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Rodriguez: “You can play (third base) forever”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez was stuck on the disabled list the day he turned 36 years old. When he finally comes off the disabled list in a few days, he’ll have to spend some time as the Yankees designated hitter before resuming his role as an everyday third baseman.

Given his age and his recent injury problems, could this be the start of a trend? I think it’s generally assumed that Rodriguez eventually will need more and more time at DH, and less and less time in the field, but is this the moment that transition begins?

“I look at Cal Ripken,” Rodriguez said. “He was always my role model. He played to about 40 or 41. The one thing about third base is (you need) a strong arm and one step and dive. When you think about center field or the middle of the infield, you have to do so much more. As a shortstop, I always felt like that. As a third baseman, even if you have limited range, if you have good hands and a strong arm, I think you can play there forever.

“As long as you’re driving the ball offensively, it’s very important to be out there at third base because it allows your team, your roster and the organization to have a solid bat at DH, or have it as a rotator where you can have guys like Tex, Jeet, myself and Robbie to occupy it. You kind of strangle the team a little bit by just being an everyday DH when you can go out and play third base. You can always go out and find a guy that has a little more range at third, but if you can be a guy that can produce 30 runs, drive in 100 runs and make 10 or 12 errors, I think anybody would sign up for that.”

Maybe it’s overly optimistic, but it’s also a fair point. The Yankees won’t need Rodriguez to be a Gold Glove defender as long as he remains a capable fielder and a productive hitter. Of course, the level of production the Yankees would have in mind would require a return to the power numbers that seemed to escape Rodriguez during those three weeks leading to last month’s knee surgery.

“It was a strange thing because I was hitting for a high average and making good contact with the baseball and driving in runs, but I just wasn’t driving the ball out of the park,” Rodriguez said. “And that’s something I really haven’t been used to. The last two or three weeks (before surgery), I was playing with a lot of pain, and I thank our staff for advising me to have the surgery because I would have just kept playing right through it… I think that’s the reason we chose to have the operation. Although I was swinging the bat well and producing and getting hits, my value is to do a lot more than just getting base hits.”

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134 Responses to “Rodriguez: “You can play (third base) forever””

  1. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Alexander’s almost back- yay :)

  2. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Gary- you get 10 points for a Shawshank reference.
    ————————-
    Erin-

    And I get zippo for quoting Mark Twain! Unfair! Waaaaaaaaaaaa!
    :)

  3. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Yankee Trader

    Another good one.

    It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    —————————————–

    Maine – excellent one. I actually use that one all the time. I don’t practice it, but I quote it!

  4. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Sorry Yankee Trader- you get 10 points too. :)

  5. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Repost:

    HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am
    Mell and Erin – thanks! I figured it was something like that. My wife’s PB is Jorgie, and they share the same birthday. Years ago I got her a Jorgie t-shirt to celebrate their birthdays, and she looks very cute in it (though it doesn’t fit when she’s 7 months pregnant, like now). If she’s going to have a PB, at least it’s someone as awesome as Jorgie, rather than George Clooney or something.

  6. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    My hope is that once A-Rod gets his timing back he will now start driving the ball plenty.

    Instead being in pain I hope he is generous and dishes it out instead.

    Especially to our good friends to the North.

    ;)

  7. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    HipHip- that’s really cool they share a birthday!

  8. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    edit: Instead of. sorry.

  9. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    A-Rod apparently tore the meniscus during the Cubs series when rounding 3rd and suddenly putting on the breaks. It would certainly help if he can play the majority of games at 3rd, especially next year where there are no decent 3rd base options thru FA, unless the Yankees sign the oft injured Jose Reyes to play wherevever?- SS move Cano to 3rd, Jeter to 2nd with A-Rod the DH.

    Just kidding. Raising a warranted verbal attack.

  10. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m thinking that Blake must have had an emergency root canal this morning (giving one).

    Otherwise he’d be here.

    Yup. That has to be it.

  11. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    MTU-

    He should be able to drive the ball, now that he can put pressure on his back leg.

  12. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Chad-

    BTW- Maybe it would be worthwhile to address the issue at the beginning and end of your on line chat today.

  13. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    YT-

    I’m counting on it. I like strong finishes.

    ;)

  14. JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Getting Arod’s power stroke back would be huge….He was hitting for average and driving in runs before he left. If he can still do that and hit for power again, well, watch out.

