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In their words: Friends and teammates congratulate Posada

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 24, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

“I want to congratulate ‘Jorgito’ on an outstanding career. He was one of the greatest catchers of his era, and one of the best Puerto Rican players to ever play the game. He was a great teammate, is a great friend and human being, and will always be a great Yankee. I was honored to take the field with him every day for so many years, and I cherish all the memories we have together, topped off by those World Series championships. Frankly, I can’t believe that ‘Jorgito’ is actually announcing his retirement before I do. Seriously, I wish him, Laura, and the kids happiness and success in their future. He will be missed by the Yankees family, all of his teammates, coaches, and most of all, the great Yankee fans.”

-Bernie Williams (Yankees teammate from 1995-2006)

“Jorge was obviously one of the heart and soul pieces of all those championships with us. Everyone brings their own style to the table but Jorge played with so much fire and intensity, and you have to have all the different mixes of personalities on a team to be able to win the way we did. The intensity that he brought on a daily basis to the field was just amazing to watch. He was a wonderful teammate — one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever played with — and a great friend and a great person.

“The fans loved Jorge because of the passion he played with. He didn’t try to hide it, and he didn’t make up excuses. He’s a stand-up guy, and if he wasn’t able to get it done, he would say ‘I didn’t get it done.’ He handled all the victories and all the success with class and never made excuses for anything. Fans love that. They love to see you be real and passionate. When you’re like that in New York, you’re going to be loved, that’s for sure.”

-Andy Pettitte (Yankees teammate from 1995-2003, ’07-10)

“Jorge was one of the cornerstones of all those championship teams, handling the pitching staff all those years. The way he prepared every single day assured that he became the best player he could possibly be. He’s going to go down as one of the greatest all-time Yankees. It’s very rare that somebody comes up through the minor league system with the Yankees and plays 17 years with the club. He did it the right way as a true professional, a great teammate and a great baseball player.”

-Tino Martinez (Yankees teammate from 1996-2001, ’05)

“Jorge is a good kid and he had a wonderful career. He has always been one of the toughest and most passionate guys on the club — the Yankees don’t win those championships without him.”

- Yogi Berra (Hall of Famer, former Yankees player [1946-63] and manager [1964, 1984-85], and current Special Advisor)

“Jorge has bled the pinstripes for a long, long time, and he played with a passion that certainly rubbed off on his teammates. To play the number of games that he did, at the level he did, year in and year out, at the toughest position on the field, is a credit to his commitment to his craft. He left everything out on the field, and that’s what made him special.

- Alex Rodriguez (Yankees teammate from 2004-2011)

“I remember when we switched Jorge in the minors from second base to catcher. I always got reports of his improvement. Jorge was a worker — someone who was always in shape and who you didn’t have to worry about. Even from the beginning, I loved how selective he was at the plate, his power, his strong arm and the fact that he was a switch-hitter. In my tenure as general manager [from Aug. 1990 through Oct. 1995], I never talked about him in a trade. In the big leagues, he provided big time offensive production, and you never had to platoon him. He was tough, durable and the little things just didn’t bother him. He was a lot like Thurman [Munson] in that way.”

- Gene Michael (former Yankees player, coach, Manager, General Manager and current Yankees Senior Vice President)

“Jorge Posada is a great Yankee and a great New Yorker. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I congratulate him on his outstanding career and thank him for the invaluable contributions he’s made to our city.”

- Michael R. Bloomberg (New York City Mayor)

“Jorge Posada is far beyond your true, loyal Yankee. Jorge lives this team, organization and city. A family man unmatched, his love for family and team is shown every single day, and I’ve been there every step of the way to witness and testify to it.

“Georgie’s sense of humor with his teammates and especially with me, in spite of countless painful days, has always been refreshing and energizing. He always helped us to excel, succeed and enjoy the game the way it’s supposed to be. His career blessed us.

“On Opening Day 2010, it was Jorge Posada who singlehandedly took his team and the entire Yankee Stadium crowd to a place that was humbling beyond expression, when he lovingly honored me. Every day for the remainder of my life, I will remember and reflect on his love, as he brought it out from our team and our fans. There is no real way to adequately express the emotion of that moment and what it meant to me.”

