system. Almonte has been hitting for average and power while stealing bases, and he has to be considered a promotion candidate in the second half. Ray Kruml has emerged as a terrific leadoff man in Trenton, while Ramon Flores has lived up to his reputation for outstanding plate discipline for a teenager in Charleston.

One question
Is Gardner about to win his first Gold Glove?
Gardner’s always had great speed, and last year he seemed to slowly make people realize just how well that speed plays in the outfield. This year, he’s also been effective throwing the ball. His four outfield assists aren’t near the AL leaders, but runners seem to be respecting his arm a little bit more this season and not taking as many chances. I’m guessing manager have noticed.

The future
Gardner is heading for his first year of arbitration, so he’s still relatively cheap for next season. Swisher has a $10.25-million club option for next year, and the Yankees have to decide whether to exercise it. Given the money that Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth got this winter, they might not think twice about getting Swisher at that price.

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187 Responses to “Yankees at the break: Outfield corners”

  1. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Is Gardner about to win his first Gold Glove?
    ————————-

    Alex Gordon Of the Royals has 13 OF assists-might challenge for a GG..

  2. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    How is that kid Krum doing? I was really impressed with his defense in ST.

    Kruml is also an exciting prospect, and I guess you could add Golson to available Corners…

  3. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Alex Gordon Of the Royals has 13 OF assists-might challenge for a GG..

    Who measures gold gloves on assists?

    Gardner had 15 last year and lost to Crawford, Gutz, and Ichiro. None had even half as much.

  4. tyanksfan36 July 13th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    That picture of Zoilo looks absolutely nothing like Zoilo does in person. I’m proud to be able to watch him play all the time. He really is that good.

  5. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    A Cody Ranson appearance! Wow…This game is like Old Timers Day

  6. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    GF-

    I could see a lesser deal, like Reed Johnson of the Cubs traded for, and Jones dropped. Mayne Kerry Wood “would” accept a deal to return to the Yankees with the option to return to his hometown for 2012.

  7. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    You gotta hope Jones turns it around in the 2nd half.

    I mean he’s got to show something if he expects another sucker GM to give him job next season.

  8. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    ___
    The last few years (IIRC), Jones has been significantly worse in 2nd half.

  9. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Jerkface-

    Gardner should have won the GG and so should Markakis whose been shut out all these years by veterans like Ichiro.

  10. blake July 13th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Warren looked pretty darn good……he could help in the pen.

    Regarding the outfield….I think “need” is a relative term….sure they don’t need an outfielder but the question should be would adding one make the team better and how much if so…..

  11. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Gardner should have won the GG and so should Markakis whose been shut out all these years by veterans like Ichiro.

    Gardner should have won the GG but not simply because he had a lot of assists. Alfonso Soriano can get a lot of assists. Gardner should win because he is awesome at everything related to fielded. Alex Gordon can’t boast that :)

  12. Jim July 13th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Gardner has been noticeably awesome this year in LF. His arm strength and accuracy has improved and I’ve noticed that the word around the league seem to be do not test his arm. When you earn that rep you are entering elite status.

  13. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Exactly “Honey! I traded our kids for an autographed Derek Jeter bat!”

    ——-

    If I have a right handed kid I’m gonna trade him for LOOGY kid.

  14. pat July 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Hershiser, Moyer, Schilling, Mulder and Sutcliffe currently doing an hour special on ESPN2 on pitching.

  15. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    so looks like what your going to get from Gardner at years end is almost like
    Juan Pierre for about 8 mil less

    Gardner

    R..80
    H..130
    RBI..33
    SB..42…
    BA..264
    OBP..346

    Pierre

    R..70
    H..167
    RBI..47
    SB..22
    OBP..328

  16. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Blake-

    When a certain banned Mets OF’er is traded to the Giants, would this replacement to Andruw Jones work for the Yankees?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7118/splits

  17. Yanks78 July 13th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    “Hershiser, Moyer, Schilling, Mulder and Sutcliffe currently doing an hour special on ESPN2 on pitching.”

    Reminiscing about the old days before pitch counts, innings limits, and over-protectiveness?

  18. blake July 13th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Trader,

    He’s better than Jones….I think they should make a run at that other certain Mets OFer though

  19. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    If I have a right handed kid I’m gonna trade him for LOOGY kid.
    —————————

    No need to trade him. Have Phil Niekro teach him the knuckleball!!

  20. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Pat-

    Thanks for the alert on ESPN. Moyer kept logs[stacks of] on hitters. Too bad Gary Maddux not on the show, whose memory of hitters was remarkable without notes and video.