  15. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:06 am
    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am
    Yankee Trader

    Another good one.

    It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    —————————————–

    Maine – excellent one. I actually use that one all the time. I don’t practice it, but I quote it!

    ———————————————————————————-

    Unfortunately I’ve used both ends of that quote. :sad:

  16. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    YT-

    Take a look at the middle of the Yankee order:

    Grandy
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Cano

    What does Ga. power and light have over that ?

    :)

  17. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    YT-

    Or maybe it should be Con Edison ?

    :)

  18. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Maybe this will lure Blake back in-

    Chipper Jones told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Braves have more pitching than they know what to do with. “It’s almost embarrassing how much talent we have at the minor league level that can help this ballclub,” he said (Twitter link).

  19. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:11 am
    HipHip- that’s really cool they share a birthday!

    ——————————–

    Yes, every year Jorgie texts my wife “this is not my birthday, it’s your birthday.” In her dreams….

  20. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    YT-

    Could also be said of the Yankees.

    And they stole Viz too.

    ;)

  21. RadioKev August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I made this comment a few months ago, but what a blessing in disguise that A-Rod shifted to 3B and Jeter stayed at SS. Imagine the situation they would be in now if these injuries caught up to A-Rod (in all likelihood, they would have).

  22. JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Beckett complaining about the schedule….You gotta be kidding me.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....aks_2.html

  23. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Take a look at the middle of the Yankee order:

    Grandy
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Cano
    —————————————
    MTU- That raises the next question. Against a right hander where should the above bat to maximize run production? My answer from before- (I) should not be allowed!!

  24. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    That Alex sure does know his baseball. ;)

  25. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    YT-

    I don’t answer trick questions.

    I prefer authoring them.

    ;)

  26. bisonthrow August 19th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I personally believe that against a righty you have to bat Tex behind cano whether that be fifth or sixth in the order

  27. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    “I’m thinking that Blake must have had an emergency root canal this morning (giving one)”

    It wasn’t an emergency…..but that actually was what I was doing ;) .

    Strange to hear a player really talk in the terms Alex is there……but he’s absolutely right. The longer he can stay at third the better.

  28. RadioKev August 19th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Beckett complaining about the schedule….You gotta be kidding me.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b…..aks_2.html
    ————

    Just as A-Rod’s behavior is generally indefensible for most Yankee fans, I feel the same way about Beckett. What a jackass.

  29. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Trader,

    Chipper is right…..why do you think the Philkies are throwing all their chips into the middle to win right now? That division wont be theirs much longer.

  30. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Is it just me or every time the Sox struggle this year one of their players starts complaining about the schedule?

  31. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Beckett complaining about the schedule….You gotta be kidding me.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b…..aks_2.html

    ———————————————-
    Beautiful! My favorite part is him using the word “unfair.” Hopefully him saying this in the media indicates that they are talking about it in the clubhouse. I think it would be awesome if they are getting caught up complaining about the schedule rather than taking the more worrisome (as a Yankee fan) approach of saying “whatever, let’s go kick some butt!”

  32. PacoDooley August 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The thing that makes me confident in the Yankees down the stretch is the fact that they have had a lot of talent return at or after the trade deadline. They got Hughes, Colon, Soriano and Chavez off of DL stints and will get A-Rod back soon. They have also benefited from the real Swish returning to right field. A lot of teams made trades and didn’t get nearly that much talent back, but the Yankees were heavily criticized for not making any noise at the deadline.

    Speaking of trade deadlines. Here are two pitchers for you:
    A: ERA =4.58 WHIP = 1.47 BAA = .276
    B: ERA = 4.61 WHIP = 1.38 BAA = .250

    Player A is Uboldo Jimenez in Cleveland and B is A.J. Burnett. You might say this is an unfair comparison based on small sample size, but Uboldo had similar numbers in the NL, where anyone’s numbers should be better (his Colorado numbers are: ERA=4.46, WHIP=1.37 BAA=.251).

    Now let’s include pitcher
    C: ERA = 4.21 WHIP = 1.41 BAA = .268

    Player C is Ivan Nova, who Colorado wanted in the package for Jimenez. He is around 3 years younger and has pitched in the AL East.

  33. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Blake-

    I knew it. What else could hold you back ?

    Wild horses maybe.

