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Pinch hitting: Jack Helmuth

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I usually write these Pinch Hitter introductions myself based on emails from the writers, but in this case, I’m going to let today’s Pinch Hitter introduce himself. Here’s the email Jack sent me when I asked for some bio information:

Jack Helmuth has worked in television and film for almost the entirety of Mason Williams’ lifetime. He has worked at Saturday Night Live, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and, most impressively, was the head writer on the ill-fated CNBC talk show “McEnroe.” He currently is the executive producer of the political sketch comedy show “The B.S. of A. with Brian Sack,” which can be seen on TheBlaze Network (available on the Dish Network; clips available on YouTube by searching the show name). His movie “May The Best Man Win” is currently available on iTunes. He is described in the ‘special thanks’ section of the David Wells autobiography “Perfect I’m Not” as a “raging, gung-ho, borderline-nut-job Yankee fan.”

Jack calls this post: Don’t Let The Yankees Take All The Fun Out of Being a Yankees Fan

It used to be a lot more fun being a Yankees fan. Do you remember what it used to be like? Well I do…

I was born in 1974 and became a huge Yankees fan by 1982, which means I suffered through a lot of bad Yankees baseball as a child. I used to call Child Protective Services on George Steinbrenner multiple times a year in the late 80′s.

Then the strangest thing happened in 1993 – we got someone, Jimmy Key, who knew how to pitch a baseball. I had never seen the likes of it in all my days! Then truly weird things started happening — by the end of a game, we would sometimes…win. And for the first time in memory, the Yankees played halfway decent baseball. Hell, it was so decadent that our pitches didn’t even need two hands to play well.

Of course in the mid-to-late 90′s the Yankees started winning. A lot. And that was crazy fun. Those were the days! Heck, things were so carefree that I think Chuck Knoblauch murdered Keith Olbermann’s mom one time during a game and no one cared. It was the golden age. The Stadium was full of loud, passionate fans and the team was full of passionate, selfless players.

Now… things are different. I’ll start with the stadium, the cold and soulless monument to excess that literally has a trench to protect The One Percent from all those pesky noisy fans. I’m happy that Jay-Z can use his Blackberry in silence in the half-filled “good seats,” but how much does it stink that the Mets have a better stadium than we do? Yeah, I said it, and you know it’s true (although to be fair, the Mets lost their standing as a Major League team back in 2009).

But it’s not the stadium or the Alex Rodriguezes of the world that has sucked the fun out of being a Yankees fan, it’s the Win A Championship Or Else mantra. I was a convert to this in the mid 2000′s until I would listen to so many fans who considered a season a “failure” or “a waste” if the Yankees didn’t win the World Series.

I’m sorry, but that’s insane. Pretty much every season for the last 20 years we have been treated to good baseball, comeback victories, perfect games, historic milestones… a treasure trove of great memories, thousands of hours of conversations with dad about the team, etc. So, is all of that then negated if they run into a hot team in October, or if a player is carried off and dropped into Lake Erie by a swarm of midges? Of course not. I want to win, and it pains me when we lose, but it does NOT mean the season was a failure if we don’t.

The Win A Championship Or Else mantra belongs with George Steinbrenner and Derek Jeter. I want them to have a mad hunger to win. And I imagine the people who pay $2,500 for a seat expect what they are accustomed to — a solid return on their investment, and when they don’t get it, they get mad and boo because, hey, they paid good money to see the home team win. That’s not how I want to experience the game, either. As a fan, I want to have fun again, so I’m going to settle for a chance to win and the knowledge that I’m going to have 6+ months of great entertainment to share with my loved ones come April. Win or lose.

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151 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Jack Helmuth”

  1. Ace January 25th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    These pinch hit blog posts ruin the site in January. We actually had one yesterday who said we should be more like the Pirates. THE PIRATES!!! The same team that hasn’t been over 500 in a generation.

    We are doing things so wrong winning 95 games the last 20 years.

  2. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’m sorry, but that’s insane.

    ———————-

    Yeah.. and that’s why it’s a lot of f*cking fun.

  3. Tackelberry January 25th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Check out this tweet.

    ?@YankeeSource:

    Wonder how many Yankees fans would be okay with Justin Upton’s questionable intensity. Especially with Cano’s intensity always questioned.

    ZING! ZING!

  4. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    It’s too bad that passion for winning seems to have died with GMS.

    If you want to settle for less that’s your right. Nobody will stop you.

    ;)

  5. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    When you’re as physically gifted as Cano and JU are you often make difficult things appear easy and almost effortless.

    Doesn’t mean they are just that they look that way.

    That often gets misinterpreted as lack of effort.

    It’s too funny.

  6. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    If you want to settle for less that’s your right. Nobody will stop you.

    ;)

    ——————–

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Settling for first round exits? You can keep that sh*t.

    If the fans stop demanding the best then don’t be surprised when we stop getting it.

  7. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    “… it’s the Win A Championship Or Else mantra.”

    Yes, some people like to pretend that NY fans aren’t patient. I think that is mostly false. Fans will accept, if not embrace, rebuilding if they have confidence that management has a plan. The NY Giants and NJ Devils have taken steps back and then return to competing at a high level.

    I think it is Yankee ownership that doesn’t have the patience to do it, and they don’t have the management to implement a plan. If they used their financial advantage to maximum effect, the process wouldn’t take that long.

  8. chicken little January 25th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Yesterday summed up this off season — star player traded, above average player signs, mediocre player capable of filling roles sign, and the Yankees sign Dan Johnson.

