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Burnett hit by a batted ball in Pirates camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 29, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Bad day in Pirates camp for A.J. Burnett, who bunted a ball off his right eye today. It sounds pretty bad. Here’s the AP story about the incident. Also, check out what Burnett gave to former Yankees prospect Dan McCutchen so that he could wear No. 34.

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett was struck in the face by a batted ball on Wednesday, and will fly from the team’s spring training complex to Pittsburgh to have his right eye examined by team doctors.

Burnett was injured as he hit during a bunting drill. After the ball hit the temple near his right eye, a dazed Burnett dropped into a crouch near home plate. Players who had gathered to watch the drill gasped loudly then went quiet as Burnett sagged to his knee. As he was examined by an athletic trainer, Burnett joked, “Where did the bone go?”

Holding a towel against his face, Burnett was helped off the field. He left the complex without speaking to reporters. The Pirates have released no information regarding the exact nature of Burnett’s injury.

The Pirates acquired Burnett, 35, on the eve of spring training in a three-player trade with the New York Yankees. Before the injury, Burnett was expected to be the Pirates’ starter on Opening Day.

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141 Responses to “Burnett hit by a batted ball in Pirates camp”

  1. Bret The Hitman February 29th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Time for the Pirate eye patch.

  2. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Lin-Chandler-Novak are the Knicks real Big 3 :P

  3. Spudz February 29th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Watch him win 20 games with the eye patch :P

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Poor AJ. I hope he’s fine and is still their opening day starter.

    *****

    What a comeback by the Knicks! Still I can’t help but feel bad for the Cavs. It seems the Celtsux beat them by a few points last night, after the Cavs made one heck of a comeback in that game.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Novak is sick!!!!!

  6. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    “apparently MLB doesn’t, they want the division to mean something”

    ———-

    and getting a first round bye and home field advantage means something.

    making the wildcard round best of 5 instead of 1 game isn’t going to make teams say “eh, we don’t care if we win the division.”

    teams will still go all out to win their division… but if they don’t, they aren’t screwed

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

    No arguement there, i think you are right…..But i would rather have no divisions, balanced schedule and the best four go on to play the PS, you seed them ,the league champion plays the team that came in fourth and second against the third….Two best of seven series and then the WS.

  7. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    What is the % of players traded away from the Yanks who immediately grow out some kind of beard with their new team?

    100%

  8. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t know much about basketball, but the knicks have Melo and Amare, aren’t they good players as well??

  9. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    “No arguement there, i think you are right…..But i would rather have no divisions, balanced schedule and the best four go on to play the PS, you seed them ,the league champion plays the team that came in fourth and second against the third….Two best of seven series and then the WS.”

    ———-

    luis,

    I think that could work… except MLB really wants to add a 5th playoff team per league.

    In that case, they could still give 3 first round byes to the top 3 teams, and a 5 or 7 game series for the wildcard.

  10. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I hope is nothing serious, and that he does pretty well with his new team

  11. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I was reading the comments in the last thread but didn’t get all the way through before just coming here, so it may have already been said…

    You can’t let a team sit for a week and a half or so, waiting to face the winner of the “1st round”. Waiting like that in baseball is not like football, where there’s an advantage to resting up. Ask CC about waiting even an extra day to pitch.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!

    NOVAK!!!!!

    Not bad for a white boy!

    :)

    luis, basketball is not my first love but since Lin became their overnight sensation, I’ve been watching the Knicks games. The guys here can certainly tell you more but I would say Stoudemire is a very good player. However, you really need to see the shots that Novak hits to believe it. So exciting!!!

  13. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    BD,

    You would still have to shorten the season i guess, to make that possible. It could go down to 152 instead of 162. The only downside is that i get ten less games to watch.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Fields isn’t bad either!

  15. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Stoudemire is a very good player, but sometimes he moves like he’s Greg Oden’s grandfather.

  16. ET February 29th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I’d give the MLE to Novak over Lynn

  17. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Getting rid of divisions will never happen, either, so I’m not a fan of getting too deep into that discussion. If that were to happen too many teams would be “out of it”, which is one of the reasons for adding another WC team.

