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Postgame notes: “He was everything that you’d heard”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There was a locker-by-locker migration happening in the Yankees clubhouse tonight. From the catcher to the first baseman to the shortstop, with multiple stops in between, the New York writers went in search of hidden answers. Maybe this game wasn’t as simple as it seemed. Maybe there was one thing in particular that made the difference, one bit of insider analysis that would explain something greater than the obvious.

But the consensus seemed to be exactly what you’d expect: A very good pitcher pitched a very good game tonight. The Yankees talked about commanding the strike zone, not making mistakes in the middle of the plate, mixing offspeed pitches, keeping hitters off balance and leaving hitters guessing.

“You hear a lot of guys get hyped,” Mark Teixeia said. “He was everything that you’d heard.”

Yu Darvish was excellent tonight. It’s as simple as that. He had a mid-90s fastball, he could sink it, he could cut it, and he could throw a curveball, slider and splitfinger for strikes. When he made mistakes, they were off the plate. He threw strikes when he needed to, and expanded the zone when he could. When the Yankees talked about him, they weren’t using unfamiliar terms. They were saying the same things they always say when a pitcher does this well.

“Obviously he’s a great pitcher,” Hiroki Kuroda said. “If you put zeroes on the board, with the lineup we have, obviously he’s a great pitcher.”

If there’s a bigger picture story at work, it’s the fact the Yankees were never heavily involved in the bidding for a 25-year-old who’s 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA through his first four Major League starts. It’s a storyline compounded by the fact Kuroda is 1-3, Michael Pineda is hurt and the Yankees rotation has struggled. Time will tell whether the Yankees made a mistake in passing on Darvish, but for at least one night, he was everything the Rangers hoped he could be and everything the Yankees worried he might not be.

“There’s a lot of expectations on that young man,” Joe Girardi said. “There’s a lot of players who deal with it here (in New York) sometimes when you’re a first-round pick and expected to come in and put up huge numbers and be an ace.”

Tonight there was no mystery to his success. Darvish was terrific, and the Yankees were overmatched.

• Tonight’s game should make tomorrow’s chat interesting. Be sure to stop by at noon Eastern time if you can. I’ll be chatting all about the Yankees for about an hour or so.

• Kuroda was very good tonight. He wasn’t Darvish-good, but two runs through 6.2 innings is very good against this Rangers lineup. “I told him, ‘We can do that all year long and we’ll be just fine,’” Russell Martin said. “I think he was happy with his performance today.”

• Through four starts, Kuroda has pitched one bad game, one good game, one bad game and now another good game. “I think if I made any adjustments, it was mental adjustments,” Kuroda said. “I just concentrated on hitting my target — Russell’s mitt — and that’s what I was trying to do today.”

• The Yankees big opportunity came in the third inning when Eric Chavez got their first hit, Martin drew a walk and Derek Jeter reached on an infield single. They had the bases loaded with no outs, but Darvish struck out Curtis Granderson and got Alex Rodriguez to ground into a double play. Darvish stranded a leadoff double the very next inning. “Good pitchers make good pitches when they need to,” Jeter said. “And he did tonight.”

• Jeter, by the way, extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the American League. He went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .416.

• Teixeira said the Yankees game plan included staying patient and forcing Darvish to throw strikes. He’d walked at least four batters in each of his previous three starts, but tonight he didn’t walk any after the third inning. “Each start his command has gotten better,” Girardi said. “I don’t think you can judge him on his first big league start. We’ve seen a lot of things go awry for anyone’s first big league start. Against Detroit he had much better command. It’s just seemed to get better and better.”

• Darvish was pulled after a one-out single by Nick Swisher in the ninth. It took Joe Nathan one pitch to get Raul Ibanez to ground into a game-ending double play. “I was looking for a ball up and I got it up,” Ibanez said. “And usually, those don’t go on the ground, but that one did. I was looking for something I could get in the air, and I didn’t get it up in the air obviously. I was looking for a fastball up in the zone, and I tried to hit it in the air.”

