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Yankees window closes for Mustelier

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 08, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ronnier Mustellier, J.R. Towles

I have no statistics to support this claim, but I’ve spent a little more than a decade covering baseball, and this seems to be true: For a player like Ronnier Mustelier, the window for advancing to the big leagues with a particular team is incredibly small. It might open for only a moment before slamming shut, and taking advantage of that limited opportunity is a matter of production, timing and luck.

For Mustelier, the window to play for the Yankees seemed to open early last year. And, of course, he was hurt at the time. It slammed shut again this winter, and on Tuesday Mustelier was released so that the Yankees could give his Triple-A at-bats to players who had, quite frankly, become higher priorities.

“There just weren’t at-bats for Mustelier there,” vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “He’ll get a chance somewhere. He’s not a bad player at all.”

Mustelier became an oddly popular minor league player at least partially because he was fun and easy to root for. He had an unusual background as an older prospect from Cuba. He seemed to come out of nowhere to put up strong numbers almost immediately. He climbed through the system quickly. He could play a lot of positions, including third base, which carried a lot of long-term and short-term uncertainty for the organization.

Ronnier MustelierWhen Mustelier had that great spring training in 2013, and Joe Girardi started calling him “Musty,” this squat little guy with an unusual name and impressive minor league numbers seemed to have a real chance of playing in New York.

But…

By the end of spring training, Mustelier was hurt. When he got healthy, he didn’t hit that well in Triple-A. As the Yankees tried all sorts of third-base options last season, Mustelier was never the guy at the top of the pecking order. He didn’t hit for much power this winter, wasn’t invited to big league camp this spring, and despite a .314 batting average in Triple-A — again, without much power — the Yankees decided to release him this week. They’d restocked their minor league depth this offseason, and at 29 years old, Mustelier no longer had a spot.

Window closed. Officially. Newman said there was some sense of wanting to give Mustelier a chance to find a better opportunity.

There have been similar stories with six-year minor-league free agents and other international signees in their mid-to-late 20s who couldn’t land major-league deals. They’re kind of see-what-happens projects with no clear path or obvious plan. Give them some minor league playing time, see if they perform well enough to get on the radar, and if the dominoes fall just right, they just might get a chance in the big leagues. Dominoes have already fallen perfectly for veteran pitchers Matt Daley, Bruce Billings and Chris Leroux to get a little bit of time with the Yankees this season, but last year veterans Daley, Jim Miller, Sam Demel and Yoshinori Tateyama pitched extremely well in Triple-A without any of them getting a call-up before September. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.

“(Mustelier)’s hitting for a good average,” Newman said. “He’s got some offensive tools. It just came down to, we’ve got (Ramon) Flores and Zoilo Almonte there playing and playing well, and Antoan Richardson is a center fielder with a real high on-base history, and they were going to get most of the playing time.”

The Yankees also have Adonis Garcia, another right-handed Triple-A corner outfielder who’s shown some offensive ability, can vaguely play third base, and also needs at-bats (and, oddly enough, happens to be Cuban as well). Garcia is also, if need be, a more capable center field option than Mustelier.

“Probably the difference between the two is defense,” Newman said.

So now’s it’s Garcia’s turn to wait for the dominoes to fall just right, look for a window to open at just the right time, and hope that he’s in a position to take advantage of all of it if and when it happens.

Sometimes it works, and sometimes it just doesn’t.

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327 Responses to “Yankees window closes for Mustelier”

  1. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Does that code overlook bashing your former team in the media after you accept the best contract offer you could find as a FA?

    Maybe Mo would like him to stand up like a man and admit that he did it for the money and stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    —-

    Why does an athlete from any sport have to admit they chose a destination because they offered the most money?

    Ellsbury went to the team who offered the most money. Is he not a man or stand up guy for not admitting it publicly?

    Call it a negotiating tactic if you like, but didn’t the Yanks essentially plant the seed during the entire 2013 season downplaying Cano’s contributions to the team didn’t feel he was the guy to be the face of the franchise?

    It was a drum that banged all season long, and echoed by Michael Kay, so I don’t imagine any player would like that.

  2. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This kind of makes me wonder of there is not room for another league, somewhere between AAA and MLB quality, filled initially with non-prospects (maybe former prospects who never panned out) and older MLB players who are no longer good enough. Maybe a league that plays in the winter to start so as to avoid competing with MLB and thus plays in warmer states but whose games are available nationally with something like mlb.tv

    I think the talent pool is probably large enough to support 40 MLB teams but MLB owners of course don’t want to cut the pie into too many slices, so there is enough talent for another league I think.

    I would like to see this league independent of MLB and perhaps be able to compete with them down the road. MLB is too strong of a monopoly though so it probably won’t happen.

  3. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Draft 2 Dynasty ?@Draft2Dynasty 21m
    BREAKING: Peter O’Brien has been promoted to the Trenton Thunder.

    ___
    Thought O’Brien should be moved up but do they move Sanchez up to AAA now? Or let them share reps with Sanchez doing more of the catching and OB getting OF work?

  4. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Wouldn’t the Independent League fill that need, Pete22?

  5. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    … although right now that Trenton OF will be overloaded with of the elite OFs Mason already there and both Heathcott and Austin coming back soon… so, something has to give.

  6. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....d=17974574

  7. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Chad, thanks for the response on Heathcott and Feliz. My understanding with the latter was that they thought pretty highly of him, and he looked like a really skilled and prospectively elite prospect when I saw him play in Charleston. I wonder how much he has been derailed by the injuries and if they still have high ceiling hopes for Feliz. I hope he can stay healthy.