- Gene Monahan (Yankees Head Athletic Trainer 1973-2011)

“Jorge Posada has been a winner during the season, the postseason and in the clubhouse. He is a loyal and devoted Yankee and is a champion in the game of life. I will always treasure the time I spent with him.”

- Joe Torre (Yankees Manager from 1996-2007)

“Jorge was exceptional behind the plate. He gave you so much in terms of his target, working the umpires, and with the level of communication that he had. To me, the pitcher has to be comfortable and in-sync with the catcher. He fought with me, worked with me, and knew the counts. If I didn’t see something that he did, I would shake off his sign, and he would just put down the same sign again. Whenever that happened, I realized that he knew something I didn’t. It speaks to the trust I had in him. He always wanted the pitcher to feel as comfortable as he could. That’s why in my mind, he was the greatest catcher.”

- David Wells (Yankees teammate 1997-98, 2002-03; with Posada as catcher, tossed perfect game May 17, 1998 vs. Minnesota)

“I’d like to congratulate Jorge on a fantastic career. As two catchers playing in New York at the same time, I was able to get to know him over the years and appreciate everything he brought to the table. He was a general behind the plate and delivered in the clutch when it mattered most. I wish him well on his retirement.”

- Mike Piazza (Major League Baseball player from 1992-2007; New York Mets catcher from 1998-2005)

“After hundreds of head-to-head games during the regular season and the postseason, I can’t say I respect and admire anyone at our position more than I do Jorge. The hard work and preparation he put into catching is a huge reason he has five championships on his resume. He is a true grinder.”

- Jason Varitek (Boston Red Sox catcher from 1997-2011)

“Jorge was one of the proudest Yankees I ever dealt with. The tradition of the organization and the lineage of the position he played meant the world to him. Each day he came to the ballpark with an intensity and a fire to do right by the uniform and leave everything on the field. Losses ate away at him, which sometimes gave people the impression he was tough to talk to after a game — but it was difficult to talk through gritted teeth. A great family man and a proud Yankee, Posada will be missed in the clubhouse and by Yankees fans who appreciated his daily intensity and burning desire to win.”

- Michael Kay (YES Network broadcaster 2002-present)

“Jorge has carried on the tradition of great Yankees catchers most notably Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Thurman Munson. Jorge has lived up to the tradition of great Yankees catchers.”

- Arlene Howard (widow of Yankees catcher [1955-67] and coach [1969-79] Elston Howard)

“Jorge was one of my most favorite teammates of all time. He was into winning. He was mentally tough, physically tough, and he was never scared. It means a lot that he is retiring as a Yankee. As the seasons go on, I think people will realize how important he was to the team, and how big a role he played in the Yankees’ success over the years. He was a great teammate and a fun guy off the field. I had a lot of fun with Jorge. I have all the respect in the world for him. He is going to be considered for the Hall of Fame, and any time people talk about you that way, it tells you what type of player you are.”

- Paul O’Neill (Yankees teammate from 1995-2001, current YES Network broadcaster)

“Jorge was an unbelievable competitor, one of the fiercest competitors I’ve seen in a long time. He was always tough to face when I was pitching. He made me work hard, like when he drew a leadoff walk against me in the 2000 World Series (I still think I got him on that 3-2 pitch!). On the flip side, I loved having him as a teammate in 2005. He had a special drive and a special will to win, which is a throwback to the old days. You always knew what to expect with Jorge. He wasn’t flashy. He was just immensely talented and a great leader.”

- Al Leiter (Yankees teammate in 2005, current YES Network broadcaster)

“Jorge played the game the right way. He gave the Yankees and the fans his very best every day. He was a fan favorite, and for good reason. He will go down as one of the greatest Yankees catchers ever, and certainly deserves strong consideration for entry into the Hall of Fame.”

