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Yankees lineup

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

1. Gardner CF
2. Suzuki RF
3. Cano 2B
4. Hafner DH
5. Almonte LF
6. Overbay 1B
7. Nunez SS
8. Cruz 3B
9. Stewart C
Sabathia P

 
 

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79 Responses to “Yankees lineup”

  1. blake July 9th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    “Texas was stupid for giving Elvis Andrus all that loot. I’d rather have Nunez for the league minimum.”

    I’d rather have over paid Andrus than Nunie to be honest.

  2. UpState July 9th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thank god !

    Nunez is playing !

  3. ac1 July 9th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hafner is still ‘protecting’ cano? Guess he will still get very little to hit. They need to do something about hafner. Wells is finally coming around, but he at least plays the field.

  4. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Repost:

    blake July 9th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    “Texas was stupid for giving Elvis Andrus all that loot. I’d rather have Nunez for the league minimum.”

    I’d rather have over paid Andrus than Nunie to be honest.

    ——————

    Without a doubt.

    Greg – This blog has been sustained for entire days in the off season with chit chat about Sharktopus, Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, Shark Zone, Super Shark, 2-Headed Shark Attack, Carcharodon Meglodon, etc.

  5. Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I’m not expecting much offense tonight vs Shields.

  6. blake July 9th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    It doesn’t really matter but this is the lineup I’d go with

    Gardner
    Cano
    Almonte
    Hafner
    Nunez
    Ichiro
    Overbay
    Cruz
    Stewie.

    It’s bad any way you slice it…..unless you can hit Cano 9 times and them not notice.

  7. GregD July 9th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    GregD July 9th, 2013 at 3:34 pm
    Shame—–interesting……..more people need professional help

  8. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    What is scarier? A singular shark big enough to bite the Golden Gate Bridge in two OR a lot of normal sized sharks that are being carried around by a tornado..??

  9. Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Girardi seems to have given up batting Cano second, which I thought was a pretty good idea. Wish he had last night, for instance.

  10. blake July 9th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    “What is scarier? A singular shark big enough to bite the Golden Gate Bridge in two OR a lot of normal sized sharks that are being carried around by a tornado..??”

    The latter can get you on sea OR land!

  11. Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    It would depend on whether I was on the Golden Gate Bridge, or in Kansas.

  12. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    blake July 9th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    “What is scarier? A singular shark big enough to bite the Golden Gate Bridge in two OR a lot of normal sized sharks that are being carried around by a tornado..??”

    The latter can get you on sea OR land!

    ———————–

    THAT’S THE CRUX OF THE SYNOPSIS AND IT’S EFFECTIVE!!!!!!

  13. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Depends on if I can get a Jaeger to fight the giant shark

  14. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    It would depend on whether I was on the Golden Gate Bridge, or in Kansas.

    ———————–

    Fair.

  15. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    The Asylum doesn’t have the budget Warner Brothers does so good luck finding a Jaeger.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    “Do you prefer the incessant transcendental platitudinous prattle of pontification from some here?”

    HELL no!!!!! But there’s always hope. If enough people trash his favorite Yankee player or the Yanks fail to sign his next “can’t miss” fav, perhaps he’ll turn tail again and disappear into the night. Maybe the third time will be the charm! I like the alliteration, by the way. I was thinking puffed-up pillow of puke.

    “can’t look at it that way

    Yanks are gonna lose some games. I’m just happy they started scoring runs. The closer they get to having Jeter and Alex back… the Granderson… and are still in striking distance of the division, the better.

    The fact that the Yanks are in the hunt with all of these injuries is remarkable. When they get some guys back, they could go on a roll.”

    BD be careful! You’ll be accused of being phonily optimistic, neurotic, a baiting troll, and whatever other flights of fancy enter into the mind of the great forum father (who seems to have mood swings that vacillate between hope and despair – not that I believe in psychoanalyzing others here. We have enough armchair professionals as it is!)

