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Is A.J. Burnett going to become problematic for the Yankees?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_150359It was right around this time two years ago when the Yankees finally got rid of A.J. Burnett. They dumped him on the Pirates so that he could play out the remaining two years of his contract at a safe distance. And wouldn’t you know it? Burnett pitched really well. He’d pitched to an ERA over 5.00 the previous two years with the Yankees, and he promptly pitched to a 3.41 in Pittsburgh.

The league surely had something to do with it, and a change of scenery couldn’t have been a bad thing, but two years after the Yankees got rid of him, Burnett now looms as a potential problem. Not that he’s going to cause a massive power shift within the American League East, but ever since it became known that Burnett plans to pitch this year, the Orioles have emerged as an early favorite.

And Burnett’s really a perfect fit for Baltimore.

Burnett’s from that area, the Orioles have a hole in their rotation, and a short-term commitment — a one-year deal makes sense — would leave the future wide open for Baltimore’s elite pitching prospects that could be ready sooner rather than later.

The Orioles and Yankees finished tied in the American League East last season. Baltimore hasn’t added nearly as much as the Yankees, but it also hasn’t lost nearly as much as the Yankees. Burnett’s a good fit for them. It would be fascinating to see Burnett coming into Yankee Stadium with a chip on his shoulder. A situation like that could be really bad for the Yankees, or really good.

 

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149 Responses to “Is A.J. Burnett going to become problematic for the Yankees?”

  1. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Re-post:

    Bernie to me was one of the most underrated Yankees ever. With a bat in his hand, he was almost a perfect offensive player. A rare combination, of power, patience and contact skills, made all the more lethal because he was a switch-hitter. Seemed to be aware of game situations and could almost always be expected to put tough at bat on a tough pitcher in a tough spot. A lot like O’Neill except Paul had trouble with the better lefthanders. On the bases, or in the outfield, Bernie was hit or miss. Always felt like baseball was not his first love. Nevertheless, give me 3 or 4 Bernies, and I’ll give a championship offensive team.

  2. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Not worried about old AJ.

    He’ll find a way to implode sooner or later.

    It’s in his DNA.

    ;)

  3. Rocket22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Why should Burnett have a chip on his shoulder? He got a big contract from the Yankees, and was paid to perform like an ace. He didn’t come close to delivering. That’s on him. No reason he should harbor ill will towards the Yankees for the way he was treated.

  4. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve spent about 4 or 5 days a week for the last 35 years in the gym. Seen a whole bunch of folks try to change their body type by losing fat and gaining muscle. I think it’s virtually impossible to do in 2 or 3 months without chemical help. And even then it’s super hard.

    Now pictures can def lie, but I think CC is losing weight. A lot of it. That’s something you can do pretty quickly if you have the right coaching and change your diet to cut out virtually all sugar. I think it’s highly unlikely CC has added enough muscle to keep the same weight this off season.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 30th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    repost:

    Okay, I did the sort another way, using Excel. Now you can see it from greatest number of wins to least number of wins, sorted by dates of predictions. So, for example, if 4 people guess 96, and 96 turns out to be the correct number, the person guessing it first, by date, gets double the prize and everyone else guessing 96 gets the prize. So the first person to guess it will actually get triple! :) (I instituted the new double prize this year.)

    You still have up to the first pitch of Opening Day to give me a prediction or to change your prediction. You can change as many times as you want up to that time, but of course, the prediction date will also change.

    When I show you the sort from now on, it will be by numbers of wins. If you want to see the sort by date guessed, feel free to ask and I will do that sort and show you. (I can also sort it alpha by name for anyone who cares to see how our screen names look sorted in alpha order, ha ha. :) )

    _____________________________________

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/24 Blojaldo 97
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    1/28 blake 93/147
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    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  6. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Here’s a nightmare scenario: Burnett outpitches Tanaka. You just can’t predict baseball :)

  7. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Dan-

    For one game ?

    Yeah. Maybe.

    Over the course of an entire season ?

    Highly doubt it.

  8. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Here’s a nightmare scenario.

    The Yankees bring Burnett back.

    :shock:

  9. Poetkiosk January 30th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Being back in the AL East would bring back Burnett’s struggles. He is a head case. Pittsburgh is a great fit for him, no idea why he doesn’t want to go back or do they not want him?

