Not to be mean, but, to be candid, I suspect that Yogi will not be far behind. He’s 88 and has not been feeling all that great lately as well. Plus, usually, when a couple is married that long, when the wife passes before the husband, it’s not too long before the man gives up and passes away as well.
Via George King -
With pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker sidelined by injuries, the Mariners are actively looking for help.
Their search led them to George M. Steinbrenner Field Tuesday night to take a look at Yankees starter David Phelps against the Orioles.
The Mariners had a scout watch Phelps, who is the leading candidate to be the Yankees’ fifth starter but who could be expandable with Adam Warren or, possibly, Michael Pineda finding his way into that slot.
Phelps danced in and out of trouble during a 2 ¹/₃-inning stint in which he allowed a run and five hits.
“It would be nice to get somebody out out of the stretch,’’ said Phelps, who worked on a changeup that got hit. “If that is as bad as it gets, I will take it.’’
Yankees scouts are searching spring training camps for help at third and second base. With Robinson Cano entrenched at second, the Mariners might move Nick Franklin, although it would likely take more than Phelps to pry Franklin away.
The Mariners weren’t the only club represented at GMS Field looking specifically for Yankee players to acquire. The White Sox, who have infielders to deal and need a backup catcher, had a scout at the game. So, too, did the Brewers, who are looking for a backup catcher. They could dangle second baseman Rickie Weeks or third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Both make big money, and general manager Brian Cashman said any additions from the outside would be inexpensive.
However, the Brewers might want to swallow some of the money to make a deal that possibly would include Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy or Austin Romine.
I always liked Phelps. I think he can be a very good major league pitcher. And, for bleep’s sake, will the Yankees stop dealing with the Mariners?
Very classy, those O’s.
Buck on players attending Monica's service: "I said something to them about it and the first response was, 'Can I go? Is there room?'
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 5, 2014
The story, in case you missed it:
After a courageous fight of more than four years, Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow passed away Friday morning from lung cancer.
Barlow, 36, was a nonsmoker who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September 2009, while training for a half-marathon after dealing with a cough that wouldn’t go away. She continued to work throughout her battle, courageously becoming one of Major League Baseball’s biggest advocates for the “Stand Up To Cancer” initiative.
“We lost a feather from the Oriole today,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Monica embodied everything we strive to be about. Her passion, loyalty and tenacity set a great example for everyone in the organization. She was so courageous in continuing to do her job the last few years despite her pain.
“This is an especially tough day for those of us that worked with her on a daily basis. It was a blessing to have her in my life; she made our jobs so much easier. We won’t be able to replace Monica, we will only try to carry on. I am going to miss her as a colleague and a friend. She was a rock.”
Barlow graduated from William & Mary College in 1999 and served as an Orioles intern. She spent the next year as a PR assistant for the Richmond Braves (formerly Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate) before rejoining the Baltimore organization in January 2001.
“It was with deep sadness that I learned of Monica’s passing this morning,” said Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos in a statement released by the team. “In her 14 years with the club, she was a beloved member of the Orioles family, starting as an intern and becoming Director of Public Relations.
“Over the past four and a half years, the work Monica did to raise awareness and funds for cancer research was a testament to her dedication to helping others. The strength and resiliency she displayed by not letting her illness define her was a great inspiration to all who knew her.
“Her loss will be felt deeply by not only our front office staff, but also our manager, players and coaches, with whom she worked on a daily basis. On behalf of the club I extend my condolences to her husband, Ben; her parents, Wayne and Ramona Pence; her brother, Jonah; her sister, Natalie; and her family and friends.”
Barlow, an Ellicott City, Md., resident, was also a spokesperson for LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization. LUNGevity funds the most promising research for the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer, and provides information, resources and a community to patients and caregivers.
Via CBS –
A-Rod fans are few and far between these days.
Chelsea Handler certainly isn’t one of them.
The comedian and talk-show host held nothing back when offering her thoughts on the embattled Yankees third baseman on Wednesday.
Handler said on “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday that Rodriguez recently approached the actress and asked, “Chelsea, why are you gonna make fun of me all the time?”
Handler, as expected, wasn’t shy about telling the truth.
