• CCU Much Later

    Posted by on May 19th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Via ESPN -

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia’s knee injury is likely to keep him out of action until July 1 and possibly longer, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

    Speaking on ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney’s podcast, Cashman said Sabathia has some breakdown of cartilage in his right knee, which caused the pain, swelling and fluid buildup that sent him to the disabled list on May 11, the day after he allowed three long home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Sabathia visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews last week and was given a stem-cell injection in his knee, a painful procedure that left the 33-year-old left-hander on crutches.

    “It’s an unpredictable time frame,” Cashman said. “I’d say you’re talking at least six weeks until you see him on a major league mound again.”

    Cashman said Sabathia would need to keep weight off his knee for a period of time and would begin with exercises in a pool to reduce the strain on his knee. He would gradually progress through strengthening exercises and eventually a return to pitching.

    But Cashman cautioned that even a return in six weeks, or around July 1, might be overly optimistic.

    “If we predict anything before six weeks, then we’re probably setting ourselves up for disappointment,” Cashman said.

    It’s OK. Jeremy Bleich is just down the road in Trenton.

    Joe Girardi Spits In The Face Of Pythagorean

    Posted by on May 19th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    For reals.

    Look at the Yankees run differential last year. Look at it this season. Look at what the Yankees Pythagorean W-L% was last year and is this season, to date. Then, look at their actual won-loss records.

    Somehow, Joe Girardi gets his team to win more games than they should…or, have a right to win.

    At some point, the MSM and others have to give him props for this, no?

    Brian Dozier

    Posted by on May 19th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    I’m sorry…but he never hit 10 home runs in a full season in the minor leagues, ever.

    Who Will Be The Yankees SS & 2B In 2015?

    Posted by on May 18th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    This is Derek Jeter’s last year. And, it should be Brian Roberts last season.

    So, who plays SS and 2B for the Yankees in 2015? Brendan Ryan and Yangervis Solarte?

    There’s no one in the farm system ready to step in at either position. (No shocker there.) And, there are not many, if any, trade chips in the minors for the Yankees that will net a quality keystone player in a trade.

    Or, to the Yankees just open up the checkbook and sign Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie after this season?

    This – if not earlier – is the time to get a plan in place, right?

    Dylan Fosnacht Throws 194 Pitches In H.S. Game

    Posted by on May 16th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    But, is it a problem?

    Dude was averaging 14 pitches an inning. That’s not a lot of effort. And, as he said, this is the end of his baseball career. Why not let the kid keep throwing?

    Hal: Yanks Will Spend To Cover Mistakes & Flaws

    Posted by on May 16th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via Ken Davidoff -

    With the Yankees’ pitching staff in tatters, a midseason import seems increasingly likely. Hal Steinbrenner strongly intimated Thursday he’d be willing to pay the import fees.

    “[We’re] always willing to look at options come July. Come the trade deadline,” Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, said as he departed the quarterly owners’ meetings at Major League Baseball’s Manhattan headquarters. “And I think we’ve shown that. Some years we’ve done stuff, like last year with [Alfonso] Soriano. Some years we haven’t. But we’re not going to ever lay down and die. We’re going to do what we need to do to stay in.”

    The Yankees have seen three of the five members of their original 2014 starting rotation — Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery), Michael Pineda (right shoulder blade) and CC Sabathia (right knee) go on the disabled list.

    “That’s been a big concern,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got to get Pineda back. We’ve got to get CC back. We’ve had some bright spots in the bullpen. We’ve got some concerns in the bullpen.”

    The Yankees’ older players have proven especially vulnerable this season; on Thursday, the team placed 37-year-old Carlos Beltran on the disabled list with a right elbow injury that ultimately could sideline him for three months.

    “Age is always a concern,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got some bright spots that we’ve seen. [Adam] Warren, [Dellin] Betances, [John Ryan] Murphy. Going out and getting younger players like [Jacoby] Ellsbury, [Brian] McCann. …I’ve always believed in that balance between young guys and veterans. Because the veterans lead, teach. “

    His endorsement of the team’s minor-league development speaks volumes, as Steinbrenner has repeatedly expressed his unhappiness with the way the farm system didn’t deliver in 2013.

