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More from Yankees workout

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Oct 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are done with their workout under the lights. As Chad relayed earlier, Joe Girardi wasn’t saying much about the postseason roster or rotation outside of confirming CC Sabathia gets the ball in Game 1 Sunday night. Shocking news, I know.

At least, some faith in Sabathia should be restored after he closed the regular season with three straight strong starts, all with two runs or less allowed, all eight innings.

“The last three starts, it was vintage CC,” Girardi said.

Girardi is also high on the fact that the Yankees have been in playoff mode for a while, trying to nail down the division.

“They’ve had that mentality of playoff baseball for the last month, and I think that’s a good thing,” he said.

Girardi found this whole situation weird, though, being the No. 1 seed and then having to travel Saturday.

“It’s just strange going on the road for the first two games and you’ve got the best record in the American League,” Girardi said. “But it is what it is this year, and you’ve got to find a way to get it done.”

Mark Teixeira took some simulated game at-bats against David Aardsma and Adam Warren. Teixeira went 1 for 12 in his three-game return after the calf strain. He admits he’s still not 100 percent, and he’s still trying to get his timing back.

“It’s one of the challenges that I face,” Teixeira said. “I’ve always been knocked for having slow Aprils. There was a reason. It does take a while to get your timing back as a switch-hitting power-hitter. There are not many of them out there. But once I do, it does feel pretty good. So I’m just hoping to get hot. You want to be hot going into the playoffs.”

His fight to find his swing again and poor postseason history will be the subject of my main Yankees story Saturday on LoHud.com and in The Journal News. I’ll link it here on our morning post and on Twitter @bheyman99.

Girardi said he hasn’t talked to A-Rod about no longer being the dominant force in the lineup “because I still think he can be that guy. That’s the belief I have in him, and I think he still has that belief. … I feel good when he’s up at the plate.”

The first-round roster has to be in by Sunday morning at 10. Girardi said he hadn’t talked to everyone yet, presumably the ones who aren’t making it. Girardi wasn’t guaranteeing any announcements Saturday, either. Andruw Jones, of course, has been one of those listed as questionable to make it after his dreadful second half.

“I don’t really want to get too much into our roster, but we’ve all seen Andruw change the complexion of a game in one at-bat,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we know he’s capable of doing. But we’re not going to announce our roster until we really have to.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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302 Responses to “More from Yankees workout”

  1. mick October 5th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    How did Nix look, Brian?

  2. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    “I don’t really want to get too much into our roster, but we’ve all seen Andruw change the complexion of a game in one at-bat,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we know he’s capable of doing. But we’re not going to announce our roster until we really have to.”

    Gross

  3. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    mlb denies braves protest.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    repost:

    MLB denied the protest. A stunner. Unless cousin weak eyes is going to point to the rule, which he probably doesn’t even know.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This game has flat written all over it.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    If Andrus was on our team, what would Sterling’s call be? ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

    :D

  7. Against All Odds October 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    “I don’t really want to get too much into our roster, but we’ve all seen Andruw change the complexionofa game in one at-bat,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we know he’s capable of doing. But we’re not going to announce our roster until we really have to.”

    Gross

    ——–

    It’s beyond gross. The fact that he’s thinking about it is bad.

  8. luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    mick October 5th, 2012 at 9:10 pm
    luis-
    didn’t think i had it in me did you

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

    You are making me eat my words Seriously though, it was very good

    Straw,

    Good point as well

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Either Girardi knows he’s not taking Jones and said that to make Jones feel good (and then have an easier time understanding Girardi’s “tough” decision; or he’s made his mind up already and Jones is going.

  10. luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Against All Odds October 5th, 2012 at 9:37 pm
    Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    “I don’t really want to get too much into our roster, but we’ve all seen Andruw change the complexionofa game in one at-bat,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we know he’s capable of doing. But we’re not going to announce our roster until we really have to.”

    Gross

    ——–

    It’s beyond gross. The fact that he’s thinking about it is bad.

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

    I think Blake posted a tweet from Sherman saying that Jones is out of the PS roster…The last spot is supposedly to be between nix and Lowe

  11. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Either Girardi knows he’s not taking Jones and said that to make Jones feel good (and then have an easier time understanding Girardi’s “tough” decision; or he’s made his mind up already and Jones is going.

    I hope it is the former, which does make sense from a media politicking stand point.

  12. mick October 5th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Nix is the wild card. If he’s healthy he is coming for sure.

    Saunders will pitch game 3 at the Stadium, Buck knows what he’s doing.

  13. luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    The only bad thing about that comment is the over reliance on the homer

  14. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    lol, TBS guys defend infield flyrule call.
    what a moron.

  15. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Yu has the O’s off balance. The longer it stays close, though, advantage O’s. They have the better pen and the Rangers are playing tight and nervous.

  16. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Yu’s slider is a real out pitch. Induces weak contact ground balls, pop outs, and Ks in equal measure.

  17. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Did they change the infield fly rule to the outfield fly rule while I wasn’t looking?

    Even with coaching from the sidelined, Torre more or less admitted the decision (and the timing of the call) stunk as he stumbled over his words.

    Imagine what he would have had to say if he were still managing the Yankees and that call had gone against his team?

  18. jackamir October 5th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    The Yankees should be called “the Stealth Bombers.” They never tip their hand and only release info they want people and fans to know. Trades, injuries and roster moves are kept close to the vest….

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Going to be interesting to see how it ends up playing out, that’s for sure. And Girardi can always appease him by telling him that the Yankees have every intention of being around for more than the first round and not to feel bad because there’s always a chance that he’ll be on one of the other rosters.

    Okay, we know there will be 11 pitchers. That gives us 13 position players.

    my sure bets

    Tex, Cano, Jeter, Arod, Ichiro, Granderson, Swisher, Martin, Stewart, Ibanez, Chavez

    That leaves 2

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    “The Yankees should be called “the Stealth Bombers.” They never tip their hand and only release info they want people and fans to know.”

    I like that about them.

  21. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    14 position players, 25 man roster.

    Gardner, Nunez, Dickerson

  22. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I always thought the infield fly rule was there to protect the team at bat.

    It certainly failed them there.

  23. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Saunders is on borrowed time methinks.

  24. luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    14 position players, 25 man roster.

    Gardner, Nunez, Dickerson

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

    It should be that way…But i am not counting on it…i want to be surprised though

  25. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Wow. Big out there.

  26. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Saunders has 4 Ks so far, and he is near last in the major leagues in strike out rate.

  27. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Andruw Jones?

    Now there’s a guy whose bat should be compared to a chopstick. :smile:

  28. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ah the Napoli that we’ve all come to know over the years has returned………Guy will have a great career in a few years hitting hoeruns in the slo pitch beer leagues………..Yeah he’ll get a big contract this winter….HA

  29. luis October 5th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Good CU there….