    :)

  34. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am
    Beckett complaining about the schedule?.You gotta be kidding me.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b…..aks_2.html

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

    :roll:

    cry me a river

  35. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    “Is it just me or every time the Sox struggle this year one of their players starts complaining about the schedule?”

    Or just complaining in general …..they are a totally unlikeable bunch.

  36. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Blake

    Alex just has to throw process and inventory around a few times and he’s next in line for the Yankees GM position.

  37. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I’ll go and take a stab at the batting order when A-Rod comes back against a right-hander. MTU -This would be a good question for Chad and Sam today!

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

    When A-Rod is back at 3rd and Martin is off I’d be very very happy to see some semblance of this lineup against a right hander:

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Grandy CF
    A-Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Swisher RF
    Montero C
    Chavez DH

  38. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Blake-

    Next time you’re go AWOL and let your work get in the way of having fun please let us know so we can at least try to get a “fill in” for you.

    ;)

  39. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    doesnt beckett look like alvin from the chipmonks?

  40. yankeefeminista August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Alex has always been a baseball scholar. Long may he run… and long may he be able to play 3rd.

    Story on Cito: http://thunderbaseball.wordpre.....the-curve/

  41. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Chipper Jones told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Braves have more pitching than they know what to do with. “It’s almost embarrassing how much talent we have at the minor league level that can help this ballclub,” he said (Twitter link).

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

    Their young pitching is pretty ridiculous, and with apologies to Rivera and Robertson, it’s he Braves that have had the best 8th/9th inning duo in the game this year.

  42. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    LGY,

    Yea, apparently he thinks like that which is kinda strange for a player…..at least you never hear quotes like that from players. His mind just works differently I think……about a lot of things. I also think it’s funny how he keeps using the word “gait”

  43. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    doesnt beckett look like alvin from the chipmonks?

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

    You have just ruined Alvin and the Chipmunks for me. ;)

  44. bisonthrow August 19th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    YT-

    I 100% agree with both of those lineups.

    When Martin is catching and Arod feels good enough to be in the field

    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Arod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    Swish RF
    Montero DH
    Martin C

  45. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    “it’s he Braves that have had the best 8th/9th inning duo in the game this year.”

    eh….it’s pretty darn good for sure but lets let them nail down a few playoff wins before we go there.

  46. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    doesnt beckett look like alvin from the chipmonks?

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

    You have just ruined Alvin and the Chipmunks for me. ;)

    ——

    haha sorry, his pudgy face just reminds me of them :)

  47. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    he looks more like Theodore sometimes…..

  48. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The RS radio guys are also whining about all the injuries they are having now.

    Getting the excuses ready for when the Yankees win the division. :roll:

  49. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Blake-

    Gotcha. Centaur. gait.

    makes sense.

    ;)

  50. pat August 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Forever? 5-7 years will suffice. :wink:

    Alex maycurrently be the Yankees best choice of 3 hitter. He won’t lead the team in BA, OBP or slugging but might have the best balance of the 3 categories.

    The first years Alex was a Yankee, fans often said they would trade a little bit of power for better situational hitting. Since hip surgery they’ve gotten what they asked for and now people want more power back. Fickle group.

  51. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I thought the RS weren’t going to have any injuries this year? The prophecy fortold no injuries, dominant starting pitching, the best lineup ever, and winning the division by at least 10 games in a landslide……I’m confused

  52. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Just speaking of this season, Blake. Not on any historical level. Just this year.

  53. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    PacoDooley-

    Good post. Ubaldo Jimenez faces the Tigers on Sunday. To date- in his last two NL starts [Braves and Diamondbacks} and his first two AL starts he’s hitting the >100 pitch count by the 5th inning. he had a big ? mark on his back, along with the 3mph decrease in velocity that screamed buyer beware.

  54. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    haha sorry, his pudgy face just reminds me of them

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

    he probably looks more like Theodore than Alvin.

  55. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    YT-

    I really like that 2nd batting order.

    ;)

  56. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    and blake beat me to it. ;)

  57. JM August 19th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Yes, my aunt the Red Sox fan started with the injury thing….I said, last year you had a point. This year, not so much. ;)

    For the greatest team ever assembled (better than the 1927 Yankees) they sure do a lot of whining.

  58. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Blake-

    guess you didn’t get the official ESPN pre-season memo.