- Ken Singleton (YES Network broadcaster 2002-present)

“Jorge was the ultimate teammate, someone who always put the team before himself. He wasn’t a vocal leader; rather, he let his actions speak for themselves. It was an honor sharing the Yankees clubhouse with him, and my time with him was made even more special since we were both catchers. He handled himself with such class on the field and in the clubhouse. When I think of what the New York Yankees represent, I think of Jorge. Class. Humility. Tough as nails. Fierce competitor. That’s Jorge Posada.”

- John Flaherty (Yankees teammate from 2003-05, current YES Network broadcaster)

“Jorge was one of the greatest Yankees I’ve ever played with, and I had the opportunity to play with him for a long time. He’s one of the greatest not only on the field, but off the field as well. He does so much work in the community — and in New York, that’s huge. Whenever a player gives back, you’ve got to love that, and Jorge is just one of those great guys who loves to give back to the community.”

- Jeff Nelson (Yankees teammate from 1996-2000, ‘03)

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124 Responses to “In their words: Friends and teammates congratulate Posada”

  1. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Posada, definitely should be in the HoF as a catcher.

  2. G. Love January 24th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Jorge went out in the post season like a warrior. After the stupid incident early in the season he redeemed himself in my eyes for letting pride mess with his head.

    The Yankees are going to miss him. Someone needs to step up and fill a leadership void in that clubhouse. Jeter & Mo lead by example.

    Someone has to give the team that heart and passion Jorge (and Andy) mixed into it all.

    I expect big things from Boone Logan.

  3. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    “Posada, definitely should be in the HoF as a catcher.”

    I’m now pretty confident that he will be within a few years after he becomes eligible.

  4. Gary January 24th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    .Posada was a great Yankee!!

  5. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Warren/Mitchell/Phelps are not ready to be called and are NOT ready to be league average starters. are you for real?

    They have all thrown lots of minor league innings with good stats. They are not aces, but any of those 3 could be league average or better. They are all basically ready to join a big league rotation and likely would be looking for spots if they werent on the Yankees.

  6. blake January 24th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Jorge went out strong in the playoffs just like Donnie.

  7. Gary January 24th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Just saw the Prince News, Detroit gets Fielder to go with Cabara and then when Victor comes back that’s a very formable middle of the lineup.

    Get ready for the stupid comments, dumb move, way too much money, too many years. I think for Detroit it was a good move.

  8. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    jerkface – you don’t think we have any AAA players that could play for the AStros or something? That’s not exactly setting the bar very high for replacement players :/

    Seriously, what’s the deal with Parraz…?

  9. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Seriously, what’s the deal with Parraz…?

    26 year old in AAA thats never been anything?

  10. Erin January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Very nice :D

  11. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    “Get ready for the stupid comments, dumb move, way too much money, too many years. I think for Detroit it was a good move.”

    It was Yankee-esque, or at least what used to be so when they realized how important offense is.

  12. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Erin January 24th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Shame Spencer January 24th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Did you know the pirate in Hook that was sent to the Boo-Box was played by Glenn Close? Facts people. I?m hitting you with them.

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

    Seriously? That’s awesome. Everytime that movie comes on TV I have to drop everything and watch. It’s addicting. lol

    ————————-

    My thoughts exactly.

    And seriously, no one gives a *#$! what Vtek thinks.

  13. yankeefeminista January 24th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    GLove, it wasn’t pride, it was pure unadulterated heart without filters. Hip Hip!

  14. Shame Spencer January 24th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Or Mike Bloomberg for that matter…but I can’t be as critical of him or he might changes the rules to general elections just to haunt me for another term.

  15. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    jerkface – you don’t think we have any AAA players that could play for the AStros or something? That’s not exactly setting the bar very high for replacement players :/

    Uh Vazquez or Laird could probably play for the astros but as you said thats not saying much.

  16. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    jerkface – Because right now the Yanks DH vs RHP is going to suck and the Yankees should never punt a lineup spot.

    They aren’t punting it, and they aren’t paying it $15mil either. Best of both worlds.

    That’s what yo usaid ID. You were responding to Jerkface, it says it right there in the post. Don’t insult my reading comprehension dope

  17. lounge lizard January 24th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Parraz signed a minor league deal with the Braves a while ago.

  18. Gary January 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    “Get ready for the stupid comments, dumb move, way too much money, too many years. I think for Detroit it was a good move.”

