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Minor league affiliates participating in HOPE Week

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good work by the Yankees to spread a really nice event throughout the organization. The big league club will host HOPE Week from June 25-29, and this year the minor league clubs are getting involved. Here’s the announcement from the team…

Today the Yankees announced the expansion of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) in 2012. Throughout the season, five Yankees minor league affiliates — the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Trenton Thunder, Tampa Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs and Staten Island Yankees — will host their own community events, designed to bring to light remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities.

In following the model established in 2009, each of the five minor league affiliates will reach out to individuals, families and organizations worthy of recognition and support, recognizing honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. With outreach often taking place away from the ballpark, Yankees minor league players, coaches and staff will be able to personally connect with participants.

“As an organization, we have seen firsthand the positive impact HOPE Week has made in our community,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. “We’ve found that giving back is contagious. One of the goals of the initiative has been to inspire others to follow in our footsteps, and I’m proud that our affiliates are expanding this tradition by joining our efforts.”

The Tampa Yankees will be the first club to host HOPE Week in 2012, as they highlight their five stories from June 4-8.

2012 MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATE HOPE WEEK DATES

Triple-A Scranton/WB Yankees: Tentatively scheduled for early August

Double-A Trenton Thunder: June 19-22 and June 25

Single-A Tampa Yankees: June 4-8

Single-A Charleston RiverDogs: June 25-29

Short-Season Single-A Staten Island Yankees: TBA in August

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112 Responses to “Minor league affiliates participating in HOPE Week”

  1. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Charleston wins, 13-2.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats…..x_capafx_1

  2. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Trenton wins 11-0. Marshall is 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA

    http://www.milb.com/gameday/in…..x_treaax_1

  3. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Mongomery pitched 2 innings tonight, so far. 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.

  4. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Tampa Yanks now into the 12th inning tied at 9-9. Kahnle now pitching.

  5. blake May 31st, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Really cool…..nice work Yankees.

  6. austinmac May 31st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Tom,

    Welcome back. Glad all is well.

  7. yankee21 May 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I imagine Marshall has earned a trip to SWB in the not too distant future.

  8. UnKnown May 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Nice work by the Tigers tonight. Now they can go back to sucking over the weekend.

  9. RMike May 31st, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Marshalll doesn’t miss enough bats for my liking

  10. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Comet….I responded to your question on the last thread, however I lack the paste and copy skills…….Thinking about taking a 9 week computer skills class in the local community college….Night school maybe….GB can do all this, then so should I

  11. The Genius Maker May 31st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Jerkface May 31st, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    He did say “defensive stats are less than useless.” Honestly that was 15 years ago though so maybe he has softened a little.

    15 Years ago UZR, +/-, and DRS and all the new defensive stats didn’t exist, so I’m sure he agreed that errors and fielding percentage were useless.
    ********
    Jerkface, UZR and range factor were around when he said that so it must have been more recent. Actually I think zone rating was and not necessarily UZR. Regardless if you can;t see the value in adding the SB’s then maybe I was giving you too much credit ;-)

  12. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Pat, Not sure that you could do it. After all, you old geezers tend to forget things 5 minutes after you’re told.

    But, still, it keeps you off of the streets and all of the little pool cleaning girls will be safe.

  13. The Genius Maker May 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Also, I apologize for hitting and running some times in my posts. Work calls and I can get pulled away for long stretches

  14. ac1 May 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    When Crawford and Ellsbury return, their only weakness will be shortstop. Adding a starter would mean Bard goes back to the pen and Bailey will be back in 2013. Also Aceves moves back to middle reliever where he belongs. How stacked will they be?
    ________________________

    This assumes they will all be healthy which is not likely.

  15. The Genius Maker May 31st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Pat M. i would recommend taking the course. You will be shocked how easy some of the items that concern you are. Once you learn it, then make sure you practice them a bunch of times for multiple days…then you will be golden. if my father in law could learn…you surely can

  16. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Genius Maker…….I’ve had PC’s in my house for almost 20 years, as my kids just breezed through it all….All I really cared about was handling my travel itineraries ……It’s only in the past 5-6 years that I started to explore the amazement that is the Internet………I always had an admin person who made me look smart….I’m going to sign up for the class….Maybe somebody can do all the downloading for my I-pod

  17. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Pat,

    Even Randy can find the right keys, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense, so, you’ll do fine. Best of luck in what you go for. Don’t forget to take an apple for the teacher.

