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Evolution of a lineup

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 02, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Lyle Overbay, Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano, Jayson Nix

This was the Yankees lineup less than two weeks ago on the day after the All-Star break.

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

Curtis GrandersonThis seems to be a reasonable guess at their lineup when they have the DH again on Monday.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Curtis Granderson LF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Chris Stewart C

Alex RodriguezThis might be their lineup if Alex Rodriguez defies expectation and returns within a few days.

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

Despite no move in the final hours of the trade deadline, is the Soriano addition and the healthy return of a few key players enough to make this lineup productive heading into the final two months of the season? Has it legitimately improved enough to provide reasonable run support behind this pitching staff?

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  1. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:03 am

    “Despite no move in the final hours of the trade deadline, is the Soriano addition and the healthy return of a few key players enough to make this lineup productive heading into the final two months of the season? Has it legitimately improved enough to provide reasonable run support behind this pitching staff?”

    no….simple answer. Maybe if Kuroda pitched every game

  2. GregD August 2nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    the only way it is……………. if Pettitte, CC and Hughes pitch lights out

  3. CountryClub August 2nd, 2013 at 9:06 am

    With Jeter, Soriano and Granderson, it’s certainly much better than it was two weeks ago. At least the lineup will have five or six legitimate hitters in it every night. They’re not all All-Stars, but legitimate hitters nonetheless. And that just wasn’t the case a couple weeks ago.

  4. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    The problem is that we aren’t starting on level ground with the rest of the teams…..I think they can make the WC…..and I guess that would be a major victory given the make up of this roster and the number of injuries they have dealt with…..but I just don’t see them being able to make a deep playoff run with this club. Now if CC gets fixed and Granderson comes back strong then who knows……

  5. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I have to agree with Blake and Greg.

    No. They need to remove more of their weaknesses.

  6. Yankee Trader August 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Chad

    I posted this earlier.

    Here’s my off the cuff list of what the Yankees need to make and advance in the playoffs.

    Remain healthy. No more key injuries.

    CC returning to Acedom

    Another catcher. The only AL catcher who might get dumped on a team that claims him, after I looked, is Ryan Doumit. He’s owed 3.5M this year and next. I’m not sure he qualifies as an upgrade.

    A third baseman. Need some offense-Just use Nunez for now, until, if a better option can be obtained on waivers.

    A right handed 1st baseman. Just bring up Randy Ruiz until someone better comes available thru waivers

    A lefty BP arm. The Yankees can’t just rely on Logan. LOOGY’s were available before the deadline.

    Feel free to add to the list or disagree.

  7. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:12 am

    It would be unlikely to see A-Rod playing.

    Even more unlikely to see him productive.

    And almost totally inconceivable to see him play much 3b.

    But ya’ never know.

    Their Catchers can’t hit their way thru a wet paper bag.

  8. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Why is Hafner still with this Team ?

    Who is helping out Overbay against lefties.

    Who is our lefty DH ? (It ain’t Hafner).

  9. Yankee Trader August 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Blake

    They could improve with their current record, if teams start putting some of their players, soon, on waivers. They should be high on the pecking order of AL players exposed on a daily list.

  10. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:17 am

    YT-

    I’m still hopeful we close some of our holes that way.

    ;)

  11. Yankee Trader August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

    MTU

    Once Hafner comes off the DL, he’s probably gone.

  12. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

    If Almonte gets healthy maybe he could be our lefty DH/4th OF ?

    He can definitely hit righties.

  13. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

    YT-

    It’s about time.

  14. Madrugador August 2nd, 2013 at 9:20 am

    MTU
    Rome is OK but Italy was really nice. The French might be considered the best cooks but the Italians make the best food.

    I’ve been to the John Muir Wilderness in May/June and found it to be quite cold. How is the winter in Yosemite?

  15. Yankee Trader August 2nd, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Have to go and run some errands.

    Have a great day

  16. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Mag-

    Cold. You need to dress for it.