    It was Yankee-esque, or at least what used to be so when they realized how important offense is.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I wonder if we nickel and dime the DH spot now?

  19. Best To Ever Do It January 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Best To Ever Do It January 24th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    It’s hard to find truly elite bats in the game. Detroit now has two of them.
    ——————————-

    This can’t be right everyone on here says hitting is easy to obtain.

  20. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    patrick – whatever, that’s not where it started.

  21. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah I see that now Parraz is gone. Oh well, he had a .350OBP vs RHP.

    Why don’t the Yankees seem worried about this DH vs RHP thing?

  22. blake January 24th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I think the American League is tired of the National league winning the WS.

  23. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I like how Mussina’s comments about Jorge are in a ghost font.

  24. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Yeah I see that now Parraz is gone. Oh well, he had a .350OBP vs RHP.

    Why don’t the Yankees seem worried about this DH vs RHP thing?

    Because their goal is no longer to be the best team/win the WS every year. I dont think anyone will argue that the Yankees won’t make the playoffs next year. But no one can argue that they are maximizing their chances given they have the most resources.

  25. blake January 24th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    The last team that acquired a big first baseman and moved their old one to 3B (when they shouldn’t be playing there)…..saw their old first baseman start to break down.

  26. 108 stitches January 24th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Jorge will never have to worry about a place to stay in Florida with 18 rooms of his now former Captain and best man at Jorge’s wedding.
    St. Jeterburg will do just fine.

  27. Erin January 24th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    I like how Mussina?s comments about Jorge are in a ghost font.

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

    :lol:

  28. Gary January 24th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Yeah I see that now Parraz is gone. Oh well, he had a .350OBP vs RHP.

    Why don’t the Yankees seem worried about this DH vs RHP thing?

    Because their goal is no longer to be the best team/win the WS every year. I dont think anyone will argue that the Yankees won’t make the playoffs next year. But no one can argue that they are maximizing their chances given they have the most resources.
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    They are stuck with several guys who are question marks. I think some of these guys they would really like to see gone so they could as you say maximize their chances. Right now they are between the rock and the hard place in several areas. Like you I wish they had more latitude.

  29. Benny Blanco January 24th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Jerkface,

    Who do you want for the dh spot? i wouldn’t mind Vlad but I have visions of him swinging at every pitch for 162 games….

  30. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    patrick – whatever, that’s not where it started.

    The second line is what I replied to. And then you tell me you weren’t even talking to Jerkface. I know this is rehashing the whole thing but come on man why insult me over something so trivial?

  31. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    “I wonder if we nickel and dime the DH spot now?”

    There three ways to go: 1) a cheap veteran like Damon; 2) AJ for someone like Hafner; or 3) Nova or a Killer B for a young impact hitter.

    Whatever way they go, it likely won’t yield Montero-like upside, and we are stuck with an average at best hitting catcher until or unless they sober up.

  32. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    “Because their goal is no longer to be the best team/win the WS every year. I dont think anyone will argue that the Yankees won’t make the playoffs next year. But no one can argue that they are maximizing their chances given they have the most resources.”

    Is that an observation or a criticism?

    If the latter, is it your position that the Yankees should continue to add record contracts on an unlimited, ongoing basis to maximize their chances?

  33. G. Love January 24th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Yanksfem,

    To be honest, even if it was pride, I’d rather the Yankees have that when they feel they are being treated wrong then be a bunch of corporate “yes” men.

  34. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    If the latter, is it your position that the Yankees should continue to add record contracts on an unlimited, ongoing basis to maximize their chances?

    Why do they need to add record contracts? I think they could keep adding to payroll and not skip a beat. If they want to play within a more confined payroll space they need to be smarter and they havent shown a full commitment to that yet. Letting levine sign Soriano, no extensions before contracts are up, etc.

  35. pat January 24th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    TylerKepner Interesting test for the WAR stat. It feels like Tigers added more than 2 wins. Yet Fielder had 5.2 WAR last year, V-Mart 2.9.

