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Tough calls and good players

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When it became clear that the Yankees spring injuries left them with a significant 40-man crunch, this is what Brian Cashman had to say:

“It’s going to cut into some aspect. There are only 40 spots. What are you going to do? … We’re going to have to make tough calls that are going to affect good players. That’s life in the big city, at least this particular year.”

Those tough calls included taking a gamble by releasing David Adams, giving up on the low-risk investment into David Aardsma, and today designating for assignment a true left-on-left specialist in Clay Rapada. Why Rapada? Because there really wasn’t a pain-free alternative. The Yankees could have…

Designated Cody Eppley… But that would have solved nothing. In the process of losing Eppley, the Yankees would have opened a hole on the 25-man roster. And who would have filled it? Unless your answer is Brett Marshall, Francisco Rondon, Dellin Betances or Nik Turley, the Yankees would have been forced to DFA yet another player on top of Eppley.

Put Mark Teixeira on the 60-day… But that would have guaranteed losing Teixeira for two months, and right now, the Yankees are still hopeful that he’ll miss only one month. Teixeira is scheduled to visit the doctor on Monday, and there’s a chance he’ll have his brace removed, which would be a good sign that he’s moving in the right direction.

Designated Adam Warren… But that would have meant giving up on a guy who had a strong second half out of the Triple-A rotation last year. Sure, Warren’s long-man spot could have been filled by Marshall, but there’s probably more value in a 25-year-old starting pitcher than a 32-year-old lefty specialist. Especially with Rondon, Vidal Nuno, Juan Cedeno and Josh Spence in the organization. The Yankees actually have quite a few viable lefties right now.

Designated Melky Mesa… Or Corban Joseph. Or Zoilo Almonte. Basically, the Yankees could have cut some position depth in order to keep Rapada as bullpen depth. All about priorities, though, similar to the idea of designating Warren. It’s a matter of which one you’d rather have, a young player who may or may not help at the big league level, or a veteran who you know can help in a limited role. The trick that worked with Adams — release and hope he re-signs — isn’t something the Yankees would be able to pull off in every situation.

I happen to like Rapada quit a bit. I like talking to him in the clubhouse; I like that he does one particular thing awfully well. But given the alternatives, I’m not sure the Yankees made the wrong call here. The emergence of Nuno and the strong spring by Spence certainly give the Yankees left-handed depth even without Rapada. The 40-man was impossibly tight, and the Yankees managed to make their choices without losing a young player and without losing an irreplaceable big leaguer.

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141 Responses to “Tough calls and good players”

  1. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Darn those lousy injuries!!!

  2. joeman March 31st, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Teixeira ..he hasn’t seen doctor yet but have been hearing rumors he’s leaning towards operation and if he does he won’t be ready to play by next April..

  3. jmills March 31st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Darn those new posts! I’m always behind :)

  4. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Maybe Rapada’s shoulder is the biggest factor. That would seem to make the most sense.

  5. joeman March 31st, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Gordie Howe’s is 85 today…one tough SOB !!!

  6. K-V-C March 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Why not 60 day DL Rapada?

  7. jmills March 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Joe, Mr. Elbows is one tough S.O.B., indeed. Hope u and yours are well.

  8. blake March 31st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Shoulda Released Eppley and took Rondon

  9. blake March 31st, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    joeman says:
    March 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm
    Teixeira ..he hasn’t seen doctor yet but have been hearing rumors he’s leaning towards operation and if he does he won’t be ready to play by next April..

    Huh….link?

  10. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Blake -

    I think the strong springs by Spence, Rondon, Nuno and Cedeno gave the Yankees confidence to DFA Rapada.

    When Hughes comes back they will send Warren or Phelps to Scranton; DFA Eppley and bring up Spence or Nuno to the 40/25

  11. jmills March 31st, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Chip, blake, I’m ready,…I think. How about you guys? Afterall,…..its just dust, and I could just as soon go back to Lloyd Moseby in ’83.

  12. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    jmills – I’ve been ready for about 6 months now.

  13. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 19m
    First Top 10 power poll for 2013: 1. WAS. 2. DET. 3. CIN. 4. SF. 5. ATL. 6. BALT. 7. OAK. 8. TEX 9. STL. 10. LAD. Shred away.
    ———

    Baltimore? I disagree with a few of those, but I can understand the thinking behind them… but BALTMORE?

