• Wild CC

    Posted by on October 20th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Think about this when he opts out…

    The Boston Beer Party

    Posted by on October 20th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Bosox say it ain’t so…

    The Boston Red Sox today issued the following statements regarding the allegation about drinking in the dugout during games in the 2011 season. Additionally, former manager Terry Francona has asked that the team release a statement on his behalf.

    JON LESTER: “The accusation that we were drinking in the dugout during games is completely false. Anonymous sources are continuing to provide exaggerated and, in this case, inaccurate information to the media.

    JOSH BECKETT: “I cannot let this allegation go without response; enough is enough. I admit that I made mistakes along the way this season, but this has gone too far. To say that we drank in the dugout during the game is not true.”

    JOHN LACKEY: “There are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened, but this latest rumor is not true, and I felt that it was important to try to stop this from going any further.”

    TERRY FRANCONA: “In 32 years of professional baseball, I have never seen someone drinking beer in the dugout.”

    PRESIDENT/CEO LARRY LUCCHINO ON BEHALF OF THE BOSTON RED SOX: “Tonight our organization has heard directly from Jon, Josh, John, and former manager Terry Francona. Each has assured us that the allegation that surfaced today about drinking in the dugout during games in 2011 is false, and we accept their statements as honest and factual.

    “As we continue our internal examination to fully understand what went wrong in September, 2011, we appreciate these strong and clear statements from our players.

    “It is time to look forward and move forward, rather than allow a reckless, unsubstantiated accusation from ‘anonymous sources’ to mislead the public.”

    No mention regarding if these statements released by the Red Sox were made at the Cask ‘N Flagon

    Mick 80

    Posted by on October 20th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Chris Jaffe has the details.

    Yu Darvish

    Posted by on October 20th, 2011 · Comments (1)

    Via Anthony McCarron -

    The Yankees may have another high-profile, free-agent option for fixing their flawed rotation. Reports out of Japan yesterday said that Yu Darvish, the sensational starter for the Nippon Ham Fighters, will ask the team to put him through the posting process this winter.

    If he is posted, Darvish would instantly join Texas’ C.J. Wilson and CC Sabathia – if Sabathia opts out of his Yankee contract – atop the list of available starters. The Yankees have scouted Darvish extensively and are said to admire his talent, a baseball executive with knowledge of the team’s thinking said.

    The Yankees “definitely will check in,” the executive opined. But, the executive added, they also figure to be wary because of what happened with two familiar names – Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kei Igawa.

    “It all depends on the money, the posting fee and what he would get,” the executive said. “After Matsuzaka and Igawa, the fervor for this kind of process is lower. The problem with him is that it’s a $100 million deal between the contract and the posting fee. (Teams) have been burnt twice.”

    It does seem like the relief pitcher Japanese imports have done better than the starting pitcher imports. I wonder if that’s because there’s more rest between starts in Japan?

    Yankees Pitchers In WasWatching.com Era

    Posted by on October 19th, 2011 · Comments (9)

    Here they are, below. Which are your fav’s, and not fav’s, and why?