  36. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I just read through all the quotes.. wow some very nice things said about Jorge. Since I’ve been a Yankee fan I’ve only owned two Yankee jerseys. Jeter (of course) and Posada. Jorge was certainly not a flashy player but man he was good. I still remember that bloop double in the 2003 ALCS game 7 off pedro to tie the game. One of the best Yankee moments in my life

  37. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Who do you want for the dh spot? i wouldn’t mind Vlad but I have visions of him swinging at every pitch for 162 games….

    I want someone that can hit righties. Barring that I would take Matsui only because I like him. I’m hoping for a surprise trade.

  38. PacoDooley January 24th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    We can only hope that Fielder starts to decline… Or that Cabrera looks human again. Otherwise that is an insane 1-2 punch. That team has weaknesses that one bat cannot fix, but they should be a near lock on that division (but didn’t everyone say that about Boston last year)…

  39. Benny Blanco January 24th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Who would be a surprise trade?

  40. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The teams they are most likely to face in the playoffs are stacked with very good righties. The Yankees should try to squeeze all the good hitting they can out of their lineup vs them.

  41. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Who would be a surprise trade?

    I dunno, thats why its a surprise! I said yesterday Fukudome would be a very ‘yankee’ fit. He gets on base and can play the outfield. As a lefty in YS he might regain his power.

  42. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “Whatever way they go, it likely won’t yield Montero-like upside, and we are stuck with an average at best hitting catcher until or unless they sober up.”

    Yes, because Montero was exchanged for a pitcher with Pineda-like upside, who we would all be incredibly excited about had he spent the last three years in the Yankee farm system.

    And lest we forget, the Yanks are bringing back the same team that scored 867 runs last year with that same catcher and with Jorge at DH with a .714 OPS.

    I mean, you might not like the trade but have some sense of proportion.

  43. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I like the idea of trading Burnett for Hafner. Not sure that has any chance of happening though

  44. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    “Why do they need to add record contracts? I think they could keep adding to payroll and not skip a beat. ”

    I assumed this was in response to another team not the Yankees adding Fielder.

    Again, I’m not certain if you’re being critical or merely observant. Your “their goal is no longer to be the best team/win the WS every year” statement suggests to me critical.

    So I’ll ask again which it is, and again if critical, who specifically are you critical of them not adding (so far) this offseason?

  45. kd January 24th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    burnett for justin morneau.

    make it happen cashman

  46. Yankee Trader January 24th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Trading Nova weakens the team.
    There is no market for Burnett.
    Hughes or Joba alone probably won’t get a young hitter.
    Just sign a bat from the available FA pool and chip in more $$$.

  47. Bronx Jeers January 24th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Where’s Girardi’s quote?

    “I couldn’t stand Jorge. He took my job and I could never get over that. But I got the last laugh when I became his boss and got the chance to mess with him. Lucky for him he’s gone because I had plans to make him a bat boy next season. NOW WHO STOLE MY BIG CAN OF STRAWBERRIES!!?? “

  48. muwarriorsfan January 24th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Compare Cabrera/Fielder to any combo from the punchless Yanks in the playoffs…it’s not even a fair fight. How NY can devalue offense is beyond me. Sure they’ll make the postseason. And then they will get beaten in the first round again.

    Just the sheer force of age will continue the decline of Arod, Jeter and Tex. The rest of the American League Central might as well not even play the season because they have no chance…no chance…to beat Detroit.

    I’ve seen Fielder first hand here in Milwaukee for years and this guy is a beast and he hits HR’s when they matter, unlike that worthless Benny Hill-saluting clown Swisher. This season is looking bleak.

  49. blake January 24th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Choo or Ethier

  50. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    So I’ll ask again which it is, and again if critical, who specifically are you critical of them not adding (so far) this offseason?

    This offseason?

    Darvish.

    Beltran would have been nice to have if they knew Montero was going to be traded.

    This might sound crazy, but Reyes would have improved the team a GREAT DEAL.

    A few years ago they should have opened the bank a bit for Holliday, he would have been a huge upgrade.

  51. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I assumed this was in response to another team not the Yankees adding Fielder.

    No. So that ends that particular line of questioning.