  30. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I always thought the infield fly rule was there to protect the team at bat.

    It is. The question is would the fielder have caught the ball if the infield fly rule had not been called? The answer is no. He had lost sight of the ball before the ump made the signal. But what I don’t understand is why you can call an infield fly when the ball is halfway to the warning track?

  31. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Pat M your obsession with Napoli is strange. You were wrong about him, just let it go.

  32. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    What’s the pitch count for Yu?

  33. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    The ‘real Mike Napoli’ (taking out his 2011 which was an aberration) he is a career .247 .345 .482 .828 hitter. Very good for a guy that can catch & play first.

  34. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Having just read the rule the only qualification is that an infielder must have been able to catch it with ease.

    But there’s the spirit of a rule and then there’s the letter of a rule.

  35. Barry October 5th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Nunez, Dickerson and Jones. Gardner doesn’t do much and never has. Even when on base he gets picked off. Neither a smart nor lucky player and with a body that breaks down.

  36. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Face…..He’s your guy, and I remember being told that he’s a Cliff Johnson type player expect that Clifford was a better catcher………You were pumping Napoli all last season and this past offseason as being so superior to Russell Martin, and he’s not ……..

  37. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Having a hard time rooting for any team today. I dislike them all.

  38. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah he plays them poorly and he’s a platoon hitter / player

  39. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Credit to the Os for quietening the crowd but I get the feeling someone is going to jack the ball out of the park for the Rangers very shortly.

  40. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Buck better know when the right time to pull Saunders is. If he pulls a Girardi this game is most likely over. Darvish has really settled down. Saunders is hanging in there but every inning seems like the O’s are lucky to still be tied.

  41. mick October 5th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Gardner, Nunez, Nix.

  42. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Face…..He’s your guy, and I remember being told that he’s a Cliff Johnson type player expect that Clifford was a better catcher………You were pumping Napoli all last season and this past offseason as being so superior to Russell Martin, and he’s not ……..

    He is not ‘my guy’. He is only ‘my guy’ in the sense that you were spouting such inane BS about him that I had to debate in his favor. I also said I would not sign him as a free agent, because the time to acquire him was when he was traded not when he is a free agent. He is a good hitter, who has flaws, but is generally above average.

    He is more valuable than Russell Martin. Better hitter with higher upside and decent behind home plate. And not sure who told you he was cliff johnson, because that is not a comparison I would ever make.

    He missed a month on the DL this year and ended up with 3 more HRs than Martin in 80 less PA, and he has an OPS 100 points higher. If I had a choice, for the past 2 seasons I’d have liked both of them on the team. Napoli & Martin would have been a very effective tandem.

  43. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Yeah he plays them poorly and he’s a platoon hitter / player

    So is Martin.

    He is as effective a catcher as Martin. Last season he had 36% CS. This season is below average. But so is Martin. Martin has more PB, and 3 times as many wild pitches against him. Napoli out hits Martin by a solid margin.

  44. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    This is exactly like when Saunders faces the Yanks. After 4-5 innings you think the Yanks should have 5 runs on the board and somehow Saunders hangs in there. Guys reach base but the groundballs get him out of trouble. Hopefully the O’s win, I don’t want any part of the Rangers.

  45. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    You could also compare their postseasons if you want :) But its not pretty.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Do the Orioles have the option of making roster changes if they win tonight’s game?

  47. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry to cut in

    224 AVG/317 OBP/405 SLG/723 OPS This are the two seasons of Martin with the Yankees…Those numbers from Napoli look good in comparison..Not that I want Napoli, but at this point, anyone could be better than Martin

  48. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Didn’t Girardi say that Nix is going to miss 10-14 days? If so Nunez makes the roster out of default. Nix probably isn’t an option until the next series fi the Yanks make it.

  49. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    This could be the game.

  50. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Go O’s!!

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    “14 position players, 25 man roster.

    Gardner, Nunez, Dickerson”

    Okay, so who of my 11 stays behind?

  52. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    injury?

  53. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Face……Bet a hundred thyat Martin gets the better deal this winter…..Hell, Naps might end up in Japan because he’s not getting a big payday here in the States

  54. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Napoli is better than Russell Martin ??? Take your head out of your jerkface

  55. mick October 5th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Do the Orioles have the option of making roster changes if they win tonight’s game?
    ==============
    do you think they are going to leave 3 of their starters off the alds roster?

  56. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Napoli OPS’d .800 and hit 24 HRs, he hit for a higher average than Russel Martin. He is not going to Japan. Stop being ridiculous.

    It doesnt matter if martin gets a better contract, that has nothing to do with a players value.

  57. mick October 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    but at this point, anyone could be better than Martin
    =====================
    don’t start that again…

  58. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Nunez, Gardner, Nix (if healthy)

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I didn’t see their roster.

  60. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Not my intention to go there

  61. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Napoli is better than Russell Martin ??? Take your head out of your jerkface

    He is a better hitter than Martin and his defense is ok behind the plate. Martin on the Yankees only has a reputation as a good defensive catcher, he hasn’t actually been a good defensive catcher. same with Stewart.

  62. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Okay, so who of my 11 stays behind?

    No one, 11+14 = 25.

  63. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    What an amazing breaking ball…..Yikes

  64. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Hamilton getting the Arod treatment.

  65. blake October 5th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    the Rangers offense has been terrible….terrible approaches.

  66. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I am surprised that Buck didn’t wait for him to get into trouble before he took him out.

  67. blake October 5th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Braves got screwed but they didn’t exactly play great so….hated for Chipper to go out like that.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    “Okay, so who of my 11 stays behind?

    No one, 11+14 = 25.”

    Oh yeah, hee hee hee. I knew my math was bad, but that’s pretty poor.

    Never mind.

  69. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Rangers fans are running Hamilton out of town, and he is packing his own bags.

  70. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Hamilton getting the Arod treatment.

    How fickle we baseball fans are!

  71. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    If the O’s do win, the Yanks are going to have to bring their A game. The O’s do a lot of little things really well.

  72. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I Wonder How many outs Johnson will be asked to get.

  73. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I think it’s more likely at this point that Hamilton leaves than he stays…. I heard some Cubs rumors the other day but I bet a few teams will throw big money at him.

  74. mick October 5th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Hamilton getting the Arod treatment.
    ====================
    when it comes to booing , fans are more perceptive than ppl give credit
    throwing things is a whole other thing…

  75. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    darvish should give up more

  76. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Who do yall think will sign hamilton? I get the notion that the rangers are done dealing with him.

    A lot of The Major market teams took on massive payrolls this last season.

    The rays need to replace Bj upton… So maybe they will go after him. : )

  77. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    So Tex makes excuses for his poor April and blames it on being a switch hitter with power.