    Rk Player #Matching   W L W-L% ERA GS SV IP H HR BB SO WHIP
    1 Mariano Rivera 456 Ind. Games 28 26 .519 1.88 0 267 483.0 354 25 78 463 0.89
    2 David Robertson 204 Ind. Games 14 6 .700 3.03 0 3 202.0 164 13 106 270 1.34
    3 Joba Chamberlain 193 Ind. Games 20 13 .606 3.70 43 4 382.0 360 36 150 386 1.34
    4 Kyle Farnsworth 181 Ind. Games 6 9 .400 4.33 0 7 170.1 165 28 72 166 1.39
    5 Scott Proctor 172 Ind. Games 9 12 .429 4.41 1 1 212.1 207 36 91 173 1.40
    6 Brian Bruney 153 Ind. Games 12 3 .800 3.25 1 1 144.0 112 14 91 133 1.41
    7 Mike Mussina 124 Ind. Games 59 34 .634 4.04 123 0 729.1 785 76 148 555 1.28
    8 Andy Pettitte 122 Ind. Games 54 34 .614 4.08 120 0 743.0 787 68 241 548 1.38
    9 Phil Hughes 120 Ind. Games 36 23 .610 4.46 71 3 443.2 421 53 157 370 1.30
    10 Mike Myers 115 Ind. Games 4 2 .667 2.92 0 0 71.0 67 6 26 43 1.31
    11 Boone Logan 115 Ind. Games 7 3 .700 3.20 0 0 81.2 77 7 33 84 1.35
    12 Chien-Ming Wang 109 Ind. Games 55 26 .679 4.16 104 1 670.2 701 41 197 310 1.34
    13 Ron Villone 107 Ind. Games 3 3 .500 4.77 0 0 122.2 111 14 69 97 1.47
    14 Jose Veras 106 Ind. Games 8 4 .667 4.43 0 3 103.2 89 14 55 94 1.39
    15 CC Sabathia 101 Ind. Games 59 23 .720 3.18 101 0 705.0 636 55 202 624 1.19
    16 A.J. Burnett 99 Ind. Games 34 35 .493 4.79 98 0 584.0 587 81 258 513 1.45
    17 Edwar Ramirez 95 Ind. Games 6 2 .750 5.22 0 2 98.1 93 19 56 116 1.52
    18 Phil Coke 84 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 3.74 0 2 74.2 52 10 22 63 0.99
    19 Tanyon Sturtze 82 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 5.08 1 1 88.2 93 13 33 51 1.42
    20 Tom Gordon 79 Ind. Games 5 4 .556 2.57 0 2 80.2 59 8 29 69 1.09
    21 Luis Vizcaino 77 Ind. Games 8 2 .800 4.30 0 0 75.1 66 6 43 62 1.45
    22 Damaso Marte 76 Ind. Games 2 6 .250 6.02 0 0 49.1 39 6 27 49 1.34
    23 Randy Johnson 67 Ind. Games 34 19 .642 4.37 67 0 430.2 401 60 107 383 1.18
    24 Alfredo Aceves 59 Ind. Games 14 1 .933 3.21 5 2 126.0 104 15 30 87 1.06
    25 Luis Ayala 52 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 2.09 0 0 56.0 51 5 20 39 1.27
    26 Jonathan Albaladejo 49 Ind. Games 5 2 .714 4.70 0 0 59.1 65 8 30 42 1.60
    27 Jaret Wright 43 Ind. Games 16 12 .571 4.99 40 0 204.0 238 18 89 118 1.60
    28 Sergio Mitre 43 Ind. Games 3 6 .333 5.35 12 1 111.0 123 17 33 63 1.41
    29 Rafael Soriano 42 Ind. Games 2 3 .400 4.12 0 2 39.1 33 4 18 36 1.30
    30 Chad Gaudin 41 Ind. Games 3 2 .600 4.00 6 0 90.0 87 18 40 67 1.41
    31 Cory Wade 40 Ind. Games 6 1 .857 2.04 0 0 39.2 33 5 8 30 1.03
    32 Ivan Nova 38 Ind. Games 17 6 .739 3.86 34 0 207.1 207 17 74 124 1.36
    33 Darrell Rasner 36 Ind. Games 9 14 .391 5.06 29 0 158.1 182 20 52 89 1.48
    34 Sean Henn 36 Ind. Games 2 6 .250 7.53 5 0 57.1 73 11 43 38 2.02
    35 Felix Rodriguez 33 Ind. Games 0 0   5.06 0 0 32.0 33 2 20 18 1.66
    36 LaTroy Hawkins 33 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 5.71 0 0 41.0 42 3 17 23 1.44
    37 Javier Vazquez 31 Ind. Games 10 10 .500 5.32 26 0 157.1 155 32 65 121 1.40
    38 Ross Ohlendorf 31 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 6.02 0 0 46.1 55 8 21 45 1.64
    39 Shawn Chacon 31 Ind. Games 12 6 .667 4.69 23 0 142.0 143 18 66 75 1.47
    40 Hector Noesi 30 Ind. Games 2 2 .500 4.47 2 0 56.1 63 6 22 45 1.51
    41 Bartolo Colon 29 Ind. Games 8 10 .444 4.00 26 0 164.1 172 21 40 135 1.29
    42 Mike Stanton 28 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 7.07 0 0 14.0 17 1 6 12 1.64
    43 Chan Ho Park 27 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 5.60 0 0 35.1 40 7 12 29 1.47
    44 Aaron Small 26 Ind. Games 10 3 .769 4.60 12 0 103.2 113 13 36 49 1.44
    45 Carl Pavano 26 Ind. Games 9 8 .529 5.00 26 0 145.2 182 23 30 75 1.46
    46 Freddy Garcia 26 Ind. Games 12 8 .600 3.62 25 0 146.2 152 16 45 96 1.34
    47 Chris Britton 26 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.54 0 0 35.2 37 6 15 17 1.46
    48 Kerry Wood 24 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.69 0 0 26.0 14 1 18 31 1.23
    49 Buddy Groom 24 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 4.91 0 0 25.2 32 3 7 13 1.52
    50 Alan Embree 24 Ind. Games 1 1 .500 7.53 0 0 14.1 20 2 3 8 1.60
    51 Paul Quantrill 22 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 6.75 0 0 32.0 48 5 7 11 1.72
    52 Sidney Ponson 21 Ind. Games 4 5 .444 6.63 18 0 96.1 125 14 39 48 1.70
    53 Dan Giese 20 Ind. Games 1 3 .250 3.53 3 0 43.1 39 3 14 29 1.22
    54 T.J. Beam 20 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 8.50 0 0 18.0 26 5 6 12 1.78
    55 Billy Traber 19 Ind. Games 0 0   7.02 0 0 16.2 23 3 7 11 1.80
    56 Roger Clemens 18 Ind. Games 6 6 .500 4.18 17 0 99.0 99 9 31 68 1.31
    57 Dustin Moseley 16 Ind. Games 4 4 .500 4.96 9 0 65.1 66 13 27 33 1.42
    58 Al Leiter 16 Ind. Games 4 5 .444 5.49 10 0 62.1 66 4 38 45 1.67
    59 Kei Igawa 16 Ind. Games 2 4 .333 6.66 13 0 71.2 89 15 37 53 1.76
    60 Brett Tomko 15 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 5.23 0 0 20.2 19 5 7 11 1.26
    61 Mark Melancon 15 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.87 0 0 20.1 20 1 10 13 1.48
    62 Jeff Karstens 15 Ind. Games 3 5 .375 5.65 9 0 57.1 67 10 20 21 1.52
    63 Ian Kennedy 14 Ind. Games 1 4 .200 6.03 12 0 59.2 63 6 37 43 1.68
    64 Octavio Dotel 14 Ind. Games 0 0   10.80 0 0 10.0 18 2 11 7 2.90
    65 Wayne Franklin 13 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 6.39 0 0 12.2 11 1 8 10 1.50
    66 Kevin Brown 13 Ind. Games 4 7 .364 6.50 13 0 73.1 107 5 19 50 1.72
    67 Matt Smith 12 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 12.0 4 0 8 9 1.00
    68 Lance Pendleton 11 Ind. Games 0 0   3.21 0 0 14.0 10 2 10 8 1.43
    69 Aaron Laffey 11 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 3.38 0 0 10.2 13 0 5 6 1.69
    70 Cory Lidle 10 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 5.16 9 0 45.1 49 11 19 32 1.50
    71 Scott Erickson 9 Ind. Games 0 0   7.94 0 0 11.1 13 2 7 2 1.76
    72 Buddy Carlyle 8 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 4.70 0 0 7.2 5 1 7 9 1.57
    73 Matt DeSalvo 7 Ind. Games 1 3 .250 6.18 6 0 27.2 34 2 18 10 1.88
    74 Raul Valdes 6 Ind. Games 0 0   2.70 0 0 6.2 8 1 2 8 1.50
    75 George Kontos 6 Ind. Games 0 0   3.18 0 0 5.2 4 1 3 6 1.24
    76 Steve Karsay 6 Ind. Games 0 0   6.00 0 0 6.0 10 0 2 5 2.00
    77 Tyler Clippard 6 Ind. Games 3 1 .750 6.33 6 0 27.0 29 6 17 18 1.70
    78 Colter Bean 6 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 9.00 0 0 7.0 8 0 9 5 2.43
    79 Kris Wilson 5 Ind. Games 0 0   8.64 1 0 8.1 14 4 4 6 2.16
    80 Royce Ring 5 Ind. Games 0 0   15.43 0 0 2.1 3 0 2 2 2.14
    81 Amauri Sanit 4 Ind. Games 0 0   12.86 0 0 7.0 12 0 3 4 2.14
    82 Michael Dunn 4 Ind. Games 0 0   6.75 0 0 4.0 3 1 5 5 2.00
    83 Chase Wright 3 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 7.20 2 0 10.0 12 5 6 8 1.80
    84 Jeff Marquez 3 Ind. Games 0 0   2.25 0 0 4.0 5 0 0 2 1.25
    85 Jorge De Paula 3 Ind. Games 0 0   8.10 0 0 6.2 8 2 3 3 1.65
    86 Jim Brower 3 Ind. Games 0 0   13.50 0 0 3.1 8 0 2 1 3.00
    87 Andrew Brackman 3 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 2.1 1 0 3 0 1.71
    88 Jason Anderson 3 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 7.94 0 0 5.2 4 0 7 2 1.94
    89 Kevin Whelan 2 Ind. Games 0 0   5.40 0 0 1.2 0 0 5 1 3.00
    90 Josh Towers 2 Ind. Games 0 0   3.38 0 0 5.1 6 0 1 2 1.31
    91 Romulo Sanchez 2 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 4.1 1 0 3 5 0.92
    92 Humberto Sanchez 2 Ind. Games 0 0   4.50 0 0 2.0 1 0 2 1 1.50
    93 Darrell May 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 16.71 1 0 7.0 14 4 3 3 2.43
    94 Alex Graman 2 Ind. Games 0 0   13.50 0 0 1.1 3 1 2 0 3.75
    95 Brian Gordon 2 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 5.23 2 0 10.1 12 3 3 4 1.45
    96 Anthony Claggett 2 Ind. Games 0 0   33.75 0 0 2.2 11 2 4 3 5.63
    97 Dellin Betances 2 Ind. Games 0 0   6.75 1 0 2.2 1 0 6 2 2.63
    98 Nick Swisher 1 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 1 2.00
    99 Tim Redding 1 Ind. Games 0 1 .000 54.00 1 0 1.0 4 0 4 2 8.00
    100 Scott Patterson 1 Ind. Games 0 0   6.75 0 0 1.1 1 0 2 2 2.25
    101 Ramiro Mendoza 1 Ind. Games 0 0   18.00 0 0 1.0 2 1 0 1 2.00
    102 Steve Garrison 1 Ind. Games 0 0   0.00 0 0 0.2 0 0 0 0 0.00
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    Generated 10/19/2011.