  9. nateb January 25th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Great post. Been a life long Yankees crazy myself. Born in New York, group up in the Midwest. After college moved to Cleveland, so have seen many Yankees games in Cleveland. Finally had the opportunity of a lifetime to see a game at The New Yankee Stadium, last October 1. First game of the final regular season series; it was against the Red Sox, the game with four homers in one inning. It was a dream come true to see the Yankees play in Yankee Stadium, but I have say I was not impressed with The New Yankee Stadium. Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) where the Indians play, is a much nicer, prettier ballpark. You are much closer to the field than Yankee Stadium, and the ushers are much nicer about letting the hoi polloi, like myself, go down and take a picture close to the field after the game is over. Not so a The New Yankee Stadium.

    Love the Yankees. Will always be a fan. Sadly, I walked away from my first game at Yankee Stadium feeling less than impressed.

  10. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Yankee Source continues to be Cashman’s alter ego.

  11. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good morning. Late again to the party.

    Enjoyed this post but have a question referring to this line:

    “And I imagine the people who pay $2,500 for a seat expect what they are accustomed to — a solid return on their investment, and when they don’t get it, they get mad and boo because, hey, they paid good money to see the home team win.”

    I haven’t been to the new YS, but aren’t those people behind home plate, getting a solid return on their investment, while sitting in the steakhouse making backroom deals?

  12. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Shame-

    Absolutely. Thing is your ownership should be the people driving that process.

    They shoud not just be paying lip service to it.

    GMS had many faults but he embodied the passion to be #1 at all times.

    No one would ever question that.

    The current outfit ?

    I think that answer is certainly open to question.

    The Yankees should not be about settling for mediocrity IMO, or for just making the playoffs as their goal.

  13. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    If Upton hit like Cano then he could cartwheel to 1B too and I wouldn’t care at all

  14. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I see Cmoney little cousin got hold of a keyboard again… personally, Championship is what defines the NYY to me, it doesn’t mean it’s realistic to expect that year in and year out without proper planning for the future.

    but yeah Championship is ultimate goal in the end for the Yanks imo, we are not the effing Pirate! I enjoy baseball win or lose if there is plan to put forth a team that is able to contest that goal on a long term basis.

  15. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    MTU-

    What was the general consensus on the Braves-DBack’s trade-good for both sides?

  16. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    correction, Pirates… normally they travel in a horde.

  17. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    MTU

    Would we view George’s legacy differently if the step back they took in the early 90s wasn’t used to develop the young core that formed the foundation for 5 rings? That enabled his passion to have a vehicle for the unprecedented success of his tenure.

  18. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    The only way you ever have a chance of fullfilling your full potential is by setting a goal of trying to be the best and aiming high.

    In competitive sports no one remembers who came in 2nd.

    ;)

  19. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I concur MTU, sometimes I don’t even remember who came first! but yeah, personally, the ultimate satisfaction is a championship. it’s a zero and sum game to me. You think the NYY would have been regarded as greatest franchise in this nation without those 27 titles?

  20. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Like the post….but I also like that Derek Jeter considers the season a failure if they don’t win it all….that’s why you play the games.

    This doesn’t mean that it can’t be a fun year or even a memorable year….but the goal should be to win a title every single season and anything short of that is in fact some level of failure….

    I don’t want to be a fan satisfied with just getting there….and I don’t want the team I cheer for to devolve into into that either

  21. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    YT-

    I don’t know what the “consensus” was, and I really don’t care about that.

    IMO it was a clear win for the Bravos. Others feel differently.

    Rich-

    You know where I’m at. Balance. You’re on my Team.

    But the goal should always be to try to go all the way and never to settle for less.

    I think Hal just pays lip service to it. His Father lived it.

    I want an owner who is commited to it. And who sets the tone for everyone below him.

  22. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    “What was the general consensus on the Braves-DBack’s trade-good for both sides?”

    No…,wren won by KO

  23. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    MTU

    We agree. My point is really that a franchise gives itself the best chance of winning the most championships if they reload now and then rather than deploying one quick fix after another in order to tread water.

  24. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hal : “I’m a numbers Man. I love my spreadsheets.”

    GMS: I love winning and I’ll do what it takes to make it happen. You have put something in to get something out.

    And therein lies the difference IMO.

  25. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Rich-

    Trying to walk the tightrope between the past and future might just have been an impossible task from the get go.

    So perhaps you’re right.

    I just don’t like the fact that Hal has allowed himself to be put in a straighjacket of some one else’s making.

    Let’s see how he responds to various circumstances. We only have a partial sample of his behavior.

    I hope the complete picture reveals that he really does have the heart of a Lion like his Father.

    If not, I hope he takes his profit and sells quickly to someone who does.

  26. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Blake-

    Martin Prado would have been a perfect fit in pinstripes. He can actually knock runners in scoring position with two outs.

    57 ab’s, 17 hits, 22 rbi’s, 3 strikeouts, .315 ba, .857 ops.

    I think the Braves are going to be an exciting team and possibly lead the NL in homers, and unfortunately also in strikeouts.

  27. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Based on what Jerkface has posted about the CBA, Hal isn’t even good at reading spreadsheets.

  28. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Time to walk the mopsters.

    Later.

  29. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I came to a conclusion a month or two ago… I want to Yankees to lose in 13, I mean i want them to lose in an abysmal way. two thing will happen imo. 1. proper rebuilding and possible restocking the system by trading all the 1 year pieces we have 2. Hal and Co decide to abandon their budgetary plan. I prefer the former, but latter could work. I don’t want to be stuck in neutral while try accomplish all those conflicting goals at the same time.

