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Teixeira being honored today

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira is being honored as the March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year this afternoon. The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team are being recognized as the Sportswomen of the Year. Teixeira and representatives of the soccer team will be recognized at the 28th Annual Sports Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

Joe Girardi was a previous winner of the award.

I have computer training in the office all afternoon, but one of the writers who’s at the event texted me a few minutes ago. Oddly enough, his text mentioned only Hope Solo. Can’t imagine why.

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74 Responses to “Teixeira being honored today”

  1. Erin November 30th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Congrats Tex! :)

    LGY-that’s too funny about Valentine

  2. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Who gets bumped from the rotation if you sign Darvish?

  3. RadioKev November 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    LGY November 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
    Who gets bumped from the rotation if you sign Darvish?
    ———

    Whoever doesn’t cut it? How is this different for Darvish versus all the other pitchers we fantasize about?

  4. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    “Who gets bumped from the rotation if you sign Darvish?”

    Are the Ham Fighters one of the teams on AJs no trade?

  5. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Congrats to Tex. He had some strong words in support of HGH testing.

    repost:

    Erin,

    I like it because the text messages pop up on the screen (yes, like those irritating retirement plan commercials). Just adds another dimension to the show.

    austinmac,

    If you like your BBC, then you should check out Luther. Season 1 is on Netflix. I hunted down seasons 2 & 3 (very short) online. The guy who played Stringer Bell on the Wire is the title character. Very good show.

    As for the Phillies, they are looking to get older. Of the 8 minor league contracts with spring invites, included are Podsednik, a 33, 34, and a 35 year old pitcher. (mlbtr)

  6. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    LGY – Worry about that when it becomes a problem? The Yankees had 6 starters last year in the spring… and ended up with 3.5 by the time the playoffs came around.

  7. Mike Ri November 30th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs have signed outfielder David DeJesus.

  8. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    blake,

    AJ’s wife won’t even take a commuter flight. Pretty sure, Japan’s a no-go.

  9. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Radiokev,

    If Albert was 25 years old I think the Yankees would offer him 10/300 and say Tex you’re going to DH or learn a new position…….that’s JMO. I think there are enough questions about his age and possible decline that they aren’t interested in going there under the current circumstances.

  10. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    M,

    Just joking ;)

  11. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    David DeJesus is off the board?

    :cry:

    Wait, maybe Theo will do a Garza/DeJesus combo? :P

  12. LGY November 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    LGY – Worry about that when it becomes a problem? The Yankees had 6 starters last year in the spring… and ended up with 3.5 by the time the playoffs came around.

    ——–

    Isn’t it a problem on Opening Day? Where does the odd man out go? The bullpen?

  13. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I read somewhere that the commish could reward the bid to the 2nd place team if it was clear that the winning bidder wasn’t negotiating in good faith…….like if they just won the bid to block him from signing with anyone else and then offered like a one year contract. I think the commish has the latitude to do that…….coukd be wrong.

    In general ….yes they can only negotiate with the winning bidder…..but I think the winning bidder actually has to try to reach an agreement.

  14. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    If Pujols was 25, Montero would be back in AAA catching this season getting ready to be the full-time catcher next year.

  15. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    LGY – That’s what they did with Freddy/Bartolo last season, seemed to work out pretty well…

  16. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Dejesus has forsaken us again :(

  17. RadioKev November 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Blake,

    I just meant, through his first five years, you think he would have earned that amount if he hit the free market?

  18. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Are the Ham Fighters one of the teams on AJs no trade?
    —————————————-
    Blake-Good one, but I believe his wife would not be able to get the 10round trip limo rides built into the contract that she had in Toronto between their home in Maryland.

    The Cubs have signed DeJesus-Bret will be very disappointed.

  19. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Supposedly, Darvish despises the posting system. That could mean less leverage for the winning bidder.

  20. JCPD November 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    If Pujols was 25, Montero would be back in AAA catching this season getting ready to be the full-time catcher next year.

    ————————————————————

    I’m thinking if Pujols were 25, Montero would be playing the equivalent of American Legion ball ;-)

    Hopefully now with DeJesus off the board we won’t have to hear an entire offseason of DeJesus trade proposals……. :-)

  21. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    JCPD – Why? Now we can trade Gardner, 2 B’s and a Romine for him. You know that Theo would take that deal…

  22. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    “I just meant, through his first five years, you think he would have earned that amount if he hit the free market?”

    His first 5 years numbers were pretty special…….what I mean is that if Pujols had the same status as he does now…..but was 25 instead of 31 (or 33)…..then I don’t think having Tex would shop them from signing him. My point is that I think the player evaluation of Pujols right now is a bigger part of his lack of a market than it may seem.

