Archive for November, 2011
New Marlins disguised as the old Yankees • 11.29.11
The Marlins have a new ballpark, they’re suddenly calling themselves the Miami Marlins, and now they seem to be positioning themselves as if they’re the most high-powered team in the game.
The Yankees are doing the opposite.
Yesterday, the Marlins made their sales pitch to C.J. Wilson. They’ve already tried to woo Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Whether they can actually spend enough money to get all of these guys remains to be seen, but the Marlins are certainly creating the impression that they’re big spenders.
Oddly enough, the Yankees are creating the opposite impression.
During the GM Meetings, Brian Cashman downplayed the idea that he was eager to have a second face-to-face meeting with Wilson’s agent (and Wilson himself). The Yankees biggest moves so far have been to retain two of their own starting pitchers, and when Cashman has talked about the trade and free agent markets, he’s spoken of prices that are too high and a willingness to stand pat.
Question is, which do you believe more: The Marlins aggressive posturing, or the Yankees insistence that they’re in for a calm, quiet winter?
Yankees split an extra $1.7 million • 11.28.11
Postseason shares were announced today, and the Yankees awarded 53 full shares of $26,238.86 apiece. No team gave more full shares than the Yankees. Here’s the announcement from the league.
The players’ pool, formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship series and the World Series, was divided among 12 clubs: the World Series participants, the League Championship Series and Division Series runners-up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants. The 2011 players’ pool was $57,299,244.23.
The club-by-club breakdown follows:
World Series Champions
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $20,627,727.92; value of each full share: $323,169.98) – The Cardinals awarded 51 full shares, a total of 11.962 partial shares and eight cash awards.
American League Champions
Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $13,751,818.61; value of each full share: $251,515.76) – The Rangers awarded 47 full shares, a total of 6.5 partial shares and 19 cash awards.
League Championship Series Runners-Up
Detroit Tigers (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,875,909.31; value of each full share: $126,901.50) – The Tigers awarded 44 full shares, a total of 10.12 partial shares and four cash awards.
Milwaukee Brewers (Share of Players’ Pool: $6,875,909.31; value of each full share: $133,511.33) – The Brewers awarded 44 full shares, a total of 5.74 partial shares and 25 cash awards.
Division Series Runners-Up
Arizona Diamondbacks (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,718,977.33; value of each full share: $26,674.74) – The D-backs awarded 52 full shares, a total of 10.368 partial shares and nine cash awards.
New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,718,977.33; value of each full share: $26,238.86) – The Yankees awarded 53 full shares, a total of 11.94 partial shares and three cash awards.
Philadelphia Phillies (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,718,977.33; value of each full share: $30,400.62) – The Phillies awarded 46 full shares, a total of 9.72 partial shares and three cash awards.
Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,718,977.33; value of each full share: $30,758.08) – The Rays awarded 45 full shares, a total of 8.79 partial shares 24 cash awards.
Second-Place Finishers (Non-Wild Card Clubs)
Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $572,992.44; value of each full share: $11,088.51) – The Braves awarded 41 full shares, a total of 10.13 partial shares and six cash awards.
Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $572,992.44; value of each full share: $10,366.06) – The Indians awarded 44 full shares, a total of 10 partial shares and 13 cash awards.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Share of Players’ Pool: $572,992.44; value of each full share: $10,862.42) – The Angels awarded 40 full shares and a total of 12.75 partial shares.
San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $572,992.44; value of each full share: $10,689.58) – The Giants awarded 42 full shares, a total of 10.93 partial shares and one cash award.
A few minor moves • 11.28.11
Nothing particularly significant here, just another small part of getting caught up on the past week. Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions includes a few familiar names.
The Yankees have re-signed LHP Josh Romanski, who did a nice job splitting his season between the High-A rotation and the Double-A bullpen. He was originally a fourth-round pick of the Padres back in 2008, and he’s put up pretty solid results two years in a row for the Yankees. Probably nothing more than minor league depth, but he’s a lefty. Speaking of which, the Yankees also sign LHP Juan Cedeno out of independent ball.
A third left-hander, Steve Garrison, has signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Garrison spent most of the year in Double-A, though he did get one big league call-up and make his big league debut. He was dumped from the 40-man, became a free agent and landed with the Mariners.
The Twins have siged OF Matt Carson, a former Yankees prospect who got some big league time recently with Oakland. C Omir Santos, another former fringe prospect with the Yankees, has re-signed with Detroit.
Ticket information for 2012 • 11.28.11
Obviously I’m a few days late with this, but I wanted to get it posted to the blog in case anyone needs it for future reference. The Yankees announced their ticket information on Tuesday of last week. Here are all the details.
In 2012, more than of 70 percent of the Yankees’ ticket prices will remain unchanged or will be reduced, including all Field Level seats between the bases. Nearly one-third of the Yankees’ available tickets for the upcoming 2012 season (in excess of 1.3 million tickets) will be priced at $30 or less, with at least 900,000 tickets priced at $25 or less.