    “And speaking of hope, where does all this enthusiasm for Pineda come from?”

    A total belief that he will come back in a blaze of glory and be the pitcher he was when he was with Seattle.

    Some of us were born with an extra optimism gene. I apologize if I took it from anyone here who was born without even one.

    That said, the offense’s lack of coming through when needed was a total come down. Hard to blame it on Vernon, who got two more hits.

    But where there’s life, there’s hope. You never know when the switch will be flipped again, or who will be the player to flip it!

    :)

    Signed

    Forever Sunshine!

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I feel bad for Ishikawa. He did not asked to be picked up by the Yankees, and he certainly didn’t want to be unsuccessful in his FIRST TWO AB at the Stadium.

    On the other hand, the Yankee fans are definitely restless, and so I think they will readily spill out their love on anyone who dares to fail.

    The nature of the beast in the Bronx. What can you do?

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Okay, I’ll leave now. I sense the forum is not in the mood for my kind of sunshine.

    As you was!

    :)

  19. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    jrkface, et tu? You scouted Maddox as a young pitcher and recognized that despite less than over whelming stuff he would be a HOF’r and win over 300 games?

    jerkface, I guess Moyer wouldn’t have gotten much notice from your impeccable scouting either or maybe Eddie Lopat, Whitey Ford and the many other successful pitchers with less than big time stuff?

    You keep missing the point. If you scouted Maddux when he was young you’d know he threw in the low to mid 90s and was flipping awesome and had multiple plus pitches. So you could probably say, ‘Wow this guy is good, potential HOFer’. You would not know that he would eventually become a more soft tossing guy that still managed to excel thanks to loads of experience, preferential strike zone, and still very above average secondary pitches

    Moyer also threw harder in his prime and really wasn’t that good, but he hung aroun because he was a lefty that could occasionally put a season together. The others played in a different era.

  20. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Sharktopus is scary because he has 8 tentacles so it’s like a shark but it can grab you..

  21. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Phelps doesnt have the command, control, stuff, or pitches *now* to suggest that he will be very good. So to compare him to very experienced guys who had better stuff when they were the same age is folly.

  22. Hankflorida July 9th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    My analysis of keeping Boesch in play is based mainly on Hal’s cap with his penchant of not to spend money. Boesch averaged out 14 home runs a year for 450 at bats with .260 BA playing with the Tigers. If we can factor in Yankee Stadium and give Boesch another ten home runs a year with the same BA. Compare Boesch’s potential numbers to Swisher’s lifetime and you get a .255 hitter with 24 home runs. Boesch costs less then 2 million and Swisher 6 times that. If Boesch had not hurt himself after Text went down, Boesch would have been there instead of Almonte, and we would have had a better picture of what he could have done in regard to power numbers instead of the small sample we have of this year of 3 home runs for 53 at bats which averages out 6% of his at bats. Right now, given the choice of having to play Gardner and Ishiro, who would you choose as the third outfielder Almonte or Boesch?

  23. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Like seriously the only thing Phelps and Maddux have in common is that Phelps as 20 year old throws about as slow as a 30 year old Maddux. With none of the movement or command or other stuff that made Maddux Maddux.

    Pitchers can succeed with low velocity, but not most of them. The exceptions tend to have some other factor working in their favor.

  24. austinmac July 9th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Blake,

    I do believe sending Cano up every other hitter with the Bobby Valentine beard is worth a try.

  25. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    A Phelps/Maddux comp is pretty absurd.

  26. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    A Mega Shark/Sharnado comp, however, is totally warranted.

  27. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Trish, I see you found it necessary to repost your theme song lyrics while reinforcing your love and devotion to all things Yankee!

    Where is that “optimism gene” located above or below the waist? ;)

    Are you a social worker by any chance or the neighborhood Momma?

    You quoted my sentence as the lead and assumed you were in the group described.

    Not at all dear lady for while your estimable optimistic nature is commendable, it’s your feisty unapologetic self that is actually more endearing.