  14. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Big 10′s best, dismissed. ACC’s two best, dismissed. 3 teams in elite 8, 2 in final four. Any questions?

  15. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t… get it…

  16. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Carlo,
    I get it. Big East all the way!

  17. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 19m
    First Top 10 power poll for 2013: 1. WAS. 2. DET. 3. CIN. 4. SF. 5. ATL. 6. BALT. 7. OAK. 8. TEX 9. STL. 10. LAD. Shred away.
    ———

    Baltimore? I disagree with a few of those, but I can understand the thinking behind them… but BALTMORE?
    ———————

    ESPN contributors have a favorite game – it’s called “Jump the Bandwagon” it’s why the Arizona Cardinals are always picked to win in the NFL.

  18. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    That’s right tom. By the way, I’m in georgia this week. Headed to reynolds for some golf on thursday.

  19. Marcus March 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Buster Olney ?@Buster_ESPN 19m
    First Top 10 power poll for 2013: 1. WAS. 2. DET. 3. CIN. 4. SF. 5. ATL. 6. BALT. 7. OAK. 8. TEX 9. STL. 10. LAD. Shred away.
    ———

    Baltimore? I disagree with a few of those, but I can understand the thinking behind them… but BALTMORE?

    Olney works for ESPN they bow at the Throne of The Buck.

  20. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    the rule, as always, is ignore ESPN.

  21. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Pundits aren’t accountable for anything anyway. If they yearly salary reviews based on their predictions it would be a whole other story.

    …Baltimore…

  22. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Cards and Orange coming to save the ACC, they need it.

  23. blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Baltimore will finish either 4th or 5th in the east this year

  24. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Kev -

    It’s the era of Twitter – they report bad rumors because they want to be first instead of right and they post idiotic predictions because you don’t need to justify yourself in 180 characters.

  25. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Blake -

    Totally agree. They have no pitching, no offense and are counting on a repeat performance from their bullpen.

  26. blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Luckily Syracuse is representing the ACC now pretty much ……guys you do understand the ACC was down this year..Miami won the conference….

  27. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’m going to have to check out this Ranger/Stros game. Introducing the Lineups right now.

    I am pumped for tomorrow. Wake up early and watch Baseball all day. I sure hope CC has it and we can scratch at least 2 runs off of Lester.

  28. yankeefeminista March 31st, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Go ‘Stros!

  29. blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    It’s funny to me that all the “experts” are picking the orioles and Rays to finish Ahead of the Yankees…..the Os have a good offense but there best starter would be no better than the # 4 on the Yanks…..and people are greatly underestimating the loss of Shields and Upton on the Rays IMO

  30. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    @BryanHoch: Vernon Wells gets a new uniform number, as promised. He’ll wear No. 12.

    —————–

    Oh goodie. I’m the proud owner of a Vernon Wells jersey.

  31. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Yup go Stros. I hope Washington doesn’t get a chance to do the “chicken” in the dugout, but Bud Norris as your opening day starter, that hurts.

  32. blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    The Jays have the best roster on paper in the division…..if healthy I think the Yanks have the 2nd best and they know how to win whereas the Jays don’t……there is an intangible to the Yanks culture that I think does make a difference…..

    If the Jays pitch and their rotation stays healthy they may be tough….but that club has a lot of bust potential too.

    Folks counting the yanks out now are doing so just for the story….they have real issues in their lineup…..they also have a really solid rotation….a really good bullpen…..and the best position player in the division too……

  33. blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Watching the Rangers play a AAA team isn’t the most exciting opening night….but it’s real baseball

  34. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Blake -

    They’re the sexy pick because of how they did last year and that they’re a perceived underdog (though how you can be an underdog when everyone is picking you is beyond me). What the experts discount is that they lost their only legitimate source of power (Reynolds) are counting on McLouth being good all season; still have no rotation and won last year largely on the strength of a really good bullpen – which is the hardest thing in baseball to predict.

    They have Adam Jones, JJ Hardy and Matt Wieters – maybe Manny Machado and, if he can stay healthy, Nick Markakis…but that’s a big if. To put it another way – any time your manager considers Wilson Betemit getting hurt a major blow you are not a good team.

