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State of the organization: Catcher

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 03, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian McCann, Joe Girardi

We did this “state of the organization” thing earlier in the winter as well, but it seems to be worth doing again now that the offseason is coming to a close and spring training is right around the corner. We’ll take some time the next few days to go position-by-position through the Yankees system, looking at where the team stands as it heads into camp. Let’s start behind the plate.

McCannTop of the depth chart: Brian McCann
Backup options: Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, J.R. Murphy
Also coming to camp: Gary Sanchez, Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, Peter O’Brien
Deeper in the system: Luis Torrens, Isaias Tejeda

By signing Brian McCann to a five-year deal — with an option for a sixth — the Yankees solidified a position that caused intense frustration last season. The Yankees liked Chris Stewart behind the plate, but he wasn’t nearly the offensive catcher this franchise had grown accustomed to, and Austin Romine got off to such a slow start in his first extended look in the big leagues that he never took advantage of what should have been a wide-open opportunity. Now the Yankees have McCann, one of the game’s best offensive catchers, and a guy who seemed to take on a significant leadership role during his time in Atlanta. The position is his for the foreseeable future, but the Yankees still have a handful of promising young catchers who could be big league ready in the next few years.

Gordon Beckham, Austin RomineLingering question: Who’s McCann’s backup?
Based on his experience, I suppose Francisco Cervelli has to be the favorite to become the Yankees No. 2 catcher. Before last season’s hand injury, Cervelli was actually putting together a wildly impressive season both at the plate and behind it. That said, he does the Biogenesis suspension hanging over him, and Romine was beginning to emerge by the end of last season.

Worth watching this spring: J.R. Murphy
For now, Murphy seems like a long shot to break camp on the big league roster — probably heading to Triple-A to play every day and build off last year’s strides — but Murphy also seems to have a higher ceiling than either Cervelli or Romine. Of all the guys who have routinely shown up on this winter’s organizational top 10 prospect rankings, Murphy’s the one who’s almost certainly ticketed for Triple-A. You could certainly make the case that he’s the most advanced true prospect in the system. The Yankees were thrilled with his improvement’s last season, now he has a chance to really make a statement about just how good he could be.

Best-case scenario: McCann becomes a Hall of Famer
The best-case scenario is really, really good. At just 29 years old, McCann already has 176 home runs as a catcher. He’s a seven-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and now he’s moving into a ballpark that should play to his strengths. If things work out extremely well, the Yankees will have a middle-of-the-order run producer for the next half decade, making Sanchez either a potent DH or a valuable trade chips if lives up to his offensive potential.

Worst-case scenario: Backups in the lineup (again)
In this ballpark, given his offensive track record, it’s hard to imagine McCann being a total disappointment with the Yankees. Even if he’s not an all-world hitter, he should be reasonably productive. Instead, the nightmare situation involves McCann’s health. He played in only 102 games last year, and he’s had more than 500 at-bats in a season only twice (never more than 509). He had a strained adductor late last year, had shoulder surgery at the end of the 2012 season, and a strained oblique in 2011. Nothing overwhelming, but enough to make health at least a mild concern.

Keep an eye on this year: Peter O’Brien
Of course everyone is going to watch Gary Sanchez, if only because there’s nearly universal agreement that he’s the top prospect in the system. There are still plenty who doubt his ability to stick behind the plate, but there’s a lot of potential there. That said, O’Brien is coming off a breakout year in which he destroyed Low-A pitching, and continued to slug quite a bit in High-A. The Yankees have given O’Brien quite a bit of time at third base, but they say he’s still considered a catcher. It’s worth monitoring whether O’Brien stays the behind the plate (and whether he keeps hitting against upper-level pitchers).

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112 Responses to “State of the organization: Catcher”

  1. Blojaldo February 3rd, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    No question that music is generational and it’s hard for one to not be subjective and relate more to the music of their era as opposed to others. After all, music tends to define our youth which is something most of us revere and want to hang on to.

    That having been said, I think one could make a strong objective case that all popular music pales in comparison to the Beatles. Elvis, Sinatra, Jackson, etc., included.

  2. MTU February 3rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    A position of depth.

    Should have someone available to trade at some point.

    Do not need 5 catchers.

