• Mariano Rivera 2009

    Posted by on November 25th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    The last six seasons, Mo Rivera has been a lock for pitching in 64 to 74 games and providing 70 to 78 innings pitched. Further, in five of those six seasons, his ERA was under two. While Rivera will be 39 in 2009, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Once again, he will close games for the Yankees.

    And, once again, he should be the rubber-stamp of perfection.

    Oh, my stars and garters, how he will be missed when he’s gone.

    Catching Up With Hal Morris

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via mlb.com -

    The Pirates added to their scouting department on Monday, announcing the hiring of Hal Morris to the staff. Morris will serve as an area supervisor in the upper Midwest region of the country.
    In addition to two national supervisors and four regional scouting supervisors, Morris brings the total of area scouts with the organization currently to 16. There were 15 area supervisors under scouting director Greg Smith in 2007.

    Morris makes his first return to professional baseball since retiring after the 2000 season. The 43-year-old followed a 13-year playing career by returning to college, where he earned an MBA from Stanford. Morris has worked in the business sector since.

    Boy, that 1989 trade of Hal Morris for Tim Leary sure worked out well, huh?

    Hal Morris…if memory serves correctly, Scooter Rizzuto called him “the kid with the big feet.”

    Wow. A guy with an MBA from Stanford working as a scouting area supervisor? That’s either a love of the game…or a sign of the times…or maybe a bit of both?

    I Really Don’t Care Who’s Dancing On ABC…

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    …you just cannot top The Sarah Connor Chronicles/Prison Break Monday-night double-header on FOX.

    Take this evening, for example. Did anyone really see this coming with Riley and Self? I’ll take those twists over Cloris Leachman and Warren Sapp’s turns…every Monday, without fail.

    A-Rodonna Update

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via the Post -

    A-Rod is already putting the kibosh on Kabbalah.

    Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has been backing out of his private Kabbalah classes and it’s reportedly driving a wedge between A-Rod and Madonna, according to a report on msnbc.com.

    “He’s basically a Kabbalah school dropout,” a source close to the Kabbalah Centre told msnbc.com. “This is certainly off-putting to Madonna.”

    I’ve having a Post-2005 ALDS flashback

    “I played great baseball all year, and I played like a dog the last five days. I can’t put it into words. This is as low as it gets. I felt good, I saw the ball well,” [Alex] Rodriguez said. “If I would have contributed some, maybe we would be moving on to Chicago.

    “I’ve got to take a long look in the mirror because I didn’t do my part. I mean, you win and lose as a team, but I didn’t show up.”

    A no-show for the ALDS, and, now a no-show for Kabbalah school too?

    Listen to Woody, Alex, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

    Where’s Poppa? (1970)

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    My parents turned me on to this one when I was about 17-years old (or thereabouts). It’s a classic. Ruth Gordon rocks it.

    Yanks Line For CC Is Not A Hard One?

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via Jon Heyman -

    The Yankees have not yet set a deadline for their $140-million, six-year offer to free-agent starting pitcher CC Sabathia, and according to someone familiar with their thinking, they have no intention to pull the offer anytime soon.

    New Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner was responding to a reporter’s question when he said, “We made an offer. It’s not going to be there forever.” And all he meant was exactly that. Not forever.

    It appears now that the Yankees aren’t about to set a deadline — at least not yet.

    The Dodgers, Giants, Angels, Red Sox and incumbent Brewers all have interest in Sabathia. But to this point, no one has emerged to play in the Yankees’ dollar stratosphere, and they remain the favorite to win the Sabathia Derby.

    One element that I haven’t seen anyone look at here is the tax issues that face CC if he takes the New York offer.

    If he lives and “works” in California (meaning that he plays for the Giants, Dodgers or Angels) I would assume that he pays California taxes.

    However, if he lives in California (which I believe that he does) and he “works” in New York (playing for the Yankees) would he then not have to pay some combination of California and New York taxes? (I ask it as a question because I’m not sure.)

    Assuming the answer to the latter is yes, at some point then, does the value of a dollar earned in New York become less than the value of a dollar earned in California, for CC, because of the tax impact…and…then some team on the West Coast really doesn’t have to match the Yankees offer (dollar for dollar) in order to be equal?

    Again, I’m not sure – are they any accountants in the house that would know the answer to this one?

    November 2008 Survey Question #4

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:42}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 11/24/08

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (12)

    Feel free to use this post as a place for you to comment on anything Yankees-related (or within reach of tagging the bag of being Yankees-related on a decent slide) today. It could be a casual conversation offering, or, something you saw in the news, or something very detailed that you want to share that’s within the territory of Yankeeland.

