• Bloggers Who Poke

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    I was just listening to Joe Benigno, via YES, down at “Bar A,” serving as a judge in WFAN’s Fantasy Phenom contest. And, one of the things that Joe said he was looking for in a winner was “POKE” – meaning “Personality, Opinion, Knowledge and Entertainment.”

    Gotta say, that’s exactly what I like to see in bloggers too. How about you?

    MLB Looking Into Ivan Nova Self Medicating

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Via George King -

    Major League Baseball is investigating Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and minor league hurler Wilkin De La Rosa for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots last season when they were teammates in Trenton (Double-A), The Post has learned.

    Though B-12 isn’t on the list of baseball’s banned substances, only licensed physicians are allowed to inject medication. And MLB wants to make sure that the shots were indeed B-12.

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was unaware of the investigation, and MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said, “We don’t discuss the work of our investigative group.’’

    Teammates injecting teammates. Never a good idea…

    Getting The Jimmys

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Do you think we’ll ever see a day where Joe Torre becomes a pitch-man for ExtenZe® and/or makes a run at “Survivor”?

    It’s A WAR In The A.L. East This Season

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Read all about it.

    Man, it’s a killer to see Ian Kennedy’s name on this list…

    Yankees September 2010 Monthly Win Expectancy

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    For more on what this is, click here.

    For the month of September 2010, the New York Yankees should win 15 games and lose 12 games – all things considered, and being reasonable about it.

    But, perhaps the bigger question is: How many games will the Tampa Bay Rays win in September? It would not shock me to see the Rays win as many as 17 games in September. So, we could be looking at a real dog fight, down to the wire, in the A.L. East this season.

    Butch Wensloff

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I just came across the big league pitching career record of Charles William “Butch” Wensloff from Sausalito, California.

    Back in 1943, as a 27-year old rookie with the Yankees, in his first 19 career games – all starts – the opposing batter BA/OBA/SLG mark against him was .208/.281/.179 (where he faced 658 batters). Talk about a hot start, huh?

    Here’s what B-R.com’s Bullpen has on him:

    Butch Wensloff pitched for three seasons in the majors, and all three years was on a World Series champ. He was a star with the New York Yankees as a rookie in 1943, going 13-11, and then after missing several years of a career to World War II, came back to win again with the Yankees in 1947, going 3-1. His ERA was well under 3.00 both years. In the 1947 World Series, which the Yanks won, Wensloff pitched a couple scoreless innings in the sixth game. He pitched one game for the 1948 Cleveland Indians, who went on to win the 1948 World Series.

    He led the American Association in 1942 with 21 victories.

    And, here’s what Baseball Library has on him:

    A 21-game winner for Kansas City (American Association) in 1942, Wensloff slipped into the Yankees’ 1943 rotation and went 13-11. Then three years of war-plant employment and Army service intervened. He returned in 1947, but his arm was dead; even so, he won twice in a 19-game Yankee winning streak.

    Shame about the war doing him in as a pitching prospect. It would have been interesting to see what kind of career he could have posted without that impact.

    Stephen Strasburg, Meet Tommy John

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Bummer news for Nats fans.

    Any comment from Rob Dibble on this?

    Who was the last Yankees big league pitcher to blow out his ulnar collateral ligament at the major league level? It’s been a while, no? I know that it’s a speciality for Yankees minor league pitchers. And, the Yankees like to sign guys on the TJS rehab train sometimes too. But, at this moment, I can’t remember the last time this has happened at the major league level for the Yankees.

    This Date In Yankeeland, 1977

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    On August 27, 1977, at Yankee Stadium, Toby Harrah and Bump Wills of the Texas Rangers hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning.

    Now, it wasn’t the first time that players went BTB on ITP HRs. But, on BTB pitches? Let’s put it this way: The best anyone else could do is tie that mark. Welcome to the record books, Kenny Clay.

    Kerry Wood

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Some scoop behind Wood’s success with the Yanks, via George King

    When Kerry Wood was acquired from the Indians at the July 31 trade deadline, it was believed he was going to provide a bullpen upgrade over a struggling Chan Ho Park , who was released to make room for Wood.