  18. comet May 31st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Pat I saw your response. Thanks.

    I think though if they are to go the youth route I’d see what CC brought. I’m not talking about a fire sale but great prospects like a Trout or Harper to name a couple would pique my interest.

    I’ll look for your response tomorrow.

    BTW I realize that CC is not going to get us either Trout or Harper. I’m talking guys like them who are sill in the minors.

    Good night and nice going back and forth.

    Thanks,C

  19. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Tampa yanks took a hit after being down 9-5 and tied it up, only to lose in 13 innings, 10-9. Tommy Kahnle coughed up a 13th inning run by walking in the winning run.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....8;did=milb

  20. austinmac May 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Pat M,

    Please learn such computer skills and teach the rest of us. I think GB is older than me.

  21. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Ravel Santana will be playing in the next couple of weeks. He’s not Mike Trout, but, he’s really impressive.

  22. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Hey, watch that Mac. I just turned 21. Love being so much, I’m starting my 3rd time around.

  23. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    OK..so it’s my 4th time around.

  24. austinmac May 31st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    GB,

    I’ve done 20 three times. Heck, I may get the next 20 years right.

  25. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Mac,

    Living in austin is pretty risky. Never good to mix it up with cowboys. I love that town, though.

  26. austinmac May 31st, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    GB,

    It is a great city. I have decided my new business in town is real estate. South Congress Ave. and East 11th Street used to be the street walker districts. Now, they are the hottest bar and restaurant areas in town. I will find them now and invest in the area.

    You are in Savannah? I drove through there as a kid. Beautiful city. I would like to return.

  27. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Mac, the last time I was there, the bars were on 5th and 6th streets. always enjoyed the things on Guadalupe (The Drag). It’s been forever since I was there. Used to live across the Colorado, right off of the river I think it was Riverside off of Congress. Lived up on Eddy St., too.

    On Riverside, I could hear the music coming from Armadillo World. That’s how long ago it was.

  28. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Mac, if you ever get this way, let me know. I moved out of Savannah a couple of years ago because it was so expensive and I was always gone. Bought a little house about 30 minutes out of town.

  29. austinmac June 1st, 2012 at 12:01 am

    GB,

    Very good memory. The Armadillo closed shortly after I moved here in 1979. Their all still many places to hear about any type of music. The city has grown enormously. San Marcos and Georgetown are now part of the Austin economy.

  30. Jerkface June 1st, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Regardless if you can;t see the value in adding the SB’s then maybe I was giving you too much credit

    Adding SB’s (not defensive stolen bases!) to an offensive stat IS valuable, just not the way you are doing it. Hope that clears up your misconception of my position.

  31. Jerkface June 1st, 2012 at 1:23 am

    wOBA already does it in a more logical manner! Hooray! And True Average (TAv) and Equivalent True Average (eqAvg)!

  32. Nick in SF June 1st, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I don’t think the Hulk should be considered a True Avenger, but I don’t know why this should be a topic of discussion here.

  33. Pat M. June 1st, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I still fancy Emma Peel / Diana Rigg

  34. jmills June 1st, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Just woke up to take in the good news of a Boston loss – don’t know much about Scranton beyond the fact Edith wanted to opt there during menopause while Archie was dead set on Disney Land . I’m not the amusement place kind of person , so Scranton it is . All too soon , those ,” nasty,” jays are gonna’ be getting me up . Over and out Yankee fans ,……long day on the horizon . J

  35. m June 1st, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Wa, Wa, Wah!! Such a rosy outlook on the Sox!

    I don’t want to say they suck, because they clearly won’t suck forever. But I’m going to enjoy this period if Lester not being Lester, Buchholz being Buchholz, Valentine deathly afraid to pull Bucket before he blows, and a huge learning curve for Aceves.

    I think the bigger question is will the Orioles come down to earth. They’ve actually tasted some success, but then so has Toronto in the past. And we all know how their hot starts fizzle out.