  23. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    ID-

    You’d also have to take on a chunk of the 54M still owed Alfonso Soriano with Garza!

  24. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I see a potential meme here.

    When Pujols was 25…Gammons had his original teeth.

    When Pujols was 25…NBA players were wearing short shorts.

    When Pujols was 25…..

  25. upstate kate November 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hi JCPD!

    Tex, Grandy and Robbie have certainly been active this off season.

    What was Cashman doing? Practicing his rappelling skills? How did he let DeJesus get away yet again?

  26. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    After Albert’s first 5 seasons he was 25….had OPS’d over 1 for 3 years in a row…..had hit over .330 for 3 years in a row….and had hit over 40 homers for 3 years in a row

  27. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    DeJesus is getting a 2 year deal with a club option for 2014 for a guaranteed 10M. Little surprised at what many fringe players are getting so far in FA.

  28. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    2 years, $10M guaranteed for DeJesus. Theo’s first signing.

    from mlbtr:

    13 Teams Eligible For First Competitive Balance Lottery
    By Tim Dierkes [November 30 at 11:27am CST]

    The new collective bargaining agreement calls for a competitive balance draft pick lottery beginning in 2013, and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has details. 13 teams will be eligible for the first lottery based on their market size and revenue: the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, Royals, Athletics, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers, and Cardinals. The lottery gives each of these teams the chance to win one of six extra picks in the 2013 draft, which will come after the compensation picks for free agents. The odds of winning a pick will be based on each team’s winning percentage in the previous season.

    There will be another group of six picks after the draft’s second round. The teams in the mix for these will be the ones that did not win a pick in the first lottery, as well as any other team that receives revenue sharing.

    Mayo says lottery picks can be traded, but only once by a team and only during the regular season. The picks cannot be sold for cash.

    A third lottery will be held for picks forfeited by teams that exceeded their bonus pools. Teams that did not exceed their pools will be eligible, with odds based on a formula of revenue and winning percentage. Got all that? There will be a quiz tomorrow.

  29. blake November 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    “Little surprised at what many fringe players are getting so far in FA.”

    What recession?

  30. m November 30th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    At first blush I thought that was a lot. But it breaks down to $5M which sounds about right for DeJesus. Wonder if that was a blocking move against Boston? :P

  31. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    m-

    Darvish’s father was interviewed earlier this month and expressed his displeasure with the posting system.

    Sponichi has posted the following interview they conducted with Farsad Darvish (Yu Darvish’s father).

    Has your son spoken to you about his desire to play in the Majors?

    We haven’t really spoken in detail about it. Nothing has been decided yet. Besides, the Climax Series is still playing out. Then there’s the Nippon Series. He doesn’t want [stories] about whether he’s going or staying to take the spotlight over [what's going on in Japanese baseball right now]. That’s obviously why he doesn’t want to speak [about it].

    If he does decide to go to the Majors this year, it’ll be through the posting system.

    Iwakuma [attempted it] last year. Based on the current rules, players can’t select which team they want to go to and if negotiations don’t go well, they have to return to Japan. I was hoping to see a rule change where the top three teams would have the chance to negotiate, but that never happened. Speaking as his father, that’s really too bad.

    Right, the rules of posting haven’t changed for this year.

    I realize the rule won’t change this year. But this isn’t really just about Yu, it’s also about wanting to see the rule change for future players that want to go to the Majors. Having to return [to Japan] because negotiations don’t work out, that a tough thing for a player to face. That’s kind of scary to think about.

    The team that bids needs a lot of money, the player that goes can’t decide where, and it’s less money than if the move was through FA. It seems there are some in the MLB that aren’t happy with the current system either.

    I think Yu does want to go, but there are risks. Teams have bottom lines to think about, so if they bid high, the player’s salary is going to be that much lower and that can lead to negotiations breaking off. I think Yu is blessed, but this is a problem for some players. [I'm sure this will lead some] top NPB players to head to the Majors only to see their salaries drop. [New York Yankees' GM Brian] Cashman and I think alike. There are a lot of good players leaving Japanese baseball and the needs of MLB teams are increasing, but if things are left the way they are, the overall level of baseball won’t improve. Another option might be to institute the same rules used in the transfer of players in soccer.

  32. m November 30th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    YT,

    Thanks for that. I see it as a ploy. But if the rumors are true about a pending divorce, then Yu (or his father!) might not be too worried about any “shame” of having to return to Japan without an MLB deal.