    I love going to Zion in Winter because it’s possible on some days to be almost totally alone.

    A whole NP to yourself.

    Pretty darn nice I’d say. Majestic.

  17. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 am

    take care YT.

  18. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The lineup is getting better with the adition of Grandy, but does anyone notice that it always seems to be Nix or Stewart who comes up in key situations?

  19. Madrugador August 2nd, 2013 at 9:32 am

    MTU
    Used to be a serious backcountry backpacker but not intentionally during cold weather. I do hope to return to it one day.

    I do hate these West Coast swings. Makes it harder to follow the games.

  20. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I think you are either born with the “Wanderlust” gene or not.

    For myself I could no less travel and explore almost than breathe.

    Been doing it since I was 16 or so. It’s in my blood.

    When I was growing up I knew guys who had literally never left the “neighborhood” and never had any desire whatsoever to do so.

    To them an adventure might be getting out of the borough.

    They had the stay at home gene.

    :)

  21. TrueYankee August 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Am I the only Melky Mesa fan? I see decent potential in that kid, especially against lefties.

  22. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Mag-

    I hope you do. It sounds like you loved it once.

    Good to rediscover or renew the things you love when you can.

    Yeah. Night games are tougher even out here in the West.

    Old Men like me fall asleep far too easily.

    The life of the party I’m not.

    :)

  23. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Lineup is much better. Good enough for Wild Card # 2 ?? Probably if they get all five pitchers making quality (not dominant) starts.

    Other than the sights of Rome and Vatican City I enjoyed Tuscany more. Food and Wine is good in Italy? I had no idea.

  24. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 am

    the WC will be tough but its doable.

    i posted this last night, the yankees were 8 games over .500 for the first two months of the season.

    if they play 10 games over for the last 2 months, they’ll finish with 91 wins and be right there.

    the lineup is definitely better, but the SPs really have to be consistently good to do it.

  25. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 am

    86-

    I’ve sampled a little Spanish cuisine on a visit to Barcelona.

    It was really good too.

    Especially since I love spices and seafood.

    Their art and architecture is spectacular as well.

    The Moorish influence is a novel touch.

  26. pkyankfan69 August 2nd, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Am I the only Melky Mesa fan? I see decent potential in that kid, especially against lefties
    —————————————————————–

    .249/.277/.424/.702 with 94 K’s – 7 BB’s in 245 AB’s as a 26 year old in AAA.

    Also has pretty severe reverse splits in the minors this year, awful #’s VS lefties.

    He’s a AAAA player.

  27. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 9:40 am

    TrueYankee August 2nd, 2013 at 9:34 am
    Am I the only Melky Mesa fan? I see decent potential in that kid, especially against lefties.

    ___________________________________________________

    He certainly didn’t appear overmatched at all, which surprised me a little since he had so many Ks in the minors. He even managed a hit off the touigh Kershaw. Definitely would like to see him get an opportunity against lefties, though he will probably be the one to go down with Grandy back, but he leaves with alot of confidence.

  28. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Y’s-

    That means CC getting it together.

    Hughes and Nova staying on the beam.

    AP being AP.

    That might be a lot to ask.

  29. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Mesa/Almonte in LF would be fine with me in 2014. Gardner in CF and Ichiro/Wells in RF.

    Good depth and DH possibilities there.

    All resources should be focused on three things:

    retaining Cano
    retaining Kuroda
    Adding a 3B
    Pierzinski or Doumit to share C would be nice, but lowest of the priorities

  30. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Mesa looks good in the uniform until he swings the bat…..he’s got all the tools except the most important one (hit tool)…..

  31. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    i think AP’s been pretty good lately, i know they keep losing his games, but he’s gotten no run support.

    with jeter, granderson and soriano he should get some more support and be able to pitch more relaxed.

    i dont know what to say about cc though.

    and i dont care if phil throws a no-no (vs. kennedy) in SD, i would not start him in YS again. id go to phelps.

    definitely tough, but doable.