  30. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    “Martin Prado would have been a perfect fit in pinstripes. He can actually knock runners in scoring position with two outs.”

    Yes….I remember wanting the Yanks to get him last winter when he was rumored to be available…..he’s a real good player

  31. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 25, 2013 at 9:46 am
    Based on what Jerkface has posted about the CBA, Hal isn’t even good at reading spreadsheets.

    I think he knows exactly what the deal is….he’s just trying to spin it to fans

  32. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    “I think he knows exactly what the deal is….he’s just trying to spin it to fans”

    What about the possibility that the conditions required to trigger rebates won’t materialize?

  33. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    ….he’s just trying to spin it to fans

    ——————–

    They should hire better PR people because they’ve sucked at that as well… Cash’s ‘well a lot of people told me they don’t like home runs’ bs isn’t going to get them on better footing.

  34. Nick in SF January 25th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Very enjoyable post, Jack.

    I only saw “McEnroe” once — when Yo La Tengo was on — so I guess I was part of the problem.

  35. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Good post. What I want from my team is six months of fun baseball too in whcih we hae a chance to win coming down the stretch. I understand sometimes we win and and often we don’t.

    What eliminates all fun is a miserable team. I started following baseball in 1960 to the fun of five straight pennants. Then, the next decade was mostly awful. Many of our younger fans think 90 wins is a bad season. I remember 70. I remember last place.

    Next year’s team, with a large dose of good health, could be that competitive team with a chance to win. After that, no way, no how. I get very frustrated sensing no will to win and no plan to win.

  36. blake January 25th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    “What about the possibility that the conditions required to trigger rebates won’t materialize?”

    They know….they just want to make it out like its a bigger deal than it is to get under this cap..

  37. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    MTU,

    You hit the nail on the head with your differnce goals for George and Hal.

  38. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    “They know….they just want to make it out like its a bigger deal than it is to get under this cap….”

    Either way, he risks harming the brand. I question what Hal is actually good at, other than he sounds smarter than Hank.

  39. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    YT,

    Fans are going to be leaving Turner Field in droves if the Braves hit too many homers. Who wants that from their team? Everyone knows fans flock to see old players try not to break down.

  40. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Cash-

    If the Yankees lose big this year and abandon their budgetary plan, the availability of quality free agents after the 2013 season in the hitting department are pretty slim. After Cano and Granderson there’s Ellsbury, Pence, McCann and Hill.

    Starting pitching is better with players like Johnson, Garza, and if they bounce back-Lincecum and Haren.

    Top flight pitchers often find themselves resigned to lucrative contracts before they hit free agency.

    Going the free agent route, therefore, might not help;

    Updated list of potential 2014 free agents:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

  41. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    As I said earleir today, the only reason Hal is not managing Men’s Wearhouse is his father owned the Yankeees. Being rich doesn’t make you smart.

  42. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Yes, the only thing slimmer than next year’s free agent list is the Yankees wallet. People, the Rays are as likely to sign a free agent as the Yankees. The beloved Pirates, moreso.

  43. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Here is the deal with the “brand”…..I think Hal saw what the Dodgers sold for under McCourt who did about as much damage to a brand as you can do…..and in the end it didn’t matter because its all about potential and the group that bought the dodgers knew that the value woukd come right back if they did things the right way.

    Same with the Yanks….Hal knows that the Yankee brand is going nowhere no matter what he does and that he can sell them for a fortune whenever he wants

  44. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Austinmac-

    LMAO.

    There are few die hard Braves fans at games. Some visiting teams, like the Cubs, get a better reception than the home town team. I believe attendance has been down the last few years, and playoff tickets are left, unsold.

    It’ll be interesting to see if fans are purchasing season ticket packages in droves, since the trade was made yesterday!

  45. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Here is the deal with the “brand”…..I think Hal saw what the Dodgers sold for under McCourt who did about as much damage to a brand as you can do…..and in the end it didn’t matter because its all about potential and the group that bought the dodgers knew that the value woukd come right back if they did things the right way.

    ——————-

    Spot on.

  46. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    YT, I prefer they start the rebuilding process. Because I think they are in need of a new core. I also Yanks have a few one year pieces they can really garner good returns under the right circumstances. you have to prey on other teams despairs. The idea here to collect as much youthful talents as possible. whether to trade or keep will depend on keener eyes or mind than I.

  47. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    .Hal knows that the Yankee brand is going nowhere no matter what he does and that he can sell them for a fortune whenever he wants

    true enough.

  48. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I cannot see how degrading the on the field performance doesn’t harm the brand if it isn’t a short-term thing.

  49. royhobbs January 25th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Great, entertaining post. The image of Joba being carried off and dropped into the lake by the midges will stay with me for a while. I wonder if that would have spurred Torre to call time and come to the mound.

  50. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Cash-

    You make a great point, and with the Yankees having ten players hitting free agency after this season, I could live with a mediocre season/seasons if I thought that trading some of them now, like Cano, might bring back a package of some of the best young players in the game.

  51. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I cannot see how degrading the on the field performance doesn’t harm the brand if it isn’t a short-term thing.
    ——–
    sure Rich, I think it might hurt the price tag a little. the intrinsic value will always be there, New York City, 80 years of fabulous history, it’s base fandom which will lure any savvy investors into buying the Yanks. also, the bottom line is they bought from CBS for 12 mil? It’s a win win situation financially for the steins, the question is how much.

  52. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    YT, they might… but we need to accumulate more talents, period. Pieces that we want for ourselves, pieces that are desirable to others….