  35. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    blake March 31st, 2013 at 7:59 pm
    Watching the Rangers play a AAA team isn’t the most exciting opening night….but it’s real baseball
    ——–

    Only very technically is it real baseball…

    Brett Marshall mowed the Astros down.

  36. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Here’s what you need to know about Houston – Justin Maxwell led the team in homeruns last year.

  37. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve heard the ACC down line for a long time now. Duke/unc/bunch of NIT. If u can’t beatem, make them join ur shtty football conference.

  38. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Good by Curry, good by Kelly, good by Kelly, good by Dook :-)

  39. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Who has won more titles the last 20 years Carlo? The ACC or what used to be the big east…..the big east is no more….enjoy this final 4 then I guess find yourself a new conference to cheer for

  40. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Here is the deal, everyone looks at how down the Yankees are and of course they are down, BUT they we’re so talented in years past that even not fielding as good of a team as in previous years still gives you a formidable squad.

    So the initial observation of the Yankees not being stacked at every position is causing the “experts” to really lose perspective on the situation. Plus it’s vogue right now to pile on and say the Yankees suck. Like back in H.S. “Mom and Dad all the kids are doing it.”

    It’s going to be nip and tuck all year, but they should be able to grab one of the WC spots and then you just hope to win the do or die game and get hot in October.

  41. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    And we’re off. 2013 Season underway.

  42. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Some live in the past, I live in the present. You want to live in the future or distant past, that’s fine. Big east will be around and it will be good, in the future, my Cards will be pilaging the ACC come 2015.

  43. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    In the last thread I meant I would have DFA’d Eppley and brought up Rondon. I know they are starting him in AA, but he only has 2 pitches and control issues. Unlike Nuno I don’t think he has as much starting potential. its something Mike axisa brought up before. I find it strange they would give up on Joba but be committed to starting a guy like Rondon that has less stuff and less control.

  44. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I do find it funny that the only college basketball fans applauding and gloating (comically) conference realignments are those of the fledgling ACC.

  45. Jerkface March 31st, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Anyways, because Rapada is injured and we dont know the extent (shoulders are always trouble) I can’t really blame the Yankees. 60 Day DL might have been a better choice though I never thought of that!

  46. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    OK. 2003 Tigers: 43-119.

    Astros… ?

    1962 Mets: 40-120.

    Astros… ?

    This could be history, people.

  47. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    From Buster Olney: 23 individual players will make more than the entire Astro’s team salary.

  48. Sir Harden Thick March 31st, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Ouch, Berkman the 3 hitter for Tex. My have the mighty fallen.

  49. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    The “fledging ACC” is 60 years old

  50. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Anyone want to throw our lineup side by side with Houstons for some confidence into tomorrow?

  51. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Carlo I find it funny that you overlook that the alignments are taking place to keep pace with the ACC.

  52. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    RadioKev says:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm
    From Buster Olney: 23 individual players will make more than the entire Astro’s team salary.

    Many of those 23 players are worth more than the Astros whole team

  53. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Looks every bit like a 60 year old tired league.

  54. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Rhapsody? Excuse me? Do u have any clue what u are talking about? This stuff started years ago. The ACCc made their move 2 years ago out of fear they would fall victim. The joke of it all is the ACC still thinks it is a real football conference.

  55. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Carlo you might have a point if the ACC had not won more NCAA titles than any other division the last 20 years.

  56. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Carlo,
    Have a good time at Reynolds. Spring’s late this year, everything should be blooming when you get here. I’m about 40 miles from there. Give a shout if you want to come over. I’ve got no rooms to offer (Masters Week), but come anyway.

  57. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Carlo says:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    Looks every bit like a 60 year old tired league.

    Lol….tired league that just added your conferences best school…..when the big east steals away Carolina or Duke then let me know….

  58. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Talking basketball Carlo.

  59. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    “The joke of it all is the ACC still thinks it is a real football conference.”

    It’s an everything conference…..one of the best in baseball too….big east isn’t going to be good at anything after this year

  60. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Well, the Astros had a good run this season. Think that thrown out stealing wraps it up.

  61. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Louisville, how long have they been in the big east, and how long will they stay?

  62. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Duke – done
    Miami – done

    Waa waaa, well our conference execs coaxed ur teams to our conference, waaa waaa.