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    Yankees Batters/Runners/Non-P Fielders In WasWatching.com Era

    Posted by on October 19th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Here they are, below. Which are your fav’s, and not fav’s, and why?

    Rk Player #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    1 Derek Jeter 1060 Ind. Games 4911 4355 1354 209 23 90 503 435 681 .311 .380 .431
    2 Robinson Cano 1053 Ind. Games 4413 4104 1263 286 27 144 621 224 508 .308 .347 .496
    3 Alex Rodriguez 972 Ind. Games 4249 3609 1068 186 5 248 797 527 790 .296 .393 .556
    4 Jorge Posada 826 Ind. Games 3151 2723 754 167 5 119 458 374 603 .277 .368 .473
    5 Hideki Matsui 591 Ind. Games 2445 2141 624 120 8 93 383 265 296 .291 .370 .485
    6 Johnny Damon 576 Ind. Games 2525 2231 636 125 15 77 296 268 344 .285 .363 .458
    7 Melky Cabrera 569 Ind. Games 2148 1923 518 90 12 36 228 171 246 .269 .331 .385
    8 Jason Giambi 506 Ind. Games 1992 1575 399 66 1 115 335 334 392 .253 .401 .516
    9 Mark Teixeira 470 Ind. Games 2103 1799 478 105 4 111 341 250 346 .266 .363 .514
    10 Brett Gardner 459 Ind. Games 1582 1362 360 50 23 15 122 173 264 .264 .353 .368
    11 Nick Swisher 450 Ind. Games 1877 1590 424 98 4 81 256 250 390 .267 .368 .486
    12 Bobby Abreu 372 Ind. Games 1631 1423 420 95 9 43 243 190 276 .295 .378 .465
    13 Curtis Granderson 292 Ind. Games 1219 1049 268 43 17 65 186 138 285 .255 .347 .515
    14 Bernie Williams 272 Ind. Games 1008 905 239 48 1 24 125 86 128 .264 .326 .399
    15 Andy Phillips 198 Ind. Games 511 471 119 22 4 10 58 28 95 .253 .295 .380
    16 Gary Sheffield 193 Ind. Games 841 735 215 32 0 40 148 91 92 .293 .375 .499
    17 Jose Molina 181 Ind. Games 523 472 109 26 0 5 38 28 93 .231 .281 .318
    18 Francisco Cervelli 181 Ind. Games 560 489 133 19 3 5 71 44 85 .272 .338 .354
    19 Ramiro Pena 177 Ind. Games 334 309 72 7 2 2 32 13 58 .233 .266 .288
    20 Eduardo Nunez 142 Ind. Games 391 359 96 19 2 6 37 25 39 .267 .314 .382
    21 Bubba Crosby 141 Ind. Games 199 185 45 3 2 2 12 8 35 .243 .282 .314
    22 Miguel Cairo 135 Ind. Games 365 329 80 19 3 0 40 21 50 .243 .289 .319
    23 Tino Martinez 131 Ind. Games 348 303 73 9 0 17 49 38 54 .241 .328 .439
    24 Russell Martin 125 Ind. Games 476 417 99 17 0 18 65 50 81 .237 .324 .408
    25 Wilson Betemit 124 Ind. Games 290 273 69 17 0 10 49 12 89 .253 .286 .425
    26 Tony Womack 108 Ind. Games 351 329 82 8 1 0 15 12 49 .249 .276 .280
    27 Marcus Thames 82 Ind. Games 237 212 61 7 0 12 33 19 61 .288 .350 .491
    28 Andruw Jones 77 Ind. Games 222 190 47 8 0 13 33 29 62 .247 .356 .495
    29 Doug Mientkiewicz 72 Ind. Games 192 166 46 12 0 5 24 16 23 .277 .349 .440
    30 Shelley Duncan 68 Ind. Games 163 146 32 4 0 8 24 15 38 .219 .290 .411
    31 Xavier Nady 66 Ind. Games 276 256 69 15 0 12 42 15 54 .270 .319 .469
    32 Cody Ransom 64 Ind. Games 137 122 28 12 1 4 18 13 37 .230 .309 .443
    33 Ruben Sierra 61 Ind. Games 181 170 39 12 0 4 29 9 41 .229 .265 .371
    34 Chris Dickerson 60 Ind. Games 55 50 13 2 0 1 7 2 17 .260 .296 .360
    35 Eric Chavez 58 Ind. Games 175 160 42 7 1 2 26 14 34 .263 .320 .356
    36 Chad Moeller 50 Ind. Games 118 105 24 9 0 1 9 8 22 .229 .305 .343
    37 John Flaherty 47 Ind. Games 138 127 21 5 0 2 11 6 26 .165 .206 .252
    38 Juan Miranda 46 Ind. Games 94 83 21 3 1 4 14 9 20 .253 .330 .458
    39 Nick Green 46 Ind. Games 82 75 18 5 0 2 4 5 29 .240 .296 .387
    40 Jerry Hairston 45 Ind. Games 93 76 18 5 0 2 12 11 8 .237 .352 .382
    41 Aaron Guiel 44 Ind. Games 92 82 21 3 0 4 11 7 20 .256 .337 .439
    42 Craig Wilson 40 Ind. Games 109 104 22 4 0 4 8 4 34 .212 .248 .365
    43 Alberto Gonzalez 40 Ind. Games 73 66 10 2 0 0 2 5 9 .152 .211 .182
    44 Eric Hinske 39 Ind. Games 98 84 19 3 0 7 14 10 25 .226 .316 .512
    45 Lance Berkman 37 Ind. Games 123 106 27 7 0 1 9 17 15 .255 .358 .349
    46 Josh Phelps 36 Ind. Games 88 80 21 2 0 2 12 6 19 .263 .330 .363
    47 Austin Kearns 36 Ind. Games 119 102 24 3 0 2 7 12 38 .235 .345 .324
    48 Wil Nieves 35 Ind. Games 76 71 10 4 0 0 8 2 11 .141 .164 .197
    49 Kelly Stinnett 34 Ind. Games 87 79 18 3 0 1 9 5 29 .228 .282 .304
    50 Ivan Rodriguez 33 Ind. Games 101 96 21 4 0 2 3 4 15 .219 .257 .323
    51 Greg Golson 33 Ind. Games 35 34 8 2 0 0 2 1 5 .235 .257 .294
    52 Kevin Thompson 32 Ind. Games 60 51 13 6 0 1 8 8 19 .255 .356 .431
    53 Kevin Russo 31 Ind. Games 54 49 9 2 0 0 4 3 9 .184 .245 .224
    54 Colin Curtis 31 Ind. Games 64 59 11 3 0 1 8 4 15 .186 .250 .288
    55 Randy Winn 29 Ind. Games 71 61 13 0 1 1 8 8 15 .213 .300 .295
    56 Sal Fasano 28 Ind. Games 57 49 7 4 0 1 5 2 14 .143 .222 .286
    57 Morgan Ensberg 28 Ind. Games 80 74 15 0 0 1 4 6 22 .203 .263 .243
    58 Nick Johnson 24 Ind. Games 98 72 12 4 0 2 8 24 23 .167 .388 .306
    59 Justin Christian 24 Ind. Games 43 40 10 3 0 0 6 3 4 .250 .302 .325
    60 Rey Sanchez 23 Ind. Games 48 43 12 1 0 0 2 2 3 .279 .326 .302
    61 Richie Sexson 22 Ind. Games 35 28 7 1 0 1 6 6 10 .250 .371 .393
    62 Russ Johnson 22 Ind. Games 20 18 4 2 0 0 0 1 4 .222 .300 .333
    63 Matt Lawton 21 Ind. Games 57 48 6 0 0 2 4 7 8 .125 .263 .250
    64 Angel Berroa 21 Ind. Games 24 22 3 1 0 0 1 0 6 .136 .174 .182
    65 Jesus Montero 18 Ind. Games 69 61 20 4 0 4 12 7 17 .328 .406 .590
    66 Andy Cannizaro 13 Ind. Games 9 8 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 .250 .333 .625
    67 Kevin Reese 12 Ind. Games 16 13 5 0 0 0 1 2 2 .385 .500 .385
    68 Terrence Long 12 Ind. Games 40 36 6 1 0 0 2 4 8 .167 .250 .194
    69 Brandon Laird 11 Ind. Games 25 21 4 0 0 0 1 3 4 .190 .292 .190
    70 Bronson Sardinha 10 Ind. Games 12 9 3 0 0 0 2 2 1 .333 .417 .333
    71 Freddy Guzman 10 Ind. Games 7 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .143 .167
    72 Felix Escalona 10 Ind. Games 17 14 4 1 0 0 2 1 4 .286 .375 .357
    73 Kevin Cash 10 Ind. Games 28 26 6 2 0 0 3 0 5 .231 .250 .308
    74 Austin Romine 9 Ind. Games 20 19 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 .158 .200 .158
    75 Chad Huffman 9 Ind. Games 21 18 3 0 0 0 2 2 5 .167 .286 .167
    76 Mark Bellhorn 9 Ind. Games 20 17 2 0 0 1 2 3 3 .118 .250 .294
    77 Chris Basak 5 Ind. Games 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
    78 Gustavo Molina 3 Ind. Games 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333
    79 Mike Vento 2 Ind. Games 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
    80 Jaret Wright 1 Ind. Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
    81 Chris Stewart 1 Ind. Games 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
    82 A.J. Burnett 1 Ind. Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      
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    Cashman: I’ll Be Back