    “Clearly, in the offseason, we recognized we had some positions to improve. Catching was one of them. So we went out and got the guy we wanted,” Steinbrenner said. “He [McCann] is going to be great for us. He is great for us.

    “… Our minor leagues didn’t provide the players that we needed, so when that’s the case, obviously you’ve got to go out on the free agent market and make your improvements there. And we did.”

    “Tough times. We’ve been through them before,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got a veteran club. They’re going to keep grinding away.”

    …Tough times. We’ve been through them before…

    And, they will continue, as long as Brian Cashman is G.M. of this team, Steinbrenner Family Checkbook to bail him out, or not.

    Going 6+ IP In Your First 8 Career Starts

    Posted by on May 15th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Since 1914, here’s the guys to do it:

    Rk Player Year #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS SHO IP HR BB SO WHIP Tm
    1 John Whitehead 1935 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 2.99 8 1 72.1 5 31 22 1.15 CHW
    2 Jered Weaver 2006 8 Ind. Games 7 0 1.000 1.51 8 0 53.2 2 13 44 0.86 LAA
    3 Masahiro Tanaka 2014 8 Ind. Games 6 0 1.000 2.17 8 1 58.0 7 7 66 0.91 NYY
    4 Don Sutton 1966 8 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 2.21 8 1 61.0 4 8 50 0.97 LAD
    5 Wayne Simpson 1970 8 Ind. Games 5 1 .833 2.11 8 2 59.2 6 26 35 0.91 CIN
    6 Herb Score 1955 8 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 2.95 8 1 64.0 5 40 77 1.25 CLE
    7 Hyun-jin Ryu 2013 8 Ind. Games 4 2 .667 3.40 8 0 50.1 5 15 51 1.21 LAD
    8 Jeff Russell 1983 8 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 2.56 8 0 56.1 6 15 30 1.07 CIN
    9 Dave Rozema 1977 8 Ind. Games 3 1 .750 2.86 8 1 63.0 5 10 30 1.02 DET
    10 Steve Rogers 1973 8 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 1.36 8 2 66.0 3 20 31 0.97 MON
    11 Bill Pulsipher 1995 8 Ind. Games 2 5 .286 4.42 8 0 57.0 6 30 47 1.54 NYM
    12 Michael Pineda 2011 8 Ind. Games 5 2 .714 2.45 8 0 51.1 3 13 52 1.01 SEA
    13 Joe McClain 1961 8 Ind. Games 5 3 .625 2.67 8 1 64.0 3 11 20 0.98 WSA
    14 Eddie Lopat 1944 8 Ind. Games 2 4 .333 2.78 8 0 64.2 5 28 24 1.44 CHW
    15 Mike Leake 2010 8 Ind. Games 4 0 1.000 2.91 8 0 52.2 4 21 39 1.18 CIN
    16 Jason Jacome 1994 8 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 2.67 8 1 54.0 3 17 30 1.31 NYM
    17 Joey Hamilton 1994 8 Ind. Games 4 3 .571 2.02 8 1 58.0 2 17 31 1.14 SDP
    18 Brandon Duckworth 2001 8 Ind. Games 2 1 .667 3.14 8 0 51.2 2 22 32 1.24 PHI
    19 Jose DeLeon 1983 8 Ind. Games 5 2 .714 2.08 8 1 65.0 3 26 73 0.95 PIT
    20 Willie Adams 1996 8 Ind. Games 1 2 .333 4.38 8 0 51.1 11 16 46 1.29 OAK
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/15/2014.

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    The numbers on Tanaka and Sutton are close.

    CC’s Knee Needs Help

    Posted by on May 15th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via Mark Feinsand

    CC Sabathia’s knee troubles are far from over. In fact, they might just be beginning.

    General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews revealed no tear in the meniscus in Sabathia’s right knee, which was surgically repaired following the 2010 season.

    Sabathia does, however, have what Cashman termed “degenerative changes” in the area, meaning that “some cartilage breakdown is occurring” in the 33-year-old’s knee.

    “His knee stability is fine, so there’s no ligament damage or anything like that,” Cashman said. “His knee is stable; but he does have some degenerative changes.”