“Get away from me, I think you’re disgusting,” the author told A-Rod.
She also told the slugger that he’s “gross.” And it didn’t end there.
The three-time American League MVP said, “Why am I gross?” Handler told Stern. ”We got off on the wrong foot. Why am I gross? I read all your books. I’m a big fan.”
She wasn’t flattered by the compliment. Her response?
“I go, ‘Well I don’t know why you’re a big fan,’” Handler told Stern. ”‘I think you’re a f—ing a–hole.’”
When asked by Stern why the writer and producer despises the 38-year-old so much, her answer was simple.
“Just the way he conducts himself,” Handler said. “He’s got a centaur of himself in his bedroom. Yeah, him and a horse, combined as one person … Plus he dates all these girls, he just sleeps around. I don’t like guys who cheat on their girlfriends, you know? I’m not into that.”
She also called the 2009 World Series champion “a buffoon” and revealed that his assistant emailed her assistant on Tuesday, writing “Alex Rodriguez would really like to meet you in person.”
Handler told Stern that she declined the invitation.
“That will just make him email me again, because guys like that love to be rejected,” Handler told Stern. “He’s gonna act like, ‘Oh come on, you’re so funny. You’re so funny.’ No, I’m not being funny. I really don’t want to ever see you.”
Why would anyone care what Chelsea Handler thinks of them? Only A-Rod…
Still waiting for that first Yankees superstar to claim #26!
Sounds like a cheap bottle of sangria to me. More via Bryan Hoch:
Yangervis Solarte spent all of last season waiting for a call that never came.
The switch-hitter said that he had been told that the Rangers planned to bring him up at the end of the season, a nod to his solid performance at Triple-A Round Rock. But the 26-year-old instead flew home to Venezuela still waiting for his first day of big league service time.
“I don’t even want to mention the word ‘Triple-A’ at this moment,” Solarte said through an interpreter. “My dream is to play in the Majors. I got very hurt when I did not get called up to the Majors last year, so I feel that I can’t get my heart broken like that again.”
A non-roster invitee, Solarte’s live bat and versatility have opened some eyes this spring in Yankees camp. Solarte entered Tuesday with six hits in seven Grapefruit League at-bats, including two homers.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has had Solarte play multiple positions, using him at second base, third base, shortstop and left field. Solarte said that his favorite position is shortstop, but he has played mostly second base as a professional.
“I’ve said, if you have a uniform on and you can play different positions, you have a chance,” Girardi said. “He’s going to get a good look. He’s got some versatility. We’re looking for versatility, because of our infield situation, and he has that.”
“That’s one of my abilities as a player, that flexibility,” Solarte said. “I feel like they are taking that into account. My defense is one of the things that I would really like to work on very hard during the spring.”
Solarte said that he never sought an explanation why the Rangers did not call him up in 2013, saying that it was not his place to question those decisions. Solarte hit .276 with 12 homers and 75 RBIs in 133 games at Triple-A.
“Our infield situation.” That’s being polite, isn’t it?
I just watched Mike Yastrzemski come to bat in the Orioles-Yankees exhibition game tonight.
I saw his grandfather, Carl, play against the Yankees. Yes, grandfather.
Pretty sure that’s a first for me – the grandson thing. Ugh.
And, yes, I said SHORTSTOP. Amazing, huh?