    Now, however, the veteran righty has developed into a trusted late-inning arm partially due to work with pitching coach Dave Eiland , who had Wood raise his arm angle to add more depth to his breaking ball and a better angle for his fastball.

    In 10 games with the Yankees, Wood is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA. The former Cubs ace has 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings and has surrendered nine hits. Seven walks and a hit batter are a sign his command could be better.

    “A month before he had the blister problem [that cost him close to three weeks in July] he was throwing well,” Cashman said. “Our scouts said to keep an eye on him.”

    I have been amazed at how well Wood has thrown since coming to the Yankees. And, if it’s because of Eiland, then major props to him. But, let’s not forget – it’s only been 10 games here. Also, to be candid, I just have this feeling that Wood is going to do something in the post-season to haunt the Yankees. Impossible? Just ask a Cubs fan about it…

    Halper Collection In Hall Has Bogus Shoeless Jersey?

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Peter J. Nash breaks this story.

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    Yankees Jay-Z Co-Branded Attire Coming

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Oh, boy. Saw this in the news today –

    Get your New York Yankees hats here _ with a Jay-Z logo.

    The hip-hop mogul is teaming up with his favorite baseball squad on co-branded clothes that will be sold exclusively at Yankee Stadium beginning next week. All the items, from baseball caps to T-shirts and hooded sweat shirts, will feature Yankees and Jay-Z logos.

    In a news release Thursday, the Yankees said the attire was created to commemorate the first official concerts at the new Yankee Stadium on Sept. 13 and 14, when Jay-Z and Eminem will co-headline.

    The shows mark the second half of their “Home and Home” tour, following joint performances at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4.

    The new merchandise will be available at Yankee Stadium from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14.

    I’m sure, if the Yankees had a winning team back in 1989, they would have done this same thing with Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians…

    Maybe It Would Have Made Sense For The Yanks To Trail The Rays This Week?

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Now, I’m not saying the Yanks should have fallen way behind the Rays this week – maybe just by one game, two at the max. That sure would have put the Yankees in a favorable position to block some waiver claims for the Rays. As it is now, Tampa has all the cards in this waivers poker game – even with the teams being tied at the moment.

    Via the St. Pete Times

    Finishing behind the Yankees last year could pay off for the Rays now. Though the Rays and Yankees currently have the same record, the tiebreaker to determine the order of waiver claims is based on last year’s record, so the Rays would have claiming priority over the Yankees.

    And that could be of importance with reports that a number of players of potential interest to both teams, possibly including Manny Ramirez, are on waivers that end today, timed to allow for the weekend and requisite two days to work out a deal by Tuesday’s deadline for postseason roster eligibility.

    No, He Wouldn’t, Would He?

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Can you just imagine the fall out from this one if A-Rod was used to present O.J.?  (I’m kidding here – and I fully expect that Alex will be working on his hero, Dan Marino.)

    Reggie Almost Geordi

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Now, this one is an interesting find!

    Major, major, h/t to BBTF on the link.

    Derek Jeter: The 100/10/10 King

    Posted by on August 27th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Hey, not all records are very sexy. But, I’m sure this one will be mentioned, at least a bit, when D.J. makes his way to Cooperstown.

    Punxsutawney Hank Says Yanks Will Defend Crown

    Posted by on August 26th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Via the Daily News -

    Hank Steinbrenner is already looking to the future.

    Speaking Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the part-owner of the Yankees said he believes the Yankees will be defending their World Series championship come October.

    “I think were doing great considering Andy’s (Pettitte) out and a couple of other problems,” Steinbrenner said. “Obviously, were in the toughest division by far in baseball. So its going to be a struggle down to the wire. We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured were going to get the playoffs, then its a matter of what we do from there.”

    While Steinbrenner has been known to talk more freely in the past, he chose not to address the topic of Joe Girardi’s future as Yankee manager. Girardi’s contract expires at the end of the season and there has been speculation that he would be coveted by the Cubs to replace recently retired Lou Piniella.