  33. Mike Ri November 30th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, “for all practical purposes” the Dodgers and Adam Kennedy have agreed to a contract.
    Assuming he passes a physical, the contract is believed to be worth around $800,000

  34. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I do not know what Darvish is currently making when converted to US $$$, but I do not believe he would take a pay cut were he to agree to being posted and eventually sign. That’s just Nuts with a player of this caliber, and I don’t buy the, “this really isn’t just about Yu” hogwash. That’s just Dad talkin’ like Boras. I like the fact Yu is half Japanese and half Iranian, as he has probably been subjected to both cultures therefore minimizing the shock of transitioning to the US.

    -BLAKE-
    Regardless of the Posting Rules, the Commish can do whatever he wants via “the best interests of Baseball” clause. The Yanks and Vida Blue know this all to well.

  35. Irreverent Discourse November 30th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    i don’t think the singular team winning the “posting” phase will ever change. It enforces fair play, and ensures that every player trying to leave Japan doesn’t just want to play for winning teams (or a multinational brand like the Yankees).

  36. blake November 30th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    “I do not know what Darvish is currently making when converted to US $$$”

    Like 6 million per I think.

  37. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Chin you are just as goofy as you are at TDN. LOL !

  38. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Blakes correct-6 million

    http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....darvish-9/

  39. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    With guys like Barmes and Ellis are getting $5 Mill per, the Yanks will give Darvish $6 Mill for walkin’-around money.

  40. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I’m currently a free agent. What’s your offer?

  41. Pat M. November 30th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Contrary to some of the media claims, The NY Yankees will take a very close look at CJ Wilson

  42. blake November 30th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    “Contrary to some of the media claims, The NY Yankees will take a very close look at CJ Wilson”

    I agree…..is that an opinion or more ;)

  43. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    PatM-

    Good afternoon, morning to you. CJ Wilson hasn’t had the NYY welcome mat put out for him yet. If he really wants to pitch for the Yankees a 100 million dollar contract is most likely not going to be on the table.

  44. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I think the Yanks denying Wilson’s request for a visit is their way of saying…..don’t bother until you’re ready to talk realistically.

  45. JM November 30th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    eboland11 More Tex:”Being able 2 hit the ball the other way a little bit more, use the whole field, take the shift away is really going to help me out….

    We can only hope.

    Hi everyone!

  46. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Cashman takes a “close look” at a lotta players. That’s just due diligence on his part. The real question is just what is………………………

    – THE YANKEE PRIORITY LIST -
    (1) YU DARVISH
    (2) CJ WILSON
    (3) MATT GARZA
    (4) MARK BUEHRLE
    (5) JOHN DANKS

  47. Yankee Trader November 30th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    JM-

    Tex worked last offseason on hitting, less on weight lifting and got off to an unaccustomed good start in April.

    We can only hope-I’m with you.

  48. Mike Ri November 30th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Sweeny on the WFAN !

  49. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    “eboland11 More Tex:”Being able 2 hit the ball the other way a little bit more, use the whole field, take the shift away is really going to help me out….”

    That’s great that he recognizes that…..doing it is going to be another thing though and its going to be very difficult without swing changes…..an approach change isn’t going to cut it.

  50. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    So what happened at TDN? The place is like a ghost town, no posts for days. Used to be a pretty good site.

  51. Mike Ri November 30th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    According to Mike Francessa…. yanks are cold on Garza. ……. ughhhhhh

  52. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    When a guy hits 30 HR’s and knocks in over 100, it’s understandable that he is reluctant to change anything. Until TEX’s numbers over the course of 300 AB’s in 2012 mirror Mark Reynolds type numbers, I wouldn’t tinker with him. Just guessing, but TEX does get drilled alot, and I believe he plays dinged up onna consistent basis which effects his swing and numbers.

  53. dogface November 30th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    According to Mike Francessa…

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

    3 words I wouldn’t put much stock in when it comes to all matters baseball.

  54. austinmac November 30th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    M,

    Thanks for the BBC guidance.

    I’m glad Teixiera accepts he needs to adjust, but it is easier said than done. To hit the ball on the ground or on a line to left will require levelling out his swing from the left side. Right now, when he hits to left it is a pop up or fly ball. Let’s hope for the best. I am somewhat encouraged.

  55. Mike Ri November 30th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    According to Mike Francessa…

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

    3 words I wouldn?t put much stock in when it comes to all matters baseball.

    ————

    your right !

  56. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    -DEAL WITH IT -
    For whatever reason, Feinsand has almost completely walked away. He will post a new thread once inna while, and that’s even during the season. He’s the guy responsible for both it thriving and now dying.