Most will tell you – at least those smart baseball fans – that the 1939 Yankees were one of, if not the, greatest teams of all-time. And, yet, they hardly drew any fans at home:
|1||Thursday, Apr 20||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||2||0||1-0||1:47||30,278|
|5||Monday, Apr 24||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||2||1||4-1||2:48||5,820|
|6||Tuesday, Apr 25||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||4||5-1||1:52||7,348|
|7||Saturday, Apr 29||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||1||3||5-2||1:58||11,473|
|8||Sunday, Apr 30||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||2||3||5-3||2:17||23,712|
|21||Tuesday, May 16||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||7||5||16-5||2:30||6,503|
|22||Wednesday, May 17||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||4||3||17-5||1:58||7,576|
|23||Thursday, May 18||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||8||1||18-5||2:05||6,870|
|24||Friday, May 19||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||4||2||19-5||1:55||9,755|
|25||Saturday, May 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||5||2||20-5||1:56||18,371|
|26||Sunday, May 21||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||12||6||21-5||2:19||37,531|
|27||Tuesday, May 23||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||7||3||22-5||2:08||10,000|
|28||Wednesday, May 24||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||1||6||22-6||2:07||10,875|
|29||Thursday, May 25||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||5||2||23-6||1:55||12,087|
|30||Friday, May 26||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||1||0||24-6||2:05||5,139|
|31||Saturday, May 27 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||2||25-6||1:50||0|
|32||Saturday, May 27 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||11||9||26-6||2:15||30,358|
|33||Sunday, May 28||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||9||5||27-6||1:55||14,670|
|47||Wednesday, Jun 14||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||2||4||37-10||2:35||11,301|
|48||Thursday, Jun 15||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||1||0||38-10||1:47||9,619|
|49||Friday, Jun 16||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||4||3||39-10||1:52||10,171|
|50||Saturday, Jun 17||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||1||0||40-10||2:30||18,599|
|51||Sunday, Jun 18||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||5||8||40-11||1:55||32,679|
|52||Monday, Jun 19||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||8||5||41-11||1:47||6,469|
|53||Tuesday, Jun 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||13||3||42-11||2:24||5,892|
|54||Wednesday, Jun 21||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||9||8||43-11||2:20||10,045|
|55||Thursday, Jun 22||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||6||1||44-11||2:10||8,337|
|56||Saturday, Jun 24||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||2||1||45-11||2:05||11,382|
|57||Sunday, Jun 25 (1)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||3||7||45-12||2:30||0|
|58||Sunday, Jun 25 (2)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||11||2||46-12||2:02||40,861|
|68||Tuesday, Jul 4 (1)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||2||3||51-17||1:58||0|
|69||Tuesday, Jul 4 (2)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||11||1||52-17||1:48||41,808|
|70||Wednesday, Jul 5||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||6||4||53-17||2:05||3,874|
|71||Friday, Jul 7||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||4||53-18||2:09||6,588|
|72||Saturday, Jul 8 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||1||3||53-19||2:00||27,539|
|73||Saturday, Jul 8 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||2||3||53-20||1:53||27,539|
|74||Sunday, Jul 9 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||4||53-21||2:11||0|
|75||Sunday, Jul 9 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||5||53-22||2:55||47,652|
|88||Tuesday, Jul 25||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||5||1||63-25||2:00||6,076|
|89||Wednesday, Jul 26||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||14||1||64-25||1:56||4,843|
|90||Friday, Jul 28||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||2||1||65-25||1:57||7,946|
|91||Sunday, Jul 30 (1)||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||4||3||66-25||2:12||0|
|92||Sunday, Jul 30 (2)||boxscore||NYY||CHW||L||1||5||66-26||2:03||35,256|
|93||Tuesday, Aug 1||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||2||5||66-27||2:05||10,382|
|94||Wednesday, Aug 2||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||2||7||66-28||2:10||12,341|
|95||Thursday, Aug 3||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||12||3||67-28||2:12||9,010|
|96||Friday, Aug 4||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||5||4||68-28||2:55||6,263|
|97||Saturday, Aug 5||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||6||1||69-28||1:37||13,207|
|98||Sunday, Aug 6 (1)||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||4||5||69-29||2:10||0|
|99||Sunday, Aug 6 (2)||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||1||7||69-30||2:07||76,753|
|107||Tuesday, Aug 15||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||3||2||74-33||1:56||8,049|
|108||Wednesday, Aug 16||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||4||0||75-33||1:37||6,607|