  36. m June 1st, 2012 at 3:45 am

    And awesome job by the Yankees to expand HOPE Week. Makes me feel good to be a Yankee fan.

  37. tomingeorgia June 1st, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Mrning, All
    Good to be back among (mostly) friends. It’ll be a couple of more days until I firing on all eight. One of the gratifying things in life, though, is to have a post surgery interview with a surgeon who seems mighty pleased with himself. I’ve been out of the loop; who’s pitching tonight? Go, Yanks!

  38. Dionysius Thelxinoe June 1st, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Mornin Tom, we haven’t conversed “directly” but since I follow the blog … good to see you up and at ‘em.

    BTW, my own intro to PC use came late in life. Like you, I had an asst to make me look smart (not an easy job!) but with budget cutbacks and job changes, I was forced to face reality in my mid forties. Whereas my youngest became versed with a mouse and screen at age 4, I was lost at first. But like learning to drive, you just get in there and go at it.

    My 4 year old is now married with children, and he’s still my tech support when I’m stuck (tho nowadays it’s mostly with interpreting text shorthand :-) )

  39. yanks61 June 1st, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Morning, Tom and DT. Tom, good to hear that things are going well post-op. Keep up the good work and get well quickly.

    Blake, when you’re around this morning (and Tom and DT), I believe you and other folks were talking yesterday about the possibility of trading Granderson in the off season for a high quality prospect (or two?), an interesting idea, and moving Gardner back to CF.

    That leads me to a question concerning how long a deal would you think the Yanks should then give Gardner.

    Right now, offensively, Brett sits somewhere between Paul Blair and Mickey Rivers (though except for BA, not that big a difference.)

    Here are the stats:

    Blair .250 .302 .382 .684
    Rivers .295 .327 .397 .724
    Gardner .265 .355 .368 .723

    Blair was certainly considered a better fielder than Rivers, while Mick the Quick, a better hitter and certainly faster and better base stealer.

    Rivers, after being out hurt most of the year at age 33, went on to have some very good years at age 34 and 35, his last two. Blair flamed out offensively at age 31, but continued to be an excellent CF.

    So, would you think the Yanks would be safe and, continuing to split the difference, reckon on Gardner being an effective hitter and base stealer up to about age 32 or 33 and give him a 5 year deal? And it’s well to remember that even as Blair must have slowed down as he aged, he continued to be an excellent CF defensively.

    If the Yanks were to continue to get a Gardner performance somewhere between Blair and Rivers, would you consider that worth a 5 year deal?

    Thoughts?

  40. MaineYankee June 1st, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Good morning Tom

    Glad you came out well on the procedure.

    I saw the pics of your plantation awhile back.

    I didn’t know you was such a southern gentleman. :D:

    My wife saw the pics of the cakes and wondered if your wife made them.

  41. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Morning folks.

    By the way, I noticed we’re not very far out of first.

    ;)

  42. tomingeorgia June 1st, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Maine,
    She did make all the cakes. Did the flowers, too.

    I’m less a Southern Gentleman than tenant farmer.

  43. tomingeorgia June 1st, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Hi, MTU,
    Yep, not so far from first, though reading here might convince you otherwise.

  44. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Mister Tom-

    Soon we get GGBG and D-rob back.

    That should help too.

    I wonder if there are any other tweaks which will be applied by the ASB ?

    For example, will Freddy be unloaded ?

  45. Tar June 1st, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Morning everybody

    Glad to see you’re feeling better and on the road to recovery Tom. Maine it’s good to see you post as well.

    As for Gardner, not sure how I feel about a five year deal. But I think he’s going improve and be an even better player than he has been up to this point. Anyway have to run.

    Have a great day everybody.

  46. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:12 am

    61-

    I would not give GGBG a long-term contract.

  47. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Tom,

    Hope everything went well!

    Nick,

    Yea but I think Bruce Banner is really the Avenger…..especially when presented as he is in the movie wherr he can control the hulk…..then the Hulk just becomes his power or weapon like Thor’s hammer or Iron Man’s suit.

  48. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Buenos dias Maine.

    Hope you’re feelin’ a little better.

    Backwoods boys are usually pretty tough.

    :)

  49. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Que tal Blake ?

    What’s the latest ?