  10. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Who would you rather have back? Burnett or “the Sanchize?”

  11. Patrick January 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    If Burnett had never been a Yankee I think Cashman would be all over him right now.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock January 30th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    AJ pitched two huge
    Games
    For us in 2009 in ALCS and WS. He also won what could have been a
    Big Game 4 in 2011 ALDS but it was forgOtten because we lost Game 5.

    Despite his inconsistencies
    He was clutch in some
    Big games

    I wish him well

  13. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    burnett has pitched pretty well overall the past 2 seasons.

    but in 2012 when the pirates were fighting to make the playoffs in august aj wilted and was a major reason why they missed the PS. (although without his pitching in april may and june they wouldn’t have been in contention”

    then last year, he faded in august and september again and then was horrenndous in the PS.

    to me he’s the same old aj.

    id be more concerned if the orioles signed ubaldo, i dont fear aj coming to YS and causing problems.

  14. Tar January 30th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    “He needs to add strength and get used to his new body.”

    “Now pictures can def lie, but I think CC is losing weight. A lot of it. That’s something you can do pretty quickly if you have the right coaching and change your diet to cut out virtually all sugar. I think it’s highly unlikely CC has added enough muscle to keep the same weight this off season.”

    Go to CC’s twitter page and click on one of his workout photos. It links to short video.

    CC has definitely worked his butt off and looks like he’s in great shape. Why would anybody question him if he says he says he weighs the same but added muscle?

  15. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    ” bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Who would you rather have back? Burnett or “the Sanchize?””
    —————————————
    Who’s “the Sanchize?”

  16. austinmac January 30th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t want Burnett back, but I do remember the Yankees could not hit him. I prefer him in the NL.

    No, I wouldn’t argue with CC about his weight. Why would he lie? Why must we always look for some mystery?

  17. exiledintampa January 30th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Who would you rather have back? Burnett or “the Sanchize?”

    Since I’m a Bills fan, I hope Sanchez starts for the next ten years for the Jets. LOL

  18. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    mark sanchez was ‘the sanchize’ but i wasnt aware he was ever a yankee.

    and he’s still a jet, so i dont know how we would be getting him back.

    we have a sanchez in the minors, but he hasn’t ‘gone’ anywhere to come back from.

    i’m drawing a blank on ‘sanchize’

  19. blake January 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    The infield is a much bigger problem than AJ Burnett

  20. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    mark sanchez was ‘the sanchize’ but i wasnt aware he was ever a yankee.

    and he’s still a jet, so i dont know how we would be getting him back.

    we have a sanchez in the minors, but he hasn’t ‘gone’ anywhere to come back from.

    i’m drawing a blank on ‘sanchize’

    ——

    It’s a NY sports thing. Bringing back the Sanchize is a huge debate in that world. Trust me, it engenders far more energy than Burnett ever has in NY. Mark Sanchez may be salary cap casualty soon so that’s the issue.

  21. Giuseppe Franco January 30th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    blake January 30th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    The infield is a much bigger problem than AJ Burnett

    —-

    Yeah, it’s a HUGE problem. All four positions are major question marks right now.

  22. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    i listen to roberts and benigno on wfan, they are the biggest jet’s fans on the radio.
    they never talk about sanchez except when joking.
    he’s a bench player.
    i haven’t heard anyone seriously debate ‘bringing back’ sanchez once since he went out injured in the preseason.

    but ok its a ‘big thing’

    (i’d say bringing back aj is a bigger subject than ‘bringing back’ sanchez has been)

  23. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I am not that worried about AJ Burnett.

  24. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    i went on the ‘jets blog’ (on sny) and searched “sanchez” and the only article that it brought up was posted on 11/27.

  25. Your Worst Nightmare January 30th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Trisha:

    Please put me down for 87 wins in 2014

    Thanks

  26. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:05 pm
    i listen to roberts and benigno on wfan, they are the biggest jet’s fans on the radio.
    they never talk about sanchez except when joking.
    he’s a bench player.
    i haven’t heard anyone seriously debate ‘bringing back’ sanchez once since he went out injured in the preseason.

    but ok its a ‘big thing’

    (i’d say bringing back aj is a bigger subject than ‘bringing back’ sanchez has been)

    —–

    Only one way to describe your post–you are just dead wrong–but whatever. It’s super bowl week anyway so Sanchez should be irrelevant. But by March 1, this story will dominate all New York tabloids and sports talk.