  52. Yankee Trader January 24th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Kd-
    Mentioned that trade as an even swap of money. The Twins have Parmelee for 1st. Could Hughes and another minor leaguer get Parmelee?

  53. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Darvish.

    Beltran would have been nice to have if they knew Montero was going to be traded.

    This might sound crazy, but Reyes would have improved the team a GREAT DEAL.

    A few years ago they should have opened the bank a bit for Holliday, he would have been a huge upgrade.
    _

    Co-signed.

  54. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Co-co signed. If they were going to trade Montero for pitching, they shoulda signed Beltran. And getting Darvish would have been amazing, given how hard he is going to destroy the majors.

  55. blake January 24th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    They really should have signed Beltran…..

  56. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    “No. So that ends that particular line of questioning.”

    So I mistaken then? You didn’t mean to criticize for not acquiring certain players this offseason?

  57. Bret The Hitman January 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Trader,

    Supposedly the Yankees will look at trades first and free agents second. I think Hughes could bring back a good player.

  58. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    “I like the idea of trading Burnett for Hafner.”

    Oh come on, you can do better than that. Fill in the blank: I DON’T like the idea of trading Burnett for ________.

  59. Best To Ever Do It January 24th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Bret The Hitman January 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Trader,

    Supposedly the Yankees will look at trades first and free agents second. I think Hughes could bring back a good player.

    ————————–

    Not by himself

  60. yankeefeminista January 24th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    FTR, Posada was 3rd among DH’s in OPS vs. RHP.

  61. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Cabrera confirms he is moving to third. Neat.

  62. Bret The Hitman January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Not by himself but also not part of a giant package either.

  63. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Oh come on, you can do better than that. Fill in the blank: I DON’T like the idea of trading Burnett for ________.

    Haha true.

    Well I guess I’d put Bay in the blank but I’d be pretty neutral to that trade if it were to happen.

  64. willwill January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Yay detroit now has a 3/4 that’s > yankees

  65. blake January 24th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    “Cabrera confirms he is moving to third. Neat.”

    Hopefully that goes better for him than Youkalis

  66. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Patrick-

    Bay won’t happen because of the possibility of it extending to 2014 (from the Yank’s point of view) and the possibility of it not extending to 2014 (from Bay’s point of view).

  67. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Consecutive posts from stuckey and Bret the Hitman.

    That’s $50 right there!

    :mad:

  68. Best To Ever Do It January 24th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    willwill January 24th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Yay detroit now has a 3/4 that’s > yankees

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    True that 3/4 is nasty but thankfully the Yankees upgraded the rotation even though I’m still bothered by the Montero trade. At some point I’d like to see the Yanks find an impact bat to pair with Cano.

  69. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Bay won’t happen because of the possibility of it extending to 2014 (from the Yank’s point of view) and the possibility of it not extending to 2014 (from Bay’s point of view).

    I thought that last year was a team option with a 2 mil buyout. Does he have a no trade clause?

    My point was though, that I am not sure I’d want to trade Burnett for Bay. That’s one player that’s been talked about that I think could be even worse for us than A.J. But like I said, if it happened I don’t think I’d care that much one way or another

  70. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    “That’s $50 right there!”

    $55.

    I’m going to include 20% interest, which I believe is above prime.

  71. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    With Miggy and Prince manning the corners, how many runs could one theoretically score bunting for hits will be tested.

  72. LGY January 24th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Two players, each the best on their respective teams, have switched positions this winter in order to accommodate a big money free agent. Impressive.

    I wonder what kind of scrutiny Jeter would get in relation to the Arod trade in today’s media market.

  73. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Detroits 3+4 > Yankees 3+4… sure… but that never won anyone anything.

    Yankees 1-9 better than Detroits 1-9…

    Pitching will again decide a 5-game series between these teams, not offense.

  74. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    The Yankees outplayed Detroit in the playoffs but 5 game series are stupid soooo…

  75. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    A little interest will be appreciated — once it arrives.

    What happened to that money order you said you already had filled out? Is it behind the couch? In a desk drawer? Got mixed up in the recycling?

    I wondered about that.