  8. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Does that code overlook bashing your former team in the media after you accept the best contract offer you could find as a FA?

    Maybe Mo would like him to stand up like a man and admit that he did it for the money and stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    —-

    Why does an athlete from any sport have to admit they chose a destination because they offered the most money?

    Ellsbury went to the team who offered the most money. Is he not a man or stand up guy for not admitting it publicly?

    Call it a negotiating tactic if you like, but didn’t the Yanks essentially plant the seed during the entire 2013 season downplaying Cano’s contributions to the team didn’t feel he was the guy to be the face of the franchise?

    It was a drum that banged all season long, and echoed by Michael Kay, so I don’t imagine any player would like that.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Michael Kaye’s comments mean nothing.

    Cano was negotiated with the same way Posada, Jeter and Mo were over the years.

    It was ugly, but they stayed. Cano knew going in he wouldn’t get ten years from the Yankees.

    I’m sure Mo could have thrown in the towel in frustration a few times and signed somewhere else for more.

    But he did not. Mo could have and then said afterwards said to the media that the Yankees did not respect him.

    This is the difference.

  9. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Doreen, exactly, the independent league is that very league. I don’t follow it, but it definitely is not a high enough level league to compete with MLB caliber players.

  10. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    When one window closes, another opens. Good luck to musty finding that window. Hopefully it is not the kind with a burglar alarm system installed.

  11. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    No one is holding a pity party for Robbie I just think it’s weird how he is now viewed by a portion of the fan base.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It’s not weird at all, he shopped himself for the best contract he could get, which no one can blame him for.

    The fans appreciate honesty, he left for the money bottom line. Enough of the bs.

    —————–

    The fans want honesty??? lol. The fans buy the bs line that every high priced free agent came here because they love the team and city. The fans buy into the bs that somehow someway every player’s father just so happened to be a fan of Mantle or Munson.

  12. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Btw Ellsbury has not one time say to the media the Sox didn’t respect him.

    Could you imagine the uproar in Boston if he had?

    He did say however if the Sox offered him the same contract NY did that he would still be in Boston.

    It’s all about the money.

  13. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Solarte is the new Musty only more versatile and durable.

  14. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    You don’t give the fans much credit, do you and yours?
    That would mean you know better, right?
    The fans, tho’ the groupthink thinks otherwise, are not the sheep you make them out to be.
    In fact, they’ve been around a lot longer than you think, and have seen more than you.
    So be careful b/c you might be the one accused of being a sheep next,
    but that would be below the belt and the “fans” might not be wont to do that.

    ——————–

    Trying too hard as usual.

    Not every fan is sheep but a good section of them are.

    In one breath Yankee fans bash Cano for taking the most money but call up radio shows throughout the yr proposing deals to throw at the latest FA toy.

    They tell Cano he sold out but ignore the fact that this team wouldn’t be as good as it has been the past few yrs without “sell outs” from other teams.

  15. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Does that code overlook bashing your former team in the media after you accept the best contract offer you could find as a FA?

    Maybe Mo would like him to stand up like a man and admit that he did it for the money and stop bad mouthing the Yankees.

    —-

    Why does an athlete from any sport have to admit they chose a destination because they offered the most money?

    Ellsbury went to the team who offered the most money. Is he not a man or stand up guy for not admitting it publicly?

    Call it a negotiating tactic if you like, but didn’t the Yanks essentially plant the seed during the entire 2013 season downplaying Cano’s contributions to the team didn’t feel he was the guy to be the face of the franchise?

    It was a drum that banged all season long, and echoed by Michael Kay, so I don’t imagine any player would like that.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Michael Kaye’s comments mean nothing.

    Cano was negotiated with the same way Posada, Jeter and Mo were over the years.

    It was ugly, but they stayed. Cano knew going in he wouldn’t get ten years from the Yankees.

    I’m sure Mo could have thrown in the towel in frustration a few times and signed somewhere else for more.

    But he did not. Mo could have and then said afterwards said to the media that the Yankees did not respect him.

    This is the difference.

    —-

    No team was going to offer any of those guys $75M more than the Yankees.

  16. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Call it a negotiating tactic if you like, but didn’t the Yanks essentially plant the seed during the entire 2013 season downplaying Cano’s contributions to the team didn’t feel he was the guy to be the face of the franchise?

    It was a drum that banged all season long, and echoed by Michael Kay, so I don’t imagine any player would like that.
    ==================
    What is all this Groupthink about Kay being the mouthpiece of the FO, stated as if it’s a natural fact?
    He complains all the time about guys not hustling and that’s as far as it went.
    The Yanks knew they were going to be outbid by the M’s all along. They weren’t looking for leverage.

  17. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Michael Kaye’s comments mean nothing.

    ————-

    Not really. He’s an extension of the FO. You know how they feel about a guy when he starts the campaign against them. He’s done that with Hughes, Cano, Swisher, Joba, A-rod, etc.

  18. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Who knows? Mo is not stupid. He might be part of the FO some day.
    Go ahead beat guys, run with that on Twitter Marchand.

  19. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    No team was going to offer any of those guys $75M more than the Yankees.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hard to say Mo never tested the market.

  20. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Not really. He’s an extension of the FO.
    ==============
    Now That’s BS.

  21. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Nah, we don’t buy the BS. I roll my etes, mstly, snd i can be as gullible as they come LOL I’d love for a guy to just say he signed because he was offered the most money and the best opportunity without adding the treacly stuff about he pinstripes. I think it may actually be at least partially true for some but at the end of he day, most of us work for the company that pays us the most and offers the best opportunity (and proximity to home).