  27. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I think CC could lose a significant amount of weight on an off-season “simply” by working out hard and watching what he ate. The trick would be maintaining the protein intake to hold onto the muscle mass while cutting out enough carbs (but not too many carbs) and other calories to lose the fat but still have enough energy to get through the training regimen. Not easy but doable given professional training and dietary advice and his good physical condition to start with.

  28. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    i went on the ‘jets blog’ (on sny) and searched “sanchez” and the only article that it brought up was posted on 11/27.

    ——

    Oh, and try theganggreen.com. They’ve got like 102 pages on this. And that’s only one thread. There’s probably a half dozen devoted to it.

  29. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    mark sanchez will never dominate ny media again. and the only debate about him in march will be whether to release him and take the cap hit or not. not to ‘bring him back’ as the starter.

  30. exiledintampa January 30th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I you’re asking, whose fan base would be more ” up in arms ” over the return of either player, then it’s a tie. Nobody wants butt fumble back from the Jets fans I know. As far as AJ, I don’t want to sit through One more implosion. Picture McCann running back to the screen for that pitch outside in the dirt that AJ throws with runners on. Be still my heart.

  31. Tar January 30th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Y’s

    You’re in Jersey,” Sanchize” is a “NY sports thing” no duh you don’t get it.

    :D

  32. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    The Jets should have been bad enough this year to draft my man Teddy Bridgewater. Quarterback problem solved.

  33. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh, and try theganggreen.com. They’ve got like 102 pages on this. And that’s only one thread. There’s probably a half dozen devoted to it.

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

    Never been, but I’d imagine it couldn’t be all that different than a Cubs blog. I give a lot of credit to loyal fans of futile franchises, but I wouldn’t want to be one.

  34. Hankflorida January 30th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    YS Guy, i have to respond to you on why Phil Rizzuto is in the HOF; both Phil Rizzuto and Peewee Reese went into the Hall as old timers for the shortstop position. They both were timely hitters and were excellent fielders. We compare the greatness of players as how they compare to the other players in the era that they play. Rizzuto and Reese were the All Star shortstops for many years, and that coupled with the fact that they had many championships, only got them into the so called back door of the HOF. If half the shortstops today hit .270 lifetime and are on the All Star team ten times or have seven World Series rings, I would give them the honor of an old timer in the HOF.

  35. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:13 pm
    mark sanchez will never dominate ny media again. and the only debate about him in march will be whether to release him and take the cap hit or not. not to ‘bring him back’ as the starter.

    ——

    Wrong again. Obviously you failed your NY Sports test. Go back and study and maybe you can get to take the exam again.

  36. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    The Jets should have been bad enough this year to draft my man Teddy Bridgewater. Quarterback problem solved

    —–

    Every Jet fan wishes that were true but he’ll be long gone. Jets draft 18. Unlikely to trade up.

  37. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    keep the failth dan, your butt fumble boy might get to carry the clipboard another year somewhere…

  38. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    If AJ signs with the O’s it’s a move he’s going to regret.

    He’ll go from pitching in a very light hitting division to the AL East where he got completely abused in his last go around. He’s going to a bandbox park with an awful defensive team behind him.

  39. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    “We compare the greatness of players as how they compare to the other players in the era that they play.”
    ==========================
    this is clearly untrue as when the subject of bernie as a HOF’er came up several people mentioned how he compares to jim rice, which is why i brought rizzuto up in the first place.

    and there is no differentiation between players added to the hall by the old timers or veterans or by the writers.

  40. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    keep the failth dan, your butt fumble boy might get to carry the clipboard another year somewhere…

    ——

    What makes this a fascinating sports story, and obviously beyond your mental grasp, is that if Sanchez had a different name, he’d be exactly what the Jets are looking for–a veteran to compete with Geno. About a week ago, a few NFL analysts came out with stories suggesting that Sanchez is highly regarded by some teams and will get to compete for a starting position somewhere next year if the Jets release him. I think the Post carried the story.