|109||Thursday, Aug 17||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||9||8||76-33||2:43||6,704|
|110||Friday, Aug 18||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||5||0||77-33||1:40||6,041|
|111||Sunday, Aug 20 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||L||4||5||77-34||2:02||0|
|112||Sunday, Aug 20 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||5||1||78-34||2:03||33,562|
|130||Wednesday, Sep 6||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||2||1||91-38||1:58||11,715|
|131||Thursday, Sep 7||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||5||2||92-38||1:52||9,379|
|132||Friday, Sep 8||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||4||1||93-38||1:20||8,475|
|133||Saturday, Sep 9||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||5||2||94-38||1:45||7,401|
|134||Sunday, Sep 10 (1)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||4||3||95-38||1:50||0|
|135||Sunday, Sep 10 (2)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||6||2||96-38||1:45||12,088|
|136||Tuesday, Sep 12||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||3||4||96-39||2:05||4,638|
|137||Wednesday, Sep 13||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||4||9||96-40||2:06||9,898|
|138||Thursday, Sep 14||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||1||6||96-41||2:14||10,938|
|139||Friday, Sep 15||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||10||3||97-41||2:07||10,538|
|140||Saturday, Sep 16||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||8||5||98-41||2:14||10,626|
|141||Sunday, Sep 17 (1)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||4||8||98-42||2:15||0|
|142||Sunday, Sep 17 (2)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||1||3||98-43||1:55||21,027|
|143||Monday, Sep 18||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||6||2||99-43||1:47||1,678|
|144||Tuesday, Sep 19||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||6||2||100-43||1:30||3,608|
|145||Wednesday, Sep 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||8||4||101-43||1:48||2,977|
|146||Thursday, Sep 21||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||5||2||102-43||2:35||2,150|
|149||Thursday, Sep 28 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||4||105-43||1:28||0|
|150||Thursday, Sep 28 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||L||4||5||105-44||1:45||4,187|
|151||Saturday, Sep 30 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||5||4||106-44||1:55||7,501|
|152||Saturday, Sep 30 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||2||4||106-45||1:15||7,501|
Granted, these were all day games – back in that day. Still, think about it: There was no TV back then – and there were sooooo many games where the Yankees drew 10,000 fans a game, at home, or less that season. Crazy, eh?
It’s only a matter of days now until Brian Cashman posts for him.
Have you ever heard Ivan Nova interviewed in English? Next time, close your eyes and just listen. He sounds just like Bernie Williams, no?
Via NESN -
Jacoby Ellsbury made sure he left the Boston Red Sox on good terms.
Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the New York Yankees over the offseason, contacted Red Sox manager John Farrell shortly after inking his new deal, the Boston skipper said Friday at JetBlue Park.
“He called after the deal was agreed upon. To his credit, he called to say, ‘Thanks,’” Farrell said. “I got the sense he was a little surprised it happened so fast to the magnitude that it happened. And (I) wished him well. We’re certainly going to miss him, but now he’s on the other side. He handled it with a lot of class, and he was very grateful for his time here and gave thanks to the way things unfolded last year.”
Ellsbury spent seven memorable seasons with the Red Sox before leaving in free agency after Boston’s 2013 World Series win. Some times were better than others for Ellsbury, who dealt with several injuries during his Boston tenure, but the explosive outfielder helped lead the Red Sox to two championships, in 2007 and 2013.
What if Ellsbury plays this year, bats .275, and hits less than 10 homeruns on the season? Does he get a buddy pass as long as the team is doing well? Or, does he take some heat for not playing like a $20 million player?
Via George King -
In Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine, J.R. Murphy and Gary Sanchez, the Yankees have depth at a position a lot of organizations are naked at.
With Brian McCann in the first season of a five-year deal worth $85 million, Cervelli, Romine and Murphy are competing for the backup job. Sanchez, 21, could start the season at Double-A Trenton.
With major question marks at second (Brian Roberts) and third (Kelly Johnson), Yankees scouts are putting a heavy spring training emphasis at looking for infielders as well as relievers.
The Yankees could deal Cervelli, who is out of options, or Romine, or Murphy. The Yankees, who gave the 21-year-old Sanchez $3 million to sign as a 16-year old, view him as a future everyday major league catcher.
In my mind, Cervelli has got to go. He’s over-rated, talks too much, and has the PED scarlet letter.
If the Yankees trade Austin Romine, I could see him, potentially, going down and having a Mike Health kind of career. Stress the potential – since I am not sold on Romine’s mental toughness. I think he has a little Phil Hughes in him.