  22. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    He’s done that with Hughes, Cano, Swisher, Joba, A-rod, etc.
    ===========
    These guys wrote their own tickets out of town, be serious.
    You are starting to parrot the anti-company company line.

  23. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    treacly is a new word for me. never seen or heard it in a sentence. thanks doreen.

  24. Madrugador May 8th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Got to wonder with OB moving to Trenton if the Yanks aren’t getting ready to move some of the Trenton players in a trade.

  25. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Trying too hard as usual.
    ================
    as opposed to your one word answers?

  26. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    This kind of makes me wonder of there is not room for another league, somewhere between AAA and MLB quality, filled initially with non-prospects (maybe former prospects who never panned out) and older MLB players who are no longer good enough. Maybe a league that plays in the winter to start so as to avoid competing with MLB and thus plays in warmer states but whose games are available nationally with something like mlb.tv

    I think the talent pool is probably large enough to support 40 MLB teams but MLB owners of course don’t want to cut the pie into too many slices, so there is enough talent for another league I think.

    I would like to see this league independent of MLB and perhaps be able to compete with them down the road. MLB is too strong of a monopoly though so it probably won’t happen.
    ====
    I like this idea. Maybe they could play in Latin America countries where it is warm…

  27. Hankflorida May 8th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Roberts said that he felt the pressure of taking over the 2nd base job from Cano. I can understand his feelings, and I hope that next year, we get Solarte taking over the base where he will hit .280 and will give us some clutch hits and never be compared to the best 2nd basemen in Yankee history. I also hope that the Yankees can have two power outfielders on either side of Ellsbury and a RBI guy at third. These moves will help alleviate the loss of Cano, and I have seen them come and go especially from 1937 to 1964 where never a player was missed as winning tends to do that.

  28. mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Not every fan is sheep but a good section of them are.
    ===========================
    so only you and yours think independently?
    is that a fact?
    you’ve been reading too much of japs manifesto.

  29. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    He’s done that with Hughes, Cano, Swisher, Joba, A-rod, etc.
    ===========
    These guys wrote their own tickets out of town, be serious.
    You are starting to parrot the anti-company company line.
    ——————-

    I’m not parroting anything since the guy does it all the time just listen to the broadcasts. You can always tell he’s in that mode because once he starts the theme mentioned throughout the season.

  30. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:32 pm
    Wouldn’t the Independent League fill that need, Pete22?
    ====
    Move them to winter and get them a cable tv contract.

  31. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I swear I typed that I roll my eyes mostly. SMH.

    Did any other team publicly offer Robbie Cano more than the Yankees before the Mariners swooped in with an offer not to be refused? I see the entire situation as one where the Yankees simply did not want to make the mistake of bidding against themselves (as they did with ARod). Once Seattle went 10 years, it took the Yankees out of any negotiation. And you have to hand it to Seattle. They knew they had to blow everyone out of the water to get Robbie, and they did.

  32. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    so only you and yours think independently?
    is that a fact?
    you’ve been reading too much of japs manifesto.

    —————

    You need to get over this thing you have with JAP it’s starting to become a bit of an obsession.

  33. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:55 pm
    Trying too hard as usual.
    ================
    as opposed to your one word answers?
    ————————

    Yep still trying lol.

  34. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    kay tries to be honest.
    if i were him, and i’m glad i’m not, even tho he’s got a great job and pretty wife, i would “parrot” the same thing as most fans would that it didn’t look like he was hustling.
    end of story. for any player who didn’t hustle.
    i have seen it before from many broadcasters, it is very common and pertains to any ballplayer not just one they want they want to “disparage.”

  35. GregD May 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    How is everyone doing tonight???

  36. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    No team was going to offer any of those guys $75M more than the Yankees.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hard to say Mo never tested the market.

    —-

    I’m sure Jerk can confirm this since he’s probably the most resourceful LoHudder but I don’t recall Mo ever signing a contract worth more than $45M.

    So it’s rather safe to assume nobody would offer him $75M more than the Yanks did.

  37. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    You need to get over this thing you have with JAP it’s starting to become a bit of an obsession.
    ==================
    might be time you got “honest” with yourself and put in some original thought

  38. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm
    Nah, we don’t buy the BS. I roll my etes, mstly, snd i can be as gullible as they come LOL I’d love for a guy to just say he signed because he was offered the most money and the best opportunity without adding the treacly stuff about he pinstripes.

    Tanaka basically said that…very honest about why he signed here.

  39. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Roberts said that he felt the pressure of taking over the 2nd base job from Cano.
    =================
    Good point Hank.
    Could be the reason Yanks picked him and not some kid who might be overwhelmed .

  40. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    And the 1st pick is………??????

    Clowney, duh?

  41. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    mick May 8th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    He’s done that with Hughes, Cano, Swisher, Joba, A-rod, etc.
    ===========
    These guys wrote their own tickets out of town, be serious.
    You are starting to parrot the anti-company company line.

    ——

    So you don’t like when fans are called sheep but you chastise the “anti-company” folks in here who don’t gobble up everything the Yankee front office tells us?

    Which is it?

  42. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:01 pm
    You need to get over this thing you have with JAP it’s starting to become a bit of an obsession.
    ==================
    might be time you got “honest” with yourself and put in some original thought
    ——————

    What original thought would you like? JAP wants to see Betances back in the rotation. I think he fits well in the pen.

  43. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    BoJo, I was very glad to hear that from him. Refreshing, and, wow, there was no fan uprising!!! Maybe more will follow suit.

  44. RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm
    RhapsodyInBlue May 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    No team was going to offer any of those guys $75M more than the Yankees.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hard to say Mo never tested the market.