    But this is really for another blog.

  41. pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Jets are definitely going to cut Sanchez… He is one of those guys who just needs to get out of NY… He’s nothing special but with a good running game and defense he can be successful (although that can be said about most QB’s.)

  42. Batsman January 30th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Let’s face it….AJ Burnett has always been a very good pitcher and a Yankee killer. His stats prior and after his Yankee stint tells you that he can handle pitching in a less stressful environment. I have seen sooooooooo many outstanding pitchers sign to play with the Yankees and they end up not performing up to expectation (i.e. Doyle Alexander, Terry Mulholland, Jack McDowell, Kenny Rogers, Javier Vazquez, and many many more….), and you can just add AJ Burnett to the list.

    So, could AJ be a problem? Hell, yeah! Anyone who cannot see that has either not been a Yankee fan long enough or a complete idiot.

  43. pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    What makes this a fascinating sports story, and obviously beyond your mental grasp, is that if Sanchez had a different name, he’d be exactly what the Jets are looking for–a veteran to compete with Geno.
    —–
    His name and the fact that he costs around $13M against the cap next year.

  44. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    It shows you how desperate for news we are around here when we’re talking about Burnett and Sanchez.

    Strange OS.

    :(

  45. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I hope the O’s sign him – his AL East destruction will create some space between the Yanks and the O’s

  46. Patrick January 30th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    MTU,

    Every offseason is like this. We are past the period when most big signings happen but before spring training. It’s excruciating!

  47. Your Worst Nightmare January 30th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    ‘And Burnett’s really a perfect fit for Baltimore’

    ———–

    Too bad Angelos is a cheap screw, some other team will probably outbid the O’s. Their commitment to winning sucks, just like their owner.

  48. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Tar January 30th, 2014 at 2:48 pm
    “He needs to add strength and get used to his new body.”

    “Now pictures can def lie, but I think CC is losing weight. A lot of it. That’s something you can do pretty quickly if you have the right coaching and change your diet to cut out virtually all sugar. I think it’s highly unlikely CC has added enough muscle to keep the same weight this off season.”

    Go to CC’s twitter page and click on one of his workout photos. It links to short video.

    CC has definitely worked his butt off and looks like he’s in great shape. Why would anybody question him if he says he says he weighs the same but added muscle?

    —–

    Hmm. Why would anyone question Clinton when he said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” On one hand, it’s a peripheral issue. On the other hand, these are public figures who are entrusted with significant responsibility to perform. Asking those types of questions is the job of the media. And quite a bit more interesting than incessant fixations with former and most likely soon to be present Red Sox shortstops.

  49. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I am going light LoHud on fire this season b/c I think we’re going to win the AL

  50. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Patrick-

    Is it ever.

    ;)

  51. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:34 pm
    What makes this a fascinating sports story, and obviously beyond your mental grasp, is that if Sanchez had a different name, he’d be exactly what the Jets are looking for–a veteran to compete with Geno.
    —–
    His name and the fact that he costs around $13M against the cap next year.

    ——-

    He’s not making $13MM next year. Everybody knows that. He can be cut and brought back at 4 or $5MM (with the resulting cap savings), the going rate for veteran back ups. The question is does he get that offer and take that money from the Jets or sell his services elsewhere.

  52. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    bigdan-

    I’m no Jets fan and don’t care at all who their quarterback is, but you really like Sanchez? Most of my Jets’ fan friends just can’t take him.

  53. exiledintampa January 30th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    The Yankees added 5 scouts today. One of them,Brandon Duckworth, pitched the last 2 years with Tanaka. Another piece to the ever increasing interest in Japan. I’m sure Chad will post soon.

  54. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 3:44 pm
    bigdan-

    I’m no Jets fan and don’t care at all who their quarterback is, but you really like Sanchez? Most of my Jets’ fan friends just can’t take him.

    ——

    I live in LA. Go to a lot of SC games. My cousin is Big Alum. I’m a bit conflicted. I think he got a bad rap the last couple of years because the team around him was so bad. Bottom line though: He needs a change of scenery and the Jets need to turn the page.