    Posted by on October 18th, 2011 · Comments (16)

    Via Bryan Hoch -

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes that he will have a new contract in place by the time his current deal expires on Halloween, remaining in the position he has held since 1998.

    “It’ll get done between now and Oct. 31st, I’m sure,” Cashman said. “I can’t promise, but I think that’s what everybody expects. I know it’s something that everybody has to follow. But that’s not a pressing circumstance, as far as something I’m worried about right now.”

    Cashman said that he has no flights booked to meet with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner at the Yankees’ base in Tampa, Fla., but a new contract would not necessarily have to be negotiated face to face.

    “I’m sure it could get done over the phone, from my perspective,” said Cashman, who is completing a three-year, $6 million agreement with the club. “I don’t want to speak for him.”

    The Steinbrenners have ranked bringing Cashman back among their top offseason priorities, and team president Randy Levine offered Cashman a vote of confidence near the end of the regular season.

    Cashman said that he will be occupied this week in New York. The Yankees are holding their professional scouting meetings — a first step to determining the course of their offseason, after a disappointing five-game loss to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series.

    “We’ve got all our scouts coming in, and we’re going to get after it for at least three days, starting Wednesday here in New York,” Cashman said. “Obviously, Hal and I will talk via phone, and we’ll get whatever we need to get worked out, I’m sure, between now and Oct. 31st.”

    So, I guess this is my two weeks notice…

    Mat Latos

    Posted by on October 17th, 2011 · Comments (25)

    Via ProRumors -

    Here are a few San Diego Padres related news from Bill Center of the Union Tribune:

     – According to Center, Mat Latos could be used as trade bait in order to bring a bat to San Diego. Given the fact that he is under team control for the next four years, they could get a lot in return from a team that is willing to overpay. Center believes that the Yankees could be an option, and adds that he would ask for at least a major league-ready every day player, a prospect and a pitching prospect in return.

    Nick Swisher, Slade Heathcott and David Phelps?

    2011 World Series

    Posted by on October 17th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    So, what do you think?  Are the Cardinals a team of destiny?  Or, are the Rangers just too strong?

    There’s just two former Yankees in this World Series – by my quick count – and neither of them were in New York for very long.

    In any event, as a Yankees fan, who are you rooting for in this one?

    Final 2011 Yankees Stats

    Posted by on October 16th, 2011 · Comments (12)

    Stats via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:

    TRAA                           TRAA     FRAA     RCAA      PA     
    1    Robinson Cano                33        6       27      681   
    2    Curtis Granderson            29       -6       35      691   
    3    Brett Gardner                22       22        0      588   
    4    Nick Swisher                 19        6       13      635   
    5    Mark Teixeira                15       -2       17      684   
    T6   Andruw Jones                 11        3        8      222   
    T6   Alex Rodriguez               11        2        9      428   
    8    Russell Martin                8       18      -10      476   
    9    Jesus Montero                 5       -1        6       69   
    T10  Brandon Laird                -1        1       -2       25   
    T10  Gustavo Molina               -1        0       -1        6   
    T12  Francisco Cervelli           -2        1       -3      137   
    T12  Greg Golson                  -2       -1       -1       12   
    T12  Austin Romine                -2        0       -2       20   
    15   Chris Dickerson              -3       -2       -1       55   
    T16  Eric Chavez                  -6       -2       -4      175   
    T16  Ramiro Pena                  -6        0       -6       46   
    18   Jorge Posada                -12        1      -13      387   
    19   Derek Jeter                 -21      -24        3      607   
    20   Eduardo Nunez               -22      -16       -6      338
    RSAA                           RSAA      BFP    BR/9 IP     IP     
    1    C.C. Sabathia                36      985    11.30    237.1   
    2    David Robertson              24      272    10.26     66.2   
    3    Mariano Rivera               17      233     8.36     61.1   
    4    Luis Ayala                   14      233    12.38     56     
    T5   Freddy Garcia                12      626    12.27    146.2   
    T5   Ivan Nova                    12      704    12.30    165.1   
    7    Cory Wade                    10      157     9.30     39.2   
    8    Bartolo Colon                 7      694    11.77    164.1   
    9    Joba Chamberlain              5      110     9.73     28.2   
    10   Boone Logan                   4      185    12.96     41.2   
    11   Lance Pendleton               2       62    12.86     14     
    T12  George Kontos                 1       24    10.50      6     
    T12  Raul Valdes                   1       28    13.50      6.2   
    T12  Jeff Marquez                  1       18    11.25      4     
    T12  Rafael Soriano                1      164    11.90     39.1   
    T12  Aaron Laffey                  1       50    16.88     10.2   
    17   Buddy Carlyle                 0       34    14.09      7.2   
    T18  Brian Gordon                 -1       46    14.81     10.1   
    T18  Hector Noesi                 -1      247    13.90     56.1   
    20   Sergio Mitre                 -4       30    23.63      5.1   
    21   Scott Proctor                -6       62    25.36     11     
    22   Amaury Sanit                 -7       40    23.14      7     
    23   Phil Hughes                 -12      334    13.86     74.2   
    24   A.J. Burnett                -17      837    13.33    190.1