    Or, comment on something that someone else has posted here in the comments…

    Have fun. Play nice. And, remember, keep it Yankees-focused.

    Austin Jackson 2009

    Posted by on November 24th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Austin Jackson more than held his own in Double-A during 2008 playing in a home park that somewhat favors pitchers. However, this off-season, in the AFL, he posted a BA/OBA/SLG line of .246/.298/.377 in 114 AB.

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman called Jackson one of two positional prospects in his system closest to helping the big league team. Given New York’s need in CF for 2009, Jackson could make the leap from AA with a strong spring – assuming the Yankees do not acquire a CF in the off-season. However, if that recent Jackson AFL experience suggests that we should not expect this prospect to make that leap…at least yet.

    Yankees & Bosox Disagree On Junichi Tazawa

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (21)

    First, the Yankees take via the New York Times -

    As far as Junichi Tazawa is concerned, the most rebellious acts in his 22 years have been ignoring his homework and sneaking home after sunrise. But as the first high-profile Japanese baseball prospect to spurn his nation’s leagues to entertain offers from U.S.-based major-league teams, he has found himself straining relations between baseball leagues on two continents, with accusations of talent raiding and breaking decades-long understandings.

    Many Japanese baseball officials are outraged that U.S. teams are courting Tazawa, a hard-throwing righthanded pitcher, because they insist it is long-established practice for amateurs like him to be strictly off-limits to major-league clubs. Even some U.S. general managers, including the Yankees’ Brian Cashman, agree.

    The Yankees’ Cashman was unequivocal.

    “I’m old school — there has been an understanding,” said Cashman, whose team has a formal cooperative relationship with the Yomiuri Giants, a team particularly upset with the Tazawa affair. “There’s been a reason that Japanese amateurs haven’t been signed in the past, so we consider him hands-off.”

    Next, the Red Sox view on this, via mlb.com -

    The Red Sox, already the beneficiaries of significant success from Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, are in the process of trying to land a third potential impact pitcher from Japan.
    The Web site for Japanese newspaper Sankei Sports is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have made a $6 million contract offer to right-handed pitcher Junichi Tazawa.

    The report indicated that the 22-year-old Tazawa met with Craig Shipley, the Red Sox’s vice president of international scouting, for nearly two hours.

    The Red Sox, as is their standard policy when it comes to free-agent negotiations, international or otherwise, chose not to comment on the report.

    Somebody’s doing the right thing here – and someone else is not. And, someone is going to benefit from their call here – and someone else is not. However, there’s no way to tell, yet, who’s doing the right thing or who’s going to benefit from their call. This one still has a ways to unfold…

    Maybe Yanks Prices Ain’t So Bad?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Moving up from the usual type stage-shows (like Elmo, Go Diego Go!, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the Backyardigans) that we typically take the kids to, we took our four- and six-year-olds to go see “Beauty and the Beast” at the Count Basie Theatre last night (in Red Bank, NJ).

    It was a good production – and the kids enjoyed being there. So, we thought “Well, if they liked this, maybe it’s now time to go check out a show on Broadway?”

    Now, it’s been a while since my wife and I have seen a Broadway show. Actually, the last “adult” stage-show that we saw was an Off-Broadway production of “Cobb” back in 2000. And, the last two Broadway shows that we saw were “Cabaret” (at Studio 54) in 1999 and “Chicago” back in 1998.

    So, we really had no idea what the “going” ticket price was for a Broadway show, these days, being out of the loop for the last eight years – until we looked today.

    Basically, if you want a decent seat for a decent show and don’t want to wait until the last minute to see if something falls into your lap, etc., you’re paying somewhere around $150 a ticket – as far as I can tell.

    When I saw that, well, $75 for a ticket to a Yankees game doesn’t seem so bad now…

    A Mattingly Double-Play

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Click here to read a nice story on Donnie Baseball doing some good in his hometown. And, click here to read a story on Mattingly getting used to L.A. (albeit with a terrible picture of Don.)

    By the way, so much for the Curse of Don Mattingly this year, huh?

    Pettitte: Fat Players Hurt Themselves & The Team

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via Bryan Hoch:

    Fueling bodies with proper nutrition can only lead to success, an equation more and more players have recognized. Some, like the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, are particularly meticulous, tracking fat, calories and carbohydrates while planning ahead on road trips in order to find smart restaurants to dine at.