  21. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I think raising a LOOGY is the smart way to go.

    If he is event decent against LHB he is guaranteed to be grossly overpaid by the NYY.

    My kid is gonna be dropping sliders on his LH stuffed animals from the time he can walk.

  22. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    LGY-

    Raise him to be a knuckleball pitcher-can be set for life and pitch into his 40′s, but if LOOGY is your bag….oh well!!

  23. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    But I don’t know how to throw a knuckleball!

  24. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    LOOGY’s will break your heart…just ask Brian Cashman.

  25. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    ****LOOGYs***

  26. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Hire Phil Niekro! A Winner!

  27. West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    For months, so many here pontificated that no good pitchers were or would be available; and others like me said, “how do you know?” Now it turns out that Ubaldo Jimenez might be available for the right price. And that’s just one that made the press. And there may be others.

    We need a number two if we expect to go deep in the post-season. Colon is a crap shoot when it comes to potential age and injury issues.

  28. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    jerkblog

  29. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    For months, so many here pontificated that no good pitchers were or would be available; and others like me said, “how do you know?” Now it turns out that Ubaldo Jimenez might be available for the right price. And that’s just one that made the press. And there may be others.

    We need a number two if we expect to go deep in the post-season. Colon is a crap shoot when it comes to potential age and injury issues.
    ————————————————————————-
    right now they are OK because of the Boston SP problems….to get to where they want to be at season end a #2 is a must

  30. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Everyone is available for the right price.

  31. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    My idea on plausible inexpensive deals for the Yankees before the deadline. Feel free to trash:

    Trade for Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood from the Cubs to add to bullpen and enable the release of Jones.

    Trade for Omar Infante of the Marlins and send Pena back to whereever.

    Free Jesus and let Cervelli ride back with Pena.

    Low cost improvements from teams out of race. All are impending FA’s and none have NTC’s.

    Awaiting your stinging rebukes!!

  32. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm
    My idea on plausible inexpensive deals for the Yankees before the deadline. Feel free to trash:
    _________
    You’re ugly.

  33. West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    right now they are OK because of the Boston SP problems….to get to where they want to be at season end a #2 is a must

    ***********

    Absolutely. And that should be the focus not the nonsensical Beltran contortions.

  34. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    # Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    My idea on plausible inexpensive deals for the Yankees before the deadline. Feel free to trash:

    Trade for Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood from the Cubs to add to bullpen and enable the release of Jones.

    Trade for Omar Infante of the Marlins and send Pena back to whereever.

    Free Jesus and let Cervelli ride back with Pena.

    Low cost improvements from teams out of race. All are impending FA’s and none have NTC’s.

    Awaiting your stinging rebukes!!
    —————————————
    not to crazy about the Wood idea….Omar Infante is a great idea

  35. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    And that should be the focus not the nonsensical Beltran contortions.

    Teams can do 2 things at once.

  36. Tom in N.J. July 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees

    According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Romero’s “intention” is to opt of his contract with the Nationals on July 15 if he is not promoted to the major leagues. The 35-year-old would then sign a minor league deal with the Yankees and report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre with the hope of donning pinstripes for the stretch run and possibly the playoffs.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......h-yankees/

  37. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Absolutely. And that should be the focus not the nonsensical Beltran contortions.

    ——-

    Is there some new rule against making multiple trades at the deadline?

  38. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    From MLBTR’s-

    Felix Hernandez wants to stay in Seattle well beyond the end of his contract in 2014, the reigning Cy Young winner told Manuel Lira at the Venezuelan paper Líder en Deportes. “Hopefully Seattle locks me up further,” Hernandez said. “I want to sign for more. At least five years more.” As for any chance of being traded to New York or elsewhere, Hernandez dismissed the notion as “just rumors.”

    Oh well!

  39. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Felix Hernandez really hates winning.

  40. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Emilio Bonifacio just might be the better utility player to have

  41. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Bojo

    You’re in rare form!!
    I might be ugly but I sure can cook!!

  42. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Not surprising…he choose Seattle over NYY when he initially signed and has indicated his preference to stay there again and again. I never expect to see him in a Yankee uniform.

  43. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    joeman July 13th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    For months, so many here pontificated that no good pitchers were or would be available; and others like me said, “how do you know?” Now it turns out that Ubaldo Jimenez might be available for the right price. And that’s just one that made the press. And there may be others.