For some reason, I like John Ryan Murphy. And, I hope, somehow, he ends up as the Yankees back-up catcher this season. But, I know that he really hasn’t played much at Triple-A yet and has options. The odds are against him.
Via David Lennon -
…there is the not-so-small matter of the slimmed-down Sabathia, whose velocity again is a concern after he couldn’t break 88 in Saturday’s two-inning stint.
Try as he may, Sabathia isn’t going to convince anyone that he can be Cy Young-caliber at slower speeds. At least not yet. After his outing, he faced the same barrage of questions he did last year at this time, and he no longer has the built-in excuse of offseason elbow surgery. Or the patience to go down this road again.
Sabathia got a little chippy with his responses when the subject turned from Tanaka to his own diminished velocity, which is out of character for him. He’s as accountable as they come, and he doesn’t dodge any topic. But it’s becoming clear that Sabathia is tired of this particular narrative.
“My fastball is what it is,” he said. “As long as I’m healthy, I’m good.”
That’s the company line, too, and Girardi didn’t even bother to suggest — as he did in spring training a year ago — that Sabathia’s radar-gun readings will climb back to the mid-90s levels of the past. Maybe the manager is bored with the debate. But it’s more likely that he realizes it’s an indefensible position.
“That was something people wanted to make a ton about last year and I’m not going to make much of it,” Girardi said. “To me, if he’s locating, I don’t care what his velocity is. He’s going to get people out.”
The Yankees don’t want to consider the alternative right now. Sabathia has four years and a guaranteed $76 million left on his contract. It’s premature to believe we’re witnessing a changing of the guard in the Yankees’ rotation. But with the arrival of Tanaka, it’s not too soon to wonder about the possibility. Or how quickly that might happen.
Via the Seattle Times -
Jesus Montero is the forgotten prospect. He’s no longer something to build on. He’s something to be salvaged. To many around baseball and within the organization, he’s just another guy filled with potential, but unaware that he’s squandering it.
This should have been a seminal offseason for Montero. He was coming off one of the worst years of his professional career. He was given the starting catching job in the offseason, lost it two weeks into the season, was sent to Triple A in May and told he was converting to first base, he injured his knee requiring surgery and then after coming back for a handful of games he was suspended for the remainder of the season for being linked to the BioGenesis.
It was a full year of disappointment.
For most players, a season like that would be the ultimate motivation. For most players, they would take the offseason to prepare like they’ve never prepared before and come to camp ready to have writers pump out the “best shape of his life” stories.
Instead, Montero came in heavier than ever. He even admitted it, making the regrettable line: “after winter ball, all I did was eat.”
After each season, players meet with training and medical staff to set up their offseason. Each player is given a target weight they are expected to come in at for the following season. According to sources, Montero has never once met that target weight since joining the Mariners. This year he came in 40 pounds over the weight the Mariners wanted him to come in at.
It’s led to frustration within the organization. General manager Jack Zduriencik was particularly critical of Montero and his future.
“We are disappointed in how he came in physically,” Zduriencik said bluntly.
That disinterest in conditioning in the offseason didn’t do much change the minds of people who have been skeptical of Montero’s work ethic. It certainly didn’t inspire Zduriencik, who was clearly unhappy with the situation.
“It’s up to him,” Zduriencik said. ” I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone.”
Hmmm…Dr. Evil likes them big and hairy!
In terms of the amount of times he’s going to whiff, per plate appearance, yes, I think it’s close.
Did you know that 28 of MLB’s 30 teams have had at least one winning season in the past five years? The two who have not are the Mets and the Astros.
Maybe Mets fans should consider “The Curse of Willie Randolph”?
Via Barry Bloom -
“He’s a player in waiting,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday as his team opened its home spring schedule with an 8-2 loss to the Pirates at George Steinbrenner Field. “We have [Alfonso] Soriano, [Carlos] Beltran, [Brett] Gardner and [Jacoby] Ellsbury currently ahead of him. He obviously provides a great deal of speed and defense and is a contact hitter. He’s going to be a choice for [manager] Joe [Girardi] off the bench. And that could be a very important role for us.”