    But for conversation’s sake, would that be better? I think so.

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I haven’t been that impressed with Carmelo Anthony. Is it just me?

  19. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    “I haven’t been that impressed with Carmelo Anthony. Is it just me?”

    I’m from Syracuse, so this makes me sad. :(

  20. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Trish!!, i am total ignorant on that sport, i guess is because our teams get their butts kicked real hard!! :(

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Bryan, maybe it’s just me! It’s that so many of the Knicks have looked so darn good, that maybe he’s just blending in rather than standing out! Even Shumpert has looked good. And Jeffries. And AJ Smith!

    Mama mia!!!

  22. Yank 97 February 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    “I haven’t been that impressed with Carmelo Anthony. Is it just me?”

    The coach has no idea how to use him and his ‘system’ suppresses Melo’s strengths. Still a great individual talent

    Amare is the one who looks cooked, they’ll need Melo long term.

  23. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    how often do the Yankees trade away a starter from their active team (or at least a guy on their 25man for most or all of the season)?

    In the last 10 years:

    AJ, Melky, Jaret Wright, Shawn Chacon, Soriano (for ARod), Marcus Thames (for Ruben Sierra)

    and Montero I guess (even though he wasn’t there til late last season, he woulda been a regular and on the 25man this year)

    it doesn’t happen too often.

  24. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Getting rid of divisions will never happen, either, so I’m not a fan of getting too deep into that discussion. If that were to happen too many teams would be “out of it”, which is one of the reasons for adding another WC team.

    If they kept divisions but seeded the playoffs by record with the worst 2 facing off in the silly 1 game playoff then the same number of teams would be ‘in it’ and the better teams would avoid having to get eliminated in 1 game.

  25. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Bryan,

    I know it won’t happen, but it sure seems like the best way to go regardless

  26. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    JF,

    But you would still have to have a balanced schedule right??

  27. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Both Melo and Amare are having the worst seasons of their careers so it’s rational to not be impressed thus far.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    luis, I watched a lot of basketball in college because I dated one of the players, and then my ex was really big into college basketball so we had season tickets to PC games :evil: but I was never into pro basketball. But from watching enough of it, I at least understand the game.

    And hating beantown teams so, it is an absolute pleasure to be watching and rooting for the Knicks!

    :)

  29. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    “Bryan, maybe it’s just me! It’s that so many of the Knicks have looked so darn good, that maybe he’s just blending in rather than standing out! Even Shumpert has looked good. And Jeffries. And AJ Smith!

    Mama mia!!!”

    Oh, I don’t watch the NBA, so I’m not saying you’re wrong at all. You’re probably right, and that makes me sad for the Orange alum.

    “If they kept divisions but seeded the playoffs by record with the worst 2 facing off in the silly 1 game playoff then the same number of teams would be ‘in it’ and the better teams would avoid having to get eliminated in 1 game.”

    That would be better, but still gotta get rid of that 1 game playoff.

    “I know it won’t happen, but it sure seems like the best way to go regardless”

    It would be good for the game… for sure.

  30. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Do the Knicks have a good chance to win the championship? or the Miami team is still the team to beat??

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    :D

    Make that JR Smith. Guess I still have AJ on the brain!

  32. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    The fairest way to do it would be to get rid of divisions and leagues and the postseason and have every team play every other team an equal number of times home and away, like they do in futbol leagues.

    This new system would have some drawbacks, however.

  33. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    And hating beantown teams so, it is an absolute pleasure to be watching and rooting for the Knicks!
    =====================

    I do like the way you think!!! ;)

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Well I watched Miami v the Knicks and if I had to pick one, it sure wouldn’t be the Knicks.

    :(

    Still – there’s enough season left for them to continue to come together like a well-oiled machine. But Miami sure did look good.

  35. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    “Do the Knicks have a good chance to win the championship? or the Miami team is still the team to beat??”