    We need a number two if we expect to go deep in the post-season. Colon is a crap shoot when it comes to potential age and injury issues.
    ————————————————————————-
    right now they are OK because of the Boston SP problems….to get to where they want to be at season end a #2 is a must
    ===================

    Who do you bump from the rotation for this new #2? The fact is that right now it looks like the Yanks have 2, or maybe 3, #2 pitchers. And this doesn’t include Hughes, who could be peaking by the time the postseason rolls around. There isn’t any need nor any space for any additional pitching. The Yanks could use another right-handed bat/ outfielder for the bench,but on pitching the Yanks look set. Although I expect Cashman to go out and get another LOOGY if Marte can’t go.

  44. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Not surprising…he choose Seattle over NYY when he initially signed and has indicated his preference to stay there again and again.

    He picked Seattle because his hero FREDDY GARCIA was currently employed by them. Whats his excuse now?

  45. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    Bojo

    You’re in rare form!!
    I might be ugly but I sure can cook!!
    ____
    Is it you or LGY that is the professional cook? If you, do you have a restaurant in the NYC area?

  46. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Don’t write off Hughes with his old 1-7 power curve. This could revitalize him.

  47. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    GW
    ___

    But but but “you can never have too much pitching!”

    How are you doing tonight?

  48. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I can eat but I can’t cook.

  49. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Tom in N.J. July 13th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    J.C. Romero may bolt Nationals to sign with Yankees…

    ————————

    Are the Yankees allowed to talk with him if he’s with another club?

  50. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    ok so now I’m being told Colon,Garcia and I guess Burnett are all #2 SP on this team

  51. LGY July 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Don’t write off Hughes with his old 1-7 power curve. This could revitalize him.

    ——-

    Very excited for his next start.

  52. joeman July 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I’ll have to sleep on that

  53. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Whats his excuse now?

    —————————————

    Grungy granola chiquitas

  54. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hey, Bojo! I’m doing fine, winding down after a long day. Yourself?

  55. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    LGY July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    I can eat but I can’t cook.
    ___
    So it was YT that is the pro cook….cool!

  56. Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Colon has #2 numbers. He was always a #1-#2 in his career, even when he hurt his way out of baseball he was above average those years for the little he pitched.

    Garcia has a 3 ERA but I wouldnt trust him in the playoffs, maybe as the 4th guy.

  57. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Bojo-
    Is it you or LGY that is the professional cook? If you, do you have a restaurant in the NYC area?
    ——————————————–

    I am a professional, but far from a chef and do not live in NYC.

  58. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Whats his excuse now?

    —————————————

    Grungy granola chiquitas
    ___
    LOL!

    Doing well GW—about to hit the sack.

  59. BoJo July 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    ___
    I have trouble keeping track of all the fun posters here…will have to start naming cats and dogs after them and adopt more animals

  60. West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The Yankees have no dependable number two to match up against their counterpart in the post season. Colon is not a bet I would make to be healthy and productive in October although he could be. “If I am Cashman I don’t stake the season on could be.”

  61. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Jerkface July 13th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Colon has #2 numbers. He was always a #1-#2 in his career, even when he hurt his way out of baseball he was above average those years for the little he pitched.

    Garcia has a 3 ERA but I wouldnt trust him in the playoffs, maybe as the 4th guy.
    —————

    More and more, Garcia reminds me of Andy Pettitte. He’s a gamer, and he doesn’t scare. If he gets a chance in the playoffs, I think that he is going to surprise a lot of folks.

  62. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The season is always staked on “could be”. :rolls:

  63. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I’m unconcerned about their pitching.

  64. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
    Never make a pretty woman your wife
    So for my personal point of view
    Get an ugly girl to marry you

    I saw your wife the other day UH HUH
    And she’s ugly
    HA HA BUT SHE SURE CAN COOK

    from Jimmy Soul “If you want to be happy the rest of your life”

  65. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Don’t bet on the Yanks trading for a #2 guy in the next two weeks.

  66. West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Who knows who we’ll face in the post season. But Colon isn’t my choice to pair with Sabathia the entire post-season against this kind of talent.

    Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee
    Tim Lincecum/Matt Cain
    Jered Weaver/Dan Haren

  67. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Bojo-

    Those lyrics were for you. Now I’m a “fun” poster. Before I was just plain ugly. Geez I better get some beauty sleep!!

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan July 13th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I am not betting on it at all. I just think it’s possible and definitely our most pressing need.

  69. luis July 13th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Just checking in, Ubaldo is not going anywhere guys, and if he does the prize is going to be prohibiting.

  70. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I’m happy with CC/Colon.