    On a serious note the Pineda comment is unwarranted and at the very least needs qualification.

    You meant to say, “the pitcher he appeared to be in the first half”.

    As for Ishi he looked intimidated, he will be turning in his uni soon! Be well ;)

  28. austinmac July 9th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Phelps is a capable pitcher. However, his stuff is probably league average at best. He has to command or he will get hammered as happens to him from time to time. Greg Maddux may have had the best command of any pitcher ever. So, if Phelps or virtually anyone can duplicate that command they will be very good. Good luck with that.

  29. tucker July 9th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Rich, per the Adams v. Wigginton comparison in the last thread, I don’t think it’s fair to Adams to stick him at first base. The Yanks desperately need a RH hitting option at first, but Adams has never played that position. Not fair to ask the kid to learn to play a position at the MLB level — like they did with Nunez last year.

    I’d prefer they drop Ishikawa, pick up Wigginton and give ARod some reps at first in his rehab assignment. Give Adams a few weeks at AAA to get his confidence back up then recall him when ARod is ready. Platoon Adams and ARod at third, designate Wigginton and send down AG.

  30. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Inestimable!

  31. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    austinmac, the context is what were the perceptions of Maddox and numerous others equipment prior to their attaining stardom.

    Not what they ultimately became or for purposes of this dialogue as a real time comparison to a rookie!

    No one (except a few blog seers may actually predict the future) of anything but the point was and is you need not have a big time arm to be successful.

    Maybe Phelps will learn the knuckler and have career like Wilhelm! ;)

  32. Mike in Harrisburg July 9th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Guys like Maddux and David Cone could touch 93-94 coming up and into their primes. Comparing David Phelps to them simply because he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball and they lost theirs in their declining years is …imprecise.

  33. fantasygame101 July 9th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Does anyone know cashman reason for picking up ishikawa? is it just for the sake of showing people that cashman is still alive?

  34. Dumper Pumper Jr July 9th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    I feel bad for Ishikawa. He did not asked to be picked up by the Yankees, and he certainly didn’t want to be unsuccessful in his FIRST TWO AB at the Stadium.

    On the other hand, the Yankee fans are definitely restless, and so I think they will readily spill out their love on anyone who dares to fail.

    ———-

    I think it is more that the fans are not pleased when the New York Yankees are getting guys not even hitting .200 this year.

    The nature of the beast in the Bronx. What can you do?

  35. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Arod a platoon player at 28mm…..with a guy who couldn’t hit his weight?

    Cruz who gets no love here is a better fielder, baserunner and might even hit better based on early sampling.

  36. Dumper Pumper Jr July 9th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    And the Yankees are pretty much a singles team, and that won’t change when Jeter here

  37. UnKnown July 9th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    These last 6 games before the break are just huge. We finally stopped the bleeding and got things back together last week. Jumped back up into 2nd place after Saturday’s game. Now we can’t poop that down the shoot by limping through this week and into the break.

    Minimum 5 of the next 6 is really desired I think, especially when you look at the schedule coming out of the break.

  38. UnKnown July 9th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Let’s Go Yanks!

  39. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    MIke, Phelps has hit 91-92, but again neither of the pitchers you mention are being compared to Phelps in career terms, only as players with similar limitations in terms of what is deemed big time arms.

    Low 90′s is considered average MLB fastballs, it’s what you do with them and secondary stuff that makes a winner.

    Do you grasp the concept of context? You need not have mid nineties heat to be a successful MLB pitcher and there are numerous example I’ve already pointed out like Lopat and Ford to name two Yankees.

    This also speaks to my point about Pineda, lets not belabor the issue ,you either understand it or you don’t.

  40. anthonyd46 July 9th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Singles team or not Jeter is consistent something 90% of this lineup isn’t

  41. charlestonchew July 9th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Re; the Boesch vs. Almonte discussion, I’d much rather have Almonte. The kid hit 21 HR in 106 games in AA last year. And in AAA was OPSing around .800.