All seats in the Field Level outfield sections located in fair territory (Sections 103-104 and 132-136) will have price reductions ranging from $10 to $35. Grandstand Level seats beyond the bases will remain at $20, while Grandstand Level seats between the bases will be $28. Non-obstructed Bleachers tickets will increase by $5.
To kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 25, the Yankees will begin offering three new 2012 ticket plans exclusively at yankees.com. Replacing the former 11-game plan is a new nine-game value plan with prices starting at $90. In addition, the Yankees will offer two new 12-game plans, in which fans can choose between 12-game plan No.1, which includes a ticket to Opening Day and one Boston Red Sox game, or 12-game plan No. 2, which includes a ticket to two Boston Red Sox games.
The Yankees drew 3,653,680 fans to Yankee Stadium in 2011, leading the American League in home attendance for the ninth consecutive season. The team also averaged an AL-best 45,107 fans per game, recording 20 sellouts – their most in a season at the current Yankee Stadium.
Also, as in past years, the Yankees will make available individual-game ticket value programs throughout the 2012 season. New for the upcoming season is the Half-Price Game Ticket Special – for select games during the 2012 season, fans can purchase tickets in select areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers for 50 percent off the advance ticket price. Tickets for Half-Price Games may be purchased in advance or on the day of game.
For a complete list of ticket specials, including game dates, seating locations, and terms and conditions, fans should continue to check www.yankees.com/ticketspecials. Fans with questions may call 212-YANKEES (212-926-5337) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all ticket specials are subject to availability. All individual-game ticket value programs exclude all Premium Games*. Information regarding the on-sale date for individual-game tickets at Yankee Stadium will be announced at a later date.
E-Saver Games – Fans can register at www.yankees.com/esaver to receive e-mail ticket offers for E-Saver Games available only to Yankees e-mail subscribers.
$5 Games – For select games during the 2012 season, fans can purchase tickets in select areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers for $5. Tickets for $5 Games may be purchased in advance or on the day of the game.
Tuesday Night Games Ticket Special – For each Tuesday night home game at Yankee Stadium, fans can take advantage of specially discounted tickets in select areas of the Grandstand Level. Tickets for Tuesday Night Games may be purchased in advance or on the day of the game.
Family Games – Families can enjoy specially priced tickets on designated Monday through Thursday games in April, May and September. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of game.
Senior Citizen Games – Senior Citizens (60 and older) can purchase $5 tickets in designated seating locations for select Monday through Thursday games. Tickets may be purchased ONLY on the day of the game, beginning two hours before the scheduled start time of the game, at Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows, adjacent to Gate 4, and are subject to availability. All tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. A valid form of identification must be presented at the time of purchase.
Student Games – For select games during the 2012 season, students who present their valid high school or college ID cards when purchasing tickets can receive one half-price ticket in designated seating locations. Tickets may be purchased ONLY on the day of the game at Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows, adjacent to Gate 4.
Youth Games – All fans 14 and younger, when accompanied by an adult, are eligible for half-price tickets in designated seating locations for Saturday games. Tickets may be purchased ONLY on the day of the game at Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows, adjacent to Gate 4.
Military Personnel Ticket Special – Active military members can present their military identification card at designated Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows before select Monday through Thursday games and receive one complimentary ticket in select areas of the Grandstand Level or Bleachers, or purchase one half-price ticket in other available non-premium seat locations at Yankee Stadium. Tickets may be purchased ONLY on the day of the game, beginning two hours before the scheduled start time of the game, at Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows, adjacent to Gate 4.
* The term “Premium Games” is defined for the 2012 season as the Opening Day game, the Old-Timers’ Day game and all home games played against the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. The Yankees reserve the right to add or remove Premium Games at their sole discretion.
Back to reality, back to work • 11.28.11
After a week of sunshine and beaches, I guess it’s time to get back to work. I flew last night, I’ve been flying all morning and I’m going to continue flying well into the early afternoon — this is the price you pay for a week in Hawaii — but I should have internet access, and I’m going to try to get caught up on the past week. In the past seven days, I seriously checked Twitter a handful of times and got on my computer twice.
Here’s what I know.
• The Yankees reportedly have a deal in place with Freddy Garcia. It makes sense, and it’s certainly no surprise. They had to pay him a little more last year, but he’s also worth a little more now that he’s further proven himself in this environment and with this velocity. It’s a one-year deal, so there’s no real long-term risk. Garcia gives the Yankees pitching depth, and like a smaller version of the CC Sabathia deal, his signing keeps the Yankees from having to panic about their rotation. They have five starters in place, now it’s all about looking for improvements.
• During a charity event, Mariano Rivera said next season could be his last. Isn’t that always the case with Rivera? Aren’t we always wondering when exactly he’ll call it quits? It’s a long way between now and the end of next season. Let’s see where he stands then.
• The Yankees apparently have a minor league deal with Jayson Nix. It gives the team some experienced depth all over the field. Nix has started a big league game at five different positions, and he’s shown solid power for that sort of player. He gives the Yankees flexibility, and that’s always a good thing.