  71. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    It’s not going to happen. A bullpen arm or two is much more likely. Perhaps some depth on the bench as well.

    You’re not going to see them deal for a big name starting pitcher.

    It would be a tough match up for them to face guys like Halladay and Lee anyways because those guys own them. It doesn’t really matter if they had David Cone in his Yankee heyday pitching in Game 2.

  72. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Rich-

    I’m also happy with CC and a healthy Colon. lol

  73. ron July 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    If colon gets bombed his next start,there is going to be a lot of very nervous yankee people & a number 2 pitcher is also very much up in the air.

  74. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    BTW, I might be alone on this, but I wouldn’t trade Betances straight up for Gio or Ubaldo, unless I thought that there is something seriously wrong with Betances. There just isn’t enough of a track record on either Gonzalez or Jimenez for to make either of them meaningfully less risky than Betances. Cashman has tried this gambit in the past, scooping up young pitchers coming off good years, and it rarely ever works (e.g., Weaver, Vazquez, Wright, Pavano, etc.) I would rather have the additional years with Betances, even if I have to wait another year for him to be ready. At least with Betances, we know precisely how he was developed, and what his potential injury issues might be.

  75. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Don’t confuse “Yankee people” with Yankee fans. Most of the fans don’t have any perspective.

  76. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    ron July 13th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    If colon gets bombed his next start,there is going to be a lot of very nervous yankee people & a number 2 pitcher is also very much up in the air.
    ————–

    Good point. Colon’s next couple of starts will probably go a long way in determining Cashman’s sense of urgency about acquiring another pitcher.

  77. luis July 13th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Ghost,

    As you say QFT

  78. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    “If colon gets bombed his next start,there is going to be a lot of very nervous yankee people & a number 2 pitcher is also very much up in the air.”

    OTOH, if Hughes regains his curve and his FB command and late life return, the Yankees are golden.

    It’s easy to be negative, but I don’t see the point.

  79. Betsy July 13th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Phil’s changes probably are going to take awhile to incorporate – he even said that he may not throw the new /old curve next out. I wonder what mechanical differences he’s only noticed now between his old delivery and his current one……..

  80. Betsy July 13th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    First Phil has to get his FB back – no swings and misses on it? He needs that life that it used to have – without that, even a good curve won’t help him much

  81. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Halladay/Lee ? CC/ Colon-AJ on their very best day. CC would probably to be at his very best as well.

    Honestly I’m not sure any 2 pitchers matches up against Doc & Lee if they’re close to at their best.

  82. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Hey there, Luis! I hope all is well for you…

  83. Yankee Trader July 13th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Phil needs a good outing against the Blue Jays, a team that owned him last year to the tune of a 7+ ERA.

    Goodnight all. I wonder who is calling Cashman right now?

  84. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I hope Cash isn’t calling anyone.

  85. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Halladay/Lee ? CC/ Colon-AJ on their very best day. CC would probably to be at his very best as well.

    Honestly I’m not sure any 2 pitchers matches up against Doc & Lee if they’re close to at their best.
    ————————-

    Wait ‘em out, wear them down, and win the game late. Although I think you might be right about that. Still, between them, Halladay and Lee have 0 WS rings…

  86. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I hope Cash isn’t calling anyone.
    —————

    Me too. All I want is a good clutch bat for the bench (preferably an outfielder). This team’s biggest weakness remains the streakiness of the offense. Cashman and Girardi need to find a way to smooth out those peaks and valleys in run production. As always, runs will be at a premium in the postseason, and the Yanks can’t afford to waste too many chances…

  87. Ghostwriter July 13th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    G’night, all!

  88. luis July 13th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Ghost,

    I’m great getting ready for the sack. I think the prize for any really good pitcher is going to be exhorbitant therefore not worth it. The best up grade for the rotation is hughes regaining his 2007 form. I agree on the strategy of wearing them out, but still they very good comand pitchers so it may not matter anyway

  89. luis July 13th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Good night everyone, hopefully tomorrow i’ll be able to spend some more time in the blog

  90. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    And the there’s Hamels in game 3 who can just as easily pitch game 1 or 2 with the season he’s having.

    Whoever faces them is going to have their work cut out for them.

  91. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I’d sign up for facing the Phillies in the WS right now.

  92. Giuseppe Franco July 13th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    # Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I’d sign up for facing the Phillies in the WS right now.

    ———-

    Ditto. I’ll take my chances.

  93. Bronx Jeers July 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I’d sign up for facing the Phillies in the WS right now.