    I expect that he’ll adjust to the ML level (or the AAA level) and be a decent major leaguer in the near future. He’s been OPSing around .800 for a couple of years and probably wasn’t quite ready for major league action, but here he is and his approach is impressive. He’s also a switch hitter, which gives him a big leg up over Boesch. I’m not doubting Boesch’s skills, I just think Almonte is better.

  42. john smith July 9th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    If Phelps is Greg Maddux then Nova is John Smoltz and Nuno is Tom Glavine

  43. blake July 9th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    “I do believe sending Cano up every other hitter with the Bobby Valentine beard is worth a try.”

    I agree…..they need to explore all options

  44. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Again I ask why the absolute focus on being more competitive this year?

    We were a marginal playoff team last year and couldn’t hit a lick vs Detroit.

    We have a myriad of injuries but.there would be no guarantee we would be any better with all those players back.

    We appear to be in contention because other than Boston the east is a scramble to date.

    However any reasoned look at our roster must indicate where the Yankees are concerned it’s a fluke!

    The points again being whom might we trade for what?

    Whom should be resigned?

    What prospects should be ready to step in next year?

    And what can we reasonably expect from our aging core?

    A monumental task with many complexities for the organization and Cashman.

    This is a watershed year which has the possibility of determining how competitive this organization will be for the next decade.

    Screw this year if necessary and make the decisions necessary to insure the future for the organization.

    Only the spoiled fans may depart not the true Yankee loyalists!

  45. champ809 July 9th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Phelps actually touches 94 with the 4 seamer although he sits 91-92… Phelps is a guy who when he’s on with his command will be very effective mainly because he uses all of his pitches, he doesn’t pitch afraid and I think hitters see his slight build and underestimate him and his stuff.

    But if he’s not hitting his spots he won’t get by on pure stuff alone. he’d be a very good #4/5 starter here long term but could be more in the NL or another ballpark and i think his trade value might be higher than his long term value to the Yanks currently. I would move him for the right player in a package.

    I personally think that Brett Marshall has a chance to be a better pitcher than Phelps as he has better pure stuff. he used to get the 4 seamer up to 98 as a kid but he’s become more of a 2 seam/sinker slider guy who will get the 2 seamer up to 94-95.

    I think the big thing for the Yanks next season will be having the group of Pineda, Nova, Warren, Banuelos, Jose Ramirez and Brett Marshall and even Bettances all ready to contribute to the big league club. An eventual rotation of
    CC
    Nova
    Pineda
    Banuelos
    Jose Ramirez

    although very young could be electric!

  46. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    John Smith, stick with Pocahontas because you don’t know squat about baseball or how to interpret context!

  47. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Low 90s FB is average when you’re averaging it, not topping out at it. Phelps has a below average fastball. Its 89.9 average this year. He has about equal games averaging under 90 mph for the game than over it. At 91-92 consistently he is ok. At 89 he isn’t. Which is baseball. Saying Maddux did well at 89 doesn’t change that.

  48. Barry July 9th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Re being Fair to Adams. The Yankees were fair. They gave him a chance to fail. He succeeded at that.

  49. blake July 9th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    The Yankees should sell……I bet the Tigers or Braves would give a lot for Cano.

  50. blake July 9th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    “Re being Fair to Adams. The Yankees were fair. They gave him a chance to fail. He succeeded at that”

    look up how Pedrioa hit in his 1st 2 months in the big leagues……not saying Adams is Pedroia but the sample size he was given was meaningless.

  51. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Champ, good post with dare I say context.

    Think Stottlemyre, Tommy John, Catfish when “analyzing” pitching or even the C.M. Wang for the three years before being injured in the context I used!

    Pitching is not simply overpowering hitters, it’s location, movement and changes of speed.

  52. Hankflorida July 9th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    charlestonchew July 9th, 2013 at 4:23 pm
    Re; the Boesch vs. Almonte discussion, I’d much rather have Almonte. The kid hit 21 HR in 106 games in AA last year. And in AAA was OPSing around .800.