    “Alex is unbelievable. Just his diet,” Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte said. “He just doesn’t put anything bad in his mouth, and it’s amazing. But look at the way he looks, and that’s why. There’s no doubt that he watches extremely closely what he eats, and he’s very disciplined. And that’s the biggest thing, is a disciplined person.”

    “With the money that you make, you just owe it to everybody — not only to yourself, but to your team and to your organization — to take care of yourself,” Pettitte said. “And if you’re carrying around more weight than you should, you’re probably going to have a hard time.”

    Way, way, too many CC Sabathia jokes flooding my brain at this moment now…

    Davidoff: Yanks ’08 Rotation Lacked Fear Factor

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (12)

    Via Ken Davidoff today -

    What the Yankees missed most of all in 2008, you sense from talking to people around the team, is that intimidation factor one gets only from possessing a strong, deep starting rotation.

    When the Yankees rode the bus from their Toronto hotel to the Rogers Centre, for instance, and knew they would have to deal with Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Dustin McGowan (before his injury) in the next three days, it took something out of them before they even saw a pitch.

    So even though the Yankees allowed fewer runs (727) this past season than they did in 2007 (777), they lacked the pitchers – either big names or big stuff – who made clubs dread coming to the ballpark.

    That’s what they’re trying to recapture, in addition to the obvious: tangible improved pitching.

    “I think the intimidation factor comes from the performance. It doesn’t matter if they have a name,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “Last year, A.J. Burnett was performing. So Toronto could say, ‘Burnett, Halladay, Magowan – we’ve got those three guys.’ Tampa Bay, out of the blue, had guys like [Scott] Kazmir, [Matt] Garza and [James] Shields. Boston has [Josh] Beckett, [Daisuke] Matsuzaka and [Jon] Lester.

    “When we ran into guys like that, there was no breathing room. We could go a full month and not face a layup. If the starters lined up properly, we would’ve had that. We had a rotation, in theory, of [Chien-Ming] Wang-[Joba] Chamberlain- [Mike] Mussina-[Andy] Pettitte.”

    Cashman thinks Tampa’s pitching came out of the blue? Really?

    Anyway, Ken Singleton talked about this during the YES broadcasts this season – the importance of having a starting pitcher going that day who you knew was going to give you an excellent chance to win the game. Once Wang and Chamberlain went down, and Pettitte got hurt, all the Yankees had last season was Mussina. And, let’s face Moose was a gift from the baseball heavens last year.

    And, now, Mussina is gone. Pettitte may be gone – and he needs to prove that he’s healthy if he does return before you can count on him as being a near-ace type pitcher. Wang will be back – but he too has to prove that he’s sound. Ditto Chamberlain.

    Given that no one knows if the Yankees are going to acquire any starting pitchers, for sure, this off-season, 2009 may just be another season where the Yankees rotation doesn’t scare anyone…at least not at the start of the season.

    Andy Pettitte 2009

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (6)

    In his first 22 starts of 2008, Andy Pettitte’s ERA was 3.76 (in 139 IP). In the two starts that followed, he allowed 14 runs in 10.3 IP. Then, a report said Pettitte had stiffness in his left arm. Pettitte denied the report. In his final 9 starts, Pettitte’s ERA was 5.10 (in 54.6 IP). Sounds like the report was correct.

    Assuming what bothered Pettitte in 2008 can be cured with off-season rest, I think the Yankees should bring him back for 2009. He can handle New York. He’s good for 200 IP and around 15 wins. He’s left-handed. What’s not to like about that? And, the Yankees rotation, right now, should welcome an addition like this…if you ask me.

    Sid And Nancy (1986)

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Oh, tales to tell on why this is a favorite of mine…

    First, I was a wanna-be-punk rocker in the early-to-mid ’80s. White-collar professional during the weekdays. Biker-jacket and chains at night and the weekends.

    Second, I was into the music and story of the Pistols – and I loved Deborah Spungen’s book “And I Don’t Want to Live This Life.”

    Third, I got lucky on this one – my friend Mike and his (then) girl-friend (now wife) Lisa had won tickets to see a sneak-preview showing of this movie in New York City. At the time, I had just broken-up with my girl-friend of three years and was somewhat bummed. Knowing I was into this stuff and was now down, Mike and Lisa asked me to join them to see the show. That was very cool.

    Plus, the night we went, was the same night as Game 6 of the NLCS. And, while I wanted to see the Mets lose, it was very interesting to see Manhattan go nuts after the Mets won.