    April Avg

    273 2008
    231 2007
    293 2006
    262 2005

    200 2009
    136 2010
    256 2011
    244 2012

    What he fails to mention is that 1 his cold Aprils sometimes run well past April and two he didn’t seem to have to get his timing right before he joined the Yankees.

    This myth of him having poor Aprils only started since he came here

  78. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Tabbert,

    A Longoria/Hamilton combo would be very good…I don’t think they have the money though

  79. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Boston might get involved heavily on Hamilton

  80. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    very good ab

  81. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Yu’s curve ball is filthy. Bottom drops out out it from 12 to 6. Let’s go Os!

  82. EA October 5th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I want no part of this Orioles team on Sunday.

  83. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Hi, guys! :) . I’m really sorry my team went under, but next ans,……over!!!

  84. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Ron Washington is a bad manager

  85. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    The Rangers needed to score in the first 5 or 6 innings, now they have to deal with that bullpen.

  86. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Well, we have to play one of them. I wanted the Os before this game started but seeing the way Hamilton, Beltre and Cruz are hitting (or not, as the case may be), I may have changed my mind.

  87. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Luis, I trust your family is, ……Amazing!!!!! :)

  88. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I don’t think boston would want hamilton. People think he could get 30 million a year… and i don’t know if boston would want to sign on for that. Also… Boston can be a VERY tough place to play. Not sure Hamilton would fit in well up there.

    Olney seems to think that the tigers and Orioles make the most sense.

    I do not even want to think of a lineup with Jackson, Miggy, Hamilton, Fielder, Martinez…. YIKES.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    INFIELD FLY RULE????? THAT WAS OUTRAGEOUS!

  90. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    You been taking a nap, Trish?

  91. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Jmills! i trust that yours is a good as mine! ;)

  92. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    this o’s team makes you work…

  93. JobaTipsHisCap October 5th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    told u he will give up more

  94. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Trish, hi!, how are you?

    Your team is in the playoffs, amigo. :)

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    How the mighty have fallen. When exactly did the Rangers turn into Cinderella?

  96. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    The Rangers lineup looks really bad but it doesn’t mean anything. Whenever they face the Yanks all of a sudden guys are flying 1st to 3rd and stealing bases like crazy. Exactly like how the Angels used to beat the Yanks. I would much rather face the O’s.

  97. mick October 5th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    It is our Destiny to face the O’s then the A’s….

  98. blake October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    “Rangers fans are running Hamilton out of town, and he is packing his own bags.”

    I don’t think they were going to sign him anyway….but now I think it’s even less likely.

    The O’s have this thing right where they want it….got it to their pen with a lead…..unreal.

  99. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    i agree CC – rangers and tigers just love to hit against us…

  100. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    MLB can’t be happy the umps have already made themselves a story in this post season…

  101. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Luis, every good as bit!, thanks. Fun with the, Yanks :)

  102. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    3-1…. WOW. Orioles might do this.

  103. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Darvish was dominating the O’s p much and Holland has a 4.65 ERA, why remove him vs Nate McClouth?

  104. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Derek Holland is the best guy they could have bought in here?

  105. The Return of Stoneburner October 5th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    A Longoria/Hamilton combo would be very good…I don’t think they have the money though

    ******

    That’s nothing – - imagine Hamilton/Cabrera/Fielder – - do not put it past the Detroit owner to spend – - – -

  106. luis October 5th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Tabbert,

    I think the Tigers are already bloating in payroll…The O’s have a T- Rex for an owner ( He does have short hands when it’s time to pay ), but who knows, he might be encouraged to do so, since it seems they are ready for the big lights.

    Also, I find it hard to see a team paying Hamilton 30 mil bucks per season…24-25 maybe, there aren’t that many clubs with that kind of financial capabilities even at the amount I think plausible…The only team that has tons of free cash is Boston. Of course, I could be wrong

  107. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Boston has big issues with beer in the clubhouse, and then they are going to sign a guy that can’t be around the stuff?

  108. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    The O’s are going to be a tough matchup. I think the Yanks can shut down their lineup but the O’s can really pitch. The Yanks are going to have to do the little things right at the plate like moving runners over, getting guys in from 3rd with less than 2 outs. And Cano is going to need to be the star. He’s the best player on the field.

  109. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I don’t care if the Rangers had expectations,…me and Dave Stieb lost for far too long. :)

  110. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    “You been taking a nap, Trish?”

    I didn’t see the game until the 9th and a few minutes ago is the first time I saw the replay. ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS.

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

    Hi jmills! :) And I am rooting for your guys to be one of the top teams for next season.

  111. Don October 5th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    We don’t want Jonesy on the post season roster.

  112. blake October 5th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    If the Rangers don’t want Hamilton and the price drops I’d take him….Yanks will consider his marketability….he and Jeter are the most popular players in the game right now.

  113. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    That’s nothing – – imagine Hamilton/Cabrera/Fielder – – do not put it past the Detroit owner to spend –

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

    That would be scary….But do they space in their payroll?…Do they have the revenues to cover for another big contract?

  114. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Trish, I’m going to get things configured out LOL

  115. The Return of Stoneburner October 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Good move by Washington, Yu was out of gas.

  116. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Luis- I typed out a response… but it didn’t register. Don’t feel like typing it all again. But… I don’t know what hamilton will make, I just pulled up a Buster olney article from last month.

  117. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    eh…the Dodgers will sign Hamilton

  118. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Is this really the Texas Rangers? They look cooked.

  119. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    *have space in their payroll* should say

  120. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Martin is a great athlete for a catcher, similar to Pudge in that regard.

  121. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Olney said that if the tigers signed hamilton for that 30 million tag, they would have a 150 million payroll with only like 12-14 players signed. That would be near impossible for the tigers to pull off. They would still need to filed half a team!

  122. Shame Spencer October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    blake October 5th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    If the Rangers don’t want Hamilton and the price drops I’d take him….Yanks will consider his marketability….he and Jeter are the most popular players in the game right now.

    ————

    I just want the Yankees to throw me a big fat ‘suck it’ and actually pull some stuff during this off season that shows what some sort of plan will be.. if that makes sense.

  123. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Too bad Nix got hurt. I would much rather have Nunez on the roster and in the lineup over Jones. If the O’s win they have 2 lefties in the rotation and that is too many at bats for Jones. With Nix hurt Nunez is the only back up infielder and Girardi won’t use him in the lineup incase someone gets hurt. The Yanks lineup against lefties really isn’t that strong.

  124. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    If the Rangers lose, is this Ron Washington’s last game as Ranger manager? I would think so as this season would be a big regression.

    If they need a shake up, the Yanks would gladly take Profar. They can have Gardner.

  125. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I originally thought the Dodgers but where do they play him? Crawford-Kemp-Ethier……

  126. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    David Aardsma ?@TheDA53

    I have to say, officially I am not on the playoff roster. I will be watching form Scottsdale with the family! #winitall

    now he can tweet more !