    ———-

    depends on what you mean by good chance.

    long way to go. but the Knicks could play their way into having the 3rd best chance to win the conference and if they play well together they could pull it off.

    I’m sure most of the peeps here wouldn’t be that surprised if they made the finals… but most non-Knick fans would be a bit surprised.

    Miami and Chicago are tough.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Downside to satellite television. Weather interference.

    Grr!!!

  37. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “Downside to satellite television. Weather interference.

    Grr!!!”

    That’s my only issue with DirecTV. Otherwise I love it.

  38. luis February 29th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Nick,

    Like the champions league or La liga Espanola??. The thing is with those formats usually the big teams eat the small ones, i don’t remember the last time that a team not name Real Madrid or Barsa won the Spanish league, that could be bad too.

  39. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Honestly, Cinderella teams in the playoffs are good. So you don’t want to get rid of that chance.

  40. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Right now, it’s pretty much the Miami Heat and then the rest of the NBA.

  41. Jerkface February 29th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    They are going to 15 teams in each league next season, so they SHOULD have a balanced schedule but they won’t because of interleague.

    Even without it, seeding the playoffs by record is better than seeding it by division and arbitrary WC designations.

    I think its rare for very good teams in hard divisions to end up with less wins than crappy teams in crappy divisions or mediocre teams in mediocre divisions. They still win more. But the seeding by record stops things like 89 win teams getting a pass from the 1 game elimination while a 90+ win team has to fight for their life.

  42. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    “I think its rare for very good teams in hard divisions to end up with less wins than crappy teams in crappy divisions or mediocre teams in mediocre divisions. They still win more. But the seeding by record stops things like 89 win teams getting a pass from the 1 game elimination while a 90+ win team has to fight for their life.”

    I really like the idea of seeding teams instead of going by their divisions. Just stick with the 4 teams though.

  43. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’m with JF on that one.

    Win your division, you’re in the playoffs. But it’s seeded by overall record.

    And no 1-game…. 3-game or 5-game wilcard round.

  44. Yank 97 February 29th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    luis,

    Their ceiling is probably the ECF.

    Honestly, if LeBron plays his game, no one is beating them. They smoked right through the Bulls/Celtics last year in 5 games. Only reason Dallas won the championship is because LeBron was historically bad. There is a reason he was destroyed all summer for it.

  45. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “I really like the idea of seeding teams instead of going by their divisions. Just stick with the 4 teams though.”

    ———-

    if it’s just 4 teams, the seeding is borderline irrelevant (you get one extra home game)

    the seeding takes much more importance with 5 teams.

  46. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I’d rather all rounds were 7 games too. 5 games are too short, as a team doesn’t have to use as many pitchers. I’m a fan of a team having to use all their starters.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    “That’s my only issue with DirecTV. Otherwise I love it.”

    Absolutely same here.

  48. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    Right now, it’s pretty much the Miami Heat and then the rest of the NBA.

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

    That’s lebron’s team right??, he colluded with some other players to go there or something along those lines…..He snubed NY, i don’t like that

  49. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    “the seeding takes much more importance with 5 teams.”

    That goes back to my biggest problem with the extra WC team… a one-game playoff. I hate that more than anything.

  50. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    OMG Knicks.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Good God almighty, the Knicks are out of control!

  52. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    “Right now, it’s pretty much the Miami Heat and then the rest of the NBA.”

    ———

    Nah, Chicago is right there with them.

  53. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    “That goes back to my biggest problem with the extra WC team… a one-game playoff. I hate that more than anything.”

    ———

    Bryan,

    I’m right there with ya on that one.

  54. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    “Bryan,

    I’m right there with ya on that one.”

    Thanks. Sorry you have to live with all those Bostonians.

  55. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I’m no Kobe fan (far from it) but gotta give the guy credit.

    He plays whenever it’s humanly possible. No rest days or recovery days for that guy… I wish more players were like Kobe in that regard.

  56. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    The only reason they Heat are vulnerable in the playoffs is because their half court offense is kind of underwhelming.