    Steinbrenner added that he expects Pettitte and injured slugger Alex Rodriguez to be fine as they work toward rejoining the team.

    When asked about his father and what life has been like since his passing on July 13, Steinbrenner started his answer by saying he didn’t want to start tearing up, but talked about how it was a hard time for him because of his relationship with his father.

    He also commended fans for the support they have shown him and his family since his fathers passing.

    “Obviously the fans have been great,” Steinbrenner told the Daily News. “We got a lot of letters, condolence cards, sympathy cards from fans, probably more than anyone else.”

    “We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured were going to get the playoffs, then its a matter of what we do from there.’

    Sounds like Hankie figures the Yanks to back in to the dance via the ‘card – but doesn’t care as long as the win it all in the end. Then again, these days, in Yankeeland, should we even be concerned about what Hank cares about?

    No Mobile Today

    Posted by on August 26th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    For those using a mobile browser to access the site, FYI, I had to take that app down. It was causing some issues for the site. I hope to have it back up and running soon.

    Where Cashman Went Wrong With Yanks Rotation

    Posted by on August 26th, 2010 · Comments (11)

    Via George King

    Can a bullpen session in late August be considered crucial? When it involves Andy Pettitte’s cranky left groin the answer is a very loud yes.

    If Pettitte passes a bullpen test tomorrow in Chicago, the Yankees can start planning on when the veteran lefty will return from the disabled list. If the groin doesn’t allow Pettitte to push off the rubber? How about a dark October?

    “I think it will be a good indication,” manager Joe Girardi said of what Pettitte is able to do in the 20- to 25-pitch session. “If he is able to push off [it will be good]. If not, that would be a pretty big setback.”

    Try a killer setback.

    The Yankees’ rotation is led by AL Cy Young favorite CC Sabathia and has serious questions throughout the next four slots.

    Phil Hughes, last night’s starter and loser against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, is 15-6 with a 4.12 ERA but is working on an innings limit believed to be in the 170-175 range. He is at 144 1/3.

    A.J. Burnett (9-11, 4.80) has been up and down all year. Dustin Moseley is 4-2 filling in for Pettitte, but the right-hander survives on location instead of velocity, and pitchers like him have to be sharp or they get hit.

    Ivan Nova, who will start in the struggling Javier Vazquez’s spot Sunday against the White Sox, will make his second big league start. Nova was very good Monday night in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, but relying on a neophyte down the stretch is risky business.

    The current state of the Yankees’ rotation has many baseball executives believing the Yankees will make a play for Dodger Hiroki Kuroda, who is on trade waivers that expire today.

    “The way he has been throwing lately he is better than A.J. Burnett,” an NL talent evaluator said of the 35-year-old Kuroda, who is 8-11 with a 3.48 ERA and owed about $2.5 million for the remainder of the season.

    As this all starts to shake out, it’s appearing as if Brian Cashman made some critical mistakes with his starting pitching plans this year – counting on the following:

    1. Andy Pettitte to avoid injury all season, at his age.
    2. A.J. Burnett to pitch like he’s being paid to – meaning like a quality “3rd starter” in a rotation.
    3. Javier Vazquez to pitch like he did in 2009 rather than like he did in 2004.
    4. Phil Hughes being able to step up and pass Burnett and/or Vazquez in the rotation pecking order, should the need arise, and be a horse in the rotation.

    Now, I know that some may say that no one could have predicted Pettitte’s injury, or should have, even with his age, because he’s been a durable pitcher. And, some may say that Cashman wasn’t counting on Vazquez and Hughes to do anything more than what anyone would get from your 4th and 5th starters – and that the combination of their stats meets those expectations.

    O.K., if you want to play those cards, I will allow them. However, the matter on A.J. Burnett stands. After having Burnett in house for a year, and seeing what he was all about, the Yankees should have acquired a front-end starting pitcher, either before the season or during this one, to push Burnett into the back-end of the rotation and have another “stud” on the front-end to pair with Sabathia.