  127. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    If anybody watched those games against the A’s, the Rangers did indeed looked cooked.

    Though, with their talent, all it takes is a spark.

  128. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    If the Rangers lose, is this Ron Washington’s last game as Ranger manager? I would think so as this season would be a big regression.

    Should be, Wash is not a good ingame manager. Need only to see the all star games he has managed for evidence of that. How he takes out a dominating Darvish @ 91 pitches for Derek Holland, not even one of their good relievers, against Nate McClouth of all people is dumb. His bullpen miscues got them eliminated from the WS as well.

  129. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    It would be good for the Yankees if Wash was fired and went to Boston.

  130. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Martin will get a 2 year deal with a team option for the 3rd.

  131. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Hamiltons season has really gone downhill since the divorce/ martial problems. He also was/ is trying to quit chewing tobacco at the same time. I would have to imagine that he does not have his whole head in the game at the moment.

    Hamilton is a elite talent though. IF he stayed healthy, and had his head in the game for a entire season, he could put up some magical numbers. That is a major IF.

  132. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    “I originally thought the Dodgers but where do they play him? Crawford-Kemp-Ethier……”

    LF when Crawford is hurt ;) good point though…..but they sign everybody right.

  133. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:03 pm
    If the Rangers lose, is this Ron Washington’s last game as Ranger manager? I would think so as this season would be a big regression.

    Should be, Wash is not a good ingame manager. Need only to see the all star games he has managed for evidence of that. How he takes out a dominating Darvish @ 91 pitches for Derek Holland, not even one of their good relievers, against Nate McClouth of all people is dumb. His bullpen miscues got them eliminated from the WS as well.
    ———————————————-

    I totally agree. I think he’s had the best team in baseball for the past 2 seasons. I thought they were going to beat the Giants (although the Giants did have great pitching) and the Cardinals. His teams were talented but I just never got the idea that he had a good feel for the game. The players seemed to like him..

  134. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Should be, Wash is not a good ingame manager.
    ====================
    Nolan looked pissed and his wife knew it.
    He Gone.
    Forget Boston for many reasons…

  135. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I like Wash….he seems like a nice guy that loves the game….but he is pretty terrible

  136. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    JS,

    Maybe that’s what they need…An AA branch in their clubhouse ;)

  137. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hamilton is a elite talent though. IF he stayed healthy, and had his head in the game for a entire season, he could put up some magical numbers. That is a major I
    ========================
    I could see many teams passing on him and he falling to us with an incentive laden contract.

  138. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Yeah the Dodgers do seem to sign everybody. Maybe Selig rewards Magic’s team an honorary DH spot in the lineup for the year.

    They really have no room for him though…1st is taken up with Gonzalez…. it’s really amazing the big names that team has. We’ll see if they develop chemistry but that team has some big name players.

  139. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    Too bad Nix got hurt. I would much rather have Nunez on the roster and in the lineup over Jones. If the O’s win they have 2 lefties in the rotation and that is too many at bats for Jones. With Nix hurt Nunez is the only back up infielder and Girardi won’t use him in the lineup incase someone gets hurt. The Yanks lineup against lefties really isn’t that strong.

    He has already used Nunez at DH with no backup for Jeter or Cano, more than once. You can’t not use your much better option just because someone might get hurt in the middle of a game. Worst case you lose the DH until the later innings when you can pinch hit for the pitcher.

    On top of that, someone reported that Nix might be healthy enough to make the roster.

  140. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    What incentives? Most of the things which are motivating are banned. Cant incentivize stats, nor awards anymore I dont think. Only playing time/games.

  141. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Wash may get canned if they lose….but this Rangers team isn’t as good as the 2010 and 2011 teams were…..the pitching is way worse….no feliz….Adams is hurt….Young isn’t close to the same guy….the offense just isn’t clicking like it was last year and the year before.

  142. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I like Martin,…’Cause,………he’s Canadian! :) ( o.k., ….dumb reason! )

  143. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    When Hamilton talked about the home run derby at Yankee stadium he got all choked up. He had great things to say about the Yankees and seemed to really like everything about the Yankees. I am certain that he is hoping the Yankees come calling ( who wouldn’t) but I don’t know how on earth that would be possible. He would have to take a historic discount to land in new york.

    I guess the marlins, whitesox, nationals, could be potential players, but I don’t see it. Someone mentioned the cubs… But that would be a pretty big longshot.

  144. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Jeter and Arod have incentives based on performance.

  145. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    “Yeah the Dodgers do seem to sign everybody. Maybe Selig rewards Magic’s team an honorary DH spot in the lineup for the year.”

    it’s hard to really quantify how bad that trade they made was….

  146. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    jmills, I like Martin too. And it has nothing to do with his nationality!

    :)

    Rangers had absolutely no swagger. It’s probably as much a function of loss of confidence as anything else. If Rangers had rallied and taken the division, I’m thinking we might have seen a much different game.

    It looks like I am getting one of my wishes: Washington will not be managing next season’s ASG!

    HFA! HFA!

  147. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    If Hamilton wants to play here and no team bowls him over with money we can get him.
    Hal might like his drawing power.

  148. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Yeah I heard some Cubs rumors surrounding Hamilton… Theo needs to make a big splash but I don’t think they’d want that large of a contract right now (although Theo inks some pretty dumb contracts as we all know). He’s got to get rid of Soriano before he does anything.

  149. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    The fall of Hamilton is in direct correlation to the demise of the Rangers.

  150. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I have to admit, I’m a little stunned and then some by Baltimore.

  151. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    blake-

    I think Beckett can be a good number 2 in the NL but those contracts are just awful. Gonzalez doesn’t look like the same hitter and who knows with Crawford. LA should have just continued to build around Kemp and Kershaw with nice complementary pieces. No need to splurge on big names who are not the same player they used to be.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I know I won’t end up having a vote but I don’t want anything to do with Hamilton.

    The grass is always greener on the other side!

  153. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Tyler…..You’re on the right trail about Josh Hamilton

  154. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    The Braves would be a good fit for Hamilton if they’ll spend the money….he could play LF and Prado could go to 3B…..I don’t think they’ll spend it though.

    I think his market is going to be very interesting…..I don’t know if I can think of another player that’s as talented as him that has as many warts for teams to consider and weigh. Some team will probably jump in and take the gamble and drive the price up…..but if they don’t and his price comes down (in years mainly) then maybe you take a look.

  155. Benny Blanco October 5th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Orioles is winning this game.. The magic still exists!

  156. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    The O’s play very sound fundamental baseball

  157. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Teixeira said. “I’ve always been knocked for having slow Aprils.