    And LeBron is anti clutch :evil:

  57. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    “I’m no Kobe fan (far from it) but gotta give the guy credit.”

    especially if Arod’s knee stays healthy

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    LG, Lin’s assists were sick!

    Also he has that amazing little fade away where he manages to throow it over the heads of the guys guarding him, always ten feet taller than him, and still get it in the basket. It looks so benign, but it’s lethal!

  59. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Bryan

    thanks. It’s brutal. Most of my friends are reasonable Sox fans but the general population is unbearable come baseball season.

  60. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    blake,

    that’s right. forgot about that…

  61. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Nah, Chicago is right there with them.

    ——–

    Chicago’s record is right there but with the way the Heat have come together the past month they are playing on a different level.

  62. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “thanks. It’s brutal. Most of my friends are reasonable Sox fans but the general population is unbearable come baseball season.”

    To be fair though, there are plenty of Yankee fans that make me feel ashamed.

    Hell, at least Fred Durst doesn’t wear a Red Sox hat.

  63. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I would go with 4 teams, two best of seven series and then the WS, but i do understand the logic to add that extra team, but in my view the only fair way to do it is to shorten the season

  64. m February 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Poor AJ. Forced to wear a yellow mustard jersey. And he was healthy his entire Yankee career and then gets injured like this.

    I hope it’s not something that sidelines him for long.

  65. Yank 97 February 29th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    This has to be the best half of basketball the Knicks have played in a decade – so awesome to watch

  66. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    “I would go with 4 teams, two best of seven series and then the WS, but i do understand the logic to add that extra team, but in my view the only fair way to do it is to shorten the season”

    4 per league, or only 2 per league?

    Yeah, they should probably shorten the season. But that definitely won’t happen. lol

  67. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Discount double check at the Garden!!!!!

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    How did that horror Tina Cervasio end up with a NY team?

  69. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Is there such thing as a reasonable Sux Fan??? ;)

    I mean i have a brother who is a sux fan…..we don’t talk to each other for six months!!

  70. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “Chicago’s record is right there but with the way the Heat have come together the past month they are playing on a different level.”

    ———-

    record is there. point differential is right there. and they are pounding teams just like Miami.

    (up 8 @ San Antonio, who is 13-1 at home, as we speak)

    if Miami is better, it’s not by much.

  71. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Sorry Bryan,

    4 per league

  72. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    “Is there such thing as a reasonable Sux Fan???”

    ———

    I actually have a couple friends who work for the Sox and are big fans but they’ll be the first to tell me when the team is no good, the players are jerks, or the Yankees are better.

    That’s rare though, no doubt.

    Most Sox fans told me Wily Mo Pena would be a perennial all-star when the Sox traded Arroyo for him (true story)

  73. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    For the record, shortening the season is BD’s idea not mine, so kudos to him

  74. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    If the playoffs started tomorrow I don’t think a Heat Bulls series would get past 5 games.

  75. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    whats wrong with tina, she’s low key, not a drama queen

  76. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    luis, I was thinking of one of the domestic leagues like the EPL. The Champions League is different since it’s more of a tourney with group and knockout stages.

    La Liga is very top heavy, it’s becoming like the Scottish Premier League these days, with two teams on top every year.

    My idea is obviously ridiculous, but it would be the fairest way to decide a real champion over the course of the long baseball series.

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 29th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I found her annoying since she did color for the Sux.

  78. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    now she’s with a winner…

  79. blake February 29th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....tes-64720/

    I like the caption on this picture

  80. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    “4 per league”

    cool

  81. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    “If the playoffs started tomorrow I don’t think a Heat Bulls series would get past 5 games.”

    ———

    possible. both teams are brutal at home and both play good defense. I think the games would be close for the most part and when that happens, anything can happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chicago won the series even if Miami was a slight Vegas favorite.