  3. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    AAO
    =======
    You’re taking the word gangster out of context.
    Sherman went gangster, he is not a gangster.
    Go watch some early Ali, you will see the same.

  4. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:19 pm
    Yeah, Elvis didn’t write most of his stuff, but I don’t think it matters unlees songwriting goes into the equation. He fits in, the interpretor category. Granted, he had the added advantage of being white, but I do think his mark deserves consideration.
    =========================

    Agreed.
    My original point is that Bruno Mars is more talented (not necessarily more successful ) due to the fact that he’s a :

    Singer
    Song Writer
    Producer
    Musician
    Dancer

    …and alot more than a ‘one-trick pony’ – regardless of total record sales to date.

    (The Beatles’ level of all these categories are unsurpassed)

  5. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    …maybe the Beatles flop in the dancing category…(category retracted)

  6. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    According to RIAA, Elvis sold 2.5 BILLION records. Beatles are second with 1.6 billion.
    ABBA has 380 million.

  7. GregD February 3rd, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I’m very excited about the season this year……first I think our free agents will thrive in NY and secondly, I believe that between Austin, Williams and Heathcott, we will get an OF that will be ready at the end of the season…..not to mention I see a lot of pitching only one good season away….

  8. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Head Shaker:

    Mets Sign Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league deal.

    ….he’ll earn $1MM if he makes the big league roster.

    The deal also includes $1.5MM in incentives.

  9. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    They really should break with their policy and let McCann grow a beard.

  10. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Glad to see McCann in NY. I’ve watched him for years on Braves TV here in GA. He’s a hard-ass, old fashion player. Team mates reportedly love him. Catches OK, hits very well. Welcome!

  11. Blojaldo February 3rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I’d love to hear someone try to make the case that when it comes to talent, creativity, musicianship, songwriting and the respect of their peers, that the Beatles are not light years ahead of everyone else. Yes, Blue Suede Shoes and Hound Dog were good tunes . . . but they are not “A Day In The Life” or “Strawberry Fields.”

  12. GregD February 3rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    Glad to see McCann in NY. I’ve watched him for years on Braves TV here in GA. He’s a hard-ass, old fashion player. Team mates reportedly love him. Catches OK, hits very well. Welcome!

    ———————————————-
    I think Yankee fans will love him and I think he will be a big home run hitter at the stadium

  13. pkyankfan69 February 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I hate it when the snow plow comes after you shovel your driveway and leaves a wall of solid ice and slush blocking the end of the driveway. At least I got it out of the way now and don’t have to do that tomorrow morning.

  14. MTU February 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    McCann, Cervelli, Romine, Murphy, Sanchez.

    1 or 2 will have to go eventually.

  15. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Dessert island pick? Boy, its going to be tough. One day its Diana Ross Sunday morning, and then off on a bender with Tanya Tucker or something. Get me in the right mood, and Mantovani goes on.

  16. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    MTU February 3rd, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    McCann, Cervelli, Romine, Murphy, Sanchez.

    1 or 2 will have to go eventually.
    =============================

    ..even if one of them are dealt….all h*ll will breakout here !!!

    (gotta keep all our prospects, so we can have an all-’homegrown’ starting lineup)

  17. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Pky, just convice yourself, all that slush, is good for the soul!

  18. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    Dessert island pick? Boy, its going to be tough. One day its Diana Ross Sunday morning, and then off on a bender with Tanya Tucker or something. Get me in the right mood, and Mantovani goes on.
    =============================

    Except for that roll-in-the-hay with Tanya Tucker….the Beatles will probably cover any and all moods that you can think of…

    Incomparable.

  19. MTU February 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Upstate-

    Ridiculous notion.

    ;)

  20. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    GregD, I’m very excited about the season too. Just going to pretend its the first time, and Doug Ault blasts 2 while bailing Bill Singer out. R.I.P. Doug, there’s always a friendly candle in my mind for you.

  21. Durant1985 February 3rd, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    We almost have an over-abundance of catchers in the system. Obvi, McCann is gonna be our catcher for years to come, but I’m excited about the possibility of Gary Sanchez, and a dark horse JR Murphy. Everyone u see talking about Murphy raves about his game and how much he’s come along thru the years. If I’m Cashman, screw Cervelli! Keep Romine and Murphy and let them learn under B-Mac!