  55. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Exiled-

    You got a link for that ?

  56. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I’m pretty conflicted about the Super Bowl too. On one hand I kind of like Peyton. On the other hand, I like the fact that the Seahawks are coming off as a bunch of jerks and don’t give a f___ what folks think of them. Should be a great game.

    Check out the Bud puppy commercial on Youtube.

  57. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    dan-

    You guys catch any rain from this most recent front ?

  58. pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    He’s not making $13MM next year. Everybody knows that. He can be cut and brought back at 4 or $5MM (with the resulting cap savings), the going rate for veteran back ups. The question is does he get that offer and take that money from the Jets or sell his services elsewhere.
    —–
    If you cut him, which is happening, he’s not coming back to the Jets. Why would he come back to the Jets with the way they treated him? He can say he wants to stay with the Jets all he wants but that’s all lip service. He’ll get a real chance to compete for a starting job somewhere else and likely get offered more $$$… I don’t really care anyway, I am lucky to have grown up a fan of the good NY football team.

  59. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm
    dan-

    You guys catch any rain from this most recent front ?

    ——

    Might get a sprinkle. Hardly a drop the last 6 weeks. “Bad for grass”

  60. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Dan-

    Too bad.

    You guys need water desperately.

  61. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    every jets fan i know say they want sanchez gone, too. i dont know anyone, besides dan, who wants the guy back.

    but dan seems to think that sanchez is a ‘hot subject’, and that it’s “fascinating” and that it will dominate the NY media.

    seems like an obsession to me, but ok, it’s ‘fascinating’

  62. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Exiled-

    Where did you hear about the additional scouts ?

  63. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm
    He’s not making $13MM next year. Everybody knows that. He can be cut and brought back at 4 or $5MM (with the resulting cap savings), the going rate for veteran back ups. The question is does he get that offer and take that money from the Jets or sell his services elsewhere.
    —–
    If you cut him, which is happening, he’s not coming back to the Jets. Why would he come back to the Jets with the way they treated him? He can say he wants to stay with the Jets all he wants but that’s all lip service. He’ll get a real chance to compete for a starting job somewhere else and likely get offered more $$$… I don’t really care anyway, I am lucky to have grown up a fan of the good NY football team.

    ——-

    You are probably right. I’m a rare Jet/Yankee NY fan. Grew up just when Joe was predicting Super Bowls. But still like the Giants. Used to go to a friend’s house and watch Fran, and Homer Jones and Tucker Frederickson. Good times.

  64. mick January 30th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    who cares about sanchez..

  65. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Who cares about Burnett either.

  66. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Why would anyone negotiate with the O’s at this point? Let’s say they offer AJ 1 year $16 mil. Does anyone doubt for a minute that the O’s will pull back their offer claiming that they don’t like the medicals?

  67. pkyankfan69 January 30th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’m a rare Jet/Yankee NY fan.
    ————–
    It’s amazing how stark the split is between Yankee/Giants fans and Mets/Jets fans… I know a few of each, seem to know more Yankee/Jets fans then Mets/Giants fans.

  68. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    Dan-

    Too bad.

    You guys need water desperately.

    —–

    No kidding. I’ve been evacuated once and know dozens of others who have because of fire. The price for paradise (and traffic).

  69. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    maybe he’d play better if he got rid of that stupid woman’s hair band

  70. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Dan-

    If you get roasted like a weenie it isn’t paradise is it ?

    ;)

  71. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    A Yankee /Jet fan is one whose father couldn’t root for a team called the NY Giants.

  72. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:59 pm
    Dan-

    If you get roasted like a weenie it isn’t paradise is it ?

    ——-

    Well, I can always jump in my pool :)

  73. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    there are many many older Red Sox/NY Giants fans. Long before the Patriots existed, the Giants were the local team in New England

  74. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    ooh a pool…and weather above 70…how lucky.

  75. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    hard to beleive that angelos has abandoned his team just as the core is coming together. they have jones and wieters likely at their peak, and machado coming into his own but angelos hasnt added anything this offseason and has only found reasons to back out of tentative agreements.

    the are desparate to settle down the rotation and they need a closer to compete, but angelos just seems to want to pocket the money and leave the team to its own devices.

    oh yeah they added aceves, im sure buck is really psyched about that.