  32. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Soriano has to be in the picture too

  33. Wave Your Hat August 2nd, 2013 at 9:46 am

    There are too many teams in the hunt for the last wild card for it to be anything other than a long shot for the Yanks. But, while there’s life there’s hope and that’s the way I’m rooting for it.

  34. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yup.

    More O help from waivers would add to the likelihood IMO.

    Improve the O from our C, put Nunez at 3rd and keep your fingers crossed.

    Let Soriano try some 1b against lefties.

    Find a lefty hitter who can hit to DH (Almonte ?).

    Plug those holes and our chances increase.

  35. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    its still too early to worry about how many teams are between them and the WC. if they start playing better, there is plenty of time to pass them all.

    just win and dont bother with the scoreboard and you’ll get there.

  36. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Mesa looks good in the uniform until he swings the bat…..he’s got all the tools except the most important one (hit tool)…..
    ________________________________________________

    He’s hit pretty well when he’s gotten the opportunity though. Even managed a hit off Kershaw after being oin the bench the whole game. Not bad.

  37. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Today is the 34th anniversary of the tragic death of Thurman Munson. What a great Yankee, taken from us way too soon.

  38. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 9:50 am

    By the way, another 2 1/3 scoreless (one hit) for Betances last night.

    That’s 15 scoreless outings in a row.

  39. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Disappear Hafner.

    Make Wells a bench player/late inning D replacement.

    Pick one of Nix, Lillibridge.

  40. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 am

    86-

    waiver wire Joba. Replace with Betances.

  41. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 am

    wouldn’t mesa be the guy going back to scranton to make room for granderson?

    somehow i doubt they’re gonna dfa hafner.

  42. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    im in on betances! get him up here and get rid of that blob.

  43. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Y’s-

    He serves no useful purpose, and hasn’t in 2 months.

    He should have been gone like yesterday.

  44. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    mtu, agreed, but mesa won’t have any role with all those other OF’ers, so id expect melky in that awesome railriders uni this w/e

  45. Madrugador August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    34 years?! Wonder what Munson would have thought of PED’s and Arod.
    Got to think Betances gets a look in the bull pen in September.
    Too much sunshine to stay. Have a good one.

  46. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    “He’s hit pretty well when he’s gotten the opportunity though. Even managed a hit off Kershaw after being oin the bench the whole game. Not bad”

    getting a hit one time doesn’t make you a good hitter though…..just don’t think his swing would function well over bigger samples in the big leagues. He’d play good defense and hit with some power…..but likely struggle to post a .300 OBP…..JMO

  47. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Y’s-

    Don’t care. make 2 spots.

  48. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Maybe Mesa is not a good pupil or something because I’d have to think Long could help him with his swing.

  49. pat August 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 am

    newsdaymarcus
    #BIOGENESIS: For any player who may appeal, union attorneys plead the case. Player’s own attorney can be present.

  50. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 am

    i think there is value is chopping off the dead weight on a team. dfa hafner and joba and bring in grandy and dellin b!

    new blood!

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    There’s a sad irony to Betances replacing Joba.
    But it will be N even bigger waste if he never gets the call this year. Longer range, I hope
    He escapes
    Us and gets back to throwing more
    Innings, but for
    The present Push I don’t see
    How
    We can’t use a dominant arm like that. What are
    They waiting for? He also came out Of the BP in
    The AFL

  52. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:03 am

    No more time for auditions.

    Produce offensively or disappear.

    This where the rubber meets the road.

    The last chance corral.

    Screw things up from here on out and it’s lights out in October for sure.

  53. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Don’t forget Soriano might be a part of our OF situation next year.

  54. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    absolutely, its ALL IN this month. we didn’t sell, we are in a pennant race and it’s doable.

    if they fall out by september, then the kids get their chances, but for now full speed ahead, produce or go away!