  22. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Upstate – Beatles’ Rubber Soul and Revolver. Check out the Corrs, you’ll fall in love over and over … :D

  23. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    MTU February 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    Upstate-

    Ridiculous notion.

    ======================
    Nevertheless a lovely notion that we should prepare for !!!

    (no smile faces on keyboard)

  24. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I still have to listen to some of the early Jazz/Swing of the 20′s and 30′s as well…before it got too polished.

  25. Blojaldo February 3rd, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    As we get younger there possibly could be less of a need to platoon numerous players at DH. If one of the catching prospects shows sick hitting skills down the road that’s always an option even if McCann is still here.

  26. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    Upstate – Beatles’ Rubber Soul and Revolver. Check out the Corrs, you’ll fall in love over and over …
    ===============

    Will ring-up some YouTubes on the Corrs tonite…..THX !!!

  27. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Little Luba on la radio with, ” Let it Go “. Eighties flasback.

  28. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Upstate, the Corrs rule with a version of, ” Everybody Hurts ” Enjoy!

  29. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Benny Goodman, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton and a lot of others, playing “Sing, Sing, Sing!” is the ultimate in Big Band.

  30. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Jelly Roll Morten, and Fats Waller! ( They had a way of putting their hand on your shoulder and making you dance through all that pain )

  31. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Best base player, Milt Hinton! Johnny Carson loved him, and I’m too young to remember any of it.

  32. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    jmills,
    No, that was Grady Tate. Listen to Lena Horne’s “Lady and her Music” to see why.

  33. pete2 February 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    In the short term the top catching prospects provide depth in case McCann gets injured. Eventually they get traded for something of value since McCann is blocking them for at least 3 years if not 5 years.

    I actually wish the Yankees had went to cheaper option at C in Saltamallachia, which would have left some money available for Drew and/or a BP arm. They could have traded him to make room for the homegrown talent, unlike McCann who has a NTC.

  34. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Neil Peart spent some time over a Buddy Rich tribute. I just sit back and love them both. Bill Bruford is great, and Keith Moon was a driving force. And then there’s Elvin Jones, and on and on…

  35. pat February 3rd, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    jonmorosi
    Just spoke with Scott Boras. He says he is “very close” to deals for Oliver Perez, Jeff Baker, K-Rod and Suk-min Yoon. @FOXSports1

  36. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    pete2 February 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    In the short term the top catching prospects provide depth in case McCann gets injured. Eventually they get traded for something of value since McCann is blocking them for at least 3 years if not 5 years.

    I actually wish the Yankees had went to cheaper option at C in Saltamallachia, which would have left some money available for Drew and/or a BP arm. They could have traded him to make room for the homegrown talent, unlike McCann who has a NTC.
    ============================================

    McCann – proven as being good.

    Salty – ehhhh…

    Prospects – exactly that.

    IMHO – McCann = best choice.

  37. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Tom, got it ” noted “, thanks mon ami. Will look up and report.

  38. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    pat February 3rd, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    jonmorosi
    Just spoke with Scott Boras. He says he is “very close” to deals for Oliver Perez, Jeff Baker, K-Rod and Suk-min Yoon. @FOXSports1
    ================================

    We in the running on any ???

  39. pat February 3rd, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    davidortiz
    Finishing my workout to have another monster season for all those media hater that still doubting!!! pic.twitter.com/Aoorrc1egG

  40. Hankflorida February 3rd, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm
    Elvis was more a creation than a performer…he gets more credit than due.

    I came from the crooner generation from Russ Colombo, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and when Elvis came on the scene, he turned the music world upside down. He could sing anything and everything. He could croon, he could rock, he could sing folk music, and he could deliver songs with that magical ease of going from his a deep baritone voice to a falsetto. The man was an artist. When I was on my battalion’s army newspaper in Germany in the 1950′s, my regret was that I never got to interview him when he was stationed there as I got shipped back to the states. His popularity all around the world was so astounding that he was the best ambassador that our country could have. No matter what the Russians did, they could not stop his music from penetrating the Iron Curtain and influencing the young to the freedom of expression that was the mark of our democracy.