    Pettitte, before he got hurt, was pitching like that “stud” and it was a blessing – but, now, as King notes, it’s cross your fingers time to see if he can get back to that.

    Would Kay Ever Pull A Dibble?

    Posted by on August 26th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via Adam Kilgore yesterday -

    In the wake of controversial comments he made regarding Stephen Strasburg on his Sirius XM radio show, MASN analyst Rob Dibble will not work tonight’s game or tomorrow’s game.

    Several MASN employees were not certain why Dibble will not work the next two games, but Nationals President Stan Kasten shed some light and perhaps gave a not-so-thinly-veiled opinion of Dibble’s comments.

    “Rob asked for some time off,” Kasten said. “Perhaps he’s not feeling well. But I’m not a doctor, nor have I seen his records. So I shouldn’t say anything more about it.”

    Dibble also found the spotlight recently for comments about a pair of women sitting behind home plate during a MASN telecast. Dibble later apologized to those he offended, both in print and on camera.

    Ray Knight will work alongside MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter for the next two nights.

    Yeah, I know, this is Rob Dibble and/or Nationals news, and this is a Yankees-blog. But, seeing this, I wonder – could we ever see something like this happen in Yankeeland with Michael Kay?

    If you’ve ever listened to Kay’s show on ESPN Radio in NYC, you will notice that he tends to be a little more critical on the radio than he is during the YES telecasts. Now, granted, Michael is no dummy. And, I’m sure he’s careful in choosing his words on the radio. But, mistakes do happen, sometimes. Then again, it would have to be a huge thing to get everyone’s attention – since I doubt the Yankees are monitoring Kay’s radio show.

    Phil Hughes Last 18 Starts

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (16)

    From May 17th (of this season) through, and including, tonight, August 25th, Phil Hughes has made 18 starts for the Yankees.

    In these 18 starts, he’s thrown 105.3 innings and has an ERA of 5.13 (facing 450 batters).

    Basically, for 70% of his season to date, Hughes has pitched to an ERA over five.

    Yeah, I know…but he’s an All-Star!

    August 25th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    The good news: Yankees got the winning run to the plate in the 9th inning – albeit with two outs.
    The bad news: It was Curtis Granderson at the plate.

    Ballgame over. The Yankees lose. Th-huh-huh-huh Yankees loooooose!

    This is what happens when you don’t have Sabathia and Pettitte going for you in a series. Toronto takes two of three from New York.

    The Yankees are now 12-12 in the month of August. And, they’re just 17-15 since July 24th. That’s not good.

    Phil Hughes, needless to say, had his issues this evening with pitches per innings pitched. He was able to get ahead many, many times, to an 0-1 count. And, he had hair on his heater. But, he just could not put batters away tonight. Gotta say, come post-season time, I have my concerns about counting on Hughes. (Plus, he choked it up good last October too.) Maybe he’ll be a stud in the post-season this year? It’s always possible. But, I’m not feeling like it’s more than likely to happen than not.

    Man, it’s just a strange night in Yankeeland when the feel good story of the contest is Javy Vazquez saving the bullpen – yes, Vazquez! – in a game that he didn’t start, no less. Go figure.

    Lastly, I finally figured out who Eduardo Nunez remind me of…and it’s Mariano Duncan. And, I mean that in all the positive and nice ways.

    Punisher: War Zone

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    O.K., so, I’m like 20 months behind the times on this one. But, I finally caught it tonight – from start to finish. And, I liked it – in fact, I liked it a lot.

    First, it has Ray Stevenson. And, he’s usually good. But, I also loved the “look and feel” to this one. The use of color and/or lighting was excellent. It reminded me of films like Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, and The Matrix. Also, the editing, transitions and background music used was sharp. Nice use of Slow-Mo, at times, too. Lastly, the New York City location shots were super.

    Yeah, it’s a superhero movie. And, if that’s not your thing, you won’t enjoy it. And, this one is super-duper gory. It’s not all the time – but, when there’s gore, it’s somewhat extreme. But, it’s better than the Thomas Jane Punisher. And, if you like this sort of movie, and can stomach the blood and guts stuff when it happens, you should check this one out – if you’re like me and put it off for a while now.