    Lastly, Gary Oldman. Is he an actor’s actor, or what?

    “Big G” Still “Mr. Vegas”

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via Vegas News two weeks ago:

    Wednesday night at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, wrestling legends Bill Goldberg and Hulk Hogan were seen eating dinner at Nobu. Following dinner the Goldberg headed over the Cary Hart’s Wasted Space to party it up with NY Yankees Jason Giambi, who is a co-owner in the rock n’ roll bar and friends. Goldberg was drinking Budweiser’s all night.

    More on Giambi’s role via the site for Wasted Space -

    Carey Hart, Jason Giambi, Benji and Joel Madden Serve up “Hart Attacks” Every Night

    “Hart Attacks” will be served nightly at the newest anti-club in town – Wasted Space.

    “Hart Attack” – named after Carey Hart’s famous record-breaking mid-air handstand on a 250cc motorcycle, the drink will consist of Jameson, Red Bull, cranberry and a float of Jagermeister.

    Seems very wholesome, no? Suuuuure…

    One of these days, Jason is going to be one heckuva SHC case…

    Oh, well, at least he’s off the Yankees dime now…and, hopefully it stays that way.

    Catching Up With Tommy John

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Via the Advocate:

    Despite multiple trips to the World Series, pitcher Tommy John never took part in a championship parade. But he will experience a sampling of that Sunday in Stamford, when he will lead the annual big-balloon parade as grand marshal.

    “It’s nice to be back,” said John, 65, who is entering his third year as manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish minor league team. “When you’ve played up here with the Yankees and all that, you get used to the people and the ambiance. It’s like a second home.”

    John, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., but moves to the Bridgeport area during baseball season, said the former owner of the Bluefish, Mary Jane Foster, asked him to serve as grand marshal.

    “I told her I would do it if Bobby Valentine would be right next to me,” John said with a laugh. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

    John, a pitcher with 288 career wins, is in Tampa Bay, Fla., for Yankees Fantasy Camp and will head north tonight. He’ll arrive in the area about 6 a.m. and go straight to Stamford for the parade. John said it is the first time he will be a grand marshal since a Christmas parade in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

    Even though he is a four-time All-Star and three-time 20-game winner, John may be more associated with a revolutionary surgery. It’s routine now for pitchers to have “Tommy John surgery,” in which a ligament in the elbow of a pitching arm is replaced with a tendon from the opposite forearm.

    John had the surgery in 1974, and there was no certainty about how it would turn out. But his 164 wins afterward are testimony to its success.

    “The stat I’m most proud of is, after the surgery, I pitched 13 years and never missed a start. I pitched on three days rest,” John said. “In the ’81 World Series, I started Game 2, came out of the bullpen in Game 4 and started Game 6. That would be unheard of today. In fact, the only other guy that came close was Randy Johnson in the (2001) World Series against the Yankees with Arizona.”

    Despite an impressive run in the majors and a game-changing surgery, he still gets asked questions about the surgery, even by his own players on the Bluefish, an independent minor league team unaffiliated with the Major Leagues.

    The players ask whether John is the person who had the surgery or “if it was my father,” John said. “I think this year I had about seven or eight guys come up and ask me that.”

    Still, he is worried about the health and use of teenage pitchers who are going under the knife younger and younger.

    “It’s really an epidemic, especially with the younger kids. They’re 13, 14, 15 years old having to have it done, and that’s when it comes to the point that they’re being abused,” John said. “I never knew it was going to become like this.”

    You have to give T.J. credit – much like Sparky Lyle and now Tim Raines – for hanging in there, working pro-baseball jobs that many would pass on…

    …for love of the game, indeed.

    It’s a shame that the Yankees don’t have a spot, somewhere, in their organization for John. I know that he managed in the minors for them in the past.

    Stay strong Tommy. The race doesn’t always go to the swift, but, sometimes to those who keep running…

    The Moose Meter

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Via Peter Abraham:

    I was on the borderline [regarding Mussina and Cooperstown] until a few months ago until a conversation with Johnny Damon convinced me. Johnny brought up the point that Mussina spent his entire career in the American League East and faced eight teams that won the World Series (Blue Jays 1992-93, Yankees ‘96, 1998-2000, Red Sox 2004, ‘07).