    —-

    I’m sure Jerk can confirm this since he’s probably the most resourceful LoHudder but I don’t recall Mo ever signing a contract worth more than $45M.

    So it’s rather safe to assume nobody would offer him $75M more than the Yanks did.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I don’t know how you can assume as much when Mo never went out to test the waters for an extended period like Cano did.

    Had an agent shopping him like Cano did.

    When you consider he was by a wide margin the best besides how much it would have weakened NY.

    Mo never pushed it. Probably liked where he was and figured how much is enough?

  45. Jerkface May 8th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    AAO,

    Why are you bothering with mick? Most of what he posts is just incendiary troll garbage.

  46. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    In one breath Yankee fans bash Cano for taking the most money but call up radio shows throughout the yr proposing deals to throw at the latest FA toy.

    They tell Cano he sold out but ignore the fact that this team wouldn’t be as good as it has been the past few yrs without “sell outs” from other teams.
    ===================
    Your definition of a sellout is much too narrow.
    He got what he wanted and then plays the disrespect card.
    The Bleacher Creatures didn’t appreciate that and
    Ellsbury didn’t play that card and got cheers.

  47. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    nice try jf…

  48. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    What original thought would you like? JAP wants to see Betances back in the rotation. I think he fits well in the pen.
    ===============
    you’re good at trying to simplifying things …

  49. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    So you don’t like when fans are called sheep but you chastise the “anti-company” folks in here who don’t gobble up everything the Yankee front office tells us?
    ===================
    your “group” is just as much a bunch of sheep.
    you all state the same party line.

  50. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    @JF I know but there is time to waste before the game tonight and watching the draft.

  51. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    so you waste your time trolling others?

  52. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Sheep? pffft!! One day, a large group of chickens will rule this blog… When it happens, the tyranny will begin in earnest! :)

  53. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Wouldn’t the Independent League fill that need, Pete22?
    ======================

    Not really. The teams there don’t have much of a budget to attract the caliber of players I am talking about and have 0 TV exposure. Frontier league for example has a salary cap of 72K and league minimum of 600 per month. Some ex MLB players might join up and play for a short while hoping to get another chance with a MLb team, but thats it. Stadium capacities are also so low that generating any substantial revenue is difficult

    The Latin American winter leagues are also not what I am talking about. They are a place for minor league and major league players to supplement income and work on some things, but provide no competition or alternative to MLB.

    Dealing with mlb.tv and seeing them strong arm apple to wipe out podcasts from fans commenting on MLB teams makes me want another option.

  54. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:16 pm
    Sheep? pffft!! One day, a large group of chickens will rule this blog… When it happens, the tyranny will begin in earnest! :)
    ===
    Three letters that will make you shake in your feathers…BBQ!!!

  55. Giuseppe Franco May 8th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Well, if we’re sheep then perhaps mick will enlighten us and reveal who the shepherd is.

  56. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Pete22==

    Didn’t the NFL try something like this with summer football? I like the concept. I am certainly game to follow winter league baseball if they had a cable contract.

    The only question I have is would it have enough star power to draw enough fans.

  57. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Bojo – lol!

  58. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    So chicken is going to go with a Planet of the Apes type movement…interesting

  59. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Solarte’s window opened and he jumped right thru it.

    Keep it up kid.

    ;)

  60. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    As of now, it still appears to be Jeter as Mo has been knocked off his pedestal by your group.

  61. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:20 pm
    So chicken is going to go with a Planet of the Apes type movement…interesting
    ===
    Planet of the Chickens would have been huge! Starring Larry Bird…as Wingo!

  62. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Sheep? pffft!! One day, a large group of chickens will rule this blog… When it happens, the tyranny will begin in earnest! :)
    ===========================

    My sister had 3 chickens invaded her property in NC and made themselves at home. Her dogs and horses could not scare them off. So she bought them a chicken coop and in return one of them lays some eggs for her. However, I told her she is appeasing invaders and should make plans for a BBQ. Seems reluctant though

    At least she has not given them internet access

  63. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Glenn is a Free-range chicken.

    He answers to no one.

    ;)

  64. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    so its sheep, chickens, apes…welcome to LoHud Animal Farm.

  65. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    When the Venezuelans show up you can throw in llamas.

    :)

  66. Madrugador May 8th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Solarte knocked Nunez out of the way. then he jumped.
    Good for him. I hope he has a long and successful career.

  67. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    we can pair them up and start a new LoHud…

  68. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Pete22==

    Didn’t the NFL try something like this with summer football? I like the concept. I am certainly game to follow winter league baseball if they had a cable contract.

    The only question I have is would it have enough star power to draw enough fans.
    ===================

    I don’t know. I think it would take some big names to invest and play to start. Say an Arod and Manny who have the money and fame. They can promote it as an Enhanced Alternative to MLB with juiced balls, small strike zone and plenty of action

    Maybe let some chickens run on the field and give bonus points for balls in play that hit them. Sorry chicken, that’s cruel, lets forget that one

  69. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I do like a chick-fil-a biscuit and gravy.

    Sorry Glenn.

    Your kind is doomed.

    :(

  70. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    against – I figure if there are nothing but sheep here, maybe my devious plan has a chance for success. :)

    —–
    Hi Mike, great to see you

    ——

    Pete22 – your sister has great compassion. It will be remembered when the “reign of the chickens” commences :)

  71. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    @Bojo get started on the script we can’t let this idea go to waste

  72. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Pete22–

    As an independent league, ARod could play in it, right? Might be a way for suspended players to get back in shape.

