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New Years Eve reminder: Still looking for pinch hitters

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

Hope everyone has terrific things going on this New Years Eve. I’ll be ringing in the new year with a bunch of old friends who have kids, so there is some very real talk of declaring 10 p.m. to be our official start of 2013. I’m voting against it, but then again, I’m a baseball writer who’s quite used to being awake well past midnight. I’m in the minority here.

To all of you, I hope 2012 brought some good times and I hope 2013 brings even more of them. Maybe it will bring a remarkable career resurgence for Alex Rodriguez, a team-friendly contract for Robinson Cano, a bit of consistency for Eduardo Nunez, and a big league debut for Tyler Austin. 

A bit optimistic? Sure. But it’s New Years Eve.


A quick reminder that we’re still taking proposals for our annual Pinch Hitters series, which will start next month. There’s still one more week to submit your ideas — the deadline is Sunday, January 6 — so email me at cjennings (at) with the basic idea of what you’d like to write. I’ll start sorting through everything in the next few days, and I’ll start emailing those chosen for the series next week. Proposals should be just a paragraph or two explaining your idea. The finished product should be roughly 400-500 words. Thank you to all of  you who have already submitted ideas. There’s a lot of good stuff in there already.

Happy New Year everyone.

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46 Responses to “New Years Eve reminder: Still looking for pinch hitters”

  1. blake December 31st, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Happy new year all!

  2. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    tom tresh 15 December 31st, 2012 at 8:58 pm
    Y’s guy I remember the Tams very well. Saw them several times . In fact they are still around.
    They’re playing just down the road from here tonight! Big doins in East Nowhere GA, for New Year’s Eve. Wish I could go over to see them, but maybe I will.

  3. Ys Guy December 31st, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    @tom tresh 15, my brother still has your bat he got at bat day 1967!

    tom, what league are the tams in?

  4. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Auld Lang Syne, everybody.
    RIP GB7, and to all fallen comrades. Happy New Year to those of us who are still vertical!

  5. RMS December 31st, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Happy and Healthy New Year to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue December 31st, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Happy New Year Chad! Thank you for all of your great work and for putting up with the craziness that oftentimes defines lohud!

    RIP GB, my dear sweet friend. You are greatly missed.

    tom, it’s going to be a great year, because you know we’ll make it just that!


    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF GOOD WILL! Happy New Year to Unknown, also!!!


  7. Against All Odds December 31st, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Happy New Yr to everyone

    RIP tp GB and everyone that lost their lives this yr.

  8. NYY_Girl_Penny December 31st, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Happy New Year!! I’d like to close this post with one thought..

    THANK GOD I don’t have to ever watch Russell “Minor League” Martin batting in a Yankee uni ever again !!

  9. Lost December 31st, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    May 2013 bring you and your kith and kin good health, joy and good baseball.

    - Happy New Year -

  10. jmills December 31st, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Happy New Year again guys ( I’m about baked on the book thing and just want to last in order to pass wishes through the wires to my kid )

    Thanks for allowing my occasional flights of insanity. Thanks GB for the time you gave to me.

    Here’s hoping the coming year is full of lots of jockeying and jostling for position – you take the Lotus, I’ll take the Ferrari. Trish, you take care, you too Against and all.

  11. tomingeorgia December 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I am getting a bottle of Christalano Cava ready to pop.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am


  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I don’t usually bother waiting up for the changeover, but what better way to welcome in 2013 than to hear old Blue Eyes singing New York New York?!?!? GREAT OMEN!


  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2013 at 12:06 am

    jmills, thanks for being such a nice addition to our forum! Your daughter is one lucky kid to have a dad like you. And boy did your organization deliver for you. I think 2013 is going to be a mighty good one for you!


    Night all, and God bless.

  15. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Trish,….are you sure that wasn’t Liza? Which one of us is on selected hearing? :)

  16. jmills January 1st, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Trish, thanks for the most kind words. I am so proud of my daughter, I burst just thinking about her, lucky man that I am. Thanks for the honour of your company!