    Sabathia stayed in Birmingham Wednesday night after having his knee drained of fluid earlier in the day. He’ll see Dr. Andrews again on Thursday to receive an injection of cortisone and stem cell, the standard treatment for his condition.

    “We have current players and we’ve had past players that have dealt with this in the past,” Cashman said. “There have been a number of successes throughout that process; hopefully CC will be in that success, also.”

    The Yankees remain hopeful that Sabathia will be ready to go when he’s eligible to return from his 15-day stint on the disabled list, but Cashman said he’ll wait to hear what Dr. Andrews has to say before making any such predictions.

    “I’m going to wait until he goes through the procedure on it,” Cashman said.

    Cashman listed Hideki Matsui, Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones as players who have dealt with similar issues, playing through the knee problems while remaining productive. According to Cashman, Beltran continues to get treated for it even now.

    “Randy Johnson pitched for many, many years with it; when Arizona signed him from Houston, then we got him from Arizona, he was going through a lot of the same stuff,” Cashman said. “Everybody is different, but they had similar situations; hopefully far worse. They found some sort of happy medium between the treatments they received and performance.”

    I would feel better about Sabathia’s chances to have good seasons after this if he were pitching in the National League and there was no PED testing in place.

    Time To Lower The Mound?

    Posted by on May 14th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Via Tom Verducci -

    What used to be an injury of attrition (Tommy John was 32 and had thrown more than 2,000 major league innings before his groundbreaking surgery) has become an injury of too much too soon — too much velocity and too much stress. The average age of the 22 major league pitchers to need Tommy John surgery this year is just 23.4 years old.

    Wait, it gets worse: A study out just this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that year-round play in the amateur market has contributed to a 10-fold increase in Tommy John surgeries for youth pitchers.

    What can be done? It’s time for Major League Baseball to lower the mound — and for the entire amateur market to follow its lead. When I took part in an MLB Network roundtable discussion last week on the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries, what struck me as most profound was the statement of fact by both Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek and biomechanics expert and former pitcher Tom House that the greater the slope of the mound the greater the forces that are applied to the arm. Reduce the height of the mound and you reduce the forces upon the arm.

    It makes perfect sense. What makes no sense is that 13-year-old kids are pitching off the same size mound as major league pitchers. Little Leaguers should be throwing off flat ground. (What’s the first step for pitchers as they come back from injury? They throw off flat ground. Why? It’s less strenuous.)

    There happens to be another compelling reason to lower the mound besides saving the elbows of pitchers: the game needs offense. People, especially inside the game, are not paying nearly enough attention to how the game has been bastardized in just the past five years by the increase in velocity and the specialization of bullpens. Games are getting longer and longer with less and less action — a terrible combination in any era, but especially this one in which commerce and culture move at a quickened pace. The proliferation of pitching changes (men standing around killing time, pitchers warming up after they just spent the past 15 minutes warming up) and strikeouts are harming the pace of action more than anything else.

    Strikeouts are up for a ninth straight year. Singles have reached an all-time low. But what is happening in the late innings of games is a particularly insidious problem. Offense dries up to absurdly low levels and the ball doesn’t even get put into play enough. The long endgame is about managers bringing in one hard-throwing specialist after another in the eternal quest to gain the platoon advantage and keep the ball out of play. Some teams are using eight-man bullpens and clamoring for a 26-man roster so they can add yet another arm. This trend must stop.

    Most every sport increases action and drama as the game draws near to its end; football teams can go to a hurry-up offense, hockey teams can pull their goalie, basketball teams can shoot more three-pointers . . . but the closer baseball games get to their conclusion the more they slow down and the less likely teams are to get a hit, which makes the excitement of the comeback less likely.

    Let’s use the National League as an example. From the seventh through ninth innings, nearly one out of every four at-bats ends in a strikeout (24.1%). In those innings, batters are hitting .232.

    Now here’s the context you need to know about that batting average. The worst hitting in the league’s history occurred in 1908, when batters hit .239 for the season. So what is happening in today’s game is that the late innings have turned into a brand of offensive baseball that is worse than the deadest of the Deadball Era years.