    I expect that he’ll adjust to the ML level (or the AAA level) and be a decent major leaguer in the near future. He’s been OPSing around .800 for a couple of years and probably wasn’t quite ready for major league action, but here he is and his approach is impressive. He’s also a switch hitter, which gives him a big leg up over Boesch. I’m not doubting Boesch’s skills, I just think Almonte is better.

    You understand that I am not degrading Almonte but pointing out the fact that he has to play in an outfield of banjo hitters, and I do not think since the Yankees were playing in the “House That Ruth Built,” that they ever had three outfielders playing together with such little home run power. I just think that the Yankees can only afford one spray hitter in the outfield. I could see an outfield of Granderson playing regularly and Almonte or Ishiro or Gardener playing regularly with Boesch and Welles sharing right field. All I am asking for is for Boesch and Welles to give me Swisher numbers or 6% of at bats to be home runs. All this analysis is based on playing with the hand you have because of Hal’s cap.

  53. charlestonchew July 9th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    “We were a marginal playoff team last year and couldn’t hit a lick vs Detroit.”

    Really? Are you calling the team with the best record in the AL a “marginal” playoff team? That’s kind of silly, no?

    There’s no doubt that the Yankees are in a tough spot, with ownership sticking to the $189 million goal and so many big contracts for aging players. Alex and Tex are the most worrisome, with CC not far behind, and then of course Cano once he’s re-signed.

    I think the Yankees will continue to compete this year and still have an excellent chance at the playoffs. A lot will have to go right, but for a long time things have been going wrong–so the odds are somewhat in our favor. I’m expecting ARod to be a productive player again and it’d be hard for him to be less productive than Cruz, Nunez, or Gonzalez. The same goes for Jeter and Granderson when he’s finally back.

    This team will compete until the very end this year. There is no significant crisis on the horizon. The Yankees will have to spend smart and continue developing their minor leaguers (many of whom are showing offensive promise, like Austin & Almonte & Murphy & Heathcott. For many of those guys, there are just a few more growing pains to go before they’re ready for the majors and we can say goodbye to Wells, Ichiro, and Granderson’s contracts in our outfield and have someone again who is above league average at catcher.

    The Yankees also have a great deal of depth when it comes to low-cost pitching. Nova showed a few nights ago that he’s not finished. Phelps is a bottom of the rotation guy who is fairly consistent and Pineda is showing signs that he may be able to continue his success and sit in the middle of the rotation. Adam Warren has certainly opened some eyes, which is not to mention guys like Ramirez and Banuelos who have had some recent struggles but have shown a great deal of talent and even results in recent years.

    The Yankees will be fine. They will spend when they have to, but things will be different going forward. This was always the plan: to rely more on the minor league system and less on big contracts and spending. It may hurt for a few years, I totally agree, but it will be for the best. I do think the Yankees need to make Cano a very serious offer. 6 yrs 130-145 million wouldn’t be too out of the question, but who knows what LA’s going to throw at him. If he’s gone, then we have more flexibility if a guy like Adams can develop into that position or a compelling free agent comes along for a lower cost. There’s also the trade market and international signings.

    The days are over where the Yankees can just open their wallets and buy championships. But that’s a good thing. Now it’s a combination of smart player development & drafting along with reasonable contracts. There won’t be another ARod or Soriano, where the contract was just stupid and ill-advised. Maybe Cano turns into a Tex-like contract, but that is just part of the risk. You have disappointments and surprises and sometimes they happen for your benefit, too.

    We’ll see. Man that was some rambling…. =)

  54. john smith July 9th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    John Smith, stick with Pocahontas because you don’t know squat about baseball or how to interpret context!

    Comparing Phelps to Maddux is just as absurd as comparing Nova to Smoltz or Nuno to Glavine.

    David Adams is comparable to Chipper Jones. Zoilo Almonte is Andruw Jones. Romine is Javy Lopez.