    This is an interesting point. So, how did Mike Mussina do against those teams? Here’s the data:

    vs. 1992 Blue Jays: 3 GS, 1-1 W/L, 19.6 IP and an ERA of 4.58
    vs. 1993 Blue Jays: Never Faced The Jays That Season
    vs. 1996 Yankees: 3 GS, 0-3 W/L, 15.6 IP and an ERA of 6.32
    vs. 1998 Yankees: 2 GS, 0-1 W/L, 13.3 IP and an ERA of 4.72
    vs. 1999 Yankees: 3 GS, 2-0 W/L, 18.6 IP and an ERA of 0.96
    vs. 2000 Yankees: 1 GS, 1-0 W/L, 6.3 IP and an ERA of 1.42
    vs. 2004 Red Sox: 3 GS, 1-1 W/L, 18.0 IP and an ERA of 3.50
    vs. 2007 Red Sox: 2 GS, 0-1 W/L, 11.6 IP and an ERA of 9.26

    So, does this make a good case for Moose, a bad one, or is it no case at all?

    Night Of The Comet (1984)

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Ya’ know, sometimes it’s the B-movies that grab our fancy. And, for some reason, this one got mine. (Funny, most B-movies with Mary Woronov back then usually grabbed my attention, at the least.)

    And, for what it’s worth, I probably had a Post- “Last Starfighter” three-month crush on Catherine Mary Stewart when this one came out and was led to it like a moth to a flame…

    Joe 2.0 Vs. 1.0: “General Joe” Just As Good As “Clueless Joe”

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (3)

    So, I had a chance to take a sneak peek at Mitchel Lichtman’s “The Manager of the Year” feature in the 2009 Hardball Times Baseball Annual. (Thank you Acta Sports.)

    In the feature, Lichtman talks about his “Manager of the Year toy” which takes into account (things like) pre-season projected wins, expected wins based on actual linear weights runs, Pythagorean wins, and wins generated from net stolen bases (and maybe some other stuff that I probably missed).

    Anywho, when Lichtman runs the numbers, he comes up with a “2008 Manager of the Year Score” for last season’s big league skippers.

    Mike Sciosca led the A.L. last year with a score of “6.1″ – and Cecil Cooper led the N.L. with a score of “5.2.” (For bad marks, see Jim Leyland’s -3.3 and Bud Black’s -8.1.) So, how did L.A.’s Joe Torre and New York’s Joe Girardi do?

    Torre scored a -.8 and Girardi scored a -.1 (according to the “toy”).

    Pretty darn close to each other, huh?

    Mark Melancon 2009

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Mark Melancon pitched at High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A for the Yankees in 2008 – after having Tommy John surgery in November 2006. Scouts rave about his stuff and make-up – citing him as a future closer. He very well could work his way into the Yankees bullpen mix in 2009 – with his role increasing contingent upon his success.

    Wait A “Second,” Have We Seen This Before?

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Here’s a fun one…

    Yankees 2B “A” at age 25: BA/OBA/SLG = .268/.304/.432, HR = 18, PA = 614
    Yankees 2B “B” at age 25: BA/OBA/SLG = .271/.305/.410, HR = 14, PA = 634

    Yankees 2B “A” was Alfonso Soriano in 2001
    Yankees 2B “B” was Robinson Cano in 2008

    Freaky, huh?

    Joba Wants To Drive

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Via the AP -

    Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain is fighting a 90-day license revocation after an October arrest for suspected drunken driving.

    Chamberlain’s attorney filed a petition in Lancaster County District Court Wednesday, asking that the decision to revoke his license — made by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles — be reviewed.

    Attorney W. Randall Paragas of Omaha says the revocation and the law supporting it violate Chamberlain’s right to due process and equal protection of the laws.

    The 23-year-old pitcher hasn’t been charged, and is to appear in court Dec. 17. His blood-alcohol content level when he was pulled over for speeding on Oct. 18 was 0.134; the legal limit in Nebraska is 0.08.

    Shoot, it’s already been 30 days, what’s another 60? Chamberlain should just play “good boy” and not make waves on this one. Why call for attention?

    Yanks Table Setters Provide A Just Average Spread

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (0)

    Using the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, we can see, in 2008, American League batters (as a whole) sans pitchers batting, had a batting average (BA) of .268 and an on base average (OBA) of .336 (in 87,293 PA). So, on average, A.L. “batters” had an OBA that was .068 higher than their BA.