  50. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:17 am

    “That leads me to a question concerning how long a deal would you think the Yanks should then give Gardner.”

    Its interesting …..they have to decide something soon on him and while I love what he brings to the table……a major portion of his game is built on speed and hes getting closer to 30 and also is hurt a lot…….if he loses a step it could reallh affect the type player he is.

    So Id be pretty hesitant on a long term deal just because Im 1) not sure he can stay healthy 2) not sure how hes going to age……they need to see where he is this winter and then start to consider options ……hes getting more expensive as well.

  51. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Oh not much MTU……just livin thr dream….you?

  52. Villa Nova-Ya June 1st, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Good morning all. Tomingeorgia, I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of well-wishers.

    I think one would have to be careful planning around Gardner as the CF, because Gardner seems to get hurt at least once every year. Granderson has shown the ability to stay unhurt (knock on wood) and is out there day-in, day-out. No doubt Gardner brings speed to the lineup when he’s in there, though. Just think caution needs to be exercised in making future plans with him as a “centerpiece” of the outfield.

    I was very interested in Pat M’s take on the lack of coaching strength in the Yankees, system, and I think that given the constraints put upon them by the new CBA, this is an area where they so far cannot be penalized for spending their money and they need to do whatever they can to make this an advantage.

  53. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Blake-

    Plum wore out from all the company we’ve had.

    It’s harder to entertain people than it is to climb mountains.

    :)

  54. yanks61 June 1st, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Thanks Blake, MTU and VNY. It’s going to be an interesting off season, I think.

  55. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Rumors floating around yesterday that the Cubs would trade Starling Castro for two impact prospects……..Theo has alrrady shot it down and I dont really buy that ……..but if true Cashman has to be all over that……you CANNOT find players like that and with no real replacement for Jeter anywhere in sight you gotta call Theo up and just ask…..

  56. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I was very interested in Pat M’s take on the lack of coaching strength in the Yankees, system, and I think that given the constraints put upon them by the new CBA, this is an area where they so far cannot be penalized for spending their money and they need to do whatever they can to make this an advantage.”

    Absolutely

  57. Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 7:24 am

    MTU,

    What’s up amigo? I’m heading down to your old stomping ground. El mar Caribe for a few days of RnR in the republica dominicana.

    My final stop brings me through Cano’s town. Maybe I can do some scouting. :wink:

  58. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Blake-

    That has be just a rumor w/o any merit whatsoever.

  59. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Jeers-

    Hope you’re bringin’ your Ecuadorian special-made surfboard ?

    Sounds like a nice way to while away a few hours.

    Be careful of the kind of prospects you look into.

    And don’t drink the water. Unless it’s bottled.

    ;)

    ;)

  60. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:28 am

    MTU,

    Probably….but it was reported by Nightengale who is a real reporter at least…..didnt come from some random blog or anything……its probably not true……but you gotta make the phone call anyway

  61. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Blake-

    If there is even a burning ember of truth to it I’m sure Cashman will inquire.

    After all he needs to whip something up just to excite the fanbase.

    Right ?

    :)

  62. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:35 am

    MTU,

    Yea….that and 22 year old SS’s that have hit .307 in 3 seasons in the big leagues dont grow on trees ;)

  63. JCPD June 1st, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Plum wore out from all the company we’ve had.

    It’s harder to entertain people than it is to climb mountains.

    —————————————————————

    I see how it is!!!! Pics should be there today.

  64. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Blake-

    How bout he gets us a stud Of’er instead ?

    :)

  65. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:39 am

    JCPD-

    You were the exception.

    I’ll look for them.

    Are they copyright protected ?

  66. JCPD June 1st, 2012 at 7:40 am

    MTU, no they are not…..crazy me, but I trust you. Off to work now

  67. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Jerkface June 1st, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Regardless if you can;t see the value in adding the SB’s then maybe I was giving you too much credit

    Adding SB’s (not defensive stolen bases!) to an offensive stat IS valuable, just not the way you are doing it. Hope that clears up your misconception of my position.
    ********
    then you shouldn’t make the comment that OPS does not count SB’s and that is why SABR guys keep the stats separate (Obvious anyway)…you are talking out of both sides, but at least you now admit that adding the SB’s makes sense…now we are only discussing the methodology. I will admit you could come up with a decimal for how much each additional SB is worth, but it would approach 1 (probably just under) and it is an easy glance to give you a ball park.