    Who would have thought? All the garbage AAAA players the Yankees have are actually all-stars in waiting

  55. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Blake, so you are saying Adams should be given an indefinite opportunity to play every day regardless of his production?

    And were you the mgr. you would do this?

    And you would not seek alternatives?

    And you would subscribe to this theory with other supposed prospects?

    And you would not be managing very long, unless you were working for Jeffrey Loria on the cheap!

    We already have a crisis in unemployed workers,keep the day job! ;)

  56. Barry July 9th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Blake –

    If you are not saying Adams is Pedroia what are you saying…? This man was not sharp. And big time major league teams have no obligation to be fair before cutting someone loose or demotion. On this blog people constantly post about dfa from people who at least have been successful.

  57. Mike in Harrisburg July 9th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I guess to clarify and follow on from champ809, the point I think we all agree on is that Phelps is not going to dominate with his fastball alone, which IS something that Maddux, and Cone could do in their youth. They just happened to have a slew of other plus pitches as well, that they came to rely on more with age.

    I actually think Jimmy Key is a pretty good comp for Phelps’ ceiling.

  58. GregD July 9th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Adams needs some time in minors, he will be back and I suspect he will be a solid player here

  59. charlestonchew July 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Hankflorida –

    Totally agree with you. The lack of power is troubling. I’m just not sure that Boesch has more power than Almonte. Almonte is a bit of a power hitter, given his 21hr in AA last year in just 106 games. Maybe he’s not ready to repeat that at the MLB level–and Boesch has shown that maybe he’s not quite able to do it this year either.

    It’s a really tough call, but I think you have to go with Almonte because he’s a switch hitter and will provide more versatility. He has some pop and I’m hoping with more time and his very professional appraoch that he will find it over the rest of the season.

  60. austinmac July 9th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Commnsnse,

    I got in the Phelps conversation late. I completely agree pitchers with Phelps stuff can become very effective pitchers. It is simply more difficult requiring fewer mistakes.

    How Phelps or anyone else will turn out is always the question. If I knew these things I would probably be using those abilities for pay. Very good pay.

  61. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Jerkface, is you brain waterlogged, you continue to compare the craft of Maddox based on a HOF career that is over vs a pitcher whose career has just begun. Do you comprehend the definition of hindsight?

    Repeat, you have no way of knowing how Phelps or anyone’s career will develop and what their end game stats will be!

    John Smith will be joining you in your scouting duties, hopefully doing better than understanding the English language!

  62. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Austin presents the understanding of context.

    Your hired! ;)

  63. blake July 9th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    “If you are not saying Adams is Pedroia what are you saying…? This man was not sharp.”

    I’m saying you can’t tell a whole heck of a lot about a player based on 35 games.

  64. blake July 9th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    “Blake, so you are saying Adams should be given an indefinite opportunity to play every day regardless of his production?”

    of course not…..but I think they should have kept playing him until they had a better option…..which they don’t.

  65. john smith July 9th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Jerkface, is you brain waterlogged, you continue to compare the craft of Maddox based on a HOF career that is over vs a pitcher whose career has just begun. Do you comprehend the definition of hindsight?

    Repeat, you have no way of knowing how Phelps or anyone’s career will develop and what their end game stats will be!

    John Smith will be joining you in your scouting duties, hopefully doing better than understanding the English language!

    You are criticizing my English skills in a post with several grammatical errors? Ok

  66. Wave Your Hat July 9th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    John smith makes more sense than comparing Phelps to Maddox.

  67. blake July 9th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    .191 .258 .303 .561

    that’s what Dustin Pedroia hit through hit first 31 big league games…..what if they had said….that little squirt failed……on to Luis Cruz!

  68. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Again I ask why the absolute focus on being more competitive this year?

    —————–

    Cause it’s Mo’s last season.

    Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be eying next year or the one after but the reason they should be (and, more importantly, should HAVE been) trying to go for it this year is because of Mo.