  76. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Basically, there hasn’t ever been a poor defensive first baseman at least one year removed from playing third base, who went back to the position for more than one season. There is no comparison for this. It hasn’t been done.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....er-crunch/

    Should be fun to watch to say the least.

  77. Yankee Trader January 24th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Cabrera is the DH for now.

    Hughes and another of the AAA pitchers
    Not one of the killer B’s, would possibly get them Billy Butler if the Yankees were willing to absorb his 8M contract this year

  78. exiledintampa January 24th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    The more I hear Cashman say he views Hughes as a starter, the more I see Hughes as trade bait.

  79. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Here’s a proposal:

    Yankees should have signed CJ Wilson (who is leftly, young and better than Kuroda) and Yu Darvish to join Sabathia, Pineda, and Nova to fill out the rotation (with Yankees have the resources to eat Burnett’s contract if they choose).

    - Yankees should have signed Fielder, who is young, healthier and more productive than Beltran to DH.

    - If they choose, they could also sign Beltran, with Gardner being moved to the 4th outfielder spot.

    - Yankees should have signed Reyes to upgrade at SS, with Jeter talking over Nunez role as the super-utility guy.

    Any proponents?

  80. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Interesting, the Tigers have “lost money” on paper 3 years in a row and just added $200mil in payroll. Someone is gonna get audited :p

  81. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Patrick-

    I thought Bay had a no-trade. Am I wrong?

  82. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    stuckey – nothing wrong with that plan, except the $300mil in payroll needed and the 2014 cap. :)

  83. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Any proponents?

    -

    Yes thats a good plan.

  84. Wave Your Hat January 24th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    stuckey, LOL.

  85. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I thought Bay had a no-trade. Am I wrong?

    I don’t know. I tried to check on cots but page won’t load.

  86. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Cot’s/BP is all messed up today, but IIRC Bay has a full no trade.

  87. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Jason Bay of
    4 years/$66M (2010-13), plus 2014 option

    4 years/$66M (2010-13), plus 2014 option
    signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/5/10
    $8.5M signing bonus
    10:$6.5M, 11:$16M, 12:$16M, 13:$16M, 14:$17M club option ($3M buyout)
    2014 option guaranteed with 600 PAs in 2013 or 500 PAs in both 2012, 2013
    full no-trade clause

  88. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    “What happened to that money order you said you already had filled out?”

    I’m fine with you having fun with me over this because it’s deserved, but I’m reasonably certain I never posted that.

    If I did, I was lying for some reason or another (though again, I’m pretty sure I didn’t, because that isn’t something I’m in the habit of doing). I’ve never acquired or filled out a money order in my life.

  89. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Cot’s loads after a few minutes, but it’s insanely slow.

  90. Bronx Jeers January 24th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Isn’t it usually the payee that sets the interest?

  91. Yankee Trader January 24th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Bay does have a full NTC. That trade for Burnett works money-wise if Bay waives his vesting options for 2014.

  92. LGY January 24th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    What is wrong with you bums?

    It’s $25.

  93. pat January 24th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    jonmorosi
    Dave Dombrowski said last week that the #Tigers didn’t view Miguel Cabrera as an everyday third baseman. But now …

  94. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    stuckey, I could well be misremembering but I think you posted something along those lines during the game when we thought Gustavo Molina was going to get his first at-bat.

    You know who’s good at searcing for old comments? randy.

  95. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    BJ – What did you do!

  96. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Broken.

  97. Yankee Trader January 24th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Big $$$$’s spent by teams in no danger of ever paying the LT.

  98. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Bronx Jeers, I appreciate the support, but have you now undermined my cause with these italics?

    I fine you 25 cents.

  99. champ809 January 24th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Who honestly believes that Bay would reject a trade across town?

  100. Bronx Jeers January 24th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I know. I broke the blog.

    My “italics” are too strong for this place.

  101. Jerkface January 24th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    With ease

    stuckey99 April 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    “I think Stuckey promised to give Joey 50% of his winnings from Nick if Molina doesn’t see any time. That’s a whole $25 we’re talking about here!”

    Try $12.50.

    I already got the money order written, but apparently Romine hit another HR yesterday.