  82. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    BD,

    I know a few as well….but most are obnoxious, always complaining about the Yankees resources( like that they are so poor!!), that we buy our championships and so on…..My own brother being one of the worst!!!, i love him, but boy!! he can get in to your nerves, fortunately more often than not we are on top. :)

  83. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Novak-aine, the Baron and the consistent Lin were the story tonite

  84. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Got the game on DVR – Lin – 19 & 15 and I TO? Do I read that right?

    8 dimes for Davis?

    22 and 4 assits for Melo on 9-16?

    Bottle all of that…

    Not Jorts?

  85. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    The “buying championships” thing bugs the hell out of me. I’m in central Ohio so I hear it a lot from Indian and Red fans.

  86. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    “always complaining about the Yankees resources”

    ———-

    yeah, that might be the worst.

    John Henry is LOADED. It’s not the Yanks fault that Henry is spending his money on futbol teams instead of on a major league caliber short stop or right fielder.

    I didn’t hear the Sox crying about money when they spent a truckload of it last offseason… or when they broke a gentleman’s agreement and signed Tazawa from Japan.

    Gentleman, they are not.

  87. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Knicks are deep and healthy.

  88. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    5-9 from 3 for Novak for 17

  89. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Uh oh, down 61-49 at the half?

    i can only imagine the outrage in Knickdom not 100 minutes ago…

  90. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Bench was the story.

  91. BD (Boston Dave) February 29th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    good team = more fans = more money

    don’t cry about the Yankees money when your stadium is 10% full. Blame your billionaire owner for fielding a crap team, or your hometown fans for not supporting their team.

    I think it’s been proven that small market teams can compete.

    Yeah, Yanks have an advantage… but that advantage has shrunken over recent years. Time to stop whining about it.

  92. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Baron looking good.

  93. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Damn, if the Knicks could shoot league average at the stripe or behind the arc, they’d be lethal.

  94. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I honestly think the Knicks match up well against Chicago…

  95. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Nick,

    I think you are right, that’s the fairest way, the best team in baseball is the one that has the best record in the regular season. But then some will argue ( not without reason), that those teams were built for the Reg season and not the Post season, like many Yankee teams were critized that way ( think 02-07).

    What i’m trying to say is that probably there is no right answer, because there very good arguments on both ends

  96. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Bring on Boston Sunday!!!!!

  97. Ys Guy February 29th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    can’t get too wrapped up about the knicks win. cavs are a short team coming off playing last night, they had nothing in the 2nd half and got beat by the knicks 2nd 5. that was fun to watch, though.

  98. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Knicks are 10 deep, time to get wrapped up is now!
    It’s been a long time coming.

  99. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    BD,

    Don’t forget the new CBA, that’s poison for the Yankees Business model. I sure that all those measures were designed with a very heavy anti-Yankee bias.

  100. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    LGY, think Philly will right the ship or were they playing over their heads and are coming crashing down?

  101. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Knicks are 11 deep, Harrellson can play.

    Should be 12 deep, but Toney Douglas has been replaced by a pod person.

  102. Duh Innings February 29th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    A.J. Pirett LOL.

    Bigger LOL at the people hijacking the thread with more Linsanity/Knicks (bandwagoneers haha cuz you people NEVER talked about the Knicks on here.)

    YO WHEN THE #$%^ ARE TICKETS TO YANKEE HOME GAMES GONNA GO ON SALE?

    Every time I check Yankees.com I see “T” for tickets to the away games but no “T” for the home games.

    Ten teams in the postseason. Now a team not good enough to win second place has a chance to win the World Series. Ridiculous.

    What I’d do:

    1. Add two more teams to MLB and put them in the AL: Las Vegas Aces and Nashville Country (the latter would be the only other MLB team in the South outside of Florida and Texas besides Atlanta.)

    2. Create eight four-team divisions as follows:

    American League

    East – Yankees/Boston/Toronto/Baltimore

    Central – White Sox/Detroit/Cleveland/Minnesota

    South – Tampa Bay/Texas/Kansas City/Nashville

    West – Angels/Oakland/Seattle/Las Vegas

    National League

    East – Mets/Philadelphia/Washington D.C./Pittsburgh

    Central – Cubs/Milwaukee/St.Louis/Colorado

    South – Miami/Atlanta/Houston/Cincinatti (Kentucky a southern city is across the river)

    West – Dodgers/San Diego/Arizona/San Francisco

    No one leaves their league. There’s still East, West, and Central divisions in each league. The South finally gets their own divisions.