  17. austinmac January 1st, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Happy New Year everyone!

  18. Tar January 1st, 2013 at 12:49 am

    GB you are sorely missed, RIP buddy. :sad:

    Happy New Year everyone. Chad thanks for everything.

  19. Pat M. January 1st, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Even though it’s still 2012 here on the coast, but Happy New Year to all… And to my pal GB, you’re missed my friend

  20. Jerkface January 1st, 2013 at 1:52 am

    My new year’s resolution is for Cashman to make a shrewd, very good january stealth trade. I always follow through on my new year’s resolutions so its good as gold.

  21. UnKnown January 1st, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Party Rocking! 2013 is going to be a great year.

  22. Spudz January 1st, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Happy New Years :)

  23. ron January 1st, 2013 at 7:33 am

    •David Brown of Yahoo! Sports writes Pirates’ second baseman Neil Walker can thank Clemente for being born. Tom Walker, Neil’s father, was a pitcher for the Expos and wanted to accompany his friend Clemente on that fateful flight. Clemente told Tom Walker to go enjoy New Year’s Eve instead.


  24. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Good morning.

    Survived another one.

    Where’s the beef Brian ?

    There’s still time.


  25. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Morning MtU….happy new year.

    Have you worked out that Justin Upton trade yet?

  26. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Same to you Blake.

    Nah. I switched gears. I’m getting Stanton instead.


  27. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    “Nah. I switched gears. I’m getting Stanton instead.”

    You go man… do the marlins feel about this? ;)

  28. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:18 am

    So did we avoid the fiscal cliff?

  29. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:22 am


    They’re listening.


  30. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I just watched Moneyball for the first time last night… liked the movie but also thought it was very misleading how they totally failed to even mention or acknowledge that the 4 biggest reasons that team was good (Zito, Hudson, Mulder, and Tejada) were even on the team

  31. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I prefer Eastwood’s movie “Trouble with the curve”.


  32. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I haven’t seen that one yet

  33. TheStraw January 1st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Happy New Year to all.

    Just reading of GB’s passing. RIP and thank you. At least you have the great General Schwarzkopf up there to keep your company.

    Here’s hoping the new year brings us a RH bat.

  34. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:43 am


    It’s out in Redbox.


    Oh we’ll get one alright. Question is whether it will be a good one.


  35. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:46 am


    Here are three trades….

    a)Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, Ivan Nova , and Brett Gardner for Giancarlo Stanton
    -b) Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, and Ivan nova for Justin Upton
    c)- Boone Logan and Flores for Michael Morse

    Assuming all three could be done….which would you pick and why?

  36. randy l. January 1st, 2013 at 8:52 am


    i watched “trouble with the curve” and thought they must not have hired that many real baseball people as consultants.

    like most movies , you had to suspend a lot of belief to go along with it.

    i thought it was really more of a dysfunctional father/ daughter movie with baseball as a backdrop.

    if anyone has amazon prime, it’s 3.99 on there to stream over internet.

  37. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:52 am


    Given the scenarios you proposed I’d go with #3.

    Allows us to keep our important young guys. Logan and Flores are completely fungible.

    Morse is adequate for a couple of years.

    That said, I think we could get JU by substituting others.

    And if we could I go that route.


  38. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Happy New Year Randy.

    I understand but I just dig Clint. The baseball part was 2ndary to me.

    He and I go back to the Spaghetti Western days.


  39. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I liked Moneyball as a movie….but if you’re making a movie about the 2002 As and fail to even mention that Zito, Hudson, Mulder, and Tejada were on the team….then that’s sorta misleading….I realize it was a movie about stats but its sorta dumb to suggest that playing Scott Hatteberg at 1B and using Chad Bradford in the pen had a bigger impact than the best rotation in baseball and an MVP SS

  40. blake January 1st, 2013 at 8:57 am


    Morse is a FA after 2013.

    I would choose option B if I thought I could get a good retur for Granderson or Gardner in another deal

  41. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 8:59 am


    I’d really like to keep Sanchez.