    BBA Callis: Yanks Farm In Top Ten

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (18)

    Via a chat today at Baseball America Executive Editor Jim Callis:

    Nick (Connecticut): Is the Yankees farm system in the top 15?

    Jim Callis: Yes. It takes a lot of time to break down all the systems and rank them against each other, but I’m confident enough to say the Yankees should rank in the top 10.

    Yikes, what does that say about the 20 teams who are below them?

    O.K., seriously, it’s a nice comment to hear, if you’re a Yankees fan. Not sure I agree with it…but it is nice to hear…

    Cashman: No Deals Prior To Waiver Deadline

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    Via Wally Matthews

    General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that even though the pitching-depleted New York Yankees are engaged in a bitter division battle with the Tampa Bay Rays, he does not anticipate going outside the organization for help before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.

    “What we got is what we’re going with,” Cashman said by phone from his office at Yankee Stadium. “I anticipate we are going to use the alternatives we have here.”

    That means youngster Ivan Nova, journeyman Dustin Moseley and, hopefully, a return to form by Andy Pettitte, out since July 18 with a groin strain. “That is what we expect to happen,” Cashman said.

    He also refuted media reports that the Yankees were planning to acquire Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers’ Japanese righty who is rumored to have been placed on waivers by the Dodgers.

    “I haven’t thought about him. I don’t even know if he’s on waivers yet,” Cashman said. “Besides, I’d be hard-pressed to find a pitcher on the waiver wire who can pitch better for us than Dustin Moseley has.”

    “I’m not even thinking along those terms because right now I’m not interested in adding anyone,” Cashman said. “I like the team we have and I think we have what it takes to get the job done.”

    Note: “I anticipate we are going to use the alternatives we have here.”

    So, bascially, this means that anything is possible. And, we’re going to have to wait until next Tuesday to see what shakes out.

    Spalding, Get Your Foot Off The Boat!

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    I must be crazy, but, that one line still cracks me up.

    I watched this one last night on DVD. Has it really been 30 years? In any event, when I see Judge Smails and Spaulding, I see Big Stein and his boy, Hank, circa 1987. Anyone else see this?

    August 24th @ The Blue Jays

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    It seems most things that could possibly go wrong have gone wrong this week for me, so I really don’t have much time to write out a recap. But basically the Yanks hit a lot of dingers, Moseley lived to see another day and the Yankees won. Not much more matters than that last part, anyway.

    Losing My Witts

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (1)

    I had a dream last night that Mike Witt decided to make a comeback and the Yankees signed him. And, after just six starts in the minors, he was called up to the Bronx and started a game for the Yankees – actually pitching well.

    This morning, I checked, and saw that Witt is now 50-years old. (In the dream he was closer to 42.) So, we’re pretty safe that this was just a nocturnal manifestation of my imagination and not a premonition.

    But, how about a flashback? Via Flip Bondy, who was then with the Times, on May 2, 1993:

    The egg timer beeped twice at 20 minutes, so Mike Witt pulled off the ice wrap in the middle of the Yankee clubhouse and declared that the right elbow felt fine, painless, never better.

    How could it not? The 32-year-old pitcher had just won his first major league game since Sept. 23, 1990. On a luscious May Day at Yankee Stadium filled with the promise of a fourth or fifth starter for an unfinished rotation, Witt used his reconstructed right elbow yesterday to baffle Seattle with sinking fastballs and defeat the Mariners, 6-2.

    “I’ve been through a lot,” Witt said. “I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can get some guys out.”

    Since he came to the Yankees for Dave Winfield in 1990, Witt has missed 390 games and as many as 78 starts. He had surgery in July 1991, when a tendon from his leg was transplanted to the pitching arm. He battled tendinitis last year and worked doubly hard at his rehab, while the Yankees watched Winfield in the World Series. Yesterday, Witt made up a little bit for all the lost time and recriminations, yielding just one run on three hits through seven innings.