    How did the Yankees look in 2008 – compared to the league average difference between BA and OBA? Here are the numbers:

    PLAYER	 	OBA	BA	OBA-BA	(OBA-BA)-.068
     Jason Giambi	.373	.247	.126	.058
     Richie Sexson	.371	.250	.121	.053
     Juan Miranda	.500	.400	.100	.032
     Cody Ransom	.400	.302	.098	.030
     Jorge Posada	.364	.268	.096	.028
     Alex Rodriguez	.392	.302	.090	.022
     Shelley Duncan	.262	.175	.087	.019
     Chad Moeller	.311	.231	.080	.012
     Hideki Matsui	.370	.294	.076	.008
     Bobby Abreu	.371	.296	.075	.007
     Johnny Damon	.375	.303	.072	.004
     Derek Jeter	.363	.300	.063	-.005
     Morgan Ensberg	.263	.203	.060	-.008
     Alb. Gonzalez	.232	.173	.059	-.009
     Brett Gardner	.283	.228	.055	-.013
     Jus. Christian	.302	.250	.052	-.016
     Xavier Nady	.320	.268	.052	-.016
     Melky Cabrera	.301	.249	.052	-.016
     Jose Molina	.263	.216	.047	-.021
     Ivan Rodriguez	.257	.219	.038	-.030
     Robinson Cano	.305	.271	.034	-.034
     Wilson Betemit	.289	.265	.024	-.044
    

    You sort of expect to see Cano, Molina and Melky at the bottom of this list and Giambi at the top. But, check out the first three batters of the Yankees line-up this past season: Damon, Jeter and Abreu. Their “BA to OBA” spread was just about league average. I never would have expected that, would you?

    The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (1990)

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (0)

    I realize that I’m probably just one among maybe a dozen people in the world who felt the same way when I say this…but…I thought this was one funny movie.

    Zuzu Petals!

    WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 11/21/08

    Posted by on November 21st, 2008 · Comments (23)

    Feel free to use this post as a place for you to comment on anything Yankees-related (or within reach of tagging the bag of being Yankees-related on a decent slide) today. It could be a casual conversation offering, or, something you saw in the news, or something very detailed that you want to share that’s within the territory of Yankeeland.

    Or, comment on something that someone else has posted here in the comments…

    Have fun. Play nice. And, remember, keep it Yankees-focused.

    Jorge Posada 2009

    Posted by on November 20th, 2008 · Comments (16)

    Jorge Posada’s age (37) and health status (being post-op from major shoulder surgery) bring cause for concern with respect to his skills in 2009. However, given his salary, and team need, Posada will be given every chance to be the Yankees full-time catcher.

    But, what if his shoulder will not allow him to take advantage of that chance? Think about it…a full-time catcher has to throw the ball about 20,000 times a season. Granted, most of those are tosses back to the pitcher. But, still, that’s some stress on a shoulder. If Posada’s wing is not 100% healed, who’s to say that it can stand up to the demands of being a full-time catcher?

    Even if everything breaks his way, do not expect a repeat of the numbers Posada posted in 2007.

    The Hughes Wait

    Posted by on November 20th, 2008 · Comments (9)

    Phil Hughes’ AFL season is now in the books. Let’s compare his stats from out west versus what he’s done, career-wise, at every pro-level to date:

    Level		IP	ERA	WHIP
    2008 AFL		30.0	3.00	1.16
    Career Rk Lge	5.0	0.00	0.80
    Career A-Ball	75.3	1.80	0.89
    Career High-A	49.6	2.18	0.71
    Career AA		123.0	2.20	0.91
    Career AAA	57.6	4.06	1.16
    Career MLB	106.6	5.15	1.42

    To me, Hughes’ 2008 AFL numbers are right around what he’s done at the Double-A/Triple-A level, so far, in his minor league career. And, this makes sense – considering that the AFL talent level, this year, overall, was guys who were very talented Double-A players who could have been pressed into Triple-A duty.

    So, what we saw from Hughes in the AFL was no different than what we’ve seen from Hughes pitching at AA/AAA.

    And, the question for Hughes still remains: When will Phil be able to translate that minor league success into something at the major league level that comes close to it? Will it be this season? The next? The one after that? Ever?

    Anyone who says they know, for sure, is only guessing. In the end, with this one, the proof will be in the pudding – and not in some Arizona Fall League stats.

    Moose In The Hall?

    Posted by on November 20th, 2008 · Comments (1)

    Marc Malusis and Jonas Schwartz, on SNY’s Geico SportsNite, discuss the question. Here’s the video:

    Something tells me that we’ll be hearing about this “100+ career wins over .500″ thing a lot…with good reason as it’s an excellent point when it comes to Mussina’s Cooperstown chances.

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