    Of all these players, which ones are you most interested in, or concerned about, now, in terms of what their production will be in 2012 – and why?

    Miracle Ball: My Hunt For The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

    Posted by on October 16th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Having just read Ralph Branca’s book, I was interested in checking out Brian Biegel’s Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World (which was just released in paperback this summer).

    Here’s a quick summary on Miracle Ball: It’s an account of Brian Biegel’s two-year effort to unravel the mystery of what happened to the homerun ball that Bobby Thomson hit on October 3, 1951 (off Branca) – aka “the Shot Heard ’Round the World.”

    Now, on the surface, standalone, that might seem ho-hum. However, that is far from the case!

    I found Miracle Ball to be suspenseful, engrossing, and extremely entertaining.  As I was reading it, I was kicking myself for not having read it when it was first released in 2009.  How could I have missed such a great book?  Really, this is one of those that you won’t want to put down, once you start reading it – as it is full of wonderful tales that make up Biegel’s journey.

    I would recommend this one to all baseball fans – young, old, crazed or casual.  I cannot think of any baseball fan who would not find Miracle Ball to be an interesting read.

    In fact, just for the “mystery solving” element alone that comes with this book, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before in the 39 years that I’ve been reading baseball books:  I am going to recommend Miracle Ball to my mother – since it’s such a good “investigative” trip.  (She’s a fan of mystery books.) 

    Seriously, Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World is not just a great baseball book, it’s a nice book to read, period.  And, I highly recommend this one.

    Are The Rangers Better Than The Yankees?

    Posted by on October 16th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    Well, for the last two years, they are…

    This year’s Rangers team is starting to remind me of the 1977 Yankees – looking to make up for what happened in their last World Series.

    Funny, the Rangers become a World Series-type power-house team about five years after they get rid of A-Rod.  Let’s hope we don’t have to wait until the year 2020 to say the same about the Yankees.

    Yanks Not Shopping This Winter?

    Posted by on October 16th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Interesting thoughts on the Yankees off-season plans from Joel Sherman today -

    This is the time of year in which we have the Yankees involved in every major scenario involving the acquisition of big-time players. This is what happens when your history is to chase stars and swell payroll.

    Believe me, they are not talking about importing David Ortiz or Prince Fielder in Kansas City. The truth is, they are not talking about them with any seriousness in the Yankees’ offices, either. Both would need significant dollars to be the DH at a time when, a) The Yankees do not want to spend lavishly on the DH slot and; b) They want to use the DH spot to further break in Jesus Montero’s bat while also resting older players, such as Alex Rodriguez.

    Could the Yankees trade Montero for a starter and further open up the DH slot? Sure, but one Yankees official said if he were a betting man, he would wager Montero stays.

    “Our offense is fine, it doesn’t make any sense to allocate more dollars and risk there,” another official said. “Even if we lose CC [Sabathia], what sense would it make to spend the money on more offense when what we need would be starting pitching.”

    In fact, despite all of the over-heated speculation about what the Yankees will do this offseason, a combination of reporting and instinct leads me to think they are going to push hard to retain Sabathia then do little beyond supplementary stuff. Believe me, as the baseball columnist for the New York Post, I wish I could tell you the Yankees’ plans were to do an Occupy Wall Street-like vigil outside the Mariners’ offices until Seattle capitulates and finally trades Felix Hernandez.

    Or that some brilliant Yankees mind noticed that Mark Teixeira played 15 games at third base in 2003, instigating a domino effect in which he moved back to the hot corner, Rodriguez became the full-time DH and the Yankees signed Albert Pujols to play first base.

    This might have been more possible with George Steinbrenner in his prime. But Hal Steinbrenner is more conservative, less impulsive. Also, the Yankees happen to think that their core is strong and deep and not in need of heavy additions or reconstruction. Plus, they have surveyed the landscape both internally with players such as Rodriguez and Teixeira and externally (look at the Red Sox) and have decided that you cannot shop your problems away; that mega-contracts and too many aging players are debilitating even for the richest teams.

    You know, I bet, if the Yankees offered Albert Pujols $30 million a year for six years, and asked him to play right field for them next year, I think he would and could do it. But, that would be a stupid move for the Yankees – taking on another contract like that one.

    At  this point, the best thing for the Yankees to do would be to trade Bobby Bonds for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa.  And, then trade Doc Medich for Willie Randolph, Doc Ellis and Ken Brett.

    Oh, wait, this is not the past.

    Well, maybe Nick Swisher can be Bobby Bonds and A.J. Burnett can be Doc Medich?  How sweet would it be if the Yankees could trade those two and get five players in return who would be major parts of a championship caliber team?

    Gimmie Sevens!

    Posted by on October 15th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    I would be nice for the Brewers and Tigers to win at least one more game in their LCS…and set the stage for two Game Sevens, no?

    Yankees Tell Minor Affiliates To Get Their Own Name

    Posted by on October 14th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Via Paul Sokoloski -

    The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will leave PNC Field to play a whole season away from home this summer.

    They aren’t coming back.

    At least, not as the Yankees.

    Suddenly, the New York Yankees are getting stingy with their brand name.

    You know, the name they so graciously bestowed upon their Triple-A baseball franchise when they moved the team to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007 and told the local boys to play it up big?

    Well, in the name of the 27-time world champions, that’s all about to change.

    “There’s only one team they want as the Yankees,” said Jim Timlin, the chairman of the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority board. “And they live in the Bronx.”

    According to Timlin, it wasn’t exactly an edict when New York’s minor league affiliates in Tampa, Staten Island and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were recently told by the New York brass to drop Yankees as their nickname.

    “It was a recommendation,” Timlin said. “We don’t have to listen to them. But it would be a good idea to go along with them.”

    Could the Yankees be stringing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along?

    It’s fair to wonder these days.