    Also, league could advocacte PEDs under medical supervision so offense would be better than pros. I think high scoring games and power hitters might attract fans.

  73. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Glenn-

    You still need to work on your PTR’s.

    ;)

  74. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I do like a chick-fil-a biscuit and gravy.

    —————

    even I cannot argue this :)

  75. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    @Bojo get started on the script we can’t let this idea go to waste
    ====
    Cue the soundtrack from 2001…30 seconds in, start the “bawking”…pan shot from monolith to a frying pan…let the terror begin!

  76. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Chicken Cannibals!

  77. mick May 8th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    sometimes this blog has a football mentality.
    that could be the problem…

  78. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    against – I figure if there are nothing but sheep here, maybe my devious plan has a chance for success.

    ———–

    There is a chance. Chickens seem to be more vicious than sheep :)

  79. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    PTR’s?

  80. Doreen May 8th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Pete-22,

    The players you are describing are the players who populate the independent league.

    But what you seem to be talking about is an Alternate League with different rules. A competitor or alternative to the ML, even if it s played in the winter.

    The goal of the players in that league woud not be to get a job in MLB? That league would be their end?

  81. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Of course, there would also be chickens running around without heads=”Zombie Chicks!”

  82. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I hope you guys laugh as much as I do at stupid stuff like this.

  83. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:30 pm @Bojo get started on the script we can’t let this idea go to waste ==== Cue the soundtrack from 2001…30 seconds in, start the “bawking”…pan shot from monolith to a frying pan…let the terror begin!

    ——

    Smooth set up

    And we’ll get one of the voiceover guys to do the trailer

  84. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Maybe Papua New Guinea warlords will start offering chickens as bride presents switching over from the customary pigs and yams.

    It is certainly worthy of further investigation.

    ;)

  85. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Glenn-

    Post Transfer Recognition.

    ;)

  86. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    This movie idea is not foul at all.

  87. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Here’s your voice over guy….available for hire

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B22Uy7SBe4

  88. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Fighting c*cks are definitely more vicious than sheep.

    ;)

  89. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    When the Venezuelans show up you can throw in llamas.
    :)
    ___

    Luis is too busy participating in a real revolution to participate in Mick’s fake one here. ;)

  90. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    MTU trying to make the movie rated R lol

  91. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Good evening Madame YF.

    :)

  92. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Mike – I prefer the term “ninja roosters”

  93. Pat M. May 8th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Mick, you’re outnumbered man, it’s like trying to run the ball vs. Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain. Punt and get better field position, it might be in your best interest for now. Last night’s game in Anaheim had a Post Season vibe going which attracted a very uptick baseball crowd . Of the 45,000 people in attendance I’m comfortable in saying that 43 K were Derek Jeter fans !!! I sat a few rows behind the Halo dugout ( a no no for Yankees fans ) but when The Captain stepped into the box it sounded like I was at The Stadium on 161st & River Ave. Thunderous roar when he went yard, quite impressive. On his last ab in the 8th with the bases juiced, everyone in the park was standing and cameras were a flashing. I’ve seen many memorable Yankee moments and this falls right in that list

  94. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    AAO-

    W/o gratuitous sex and violence it will never be a hit.

    ;)

  95. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Pat M. – Great to see you

  96. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    As you wish Glenn.

    It’s your show.

    :)

  97. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Hi YF!

  98. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    pat M.-

    Fantastic that you were able to be in attendance for such moments.

    Almost as good as driving that Lhambo for your birthday.

    ;)

  99. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Good evening Monsieur MTU, how are you and yours?

  100. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    And a big hello to my favorite Free Ranger!

  101. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Mike – on a serious note. Unless there’s a big change in the next couple of days, it looks like I’m pulled off the road, forced to relocate to Latta, SC. On the bright side, the U of SC are the fighting gamec*cks, so I should feel at home :)

  102. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    YF-

    Lousy.

    But I seek respite here when I can.

  103. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    AAO-

    W/o gratuitous sex and violence it will never be a hit.
    ====
    Zombie chicks with (shall I say it?) exposed breasts….ain’t that sexy enough?!

  104. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Glenn-

    How do you feel about it ?

  105. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    MTU – I don’t know what is going on but gee I so hope that you can find some good luck and peace soon.

    :(

  106. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    MTU – I don’t know what is going on but gee I so hope that you can find some good luck and peace soon.
    ===
    +1

  107. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Bojo-

    Seems sufficient for American tastes.

    ;)

  108. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    When my wife and I had chickens out in Warren County, she demanded a rooster to “pleasure’ the hens. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than to find that rooster dead, in the middle of the road, in the jaws of the fox who killed him.

  109. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:50 pm
    Mike – on a serious note. Unless there’s a big change in the next couple of days, it looks like I’m pulled off the road, forced to relocate to Latta, SC. On the bright side, the U of SC are the fighting gamec*cks, so I should feel at home :)
    ===
    A new chapter in your life begins. Good luck.

  110. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    Bojo-

    Seems sufficient for American tastes.
    ====
    We can even splash some BBQ sauce on them…

  111. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    When my wife and I had chickens out in Warren County, she demanded a rooster to “pleasure’ the hens. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than to find that rooster dead, in the middle of the road, in the jaws of the fox who killed him.

    ——-

    Tom, I used to like you :)

  112. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    AAO-

    W/o gratuitous sex and violence it will never be a hit.

    ———————

    Lol but what about the children.

    signed
    the parent that hates sex and violence

  113. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    MTU, sorry to hear that. I will keep praying for you and yours.

  114. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks Trisha and Bojo.