  63. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue says:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm
    Louisville, how long have they been in the big east, and how long will they stay?

    Joining the ACC in 2014….the 7th big east school to join the ACC…..

  64. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Rhapsody – lville is going to the ACC in 2015. U don’t know what u are talking about. That is apparent.

  65. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Carlo

    12 years old?

  66. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    12 year olds chime in when they don’t know the facts. That annoys me.

  67. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Carlo and why the hell do you think Louisville would consider going to the ACC if it wasn’t a step up?

    What happens in 2015 we’ll see when we get there.

    The UNC, Duke programs are not laying down for Rick Pitino.

  68. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Carlo says:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    12 year olds chime in when they don’t know the facts. That annoys me.

    It’s 2014 not 2015

  69. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    “Carlo and why the hell do you think Louisville would consider going to the ACC if it wasn’t a step up?”

    Or Syracuse or Pitt or Miami or VT etc…..I guess they all wanted to downgrade their conference

  70. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    The Catholic Seven (plus a few other Saints and Loyolas) will be in the NCAAs for years to come.

  71. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    If the Astros finish .500, does Bo Porter win manager of the year?

  72. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Do u guys really think basketball drove realignment? Ask jim boeheim if he wants to go to the ACC. Football and $. That’s it. Has nothing to do with the quality of basketball. Not one big east basketball team would believe the ACC is a step up for their program. Not one.

  73. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Next years acc tournament is 2014. Lville will not be in it. Basketball in 2015.

  74. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Roy Williams and Coach K will lose sleep knowing Boeheim is in the ACC.

  75. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    “Ask jim boeheim if he wants to go to the ACC”

    Course not….he doesn’t want to have to play Carolina and Duke every year

  76. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Did u guys really think that these schools left the big east because they thought it would be an upgrade for their basketball programs? Did u really think that is what drove all this?

  77. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Can’t really recall any great talents being produced out of the Louisville football program.

  78. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t think Jim worries much about unc or duke. Pitino clearly isn’t worried.

  79. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Off the top of my head not one.

    ACC schools another story.

  80. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    ACC football will be better, with none of the originals winning anything soon. In basketball, at long last, there will be more competition than UNC and Duke.

  81. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    For every great duke football talent, lville probably has 5.

  82. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Boeheim is a clown.

    With the talent he has brought to the tournament he has little to show over the years.

    Compared to Coach K. or Roy Williams.

  83. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    Can’t really recall any great talents being produced out of the Louisville football program.
    ——————————————————————

    They really were good for a couple years under Petrino and then slid back down for a little bit after he left. They really beat up Florida in the Sugar Bowl last year and should be solid this year and as long as Strong is coaching there. Teddy Bridgewater can really play at QB.

  84. RhapsodyInBlue March 31st, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I don’t know of any notable football talent from Louisville.

    I know Sonny Jurgenson who is the hall was a Duke grad.

    Louisville is relatively new to college football.

  85. blake March 31st, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Carlo says:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm
    I don’t think Jim worries much about unc or duke. Pitino clearly isn’t worried.

    Should be

  86. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Eh, the ‘Stros are hanging in there but I think that lineup might have a few problems producing a lot of runs, lol. Loaded with prospects who didn’t live up to their potential.

  87. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I love baseball, but it’s just about time to switch to Game of Thrones…

  88. tomingeorgia March 31st, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt jump to the top of the ACC in football, and still, no one will care.

  89. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I assume u guys think the nl west is the best division in baseball over the last few years, right? Only way to go with ur acc analysis over the past 20 years.

  90. Tar March 31st, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Schools from the Big East when they want to move up, go to the ACC.

    Schools from Conference USA and the like move up by going to the Big East.

    Only Reason Louisville moved to the Big East in the first place (less than 10 Years ago) was because Miami and VT moved on up to the ACC.

    But whatever, nobody is going to change anybody else’s mind so have fun. I’ve got other plans. :D

  91. LGY March 31st, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm
    I assume u guys think the nl west is the best division in baseball over the last few years, right? Only way to go with ur acc analysis over the past 20 years.

    ———

    Don’t really care about this conversation but if you’re looking for a comparison have to think it makes more sense to stick with the same time frame.

    And if we use 20 years, the AL East comes out on top.