    You didn’t say that there would be a follow on portion to the trade.


  42. MTU January 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    New thread —–>

  43. blake January 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    But the Morse option allows you to keep all the top prospects and have a pretty strong lineup in 2013

  44. randy l. January 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    “He and I go back to the Spaghetti Western days.”


    happy new year to you too

    you must be a youngster.

    i remember clint on rawhide

  45. Duh Innings II January 1st, 2013 at 9:12 am

    First Happy New Year to all!

    The best that could happen with A-Rod is he doesn’t play at all in 2013 then retires after the 2013 season. Yeah, that’s right, he makes $28M doing nothing then realizes he’s done and walks away from $86M guaranteed and $30M in homerun milestone bonuses for up to $116M walked away from because he’d be a paycheck collector coming back after two awful seasons and not playing for a year. If he came back to legally steal $25M for 2014, the fans would and should never let him hear the end of it, and the Yanks should bench him so he doesn’t reach the 660 HR milestone and the team could stay at or under the $189M payroll limit for 2014. He would be more help to the Yankees if he just went away than if he stuck around. He’d retire with 647 HR, 1950 RBI, and a .300/.384/.560/.945 career slashline. Take 30 HR off his HR total and as many RBI for the three years he cheated in Texas and he still has 617 HR and 1920 RBI, and probably still has a career .300 BA (.299 at worst) – still first ballot Hall Of Fame induction worthy. He’d basically be Ken Griffey Jr. with two ALMVPs (take away A-Rod’s 2001 ALMVP cuz he cheated that season) and a World Series ring. A-Rod could always say he’d have broken Bonds’ HR record and Aaron’s RBI record if not for injuries 2011-13 like Jr. could always say that, and writers would agree. Also he could say that while he effed up with taking PEDs for three years, he was overall a clean player with nowhere near the suspicion as other 600+ club members Bonds and Sosa. Most people would look back at A-Rod and Jr. and say they are the true homerun titans along with Mays, Aaron, Ruth, and we have to say Thome as weird as it sounds haha.

    Why not give Tyler Austin a shot to be a miniature version of Mike Trout?

    Nunez will be an interesting DH. I think he’s capable of producing the best Ichiro will produce in 2013.

    As for Cano, I say the Yanks should offer him 4 years at $23M a year 2014-16 and $25M for 2017 for $94M total and if he rejects that, they should be stern and tell him this:

    1. That money is the second-biggest contract for a homegrown Yankee monetarily and you have security through age 35.

    2. That money is more than what Sabathia received in his first four seasons under contract with the Yankees and equal to what Sabathia will be paid for 2013-16. You’re not worth more than Sabathia.

    3. You’re making half a mil shy of half what Jeter got for a decade in four years/40% of the time.

    4. We’ve been burned by locking up prime A-Rod, you’re not prime A-Rod, and we can’t risk being burned again.

    He isn’t prime A-Rod or more valuable than Sabathia now/today. If Cano had a season-ending injury on Opening Day, it would be a huge blow to the Yanks where I could see them missing the postseason because of it if they can’t make up for the loss of his offense, but the Yanks would be more likely to successfully replace his bat than replace Sabathia’s arm if Sabathia had a season-ending injury on Opening Day. Cano out for the year? Ok, you start Nix at 2B or call up David Adams to play 2B then look towards replacing Gardner with a big bat for LF (Granderson back to CF) or RF (Ichiro moves to LF) as you most likely won’t find a 2B who will produce anywhere close to what Cano produces and neither Granderson nor Ichiro are being traded (you need Granderson’s power and Ichiro’s bat if you lose Cano.)

  46. David in Cal January 1st, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Duh innings 2 — I agree with you regarding Cano. And, I think the Yanks will do pretty much as you suggest. They’ve been burned on Teix’s long term contract and completely scortched on ARod’s contract. I think those bad experiences will lead them to absolutely refuse a long-term contract for Cano.

    Happy New Year to all!

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