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Blake yup that
    Is Melquisedec Mesa. Been on vigil for years waiting for him to get a
    Clue. You never know but you strongly suspect it’s
    Never
    Gonna come

  56. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Y’s-

    From here on out I want see a sense of urgency in all things.

    Because that’s the reality.

    It’s already overdue.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I am relieved our top spects
    Did
    Not exit the island.

  58. austinmac August 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 am

    86 and MTU,

    I went to Italy a couple years ago. The food and people are wonderful as are the sights. My only complaint is I had to leave.

    This fall we are going to Paris and then England. Boy, am I ready.

    There is about one-third of the season left. The money boys give us a less than ten percent chance to make the playoffs. I think that is fair unless we can start winning and do it quickly. They need to win five of their next six. One of them will be against Sale. Nothing seems very easy this year.

    Melky Mesa looks like a baseball player. He can run, has power, a good arm, can play defense but his swing is too long and he has to start it too early. That means he can’t hit. Lacking a hit tool is like a pitcher lacking the ability to throw strikes. It kills everything.

  59. Shame Spencer August 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 am

    JAP – Reading your posts like fine poetry in a William Shatner voice. Extremely satisfying.

  60. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 am

    we’ll see what actually comes out, but i think mlb should not go for a lifetime ban before an arbitrator.
    that’s just too hard a sell, imo.

    id go for 3 years. then arod’s lawyers can’t argue that it’s a ‘virtual’ lifetime ban on the first offense, because arod would still have another year on his contract.

    even if the arbitrator cuts it down to 2 years, it still likely means arod is done.

    and i think the ‘no play during appeal’ is an overreach, too.

    i hope that is all just mlb pushing arod toward a settlement and that they will be more sensible (and thus more likely to make it stick) if they actually do have to go through the arbitration process.

    then i’d make sure the arbitration happens in the next 2-3 weeks.

  61. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 10:16 am

    austinmac —-

    Enjoy. We were planning on Spain this summer…. then my daughter decided to get engaged and plan a June ’14 Manhattan wedding.

    Hasta’ Luego Barcelona

    Mesa has great tools, but that swing has to shorten. But I not that I’ve seen him I want to hold on to him. The Yanks are not exactly overburdened with athletes.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Shame – I guess
    At Some point I should tear
    Off
    My shirt then :)

  63. Hassey August 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Can’t help but think of Shatner reciting the lyrics to Rocket Man

    He was the A-Rod of 60s network TV

  64. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yank hitting coaches can work with Mesa on shortening his swing. Lets not forget that Austin Jackson struck out an awful lot in the minors and his first 2 years in the bigs. Look at him now.

  65. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Shame-

    I thought you were flirting with Chad ?

    What happened ?

    Did you give up on that pretend romance only to start a new one ?

    Hint: JAP is accounted for. Heartbreak awaits. Caution.

    :)

  66. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    all this arod stuff has pushed the nfl right off the front page.

    usually about this time, it’s all about football camps (boooooriiiiingg!)

    arod has buried that crap.

  67. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Tackelberry-

    I’d be surprised if they haven’t already been.

  68. UpState August 2nd, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Mesa has great tools, but that swing has to shorten.
    =======================

    Think ‘Bobby Meacham’…..head-scratcher; but it would help Mesa

  69. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Y’s-

    And replaced it with his own.

    I’d rather hear about the football.

    Or just about anything else at this point.

  70. sunny615 August 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Joba is the mop up guy. He sees playing time once in a blue moon. Releasing him and replacing him with Betances will only serve to make Betances sit on the bench for extended periods of time. Keep him in AAA and keep him throwing on a regular basis. Let Joba rot on the bench and walk this winter.

  71. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 am

    86-

    Shame about that trip to Spain. Maybe next year ?