  59. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    pat,

    not a bad thought really. He, Cano, or Granderson should hit 3rd really…..Alex may still be the best combo of avg, OBP, and power though as you say. When he’s right there are still very few players that can do what he can do…..I’m hoping the rest he’s gotten here will allow a monster finish that carries over to the playoffs.

  60. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    JM-

    When you have a lot of cheese you do a lot of whinning.

    ;)

  61. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love how Pete presents Beckett’s comments in a positive manner. :roll:

    On a separate note, the predestined MVP is down to a .767 OPS Post ASB.

  62. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Mell,

    yea just by the numbers this regular season it’s tough to argue…..those guys have been amazing and if they can get Vizcaino incorporated and throwing strikes then wow what a back end for the postseason…..

    Erin,

    did you see us get that homer for Jonesy last night…..praise be to us :)

  63. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    blake- YES! We did an excellent job. That was the first thing I thought of when he hit it!

  64. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Grandy .312/.407/.640 Post ASB btw :P

  65. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    haha sorry, his pudgy face just reminds me of them

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

    he probably looks more like Theodore than Alvin.

    —–

    hahaha ur right,

    so i guess the song goes ‘Alvin, Simon…Josh Beckett’

  66. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Pat-

    Homers or not, I’d just like to see A-Rod drive in runs with RISP. Of course that goes for the rest of the lineup-hope they can maximize their scoring opportunities, with less reliance on hoping for a homerun in the late innings to get a come from behind victory.

  67. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    ESPNNewYork ESPN New York
    by DocIac
    The offense has been prolific. So do the Yankees really need A-Rod? You bet they do.

    es.pn/noXOCu

  68. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Grandy for MVP! he is right now…..no doubt about it, I don’t care if the media notices or not.

    MTU,

    it’s funny that when “best team in baseball” is discussed on the TV or radio it’s still all Phillies or Red Sox…..the Yanks are never even mentioned. …..I like being the under dog….it’ll sting the chowaheads even more when we win.

  69. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    pat-

    I want Alex to do it all.

    I’m not fickle just greedy.

    ;)

  70. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    put a wig on Youk and he can be Eleanor

  71. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Blake-

    You mean like a Doberman.

    ;)

  72. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    blake,

    were never the underdogs, only yankee fans will route for the yankees to win, us against the world, i mean after 2001 the yankees shoulda won that world series for NY but u can bet only yankee fans were pullin for them to win

  73. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    IIRC the Rays/red soxdouble header was a make up for a rain out at Boston…doesn’t the home team decide when it is played? So why the whining?

    In my continuing love/hate relationship w/ espn, I find it amusing that it was days before they even acknowledged that the Yankees had regained first place.

  74. LGY August 19th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    What MLB needs is more players like Josh Beckett who are willing to stand up, curse off the media, and do some good old fashioned butt hurt whining.

    Speak your mind Josh! Freedome of Speech!!

  75. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am
    put a wig on Youk and he can be Eleanor

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

    :lol:

  76. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    of course chipmunks really don’t have hair…..so Youk can be Eleanor just as is…..he won’t even need to shave his back hair….just trim it a few inches.

  77. blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Doc,

    not underdogs per se…..but forgotten about because of the mighty best team ever Red Sox.

  78. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    yea just by the numbers this regular season it’s tough to argue…..those guys have been amazing and if they can get Vizcaino incorporated and throwing strikes then wow what a back end for the postseason…..

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

    Yeah. They’ve gotten a good year from that O’Flaherty too (1.31, 53 K in 55 IP), though he’s not as talented as the other guys. Venters is just ridiculous, and because he’s been a starter in the minors, he’s able to give you more innings than your garden variety late inning guy.

  79. 108 stitches August 19th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am
    I thought the RS weren’t going to have any injuries this year? The prophecy fortold no injuries, dominant starting pitching, the best lineup ever, and winning the division by at least 10 games in a landslide……I’m confused

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s Boston / ESPN / Gammons speak. Give a team 2 World Series titles since 1918 and they’re suddenly elite. John Henry wanted to copy the Yankee business model ? Well …… he needs to play the part. Good teams don’t bellyache about everything negative that comes their way.

  80. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    blake,

    i def agree with that, especally since most predicted the yankees to finish 3rd in the divison

  81. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    blake August 19th, 2011 at 9:51 am
    of course chipmunks really don?t have hair?..so Youk can be Eleanor just as is?..he won?t even need to shave his back hair?.just trim it a few inches.