• Two at-bats that got Kuroda in trouble were the first-inning home run by Ian Kinsler — Kuroda said it was a slider left over the middle of the plate — and a two-out walk to Elvis Andrus, setting up the RBI single by Josh Hamilton. “I think I tried to be perfect with that pitch,” Kuroda said. “All these guys in the lineup, all power hitters. I think I tried to be too perfect with that pitch.”

• The Rangers shutout the Yankees for the first time since August 16, 2000.

• One bit of news that has nothing to do with tonight’s game: Girardi said after the game that Freddy Garcia will stay on turn to start on Saturday. CC Sabathia will start Sunday and the rest of the rotation will stay on turn.

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67 Responses to “Postgame notes: “He was everything that you’d heard””

  1. CashmanSUX April 25th, 2012 at 12:59 am

    So Brian Cashman looked at Kei Igawa and judged him worthy of a $46 million guarantee. Then looked at Yu Darvish and judged him to not even be worth TRYING for.

    Buy hey, who needs a young stud like Darvish when you can trade your best hitting prospect in 20 years for a pile of sh*t with a destroyed right shoulder?

  2. UnKnown April 25th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Garcia gets another crack on Fox’s game of the Week huh. Hope it goes better this Saturday than last.

  3. sammiejohnson April 25th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    CashmanSUX April 25th, 2012 at 12:59 am

    So Brian Cashman looked at Kei Igawa and judged him worthy of a $46 million guarantee. Then looked at Yu Darvish and judged him to not even be worth TRYING for.

    ____________________

    Cashman did not make the call on Darvish. Ownership did. But that wouldn’t fit you agenda.

  4. Jerkface April 25th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Darvish after his nervous first inning: 25 IP 22H 4R 3ER 0HR 12BB 21K; 1.08 ERA

  5. sammiejohnson April 25th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Jerkface April 25th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Darvish after his nervous first inning: 25 IP 22H 4R 3ER 0HR 12BB 21K; 1.08 ERA

    __________________

    Great numbers. I know you were onboard more than most here. I was skeptical. I admit to being wrong. If tonight is the norm, Yu is the real deal.

  6. theREALkevin April 25th, 2012 at 3:49 am

    sammiejohnson, that dude won’t be reasoned with. I tried.

    I will say this. I wanted Darvish, was not alone however, other people did as well. A MLB career is certainly made not just on one start, but if he can stay healthy, I don’t see a reason why he can’t be very good to great going forward.

    But for Jeter to say, “Good pitchers make good pitches when they need to,” I’m not sure that’s entirely true. I’d have to go back & look again but I think it was the 1-1 pitch to Granderson, that pitch looked like a really good pitch to hit. He missed it and ended up striking out on a questionable call. You have to get to good pitchers when you have a chance, they might not always come again in that specific game if you miss one, and they didn’t take advantage of bases loaded no out. I guess you don’t want to throw anyone under the bus though if you’re Jeter.

  7. Mike Ri April 25th, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I’m over the Darvish love fest… .. Its one stinking game ….Even Igawa had one decent game (against the Sox no less ) …… Lets see how he does threw out the season including facing the Yanks again.

    OVER IT !

  8. raymagnetic April 25th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    The called “strike” to Granderson changed the whole complexion of the game in my opinion. Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score runs tonight and didn’t bottom line.

    Darvish has a WHIP of 1.58, that ain’t good.

    But hey, if people want to crown him as the next Cy Young, be my guest.

  9. raymagnetic April 25th, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Tex and Swisher can’t hit a curve to save their lives either.

  10. raymagnetic April 25th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Win tonight and you just won a series against the team with the best record in baseball.

  11. Benny Blanco April 25th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The called “strike” to Granderson changed the whole complexion of the game in my opinion. Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score runs tonight and didn’t bottom line.

    Darvish has a WHIP of 1.58, that ain’t good.

    But hey, if people want to crown him as the next Cy Young, be my guest.