    Just has to work it’s way thru.

    I guess I was overdue.

    I rode the crest of the wave for a long time.

    Trouble has found me.

    It has a way of sneaking up on all of us.

    It has to end sooner or later.

    I have to say I would have preferred sooner.

    ;)

  115. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    Glenn-

    How do you feel about it ?

    —————-

    not my preference, but then generally work out so I’ll be fine. Que sera, sera ;)

    —————-

    Bojo – Thanks

  116. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    chicken, good luck. No matter what happens I am sure you will land on your (webbed) feet. ;)

  117. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    not “then”, but ‘things”

  118. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    ————-

    *In Mr. Burns voice*

    Excellent

  119. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks YF.

    I do appreciate that.

    :)

  120. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Glenn–

    Sometimes these things work out for the best…who knows?

    Then again, other times they go horribly wrong and you just want to curl up onto a fetal position and wish the world would go away.

    These pleasant thoughts brought to you by the producers of Planet of the Chickens–where horrible things happen to good chickens.

    Keep smiling!

  121. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Glenn-

    Sorry to hear that but we all must adapt and overcome, or in the case of inferior chickens, be consumed.

    I wish you all the best.

    I know you will thrive no matter what you are doing.

    :)

  122. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    ————-

    *In Mr. Burns voice*

    Excellent
    ====
    Those Honest Movie Reviews are some of the funniest things I have seen. Check them out.

  123. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    These pleasant thoughts brought to you by the producers of Planet of the Chickens–where horrible things happen to good chickens.

    —————

    have you ever been in the middle of eating a jalapeno popper when you read something so funny that you laugh so hard it comes out of your nose?… No?… well, I can now say from experience that it is not pleasant!

  124. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Four hits and a homer (5th) for Segedin so far. He’d been slumping but this should put his OBP back over .400. Two hits and a triple so far for Flores. Appears he likes 1b.

    Good for O’Brien on promotion but things should be pretty cluttered at Trenton unless they plan to play him mostly in RF which they might. I’ve always felt it’s best to move him to OF so he could concentrate more on bat. I don’t see them promoting Sanchez just yet but it probably will happen sometime this year. Be good to actually see what O’Brien can do against better pitching. He’s been basically leading the FSL in OPS all season.

  125. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    How things improve for you MTU

  126. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Speaking form experience….sometimes life throws you a curve and it changes everything…you take a different road than what you expected…but you survive and you learn to enjoy what you have anyway. And you go on.

  127. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Just thinking. If Heathcott is sent to Trenton that might mean they are sending Mason Williams down to Tampa. He’s at .200 now.

  128. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks Mike… I hope your day is brighter tomorrow… then a bit brighter the next day…

  129. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    OB will likely get some play in right field, but they still want him to catch. and Austin plays RF, so someone is going up to SWB soon. And you can’t have both Heathcott and Mason in AA for long either… So expect big changes a-coming.

  130. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I wonder if O’Brien can move quickly up to pros in RF. Lord knows the team needs a power bat in RF to let Beltran rest at DH.

    I’ve always liked catchers’ arms in RF…usually they bring a gun.

  131. comet May 8th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Glen and Mike. Glenn hope you are still working. Mike sorry things are are not better. Take care my friend.

    There was a league that tried to get going about 20 years ago for retired MLB players during the winter in FL. It folded quickly as they couldn’t get the fans to come out.

  132. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Pete22–

    As an independent league, ARod could play in it, right? Might be a way for suspended players to get back in shape.

    Also, league could advocacte PEDs under medical supervision so offense would be better than pros. I think high scoring games and power hitters might attract fans.
    ========================

    Not really sure about that, he could violate his contract by doing so, but I do expect Arod to be released by the Yankees and blackballed, so he might want to spend some of his wealth in revenge and invest in a new league where he can play. Heck, maybe even Barry Bonds and Clemens can be talked out of retirement.

    More and more older players are being forced to retire early as teams realize younger is cheaper. Not going to play for what the independent leagues pay though. I think in the early stages of the league players could play for an equity stake in the league.

    I do think steroids and HGH when used wisely and under medical supervision could be a good thing. Not sure about the legality of ethic of Docs administering it for performance enhancement though. I think players would have to be on their own, league just has to not test or institute a sham program.

    I think the key for a new league is start small, say 4 teams with some players fans might be interested to watch in the winter months. Need a cable or internet subscription program to generate revenues other than attendance. If it takes off, they could expand the season into the spring and try to compete with MLB in some of the markets where fans are fed up with their own teams.

    They could try some innovation. Electronic strike zone. No mound visits except to remove a pitcher. A timer to force pitchers to throw a pitch within 30 seconds. HR Derby when teams go to extra innings. Start every inning with the leadoff hitter since nobody wants to watch the 7-9 guys anyways. Designated runners so slow guys don’t have to run the bases and don’t have to be taken out of the game if somebody runs for them.

  133. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks Glenn.

    If you have any real influence please use it.

    ;)

  134. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hope not how

  135. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Pete–

    Sort of like the old ABA which implemented a lot of new things to draw interest.

  136. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Greetings Comet.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I hope things are good up North and you are thawing out.

  137. jmills May 8th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lul-Y8vSr0I

    William Shatner sings, ” Rocket Man ”

    For me, nothing beats having your foot on the throat of a Philly team. Still, Bobby Clarke was an indisputable two-wayer.

  138. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    chicken,
    Latta is down in the Low Country. Wish you well, but I’m going to stay in the Piedmont.

  139. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Comet… I remember the league. My guy Graig Nettle participated…Was it called the Senior baseball league?