    The overall MLB average in innings 7-9 is .240; only three full seasons ever have been worse: 1888, 1908 and 1968 — the year hitting was so bad it prompted MLB to lower the mound. Scoring immediately shot up 19 percent.

    It’s time to act again. We have reached a convergence of the biggest on-field problems affecting baseball: the increase in strikeouts, the drag on offense and pace of play caused by increased bullpen usage and the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries on young pitchers. All of those problems can be addressed by lowering the mound. Baseball shouldn’t wait for more young stars to blow out their elbows before deciding to do something about it.

    I still cannot believe that it’s the mound which is causing arm and offense issues in MLB. It’s the same mound that they used in the 1970′s, 1980′s, and 1990′s, right? There’s more to all this than just the mound…

    Mets Beat Yankees…Again

    Posted by on May 14th, 2014 · Comments (14)

    Via the Daily News -

    The Yanks and Mets often seem to operate not in separate leagues, but unrelated universes. One payroll in excess of $200 million, another failing to crack $90 million. Established, celebrity ballplayers in the Bronx, random lineups and Kyle Farnsworth in Queens.

    But while the Mets have spent too many years chopping payroll and selling fans on prospects who might or might not succeed (nothing to see here, folks, but look! We have a phenom in Triple-A!), this Subway Series has presented them with the chance to contrast what they are trying to build with a team that might be wilting into an aging, expensive disaster.

    It takes less than one minute to walk from the home clubhouse to the visiting one on the lower level of Yankee Stadium, but the difference in mood was jarring, during the first half of this year’s series.

    On the first base side on Tuesday afternoon, you had Carlos Beltran, 37, standing at his locker, explaining that he would need significant surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, if a cortisone shot would not work. This news was bleak; if Beltran avoids the surgery, but still feels pain, his production could suffer greatly.

    “That would be a tough injury,” another player explained. “If you can’t get full extension, and you’re swinging a little bit down here instead of up there, that could be the difference between a foul ball and a home run.”

    You also had Ichiro Suzuki, 40, holding his own mini-news conference a few feet away, explaining that his sore back would probably prevent him from playing. And a few minutes after that, you had Girardi announcing that an important reliever, Shawn Kelley, was on the disabled list with his own back injury. Oh, and CC Sabathia was visiting the dreaded Dr. Andrews for a follow-up knee exam.

    After the game, you had Kelley providing a perfect summary of his team’s crisis: “It’s almost like injuries are contagious right now.”

    “When you become older, your body doesn’t necessarily bounce back as quick and heal as quick,” Girardi said, clearly knowing that his team had arrived at a tough moment, clearly unable to explain exactly what a manager might do about it.

    It’s really hard to say that the Yankees first quarter of the 2014 season has been a success. Worse, it doesn’t seem that it will be getting better any time soon.

    At this rate, 2013-2014 could be the Yankees worst back-to-back full seasons since 1991-1992. And, if you use pyth W-L%, then these two years are just as bad as 1991-92. Yet, no one in the organization will be held accountable – as always, in life after George.

    Get The Injury Excuse Bandwagon Rolling

    Posted by on May 13th, 2014 · Comments (18)

    Beltran may land on DL. Ichiro’s back is stiff. Teixeira is running like he’s injured. Add that to Nova, Cervelli, Pineda, etc.

    And, soon, certain Yankees fans will start to say “It’s a curse. Just like last year!”

    But, the reality of it is, to be candid, this is what you get when you have a roster full of older players. Younger guys just to break down as often.

    It’s the planning to blame, not the players…and their injuries.

    Francesa Says Mets Are Donkeys

    Posted by on May 13th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Via WFAN

    WFAN radio host Mike Francesa has had just about enough of the New York Mets.

    On Monday, Francesa accused the franchise of boycotting the radio station. WFAN announced a multi-year deal with the Yankees in September, ending their longtime relationship with the Mets.

    “Now the Mets have banned all their personnel — including their TV people — from coming on the station because they’re angry at the FAN because, you know, the FAN did not re-up their radio contract after all these many years,” said Francesa, who was broadcasting live from Yankee Stadium ahead of the Subway Series opener. “Regardless of the fact of how much money FAN may have lost because the Mets stunk for the last decade, maybe if they had won a game once or twice, we would have been able to do something about it.”