  57. m November 30th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Ozzie’s in the new espn magazine issue on greatness.

    *”I want everyone with the Marlins to know I’m not who people think I am. People say, “Ozzie Guillen is the guy who throws players under the bus.” I never throw a player under the bus if he’s playing the right way. If he isn’t doing the job, don’t blame the player, blame me. I played the guy. But if he isn’t doing the little things to help us win a game, I will criticize him.”

    And from the He Said What? department:

    *”I love Fenway Park and I love Wrigley Field, but I hate working at Fenway and I hate working at Wrigley. Ballparks are ballparks to me. So what the new ballpark in South Florida means to me is that we can’t use the old ballpark as an excuse. Oh, it always rains; oh, the park isn’t good. People come to the park when the team wins. But I also know the fans will be coming to watch the players, not me.”

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....mi-marlins

  58. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks. You think they will do away with that blog site at some point based on it being dead? Can’t please the advertisers that are there, no?

  59. m November 30th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    austinmac,

    No problem. I like the Canadian and British programs, too. Apparently there is a BBC America cable channel. Here’s a link to the site: http://www.bbcamerica.com/

  60. CompassRosy November 30th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    jimcaple Jim Caple
    Is Bernie Williams a Hall of Famer? He went on the ballot today. As did Phil Nevin. I bet Bernie gets more votes.

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

    I always like Bernie.

  61. CompassRosy November 30th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    *liked*

  62. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t think Bernie’s peak was long enough to get in…..for a 4-5 year period he was a HOF caliber player…..but just not long enough most likely.

  63. Jerkface November 30th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    .for a 4-5 year period he was a HOF caliber player…..but just not long enough most likely.

    900 OPS centerfielder for 8 years, he is a hall of famer.

  64. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    “900 OPS centerfielder for 8 years, he is a hall of famer.”

    You know I was going to write back…..yea but not 8 straight years……but then I looked it up and he did OPS .900 for 8 straight years……his career numbers are shy though realistically most likely. I think Jorge has a better chance.

  65. CompassRosy November 30th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    off topic, but…

    I think some of you might appreciate this story (linked below) about how baseball can bring all sorts of people together. It is heart-warming in that regard but, ends in heartbreak….

    http://tinyurl.com/c7rrp59

    It is becoming quite evident that Greg Halman’s impact was felt far and wide and, hopefully, his family, friends and teammates can take comfort in knowing that he did indeed make a difference in his short, sweet time on this earth.

  66. tucker November 30th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Bernie faded in an honorable way during the peak steroids era. Many high-caliber players intheir mid-30s chose the juice instead to prolong their playing careers and paychecks.

    Bernie’s career arc was more like players of two decades ago – and a similar trajectory that is now returning today.

    So, at the very least, Bernie gets honor points to go along with his four rings and five-year stretch that rivaled any player of that era.

  67. dogface November 30th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t think Bernie’s peak was long enough to get in…..for a 4-5 year period he was a HOF caliber player…..but just not long enough most likely.

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

    He’s as good or better than a lot of the guys at the low end of the HOF spectrum (Rice, Dawson, etc.) but I don’t imagine he’ll get the votes. Serious 8 year run from 1995-2002 though.

  68. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Bernie should get it……but I don’t think he will…….he was really goos in his.prime

  69. blake November 30th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    *good*

  70. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Pete Rose with his ah ‘gal pal’ and info. on his new gig. LOL!

    What a pair in the picture!

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blo.....-documents

  71. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    -DEAL WITH IT -
    Don’t know. This has been going on for over 1yr, making me believe TDN is not concerned. They have made numerous cosmetic changes there, and with each change it’s only gotten worse. To me, on-line, the paper looks like something off Skid Row. I don’t know anything about their street sales or circulation in general, but the print media in general is headed the way of T-Rex and I don’t mean the band. I worked at the LA Times back when it was owned by the Chandler Family, so I know a good paper when I see it in the rack, and especially when I read it. TDN aint even in the ballpark.

  72. Deal With It November 30th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Kind of sad. It used to be good even with the battles that went on. At least there was activity and it was ALIVE.

  73. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Bernie would not get my HOF vote. Paul O’Neill jumps out at me when considering that Yankee OF ahead of Bernie. Not that Pauly is HOF wothy either. I do not know the stats, but in my minds eye, it’s O’Neill when considering the best Yankee OF’er during the recent Glory Years.

  74. DONNYBROOK November 30th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I’m also glad both remain active in the Yankee Org. Same goes for Tino and Cone. It’s great seeing and hearing the tales of yore outta those guys.

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