    We could go back and forth all day, but I see the way you operate…the only thing I would caution yourself would be two-fold…1)assuming that the weighted numbers are correct and 2) don’t discount the ease of an accessible number to the masses…

    I would rather not explain further as you and I are not as far apart as some of the folks on this blog…we agree advanced metrics are more accurate than the bias of the eye and obviously fairly meaningless stats like batting average.
    One of the thin

  68. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:41 am

    JCPD-

    Big mistake.

    ;)

  69. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:43 am

    “How bout he gets us a stud Of’er instead ?”

    Yea Id love that…..however there are bunches more outfield options available in free agency and on the way in the farm……they dont need a SS now but they will soon and its tough to see where it will come from……anyway…..not likely to happen….just stirring the pot a bit…

  70. Dionysius Thelxinoe June 1st, 2012 at 7:43 am

    yanks61, in spite of the fact that the price was steep, Granderson has turned out to be a great acquisition. IMO he’s a close second to Cano in his impact on the lineup. I love seeing Gardner play, he adds dimension offensively and defensively, but I would never want to see Grandy traded, unless (as Theo te boy genius put it the other day) they were completely blown away, which won’t happen.

  71. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:45 am

    “I would rather not explain further as you and I are not as far apart as some of the folks on this blog…we agree advanced metrics are more accurate than the bias of the eye and obviously fairly meaningless stats like batting average.”

    Batting average is underated these days.

  72. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Blake-

    “just stirring the pot a bit…”

    I knew you were trouble from the day we met.

    Are you tryin’ to take over Randy’s job ?

    :)

  73. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Wonder when that master of disaster YT will show up ?

  74. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Are the Yankees going to be able to sign Granderson anyway under thr budget? That has to play a big part in their decision making ……..if they want to maximize the roster under this new CBA then they cant let guys walk as free agents for nothing……they have to consider everything.

  75. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:49 am

    “Are you tryin’ to take over Randy’s job ?”

    Nah just filling in…..Randy probably has 72 holes of golf to play before lunch

  76. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I always thought at least one, and possibly 2, of Cano, Grandy, Swish, or Martin would not make the cut to get to 189.

    Don’t want Robbie to go that’s for sure.

    The others can be be debated.

    Won’t cry at all if Martin disappears.

    Swish and Grandy represent different issues.

  77. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Blake, batting average really doesn’t tell you much. While the RISP batting average has been used, look at it this way. Would you rather hit .300 with 3 singles in 10 AB’s with the bases loaded or hit .200 with 2 HR’s? Easy answer…and also why batting average really has little value…let alone I didn’t discuss walks added to the equation.

  78. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Swish and Martin are the guys to go. I would use the option on Granderson and not trade Granderson unless a great situation arose

  79. MaineYankee June 1st, 2012 at 7:55 am

    MTU -Tar

    Good morning.

    I just stoped by to say hello.

    I’m enjoying my new Ray’s friends.

    I switched teams because all I hear is how good they are and like a rat I jumped ship before it sank.

    MTU

    Health is about the same but I’m hoping the DO I’m seeing is going to help. Too early to tell yet.

    I’ve been smoke free for a week so I’m hopefull to win that battle.

  80. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Blake-

    Randy believes in the old-fashioned values of hard work and perserverance.

    If he practices enough he might even break 100.

    Though he does need to know which end of the club to use first, and what they’re really for.

    I wish him well in his endeavors.

    I know he likes golf a lot. If he works really hard he might even get to GB’s level.

  81. blake June 1st, 2012 at 7:57 am

    “Would you rather hit .300 with 3 singles in 10 AB’s with the bases loaded or hit .200 with 2 HR’s? Easy answer”

    I dont think that tells the whole story because the bases arent always loaded……..batting average isnt the end all be all of course like it used to be of course and there are other stats that better paint the picture of what a hitter can do……but it does give you an idea of who can make contact on a routine basis and who can get hits…..you need high BA guys in a lineup IMO……they dont all have to be…..but you need some.

  82. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Maine-

    Best of luck there.