  53. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Cash

    Some economists think the Magic Johnson group overpaid. If, over time, that proves to be true, the ability to get an outsized price may shrink. Factor in a significant fall from their recent glory, and the price may be further impacted.

    Will they still make a ton? Sure, but George knew that spending big produced a bigger return.

    I don ‘t see how it would suddenly benefit the franchise to forget that.

    Hal may, however, be justifiably upset that other teams get far more bang for their buck because his GM cannot execute the legitimate goal of a youth movement.

  54. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    that’s my biggest gripe, Rich. I think the Yanks don’t have right personnel to execute a proper youth movements. I trade Cano for the entire Rays FO.

  55. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    No matter what the Yankees do, the value of the franchise/brand will never depreciate. Hal can sink this thing into the ground if he wanted to, it will always be one of the most valuable organizations in sports.

  56. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Some economists think the Magic Johnson group overpaid. If, over time, that proves to be true, the ability to get an outsized price may shrink.

    ————————

    They just got a tv deal in the billions…I don’t see how that could ever prove to be true.

  57. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 25, 2013 at 10:19 am
    I cannot see how degrading the on the field performance doesn’t harm the brand if it isn’t a short-term thing.

    Yea but the Dodgers were bad….and the fans were incredibly alienated in LA….and they sold for a gazillion dollars plus a gazillion more in a TV deal

  58. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    They just got a tv deal in the billions…I don’t see how that could ever prove to be true.
    -
    I am not an economist.

  59. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think the Yankees will sell for close to the same amount no matter what Hal does…..however you know what WILL be bigger if the Yanks debt and operating expenses are less and they sell? Hal’s profit on the sell!

  60. tbone1570 January 25th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Great post Jack! The “win or else” attitude should belong to ownership and the palyers, not the fans.

  61. tbone1570 January 25th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    *players

  62. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    The “win or else” attitude should belong to ownership and the palyers, not the fans.
    ——-
    live or let live.

  63. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    They just got a tv deal in the billions…I don’t see how that could ever prove to be true.
    -
    I am not an economist.

    —————–

    Yeah me either.. but between the MLB tv deal and the Dodgers separate deal, there is a ton of money rolling into that team.

    I just don’t see how any team in the league could be depreciating in value.. seems like there’s more money in the game now than there ever was.

  64. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    *and

  65. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    tbone1570 says:
    January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am
    Great post Jack! The “win or else” attitude should belong to ownership and the palyers, not the fans.

    It’s not really “win or else” so much as it is “try as hard as you can to win or else”

    There is a difference…..everyone knows you can’t win the WS every year…..it’s really hard to do….but as a fan I want to see the effort

  66. Mike Ri January 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Cashman will be on with Joe and Evan (WFAN) in 15 min .. . . . Should be riveting !!!

  67. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I would love to have Andrew Friedman as our GM….. He has done amazing things with the Rays.

  68. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Signing a bunch of old guys and going into the season with no catcher isn’t an A effort IMO…..

  69. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Cashman will be on with Joe and Evan (WFAN) in 15 min .. . . . Should be riveting !!!
    -
    I used to love listening to the guy. Now I avoid it like a person with body odor.

  70. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    blake, that’s how you feel about it and mostly i agree with you on that assessment. But I think a fan should enjoy their team the way they want it. no one ‘should’ be any different.

  71. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    From Replacement Level Yankees Blog this morning:

    TGS NY: Countdown: 18 days to Spring Training

    HOMERS HAVE LEFT TOWN: Nick Swisher (24), Russell Martin (21), Raul Ibanez (19), Eric Chavez (16) and Andruw Jones (14) have taken their 94 homers elsewhere. Alex Rodriguez (18) may not return in 2013 and, even if he does, who knows what kind of power he will have approaching his 38th birthday.

    Losing all these power hitters given their home stadium seems like a serious problem.

    Yankee HRs in DNYS: 138
    Opponent HRs in DNYS: 94
    Yankee HRs on road: 107
    Opponent HRs on road: 96

    I don’t buy the nonsense about the Yankees being too home run reliant and needing to ‘diversify’ their offense, whatever the hell that means. They’re pretty clearly going to be a worse offensive team this year barring a surprise acquisition or two. They scored 804 runs this year and right now I have them projected to score around 780 in 2013.

    Hopefully their pitching staff will be able to make up for that.
    ——————

    Do you see them scoring 780 runs this year. Over or under?

  72. Cashmoney January 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    As a fan, I want to have fun again, so I’m going to settle for a chance to win and the knowledge that I’m going to have 6+ months of great entertainment to share with my loved ones come April. Win or lose.
    —-
    I respect jack’s perspective as a fan. I think differently. those two things are not mutually exclusive.

  73. blake January 25th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Cashmoney says:
    January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am
    blake, that’s how you feel about it and mostly i agree with you on that assessment. But I think a fan should enjoy their team the way they want it. no one ‘should’ be any different.

    Sure…I think fans should be allowed to cheer however they want and hold their team to whatever standard they want too

  74. Shame Spencer January 25th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I think the perception is you didn’t enjoy the season if you consider it a failure. I don’t feel that way at all. My Devils just went to the Stanley Cup last year and I consider the fact that we lost a failure… but it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the ride while it lasted.

    I’m with blake.. if the team is always trying to get better but coming up short, I’m 100% fine with that. We just haven’t done much to help ourselves lately and it’s frustrating.

  75. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Do you see them scoring 780 runs this year. Over or under?

    Right now? under

  76. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I would love to have Andrew Friedman as our GM….. He has done amazing things with the Rays.
    ————————-

    Ditto. Bring along his team of analysts and grab the Manager too!