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

    Ugh….bad image. Really bad image. ;)

  82. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Will you guys leave poor Joshie alone? He has a point. I think next year he should petition mlb to let the sox play the O’s and Royals 81 times each next year- all at fenway pak

  83. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    In my continuing love/hate relationship w/ espn, I find it amusing that it was days before they even acknowledged that the Yankees had regained first place.
    ===========================

    Honestly people! It was not days. It was not even hours. Y’all sound like Beckett complainin’ about the schedule when you carry on like this. At least consider basing arguments on some facts. Both SC and BBTN indicated the Yankees moved ahead of Boston the night it happened.

  84. JM August 19th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Not for nothing, but the Yankees have a much tougher September schedule than the Red Sox, including that wonderful late season West Coast. I wouldn’t expect to hear any whining, however….

  85. blake August 19th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    The Bravos could be a tough out in a playoff series if they ever got Heyward and Chipper gonig consistently.

  86. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 19th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Sometimes I think people forget how baseball smart Alex is. He really knows the game, it’s history and what his role needs to be. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up playing third a lot longer than people think he will.

  87. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    JM-

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    And yeah, we’re responsible for the fact that the Sux don’t have enough depth for the long season.

    :)

  88. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    i mean after 2001 the yankees shoulda won that world series for NY but u can bet only yankee fans were pullin for them to win

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

    Shoulda won? I think it’s more true to say that they had a golden opportunity to win, but didn’t. They were severely outhit and outpitched badly in that series. Probably shoulda lost in 5.

    You’re right about the other part though. No gray area with the Yankees. You’re either for ‘em in a big way or against them in the big way. Casual fan with no horse in the race would almost certainly pull for the Yankees opponent……….but more likely just wouldn’t watch the game.

  89. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Laura-

    I agree. I also hope he sticks around as some sort of a special talent advisor when he decides to hang ‘em up.

    Ala Reggie Jackson or some such.

  90. JM August 19th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:04 am
    JM-

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    And yeah, we?re responsible for the fact that the Sux don?t have enough depth for the long season.

    ________

    What? But Peter Gammons told me their farm system is still flush with top tier prospects!! ;)

  91. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The Braves could be a tough out. It would requre some added help from Derek Lowe, consistency from Jair Jurrgens and return to health of Tommy Hanson, as well as not overusing the young bullpen down the stretch. Venters and Kimbrel have appeared in over 60 games each already.

  92. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    JM-

    You misheard him. He said is was “flushed”.

    ;)

  93. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Mell
    I am not complaining, just saying…
    I watch espn every morning and it was indeed days before it was mentioned that the Yankees had regained first place.

  94. blake August 19th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Yanks had a lead in game 7 and gave the ball to Rivera in the 9th…….he made an uncharacteristic fielding error and the Dbacks duck snorted a few balls in that found grass. The Yanks were a significantly better team than the Dbacks…..they just didn’t have Johnson and Schilling.

  95. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    edt: It. sorry.

  96. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    edit: edit.

    :)

  97. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Not for nothing, but the Yankees have a much tougher September schedule than the Red Sox, including that wonderful late season West Coast. I wouldn?t expect to hear any whining, however

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    That’s what happens when you have more home games than anyone in the AL East pre-asb.

  98. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Mell
    I am not complaining, just saying?
    I watch espn every morning and it was indeed days before it was mentioned that the Yankees had regained first place.

    _____________________

    No, it wasn’t. It was a segment on BT that night. I mean, they littered it up with how the Yankees have gotten so lucky with Colon and Garcia, and how they have played over their heads with Nunez playing hurt, but they did do a segment on it, just the same.

  99. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Nunez for hurt ARod, I mean.

  100. blake August 19th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The Yanks really need to try and build a little cushion heading into that next series at Fenway…..the schedule is very favorable right now and as mentioned much more difficult in September. I think the Yanks will go for the division this year………

  101. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Mell,

    by ‘shoulda won’ i meant that the city needed it and the yankees seemed like they were playin for more than a throphy, that was worst heart break for me than 2004, no lie

  102. pat August 19th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    YT

    I would think .300+ w/RISP is more than acceptable.