    He was just getting started:

    “This is just ridiculous. The Mets are acting like jacka—-. They really are. They get what they deserve. I hope there’s 10,000 people in Citi Field in a couple of days. You can quote me: jacka—-. You hear me? By banning guys from the show — it’s just stupid. Their poor manager, who they’ll probably boot out the door any day, is not allowed on the show. You know that? Sandy (Alderson) makes moves, he’s not allowed on the show. Even Keith’s not allowed on the show. I mean, you’re banning Keith Hernandez from the show. Utter nonsense.”

    Earlier this month, Francesa accused the Mets of shutting him out from doing a Subway Series remote from Citi Field.

    The team isn’t boycotting WFAN, a Mets source told the New York Daily News. Instead they’re “trying to build up” a rapport with their new flagship station, which wouldn’t thrilled about hearing any Mets on WFAN, the Daily News reported.

    “No wonder you have to run around and put out fires about Saul Katz wants to sell,” Francesa said. “If I was Saul I’d want to sell the franchise too the way things were going. You know what? I’ve had enough of the Mets. I’ve had enough. I really have. It’s just ridiculous.”

    Francesa didn’t hold back on the Yankees, either.

    “The Yanks are as petty as the Mets are, so I’ve had about enough of the both of them.”

    Of course, “make up” interviews are just as good for ratings as “make up”…well, you know.

    Happy Birthday, Yogi!

    Posted by on May 12th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Why Not Willie Randolph For The Next G.M. Of The Yankees?

    Posted by on May 12th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Brian Cashman’s contract as G.M. of the Yankees is up after this season. Should the Yankees not bring him back, why not consider Willie Randolph as his replacement?

    Randolph had a near Hall of Fame career as a player. He’s also been a coach and a manager at the Major League level. Clearly, he knows the game. And, during the 1993 season, Willie Randolph served as Assistant General Manager of the Yankees – so, he’s got some front office experience. He also knows New York and is not going to melt in front of the media.

    “Willow” is more more like Stick Michael and Bob Watson – who were the Yankees G.M.’s before Cashman.

    Put it this way: Looking at Cashman’s track record over the last decade, could Randolph do any worse?

    The .185 Grandy Man Returns To The Bronx

    Posted by on May 12th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Will he get a better reception than Robbie Cano? And, if he does, how much will YES talk about it?

    Yankees, Mets: Well, Someone Has To Stop Stinking For The Next 4 Games

    Posted by on May 11th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    The Mets have lost 12 of their last 21 games.

    The Yankees have lost 11 of their last 20 games.

    Now, the two face off against each other for four games.

    Maybe they will split the games? But, more than likely, someone will take at least 3 of the 4 contests.

    Who is your money on?

    CC Disasthia

    Posted by on May 11th, 2014 · Comments (11)

    Via Brendan Kuty -

    Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia will get a second MRI on his right knee Monday to confirm there’s no structural damage, he said.

    An initial MRI showed no serious problems, other than fluid in his knee that has swollen after his last two starts, he said.

    But the second test will come after Yankees team doctor examines the knee and drains it of the fluid that’s causing the swelling, Sabathia said.

    Sabathia had surgery in 2010 to repair a torn meniscus in the knee.

    The 33-year-old said he was briefly reluctant to tell the Yankees about the swelling, considering the state of the rotation.

    Ivan Nova will miss the rest of the year due to Tommy John surgery and Michael Pineda might not return until June while he recovers from a strained back muscle, manager Joe Girardi said Girardi.

    On top of that, their replacements, David Phelps and Vidal Nuno, have been adequate at best; Hiroki Kuroda has been up-and-down and Sabathia himself has 5.28 ERA in eight starts.

    Only Masahiro Tanaka, the 25-year-old Japanese rookie, has been reliable.

    “It’s tough,” Sabathia said, “and that’s why I didn’t want to say anything. But I think I was doing more damage to the the team than helping the team by trying to hide it.”

    Sabathia said he felt the pain during his May 4 start, which lasted just 3.2 innings — the shortest of his Yankees career.

    “I didn’t know what was making it swell up,” Sabathia said. “It got pretty big on me after the start (May 4), and then (Sunday).”