    Their Triple-A team will spend their summer days in 2012 calling various other International League cities home – including Lehigh Valley, Rochester and Syracuse – while PNC Field undergoes an expected $40 million renovation.

    Things could change drastically even before that.

    A published report on baseballdigest.com last month suggested that the New York Yankees intend to bolt the business of minor league baseball, trying to sell off their ownership rights to Staten Island and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    They just sold the Staten Island franchise to another ownership group last week. And the parent Yankees don’t even own Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s franchise yet. But they’re teamed with Mandalay Baseball in a partnership called Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Inc. – which currently operates the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise and is trying to buy it from Lackawanna County.

    This is interesting – and bizarre. Maybe it will be better for these teams to have a name like Mud Hens or Diablos – which a cute logo – to sell more merchandise? But, then again, Yankees fans like the Yankees name/brand.

    Bosox Owner: I Didn’t Want Crawford

    Posted by on October 14th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via Alex Speier -

    Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an appearance on CBS Radio, said that the signing of outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract was a decision driven purely by baseball rather than concern about declining TV ratings. Indeed, Henry suggested that the Sox were convinced that the drop in NESN ratings was the result of changes to the people meter that measures TV audiences. That being the case, Henry said that the decision to sign Crawford was driven by a desire to improve the competitiveness of his team.

    Indeed, Henry made clear that he opposed the signing, but that he deferred to the desire of baseball operations to add a player who could impact the team’s on-field competitiveness.

    “[Crawford was] definitely a baseball signing. In fact, anyone involved in the process, anyone in upper management with the Red Sox will tell you that I personally opposed that,” said Henry. “We had plenty of left-handed hitting. I don’t have to go into why. I’ll just tell you that at the time I opposed the deal, but I don’t meddle to the point of making decisions for our baseball team. … It wasn’t a PR move. Neither was the [Adrian] Gonzalez signing.”

    …I don’t have to go into why. I’ll just tell you that at the time I opposed the deal, but I don’t meddle to the point of making decisions for our baseball team…

    Maybe Crawford was “too street” for ol’ John Henry? And, yes, I’m kidding.

    Cashman Lines Up His Young Pitchers

    Posted by on October 14th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Via Andrew Marchand -

    Here is how Brian Cashman sees the Yankees young pitchers right now in relation to their chances to make the club and/or compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

    His depth chart going into camp would be Hector Noesi, Adam Warren, David Phelps, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.

    “Close to this order,” Cashman said when I asked him how he looks at his much-publicized minor league starters. “Noesi. I think Warren and Phelps are ahead of Banuelos and Betances because of their experience. Stuff-wise and ceiling-wise, Banuelos and Betances are ahead of those other guys.”

    Would it be fair to say that Banuelos or Betances could help you by mid-year next season?

    “I think potentially at any point next year or maybe not,” Cashman said. “I don’t know. They have only gotten their feet wet at the Triple-A level last year. Betances dipped his toe in the water in September in New York. It is expected that they have more work to be done. They are the type of talent when everything clicks, it could come really fast. It is to preclude that they can be in a position to help us right out of the gate, but expecting that to take place would perhaps be expecting too much.”

    Neither Banuelos nor Betances is pitching in Winter Ball.

    Potentially, the Yankees rotation could be CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and a new starter. Most likely, one of the kids will be the Yankees’ sixth starter unless Sabathia does leave.

    If I am D.J. Mitchell, and I’m reading this, I’m pretty pissed.

    2,385 Days & Out

    Posted by on October 14th, 2011 · Comments (30)

    I’ve been writing this blog since April 20, 2005. This means, over the past 6 1/2 years, I’ve covered the last seven Yankees seasons at WasWatching.com.

    That’s a long time.

    I know that, several times in the past, I’ve talked about hanging them up. And, I have, somewhat recently, slowed down my pace in terms of posts to this blog.

    In any event, now, I think the time has come for me to shut it down. Related, I expect this to be my last month writing here – and October 31st will be it for me.

    Why? I don’t have the will to deal with more years of the Yankees Front Office.

    Hal Steinbrenner is a paper tiger and shell of what his father was – and nothing like him on the inside. Hank Steinbrenner is the ‘Gob’ Bluth of the Steinbrenner family. Those two, like the rest of the Steinbrenner kids and their spouses, just care about the team making tons of money – and they’re fine with allowing Randy Levine, Lonn Trost and Brian Cashman run the show.

    Ah, Levine, Trost and Cashman…

    Where to start with those three? Heck, I’ll just cut to the chase and say that these three are the kings of “CYA” and ensuring that they insulate themselves more and more to the point where no one can touch them. If Levine, Trost and Cashman were dropped into a tank with nine Great White Sharks, I would not wager a dime on the fish. Levine would talk three of them to death. Trost would bore three of them death. And, Cashman would sign the last three to $40 million five-year contracts to pitch in Double-A, in exchange for letting him live.

    Now, I know that the Steinbrenner kids aren’t going anywhere. Also, Levine and Trost will always have jobs with the Yankees as long as the Steinbrenner family owns the team. So, there’s not much hope for a change there.

    To be candid, and this should not be a surprise to anyone who has been reading this blog for a while, I had hoped that this would be the last year for Brian Cashman. However, it looks like he will get a new deal with the team – after his current contract expires on October 31st.

    In a word: Ugh.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am still a Yankees fan. I will watch and attend the games. I will root for the team to win. And, I will be upset when they lose.

    It’s just that I cannot see myself wanting to write about them anymore – since their Front Office is the same old story…for the last five years…or maybe longer.

    Hey, it’s been a great ride. And, my many, many, thanks to all those who have read this blog and shared great comments and feedback, etc. I will sincerely miss interacting with you.

    For what it’s worth, I will be continuing to add content to the blog at Baseball-Reference.com, if you would like to follow my work there.

    But, unless the Yankees make a change – and the only one that can happen now is Brian Cashman – I don’t see anything giving me the juice to go for another season on writing about the Yankees. In the meantime, the next two weeks should be it for me.

    Rangers Like CC

    Posted by on October 13th, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Via Wally M -

    A baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com today that the Texas Rangers, currently one win away from a second straight trip to the World Series but likely to lose starter C.J. Wilson to free agency over the winter, are preparing to make a strong bid to sign CC Sabathia if the Yankees ace chooses to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, as expected.

    “I hear they’re going to throw a boatload of money at him,” said the source, who requested anonymity, “But I think he’ll stay with the Yankees. He’s talked so much about how much he loves New York, and besides, the Yankees can’t afford to lose him from that pitching staff.”

    Rangers and the Yankees want him? I guess that means he’s signing with the Phillies…

    Seriously, the Rangers are a winning team and the State Tax situation there is better than New York. But, it’s real hot there. CC may sweat to death if he played his home games in Texas…

    To Phiten Or Not To Phiten

    Posted by on October 13th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Even with the Yankees season over, there’s not a day that goes by where my 7-year old son doesn’t nag me with “I want a necklace like the one that Curtis Granderson wears!”

    If you ever wondered what the deal was with those Phiten ropes, he’s a great summary that a doctor did on them last year -

    If you’ve been watching the World Series, you’ve probably noticed players wearing bulky necklaces that look like rope straight off a sailboat. I assumed at first that they must be some kind of fashion fad, but after doing some digging, it turns out athletes are wearing them in an attempt to enhance their performance on the field.