• I’m still getting myself caught up on the new collective bargaining agreement, but based on what I’ve read so far, it’s going to be a blow to big-market teams, which isn’t too surprising.
• A few Type A free agent relievers had their status dropped to Type B. Of course, the Yankees aren’t really in the market for late-inning relievers. Of the guys who had their status changed, Darren Oliver jumps out as a possible fit for the Yankees just because he’s left-handed.
• Grady Sizemore re-signed with the Indians, Joe Nathan landed with the Rangers and John Jaso was traded to the Mariners. Can’t imagine the Yankees were ever in the market for Nathan or Jaso, and Sizemore wasn’t an ideal fit in the outfield only because he’s left-handed and far from a sure thing. He’s giving it one more year in Cleveland.
I’ll be back with some more throughout the day. Like I said, I’m really getting myself caught up today. Things are starting to move a little bit, with the Winter Meetings exactly a week away.
Happy Thanksgiving for Freddy Garcia • 11.24.11
Happy Thanksgiving, Yankees fans. It appears to have been a happy one for Freddy Garcia. Multiple reports have him agreeing to a new one-year deal. Here’s one of them: http://es.pn/sN1qNM
Garcia started 25 games last season and did surprising well for the most part, at 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA.
So do you like CC, Nova, Hughes, Burnett, Garcia? There will be all those young, promising starters waiting on-deck at Triple-A as well. Or would you like to bring in another decent veteran for the rotation? Just asking.
Hope you all had a great holiday.
This has nothing to do with Mariano Rivera’s arm. Anthony McCarron of the Daily News and Barbara Barker of Newsday both reported on Twitter that the Yankees’ closer said at a charity function today that his vocal cords have been issue for a month, that the problem is making it difficult for him to talk and that he could need surgery.
Rivera plans to consult with a specialist early next week.
In other Yankees news, the team announced its plan for 2012 ticket costs today. The price of watching a game from the bleachers, for those of you who want an unobscured view, will be rising $5. But overall the cost of more than 70 percent of the tickets will be remaining the same or are going to be cut. Field level outfield seats along fair territory will be reduced from $10 to $35. The Yankees say almost a third of the seats in the house for next season will run $30 or less. And the rest …
Anyway here’s a link to a yankees.com story that reviews the specifics, including info on their new nine- and 12-game ticket plans: http://atmlb.com/vqc6CY
My MVP ballot • 11.21.11
Apparently I am writing a little bit today.
Sitting at the airport with my family, but wanted to pass along my MVP ballot. Once I decided an elite starting pitcher should finish below an elite hitter, that meant I had to vote Justin Verlander beneath every hitter I considered to have a truly elite, MVP-quality season.
As for the Yankees: I think Robinson Cano is the team’s best player, but I think Curtis Granderson had the better overall year.
1. Jose Bautista
2. Jacoby Ellsbury
3. Miguel Cabrera
4. Curtis Granderson
5. Robinson Cano
6. Justin Verlander
7. Adrian Gonzalez
8. Michael Young
9. Paul Konerko
10. James Shields
See you all in a week • 11.20.11
Every now and then, I take an actual week off. I back away from all things baseball — and blogging — to recharge the batteries a little bit. One of those weeks begins tomorrow.
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I’m taking this Thanksgiving week off to spend some time with my family. I’ll be back in the mix next Monday after a little bit of vacation time. While I’m gone, some familiar names from the Journal News sports department will be handling the blog. I’m going to be far, far away and don’t expect to be in front of a computer too often.
Don’t forget that the American League MVP will be announced tomorrow. I actually had an MVP vote this season. I’m not allowed to reveal my ballot until the results are announced — maybe I’ll talk about my picks next week — but I will say that in the final two or three weeks of the season, my ballot probably changed two dozen times. It was a tough call. At different points I had four different players in the top spot.
Regardless of how I voted, my gut feeling is that Jose Bautista will ultimately win. I think that largely because I believe the Justin Verlander votes will be all over the place — several votes for him to win, several votes with him much lower — but I expect Bautista will be near the top on the majority of ballots. A bunch of first, second and third-place votes could add up for him. I think Curtis Granderson will get some first-place votes, but I see him finishing between second and fourth.
Anyway, I hope everyone out there has a great Thanksgiving. If you’re not able to spend the holiday with family, I hope you spend it surrounded by people you love. Enjoy the week, everyone. See you in a few days.
Darvish posting still uncertain • 11.20.11
Yesterday Darvish’s father said it was “about 50-50″ whether his son would be posted for bidding by American teams. The posting system is not particularly popular, and Darvish might elect not to go through it.
My friend Jeff Passan might have answered that question over at Yahoo! Sports. In an article that addresses the beginning of the posting system — and Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman’s role in it — Passan wrote last week that Darvish might protest such a system by refusing to be a part of it.
“I get the impression he wants to stand for something,” one general manager told Passan.
If you’re at all interested in Darvish and haven’t read that Passan article, be sure to give it a read. Interesting stuff about a situation that’s not instantly familiar to a lot of fans here in the United States.
Associated Press photo