    If you really want to beat the smoking habit you must convince yourself that you are a nicotene addict and therefore must never touch a cigarette again.

    Don’t even try one puff. If you do it will come back on you in a North woods heartbeat.

  83. Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Like clockwork, as soon as they start boarding the plane my wife has to go to the bathroom.

  84. MaineYankee June 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    MTU

    I’m just as stubborn as randy so if I put my mind to something I usually accomplish it.

  85. MaineYankee June 1st, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 8:01 am
    Like clockwork, as soon as they start boarding the plane my wife has to go to the bathroom.

    ————————————————————————-

    Didn’t you know that’s in their DNA. :D:

    At least you’re not on the highway so you need to find a rest stop.

  86. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I still would rather high OPS guys because they will score more runs than the high batting average guys. Let me look at it in a different light.

    using the guys exact stats from this year…A lineup of all Jeter’s hitting .336 or lineup of all Granderson’s hitting .259

    who would score more?

    I know what you are saying you need some guys to get hits, but it is about the type of hits and also the ability to not make outs. People complain about how strikeout totals on guys and that can be frustrating with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs, but at least a guy that struck out saw at the minimum 3 pitches…compared to jumping on the 1st pitch. Guys who strike out tend to also force pitchers to throw some more pitches which can be beneficial. Guys like Jeter are interesting because he swings at the first pitch a lot but he can also work the count and foul off a lot of pitches.

  87. blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “I still would rather high OPS guys because they will score more runs than the high batting average guys. Let me look at it in a different light.”

    I agree…..but Id rather have guys ehere that high OPS comes with a high batting average as part of the OBP. Basically I like a high OBP to be made up of hits more than walks…..walks are good….hits are better.

    I dont disagree with you…..just saying I think BA still has value….not that its the most important stat……certainly dont think its worthless.

  88. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Maine-

    “I’m just as stubborn as randy so if I put my mind to something I usually accomplish it.”

    That’s the scary part.

    :)

  89. blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Id rather have a guy with a .330 OBP who is getting that by hitting .270 than a guy like Martin who is getting that OBP by walking and hitting .170…..

  90. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Blake-

    When he was a bit younger Bobby Abreu kind of epitomized the kind of guy you could use a few of.

  91. Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Electronic cigarettes were my best friend when I quit.

  92. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Jeers-

    They have all kinds of aids (crutches) today.

    Way back when it was strictly “cold turkey”.

    One thing about quitting is you gotta be prepared to gain a few lbs.

    That is almost inevitable.

  93. Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    One thing about quitting is you gotta be prepared to gain a few lbs.

    ———
    Oh definitely. There’s even a physiological effect on the metabolism My doctor said its 6-7 months to return to normal.

    Later all.

  94. MaineYankee June 1st, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Bronx Jeers June 1st, 2012 at 8:15 am
    Electronic cigarettes were my best friend when I quit.

    ————————————————————-

    I’m using that and it does help.

    Also using a nicotine inhaler.

  95. BIG AL June 1st, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Good morning MTU.

    That B&B business got you wore out?

    I love D-Rob, but, even after he returns I want him to be the EIG. Soriano is not Mo, but, he has the experience to be the closer, and with D-Rob as the EIG, the entire BP gets stronger.

    We will see a much improved team as we get back the walking wounded.

  96. MTU June 1st, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hey Al-

    You know how it is with moochers. They always wear you out.

    I agree. Leave Soriano where he is most comfortable unless he starts to falter. D-Rob is good with a fireman’s uni on.

    Any other changes you think might be possible by the TD ?

  97. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 8:39 am

    in some ways batting average is worthless without context…assuming a minimum number of AB’s, OPS will always tell you a pretty accurate picture (it does not include the speed of the runner – as you saw the discussion Jerkface and I had) of the players hitting ability, but batting average really doesn’t tell you anything except that if a guy is hitting .400 you know he is at least pretty valuable…of course you don’t know how valuable. The Granderson and Jeter example really shows this as Jeter has almost 80 point in batting average on Granderson, yet Jeter is not nearly as valuable as Granderson

  98. BIG AL June 1st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    MTU -

    If Gardner comes back healthy, we have a stronger OF, but, I’m having less and less hopes about Swisher helping this team going forward.