  69. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    John Smith vs. Mega Shark

  70. john smith July 9th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    John Smith vs. Mega Shark

    mega shark wins

  71. Jerkface July 9th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Unless John Smith is in the Jaeger ‘Pocahantas Stout’

  72. john smith July 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Even with my indian minions i still lose to mega shark

    Could there be a tornado so huge that mega shark becomes mega sharknado?

  73. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    charlestonchew, yes I am saying they were a marginal playoff team and further that had the entire cast of aging and declining players been back this year they may not have. been much better.

    Emphasis on aging and declining!

    Your ramble is a bit pollyanaish to my way of interpreting what I see.

    You appear to have the utmost confidence that the orgnization will “work things out and be fine”, but don’t provide specifics.

    Please consider the age and declining production of our core group.

    Then consider the decisions to be made by Cashman re: starting pitching, a closer, adding a power bat in the OF, and let’s not forget our FA’s and the dedication to remaining under the cap given the prohibitive costs of our aging core and finally exactly what help we can expect from our under performing minor league system.

    So some specifics please or is this another example of that eternal optimism we sometimes see here. Thank you a prompt reply! while you play GM.

  74. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Could there be a tornado so huge that mega shark becomes mega sharknado?

    ————–

    A good question that I never want to know the answer to.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 9th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    “You meant to say, ‘the pitcher he appeared to be in the first half’.”

    Okay, I’ll go with that!

    By the way, speaking of lyrics, I’ve grown accustomed to your posts
    You almost make my day begin

    :)

    Not a social worker but definitely have a social worker mentality. Feel bad for everyone, probably even people who don’t need it, and tend to give away my legal services rather than charge for them. No idea what went wrong to make me this way! :D

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

    Dumper Pumper, but how sad that the “greeting” a new player gets in the Bronx should be boos? Always makes me think of the christians being thrown to the lions, with the Romans cheering wildly in the background, i.e. something is wrong with this picture.

    The guy (Travis I.) is a flesh and blood human with feelings. Imagine being booed your first time AB in a Yanks uniform. It definitely doesn’t speak well of those fans IMO and can’t give a great impression of Yankee fans.

    :(

  76. Shame Spencer July 9th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    :arrow:

  77. Hankflorida July 9th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    charlestonchew July 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    Hankflorida –

    Totally agree with you. The lack of power is troubling. I’m just not sure that Boesch has more power than Almonte. Almonte is a bit of a power hitter, given his 21hr in AA last year in just 106 games. Maybe he’s not ready to repeat that at the MLB level–and Boesch has shown that maybe he’s not quite able to do it this year either.

    It’s a really tough call, but I think you have to go with Almonte because he’s a switch hitter and will provide more versatility. He has some pop and I’m hoping with more time and his very professional appraoch that he will find it over the rest of the season.

    When Granderson played for Detroit, 4% of his at bats was home runs, and when he got to the stadium, he hit 6%. I think that Boesch at the stadium can get a least 5%. Almonte does not fit into these statistics and when Granderson gets back, he goes down. Playing Gardiner and Ishiro in the same outfield still does not help the power numbers. Alternating Welles and Boesch does, and that means Gardener and Ishiro share the load. Again, Hal’s cap means no big trades for power hitters so, “you dance with who you brung.”

  78. comnsnse July 9th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Wave your hat joins the illustrious group of Smith and friends in the uncomprehending club!

    To be fair I’m not suggesting any of you are stupid.

    I’m just saying maybe you have bad luck when it comes to thinking?

    May you forever walk the face of planet earth in search of your minds! ;)

  79. Pat M. July 9th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    When talking about pitchers with the greatest control, you can start with the great Greg Maddox. The dude came as close as any pitcher who ever lived in threading the needle from 60 feet away with movement and varying degrees of speed. He’s simply put as one of the greatest pitchers ever, righthanded or lefthanded. He really was special and then you consider the period that he dominated in.


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