    :(

  72. Tackelberry August 2nd, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Speaking of Bobby Meacham, anyone have a vide clip of the play at the plate where he and Dale Berra were tagged out by Fisk on the same play? Happened 28 years ago today. Happened because Meacham tripped and fell when going back to tag up at 2nd before the ball fell

  73. austinmac August 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I strongly expect the hitting coaches have been working with Mesa for the past ten years. Isn’t he 26? Some guys can’t or won’t make changes.

  74. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    personally, i love the giants, but football doesnt start for me until the yankees season is over (or they are out of it)

    listening to all that ‘sanchez threw well today’ crap is amusing but just ridiculous.

  75. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The Yankees don’t need CC to be an ace – they just need him to be a solid number two. At least for this season.

    For that contract of his to not be a friggin disaster then yes, he needs to return to his prior form or learn how to pitch better with diminished stuff.

  76. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Melky Mesa is a more athletic version of Wily Mo Pena.

    He will never make enough contact to be a viable major leaguer – the fact that he’s still on the 40 man roster baffles me.

  77. austinmac August 2nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    86,

    Yes, sorry about the trip. I have a 20 year old daughter so I will be feeling your financial pain. The things we do for love.

    MTU,

    I am definately not flirting with you, but I consider you our Zion in Winter. :)

  78. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    betances can’t work his way into the end of the BP if he doesnt get promoted. true he’d start at the back end just like everybody else. but if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll move into more leveraged situations quickly.

    who’s got more upside, joba or betances?

    chop the fat guy, bring in the tall guy!

  79. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:31 am

    As an aside – I didn’t have a chance to comment on it yesterday – but if the deal that the Phillies turned down was, in fact, Tommy Kahnle for Michael Young then I owe Ruben Amaro a fruit basket.

    No way is half a season of Young worth that. If they want to do Young for Joba or Mesa – I’ll make that deal every day of the week and twice on Sunday but you’re not getting a viable prospect for him.

  80. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:32 am

    YS Guy –

    I don’t want this to be taken the way I know it is going to be taken – but I could see Betances/Robertson being like Mo/Wetteland was in 1996. Betances can give them the 7th and 8th and hand the ball to D-Rob in the 9th next season.

  81. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:35 am

    agreed. there’s not guarantee robertson can take over as closer. he’s got the goods, but many who do still just don’t cut it as closers.

    among the other candidates to be next year’s closer or set-up guy, betances may be next in line.

    let’s see what the kid has.

  82. yanks61 August 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 am

    86, MTU Austin -

    I’m just catching up and passing through briefly, and thought I’d make you all jealous. From the late 60′s to the early 80′s, I worked for Alitalia – about 15 years altogether – and have been everywhere in Italy – and often.

    In fact, the wife and I visited Rome again last November and Venice this past February. One of the great advantages to living in Europe is being able to sample, so conveniently, so many cultures!

  83. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Mac-

    Not quite sure how to interpret that comment ?

    A word play on “Lion in Winter”.

    As a cold and isolated person.

    Maybe you just mean I’m made of red sandstone and when I pee it’s like a river runs thru the middle of me.

    :)

  84. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:36 am

    besides, this team could use a native new yorker on it. (now that the other native of ny is about to be banned)

  85. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:38 am

    and one more thing, its time to take the chains off pineda. let him pitch full games, get him stretched out.

    if we get back into this thing, we may need him.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Betances is basically un-hit table. So of course he’s going to be so in short relief. Being him up. Piling up scoreless innings
    For
    The Railriders doesn’t helP the cause of the big club, who needs all the help it can
    Get keeping the score within
    The reach of
    Our mOdest bats

  87. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 am

    yanks61—–

    Sounds like an awesome life!

    It would be foolish to give up on Mesa. Tackelberry had a good comparison in Austin Jackson four years ago.

    My friend in MLB tells me Kahnle was the Phillies’ asking price, not the Yanks offer. He did not know who the Yanks offered, but that it was a prospect more in the Corey Black category.