    3. A team plays every league opponent 10 games for 150 games against the league (balanced schedule) and an entire division from the other league for 12 interleague games (3 games per team x 4 teams) for 162 games.

    4. 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 for the Division Series where winners play each other in the League Championship Series (each series is a best of seven) and the 1, 2, or 3 seed gets homefield advantage in the LCS.

    5. Homefield advantage in the World Series goes to the league which has the better record in interleague play.

  103. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    50 pts off the bench.
    Their GM deserves a trophy.
    Davis, Smith,Shumpert, Lin, Harrelson….

  104. mick February 29th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Knicks are walking away with the division.
    Philly is on fumes.
    They are a legit top 4 seed.

  105. BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Gee, don’t be too disrespectful. I don’t like the NBA, let alone the Knicks, but I know where I am so I let it be.

  106. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    LGY, think Philly will right the ship or were they playing over their heads and are coming crashing down?

    ——-

    Probably somewhere in between. I think they are the 4th or 5th best team in the East especially with Horford out and the Dwight situation hanging over Orlando.

    I think they hit the perfect storm the first half with the lockout and their schedule. Continuity from last year, young legs, very easy schedule.

    Definitely don’t buy them as a legit threat in the playoffs because they don’t have a true #1 scoring option.

  107. luis February 29th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I’m out, good night guys have a good one

  108. stuckey February 29th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    More thinking can they hold into the division?

    Yeah, never considered them a playoff threat.

  109. Duh Innings February 29th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Under my plan, you have to win your division to make the postseason, finish with the best or second best record in your league to have homefield advantage in the Division Series and possibly the LCS, win three seven game series to win the World Series, and beat the other league as an entire league to get homefield advantage in the World Series.

    No one can feast on a bad division rival or league opponent outside the division because every team gets only ten cracks at another division rival and the same at a league opponent outside the division, although under my plan MLB could theoretically arrange it so a team faces each team in the other three divisions 8 times each for 96 games and their division rivals 18 times each for 54 games and 150 games total.

    Las Vegas Aces and Nashvile Country are PERFECT names for new teams.

    “The Yanks draw the Aces this weekend.”

    “Hey Jeb/Harlan/Wilbur/Elmer/Judd/Jesse you got tickets to The Country games?”

    Yeah Kansas City in the A.L. South and Colorado in the N.L. Central but I see no other places they could go.

  110. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    More thinking can they hold into the division?

    Yeah, never considered them a playoff threat.

    ——–

    I’m concerned with the Knicks second half schedule but I’d feel confident betting on them to win the division right now.

  111. Duh Innings February 29th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    BryanV21 February 29th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Gee, don’t be too disrespectful. I don’t like the NBA, let alone the Knicks, but I know where I am so I let it be.

    ————————–

    Um, lighten up Francis, cuz you obviously missed the “haha” after “Bandwagoneers”.

    Disrespectful? You people need to stop taking yourselves so seriously. Facts are facts: there has never been any Knicks talk in the Yankee Lohud comments section until this dozen or so game wonderboy who no one would care about if he wasn’t the first American-born Asian NBA player came along. Spare me that a white or black player would get this much press and proof the media is playing up his ethnicity is look at all the Asian people who cared less about basketball/the NBA flocking to Knicks games home and away and a photo of a long line outside some place in Chinatown in NYC for the first Knicks game on MSG this season. Look at ESPN’s disgusting “Chink In The Armor” headline. Why wasn’t the person who oversaw the guy/gal who posted that headline wherever fired as didn’t that headline have to clear a superior? Nice fall guy/gal firing, ESPN.

  112. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Facts are facts

    ——-

    You must have a different definition of facts than the rest of us.