  76. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Dan-

    We’ve been real dry since mid December but we’re fixing to get dumped on in the next day or so.

    Should give us a lot of rain. Might even see a flash flood here or there.

  77. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Since we’re on the football subject, which really is more interesting this time of year, what the hell happened to Payton’s brother? I mean, he was almost as bad as Geno.

  78. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    there are many many older Red Sox/NY Giants fans. Long before the Patriots existed, the Giants were the local team in New England
    ========================
    Dennis Drinkwater, the guy in the 1st row behind the plate at Fenway.

  79. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Adam Jones top 5 MVP in 2014

  80. exiledintampa January 30th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    MTU

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....epartment/

  81. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    THAT’S THE GUY WITH THE YELLOW HEADSET AT EVERY GAME!! MYSTERY SOLVED!

  82. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Y’s-

    There are several Teams who seem to have just sat on their hands.

  83. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    ooh a pool…and weather above 70…how lucky.

    ——

    I think until today, it’s been between 72-82 every day since mid Dec. Now, at least for awhile, it will go back to normal winter temps–mid-60s

    Where are you again MTU?

  84. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    ” Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    there are many many older Red Sox/NY Giants fans. Long before the Patriots existed, the Giants were the local team in New England”
    —————————————————–
    i heard that when the boston patriots started they played on saturday nights to avoid being in competition with the giant’s tv broadcasts on sunday afternoon.

  85. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    THAT’S THE GUY WITH THE YELLOW HEADSET AT EVERY GAME!! MYSTERY SOLVED!
    ========================
    WRONG!

    That’s jerry kapstein ex baseball agent.

  86. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    nope – reminded that the yellow headset is a guy named Kapstein

  87. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    i have adam jones in my first round (top 10) for fantasy baseball this season.

  88. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I think until today, it’s been between 72-82 every day since mid Dec.
    ===============
    you and pat m love to rub it in.

  89. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Dan-

    Southern Utah.

    Exiled-

    Thanks. Doesn’t say where they are assigned though.

    Glad they are adding. Hope these guys are quality.

  90. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    lots of shrinkage in the Northeast so far this winter

  91. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Those Red Sox fans right behind the plate do seem much more dedicated to the Sox than the suits in the Legends seats at the Stadium.

  92. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Yankees should add scouts from the Rays, Cards, and Braves organizations.

    ;)

  93. Your Worst Nightmare January 30th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    Dan-

    Too bad.

    You guys need water desperately.

    ———-

    Naw, we have plenty of beer out here

  94. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Those Red Sox fans right behind the plate do seem much more dedicated to the Sox than the suits in the Legends seats at the Stadium.
    ================
    It’s a different scene, man.

  95. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Beer is actually dehydrating.

    :(

  96. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    come to think of it,
    F the Sox and F their fans

  97. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Yankee Stadium has become a tourist trap akin to getting stuck in an airport.

  98. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    Dan-

    Southern Utah.

    Exiled-

    Thanks. Doesn’t say where they are assigned though.

    Glad they are adding. Hope these guys are quality.

    —–

    I’ve been to St George. A climate very close to SoCal. Left my wallet at a gas station there on my way out of the city. Drove to Vegas. In the Caesar’s parking lot I discover it missing. Just enough gas to drive back to St. George. Girl behind the counter smiles and greets me saying “Hey we were waiting for you.” More than $400 in cash in my wallet. Not a dollar touched.

    Hiked and did some four wheeling around Zion. Nice country. Good people.

  99. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    F the Sox and F their fans
    =================
    speaking of F, where is the shamester?

  100. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Can’t wait to get this super bowl over with.

    That’s when Baseball Season starts.

  101. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Football season comes to a crashing halt.

  102. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Shame is doing naked beer slides at the Times Square NFL showcase

  103. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Before the internet and a million tv channels, this guy, Jonathan Schwartz, a NY radio host, did a baseball special the morning before every Super Bowl. If I’m not mistaken, I think the guy could remember every score of every game for some team. He might have been a Sox fan but I could be wrong. Used to spin a lot of Sinatra. I think he’s still alive, may be on satellite radio.