    ————————————————————————-

    I’d probably sign up with you but I don’t think I can get my glove out of the closet without waking up my wife. Is it possible we can face them tomorrow?

  94. Nick in SF July 13th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I learned this evening that the Motorola Photon 4G is coming out on July 31 — the trade deadline.

    It must be a sign. :shock:

  95. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I just turned on WFAN for one minute and I have to hear Stupid Steve Somers say that Jeter “put himself above the game” by not going to the AS game.

    As anyone who reads my posts knows, I am hardly a Jeter apologist, but that assertion by Somers is so freakin’ irresponsible and patently false that he deserves to be fired.

    I’d rather listen to someone scratching a painted wall with their fingernails than listent to most of the hosts on that pitiful excuse for a sports talk radio station.

  96. Rich in NJ July 13th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    “Is it possible we can face them tomorrow?”

    Give me a day to think about it…

  97. Betsy July 13th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I hardly even listen to WFAN anymore and I never listen to Somers……he’s a bore

  98. Jerkface July 14th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I’m surprised the yankees managed to beat hamels/cliff lee the first time. Or the maddux/glavine/smoltz braves . Not sure there is a #2 out there anyone would feel comfortable lining up against hamels/cliff lee on paper.

  99. Rich in NJ July 14th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    “I hardly even listen to WFAN anymore and I never listen to Somers……he’s a bore”

    I turn it on for the 20/20 updates now and then, although for all his faults, Francesa is far and away the best host out there.

  100. Rich in NJ July 14th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    J. C. Romero?

  101. West Coast Yankee Fan July 14th, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I was late for dinner earlier; here is a more complete list of possible post-season opponents that have tough 1-2 starters. If Colon and Garcia don’t last; and even if they do, our odds of going deep in the post-season would increase greatly if Cashman can pull some magic out of his hat and obtain a strong starter to follow Sabathia.

    Anibal Sanchez appeals to me. I’d also do Montero, Noesi (or Nova) and Warren for Ubaldo Jimenez.

    Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee
    Tim Lincecum/Matt Cain
    Jered Weaver/Dan Haren
    Lester/Beckett
    Price/Shields
    Hudson/Jurrjens
    Greinke/Marcum

  102. Jerkface July 14th, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I’m not scared of Greinke/Marcum, Hudson/Jurjjens, Price/Shields, or Weaver/Haren And Lester/Beckett can get got by our boys, they’ve been got before and will be again. I think it would be very difficult to get anything on the quality of Cliff Lee.

    The Yankees will likely to have to deal with it, since I think the kind of pitchers available will be like Hiroki Kuroda (who I would welcome with open arms).

    It would have to be magic, but Cashman has done crazier things before.

  103. Jerkface July 14th, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I dunno if this was posted here but apparently K-rod’s agent forgot to submit his no-trade list, hence why he got fired and Boras took over. Mets traded him before Boras could thoroughly scrutinize the contract to find a loophole. Funny.

  104. West Coast Yankee Fan July 14th, 2011 at 3:33 am

    It’s not a matter of being scared of a pitcher. We have the hitting to beat anyone on any given day. It’s a matter of who we are throwing against them that gives us the best chance of holding them to as few runs as possible. Clearly a Sanchez, Jimenez or Kuroda (who I have strongly advocated for before) would be an upgrade at least on paper over anyone we have right now.

  105. AldotheApache July 14th, 2011 at 6:10 am

    … because the games are played on paper, of course.

  106. joeman July 14th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    mind on task today…

  107. Rich in NJ July 14th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I hope true, but it’s from George King, so who knows?

    “Finally, what trade deadline deal will Cashman make because the Yankees always do something. With other teams understanding Dellin Betances, Manuel Banuelos, Austin Romine and Jesus Montero are off-limits and the talent pool shallow, the Yankees likely won’t be able to swing a deal for a big-name player.”

    (I also hope I’m wrong about Soriano and he becomes a big contributor this season, which is is the primary subject of the linked article.)

  108. Rich in NJ July 14th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Edit: I hope this is true…

  109. UnKnown July 14th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    We Play Today We Win Today. Dasit!

  110. upstate kate July 14th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    YAY!! Real baseball today!!

    for all those who thought Christian Lopez was stupid for returning Jeter’s 3000th hit, it looks like he will be rewarded for his choice (as predicted by me!)

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....tian-lopez

  111. blake July 14th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    So glad that there is actual baseball today so maybe we can stop hearing about how the world almost ended because Derek Jeter didn’t go to the All Star game.