  41. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    you might’ve worked with my father Hank…but my feelings on Elvis still stand…I don’t care if he ate coal and passed diamonds.

  42. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aHVVZCzlkEI#

    Little Luba was an artist from my parts when I was in high school. I have no idea what happened to her, but she was a light.

  43. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    ‘so close’ for jeff baker again? he’s been ‘so close’ for about a week now.

  44. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    “You will appreciate Baseball Prospectus’ assessment of Nunez. They discuss reporters hiding during BP when he throws to first and say usually for such defenseless players people say ” but, he sure can hit”. They say Nunez can’t do that either.”

    Mac, yea it kinda surprises me when I still see people saying they think Nunez can play. He really can’t do anything but run fast and hit one hard every now and then. I don’t get it…..he plays infield like an outfielder and hits like a back up catcher

  45. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I agree with whoever said Bruno Mars isn’t in the same stratosphere as Michael Jackson…..I mean come on .

  46. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Neither can touch Ray Charles…

  47. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    whatever you’re debating i vote for brother ray, too!

  48. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    You had Elvis penetrating the Iron Curtain, and I had, Glenn Gould ( they couldn’t get enough of him ). Thank our lucky stars, we both had something! :D

  49. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Ray and Elvis were both great, bit Elvis could cross more genres.

  50. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm
    Ray and Elvis were both great, bit Elvis could cross more genres.
    ——————–

    Elvis was a better dancer, too.

  51. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Speaking of Elvis, I’m in Tupelo this week… I think his childhood home is around here somewhere

  52. austinmac February 3rd, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I got a Baseball Prospectus today. It is very interesting. I recommend it.

  53. UpState February 3rd, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    Speaking of Elvis, I’m in Tupelo this week… I think his childhood home is around here somewhere
    ==========================================

    306 Elvis Presley Drive

  54. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    austinmac says:
    February 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    I got a Baseball Prospectus today. It is very interesting. I recommend it.

    I used to get it ….it’s good.

  55. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Ahhh,…and who is the greatest second baseman behind, Alomar? :D

  56. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I read somewhere that Elvis used to have ribs flown from Mephis to Las Vegas all the time…..

  57. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks Upstate

  58. Ys Guy February 3rd, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Ray and Elvis were both great, bit Elvis could cross more genres.
    ========================
    ray was a great musician and and awesome composer. elvis was an idol.

  59. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I got a Baseball Prospectus today. It is very interesting. I recommend it.

    ——————–

    I’ve been thinking about buying the version for my kindle but have heard that the formatting wasn’t that great… anyone tried the e-book?

  60. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Somewhere, Al Martino is serenading Johnny Depp in a Vegas hotel. Al is still doing the circuit last I heard. My dear Austrian neghbour saw him over lunch.

  61. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Ys Guy,
    Both were poor boys with unique talents they capitalized on. Elvis became an idol, yes, but he had one of the best and truest voices in history, too, pre-idolhood. No argument about Ray. To do that, you’d have to argue Bessie Smith was better than Ella Fitzgerald, both arguments profitless.

  62. j9d February 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Watching MLB Network (again…don’t know why) and can think of at least a dozen commenters on this blog who have more baseball knowledge, history and perspective than most of these former players.

  63. pat February 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke – Francesa’s longtime beverage of choice – into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

    The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference to Francesa was clear.

    When asked later by Newsday what he thought of the gesture, Francesa called it, a “classless, loser move from two guys I have been burying in the ratings for over a decade.”

  64. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Chicken, make sure you bring that Mattingly jersey for all the Sox fans bound to be here that weekend. I’m going to paint Stieb and his 37 on a t-shirt, and then proclaim how George Bell karate kicked Bruce Kison’s a$$! ( Literally )

  65. raymagnetic February 3rd, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    “Singer
    Song Writer
    Producer
    Musician
    Dancer”

    You probably don’t realize that Michael Jackson did all of the above as well.

    I lie Bruno as much as the next guy but saying he’s more talented than MJ is just silly.

    Jackson was a terrible person but musically he’s ridiculous and incomparable.

  66. j9d February 3rd, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    pat February 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke – Francesa’s longtime beverage of choice – into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

    The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference to Francesa was clear.