    He had a great line once which I sometimes borrow. When winter is at it’s bleakest, sometime in Feb, he would say “the sports world now can be summarized by just two words–Seton Hall.”

  104. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Shame and Richard Sherman doing a Super Bowl Shuffle NSFW

  105. Your Worst Nightmare January 30th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Beer is actually dehydrating.

    ———–

    Not where we are, we drink alot on a regular basis and sleep really well until the bloat makes us run to the can

  106. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    where are we, Philadelphia? How could we be badmouthing beer?

  107. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    anyone know what to make of that possession/exorcism in Gary, Indiana?

  108. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’m legitimately unconcerned about the Yankee infield right now. Oh I’ll grant you that there are three significant injury concerns and 1 productivity concern in the projected starters. But I think the team is in a better place to cope with those problems.

    They have a legitimate back up at SS (at least defensively) in Ryan, a solid 2b prospect who could possibly factor in if Roberts gets hurt in Pirela, the corners are a little light, but if he plays regularly Kelly Johnson is going to hit 25 HR (with a .240 BA) and if he’s healthy Tex will hit 35 HR (with a .240 BA).

    Defense will be a little shaky and I think we’ll have to get used to seeing Jeter lifted late in games for Ryan.

  109. Hankflorida January 30th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    YS Guy, Rizzuto did not have the stats to get into the Hall initially even with his five All Star slots and seven world championships, and to me, the old timers elections are not as significant. In the 1940′s and 50′s, shortstops were primarily known for their defensive skills, and scooter was above them offensively especially with his ability to bunt to sacrifice or get a base hit. Look at Johnny Bench’s numbers: .267BA, 389 HR and 1367 RBI’s. Not HOF numbers unless you are a catcher who had his defensive ability. If Rizzuto had gotten in through the front door, I would agree with you, but both he and Peewee Reese deserve some recognition as being the best at shortstop for their era.

  110. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Chip-

    For the record, Pirela sucks as a defender.

    Johnson has barely played 3b.

    Ryan can’t hit.

    Roberts is made of glass.

    Jeter and Tex are question marks.

    Barely concerned, huh ?

    OK.

    :)

  111. Your Worst Nightmare January 30th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Luv beer, even on Cornflakes and Cocopuffs

  112. LordD99 January 30th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    MTU — Not worried about old AJ.

    I am. He’s owned the Yankees through his career, with something like a 2.50 ERA against the Yankees. Worse, the last year he faced them regularly in 2008, he totally dominated the Yankees, making them look like little girls waving a bat at his pitches. And that’s when the Yankees had really good line ups!

  113. Hassey January 30th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    MTU – sounds like a perfect prologue for the 2014 Championship video

  114. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Beer is good on steaks and fish.

    :)

  115. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Jonathon Schwartz still has a radio program on the NYC NPR station on Sunday afternoons. He’s a Red Sox fan.

  116. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Chip is looking on the bright side.

  117. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    MTU –

    Yup, barely concerned.

  118. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Last I checked it was a 162 game season.

    Even if AJ still happened to be good against the Yankees he’d face them how many times ?

    And of course he’d win every one w/o fail, right ?

    Yeah. He’s real scary to contemplate.

    Not that we’d have anyone good against him or anything.

    :)

  119. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I can’t believe you guys are sitting there worried about AJ Burnett.

    Do you also worry about giant asteroids hitting Earth?

  120. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    OK Chip.

    Let’s hope you’re right then.

    ;)

  121. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Wave-

    :)

  122. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    WYH-

    Aren’t you scared of the Boogeyman ?

  123. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Why am I getting that Youkilis, Wells, Hafner feeling ?

    :(

  124. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    MTU-

    Let’s put it this way. If the Boogeyman exists, he might be trouble. But I’m not worried about AJ.

  125. blake January 30th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    “I’m legitimately unconcerned about the Yankee infield right now. Oh I’ll grant you that there are three significant injury concerns and 1 productivity concern in the projected starters. But I think the team is in a better place to cope with those problems.”

    I got some oceanfront property in Tennessee…..you interested? :)

  126. exiledintampa January 30th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Jeter is the only player on the team that’s still here from when AJ last pitched against them. You can’t compare 2008 AJ to 2014.