  77. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    “Do you see them scoring 780 runs this year. Over or under?”

    They scored 804 last year…and I see this offense as worse than 2012 at the moment so id say push or under

  78. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I believe in bludgeoning my opponents to death not merely beating them by an eyelash.

    Not merely in keeping up with them either.

    I like those kind of Yankees. The Team that everyone fears and loves to hate.

    Let’s get there again someday.

    ;)

  79. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Jerkface-

    I think it’s going to be difficult to score runners this year. How many of the 804 runs were scored by homeruns?

    Attached 2012 AL team batting statistics:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/t...../league/al

  80. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I had this totally, off topic, thought yesterday, if women can serve on the front lines, should women be able to play in men’s professional sports?

  81. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    RadioKev says:
    January 25, 2013 at 11:12 am
    I had this totally, off topic, thought yesterday, if women can serve on the front lines, should women be able to play in men’s professional sports

    I think technically a woman would be allowed to play in a pro sport of she was good enough….Michelle Wie played in some men’s tournaments

  82. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Im still going over on the 804. This team may not be as homerun reliant this year, but maybe some of the replacements can actually get on base and produce runs without the homerun. Take Granderson… 40+ HR and 100+ RBI and he his .225. IMAGINE IF HE HIT .250 or .270!
    Imagine if Tex could actually bunt to 3rd once in a while. Gardner will get on base a lot more than Ibanez and Jones. A full year of 2012 ichiro will be good. I expect more rallies in 2013.

  83. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    IMAGINE IF HE HIT .250 or .270!
    Imagine if Tex could actually bunt to 3rd once in a while. Gardner will get on base a lot more than Ibanez and Jones. A full year of 2012 ichiro will be good. I expect more rallies in 2013.

    Fun to imagine but why would that occur next year? :)

    Any production that guys like Youk/Ichiro add is being sucked away by catcher/DH/no A-ROD/No Swisher/No Martin

  84. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    For the Yanks to score more runs than last year I really Youk will really have to bounce back….Derek will have to repeat (or close) to 2012, Cano will have to be his normal self, and most importantly Tex will have to be closer to what he was supposed to be …..it’s possible but Id take the under right now…..they just downgraded to many positions and have too much injury risk

  85. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I think technically a woman would be allowed to play in a pro sport of she was good enough….Michelle Wie played in some men’s tournaments
    ———

    I think I agree, it just seems so odd, doesn’t it? Baseball, for example, is totally dominated by males all the way through, from front office to players, right?

    But what is so specifically male about what Ichiro does?

    Just a thought

  86. DONNYBROOK January 25th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Pavano ruptured a spleen while shoveling snow??? When pigs fly.

  87. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Any production that guys like Youk/Ichiro add is being sucked away by catcher/DH/no A-ROD/No Swisher/No Martin
    ____

    I get you to a point. However…… Martin his sub .200 all year, homeruns or not. Even Cervelli can hit over .200. DH – maybe they will give Nunez a chance. I think a full year at the plate will do wonders for his bat. I also expect Ks to be down and Cano to have a MONSTER year. Less homeruns doesnt mean less runs scored. I have to believe Granderson will hit better than .225 this year. All of these homerun hitters we lost also killed rallies, struck out a lot, and did not hit for average. I think this can be made up (catcher is the question)…

  88. bgheadjack January 25th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Hey, it’s Jack, the guy who wrote the post. To clarify one important point:

    I’m not saying the Yankees should settle for mediocrity. Just the opposite – I want Jeter and Cash and the Steinbrenners to be fanatical about winning. But to crap on a season like last year because we didn’t win it all seems ridiculous to me, and that’s become the norm these days.

    There’s a big difference in how players and fans should view the season, IMO.

    Have a good day!

  89. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Women should be able to reach their own ceiling or floor in everything, just like men.

  90. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I also think Gardner/Nunez/Ichiro/Cervelli will cause more havoc on the bases. OUr team was so 1 dimensional last year. If we didnt homer, we didnt score. This will change this year if these guys play and stay healthy.

  91. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Unless guys like Gardner, Suzuki, Jeter can get on base and move into scoring position, these are the batting average and OPS stats from 2012 from our 3 main power bats with RISP and two outs:

    Tex BA .125 OPS .562
    Cano .207 and .712
    Granderson .231 and .788

    I’m going to have to stick with under 780, 24 less runs than last year.

  92. Tyler January 25th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Yanks did better than all but 2 teams in baseball last year which is pretty impressive. I just think that ALCS left a horrible taste in everyone’s mouth. We knew they were cold after the O’s shut them down in the ALDS but that Detroit series was one of the most painful sporting events that I’ve ever watched. You just knew they had no chance to score any runs.

  93. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Cashmoney,

    I know you were joking about trading Cano for the TB front office, but it would be much more valuable than the 35th draft pick they will likely end up with.

    Under 780 runs. Where is Nick for our Vegas line? that would be a bet I would make.

  94. DONNYBROOK January 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    As I have lamented previously, where MLB falls short in regard to females, is in the Umping area. There is absolutely NO reason for there NOT being 1 single female umping Full-Time at the MLB Level. NONE

  95. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Martin his sub .200 all year, homeruns or not. Even Cervelli can hit over .200.

    ITs not about the AVG though, its about the OBP and the OPS. Martin still got on base above .300. And he hit 20 HRs. Its hard to say that Austin Romine, Chris Stewart, or Cervelli will get on base MORE than Martin and definitely wont hit as many HRs. That means more outs, less meaningful hits.