  113. Nick in SF February 29th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    facts are simple and facts are straight
    facts are lazy and facts are late
    facts all come with points of view
    facts don’t do what I want them to

  114. m February 29th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Haha. Just googled Spiro Dedes. Found put he’d doing PBP for the Knicks. He was disciplined, but not fired, by MSG for also using the “chink in the armor” phrase.

  115. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Kobe in his mask is terrifying.

  116. LGY February 29th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Amare is rockin a gold grill in his postgame interview.

    Which Yankee player would you most want to see wear one?

  117. Pat M. February 29th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Knicks just need to escape The Heat & Bulls in the opening round come playoff time……Once Baron gets his legs back they are going to be a tough out……..Heat play such a lockdown defense but have a load of pressure on them come May…….Tough past month for AJ Burnett

  118. Bronx Jeers February 29th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Which Yankee player would you most want to see wear one?

    —————————————

    Jeter, of course.

  119. Rich in NJ February 29th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Plenty of chips to trade for Howard after tonight’s game. ;)

  120. PittsburghYankeeFan March 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Do it kind of like the NFL.

    (1) Balanced schedule, so all teams play the same opponents in each league.
    (2) 6 playoff teams per league, with the #1 and #2 division winners getting a bye to CS.
    (3) #3 Division versus #6 (WC), #4 Division versus #5 (WC). Best 2 of 3.
    (4) ACLS and NLCS best 4 of 7.
    (5) WS, with team with best record getting HFA.

  121. charlestonchew March 1st, 2012 at 1:26 am

    “Bret The Hitman February 29th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    Time for the Pirate eye patch.”

    this may be the best first post ever.

  122. Ys Guy March 1st, 2012 at 7:25 am

    you can’t have a bye in baseball that lasts more than 3 days. the team that was playing would have a tremendous advatage over the team that had the bye. (which is beginning to be the pattern in football, btw)

  123. Best To Ever Do It March 1st, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Kobe in his mask is terrifying.
    LGY February 29th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Amare is rockin a gold grill in his postgame interview.

    Which Yankee player would you most want to see wear one?

    ———————————-

    Didn’t Joba do that one time but it might have been with tin foil

  124. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Good morning.

    From RAB’s on Teixeira.

    Maybe 2010 was just a down year, we thought. After all, Teixeira had a glowing 2009 season in the Bronx. He also battled nagging injuries in 2010, including a thumb injury that sapped his production later in the season. He even ended the postseason on the DL, straining his hamstring in Game Four against Texas. Surely, it was just some bad luck, as evidenced by a .268 BABIP. Right?

    As it turns out, Teixeira’s 2010 season was pretty close to his 2011 campaign. They were both colored by heavy power production and a good walk rate, but his batting average simply dipped. While batting average is not a be-all, end-all stat, it does mean plenty — especially when it falls more than 30 points from a player’s career average. For Teixeira, that meant 30 points of OBP and SLG, which led to yet another below expectations year in 2011.

    The main problem for Teixeira in 2011 was his performance batting left-handed. He produced a 110 wRC+ from that side, a far cry from his normal levels. He hit right-handed just fine — .302/.380/.587 — but he faced lefties just 216 times out of his 670 PA. He also popped up the ball too often — 11.8 percent of all his fly balls, which is compounded by an increasing number of fly balls in general.

    Maybe it’s a kink in his swing. Maybe it’s the psychological effect of a right field fence that is relatively close-by. Whatever the reason, Teixeira is hitting the ball in the air more frequently as a Yankee than he had as a Brave or a Ranger. He’s also popping up more of those pitches. Teixeira is aware of the problem, and says he worked on it this winter. He still has plenty to prove, though, in terms of executing. The last two years were not kind, and he hasn’t played to the expectations the Yankees had when they signed him. As with Rodriguez, a turnaround in 2012 is important not only for the current team, but also for the next five seasons.

    The rest of the article focusing on improved production from Hughes, Soriano, A-Rod and Jeter.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....gle+Reader

  125. blake March 1st, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I the new playoff system is going to be really exciting……the only thing I don’t really like about it is hobbit may affect the trade deadline…..but that’s collateral damage….