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

    Totally agree, the kid has ton of potential but the umpire let him off the hook in that inning. Unreal how one bad call by the umpire can drastically change the complexion of that at bat.

    What people have to realize is that NY is different than every other city. Yankees were burned by igawa and couldn’t invest the 116 million dollars in a pitcher who they were uncertain about.

    Certain teams can afford to take that type of risk, unfortunately the yankees did not want to pull the trigger.

  12. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    If I had to guess…..I would say Cashman isn’t the guy you need to ask why they didn’t sign Darvish….I bet he wanted him and I bet he would have rather done that than trade Montero for Pineda…….but Hal is the one that approves the money and apparently he wouldn’t take the risk on Yu.

  13. Gary April 25th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Morning Blake, well as we both talked last winter the naysayers at least for the moment were dead wrong about Yu. He appears to be doing quite well against “Major Leaque batters” as opposed to the minors in Japan. He also seems to have no problem with the mound and living in the US. Yet to be seen how he does long term, but like I said the stats usually don’t lie. Yanks had no idea what pitch was coming and when he had to crank it up he did just that.

  14. raymagnetic April 25th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    ““There’s a lot of expectations on that young man,” Joe Girardi said. “There’s a lot of players who deal with it here (in New York) sometimes when you’re a first-round pick and expected to come in and put up huge numbers and be an ace.”

    Is this a shot at Phil Hughes?

  15. Gary April 25th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Benny Blanco April 25th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The called “strike” to Granderson changed the whole complexion of the game in my opinion. Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score runs tonight and didn’t bottom line.

    Darvish has a WHIP of 1.58, that ain’t good.

    But hey, if people want to crown him as the next Cy Young, be my guest.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    The game I watched was alot more than the one pitch, the Yanks were baffled, Yu came from angles and speeds that they had no idea about what was coming. This guy will just get better as the year goes on. He pitched almost shutout and I think he’s 3-0 with a win against a division leader. I think he’s doing pretty good so far.

  16. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Good morning-

    When’s the last time the Yankees had 10 or more strikeouts against any pitcher?

    Darvish was under control because he worked entirely from the stretch.

    Throwing Garcia against the Tiger lineup will probably determine his fate. He’s had 3 season starts, each one worse than the other.

    Left the LoHud site early because the naysayers were out in force immediately after Kuroda gave up a homer to the first batter. Did it improve at all?

  17. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Gary,

    Yea…..I mean Japanese pitchers have come over before and had success at first (Nomo and Dice K both did)…..its the long term success that’s been the issue. Darvish is set up better for it because he’s younger and also because he doesn’t rely on some funky wind up for deception …….but we’ll have to see.

    But on April 25th 2012…..it looks like the Yanks (and Hal) may have made a mistake.

  18. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    The latest news I could find on Pineda and Pettitte:

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....inion.html

  19. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Throwing Garcia against the Tiger lineup will probably determine his fate. He’s had 3 season starts, each one worse than the other.”

    This is really dumb…..they have a perfect opportunity to skip Garcia against the Tigers and keep everyone else on normal rest…no clue why they wouldn’t take advantage of that.

  20. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Also, being 6’5″ doesn’t hurt, when the batter is facing the release of a 95 mph heater.

  21. RadioKev April 25th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Darvish was clearly always going to be better than Igawa, that’s not the issue. The issue for ownership was the length and cost of a contract. It’s too early to say if Darvish will live up to the value of that contract, but signs are looking good for The Rangers.

    And of course I didn’t start him on my fantasy team..

  22. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Blake-

    Garcia is a veteran pitcher and has to know that he can’t get major league hitters out with a 74 mph slider, an 84 mph straight “whatever” pitch, and the sudden loss of an effective splitter.

    I think, even though it’s only 3 starts vs the Orioles, Twins and Red Sox, his days are numbered as a starter in the majors.

  23. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Trader,

    Don’t understand why the Yanks wouldn’t skip him with the off day…..they coukd throw Nova, Sabathia, Kuroda against the Tigers with them all on regular rest.