    Sold on the Major League Baseball website, Phiten ropes claim to “stabilize your electric current inside the body” by “allowing the flow of energy.” All Phiten’s products have been treated with metal that has been dissolved in water – what they call aqua titanium.

    Electric currents? Aqua titanium? Is there real science behind these necklaces, or is it just a fashion statement?

    The popularity of wearing bracelets and necklaces infused with magnets and other materials to improve balance, flexibility and endurance all started in 2001 after MLB players found the products in Japan. Three years later, the trend really took off when Boston Red Sox players wore Phiten necklaces during the team’s World Series title run.

    Today, for $50 a rope, fans are jumping on the bandwagon as they watch their favorite 2010 World Series players like Giants outfielder Andres Torres and Rangers catcher Bengie Molina sport their team colors around their necks. And baseball players aren’t the only ones pushing this fad – just last year, Phiten’s sales topped $200 million.

    If you ask me, it’s a little bit mental, a little bit fashion, and a little superstition. It’s true that magnets have been used in alternative medicine in the past. Greeks used to wear magnetic rings to treat arthritis, and in the Middle Ages, doctors used them to treat gout, food poisoning and even hair loss.

    Now, I’m a superstitious man myself, but speaking as a medical professional – there are no concrete studies to back up the claims that these ropes will enhance performance, and the Food and Drug Administration has not recognized them as having any therapeutic value.

    Although I did come across one study, from Massey University in New Zealand, that found “performance gains in response to wearing Aquatitan-treated garments are likely of trivial consequence. However, improved joint range of motion during recovery indicated the garments reduced muscle-tendon stiffness suggesting enhanced compliance, which warrants further investigation.”

    Either way, I say, if you are looking for a new jewelry item and want to look like your favorite baseball player, then by all means, go for a Phiten rope. But if you are looking to improve your athletic ability – save your money for a personal trainer.

    I’ve yet to get my kid one of these. (It’s insane to buy a seven-year old a $50 rope necklace.)  But, I do see lots of kids older than him wearing them down at the Little League field.  Between that and Granderson’s collection, I suspect I have yet to hear the last of this from my son…

    Cashman Not Interested In Theo’s Old Job

    Posted by on October 13th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    Via Mark Feinsand -

    Theo Epstein’s departure from Boston leaves a high-profile opening in the Red Sox front office, but don’t expect Brian Cashman to bolt the Bronx for Beantown anytime soon.

    Asked Wednesday whether Epstein’s decision to leave the Red Sox for the Cubs would influence his own situation, Cashman said it would not.

    “I have a job,” Cashman said.

    Cashman’s contract expires at the end of the month, and while he and the Yankees have not started discussing a new deal, he’s expected to return to the position he has held since 1998.

    According to multiple reports, Epstein agreed to a five-year deal with the Cubs worth at least $15 million, his $3 million annual salary representing nearly $1 million more than Cashman earned during his three-year, $6 million deal.

    Smart move by Cashman, wanting no part of Beantown. While the Yankees have been able to strong-arm the New York media for the last two years and keep Cashman’s off-field philandering follies out of the news, I doubt that the media in Boston would be so polite. Better for him to stay where he is protected by the army of lawyers in the Yankees front office.

    Big Papi Threatens To Join Yankees

    Posted by on October 13th, 2011 · Comments (13)

    Via Pete Abe -

    David Ortiz is threatening to go play for the Yankees.

    “That’s something I gotta think about. I’ve been here on the Red Sox a long time, and I’ve seen how everything goes down between these two ballclubs,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez. “It’s great from what I hear. It’s a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn’t want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way?”

    Ortiz hit .309 with a .953 OPS this season. He had 29 home runs and 96 RBIs. But would the Yankees actually want him? Ortiz turns 36 next month and has played a total of 12 games in the field the last three seasons.

    Jorge Posada, a pending free agent who is likely to retire, was the primary DH for the Yankees this season. But in 37-year-old Derek Jeter and 36-year-old Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have two players who could see increasing time as the DH.

    Jeter was the DH 10 times this season, the most in his career. Rodriguez also was the DH 10 times. Mark Teixeira, who will be 32 in April, was the DH nine times.

    In addition, the Yankees have young slugger Jesus Montero, a defensively challenged catcher whose primary contribution could be as the DH next season.

    As for the Red Sox, Ortiz said was “too much drama.”

    “I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don’t know if I want to be part of this drama for next year,” he said.

    Someone should tell him that the Yankees already have a #34 with a bad contract…

    Halos Interested In Oppenheimer & Eppler

    Posted by on October 13th, 2011 · Comments (0)

    Via the LA Times -

    The Angels have been granted permission by the New York Yankees to interview front-office executives Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler for their vacant general manager position, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

    An Angels spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the report, saying only that the team “has indeed initiated our search process for a new general manager, which includes reaching out to some organizations.”

    Oppenheimer, the 48-year-old vice president of amateur scouting, has been credited with turning around the team’s minor league system, one which was considered among the worst in baeball less than a decade ago.

    In his first draft, in 2005, Oppenheimer selected outfielders Brett Gardner and Austin Jackson. He also headed the 2006 draft that produced pitchers Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks were interested in Oppenheimer for their vacant GM spot last year but were reportedly denied permission to interview him.

    Eppler, 36, is the Yankees’ senior director of pro personnel and has been GM Brian Cashman’s right-hand man since the end of the 2009 season. He joined the team after spending four years as a scout for the Colorado Rockies.

    Among the other executives believed to be high on the Angels’ list are Jerry Dipoto, the senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gerry Hunsicker, vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, and assistant GMs Rick Hahn (Chicago White Sox) and Thad Levine (Texas Rangers).

    The Angels are also believed to be interested in San Diego Padres Manager Bud Black, who was on a front-office track with the Cleveland Indians before joining Angels Manager Mike Scioscia’s staff as the pitching coach in 2000.

    Dipoto, 43, is a former big league reliever who was Arizona’s interim GM last season when the team traded pitcher Dan Haren to the Angels for Joe Saunders and three prospects and Edwin Jackson to the White Sox for Daniel Hudson. He interviewed for the permanent job, losing out to Kevin Towers but remaining with the club. Hunsicker, 61, is the former Houston GM.

    That’s OK, we have Jean Afterman as our assistant G.M.! So, who needs these guys?

    And, yes, I am kidding.

    2011 Yankees Unlucky, Or, Soft?

    Posted by on October 12th, 2011 · Comments (22)

    Great stuff from Bob Klapisch today -

    Joe Girardi spent a lot of time Tuesday talking about how much “luck” goes into winning a championship. It’s a popular anesthesia, meant to keep fans from feeling bitter about early round losses in the playoffs.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi behind the batting cages before Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have grown increasingly comfortable with this philosophy, having captured just one World Series in the last 11 years. But that still won’t erase the image of Alex Rodriguez ending another postseason with a helpless strikeout.