  140. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Looks like the Showaltimores are going to sweep the Rays at home.

  141. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    That’s right I forgot about Austin. He’s OF and 3b. And you Segedin raking at 3b and DH.

    Maybe Segedin goes up and Mason goes down. Age and experience wise that actually makes some sense. Then Austin can play 3rd, DH and RF. O’Brien plays RF and catches some and Heathcott plays CF.

  142. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Tom – talk about the middle of nowhere…

  143. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    comet May 8th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Glen and Mike. Glenn hope you are still working. Mike sorry things are are not better. Take care my friend.

    There was a league that tried to get going about 20 years ago for retired MLB players during the winter in FL. It folded quickly as they couldn’t get the fans to come out.
    =====================

    That’s why a new league would need to rely on a revenues from the north (cable and internet) who want to watch baseball when there is a foot of snow on the ground. Also need some name players. Not sure who the new league you are talking about had.

    Need financial backing from someone with deep pockets who would not mind bleeding red for a few years.

    Also, not sure Florida is the best state to try that out. Heck, even MLB teams can’t get decent attendance there. Weathers too nice. Move up the coast a bit maybe

  144. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I wonder if O’Brien can move quickly up to pros in RF. Lord knows the team needs a power bat in RF to let Beltran rest at DH.

    I’ve always liked catchers’ arms in RF…usually they bring a gun.

    ——

    The key indicator for O’Brien is his SO to BB ratio. If that explodes in AA, he’s not a major leaguer no matter how much power he shows.

  145. MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Busy day ahead.

    See you all when I can.

    ;)

  146. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    comet, I don’t know if you saw my post to you but I apologized for laughing at what you said. All I can tell you is that there is a lot of history there and it definitely isn’t the way you characterized it. I’ve never had any issue with you so I thought I’d clear that up. It may look to you that I’m in the middle of every fight but I am really a pretty peaceful person.

  147. Against All Odds May 8th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Take care MTU

  148. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    night Mike

  149. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    OK, here it is

    “The Senior Professional Baseball Association was a winter baseball league based in Florida for players age 35 and over (with a minimum age of 32 for catchers). The league began play in 1989 and had eight teams in two divisions and a 72 game schedule. Pitchers Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins (both future Hall of Famers), and Vida Blue, outfielder Dave Kingman, and manager Earl Weaver were the league’s marquee names, and former big league outfielder Curt Flood was the circuit’s first Commissioner. At age 54, Ed Rakow was the league’s oldest player. Former strikeout king J.R. Richard was drafted by the league but cut in preseason.

    Throughout the inaugural season, most clubs struggled with poor attendance”

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

    I think the problem was too many teams to start. They did have a few top names but it was spread too thin. No idea on their financial backing but with cable and internet revenue streams today, a new attempt could be more viable. Former players today are also much more financially independent and have more money to invest

    1989 was also a period when MLB was engaging in collusion big time forcing older players out. Might be something similar going on now, which may mean more disgruntled retirees.

  150. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Does anyone know if hockey is on television? I’d really like to root for the Canadiens…

  151. tomingeorgia May 8th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    chicken,
    If you do move down there, you’ll be promoted to Mister Chicken. Get used to it.

  152. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    As per Mason, he’s had 7 walks in his last 31 AB’s. So, that is a big positive in terms of his not reverting back to being overly aggressive. When I see him play he’s had good AB’s and I checked his home LD% and it is 22.9% with a .231 BABIP. I think he will improve unless he is hiding an injury. I think they shouldn’t send him down to Tampa; he needs to figure it out at AA. Also the Trenton announcers agreed that he is having good AB’s. It’ll be interesting to see. As for OB, I can’t wait to watch him hit and see how he does on breaking pitches. AA pitchers are much better than A+.

  153. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    I wonder if O’Brien can move quickly up to pros in RF. Lord knows the team needs a power bat in RF to let Beltran rest at DH.

    I’ve always liked catchers’ arms in RF…usually they bring a gun.

    ——

    The key indicator for O’Brien is his SO to BB ratio. If that explodes in AA, he’s not a major leaguer no matter how much power he shows.
    ====
    Good point. I’ll trust you, YF, and Pru (and any other MiLB watchers) to keep us informed on his progress. TIA>

  154. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Yes, hockey is on NBCSN. Think the second period is near or at its end.

  155. pete22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Looks like the Showaltimores are going to sweep the Rays at home.
    ===================

    Rays are not much of a team with 3/5 of their rotation down. Price is only a shell of his former self this year as well

    Cruz has carried the Orioles offensively. Nice little signing that. Make me regret having Soriano which kept us of the market for Cruz or Morales. Although when Soriano has one of his hot streaks he can carry a team too.

  156. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Interesting team constructions going on in Trenton and perhaps SWB. Multiple players who can play several positions.,..sort of Cashman’s dream for years. Guess he is finally realizing it.

  157. jmills May 8th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Duane Ward guesting colour avec Jerry Howarth for five games, I could listen to his stories forever.

  158. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Take care, MTU. If you need anything, please let me know.

  159. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    My guess is Mason is on the clock now (2 walks so far tonight). He’s got about a week to figure it out, until Heathcott is ready. They still could send Heathcott to AAA which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. But if they send Heathcott to AA, I think that probably means Mason is going down.

  160. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    MTU May 8th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Looks like the Showaltimores are going to sweep the Rays at home.
    ____
    Longo grounded into a inning ending DP with the bases loaded…

  161. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Mr Tom – I sort of like the sound of that… has a certain ring to it :)

  162. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    YF, thanks! Go Canadiens!!!