  24. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I get that its early and they want to give Freddy his chance to right the ship……but he’s been giving them zero chance and killing the pen……plus he’s going to be out of the rotation soon anyway when Pettite is ready. Sabathia just had an extra day if rest and now he will back to back starts…..don’t get it.

  25. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    RadioKev-

    That’s what happens when ownership has to pay an extra 40cents on the dollar for every player they sign over the LT limit.

    Had the Yankees had the same payroll at the end of the 2011 season as the previously bankrupt Rangers, I don’t doubt they would have aggresively gone after Darvish and/or CJ Wilson, who was practically begging to come to NY.

  26. RadioKev April 25th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Yeah, I’ve made my peace over the Darvish signing.

  27. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Right now Sundays game is set to be Garcia vs Scherzer…..

  28. Gary April 25th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    RadioKev April 25th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Darvish was clearly always going to be better than Igawa, that’s not the issue. The issue for ownership was the length and cost of a contract. It’s too early to say if Darvish will live up to the value of that contract, but signs are looking good for The Rangers.

    And of course I didn’t start him on my fantasy team..

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Radio, I don’t think it was the contract. The contract itself at around what $50M which wasn’t to me a problem for a pitcher of his possibilites. Then there is the signing fee, it’s a business and many times you have to spend money to spend money. The Yanks make that kind of money easily on the franchise in a fraction of a year.

    So we have a pitcher at $4M that can’t pitch anymore apparently, a 39 year old pitcher out of baseball for over a year trying to come back, and a pitcher who we traded for that hasn’t pitched a regular season game so far and is an unknown as to when he returns and how well he will perform when he comes back. I also didn’t mention Hughes who is far from a lock on anything. I’d sure like to have Yu on my staff right now.

  29. blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    The Rangers are going to be the Yanks primary hurdle to winning WS’s over the next 4-5 years. In signing Darvish the Rangers directly added a piece that appears to be the best weapon against the Yankees…..a RHP with front line stuff……actually if Feliz keeps it up they added two of those.

  30. Gary April 25th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    blake April 25th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    The Rangers are going to be the Yanks primary hurdle to winning WS’s over the next 4-5 years. In signing Darvish the Rangers directly added a piece that appears to be the best weapon against the Yankees…..a RHP with front line stuff……actually if Feliz keeps it up they added two of those.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Blake your right on. The hurdle has been and continues to be pitching. The pitching matchups aren’t in our favor. Alot riding on Andy and I think the expectations are way too high. Then again Andy can only plug one hole. I would not leave Detroit out of the hurdle conversation.

  31. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    There’s not one redeeming factor when looking at Garcia’s splits this year.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ddy-garcia

    In his one game vs the Tigers last year his ERA was >5.0 and BAA .333
    His ERA was 2.0 the month of April.

    Unless he’s found some new life in his aging arm, Girardi is making a sacrificial lamb out of Garcia this weekend.

  32. raymagnetic April 25th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hi Gary,

    I’m my opinion things go different if the count is 3-2 with bases loaded and no outs.

  33. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Darvish was really on last night.

    When a guy with his kind of stuff is that way you’re not touching him.

    Question I have would pertain to whether or not he can sustain that type of performance.

    His WHIP is high, and the league does not know him yet.

    Let’s revisit all this when they getter a better look.

    And Kuroda was excellent. On most nights that’s a win.

    ;)

  34. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    For example, when CC is on like that you’re not touching him either.

  35. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    ray-

    agree 100%. Change the call on Grandy and I think the game changes right there.

    The pitch was borderline.

    ;)

  36. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Yes, the Rangers are in a good position to be perrenial playoff contenders in a very non competitive division, especially with the inept Astros coming in. It doesn’t hurt that your opening day payroll was a tick under 121M.

    Also the Braves aided the Rangers, in perhaps, the great, John Schuerholz’ greatest trade blunders.