    I love that if the Yanks do their job and finish with the best record…..then they are guaranteed to play a team that’s just coming off a sudden death play in game …..

    Last year they would have either played the Red Sox or Rays in the ALDS …..instead they played the worst matchup for them of all the teams in the playoffs.

    There will be all kinds of whining about the WCs being at a disadvantage….”162 games coming down to one game etc”………well they should be…..win the division and you don’t have to worry about it.

  126. upstate kate March 1st, 2012 at 7:43 am

    good morning!

    Blake
    hobbits are affecting the trade deadline? what about elves and orcs?

  127. blake March 1st, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I saw some brief video of Tex hitting this spring the other day and he did look a little better to me…..little flatter ….little shorter…..he looks very fit….rebound seasons by he and Arod could really transform this team.

  128. blake March 1st, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Kate,

    Yes…wizards, dwarves, and citizens of Gondor as well.

  129. upstate kate March 1st, 2012 at 7:48 am

    all in pursuit of the precious :)

  130. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Blake-

    There is a logistical problem: The regular season ends this year on Wednesday, Oct. 3, leaving only two days for travel, weather problems, plus season-ending tiebreakers for division titles and Wild Card berths and the Wild Card play-in games prior to the start of playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 6. The World Series is slated to start on Wednesday, Oct. 24[from MLB.com]

  131. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Gollum: We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!

  132. blake March 1st, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Trader,

    True….but that’s just life if you wanna be in the playoffs I think.

  133. blake March 1st, 2012 at 7:58 am

    “Gollum: We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!”

    Lol

  134. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 8:03 am

    With the new playoff system the team with the best record in each league would play the winner of the one game wild card. It won’t matter if they are in the same subdivision.

    So after 54 games against the likes of potential teams in the AL East[Boston, Tampa, Toronto] they get to play them again by finishing with the best record. Is that an advantage? I think the team with the best record should be able to pick the team they want to face in the first round.

  135. Tom in N.J. March 1st, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Ents never affect anything

    :(

  136. pat March 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Girardi was really stealth with the field trip location this year. Even the players don’t know where they are going.

    BillHall_III
    MORNING TWEEPLES. Got a short workout today. Last day b4 we start games!!! Got a team fun gathering (cont) http://tl.gd/g6qdmg

  137. blake March 1st, 2012 at 8:14 am

    “With the new playoff system the team with the best record in each league would play the winner of the one game wild card. It won’t matter if they are in the same subdivision.”

    I like it…..let’s say the Yanks win their division and have the best record….. and say the two WC teams are Tampa and the Angels……they play the playoff game in Cali…..them whoever wins that has to fly cross country either their screwed up rotation to face Sabathia in game 1 in the Bronx….to me that’s much better (and more fair) than for the divisional winners to be on equal ground with a WC in the ALDS.

    I like that its going to mean something to win your division again…..and that the better teams in general will have a more.clear path to the WS

  138. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Let’s say the Yankees finish with the best record in the AL. The wild cards are the Angels and the Rays, both teams not able to align their aces, due to lack of rest, for the one game playoff, but will have them for the start of the ALCS.
    Let’s also say that the Rangers had the 3rd best record, behind the Tigers, who finished 2nd but do not have Verlander available for the opening game of the series, and possibly the entire first rond, due to a late season iinjury.

    In this scenario the Yankees play the likes of the Rays or Angels facing their aces and the rest of their loaded pitching staffs, vs the Tigers who are suddenly without their ace.

    That’s why it’s of no advantage to have the best record if you can’t choose the team you want to face in the first round.

  139. blake March 1st, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Trader,

    That’s funny….we picked the same scenario….only different takes :)

  140. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Blake-
    We were typing our scenarios at the same time. Is it great minds that think alike? :)

  141. Yankee Trader March 1st, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Blake-
    Again we did it. Now there is a new post. Awaiting responses on the “other side”

    new Post—->

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