    I’d like to see what a quality RF would cost, and what is available at the TD.

    I’m sort of OK with the SP, and feel they will all improve by the ASB, and if we need help, I’d go to SWB for help, not outside until the off season.

    The total lack of production with RISP is what troubles me most, and don’t see how that gets better unless Cano starts producing. His numbers this year with RISP are terrible, like the rest of the team, not a good sign.

    I still have hope things will begin to jell soon, or at least hope they do.

  99. Yankee Trader June 1st, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Good morning all. I see I’m late to the party.
    First best wishes to Tom for a speedy recovery.
    Theo is not trading Starlin Castro-wants to build club around the young players he has. Doubt LaHair would even be available.

    Robertson, per Cashman, is out until the middle of June, and that’s the earliest. Hopefully he’ll remain healthy the rest of the season. While the Yankees still have the 2nd lowest bullpen ERA in the AL, there seems to be an increase in relievers allowing inhereted runners from the starters, to score.

    Still think the Yankees should promote an arm from AAA-Mitchell, Whitley or Whelan and just release Garcia, rather than wait until June 15th to be able to trade him without his consent. The Yankees would only get back a minor prospect and still have to pay almost all of the remaining 4M.

  100. blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    “When he was a bit younger Bobby Abreu kind of epitomized the kind of guy you could use a few of.”

    Yea he did

  101. Yankee Trader June 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    We might yet see Cervelli up soon. Read this:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....WcSOwShxmN

  102. blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    GM,

    My only point of disagreement is with the statement that BA is worthless…..because I dont think it is at all…..OPS paints a better pitcher of a player but that doesnt mean that BA doesnt tell you something.

  103. blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I also think batting average is a good predictor of how a guy will do against better pitching…..guys that are built around homers and walks tend to fair worse against the best pitchers because they dont make as many mistakes and they dont walk people.

    I think the Yankees have too many guess and mistake hitters in the lineup right now…..which is one of the reasons for the inconsistency.

  104. Yankee Trader June 1st, 2012 at 8:53 am

    MTU-

    Hope you are returning, now that you are rested, on a regular basis.

    Missed your dry humor.

  105. BIG AL June 1st, 2012 at 8:53 am

    blake -

    When Gardner comes back, and if he’s back to where he was before going on the DL, would you start Ibanez over Swisher in RF? At this point in time, I think that’s the path I’d follow.

  106. Villa Nova-Ya June 1st, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Okay, so let me get this straight – the umpire is allowed to act childish in refusing to allow Martin to throw the new baseballs back to the pitcher, and Martin is not allowed to express displeasure? He apparently saved most of his anger for after the game, and didn’t “dis” the umpire on the field. I’m not sure why there should be disciplinary action, and if there is why it should be more than a fine.

    My opinion is nothing good ever comes from venting in the press about umpires, so I wish Martin had kept his feelings out of the press. But I don’t think this rises to the level of a suspension.

  107. BIG AL June 1st, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Villa -

    The question is, when umps act like idiots, why are they not slapped with fines and suspensions?

    The umps of today act as if we pay to see them work, and all too many of them are making poor calls that can affect the games outcome.

  108. Yankee Trader June 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Blake and GM-

    Based on your mild disagreement, then we can say the Texas Rangers have the best offense in AL, based on both of your arguments-the best BA and the best OPS. :)

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t.....order/true

  109. BIG AL June 1st, 2012 at 9:01 am

    MTU has dry humor? Dried up by all that heat perhaps, lol. :)

  110. Yankee Trader June 1st, 2012 at 9:09 am

    New Post—————>

    See you on the other side. :)

  111. GreenBeret7 June 1st, 2012 at 9:16 am

    The Yanks left Gary Sanchez a wake-up call.

    http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....um=twitter

  112. The Genius Maker June 1st, 2012 at 9:19 am

    blake June 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Id rather have a guy with a .330 OBP who is getting that by hitting .270 than a guy like Martin who is getting that OBP by walking and hitting .170…..
    ********

    this is why OPS is valuable because you get the credit for the base with OPS if you are getting hits instead of walks (some might say it is too much) but if you get 7 more singles and 7 less walks you would pickup more slug % which would help your OPS.

    Blake, this is why you should embrace OPS

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