  127. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Wave-

    You can escape him in SLC.

    ;)

  128. bigdan22 January 30th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm
    Jonathon Schwartz still has a radio program on the NYC NPR station on Sunday afternoons. He’s a Red Sox fan.

    —–

    Thx for the update. This guy has to be pretty ancient now. I think folks used to call him and give a date like, June 7, 1971 and he’d give them the score of I guess a Sox game. Wonder if he can still do that.

  129. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Why am I getting that Youkilis, Wells, Hafner feeling ?

    —————————-

    Because you’re a glass half empty kinda guy.

  130. fuji January 30th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    “I can’t believe you guys are sitting there worried about AJ Burnett.

    Do you also worry about giant asteroids hitting Earth?”

    …not if one actually lands on hal and levine while signing aj burnett

  131. Wave Your Hat January 30th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Have to run. Quit obsessing about AJ, y’all.

  132. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I wonder if LR will change his tune when he gets to watch TWO guys in his rotation w devasting splitters.

    And opposing hitters going “what the eff was that ?”.

    Think about it Larry. CC. Split. Ain’t close amigo.

    ;)

  133. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Chip-

    You ought to know better.

    ;)

  134. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Yeah. Thats the ticket. Let’s get AJ so he doesn’t have to pitch against us. Pathetic.

  135. mick January 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I wouldn’t even want a 5th starter thats out there to block one of our own.

  136. Hankflorida January 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    In this argument of who belongs in the HOF, it has to be that a player has to be compared to those in his era or what position he played. Johnny Bench as an outfielder would not get him in with his offense, but as a catcher or shortstop or second basemen, it would not be a problem. Would anyone deny Bernie Williams if he had his numbers as a good fielding 2nd basemen with four rings?

  137. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    If the O’s are smart they’ll keep Burnett locked up in a barn.

    :)

  138. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Mick-

    Yankees want Pineda to be their #5.

    He’d have to injure himself or look like complete sh*t not to get the gig.

  139. munson15 January 30th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Trisha, put me down for 94 wins, please.

  140. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    New one ———>

  141. LordD99 January 30th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Wave Your Hat, peering out the window now looking for the asteroid…and AJ.

    And to the others, yes, I know the lineup has changed, but simply pointing out I would not be dismissive of AJ if he shows up on Baltimore or Toronto (highly unlikely). It’s better if he goes back to Pittsburgh!

  142. Chip January 30th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Where they should sign:

    AJ Burnett – Phillies
    Yes it’s a small park but his road games would be in huge stadiums. He would slot into the rotation behind Lee and Hamels and in front of Roberto Hernandez and Alfaro (or Kendrick)

    Kendrys Morales – Astros
    Morales is hurt by having the draft pick compensation. If the Astros sign him they don’t give up their pick. He slots in at DH where Brett Wallace is, at best, a risky proposition.

    Alemedys Diaz – Yankees
    Because I want him to. He’s young and even if he doesn’t stick at SS it’s not like they couldn’t use a 2b or 3b

    Stephen Drew – Mets
    It just makes too much sense for this not to happen. If Diaz doesn’t sign with the Yankees maybe they jump back in for him.

    Ubaldo Jimenez – Tampa
    If you’re seriously considering dealing David Price then having another young, proven arm in your rotation can lessen that blow.

    Fernando Rodney – Mariners
    Because if you’re in you’re in and if you’re in then you can’t have Danny Fahrquar as your closer

    Nelson Cruz – Boston
    Because an OF with Victorino between Nava and Cruz is pretty darn good

  143. LordD99 January 30th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Hankflorida, Yes, Bernie would get in the HOF if he was a good fielding 2B’man. He’s borderline as is and I thought dropped off the ballot too quickly (yet, I can’t argue since I don’t see him as a HOFer myself), but his case as a HOFer would be good even as a CFer if he was viewed as a strong defensive CFer. He was good when he came up, but his defensive metrics went south in his 30s. It wasn’t an issue he was still playing CF, but he defense doesn’t help his case as a HOF candidate since he needs something extra to push him from the wrong side of the borderline to the right side.

  144. BoJo January 30th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Trish–

    When is the cut-off for predictions? I usually like to do mine in October.

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