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A few Monday notes and links

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

I’m out of town for the week, but I’m hoping everyone back in New York — and various other spots out east — is handling the storm without any problems. Stay safe everyone. Here are a few links and notes from this first day of the offseason.

• Wally Matthews reports that Joe Girardi has called Alex Rodriguez to begin mending any problems that might have been created by Rodriguez being benched this postseason. A source tells Matthews that the call went well, with Rodriguez apparently holding no hard feelings.

• Until today, I’d honestly forgotten that David Aardsma’s contract had an option for next season. I really thought it was a normal two-year deal. Anyway, Mark Feinsand says the 2013 option is for $500,000 plus incentives. Certainly worth a shot.

• After a disappointing World Series appearance as a 22-year-old Yankees starter, Dave Righetti never got back to the Series until he became the Giants pitching coach. Jack Curry wrote about Righetti’s new postseason legacy in San Francisco.

• One-year Yankees reliever Luis Ayala had his 2013 option picked up by the Orioles. Ayala was a surprisingly good pitcher for the Yankees in 2011, but he was allowed to walk and wound up being even better for Baltimore.

• Left-handed starter Ryu Hyun-jin is reportedly going to be posted by the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. I only know what I’ve read about him today, but the numbers are good, and his experience suggests he’s a guy who could be expected to pitch in a big league rotation right away.

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30 Responses to “A few Monday notes and links”

  1. Tar October 29th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Best wishes for those in the path of Sandy. Scariest 12 hours of my life were during a hurricane, so I can relate. If possible check in and let us know you are doing all right.

  2. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Chad’s in Chicago, I guess, from the picture.

  3. CompassRosy October 29th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    JF ~

    If you’re around, you were right :)

    I emailed a couple of M’s reporters to find out the deal on Iwakuma’s apparent, impending free agency…

    In Larry Stone’s initial response, he mentioned that his understanding was that it was due to the fact that Iwakuma had put in 10 years with the Japanese league (as opposed to coming to MLB via posting system). Today, he corrected himself…

    Larry Stone ?@StoneLarry
    @CompassRosy Gave you bad info the other day — Iwakuma is free agent because of contract stipulation.

    Larry Stone ?@StoneLarry
    Millwood, Sherrill, Perez, Olivo officially free agents. Iwakuma can request his release on Saturday if no deal with M’s, then would be FA

  4. Jerkface October 29th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Music to my ears.

  5. Tar October 29th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    “For 5 years or less I want to see JH hitting balls in the upper deck at YS”

    I’ll sign up for that. Yankee fans treated Josh pretty darn good when he was putting on that show during the All Star game. Im going out on a limb and saying Josh wants to be a Yankee. Make it happen Cash.

  6. LGY October 29th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’m sure you’re thinking of me Tar. I’m alive!

  7. Tar October 29th, 2012 at 8:01 pm


    What part of the city are you in, and whats happening now?

  8. Nick in SF October 29th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    No one, I don’t think, is wishing for an earthquake for you. Would that e a laughing matter to you if it happened?”

    tomingeorgia, if people — some people, that is — inside the storm zone are able to maintain a sense of perspective and their sense of humor, I think the rest of us are allowed to as well. It was a person in New York City who tweeted this:

    Miguel Bloombito ?@ElBloombito
    Por favor no que be macho hombre. Stay insidero like un pansy por que tu will be dead muerto!

    The actual storm and its associated damage is not a laughing matter, but the LoHud Yankee Blog is not the actual storm.

    If you’d like to point to a particular thing I posted which you found offense, please do and I will consider if it was in bad taste. I wish everyone well and hope everyone stays safe, including the persona which apparently exists only to send bitter messages my way.

    And if there is anyone who is using the LoHud Yankee Blog as their primary information source for news on the storm and how to stay safe: first, please heed the warnings that have been posted here, and second, please consider finding a better information source.

    This also came from inside the hurricane zone:


  9. Cashmoney October 29th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    the only thing i am suffering from this storm right now is the fact i can’t stop eating all the food i have stockpiled.

  10. CompassRosy October 29th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    “Music to my ears.”


    Somehow, I knew you’d enjoy that ;)

  11. blake October 29th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Stay safe LGY and everyone else

  12. LGY October 29th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    UWS. Wind is pretty crazy right now. Saw my windows shaking before I put the blinds down.

  13. pat October 29th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Yes. It looks like a dollhouse. 15th and 8th. #HurricaneSandy @nynjpaweather

  14. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I have kith and kin where that storm is. Sorry if I can’t find it humorous.

  15. pat October 29th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Lower Manhattan is submerged

  16. Tar October 29th, 2012 at 8:32 pm


    I never knew glass could bend until I watched it myself during a particularly nasty Hurricane I experienced myself. And that was with plywood covering it. :shock:

    But I would stay away from windows if at all possible. Debris becomes projectiles.

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny October 29th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Lost .. ?@LostNYY
    #Yankees to entice #Brewers who need SP/RP, willing to trade the MLB talent +farm for Braun -Grandy/Nunez/Hughes/Betances/Banuelos


    If the Brewers would do that, I’d do it in a heartbeat! Don’t see it happening. If I am the Brewers why keep 1 top player where you can get a jackpot back and the rest of your team is worthless. Think Braun wants to stay with such a bad team or would he be happy to get out there?

  18. Nick in SF October 29th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    tom, you don’t have to find anything humorous and you don’t have to be sorry about it.

    I forwarded that tweet that blake posted to my sister, who is currently in New York City, and she replied that she was “laughing out loud” and forwarded it to some friends and family, also in New York City.

    Vive la difference.

  19. NYY_Girl_Penny October 29th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Just ordered

    Chicken Parm


  20. pat October 29th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Half of manhattan goes dark.

  21. pat October 29th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    WSJ is now confirming that seawater has entered subway and auto tunnels. Could take a week to re-open.

  22. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    If you’re in nyc and still have power, you’ll already know that the lower east did is under water, as well as the Queens subway tunnels.

  23. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    PATH tunnels are flooded, too.

  24. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Still confident?

  25. Cashmoney October 29th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    watching TV TG, confident about what? nothing has changed in 2 days since i heard about this frankenstorm for me personally. The only thing i get is boredom. but I hope all others are well and kicking. later all.

  26. blake October 29th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    @NYMag: CNN: There are 3 ft. of water on the trading floor of NYSE. #Sandy

  27. tomingeorgia October 29th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    nice to be secure, hope your fellow citizens are, too. But who cares about them?

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 29th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    This storm was a horror. And we’ll be dealing with residuals for a while yet to come. We ended up with some trees down, etc., but the coast got killed. If you’ve watched the Weather Channel (I’ve had it on nonstop), you’ve seen the devastation caused by Sandy all along the east coast. My heart goes out to all of the coastal towns and of course to NYC, a City dealing with all kinds of destruction at this point in time – and it’s far from over.


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