    More outs means less rallies. You may get more player movement on the bases as walks are converted into hits, which is good, but you’re still having added outs and less power.

    If you are counting on Cervelli, then you should realize the area where cervelli is strongest, vs LHP, is actually where Martin was quite strong! Stronger than Cervelli! So you’re getting less production even in Cervelli’s strongest area.

    I am not even talking about LESS HRS = LESS RUNS SCORED. We’re going to have less everything! Russ Canzler is our DH! And you are way underrating Swisher. He did not kill Rallies. He led the team in RISP hitting and other clutch hitting metrics (during the regular season).

  96. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    “But what is so specifically male about what Ichiro does?”

    If a woman could hit like Ichiro then somebody would sign her

  97. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    JF-

    As I posted above the 3 main bats with RISP and 2 outs, did not fare very well in 2012.

    Do you happen to know how many of the 804 runs were scored by the homerun, 245 of them? By the end of the year it seemed like many of the homers were solo homeruns!!

  98. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    It’s hard to view not having Martin as a good thing, with our options.

  99. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am not even talking about LESS HRS = LESS RUNS SCORED. We’re going to have less everything! Russ Canzler is our DH! And you are way underrating Swisher. He did not kill Rallies. He led the team in RISP hitting and other clutch hitting metrics (during the regular season).
    ____

    He is ONE player. Ill give you the Martin/Cervelli example. I’m just saying you cant just say we are losing this and that and not focus on what we gain, which is speed on the bases, more runners in scoring position, more distraction allowing the Texs and Canos to get more pitches to hammer. Martin may have had 21 homers but i believe he only had something like 50 RBIS, meaning most of his HRs were likely SOLO homers. About as productive as a walk, stolen base and single. Obviously i dont have the exact numbers in front of me, but what we lose in power we gain back in speed. I dont think things are as dire as some others here do….

  100. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I think women should be more involved in front offices etc….there should be no limits on those jobs if women want them and are qualified….

  101. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I brought this up yesterday or the day before, but during the season when griping about guys like Swisher, Martin, Ibanez, Jones, or whoever, and in the offseason talking about not wanting guys like Scott Hairston, the point is that they should be getting players BETTER than those guys. Not just different guys. BETTER GUYS.

    What we have now, in most cases, are WORSE GUYS. If you are going to just fill the position with worse players, I would rather have the guys that are being griped about.

  102. Tackelberry January 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Dbacks placed Lars Anderson on waivers to make room on the 40 man for Prado. Just a couple of years ago, Red Sox fans were hailing Anderson as the next great Sox slugger

  103. yankeefeminista January 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    “But to crap on a season like last year because we didn’t win it all seems ridiculous to me, and that’s become the norm these days.

    There’s a big difference in how players and fans should view the season, IMO.”

    The crapping on “them” doesn’t derive from not “winning it all.” It comes from their philosophy. And the “them” refers not to the players but the powers that be. I want the Yankee FO to make smart forward thinking decisions, to think ahead, like in a chess match, not to just plug holes with band-aid vets. The disenchantment on my part is based on the personnel choices they made/make, and the doctrinaire philosophy they spout. Integrate the kids, and let them develop. Think about extending players during the season, not when their contracts are up. Don’t be married to prescriptive viewpoints and categorically refuse to change when certain approaches don’t work. Think about why your offense is one dimensional and try to actually change it, rather than spouting the same dogmatism. I would rather have a healthy team with long term possibilities than a patchwork team that has no chance. The indictment is not of the team itself, but those who have constructed the team.

  104. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I know you were joking about trading Cano for the TB front office
    -
    I would do it.

  105. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Russ Canzler our righty DH and now Dan Johnson the lefty DH with Matt Diaz the 4th outfielder!

    If they are planning to start Romine in AAA it only leaves Wilson as the true defensive catcher.

    Watch-the big trade will be, “I can’t stay healthy or hit,” Vernon Wells!!

  106. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I also think we are going to be pleasantly surprised by Cervelli this year. Call me crazy (some of you will), but he is working hard to make himself into a pro-starter. And my guess is he will only be starting until May or June once Romine gets his reps in AAA. Teams have won with much less than we have today. I would have liked to have Pierzynski but i am ready to see if Cervelli can be that everyday guy.

  107. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    The crapping on “them” doesn’t derive from not “winning it all.” It comes from their philosophy. And the “them” refers not to the players but the powers that be.
    -
    Yup, well said.

  108. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Ac1,

    I actually like Cervelli. I think he can be a positive offensive force for a catcher, better than the average at the position if not better than league average. I really wish he’d go all out to get the job, so I hope the Yankees dont hold the WBC against him.

    If we end up with Stewart as the main catcher its going to suck, because Stewart sucks.

  109. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Watch-the big trade will be, “I can’t stay healthy or hit,” Vernon Wells!!
    ____

    Would rather they get Soriano from the Cubbies (and make them pay all but 5 mil). They have done it before to get rid of a player they didnt want.

    Soriano may be another .250 hitter, but he is a real threat and put him behind Cano, and you have a dangerous 3-4 or 4-5.

    NO VERNON WELLS!!!!

  110. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    YF for President or GM.

    Either one.

    :)

  111. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Of course women should be able to play. Some day it will likely happen.

  112. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I actually like Cervelli. I think he can be a positive offensive force for a catcher, better than the average at the position if not better than league average. I really wish he’d go all out to get the job, so I hope the Yankees dont hold the WBC against him.

    If we end up with Stewart as the main catcher its going to suck, because Stewart sucks.