  112. upstate kate July 14th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    there was more talk about who wasn’t at the ASG than who was…and they say the Yankees aren’t good for baseball :)

  113. Bronx Jeers July 14th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I dint understand how prosecutors in the Clemens trial are allowed to introduce the syringes and such into evidence.

    Perhaps I’ve watched to much Law & Order over the years.

  114. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Sal Durante was born 50 years too soon. Lopez gets his own TOPPS baseball card

    http://web.yesnetwork.com/news.....038;vkey=4

  115. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Jeers. Congress doesn’t believe in “chain of custody” evidence.

  116. mick July 14th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I just turned on WFAN for one minute and I have to hear Stupid Steve Somers say that Jeter “put himself above the game” by not going to the AS game.
    =========================
    He’s a Yankee hater, Met fan but that type of journalism sells nowadays.
    Be as subjective as you want , fans either love you or hate you.

  117. austinmac July 14th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Bronx,

    I chuckled about your glove in the closet. I would have DHd you.

  118. Mell July 14th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Who measures gold gloves on assists?

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

    Who measures it on actual fielding? The award has long been a farce.

  119. yanks61 July 14th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Bojo, if you’re out there and still interested, I think the professional chef from NY that you were wondering about last night is Chip.

  120. Bronx Jeers July 14th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    austinmac,

    I’m afraid I’m not much help without my glove. I’ve been known to lay down bunts in the batting cage. :wink:

  121. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Anybody that suggests the trades that he does shouldn’t be allowed to make toast.

  122. Mell July 14th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    J. C. Romero?

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

    Left handed. Drawing breath. Been to the postseason 6 times. Doesn’t cost anything.

  123. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Good morning. Looks like the pitching matchups are:

    Colon vs Reyes[lefty+night game]
    Garcia vs Morrow[night game]
    Sabathia vs Romero[lefty+day game]
    Hughes vs Villanueva[day game] Hughes worst ERA against Toronto last year>7.

    Any thoughts on these matchups?

  124. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    “Who measures it on actual fielding? The award has long been a farce.”

    Eh somewhat…..but you don’t see terrible fielders winning it……only sometimes guys win it that the defensive metrics don’t agree with…..and the accuracy of those are highly debatable. They get them wrong sometimes……but they get them right a lot too.

  125. austinmac July 14th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Bronx,

    Girardi would have made good use of your bunting abilities, and that could have driven more on the board crazy. It’s a win- win.

  126. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Does OUCH!!! cover it?

  127. Bronx Jeers July 14th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Congress doesn’t believe in “chain of custody” evidence.

    ——————————————————————————

    I think if I was on that jury I’d probably be looking send the government home empty handed.

    It’s almost ironic that at the same time this trial is going on congress is locked in a battle over spending cuts/deficit reduction.

  128. Mell July 14th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    YT:

    Yankees stand an excellent chance of taking 3 of 4.

  129. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Austin Romine is untouchable? Outside of those guys, the Yankees don’t have that many players who other teams would want – certainly not enough to bring in an impact player.

  130. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    These next 8 games on turf is going to be a little rough because Jeter will be out on at least two of them which puts Pena in two of them.

  131. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    MTU, I always take these series one game at a time – also,. the Jays play us very tough.

  132. MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Even though I was disappointed that Jeter didn’t go to the ASG I think it gave the game more publicity than if he went.

    His not going and not giving a reason is kind of out of character for him.

  133. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    “Any thoughts on these matchups?”

    I like uhm

  134. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Mell-

    Morrow has pitched better lately. Had probably the best pitched game in the majors a one hitter with?17 punchouts last year.

    Villanueva has been their best pitcher in terms of BA against. However it’s a day game.

    Which game are you concerned about. Garcia’s? Hughes?

  135. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Yankees have a deal with JC Romero:

    http://twitter.com/#!/KenDavid.....9069923328

    J.C. Romero’s minor-league deal with the #Yankees should be completed on Thursday. #Yankees looking hard for LH relief options.

  136. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Blake-

    I like uhm.

    ———————–

    Uhm is a word often used by programmers when they respond to a question that has no context, or is way too stupid to answer. LOL

  137. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Jeter gave a reason – it just wasn’t good enough for some people and the media. In any case, I don’t think he owed anyone an explanation.

  138. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Jeers, I’m not sre if this would stand on appeal, but, quite likely it would be tossed out. You’ve got a guy that was thrown off of a police force and he admits to holding onto something for 9 years because he doesn’t trust the guy? He trusts him enough to take his money for years. That smells like a plan to commit extortion to me.