    When asked later by Newsday what he thought of the gesture, Francesa called it, a “classless, loser move from two guys I have been burying in the ratings for over a decade.”
    —————————————————————————————–/

    Pat

    So telling. Michael Kay always reminded me of the bully kid who was trying to prove himself to the tough guys to be popular at any cost.

  67. austinmac February 3rd, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Chicken,

    I went old school and got the paper version. You people better watch out. I may know something now. Nah.

  68. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    jmills – lol. I’ll be sure to bring Donnie Baseball’s Jersey :)

  69. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    well…Michael had Quincy Jones produce much of the music, as well as write…wasn’t much of a musician…so mostly left with good singer and dancer…so basically Elvis with a worse voice and glove and better behind the scenes.

  70. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    chicken…does it ever feel like home when you get there?

  71. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    austin,
    Does the paper version have a button to magnify the type?

  72. Tar February 3rd, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    ‘Mac, yea it kinda surprises me when I still see people saying they think Nunez can play. He really can’t do anything but run fast and hit one hard every now and then. I don’t get it…..he plays infield like an outfielder and hits like a back up catcher”

    i’ll offer again, Nunez with 300 AB’s will outhit Drew.

    If I win you have to preface every post for 1 week with Tar’s a genius.

    If you win Blake’s a Bar B Q master or whatever????.

    In case you forgot this is one the balls he “hits hard now and then”

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/0.....-verlander

  73. Tar February 3rd, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    BTW that AB went from 0-2 to a 9 pitch HR

  74. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    If I was the Coca-Cola company I’d threaten the Yes network that because of yesterday’s actions that without an apology with the disregard for their product that they would forego future advertisement with them, or something along those lines. Make Kay issue a statement.

  75. Tar February 3rd, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I agree with you Howler, Coke should not let it slide.

  76. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    chicken…does it ever feel like home when you get there?

    ————————-

    Good question… It feels like home when I see my sons (plus, of course, my mom and dad).

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series of books… if so, I sort of feel like Reacher (minus the fights, intrigue, and mystery solving :) )

  77. pat February 3rd, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Yankee Stadium was Pepsi exclusive. The network may have endorsed the Diet Coke move.

  78. austinmac February 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Baseball Prospectus likes, as I do, Nik Turley.

  79. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    pat,
    I thought Pepsi was the Official Soft Drink, too.

  80. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I hate when K ends his show with “In the words of Billy Joel, life is… almost as bad as See Ya.
    So infantile.
    It will have to go, I will never hear it out…

  81. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Didn’t know Kay and Mike had a feud.
    If not, they have one now..

  82. pete2 February 3rd, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    “chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I got a Baseball Prospectus today. It is very interesting. I recommend it.

    This is the first year I have not bought it. I like the player write ups and some of the team articles are ok but unless they have some new and better content I am probably not ordering this year. Will wait for some more reviews

  83. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Pete2 – did you buy the hard copy or the e-book?

  84. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    #Cubs sign Jeff Baker to one-year, $1.175M contract, thus avoiding arbitration, source tells FOXSports.com. #Chicago #MLB

  85. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Pete2 – what i meant to say – have you ever bought the e-book version?

  86. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Its long overdue that Dave Van Horne is going into the Canadian baseball hall. Dave is a gracious man who assisted Tom Cheek in Expos broadcasts, prior to Cheek landing the Jays radio gig in ’77 with his bumbling, but lovable sidekick, Early Wynn. Lucky kid was I. Early retired in a couple of years, giving way to another gem, Jerry Howarth. Jerry is still going strong.

  87. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    sorry…that’s 4 years old…damn twittage

  88. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    mick February 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    sorry…that’s 4 years old…damn twittage

    ——————–

    Lol. You had me scratching my head on that one! I was trying to figure out how exactly the Cubs were facing arbitration with Baker :)

  89. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    The last tree version of national baseball news was a multi-year subscription to The Sporting News. They delivered, no matter where in the world I was, even if it got there a couple of weeks late. Bought one not long ago, not worth the money anymore. It’s an abased product, but with you folks educating me, who needs it?