    Plus MLB put them on the map after they faced bankruptcy, by giving them a cash infusion, to trade for Molina , Lee, and others, putting them in the WS.

    That franchise is in a terrific position to succeed for many years.

  37. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I still don’t believe that Darvish will live up to the value of his contract long term.

    That’s a lot of Yen.

    I know the stuff is a bit different but let’s not forget that Dice-bb was pretty good his 1st year too.

    And I also think the Rangers are pretty foolish to run such high pitch counts on their guys.

  38. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    *perennial*

    MTU-

    Did you leave the blog last night, knowing there was going to be a large outpouring of Yankee hating trolls?

  39. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    With Pineda’s reduced velo I suspected that their might be an issue with his rotator cuff.

    Very common cause of loss of velocity.

    So far he has been diagnosed w tendonitis of the cuff.

    I hope that all it is and there are no partial or complete tears.

    If there were and the tear is signficant, in the worst case, that means surgery.

    Fingers crossed.

  40. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    YT-

    I generally don’t do game threads.

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

    It’s been that way for years and has driven off some of our best people.

    Not worth the trouble.

  41. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    MTU-

    The fact that Dr Altchek was brought in before the dye contrast MRI, and not after makes me feel a little better. The simple fact is, that they are doing this study to see if there is a labral tear or not.

  42. Yankee Trader April 25th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Sorry, but have to run. Until later all and have a great day.

    Hoping for the best for Pineda!!

  43. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    YT-

    I’m not a Dr. but I have stayed at a HIE.

    IMO it does not sound an issue with the labrum due to the location of the discomfort behind the shoulder.

    The labrum is in front.

    More likely the rotator cuff itself.

    Keep your fingers crossed that it is not a significant tear.

    If it is not R and R will take care of it.

    If it is that might require surgery.

    Most guys who have the surgery never really reagin their full velo.

    That would be the worst case scenario.

    Better not be the case.

  44. hardwired7 April 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    The Rangers were not going to be denied in getting Darvish. The bid they put in wasn’t even within shouting distance of any other team’s.

    Sure, the Yanks could have put in a $60M posting fee bid, but who in their right mind thinks that was even a possibility? Just let it go.

  45. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    The Yankees need to give their young Pitchers more guidance for their off season preparations.

    I believe they are given some exercises to do by the trainers but IMO that is not sufficient.

    That seems like a bare minimum.

    They cannot force anything on their guys but I would not be surprised if more detailed info., and or suggestions would be welcomed.

  46. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    HW-

    I hope no one is foolish enough to decide the outcome of a purchase or a trade within such a short span of time.

    Guys like Darvish, Pineda, and Montero are gonna take time to judge fully IMO.

    Get back to me after a few seasons.

    ;)

  47. austinmac April 25th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I pushed for Darvish this winter, but their was never a chance with the future frugality plan. They have gone from a team who was willing to spend big money to add players to one who is likely who is unlikely to spend money even to keep their own.

    I liked the old way.

  48. austinmac April 25th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    “is unlikely to spend”

  49. blake April 25th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    “The Rangers were not going to be denied in getting Darvish. The bid they put in wasn’t even within shouting distance of any other team’s.”

    Aggressive bid…..but only 1 million more than Dice K…..the Yanks clearly weren’t serious players.

  50. rl1856 April 25th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Darvish pitched a great game- his best game so far in the US. However, US teams have not fully scouted him at close range. While teams are trying to adjust to him, he is also adjusting to US hitters. It will take a full turn through the league before teams begin to have an effective game plan against him. Also he is pitching with less rest between starts, in a longer season. I suspect that fatigue will be an issue for him in August and Sept.

    I think Pineda is damaged goods. Sharp drop in velocity at the end of last year and Seatle essentially told him not to do anything during the off season- they knew. Another factor may be sophomore fatigue in that he is coming off of a breakout season in which his ip jumped. Similar to Hughes in 2010.

    Hughes will be fine. Let him pitch inside more and keep the ball down.