    It wasn’t bad luck that neutralized A-Rod in the ninth inning of Game 5 – it was a case of nerves. Don’t let Girardi tell you otherwise. The antiseptic manager doesn’t want to accept that three of his key players became skeletons in October; he’d prefer to think A-Rod, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher simply were the victims of small sample sizes.

    But what other common-sense conclusion can one draw about Rodriguez, who’s batted .180 in his last two post seasons, and Teixeira, who’s hitting .170 as a Yankee in October, other than to say they’ve been overwhelmed? Swisher, meanwhile, might’ve ended his career in the Bronx with another dismal playoffs. He has a 2012 club option of $10.25 million.

    That’s what Girardi was selling at his postmortem news conference at the Stadium. The essence of the manager’s reactions to the upset loss to Detroit were, in no particular order: We never got the big hit. We did our best. Oh well.

    He could’ve just as easily been describing a bad night in Kansas City.

    If you were hoping for a more visceral reaction, forget it; Girardi isn’t wired for public suffering. Even though team president Randy Levine called the loss a “bitter disappointment,” the manager stopped well short of calling the season a failure.

    Why? Because Levine’s rhetoric aside, the Yankees have steadily de-emphasized their postseason outcomes. October, which used to be the Holy Grail, is now written off as untamable – a rolling crapshoot, as Billy Beane once called it, where the best teams don’t always prosper, only the hottest ones. The Braves were beaten down in the ’90s, now it’s the Yankees’ turn to convince us that, come October, they’re just another good-looking roster that makes no promises.

    Of course, there used to be a much different drumbeat in the old Stadium. The past-era Yankees had a ferocious trait that couldn’t be quantified. It was an intangible expectation of victory – even if that very term now is politically incorrect among baseball’s intelligentsia. Girardi, who was part of the championship run from 1996-2000, is so brainwashed he suggested those four rings were influenced, in part, by luck. Try running that by Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill and David Cone.

    But that’s how the present-day Yankee family is making peace with their collapse against the Tigers – it was the wrong time, the wrong set of circumstances, just the wrong karma.

    Even though the Yankees led the American League in runs in the second half, their average with two outs and runners in scoring position was .225, or nine points below the AL average. Similarly, the Yankees batted .221, or 21 points lower than the rest of the league, in situations considered close and late – after the sixth inning, within one run.

    That would explain why the Yankees were just 4-49 when trailing after the seventh inning, and 2-50 when down after eight. Is that all because of bad luck, or can it be traced to a killer instinct that never was honed?

    Those are the questions Girardi should’ve been thinking about if he was open-minded enough. Instead, he waited too long to switch Teixeira and Robinson Cano in the lineup, and did nothing about the order in the division series, when it was obvious a change was necessary.

    Brett Gardner was wasted in the No. 9 spot. Swisher was outperformed by Jorge Posada, but they were not flip-flopped in the Nos. 6 and 7 slots. And A-Rod was cemented into the cleanup spot, even though any talent evaluator could sense his anxiety.

    Give Girardi credit for being flexible with his starting rotation in the division series. And he was willing to call an audible with his bullpen, too. But Girardi is missing an important lesson if he thinks it was just bad luck that took down the 2011 season.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Where’s A-Rod?

    Posted by on October 12th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Here he is!

    Ah, it’s good to be the king.

    Nice to see that his thumb and knee issues only impact his baseball playing and not his golf game.

    The Beantown Mess

    Posted by on October 12th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Some story, huh?

    Maybe Francona will now do a book with Tom Verducci called The Red Sox Years?

    Cash Watching Theo?

    Posted by on October 12th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Whatever Theo Epstein gets from the Cubs, you know that Brian Cashman is going to want the same title, a dollar more, and maybe a year more, from the Yankees…no?

    See? That’s How It’s Done!

    Posted by on October 12th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Anyone see what Victor Martinez and Miggy Cabrera did in Game 3 of the 2011 ALCS, in a game their team needed to win? They powered their team to victory.

    Too bad we can’t grab A-Rod and Teixeira by their collars and make them watch the highlights of that and tell them “See? That’s how it’s done!”

    Cashman: Post-Season Results Excluded From Player Evaluations

    Posted by on October 11th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Via Marc “The Mad Hatting Tweet King” Carig -

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admits there was once a time when he took postseason performances into account when determining whether to retain a player. But over the years, is view on the topic has changed.

    “It’s something that I had to learn,” Cashman said this afternoon, as he reiterated that a player’s postseason performance represents too small a sample size to be used in evaluation.

    Even after stellar postseason performances in 2009, the Yankees passed on re-signing Johnny Damon and World Series MVP Hideki Matsui due to concerns over their age. This season, the Yankees suffered through poor postseason performances from Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher. In Swisher’s case, the Yankees must decide whether to exercise a $10.25 million option on his contract.

    If Cashman holds true to his philosophy, Swisher’s third straight quiet postseason won’t impact the Yankees’ decision.

    “I don’t make decisions on postseason samples because no one’s going to have a large enough postseason sample to be meaningful,” he said. “Just because somebody has an exceptional series doesn’t all of a sudden change the evaluation of the player.”

    Well, I guess that’s great news for guys like A-Rod, Swisher and Teixeira.

    2012 Rotation On Girardi’s Mind

    Posted by on October 11th, 2011 · Comments (2)

    Via the Bats Blog -

    Five days after the abrupt ending to the Yankees’ season, Manager Joe Girardi addressed reporters at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and discussed the team’s inability to get past the first round of the playoffs and what next year might hold.

    Despite the fact that the Yankees’ lack of hitting led to their elimination in Game 5 of their American League division series with the Detroit Tigers, Girardi defended his position players by pointing out that with a key hit or two, the Yankees might still be playing.

    “I think our guys had some good at-bats, I do,” he said. “We just didn’t get that big hit when we really needed it, whether it was the last day or Game 2 or it was Game 3. We just never got the one hit that put us over the top. The bottom line is, we didn’t have enough good at-bats because we’re sitting here talking.”

    As for next year, Girardi said the Yankees would once again be in the market for a front-line starting pitcher. Last season they went hard after Cliff Lee, who spurned them to join the Philadelphia Phillies. Instead they added Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon to a rotation anchored by C.C. Sabathia. They will both be free agents, and Sabathia could be as well.

    “The one need we’re going to have to address is our rotation,” Girardi said. “There’s no doubt about it. You have two guys that are free agents and another guy who can opt out. That’s one area we’re going to have to address, similar to what we have to do this year. It all starts with C.C and then you go from there.”

    Let’s face it: A.J. Burnett is still on this team. He’s going to get a rotation spot, pitch to an ERA around five, and be lucky to win 12 games. Phil Hughes is a question mark based on the second half of 2010 and his performance in 2011. And, Ivan Nova is not going to go 16-4 two years in a row. Those three are 60% of your rotation.

    After that, you have CC Sabathia – who is fat and can opt out. And, TBD (since Bartolo Colon is toast and Freddy Garcia is a free agent.)

    No wonder why General Joe is wondering about his rotation next year!

    Sure, maybe, D.J. Mitchell, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances or Manny Banuelos step up and take a rotation spot next year. But, you cannot count on that happening.

    Scary, huh?

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