  90. mick February 3rd, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    The last tree version of national baseball news was a multi-year subscription to The Sporting News.
    ===============
    Do they print on leaves or paper….same thing, right?

  91. jmills February 3rd, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zh3RzpSjcr0

    The above is a fun sampling of, Jerry Howarth.

    My friend, Harriot just phoned to say there’s presently a 99.1 FM CBC radio special on, Sylvia Plath. Sorry guys,…I’m out of here!

  92. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Mister mick,
    Wise ass, huh? Yes , leaves of paper, newsprint, to be exact, in tabloid size, with a red headline, suitable to its St Louis origin. Let’s go Yanks!

  93. raymagnetic February 3rd, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    “well…Michael had Quincy Jones produce much of the music, as well as write…wasn’t much of a musician…so mostly left with good singer and dancer…so basically Elvis with a worse voice and glove and better behind the scene”

    I think Quincy Jones worked on two of his albums, doesn’t mean he wasn’t a musician. He played piano and other instruments. All of the brothers play and write music.

    You really don’t know much about MJ’s artistry. You’re embarrassing yourself really.

    Go here for a list of songs that he either wrote himself or co-wrote. http://songwritershalloffame.o.....d/C116/P0/

    I get it, you don’t like him but you’re embarrassing yourself trying to downplay how great of an artist he was.

    Elvis stole his whole persona from Jackie Wilson, but that’s another story altogether.

  94. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Tom – As a kid, I would spend days each week pouring over my dad’s copy of The Sporting News… good memories!!!

  95. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    “i’ll offer again, Nunez with 300 AB’s will outhit Drew.

    If I win you have to preface every post for 1 week with Tar’s a genius.

    If you win Blake’s a Bar B Q master or whatever????.

    In case you forgot this is one the balls he “hits hard now and then”

    Deal….but Drew has to get 300 ABs as well.

  96. austinmac February 3rd, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Tom,

    The Sporting News was the only real information about the minor leagues and inside major league stuff. I took it for years.

    What was the small in size magazine type publication with all the player’s career stats. That was another must purchase.

  97. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Tar,
    This is a much more realistic Nunie clip

  98. blake February 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    http://offthebench.nbcsports.c.....ng-circus/

  99. Howler February 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Just because you play it doesn’t mean you play it well…and I don’t feel embarrassed. I’m only considering his musical abilities…I could care less about any of the rest. I just don’t think he was as good as some, and many were better who don’t get the accolades… Fandom blinds some to realities…

  100. austinmac February 3rd, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I always bought the Street and Smith baseball issue.

  101. Against All Odds February 3rd, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    pat February 3rd, 2014 at 8:09 pm Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke – Francesa’s longtime beverage of choice – into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

    ———–

    And that’s the guy the YES has as the face of their network. But he must be doing something right Yes Network website has a new thing called Kay’s Korner Smfh

  102. tomingeorgia February 3rd, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    austin,
    I always liked all the columnists the SN published from around the MLB cities. Jerry Izenberg, Red Smith, Dick Young, etc.

  103. yankeefeminista February 3rd, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Peter O’Brien did a nice job in Charleston with a ton of power, but he needs to shorten his swing and get those K’s down as he progresses. From what I have seen on video of him, I hope they are able to cut down that leg kick and teach him to make better contact moving up. He didn’t make much contact in a sss in Tampa. As for position, it looks like we want to keep our options open with him, but sounds like he may be more of a 3B, COF down the road. Or a decent faux-catcher trade if Yanks feel he really can’t catch… Still tons of pop.

    ”My friend, Harriot just phoned to say there’s presently a 99.1 FM CBC radio special on, Sylvia Plath. Sorry guys,…I’m out of here!”

    Thanks, jmills. I found it online, but it seems like they are now discussing Willa Cather. Still very interesting. Ah, just now started to discuss Sylvia.

  104. yankeefeminista February 3rd, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    trade *chip

  105. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    new one —–>>

  106. chicken_stanley February 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    YF – did ya notice, free range Fred actually found a new thread!

  107. yankeefeminista February 3rd, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    “Kay’s Korner Smfh”

    Odds, it should be called Kay OverKill.

  108. yankeefeminista February 3rd, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Chicken, free range at last!!!!

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