  92. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Timeframe is irrelevent. View is, national title = best league.

  93. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    So, while we complain about bad Yankee moves let’s consider that Boston has traded David Murphy and Josh Reddick for Eric Gagne and Andrew Bailey and also chose to dump Adrian Beltre and move Youk to 3b to give a gagillion dollars to A-Gone.

  94. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Guess Maryland graduated to the Big Ten?

  95. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Carlo says:
    March 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    Guess Maryland graduated to the Big Ten?

    More of a lateral move

  96. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Call him Justin-credible.

  97. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    “So, while we complain about bad Yankee moves let’s consider that Boston has traded David Murphy and Josh Reddick for Eric Gagne and Andrew Bailey and also chose to dump Adrian Beltre and move Youk to 3b to give a gagillion dollars to A-Gone.”

    Lets not forget Jed Lowrie for Melancon…..theo had a bad last year in Boston….really bad

  98. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    If this were the WBC and the Astros won tonight the Jon Morosi would consider them the best team in baseball

  99. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I see. Lateral to big ten, but up to acc

  100. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Carlo says:
    March 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm
    I see. Lateral to big ten, but up to acc

    ACC -> big 10 is pretty lateral
    Big easy -> ACC is a step up

    Pretty simple…..the ACC, SEC, PAC 12 and Big 10 are pretty equal conferences…..the Big east overall is a step below which is why it’s best teams are jumping ship to join the better conferences

  101. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    “So, while we complain about bad Yankee moves let’s consider that Boston has traded David Murphy and Josh Reddick for Eric Gagne and Andrew Bailey and also chose to dump Adrian Beltre and move Youk to 3b to give a gagillion dollars to A-Gone.”

    Lets not forget Jed Lowrie for Melancon…..theo had a bad last year in Boston….really bad
    —————

    Melancon and Bailey were Cherrington pickups – Theo was already in Chicago

  102. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Melancon and Bailey were Cherrington pickups – Theo was already in Chicago”

    You’re right and I knew that .. Long day…..still bad moves

  103. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Seems like the big east is a better basketball conference than every one of those. So what I take from it, and what is blatantly obvious to most, is that the landscape is dictated by football, where the ACC>Big east. And clearly the big ten is hands down better than the ACC. In basketball, where it is also painfully obvious, the ACC doesn’t hold a candle to the big east these days.

  104. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    “And clearly the big ten is hands down better than the ACC. In basketbal”

    Yea thats why the ACC won like 12 AcC/ big 10 challenges in a row before this year…..

  105. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Was obviously talking football.

  106. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    And yea the Big East was a comparable basketball conference to the ACC….but they aren’t close in other sports and that’s why overall the conference isn’t one of the elite…..the top conferences are good at everything….the ACC is a powerhouse in baseball too

  107. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The big 10 hasn’t really been that much better in football lately….Ohio state and Michigan have been down…..in college football you have the SEC then everybody else

  108. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    “… and also chose to dump Adrian Beltre and move Youk to 3b to give a gagillion dollars to A-Gone.”

    —————————————–

    The spray chart that launched a thousand ships.

  109. Carlo March 31st, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The ACC is a joke in football. They are fine in baseball, which is kind of a joke because of the weather difference between conferences that make it non comparable. They aren’t the SEC.

    They are well behind the big east in basketball these days.

  110. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Is this rangers-Astros game the first of the year — or the final exhibition game?

  111. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    “They are well behind the big east in basketball these days.”

    You understand that big east basketball will only be relevant for a few more days right?

  112. Josh Lueke fan March 31st, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Duke and Carolina won the title in consecutive years just a couple years ago. The Big East is not that much better than the ACC. Carolina will be back sooner rather than later. Please do not use the advancing of Louisville and Syracuse to the Final Four as evidence of the now deceased Big East being better than the ACC.

  113. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    tucker says:
    March 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm
    Is this rangers-Astros game the first of the year — or the final exhibition game?

    Real game

  114. Josh Lueke fan March 31st, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Knicks look like a team again. Since the addition of Kenyon Martin and the absence of the vastly overrated defensively Tyson Chandler.

  115. Josh Lueke fan March 31st, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    JR Smith, in the past several games, has turned into a high basketball IQ player. It is like he had an epiphany. He is now taking quality shots.