    I don’t remember him getting “Warm” until around June this year but “hot” well, I don’t think he hot all year. He had a few streaks but as usual he’s underperformed. He seems to be the only Yankee that makes excuses .. what can you do ? At least we’ll have his glove, but stupid Girardi isn’t going ot hit him low in the order where he belongs. If he bats Tex 3rd I’ll be calling for Girardi’s head.. and if he bats Ichiro 9th same thing!

  158. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I’m probably in the minority but I just don’t want Hamilton.

  159. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Os 74-0 when leading after seven innings. Yankees 1-10,000 when trailing after seven. Better score some runs early this series!

  160. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Mick- The Hamilton Free Agency will be very interesting to watch. He has injury concerns, and is a complete wild cared personality wise. Oh… and the amount of money he would command is going to scare off just about every team.

    In that article i read, Olney suggest that Hamilton could get a 5 year contract worth 30 million a year. But.. he also indicated that it would most likely be a VERY back loaded deal. He through the numbers 10 million out for that first year.

    I suppose the Yankees could technically go after him and back load that contact like crazy so they can stay within their magical number. But… That would leave the Yankees with very little wiggle room down the road. I personally don’t think they have any interest on getting into another situation with paying a player out of his prime 30 million a year.

  161. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Ron Washington lost his DH spot in an elimination game

  162. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    And of course…i say that and they commit an error

  163. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    If, of course, the Os hang on. That might be the break the Rangers needed.

  164. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    “I have to admit, I’m a little stunned and then some by Baltimore.”

    You and the world, jmills! The only thing I see as a total tangible is their bullpen. But you still have to get there. Absolutely unbelievable.

    Buck encouarges his guys to take chances and to make things happen. They definitely do not play conservative ball. That’s actually pretty exciting.

  165. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Pat M-

    About the Cubs?

  166. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    In the early seventies, the Orioles had 4 starters with a 20 plus season – Dobsan, Palmer, Cuellar, McNally.

  167. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    From espn:

    The most interesting thing we learned is that Jayson Nix (hip flexor) took extra BP today and thinks he is healthy enough to play in the ALDS.

    Now, a player thinking he is ready is different than the coaching staff or front office thinking the same. Nevertheless, if Nix can play, he could take Andruw Jones’ spot on the roster.
    ——————–

    Hopefully he is healthy enough to make the roster. Nunez should definitely be the DH against the lefties. If they take Jones over Nunez I will be really pissed. It would be like last year and not playing Montero. Girardi has to go with ability and production over “the veteran”.

  168. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I’m probably in the minority but I just don’t want Hamilton.

    Me too. When he is hot he is one of the best, most potent hitters in the game, but he has suspect plate discipline & fielding and he is not in his prime. The cost would be too much. He is not a guy I’d pay whatever it takes to acquire.

  169. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Tyler- I don’t think hamilton would want any part of the cubs and their rebuilding efforts. But… who knows. He might go wherever the most money is.

  170. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    “I’m probably in the minority but I just don’t want Hamilton.”

    You always knew I was on the ball, right?

    ;)

  171. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    “I think Beckett can be a good number 2 in the NL but those contracts are just awful.”

    I think Beckett is shot unless he can get his velocity back….he doesn’t have enough command to nibble around at 90 and his breaking ball isn’t nearly as effective with less arm speed…..he looked close to done a lot this year….now he’s bounced back from stuff like this before….but he just looks disinterested a lot on the mound to me

  172. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Tabbert,

    Maybe JF will correct me, but you can back load that contract all you want, but the AAV is what it counts. If that’s the case it doesn’t matter

  173. RMS October 5th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Some team will probably jump in and take the gamble and drive the price up…..but if they don’t and his price comes down (in years mainly) then maybe you take a look.
    ————————————————————————————–
    Hamilton and NYC do not mix. Drugs available all the time and a bar on every block. Yanks will not spend, years and money, on him. Plus, he is injured a lot.

  174. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Damn you don’t want to give the Rangers any help

  175. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Tabbert-

    Yeah I really have no idea where he will land… just a rumor I’ve heard. I actually think Hamilton might follow where the most money is and I don’t blame him for that. Pujols did the same thing last offseason and he was much more beloved by the team he left. The Cubs are definitely stuck in a rebuild but I always think they can be attractive because if you somehow win a World Series there you are an absolute hero for life.

  176. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Luis is correct. Backloading does nothing except for help the team with the physical amount of money they spend each year.

    The CBA calculations for the luxury tax use Annual Average Value (AAV) so you cannot hide with backloading.

  177. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hey, I said it first.

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    :)

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

    I didn’t have a preference. Now I do. I’d rather play the Rangers. And beat the crap out of them and send them home.

  178. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Chris Dickerson?@CDickerson_PFTP

    Nope RT @keahpa: @CDickerson_PFTP wait you’re not on the postseason roster?

  179. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    “Me too. When he is hot he is one of the best, most potent hitters in the game, but he has suspect plate discipline & fielding and he is not in his prime. The cost would be too much. He is not a guy I’d pay whatever it takes to acquire.”

    I think it just depends…..I don’t think he’s going to age well because of the abuse to his body and because of his plate discipline….but he’s probably got 2 maybe 3 more elite years where he could carry an offense for stretches…..if the deal is 5 years or less I’d be interested……Hal won’t though.

  180. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I would love to have a player with hamiltons talent on the Yankees, but i don’t want josh hamilton. LOL.

    Injuries, age, headcase, massive money, uhhh Pass.

  181. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hamilton’s going to hear it big time if he strikes out here.

  182. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    “I think Beckett is shot unless he can get his velocity back….he doesn’t have enough command to nibble around at 90 and his breaking ball isn’t nearly as effective with less arm speed…..he looked close to done a lot this year….now he’s bounced back from stuff like this before….but he just looks disinterested a lot on the mound to me”
    ———————————————–
    He was 2-3 on the Dodgers but had a 2.93 ERA. I agree about his velocity being down which really gives him a big problem as he used to get away with a lot of mistakes by simply throwing 95. I wouldn’t want him on my team but I think he can pitch against a watered down NL lineup. 2.93 is a smallish sample size but even if he throws a half run higher than that, the Dodgers will be happy to add that to Kershaw/Billingsley.

  183. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    if I could have Swisher for like 4/55 or Hamilton for 5/100…..that’s a tough call…..neither fits the budget :(

  184. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    4-5 years, 20 mil or less, ok. But its going to be 5+ years 20+ mil and I dont want that. I expect more 2011-2012 performance from him than 2010 going forward. On the balance of the season he was very good, but he spent like 3 months with an OPS around .700.

  185. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Hamilton in NY would be a disaster. He needs a team and city with less attention like Texas. The bars, clubs and all around night life in Manhattan would eat him alive.