  88. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 am

    My pitching staff next year would be:

    Starters:

    CC
    Phelps
    Nova
    Pineda
    Nuno/Warren/ (or a veteran free agent like Feldman or Garza)

    Bullpen:

    RHP: Robertson, Kelly, Claiborne, Whitley, Betances, Long Man X
    LHP: Cabral/Rondon

    The reason I have a good veteran like Garza in there is because if CC is no longer good enough to be the ace of your rotation you can’t go into the season with that many unknowns with him.

  89. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 am

    TJ Quinn seems like a nice guy and he’s obviously good at his job but does he do anything else besides hunt down steroids?

  90. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 am

    heyman said on wfan yesterday that cashman did offer kahnle.

    we’ll probably never know for sure.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Who knows – we may have another native
    New Yorker back in the
    Lineup soon :twisted:

  92. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:44 am

    i think tj quinn is covering what his editor is telling him to cover.

    and he’s doing a great job of it.

  93. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 10:46 am

    “i think tj quinn is covering what his editor is telling him to cover.

    and he’s doing a great job of it.”

    yea he’s good at his job…..I just wonder if he wouldn’t occasionally like to do something else.

  94. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Here you go Mac.

    The real Zion in Winter:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109721757058432487394/albums/5827526419883209041?authkey=CLrNs462rKm68wE

    Enjoy.

    :)

  95. Against All Odds August 2nd, 2013 at 10:47 am

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 am
    TJ Quinn seems like a nice guy and he’s obviously good at his job but does he do anything else besides hunt down steroids?

    ================

    Same thing can be said about Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada

  96. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:48 am

    espn stuck pedro gomez on the ‘bonds watch’ for like 4 years, (year round it seemed)

    im sure he’d rather have done something else,but im also sure he didnt mind the network face-time.

  97. pkyankfan69 August 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 am

    MTU

    Awesome pics… Thanks for sharing!

    I saw Zion in Mid-May

  98. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Arod should get a mustache and go be the real life Mr Baseball in Japan

  99. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 am

    69-

    The pleasure is all mine 69.

    Glad you enjoyed them.

    A little different in Winter, huh ?

    ;)

  100. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I want A-Rod to re-open the Twinkie factories.

    I’d be eternally grateful.

  101. Hassey August 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 am

    MTU just said pleasure and 69

  102. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Hassey-

    Leave it to you.

    :)

  103. Against All Odds August 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 am

    im sure he’d rather have done something else,but im also sure he didnt mind the network face-time.

    ——————————

    True but now you barely see him. This steroid thing gets a lot of press but fades eventually.

  104. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 am

    blake August 2nd, 2013 at 10:41 am

    TJ Quinn seems like a nice guy and he’s obviously good at his job but does he do anything else besides hunt down steroids?
    ——————

    He used to do a lot of stuff and then he broke the Bonds story and ESPN hired him to be a one trick pony.

  105. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:54 am

    twinkies are again being produced, mtu. not by hostess but by some other company that bought the rights and the recipe.

  106. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 am

    from wiki:
    “The brand is currently owned by private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. Twinkie production in the United States resumed after an absence on American store shelves, becoming available again nationwide on July 15, 2013″

  107. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Y’s-

    Really ? You made my day.

    Where can I get some ? I haven’t seen them out this way.

    Might have to import them into Utah.

  108. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Maybe I just need to look harder for them.

    It appears as though everything is now back in balance in the World.

    Twinkies are back.

    :)

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I want A-Rod to re-open the Twinkie factories.

    I’d be eternally grateful.
    ///

    He nearly single-handedly beat the Twinkies in the 2009 ALDS. :D

  110. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 10:59 am

    somehow “Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. Twinkie” doesnt quite have the same ring to it, does it?