  139. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Betsy-

    Since Romero doesn’t have an opt out with the Nats until tomorrow, do the Yankees have to trade a player or $$$ to the Nats?

  140. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    YT, all that I know is what I posted. This sounds like the Gordon situation, so I don’t think so……………

  141. MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    GB7

    It’s like which rat do you trust.

    Tough to make a choice.

    I guess it depends which side of the aisle your on.

  142. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Trader, sounds like the same sort of deal that NYYS had with Gordon. Nats have no room on their roster and apparently told Romero that they weren’t calling him up. Just a guess, though.

  143. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I posted this last night. King Felix is now officially banned. I guess WINNING is not in his vocabulary!

    From MLBTR’s:

    Felix Hernandez wants to stay in Seattle well beyond the end of his contract in 2014, the reigning Cy Young winner told Manuel Lira at the Venezuelan paper Líder en Deportes. “Hopefully Seattle locks me up further,” Hernandez said. “I want to sign for more. At least five years more.” As for any chance of being traded to New York or elsewhere, Hernandez dismissed the notion as “just rumors.”

  144. Mell July 14th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Which game are you concerned about. Garcia’s? Hughes?

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

    None in particular. Sweeping 4 on the road is tough and Toronto has played them reasonably well over the last couple years (teams have split their last 26 games). I think the Jays will finagle at least one out the Yankees this weekend.

  145. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am
    GB7

    It’s like which rat do you trust.

    Tough to make a choice.

    I guess it depends which side of the aisle your on.

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

    I’m friends of the bride, Debbie Clemens.

  146. Mell July 14th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Jeter gave a reason – it just wasn’t good enough for some people and the media. In any case, I don’t think he owed anyone an explanation

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

    He did owe an explanation and he offered one. Whether the masses liked it is immaterial, IMO.

  147. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Why? They can’t ever win in Seattle? I can’t spend anytime getting upset at a guy that loves where he is so much that he wants to spend his career there……..

  148. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Mell, I’m not going to argue with you – I disagree that he didn’t owe one. In any case, he gave it, so it’s over and done with.

  149. MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am
    GB7

    It’s like which rat do you trust.

    Tough to make a choice.

    I guess it depends which side of the aisle your on.

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

    I’m friends of the bride, Debbie Clemens

    ——————————————————————————–

    Are you saying you’re the one that gave her the HGH shots? :lol:

  150. Betsy July 14th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I mean, I disagree that he owed one

  151. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:31 am
    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 8:24 am
    GB7

    It’s like which rat do you trust.

    Tough to make a choice.

    I guess it depends which side of the aisle your on.

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

    I’m friends of the bride, Debbie Clemens

    ——————————————————————————–

    Are you saying you’re the one that gave her the HGH shots?

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

    I certainly offered yo. I think my dirty raincoat may have scared her, though.

  152. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Gossip Break:

    ? Derek Jeter quietly celebrated his 3,000th hit with girlfriend Minka Kelly, friends and family inside Southern Hospitality in N.Y.C. The group gathered downstairs, where guests toasted the Yankees captain with Armand de Brignac champagne and mini-cupcakes in a private room adorned with Yankee baseball balloons, as well as a silver balloon sculpture that spelled out “3,000 Hits.”

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20509801,00.html

  153. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    “These next 8 games on turf is going to be a little rough because Jeter will be out on at least two of them which puts Pena in two of them.”

    I would bring up Laird and let him play 3rd and Nunez play SS when Jeter sits

  154. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    certainly offered ***to***

  155. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am
    These next 8 games on turf is going to be a little rough because Jeter will be out on at least two of them which puts Pena in two of them.

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

    El Nino 8)

  156. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    And send Pena somewhere else.

  157. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Blake, that would be my assumption. I’d certainly not bring Vazquez up to play third and Laird is on the 40 man roster.

  158. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Erin

    Sounds like this party in NYC was more fun/funner LOL.

    A slimmed-down Kirstie Alley went out partying with her former Dancing with the Stars castmates Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani at New York’s Duo Restaurant & Lounge. They all feasted on lobster salad and tuna carpaccio as they celebrated Maksim’s manager’s birthday – and kicked up their heels, dancing until 2 a.m.

  159. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Erin July 14th, 2011 at 8:36 am
    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:14 am
    These next 8 games on turf is going to be a little rough because Jeter will be out on at least two of them which puts Pena in two of them.