    ___

    Agree!!!! Has to be Cervelli or Romine (or a trade)….

    I dont think for a second Stewart has a chance in hell of being our starter.

    If Cervelli blows it somehow (or gets hurt), they will either hand it to Romine (AAA be damned), or they will make a trade…..

  113. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Regarding the WBC, i wish Cervelli would pull out and stay in camp.
    I am glad the Yankees are stopping Pettitte from playing. Only bad things can come from that.
    I am also glad Tex IS playing.
    Get a couple weeks or ABs under his belt so we dont have to wait until may or june to see him produce.

  114. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    I think women should be more involved in front offices etc….there should be no limits on those jobs if women want them and are qualified….
    ———

    That’s probably the most ‘boy’s clubby’ part of it. There’s no legitimate argument about women in the front office. And there might be more than I think, because I don’t work in baseball, but they’re certainly out of the top positions and spotlight.

  115. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    There are probably some women that could out hit Steiwe

  116. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    ac1-

    It would seem that the Yankees gain more speed on the bases, with the return of Gardner, if he can stay healthy and keep from damaging his hands or re-injuring his left elbow sliding head first. Jeter-will he run as much coming off the fractured ankle and will Ichiro be the Yankee Ichiro and get on base or revert back to his last years as a Mariner? Granderson stopped stealing bases-had 10 last year, and if ARod returns he won’t be allowed to steal.

    Unless we see Gardner, Jeter, and Ichiro getting on first- and getting to 3rd by swiping bases with less than 2 outs, I don’t see them manufacturing runs with a timely hit from the heart of the order.

  117. yankeefeminista January 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    MTU, thanks but I would rather be Director of Scouting. Plus I don’t want to have to work too closely with Hal and Levine. ;)

  118. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Especially with the new wave thinking in front offices where you really don’t need to have playing experience to holds those jobs…..

  119. yankeefeminista January 25th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    blake, with or without the PEDS paste? :)

  120. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:48 am
    There are probably some women that could out hit Steiwe
    ———

    Quoted For Truth, as they say.

  121. MTU January 25th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    YT-

    Nunez is a basestealing threat too.

    Hope they use him.

    ;)

  122. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    “There are probably some women that could out hit Steiwe”

    Probably?

  123. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    @DCameronFG: Well, that’s a bargain. RT @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: Marcum one-year deal with #Mets is for $4M plus incentives. Physical is today.

    Marcum career era: 3.76
    Anibal Sanchez era : 3.75

  124. Mike Ri January 25th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Cashman on the WFAN now

  125. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Also wish they would get rid of Stewart and bring in Jose Molina to back up (if he is still with toronto, bring in Bengie)….. Cervelli and Romine can learn from someone with good catching skills (Since Girardi and Pena dont really seem to help)…

  126. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    and hell, at this point, i wouldnt be against Posada coming to camp and becoming the back up catcher/DH.

  127. yankeefeminista January 25th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I could outhit Stewie, but that wouldn’t be hard. I was actually a good baseball player, FWIW, until I was condemned to play softball around age 13.

  128. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    yankeefeminista says:
    January 25, 2013 at 11:50 am
    blake, with or without the PEDS paste?

    Without most likely

  129. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Soriano has a contract through 2014. That puts him on the excluded list unless he can produce Japanese income.

  130. blake January 25th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I don’t think I could hit a jennie finch fastball….actually right now in sure I couldn’t

  131. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Soriano has a contract through 2014. That puts him on the excluded list unless he can produce Japanese income.

    Depends on how the cubs pay for some of his salary. The Yankees can have them pay for all of 2014, thus making his hit in that year 0.

  132. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I think the problem here is the Yankee ORG. Screwing with our prospects (Hughes, Joba, Nunez, Phelps)….. Every good starter in our minor leagues seems to go down and need TJS. They need to fix these problems and learn how to use what we have.

    I would let Nunez play everyday (DH, SS, 3B).
    I would bring Nix as the back up IF behind him (with no true DH, there is an extra spot)

    I would send Joba to AAA and let him start. Maybe by mid season he can start again (might as well see now since he is a FA next offseason). If he succeeds he would be signable unlike Hughes.

    I put Gardner first, Jeter second, Ichiro 3rd (stolen base threats), then cano 4th, tex, youk, so on…….. dont separate the guys that can get on base. (nunez 9th)….

    just a thought.

  133. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Depends on how the cubs pay for some of his salary. The Yankees can have them pay for all of 2014, thus making his hit in that year 0.
    ___

    If the Cubs took on most of the salary, it wouldnt be so hard to imagine.

  134. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 25th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Jack, great post! And I think you hit it home with this:

    “I’m not saying the Yankees should settle for mediocrity. Just the opposite – I want Jeter and Cash and the Steinbrenners to be fanatical about winning. But to crap on a season like last year because we didn’t win it all seems ridiculous to me, and that’s become the norm these days.

    There’s a big difference in how players and fans should view the season, IMO. ”

    Last season the Yankees were picked to win it all. That meant that the “experts” doing the picking felt that the Yankees had the team to go all the way. Nobody could have known that Mo would be out, DRob would get hurt, Andy would go down, Joba would get himself hurt, Robby’s bat would go cold, etc. etc. etc.

    Fans feel that the Yanks should be able to wave a magic wand and make everything okay but sometimes you just can’t overcome a large accumulation of negative events.

    “But it’s not the stadium or the Alex Rodriguezes of the world that has sucked the fun out of being a Yankees fan, it’s the Win A Championship Or Else mantra”

    Couldn’t agree more.