  186. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I really wanted Dickerson on the postseason roster. I like his game…. good speed, shown the ability to hit, nice fielder. I have a really bad feeling that Andruw is on the roster. I’m rooting for the guy but if he fails, Girardi has earned strike 1. Hopefully he proves me wrong though.

  187. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    matusz is shaky…fb watch out 0-9 tho

  188. BobbyJones October 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    jesus these broadcasters, this is a postseason game at least learn the names of the 2nd basement and the left fielder

  189. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Tyler- That is very true. And actually… you could make the case that the cubs would be a great for hamilton. The expectations of the cubs would not be nearly as high as the major market teams out there, and the fans there would love him regardless of how the cubs end up doing. It would bring them a star to help jump start their rebuilding efforts and make them a attractive option for other free agents. Oh.. and He would get paid a butt load of money.

  190. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Hamilton and NYC do not mix. Drugs available all the time and a bar on every block. Yanks will not spend, years and money, on him. Plus, he is injured a lot.

    —————————————

    Most players don’t live in the city. Plus you can drugs anywhere

  191. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The O’s bullpen is a concern. Have to beat their starters.

  192. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    buck is schooling wash…soft tossers than FB 1-2-3

  193. Benny Blanco October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Matuz…just blew josh away on three straight fast balls.. WOW

  194. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    You know what is pathetic ?

    *Tex’s numbers this year aren’t even as good as Giambi’s stats in 2006* (not gonna mention post-season) But as we let go of Giambi we signed a GG with a weaker bat. That’s crazy !!! Very frustrating as well !

    Giambi – 139 446 92 113 249 25 0 37 113 110 12 106 2 0 .253 .413 .558 .971 0.61

    Tex- MLB 123 451 66 113 214 27 1 24 84 54 1 83 2 1 .251 .332 .475 .807 0.96

  195. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wow, I’m having a great time given the fact I don’t care what happens to either team. :)

  196. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Tyler,

    yea he can be decent for them….but he’s just expensive….they got 3 really expensive players that aren’t elite anymore….Agon might be again but he hasn’t hit for power in a couple of years now. …..they really took on a lot of bad money just because they think they can afford it…..almost like one of those “broke” people…..we’ll see how they react when they start getting into luxury tax land.

  197. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Yea Triple, people need to stop acting like rich celebrity athletes cannot just acquire whatever illicit substances they want anywhere they go. And to be honest, while I’m sure major metropolis’ have drug problems, rural/suburban areas can be just as bad if not worse.

  198. BobbyJones October 5th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    this texas teams looks like yankee teams of the past no one is clutch in post season

  199. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I have to say it again. That call was so bogus as not to be believed. I only saw a quick replay, but I definitely do not see that part of Siberia as being anywhere near infield territory.

    **********

    Ranger fans ready to eat their young. So much for the good ole’ boys friendly slap on the back in that part of the country.

  200. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    Hamilton and NYC do not mix. Drugs available all the time and a bar on every block. Yanks will not spend, years and money, on him. Plus, he is injured a lot.

    —————————————

    Most players don’t live in the city. Plus you can drugs anywhere

    ——————————-

    The drug excuse is just pure ignorance. Most of Hamilton’s drug abuse was in Bradenton Fl a very small town. He’s in different cities all the time and if he wanted to get loaded on drugs I’m sure he can.

  201. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Rangers,….don’t look so good, …but, then again……

  202. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    I’m probably in the minority but I just don’t want Hamilton.

    Me too. When he is hot he is one of the best, most potent hitters in the game, but he has suspect plate discipline & fielding and he is not in his prime. The cost would be too much. He is not a guy I’d pay whatever it takes to acquire.

    Besides that, he is not emotionally stable. Even if he doesn’t fall off the wagon, that wagon is probably on roller coaster tracks.

    That and he just rubs me the wrong way.

  203. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    blake-

    Yeah the Dodgers might be the most interesting team in the league next year. I think that trade was made almost as much for next year as the end of the season this year. I don’t like their situation because they really have very little payroll flexibility as you pointed out. I think Kemp has another monster year if he stays healthy and the same with Kershaw. But I don’t know if they can go out and get a player who can help them/fit them into the team if they are in another division chase.

  204. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    The most interesting thing we learned is that Jayson Nix (hip flexor) took extra BP today and thinks he is healthy enough to play in the ALDS.
    ==================
    I have a feeling Nix is coming along for the ride.
    You know Joe wants him.
    He would be the final piece in this back to health puzzle.
    If he took extra BP, he must be alright, right?

  205. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    If Tex doesn’t hit in the PS he needs to wave his NTC plain and simple.

  206. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I had a niece that was living in Waitsfield, VT…And she ended up with some drug problems…It’s not the place, it’s the individual that cooses to go that route or not

  207. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I really don’t like the Yanks taking Gardner on the roster over Dickerson. Gardner isn’t a good base stealer and he has had only like 2-3 at bats in 5 months. Dickerson can do the same things that Gardner can but he is a better base stealer and has more at bats under him. I really don’t see the obsession that the Yanks have with Gardner. If they bring him in to steal a base he will probably be thrown out or picked off.

  208. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I bet the Redsox go after Hamilton, they have the money and the position to fill. Who wants to bet ?

  209. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    *chooses*

  210. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Besides that, he is not emotionally stable.
    =================
    There are so many high character guys on this team to keep him grounded.

  211. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    buck is schooling wash

    It is a managerial bloodbath. Both teams havent been very good at the plate, but Buck is making the right moves and Wash is making the wrong ones.

  212. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    The Red Sox could very well go after Hamilton. They have the payroll flexibility now thanks to stupid LA. I don’t think Hamilton magically makes them a World Series threat though. That team has a lot deeper issues going on.

  213. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I really don’t like the Yanks taking Gardner on the roster over Dickerson.
    ==============
    What if Tex blows his calf out?
    Don’t you want Gardy in LF over Dickerson.?
    Gardy is likely to play a more instrumental part than you think.

  214. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Luis, about your niece – tell her you love her!

  215. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I think Boston is more likely to go after Swisher than Hamilton….he’ll be cheaper…doesn’t have the baggage…and is a guy that could help change that clubhouse culture a bit. That would make me very sad and I hope it doesn’t happen…..

  216. Duh Innings II October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    After the Yanks play two in Baltimore, 10 of their next 15 games after that will be in New York.

    The ideal travel for them:

    Bus from New York to Baltimore tomorrow and back Tuesday after lunch.

    Plane from New York to Detroit and back (no roundtrip to Oakland.)

    Bus from New York to Washington D.C. and back (no pair of roundtrips to San Francisco.)

    Possible bus back to D.C. if they have to play a Game 6.

    I want them to beat Showalter again, avenge their 2006 and 2011 ALDS losses vs. Detroit, and draw a team who has never been in a World Series.

  217. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Ben Badler ?@BenBadler

    Josh Hamilton saw eight pitches tonight. Three swinging strikes, two called strikes, a foul ball and two groundouts.

