Tonight was Hughes’ 14th start this season in which he lasted fewer than five innings, the most of any Yankees pitcher in a season since 1916.
I wonder if the Yankees GM will now start reading Tom Verducci the riot act?
This really is one of the coolest things ever. Via Steve Politi -
The inspiration for the most unique retirement gift in baseball history came on a routine road trip this spring.
Ron Gardenhire, manager of the Minnesota Twins, was faced with an odd dilemma – figuring out how to honor a player who had tormented his franchise for nearly two decades – and his idea started as a question.
“How about something with broken bats?” he asked a few team employees, before coming up with that perfect something. “Maybe a piece of furniture or something – like a rocking chair.”
So the process began, and in case you had any doubts of just how respected Mariano Rivera is in baseball, the story of the “Chair of Broken Dreams” should put them to rest for good.
It wasn’t enough for the Twins to hand Rivera an autographed jersey or something and send him on the way. They had to have something memorable. They had to have something perfect.
They had to have the rocking chair. The team started to collect broken bats from current players, but when that didn’t seem like enough, it dug through its archives to find a few from former stars.
Joe Mauer has a bat on the chair. So do Torii Hunter and the late Kirby Puckett. “I can’t tell you that Mariano broke them all himself,” said Dustin Morse, the team’s director of communications and a member of what the Twins called Team Rivera, “but he might have.”
The bats were sent to a local furniture builder, and his progress was monitored closely. Mauer and first baseman Justin Morneau helped pick out a leather seat. No detail was overlooked, and that effort paid off at Target Field on Tuesday when Rivera laughed like an 8-year-old on Christmas morning when he saw it.
“This,” Rivera said, “has been more than I expected.”
Via the Daily News –
Mark Teixeira’s right wrist still hurts, even after getting a cortisone shot just over a week ago, which has set off alarm bells in Yankeeland.
“Our doctors are obviously discussing it and working through it,” Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman said. “He’s having discomfort and that’s really all I can tell you.”
Asked if the discomfort perhaps raises the chances of Teixeira needing surgery on the partially-torn tendon sheath that has caused him to miss much of the season, Cashman said, “Surgery’s never been off the table. If I have something more, I’ll report that.”
The first baseman has played just 15 games this season because of the wrist injury he suffered as he prepared for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA in March. He came back on May 31 but was back on the disabled list after coming out of a game in Anaheim on June 15.
A subsequent MRI revealed inflammation in his wrist, but no further structural damage. However, the cortisone shot that was supposed to ease pain hasn’t worked.
If there is no underlying structural problem with the tendon sheath, the combination of cortisone and rest “can solve the problem for good right there,” said Dr. Michael Hausman, the Robert K. Lippman Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and vice-chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
But if the symptoms can’t be controlled, surgery might be necessary, which the Yankees have acknowledged since Teixeira was hurt. “You generally try a couple of cortisone injections,” said Dr. Hausman, speaking generally because he is not treating Teixeira specifically. “The question is whether they’ll try to tide him over with the injection so he can finish the season and then, if he’s still symptomatic, perform the surgery in the off-season.”
It’s the curse of Tino Martinez. Every big money first baseman that the Yankees have brought in since 2002 has eventually become a shell of the player that they signed. It’s either that, or, Cashman couldn’t smell a player full of PEDs just waiting to breakdown if it sat on his face.
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Chris Nelson 3B
Corban Joseph 1B
Chris Stewart C
Alberto Gonzalez SS
Yes, we’re the New York Yankees. Scary, huh?
Via David Schoenfield today -
The Yankees are 23-13, tied for the second-best record in the majors behind the Rangers. They are doing it with that lineup mostly filled with freely available talent — heck, throw in designated hitter Travis Hafner in that group if you want. It’s a remarkable achievement, considering offense is half of the equation. Do we credit Brian Cashman and his staff for astute moves and finding the right needle and thread to patch things together? Or did they merely find the needle in the haystack?
One strike of good fortune for the Yankees has been the schedule. The only AL East team they’ve played more than one series against so far has been the struggling Blue Jays. They’ve played just three games each against the Orioles, Red Sox and Rays, meaning they have 48 games left against those three opponents — 38 percent of their remaining schedule.
The most remarkable thing about this team, however: Once they get the lead, they win. They’ve lost just one game all year after they’ve taken the lead.
Maybe we should wait until June 3rd and see where the Yankees are then, before making a call on this?
Here it is:
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P
Really? If you would have told me, in April of 2012, that the Yankees starting line-up on May 7, 2013 would be the group of guys, above, my reaction would have been “Dude, what are you smoking?”
How the heck did this happen?
Which of these six teams has surprised you the most this year? Which one do you think is the real deal?
It will be interesting to see if Texas-Oakland and Colorado-San Francisco battle it out all year.
Also, the Orioles are not that far off from Red Sox. The Braves, however, are still waiting for the Nationals to wake-up.