    2011 BA w/RISP

    Chavez .348
    Cano .322
    Alex .315
    Gardner .305
    Tex .259
    Swisher .250
    Grandy .244
    Jeter .241
    Martin .239
    Jorge .203

  103. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    kate-I’m still trying to figure out what there is to love about ESPN. I know there are plenty of reasons to hate it. ;)

  104. ac1 August 19th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Beckett has a right to complain about the schedule, but really Josh?

    A day off before AND after the Mariners trip…
    A double header, that i think had to be agreed to by your manager.

    It’s funny, people like Beckett actually make me respect AJ Burnett more. He owns his crappy starts and faces the media. Beckett didnt wantr to talk about the homeruns he gave up and then whined about the schedule hurting them….

    You probably didnt hear the 27 yankees or the 98 yankees making these excuses and from what i was told, living in boston as i do, the sox of 2011 were going to be the best team in history, 1200 runs scored, 120 wins, gonzales would have 60 homeruns at fenway, yadda yadda…

  105. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Blake-

    It would be very good if we could press our current advanatge to put some daylight between us for the stretch run.

    We’re gonna add some significant weapons in Sept. so that’s good too.

    ;)

  106. JM August 19th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:10 am
    JM-

    You misheard him. He said is was ?flushed?.

    _____
    ah ha! It is somewhat to understand him when he’s gushing about his Sox.

    But yes, this is a good time for the Yanks to open up a bit. The schedule is much less favorable in September….But they also have to prove they can beat the Sox. They should have won two out of three in Fenway last time so next time they have to do it if they want the division. And I think they do.

  107. ac1 August 19th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    sadly, if the yankees won even a couple more of their games against the sox, there would be real daylight between them in the AL East. Even losing 8-10 to boston, yankees are still ahead of them…..

  108. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Pat-

    Thanks for the info on the Yankees hitting with RISP. I would think Jeter’s post DL average is higher now with RISP.

  109. DocTodd August 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    For some reason, I just can’t recall Josh Beckett complaining that the Sox had to play the Padres and Astros in inter league play.

  110. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    DocTodd August 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    For some reason, I just can’t recall Josh Beckett complaining that the Sox had to play the Padres and Astros in inter league play.

    —–

    haha nope me ether

  111. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    haha nope me ether
    —————————
    Ether- If still around would be the perfect solution to shut beckett up!!!

  112. Doc Iac August 19th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    haha YT,

    i suck at spellin, but i agree!

  113. 108 stitches August 19th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    ESPN was once a respected, objective sports outlet but it seems that on or about the time John Henry bought the Sux they became pro Boston. Possibly Henry entertains ESPN executives on his private yacht. Soon after, Bob Kraft of the Patsies joined in to be followed by the Celtics and Bruins providing perks for talking heads would find them favorable – win or lose.
    The FCC allows 4 calls letters except on the west coast with 3 letters. If ESPN had their way, they’d be known as NESPN.

  114. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    JM-

    Sometimes people confuse their blood lust for the Sux with the real importance of individual games.

    The only thing that matters to me is what the ledger shows at the end of the season.

    And the post-season.

    If the Yankees can get there with only a few victories against the Sux
    who really cares ? Bragging rights do not mean sh*t.

    We may not even face them in the playoffs.

    I think with A-rod at full strength, and our additional Sep’t. weapons we’ll fare better against them the next few times around anyway.

    Let’s just pad our lead while we can.

    Concern ourselves about the Suxers if we have to.

    Cross that bridge when we get to it.

  115. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    by ‘shoulda won’ i meant that the city needed it and the yankees seemed like they were playin for more than a throphy, that was worst heart break for me than 2004, no lie

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

    Sure, I get that. It was a gutwrenching finish to a series loaded with as much drama as any. D’backs were the better team though. If not for BY Kim, the Yankees wouldn’t have hit anyone and probably don’t make it back to Arizona.

  116. pat August 19th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    YT

    I don’t know how to break out games just know where to find total numbers.

    But if the numbers have been better post DL and he’s at .241 now, I’d be afraid to see how bad they were pre-DL.

  117. blackaccord August 19th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    yanks play .500 ball from here on they will end up with 95 wins… If they can go 25-15, thats a 100 win season which is very much possible…

  118. DocTodd August 19th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I always say ESPN = Exclusive Sox Patriots Network……I just can’t stand ESPN…..not to mention half the time the network is running a commercial….really, turn on ESPN anytime in the morning, and chances are a commercial is on…

  119. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    For some reason, I just can’t recall Josh Beckett complaining that the Sox had to play the Padres and Astros in inter league play

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

    I think they actually did take issue publically with the interleague schedule back in ’07 or ’08.