  218. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    She is fine now…that was about ten years ago, while she was in HS…Nowadays she is happily married with a kid on the way

  219. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    If you witnessed Hamilton at the HR Derby you might think differently.
    I could imagine Yankee fans going crazy if they got him.

  220. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    You know, I’m not being overly confident here but I think the Yankees are probably the strongest team going into the post season. They got hot and got players back at the right time.

    *********

    Speaking of adrenaline rush, lots of karma being enjoyed in beantown. From swigging jack daniels in their clubhouse before postseason games (Jack Daniels became their calming 10th player) to having their M and M boys (Fatso and Many) jacked up on steroids, to having Fatso make a successful public denial about his proclivity toward Dominican milkshakes, the baseball gods have exacted mighty revenge.

    We had our turn too, don’t think we didn’t. But that was then and this is now.

  221. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm
    Besides that, he is not emotionally stable.
    =================
    There are so many high character guys on this team to keep him grounded.

    In the clubhouse, which I’m not worried about. They aren’t going to be his “minder”, or whatever you call it.

  222. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:30 pm
    I had a niece that was living in Waitsfield, VT…And she ended up with some drug problems…It’s not the place, it’s the individual that cooses to go that route or not..

    ———————–

    I don’t pretend to understand addiction but I had a good friend who starting using pills in med school and moved on to harder drugs. He just couldn’t stop, he’d cry to me often and went to treatment many times. I thought it was a moral issue, just don’t go get drugs if you don’t want to do them, simple right ? I learned that the drug drove him to do it even tho he would fight not to.. in fact after being sober and relapsing a dozen plus times he took his own life not being able to stop. Very sad story, but I think it goes beyond ‘choice’. There is a reason the AMA defines it as a disease.

  223. RMS October 5th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    The drug excuse is just pure ignorance.
    —————————————————————–
    Really? I grew up in the Bronx, a short ride to Manhattan. And believe me you could walk down any block and score some drugs. Bars and drugs everywhere.
    Yes, drugs are everywhere but this city is a 24 hour party.

  224. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    while I’m sure major metropolis’ have drug problems, rural/suburban areas can be just as bad if not worse.

    ——————————–

    Exactly just look at Meth and where it is prevalent

  225. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Duh Innings, I could definitely be down with your wishlist.

  226. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    @jh_moore
    Josh Hamilton’s -.193 WPA ranks as the 369th worst nine-inning postseason WPA ever (out of 29,044) per @baseball_ref

  227. Jerkface October 5th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Totally knee jerk but I’m revising my prior statement. I would go 4-5 years on Hambone @ 17 mil max

  228. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Manny to break this game open…

  229. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about the drug stuff with Hamilton as much….I think he understands the consequences there and my guess is whoever signs him will have protective language in his contract on that topic…..

    my worries would be his age….the injuries….the constant illnesses…..and just his approach at the plate…..

  230. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I’m waiting to see what Swish does this playoffs. But I love the guy’s personality regardless. I hope he doesn’t get caught up in that cesspool in Boston.

  231. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    RMS – ” 24 hour party,”….indeed.

  232. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    “In the clubhouse, which I’m not worried about. They aren’t going to be his “minder”, or whatever you call it.”

    Exactly. Nobody was able to harnass Joba, and he was home grown. These are grown men with their own lives and a maturity level that goes with being a Yankee. You don’t take on a known problem when you have enough power on your own team. For what?

  233. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    “Totally knee jerk but I’m revising my prior statement. I would go 4-5 years on Hambone @ 17 mil max”

    Id maybe go 5/100 but I’d have a long conversation with Hal first before even thinking about it….you have to know his mindset….is he going to hold the back end of the deal against the team if he declines? or is he willing to take on the risk and spend over it if it doesn’t work out…..he hasn’t done that with Arod so my guess is the answer is no to that.

  234. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    RMS October 5th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    The drug excuse is just pure ignorance.
    —————————————————————–
    Really? I grew up in the Bronx, a short ride to Manhattan. And believe me you could walk down any block and score some drugs. Bars and drugs everywhere.
    Yes, drugs are everywhere but this city is a 24 hour party.

    —————

    Yes pure ignorance.. he’d get high anywhere and I too grew up in NY . As I said, most of his drug abuse was in Bradenton fl.. if an addict wants to use they can find drugs period. Saying he doesn’t belong in NY because he is an addict is nonsense, you’d be surprised how many people live in NYC and our sober. it’s comical to think he can’t be a yankee because of that.

  235. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I wish we had Machado.

  236. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I’m not revising my position a whit. Don’t want him, don’t need him.

  237. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    4-1!

  238. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    looks like the rangers are done. nolan ryan…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy :)

  239. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Big hit by Machado there …

  240. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Nathan is fried. (get it?)

  241. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Well…It’s the O’s…They have lots of momentum…We will have to bring our A game to beat this team

  242. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    how many of our players would shorten up their swing and just try to make contact in that situation? very very mature of a young machado…

  243. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    maybe better as Nathan’s Fried.

  244. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    “how many of our players would shorten up their swing and just try to make contact in that situation? very very mature of a young machado…”

    not many these days

  245. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Who would have thought the Rangers could be out of the play-offs before they’ve even begun? That’s why I love baseball. Anything can happen…and often does.

  246. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Nathan’s Fry’s?

  247. mick October 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    checking ALDS tix on Stubhub…

  248. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    it is imperative that we bring runners in from 3rd with less than 2 outs. if we don’t, we have zero shot at winning anything.

  249. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    The good news is that there isn’t a chance of a snowball in hell that the Yankees are going to go anywhere near him. There was a better chance that they’d go after Cespedes.

    People are right to say that drugs are everywhere and he would be able to get them. But in more remote parts of the country, he would have to do a little hiking. In NY all he’d have to do is walk into any club in the City.

    That and he holds no appeal whatsoever for me. None. Zero.

    The grass is always greener on the other side

  250. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I’d love to have Hamilton for a few years but no monster contract like Tex that haunts us.. 3-4 yrs tops.

  251. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Baltimore will have no fear of the Yanks. It will be a good series.

  252. bruceb October 5th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Jones and Machado are going to give us trouble for years to come. Let’s hope they’re not quite ready this year, although they look as though they are.

  253. RMS October 5th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    you’d be surprised how many people live in NYC and our sober. it’s comical to think he can’t be a yankee because of that.
    —————————————————————————————————–
    He IS an addict, that is the point.
    And if you read my post I also said he is injured a lot.

  254. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    There was a Sox 2nd baseman ( Griffon, Doug? beaned by Ryan in the mid seventies and Doug blames Ryan to this day I do believe.)

  255. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    just shows how hard it is to get to the WS….Texas really squandered two opportunities in 2010 and 2011 and you just never know how long it’ll be before you can get back.