    Well, it’s a good thing the Yankees had all that pitching depth to cover for a situation like this one…

    …uh, um, er, never mind…

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Posted by on May 11th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Happy Mother’s Day! to all the Moms out there today. (Holy cow! Where would we be without Mom?)

    Double G Wants A Hot Dog

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    Beats Batting Last

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Most games (since 1914) batting 8th in a line-up:

    Rk Player #Matching PA
    1 Al Lopez 1484 Ind. Games 5050
    2 Jim Hegan 1459 Ind. Games 4846
    3 Ray Schalk 1260 Ind. Games 4520
    4 Roy McMillan 1226 Ind. Games 4328
    5 Steve O’Neill 1211 Ind. Games 4371
    6 Dal Maxvill 1145 Ind. Games 3632
    7 Brad Ausmus 1061 Ind. Games 3826
    8 Luke Sewell 1004 Ind. Games 3741
    9 Frank Snyder 996 Ind. Games 3468
    10 Doug Flynn 962 Ind. Games 3370
    11 Ed Brinkman 962 Ind. Games 3374
    12 Rick Ferrell 954 Ind. Games 3458
    13 Muddy Ruel 945 Ind. Games 3373
    14 Billy Jurges 940 Ind. Games 3531
    15 Del Rice 919 Ind. Games 3105
    16 Jose Uribe 913 Ind. Games 3131
    17 Bobby Wine 886 Ind. Games 2979
    18 Bob Swift 882 Ind. Games 2863
    19 Mike Tresh 858 Ind. Games 3011
    20 Rey Ordonez 858 Ind. Games 3102
    21 Leo Durocher 845 Ind. Games 3017
    22 Mike Tyson 835 Ind. Games 2739
    23 Birdie Tebbetts 833 Ind. Games 3089
    24 Del Crandall 833 Ind. Games 2966
    25 Bob Boone 821 Ind. Games 2911
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/9/2014.

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    A lot of catchers and glove-men middle infielders on this list.

    I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games In 30 Days On The Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (1)

    I just finished reading “I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever.”

    It’s the story of two recent college grads who set out on a quest to visit every major league park – and there are 30 of them! – within a span of 30 days..with the condition that they are inside the ballpark for every pitch of the game. This means, they are there for the first pitch and the last pitch – and everything in between, no matter if there is a rain delay, extra innings, or if the game is a blowout.

    At first blush, most diehard baseball fans would say “Dang, that’s so cool. Sounds like a dream come true!” But, it’s really not a dream trip…not even close.

    Considering leaving one ballpark and then driving 16 and a half hours straight, with no stay over, to just make the next ballgame in another state…hoping, all the way, that some traffic nightmare doesn’t mess with your estimated time of arrival. Picture yourself having to drive from Chicago to Florida during the Storm of the Century because you can’t afford to miss the next destination. Imagine yourself being minutes away from one of your final stops, with just minutes to spare, and not being able to get across the street because of a Gay Pride parade closing all pedestrian crossings. There’s a lot of stress in trying to pull something like this trip off…and being successful.

    Yet, this book is also full of good humor and the story of a wonderful friendship between two guys who are far from being alike. It’s cleverly written, nicely paced, and a very nice read (for all baseball fans).

    I was very happy to have read “I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever” – and I highly recommend this book.

    2014 Detroit Tigers

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (7)

    Best team in baseball right now?

    Actually, they have been a very good team for four years now (including this season).  But, if they don’t win a ring, it don’t mean a thing.

    Cashman Worships Billy Beane

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via ESPN -

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt [Cashman] has always worshipped Billy Beane,” one former Cashman employee said, referring to the A’s general manager who was the star of Moneyball. “He’s so enthralled with Billy Beane, it’s unbelievable.”

    But, Beane never really did Meanwell.

    Seriously, does anyone else see this as a baseball version of a John Hughes movie where the school nerd wants to be like the quarterback prom king?

    A-Rod Is Not One Of Cashman’s Big Hairy Monsters

    Posted by on May 8th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Now it all makes sense.

    Monument Park News

    Posted by on May 8th, 2014 · Comments (6)

    Via LoHud -

    The New York Yankees today announced that Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Torre, Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park. Torre will also have his uniform No. 6 retired. The ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.