    I actually don’t totally disagree with Beckett’s point on the travel. Minnesota to Seattle to Boston for two days, then out to KC? That’s pretty crappy scheduling. I know there were off days on either side of the Seattle series, but anyone who has made a cross country flight knows that ain’t a real off day. Even a 1st class ride across country is a grind. That said, you’re getting paid to play baseball, dude. Suck it up without complaint. At least without public complaint.

  120. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    yanks play .500 ball from here on they will end up with 95 wins? If they can go 25-15, thats a 100 win season which is very much possible?

    ___________________________

    That’s crazy to think about. There just might be two 100 game winners in the same division, and one of them will be a wild card, while there won’t be another in baseball.
    This division is crazy.

  121. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    It’s funny to me that everyone is jumping in JB about complaining about the schedule, and using words like “suck it up”, and “stop complaining”.

    Were any of you around yesterday when this board was nothing but complaints over a blown HR call? Or “lack of knowing a job” as you some put it?
    Where were all the “stop complaining” and “roll with the punches” and “just play baseball” when that happened?

  122. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’ll give Cashman credit for another thing.

    He said that the Yankees needed to get younger and more athletic.

    They are in the process of doing so.

    They also have what it takes to fill in for the inevitable injuries of the long baseball season.

    Him and his staff have done a wonderful job of developing the farm to provide that youth and athleticism and for protecting it value going forward.

    And it will only continue to improve next season.

    That is one of the reasons the Yankees will be feared for sessons to come.

    Money and a great farm spells trouble for the rest of baseball.

    ;)

  123. austinmac August 19th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I think Girardi must be given credit for the Yankee success thus far. He has had many issues and injuries to deal with and he has done well for the most part. Year after year he puts together an effective bullpen. This year he did it while losing two of the expected stalwarts and with only one lefty. A manager that knows pitching is critical for success.

  124. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    sorry. I butchered that last post but I think you get the idea.

    ;)

  125. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    actually don?t totally disagree with Beckett?s point on the travel. Minnesota to Seattle to Boston for two days, then out to KC?

    Yeah, that’s a rough go at it. Even the off days aren’t really off days. Combine that with the fact that they’re playing like the next 15 straight or something, and I get his complaint as well.
    But, hey, whatever blows your hair back. I’m not one of those guys that kills JB and Burnett. I like both of their personalities.
    The guy is pitching to like a 2.x era and sub one whip, while handling the Yankees four times this year. If he complains about something, whatever.

  126. austinmac August 19th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The Phillies will win 100 games. I think Cashman is still looking for a LHRP specifically for the Sox and Phils in a potential playoff match.

  127. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    And on that note it’s time to walk the Mops.

    later.

  128. Howard August 19th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The Phillies will win 100 games
    ____________________

    You’re right. I forgot about them.

  129. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I think JB does have a valid point in general, as there have been some brutal road trips throughout MLB. It is the complaining regarding the DH, which was scheduled by his own team, that seems like whining. Did they not have some control over when that game was rescheduled?

    I wasn’t here yesterday to complain about the blown HR call. That was a shame, but the Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score in that game.

  130. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    That’s crazy to think about. There just might be two 100 game winners in the same division, and one of them will be a wild card, while there won’t be another in baseball.
    This division is crazy.

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

    Phils will likely win 100.

    That has happened a couple times in the last 20 years though. In 2001, Seattle won 116 and the A’s 102, with the Yankees having MLB’s 3rd best record at 95 wins.

    Also 1993 when Atlanta won the NL West with 104 wins, narrowly topping the Giants 103. That was pre-Wild Card, so the Giants got to watch the playoffs on TV. NL East champ Philadelphia had the 3rd most wins with 97.

  131. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Oh, please, let’s not bring up the KC game again!! ;)

  132. blake August 19th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    It wouldn’t be pretty amazing if the Red Sox and Yankees both won 100 games considering that there are two other pretty good teams in their division besides them…..I doubt they both will though….Yankees are on pace for 100 wins and Sox 99 right now.

  133. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    My issue with the blown HR call is the umps not knowing the ground rules.

    There is no excuse for that. :mad:

  134. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    New Post: Blog chat reminder

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