    Mayne there’ll be a surprise last minute reprieve.

  102. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    “I wonder what kind of scrutiny Jeter would get in relation to the Arod trade in today’s media market.”

    None, for two reasons:

    1) He’s Jeter and had won 4 rings. Some of that deference is valid (A-Rod may have been more likely to better at 3B), some not (there was a gaping hole developing in CF, and Jeter was still young enough and had the skillset to flourish there).

    2) The other party was A-Rod, who has always been the MSM’s object of envy whipping boy.

  103. Rich in NJ January 24th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Kill the italics

  104. blake January 24th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    The biggest problem with trading for Jason Bay is that he stinks.

  105. MTU January 24th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Afternoon.

    Say the big trade.

    Amazing deal for Fielder. I thought he would wind up with the Nats.

    Miguel Cabrera is a butcher at 3rd. Good luck with that.

    He wasn’t a very good 1st baseman either.

    They strengthened the O immensely but they also weakened their D.

    Whoever said bunting against them would be fun sure had it right.

  106. Tom in N.J. January 24th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    There’s so much emphasis around here…

  107. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Ah okay. So I did.

    Yeah, that wasn’t true. I think the joke was obvious at the time, but that’s on me.

  108. MTU January 24th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Is the Kuroda deal official ?

    Would not expect Cashman to move a pitcher until it is.

  109. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Well done, Jerkface, that’s the original comment I had in mind.

    I was only able to find this exchange:

    Nick in SF April 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm
    Wait a second, have you sent that money order yet?

    stuckey99 April 28th, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    “Wait a second, have you sent that money order yet?”

    Oh, your $25 is coming…have no fear.

  110. stuckey January 24th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    32196

  111. Patrick January 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    The biggest problem with trading for Jason Bay is that he stinks.

    Hence why I said he’s one guy I wouldn’t want to trade Burnett for!

  112. Nick in SF January 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    No, 31296

  113. Bronx Jeers January 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    If I knew what I did wrong…. let me try something

    italics Reverse!

  114. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    April 15th, 2012… Day 14 of the OPening Day game between Boston and Detroit. It is still the second inning as the RedSox have gone for 1676 straight bunt singles…

  115. MTU January 24th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    New Thread —>

  116. pat January 24th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “italics Reverse! ”

    Try it with the Bewitch nose twitch this time.

  117. Tom in N.J. January 24th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    “italics Reverse!”

    scilati

  118. exiledintampa January 24th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    With Ryan Howard injured, is there an all-star 1b in the NL anymore?

  119. Tom in N.J. January 24th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Joey Votto

  120. Irreverent Discourse January 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Votto is the last man standing, and the immortal Ike Davis.

  121. BD (Boston Dave) January 24th, 2012 at 6:19 pm
  122. BD (Boston Dave) January 24th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    test

  123. Duh Innings January 24th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    No Damon, Matsui, Ibanez, or Vasquez.

    No guy who can’t play the field thus will leave the Yanks’ bench short a man for the field every time he doesn’t start at DH.

    No trading for a DH, especially no trading Hughes, Chamberlain, or any top pitching prospect for a DH including a career DH who has produced in the safe, pressure-free anonymity of Kansas City (Billy Butler.)

    The Yanks should give Chris Dickerson a looksee at DH and the #9 slot and platoon him with Jones there. Dickerson isn’t a kid anymore but he’s still young and cheap. He can run, steal bases, has some pop, and can come off the bench to play any outfield position well in games he doesn’t start at DH. This platoon would be better than the aforementioned potential DHs. He and Jones are a total low-risk, high-reward proposition.

    If not Dickerson, Laird who could spell A-Rod at 3B twice a week for the rookie minimum (A-Rod DHs in games Laird starts at 3B), unless the Yanks re-sign Eric Chavez which doesn’t look like will happen.

  124. J. Alfred Prufrock January 24th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Seems like this is going to get even more depressing, if that’s possible.

    They’re going to blow out high upside arms and bats in the system to try to compensate for their big blunder. All they had to do was sign Kuroda and keep Jesus Montero.
    SMH

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