    Martinez and Gossage will be celebrated during Old-Timers’ Day weekend on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, respectively. O’Neill’s ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 9, while Torre will take his place in Monument Park on Saturday, August 23.

    Tino Martinez gets a plaque? Does Willie Randolph have one? How does Tino get one before Willow?

    Darling: Mets Disconnected From Fans

    Posted by on May 7th, 2014 · Comments (13)

    Via WFAN -

    Ron Darling says he has nobody to blame but himself for putting his name on a widely panned letter from the New York Mets to “True New Yorkers.”

    The SNY analyst was one of 10 former Mets players to sign the email asking fans to pledge their support head of this month’s Subway Series.

    The letter wasn’t received well, with some calling it “dopey,” “beyond insulting” and “disgraceful.”

    “I’ll tell you it this way, because if I explain completely how it went, I’m throwing someone else under the bus,” Darling said Wednesday on WFAN’s “Joe & Evan” show. “I was asked to put my likeness and name to something. I did not read what was going to be put out there. And I think for me to criticize it and to go after it, I’m going to put someone else in harm’s way. So I think I should just put myself in harm’s way.

    “I didn’t do my due diligence to read what went out.”

    Darling said he first found out about the letter while out to lunch in Philadelphia with SNY play-by-play man Gary Cohen, who received the email and read it aloud.

    “It’s on me. It’s not on anyone else,” Darling said. “I put my name on it. I put my likeness on it. I have to live with it.”

    The 53-year-old said things were different during the glory days of the mid-80s, when every move the franchise made was applauded. It feels like the polar opposite now, which Darling said should make the Mets re-think how they connect with fans.

    “What is happened now — and I’m not saying it’s rightfully so — but it seems like everything that comes out from the Mets is looked at poorly” said Darling, who acknowledged that turning it around starts with spending and winning.

    “When you’re looking at something where you feel like you’re Charlie Brown and Lucy keeps taking the ball out, and you keep kicking because you’re such die-hards, I just think that there has to be a re-evaluation of the disconnect and how to reconnect to how (fans) feel and what (the team) is trying to do,” Darling said. “And I think that’s an obvious thing.”

    If Darling takes any hate from this, then I hope YES steps in and gives him a contact. He is the best at what he does and it would be a dream to hear him cover the Yankees.

    Mo: Yankee Stadium Ain’t What It Used To Be

    Posted by on May 7th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Via ESPN -

    In the book, written with New York Daily News reporter Wayne Coffey, [Mariano] Rivera also says there has been a decrease in atmosphere at New York home games following the move to new Yankee Stadium for the 2009 season.

    “It doesn’t hold noise, or home-team fervor, anywhere near the way the old place did,” he said. “The old Stadium was our 10th man — a loud and frenzied cauldron of pinstriped passion, with a lot of lifers in the stands. Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s hard to see that the new place can ever quite duplicate that.”

    …a loud and frenzied cauldron of pinstriped passion…

    Are those really Mo’s words? Seriously?

    In any event, it’s hard to argue with the thought…

    If This Doesn’t Choke You Up, Then You’re Probably Not Living

    Posted by on May 6th, 2014 · Comments (2)

    Mo: Pedroia > Cano

    Posted by on May 6th, 2014 · Comments (11)

    Seriously.

    Never saw that coming.

    What’s Wrong With Sabathia?

    Posted by on May 6th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    Here’s one slice on it:

    What is wrong with C.C. Sabathia?

    Jerry Crasnick: …I saw him pitch last week in the Robinson Cano game, and his stuff is just very fringy now. A scout at the game told me that his command almost needs to be perfect, or he’s gonna get whacked. CC is a real warhorse, but he’s thrown a lot of high-stress innings, and all that wear and tear has taken a toll. Whether he’s actually healthy now, we’ll see. But you have to wonder.

    By the way, the Yankees only owe him $73 million after this season.

    It will be $52 million if:

    1) He ends 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    2) He spends more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, or
    3) He only makes five or less relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury.

    That’s a lot of money to eat..when you’re going to be eating A-Rod’s money (Remember him?) at the same time.

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