    :)

  163. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    “Interesting team constructions going on in Trenton and perhaps SWB. Multiple players who can play several positions.,..sort of Cashman’s dream for years. Guess he is finally realizing it.”

    Thank my boy Solarte!

  164. Cashmoney May 8th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    this makes me think of Nick Johnson, I believe an ungodly OBP of 500 plus… so brittle though.

  165. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Cash – I was always a Johnson fan… he really had talent with the bat, but you’re right, he was so, so, fragile

  166. Pat M. May 8th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Our pal Randy I ( The Original Tin Cup ) was affiliated with the club piloted by skipper Clete Boyer. Cup shared some great story’s after cleaning them up for censorship purposes.

  167. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm
    “Interesting team constructions going on in Trenton and perhaps SWB. Multiple players who can play several positions.,..sort of Cashman’s dream for years. Guess he is finally realizing it.”

    Thank my boy Solarte!

    I think more likely thanks to Ben Zobrist…another player I have always liked.

  168. comet May 8th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Chicken that was it and they had name players. A TV contract would be necessary for survival.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....ssociation

    There were some great players in the league. I loved the concept and had plans to go to a game in the second season but it folded. I didn’t remember it lasting into a second season.

  169. BoJo May 8th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Just curious…where does the comment “that’s my boy X” come from? Is it used more in one part of country than others? Never heard it used so frequently as on here.

  170. bigdan22 May 8th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    ====
    Good point. I’ll trust you, YF, and Pru (and any other MiLB watchers) to keep us informed on his progress. TIA>

    ——

    Those guys watch the players. I just read the box scores lol.

  171. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Yanks MiL teams have more bodies than spots. They solved it in GCL by adding the second team, but not elsewhere. I would hate to see Mason go down because he raked second half in Tampa. But it depends on spots. Interesting to see what they do with Yeral for instance with Austin back. And it makes more sense for Heathcott to go to AAA after getting acclimated because he is ready for AAA. As for Segedin he just needs to stay healthy; remember he is coming back from hip surgery and they wanted to take it slow with him.

  172. jmills May 8th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    tom, a quarter of the roofing job blew off the country home of my former partner. The kid’s made nimble plans for the weekend, but I’ll be out there removing wet attic contents. Best to make a win-win of it with la radio and the Jays. Jays win, I’m a happy sorter, Jays lose, and I get the work done faster out of angry frustration.( I listened to Delgado’s 4 homer game in that attic )

  173. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    bigdan, one word: MiLB-TV!

  174. Cashmoney May 8th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Chicken, a lot yankee fans was hoping for good things from Nick, it’s a shame he could not stay health. I remember a story read about George want to sign Ortiz, and George loved power hitters”, but had Nick and Giambi already.

  175. comet May 8th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Mills, Bobby Clarke was a slime. He speared Rod Seiling in the gut and then refused to fight preferring to let his protectors look after things. One of the dirtiest hockey players to play the game. He mistreated Eric Lindross as Philly’s GM as well.

  176. yankeefeminista May 8th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi comet!

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    I just wanted to say that because in reading through the posts I realize that I really think this forum is filled with really fine people.

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    —–

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  182. chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Bojo – I said earlier “my guy” but “my boy” is also prevalent in SW VA. I try to refrain from my boy because some feel it has negative connotations. I’m not sure where the phrase comes from but I’ve heard it all of my life.

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    Wait, that doesn’t exactly work too well there, does it?

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    chicken_stanley May 8th, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    Bojo – I said earlier “my guy” but “my boy” is also prevalent in SW VA. I try to refrain from my boy because some feel it has negative connotations. I’m not sure where the phrase comes from but I’ve heard it all of my life.
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    I suspect it has southern origins…never heard it much in northeast…perhaps only amongst my black friends.

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    Comet, incredibly, I ran into a Russian this past winter expecting shear hatred upon the mention of the name, ” Clarke “. The guy had a Tretiek calander on the wall, turned to me and said, ” Bobby Clarke, diabetes, Bobby Clarke, tough, me love Bobby Clarke! “

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    “the basic implication behind bb/so is obvious idea of a hitter inability to discern strike zone would be fully exploited on ML level. but I am curious, i can’t not collect, what kind swing Obrien has and if he has a hole in that swing.”

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    I only know what I saw in ST but others probably can comment better. To me, O’Brien just seems to be overly aggressive and wasn’t able to command the strike zone. His swing is awfully long too but that’s not uncommon for Dave Kingman type power hitters. Flores was just the opposite. He reminded me a lot of Mattingly. Very short, flat and quick to the ball.

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    chicken – holy schmoly! Where are you going to be? Do you have scheduled events that you have to be at? It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend. I wish I had known you were going to be here. I would have loved to meet up. Unfortunately I’m pretty planned out with things like t-ball games and wedding showers. :(

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    I suspect it has southern origins…never heard it much in northeast…perhaps only amongst my black friends.

    ——

    Black folks have a different term of endearment which white folks are not allowed to use unless you are in the hip hop culture like Eminem or write antebellum or mobster scripts like Tarantino :)

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    Mr Tom – Followed you perfectly… one question though… never heard the term “church home” what does it refer to?

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    Let me take a look to see what events may be going on this weekend. I’ll let you know what I find out! Of course if you’re into watching 5-year-olds play T-ball, I know where you can find lots of excitement. :(

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    chicken,
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    And then if you want to go about 20 minutes more toward Connecticut, there’s always Foxwoods, unless gambling is against your religion!

    :)

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    jmills – I was thinking of going with a red F-40 :)

    —————-

    Trisha – Thanks for the info!

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