    “As a fan, I want to have fun again, so I’m going to settle for a chance to win and the knowledge that I’m going to have 6+ months of great entertainment to share with my loved ones come April. Win or lose.”

    This is how I approach every season, and you know what? I enjoy the hell out of each and every season. It’s how I’ll be approaching this season, too, no matter who takes the field in pinstripes. Happy to you know you’ll be there doing the same thing!

    :)

  135. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    ac1-

    38 yo old Bengie Molina last played in 2010. If the Yankees really wanted a defensive catcher they should have tried to get Torrealba, who just signed a minor league deal with the Rockies.

    Wonder if Alfonso Soriano will be available, now that the Cubs added Hairston?
    As a 4-5M/year player he’d help restore some power, but would also vie with Granderson as team strikeout leader.

  136. J. Alfred Prufrock January 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Of course women should be able to play. Some day it will likely happen.
    ///

    Things are rapidly changing, but one thing that has to thoroughly shift is the expectation that women have some obligation to be “women first” whatever that is supposed to mean.

    The society is still largely focused on how women “look” to others; this “otherness” still deprives women of a selfhood that the world is allowed to interrupt and weigh in on.

    For example, it is ridiculous that people come up to women they know casually only and say things like” “what – no smile today?” It seems innocent enough, but really, what this says is:

    “I like your smile. It makes ME feel good. That’s what you should be focused on; making the world feel good or more comfortable. Never mind that I have no idea what is going on in your inner life that may preclude your desire to smile in this particular moment in which I entered to discover you here. Any way, the desire part is mine to play; I don’t particularly care what yours are.”

    A middle-aged, overweight man got on an elevator with me, and 3 women. I was alone. They were busy in conversation. He interrupted and said, “how lucky for me, to step onto this elevator and find 3 attractive women,” shooting me a conspiratorial glance. I stared coldly and neutrally at him.

    Two of the women giggled in an obligatory manner, the third had a somewhat hostile expression on her face – as she was the one speaking to the others when he interrupted, but she restrained herself, I could see.

    I wanted to say: “how dare you impose yourself” but then, I’d just be a “man” weighing in on their privacy too, with my own “assessment”, though not about their looks.

    This seems innocent: it goes on all the time. It’s not only not innocent, it’s incredibly narcissistic. The women are supposed to feel flattered; on some level, he thought he was being nice, I suppose, but he was seeking gratification that was wildly inappropriate, from my view. THey might have said: “Who are YOU to decide we’re attractive?” Or something.

    This subtle, but acceptable kind of projection of desire onto women, that robs them of their privacy, has got to leave us for things to truly change, IMO.

  137. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The other issue with Soriano is that reportedly Theo still wants a real prospect for him

  138. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Will you who can hear Cashman on WFAN let us know what he says, if anything?

  139. ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The other issue with Soriano is that reportedly Theo still wants a real prospect for him

    ___

    Phelps?
    Betances?
    NOT Gary Sanchez, NOT Ty Austin, NOT Heathcott.
    The rest, i say lets talk.

  140. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Like I said yesterday Id call Theo and offer to pay like 8 million of Sorianos salary and give them like Adam Warren or somebody

  141. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    YF,

    When my son was in little league some years back, one of the all stars was a girl. She was one of the best ten players in the league, without quetion. She also went to softball and ultimately played college soccer. I think she too could outhit Stewie.

  142. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Cashman says the same thing in every interview ever

  143. RadioKev January 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    ac1 January 25th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    The other issue with Soriano is that reportedly Theo still wants a real prospect for him

    ___

    Phelps?
    Betances?
    NOT Gary Sanchez, NOT Ty Austin, NOT Heathcott.
    The rest, i say lets talk.
    ———

    I wouldn’t give up Phelps for Soriano. Betances? Sure. Bring back some value.

  144. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I might do Betances for Soriano if Theo ate most of the deal

  145. austinmac January 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Why does anyone think the Yankees would take on Soriano’s salary for 2014? We have seen repeatedly they will not sign anyone not named Ichiro for then.

    Yes, he would be far better than what we have. We have also seen that seems irrelevant. The test is finances, not production.

  146. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Man I sure woukd have liked Marcum for 4 million on a one year deal….

  147. blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Soriano is more similar to Morse than you’d think ….and he’s actually a better defender and baserunner

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock January 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    blake January 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I might do Betances for Soriano if Theo ate most of the deal
    ///

    Sorry Blake, this is so wrong. Remind me to remind you of this ;)

  149. Yankee Trader January 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Blake-

    Ditto on Marcum, already AL East tested.

    New Post———–>

  150. Jerkface January 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Why does anyone think the Yankees would take on Soriano’s salary for 2014? We have seen repeatedly they will not sign anyone not named Ichiro for then.

    As I said, if Soriano comes over and the Cubs agree to pay say 24 mil of the 36 mil owed to him, with 17 of it in 2014 and 7 of it in 2013, then the Yankees would ‘pay’ 0 in 2014 for luxury tax purposes

  151. J. Alfred Prufrock January 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Chad,

    I have been back reading.

    If you’re mentioning 2B of the future, where is Anderson Feliz?

    He’s the most “Cano like” prospective Yankee 2B in our system; the tooliest and the one with the highest upside, IMO. He oozes natural ability, like Cano (no – he’s not going to be as good as Cano), and has that effortlessness to all he does.

    He’s also a switch hitter and the nascent power is potentially there.

    Feliz just needs to be healthy next year, and he’ll be on the lips and minds of Yankee fans and writers.

    Up until this point, he’s rarely mentioned, yet I like him even better than Gumbs.


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