  256. tucker October 5th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    The Rangers need Montero-like performance against JimJohnson to tie this game. Montero — 2 HRs vs JJ last September.

  257. luis October 5th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Well This is pretty much over…I will say a couple of things…I don’t want any part of Hamilton, unless we get a mega discount like the one proposed by JF in his knee Jerk reaction ;)

    Have a very good night all

  258. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    he would have to do a little hiking. In NY all he’d have to do is walk into any club in the City.

    ———————————-

    Again most players don’t live in the city. I’m sure he would be living in Jersey,Westchester or Conn.

    Second how is he going to buy these drugs when he carries no money on him?

    Third how do you explain the rampant Meth use in redneck America?

  259. Tyler October 5th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The Yankees are going to have to bring their A game or they are going to lose to the O’s. The O’s pitch extremely well and capitalize on opportunities. The Yanks are the better team but this will be a great test. Baltimore won’t be intimidated especially after this win.

  260. Bret The Hitman October 5th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    You have to be worried about this Orioles team and Buck Showalter in a short series. They have one tight games all year including a string of extra inning games. They’ve had dramatic wins and crazy energy yet they have laser focus and discipline when it comes to execution.

  261. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Never thought i would say this… but I got no satisfaction after watching the rangers lose. Actually… Its kind of depressing to watch this game. The Rangers put up ZERO fight. I thought this game would have been a dog fight. This game was pretty boring.

  262. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    It’s nice to see the Rangers lose. The confidence that they had against the Yanks the last 2 years made me sick. Time for front seat Nolan Ryan to go home.

  263. Pat M. October 5th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    You think Wash would rethink yanking Yu Darvish ??????

  264. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Luis, if I can have Cano, you can have Hamilton in my town, Hamilton, On. – good, luck. ( Does this make sense ? )

    :)

  265. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    i think buck just told his guys not to celebrate too much…

  266. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Yankees are playing their best baseball right now. O’s are playing okay ball. They didn’t necessarily walk all over the Rays.

    I’m almost tempted to predict a sweep if we play the O’s.

    Which reminds me. I’ll keep a postseason prediction chart if anyone wants one. Ritter Sports Bars to the winner.

    HOWEVER. You have to pay attention to my rules. That means I don’t take predictions on more than one series at a time. So I don’t want your predictions on every level of play along with the teams who will make the psotseason. Someone else can do that.

    I’ll start taking predictions tomorrow. So don’t give me anything tonight because I won’t be paying attention to it.

    1. Predictions have to be in before the first pitch of the first game is thrown.

    2. I will take predictions for all of the DSs, but you don’t have to give predictions on all of them if you don’t want.

    3. If you give predictions for the entire postseason I will only memorialize those for the current AL and NL series.

  267. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    “You think Wash would rethink yanking Yu Darvish ??????”

    maybe….but I’ll sum up this game like I do a lot of ones the Yankees lose…..they scored 1 run off Joe Saunders….you lose.

  268. RMS October 5th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Short trip for the Yankees to Baltimore.

  269. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Ahhhh, …..yes, the O’s and the Yanks!!!!

  270. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    “Time for front seat Nolan Ryan to go home.”

    :)

    Guys – I’m predicting that the Yanks sweep the O’s.

  271. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Camden is going to be nuts on sunday. Wonder if they have ripken throw out the first pitch.

  272. jacksquat October 5th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Hamilton could slip at any time. It happens a lot. Not long ago he was caught in a bar. He has too many problems and it’s too risky. And I don’t think you can put language in a contract that safeguards a team if that happens.

  273. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I’m not saying the Yankees will win but the O’s are the weakest team on paper that the Yanks have faced in years. Besides the Twins of course :)

  274. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    if the game is rained out sunday….and the series goes 5 games…yanks or o’s could play 7 days in a row…nuts…

  275. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Trish, my predilection,….Jays rule!

  276. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It’s funny how all of the experts picked the Rangers and Atlanta. It just shows that you never know. Starting pitchers don’t always decide the game.

  277. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    “Camden is going to be nuts on sunday. Wonder if they have ripken throw out the first pitch.”

    yup…should be a fun series. Gotta get a split in Baltmore then win 2 of 3 at home.

  278. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It is only fitting that we play the orioles. We battled them all year and now we get to see which team rules the east.

  279. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    They should have played this kid more down the stretch….he’s amazing.

  280. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    tying run at the plate…lol…

  281. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Bases loaded?

  282. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Not over yet……but very close to.

  283. djsunyc October 5th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    and it’s over…

  284. Tabbert October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Blake- Yep. Just gotta get that split. Man oh man… this series is going to be dogfight.

  285. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Geeze, I thought they had a shot there.

    Oh well.

    We’ll beat the tar out of Baltimore. I’m not worried.

  286. blake October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Profar is already the Rangers 3rd best player probably….and he didn’t even get off the bench down the stretch.

  287. jmills October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Celebrate,….good times.

  288. Captain Clutch October 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I wonder if Hamilton and Washington are hanging out tonight…..

  289. NYY_Girl_Penny October 5th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Manager of the year – Buck Showalter ?

  290. Triple Short of a Cycle October 5th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    These wild card win celebrations are pretty underwhelming. Kind of like the whole idea of them in the first place

  291. theREALkevin October 5th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I hope the Yankees absolutely murder the Orioles. I’m so tired of them playing over their heads. It’s time for their season to end. They’re about to turn into a pumpkin.

  292. NYY_Girl_Penny October 6th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I’d rather have Ichiro then Hamilton ! ;-)

  293. Triple Short of a Cycle October 6th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Profar is already the Rangers 3rd best player probably….and he didn’t even get off the bench down the stretch.

    ——————————-

    Sounds like Montero

  294. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Well, … Its not as if the O’s have, Mark Belanger or anything :)

  295. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Kev – I absolutely believe they’re going to. It’s almost the stroke of midnight for the O’s. Time for their coachmen to turn into mice.

  296. BobbyJones October 6th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    first time in history that 2 team from same divison play in ALDS?

  297. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 6th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Triple – I agree. The whole idea is underwhelming.

  298. NYY_Girl_Penny October 6th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I don’t like that the NYY won the division yet they have to travel the first 2 games. Makes no sense. Shoudn’t the first 3 games be plated at there stadium or first 2 at least. WTH is the point of winning the division then .. just not played a one game play off ? I’m confused up!

  299. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Its about time you ( O’s-Yanks ) played each other!( Molitar is in the process of feeding the Jays tres mulch )

    :)

  300. mick October 6th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    got a pair for game 5.

  301. jmills October 6th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Why isn’t Detroit in the A.L. East?

  302. yankeefeminista October 6th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for the link, YT. Really sweet story on Ichiro (and his relationship with Jeet)!


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