Asked if Suzuki would be on the Yankees’ 25-man roster for the April 1 season opener in Houston, Cashman added: “Oh, no question. Yes!”
Let’s face it, the last time Ichiro was an above average player was 2010. And, in the last 3 years, he’s gotten worse each season.
Granted, he does have some useful skills coming off the bench – fielding, base running, and the ability to make contact. But, will he be happy in that role? Time will tell.
I’m not sure. But, it will interesting to see who when it happens…
In the major leagues, a catcher who steals 40+ bases in a season. It’s never happened, to date, in the history of the game.
Via George King -
However, Cashman does have concerns.
“I am more focused on the bullpen, the rotation and how that will shake out and the infield that is not Mark Teixeira or Derek Jeter,’’ Cashman said.
That’s a strong indication the Yankees will look to upgrade at third and second base, where Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts and Eduardo Nunez are in the mix.
“I have said it’s a developing story that the Yankees have to keep focused on,’’ Cashman said of second and third. “Do we have the answer, the exclamation point right here in camp? If the answer is no, we have to look outside.’’
Cashman said any possible upgrade from the outside won’t cost the Yankees much.
“If we need to do improvements it has to be cheap,’’ Cashman said. “We spent our money.’’
It’s really a shame that the Cano free agency snuck up on Cashman the way it did, with no warning, so that he couldn’t have years of forewarning that he was going to need a second baseman in 2014. Ditto on the A-Rod suspension. I mean, it’s not like Cashman knew for over a year that he may need a third baseman in 2014, right?
Via Ken Davidoff -
These 2014 Yankees have more ground to make up than you might realize. The good news for those of you who root for this team is the team’s decision-makers know it.
“Our team over-performed last year,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday, before the Yankees defeated Florida State, 8-3, at Steinbrenner Field. “It’s a credit to everybody involved in that process. But the record didn’t reflect the talent. And so when you take a sledgehammer to the roster like we did this winter and spend the money we did, it’s more reflective of recognizing. Of not being fooled.”
If you watched the 2013 Yankees play, carrying essentially 2 ¹/₂ valuable position players — Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner, plus a half-credit for Alfonso Soriano — you know their 85-77 final record, the fact they remained mathematically alive into the season’s last week, carried an air of improbability to it.
The math backs that up. The 2013 Yankees scored 650 runs (their lowest total since tallying 603 in 1991) and allowed 671 runs, and that gave them an expected won-loss mark of 79-83. Therefore, Cashman and his front-office teammates went to work with the mentality they needed to improve upon a 79-win club, rather than an 85-win team.
…the record didn’t reflect the talent…
Remind me again: Who is responsible for placing talent on the big league roster? Funny, that whole point is somehow forgotten, as it always is, when it comes to Cashman.
I loved his first two books.
Via the Post -
In less than two weeks with the Mets in spring training, Jose Valverde has emerged as the leader of, what the reliever calls, the team’s “Dominican Mafia.”
The members include young pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero and Gonzalez Germen, and meetings are held in a corner of the clubhouse near Valverde’s locker. Another veteran Dominican pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also presides.
“It feels like we are brothers here,” Mejia said Tuesday.
Valverde views his leadership of the “Dominican Mafia” as part of the job description, as he attempts to land a spot in the Mets bullpen, after signing a minor league deal with the club this month.
Omar Minaya could not be reached for comment.
Every season, Baseball America lists their “Top 100 Prospects” in the game. And, they do a pretty good job with it. I would estimate that 90% of those who make their list go on to play in the major leagues.
This season, the Boston Red Sox have 8 players in the Top 100. The New York Yankees have 2 players - and only the Angels, Giants and Rays have less than two players in the Top 100.
Further, one of the Yankees two is Masahiro Tanaka – who really shouldn’t be considered as a “prospect find” by the Yankees.
Why Brian Cashman still has a job is beyond me?
Are they going to sit the first half of the season? See:
Scott Boras, agent for free-agent 1B Kendrys Morales (Mariners) and SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), said both players are willing to wait until after the draft to sign with a team since there would not be any draft compensation linked to them.
I wonder if they would be willing to play for some Indy team, until June, just to stay in shape and showcase themselves?