  116. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Well, then go Astros!

  117. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Derek Lowe gives up a 3 run bomb to Ankiel. Go Stros!

  118. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Typical Lowe…

  119. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Maxwell legs out his second triple of the game … Nice player, but he’s not a vet and not too hairy …

  120. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    This could be the only time this year when the Astros are above .500. Or they could be out to drop a big eff bomb on the AL West teams that thought they were going to feast on them.

  121. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    This Justin Maxwell character is pretty good. Wish the Yankees had someone like him…

  122. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Player of the game? Justin Maxwell.

    The Rangers have a hard throwing lefty reliever that’s the size of Mustelier. Joe Ortiz.

  123. Yank 97 March 31st, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Serious question – Will Mason Williams be a better MLB player than Justin Maxwell?

  124. fantasygame101 March 31st, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    the Astros alone on top for at least 1 day. How many teams will be able to claim that this yr?

  125. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Wonder how much the Rangers O will miss Hamilton, Napoli and Michael Young. AJ will likely not produce like last year. Who knows about Nelson Cruz after he was implicated in Biogenesis … Though it helps to have a guy like Profar step in.

  126. Mike_Boston April 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Does anyone know if Espn will be blacked out in local markets tomorrow? I thought they don’t on opening day but not sure.

  127. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I didn’t watch the entire game, because I had to watch the Game of Thrones premiere and the walking dead season ‘finale’ (LOL), but it was awesome to see Justin Maxwell win player of the game. Managed to catch some good plays by him when I checked in on the game.

    Woulda been nice to have him on the bench. Would have meant not having to trade for Vernon Wells.

  128. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Olney says Andrus is close to a long-term deal with the Rangers. Damn. The margin for developmental error keeps shrinking. They have to get way better at it very fast.

  129. Jerkface April 1st, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Dunno if thats april fools or not, I don’t think Olney and Rosenthal would conspire to do an april fools prank. Rosenthal said 8/120

  130. Nick in SF April 1st, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Hola amigos y otras personas! Yo no estoy en mi casa ahora. Pero estoy emocionado por la nueva temporada del béisbol.

    Trisha, anote mi predicion de 92 victorias para los Yankees! Muchas gracias.

    Adiós por ahora. Creo que nos volveremos a encontrar.

  131. Bronx Jeers April 1st, 2013 at 6:53 am

    @RiverAveBlues: Boras: Yankees, Cano on verge of “historic” 12-year extension http://t.co/NfDXAMsmPc

  132. Mike Ri April 1st, 2013 at 6:56 am

    OPENING DAY !!!!!!!!!! SO PUMPED UP !!

    Can’t wait to see my boy YOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKKKK

  133. Tar April 1st, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Hola Nick!

    Won’t be around for todays game. Go Yankees!

  134. Chip April 1st, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Oh man…Yankees and Robinson Cano are working on a 6 year $148 million dollar deal!

  135. Doreen April 1st, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning and Happy Opening Day to All!

    Obviously the RAB thing is an April Fool’s piece, but Chip, are you serious?

  136. RadioKev April 1st, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Happy Opening Day!

  137. Mike Ri April 1st, 2013 at 8:05 am

    NEW POST –>

  138. blake April 1st, 2013 at 8:05 am

    So bummed about the Andrus extension…..you have to develop position players these days cause teams keep their own….

    I’m assuming that Cano rumor is fake

  139. blake April 1st, 2013 at 8:09 am

    12 years? What are the yanks thinking unless this is some fancy way to keep the AAV down

  140. MTU April 1st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Chip-

    You left off a digit- a 16 year deal.

    :)

  141. Carlo April 1st, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Josh Lueke fan March 31st, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    Duke and Carolina won the title in consecutive years just a couple years ago. The Big East is not that much better than the ACC. Carolina will be back sooner rather than later. Please do not use the advancing of Louisville and Syracuse to the Final Four as evidence of the now deceased Big East being better than the ACC.

    —————————

    Ok – i will just go with the following to prove that:

    8 tourney teams for the big east vs 4 for the ACC

    Lville beating duke easily and and marquette beating miami easily……both on on neutral courts when it mattered most…….in best versus best matchups

    and the fact that the big east had a higher conference power rating and rpi

    in 2013, it really wasnt comparable. same can be said for 2012.


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