  111. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 am

    There was actually a retro bakeshop in Hell’s Kitchen a few years ago that was making “from scratch” and “additive free” replicas of twinkies, yodels and devil dogs. Never got there, sadly, but supposedly you couldn’t tell the difference.

  112. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 am

    JAP-

    That fills your soul not your stomach.

    I’m down to Earth when it comes to food.

    Now that I know I have arteries the size of the Amazon I can start stockpiling them to console myself after losses.

    :)

  113. 86w183 August 2nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    If the Yanks offered Kahnle for two months of Michael Young I would be both stunned and nauseated.

    Maybe Kahnle for Young and Ruiz ?? The kid has a really good arm and much better command than Black. I’d definitely put him in the Yanks top ten pitching prospects in the system.

    Gotta run for a few hours

    Have a day all

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    MTU – Very happy you got the great news. I’m sure all your hiking helps keep the tributaries clean. How’s the little one making out?

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Kahnle does have a good arm but he has had trouble throwing strikes. I think they’ve been working with him on that and that he’s made some progress.

  116. Ys Guy August 2nd, 2013 at 11:07 am

    how ironic would it be if arod shows up in trenton and tells franklin that his quad is acting up and he has to dh?

  117. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:08 am

    JAP-

    The Dr. actually said it was genetic. Oversized arteries in a small body. How weird.

    He’s improving daily.

    Another 4-6 months of care and we should have it licked (I hope).

    Thanks for your continued support.

    :)

  118. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Oh that’s great Mike. I am very very heartened to hear your little guy is doing much better. He’s soakin’ up the TLC! :D

  119. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:10 am

    JAP-

    Guess I’ll have to pick another way to die.

    That one won’t work.

  120. DONNYBROOK August 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You saw what Texas gave up for Garza. Unless it’s a Top Dog like Will Myers, you ain’t gettin’ jack for a Busher. Yanks did well to surrender 1 Busher for 2 years of Soriano+$$$, and bonehead Cashman opposed that deal. The Prospect Huggers need to be realistic in today’s MLB market.

  121. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:13 am

    JAP-

    It’s been a struggle. But once you see some good results it heartens you and motivates you to continue.

    Can’t wait till Winter to get him and his brother back out on the trails with me again.

    Got to get the little porker back into shape.

  122. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:10 am

    JAP-

    Guess I’ll have to pick another way to die.

    That one won’t work.
    ///

    Some say we choose our exit points. :D But when one door closes, another opens.

  123. pat August 2nd, 2013 at 11:17 am

    TJ Quinn: MLB wanted Feds involved until they got Bosch to cooperate. Now they wish the Feds would go away. Bosch may decide going silent is in his best interest rather than be MLB star witness if an appeal happens.

  124. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Can’t wait till Winter to get him and his brother back out on the trails with me again.

    Got to get the little porker back into shape.
    ///

    I’m sure he’s looking forward to it. They know way more than we’ll allow in, anyway.

  125. DONNYBROOK August 2nd, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Yanks current record\place in the standings makes them a Waiver “gate keeper” in the AL East. It will be interesting to see who they Do and Do Not allow to pass. It’s obvious the Phils will attempt to get M. Young thru waivers. They tried with Lee last season, probably will again.

  126. austinmac August 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Austin Jackson was a first round draft pick and always highly rated. Mesa has never been highly regarded. Not everyone can hit. I don’t say release him, but counting on a guy with a 15:1 K to BB ratio in the minors to hit in the MLB is silly.

  127. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 am

    JAP-

    I’m in no rush but of course I feel the same.

    I hope all is well in your World.

    And again, thank you for your continual kindness and interest.

    Should bump up your Karma credits for sure.

    ;)

  128. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Mac-

    Did you see the “real” Zion in Winter I posted above ?

    Hope you enjoyed them.

  129. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    MTU – All is well, thanks man. Don’t really believe in karma, I believe in something the Greeks called metanoia , which can only come from within. But I appreciate that kind thought.