    I was against Garcia’s resigning and I think we should have pursued Colon more aggressively. So far Colon is 3-2 / 2.62 / 0.98 WHIP / 34.1 ip in 5 starts. He was injured last season and his recovery took longer than expected. So far he is doing exactly what he did for us last year pre-injury. He would sure look good in Pinstripes instead of Garcia…..

    Garcia is on a short leash. Another bad start and I can see him pulled from the rotation. At the very least, he will be gone when Pettite comes back.

  51. blake April 25th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Will be interested to see if Pineda is out most of the season and if the Starting pitching continues to be so so….if the Yanks hold their line on Cole Hamels

  52. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    mac-

    Unfortunately, IMO you will have to wait til 2016 to see that muscle flexed again.

    I think young Mr. Steinbrenner is determined to reset the tax.

    To be honest I can’t really blame him.

    Even though the Yankees can afford a lot of things I don’t see why they should subsidze other teams, etc. to that tune when a temporary adjustment will eliminate it.

    that’s my 2 cents.

  53. blake April 25th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Texas stole Darvish…..Yanks should steal Hamilton! Nah just kidding……sorta

  54. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    If Pineda was really damaged goods, which I severely doubt, then the Yankees did a very poor job of doing their DD.

    When you trade away a player of Montero’s caliber there had better not be any slip ups.

    Personally, I think his injury occured during ST.

    He came into camp overweight and out of shape.

    That’s asking for trouble IMO.

    These guys need to take their OS conditoning seriously.

    The Yankees should see to it that they do.

    I hope we get lucky and dodge another bullet.

  55. Bret The Hitman April 25th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Red Sox should sign Josh Hamilton and let go of Papi. Matsuzaka comes off their books as well.

  56. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Blake-

    I hope you are kidding when you say Texas stole Darvish.

    They paid a small fortune for him and despite a few really good games he hasn’t proven sh*t in my book just yet.

    Talk to me in a few years Amigo.

    ;)

  57. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Blake-

    You can forget Hamels.

    He’s goin’ back to the West coast.

    Wallet is not even gonna open for him.

  58. BD (Boston Dave) April 25th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Yanks could have bid $50M for Darvish and they’d be getting ripped for not bidding $60M here.

    6 years and $135M (equivalent due to lump sum payment) PLUS any luxury tax from the contact (not including posting fee)

    Of all the hundreds of thousands of incessant complaints I see here,

    I think not paying $25M a year for somewhat of an unknown should be closer to the bottom.

  59. blake April 25th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    MTU,
    Yea im kidding…..but only half kidding about Hamilton…..I know they aren’t going to sign anybody but Hamilton would transform their offense while hurting Texas at the same time…..would be a risky sign and I don’t think they’ll do it…..but he’d destroy YS

  60. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I have a question about rules and proceedure.

    Can a team tell an agent to go stuff it ?

    In other words, could the Yankees have refused to let Pineda get that 2nd opinion ?

    Just curious.

    For anyone who might know TIA.

  61. blake April 25th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I think Texas will try and low ball Hamilton hoping that he will chose to stay there for comfort and they’ll use the alcohol stuff as leverage against giving him a big contract…..

  62. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Thanks Blake.

    I kinda thought so.

    Hamilton is a great hitter but he is not the type of risk the Yankees would be willing to assume IMO.

    It seems to me the Yankees will have their hands full just keeping what they’ve got in light of the 189 figure.

    ;)

  63. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Got to start preparing for today’s hike soon.

    I’ll have to catch the Pineda news later.

    Hope it’s decent.

  64. blake April 25th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Boston would be the absolute worst place for Hamilton ….city full of drunks without good leadership in the clubhouse.

  65. MTU April 25th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    proximo hilo ——->

  66. muwarriorsfan April 25th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Watching Darvish, you see what an imposter “ace” Sabathia is.

    When was the last time he dominated a game like that?

  67. Tackelberry April 25th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    MOnday night dopey!

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