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

    El Nino

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

    As cold as his bat is, he needs to change his name to “The Siberian Express” (or Local).-

  160. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Maybe we see a trade for Marlin’s Omar Infante, FA without a NTC, for infield insurance with Pena sent packing. While they’re at it send Cervelli down and bring up Montero.

  161. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    A real pity thay Kirstie Alley ballooned up like that. She was a looker 20 years ago. You know that you are a bit large when you put a penny in the scales and the card comes out saying “One at a time, please”.

  162. Joe from Long Island July 14th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I was going to say, thank goodness for real baseball today, to get away from all the complaints, trade scenarios, etc.

    But, then, I realized we’d be treated to a chorus of complaints about the lineup……

  163. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    GB-

    LMAO. You are just a wealth of information!!!

  164. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Gotta give Montero about one week to get back into the swing of things and make sure that he’s healthy

  165. upstate kate July 14th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Joe
    I look forward to complaints about the line up!

  166. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Yankee Trader- :)

  167. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Joe

    No complaints.

    here’s my GTLU against Reyes tonight:

    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Teixeira 1B
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Posada DH
    Nunez 3B
    Martin C
    Gardner LF

    See ya later.

  168. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    GB,
    Yea agreed…..Pena serves no useful purpose if he can’t catch the ball and he really hasn’t done that since he’s been up this time…..I know.he has a history of being a good defender but when you are a back up glove man that can’t hit…..you have to catch the ball when called upon. Get Laird up and send Pena back to AAA.

  169. blake July 14th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Trader,

    That’ll probably be close.

  170. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    bw51official I’ll be on the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN and MSG at 9 am EST, please tune in!

  171. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Morning.

    Anyone get a chance to watch that ESPN special on pitching last night ?

    IMO it was a fantastic insight into the art and science of pitching.

    It was hosted by Orel Hirschisher, and featured Moyer,Mulder, Schilling, and Sutcliffe.

    Each guy showed the grip they used to throw their signature pitch.

    For example, Sutcliffe showed his slider grip.

    The overall discussion of the strategy used while pitching was great.

    A real window into that world. A rare treat.

    :)

  172. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    As cold as his bat is, he needs to change his name to ?The Siberian Express? (or Local).-

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

    :lol:

  173. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Off topic but, the Traveler’s insurance commercials are getting better. This is the best so far.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelersInsurance

  174. Erin July 14th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New Post: Prior and Soriano taking steps forward

    :arrow:

  175. 86w183 July 14th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Leave Kirstie alone…. remember this:

    A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind

  176. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    MTU, did Moyer show his junkball grip?

  177. MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    MTU

    That’s what I like when Cone or Leiter are doing the games.

    Cone gives insight into the mind set of a pitcher.

    Was Schilling wearing his bloody sock? :lol:

  178. 86w183 July 14th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Jeter might get one day off in Toronto but no ways it’s two

    And it better not be Sunday when I have great seats!

  179. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Maine, did you see Leiter the day he demonstrated his sockball on camera?

  180. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    GB-

    CU grip.

    And he has a very effective one. Said he learned it in college and refined it in the majors.

    Very precise about the way it needed to be thrown and why.

    As were all the other guys presentations.

    Moyer was able to throw it to either side of the plate, and also said that the CU is the 2nd best pitch in baseball.

    More guys should learn it.

    P.S. I know you were kidding but it was a good chance to try to educate folks.

    ;)

  181. pat July 14th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    MTU

    I saw it.

    Them talking about how much technology has changed their prep in such a short amount of time speaks as much to the “year of the pitcher” likely as much as a PED policy now being in place.

  182. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Maine-

    No. Just his big ego and yapper.

    All kidding aside. He did actually have some very interesting things to say about pitching.

    His level of preparation and knowledge was quite impressive.

    Hate the Man not his knowledge is my motto.

    :)

  183. GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Educate folks? I know that I can’t spell, but, I’m highly edumacated.

  184. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Pat-

    I thought it was wonderful.

    The stories, insight, etc.

    Anyone missing it really lost out IMO.

  185. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    GB-

    Yeah. That was always obvious. You might be a redneck but you ain’t no hayseed.

    :)

  186. MTU July 14th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    New Thread ==>

  187. MaineYankee July 14th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    GreenBeret7 July 14th, 2011 at 9:06 am
    Maine, did you see Leiter the day he demonstrated his sockball on camera?

    ——————————————————————————————

    Yes.

    It really adds to the game when they do stuff like that.

    I know some don’t like when Singleton talks about his playing days but I enjoy it.

    It helps me remember things from back then I either didn’t know or forgot.

    The forgot part is getting longer all the time. :lol:

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