  130. Chip August 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    austinmac August 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Austin Jackson was a first round draft pick and always highly rated. Mesa has never been highly regarded. Not everyone can hit. I don’t say release him, but counting on a guy with a 15:1 K to BB ratio in the minors to hit in the MLB is silly.
    ——————

    Austin Jackson was not a first round pick. He was an 8th round pick. The first round pick that year was CJ Henry.

  131. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 am

    JAP-

    Have a look at this photo of happier days :

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109721757058432487394/albums/5907544182643901713?authkey=CO7Xv6L_36iaKQ

    It what I hope this Winter with them will be.

    :)

  132. MTU August 2nd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Chip-

    Guys certainly mature at their own rate but maybe it was the Tigers hitting coach who brought Jackson around ?

    Not what he learned from Long or others over here.

    Or maybe it just clicked for him and he’s the responsible party.

    Just a thought.

    Maybe Austin could tell us but I don’t think we’ll ever find out.

    ;)

  133. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:39 am

    MTU, looking at that makes one’s lungs open up upon sight. That’s eye-popping beauty. Lucky kinda blends in there, doesn’t he? Thanks, I have put in the same spot as other two and will keep the faith. :D

  134. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 11:42 am

    “We call them ‘showoff doubles,’” said a front office source who asked to remain anonymous. “Once or twice, heck, even three times we’d probably let it go. Young guys get excited and want to take that extra base. But 15? Criminy, it’s unprofessional. You don’t show up the other team like that. It’s not the way we do things around here.”

    http://www.twinkietown.com/201.....howing-off

    what?

  135. blake August 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I think that’s a joke but with the Twins you never know really.

  136. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    AJax didn’t have that long swing and had some years in the minors where he hit over .300 so I don’t think that’s a reasonable comp for Melquisedec Mesa.

    AJax showed potential for hit tool, Melky has not. It’s too bad, he has everything else.

  137. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    LMAO that has to be a joke

  138. Doreen August 2nd, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Has to be a joke. Right?

  139. charlestonchew August 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The Yanks need both CC and Hughes to put together stretches of quality starts. Pettitte seems like he’s turning things around and Nova has shown good stuff since returning to the rotation.

    As much as I like David Phelps, I don’t anticipate him starting for the Yankees again this year nor do I expect him to stay with this team next year. He’s probably one of our best trade pieces in that he’s cheap, young, and has shown that he can somewhat handle the role of SP. Adam Warren is another piece that could draw interest from teams based on his excellent BP performance this year.

    The Yankees need to start getting serious about promoting players who are ready or nearly ready. An they do seem to be doing that. I’m excited about the possibility of some of our younger prospects, especially on the offensive side. Murphy is obviously the most exciting piece of all this, but the Yanks will likely need to leverage their assets on the trade market and make smart FA signings to compete next year. Players like Adams and Almonte still have time to prove themselves and be part of this team next year out of spring training while guys like Austin may push themselves onto the roster mid-season.

    The Yankees have the talent—and if they’re lucky and see a long A-Rod suspension, they can afford to make a few smart signings this offseason. The most interesting to me is what they try to do with third base and catcher and of course the rotation. Pineda is still an unknown commodity–I know I’m really excited to see him on a mound this season. Our in-house rotation, minus andy and kuroda, is actually pretty weak.

    CC
    Pineda
    Nova
    Phelps
    nuno?warren?marshall?ramirez?

  140. RadioKev August 2nd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Considering that the article is in the “SATIRE, IRREVERENCE, & OTHER HUMOR”

    Nah…

    But yes, that actually does sound like the Twins. Good solid, fundamental, professional, boring, playoff-losing, baseball.

  141. J. Alfred Prufrock August 2nd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I didn’t see that. LOL that cinches it, then.

  142. Doreen August 2nd, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Oops. Didnt see that either. Smh at myself. Lol

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