    “I’m awful proud of Mike,” Buck Showalter said. “A moment like this, you dwell on it for a while. It’s probably a small step in the grand scheme of things, but you feel good for him. You take pause to remember how he got here.”

    On June 17th of that season, Witt pitched the final game of his major league career.

    Makes You Want To Puke

    Posted by on August 25th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    All this talk lately about Donovan McNabb puking (or not) in the Super Bowl, has got me thinking about Tom Gordon in Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS. As you may know, some reports claim that teammates say Tom Gordon was throwing up in the bullpen before failing to hold a two-run lead in Game 5. And, in retrospect, we can now wonder what would have been different, today, had Joe Torre brought in Mo Rivera to start the 8th inning of that game – and go for the two inning save. (Rivera did end up pitching two innings in that game – replacing Gordon in the eighth and then pitching the ninth inning as well.)

    Then again, as Yankees fans, maybe we shouldn’t think about this too much – for the risk of making us puke too.

    Girardi On Cubs Job: I Don’t Want To Talk About It

    Posted by on August 24th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Via Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald -

    In theory, something that strange could occur with Girardi and the Yankees after the Yankees make another run at the title this fall.

    The delicate nature of all things Yankee is evidenced by the fact that Girardi staffed me out Tuesday, something he has never done in the 20-plus years I’ve known him.

    Rather than throw any chum in the waters, he had his agent return my call to say, essentially, nothing, not wanting to answer the Cubs question he has been getting since March.

    Regardless, the Yankees expect to bring back Girardi, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, all free agents in November.

    GM Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenner family have given every indication that they want Girardi back, but they don’t talk contract during the season, not even for Jeter or Rivera.

    So, all things being equal, Girardi will stay with the Yankees and get a nice raise from the $7.5 million, three-year deal that ends in a couple of months.

    In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt his leverage that the Cubs have an opening and Girardi grew up in Peoria a Cubs fan, played for the Cubs, and his wife, Kim, is from here.

    But unless someone in New York really angers him, it’s hard to imagine him leaving a job where he’s offered a chance to win the World Series every season.

    Through his rep, Girardi said Tuesday he intends to focus on winning a World Series again this October and otherwise doesn’t want to talk about it.

    He’ll be in Chicago on the South Side on Friday and will get assaulted by media wanting to know if he’s coming home.

    Girardi intends to make a brief statement and be done with it, though it rarely works that way.

    On Monday in Toronto, Girardi told the New York press: “I’m very happy here (with the Yankees). I have a great working relationship with everyone involved. This organization has been great to me.

    “I’m sure I’m going be asked that a lot now that (Lou Piniella has) stepped down. My focus is here. I have a responsibility to the organization and to the guys in that clubhouse.”

    Girardi added, “I know I have a background (in Chicago) and I’m not going to skirt (it).

    “I grew up a Cubs fan. I played for the Cubs. But I’m worried about what we’re doing now. We’re in a fight.”

    At the end of 2007, it cost the Yankees $7.5 million to ink Girardi for three years. How much will Joe want now, that he’s won a ring in New York? He’s going to want another three year deal – at least. But, this time, it will be for more money. How much?

    Put it this way: The Cubs were paying Lou Piniella about $4 million a year (this season). And, before that, the Cubs were paying Dusty Baker about $3.5 million a season. Tony La Russa makes about $4 million a year. Ditto Joe Torre.

    Then again, Buck Showalter “only” makes about $1.5 million a season. And, Joe Maddon is around that range too. Ditto Charlie Manuel.

    In any event, Girardi is not taking a pay-cut. So, bare minimum, he’s going to want at least $3 million a season.

    Are the Yankees willing to give General Joe a $12-15 million contract to manage the Yankees for the next four years? If not, he may just look into that Cubs job…and not just for show.

    Pettitte To Be Called To Court?

    Posted by on August 24th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Nick Coman shares that Michael McCann thinks that Andy Pettitte will be called to testify in the upcoming perjury case against Roger Clemens.

    Hopefully, is this is true, it won’t happen while the Yankees are playing games and Pettitte is pitching for them.

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